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PERSON TO PERSON B1 Your Community Press newspaper serving Columbia Township, Deer Park, Dillonvale, Kenwood, Madeira, Rossmoyne, Sycamore Township E-mail: We d n e s d a y, A u g u s t

Jackie Orent and Molly Cramer

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Musical interlude

Indian Hill Middle School choir instructor Heather Koester has sung for most of her life. However, it’s not often her experiences have included a trip to Europe. Koester recently performed with the University of Kentucky Women’s Choir as part of a concert tour of Italy. SEE LIFE, B1

Hills toppers

The Seven Hills School presented its major athletic awards for the year, honoring students for their athletic accomplishments, sportsmanship and scholarship. Senior Sondra Polonsky of Montgomery was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the year’s coaches, and senior Michael Fink of Amberley Village was voted Male Athlete of the Year. SEE SCHOOLS, A7

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Madeira revises plans for stadium


Crunching the numbers Madeira Stadium Renovation Project Phase II Cost estimates as of July 23 Concession stand $57,269 Restroom $51,950 Ticket booth, entry way (other) $61,130 Total $170,349

By Amanda Hopkins

Fundraising will continue on the Madeira Stadium Renovation Project after the Madeira City Schools Board of Education approved an updated site plan. The updated plan includes a wheelchair-accessible restroom that is 130 feet from the school property line. It had originally been planned for 70 feet away, but several homeowners complained about the location. Madeira Planning Commission approved the conditional-use permit for the new plan earlier this month.s Madeira schools Superintendent Steve Kramer said that the new restrooms, unlike the ones currently used, would be “in the confines of the stadium and handicap accessible.” Vic Parkhouse of the Madeira Schools Fundation will keep fundraising as part of the “Let’s Finish the Job Campaign,” to complete the restroom portion of the renovations. Phone calls, brochures and letters sent out to residents and other groups who

Committed funds Madeira Athletic Boosters Pay it Forward Program (MSRP) Total

$125,000 $15,000 $140,000

Work to build a new concession stand and restroom building at the Madeira High School stadium is under way. may use the facility, including the city of Madeira and St. Gertrude in Madeira. The projected cost of the entire project – including the concession stand, ticket booth and entry way and restrooms – is $170,349. The concession stand, ticket booth and entry way are under construction with funds that have already been donated by the Madeira Athletic Boosters. It was estimated that $30,000

will be needed in additional funds to complete the restroom portion of the project. The project is mainly volunteer, headed by Tom Walter and Steve Schlagbaum. Kramer said the two men have been able to use their own resources and connections to cut down the cost of the project, which he estimates has saved more than 50 percent of the price because of the volunteer efforts and discounted prices.


“They’re good at hunting down bargains,” Kramer said. Outside workers have been hired to help with some of the work. The majority of the construction is projected to be completed before the start of the football season. The Board of Education will decide after an upcoming finance committee on whether to donate funds towards the project.

Back to School drive helps needy students

As a child, Madeira resident John-Robert Cadet was a slave in Haiti. Now he works at the Jean Cadet Restavek Foundation to end the suffering of an estimated 300,000 Haitian children currently forced into domestic servitude in the “restavek” system. SEE STORY, A5

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Concessions made, work under way

By Amanda Hopkins

Stopping slavery


Deer Park resident Mike McVicker first came up with the idea to help children when he saw his daughter’s face light up when she opened up a Christmas present. Eleven years later, McVicker runs an organization called Celebrate the Child which collects donations at Christmas for children in need and is kicking off the organization’s fifth year for the Back to School drive. The Back to School drive collects school supplies for special needs and low income students in the area. “I wish I would have started this 11 years ago,” McVicker said.

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The Back to School drive at Celebrate the Child collects school supplies for special needs and low income students at Linden Grove School, Bridgeport Elementary in Hamilton, Brookville Elementary in Indiana and Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center in Fort

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The school drive spans state lines, helping schools in Ohio, Kentucky and for the first time this year, Indiana. McVicker said expanding to Brookville Elementary in Indiana was the main goal for 2009. “Now it is truly a Tristate effort,” McVicker said. About 30 volunteers help pack the supplies for the schools at Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash. Buening Insurance Agency is a drop off site for supplies. McVicker said he hopes to get more businesses in the Deer Park, Sycamore Township and Blue Ash area involved as dropoff sites. He said it would help get word out about the Back to School Drive and also about the company Mitchell. The organization is run by Deer Park resident Mike McVicker. The drive needs new items for the students for the 2009-2010 school year. pocket calculator; 12-inch rulers (plastic or wooden); pencils – No. 2; pens – either blue or black ink; washable markers; highlighters (either yellow, orange, or


Mike McVicker and his daughter, Brittany, prepare boxes for Celebrate the Child’s Back to School Drive, which collects school supplies for special needs and low income children. The drive runs from July 20 to Aug. 7. involved. “It’s a win-win for both of us,” McVicker said. The Back to School Drive runs through this Friday, Aug. 7. For more information on Cele-

brate the Child or to donate to the Back to School drive, visit or contact the organization at 8914843.

green); glue sticks (the most requested item); scissors (either blunt or pointed tip); crayons (24 count); index cards (100 per count – either lined or unlined); filler paper (150 sheets); pencil sharpeners; spiral binders – 70 sheets per (either

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What’s all that jazz in Indian Hill?

For nearly a decade, David Hall’s Brill Road home in Indian Hill has provided a unique and intimate setting for some great live jazz recorded and produced for CDs. The recent occasion of Hall’s 70th birthday hit a high note in a tradition of special performances served up to an appreciative audience of local music lovers. Hall and his wife, Carroll,

welcomed about 30 guests as he and friends took turns on the keyboard of his Bosendorfer conservatory grand piano providing background for a congenial audience who anticipated something special as the featured musicians arrived. On a musical evening with a program described as, “over the top,” legendary Cincinnati jazz pianist Frank Vincent wowed the crowd along with gifted bassist Michael Sharfe and multitalented saxophonist Rick Van



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Matre, director of jazz studies at University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. Intricate arrangements and spontaneous improvisation highlighted the music with a collection of swinging jazz standards, ballads and be-bop tunes, among other favorites. Interspersed with “banter and chat” by artists and host, the evening was a high note for Hall who said the performance, “made my birthday.” Known for its perfect keyboard tonal quality and clear sound, Hall said the Bosendorfer is considered the Rolls Royce of pianos. It was a birthday present he gifted to himself 20 years ago and said to be the choice of many of the world’s top musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Marvin Hamlisch, and Oscar Peterson. Hall sees his interest in producing jazz CDs as an outgrowth of the Bosendorfer, a special instrument now the focal point of his living room and the impetus for his now legendary “piano parties.” Considered a perfectionist in style and technique with a great sense of swing, Frank Vincent makes the most of the concert piano’s unique sound interpreting the lyric and melody, according to Hall, who recorded his first


CD with Vincent and Sharfe nearly 10 years ago. Vincent has long been a featured performer in the Cincinnati jazz community entertaining audiences for nearly 50 years. Classically trained, Vincent also studied under the great pianist Oscar Peterson. From his early days with the local Dee Felice trio to his current gig at the Celestial with his own group, Vincent has notched kudos from the best in the business. Woodwinds master Van Matre demonstrated his virtuosity on the saxophone, clarinet, flute and piccolo. He performed solo and also “made magic” accompanying Vincent and Sharfe, who is often featured with the Cincinnati Pops and has worked with various musical artists, including the late Rosemary Clooney. The evening lineup included renditions of favorites including: “All the Things You Are,” “I Can’t Get Started with You,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “Just in Time,” “Don’t be That Way,” “That’s All,” “Never Let Me Go,” “Darn that Dream,” “One O’Clock Jump,” “How are Things in Glocca Morra,” “Dreamsville,” “The Song is You,” “Put on a Happy Face,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” a swinging “Europa” by Carlos Santana, along with some other current and vintage jazz. Growing up in a family that appreciated music, most notably classical, Hall said he developed a taste for jazz over the years taking in many New York jazz clubs on business trips when he had the opportunity. “I found most jazz musicians are introverted. Music is their personality,” he said. “There was always the chance of hearing something great.” The retired CFO for EaglePilcher Industries said he got more serious about his interest in playing the piano when he bought the Bosendorfer. “I wanted to hear it played as it could and should be by the music masters,” he said. He networked to scope out the local Cincinnati jazz scene before launching the CD projects, now numbering 11 in all. The CDs were co-produced by Hall and veteran city band manager and musician/technician Stan Hertzman. Some took several sessions. For example, “Here and Now” was recorded at 8200 Brill in four separate live performances between December 2002 and June 2004. Generally acknowledged as an expert in sound, Hertz-


David Hall in his den at home in Indian Hill admires his framed display of CDs recorded live at 8200 Brill Road the past 10 years.


Pianist Frank Vincent, bassist Michael Sharfe and saxophonist Rick Van Matre perform during the 70th birthday party for local jazz promoter David Hall of Indian Hill. man used a digital audio work station, explaining that computer equipment recorded the audio on to a disc right in Hall’s living room through microphones placed as close to the true sound as possible. The collaboration is more about promoting the music and the local artists than about making money on the CDs, said Hall, who basically underwrites the recording projects to cover the musicians’ cost, royalties and other fees associated with recording. The CDs are on sale at Barnes and Noble, Joseph Beth Booksellers, local specialty stores and jazz clubs. According to Hall, the faces in the audiences often change from party to party, but the common thread is a serious appreciation of jazz. Local pharmacist Wayne Morris has been a regular at the piano parties for nine years and sells the many CDs at the counter at Adrien Pharmacy in downtown Madeira. “I love all the recordings,” he said, calling Hall’s birthday concert, “a very special evening ... as good as it gets.” He said, “I look at it as a privilege, an honor to be asked to come. When I think about David Hall I appreciate what a wonderful host he is bringing in world-class music to an outstanding setting. “For jazz lovers who savor every note. It’s always a magical evening.” Some of Hall’s fellow piano players were on hand to celebrate Hall’s 70th, including Ted Lawrence and

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Otto Geier, who often get together with Hall to play informally at the Cincinnati Country Club on weekends. Another frequent invitee is former astronaut and music lover Neil Armstrong, who attended many past performances including the “Here and Now” sessions calling Vincent, “a magnificent jazz pianist ... I always love listening to him play. He has a marvelous innovative ability.” Jimmy Stewart, a longtime friend of David Hall and a fellow amateur on the piano, came from Maryland to celebrate the birthday calling the performance, “over the top.” Hall plans to continue the piano sessions several times a year with a wide range of guest performers, inviting a modest size group of 15 or 20 people of various backgrounds who appreciate good jazz. The musicians respond to their audience, he said. Soon he plans to bring in some New York jazz artists for recording sessions and will invite a local pianist and singer sometime later this year. “I do it for the musicians too. It gives them a place to play in front of an audience that’s really here to hear them play.” Jazz originally was first performed in homes then migrated to clubs, Hall said. “It is the most unique form of conversation between musician and listener.” Hall said he is excited about the younger jazz artists coming out of schools like UC Conservatory of Music, putting Cincinnati on the map and considered at the top in terms of pumping out new young talent. He said he still hopes to do a DVD project one day and plans to record a CD session of his own music on piano one day, when he feels he’s ready. “I’ve got the name, ‘My Turn.’” Until that time, he looks forward to showcasing more talented musicians at the best jazz venue around – 8200 Brill.


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The Madeira Historical Society is looking to fill the

position of Society Archivist. The person selected for this position will work at the

Miller House Museum sorting out and organizing the collection of photos, newspapers

and thousands of other pieces of information at the Miller House. This work was

started several years ago by a college student attending Eastern Kentucky University, but the collection has grown. The position is a volunteer position that the society hopes can be filled by a student needing college credits, a retired person or anyone able to help the society. This person selected as archivist will work closely with museum curator Dona Brock. Please contact Doug Oppenheimer or Dona Brock at 513-561-9069.

Play in the park

The city of Madeira is hosting the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company performing “Romeo & Juliet” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at McDonald Commons Park, 7451 Dawson Road, Madeira. The event is part of Shake-

speare in the Park. It is a free event. Chairs will be provided or bring a blanket and sit on the lawn. Pack a lunch and some wine and enjoy the show. Any questions, call 5617228.

Become a Kiwani

Madeira Kiwanis is looking for new members. Kiwanis is a worldwide charitable organization. Their mission and focus is helping children and families in need both locally and nationally. Kiwanis is looking for energetic and creative individuals who are passionate about serving others. For more information contact Chuck Dimmitt, 513-4058032, or Mike Wing, 513-5029040.

Madeira using 10-point grading scale By Amana Hopkins

For the new school year, Madeira City Schools will start using a new 10-point grading scale. The Madeira Board of Education approved a change to move the district from the current sevenpoint grading scale to the 10-point scale. The change was recommended during a previous meeting by a study done by the Madeira Schools Planning Commission. District Superintendent Steve Kramer said that the main reason for the change was to bring Madeira in line with other area schools and colleges who already use the 10-point scale. “We’re not talking about changing our rigor. We’re putting our kids on even playing field,” Kramer said during an April 20 school ShopLocal has great deals on everything from chairs to tires. Your one-stop-shop for the best deals on millions of products, from hundreds of online retailers and your favorite local stores.


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board meeting. Kramer said it would help the high school students when applying for college and scholarship opportunities. He also said the move will not be made retroactive and that the grades from previous years will be judged based on the seven-point scale. The grading scale will go into effect at the beginning of the school year.


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Slavery: ‘It’s up to us to stop it’ countless beatings. “Yet unlike them, I was able to escape through education. Today I want to help bring an end to the restavek system and bring hope and freedom to the children of Haiti.� How did you escape it? “I never really escaped – I was sent to the United States to live with the same family I lived with when I was in Haiti. When they found out that it was illegal to have a child under 18 that did not attend school, they kicked me out of the house because I was no longer any use to them. “I had a teacher who helped me find a place to live and a job so that I could continue going to school.� How old were you when you came to the United States? “I do not know my age as I never had a real birth certificate. I think I was around the age of 15 when I came to the U.S.

“My driver’s license says that I am 54 years old, but given that I never knew my actual birth date, I can not be completely sure.� Why did you choose to settle in Madeira in 1994? “I came to Cincinnati to visit my soon-to-be wife. She was teaching school in Madeira and when we married that is where we chose to live.� (Cadet has a son, Adam, with his wife Cindy and a stepdaughter, Katrina.) When did you found the Jean Cadet Restavek Foundation? “I founded the Foundation in 2007. We are international – located both in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti as well as here in Kenwood.� Why did you establish the foundation? “To bring an end to child slavery in Haiti. This type of abuse of children should not exist for any reason. Poverty is a reality, but it is not an excuse.�

What does your foundation do? “First and foremost, we educate restavek children. Through our child sponsorship program, we pay for tuition, uniforms, books and one meal a day. This gives children relief, restores their dignity and builds skills that will help them be contributing adults. “Second, we advocate for restavek children within Haiti and raise awareness throughout the world.� How can people support your foundation? “The best way is to

sponsor a child. The more children we sponsor, the more lives we permanently change. Groups or school classes can sponsor a child together as well. “Another easy way is to do a book club – all proceeds from my book go to the foundation. And last – a real simple way is to buy a birth certificate for a child. Without that, they have no rights in Haiti and it’s only $15.� Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you’d like to address? “Just for people to please check out our Web site – www.restavekfree-


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Montgomery Road Shell station getting facelift

The Shell gas station on Montgomery Road near Interstate 71 will get some updating this fall. Sycamore Township Board of Trustees approved a plan presented by Gilligan Oil Co. to tear down the gas station at 10809 Montgomery Road. Township planning and

zoning administrator Greg Bickford said that the current station is around 2,700 squre feet, but has only 500 to 1,000 square feet of usable space. The new station will be about 4,000 square feet and will include a convenience store, a Subway restaurant and possibly a Dunkin Donuts. “It’s too small for what they want, but they are fit-


The Shell gas station on Montgomery Road near Interstate 71 will be torn down this fall. A newer, bigger Shell station will be built on the site and include a convenience store, a Subway and a Dunkin Donuts. ting in what they can,” Bickford said. Bickford said it is a small site and other amenities such as a car wash could not be added. The large highway sign will be torn down and a smaller sign for the gas station will be put up along Montgomery Road. New

pumps and a new canopy will be added as well as more landscaping around the side and back of the building. The station itself will be made from brick and stone. “It is definitely an improvement,” Bickford said. The building is expected to be torn down sometime in the fall and Bickford said

“It’s too small for what they want, but they are fitting in what they can.”

Greg Bickford Sycamore Township Planning and Zoning administrator construction may be completed as early as next spring.

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Towne Place contractors seek payment

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Cincinnati News Service A group of 10 subcontractors who performed work for the stalled and foreclosed Kenwood Towne Place project have formed an alliance to put pressure on the project’s developers and lenders. Led by John Kraft, president of Kraft Electrical Contracting, owed several million dollars, the group’s mission is to combat unfair business practices associated with the local construction industry, and to ensure that situations such as the one at the high profile Sycamore Township project may be avoided. Bank of America filed a complaint against the project in May, claiming developers Bear Creek Capital, Neyer Holdings and DOV Limited owed more than $81 million on the loan. “It’s been too quiet,” Kraft said. “The subs haven’t been paid and aren’t getting closer to being paid.” More than $58 million in liens have been filed by contractors against the project since work stopped in December 2008. The contractors hope to push the building into receivership, and eventually foreclosure, because they believe their liens may have priority over Bank of America’s mortgage. The group is also concerned that the health and safety of workers in the building may be compromised as long as it sits incomplete. A hearing on the foreclosure case was scheduled for Aug. 3 in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.


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Seven Hills honors outstanding athletes The Seven Hills School presented its major athletic awards for the year, honoring students for their athletic accomplishments, sportsmanship and scholarship. • Senior Sondra Polonsky of Montgomery was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the year’s coaches, and senior Michael Fink of Amberley Village was voted Male Athlete of the Year. In soccer, Fink was a four-year varsity starter playing forward and midfield. He was the Miami Valley Conference Player of the Year his sophomore year. This year he was the team’s Most Valuable Player, First Team All-City, First Team All-SW District, Second Team All-State and a LaRosa Player of the Week. He helped the team to Miami Valley Conference, sectional and district championships. Fink will be attending Arizona University. “His soccer coach describes him as an intelligent and technically skilled player, a leader who leads by example and is demanding of his teammates, and someone who would do anything to make his team better,” said Athletic Director Dick Snyder. “He’s wonderful young man who is a gifted athlete, and it showed when he played lacrosse for the first time this year. He showed his speed, agility and power as he helped the lacrosse team’s high power offense.” Sondra Polonsky is a threesport athlete and has been for all four years at Seven Hills. In tennis she was First Team All-League, First Team All-City and the


Seven Hills Middle School eighth-graders Lauren Gerhardt and Nick Bland are congratulated by Seven Hills Middle School Atheltic Director Roger Schnirring for receiving the the 2008-2009 Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards. Coach’s Award winner. In basketball her team won the sectional and district championships and was regional finalist. She received honorable mention recognition from the league. In softball this year she is the Player of the Year, MVC First Team and a District All-Star player. “Her coaches use words like ‘loyal, dedicated and willing to do anything to help the team.’ She loves being part of a team,” said Snyder. “No one practices harder, plays harder and wants to win more, but she also combines this with outstanding sportsmanship. She was the winner of the Elinor Moser Sportsmanship Award her junior year. An outstanding student who

was a scholar athlete almost every season, she will attend Washington University in St. Louis next year where she will play softball. • The Elinor Mosher Award was awarded to junior Kyle Neu of Madeira. The award honors Elinor Mosher, an alumna who epitomized good sportsmanship and playing to the best of one’s ability while encouraging both teammates and opponents. A three-sport athlete, Kyle Neu is a young man who is a quiet leader and a determined athlete who makes every team he plays on better. “Whether it is soccer, basketball or baseball, Kyle Neu has a positive impact,” said Snyder.


Seven Hills seniors Michael Fink and Sondra Polonsky have been named the Male and Female Athlete of the Year by the school's coaches.

Applebaum Miller • Seniors Peter Mannion of Blue Ash and Sarah Rabourn of Villa Hills, Ky., received 20082009 Ohio Scholar-Athlete Awards. • The 2008-2009 Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards, were

presented to seniors Paige Applebaum of Symmes Township and Ryan Miller of Hyde Park and eighthgraders Lauren Gerhardt of Oakley and Nick Bland, formerly


of Hyde Park. • Seven Hills parent Kristi Woodworth of Hyde Park was presented the Booster Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts on behalf of the Seven Hills sports program.


Indian Hill High School student government members Jillian Goldberg, left, Nik Raju and Connor Billing present a check to Kathy Greenberg with the Freestore Foodbank for $1,500.


Ultimate auction

Ursuline Academy will hold the 27th ultimate auction, the largest fundraiser of the school year, Nov. 21 in the school’s Besl Theatre. The Ultimate Auction’s executive board met recently to gear up for the annual late fall fundraiser. Members include, from left: front row, Allison Yeager of Montgomery, Michelle Morgan of West Chester Township, Barb Backscheider of Blue Ash, Ginnie Donovan of Blue Ash and Anne Marie Kaes of Blue Ash; back row, Ellen Bourgeois of West Chester Township, Sue Dickens of Montgomery, Micki Harrell of Kenwood, Mary Alice LaPille of Maineville, Lori Haines of Anderson Township, Julie Ruggiero of Blue Ash and Becky Ishee of West Chester Township.

Teacher of the Week nomination

Phil McCluggage, a teacher at Deer Park High School, was nominated for the Great American Teacher of the Week through Warm 98 and WLWT Channel 5. For his nomination he was awarded two tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game. He is here at the game with his wife, Robin McCluggage, also a teacher at Deer Park High School.


Indian Hill students help feed the hungry By Forrest Sellers

A charity donation was the result of holiday goodwill. Seniors in the student government program at Indian Hill High School recently donated $1,500 to the Freestore Foodbank. Jillian Goldberg, senior class secretary, campaigned for donating proceeds from the organization’s annual Music Fest to the Freestore. “(During) the holiday season my family and I decided instead of giving gifts we (would give) money to the Freestore,” she said. “We wanted to see how we could help the most people in need.” When student government members began brainstorming in

January for which charity to donate money to from the spring Music Fest Goldberg suggested the Freestore. “I enjoy channeling the energy of the students into a worthwhile event like this,” said Wendy Silvius, an adviser for the student government. “It’s rewarding seeing them get excited by this and persevere in seeing it through to the end.” Kathy Greenberg, an officer with the Freestore, said a donation of this amount from a high school is significant. Each dollar raised will provide four meals, she said. “They are the next generation of givers,” Greenberg said about the students.

SCHOOL NOTES Off to college

Lauren Rice of Deer Park has enrolled as a freshman at The University of Findlay for the 2009-2010 academic year as a pre-veterinary medicine major. The daughter of Tim Rice and a graduate of Mount Notre Dame High School, Rice was active in Big Sis/Little Sis, Cougar Pride, National Honor Society and Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship in high

school. She was awarded the Trustees’ Scholarship to attend the University of Findlay.


Kyle A. Liming of Madeira has received a National Merit Scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University. A recent graduate of Madeira High School, Liming plans to major in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt.


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Wanninger, Reynolds forge bond By Tony Meale

Ashley Wanninger and Kathryn Reynolds aren’t in the same grade, don’t go to the same school and don’t even play in the same conference. But they’re still teammates. Wanninger, who will be a senior at Colerain, and Reynolds, who will be a junior at Mount Notre Dame, are spending their second summer together as members of the Cincinnati’s Finest Lady Ballers, one of the premier club basketball teams in the area. “We both went to the same MND camp when we were younger, and we’ve been good friends since last year,” Wanninger said. The similarities between the two players are striking. Both are deadly accurate long-distance shooters, and both bring leadership and a winning attitude to the table. “We’re practically the same person out there,” Wanninger joked. Despite the parallels in playing style, Wanninger and Reynolds haven’t clashed; they respect one another and relish the opportunity to play on the same team. “That’s probably my favorite time – when we get to play together,” Reynolds said. “You’re not going to find a better kid with more class than Ashley.” Interestingly enough, Wanninger, who averaged a team-high 15.7 points for the Cardinals last year, strongly considering attending MND when she was an eighth-grader at St. James in White Oak. Her role model growing up was Mel Thomas, who was an All-American at MND and played for Geno Auriemma at Connecticut. “I wanted to follow in her footsteps,” Wanninger said. But in the end, she chose the Cardinals over the Cougars. “I give her a hard time sometimes,” Reynolds said, laughing.


Playing for Matt


Mount Notre Dame junior Kathryn Reynolds is enjoying her second year as a member of Cincinnati's Finest, as several colleges have expressed interest in her. “But I’m happy we get to play together in the summer. I know she loves Colerain.” As members of Cincinnati’s Finest, Wanninger and Reynolds have traveled throughout the country – from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to Murfreesboro, Tenn. – and have faced some of the top players in the Midwest and beyond. Earlier this year, they won a local tournament at Lakota West. “It’s much more competitive than the high school season,” Wanninger said. “The coaches push me a lot harder than last year, especially since they know I’m playing at the next level.” Wanninger has verbally committed to Xavier. “I wasn’t even considering XU, and then I went to the campus and was blown away,” she said. “It’s a small school with a big personality.” Reynolds, meanwhile, is being looked at by several colleges,

including Kentucky, Michigan State and Ohio. She averaged nearly 10 points per game as a sophomore and helped MND to its fourth straight state championship. She is best remembered, perhaps, for her game-winning lay-up at the buzzer during the state finals her freshman year. “The (CF) coaching staff really works with you – not just in practices but in individual workouts,” Reynolds said. “It’s impossible not to benefit. You get a feel for the focus level that you need so you don’t get off track, and it makes me appreciate (high school) basketball even more.” Of course, CF prepares its players for basketball after high school, as well; more than 20 CF alumni have received scholarships to play collegiate basketball in the last two years. “The competition is what college will be like, and they’re getting you ready for that,” Wanninger said. “It’s hard work.”


Indian Hill High School head football coach Mike Theisen addresses a group of parents at Indian Hill’s Football 101 clinic. Theisen gave the basic overview of the defense during the field demonstrations as part of the clinic.

Indian Hill football class may return By Mark Chalifoux

One thing Mike Theisen wanted to do after he took over the Indian Hill High School football program was to get the community more involved. One step for that was the Football 101 clinic at Indian Hill on July 21. “We offered a clinic primarily for moms which was an overview of our athletic facilities, a tour of our locker room and weight room, a demonstration of the lifts our kids do, our trainer did a 15minute session and then we went out to the field to give an overview of our offense, defense and special teams,” Theisen said. “It was more informational, just to give them an idea of our base formations and for the par-

ents that don’t know the difference between a tight end and a split end.” Theisen said he got the idea from another program he worked at more than 20 years ago. Almost 30 parents signed up for the clinic and Theisen said he hopes to have another one next year, perhaps incorporating more movement from the parents. “We’d like to make it a yearly thing. It’s a nice way to get parents that don’t know me or are new to the program more involved with the varsity level,” he said. Position coaches gave informational speeches along the tours and fielded questions from the parents. Thirteen of the junior and senior football players volunteered at the clinic, helping demonstrate different lifts in the weight room

and different formations on the football field. Theisen said it’s critical to involve the community in the program. “It’s good for the kids and the more information we can get out about it the more we can get back. It’s good for the overall program,” he said. Indian Hill also had a coaching clinic for pee-wee coaches later in the week. “Another one of my goals is to tie the pee-wee program and high school program together a little better from beginning to end,” he said. The team has a volunteering project toward the end of July. “As much outreach as we can do as a team the better it is for the program,” Theisen said.

Moeller High School’s Danny Rotella makes the out at first for the Cincinnati Sharks in the Matt Maupin 15U Baseball Tournament. His put-out against the Northern Kentuck Hitmen’s Robert Humpert kept the game going as the Sharks defeated the Hitmen 3-2 in 14 innings during quarterfinal action. The tournament July 2-6 brought out several teams from around the Tristate to Loveland to play ball and support the troops through the Yellow Ribbon Center. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the center’s new scholarship.

U18 Elite takes second at nationals Meredith Snow and Ashley Daniels, both of Indian Hill High School, and their U18 Ohio Elite club team fell just short of winning a national title at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. Competing as one-of-four regional champions at nationals, Ohio Elite advanced to the finals of its U18 girls’ bracket after finishing pool play at 2-0-1. Ohio Elite fell to FC Bucks Vipers, 1-0, during the finals Sunday, July 26, to finish as national runner-up. Snow was one of seven players to score for Ohio Elite at nationals as she net one goal. Snow begins her sophomore season with the University of Mississippi this fall. Daniels is committed to the University of Cincinnati’s collegiate program. Taking place in Lancaster, Mass., nationals began with pool play Wednesday, July 22, and concluded with finals Sunday, July 26. The Vipers became the first girls’ team from Pennsylvania to win a U.S. Youth Soccer national title. Milford High School graduate Alyssa Rich and Lisa Nouansengy, a Dayton resident, led Ohio Elite with two goals each during nationals. Rich is committed to the prestigious Division I collegiate program at the University of North Carolina. Elizabeth Burchenal and Emily Cardell, both of Saint Ursula Academy, netted one goal each for the U18 Ohio Elite girls’ team at nationals. Like Rich, Burchenal is also committed to the University of North Carolina. Cardell will play college soccer at the University of Louisville.

Ohio Elite U18 girls’ club roster

Lauren Amyx (Saint Ursula), Ohio State University Lindsay Bell (Anderson), University of Memphis Ally Berry (Saint Ursula), Wake Forest University Caitlin Bresnahan (Sycamore), Washington State University Elizabeth Burchenal (Saint Ursula), University of North Carolina Tara Campbell (McNicholas), Duke University Emily Cardell (Saint Ursula), University of Louisville Dana Dalrymple (Anderson), University of Iowa Ashley Daniels (Indian Hill), University of Cincinnati Brooke Eberly (CHCA), University of Cincinnati Alix Hildal (Sycamore), University of Mississippi Kiley Naylor (Ursuline), University of Virginia Alyssa Rich (Milford), University of North Carolina Meredith Snow (Indian Hill), University of Mississippi Leslie Twehues (Highlands), University of Kentucky Sarah Vinson (Amelia), Marshall University Maggie Brown (Lakota West) Kate Biggerstaff (Columbus resident) Erin Jacobsen (Chicago resident) Lisa Nouansengy (Dayton resident) Allie Vernon (Chicago resident)

Highlands High School’s Leslie Twehues and Chicago resident Erin Jacobsen also scored one goal each at nationals for Ohio Elite. Twehues will play college soccer at the University of Kentucky. Ohio Elite kicked off pool play at nationals with a win over ESC 91 Black, 4-0, Wednesday, July 22. The girls improved to 2-0 in pool play Thursday, July 23, with a win over Pleasanton Rage, 3-0. During the final day of pool play Friday, July 24, Ohio Elite finished in a 2-2 draw with FC Bucks Vipers, the eventually U18 girls national champions.

SIDELINES Deer Park seeks players

Deer Park Youth Football is in search of several more players for its football team. Practice will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays behind the Sycamore Township Administration Building, 8540 Kenwood Road. Registrations are still being accepted for all age groups, both football players and cheerleaders. Financial aid is available for families who qualify. With raffle tickets, players can play at no cost to parents. Contact Dave Anderson at 545-7269 or

Baseball tryouts

The Cincinnati Sharks baseball organiza-

tion is preparing to conduct player evaluations for the multiple age groups for the 2009 season. The Sharks are recognized as a Program of Excellence and have teams in most age groups in the National and American divisions of the SWOL. Coaches are looking for a few high skill and character players with a passion for the game for the 2010 season. The organization has an emphasis on developing players for long-term success. Call 623-4171 for U16, AND 256-7265 for U13. • The 2010 Cincy Flames 8U select baseball tryouts are scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15; and 6-7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23. Contact Brian Giesting, 535-1648.

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City champs

The St. Gertrude seventh grade boys celebrate winning the CYO Division I Baseball Championship, May 25, defeating St. Veronica and finishing the season, 6-2. Team members are Jamie Rieger of Montgomery, Steven Koesterman of Montgomery, Matt Ballweg of Madeira, Zak Handel of Madeira, Ryan Gallenstein of Madeira, Max Suddendorf of Symmes Township, Nicholas Geraci of Kenwood, Andrew Racadio of Madeira, Jared Beitman of Loveland, R.J. Bradley of Loveland, Gage Goodwin of Milford, Bobby Naber of Montgomery, Mulligan McCarthy of Madeira and Sam Holtmeier of Madeira. In back, from left, are scorekeeper Leslie Miller, assistant coach John Racadio, head coach Steve Koesterman, assistaint coach Paul Rieger and assistant coach Dave Ballweg.

UC Clermont baseball wants to get noticed

In just its second season of competition, the UC Clermont varsity baseball program has established itself as a contender on the national scene. The Cougars finished 23-181 overall, qualified for the postseason, placed fourth in the national tournament, and landed individuals on the All-American and All-Tournament teams. The Cougars were one of eight teams selected to play in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national championship tournament, May 1114 in Hampton, Va. The Cougars placed fourth in the tournament. Sophomore catcher and Madeira High School alum Tony Ramirez was named to the All-Tournament team. Sophomore first basemen Dominic “Nic” Constanzo, a Mariemont High School product, became the program’s first All-American, making the honorable mention team. “Nic had an outstanding year,” head coach Joe Spriggs said. “He does the things that we try to teach all the kids. He really leads by example.” Costanzo was surprised and honored to gain national recognition for his performance this season. He was most pleased with his team’s success in just its second season. “I thought the greatest thing this season was getting to nationals,” Constanzo said. “We have a legitimate shot to get back next year and win the whole thing.” That is the goal for the Cougars, who have recruited from the deep talent pool on Cincinnati’s east side and quickly assembled a skilled and experienced roster. UC Clermont sees itself on a similar level as two other local small colleges, the College of Mount St. Joseph on the west side and Thomas More College in northern Kentucky. The east side lacked a comparable program until the Cougars began play in 2008. “The east side has kind of

been starved for this type of program,” Spriggs said. “There are a lot of good players on this side of town.” Constanzo said it’s a comfortable atmosphere. “Most of the guys have played together or against each other since we were kids,” he said. Being selected to the USCAA national championship and earning individual honors brings the pro-

gram national and local recognition. The coaching staff aims to build on the success of the 2009 season. The Cougars hope that their success this season will help with recruiting and keep UC Clermont in the discussion of possible 2010 national champions. “We hope this will be a huge help for our recruiting,” assistant coach Dino Constanzo said.

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Last year, Deer Park revived a long missing tradition in the area, a youth football program in the city. When the opening kickoff is in the air, Deer Park Youth Football will be well on their way to another successful season. In the efforts to build a winning program in the school district, the coaches of this youth program stress the importance of fundamentals, such as proper tackling and blocking techniques. In addition, the competitive nature of the sport is kindled, and players are taught the importance of working together as a team. Not only are players taught the skills of the game, but they are also learning life lessons in the process. While winning is always important the Deer Park coaching staff emphasizes the role of character and sportsmanship on a daily basis. They talk about having a positive attitude and to never give up in football or in life. Unlike other programs the Deer Park Youth Football program is small in size, which gives the athletes the opportunity for more playing time. “Many local youth teams have around 40 players,” said Dave Anderson, one of the founders of the program. “By having around 25 players or so on a team, those players who pay attention,

work hard, and play hard are rewarded with the playing time they deserve. It is not always about the superstar, yet who best exemplifies the qualities of a team player.” Deer Park offers teams starting at age 5 and going up to age 11. This is based on their age as of Aug. 1.



By Emily Cohen

Sycamore Junior High School students Becca Melvin and Dylan Stern receive the Ohio High School Athletic Association's prestigious Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award. The award is presented each year to a male and female student who has been outstanding in efforts to promote sportsmanship in the school and community.


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Do your share during smog season Warm weather is immersing the Tristate, which means smog season is upon us! The Ohio- Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) asks that everyone do their share for cleaner air this summer to reduce smog and improve the region’s air quality. “Smog is dangerous because it is an environmental concern that can negatively affect a person’s health,” said OKI Board President and Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery. “That is why preventing and reducing smog pollution is important for everyone in the Tristate region.” Smog is especially harmful to children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems. Smog

is dangerous because it restricts the lungs from absorbing oxygen, which makes breathing very difficult. Inhaling this pollutant can cause short-term Katie Lauber health problems as shortness Community such of breath, chest Press guest pains and wheezcolumnist ing. It can also cause more damaging long-term health problems such as chronic inflammation of lung tissue, increased respiratory symptoms, heart attacks, lung disease and chronic bronchitis. Smog can also have a harmful and

CH@TROOM July 29 questions

Have you seen coyotes or other wild animals in your neighborhood? What can or should be done to lessen the threat of coyotes? “To me it is a challenge in and of itself. “Humans eventually encroach on the habitat and domain of creatures. “Some enthusiasts compel legislation that protects some or many at the expense of others, be it creatures or humans. “If someone diminished your territory, property and source of food, etc ..., how would you feel and react? “To me an appropriate compromise is to safely attempt to rescue and humanely capture them, transport them, and release them in a more diverse habitat ala more rural and wild that hopefully will allow them to exist and thrive better in their own turf area.” JJJR “No coyotes seen here, however we do have deer, the last seen were three fawns of course we have the usual assortment of rabbits, birds, squirrels, With the fairly large lots of half-acre and growth there is natural food for them.” F.J.B.

What do you like and dislike about the health care proposals currently before Congress? “I oppose this plan because of the high cost, my distrust of the federal government’s ability to handle any program efficiently, and I worry the time to get an appointment to see a doctor will be months under this program. “Just look at Canada’s, Great Britain’s and Massachusetts’ health plans to see the problems they have. Look at how badly the government has run the post office and Social Security and you see just how bad health care could be. If this health plan is so good why has the president tried to stop all debate by those who question the plan? Is he hiding something?” A.S. “It all has so much wonderful potential. “Now with the one-party majority with it seems that instead of striving for excellence, it is par for the course for the GOP lovers to denigrate the Dems for any suggestion to improve.

Next question Sycamore Township is trying to revitalize its Block Watch program. Do you think such program are effective? Why or why not? Should Major League Baseball reinstate Pete Rose? 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. “When you have nothing, anything is better, as long as it is legal. “Our national political system seems to have evolved into two parties: Dems, you support the prez on his ideas and that of the Dems in the U. S. House and Senate, and if you are a GOP, all you have to do is oppose any idea and try to block it. “What ever happened to the concept of what is best for our nation? “We can give millions and billions to other nations, surely we can put appropriate funding with checks and balances back into the budget to help our very own? “Have you ever tried to get preventative, routine, or needed health care from anyone when you have little, miniscule or no health/ medical coverage? “It is truly shameful that we cannot all get along and give due diligence to someething so important that will benefit us for once and all.” JJJR “The answer to that is a very loud clear, nothing, the federal government is totally out of control, failed to fund Social Security, and is operating in violation of our Constitution, which establishes limits on the powers of the federal government. “This results in loss of local control, in our schools, private business, the continued socialization of our country by both parties must be stopped and people elected who will restore our constitutional rights. “I sincerely hope the people will wake up before it is too late to save our freedoms. “Wake up mayors, city council, school boards, business owners.” F.J.B.

lasting impact on the environment including plants and trees. Constant smog pollution can alter and seriously disturb environmental growth over time. Smog alerts are issued when there are high levels of pollution in the presence of sunlight, high temperatures and little cloud coverage. It is important to pay attention to local media outlets to find out when a smog alert has been issued; interested individuals can also call 1-800-621- SMOG and sign up to receive a smog alert notification when an alert is issued. Luckily, there are many simple changes everyone can make to reduce smog and keep the air clean including: carpooling, walk-

“Simply being conscious of your decisions and planning ahead can make a significant difference.”

Mark Policinski OKI executive director

ing or riding a bike short distances, refueling and using gasoline powered lawn equipment after 8 p.m., maintaining vehicles, conserving electricity, limiting car idling, and spreading the clean air message to friends, family and coworkers. Doing these things will have positive health effects and


Katie Lauber is the Clean Air program assistant for the Ohio- KentuckyIndiana Regional Council of Governments.

Viable, long-term solutions to budget crisis ignored The past few months of budget deliberations have proven to be especially difficult with the state’s $3.2 billion deficit and the conflicting opinions among legislators for the best course of action for Ohio’s economic recovery. My colleagues and I in the House Republican Caucus have made great efforts to call for fiscal responsibility and introduced numerous bills to address wasteful spending. A growing concern of our caucus has been the uncontrolled growth of Medicaid and unchecked, wasteful spending of your hard-earned tax dollars. In 2006, the Ohio auditor of state conducted an audit of our state’s Medicaid expenditures. The study made multiple recommendations to improve the system and control spending. However, as of this year, few of the recommendations have been implemented and Ohio’s spending on Medicaid is 40 percent higher than the national average. During budget proceedings, my colleague, State Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania), introduced a bill to put into action more of the recommendations to eliminate any excessive waste of tax dollars. House Bill 240 would repair inefficiencies in Ohio’s Medicaid system, potentially saving taxpayers $122 million annually. This bill would have been a responsible and long-term step toward closing state’s deficit. However, the proposal was rejected as an amendment to the budget and never received a hearing in the Ohio

House. To further our commitment to helping Ohio’s taxpayers, my colleagues and I in the House Republican Caucus also urged an Ron Maag initiative to eliminate government Community waste by streamPress guest lining governcolumnist ment agencies. H.B. 25, introduced by State Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney), recommended the consolidation of Ohio’s 24 state agencies to 11, making our state government more efficient and reducing duplicitous expenditures. I co-sponsored this bill because of its potential to save taxpayers more than $1 billion annually. Again, this measure was rejected as an amendment to the budget bill and has yet to receive any public hearings. Together, HBs 25 and 240 had the capability of saving Ohioans more than $2.5 billion over the next two years. Instead of examining existing problems with outof-control spending and waste, this budget – which is based on Goc. Strickland’s framework – favors cuts to vital services as a means to fill the budget gap. These cuts include reductions to funding for our local libraries, inhome care for the elderly and services to the disabled. Furthermore, Gov. Strickland has placed video lottery terminals, or slots machines, at Ohio’s race

Fixing inefficiencies in state government should have been the first step toward a smartly balanced budget. Viable, longterm solutions were ignored and I regret that I could not support this budget. tracks to raise additional revenue to close the budget gap. Essentially, the governor and House Democrats are attempting to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Ohioans, rather than repairing wastefulness at its root. The budget recently passed the Ohio House by a vote of 54-44 and was sent to the governor for his approval. Certainly, it has been a very difficult and tedious task of balancing a budget in these difficult economic times. Regardless, fixing inefficiencies in state government should have been the first step toward a smartly balanced budget. Viable, long-term solutions were ignored and I regret that I could not support this budget. I will continue to speak for your interests and to promote sensible use of your tax dollars. Contact State Rep. Ron Maag at 77 S. High St., 10th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215;; (614) 644-6023.


Deer Park council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the municipal building, 7777 Blue Ash Road. Phone 794-8860. Web site:


Deer Park Community City Schools district office, 8688 Donna Lane, Deer Park. Phone: 891-0222. Web site: Deer Park board of education meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Holmes Elementary School, 8688 Donna Lane.


Commissioners – meet at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Room 605 of the County Administration Building, 138 E. Court St., downtown. The next meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 5. Call 946-4400.


Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 2724500. Web site: Indian Hill school board meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road.


Madeira city council meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each

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Madeira City Schools district office, 7465 Loannes Drive. Phone 985-6070. Web site: Madeira City Schools board of education meets at 7 p.m., on the first and third Monday of each month Perin Media Center in Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive.


Sycamore Township board of trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at township offices, 8540 Kenwood Road. Phone 791-8447. Web site:



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By Forrest Sellers


Jackie Orent and Molly Cramer are looking for donations to raise money for juvenile diabetes research. They plan to bike 100 miles in Death Valley, Calif., in October to raise awareness of the disease from which Cramer suffers.

Sycamore students bike for a cure Three years ago when Molly Cramer and Jackie Orent were freshmen at Sycamore High School they each raised $3,500 for juvenile diabetes research by bicycling 40 miles in Death Valley, Calif. This fall when the girls will be seniors, they hope to raise a minimum of $4,700 each by bicycling 100 miles during the Ride to Cure Diabetes held annually in Death Valley – just one of the fundraisers mounted regularly worldwide for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Cramer, who lives in Blue Ash, learned she had Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes five years ago after she collapsed while playing lacrosse. “She was rushed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she was immediately diagnosed with pancreas failure, meaning that her body could no longer produce its own insulin,” said Orent, her friend and an Evendale resident. “Within the hour, the first of countless insulin shots began.” Cramer and Orent have been training since last win-

If you want to donate

Contributions are taxdeductible and can be made by visiting useaction=rideCentral.persona lpage&riderID=8914 or by mailing a check made out to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to Cramer or Orent at 3629 Fawnrun Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241. ter for the bicycle ride and hope to complete it in one day on Oct. 17 – Cramer’s 18th birthday. They are looking now for people who can donate to the cause. “You can help save lives,” Orent said. “You can help kids and teens like Molly so they won’t have to poke themselves with needles multiple times a day.” Said Cramer: “I am lucky that I have insurance and access to great medical advances and the support of friends and family, but not all kids are that fortunate. “Please help me and help them at the same time,” she said. Reported by Jeanne Houck

THINGS TO DO Superb seafood

Cooks’ Wares – Symmes Township is hosting the cooking class “Superb Seafood” from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p . m . Thursday, Aug. 6, at Cooks’ Wares – Symmes Township, 1 1 3 4 4 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township. The class is led by Jeff Simmons, owner/operator of the Seafood Station in Loveland. The cost is $50 and registration is required. Call 489-6400 or visit

Water use

Grailville Education and Retreat Center is hosting the Homegrown Permaculture Workshop, “Water Use Workshop,” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland. The event includes lunch. The cost is $65 and registration is recommended. Call 683-2340 or visit

Stamp away

Stamp Your Art Out in Blue Ash is hosting the Stampaway USA Rubber Stamp Convention from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. The event includes shopping and demonstrations. Admission is $8. Call 7934558 or visit

Get ready for school

Forest Dale Church of Christ is hosting a Back to School Bash at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Forest Dale Church of Christ, 604 W. Kemper Road, Springdale. The event includes a Kids’ Zone play area, cookout and rummage sale. School supplies given to qualifying children from the Princeton and Winton Woods school districts beginning at 10 a.m. (while supplies last.) The Kids’ Zone begins at 10 a.m.; cookout begins at 11:30 a.m. Call 825-7171 or visit Forest Dale Church of Christ Youth Minister Josh Garrett and Deacon Rod Blanton are organizing the “Back to School Bash.”

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Indian Hill Middle School choir instructor Heather Koester has been singing for most of her life. However, it’s not often her experiences have included a trip to Europe. Koester recently performed with the University of Kentucky Women’s Choir as part of a concert tour of Italy. “I don’t know if words can describe it,” said Koester, who sang alto during the tour. “Everything (in Italy) is so beautiful. It takes your breath away.” The choir performed at St. Peter’s Basilica and at a music festival in Bologna as well as several other locations. Koester, who is a 2002 graduate of the University of Kentucky, was invited as an alumni to participate on the tour. Koester, 30, sang with a variety of choirs during high school and college. “It was a love and passion from the start,” she said. “(Singing) is a way to


Heather Koester recently performed with the University of Kentucky Women’s Choir on a concert tour of Italy. Koester is a choir and general music instructor at Indian Hill Middle School. express yourself and let go. “It brings with it so many emotions.” Although she sang alto during the tour, Koester said she is trained as a soprano. She has also been a soloist at a church in Lexington, Ky. She is a resident of Fort Thomas, Ky.

Koester has taught choir and general music at Indian Hill Middle School for eight years. “I love how (the students) are eager to learn about music,” she said. “I am appreciative the community supports music education.”

Koester, who is married and the parent of a 19month-old son, said family is currently a priority. However, she doesn’t rule out expanding her musical horizons in the future. “Eventually, (I) plan to expand into other singing venues,” she said.

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Cheer camp offered

The Madeira High School cheerleaders will host a cheer camp for girls in grades two through 11 who are interested in learning proper cheer technique. It will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Madeira Middle School gymnasium. Girls need not be in a cheer program to participate. Campers will learn correct hand and arm positions, various types of jumps and complete cheers. Parents are invited to watch a short performance by the campers at 11:50 a.m. The cost to participate is $35, which includes a Tshirt and snacks for each attendee. Pre-registration and payment are required by Friday, July 31. Registration and emergency forms are on the school Web site, www.madeiracityschools.or g, under “athletics.”

Shawl makers want to contact solders’ families

A prayer shawl ministry at Christ Church Glendale is asking for help. The group, which knits or crochets shawls for the families of military personnel who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, wants to reach out to area families of fallen soldiers. Group members are asking that friends or family members of such individuals contact the church so that the ministry can help them remember their loved ones with a prayer shawl. “It’s important to honor those who were brave enough to go and serve their country,” said Donna Boggs, a member of the prayer shawl ministry. “We’re trying to stay cur-


Swim club finishes strong

The swim and dive team from Montgomery Swim & Tennis Club finished in second place during the recent Private Pool Swim League Championships at Keating Natorium. Outstanding performances were accomplished by the 80member team. Notably, Kevin Berghoff won the boys breastroke for the 9/10 age group. Teammate Mark Hancher won both the boys individual medley and the butterfly events for the 11/12 age group. MSTC posted great results during relay events winning the free relay for the 15-18 boys and girls, the 13-14 girls, 9/10 boys, and the 8 and under girls. From left: the 15-18 girls from Montgomery Swim & Tennis Club celebrate at Private Pool Swm League finals. From left: Betsy Zilch, Charlotte Harris, Kirsten Mosko, Lauren Hancher and Katie Kaes. rent with casualties, but there are many families of the fallen in past years who have not been remembered, and we want to find out how we can get in touch with them.” The ministry, started by Indiana resident Cozette Haggerty in 2006 when her own daughter was on her second deployment in Iraq, has spread to church groups all over the country. Most of the shawls are made for adults, but child-sized garments are available for children of soldiers who have died. Boggs said that making the prayer shawls is its own reward, but that the group does sometimes hear from recipients. “What we mostly hear is: ‘I can’t believe that somebody still remembers,’” she said. Information on families of the fallen should be directed to Boggs or Sue Mitchell through Christ Church Glendale: 513-7711544 or For more information about the ministry itself, visit ps4fs/shawls/

30-year reunion of the Loveland class of 79

Loveland High School’s Class of 1979’s 30th reunion will take place Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8 Friday, Aug. 7 – Meet and greet, Cindy’s Tavern in Loveland, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 – Picnic in Nisbet Park, noon to 4 p.m.; The Works in Loveland, 8:30 p.m.-? Happy hour prices on drinks, pizza and appetizers. For more information please email with your contact information.

Church seeks donations, volunteers for annual Lawn Fete

Sycamore Presbyterian

Church is seeking donations and volunteers for its annual lawn fete and auction set this year for Saturday, Sept. 12. What began as a simple ice cream social has since evolved into a 102-year tradition and primary fundraiser of the year for the Symmes Township church. Hundreds are expected to turn out in search of used home furnishings, antiques and various odds-and-ends. Others will go to savor the delicious festival fare or for the silent auction, corn hole tournament, antique appraisals, chicken dinner and car show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit three nonprofit organizations: Comfort Foundation, which ministers to orphans and needy children in Russia; City Gospel Mission of Cincinnati, which works to help people to become self-sufficient; and the church’s National Mission Trip set for next year. The church will also use proceeds to complete the renovation of its historic chapel. Donations needed include toys, books, trinkets and auction items. Items not accepted include large appliances, computer or stereo equipment, building materials and Christmas trees. Drop off items between 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays or 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the church, 11800 Mason Road. Event sponsors and volunteers are also needed. For more information, call the church at 513-6830254 or go to


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Lost Paintings of Charley Harper, 10 a.m.8 p.m. Fabulous Frames Sycamore, 10817 Montgomery Road. More than 50 original commissioned works acquired from the Ford Motor Company’s private corporate art collection. Through Aug. 8. 489-8862. Sycamore Township.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road. Grass-fed Black Angus beef, freerange chicken, produce, lamb, turkey, eggs and honey. 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Large variety of local and seasonal vegetables. Flowers such as zinnias, cosmos, sunflowers, strawflowers, blue salvia and more. 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Nutrition and Fitness 101, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Join registered dietitian and degreed personal trainer to discuss latest trends of nutrition and fitness. $20. 9856732; Montgomery.


Story Time, 11 a.m. Celebrate Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month with a story about the importance of keeping eyes healthy. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road. Free. 794-9440. Kenwood.


Bye Bye Birdie, 7:30 p.m. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road. $8, $7 advance. Presented by East Side Players. Through Aug. 15. 891-8878; Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, A U G . 7

Wine Tasting, 6 p.m. With Mark Newton, director of winemaking of DiStefano Winery. $30. microWINES, 7292 Kenwood Road. Includes light appetizers. Reservations required. 7949463; Kenwood.


Blue Ash Concert Series, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Music by Parrots of the Caribbean. Blue Ash Towne Square. Cooper and Hunt roads. Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.


Bye Bye Birdie, 7:30 p.m. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 891-8878; Blue Ash. Brotherly Love, 7:30 p.m. Madisonville Arts Center, 5021 Whetsel Ave. Christian comedy. $10. Presented by Write the Vision Productions. Through Aug. 8. 271-8600. Madisonville. S A T U R D A Y, A U G . 8


Lost Paintings of Charley Harper, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Fabulous Frames Sycamore, 4898862. Sycamore Township.


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 2trg, 946-7766. Blue Ash. Constitution Seminar, 8 a.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. “The Making of America” seminar, presented by Dr. Earl Taylor, president of the National Center for Constitutional Studies. $35. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati 9/12 Project. 793-4500; Blue Ash. Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Days in the Park, 4 p.m.-midnight. Chicken dinner. Music by Timeline 5 p.m. and After Midnight 8 p.m. Chamberlain Park, 7948860. Deer Park.

Lost Paintings of Charley Harper, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Fabulous Frames Sycamore, 4898862. Sycamore Township.



Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, 946-7766. Blue Ash.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Days in the Park, 6 p.m.-midnight Music by Red Idle 8 p.m. Chamberlain Park, 7640 Plainfield Road. Family fun area, food, rides, carnival games, clowns, wandering magician and cornhole tournament. Presented by City of Deer Park. Through Aug. 8. 794-8860. Deer Park.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. 50 cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


Bye Bye Birdie, 7:30 p.m. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 891-8878; Blue Ash. Brotherly Love, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Madisonville Arts Center, 271-8600. Madisonville.


Private Sports Lessons, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Choose from basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, football, and lacrosse. Ages 5 and up. $250 for six. Presented by Sports Progression. 335-5283; Montgomery. Soccer Clinic, 10 a.m. ages 5-7; 11 a.m. ages 8-10; noon ages 11-12. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. One-hour sessions for recreational and competitive athletes. $25. Registration required. 985-6747. Montgomery. PROVIDED. SUBMIT PHOTOS TO: RMALONEY@COMMUNITYPRESS.COM

The City of Deer Park is hosting Days in the Park from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 7 and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 8, at Chamberlain Park, 7640 Plainfield Road, Deer Park. The event includes a family fun area, live music, food, rides, carnival games, clowns, a wandering magician and a cornhole tournament. Call 794-8860. M O N D A Y, A U G . 1 0


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, 946-7766. Blue Ash.



Snow Shoe Crabs, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Ages 21 and up. $5. 774-9697; Symmes Township.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Community Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 7754 Montgomery Road, gymnasium. All items remaining at end of sale donated to St. Vincent de Paul. Benefits St. Vincent Ferrer School PTO. 791-9030. Kenwood.


OAR Spay/Neuter Clinic, 8 a.m. Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place. For male and female cats. Pick up following morning between 9 a.m. and noon. Worming, flea treatment, microchipping available. Distemper and leukemia vaccines, $14; Rabies vaccine, $10. $45. By appointment only. Through Aug. 29. 871-0185; Madisonville. S U N D A Y, A U G . 9


Wine Bar Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Store, 984-9463; Montgomery. Cincinnati Dinner Train, 7 p.m. Cincinnati Dinner Train, 4725 Madison Road. Boards at Barbecue Revue. Three-hour train ride complete with four-course meal on restored vintage rail cars. $69.95; plus tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages. Reservations required, available online. 791-7245. Madisonville. Trivia, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 10738 Kenwood Road. Chance to win gift certificates and other prizes. Free. 791-2199. Blue Ash.


Happy Hour, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 791-2199. Blue Ash. Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 984-9804. Blue Ash.


Sonny Moorman Group, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Guitar Lovers, 7342 Kenwood Road. 793-1456. Sycamore Township.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill.


Happy Hour, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 791-2199. Blue Ash. Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 984-9804. Blue Ash.


Summer Carillon Concerts, 7 p.m. Richard Watson, carillonneur. Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street. Listen in the surrounding park as the carillonneur performs on a keyboard connected to 49 bells inside the tower. Tours of keyboard room and bells may be arranged through the carillonneurs. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519. Mariemont.


Bye Bye Birdie, 7:30 p.m. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 891-8878; Blue Ash.


Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005. Kenwood.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill.


Happy Hour, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 791-2199. Blue Ash. Happy Hour, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Old Saloon, 7450654. Kenwood. Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 984-9804. Blue Ash.


No Saints, No Saviors, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. Allman Brothers Tribute Band. 7912753. Loveland.


Kenwood Towne Centre, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Kenwood Towne Centre, 745-9100; Kenwood. T U E S D A Y, A U G . 1 1


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.

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Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, 946-7766. Blue Ash. Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Happy Hour, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 791-2199. Blue Ash. Happy Hour, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Old Saloon, 7450654. Kenwood. Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 984-9804. Blue Ash.


Bye Bye Birdie, 7:30 p.m. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 891-8878; Blue Ash.


Gattle’s, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gattle’s, 8714050. Montgomery. Kenwood Towne Centre, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Kenwood Towne Centre, 745-9100; Kenwood.


Teaching Classes, 7 p.m.-midnight, Living Word Fellowship, 9781 Fields Ertel Road. A Bible-based, family focused church. Presented by Equipping Ministries International. 742-1100. Loveland.

Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, 946-7766. Blue Ash. Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Happy Hour, 3 p.m.6 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 791-2199. Blue Ash. Happy Hour, 4 p.m.8 p.m. Old Saloon, 745-0654. Kenwood. Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m.6:30 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 984-9804. Blue Ash.


Humana Healthy Kids Zone, 2 p.m. Madisonville Branch Library, 369-6029. Madisonville.


Bye Bye Birdie, 7:30 p.m. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 891-8878; Blue Ash.


Kenwood Towne Centre, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Kenwood Towne Centre, 745-9100; Kenwood.


Happy Hour, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 791-2199. Blue Ash. Happy Hour, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Old Saloon, 7450654. Kenwood. Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 984-9804. Blue Ash.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; Blue Ash.


Blue Ash Concert Series, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Music by the Klaberheads. Blue Ash Towne Square. 745-6259; Blue Ash.


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


Riverbend Music Center hosts Rascal Flatts with special guest Darius Rucker at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 800-745-3000.

Gattle’s, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gattle’s, 8714050. Montgomery. Kenwood Towne Centre, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Kenwood Towne Centre, 745-9100; Kenwood.


The Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club hosts the 49th Annual Flying Circus, a radio control model air show with aircraft featuring flying saucers, Harry Potter and Snoopy’s dog house. It is 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 8-9, at the Butler County Regional Airport, 2820 Bobmeyer Road, Hamilton, Ohio. It is free; parking is $5. Visit or call 513-608-8521.


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Considering the surprises of life Have you ever stopped spontaneously at a gas station, talked with a stranger at the next pump, and left with a great job offer? Did the university you chose for educational purposes introduce you to your spouse? Did you lose track of the wisest schoolteacher you ever had, wish you could have her advice now, and a week later in a crowded mall see her again? Have you ever unexpectedly met a physician who soon proved vital for your health? Many occurrences in our lives seem accidental or completely by chance. And the odds are thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what they are. But there are a few others that seem so much more to us in their impact and personal meaning. Yet the causes are undetectable. What can we call such

occurrences? One melodious word is serendipity. A serendipity is an unexpected happy occurrence, or, as Webster defines it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;making desirable discoveries by accident.â&#x20AC;? Others might say that all such unexpected events, no matter how coincidentally bizarre, are just â&#x20AC;&#x153;blind fate.â&#x20AC;? We might even feel childish or superstitious to see them as anything more â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though we sense them as otherwise. Causality is inadequate to explain such phenomena. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not being weird in sensing there may be more to it. In the well-respected field of Jungian psychology, however, such uncaused but amazingly meaningful and spontaneous occurrences are expressed by another term â&#x20AC;&#x201C; synchronicity.

Jung called synchronicity â&#x20AC;&#x153;a non-causal but meaningful relationship between physical and psychic events â&#x20AC;Ś a special instance of acausal orderedness.â&#x20AC;? Dr. David Richo says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What makes chance into synchronicity is the consciousness in us of the vaster design that is unfolding. Chance happens to us; synchronicity happens in us.â&#x20AC;? Those more spiritually oriented may speak of it as grace. From the vantage point of hindsight we look back in our lives and believe we see the providence of God working subtly. Though our actions were completely free and spontaneous, and there was no coercion or autosuggestion, these few unexplainable events happened and worked to our benefit. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A coincidence is

a minor miracle in which God wishes to remain anonymous.â&#x20AC;? The late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become more and more impressed by the frequency of statistically highly improbable events. In their improbability, I gradually began to see the fingerprints of God. On the basis of such events in my own life and in the lives of my patients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that grace is real. ...We who are properly skeptical and scientific-minded may be inclined to dismiss this force since we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch it and have no decent way to measure it. Yet it exists. It is real.â&#x20AC;? Another professional, psychotherapist Robert A. Johnson, refers to grace as â&#x20AC;&#x153;slender threadsâ&#x20AC;? touching our lives: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The possibility of the slender threads operating at all times is so staggering that

most of us canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Father Lou bear it. ...It is probably true Guntzelman that we live in a Perspectives universe with more meaning in it than we can comprehend or even tolerate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is not meaningless; it is overflowing with meaning, pattern and connections.â&#x20AC;? Even in times of trouble or turmoil, hope says surprises can happen. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Mayerson JCC hosts premiere screening The filmed premiere of Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent West End musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine This,â&#x20AC;? is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Road, next to Ronald Reagan Highway). This screening of a performance filmed live in December at the New London Theatre in Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West End is open to the entire Cincinnati community. It is presented by the Mayerson JCC and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Because seating is limited, advance reservations are required. The show is set in the

W a r s a w Ghetto in 1942, where a Jewish theatre company performs its version of the Masada Goldsmith story, to draw the parallels between their own situation and those of the Jewish rebels of 70 A.D. It is a story of strength and hope during one of the most devastating periods of world history, as ordinary people face impossible choices and make heroic decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine Thisâ&#x20AC;? was nominated for four of

Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coveted Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Stage Theatregoerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awards, including best supporting actor, best actress, best scenic design and best musical. The original cast featured many of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent theatrical talent, and the show was critically acclaimed. The London Sunday Telegraph gave â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine Thisâ&#x20AC;? four stars (their highest rating) and proclaimed it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a triumph.â&#x20AC;? The London Daily Post called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a musical with passion, endless emotion and style.â&#x20AC;? A world-wide (live stage) tour of the production is currently being planned for Europe,

the Far East, Australia and, eventually, the U.S. and Canada. The musical is the work of Israeli composer Shuki Levy, L.A.-based bookwriter Glenn Berenbeim, and Cincinnati native David Goldsmith, who served as the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyricist. Goldsmith is a graduate of UCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College-Conservatory of Music and of Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School for Creative and Performing Arts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are privileged to receive exclusive permission for this film screening due to its significant connection to our Cincinnati community,â&#x20AC;? said Howard

Schwartz and Dick Friedman, presidents of the respective co-sponsors, in a joint statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The historic quality and strength of Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts organizations and arts education formed the career of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Imagine Thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lyricist David Goldsmith.â&#x20AC;? Growing up in Cincinnati, Goldsmith was a writer and performer in the Children, Teen and Summer College Theatre and Stagecraftersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performing arts programs at the Cincinnati JCC. He was a member of Cincinnati Boy Choir and was a Corbett Scholar at SCPA. After graduating from

CCM, Goldsmith performed at Playhouse in the Park and he wrote and directed the local parody revue â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grilled Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;? for the Showboat Majestic. Admission is $10 per person and benefits the JCC and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Paid reservations are requested by Friday, Aug. 21. For more information or to charge by phone, call the Mayerson JCC on The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Campus at 722-7226 or mail a check to the Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236.




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Look out for the boys in blue(berries)

I’m just glad Donna and Dan Rouster didn’t have the blueberry food police after me, the grandkids a n d daughteri n - l a w, Jessie, when we picked blueberRita ries at Heikenfeld their farm. T h e Rita’s kitchen temptation to sample as we picked took hold and we did just that. By the time we left, my capris and T-shirt were dotted blue. It was a perfect way to spend a summer morning.

Tink Stewart’s blueberry buckle

Coming soon

Aarón Sanchez, Food Network star interview. Check out my blog at www.Cincinnati. com/living for the video. (Under “Eating In,” click on “Cooking with Rita” and look for the entry titled “Video: Aarón Sanchez, Food Network Star shows me easy Mexican dishes”).


Rita’s version of Tink Stewart’s blueberry buckle recipe. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or grease 9inch square or round pan. Blend everything but berries and beat 30 seconds. Stir in berries. Spread into pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle with glaze.

Crumb topping:

OK, so when Tink brought this over, she told me it was a Betty Crocker recipe but I know it had Tink’s touch – that extra bit of love folded in. I’ve adapted it slightly. Delicious.

Blend together in a bowl. 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup flour Up to 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 stick softened butter or margarine

2 cups flour 3 ⁄4 cup sugar 1 2 ⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 cup shortening 3 ⁄4 cup milk 1 egg slightly beaten 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed and drained)

Blend together in a bowl. 1 ⁄2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄2 to 2 teaspoons hot water


Jimmy Gherardi’s Not Hidden Valley Ranch dressing


Melt over hot water 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate pieces and 3 tablespoons water. Whip 3 cups cream until stiff. Gradually add 1⁄3 cup sugar and beat until very stiff. (I think I’d beat them together). Slice 1 pint strawberries. Place meringue layer on serving plate and spread with thin coating of chocolate. Spread whipped cream about 3⁄4 inch thick and top this with layer of strawberries. Put second layer of meringue on top, spread with chocolate, another

layer of whipped cream and strawberries. Top with third layer of meringue. Frost sides smoothly with remaining whipped cream. Decorate top informally using rest of melted chocolate. Or use whole strawberries. Refrigerate two hours before serving. Serves eight.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Freeze blueberries, unwashed in single layer, uncovered, on a cookie sheet until frozen hard. Then pour into containers. To use, rinse just a tiny bit under cool water in a colander – don’t let thaw completely before using in baked goods. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

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Motorcycle safety becoming more critical One of every seven U.S. road fatalities accounted for in 2008 involved motorcycle riders. This steady increase in fatalities over the past 11 years represents one of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest challenges. Motorcycle fatalities now account for 14 percent of total road fatalities and have increased every year from a low of 2,116 in 1997 to 5,290 in 2008. Conversely, there has been continued success in reducing vehicle deaths with the number of traffic fatalities in 2008 reaching its lowest level since 1961. In fact, there was a 9.7 percent decline in the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, from 41,259 in 2007 to 37,261, according to NHTSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Data from previous years has shown that while motorcycle registrations have increased, the increase in motorcyclist fatalities has increased more steeply. This is due, in part, to motorcyclists being much more vulnerable than passenger vehicle drivers in the event of a crash. Research shows that approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20 percent of passenger car crashes injure or kill a motor vehicle driver or passenger. In the state of Ohio for 20042008, Hamilton County had 32 deaths and ranked 6th for counties with motorcycle fatalities. In 2008, Hamilton County saw nine motorcyclerelated fatalities, for which law enforcement found motorcyclists ultimately at fault in all of them. This is up from four fatalities in 2007, only one of which was a caused by the motorcycle rider, and five in 2006, all of which cited the motorcycle rider. The four most common factors attributed to motorcycle crashesspeed, inexperience, impairment and inattention-are all within the riderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control. What can motorcyclists do to help prevent crashes? The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Hamilton County Safe Communities

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REUNIONS Loveland High School Class of 1979 – will celebrate its 30-year reunion Aug. 7 and 8. The class will hold a meet and greet at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at Cindy’s Tavern in Loveland. Activities for Saturday, Aug. 8 include a pot luck picnic noon-4 p.m. at Nisbet Park. Classmates should bring their own drinks (non-alcoholic per park rules), table service (plates, utensils, napkins) and chairs. The class will then meet at 8:30 p.m. at The Works in Loveland for happy hour prices on drinks, pizza and appetizers. For more information E-mail or Christman Family Reunion and Pig Roast – to be conducted Saturday, Aug. 8, on the 98-year-old Christman farm at 1955 Ethelynn Lane, Goshen. Come after 1 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a covered dish, and something to keep it hot or cold as dinner isn’t until 4-5 p.m. Drinks and tableware will be provided. There will be games, swimming and a lot of time for visiting. Call Bill Christman at 7222870, Dick Christman at 257-5811 or Bob Christman at 722-3103.

Amelia High School Class of 1984 – is having its 25th year reunion from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, with a picnic at Sycamore Park in Batavia ( rk+map+8x11.pdf). Admission is free. Classmates should bring their own lunch. Afterward, food and spirits are planned at Great Scotts ( from 6 p.m. to close. Separate tabs are available. RSVP to Wini Foster at 866-433-7543, or e-mail Glen Este High School Class of 1979 – The Glen Este High School Class of 1979 reunion committee is planning its 30-year reunion for Aug. 8 at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Any classmates interested in attending the reunion should contact Kelly Clements Blom at or 513-9320164 with your name, e-mail address (please put “Reunion” in as your subject), mailing address and telephone number. Princeton High School Class of 1974 – Is planning a 35th class

reunion for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Fairfield Banquet and Convention Center. Pricing is $85 per couple or $45 for a single if the tickets are bought before July 1. After that date, a couple is $95 and singles are $50. For more information, e-mail Debbie (Owens) Fuson at Taylor High School Class of 1989 – The 1989 graduating class of Taylor High School is conducting its 20-year reunion at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at The Madison, 740 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. Cost is $45 per person, and dinner will be served. Come out for an evening of catching up with old friends, dancing, eating, drinking and having fun. Amelia High School Class of 1989 – The 1989 senior class of Amelia High School is conducting its 20th class reunion Aug. 9 at Coney Island’s Moonlight Pavilion. If you are a member of the class or know of anyone who is, contact Connie Weisenborn-Heilman at Connie or at 513-752-7390.

Clermont Northeastern High School Alumni – is planning a second alumni weekend for Aug. 14-16. Weekend activities include a Friday evening social hour, a Saturday evening dinner/dance at the Fastiques and Sunday picnics and gatherings for various classes. Cost for the dinner and dance, which starts at 6:30 p.m. is $25 per guest. The Class of 1959 is gathering at Lake Lorelei on Sunday, Aug. 16. Alumni are also asked to contact friends and family who are also alumni about the weekend. To sign up, e-mail, or Shirley Shipley at

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Milford High School Class of 1989 – is having its 20-year reunion Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15. A pre-reunion gathering is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, at Greenies in Milford at 1148 Ohio 28, Milford. On Saturday, the reunion will be from 7 to midnight, at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront Bluegrass Ballroom. Dress is summer dressy/semi formal. Tickets must be purchased before the event, and will not be available at the door. Mention the Milford High School 1989 Class Reunion when making reservation to get a discounted rate. Reservations must be made by July 15. Everyone that reserves a hotel room at the Radisson will receive a welcome bag. The reunion committee is putting a slide show together for viewing during the reunion. Old and new photos can be e-mailed to Jeff Jounson at Reunion dinner is $45. Cost includes dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks, dancing and door prizes. To sponsor the event, contact Jennifer Lewis at Visit

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Norwood High School Class of 1979 – Is conducting its 30-year reunion from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Aug. 15, at the Blue Ash Banquet Center. For information, contact Karen (Faulkner) Parker at 513351-6616 or e-mail her at Clermont Northeastern High School – Alumni weekend is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 14 and 15. Friday night, all the classes are invited to meet their friends at the following loca-

tions: 1958-1969: Quaker Steak and Lube, 59- Chamber Drive, Milford; 1970-1979: Putters, 5723 Signal Hill Court, Milford; 19801989: Greenies, 1148 Ohio 28, Milford; 1990-1999: Buffalo Harry’s, 1001 Lila Ave., Milford; 2000-2009, Buffalo Wild Wings, 175 River’s Edge Drive, Milford. Saturday night is a dinner dance, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour at the Fastiques Building at the fairgrounds. Send name, telephone number, address, e-mail address and graduating class to: Clermont Northeastern Alumni Association, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia, OH 45103. Cost is $25 per person. Deadline is July 31 for reservations. Our Lady of Visitation Class of 1989 – is celebrating its 20-year reunion at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, at Top Shelf Sports Bar and Grille, 6507 Harrison Ave. For questions or to RSVP contact Katie Abrams-Muldoon at Classes of 1964 Amelia and Glen Este and other 1960 classes – will celebrate their 45th reunion on Aug. 29, at Pattison Park in Owensville. Classmates from other 1960s classes are invited and welcome to attend. E-mail for more information: or call Jerry at 859-341-8123 or Ken Ellis at 513-753-4035. Greenhills High School class of 1984 – Committee members including Angelo Zolotas, Karen (Lampert) Pizzimenti, Diane (Witherby) Shapiro and Karen (Henry) Bender are planning a reunion for August. Class members are asked to update their address, phone number and e-mail address by emailing the information to: The Woodward High School Class of 1959 – is having its 50th reunion the weekend of Sept. 12. For information, contact the Web site at The Amelia High School Class of 1969 – is having its 40th year class reunion from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 12, at Hilltop Reception Hall, 2141 Ohio 125, (Old DX Ranch). Cost is $30 per person. The class is inviting any other classes that would like to attend. Listed below are classmates needed for correct mail-

ing/e-mail information. Contact Nancy Knox at or 876-2859, or Kathy Baker at Denise Bein-Nailor, Stephen Gail Brooks, Phillip Craig, Albert Delisle, Gary Frazee, Tom Garcia, Ben Gillespie, Daryl Gilliland, Sharon Goins-Angel, Alvis Gary Hastings, Michael Hogue, Peggy Jones-Robinson, Paul Kendall, Joncey Ladd, Penny Mason, James McCracken, Stuart Edward Mentz, Robert Nolte, Carol Pearson-Boehm, Carl Ramsey, Ray Eugune Short, Jeff Smith, Ruby Snider, Gary Stone, Doug Waddle and Danny Wilson. Anderson High School Class of 1954 – is conducting its 55th year reunion, Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. For details call Wayne Wykoff at 513-321-7109, or Kirs Schwegler Wilshire at 859-441-7560. From 7-10 p.m., Friday, the group will meet at AJ’s Roadhouse. On Saturday, at 7 p.m., the group will meet at Vito’s Restaurant in Ft. Thomas and on Sunday, there will be a picnic at noon at Woodland Mound Park off Nordyke Road. Withrow High School Class of 1944 – Will celebrate the 65th anniversary of its graduation with a reunion luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Touch of Elegance, 5959 Kellogg Ave. Any class members and families of that year are invited to attend. Contact Bob McGrath at 513-871-3631, or e-mail him at St. Dominic Class of 1969 – is having its 40th reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Sept. 18, at St. Dominic O’Connor Hall. Cost is $20 per graduate or $25 per couple, and includes soft drinks, chips/pretzels and wine and beer. RSVP by e-mailing, or by contacting Mary at 941-0588. Feel free to bring any pictures from gradeschool. Clermont Northeastern Class of 1999 – will celebrate its 10-year reunion Friday, Sept. 18. Organizers are still looking for some classmates. Contact Maryann Huhn at 859-391-3375, or e-mail Include name, e-mail address, mailing address and telephone number. Glen Este Class of 1969 – is conducting its 40th Reunion on Sept. 26 at Ivy Hills Country Club. Those who are in this class and haven’t been contacted are asked to notify Cathy Wilmers Recker at 2651283 right away.

Go bike riding with Northern Hills Synagogue How to enter: You can enter your baby into the contest through mail or online. To mail in an entry complete the form and include a clear, color or black/white photo of your baby along with a $20 entry donation to Newspapers In Education. NO PHOTOS WILL BE RETURNED. To enter online visit our Web site at and complete the entry form. All photos must be received by 5:00pm Monday, August 17, 2009. PHOTOS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE ENQUIRER. How to win: Sunday, August 30, 2009 all entrants will appear in The Enquirer and the first of three voting rounds will begin. We ask that all votes be accompanied by a donation to the Newspapers In Education program, however a donation is not necessary to vote or to win the Baby Idol 2009 contest. This contest is just one of the many fun and innovative programs we use to raise money to promote literacyy in our local schools.

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Congregation B’nai Avraham invites the entire community to join in a bike outing on the scenic Loveland Bike Trail Sunday, Aug. 9. The ride will begin at 10 a.m. at Nisbet Park in downtown Loveland, and continue until approximately 2 p.m. “All of us could use more exercise, and the chance to come out and play,” said Holly Robinson, one of the event organizers. “What better way to spend a summer Sunday morning than by enjoying the beautiful scenery of the the Little Miami River on a bike ride with some real nice people?” Those interested in participating should bring their own bicycles and a dairy lunch. Bottled water will be provided. In addition, bicycle rentals are available from Loveland Bike and Skate at 206 Railroad Ave. Northern Hills Synagogue is at 5714 FieldsErtel Road in Deerfield Township. For more information about the bike ride or other activities sponsored by Northern Hills Synagogue, contact the Synagogue office at 931-6038, or visit


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RELIGION Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension’s Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. Sunday school and adult forum begin at 9 a.m. A nursery is provided during the worship service. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288; m.

Church of God of Prophecy

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Brown Bag Lunch at Sharon Woods for all young adults and their children is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Meet at “The Harbor” Playground. Visitors are welcome. Popsicles and Sprinklers is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 8, for children aged infant through preschool and their parents on the front lawn of the church. All are welcome Senior Men meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. Bring your lunch and enjoy the fellowship. Vendors are needed for the Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Crafters and vendors are invited to call the church for details. Summer Reading Group will discuss “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Call the church for details. COS Readers will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Harper’s Point Panera to discuss this year’s classic, “The Great Gatsby,” by F.Scott Fitzgerald. Contact the church for details. Looking ahead, September’s book will be “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief,” by Francis S. Collins. Disciple Bible Study is open for registration for fall classes. Disciple Bible Study is an intensive 32-34 week study of the Bible that includes elements of fellowship, prayer, video, Bible study and discussion. Call the church for details and a list of classes. Give Moms a Break is from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. It is open to children 6 months-kindergarten. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. Reservations can be made by calling the church office. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Suburban Life, Attention: Teasha Fowler, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. has services; 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. are traditional worship format, and the 9:30 a.m. service is contemporary. SUMC welcomes all visitors and guests to attend any of its services or special events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

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.

Trinity Church

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Sharonville United Methodist Church

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Sunday Services

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Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800

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Michigan & Erie Ave

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

ST. GERTRUDE PARISH 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

INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am

First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

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Church of God

8290 Batavia-Pike - Route 32 Pastor: Lonnie & Erica Richardson Wednesday Evening Services - 7:00pm Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 am

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7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Rd. at Beechmont Ave 231-4172 Sr. Pastor Mark Rowland Ann Luzader, Mike Carnevale Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm. www.andersonhillsumc

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Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

KENWOOD FELLOWSHIP 7205 Kenwood Rd., Cinti, OH 45236

513-891-9768 Ken Bashford, Pastor

Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am Child Care Provided Sunday School for All Ages

Fellowship & Lunch Follows Worship Our mission is to worship God & share Jesus’ transforming love and salvation.

NorthStar Vineyard Community Church

Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

Looking for a Church That Loves Kids? Looking for Acceptance & Mercy?

vineyard eastgate community church Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate)

Sunday Services 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM


CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Friends for the Journey: Everyone needs a Nathaniel"

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

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

PRESBYTERIAN Knox Presbyterian Church Observatoryy & Michigan g Aves (513)321-2573 Rev Thomas D York,, Pastor Rev Christena A Alcorn, Assoc Pastor Sunday Worship Service 9:15 & 11:00am Sunday School & Child Care Wheelchair Accessible

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery Thursday “Unplugged” Service 7:00pm 6/11-8/20, with Nursery

MT. WASHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6365 Corbly Road 513-231-3946 Rev. Thomas A. Gaiser Worship Service 10:00am Nursery Provided Visitors Welcomed


Contemporary Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Children’s programs during worship Child Care Available

"A Family in Christ and a Beacon of God’s Love for Over 150 years"

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


2710 Newtown Rd. 231-8634

EVANGELICAL COVENANT 8221 Miami Rd. (corner of Galbraith)

Call Cathy at 513-494-1391 to get on mailing list for monthly specials. Ca specials

American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484 THURSDAY MORNING BINGO



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Classes for all ages.


St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Traditional Worship and 9:30 a.m. for Contemporary Worship with Praise Band. Childcare is provided for all services. The church is continuing the summer series “Being an Efficiently Effective Family for Christ,” Sunday, Aug. 9, with the message “Fending off Family Feuds-II” based on the scripture reading Ephesians 5:15-21. This sermon asks the question “What are the practical steps in living together in love?” The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Wednesday Evening 6:00pm - Buffet Dinner Worship and Small Group 6:45pm - Programs and

Hyde Park Baptist Church

Sunday Night Bingo

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 East Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348. The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

conducted at Trinity Child Development Center, 3850 East Galbraith Road. Half-day preschool classes will begin in the fall for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $50 and health forms are required by the State of Ohio. Space is limited. Call 791-4015 for more information and a tour of the center. Trinity Child Development Center (TCDC) has met the qualifications for the National Guard Child Care Program. Families of loved ones currently deployed in support of the Global War on Terror can have their preschool tuition paid by the Advocates for the National Guard Bureau of the Departments of the Army and Air Force. TCDC will be able to give a qualifying family the toll free phone number of the Advocates Program that will take them through the application process and collect all of their paperwork. Tuition is paid directly from the program to TCDC. Call 791-4015. The church is at 3850 East Galbraith Road, Dillonvale; 791-7631.

Sunday Morning 9:30am & 11:00am

10:00am Sunday School 11:00am Worship 6:00pm Sunday Evening Service 7:00pm Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer & Youth Programs for Pre K-12 Supervised nursery during all services

Connections Christian Church

New Church of Montgomery



“Divorce Care,” a 13-week program that addresses emotional issues associated with divorce, is being offered Sept. 8-Nov. 30. The sessions are offered free of charge from 7-9 p.m. at the church. Experts on topics such as anger, resentment and loneliness will conduct the meetings in a support group setting. For more information contact Melanie Stearns at 561-4220. The chapel is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220.


NEW 9:30am Service --

Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes and nursery care for children and youth

“One Church, Many Paths”

Innovative & High energy

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

Traditonal Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00am

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST United Church of Christ in Oakley

4100 Taylor Ave 871-3136 E-Mail Judy Jackson, Pastor

Sunday Worship 10:00am Adult Bible Study 9:00am, Youth Sunday School 10:00am Childcare provided for Infants and Toddlers “Partners with Jesus in the Community and the World”


Suburban Life


August 5, 2009

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or e-mail volunteereducator@cincinnatizoo.o rg, or visit Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m.-noon selected Saturdays through November. For a complete list visit or call 6832340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. Granny’s Garden School – needs help in the garden. Granny’s is growing produce for needy families in the area, with support from the Greenfield Plant Farm. Greenfield Plant Farm donated their surplus tomato and green pepper plants to the Granny’s Garden School program. Granny is seeking help with maintaining the gardens, planting and harvesting more produce. Granny’s is at Loveland Primary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Call 324-2873 or e-mail, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-9812251 and leave your name and phone. Visit Email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter, needs volunteers 16 and older to help socialize cats and 18 and older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373.


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or e-mail Jayne Martin Dressing, Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or e-mail for more information. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-thescenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. E-mail or visit Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development – Volunteers are needed for Adult Basic and Literacy Education classes and English to Speakers of Other Language classes.There are numerous sites and times available for volunteering. Call 612-5830. Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 5420195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Black Achievers Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career

options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit YMCA – The Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA is looking for volunteer trail guides for school groups. Call 932-1424 or e-mail


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 2412600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

Health care

Alzheimer’s Association – Volunteers are being asked to move in support of the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Memory Walk. Organizers of the annual fundraising event, which will be Saturday, Oct. 3 at the P&G Pavilion at Sawyer Point, are currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the planning committee and to assist with logistical needs. Planning committee co-chairs for this year’s Memory Walk are Becky Reynolds of Saturn of Western Hills and Mark Cawley of Cawley Chiropractic Health Center in Boone County. Anyone interested in assisting in the planning of the Memory Walk are asked to call Reynolds at 699-4900 or Cawley at 859-525-2222.Serving as the primary national fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Walk is an annual event that brings those affected by Alzheimer’s, family members and community together in a show of love, remembrance and support. For more than 25 years, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati has served 27 counties in Southwest Ohio, Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky in which an estimated 44,000 people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is now

the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and affects an estimated 5.3 million people. Last year, more than 3,000 walkers participated in the Chapter’s five Memory Walks, raising nearly $300,000 in support of local programs and services as well as national Alzheimer research. Participants can register on-line at For more information on how to register a fundraising team, contact Marcy Hawkins, Special Events coordinator, at 721-4284 or E-mail: American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or e-mail Bethesda North Hospital – Seeks volunteer musicians for music therapy, featuring soothing music. Call 871-0783 or e-mail Also openings for volunteers in various areas. Call 745-1164. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Clermont Recovery Center – Needs volunteers to fill positions on the board of trustees. Clermont County residents interested in the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, especially persons in long-term recovery and their family members, are encouraged to apply. Contact Barbara Adams Marin, CQI manager and communications coordinator, at 735-8123 or, Kim King, administrative assistant at 735-8144. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – Seeking people with an interest in serving terminally ill clients and their families. Volunteers are needed for special projects such as crochet, knitting, making cards, and lap robes, as well as to make visits to patients. Training provided to fit your schedule. Call Jacqueline at 731-6100, and Shauntay 831-5800 for information. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services, Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or e-mail Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or The Jewish Hospital – 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood, needs adult volunteers to assist at the front window in the pharmacy and also to assist with clerical duties, sorting patient mail, etc. They also need volunteers to assist staff in the family lounge and information desk and a volunteer is also needed in the Cholesterol Center, 3200 Burnet Ave., to perform clerical

duties. Shifts are available 9 a.m.7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers receive a free meal ticket for each day he or she volunteers four or more hours, plus free parking. Call 686-5330. The hospital also needs adult volunteers to assist MRI staff and technologists at the reception desk of the Imaging Department in the Medical Office Building, located across from the hospital at 4750 East Galbraith Road. Volunteers are also needed to assist staff in the family lounge and at the information desk in the main hospital. Shifts are available Monday through Friday. Call 686-5330. Mercy Hospital Anderson – Seeks volunteers for the new patient services team, the Patient Partner Program. This team will provide volunteers with the opportunity to interact directly with the patients on a non-clinical level. Volunteers will receive special training in wheelchair safety, infection control, communication skills, etc. The volunteers will assist in the day-today non clinical functions of a nursing unit such as reading or praying with the patient; playing cards or watching TV with the patient; helping the patient select meals; running an errand; cutting the patient’s food. Call the Mercy Hospital Anderson Volunteer Department at 624-4676 to inquire about the Patient Partner Program. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Anne at 554-6300, or Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or e-mail Letter writers needed – for a fast growing non-profit organization. Must be willing to encourage and cheer up an 8-year-old little boy, Chandler Miller, who is battling cancer. Miller has an inoperable tumor behind his left eye. No experience necessary. Please send “resume” to Chandler Miller c/o Team Chandler, P.O. Box 222, Goshen, OH 45122. No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “SonRise” by Barry Neil-Kaufman. No experience necessary. Call 2311948. SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – A non-profit association seeking experienced business people to counsel others who are or wish to go into business. Call 684-2812 or visit Tristate Volunteers – For adults of all ages, supporting some of the best-known events in the area. Call 766-2002, ext. 4485, visit or email U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary– The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the U.S. Coast Guard (MSD Cincinnati) in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, radio watch standing and Marine events, such as Tall Stacks and the WEBN Fireworks all without pay. They also teach Ohio Boating Safety, boating/seamanship and give free boat safety checks per the Ohio, Kentucky or Indian regulations. To volunteer, call 554-0789 or e-mail grutherford100@hot- Youth In Planning – Teen volunteers needed for network project to inform communities about public planning. Visit or e-mail


Anderson Senior Center – needs volunteers to teach computer courses in the evening. Computer sessions in basic computer instruction, intermediate computer instruction run once a week for five weeks. Instructors are also needed to teach one time classes of buying on ebay, digital photo, simple excel. The center has a baby grand piano and is in need of someone to play from 10:3011:30 a.m. Call Libby Feck at 4743100. Clermont Senior Services – invites area residents to get to know seniors in their communities by engaging in the Meals-on-Wheels and Friendly Neighbors/Shoppers programs. Volunteer opportunities are available in the Milford, Loveland, Union and Miami townships, Owensville, and Batavia Township. Call volunteer coordinator Sharon Brumagem at 536-4060. Meals on wheels – Seeks volunteers to deliver meals for Sycamore Senior Center’s program in the Loveland, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township and West Chester areas. Call 984-1234 or 686-1013. To volunteer in Mount Washington or Anderson Township, call 474-3100.

Social Services

American Cancer Society – Seeks volunteers for office help, assistance in resale shop in Dillonvale, new recruits for the Young Professionals group, Relay For Life team captains, cancer survivors to help with support groups and more. Call 1-888-ACS-OHIO. Cincinnati Association for the Blind – Seeks volunteers in all areas, especially drivers available during the day. Weekend and evening hours also available. Call at 4874217. Clovernook Center for the Blind – contact Charlene Raaker, coordinator of volunteer services at 5222661 or for volunteer opportunities. Council on Child Abuse – Looking for volunteers who care about babies and their families. Volunteers will reinforce positive ways to manage infant crying and distribute information on the dangers of shaking babies. Call 936-8009. The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Division of the March of Dimes – needs office volunteers. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday, at 10806 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash. Contact Carol Panko at or call 769-3588. Inter Parish Ministry has a variety of volunteer jobs available – work in the Choice Pantry, help in the office, organize and sort clothing for client families or help with special events. Also needs volunteers to assist with its Elder Ministry program at a local nursing home. Volunteers help residents play bingo on Monday afternoons for about an hour. Contact Connie at 561-3932 or visit for more information. Lighthouse Youth Services – needs volunteer receptionist/development assistant three to five days a week in the morning. The development assistant will answer phones, greet visitors, manage the front desk, assist with mailings and other responsibilities as requested. Call Tynisha Worthy at 487-7151, e-mail The office is at 1501 Madison Road, second floor. Outreach Programs – Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Cincinnati Inc. provides community education, referrals, interventions, assessments, short-term counseling, advocacy, training, community outreach and substance abuse prevention training. Call 636-5459.


Animals/ Nature




COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Chrisyjuana Latham, 18, 22 E. 14th St., theft at 3430 Highland Ave., July 14. India Anderson, 18, 800 Fred Shuttlesworth Dr., theft at 3430 Highland Ave., July 14. Paul Beckham, 60, 989 Schumard Ave., theft at 3240 Highland Ave., June 4. Ricardo Lee, 39, 621 Devotie, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., July 7. Burt Algernon, 60, 1833 Losantiville Ave., theft at 7385 Wooster Pike, July 5.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Victim threatened at gunpoint and food and currency of unknown value removed at 5643 View Point Dr., June 21.


Residence entered and tool kit valued at $350 removed at 5810 Euclid Ave., July 9.

Criminal damaging

Tires of unknown value removed at 5810 Monning Ave., July 18.


Reported at 3240 Highland Ave., July 9. DVDs valued at $109.26 removed at 3430 Highland Ave., July 16.



Shawn Sawfford, 26, 4303 Redmont







Three checks forged; $1,575.10 at 7710 Laurel, July 9.


Jewelry taken from Camargo Trading Co.; $350 at 7744 Laurel Ave., July 13.

Criminal damaging


Reported at 3832 St. Johns Terr., July 26. Reported at 7132 Virginia Ave., July 23.


Reported at 7132 Virginia Ave., July 23. Reported at 4115 Oakwood Ave., July 25.


Vehicle drove off without paying for gas valued at $25.01 at United Dairy Farmer, 4101 E. Galbraith Rd., July 23.



Richard B. Bennett, 30, 2207 Lake Dr., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, July 10. Margus Kutt, 34, 24494 Spindle Hill, operating vehicle under influence, open container, July 12. Daysmen Latham, 19, 969 Woodlawn Ave., receiving stolen property, July 2.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Items taken; $1,200 at 5715 Windridge, July 7. E-mail:


Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, July 7. David Linn, 47, 1909 Dana Ave., open container at 7799 Montgomery Rd., July 17. Richard Doss, 49, 329 Midland Rd., open container at 7565 Kenwood Rd., July 17. Domonick Hunley, 27, 1208 Reservoir St., operating motor vehicle intoxicated at I 275, July 11. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7913 Montgomery Rd., July 3. Danita Ross, 19, 9 E. Lakeshore Dr., complicity to theft at 7913 Montgomery Rd., July 3. Richard Diehm, 21, 4430 Duneden, complicity to theft at 4403 Sycamore Rd., July 1. Keith Gates, 21, 4313 Kugler Mill, theft at 4403 Sycamore Rd., July 1. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 7913 Montgomery Rd., July 2. Rodney Gates, 35, 781 Canonby Pl., theft at 7800 Montgomery Rd., June 5. Christine Barnett, 31, 411 Midland

Ave., theft at 7800 Montgomery Rd., June 5. Juvenile female, 17, 709 Katherine Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Rd., July 7. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Rd., July 7. Unique Williams, 22, 126 E. Mcmicken, theft at 7913 Montgomery Rd., July 11. Felicia Irvin, 22, 6082 Town Vista, theft at 7913 Montgomery Rd., July 11. Kelsey Walker, 22, 555 13th St., theft at 7913 Montgomery Rd., July 11. Shalonda Rembert, 21, 2124 Kindel Ave., theft at 7913 Montgomery Rd., July 11. Michael Robinson, 21, 204 Clark Rd., violation of protection order at 1000 Sycamore, July 13. Roberto Rivera, 67, 11931 6th Ave., criminal trespassing at 11931 6th St., July 11. Raynard Davis, 19, 7156 East Lawn, obstructing official business at Waycross and Hamilton Ave., July 13. Allen Howell, 25, 2215 Harrison Ave., disrupting public service, resisting arrest at 3900 E. Galbraith Rd., July 8.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Business entered at 7346 Kenwood Rd., July 13. Business entered at 8560 Vorhees Ln., July 17.

Identity fraud

Reported at 11215 Ironwood Court,

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About police reports

Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local police department: â&#x20AC;˘ Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, Simon L. Leis, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444. â&#x20AC;˘ Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056. â&#x20AC;˘ Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214. â&#x20AC;˘ Sycamore Township, 792-7254. July 13.

Identity theft

Reported at 11608 Chancery Ln., June 4. Reported attempt made to cash a forged check at 7800 Montgomery Rd., June 8.

Passing bad checks

Reported at U.S. 22, July 6.


Female victim reported at Montgomery Rd., July 12.


Merchandise valued at $22 removed at 4060 E. Galbraith Rd., July 4. Ipod and clarinet valued at $850 removed at 4712 Sycamore Rd., July 6. Money removed from bank account without consent at 7875 Montgomery Rd., July 13. Computer and equipment of unknown value removed at 8044

Buckland Dr., July 9. $89.35 bill not paid at 8240 Montgomery Rd., July 9. Air conditioning valued at $1,200 removed at 7775 Montgomery Rd., June 7. Credit card purchases valued at $340 made without consent at 8051 US 22, June 8. Tank top valued at $8 removed at 4060 E. Galbraith Rd., June 6. Jewelry valued at $5,050 removed at 12009 First Ave., June 4. $49 removed at 7799 Montgomery Rd., July 2. Ipod, camera, currency of unknown value removed at 9011 PawPaw, July 2. Reported at 4105 Trebor, July 5. Books valued at $5,245.14 removed at 4700 E. Galbraith Rd., July 8. Vehicle entered and keys removed at 12147 Conrey Rd., July 14.

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4237 Clifford Rd.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to Overberg David; $56,900. 4265 Redmont Ave.: Wessel Kenneth J. & Tina M. to Gilreath Kathryn R. & Ross B. Kendall; $154,500. 4345 Clifford Rd.: Falkner Sarah@3 to Tollefson Elyse; $130,000. 7901 Plainfield Rd.: Rodgers Dorothy M. to Vickers Brad; $95,200.

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10875 Lakehurst Ct.: Pringle Timothy C. to Aldeneh Yehia; $131,500. 1920 Chaucer Dr.: Arc 2001-Bc6 Bank Of New York to Eubanks Martel; $27,000. 3682 Guam Ct.: Mesley David A. Tr @3 to Simpson Marian J.; $175,000. 4577 Matson Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to True Potential Real Estat; $60,000. 4579 Matson Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to True Potential Real Estat; $60,000. 7289 Hosbrook Rd.: Wilson Sylvia A. to Holmes Christopher J. & Emily N; $155,000. 7631 Montgomery Rd.: Obrien Shawn T@7 to Kennedy Melany K.; $92,500. 7633 Montgomery Rd.: Decenso Margaret R. to Hogan Linda; $95,000. 7752 Montgomery Rd.: Quallen Helen M. Tr to Hana Properties LLC; $79,900. 7785 Columbia Ave.: Villa Services LLC to Cromer Sherman & Carol; $21,900. 7785 Columbia Ave.: Nationstar Mortgage LLC to Villa Services LLC; $25,460. 7785 Columbia Ave.: Villa Services LLC to Cromer Sherman & Carol; $21,900.



3323 Donald St.: Bank Of America National Association Tr to Mork Homelift LLC; $38,000. 5840 Windridge View : Rhode Charles M. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr; $144,000. 6842 Windward St.: Mosley Laura to Hsbc Bank Usa N. A. Tr; $28,000.





Incidents/investigations Assault


7100 Fowler Ave.: Skillman William III to Smith Benton C.; $206,000. 7530 Shewango Wy: Kellerman James C. & Daniel J. Grout to Grout Daniel J. & Kristen E.; $82,205. 7700 Shawnee Run Rd.: Blankenship Helen M. to London Blue LLC; $90,000. 7939 Miami Ave.: Schenke Robert C. to Leckrone Karl T. & Kelly L. Knapke; $186,000.


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Ave., disorderly conduct at 4300 Orchard Ln.,, July 24. Juvenile, 16, drug abuse and drug paraphernalia at 4379 E. Galbraith Rd., July 27.


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Suburban Life


August 5, 2009

Church celebrates a birthday Arriving in symbolic red for Pentecost, children at St. Saviour Catholic Church in Rossmoyne celebrated the birthday of the church with a special birthday party celebration. After hearing the story of Pentecost from parishioner Marlene O’Brien, the children traveled to three different stations where they made crafts representing the three symbols of the Holy Spirit: doves, representing the peace and love of the Holy Spirit; hand-held fans symbolizing the wind of the Holy Spirit entering the room where the apostles hid in fear, and paper flame stained glass windows representing the tongs of fire resting upon the apostles for the strength and knowledge to preach the Good News of Jesus. The children were then treated to a special Bubblemania presentation by


Children make hand-held fans.

with a deeper understanding of the meaning of Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian Church” St. Saviour pastor The Rev. Pat Crone said.

parishioner Caroline Dues and completed the celebration of Pentecost with the making of your own icecream sundaes. “The children went home


Children hear the story of Pentecost from parishioner Marlene O’Brien.



Vacation in Sunny Florida! Picture yourself on the beautiful Anna Maria Island beach! $499/wk + tax. Just steps from the beach. 513-236-5091 leads you to NW Florida’s Beach Vacation Rentals along the beaches of South Walton. Luxurious gulf-front homes, seaside condos and cottages. Dune Allen Realty, 50 yrs of excellent service and accommodations. 888-267-2121 or visit

Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387

CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2br, 2ba Gulf Front condo. Heated pool, balcony. Many up grades. 513-771-1373, 260-3208

DESTIN. Beautiful, luxury 2 BR, 2 BA Oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids pool & tennis. Covered prkng, sleeps 6. Local own er. Ofc513-528-9800, eves 513-752-1735 DESTIN. Edgewater Beach Condos on the Gulf. 1-3 BR, beachfront, pvt balconies, FREE Wi-Fi, beach set-up (in season) & use of new fitness ctr. New massage/facial salon, 2 pools (1 heated), FREE $20 gift cert to pool grill (weekly rentals in season). Call or visit our website for lastminute specials. 800-822-4929




Children make paper flame stained glass windows.


Parishioner Caroline Dues gives a Bubblemania presentation.

Travel & Resort Directory Jenny Eilermann


EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Dinsey. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513

MARCO ISLAND The Chalet, 3 Bdrm, 3 Ba, on the beach. Pool, tennis, beautiful sunsets. Three month rental minimum. Avail Nov. thru April for $7000/mo. Local owner. 513-315-1700

MARCO ISLAND The South Seas Condo , 2 Bdrm, 2 Ba with direct beach ac cess. Pool, tennis, fishing dock. Bring your boat or use ours (add’l cost). Avail Nov. thru April for $2500/mo. Local owner. 513-315-1700 NAPLES - New all incl golf/tennis comm, beaut furn 2 BR/2 BA condo overlooking 27 hole champ GC, mo rentals at reasonable rates, not avail Jan-Mar 2010. 513-312-5799, Doug.



DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit

DESTIN. New, nicely furnished 2 br, 2 ba condo. Gorgeous Gulf view. Pools, golf course. Discount late Summer & Fall rates. 513-561-4683 Visit or



Bed & Breakfast Feature of the Week

RAVENWOOD CASTLE: A MOST UNUSUAL GETAWAY Visit a “medieval castle” on a high hilltop on 115 secluded and forested acres of the most beautiful area of Southeast Ohiothe Hocking Hills! Owners Sue & Jim Maxwell are creating the most unusual guest experience of stepping back 800 years in a reconstruction of a “12th century Norman castle.” The Maxwells have traveled throughout England & Scotland & have always loved castles & the medieval era. Although the building is new, the couple has been collecting architectural antiques for several years. Each guest room or suite has a stained glass window, usually in the bedroom, a Victorian fireplace mantel with a gas log unit, antique light fixtures and some have beautiful old doors. The wood mouldings around the door & windows & the 5 stairways are inspired by centuries old motifs from Great Britain’s stately homes & castles. Most rooms also have a French door with a balcony, private deck overlooking the forest. There are also “medieval” themed cottages with fireplaces and whirlpools. Ravenwood has


LEELANAU VACATION RENTALS Over 120 condos, cottages and homes on Lake Michigan, Glen Lake and other inland lakes. Call 231-334-6100 or visit

NEW YORK its own food service for guests, so they can spend their entire visit immersed in solitude if they wish, surrounded by tall trees, huge rocks, the castle‘s own hiking trails and plenty of peace and quiet. Or guests can drive the few miles to outside attractions & other dramatic scenery in the Hocking Hills. Ravenwood offers popular “murder mystery” weekends and also plans “medieval dinners”, getaway workshops, and other special events. Facilities are also perfect for small weddings and other festive occasions. The building has no steps into the 1st floor level - a “drawbridge” leads from the driveway to the massive front door and the first floor guest rms. Nearby are caves, waterfalls, lots of hiking trails, a scenic railway, arts & crafts studios & shop, antique malls and much more. There are often midweek discounts and a special “Royal Family” Adventure Package in the summer.

For info call 800-477-1541 or visit


MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

NORTH CAROLINA EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 800-245-7746 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

SOUTH CAROLINA Hilton Head Island, SC

Visit and plan a getaway with Seashore Vacations. Our beach is free. Specials available for golf, tennis, dining, more. Visit our

site or call toll free: 800-845-0077.

N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.

TENNESSEE PANAMA CITY BEACH Family Atmosphere! Your Best Vacation Value! 800-354-1112 RONTUNDA WEST. 3 br, 4 ba private home w/lanai & pool. Sleeps 6. 15 min to beaches. Prime dates avail Oct, Nov & Dec ’09. Local owner. 513/248-2231

1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

SIESTA KEY. Gulf front condo, beach view from balcony. Bright & airy, nicely appointed, all amenities. Cinci owner. 232-4854. The Best Crescent Beach Vacation!

BROWN COUNTY. Treat your family to a visit to Indiana’s family playground! Comfort Inn, in the ! of all of Nashville’s attractions. 812-988-6118

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

TENNESSEE A Beautiful Luxury Log Cabin Resort minutes from Dollywood & Pigeon Forge! Great amenities, pet friendly cabins. Excellent rates! Call now or visit us online 1-888-HSR-TENN (477-8366) CHALET VILLAGE Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617 GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661 Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618 Great 2 BR, 1½ bath cottage on the water. Sleeps 7. Two fireplaces, pri vate boat dock. $650/wk, $220 wknd. 865-363-4330 865-966-1775

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