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Ash borers claiming trees in Madeira

More than a dozen to be removed By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA — Madeira plans to remove more than a dozen ash trees in the public right-of-way on Buckeye Crescent, Greenbriar Lane and Mapleleaf Drive because they are infested with

the Emerald ash borer. “The arrival of the Emerald ash borer was announced three to four years ago and it is now starting to impact the many ash trees in the community,” Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said. “Several (trees) have already been removed in the city parks.” Montgomery and Blue Ash also are removing ash trees infested by the Emerald ash borer,

which the Ohio Department of Agriculture says kills ash trees within three to five years of infestation. The state agriculture department also says that since the Emerald ash borer, first detected in Ohio in 2003, has spread throughout most of Ohio, there are no longer any quarantine areas in the state. Moeller said Madeira has received calls from some residents

asking the city to remove ash trees from their land. “Please note that it is the property owner’s responsibility to remove the trees on private property,” Moeller said. “As well, it is a good time to inspect all of the trees on your property. “With the hot/dry conditions over the past several weeks, trees can become stressed,” Moeller said.

“We have seen significant damage during the recent severe weather due to dead branches and trees falling onto homes.” The adult Emerald ash borer is dark metallic green in color, a half-inch long and one eighthinch wide. The borers leave D-shaped exit holes in trees. For more about your community, visit

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Kids line up in anticipation of a cold Easter egg hunt in Chamberlin Park during the mid-1950s. THANKS TO JOHN PERIN

Thein last 100 years the Park and beyond City’s history traced to John Shmmes By Leah Fightmaster

Hamilton County’s own Mayberry is celebrating its 100th incorporated year, but Deer Park has a history extending back to pioneers and the early days of America. Here are some notable events of Deer Park’s development, according to the city’s website and historian Ann Poole.

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Small town, long history » 1788 – Future Deer Park is set on land originally purchased by John Cleves Symmes in 1788. » 1795 – New Jersey natives Samuel Pierson and his wife, Rebecca DeMint Pierson, build a log home in 1795 near Deer Park with their family. » 1806 – Dr. Daniel Schenck, for whom Schenck Avenue is named, and who named the original Amity Ele-

mentary, builds the first brick home in Deer Park. » John Schenck protected his horses from Confederate Gen. John Morgan’s raiders during the Civil War by tricking him into believing that instead of the horses in the house, there was a child sick with smallpox. The Schencks were successful. See 100, Page A2

1806 – Dr. Daniel Schenck, for whom Schenck Avenue is named, and who named the original Amity Elementary, builds the first brick home in Deer Park. ART PLAYS ITS PART Art can be a mechanism for many things in life. Ask students at St. Vincent Ferrer School. See Schools, A3

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If visitors to are any indication, there is overwhelming support for the city to at least discuss the idea of a recreation/community center. We posted this poll question last week: Do you agree with the decision of Madeira city officials to table (postpone) discussion of a proposed recreation center in the city? As of Sunday, Aug. 5 – four days after the poll was posted – 92 of the 103 people who voted said they do not agree with the city’s decision. The poll will be up through next Wednesday, Aug. 15. To vote, go to Cincinnati/com.Madeira, and then to the Aug. 1 page. We also have a poll on the Sycamore Township firefighters contract: Was the contract agreement recently reached between Sycamore Township and its fire fighters union a good deal for all parties, including residents? As of Sunday, Aug. 5. 3, 57 people had voted yes and 7 had voted no. That poll will also be up through Aug.15. Visit and go to the Aug. 1 page. If you have an idea for a poll question about a local issue or topic, send an e-mail to suburban@

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Sycamore plans future township-wide projects By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Township is scheduling several projects into its to-do list, including storm water drain construction and new emergency sirens. Administrator Bruce Raabe said the township agreed to assist with fund-

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ing the installation of a storm water drainage system at The Greens at Kenwood. Owned by Neyer Properties, the property adjacent to the new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters off Montgomery Road in Kenwood contains two, six-story buildings designed for office or medical use, accord-

ing to Neyer’s website. To create a place for excess water to drain from the property, the township will fund the project up to $1 million in tax increment financing, or TIF, funds. » Raabe said that trustees agreed to join the Community Development Block Grant Program, which Hamilton County in-

dicated it wanted the township to join. Sycamore Township’s membership could draw more state funding to both the county and township for special projects. » Fire Chief William Jetter told the trustees that the Emergency Management Agency asked the township to transfer two


people through the area. » 1886 – Part of what eventually becomes present day Deer Park is laid out as a suburb of residences. » 1892 – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, still in existence, opens.

» 1903 – Trolleys begin to bring passengers to and from the growing area. » 1906 – When need for a new school grows, the current Amity Elementary is built. It still stands on Galbraith Road. » 1912 – Deer Park is incorporated as a village. » 1917 – The Deer Park fire department is formed, and the Deer Park volunteer life squad is organized in 1939. » 1930-1951 – Several annexations occur, increasing the area of the existing village. » 1952 – Deer Park becomes a city in 1952. » 1969 – The southwest corner of the city suffers severe property damage during a tornado, but no one is killed. » 1987 – Deer Park celebrates its 75th anniversary.

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spection services of storm sewer work planned within the Glenellyn subdivision off Montgomery Road in Kenwood. » Raabe also said that discussions between the fire union and the township continue, with the two working on a budget that will retain all full-time firefighters.

Former Deer Park Mayor Francis "Squeak" Healy congratulates Bill Drake as the pavilion at Chamberlin Park is dedicated in his name in 1994. THANKS TO JOHN PERIN

Celebrations fit for a centennial

Deer Park kicked its centennial year off with a “birthday” party for the city, and has been celebrating since. » City council couples student government night with a “birthday” party for the city. Held March 27, it’s the date Deer Park was incorporated. » Deer Park students decide which logo will be used for the centennial. » City council holds its meeting in Crawford Auditorium at Deer Park Junior/Senior High School on April 9, with a ceremony after to present residents with various awards. It’s the 100th day of the 100th year celebration. » The park board sponsors a trivia night April 13 at the Francis R. Healy Community Center to raise money for the centennial. » Residents travel downtown to Great American Ball Parkon June 24 to see the Cincinnati Reds take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Dubbed Deer Park Day at the Reds, Mayor Dave Collins

Deer Park Mayor Dave Collins threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Deer Park Day at the Reds June 24 against the Minnesota Twins at Great American Ball Park. Former Deer Park High School catcher Chris Roetting caught the ball. It was later given to Roetting’s 12-year-old cousin, who traveled from Evansville, Ind., to see her cousin catch the first pitch. THANKS TO MIKE RAPP throws out the ceremonial first pitch to former Deer Park baseball player Chris Roetting. » Teams duke it out to win the city’s wiffleball tournament July 7. The DHS Wiffleballers win the tournament, beating the Norwood Jets. » More than 75 parade entrants walk the streets in Deer Park’s centennial

parade Aug. 4, with historian Ann Poole as the grand marshal. The parade ends in Chamberlin Park, kicking off the Days in the Park festival for Saturday. For more about your community, visit DeerPark.

BRIEFLY Street dance Aug. 18

MADEIRA — Madeira’s annual Street Dance & Family Fest, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Board, will be held 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, on Miami Avenue. “After Midnight” will perform. Food and drink booths will be sponsored by Madeira civic and sports organizations and by area businesses.

Historical Society selling Madeira hats

outdoor emergency sirens to Pierce Township in Clermont County. The sirens will not be transferred until Sycamore receives the two replacements in September. » Superintendent Tracy Kellums awarded a bid up to $22,000 to Brandstetter Carroll for the construction administration and in-

The Madeira Historical Society is again offering “Madeira Hats” as a fundraising project. The hats are $15 and can be purchased at the Stockyards Bank in Madeira during regular banking hours and at the Miller House on the first Saturday and the third Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. All proceeds

The Madeira Historical Society is selling these Madeira hats for $15 each. PROVIDED are used to support the Miller House Museum.

A Tempest in Madeira

MADEIRA — Shakespeare in the Park will present “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at McDonald Commons Park in Madeira.

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Artists provide insight into acting, deaf culture By Leah Fightmaster

Art can be a mechanism for many things in life. Art can be calming, it can be healing and can be inspiring. Art can also teach a lesson. Students at St. Vincent Ferrer School in Kenwood learned theater techniques while gaining a better understanding of the deaf during the artist in residence program. Funded by the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that uses tax dollars to fund educational arts programs throughout Ohio, two artists from the Cleveland area worked with St. Vincent Ferrer students during school for two weeks, concluding with performances. In coordination with the Parent Teacher Organization, the program overall cost about $4,800, said Mikki Dunkley, a kindergarten teacher at the school and program coordinator. Each grade worked with artists Bill Morgan, artistic manager for the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, and Iosif Schneiderman, a freelance theater artist. Morgan, who is also owner and producer of SignStage on Tour, a professional children’s theater touring company that hires deaf and hearing actors alike to perform together, paired up with Schneiderman, a Russian-born actor who specializes in performing and teaching mime, for the program. Morgan and Schneiderman worked with core groups of seventh- and eighth-graders for an hour each day for two weeks, and the rest of the students in the school three times. Students learned acting, character development and stage blocking, as well as some sign language and the deaf culture, Dunkley said. “It opened my eyes,” she said about working with the artists. “You can never go wrong when children are learning to be more caring and more sensitive.” J.P. Halpin, an eighth-grader and student council president at St. Vincent Ferrer, said he

Indian Hill Elementary School fifth-grader Sumner Colohan was a state finalist in the Letters About Literature Contest. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

More than 10 students link together in the story of "The Turnip." A Russian folk story, students learned acting skills from the artists visiting the school from the Ohio Arts Council. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Second- and third-graders at St. Vincent Ferrer hold on to each other and attempt to pull during a short act called "The Turnip." The story was part of several acts assembled by the school's two-week resident artist, Bill Morgan and his partner Iosif Schneiderman. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

learned to “roll with the punches” from Morgan and Schneiderman, and that “when things change, you have to change with them.” Morgan said the students were “very focused” and listened well, and that many times when

he works in schools, the problems he encounters are behavioral. He added he had no problems with St. Vincent Ferrer students, while both he and Schneiderman agreed everyone was very open and accommodating to them.

Schneiderman, who is deaf and communicated by sign language through Morgan, said all the performances were good, and had the pair had more time at the school, much longer performances could have been assembled. Students of all ages enjoyed their time with Morgan and Schneiderman. Many wanted photos with the two after their performance, and spoke with them excitedly. Nicholas Carter, a third-grader, said he enjoyed learning about acting, and sixthgrader Emily Powers agreed, adding she liked learning the sign language. Dunkley called the program a success as well, adding Morgan and Schneiderman’s energy transferred to the kids, who were excited to work with them. “A love for what they do shows through,” she said. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.

Ursuline students study in Chile Twelve Ursuline Academy students and two teachers spent nearly two weeks in Santiago, Chile, in June as part of the school’s exchange program with that country. For the fourth year, UA has hosted students from Villa Maria Academy in Chile. On this trip, the UA students and teachers were hosted by Chilean families. The students attended daily classes at Villa Maria where they shadowed their host sisters. They also explored the city and region with their host families and immersed themselves in the culture while furthering their Spanishspeaking skills. “Chile was amazing,” junior Lianna Brown of Mason said. “It was a wonderful learning experience because in school we learn Spanish through reading and writing, but it was a completely different language when not on paper. My listening skills dramatically improved each night at the dinner table, but my speaking skills still have some ways to go. I would definitely suggest this trip to anyone who wishes to take Spanish the following year because it really sparks a new love for the language and eagerness to learn,” Brown said.

Ursuline students at Chilean school with children, from left: Madeline Kennard of Loveland, Emily Lotterer of West Chester Township, Stephanie Hagedorn of Springfield Township, Marissa Mitchell of Montgomery, Grace Robertson of Symmes Township, Elizabeth Hellmann of Montgomery, Erin Honebrink of Montgomery; sitting with children, Margaret Boyer of Sycamore Township. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Classmate Jackie Healey of Indian Hill concurred. “Chile was the best two weeks ever. My Spanish improved so much and my listening became almost perfect. I recommend it to anyone taking Spanish because it creates a love for the language I didn’t have before. This is a great experience to learn about a new culture. I learned a lot about the

history of Santiago and the beauty of the country – I can’t wait to go back one day.” In addition to site-seeing with their host families, the UA group visited such attractions as La Moneda – the Chilean “White House” where official government meetings are held; famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s house that is designed to look like a ship; Cerro

Santa Lucia, where they climbed to the top of a hill in Santiago to view the city that is located in a valley surrounded by mountains; Curacavi—a small village where the public school is located, and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes). Spanish teacher Carmen Thiemann says that Chile took the group from the comforts of their environment and exposed them to a different way of life. She explained that even though the main school they visited is bilingual where the students learn English in kindergarten and many teachers are bilingual, it was a plus to know Spanish in order to move around the city and interact with families and people on the street. “As a teacher it reinforced my philosophy of teaching Spanish in the target language, and I invite all world language educators to limit the use of English in their classroom and give our students the sense of being in a foreign country once they enter our classrooms. We all learned how important is to be bilingual in this world and how much we can appreciate others by understanding their culture and language.”

Book inspires IHES student By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypresscom

A fantasy book did more than entertain Sumner Colohan. It helped him achieve a recent honor. Colohan, who attends Indian Hill Elementary School, was a state finalist in the Letters About Literature Contest. Students were judged on letters they wrote to an author detailing how the book impacted their lives. More than 59,000 letters were submitted in the national contest. Sumner was among 24 state finalists who were chosen. Colohan’s letter was to author Emily Rodda, who wrote the “Deltora Quest” series. Colohan said the fantasybased series still has an appeal for him even though it was written a number of years ago. The first book in the series, “The Forests of Silence” was published in 2000. “The book never stopped moving,” said Colohan describing what appealed to him about the book. “I (also) liked how the characters differed a lot.” Colohan, who lives in Indian Hill, and his classmates in the Discovery Program for gifted students at Indian Hill Elementary School entered the competition. “(His) teachers and classmates were very excited for his recognition,” said gifted intervention specialist Betsy Gentile Henning. Three years ago another student of Henning’s, Hannah Mendelsohn, was a state finalist in the Letters About Literature Contest. Colohan said the book spurred his own creativity. “It made me want to draw and create things,” he said. “It gave me ideas to write about.” Although Colohan said he wasn’t sure if he wants to be an author he may still leave a cultural mark sometime in the future. “I want to do something that involves creating things,” he said.


Melissa Ridgley of Madeira was named to the spring dean’s list at Northeastern University. She is a business administration major.





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Cross country teams reload for 2012 By Scott Springer

With their summer miles behind them, many area distance runners are gearing up for their first cross country meets this month. The Moeller Crusaders were fourth in the Greater Catholic League South last season and return a strong senior and sophomore class. Starters returning for coach Dave Prenger are Zach Hoffman, Andrew Mendel, Nicholas Mendel, Mitch Gentile, and Sam Bockhorst. Prenger is also looking for contributions from Brendan Mulvaney, Mitch Poch, Ben Bruggemann, Jimmy Clark, Ethan ten Brink, Drew Denoyer, Ross Griffith, Connor Peed and Brian Foos. Moeller’s Hoffman is closing in on the school 5K record. The Crusaders begin the season with the Moeller “Primetime” Invitational Aug. 24, sponsored by Buckeye Running Company at the Kings Island Golf Center Bruin Course in Mason. The varsity race begins at 9 p.m. under the lights. The Madeira boys and girls are coached by Natalie McEwan. Her Mustangs were fifth in the Cincinnati Hills League last season with then-freshman Michael Christman posting the top time of 17:56.79. Just behind Christman was Thomas Yee at 18:27.77. Christman will be a sophomore, Yee a senior. Junior Michael Grimm and senior Nate Bulman also posted sub-20 minute times in 2011. The Amazons featured CHL second-team pick Mallory Kline who finished ninth at the league meet as a freshman in 21:00. Like the Mustangs’ top runner Christman, Kline will be a sophomore. At Deer Park, the boys were sixth in the CHL with freshman Adam Petry leading the way in 2011 with a league meet time of 18:44.62. The top returning runner for the Lady Wildcats is junior Samantha Moses who posted a 26:40.17 at last fall’s CHL meet. Mount Notre Dame’s Cougars led by Marie McMasters have their work cut out for them after finishing fifth in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League last season. MND returns Emily Shap-

Indian Hill's Elena Horton heads down the final stretch in the DII state cross country meet last November. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Madeira sophomore Michael Christman is the Mustangs’ top returning runner. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS pacher, Courtney Kinman, Celeste Bergman, Katherine Holly, Sydney Crowley and Morgan Collins as starters. Shappacher was GGCL honorable mention last season as a freshman, posting a top time of 20:54. Kinman was just behind that at 21:31. “We have a young and very enthusiastic team,” McMasters said by email. The Cougars join many area teams in the Moeller Primetime Invitational Aug. 24. The Indian Hill girls are defending Cincinnati Hills League champs, but no longer feature four-time state medalist Elizabeth Heinbach or top five

Moeller High School’s Zach Hoffman runs the home stretch in the Division I district cross country meet last October at Voice of America Park. FILE PHOTO McClay runner Adrian Horton due to graduation. Savage's top returning runners are junior Elena Horton, sophomore Sabrina Bulas and senior Blair Powers. In addition, a younger Horton is waiting in the wings along with some other fresh

legs. "Rhian (Horton) joins the team as the defending CHL junior high cross country champion," Savage said by email. "Sophomores MacKenzie Owen and Sara Schwanekamp had great track seasons and they will be joining the team this fall." The Indian Hill boys were third in the CHL, but could make some noise in the league.

"The boys team has six of the top seven runners returning from last year's regional qualifying team," Savage said. "The boys are working hard and are focused on returning to the regional meet." Seniors Mason McClay and Austin Hughes, juniors Joe Majchzak and Josh Leibel and sophomore Wells Coalfleet are all returning starters for the Braves. Indian Hill starts their season Aug. 20 at the Sycamore Sunset Invitational. Cincinnati Country Day coach Merle Black couldn’t be reached, but the boys team will look to fill the void left by Kyle Kistinger who finished 15th at the state meet in 2011 as a senior. The girls return two regional qualifiers in sophomores Kira Hughes and Kaitlin Harden. Both squads get their season underway Aug. 25, as the Indians host a bevy of schools at the CCD Invitational. Heading up the boys and girls at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is Matt Troutwine. Top runners from last season for the Eagles are Austin Hinners, Josh Mangels, Jordan Mangels and Nathaniel Hipsley. Hinners, now a senior, ran 19:21.17 at the CHCA Invitational last October at Voice of America Park. The girls are led by Sydney Young, Morgan Massa and Caroline Lawley. Young was under the 25-minute mark for the Lady Eagles last fall. CHCA has a meet with Cincinnati Country Day on Aug. 25. Ursuline Academy finished an aggressive summer running schedule and is ready for the starting gun under coach Amy Sanders. The Lions were second in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League-Scarlet division behind St. Ursula, but lost a number of seniors from that squad. Top returners are junior Christine Fredrick and sophomore Grace Kelly. Fredrick posted a 19:17.70 in the league meet last October, with Kelly finishing right behind her at 19:22.50. Both were first team all-league. Fredrick’s best time was a 19:05.80 at the Eaton Invite. Returning sophomores Katherine Finke and Kelly Fuller were honorable mention in 2011. Among the meets scheduled for the Lions is the Centerville Stampede on Sept. 22.


Area girls looking for love on the courts By Scott Springer

All over the Suburban Life coverage area, the tennis racquets are out as the girls fall season is near. After tryouts, many of the teams have their first matches in less than two weeks. The Cincinnati Hills League has belonged to the Indian Hill tennis team since 1997 and coach Gary Samuels is looking to extend the streak to 17 this fall.

The Lady Braves were 7-0 in the league and 13-5 overall and featured Samuels as coach of the year and Kasey Schumacher as player of the year. Schumacher has graduated, but Caroline Breda and Nicole Gibson are back as seniors coming off of CHL firstteam honors. Alex Skidmore is also a returning starter as a sophomore and senior Brynn McKenna is back. Skidmore and McKenna were CHL second-team selec-



tions. Samuels lists Meredith Breda, Caroline Anderson and Maren McKenna as players to watch and

gives logical reasons to like his 2012 squad. “Three solid returning starters, several talented freshmen and Cincy’s best JV team in 2011,” Samuels said by email. Indian Hill begins the season with a short trip to the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational on Aug. 17-18. Deer Park could have their struggles as they won just one match last season and lost Christen Flamm to graduation. Flamm

made CHL honorable mention last fall. Juniors Jenny Pallas and Shelby Kincer and sophomores Dianiesha Jackson and Amani Brooks do return with some experience in doubles. The Lady Wildcats also have a tough start when they host league champion Indian Hill Aug. 21. In the middle of the CHL pack last season was Madeira, See TENNIS, Page A5


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coached by Lynda Maslow. The Amazons were 8-9 (4-3 CHL). Senior Julia Vanderlinde made second-team all-league in 2011 in singles, while Katie Derenthal, Maggie Gray, Rachel Culley and Celia Kline were all honorable mention. Derenthal, Gray and Culley are all seniors and Kline is a sophomore. Junior Lizzie Booth fills out the roster. The Amazons begin with a road match at Bishop Fenwick on Aug. 20. Mount Notre Dame, coached by Judy Dennis, returns Division I state runner-up Sandy Niehaus. Niehaus lost to eventual champion Mehvish Safdar of Ursuline in the state final. In 2010, Niehaus won the state title as a sophomore. She’s back for her senior season, but Brooke Dennis, who also made the state tournament, departed due to graduation. MND finished behind Ursuline in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League-Scarlet division in 2011 but featured Niehaus as a first-team selection and Sydney Landers on second team. Landers is also a 2012 senior. The Cougars waste no time diving back into the competition as they take on Ursuline in their opener Aug. 16 at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. The Cincinnati Country Day Indians return a wealth of talent from their 2011 squad, including No. 1 singles player


Danielle Wolf, who finished fourth in the state last season. The sophomore was named Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year by the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association in 2011 and was also the Miami Valley Conference Player of the Year. Senior Caroline Blackburn will be in the No. 2 singles spot with senior Allison Mesh doubling up in the No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles positions. Two years ago Blackburn made a trip to state as part of a doubles team with her sister and coach Lynne Schneebeck is looking for her to be a strong asset to the team in 2012. MacKenzie Patterson will be in the same boat as Mesh, competing at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles, while senior Meg Lazarus will be in the No. 1 or 2 doubles position. In addition, Katie Barton and Amelia Drew will be key components and add depth to the team. “We will have a very strong No. 1 singles player,” said Schneebeck, who is in her 16th season. “We will also have a very deep team with four experienced seniors to help provide depth.” Ursuline Academy looks to continue their winning ways and defend the Girls Greater Cincinnati League-Scarlet division title under sixthyear coach Joe Hartkemeyer. Leading the lions is defending Division I state singles champion Mehvish Safdar who was the GGCL-Scarlet player of the year, with Hartke-

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meyer taking coach of the year. The junior Safdar has 71 career wins in two years and 53 singles wins. The Ursuline record is 105 total and 81 in singles set by her sister Komal Safdar. Joining Safdar in firstteam all-league honors was Diana Suarez, who will be a senior this season. Seniors Kristen Behrens and Grace Kallenberg were GGCL-Scarlet second team in doubles in 2011 and also played in the state tournament. “I like the fact that the players in our program have a lot of experience playing in big matches,” Hartkemeyer said. “The young ladies have worked extremely hard this offseason and are really looking forward to representing Ursuline on the tennis court.” Ursuline begins the season against Mount Notre Dame at the Blue Ash Recreation Center on Aug. 16. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s girls squad is coached by Lynn Nabors-McNally. The Lady Eagles were finalists in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament last season, losing in the state title match to Lexington. CHCA returns junior Aliza Williams, who made it to the Division II state tournament as a sophomore. However, they do take a hit in doubles as the DII state champion tandem of Holly Dahmus and Dominique Baxter has graduated. The Lady Eagles have a match with Cincinnati Country Day on Aug. 21.

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Council wise to focus appointed boards and committees should focus. It is odd that Mr. Gehring, who led the charge against expanding MaJohn Dobbs COMMUNITY PRESS deira’s housing stock – which GUEST COLUMNIST when completed could have generated over a half a million dollars per year for the schools – falsely accused the city of raising taxes to help make the $22 million boost to the community a reality. Now he wants to chase an idea, using a city appointed board and city resources, that will raise taxes and have little to no economic benefit for the community.

Our Recreation and Parks Board does an outstanding job facilitating many worthwhile and loved events throughout the year. Having served on both the Recreation and Parks Board and city council, I know that these events can get even better and council will be supportive. As citizens, we are all encouraged to bring ideas forward. If Mr. Gehring is passionate about pursuing a new recreation center, he can do that on his own time. However, now is the time for the city to focus its financial and human resources, solve budget constraints and explore economic development. John Dobbs is a longtime resident of Madeira who have served on Madeira City Council and the Recreation and Parks Board.

Recycling ‘odd’ items

Recycling is a great way to improve the quality of our environment. However, not all materials can be recycled by Hamilton County residents in curbside recycling programs. Even some items with the recycle symbol cannot be recycled in your curbside bin or cart. Items such as plastic tubs, polystyrene, aluminum foil, pie pans, takeout food trays, plastic bags and yogurt cups currently cannot be recycled in curbside recycling programs. While some materials are not acceptable through the curbside program, there are other recycling outlets available. Many of these items can still be recycled at a variety of outlets. » Plastic bags can be recycled at area stores such as Kroger, Meijer, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Remke Biggs or other locations » No. 5 plastic tubs (including yogurt containers) can be recycled at Whole Foods Market » Light bulbs – you are using compact fluorescent light bulbs, right? Compact fluorescent light bulbs can be recycled at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Park + Vine, Environmental Enterprises and USA

Lamp and Ballast of Ohio Please refer to the Outlets for Odd Items page on our website or call the Hamilton County RecyHolly cling Hotline at Christmann COMMUNITY PRESS 946-7766 for a GUEST COLUMNIST complete list. Below is a list of items that are recyclable in curbside bins/carts or at a community recycling drop-off: Plastic – Bottles and jugs only. Lids are OK if left on bottles » Pop/water bottles » Shampoo bottles » Condiment bottles » Milk jugs/juice bottles » Contact solution bottles » Laundry detergent jugs Glass – Remove lids » Food jars » Beer/wine bottles Paper » Newspapers and inserts » Magazines-dull or glossy » Phone books » Catalogs » Cardboard boxes (flatten) » Brown paper grocery bags


Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134


I applaud Madeira City Council for concentrating first and foremost on the well being of all Madeira citizens by focusing on critical issues such as budget deficits and city services. I was surprised and disappointed that Scott Gehring chose to call council’s decision a “gag order” in his recent article. Far too often, government bodies get distracted and chase the wrong ideas at the wrong time. Within a few minutes from our homes, people can enjoy two community pools, free tennis courts and playgrounds, two YMCAs, the best senior center in the Tristate, and more. For Madeira to try to duplicate these services and force a hefty tax on all Madeira residents is not where city council nor its


» Paperboard boxes » Junk mail » All envelopes » Office paper » Cores of paper towel/toilet paper rolls » Beverage carriers Metal » Soup cans » Pop cans » Beer cans » Fruit and vegetable cans » Meat cans » Juice cans » Coffee cans » Empty aerosol cans (lids and tips removed) The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is a division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services which also encompasses the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency. For more information, visit the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District online at or interact with us on Facebook and Twitter. Holly Christmann is the manager of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services’ Solid Waste Program.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Rec center wishful thinking

In the bat of an eye, the recommendation by Madeira’s City Council to the city’s parks and recreation board to, “at least for now,” hold off on further discussions of a potential recreation center has become a “gag order” according to one Madeira resident. Sure, we would all like to have a shiny new recreation center in our fine city. It’s a worthy project. Unless there is a large money tree in the Hosbrook Nature Preserve that begins to sprout $1,000 bills, unfortunately there is not going to be a recreation center in Madeira for the near future. Fact: Due to severe reductions in state funding, Madeira is faced with a $3 million-plus budget deficit through the next four to five years. Fact: It is this or any council’s fiduciary responsibility to recommend budget cuts and cost reductions as well as methods for increasing revenues in order to offset these deficits. Fact: We will likely see the reduction of some of the benefits we now receive for free. Fact: It is quite possible that we will be faced with some sort of tax increases. Fact: Council’s request to parks and recreation board is completely in line with their mission to rein in unnecessary expenses. Kudos for their volunteerism and hard work, but it would be wrong for the board to spend a single dime of taxpayer money to conduct studies, survey residents on their wishes and desires, research locations or costs for a rec center. It’s money that we simply can’t afford at this time. Even if the parks and recreation board could accomplish the aforementioned research without any cost to the taxpayers, much of the information would probably be outdated by the time funding is available to move forward on such a project. To harshly label the decision as a “gag order” totally misrepresents the council’s

recommendation, and once again highlights the penchant for some to interpose hyperbole in place of reality when referring to some issues before council. David Hoffman Madeira

‘Gag order’ a slap in the face

Council's gag order on discussing/investigating community center for Madeira is actually a slap in the face to the folks who elected city council. I don't know council's reasoning for same, but I do know thi s... for a long time I have felt the senior citizens of Madeira were being pushed out and/or overlooked. With 33 percent of the population being seniors I think we should have some solid representation and action. I have been an advocate for seniors and disabled for 30 years. Which is why I took it upon myself to create the Seniors Social this summer. I did have the cooperation of the city of Madeira and the Madeira Board of Education for which I am grateful. Our first meeting brought out laughter, great discussions on going to movies, playing cards, visiting museums and Cincinnati landmarks and making new friends. I have decided to not put a limit on the age of those attending and extend the invitation to join our social group to all residents regardless of age. If the city and the board of education can cooperate with my community events for the past seven years which benefited so many I don't see why there can't be more cooperation for the parks and recreation board as well. We are a community of taxpayers/residents that deserves more respect than a gag order. Residents, come join our social by calling 793-9920 for reservations to attend our Wednesday meetings. It's a community-based start up in lieu of a much needed community center. Sami Smith Madeira

CH@TROOM Aug.1 question Do you agree with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s public support of traditional marriage and the “biblical definition” of families, or with government officials in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities who want to block the restaurant from opening new restaurants because of the company’s public stance? Why?

“I do not support the Chickfil-A president's bigoted outlook on marriage, nor do I support his company donating money to hate groups accordingly. However, I do not support blocking Chickfil-A from opening new restaurants in cities. Chick-fil-A is allowed to support what they want and people are allowed to disagree, but banning their organization crosses a line. Sure, I hope that their dated, discriminatory opinions will soon fade out into oblivion as the racist views on marriage of the 1930s did, but I do not support banning their organizations in cities across the country.”

J.S. “I have to agree with Dan, and take a stand for traditional marriage. God has this fantistic plan, man and woman, His idea, not ours. If the libs and gays think they are right they have not read the scriptures lately, or at all, and all we can do is point them to the correct way and love them anyway. That’s what Jesus would do.” D.E.D. “While I agree that everyone has the right to their own personal beliefs, as a businessman Dan Cathy has made a horrendous mistake. He is responsible to the 1,600-plus franchise owners who may take an economic loss due to the company president overt stand. “His first obligation should be to his employees and franchise owners. Personal religious and political beliefs should be kept out of the business community. “I had clients that I sold for decades that while they knew my golf game stunk, I loved good dining, etc ... they never were aware



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of either my religious or political beliefs. That is the way business should be conducted.” J.Z. “I think it’s terrible for any opinion other than the liberal left to be labeled by the media as bigoted and wrong. How many retractions and apologies do we hear from everyone who does not share the same opinion as the left? “I personally don’t care if a person is gay or straight, black or white, rich, poor, or any other label one can think of. It’s the character and behavior of the individual. “If you don’t want people to have an opinion, then just don’t mention it. If anyone thinks that boycotting a successful food chain makes anyone more sympathetic to the cause, they’re sorely mistaken.” J.K. “I plan to have lunch and dinner at Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1 to first show my support for Dan Cathy’s right to state his point of

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view, also known as ‘Freedom of Speech.’ Second, I hope my support also sends a message to the politicians who are trying to take away his freedom of speech by illegally punishing the Chick-fil-A company. “It’s interesting that the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, who until his election was Barack Obama’s chief of staff, said Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values. Apparently Mayor Emmanuel forgot that up until May 9 of this year, President Obama had the same position on marriage as does Dan Cathy! “Bigots like the mayors of Chicago, San Francisco and Boston are so blinded by their hatred of

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their perceived enemies they can’t think straight - no pun intended. R.V. “And what is wrong with family values? If Chick-fil-A President Cathy supports these issue for religious terms, so be it! “His restaurants are not open on Sundays so families can regroup as they used to do many years ago, and come to think of it, Hobby Lobby has the same values. “If the mentioned cities want to keep Mr. Cathy from opening future restaurants, he has the ability to move elsewhere and those cities will fall short of needed tax revenues from Chic-fil-A. He wins, they lose!” O.H.R. “Did someone appeal the First Amendment while I wasn’t paying attention?” K.O.

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Girls on the Run teammates Gabriela Pereda, Yazmin Duffield and Caroline Sack get ready before the race. PROVIDED

Some race participants ran in tutus during the Girls on the Run event May 12 downtown. PROVIDED


By Shelly Sack

It’s easy to say you have a goal that requires determination, commitment and stamina over many weeks, but it’s another thing to actually complete. More than 1,000 committed girls recently saw their dreams become reality with some hard work and lots of support. Girls on the Run, a national program with a local non-profit chapter, started in 2005 at Loveland Elementary School, with a group of12 girls who all wanted to successfully complete a five-kilometer run. It has exploded to in the Tristate area, with 1,088 girls completing the most recent race May 12 in downtown Cincinnati. Each spring and fall, girls register through their schools, communities or local YMCAs, committing to training twice a week for 12 weeks as a team, culminating in the final run with all groups coming together. Through the help of volunteer coaches and running buddies,

TO BECOME INVOLVED To help financially sponsor a girl for Girls on the Run, please visit or call 513/321-1056. All funds will be used locally.

each meeting begins with healthy snacks, shared lessons on healthy habits, encouraging friends and strong body image and then personal journaling. Then the group warms up for the weekly running program in preparation to run the final race. On a bright sunny spring day, they all gathered outside of Paul Brown Stadium in team shirts and some groups sporting colorful tutus. Pre-race activities included face painting, hair dying, tiara-making and busting out some dance moves. The riverfront route had seven different cheering zones to support girls and running buddies along the way.

Meredith Darrah, 10, a fourthgrader at Maple Dale Elementary in Blue Ash, was excited to complete her second race. “It’s fun. I like to run and be with my friends.” Maria Kretchik, 25, of Montgomery, has been a volunteer coach of the Blue Ash YMCA group for five seasons. “Girls on the Run’s mission is very important to me and sparks my desire to continue to volunteer. It transforms the way girls see themselves and their opportunities. Girls in the program learn about mental, physical and social health, as well as the empowering effects of crossing a finish line.” With a $150 price tag per girl, the program can be expensive for many families, prompting the organization to charge a pay-basedon-income fee to cover those who wouldn’t be able to participate. Kretchik is even gearing up for a half Ironman to raise funds for the group. For more information about the program or to offer financial assistance, please see box.

Members of the Blue Ash YMCA's Girls on the Run team, from left: Cassandra Mueller, Eva Bowen, Lily Banke, Lizzie Geraci, Gabriela Pereda, Leah Williams, Meredith Darrah, Yazmin Duffield, Caroline Sack and Gabriella Khodadad. Not pictured but also part of the spring team are Mina Adinehzadeh, Emily Eppert, Sydney McKinney and Laura Mihlbachler. PROVIDED

A large crowd cheers on runners at the finish line of the Girls on the Run event May 12 downtown. PROVIDED

Girls line up to have their hair spraypainted at the May 12 Girls on the Run event. PROVIDED Girls get their hair spraypainted at the May Girls on the Run event downtown. PROVIDED

A pre-race activity included making personalized tiaras. PROVIDED


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, AUG. 9 Farmers Market Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road, College campus parking lot. Locally grown produce available to enhance healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Local growers/producers: Lobenstein Farm, Kartal Honey, The Olde Garden Shack, Breezy Acres and Backyard Orchards. Free admission. 745-5685; Blue Ash.

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

Music - Benefits Beating the Melanoma Blues, 6:15 p.m., Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road, Music by boogie piano blues artists from around the world. Benefits Melanoma Know More. $85. Reservations required. 364-6653; Madeira.

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

FRIDAY, AUG. 10 Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Music by Kevin Fox. Freshly grilled meals and music on dock. Meals: $7.75-$9.25. Parking permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Music - Acoustic Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933. Montgomery. Bob Crawford, 7-11 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, Acoustic rock covers from ’60s to today. Free. 703-1447. Blue Ash.

Music - Concerts Blue Ash Concerts on the Square, 8-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, The Modulators. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

Tours Kool Down Fridays, 2-4 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, Complimentary Graeter’s ice cream bar while touring community and mingling with staff and residents. Free. 561-9300; Kenwood.

SATURDAY, AUG. 11 Art & Craft Classes Canvas and Cupcakes at the Barn, 10-11:30 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Paint canvas following step-by-step instructions from teacher Keli Oelerich (of Eat.Drink.Paint). Includes cupcake. All materials provided. $15. Registration required. 859-866-8777; Mariemont. Open Create Time, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Walk in off the street and choose to paint flower pot, garden stone or canvas in any design. Bring snack. $20, $15 ages 12 and under with painting adult. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Exhibits Open Studios, 6-10 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Open studios where more than 40 artists are showing their works in one building.

Free. 683-7283; Loveland.

Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Education Journey to Inner Freedom: A Journaling Retreat with Faye Schwelitz, 8:30 a.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Discover hidden resources deep within us and find ways to free ourselves of the chains of past destructive behaviors and learn from mistakes of life. Sliding scale fee. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Education Adult Writing Sampler, 1011:30 a.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Designed to introduce new participants to sampling of programming before committing to a multi-week class. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton.

Festivals Street Dance & Family Fest, 6-11 p.m., City of Madeira, Miami Avenue between Euclid and Laurel avenues. Music by band After Midnight and DJ. Food and drink booths sponsored by Madeira and area businesses, civic and sports organizations. Beer and wine available for purchase with proper ID. Free. 561-7228; Madeira.

Music - Acoustic Leadfoot Johnny, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 2479933; Montgomery.

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Music - Indie Jordan Hull, 9:30 p.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, Doors open 8 p.m. Nashville-based singer-songwriter performs blues, folk and indie music. Ages 18 and up. $7 ages 20 and under; $5 ages 21 and up. 794-1400. Silverton.

Parenting Classes Foster Parent Training, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Diversion Foster Care, 10921 Reed Hartman Hwy., Suite 315. Begin process of becoming licensed foster parent. Family friendly. Free. 984-2031; Blue Ash.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. 871-7297; Madisonville.

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

Seminars Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women, 8:30-11 a.m., Merrill Lynch, 5151 Pfeiffer Road, Suite 100, Workshop provides information and resources for women at all stages of divorce: before, during and after. Presented by attorneys, financial professionals and family therapists. Free. 833-1518. Blue Ash.

Shopping Tackle Trade Days, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Sell or trade new and used fishing equipment. Free, vehicle permit required. 791-1663. Symmes Township.

SUNDAY, AUG. 12 Art & Craft Classes Open Create Time, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $20, $15 ages 12 and under with painting adult. 561-0677; Madeira.

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

Auditions West Moon Street, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Aug. 13. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Moonlight and Magnolias, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. 6841236; Columbia Township.

Films Sonja Stratman, born in Nuremberg, Germany, will share what life in Nazi Germany was like for children who unknowingly joined the Hitler youth and where history books were rewritten to favor his agenda in "Growing Up Under the Swastika" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. The lecture is free. Call 247-1330, or visit LEIGH TAYLOR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville.

MONDAY, AUG. 13 Auditions West Moon Street, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, Free. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Moonlight and Magnolias, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, Free. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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

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

Lectures Growing Up Under the Swastika, 7:30 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Chapel. Sonja Stratman, born in Nurenberg, Germany, shares what life in Nazi Germany was like for children who unknowingly joined the Hitler youth and where history books were rewritten to favor his agenda. Free. 247-1330; Montgomery.

Summer Camp Miscellaneous Camp at the J, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Continues weekdays through Aug. 17. Sports, art room, game room, swim lessons, indoor waterpark, outdoor pool, day trips, nature, crafts and music. Kindergarten-eighth grade. Varies. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Summer Camp - Sports Skyhawks Sports Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Through Aug. 17. Skillfocused sports camp for ages 3-12. $99. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

TUESDAY, AUG. 14 Cooking Classes Fresh Summer Foods with Dan Berger, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Dan Berger of Maple Grove Farm Catering demonstrates easy and flexible approach to cooking. Tomato tower salad, English cucumber soup, bluegill meuniére on basmati rice with leeks and fennel, baked Jiffy sweet corn and green chiles. $45. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

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

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

Music - Concerts Tuesday Concerts in the Park, 7-9 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Music by Klaberheads. Dress for weather. Bring seating. Free. 745-6259; Blue Ash.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 Clubs & Organizations Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Cincinnati Affiliate Monthly Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Free. 7914060; Blue Ash.

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

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

Health / Wellness Health Talk, 7:15-8 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Cincinnati, 4781 Red Bank Road, Weekly meetings to answer questions and give information to help make decisions about your health and your life. Free. Registration required. 561-2273; Madisonville.

THURSDAY, AUG. 16 Farmers Market Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, Free admission. 745-5685; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Wellness Night for Women, 5-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and

Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Healthy dinner, wine samples and dessert without the guilt. Mini massages and Zumba available before dinner. $20$25; two for $35. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 891-8277. Sycamore Township.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, AUG. 17 Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Music by Kevin Fox. Meals: $7.75-$9.25. Parking permit required. 7911663; Symmes Township.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township. Vintage Gear, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 247-2380. Montgomery.

Music - Concerts Blue Ash Concerts on the Square, 8-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, The Remains. Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

Tours Kool Down Fridays, 2-4 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, Free. 561-9300; Kenwood.

SATURDAY, AUG. 18 Art & Craft Classes Open Create Time, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $20, $15 ages 12 and under with painting adult. 561-0677; Madeira.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes,

Laurel and Hardy Film Evening, 6:45 p.m., Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive, Auditorium. Films are “Our Gang,” “Charley Chase” and other film surprises. Bring snacks and beverages to share. $5, free ages 12 and under. Registration required. 559-0112; Kenwood.

Music - Blues Blues Merchants, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 871-7297; Madisonville.

Recreation Ultimate Frisbee, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Shopping Fall Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Loveland Presbyterian Church, 360 Robin Ave., Includes furniture, appliances, books, jewelry, clothes, kitchen items, large and small plastic storage containers and collectibles. Concessions available for purchase. 4970644; Loveland.

Special Events Castle Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Castle, 12025 Shore Road, With Knights of the Golden Trail. Castle gardens, marketplace of handmade crafts, comedy acts and historic reenactments. $5. 683-4686; Symmes Township.

SUNDAY, AUG. 19 Art & Craft Classes Open Create Time, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $20, $15 ages 12 and under with painting adult. 561-0677; Madeira.

Lectures Human Trafficking: Around the World and Around the Corner, 3 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Led by Sarah McCormick, Loveland native. About human trafficking’s root causes, situation of trafficking in Cincinnati area and concrete steps to take. Free. 683-2340; Loveland.

MONDAY, AUG. 20 Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Parenting Classes Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45-8:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.



Recipes use garden potatoes, zucchini

Rita’s potato pancakes

Adding baking soda gives these a bit of a lift. If you like, use frozen shredded hash browns, thawed and drained very well. 5-6 cups shredded potatoes, drained very well 1 yellow onion, minced fine 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper 3-4 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix potatoes with onion and eggs. Stir in seasonings, flour and soda. Heat ¼-inch oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Make mounds of potatoes in skillet and flatten. Cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.


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Rita's potato pancake recipes uses baking soda for a bit of lift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Blue Ribbon chocolate zucchini bread/cake I get lots of requests for this when zucchini season is in. For Marilyn, an Eastgate reader, and Lawrence, a Kentucky reader, this is in my “Recipe Hall of Fame.” A cross between bread and cake. A version of this won first prize at our fair -it’s that good. 1½ cups shredded zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 1 cup flour ½ cup unsweetened good quality cocoa, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ teaspoons cinnamon or less if you like ¼ teaspoon allspice ½ cup canola oil ½ cup sugar ½ cup light brown sugar (if all you have is dark, that’s okay) 2 large eggs 1-2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chips are nice)

pan. Set aside shredded zucchini. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Set aside. Beat oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla until well blended, and fold in zucchini. Add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake until toothpick inserted deep in center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack, then remove.

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In this recipe, measure cocoa, then sift. If a recipe says “sifted cocoa pow-

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Women’s services featured Deer Park resident Pat Smiley and his wife, Michelle, are helping organize an event, “Women Supporting Women,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township. The event will feature women entrepreneurs selling their wares, as well as informational booths with things that can help them. Proceeds from booth rental, raffle and split the pot proceeds benefit the YWCA. Vendors scheduled to

Awesome that so many responded to the request for this quiche/pie. I’ll be posting the recipes on my blog and they all sound so good, from sweet to savory. Thanks to all including Christy, Kim B., Francy J., Grace K., Carol F., Pam C., Susan B., Carol W., Melanie F., Jan B. and Wanda D., among others. Recipes goes way back to the ‘70s!

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In early spring, we planted red and Yukon gold baking potatoes. It has been fun digging up “buried treasure,” especially for the little ones. They are always surprised to see so many potatoes come from one plant. And in spite of the heat, potatoes are one crop that have grown really well. Rita Today I Heikenfeld made a RITA’S KITCHEN batch of potato pancakes to go along with our bacon and eggs. And our corn is finally in after months of loving care from my husband, Frank. We grow Silver Queen and like to eat it simply with butter and salt. Our grandson, Luke, loves it with mayo and hot sauce - go figure!

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programs are offered at the church, 5125 Drake Road in Indian Hill. Divorce Care for Kids, Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 209. This 13-week session is for children ages 5-12 years. Divorce Care for Teens, Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the “L” youth facility. This 13-week session is for students grades 6-12. Divorce Care, for individuals who are separated or divorced, is Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Armstrong Room. It’s a 13-week session and there is no charge. Grief Share, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Armstrong Room. This 13-week program

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ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable 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 suburban@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. will help participants understand the grieving process and offers them resources for rebuilding their lives. Each group is open to the public, there is no registration fee and interested individuals may join a group at any time. For more information, call the church office at 561-4220. The church is at 5125 Drake Road; 561-4220; www.armstrong

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The Music at Ascension chamber concert series begins its ninth year of programming at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, David Mamedov, one of New York City’s rising young virtuoso

pianists, returns to Ascension to begin the series. The concert is free and open to the public. A Habitat for Humanity project day is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, in conjunction with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The Humanity project help eliminate sub-standard housing in Cincinnati. Interested community volunteers may contact Ascension at 793-3288 for additional information. A Healing Touch ministry is beginning at Ascension. Call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Join the church Sunday, Aug. 26, for a Soles4Souls Shoe Drive during our worship service. This is an annual drive to collect shoes and provide them in ministry to brothers and sisters in need of footwear. Please bring a pair of new or slightly worn shoes to the service. Sunday School classes (Bible 101 and the Thoughtful Christian) meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For children pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, Sunday School is held after the children1s sermon in the worship service. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. A reception to welcome the new youth group leader will be Aug. 26 after the worship service. Sunday worship services are 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. The church is located at 4309 Cooper Road, at the corner of Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road; 791-1153.

Community Lighthouse Church of God

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

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New summer worship service hours are now in effect. Spoken Holy Eucharist is 8 a.m. and Eucharist with music is 10 a.m. Findlay St. Summer Day Camp continues July 30 with a camping trip to Winton Woods. Volunteers are needed to help with the weekly outings, with making meals and with ideas for crafts. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir practices following Holy Communion at the 9:30 a.m. service and ends promptly at 11:15 a.m. All young people are welcome. Acolytes are needed over the summer. Kids fourth grade or older can call the church office to help serve during the services. The St. Barnabas Band practices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Youthful singers and

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

Trinity Community Church

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

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Join the church on Sunday, Aug. 12, when Pastor Jonathan Kollman will bless backpacks at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, just in time for back-toschool. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181; www.stpaulcommunityumc org .


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instrumentalists are needed. An intercessory healing prayer service is conducted at 7 p.m. the first Minday of each month. A men’s breakfast group meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning sat Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for more information. The Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the second and fourth Saturdays. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

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St. Gertrude class celebrates 50 years Tradition renews again Aug. 12 Pat Monahan has been the St Gertrude School Class of ’62 representative for more than 30 years. In that time, he has maintained contact with many classmates and they still gather every five years to celebrate their reunion. Now, as they reach their 50th anniversary, he, along with classmates Ella (Gallenstein) Gelhausen, Bob Kohls and Linda (Larbes) Regensburger, who comprise the reunion committee, is hosting another reunion on campus from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The group will also gather for a class Mass at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at St. Gertrude Church. Parish Stewardship Committee member Doug Enders spoke with Pat to learn more about him, that time in the school and nation’s history, and what compels him to keep the “Bulldog” spirit alive after so many years. Tell us something about yourself. “My wife Julia and I met in 2004. We were marching in the Dublin, Ohio, Memorial Day parade. We are Army veterans. We live in the Village of Shawnee Hills, Ohio, across the O’Shaughnessy reservoir from the Columbus Zoo. I work full time for IBM and am mayor of the village. I attend St. Bridgett of Kildare Church in Dublin, Ohio. I have four biological adult children who all live in Cincinnati, three stepchildren and 13 grandchildren. My kids went to Our

Lady of Lourdes and Our lady of Visitation school on the west side of Cincinnati. I coached soccer, baseball and football at Visitation. My three daughters graduated from Mother of Mercy and my son graduated from Elder. I am a Moeller grad – their third class back in 1966 – and started working for AT&T and went to UC night school after graduation.” What are some of the highlights of your St Gertrude School years? “It was the end of the summer of 1954 and for front end 'Baby Boomers,' it was time to start school. We came to St Gertrude School with optimism and excitement. We encountered many new things. Little did we know the friends we’d make and values we would have for life. “We had so many interesting teachers: Sister Mary Daniels, Sister Francis Bernard, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Armbruster (both of them have attended our reunions in the past), Sister Teresita, Sister Eileen, Sister Mary Joseph, Sister Inez, and the first male teacher ever at St. Gertrude School, Harold Marsh. “When we first started school, Sr. Mary John was the principal and for our last couple of years Sister Inez became principal. After our 20th reunion, and while playing in a national telephone softball tournament in Parma Ohio, I went to visit with Sister Inez and showed her the reunion pictures. “Here were some points of interest from 1954 to 1962

» ”We regularly had Civil Defense drills incase of bombing. This was a carryover from WW II. All the students would go out into the hall and face the walls we would kneel down and cover our heads with our hands. » ”Frs. Durbin and Rogers were the priests when we first started school in 1954. Fr. Rogers was the pastor and he had a dog named Mike, who would lie on the steps of the alter during Mass. » ”Fr. Joyce became the pastor later and he had been in a Chinese concentration camp for 26 months earlier in life. He was the visionary and started the building committee who ultimately built the church. » ”It was the later 1950s and early 1960s on the school bus coming to school we would compare notes on funny things from the new 'The Andy Griffith Show.’The contrast we faced was the treatment of African Americans. They were driven across the roads with fire hoses or attacked by police dogs during race demonstrations. It was a troubling thing to witness as a child.

» ”We received our oral polio vaccines at school. » ”In February 1960, a small Beech craft airplane skimmed the top of the school when we were all at a gathering in the school basement. The plane crashed at the Indian Hill swim club. » ”I was at the groundbreaking of the church. We roamed around the church when it was under construction. The old church was neat! » ”The Boy Scout Log cabin (troop 555) sat where the school sits now. I remember being a Boy Scout and credit that experience for my lifelong community involvement. » ”I remember the day John Glenn orbited the earth in 1962. We were standing in line at the cafeteria when the announcement came that he returned safely. When did you start the class reunions? “We started our class reunions in 1982. We had our first in the cafeteria of the old school and had over 30 people in attendance. Why did you feel it was important to have these reunions?

“I think this was best summed up by Dan Ledford, my best friend in grade school. We were sitting at our 25th reunion in 1987 at the then Blue Ash hotel and Dan said, 'I have been many places, but I can’t say I have ever been in a room with such a combination of greater character!’ These are wonderful people and we literally cut teeth together.” Do you have any comments about the old church or school? “The old church was a wonderfully charming gray stucco building. I was in Europe in ‘97 and, being a fan of church architecture, found a church in Unterammergau Germany that reminded me of the old church. I went in for a visit, dipped my hand in the holy water font, and realized older German churches weren’t heated…the holy water froze!! I have a brick from the old school when it was torn down.” How specifically did St. Gertrude Parish form your faith? “My story is probably different from most all of my classmates. At 19, I volunteered/was drafted and

served as an Army Infantry squad leader in Vietnam. I have spoken at veteran’s events at Moeller occasionally and like to tell a story about Vietnam and how your upbringing and values come into play in life. The bottom line answer is doing the right thing always. My parents, my schools – St. Gertrude and Moeller, and my faith are intertwined deeply and helped me through some tough times.” "I hope many of the Class of1962 will attend our 50th reunio. They can contact me at or at 513-608-6725.”

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DEATHS June M. Barkley

June M. Barkley, 73, died July 23. Survived by children Tom (Deb) Riccobelli, Darcy (Donald) Zumach, Frank (Patricia) Riccobelli and Jeff (Monique) Riccobelli; sister, Jean (Eugene) Cady); and grandchildren Amanda, Melanie, Chelsea, Adam, Sam, Collin, Ethan and Lauren Riccobelli and Brittany and Jamie Zumach. Visitation was July 24 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Alfonso Hurtado Jr.

Alfonso Hurtado Jr., 26, formerly of Cincinnati, died July 15 in Las Vegas. Survived by parents Marybeth (David) Boone, father

Alfonso Hurtado Sr.; sisters Alicia (Lonnie) Parsons, Danyelle (Mark III) Smith, Kaitlyn Hurtado; nephews Hayden, Landyn; grandparents Alfred Hurtado, Gertrude Stuntebeck, Shirley Walker; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were July 27 at Craver-Riggs Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in Alfonso’s name at any US Bank.

Eleanor R. Kilroy

Eleanor R. Kilroy, 86, died July 22. Survived by daughter, Marcia (Timothy) Starr; grandchildren Zachary and Jarrod Stuntebeck and Sarah and Emily Starr; and brother, Robert (Connie) McDevitt. Preceded in death by husband, John A. Kilroy; and daughter, Barbara (James) Stuntebeck.

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POLICE REPORTS Services were July 26 at Lakeside Mausoleum, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati. Memorials to: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Madeira, OH 45243.

Richard A. Swafford

Richard A. Swafford, 37, of Kenwood died July 17. Survived by child, Kelsey Swafford; brother, Dwayne Swafford; surrogate mother, Kathy Miles; and aunt and uncle Tina Engel and Troy Alford. Preceded in death by mother, Rebecca Swafford; grandparents Lawrence and Wanda Engel; and aunt, Karen Alford. Services were July 25 at St. Gertrude Church, Madeira.

Rose Mary Vollman

Rose Mary C. Vollman, 98, died July 18. She was a secretary at the Mariemont West Shell office. Survived by children Irwin T. Vollman, Carol Lohse, Joyce Wilson; grandchildren Todd Albertz, Megan Kingdon, Allison, Sarah Lohse, Kim Wagner, Brandon, Heather Wilson; brother Maurice Dowling; five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Irwin G. Vollman, siblings Elizabeth Ziegler, Anna Marie Carlier, William, Mark Dowling. Services were July 23 at St. Mary’s Church. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.

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Theft Lawn equipment valued at $450 at 6923 Windward St., July 8.

Breaking and entering Tools and building materials taken; $10,130 at 5667 Whetsel Ave., July 16. Burglary Refrigerator and stove taken at 5747 Wind Ridge, July 15.

DEER PARK Arrests/citations Johnathon Lilly, 22, 584 Lakefront Drive, open container at 8208 York St., July 31. Michael Sadler, 33, 4147 Allendale Ave., open container, drug abuse at 7228 Blue Ash Road, July 29.

Incidents/investigations None reported.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Brandon D. Franke, 22, 3458 Klaybolt, disorderly conduct, July 15. Heather Veeneman, 20, 6753 Eleck Place, disorderly conduct, July 15. Laura A. Stankorb, 42, 6227 Coachlite Way, alcohol on

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Shantell Treat, 26, 621 S. 44th St., theft, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 13. Juvenile Female, 14, assault, underage consumption at 4312 Sycamore, July 13. Sanchez Higgins, 21, 771 Smiley Ave., disorderly conduct at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 14.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing Reported at 4205 Koeler Mall Road, July 9. Burglary Residence entered and brace-

let, coins of unknown value removed at 11444 Brittany Woods Drive, July 9. Robbery Victim threatened and cell phone value at $200 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 14. Victim threatened and medications of unknown value removed at 4090 E. Galbraith Road, July 14. Theft Ipod touch valued at $195 removed at 4907 Harrison Ave., July 10. Phone valued at $500 removed at 7799 Montgomery Road, July 11. Jewelry valued at $610 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 14. Ipad 2, hard drive, case of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 14. Diapers of unknown value removed at 7694 Montgomery Road, July 13. Theft, misuse of credit cards Reported at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 10. Violation protection order Reported at 7752 Montgomery Road, July 9.



6166 Fulsher Lane: Blanton Lee A. to Lawley Michael G.; $160,000. 6935 Kenwood Road: Molnar Donna & Donna Molnar Tr to Biernat Lukasz; $499,900. 7238 Osceola Drive: Boeddeker Betty Lou to Federal Home Loan Mortgag; $92,000. 7261 Jethve Lane: Jackson William C. & Emily J. Hall to Derenzo Maureen Joanne; $148,500.

SILVERTON 25-Year Warranty on Silverplating

Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local police department: » Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Simon L. Leis, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444 » Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056 » Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 private property, July 13. Cory M. Rutherford, 30, 7310 Iuka Ave., obstructing official business, July 14.

7841 Gail Drive: Noplis Brian T. & Erin J. to Vista Mill I LLC; $115,000.



Daryl Ford, 34, 1709 Helen Ave., theft, criminal trespassing at 3400 Highland Ave., July 9. Byron Tidwell, 20, 1438 Carolina, drug possession at 5301 Ridge Road, July 10. Timothy Kellam, 30, 3556 Harvel, drug possession at Kennedy and Highland, July 10. Richard Kief, 38, 3985 Woodsong, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., July 13. Steven Caudill, 27, 5020 Colerain Ave., theft of drug abuse instruments at 3400 Highland Ave., July 13. Andrew Wagner, 46, 1641 Huntercrest, drug paraphernalia at 5200 Kennedy, July 6.


You’ll love entertaining again with your family silver or just having it restored to pass along to the next generation. You’ll also love saving 20% on silverplating & polishing during this 1-day event! So gather up your old silver today!

Fri., Aug. 17 ONLY


No appointment necessary

For one day only, silver restoration expert Beverly Byrd will be at our store to provide free recommendations and estimates on the repairing and refinishing of your sterling and silverplated heirlooms, letting you know if they can be (or should be) restored. Missing parts replaced. Broken pieces repaired.

Gilson’s Engraving


6752 Placid Place: Homesteading And Urban Redevel-

opment Corp. to Melvin Lianna; $87,900. 6883 Stewart Road: Jpc Rental Properties LLC to Rpg Group LLC; $222,500. 6883 Stewart Road: Jpc Rental Properties LLC to Rpg Group LLC; $222,500. 6883 Stewart Road: Jpc Rental Properties LLC to Rpg Group LLC; $222,500. 6883 Stewart Road: Jpc Rental Properties LLC to Rpg Group LLC; $222,500. 6727 Alpine Ave.: Mmp Properties LLC to Jpmorgan Chase Bank National Association; $69,483.


8743 Appleknoll Lane: Matthews Karen S. to Kissinger

Michele H.; $302,000. 11160 Brookbridge Drive: Hsu Chen Wen to Mirkos Steve; $415,000. 11362 Brittany Woods Lane: Christ William W. Tr to Thornton Roger D. Tr; $580,000. 11880 Whittington Lane: Walker James L. & Dinah J. to Webster Michael P. Tr; $445,000. 11992 Stillwind Drive: Pignone Sally E. to Kinman Cara F.; $135,000. 1897 Chaucer Drive: Keybank National Association to Alfred Krystolyn L.; $47,000. 4306 Myrtle Ave.: Towe Ronnie & James Wynn to Barnett Deborah K.; $97,500. 4306 Myrtle Ave.: Towe Ronnie & James Wynn to Barnett Deborah K.; $97,500.



Mercy Health — Kenwood Family Medicine


Dr. Pflum understands the power of group thinking. Being part of a larger practice helps him find the best care for his patients more efficiently. He knows that together, he and his colleagues can help produce better outcomes than alone, and stay up-to-date on life-saving advances and techniques. That’s how Dr. Pflum helps his community be well. To find a primary care physician or specialist in your neighborhood, call (513) 981-2222 or visit



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