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Firefighter feels ‘singled out’ Says Facebook post targeted him By Leah Fightmaster

While many part-time firefighters left the Sycamore Township fire department after the projected June 14 layoff date on their own, one part-time fire-

fighter feels kicked on his way out. Jim Ledford, a full-time Sharonville firefighter, worked for the Sycamore Township Fire Department for 21 years, first as a full-time firefighter, then parttime after he left for Sharonville in 2002. Ledford said the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters has a rule that a firefighter who is

a member of a local union in one department cannot work for another union-affiliated department, although the practice is common. On June 15, while working a part-time shift at a Sycamore fire station, another firefighter alerted Ledford about a Facebook post that he felt was directed at him. “It didn’t name names,” he said, “but I knew it was directed

at me.” The post discussed a firefighter who was continuing to work at the fire department when fulltime firefighters were going to lose their jobs. Ledford said after he read the post he thought they felt like he was crossing a picket line. After a few hours, he said, the individual took the post down. Ledford said he received a call from OAPFF’s 4th district vice

president, which serves the Cincinnati area, asking what was going on and that someone reported Ledford working for two unionaffiliated departments. While he said he does not believe he will face any repercussions for it, he does not understand why he was singled out, because other firefighters work at different departSee LEDFORD, Page A2

Kenwood company gleeful about Games involvement They supply medals for event By Leah Fightmaster

Madeira City Council voted down zone changes Monday night that would have allowed Indian Hill businessman Richard Greiwe of the Greiwe Development Group (right) to develop a luxury apartment complex on Camargo Road in Madeira. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Camargo Crossing proposal shot down

Madeira rejects apartment complex By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA — A proposal to build a luxury apartment complex in Madeira is dead. Madeira City Council voted 6-1 Monday against zone changes that would have allowed Indian Hill businessman Richard Greiwe of the Greiwe Development Group and his partner, North American Properties, Downtown, to develop the complex on property on Camargo Road vacated by Kutol

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Products Co. when it moved to Sharonville last year. Madeira Councilman Mike Steur voted for the zone changes.

“We are very pleased that city council listened to the overwhelming majority of Madeira residents that were adamantly opposed to this project,” said Scott Gehring, spokesman for Madeira Proud, a citizens group that has been actively campaigning against the proposed 184-unit apartment complex that was to have been called Camargo Crossing. Greiwe said after the vote that, “The members of city council must be willing to lead and reach a consensus on the type and density of residential for the site.

GIFTED GROUP St. Nicholas Academy third-graders created gift bags for Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center. See Schools, A4


A Kenwood company is ready for its jump onto an international platform. Lynn Thompson, owner of Thompson Gifts and Awards, 4655 Sycamore Road, is putting one of her company’s products on the world map. Chosen to supply the gold, silver and bronze medals for the winners of the 2012 World Choir Games hosted in Cincinnati, performers from around the globe will take home a piece of her company. The Games will run from July 4 to 14, and are in the United States for the first time in its seven-year existence. Thompson first became involved with the World Choir Games last October when she heard about a request for medal

designs. She was told to create six designs to submit, which she prepared with graphic artist Gertrude Stefanko. The pair initially made about 30 designs, which they narrowed to the requested six, she said. While she said she does not know how many other companies’ designs were considered, she was told early that their initial six were favored. The final design chosen, while a combination of two or three submitted by the pair, theirs was chosen as the winner. The winning design features a stylized G-clef, which is used to indicate the pitch of the notes on a staff in a piece of music. Positioned off the oval-shaped medal, the top right includes the official World Choir Games logo. Thompson will provide 500 to the Games, but for the first time, she is permitted to sell replicas of the medals as well. See MEDALS, Page A2

Lynn Thompson and Gertrude Stefanko designed the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be awarded to winners of the 2012 World Choir Games. Thompson's company will supply the Games with 500 medals, and will sell replicas. THANKS TO GERTRUDE STEFANKO

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“Then they must engage the property owner and development community to determine if their vision is feasible from a market demand and financial standpoint. “Until this happens, the site will stay vacant and Madeira will lose a wonderful economic de-

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velopment opportunity,” Greiwe said. Some of the residents said they would have been happier with Greiwe’s proposal had it included a retail element. Three residents spoke in favor of Camargo Crossing. One was Jay DeWitt of Madeira, who argued that the complex would attract business to Madeira’s downtown, spark further economic development and mean more tax money for the city and schools. “This is the best possible project for this site for the foreseeable future,” DeWitt said. DeWitt is a member of Madeira Forward, a group of Madeira residents and business people that announced just days before the June 25 city council meeting that it had formed in support of Camargo Crossing. If Madeira City Council had approved the zone changes June 25, Gehring said, Madeira Proud would have immediately begun referendum proceedings.

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Only conductors receive official medals if their choir wins, so Thompson wanted to sell the replicas so members of winning choirs can take home their own part of the Games. “The theme is to create a hometown celebration for (participants),” she said. “They can take back a medal or place an order, so when they get back home, they can have a celebration at school, church or in the community. Each individual can be recognized for their hard work and dedication put into their performance.” A replica medal will be sold for $13 including tax, and she will begin selling them July 8, the day after the first awards ceremony. In addition to replica medals, Thompson will also sell a mini replica as a necklace charm for $10 including tax. Stefanko, who is a silversmith and accustomed to designing jewelry, felt like it was a combination of her activities. Also a retired teacher who taught art and math

at Mother of Mercy for 27 years, she and Thompson worked on the designs for a couple of weeks, coming up with a couple dozen before finally selecting their favorite six. Although Thompson said she made a conservative order of a couple thousand of the replicas, she hopes to order more and said she did not order many because she did not know what to expect. She said the medals make a real economic impact on the Cincinnati region. Each company involved in their production – from themselves as the supplier to the company stamping them with the logo in Bond Hill, the project has stayed local. “I personally feel good that we could keep it regional,” she said. “Each person along the way has a vested interest ... it’s pretty cool to say I was a part of that.” Stefanko felt the same, saying that when she designs something, her product normally stays at least within Ohio. Now, it will be all over the world. “To think, something I had a part of is going all over the world,” she said. “How awesome is that?”


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Talks continue between fire union, township By Leah Fightmaster

Talks continue as Sycamore Township and the fire union work out another possible solution to the fire budget. Both are working together to determine with a plan each side can agree to, said Bruce Raabe, Sycamore Township administrator. In the meantime, Raabe said, no layoff letters will be sent out for June 28, which was part of the original plan laid out after Fire Chief William Jetter’s budget proposal was accepted May 16. Part of the original plan included a layoff date for the part-time firefighters for June 14. No layoff letters went out to those firefighters, and an email was sent to them explaining that they would not be laid off as originally believed. Two proposals from the township were sent to the union with a 10 a.m. June 26 deadline, but both sides began working on the new proposal instead of accepting or rejecting either one. During the June 21 Board of trustees meeting, resident and retired

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ments as well and continued to work past June 14. OAPFF’s 4th district Vice President Jon Harvey said he did not speak to Ledford, however said he did speak to Sycamore Township fire union President Kelby Thoreson and Sharonville fire union President Chris Ellis regarding the issue. “It’s no big deal to me, it just kind of hurt me,” Ledford said. “I passed out

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firefighter Trace Lawless asked the trustees about annexation, saying he heard it could be a possibility for surrounding cities. He added that Sycamore Township is "unstable financially,” and it cannot staff its fire department fully. “Surrounding cities would love to have this part of the township,” Lawless said. Trustee Tom Weidman said that he has not heard anything about surrounding areas interested in annexing parts of the township. He added that he spoke to business and company owners in Kenwood, who said they are “satisfied with how we are progressing.” “You need willing participants to annex,” he said. “... and I attempted to head it off at the pass.” Officials from the surrounding Madeira, Blue Ash and Montgomery said that they do not know anything about their municipalities wanting to annex parts of Sycamore Township. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.

signs (reading ‘Save our Sycamore Township Firefighters’), had stickers made and put them on my cars. I feel like they kicked me right in the face.” He added that he, along with other part-time firefighters, received a text message from a full-time firefighter and union member telling them to notify the township they are not coming back to work. Ledford said he told Thoreson that he had no intention of working a day past when full-time layoffs occur, but he was not informed of his or the full-time firefighters’ last days. Thoreson said he did not see the text message that was sent, and added he did not know anything about it. “The township never notified me personally,” Ledford said. “The union at Sycamore is not my boss. I have a boss there, and the chief should be the person to tell me what my layoff day is.” The next day, June 16, Ledford emailed Fire Chief William Jetter explaining that while he was unhappy that he could not “be a part of this great organization after today ... a select group within this local (union) has a deceitful and disrespectful agenda ... and the union has become hostile towards the part-timers.” No longer a part-time firefighter for Sycamore Township, Ledford said he knew he was being laid off, but did not appreciate how his exit transpired. “There are a lot of emotions involved (with the fire budget),” he said. “I’m pretty upset about not being there, but there’s nothing I can do about it.” For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.



Madeira graduates veteran, plans upcoming studies

Elderly man helps son escape house fire

An elderly man helped his son escape an overnight house fire June 28, but the son still suffered burns on his head, according to the Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District. The son, who is in his 40s, was taken to University Hospital. He is expected to recover, EMS Chief/ Fire Capt. Kevin Rogers said. Fire crews found flames shooting from the second story when they arrived at 7301 Plainfield Road just after12:30 a.m., EMS Chief/ Fire Capt. Kevin Rogers said. The elderly homeowner was able to get out of the home, but his son became trapped on the top level. The quick-thinking homeowner grabbed a ladder and yelled for his son to break a window, climb out onto the roof and scale down the ladder, Rogers said. “It was a very close call. If it wasn’t for his father directing him to bust out the

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Bill Haas, a Korean War veteran who did not graduate from high school, receives his diploma from Madeira High School about 50 years later. Superintendent Stephen Kramer and Board of Education President Pat Shea presented him with his diploma. LEAH


window and retrieve the ladder, this very well could have been a fatality,” the fire captain said. The cause of the blaze, which started in the second-floor hallway, remains under investigation. It is not considered suspicious, Rogers said. Damage was set at about $35,000. Fire crews cleared the scene by 3 a.m. Visit DeerPark.


though. Board Member Tarek Kamil said the information is unlikely to change from last school year. Board Member Cathy Swami disagreed, saying that while they could do the studies every other year, she felt that the faculty members look to the salary study each year. Assistant Superintendent Kenji Matsudo agreed, saying it could be

sending the wrong message to the staff. Other studies that are being considered for next year are for strategic compensation for teachers, alternate ways of generating revenue for the district, how the district can improve and update its media centers to be more effective for students, how faculty members can use social media with students and

develop guidelines for its usage, additional online language offerings for students and follow-up surveys with graduates to assess how Madeira has prepared them for their professional lives. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit Madeira.

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Bill Haas, a former Madeira High School student who left school after his freshman year to join the military, received his diploma more than 50 years after his expected graduation date. Haas, who joined during the Korean War, did not return to high school when he returned from the military before the Vietnam War was in full swing. He worked for the maintenance department in Madeira until retiring a couple of years ago, and worked on his GED for several years, friend Pat Frew said in an email. The new graduate donned a Madeira cap with his intended graduation year of 1965. More than a dozen friends and family, including other Madeira High School graduates. ■ The board of education discussed studies it wants to see performed next school year by the planning commission. While the commission might continue to do a yearly salary study, board members said they would also like to see a study done on the benefits offered in the district, while comparing them to other districts and assessing best practices. Not all board members wanted another salary study for next year,

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Ursuline food drive serves the needy

Jacob Murray, Jonny Vanover and Paige Hodge prepare to send their birthday bags to Valley Interfaith. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

St. Nicholas students make gift bags

Enjoying a birthday is an important part of growing up, so much so that third-graders cannot imagine not having the means to bake a birthday cake. To help families who cannot afford to celebrate birthdays, third-graders at St. Nicholas Academy create gift bags to benefit the clients at Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center in Lockland. Each bag is decorated and holds a cake mix, a tub of frosting and a box of candles. Students earned their money to buy supplies by doing extra chores and helping at home. Valley Interfaith is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to be helping the less fortunate. The birthday bag projects is a part of Seeds of Service, a Catholic outreach program that provides developmentally- appropriate service projects at each age level to encourage Christian stewardship at Saint Nicholas Academy. Teachers Becky Horejs and Kathy Baker continue this project annually as it is a favorite amongst the third-grade students.


pounds of food every year…we run out of places to put it,” said art teacher and Spirit Week moderator Jeanine Boutiere. In addition to many fun activities all week, the students’ other charitable efforts included cashing in pop tabs they collected all year and giving the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House and a Penny Race and “Spirit Walk” which both benefit a scholarship fund for future students to attend Ursuline. “Spirit Week is an opportunity for our students to join together and show their pride for Ursuline. It’s also a time for our school to put into action our Catholic faith; a time to reach out to the community, and share some of our special brand of Ursuline spirit to enliven and enrich those around us,” Boutiere said.

Ursuline Academy senior Laura Schoettmer of Hyde Park assists the seniors with their canned food drop offs. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Seven Hills students invited to take math test Samantha Mumper and Bryce Mathein assemble their decorated bags for Valley Interfaith. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Ellie Driver, Margot Leary, Julia Staat and Mason Cromer place candles, a cake mix and a tub of icing in each birthday bag. THANKS TO ANN FALCI Emma Keuffer, Araya Spangler and Alex Koetter pack birthday bags.

Ursuline Academy’s annual Spirit Week was held April 23 thru 27, and was filled with numerous events focused on serving those in need. On April 25, the largest Spirit Week effort –the canned food drive – yielded a school total of 15,021 pounds of food and $1,211 collected. This culminated weeks of competition between the classes to see who could collect the most canned food and money, which was donated to Mercy Home Food Pantry in Walnut Hills, Mason Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul and Hope Emergency in Brown County. The seniors collected the most canned goods and the freshmen raised the most money. “Ursuline students are notorious for bringing in thousands of

Two Upper School students from The Seven Hills School have qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). To be eligible for the national exam, both students were required to take the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) test in their respective grade levels. Brian Hu, a sophomore from Sycamore Township, scored in the top 2.5 percent of the country on the AMC 10 test. Isabel Arjmand, a senior from Amberley, scored in the top 5 percent on the AMC 12 exam. The American Mathematics Competition series is designed to provide additional challenge and recognition for high school students in the United States and Canada who demonstrate exceptional mathematical ability. The AIME is a 15 question, three-hour examination. The top-scoring students in

the country will be invited to participate in the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), a program designed to identify and encourage the most creative secondary mathematics students across North America. The top-12 Olympiad participants are invited to a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. "The opportunity for Brian and Isabel to participate in such a noteworthy math competition is a big deal for both of them," said Anne Ramsay, Math Department Chair at Seven Hills. "It is great to see such creative, critical thinkers further exploring their passion for math and challenging themselves at the next level." Brian Hu is the son of Eric and Wei Ji Hu, of Sycamore Township. Isabel Arjmand is the daughter of Dr. Ellis Arjmand, of Amberley and Dr. Sarah Kitchen, of Sewickley, Pa.


Tamar Klayman, daughter of Martin and Cynthia Klayman, graduated from the Jewish Studies major of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago on May 12. Klayman, a 2006 graduate of Deer Park High School, received a bachelor of arts degree. The World Missions and Evangelism department, in which Klayman studied, prepares students to partner with the work of

the global church in the diverse cultures of the contemporary world. Students are equipped to present the Bible's message in cross cultural settings. Klayman studied in the Jewish Studies major, which trains students in knowledge and understanding of the unique culture of the Jewish people through study of customs, traditions, history, thought and literature.





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Wildcats celebrate 35th anniversary of state title Boyce drafted ahead of Cal Ripken Jr. By Scott Springer

DEER PARK — By spring 1977, Jimmy Carter was the U.S. president, “Star Wars” was in theaters and Elvis Presley was still alive. Not listed on Wikipedia is that Deer Park High School won a state baseball title in 1977 under coach Hank Estes, now the namesake of the Wildcats field. Deer Park took what was then called the AA state title on Ohio State’s field . Leading the Wildcats was a hot-hitting third baseman, Bob Boyce. “Doesn’t seem like it’s been that long really,” Boyce said. “We just got together not too long ago with Mr. Estes (coach Hank) and about seven of us.” By Boyce’s account they were 30-2 that year with one loss coming to Western Hills, 8-7. The Mustangs won the AAA state title that year . Deer Park’s other loss in the old Eastern Hills League remains fresh in Boyce’s memory. He still remembers the game with Glen Este like it was yesterday. “They scored three in the last inning to beat us 4-3,” Boyce recalled. “They did a suicide squeeze. The ball was about two feet over the guy’s head and somehow he got it down. I was charging (from third) the shortstop was going to third and the ball went right where the shortstop was.” Beyond Glen Este and Western Hills, every opponent fell short against the Wildcats, including Coldwater, who lost 6-0 to Deer Park in the state final. After making the semis in his sophomore year, Boyce was a state champion as a junior. “That was one of my better years,” Boyce said. “I believe I had nine homers and 66 RBIs that year. Every time I came up, somebody was on base.” The Wildcats also had superior pitching and benefited from a senior named Jim Gross. In prepitch count days, Gross was on the mound for most important games.

“It was all in the approach that his dad taught him just show up one day at a time, play and do your job. ” BOB BOYCE


“Jimmy was 19-1 that year,” Boyce said. “Back then, you could pitch a game and come back the next day and pitch. He pitched the semifinal and final game.” Gross went on to Miami University and was briefly in the Yankees organization. However, he wasn’t the only Hank Estes player to get a pro contract. Bob Boyce’s notoriety goes beyond Deer Park and 1977, as he was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1978. Signed with a $30,000 bonus, his other claim to fame is that he was selected before Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Boyce played a couple seasons with the future “Ironman” and his early returns were good as he hit .318 with four homers in 67 games in his inaugural season in the Rookie League. “My first year in the minors (Bluefield, Va.), I was actually MVP of the league, then my elbow started giving me problems,” Boyce said. After a couple operations for a pinched ulnar nerve, his pro career came to a close in 1982. As well documented, Ripken went on to beat Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record of 2,190. Boyce watched the shortstop grow four inches in his first pro season and also worked with his father, who was a minor league instructor at the time. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Boyce said. “It was all in the approach that his dad taught him just show up one day at a time, play and do your job. Next thing you know, it’s 16 years in a row.” Next spring, Boyce’s 14-yearold son will play for Deer Park.

Moeller baseball coach Mike Cameron stands in the Crosley Field-Blue Ash dugout in 2005. He coached 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr., who should be a first-ballot selection in 2016. FILE PHOTO


Former coach proud of pupil By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — In September 2011, one of the Cincinnati Reds’ official scorers made reservations for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, N.Y. It proved to be a wise move as that weekend typically books up well in advance. You would expect as much from a veteran like Mike Cameron, who before writing “6-4-3” in Reds scorebooks was watching double plays as Moeller High School’s head coach for 39 years (1969-2007). One of his Crusaders was Barry Larkin, who will be inducted in July along with former Cubs great Ron Santo. Leave it to a manager to take advantage of a good scouting tip. “I talked to George Grande, who for 30 years was the MC of the Hall of Fame,” Cameron said. “I saw him at a Reds game and I said, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘I think he’s in. Go ahead and make your reservations.’” Soon, Cameron will head for the mountains of New York state along with a couple of his former assistants to watch a guy they met 35 years ago become baseball royalty. He first encountered Barry Larkin in the late 1970s when his older brother Mike was a Moeller football player. “I was never thinking that I’d coach a Hall of Fame player, especially back in the ‘80s,” Cameron said. “You

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could tell right away that Barry was a very talented athlete. He played all three sports up until his senior year.” At Moeller, Larkin started for three years, which is a rarity for Crusader baseball. He also was a ferocious hitter at defensive back on the gridiron, by all accounts. “He definitely could’ve played college football,” Cameron said. “I had the good fortune of coaching Barry for three years on the football team also. I was secondary coach, so I coached him six

different times.” Having visited Cooperstown before, Cameron is looking forward to this next trip and then another in 2016 when Ken Griffey Jr. is a likely first-ballot inductee. “It’s going to be very special this time to see an induction of someone you know, much less someone you coached,” Cameron said. “It’s hard to believe.” For the record, he has not made the 2016 reservations just yet, but he’s amazed to be a part of what would seemingly be a small circle of high school coaches who have coached multiple Hall of Famers. “I’m going to wait a little bit on that,” Cameron said laughing. “I’m just really proud of both of them, the way they conducted their careers.” A veteran of four state titles (’72, ‘89, ‘93, ‘04), 10 district titles and five regional crowns, Cameron still stays busy on non-Reds days as an assistant at Moeller. He has worked with both the freshman and junior varsity teams in recent years and was pleased to see former assistant Tim Held lead the Crusaders to their sixth state title last month in Columbus. “It’s always exciting because there’s new coaches that are doing it for the first time,” Cameron said. “It’s very, very rewarding to see the program keep evolving under Tim.” Larkin will give his induction speech July 22 in Cooperstown where his former coach will likely score it a hit.


Deer Park's 1977 AA Ohio state champions, from left: Top row, coach Hank Estes, Roger Combs, Bob Boyce, Tony Tubbs, Mike Thompson and Ray Hedger; Middle row, Jeff Thomas, Dave Carroll, Mark Lovingood, Steve Davis, George Connett and Randy Grimes; Front row, seniors Dan Holle, Frank Thorman, Jim Gross, Derby Garrett and Jeff McNulty. THANKS TO WWW.PLAYERSWITHPRIDE.ORG

Former Deer Park High School football standout Alonzo Brown recently decided to continue his athletic and academic careers at Muskingum University. Brown, a 5-foot-10, 203pound safety, was team captain and honorable mention all-conference. He was voted best de-

fensive back on the team. He is the son of Churee Brown. Muskingum is led by head coach Al Logan - the 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Coach of the Year. Logan, a 1982 Muskingum graduate, a former Muskingum All-American and member of the Muskingum Athletic Hall of Fame, has rewritten Muskingum’s offensive records with his spreadoption offense in his first five

years at the helm of the program. The Muskies have set new school marks for most passing attempts in a season, most touchdown passes in a season, most passing yards in a season, most pass completions in a season, most first downs passing in a season, most passing attempts for a game and best average passing yards per game.



More than 150 years ago, energy exploration was the driving force for job creation and economic development in Ohio, even placing the state as the world’s leading producer of oil. Today, Ohio oil and gas drilling is back. New opportunities within the drilling industry are sprouting thanks to recent technological advances, such as horizontal drilling. However, as with most new opportuniShannon ties, the call for Jones COMMUNITY PRESS responsible environmental GUEST COLUMNIST stewardship remains. As we move ahead, we must continue to give special attention to protecting our state’s land and natural resources. Recently we passed legislation with bipartisan support, which requires well operators to report chemicals used during the well stimulation process to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The bill puts in place the nation’s first well construction chemical disclosure requirement. The public has the ability to view online what hydraulic fracturing fluid compositions are used at specific wells. In an effort to better monitor water quality, water samples are to be taken within 1,500 feet of all horizontal wells and operators will be required to disclose the source of any water that is used in their operations. New and sound oversight measures like these are needed to ensure the health and safety of our communities, while also holding the oil and gas companies accountable for their practices. Increased civil and criminal penalties have been put in place for those failing to comply with the new standards. Operators who are found in violation will have no choice but to improve their methods if they wish to continue doing business in Ohio. The new laws also emphasize the need for renewed responsibility and collaboration among industry leaders and government entities. Horizontal well operators are encouraged to enter into agreements with local governments pertaining to the

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maintenance and upkeep of roads and highways that are utilized during production. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will now have the ability to call upon other state agencies to offer regulatory support and assistance. This new, shared responsibility will create a vested interest among Ohio’s regulators and ensure efficiency and reliable oversight in the decades ahead. Since the start of this year, much work has been done to continue the momentum of rebuilding Ohio’s economy. At the center of this is a commitment to providing quality jobs and new economic opportunities. These energy reforms will require an elevated level of transparency and strong oversight, while enabling us to take advantage of the opportunities that lay ahead. As always, I embrace the challenges ahead and welcome your thoughts on the issues that matter to you the most. I can be reached by phone at (614) 4669737, by email at, or by writing to me at One Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. State Sen. Shannon Jones represents Ohio’s 7th Senate District, which includes Warren County and a portion of Hamilton County. She serves as the Senate majority whip and chairman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.


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Energy reforms essential for job growth



I wish to thank all the residents who came out to the Madeira Council meeting to vote no against the Camargo Crossing development. So many seniors/veterans/ parents spoke of years and years of living in quaint Madeira and our comfort/safety/camaraderie atmosphere. It was like a history book coming alive. I so

love our seniors/ceterans/parents for standing proud! And what was amazing was seeing all the residents holding up their “Vote No” signs when residents got up to speak and having a white wave of signs littering the airwaves. I thank Madeira proud for providing those signs and for their actions which culminated tonight in a no vote. I commend city council, Tom Moeller and

other committees for their patience with the huge crowd for actually “listening” to them and for those who provided us with laughter thru out the process tonight. Good people make good things happen...the residents and the council were not just good...they were great! Sami Smith Madeira

CH@TROOM June 27 questions Are you concerned about your privacy now that the FAA has been ordered to give unmanned aircraft, or drones, greater access to civilian airspace by 2015? Why or why not?

“Creepy. Big Brother just keeps getting bigger and no one seems to notice or care.” L.A.D. “Lots of aircraft fly over every day if you live near Lunken Airport. Helicopters from the Duke Energy regularly fly over at very low elevation to survey the power lines. Google Earth takes satellite photos good enough to pick out cars in the driveway or lawn chairs on the deck and Google streetview takes pictures from the front of the house. Why should I care about a few drones? I worry a lot more

NEXT QUESTION Will you be attending, participating in or volunteering at the World Choir Games. Why or why not? 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.

about the land vehicles driving down our streets being directed by people who forgot about paying attention the traffic 3 phone calls and two texts ago.” F.S.D. “Am I concerned about my privacy now that the FAA has been ordered to give drones greater access to civilian airspace? No. Take a look at the maps available on Google and

other GPS devices ... drones wouldn't be much more dramatic than these maps. “We need some better way to deter lawbreakers, and that has to start with finding them. I wonder if a drone might have prevented Brian Terry's murder? If abuses develop down the road (i.e., spying on innocent people), we can deal with that when it happens.” Bill B. “Remember how Hollywood makes such crazy ideas part of our lives? Like all things human, we will blindly go forward to an extreme on this before we vote to go back to the middle. Thank God for our Constitution! This document will endure, but we will all be violated by this Terminator technology first.” K.P.

Senate should address ecomony May’s unemployment number came out recently. Rather than see the unemployment rate gradually come down, as one would expect if we were today in a recovery, the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2 percent. And if that wasn’t bad Steve Chabot COMMUNITY PRESS enough, the previous two GUEST COLUMNIST months unemployment numbers were revised to show the jobless rate in those months was worse than it had been reported. Descriptions of the jobs report in the media included the following: disappointing, dismal, discouraging, dreadful, and dugly (well, ugly actually, but I was sticking with just “D” words.) The stock market plunged upon release of the jobs report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down nearly 275

points for the day, and down well over 10 percent from recent highs. The stock market has now erased all its gains for the year, and is now in negative territory. President Obama, as usual, blamed everything and everybody but himself for the lousy jobs picture. It was the weather; or it was Greece; or it was China; or it was his favorite target, Congress. He says Congress hasn’t passed his jobs bill. And that’s true. Congress hasn’t passed his big, bloated, budget-busting Stimulus II. But the Republican-controlled House has passed 30 or so common-sense bills – tax relief, regulation relief, litigation relief bills, that if they became law, would have had a direct impact on the economy and job growth. But the Democrat-controlled Senate, in cooperation with Barack Obama, has blocked virtually every one of them, and we’re seeing the direct results of that obstruction – a stalled economy and a lack of job growth.

There was considerable speculation by the political pundits about what impact these latest jobs numbers would have on the presidential election. This may well be true, as far as I’m concerned, there’s something else that’s far more important. And that’s the real people who are directly affected by the trauma of unemployment. Real people, real families, real lives are being impacted – today, right now. It’s not a game. And the American people have a right to expect that those they’ve elected to the presidency, or to the Congress, will focus their best efforts on improving things, especially the economy and the jobs picture, rather than just scoring political points. No more excuses. Steve Chabot represents Ohio’s 1st District. He can be reached at 441 Vine St., Room 3003, Cincinnati, OH., 45202, phone 513-684-2723; or by email at contact-me/.

New law provides needed public housing oversight On June 6, Gov. John Kasich signed legislation into law that will provide more oversight of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Chris Monzel COMMUNITY PRESS Housing Authority GUEST COLUMNIST (CMHA) by adding two additional board members who will better represent the interests of Hamilton County communities outside the city of Cincinnati. The legisla-

tion will take effect Sept. 6. The new legislation provides for an increase from the current five to a total of seven members on the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority board of directors. Under the new legislation, one board member will be added from the Hamilton County Township Association and one from the Hamilton County Municipal League. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is the agent in Hamilton County for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The de-



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partment oversees property acquisition, strategic planning and management of all lowincome public housing. This legislation expanding the number of board members will provide a greater voice for communities throughout Hamilton County. I traveled to Columbus on two occasions during the bill’s hearing process to testify in support of expanding the board to seven members. I emphasized that Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority needed to be more accountable for the upkeep of its properties.

It has been documented that Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has more than $20 million in deferred maintenance and repair work that should be completed on existing properties. The expanded board will call attention to these issues and others that affect the quality of life for Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority tenants and the surrounding communities. I pledge that my commission staff and I will monitor the actions of Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority’s newly con-

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

stituted board of directors, as well as its newly named executive director Gregory Johnson to ensure that any new housing units placed throughout the county will be the best possible fit for our communities. We will also continue to encourage the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority board to institute new management and spending practices that will result in better-maintained units. Chris Monzel is a Hamilton County commissioner.

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






Cincinnati Country Day senior Joshua Motley plays Harold Hill in the school's production of "The Music Man." THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

The cast of Cincinnati Country Day's production of "The Music Man" performs together. THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

Country Day school’s ‘Music Man’ a hit Ishan Ghildyal ‘14 (Blue Ash) was Mayor Shinn, and Holly Dayton ‘13 (Terrace Park) played Eulalie Shinn. The cast also featured: Carson Aquino ‘14 (Lebanon), Dorian Bell ‘12 (Mount Healthy), Anna Beyette ‘17 (Anderson Township), Marissa Beyette ‘15 (Anderson Township), Samantha Brant ‘19 (Amberley Village), Kathryn Burress ‘16 (Indian Hill), Victoria Callizo ‘19 (Indian Hill), Mitchell Cruey ‘12 (Batavia), Cooper Ebersbach ‘16 (Maineville), Rachel Epstein ‘14 (Blue Ash), Sabrina Finn ‘14 (Anderson Township), Sara Fitzgerald ‘13 (Indian Hill), Henry Fossett ‘19 (Montgomery), Sarah Gamblin ‘13 (Indian Hill), Erica Garboden ‘19 (Loveland), Elizabeth Grace ‘15 (Milford), Isabella Guttman ‘13 (Indian Hill), Ian Hayes ‘16 (West Chester Township), Emma Hoenemeyer ‘14

(Indian Hill), Shashank Jejurikar ‘13 (Montgomery), Madison Komnick ‘14 (Milford), Martha Lamotte ‘13 (Indian Hill), Allison Mesh ‘13 (Indian Hill), Andy Osborn ‘19 (Loveland), Ben Paff ‘16 (Covedale), Victoria Paff ‘14 (Covedale), Petra Palmer ‘12 (Hyde Park), Lucy Patterson ‘14 (Indian Hill), Molly Petre ‘13 (Hyde Park), Nevie Smith ‘19 (Milford), Schuyler Snell ‘16 (West Chester Township), Emily Sprinkle ‘12 (Parkdale), Zach Stacy ‘17 (Batavia), Anneke Stern ‘15 (Indian Hill), Douglas Tallmadge ‘14 (Blue Ash), Joseph Vu '16 (Anderson Township), Connor Wiley ‘15 (West Chester Township) and Maggie Wright ‘19 (Indian Hill). Supervising the show was stage manager Anisa Tatini ‘12 (Mason) and backstage manager Timmy Macrae ‘12 (Indian Hill).

Catherine Smith and Anna Beyette perform in Cincinnati Country Day's "The Music Man" production. THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

The Cincinnati Country Day School musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” charmed audiences. The performance was in Country Day’s 500-plus seat, John Whitman Keeler Theater and featured roles for 44 students in grades 5-12. The production was directed by Upper School Drama Department Head Mark Femia, of Mariemont. “The Music Man is one of several ‘classic’ pieces of American theater that every school should claim in its repertoire,” said Femia. Leading the cast were seniors Joshua Motley ‘12 (Indian Hill) as Harold Hill and Catherine Smith ‘12 (Anderson Township) as Marian Paroo. Will Bernish ‘13 (Anderson Township) played Marcellus Washburn, Annie Nesbitt ‘13 (Blue Ash) played Mrs. Paroo,

Marissa Beyette and Molly Petre do a number in Cincinnati Country Day's performance of "The Music Man." THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

Ian Hayes, Connor Wiley, Victoria Paff and Douglas Tallmadge are in a scene together in Cincinnati Country Day's production of "The Music Man." THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

CCD's Catherine Smith performs as Marian Paroo and Annie Nesbitt performs as Mrs. Paroo in "The Music Man." THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

Emma Hoenemeyer and Carson Aquino act in a scene in "The Music Man" at Cincinnati Country Day. THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

Zach Stacy and Maggie Wright perform in "The Music Man" at Cincinnati Country Day. THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JULY 5 Farmers Market Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road, College campus parking lot. Locally grown produce available to enhance healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Local growers/producers: Lobenstein Farm, Kartal Honey, The Olde Garden Shack, Breezy Acres and Backyard Orchards. Free admission. 745-5685; Blue Ash.

Support Groups

Cooking Classes

Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. Through July 26. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy

FRIDAY, JULY 6 Auditions The Fox on the Fairway, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. For more information, please email the director at Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 321-0762; Columbia Township.

Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Freshly grilled meals and music on dock. Music by Ben Alexander. Meals: $7.75-$9.25. Parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 791-4424; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes AquaStretch, Noon-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Involves being stretched by trained instructor in shallow water with 5-10 pound weights attached to body. Price varies. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Music - Acoustic Toast, 7 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 247-9933; Montgomery.

Music - Choral Friendship Concert, 2:30 p.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 9776363; Kenwood. Friendship Concert, 7 p.m., Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland Miamiville Road, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 977-6363; Loveland. Friendship Concert, 7:30 p.m., Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 9776363; Kenwood.

On Stage - Comedy Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Located at Loveland Station parking area: Route 48 and W. Loveland Ave. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Art & Craft Classes

Geoff Tate, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 8918277. Sycamore Township.


SATURDAY, JULY 7 Canvas and Cupcakes at the Barn, 10-11:30 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Paint canvas following step-by-step instructions from teacher Keli Oelerich of Eat.Drink.Paint. Includes cupcake. All materials provided. $15. Registration required. 859-866-8777; Mariemont.

Karaoke and Open Mic

3-12. $99. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Women’s Separation/Divorce Support, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Comprehensive Counseling Services Inc., 10999 Reed Hartman Highway, Gain comfort, strength and empowerment to move forward with your life. Led by licensed social worker. $35 per two-hour session. Registration required. Through July 20. 891-1533. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 271-5111. Madisonville.

Health / Wellness Health Talk, 6-7 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Madeira, 7907 Euclid Ave., Weekly meetings to answer questions and give information to help make decisions about your health and your life. Free. Registration required. 272-9200; Madeira.

Experience a free performance from World Choir Games participants at the Friendship Music - Concerts Concert at Kenwood Towne Centre at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, 7875 Montgomery Road, Tuesday Concerts in the Park, Kenwood. Call 977-6363, or visit The Cincinnati Men's Chorus is one of four World Choir Games that has performed in past Friendship Concerts. 7-9 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, PROVIDED

To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. mery Road, Information on safe and natural alternative methods for addressing fibromyalgia and its symptoms. Free. Presented by Foundation for Wellness Professionals. 247-2100. Symmes Township.

Music - Choral

Karaoke and Open Mic

Friendship Concert, 3:30 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 6104 Desmond St., Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 977-6363; Madisonville.

Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive, $5. 774-9697; Symmes Township.

Music - Choral Friendship Concert, 9 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 977-6363; Amberley Village.

On Stage - Comedy

Summer Camp - Arts

Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Adult Theatre Camp, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Daily through July 13. Develop abilities in acting, musical theater and improv. Special performance for family and friends at conclusion of the week. With faculty. Ages 40 and up. $200. Registration required. Presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Dept. 5562595; Blue Ash. Learn to Act for the Stage, 9 a.m.-noon, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Daily through July 13. Class, taught by Jim Jung, focuses on fundamentals of acting for the stage. Work on scenes and monologues, which will be performed at end of each week. Topics: stage directions, the tools of an actor and voice projection. Family friendly. $25. Registration required. 272-3700; Mariemont. Creative Clay and Ceramics, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Daily through July 13. Class taught by Sandy Gantzer of Madison Clayworks. Create your very own ceramics, from start to finish. Children have opportunity to texture and shape clay, add details and select colors for final firing. Family friendly. $25. Registration required. 272-3700; Mariemont. Drawing for All Levels, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Daily through July 13. Learn how to see the world as an artist sees it, in class taught by Mary Lou Holt. Start with line drawing techniques and learn basic eye/hand coordination. Ages 7-12. $25. Registration required. 272-3700; Mariemont. Let’s Paint & Create!, 9 a.m.noon, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Daily through July 13. Exploration of different painting techniques and media will be the theme of this class. Students become “art smart†through experimenting with

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 871-7297; Madisonville.

Recreation Ultimate Frisbee, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Ages 20-35. Held outdoors on front lawn. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, JULY 8 Art Exhibits Second Sunday at the Barn, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Members exhibit artwork in Lindner Classroom on second Sunday of every month; artists’ studios open as well. Oils, watercolors, pastels, and unique handmade jewelry for show and sale. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Auditions The Fox on the Fairway, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, Free. For more information, please email the director at 321-0762; Columbia Township.

On Stage - Comedy Geoff Tate, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville.

MONDAY, JULY 9 Health / Wellness Understanding Fibromyalgia, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgo-

Summer Camp Miscellaneous


different kinds of paints and application processes. Family friendly. $25. Registration required. 272-3700; Mariemont. Wee Sew, 1-3:30 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, July 9-13. Create pin cushions, pillows and totes and then learn to decorate our creations with buttons, ribbons and paint. You will leave this fun-filled camp with items you have made while learning basic hand- and machine-stitching. Ages 2-3. $115. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 8914227; Indian Hill. Nature Structures 1, 9-11:30 a.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, July 9-13. Build on and repair an existing outdoor structure using wood, some rope and basic knot-tying skills to create a new structure. Camp will be directed by the team from Thin Air Studios. Ages 4-6. $120. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 8914227; Indian Hill. Nature Structures 2, 1-3:30 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, July 9-13. Design and make a structure that can withstand the seasons and weight that is aesthetically pleasing and unusual. Our project will build an outdoor structure using wood and basic knot-tying skills. Camp will be directed by Christopher Daniels. Ages 7-9. $120. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 8914227; Indian Hill. Farm to Table III, 9:30 a.m.noon, Greenacres Foundation, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, July 9-13. Grades 5-6. Topic: preserving tomatoes, zucchinis and basil. Learn about how vegetables picked at their peak preserve well and make for superior canned goods. $170. 891-4227; Indian Hill. Clay Works Youth Summer Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., July 9-13. Learn the art and craft of clay while having fun and exploring creativity. Classes are small, with maximum of 12 students per class. Students receive group and individual instruction at their own level. Ages 7-13. $220. Registration required. 683-2529; Loveland. Half-Day Summer Camps for Young Women, 1-4:30 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Girls’ Half Day Camp (ages 9-12). Camps use writing and other modes of creative self-expression as tools for personal development, community building and creativity. Participants have opportunity to creatively express themselves, develop friendships, strengthen their voices and build self-esteem. $199. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton.

Camp at the J, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Continues weekdays through July 13. Sports, art room, game room, swim lessons, indoor waterpark, outdoor pool, day trips, nature, crafts and music. For kindergarteneighth grade. Varies. 761-7500; Amberley Village. Tiny Trackers, 9 a.m.-noon, Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Daily through July 13. Introduction to a day camp setting. With structured activities, story time, crafts and a daily snack. Dress for weather. Ages 4-5. $50. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-9500; Blue Ash. Camp Blue Fish, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Daily through July 13. Group sports and games, arts, crafts and water-based activities. Dress for weather. Ages 6-11. $100 per session. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

Summer Camp - Nature Turner Farm Day Camp, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Daily through July 13. Experience life on a working farm and discover the way food connects us to the soil, sun, water and each other. Ages 10-12. $175. Registration required. 561-7400; Indian Hill. Turner Farm Junior Farmer Day Camp, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Daily through July 13. Work with products and resources on the farm, such as food, draft animals, farm equipment and wool. Campers must have completed at least one year of regular farm camp to be eligible. Ages 11-14. $175 per week. Registration required. 561-7400; Indian Hill. Everything that Flies, 9-11:30 a.m. (Grades 2-3) and 1-3:30 p.m. (Grades 4-5), Greenacres Environmental and Agriculture Center, 8680 Spooky Hollow Road, July 9-13. Theme: Kites and bubbles and airplanes … oh my! Learn many ways to harness the wind. $115. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 8914227; Indian Hill. Survival, 9-11:30 a.m., Greenacres Foundation, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Greenacres Pond Site. Grades 6-7. July 9-13. One week of fires, fishing and shelter building, to hone outdoor skills and learn some new ones. Learn some practices that could help you survive in the wilderness. $115. 891-4227; Indian Hill.

Summer Camp - Sports Peewee Summer Basketball Camp by the OH Ballstars, 6-6:45 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through July 30. Children learn basic basketball skills including agility, dribbling, passing and shooting. Ages 3-5. $35-$45. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery. Skyhawks Sports Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Through July 13. Skillfocused sports camp for ages

4433 Cooper Road, Music by Retread Bluegrass Band. Dress for weather. Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.

Parenting Classes More Signing, Less Whining, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Includes pre-verbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari CD. $45 per couple. Registration required. Presented by Signing Safari, LLC. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Recreation Scuba Diving Class, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Scuba Unlimited, 8966 Blue Ash Road, Weekly through Aug. 21. Enjoy same sense of fun and excitement of scuba divers world-wide in safety of a pool. Open Waters Certification available. Ages 18 and up. $85. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; commu. Blue Ash. Kids Love Cool Trips: WNBA, Noon-5 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Travel to see WNBA Indiana Fever in Indianapolis and celebrate Kids’ Day. Ages 5-13. $20-$25. 985-0900. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Business Meetings Dan Molina: Pursuit of the White House Fellowship NSHMBA Cincinnati, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 7875 Montgomery Road, Dan Molina shares his journey and lessons learned during his pursuit of a White House fellowship. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by National Society of Hispanic MBAs Cincinnati Chapter. 6047722; nshmbacincinnati. Sycamore Township.

Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes TRX QuickBlast, 4:30-5 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn new training techniques to spice up current routine. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Skin Cancer Education and Screening, 8-10 a.m. and 5-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Free DermaScan sun damage screening, educational materials to assist with early recognition of skin cancer, complimentary sunscreen samples and healthy food samples rich in antioxidants to promote healthy skin. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery. Health Talk, 7:15-8 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Cincinnati, 4781 Red Bank Road, Weekly meetings to answer questions and give information to help make decisions about your health and your life. Free. Registration required. 561-2273; Madisonville.



Reader shares Silverglade’s chicken salad clone

Annie Hoffman’s clone of Silverglade’s chicken salad For Judy S. I talked to the folks at Silverglade’s, who said their recipe is proprietary, just as they had told me a few years ago when other readers wanted it. Annie Hoffman, a loyal reader, reminded me that she had cloned this recipe way back when and shared it with us. So here’s Annie’s recipe again, which hopefully

orange bell pepper, or 2 medium, chopped or cut into strips 1 jar favorite pasta sauce (I used Kroger marinara) Fresh parsley, chopped Parmesan cheese

Grilled sausage rigatoni starts with store-bought pasta sauce. THANKS TO JUSTIN HAWTHORNE will work for Judy. ½ cup whipping cream, whipped 1 cup real mayonnaise 2½ cups cooked chicken breast 1 cup celery, finely chopped 1 cup small seedless green or purple grapes 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped 1 teaspoon minced fresh onion 1 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients as follows: whip the cream and add the mayo, then add all the rest and chill for at least three hours. You can add your own spices, or hard boiled egg if you like – it is still as good!

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just have to have the recipe. Here’s the story of this one. I was at son Jason’s house and Jess, his wife, was telling me about a spicy pasta dish her neighbor, Courtney, a Mount Washington reader, brought over for them to sample. Luke, my 11 year old grandson, ate it so fast there was hardly a taste left. The dish starts with a storebought pasta sauce, to which you add bell peppers, garlic and grilled Italian sausages. Jess fixed it when we came to dinner, and I was hooked. I made it on my Union Township cable show “Love Starts in the Kitchen.” Everyone came back for seconds. This is a nice dish to tote to someone who may be under the weather. (They also raved about the butter pecan cake which I shared with you

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recently and which I’ve adapted somewhat. It’s on my blog). 1 pound or so Italian sausage links (I used 8 oz. each mild and hot), grilled and sliced into coins* 1 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, minced (2 teaspoons or so) 1 large red, yellow or

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2007 and earned his bachelor’s degrees in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Dayton. Nathan is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration at Xavier University. He is an ice hockey official for the Greater Cincinnati area.

Towne Centre renovating food court Kenwood Towne Centre is upgrading its food court. The renovated food court will feature a new, easier walking pattern from the main mall area to the food court tenants. The flooring will all be one level. Other new amenities will include flooring, lighting, ceiling treatments and all new food court furniture. As part of the remodel the guest services desk was moved to the top of the escalator between Michael Kors and Lenscrafters. In September, the guest services will be in a newly-designed desk in the same location; but for now they are working from a temporary cart and still providing services such as selling gift cards, giving directions and providing information about items available in the stores. Pretzelfest Popcorn Pizzazz is temporarily closed until its new location is built, which is slated for late June. Its new location will be near The Gap on the first level Macy’s wing.


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Consider lawyer when building house New home sales rose in May at the fastest pace in two years. Record low interest rates are driving more people into the housing market and Howard prompting Ain builders to HEY HOWARD! start building again. But unless you’re careful, building a new house can be more costly than you ever imagined. Russ Loges learned

that when looking for a house you need to get more than just a real estate agent. His experience in Liberty Township is one from which we can all learn. “We had hoped to move in within four months of the house building starting – so we had hoped to move in about a year ago,” Loges said. After signing the contract with a builder, Loges learned the first problem was ground could not be broken without a significant amount of engineering work due to the configuration of the lot. Next,

Loges says he learned there were financial problems. “We were trying to save money and paint the house ourselves when I noticed a lot of subcontractors coming and going looking for payment … They came into the house looking for the builder,” Loges says. Eventually Loges was able to get money from the mortgage company to pay some of the contractors – and he had to pay others out of his own pocket. He now estimates the house has gone over budget by about $45,000.

“This is my first housing-building experience. Basically, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong,” Loges said. Loges says there was so little money left on the construction loan he had to spend his own money for, among other things, kitchen cabinets, appliances and plumbing fixtures. At one point he found a lien had been placed on the house by a lumber company so he ended up paying that out of his own pocket again. Loges says he’s learned a valuable lesson. “I didn’t put the proper

legal protection in place … I would go beyond a real estate agent and go to a lawyer if I ever did another real estate transaction like this.” I contacted the builder who blames a lot of cost overruns on change-orders from Loges. He also says kitchen appliances were more expensive than budgeted. After I talked with him, the builder agreed to sign papers for the bank to release the remainder of the construction loan money to Loges so workers could be paid. A new Ohio law gives

the state attorney general more authority to investigate builder complaints, but the best thing to do when buying a house is get your own lawyer at the same time you get a real estate agent. There’s a lot to buying an existing house, let alone building one, and you need to have the expertise of a lawyer to guide and protect you. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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mixed choir consisting of students at the State School of Higher Professional Education in Plock, Poland. This Polish choir has traveled extensively across the globe, and is ranked twelfth in the world in the jazz category. Their repertoire includes music from Gershwin to Simon and Garfunkel. The other choir scheduled to perform at the J is Prime Note Ensemble. This men’s group is the first Filipino a cappella choir from Saudi Arabia, currently based in Southern California. Comprised entirely of Filipino expatriates, this choir was founded in 2001. They have toured internationally, and performed in two previous World Choir Games where they won bronze and silver medals in the male chamber choir category. The free Friendship Concert is a program of the Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas at the JCC, which provides innovative worldclass events for the entire community, and is supported by Nancy and David Wolf. Courtney Cummings, JCC cultural arts manager,

said “We are thrilled to present this Friendship Concert as part of our annual Wolf Center event series. Our goal is to bring a broad range of cultural arts to the community that enrich people’s lives, and encourage new ideas and exciting conversations.” The next major event presented by the Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas will be in September when the JCC hosts the music and political satire of the nationally acclaimed Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters. Everyone interested in attending the free Friendship Concert at the J on Monday evening, July 9, should RSVP online ( or call the JCC at (513) 761-7500 by Friday, July 6. For more information, contact Courtney Cummings at the JCC, 513-7227226 or ccummings@ The Mayerson JCC is at 8485 Ridge Road, next to Ronald Reagan Highway.


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The Mayerson JCC has been selected as a prime venue to host one of 58 friendship concerts, as part of the World Choir Games schedule. Israel’s Ankor Choir will perform at the J, along with two other award-winning choirs, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 9. This concert is free, and is presented by the Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas at the JCC, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Seats are almost filled. Call the JCC to be placed on the waiting list (513) 761-7500. The Ankor Choir is an all-girls youth choir that serves as the house choir for Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ankor Choir members are female students of the Jerusalem Academy High School of Music and Dance. They have won numerous awards in world competitions, and Zubin Mehta, conductor of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, has said this choir has “… the pure sound of angels.” Two other choirs are scheduled to perform at the July 9 concert at the J. Vox Juventutis is an adult


8000 Miami Ave. 513-791-4470 Sunday Worship 9:30 am - Contemporary Service 11:00 am - Traditional Service

Café Chabad is back for the summer. Café Chabad has made a name for itself in Cincinnati for providing Jewish adults with social events that feature delicious food, great entertainment and good company. Held several times throughout the year, these evenings are a wonderful time to meet up with old and new friends in the Jewish community. The summer Café Chabad features a wide menu of New York Kosher deli favorites, including a choice of classic sandwiches such as corned beef, pastrami and smoked turkey and of course, authentic sour pickles. A vegetarian option is available with advanced request. Always on the up and up with quality entertainment, Café Chabad presents a special hitech interactive comedy game show using instant audience feedback via text messaging and smart phones. The Café Chabad will take place on Sunday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center. The fee for the evening, is $15 paid by July 10, $19 after July 10, $118 sponsor. For adults only. Reservations and more information at The center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200;

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Summer children’s camps are 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Register online at Evening Vacation Bible School at Operation Overboard VBS is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. The annual craft show is recruiting vendors to buy space at the show, which will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Register at htm. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142;

Community Lighthouse Church of God

Vacation Bible School is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 9-13, for ages 1 to 12. The theme is Deep Sea Creatures. There will be Bible study, games, crafts, stories and refreshments. The church welcomes guests to itd services. Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

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 is

9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. Small group prayer and share meets at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning in the chapel to discuss the upcoming Sunday morning scripture. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 8918181;www.stpaulcommunityumc .org.

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Trinity Community Church

The church has a free community dinner on the last Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631;



DEATHS Myrna J. Horton

Myrna J. Horton, 68, of Kenwood died June 22. Survived by sister, Sonja (Jim) Michael; nieces and nephews Rayne (Fred) Dabney, Elizabeth Horton, Cindy Michael, Carol McCullam and John Michael; and great-niece, Vickie Ferraria. Preceded in death by brother, Wallace Horton; and parents Ray and Loretta Horton. Services were June 27 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale.


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POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Nicholas Zatac, 33, 3555 Madison Park Ave., tampering with evidence, drug possession, resisting arrest, obstructing official business at I71 and Ridge, June 11. Raymond Montgomery, 36, 4377 Eastern Ave., theft at 3240 Highland Ave., June 11. Toni Brabant, 21, 328 Redbird, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct at I71, June 8. Adam Rodgers, 23, 774 Loveland Miamiville Road, possession of drugs at Little Dry Run Road and 32, June 7. Joseph Spear, 51, 3829 Lonadale St., open container at 7398 Wooster Pike, June 7. Monie Phelps, 45, 2006 Bramble Ave., drug possession at 6811 Grace Ave., June 7.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 4208 Plainville, June 12. Reported at 5603 Viewpoint Drive, June 11. Breaking and entering Garage entered and tools and pumps of unknown value removed at 7968 Wesselman Road, June 8. Criminal damaging Box damaged at 5147 Ridge Road, June 11. Reported at 4208 Plainville Road, June 12. Felonious assault Reported at 7954 Harrison Ave., June 10. Identity theft Reported at 7215 Mariemont

Crescent, June 7. Theft Reported at 4002 Plainville Road, June 7. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 5300 Kennedy Ave., June 11.

DEER PARK Arrests/citations Stephen M. Bengal, 32, 4215 North Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 7100 Blue Ash Road, June 26. George H. Ayers, 44, 7509 Plainfield Road, disorderly conduct at 7509 Plainfield Road, June 24. Kenneth W. Harris, 24, 7212 Virginia Ave., failure to comply with police officer order at Montgomery Road, June 23. Bryan W. Sturdivant, 23, 4231 Webster Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 4100 Webster Ave., June 22. Robert W. Rice, 23, 4520 Victor Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, drug abuse at 4100 Webster Ave., June 22.

Incidents/investigations Theft A woman said someone took 56 Vicodin pills, value $20 at 3816 MacNicholas Ave., June 27.


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 791-8056 » Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 June 6. Juvenile, 16, drug possession, June 14. Kerri Hager, 39, 3961 Spencer, theft, drug instrument, June 14.

Incidents/investigations Theft Diamond ring taken; $2,247 at 8140 Camargo Woods Court, June 9. DVDs taken from Kroger; $239 at Miami Avenue, June 9. DVDs taken from Half Price Books; $121 at Montgomery Road, June 14.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Arrests/citations Johanna M. Smallwood, 27, 1100 Snider Road No. 67, drug instrument, June 5. Juvenile, 17, theft, June 6. Juvenile, 17, complicity to theft,

Ave., obstructing, receiving stolen property at I71 and U.S. 22, June 5.


Graham Schavita, 28, 1232 Elbrem, theft, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 5. Felicia Jones, 21, 1636 Trillium Court, theft at 7875 Montgo-

Incidents/investigations Abduction Attempt made at 3990 E. Galbraith Road, June 3. Breaking and entering Garage entered and blowers valued at $2,375 removed at 8915 Blue Ash Drive, June 11. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 8. Identity theft Reported at 8159 Starting Gate Lane, June 11. Misuse of credit card Reported at 11076 Enyart Road, June 12. Theft Credit card used without consent at 8564 Hermitage Lane, June 7. Catalytic converter removed at 4750 E. Galbraith Road, June 7. Pressure washer valued at $300 removed at 8838 Kenwood Road, June 8. Bracelets valued at $3,060 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 9. Catalytic converter of unknown value removed at 7638 Montgomery Road, June 11. Catalytic converter of unknown value removed at 5900 E. Galbraith Road, June 11. Reported at 6064 Euclid, June 11. Catalytic converter of unknown value removed at Cincinnati, June 11. $20 in gas removed at 5900 E. Galbraith Road, June 12.

mery Road, June 10. Juvenile female, 14, theft, obstructing official business at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 9. Juvenile female, 14, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 9. Juvenile female, 13, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 9. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 7. Amanda Kavanaugh, 19, 8764 Daly Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 7. Etonia Hardy, 24, 3319 Fairfield Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 9. John Settle, 46, 328 Redbind, complicity at 10765 Montgomery Road, June 5. Kenneth Brabant, 46, 7746 Upper Somers Road, assault at 10765 Montgomery Road, June 5. James Dabney, 40, 1818 Hewitt

Madeira police looking for car thief


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and keys to a 2002 Honda Accord belonging to a woman who was inside the residence at the time. “The victim called to report that she saw her vehicle being driven out of her driveway by the unknown male black suspect.” While enroute to the woman’s home, Madeira police Officer Jim Zazycki saw the Honda. “With the assistance of officers from Fairfax and Mariemont, a traffic stop was initiated. The suspect refused to stop and a short pursuit ensued.” The pursuit ended in the parking lot of the

MADEIRA — Madeira police almost immediately recovered a car and purse stolen from a woman recently, but are still looking for the thief. The thief led police from three police departments on a short chase before bailing from the Madeira woman’s stolen car while it still was in motion. According to the Madeira police: A black man described as 5-6 to 5-8 and weighing 120 pounds to 150 pounds entered an unlocked rear door to a home in the 7800 block of Locust Avenue about 2:30 a.m. and stole the purse

Kennedy Crossing Apartments on Woodford Road in Kennedy Heights when the thief jumped out of the moving Honda and into a wooded area. The car crashed into a tree line but received minor damage. A Cincinnati police K9 officer was called to the area, but was unable to locate the thief, who reportedly was wearing a black shirt and shorts and carrying a backpack. Anyone with information is asked to call the Madeira Police Department at 272-4214 or Crimestoppers at 3523040.





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Senior Center hosts Monte Carlo Night

The Sycamore Senior Center in Blue Ash is its their summer FUNdraising evening, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Monte Carlo activities will include casino games, hors d’oeurves and drinks with proceeds supporting the center’s services. Advance tickets can be obtained at the welcome desk for $15 per person or $20 per couple. Event day tickets are $20 per person/$30 per couple. Ticket prices include two drink tickets, and $25 gaming money per person. Accumulated winnings can be redeemed at the latter part of the evening for merchandise, gift cards and services donated by Sycamore Senior Center’s many donors and benefactors. The Sycamore Senior Center is at 4455 Carver Woods Drive in Blue Ash. For more information please call our Welcome Desk at 513-984-1234. Other upcoming events:

Stay cool with senior center indoor sports activities

Enjoy Wii Bowling, chair volleyball, chair yoga, table tennis, darts, bingo, billiards/pool, or work out in the exercise/ fitness room, line dancing, and the many educational and recreational activities available here. Take a tour and join the Sycamore Senior Center to partake in bridge, canasta, and other card games, Mah Jongg and ongoing special activities for active 55+ seniors in surrounding communities. More information is available at the Welcome Desk of the Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Blue Ash or by calling 513-9841234.

So you think you can dance, sing and perform

Adult Theatre Camp, July 9-July 13: The talented faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department can bring out the performer inside you to develop your abilities in acting and musical theatre. The program is for adults over 40 and will be hosted at the Sycamore Senior Center in Blue Ash, from July 9 thru 13. Call CCM Director Dee Ann Bryll at 5562595 for more information.

Nostalgia time with Grandparents/ Grandchildren Day

On Monday, Aug. 13, before the kids go back to school, an event is planned for our special grandparents and their families. Individual packets are available at $5 for a slice of pizza, soda and a cookie, or a family pack for $10 that will include a large pizza, a pitcher of soda and four cookies. There will be entertainment, sports and game participation for all, highlighted with a magic show. The program will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each grandchild will receive a party favor to commemorate the day spent with their grandma or grandpa. Please call 984-1234 to register.

Shades of Elvis

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, celebrated Elvis impersonator Bob Lovelace will return to the Sycamore Senior Center performing songs of the King’s career. This week marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis’s death on Aug. 16, 1977. Come join us during National Elvis Week and enjoy the looks and moves mastered by Bob as he reviews some of the career highlights of Elvis Presley’s career. The program will begin at 11 a.m., with one of Elvis’ favorite meals, a cheeseburger platter fol-


lowed by the performance at 1 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for Center members at $8 and guests for $10. This would be a good time to join the Sycamore Senior Center, get member discounts and stay tuned for all the other activities available to Center members. Please call 984-1234 to reserve your ticket today. The Sycamore Senior Center is at 4455 Carver Woods Drive in Blue Ash.

Computer and Technology Education

Instruction classes for computer basics and E-mail and the Internet are now forming for July and August. Each Thursday during July and August, the computer tutors will also provide Summer Solving Sessions for all types of mobile technology including cell phones, iPads/iPods, digital cameras, GPS units, ereaders and many other technology products. The sessions are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and participants are suggested to bring instruction manuals, take notes and leave confident and informed. No signup is necessary. On Thursday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, an introductory class for novice or would-be digital photographers, will be presented by a veteran professional photographer and publicity coordinator at the Sycamore Senior Center. Bring your digital camera and instruction manual for some new ideas to get you ready for holiday picture taking. There is no charge for this presentation, however, this would be an opportunity for a discussion about a more formalized class in digital photography the center may schedule for fall. Please call 984-1234 to sign up.

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The Madeira Woman's Club has elected new officers for 2012-2013. They are, from left: seated, Jane Bavely, treasurer, and Shirley Kallmeyer, president; standing, Carolyn Gauthier, second vice president; Pat Schoo, corresponding secretary, and Nancy Silvers, recording secretary. Not pictured, Jean Orloff, first vice president. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in St. Gertrude Parish Center. Call 513-561-2117 for further information. THANKS TO RUTH KINNEY


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