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Old-fashioned lunch fundraiser

Madeira Historical Society hosted a fundraiser July 29 at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Sycamore Plaza. SEE PHOTOS, B1

Talking tennis

Two Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders not only got a chance to attend a recent tennis tournament, they also interviewed the celebrities involved. Katherine Arnold, 13, and Abigail Singer, 13, participated in video interviews with a number of the participants in the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open tennis tournament. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

Money down the drain

McDaniel Park walking path in Sycamore Township will be getting a facelift. The Sycamore Township Board of Trustees approved a resolution that awarded the construction contract to West Side Paving. SEE STORY, A2


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Board cites Amity advantages Traffic, central location among factors in vote

By Amanda Hopkins

At their Sept. 1 meeting, Deer Park Board of Education unanimously selected the Amity Elementary site at 4320 E. Galbraith Road as the location for a potential new pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school. If the district’s 5.87-mill bond issue passes in November, the Deer Park school district will build a new elementary school on the 3.75-acre site and renovate the current Junior/Senior High School for grades six through 12. District parents, school board members, Deer Park city council members and business owners shared their thoughts on how a new elementary school could change the look of Deer Park and what opportunities could open up for students. • Deer Park City Council member Christine Hedger said a

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new elementary school at the Amity Elementary site will help the city both on the business side and by keeping young families in the district. “Anything we can do to make our city a place for people to stay,” Hedger said. • School Board Member Tom Griswold said he voted in favor of the Amity site because the centralized location makes it easier to access for both Deer Park and Sycamore Township students. Griswold started in the Deer Park district in 1957 as a teacher and coach. He said he also thinks the new buildings would give students the opportunity for new technology in the classroom. “Our children should have that advantage,” Griswold said. • “It wasn’t an easy decision. It was hard to give up those three extra acres we could build on at Holmes. But, I do think that it will

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New pastor feels right at home

Deputies now on the street

Increase in thefts cited By Amanda Hopkins

By Amanda Hopkins

It was a funeral that first brought The Rev. Tim Bunch to St. Saviour Church; it was a much more joyous occasion that saw his return. Bunch was recently appointed by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr as the new pastor at the Sycamore Township church. Bunch, who spent 11 years at St. Peter-inChains in Hamilton, said he applied for the position with St. Saviour after attending the funeral at the church and feeling very comfortable in the parish’s atmosphere. “I had known it was an active,


Father Tim Bunch is the new pastor at St. Saviour Church in Sycamore Township. good parish,” Bunch said. Bunch has been in the priesthood for 31 years and has spent time in four other parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati besides St. Saviour and St. Peter in Chains. Bunch said he is still meeting parishoners and getting to know

the routine of the church since starting July 6. “I want to experience things (at St. Saviour) before coming in with other ideas,” Bunch said. Bunch replaces The Rev. Patrick Crone, who was pastor at the church since July 2000.

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After a rash of thefts in several neighborhoods, Hamilton County sheriff deputies will be combating the crimes by walking the streets. Sycamore Township sheriff liaison Lt. Dan Reid said deputies will be walking the Reid neighborhoods and checking for cars that are unlocked or have valuables left out in the open. Reid most of the thefts in the township have occurred because residents left valuables in their cars and left their cars unlocked If a deputy notices that a car is unlocked or that electronic devices are in plain view, a note that looks like a citation will be left on the car to notify the owner of the potential for theft. The thefts have occurred through the entire township with reports from Heitmeyer Farms, Kenwood Towne Center, High Point and Rossmoyne.


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Construction set for McDaniel Park path

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The walking trail at McDaniel Park along School Road in Sycamore Township will be excavated and repaved. There is no drainage system and during bad weather the water floods the path and makes it unusable.


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The walking trail at McDaniel Park along School Road in Sycamore Township will be excavated and repaved. There is no drainage system and during bad weather the water floods the path and makes it unusable.


be easier to alleviate traffic at the Amity site,” school board president Donna Farrell said. “I think it was important to have our school buildings visible in the community as they are an important community amenity and a great source of community pride.” Farrell also said she thought the community would be more likely to support the Amity site and that the location would also help foster 21st century learning. “I don’t think it is a negative statement to say that I believe that Amity gives us a better chance for 21st century buildings for 21st century learners – that is what we are trying to accomplish as a board and if we want to make that dream a reality for our students and future students, we had to select a site that the majority of district residents could support on election day.” • School board member Lisa Hodge also liked the visibility and central loca-

Road Superintendent Tracy Kellums said the section of the path along School Road was built in 2003 by JK Meurer Corp. without a drainage system, which causes the path to flood and is unusable during bad weather. West Side Paving was awarded the contract for $205,295. Kellums said he recommended the company for the work as the lowest and bidders because they had built the McDaniel Park

path that runs along Solzman Road. They also did work on the Sycamore Township Fire Department’s south station. Kellums said the current path along School Road will be completely excavated, a storm drain will be installed and both the path and the parking lot will be paved. Kellums said West Side Paving has 60 days from Sept. 8 to complete the project.

Continued from A1


Amity Elementary, as seen on Sept. 9, sits along East Galbraith Road in Deer Park. The Deer Park Board of Education unanimously selected the school site as the location for a new pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school building if the school district passes a 5.87-mill bond issue in November. tion of Amity. “Because of this, there will be greater potential to promote walking to and from school by our students.” Hodge said. • Sarah Wagner, owner of Barresi’s Italian Restaurant in Deer Park, said she believes the school board is making a “business decision for the betterment of the schools.” “We trust this board enough in past years to run the schools and that they have,” Wagner said. • Deer Park parent Beth Carpenter said her family is supporting the bond issue

despite initially being disappointed about the selection of Amity. “However, the bond (issue) is about building schools for our 21st century students and the focus should be on what happens inside the building not about where it is located. “Because of the condition of our schools, our district cannot afford not to build a new elementary school and renovate the currentjunior/senior high school. We must be forward thinking and prepare for the future,” Carpenter said.

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City hall is a former Methodist church

Madeira city hall at Miami and Euclid avenues used to be a Methodist church and was dedicated in 1958 in ceremonies featuring then-mayor Russell Patten.

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The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Oct. 10 with music and memories in the program, “A Decade of Difference Honoring History, Celebrating the Future.” Hear from individuals inspired by CHHE and glimpse the center’s bright future. A reception is 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, with dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. at Adath Israel Congregation, 3201 E. Galbraith Road. Honorees are Dean Richard E. Friedman, Father Michael Graham, Joe Hale, Shawn Jeffers, Sam Knobler, Dr. Michael Meyer, Margaret Moertl, John Neyer, Dr. Racelle Weiman and Gail Ziegler. More information is available at

Senior scavenger hunt

Sycamore Senior Center is having a community scavenger hunt Saturday, Sept. 25 “The Great Community Challenge,” which benefits Sycamore Senior Center and its outreach programs, is a multi-community scavenger

Museum open in memory of Joy

The Madeira Historical Society will open the Miller House/Sears Roebuck Museum from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in memory of a former president of the Madeira Historical Society, Warren Joy. Joy would have presented a program “Madeira 1910” that day, but recently died. The museum will also be open Saturday, Sept. 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Miller House is at 7226 Miami door to the Madeira Public Library.

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Karl Mattes reassembed the potbelly stove that was used in the Madeira RR Depot until the depot was equipped with a new oil furnace. The stove is a now displayed at the Miller House. Karl with his son owns the Mattes Chimney and Roofing compan Resistance is for teams with children under 12 years old and teams where all the members are senior citizens. Teams leave the Sycamore Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. and return by 2:15 p.m. Teams may have up to four members. An exception is made for families. Families may register up to six participants for an additional fee of $10 per additional team member over

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Joy was one of our earliest Historical Society members and served on the board before serving the society as president.

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Sycamore Township Fire Department will host a Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Kenwood Towne Center. Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter said there will be fire trucks and other various equipment from several area departments that will be on site.

Program cancelled

The Madeira Historical Society’s Sept. 18 program, “Madeira 1910,” has been cancelled beacuse of the death of schedule spresenter Warren Joy.

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School districts get state rankings By Amanda Hopkins

Students are not the only ones who receive grades. Local school districts received their state report cards in the last few weeks. Madeira City Schools was rated Excellent this year, down from its ranking of

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One of the criteria that measures academic achievement has caused Indian Hill and four other highest performing districts in the area to lose their top rating on the state’s Local Report Card for the 2009-10 school year. Indian Hill, Kings, Madeira, Mason and Oak Hills dropped from Excellent with Distinction to Excellent, due to “value-added,” which measures students’ progress from year to year. That same criteria catapulted six other Greater Cincinnati districts to the top ranking. They are Bethel-

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Acclaimed Madeira painter Les LeFevre was inspired at an unlikely place when the president of the Madeira Historical Society asked him to draw a soaring eagle for use on a special 9/11 flag. “Doug (Oppenheimer) wanted an eagle drawn for a flag remembering 9/11 and I drew it on a MacDon-

ald’s napkin one morning,” LeFevre said. “It took a couple of months, but I finally did a color painting for him to use as the design.” The historical society commissioned 11 of the flags – which read “Remember the Fallen, September 11, 2001, 9-11” – from flag manufacturers Annin & Co. of Roseland, N.J. Saturday, Sept. 11, the historical society presented


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Tate, Fairfield, Lebanon, Mariemont, Three Rivers and West Clermont. Lebanon made an impressive comeback from last year when it lost the top rating and fell three categories to Continuous Improvement. In total, 13 Greater Cincinnati districts are in the top category this year, compared with 14 last year. Among other criteria that affect a district’s rating: • Scores on the Ohio Achievement Assessment and the Ohio Graduation Test. • Performance Index, which measures a school district’s assessment results

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The Sept. 11 flag presented by the Madeira Historical Society to various city departments. one to the city of Madeira and two to the Madeira and Indian Hill Joint Fire District – one for the Madeira fire station and the other for the station in Indian Hill. “On behalf of city council and all of our residents, we are deeply appreciative of the Madeira Historical Society’s efforts in commemorating 9/11,” City Manager Tom Moeller said. “We all know the very significant place this date now holds in the history of our country. “The new flag is a great way of acknowledging this tragic event,” Moeller said. The historical society plans to sell eight of the flags; State Rep. Ron Maag, a Republican from Salem Township who represents Madeira, is among three buyers who have already snatched one up. The flags cost close to $800 and the historical society was able to buy them thanks to Tom and Peggy Frank of Madeira. “Tom and Peggy are society members and are very patriotic,” Oppenheimer said. “They have underwritten enough of the total cost so that the society will realize some profit.” Sept. 11, Dona Brock, curator of the Miller House Museum, gave the city its flag and Boy Scouts from Troop 555 at St. Gertrude Church and Troop 209 from Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church – both in Madeira – raised it on the flag pole in front of city hall. LeFevre, his wife, Kathy, and historical society board member Susan Hill presented the fire department with its flags. Oppenheimer said he promised Madeira City Council last year that if it made Sept. 11 a day of remembrance in the city, he would create and donate a 9/11 flag. Council agreed and he followed through. “There is not another flag like ours,” Oppenheimer said.


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Indian Hill students ‘love’ their tennis experience By Forrest Sellers

Two Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders not only got a chance to attend a recent tennis tournament, they also interviewed the celebrities involved. Katherine Arnold, 13, of Symmes Township, and Abigail Singer, 13, of Indian Hill, participated in video interviews with a number of the participants in the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open tennis tournament. The interviews were posted on as well as on You Tube. “We got to go to the outdoor player’s lounge,” said Singer. “We had prepared questions, but quickly realized you have to ask questions about the match.” Both Singer and Arnold met numerous celebrities at the event including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki. “A highlight was seeing them off the court and (having) them talk to us as reporters and not (just) as fans,” said Arnold. Singer said the experience was both fun and educational. “We didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “It was learning on the job.” Arnold said she and Singer worked well with one another. “I liked the reporting aspect,” she said. “Abigail is good at the writing, and I help with the presentation. “That’s why we make a great team.”





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Ohio University spring quarter – Eric Cepela, Jeffrey Kelley, Melissa Mock, David Pence, Tera Poole, Margaret Riedel, Monica Ruscher, Sarah Scavo and Kayla Vaughn. University of Dayton spring semester – Jonathan D. Fisk, Nicholas C. Fister, Eric M. Gammarino, Joseph M. Haglage, Madison M. Kramer, Patricia L. Russo and Annarose Schneider.


Ohio University – Laura Flannery, Scott Hunter, Reed Schiff, Charles Schilderink, Abby Silberhorn, Mark Thompson and Anna Wines. • Jarrod Stuntebeck has received a B.A. in business administration from Wilmington College. He is from Madeira.

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Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders Abigail Singer, left, and Katherine Arnold recently attended the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open tennis tournament and interviewed tennis celebrities.

“A highlight was (having) them talk to us as reporters and not (just) as fans.

Katherine Arnold Indian Hill Middle School eighth-grader

Ursuline announces Big Green Raffle Ursuline Academy is selling tickets for its Big Green Raffle, featuring 50 cash prizes, plus a $1,000 early bird prize and $250 referral prize. Odds are 1 in 48 of winning a prize, which includes the first prize of $25,000 and second prize of $10,000. Each ticket costs $100 or three for $250, and there are 2,500 tickets available. The drawing will be at Ursuline Academy Nov. 20 during the school’s Ultimate Auction “The

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Emerald City.” Winners will be notified by phone or mail by Tuesday, Nov. 23. The Early Bird winning ticket will be drawn Oct. 20 and returned to the secure container where it will be eligible for future drawings. Deadline for Early Bird ticket sales is Sept. 30. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit the school. “The Emerald City” Ultimate

Auction is UA’s largest fundraising event of the year and it also supports the school. The evening includes cocktails and appetizers, a sit-down dinner, silent auction and live auction. Among this year’s top live auction items are vacation and sports packages. For details about the auction and more information about the Big Green Raffle, e-mail or call 791-5794, ext. 1218.

For the fifth straight year, the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati conducted multiple one-week sessions of its IT Careers Camp program in July for 20 local high school sophomores each week. One-hundred-twenty high school sophomores from 39 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high schools were selected to participate in this intense, behind-the-scenes, weeklong problem-solving experience hosted by the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business, Miami University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science or Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. In each jam-packed, week-long session, four corporate-sponsored teams competed in daily “problem-solving Olympics” with the students proposing IT solutions for real-world business challenges. This year’s capstone “Technology Optimized Business Enterprise” Competition required each team to come up with a business plan for a new business enterprise that employs people with disabilities. The TOBE Competition was designed in concert with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati, Abilities First in Middletown and Redwood in Ft. Mitchell, Ky. Each team’s business plan was presented to a panel of “celebrity judges” from the service agencies and corporate sponsors and included such creative new business ideas as a manufacturer of foreign language speaking animal dolls, a personalized cupcake bakery and a specially equipped amusement park for people with

disabilities, staffed by people with disabilities. The high schools that participated in the competition included: Anderson, Calvary Christian School, Centerville, Cincinnati Country Day, Clark Montessori, Elder, Hamilton, Indian Hill, Lakota East, Lakota West, La Salle, Little Miami, Loveland, Madeira, McAuley, McNicholas, Milford, Moeller, Mother of Mercy, Mount Notre Dame, Oak Hills, Purcell Marian, Randall K. Cooper, Ryle, Seton, St. Ursula Academy, St. Xavier, Summit Country Day, Sycamore, Taft IT, Talawanda, Turpin, Ursuline Academy, Villa Madonna Academy, Walnut Hills, Western Hills University, William Mason, Woodward and Wyoming High School. Kenneth Li, 11th grader at Loveland High School, said the IT Careers Camp was very timely for him. “This camp was just what I needed to make an informed decision,” he said. Li also said he is considering IT as a career as a result of the INTERalliance experience. “Overall, this camp has made me rethink my future and now I believe an area in IT might be a great possibility for me,” he said. In addition to the IT Careers Camp, 36 high school juniors and seniors were placed in full-time paid summer internships at such local employers, as P&G, GE Aviation, Kroger, Kao Brands, FirstGroup America and INTERalliance. This marks INTERalliance’s fifth year of successfully finding summer internships for past IT Careers Camp participants.

7 Hills students score 800s Ten students of the Seven Hills School class of 2011 and three students of the class of 2012 scored 800s on 20 SAT and SAT Subject tests, as of the June testing. While one student scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT, six students had perfect scores on sections of the ACT. The students who scored 800s on the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are: Gabe Blanco of Indian Hill, SAT Critical Reading, Math and Writing (2400); Chase Atherton of Symmes Township, SAT Critical Reading and SAT Subject Tests in French and Literature; Izzy Arjmand of Amberley, SAT Subject Test in Math 2 (also had a perfect

PSAT); Julianne Bain of Montgomery, SAT Math; Justine Cefalu of Brighton, SAT Critical Reading; Peppar Cyr of East Walnut Hills, SAT Math and SAT Subject Test Math 2; Betsy Johnson of Hyde Park, SAT Subject Test in Math 2; Sasha Lieberman of Mason, SAT Writing; Nathan Markiewitz of Kenwood, SAT Subject Test in Molecular Biology; Alex Markovits of Montgomery, SAT Subject Test in Math 2; Mia Perlman of Symmes Township, SAT Critical Reading and Writing; Dan Shi of Loveland, SAT Subject Test Math 2; and Virgil Urbina Lazardi of Mount Lookout, SAT Subject Tests in Chemistry and U.S. History. Students who had perfect scores on sections of the ACT were Bain (English), Leah Cromer of Anderson Township (English), Perlman (English), Sydney Larkin of Indian Hill (math), Lieberman (math) and Markiewitz (science).


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Ursuline Academy welcomes four new faculty/staff members to the 2010-2011 school year. They are, from left: Michelle Pfaltzgraff of Oakley (junior/senior guidance counselor), Carmen Thiemann of Mount Airy (Spanish 1 college prep teacher), Elizabeth Wojtowicz of Mount Lookout (college prep and honors anatomy, physiology and environmental science teacher) and Emily Lorentz of Amberley Village (administrative assistant to the development department).

MND celebrates 150-year history with reunion weekend Mount Notre Dame’s Reunion Weekend, to celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary, will be held Sept. 16 through Sept. 19. “This is a celebration in which the entire MND community can take part, not just alumnae,” says MND’s director of Alumnae Relations and Reunion Weekend coordinator Alisia Sullivan Davis. “MND’s Reunion Weekend offers events for every age and interest, and I am so excited at the response we have had thus far.” MND’s Reunion Weekend will kickoff Thursday, Sept. 16, with a Women’s Nine Hole “Two-

Women Social Scramble” at The Golf Course at Kings Island. “This is not your typical golf outing,” said MND’s director of the Grande Gala Jackie Siders of Loveland. “The light social atmosphere allows inexperienced golfers to enjoy the day just as much as the more competitive athletes.” The highlight of the golf outing happens on the seventh hole, where golfers are challenged to hit a marshmallow off the tee for the “Longest Drive with a Marshmallow” contest. Participants will begin their day with muffins and mimosas

and will finish with lunch. The festivities continue Friday, Sept. 17, with an alumnae-only, three-hour cocktail cruise aboard the Destiny Yacht. “The Destiny Yacht provides the perfect atmosphere for alumnae from over four different decades to come together and share their stories of life at MND,” Davis said. “The breath-taking view of the city at sunset is definitely something to look forward to as well.” On Saturday, Sept. 18, the MND community will have the opportunity to take a trip down

memory lane with the original theatre production “Mount Notre Dame: A History! (Abridged).” This one-act, satirical play will feature a cast of alumnae, current and former faculty and current students. Guests are invited to join the cast for a meet-and-greet reception immediately following the performance. The anniversary classes (those ending in “0” or “5”) will also come together on MND’s campus that evening for the Anniversary Classes Reunion/Homecoming Reception.

Each class is given its own special area of the school to gather together, catch up with old friends and reminisce about their MND days. The Reunion Weekend Closing Celebration Mass and Brunch will he held Sunday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. For complete details and to register, visit or contact Davis at 821-3044, ext. 141 or


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The week at Madeira

• Madeira’s boys’ soccer team shut out Deer Park 2-0, Sept. 7. Madeira’s Andrew Stanifer made one save, and John Michael Wyrick and Ian Neumann scored one goal each. On Sept. 9, Madeira beat Batavia 2-1. Madeira’s Sam Bascom and Alvaro Ibarra scored one goal each. • In volleyball, Madeira beat Indian Hill 25-21, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22, Sept. 7. • In boys’ cross country, Madeira finished sixth in the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational, Sept. 7. Madeira’s Austin finished third in 17 minutes, 32 seconds. • The Madeira girls’ soccer team beat Deer Park 10-0, Sept. 8. Madeira’s Caitlyn McCullough made one save, and Sarah Mahler made two saves; Katie Landgrebe and Kristin Richardson scored three goals each; and Casey Miniard, Cassie Neiman, Shelby Penn and Torie Powers scored one goal each. • In boys’ golf, Madeira placed second with 172 against Badin’s 170 and Wyoming’s 173, Sept. 8.

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Amazons pick up where ’09 ended

By Mark Chalifoux

The Madeira High School girls’ volleyball team was phenomenal in 2009, going 18-3 and winning a share of the Cincinnati Hills League title. Despite having to replace several key players from that team, the 2010 Amazons are off to another hot start, going 5-1 in their first six matches, including a big win over rival Indian Hill. “The girls picked up right where we left off,” Madeira head coach Ellyn Wieck said. “We’re on the right track as long as we keep working hard in practice and I have no doubts that we can win as long as the girls are prepared mentally.” Wieck said she was “extremely happy” with the victory over Indian Hill, as

Madeira dropped the Braves 25-21, 25-20, 16-25, 2522 at home on Sept. 7. She said the key to the win was the team’s enthusiasm and scrappiness, and she said a strong senior class leads the team. “We have a really good senior class in setter Bridget Walsh, outside hitter Allie Balweg, libero Marissa Sears and middle hitter Lanie Frayer. They are pretty much the glue to this team,” Wieck said. “They coach each other almost as much as I coach them, and they are my second set of eyes at practice. This team would not be where it is without them.” Wieck knew it would be tough having to replace a key middle hitter, but the Amazons have become more aware as a team. “I knew we would strug-

The week at Moeller

• The Moeller golf team placed first with a score of 145 in the second round of the GCL tournament, Sept. 7.


Madeira’s Bridget Walsh comes up with a block at the net for the Amazons in a match against Wyoming.

The week at Deer Park

• In tennis, Northwest beat Deer Park 3-2, Sept. 7. Deer Park’s Anna Coates beat Kent 6-2, 6-1; Wahl beat Alvis 6-2 ,6-3.

The week at Indian Hill

• Indian Hill’s girls’ soccer team tied 1-1 with Mariemont, Sept. 7. Kaeli Flaska scored Indian Hill’s goal. • In boys’ golf, Indian Hill placed second with a score of 169 against Taylor’s firstplace 165 and Seven Hills’ third-place 179, Sept. 7. Indian Hill’s Jesse Terbrueggen medaled with 3 over par 38 on the front nine of Losantiville Country Club. On Sept. 9, Indian Hill lost to Centerville 156-169. Indian Hill’s Eddie Fink medaled with one over par 37 on the front nine at NCR South. • In tennis, Indian Hill beat Miami Valley 5-0, Sept. 7. Indian Hill’s Kelsey Matthews beat Morehart 6-1, 6-2; Kasey Schumacher beat Burke and Williams 6-0, 6-1; Rachel Littman beat Yanes 6-1, 6-0; Taylor Schumacher and Florence Vanderschueren beat Hari and Raj-Sharma 6-2, 6-1; Brynn McKenna and Nicole Taylor beat Canesia-Johnson 6-1, 6-3. On Sept. 8, Indian Hill beat Mariemont 5-0. Indian Hill’s Kelsey Matthews beat Lonnemann 6-0, 6-0; Schumacher beat Purcell 6-0, 6-0; Littman beat Slavik 6-2, 6-0; Schumacher and Florence Vanderschueren beat Swisher and Haileu 6-0, 6-1; Nicole Taylor and Brynn McKenna beat Peters and Hassey 6-2, 6-3. • The boys’ cross country team finished second in the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational, Sept. 7. Indian Hill’s Mason McClay placed fifith at 17 minutes, 38 seconds, Thomas Ernst was sixth at 18 minutes, 15 seconds and Joe Majchszak was 10th at 19 minutes, 5 seconds. • In boys’ soccer, Indian Hill tied 1-1 with Mariemont, Sept. 8. Indian Hill’s Alex Cepela scored his team’s goal. • In girls’ field hockey on Sept. 8, St. Ursula beat Indian Hill 7-0.


Madeira’s Allie Ballweg plays the ball to a teammate in a match against Wyoming on Aug. 31 at Madeira.

gle with some rotational things that aren’t the norm but the kids have adapted to these changes and have figured out what works,” she said. The only loss has been to CHL-leading Wyoming, 2515, 25-11, 25-24. “If we can get a win against Wyoming, it will prove to the girls that they are a really good team still even if things are a little dif-

ferent this year,” Wieck said. “Another league title is not out of the question. Wyoming is the biggest contender, but if we keep our heads on straight we have a chance.” Wyoming is undefeated in the league (3-0 through Sept. 8) and has a 4-1 record overall. Madeira has a rematch with Wyoming Sept. 23. Taylor and Indian Hill will also be some of the

tougher league foes for the Amazons. Madeira still has non-conference matches against CHCA and Schroder on the schedule as well. Wieck said the girls’ enthusiasm is evident in the way they play. “They run plays that are more exciting than the norm, and they are very enthusiastic and into the game,” she said. “It’s fun to watch. I enjoy it.”

MND volleyball off to strong start By Tony Meale

Mount Notre Dame High School head volleyball coach Joe Burke admits to feeling the pressure. Last year, Burke inherited a program that had won five state titles – including most recently in 2006 – and had advanced to at least the state semifinals four straight seasons. “There’s always pressure,” the second-year head coach said. “I think we put a lot of it on ourselves. We expect a lot out of ourselves as coaches, and the girls expect a lot out of themselves as players.” MND advanced to the regional final last year and fell to Dublin Coffman, which lost in the state final to Ursuline. The Cougars graduated eight players from that Elite-8 squad but return five starters with valuable varsity experience. Those returning starters – seniors Kathleen Donnellon of Blue Ash (OH) and Janna Reilly of Mason (S), juniors Kelsey Wolf of Symmes Township (L) and Gina Frank of Middletown (MB) and sophomore Michelle Strizak of Sharonville (OH) – have led MND to a 6-0 start as of Sept. 11. “We’ve got a lot of talent and a lot of senior leadership,” Burke said. Strizak, who is transitioning from right-side hitter to outside hitter, leads the


Mount Notre Dame junior libero Kelsey Wolf of Symmes Township bumps the ball against Mercy. team in kills with 56, while Donnellon (28), Frank (34) and senior Megan Kavanaugh (30) have also packed offensive punch. Wolf, meanwhile, leads the defense and servereceive at libero. Other contributors include Mary Crema (Loveland), Emma Beyer (Liberty Township), Holly Bronner (Reading), Christine Chan-

dler (Milford), Sam Diebold (Deer Park), Rachael DiLeonardo (West Chester), Melissa Emming (West Chester), Aubree Hord (Loveland), Robyn Kerley (Loveland), Libby Pelzel (Loveland), Caitlin Shipp (Madeira) and Tess Austin (Mount Healthy). MND has wins over Centerville, Chaminade Julienne, St. Henry, Lakota

West, Sycamore and, perhaps most impressively, Mother of Mercy (26-24, 25-20, 25-21) “Mercy is off to a good start,” Burke said of the 3-2 Bobcats. “None of the GGCL matches are ever easy. That’s something we’re trying to teach to the younger girls.” The Cougars hosted Ursuline in a much-anticipated showdown Sept. 14 after Community Press deadlines. The Lions are undefeated on the season and went a combined 57-1 in 2008 and 2009. MND is ranked No. 2 in the city behind Ursuline. “Ursuline is the top dog until someone knocks them off,” Burke said. “They graduated a lot of players last year, but the players who filled those spots are very good.” The Cougars will rely on their defense and will to win to carry them in matches, but Burke said they must work on consistency. “I think this could be a lights-out defense, but right now we do it in spurts; we’ll (have lapses) and let balls drop,” he said. “I’d also like us to mix it up more on offense and get all of our hitters the ball.” Still, Burke added that his team has the ability to advance to the state semifinals and beyond. “I think this team can continue to build on last year,” he said. “If this team continues to grow every day, I don’t think anything


Mount Notre Dame High School sophomore middle hitter Michelle Strizak, of Sharonville, spikes the ball during a 3-0 win at Mother of Mercy Sept. 9. can keep them from accomplishing their goals.”


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September 15, 2010

Sports & recreation

Seven inducted into Madeira hall The Madeira High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 20th annual class in a ceremony at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at the Madeira Stadium, prior to the football game with Finneytown. The members of the 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Class are: Drew Cloran, Alison DeWitt, Ed Hausgen, Jane Kuykendall, Cathy and Charlie Schweppe and Mary Lou “Petie” Weber. Prior to the induction, there will be a hors d’oeuvres buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the northeast corner of the stadium for: the new inductees, their family and friends, and all current members of the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Madeira High School Athletic Boosters. Inductees are chosen by a committee familar with Madeira High sports history. Selection is based on activities and accomplishments at Madeira High only.

Drew Cloran

Drew Cloran, 1998-2002 – Cloran played football and wrestled for four seasons each. During his varsity football career he scored 30 touchdowns and rushed for more than 2,000 yards. He also qualified for the state wrestling tournament three times. Tim Viox, who coached him in football at Madeira, called him “hard-working and committed.” Following his graduation from Madeira High, Cloran attended the University of Cincinnati where he completed his degree in 2006. He now lives in Amberly Village and is employed as a logistics co-ordinator.

Alison DeWitt

Alison DeWitt, 1986-1990 – DeWitt played volleyball for four years and basketball and softball for three seasons each. Her volleyball coach, Bob Gardner, remembered DeWitt as a good server who showed quick-



ness and hustle. DeWitt’s softball coach, Bob Kitchen, termed her a “gamer” for her leadership in softball. DeWitt also assisted the boys’ wrestling team as a wrestlerette for three seasons. DeWitt attended Eckerd College in Florida after graduating from Madeira. She then transferred to the University of Cincinnati where she graduated in 1994 with a degree in Spanish. DeWitt is married to Mark Huber from the Madeira class of 1985. They and their two children, Megan and Max, reside in Kernersville, N.C., where she is an account manager for the Sprint Nextel Corp. and also coaches youth sports.

Ed Hausgen

Ed Hausgen, 1988-1992 – Hausgen played football, basketball, baseball and track for four years each. All of those activities resulted in his being given the Madden Award in 1992. Hank Ohnmeis, who coached him in football at Madeira, remembers him as a “lightning bolt on the field” and said he not only was a good runner, but also returned kick-offs and punts and was also a spark on defense. After graduation, Hausgen went to Clemson University where he lettered all four years in football. He now resides in Mount Pleasant, S.C., and is president of Hausgen Wealth Management.

Jane Kuykendall

Jane Kuykendall is selected as a contributor to the Madeira High Athletic




Program. Beginning in 1970, she became in all facets of volunteering. Jane joined the Athletic Boosters in the late 1970s. She remains a member and continues to work at games and other athletic functions. Kuykendall and her husband, Frank, have lived in Madeira for 56 years. They have had a total of 18 children and grandchildren graduate from Madeira. One grandson, Kris Kuykendall, went into the Madeira Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and another, Drew Cloran, is going in this year. In her spare time, Kuykendall enjoys gardening and camping.

Cathy and Charlie Schweppe enter the Madeira Athletic Hall of Fame in the Contributor category. They became involved in both athletic and boosters activities when they moved into Madeira in 1972 and that continued for many years.

The Schweppes


Cathy and Charlie Schweppe enter the Athletic Hall of Fame in the contributor category. They became involved in both athletic and boosters activities when they moved into Madeira in 1972 and that continued for many years. Charlie held office in the boosters organization. All seven of their sons graduated from Madeira High as have four grandchildren. A daughter-in-law, Sue Glasgow-Schweppe, was inducted into the M.H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. Cathy is in her 38th year in serving as a crossing guard for the Madeira Elementary School. Charlie is a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. The couple lives in Madeira.

Mary Lou Weber

Mary Lou “Petie” Weber, 1952-

1955 – She transferred into Madeira for her sophomore year and played field hockey, basketball and softball for three seasons each and is remembered for both her hustle and sportsman-

ship. Weber was the captain of the 1954 field hockey team that hosted the University of Cincinnati in a match at Madeira and won by a 1-0 score. She was a pitcher and noted power hitter in softball. Weber went to UC after graduation and earned a bachelor of science in physical education. She taught physical education and coached at Sycamore High School from 19591964. Weber is married to Dan Henke, a 1951 Madeira graduate who was inducted into the athletic hall of fame in 1999. They become the first husband and wife to be in the hall. Their three children also graduated from Madeira. The couple lives in Miami Township, Clermont County.

BRIEFLY The week at CHCA

• The McNicholas boys’ soccer team shut out Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 2-

0, Sept. 7. On Sept. 9, CHCA shut out North College Hill 7-0. CHCA’s Joe Heath made one save and

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Heath scored one goal each. • In girls’ tennis, CHCA beat Seven Hills 3-2, Sept. 7. CHCA’s Dahmus beat Compton 6-2, 2-6, 6-1; Baxter beat J. Seibold 6-4, 6-2; Faugna beat Jo. Seibold 6-4, 6-1. • On Sept. 8, Lakota East beat CHCA 4-1. CHCA’s Saugno beat Fanning 6-1, 6-1. • In girls’ volleyball, CHCA beat Seven Hills 13-25, 25-14, 25-17, 28-25, 15-12, Sept. 7. • In boys’ cross country, CHCA finished fourth in the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational, Sept. 7. • In boys’ golf, McNick beat CHCA 182-187, Sept. 8. On Sept. 9, CHCA lost to Cincinnati Christian 173-189. • In girls’ soccer, Mount Healthy tied with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 2-2, Sept. 9. CHCA’s Anna Love and Heather Morrison scored their team’s goals.

Braves tennis team off to undefeated start By Mark Chalifoux

The Indian Hill High School girls’ tennis team went 17-1 in the regular season in 2009 so head coach Lindsay Morris improved the difficulty of the schedule for the 2010 season. That doesn’t seem to have mattered much, as the Braves are off to a 9-0 start through Sept. 9. “I’ve been very happy with how the girls are playing,” she said. “Everyone has improved a lot from last year.” She said she has been especially impressed with the doubles teams. Taylor Schumacher and Flo Vanderschueren play first doubles. “They played together last year but have really stepped up their intensity and are looking pretty good,” she said. Brynn McKenna and Nicole Taylor play second doubles. “They hadn’t played together until this year but they really formed a good team,” Morris said. “Doubles is a high energy game and both teams bring a lot of energy to the match and that’s contagious. Everyone else on the other courts is affected by it, in a positive way.” 3-2 wins over Division I powers Sycamore and Mount Notre Dame have been the highlight to the early season hot streak. “The girls just played their game and waited for more opportunities to go on the offensive,” Morris said. “In every match we’ve


Indian Hill High School junior Kasey Schumaker, who was first-team allleague last year, has performed well in singles action this season. played they have been more aggressive than last year and that’s probably the biggest change for us.” Morris said she wasn’t sure how the Braves would fare when they faced some of the top teams in the city. “I wanted to up the competition this year, and I was uncertain of how some of the outcomes would be, but I knew it would make us better,” Morris said. “The girls still surprise me at times and I was happy with how they played in our big matches so far.” Indian Hill still has matches against CHCA and Ursuline later in the season. Ursuline is 9-0 and also defeated MND. Indian Hill plays Ursuline Sept. 30. Indian Hill has had a number of standouts behind the doubles team. Kelsey Matthews is 7-1 playing first singles for Indian Hill and Kasey Schumacher is 6-2 playing second singles. Rachel Littman is 8-0 playing third singles for the Braves. “We try not to get ahead of ourselves,” Morris said. “It would be great to get back to Columbus, but we’ll take it one match at a time.”

SIDELINES Baseball tryouts

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Former Deer Park gridder plays one more time Is this heaven? No. It’s the Deer Park High School football field. I played football at Deer Park High School from junior high through my senior in 1965. I was fortunate to be able to play most of those years with my older brother, Lou. He was a running back and I played on the line. There were many times I would lead the play when my brother ran the ball. Over the years since graduation my brother and I would tell each other how great it would be to go back in time and play one more game on that high school field. Just one more game. Oh, the


Dan Spinazzola shows off his muscles during Deer Park’s alumni game Aug. 13.


Dan Spinazzola takes a breather during Deer Park’s alumni game Aug. 13. thought of it. My lovely wife, Judy, who I met in the fifth-grade at Amity Elementary, surprised me on our flight from California to Cincinnati for our 45th high school reunion. She told me she had heard about a Deer Park Alumni touch football game to be played at the high school on Aug. 13. Anyone who ever played at Deer Park was invited to play. She had signed me up – a 63-year-old with bad knees, bad shoulders and other geriatric ailments. I called my brother Lou, who lives in West Chester Township, and asked him to meet me at field the next night. He couldn’t play because of herniated discs in his back, but he showed up to take some pictures. Even my high school football coaches, Tom Griswold and Frank Estes, now in their late 70s, were

CH@TROOM Sept. 8 questions

What do you think the Bengals record will be this year? Will you follow them more or less than in previous years? Why? “I enjoy the Bengals and expect them to go 10-6. Their schedule is tougher this year. They have to play Indianapolis and San Diego due to their first place finish last year in the AFC North. Barring injuries, Carson Palmer is primed for a great year. The defense is good so they should be competitive in all games. Their first two games (at New England and Baltimore) will tell how good they can be. Go figure!” T.D.T. “10-6. “I will follow them as in the past. “I am a fan, but not eating Ochocincos yet.” G.G.

What type of development would you like to see more of in your community – commercial, industrial, residential or retail? Which vacant properties would you most like to see filled? No responses.

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Dan Spinazzola looks for someone to block during Deer Park’s alumni game Aug. 13. in attendance. Most of the players we in their 30s and 40s, but I felt like I was 16 again, and could almost hear the band and fans from the 1960s sitting in the stands cheering for my team. I thought of my old teammates and the wonderful fun we had. During the game the current football coach Barry Pettyjohn would repeatedly ask “Spin, you having fun?” You have no idea coach ... or maybe you do. I got to play one more time. Thanks coaches Griswold, Estes and Wood. The lessons you instilled are still with me today. Dan Spinazzola (Spinney) is a member of the Deer Park High School Class of 1965. He now lives in California.


Dan Spinazzola shares a laugh with former Deer Park High School coach and current board of education member Tom Griswold during Deer Park’s alumni game Aug. 13.


Dan Spinazzola and another alum get tangled up during Deer Park’s alumni game Aug. 13.


Dan Spinazzola grabs some much needed water during Deer Park’s alumni game Aug. 13.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City leaders deserve thanks

This is just a thumbs-up for the city of Madeira administration. I walk and run the streets of Madeira and have come upon a couple safety hazards along roadways. One was a damaged storm drain and the other was a sinkhole around a utility hole. Both times I sent a letter to the mayor or city manager and both times immediate action was taken to remove or repair the hazards. A hearty thanks for doing a great job! Scott Brow Miami Avenue Madeira

The abatement issue

Having lived in Madeira these past several years I have marveled at the progress that has been made. Our school system continues

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Sorry if I have overlooked anyone for I know numerous new businesses have indeed opened in our city bringing new services with additional tax generating revenues. Something is going right with us here in Madeira and it is due to primarily two factors. One is the business person with the plan and the creative ideas to give of their time and finance by risk investing

in a new enterprise in Madeira. Two, we have been blessed with intelligent and forward thinking leadership at city hall. The past and present mayors, the business manager, the council members and our administrative staff have led the way and opened doors for enabling development. We should be thankful also for the public safety we enjoy and the everyday cleanliness of the city we seem to take for granted. This is just another result and the benefit of having good leadership and competent management. Those who look backward and fail to recognize the need for growth and improvement may not fully understand what it takes to motivate a vigorous business climate and to attract the very best of new ideas and services for our citizens. The abatement issue should

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Anti-abatement arguments exaggerated I find the opposition to the Bradford Place tax abatement to be grossly overstated, specifically the posting in the Sept. 1 Suburban Life “Viewpoints” section authored by Jim Horwitz. While more than half of his tirade focuses on a rather fallacious attack on the city council as a whole, and in two instances personal affronts to individuals, his opening argument postulates five bullet points in defense of his opposition. References to “squandered tax revenues” make little sense. How does, increasing tax revenues on the collective properties in increments of 300 percent, 900 percent and ultimately 2,000 percent (see below), translate into squandering? Furthermore, a failed project benefits neither the developer nor the city. Should this happen, surrounding property values will likely be eroded and existing tax revenues could suffer. Conversely,

completion of the project is more likely to increase surrounding property values, thus increasing those revenues and helping to David offset the impact Hoffman of the abateCommunity ment. And, by the way, full Press guest occupancy of columnist the development would also increase the earnings tax base for the city. He goes on about “shifting the burden of a price reduction from the developer to the Madeira taxpayers.” OK, let’s say the developer drops the price by 30 percent. Well, that also reduces the overall valuation of the property, thereby reducing the tax burden by 30 percent. In addition, you

have now reduced the potential income of Riverstone, a Madeirabased company, and thus reduced the earnings taxes paid to the city. His next two items seem somewhat redundant and refer to “nightmarish precedents” with regard to economic development in the community. Let’s be honest and a bit less dramatic. A precedent can be set by any action enforced by this, or any council. Regardless of the issue, it’s the responsibility of the members of that body to judiciously craft a proposal that excludes willy-nilly attempts to expand the intended scope of the legislation. Finally, the author simply states, “Tax abatements frequently don’t work.” Really? That generalized opinion that can be either repudiated or reinforced, depending on how you “tailor” your Google search. Mr. Horwitz also asks us to join him in a referendum to repeal the pending legislation should it pass.

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I don’t know what it costs to hold a special election, but I’m guessing they’re not free, and unless Mr. Horwitz is magnanimous enough to pay for it, then Madeira taxpayers will foot the bill. In defense of the abatement, here’s a concise summary of the primary benefits: • Previous properties created about $18,000 in annual tax revenues. Currently, Bradford Place generates between $50,000 and $60,000 in revenues. • With abatements, and providing all properties sell, there would be approximately $150,000 in tax revenues. • When the abatement expires, property taxes alone would generate $300,000 to $400,000 in revenues per annum. No sleight-of-hand, just simple hard facts. What’s not to like? David Hoffman is a resident of Madeira.



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September 15, 2010

Like it or not, we are always being judged This is not going to be easy to write. But, it must be said. First, I must make it very clear that I am not a prejudiced person. I have had, and in some cases, still have friends of many religions and races. What disturbs me is the amount of hatred that some find toward someone who is ethnically different. But, it doesn’t stop there. There is also hatred within groups. Don’t quit reading here and just think, “yeah, you’re right!” Recent events are driving this essay. Let me take you back more than 50 years. I was in the Army, stationed in Germany. I was having dinner in the mess hall with a good friend. We had a lot of things in common. We were both recent college graduates, He, from Howard University I, from Bowling Green. We were having a spirited discussion when the company bigot started yelling at me for my choice of dinner companions. After my extremely strong reply, if he had a tail it would have been between his legs. Jim was silent for a few minutes then said something I have quoted many times. He said, “fools do not bother me, it is the silent bigots that scare me.” This is the problem I want to

address. Overt bigotry is not in style these days. It can get you into serious trouble. Edward Levy U n f o r t u Community n a t e l y , is a Press guest hate common columnist h u m a n failure. It is not something we have at birth. We learn it very young. Silent bigotry is prevalent and growing. The silent bigot observes people and connects his insane hate to anyone who falls into his categorized hatred. We all should be aware of this fact. Any person who is aware of the news or observes human behavior would have to agree. Unfortunately, we let our ethnicity or religion overpower our humanity. This is the root of most of our troubles. Greed is sometimes a factor. Basically, our evil instincts are focused on people who are more like us than we care to admit. Race, religion or nationality only become weak excuses for our basic insecurities. Diversity should be celebrated and promoted in a fairminded society. Instead, it is

the focus of jealousy and resentment for many people. Because of the way it is administered, I contend that it is the root of much bigotry. It is easier to hate than compete. It is easy to watch silent bigotry in action. You can be in a public place. Faces are sometimes easy to read. Expressions give you away. What is interesting to me is that people use these moments not to learn, but to re-enforce their prejudices. It they dislike anyone, they use that person as a representative of some group to support their feelings. Your actions are used to typify whatever ethnic group you are perceived to represent. You may even be judged by your bodily appearance or your clothing. Over the years I have learned that the old saying, “To get along, go along” seems to work best. Acceptance and progress come slowly, but they do come. Let us add one more thought. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy. Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.


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: Mayor Dave A. Collins; President of council Joseph Comer; council members Mike Allen, Shawn Gavin, Jeff Hall, Chris Hedger, Tony Proctor, Hermann Tegenkamp, Ron Tolliver.


Deer Park Community City Schools, Deer Park City School District Office, 4131 Matson Ave., 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 Howard Elementary 4131 Matson Ave. Deer Park. Board President, Donna Farrell; Vice President, Tom Griswold; Board members, Terri Morrissey, Lisa Hodge and Steve Smith. Superintendent, Kimberlee Gray; Treasurer, Dan Mpagi and Communications Coordinator Gini Nekamp, 936-5935.

INDIAN HILL SCHOOLS Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 272-4500. 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. Board President Tim Sharp; Vice President Molly Barber; board members Karl Grafe, Elizabeth Johnston and Kim Martin Lewis. Superintendent Dr. Jane Knudson; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Ault; Treasurer and Business Manager Julia J. Toth, 272-4513; Director of Pupil Services Lisa Huey; Transportation Supervisor Cynthia Ketterer; Facilities Director Ken Stegman and Director of Communications Martha Stephen.


Madeira city council meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the municipal building, 7141 Miami Ave. Phone 561-7228. Web site: Mayor Kenneth Botn; Vice Mayor Rick Brasington; council members John Dobbs, David Sams, Mike Steuer, Richard Staubach, Timothy Dicke. City Manager Thomas Moeller; Police Chief Frank Maupin, 272-4214; Fire Chief Steven Ashbrock; Clerk Diane Novakov; Treasurer Steven Soper; Law Director Robert Malloy; Public Works Supervisor Ed King, 792-9123.


Madeira City Schools district office, 7465 Loannes Drive. Phone 9856070. 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. Board members: David Templeton, Kam Misleh, Tarek Kamil, Cathy Swami and Pat Shea. Superintendent Stephen Kramer, 924-3880; Assistant Superintendent Kenji Matsudo; Public Relations Officer Diane Nichols, 9243707; Treasurer Susan Crabill; Transportation Supervisor Karen Smith, 561-1366.


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: Board of trustee President Tom Weidman; Vice President Cliff Bishop; trustee Dick Kent; Fiscal Officer Rob Porter. Township Administrator Rob Molloy; Fire Chief William Jetter; Planning and Zoning Director and Assistant Township Administrator Greg Bickford; Parks and Recreation Director Mike McKeown; Sheriff’s Liaison Lt. Dan Reid; Accounting Director Betsy Jameson.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR From A9 not be perplexing since communities everywhere are in competition to attract as well as maintain the most productive resources to serve the public interest. Those who are creative and take the risks bring improved value to our city.

Why shouldn’t Madeira encourage the risk takers by providing some incentive? It’s not for greed or for any special advantage, but to make it more feasible for new ventures to compete and survive. We have lost a manufacturer recently and we need to get busy to attract a replacement. The

future prosperity of Madeira depends on being the place to be, by assuring that new enterprises have the greatest opportunity to thrive and succeed. William Wentz Apache Circle Madeira

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Amy Cheney, vice president for Giving Strategies for The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (left), and Christine Buttress of Blue Ash. Buttress, an attorney, received the philanthropic foundation’s Bridge Builder Award at the group’s annual luncheon.

Buttress honored for philanthropy By Jeanne Houck

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has given its Bridge Builder Award to attorney Christine Buttress of Blue Ash. The award recognizes a professional advisor who has been a supporter of the foundation – a philanthropic organization based in downtown Cincinnati – in multiple ways over many years. Buttress was honored at the foundation’s 2010 annual luncheon Sept. 8 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati. “Chris is a great supporter of the foundation,” said Suzanne Rohlfs, director of professional advisor relations with the foundation. “She raises awareness about GCF in the community and specifically, in the professional-advisor community. “Whenever asked, she is willing to be an advocate and to speak about the benefits of charitable giving and GCF,” Rohlfs said. A grant will be made to Pro Seniors in honor of Buttress, an attorney with Graydon Head, which has offices in downtown Cincinnati, West Chester Township

and Fort Mitchell, Ky. She’s been practicing law for more than 25 years. Pro Seniors is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal help to older adults. “The Greater Cincinnati Foundation exemplifies the generosity of the citizens of our region,” Buttress said. “I am honored to be recognized by the foundation and have appreciated the opportunity to work with its many committed professionals in helping our clients achieve their philanthropic goals.” The Greater Cincinnati Foundation was established in 1963 to encourage philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. It provides grants and leadership in the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, the environment and health and human services. “The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community,” said Julia Mace, the foundation’s communications officer. “We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities.”

Madeira Historical Society hosted a fundraiser July 29 at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Sycamore Plaza. PHOTOS PROVIDED

A belly full of history Robin LeFevre, right, talks with friends Susan Maxwell and Beth Hartman.

Kathy LeFevre ready to sell a recently published book titled, “Images of America – Madeira.” Jay Hanson, program chair for the Madeira Historical Society, and his wife, Sue Hanson, enjoy their meal.

THINGS TO DO On Stage – Theater

“Once More, With Feeling,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 6841236;

Used book sale

Noon-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Features all categories of books, as well as videos and tapes. Benefits Public Library programs. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4467.

Volunteer Day

8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 18, Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Learn about organic farming by experiencing it first hand. Bring lunch, water bottle and dress for weather. Work for food: $5 in produce for each hour

Kathy LeFevre displays a picture board of the centennial activities of the Madeira Historical Society.

worked-arrange in advance. Also needed are volunteers to help in booth at Findlay Market 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. Registration required. 5617400;

Clubs & Organizations

Eastside Neighborhood 912 Meeting, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave. Discuss constitutional matters, current events and avenues of citizen activism. Group’s goal is to educate public about Constitution, government and impact of government policies on lives of citizens. Free. 859-2403702;

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Madeira Historical Society hosted a fundraiser July 29 at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Sycamore Plaza. Kathy LeFevre, a member of the society’s Ways and Means Committee, thanks Katie Krieg, general manager of Potbelly Sandwich Works.

Cincinnati theater recognition programs combine forces Cincinnati’s two theater awards and recognition programs – the Acclaim Awards, supported by The Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Theater, supported by CityBeat – announced that they will combine forces for the 2010-2011 season and beyond. The strengthened Acclaims program, with an added element now called the Cincinnati Theater Awards (CTAs), begins with the start of the new season. CityBeat’s Rick Pender and the Enquirer’s Jackie Demaline will be involved in the program, serving on judging panels and as members of the Acclaim Awards executive committee, which will manage the awards process and the annual May recognition event. Demaline, Enquirer theater critic, said, “Both the

Acclaims and Cincinnati Entertainment Awards have been committed to recognizing so many things that are outstanding about Cincinnati theater – the artists, the educators, the professionals, the amateurs – and to reaching out to the entire regional community to become a part of it. By sharing an evening of celebration with the addition of the CTAs, the Acclaims are hoping to ensure a credible and sustainable program for the future that will help keep Cincinnati theater in the spotlight locally, regionally and even nationally.” The Acclaim Awards, which began in 2004, maintain a substantial volunteer base of theater practitioners. They will continue a through-the-season recognition of excellent theater and the annual recognition event in May, handing

out an Acclaim award to the winner in each of multiple categories covering performers, technical aspects and overall productions. Acclaims recommendations during the theater season will be the nomination mechanism for awards, which will then be decided by the panelists. Other elements of the Acclaims – including the recognition of outstanding theater educators and “Rising Stars,” as well as grants for local guest Equity artists and individual theater artists – will be continued. The CTA aspect of the Acclaims will invite public input for favorite performers and productions in 10 categories focusing on nominees involved in community theater and university theater – nominations will offer choices in those two arenas for favorite actor,

favorite actress, favorite musical and favorite play. Two additional, openended categories will ask the public to nominate and vote for their favorite play and musical of the season from any theater. The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards originally combined recognition of local theater and local music in one annual event between 1997 and 2004, when the CEAs evolved into separate theater and music programs. The music CEAs will continue to hold its annual recognition program in November. The next Acclaim Awards program (the first that will combine the Acclaims and CTAs) is scheduled for Monday, May 23, at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater.


Suburban Life

September 15, 2010


FARMERS MARKET Madeira Farmers’ Market, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. City of Madeira,, Intersection of Dawson and Miami. Wide variety of locally and sustainably grown foods, made-from-scratch goodies and various artisanal products. Presented by Madeira Farmers Market. 6238058; Madeira. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Seminar, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. With BodyLogicMD’s Dr. Jennifer Landa. BodyLogicMD of Cincinnati, 4555 Lake Forest drive. For ages 35 and up suffering from symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Free. Registration required, available online. Presented by BodyLogicMD. 866-972-5306; Blue Ash.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 LovelandMadeira road. Pick 10 bouquets of up to 24 stems, includes flowers and herbs. $35 donation. Registration required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland.


Blue Ash Concert Series, noon-1:30 p.m. Soft folk music by Dave Hawkins. Blue Ash Towne square. Cooper and Hunt roads, Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.


Michael Kosta, 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $8, $4 college and military night. Go Bananas, 8410 Market place. Comedian. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Once More, With Feeling, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek road. Comedy. When the wife of a perfectionist, high-tempered symphony orchestra conductor wants a divorce, the conductor’s agent attempts to keep them together until after the symphony sponsors can sign him. $17. Reservations required. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Sept. 26. 684-1236; Columbia Township. F R I D A Y, S E P T . 1 7

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

Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery road. Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery road. Blood pressure, weight, foot and spinal screenings. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Appointment requested. 7840084; Silverton.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 324-2873; Loveland.


Karaoke, 10 p.m. Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

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Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery road. 247-9933; Montgomery. The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township.


The IROCS, 9:30 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill drive. Ages 21 and up. 80s party rock band. $5. 774-9697. Symmes Township.


The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township. Michael Kosta, 8 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $12. 10:30 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $12. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Once More, With Feeling, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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


Once More, With Feeling, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, S E P T . 1 8


Montgomery Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Downtown Heritage District Public Parking Lot, Shelly Lane and Straight Street, Locally grown and organic produce, meats, pastries, granola and more. Weekly demonstrations include cooking, composting and nutrition. 535-1514. Montgomery.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; Kenwood.


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


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 324-2873; Loveland.


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


Volunteer Day, 8 a.m.-noon, Turner Farm, 7400 Given road. Learn about organic farming by experiencing it first hand. Bring lunch, water bottle and dress for weather. Work for food: $5 in produce for each hour workedarrange in advance. Also needed are volunteers to help in booth at Findlay Market, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. Registration required. 561-7400; Indian Hill. S U N D A Y, S E P T . 1 9


Lunch on the Land, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. After a tour of the farm, sit down to a five course meal prepared by a group of chefs who support eating close to the land. Served on one long white draped table in the field. Food provided by farmers who sell at Findlay Market including Turner Farm. Includes wine pairings and commemorative Rookwood Pottery plate. Keynote speaker: Amy Tobin. Benefits Findlay Market. $175. Registration required. 665-4839; Indian Hill.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, $3 donation. 6835692; Loveland.



Amy Tobin, cooking expert, will be on hand as the keynote speaker for Turner Farm’s Lunch on the Land from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill. After a tour of the farm, sit down to a five-course meal prepared by a group of chefs who support eating close to the land. The meal will be served on one long draped table in the field. The event includes wine pairings and a commemorative Rookwood pottery plate. Cost is $175 and the event benefits Findlay Market. Registration is required. Call 665-4839 or visit


Balance and Exercise, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer road. Discuss strategies for fall prevention and demonstrate exercises to incorporate into your current workout routine. For seniors. $20. Registration required. 9856722; Montgomery. T U E S D A Y, S E P T . 2 1

BUSINESS CLASSES Commanding Wealth, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Blue Ash Spiritual Center, 10921 Reed Hartman Hwy. Suite 304 G, Empower your life with “The One Command,” based on principles and technique in Asara Lovejoy’s book of the same name. With certified Commanding Wealth Circle Facilitators Rev. David Mahen. Ages 21 and up. $20. Presented by Quantum Energy Health LLC. 276-2615. Blue Ash.

Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 324-2873; Loveland.


Michael Kosta, 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Once More, With Feeling, 2 p.m. 7 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Ballroom Dance Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill drive. Beginner lessons 7-8 p.m. $5. Open dancing to mix of ballroom, Latin, swing, more. 6008476. Symmes Township.


Zumba, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo road. Suite B, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; Madeira. W E D N E S D A Y, S E P T . 2 2


Twilight Concert Series, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Music by Blue Stone Ivory. McDaniel Sports Complex, 11797 Solzman road. Concessions available. Picnics and coolers welcome. Bring seating. 792-7270; Sycamore Township.

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Blue Ash Democratic Club Meeting, 7 p.m. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper road. Presented by Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club. Blue Ash.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Eastside Neighborhood 912 Meeting, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave. Discuss constitutional matters, current events and avenues of citizen activism. Group’s goal is to educate public. 859-240-3702; Madeira.

ART EXHIBITS Art and the Animal, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome road. Wildlife art by members of the Society of Animal Artists. Part of Wine Down Wednesdays. Benefits transportation and programming for the center. 371-5476; Indian Hill. BENEFITS

Roots of Character Anniversary Celebration, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Montgomery Inn Montgomery, 9440 Montgomery road. Celebrating 10th anniversary. Featuring Anthony Munoz. Benefits Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. $75. Reservations required. Presented by Character Council of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. 467-0170; Montgomery.


Country Music and Line Dancing, 7 p.m.11 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill drive. Line dance lessons 7-8 p.m. $5. Country music by DJ Ed with open dancing until 11 p.m. Live country bands on select Wednesdays. Ages 18 and up. 600-8476; Symmes Township.


Anti-Aging: The Top 10 Ways to Age Gracefully, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer road. Tips on staying young through diet, physical activity and preventative medicine. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration required. 985-6732; Montgomery.


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


Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m. Go Bananas, 8410 Market place. Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Baby Loves Disco Lemonade Tour, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery road. Front of H&M store. Dance party for families. Concessions available. Wristbands required for admission (limit of four per family) and can be picked up beginning Sept. 5 at H&M store. Benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Free. Presented by Baby Loves Disco. 234-8313; Kenwood. M O N D A Y, S E P T . 2 0


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



Michael Uslan, executive producer of the “Batman” movies and comic book historian is the main attraction at the Cincinnati Comic Expo, held Saturday, Sept. 18. It is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave. Tickets are $7, $5 for students with ID and free admission for ages 10 and under with a paying adult. Artists, writers and vendors will be on hand throughout the day. Visit

Trial Classes, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood drive. Ballet, tap and jazz classes available for ages 2 1/2 to adult. Family friendly. Free. Presented by DanceAbility Studios. 386-9274; Blue Ash.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 324-2873; Loveland.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” comes to the Aronoff Center for the Arts Tuesday, Sept. 21 through Oct. 3. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the romance of two couples against the backdrop of war and prejudice. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $22.50 and can be purchased at or at 800-982-2787.


September 15, 2010

Suburban Life


What do you call it? An affair or a betrayal? You know what a euphemism is? It’s something awful dressed up to look like something nice. It’s words in sheep’s clothing. For example, betraying the vow you made to your spouse when you were married is not called a betrayal, adultery or being unfaithful. It’s called, “extramarital sex,� “one-night stand,� “playing around� or having “an affair.� A word like affair can even have a certain sophistication about it, and not only to “Desperate Housewives.� Some studies suggest almost half of husbands are unfaithful at some point in their marriage. Women are less to be

unfaithful, but researchers admit they’re not really sure about that because women are better at concealing it and are less likely to own up to it. Why are we so blasÊ about the most sacred and serious vow we make in our lives? What are the possible motives? Some are: wanting to feel desired or young or free; a narcissistic ego seeking grandiosity; looking for more emotional intimacy and warmth; wanting to rebel, humiliate or punish the other, or to prove you’ve still got it; seeking pleasure without personal and emotional involvement; trying to alleviate loneliness; acting out an envy which thinks every

other couple is more sexually fulfilled, so why not me? It can also be a way to deny the coming of middle age, or to regain the thrill of early romance, and so on. Author Ruth Houston says, “Women are usually looking for emotional fulfillment and men are looking for sex. Women tend to do it as a last resort after they’ve tried everything else, but their words have fallen on deaf ears.� Psychologist David Wexler says, “Men feel alive and worthy when they look into the eyes of a partner and see love, delight and respect mirrored back. A ‘broken mirror’ is a partner’s constant

view.� The joining of two people in marriage is founded upon a mutual exchange of holy pledges. These are the only true vows that most people will ever make. A vow differs from a mere promise or a resolution. A vow is not like the signing of a legal document nor is it like any other human promise. As author Mike Mason puts it, “A vow is, per se, a confession of inadequacy and an automatic calling upon the only adequacy there is, which is the mercy and power of God. “To keep a vow means not just to keep from breaking it, but rather to devote

the rest of one’s life to discovering what the vow means, and to be willing to change and grow accordingly.� Marital unfaithfulness brings some temporary pleasures but also a spreading dishonesty and guilt – especially if one has thought of oneself as an honest person. “It’s awfully easy to lie when you know you are trusted implicitly – and so very degrading,� said Laura in the movie “Brief Encounter.� Despite the casualness with which some brush off their infidelities or excuse a “casual fling,� it is deeply disturbing to the cheated-upon

spouse. I t means that Father Lou something important Guntzelman is lost and Perspectives gone from the marriage, perhaps forever. The trust, the love, the many dreams that were shared when the vows were first made, don’t shine as brightly anymore – and, in pain, one wonders if they ever will. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Smart idea to check out used car before buying it There are several steps to take in order to protect yourself when buying a used car. I continue to receive several complaints each month from used car buyers who complain the vehicle doesn’t work correctly and the dealer won’t do anything about it. They fail to realize often the dealer is not obligated to do so. If the vehicle is sold “As Is� it doesn’t even have to be roadworthy. Lawrence Bailey of Forest Park was looking for an older-model Mercedes Benz, saw one advertised, and went to the used car dealer offering it for sale. While taking it for a test drive he noticed several problems. “Lights on the dashboard came on. They said they would take care of those things and I could pick the car up the next day,� Bailey

said. Bailey agreed to pay $4,300 for the vehicle and the next day drove it off the lot. On his way home he noticed the odometer was not moving and called the dealership. “The salesman said, ‘If you give me $75 to $125, we’ll put another one in there and we just won’t charge you labor,’ � Bailey said. Bailey said he was not at all happy with that response, nor with the black paint that was washing off the back of the car with the first rain. The ad for the car said it was black, so did the key chain tag – but the sales contract said it was slate gray. It’s that slate gray color that was now coming through under the black paint. The biggest problem for Bailey is he relied on the odometer statement he

received from the dealer stating the vehicle had 158,000 miles on it. The statement failed to disclose the odometer could be wrong. No one really knows how many miles are on the car, but Bailey suspects there could be a lot more. “They have it listed as 158,413, but I later found some documents in the glove box that said it was over 200,000 miles,� Bailey said. He found that reading on a transmission repair receipt dated three years ago. In addition, there were service stickers on the inside of the front door that stated the car had been serviced long after it had traveled 158,000 miles. “I would just like my money back and not even deal with it any further,� Bailey said.

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Enjoy beginning of fall with end-of-garden soup No matter how much time I allow for cleaning the house and cooking the food when we have people over, I always wind up with more to do than I thought. And I Rita a l w a y s Heikenfeld like to mop the Rita’s kitchen k i t c h e n floor before our guests come. My husband, Frank, thinks I’d be less stressed if I paid less attention to the floor. “No one ever looks at the floor,” he tells me.

Well, that may be true, but I do and I admit I’m obsessive about it getting mopped. I wonder how many of you feel the same way?

End of garden zucchini, corn and sausage soup

I’m still getting decent peppers from the garden, although with this heat and lack of rain, they are very thin-walled. I found this out when I diced a bunch of them for the freezer. But their flavor is still good, and I used two of the smaller red bell peppers for this soup. I got this recipe from my friend, Batavia reader Bert Villing, who received it from

Sue, one of our colleagues. I think Bert called it “zucchini sausage soup.” I changed the name since I made several adaptations to it. Her original recipe used 2 cups celery, 1⁄2 teaspoon each of the basil and oregano, and no chickpeas, corn or broth. Next time I’ll add a minced garlic clove or two along with the onions and celery. 1 pound Italian sausage 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced celery or more to taste 1 large bell pepper, diced 1 teaspoon each: dry basil and oregano 28 oz. canned diced

tomatoes with juice (can also substitute 4 cups fresh) 14.5 oz. can chickpeas or canellini beans, drained Frozen corn (I used my own, about 2 cups) 3 generous cups diced squash (I used patty pan that Bert gave me) Chicken broth if necessary Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste Brown sausage, drain off fat. Add onions, celery and bell pepper, and cook several minutes, until onions start to turn translucent. Add everything else but broth. Cook, covered, at a simmer for about 30 minutes until veggies are tender. If you want, add broth



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September 15, 2010

Suburban Life


Rock around the clock at St. Paul St. Paul Community United Methodist of Madeira invites friends and neighbors to “Rock Around the Clock” when the church stages its sixth annual fall cabaret, dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Sept. 18. A few tickets remain for a $22 per person donation, which benefit a choral scholarship program that helps talented young musicians continue their studies. Call 891-8181. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, at the inersection of Kugler Mill. Remember when Cincinnati teens in hot rods and customs drove their dates to the Mainliner for a Big Boy, or took them dancing at a

high school sock hop? Remember 45 rpm records and the young rock and rollers who came out of nowhere to become teen idols overnight? Musicians from St. Paul will reprise hits from the 1950s by such performers as Buddy Holly and Bill Haley and the Comets. Vocalists and an accompanying band will recall such hits as the show’s theme song, “Rock Around the Clock”; “Johnny B. Goode,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Earth Angel,” “Little Darling,” “Mr. Sandman” and “Hello, Mary Lou.” Directing the cabaret will be Eric DeForest, who heads the opera program at Northern Kentucky University,

and St. Paul music director Patrick Coyle, who leads the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. DeForest and Coyle will perform, as will Shannon Wilson, who made the finals of this year’s Opera Idol competition, and Steven Shafer, a finalist last year. Other entertainers include Lauren Bailey, Alice Edwards, Marlene Kane, Bob May, Jennifer Melms, Craig Monsell, Brian Reynolds and Mark Schneider. The comic Discount Sopranos, who brought down the house at last year’s cabaret, will share the spotlight with a group called the Angelic Altos. A silent auction, including condo lodging at vacation destinations, will get


Steven Shafer, on left, Shannon Wilson and Eric DeForest show off colorful 1950s posters that will help decorate the “Rock Around the Clock” Cabaret at St. Paul UMC of Madeira Sept. 18. The posters were created by Dawn Schneider of Madeira. under way at 6:30 p.m, with a gourmet dinner at 7 p.m. and the cabaret show at 8 p.m.

Northeast Democrats host ballot forum Sept. 21 The Silverton and Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Clubs present “Vote for Ohio: Candidates and Ballot Issues Forum” Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Meier’s Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton. The event is ree to the public, offering a pre-forum complimentary light dinner and a cash bar, state and local candidates and ballot issue representatives are excited to present their platforms to the voting public.

Doors will open at 6 pm for a complimentary light dinner and cash bar. The “Vote Ohio” forum will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Silverton Mayor John Smith will emcee the evening’s presentations. Following the forum there will be a complimentary dessert reception and cash bar. “Ohio voters must understand the importance of this election,” Smith said. “Vote Ohio provides voters the opportunity to hear the

area’s strongest candidates.” Julie Brook, president of the Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club, added, “The future of Ohio depends are electing legislators that will serve needs of the people of Ohio. The BANDC is thrilled to, once again, work with the Silverton Democratic club to provide a candidates and ballot issues forum.” “Vote Ohio” guests will have the opportunity to

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Mary DeStefano and Amanda Schultz register Summer Readers for the program at the Madeira Branch Library.


From left, Elizabeth Trout and Lydia Grote hand out prizes to Summer Readers at the Madeira Branch Library.


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Local teens volunteered their time to make Lights, Camera, READ!, the Library’s 37th annual Summer Reading Program, a blockbuster success! At the Madeira Branch Library teens helped families use the Library’s new online system to signup for the program and claim their prizes at the branch’s Summer Reading kiosk. Teens also prepared craft projects for the branch’s many Lights, Camera, READ! programs during the 10-week program.


Mckenzie Rapp and Abby Mullins volunteered their time to make Lights, Camera, READ!, the Library’s 37th Annual Summer Reading Program, a blockbuster success.

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

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Hartzell United Methodist Church

The church is having its annual fish fry from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18. There will be Icelandic Cod, fellowship and Bid ‘n’ Buy Baskets. All proceeds benefit missions. Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; Childcare and Transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will

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UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

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.

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Church of the Saviour United Methodist

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.


Church services are as follows: Sunday School 10 a.m., morning service 11 a.m., Sunday evening service 6 p.m., Wednesday service 7 p.m. The church uses the King James Bible, and sings traditional hymns and conservative music. A well-staffed nursery is provided during each service. There are Sunday school classes for all ages. Free coffee, donuts, juice and milk are available at 9:30 Sunday mornings. Everyone is welcome. The church is meeting at Raffel’s

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.

Connections Christian Church

The church is temporarily conducting Sunday services at Strawser Funeral Home, 9305 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and Study

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Church of God of Prophecy

A “New” Moms Group is organizing and will have its first meeting from 9:30-11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, for fellowship and discussion of parenting. Request child care by contacting Susie Taylor at 7913142, or Children’s programs run Monday through Thursday morning and Tuesday afternoon. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. Call the church for details. Women’s Fall Retreat is titled “Encountering God: A Spiritual Adventure.” It runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30. The seventh annual Fall Craft Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. They are looking for crafters and vendors to join the show. Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

The church is offering a seven-week class called “After the Boxes are Unpacked – Making Cincinnati Your Home,” for women who have recently moved to the area or are looking to connect with the community. Class starts 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21. Child

Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. The study group is now studying “Divine Love and Wisdom” by Emanuel Swedenborg. All are welcome. The church is temporarily having services at 9503 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 489-9572;;

feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Chabad Jewish Center

Yom Kippur services will begin 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, and resume 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. A “break-fast” will likewise follow the Yom Kippur services. Services are free and open to the public (donations appreciated). The center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200;

care is available with advanced reservations. For more information, call 239-6777, or e-mail The church is located at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892.


Brecon United Methodist Church

Banquet Center, 11330 Williamstown Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344; Nathan Lang, pastor.


Positive, powerful and exciting music for children will highlight “Give Back Concert” featuring singer, songwriter and performer David Kisor at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Kisor uses his talents to teach social and emotional development to children through positive, powerful and exciting music. His compositions include works for classroom and stage, including works for the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati Preparatory Department. Admission is $5 per family or a new toy for the Ronald McDonald House. Seating is limited; reservations can be made in advance at 793-3288. The Fall worship service schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 19. Worship services with Holy Communion are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Christian education for all ages is 9:45 a.m. Youth ages 3 to 10 will use “Spark: Activate your Faith.” Pastor Josh will begin a four-week study on “Book of Faith.” The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheranchurch. com.

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September 15, 2010

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Incidents/investigations Theft

Wallet and content of unknown value removed at 3240 Highland Ave., Aug. 18.



Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia at 4101 E. Galbraith Road, Aug. 31. Jonathan R. Schmidt, 24, 4332 Oakwood Ave., disorderly conduct, Aug. 31. Donny R. Elliot, 27, 6503 Cliffridge Lane, consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle, drug abuse and three warrants at 4072 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 4. Ashley Renne Hill, 24, 6609 Bantry Ave., open container at 4072 E. Galbraith, Sept. 4. Juvenile, 12, criminal trespass at 4320 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 5. Juvenile, 13, criminal trespass at 4320 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 5.

Incidents/investigations Criminal trespass

Juveniles found throwing items off


Clifford Lamb, 93, of Dillonvale died Sept. 1. Survived by wife, Ella E. Lamb; sons Gary (Ida), Terry (Carolyn) and Kevin (Colleen) Lamb; daughter, Kay (William) Enlow; grandchildren Stephanie (Tom) Harrison, Mary Beth (Nick) Montgomery, Kristopher (Sarah), Timothy, Josh, Jason, Rachel, Justin and Dylan Lamb; and great-grandchildren Caroline Harrison and Nicholas Montgomery. Preceded in death by parents

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Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: wnship township roof at Amity Elementary, 4320 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 5.

Consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle Reported at 4072 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 4.

Drug paraphernalia

Suspect found items for drug use at 4101 E. Galbraith Road, Aug. 31.


Victim threatened at 4233 E. Gal-

Frank R. Lamb and Bertha Watson. Services were Sept. 4, at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington. Memorials to: Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, 6312 Kennedy Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45213; or American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Dorothy Mary Luken, 88, of Madeira, died Sept. 2. She was an executive secretary for American Laundry, taught Cathecism at St.

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Generator, pellet rifle, etc. taken; $1,500 at 7845 Donas Ave., Aug. 26.

Reported at 439 Clifford Ave., Sept. 4. Reported at 4072 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 4

Criminal damage

Building spray painted at 7218 Osceola, Aug. 18. Building spray painted at 7214 Osceola, Aug. 18. House and fence spray painted at 8110 Camargo, Aug. 18.

Telecommunications fraud

Reported at 7372 Richmond Ave., Sept. 1.


Domestic violence


At Tanges, Aug. 21.

David A. Bowen, 39, 7263 Jethve Lane, marijuana possession, Aug. 26. Nicholas S. Fucito, 22, 7461 S. Mingo, failure to contain pit bull, Aug. 22. Shelly K. Allender, 26, theft, drug instrument, Aug. 17. Steven W. Allender, 29, theft, drug instrument, Aug. 17.


Wallet, calculator, etc. taken; $133 at 6767 Strifler, Aug. 26. Laptop computer and calculator taken from vehicle; $1,250 at 5875 Cherwin Drive, Aug. 28.


Incidents/investigations Assault


Dejuan Byrd, 18, 3919 Lavina Ave., disorderly conduct at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 16. Christopher Griffin, 20, 223 Bernard Ave., possession of marijuana at

Male was assaulted at 7905 Locust, Aug. 21.

Attempted breaking and entering

At 18 Camargo Canyon, Aug. 25.

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: • 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, 792-7254. 8417 Reading Road, Aug. 18. Paola Roumani, 24, 8508 Arrowwood Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated at 8081 School Road, Aug. 17. Juvenile female, 13, theft, Aug. 18. Juvenile female, 16, theft, Aug. 18. Parmjit Bhangu, 20, 7975 Misty Shore Drive, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 16. Crystal Jeffries, 25, 4470 Guerley Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 18. Tamela Scott, 27, 5621 View Pointe, disorderly conduct at 7800 Mont-


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Anthony in Madisonville and tutored limited English adults and children. Survived by her husband Robert T. Luken; daughter Terri (Edward) Pregitzer; brother Robert Glab; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her siblings Maybelle Robinette, George and John Glab. Services were held on Sept. 7 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Neediest Kids of All, P.O. Box 636666, Cincinnati, 45263-6666 of Crossroads Hospice, 4360 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati, 45242-3706.


4126 Hoffman Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to Furnier David H. & Steven K. Alsip; $47,600. 4255 Hegner Ave.: Woebkenberg Nancy J. to Lenhart Kenneth J.; $145,557. 4257 Hegner Ave.: Burke Jennifer M. to Lenhart Kenneth J.; $145,557. 4284 Orchard Lane: Tatman Berna-

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Juler Ave.: Craig Alice B. & Sue Ann Bigler to Stegmaier Melissa D.; $1,800. 6208 Kenwood Hills Drive: Garis Dustin to Parker Jason M. & Michelle W.; $377,500. 6228 Kenwood Hills Drive: Garis Dustin to Parker Jason M. & Michelle W.; $377,500. 6228 Kenwood Hills Drive: Garis Dustin to Parker Jason M. & Michelle W.; $377,500. 6228 Kenwood Hills Drive: Garis Dustin to Parker Jason M. & Michelle W.; $377,500. 6228 Kenwood Hills Drive: Garis Dustin to Parker Jason M. & Michelle W.; $377,500.


Incidents/investigations Theft

$100 removed at 10650 LovelandMadeira, Aug. 27. Briefcase of unknown value removed at 5543 Firethorn Court, Aug. 17.

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Sycamore Township fire/EMS runs from July 30-Aug. 14: Aug. 6, Pine, medical emergency Aug. 6, Montgomery, medical emergency Aug. 7, Montgomery, alarm activation Aug. 7,Northlake, alarm activation Aug. 7, Autumwood, medical emergency Aug. 7, Galbraith, fall Aug. 7, Galbraith, medical emergency Aug. 7, Galbraith, fall Aug. 5, Ohio, structure fire Aug. 8, Snider @ Fields Ertel, wires down Aug. 8, Vorhees, structure fire Aug. 8, Creek, alarm activation Aug. 8, Galbraith, fall Aug. 8, Montgomery, medical emergency Aug. 9, Snider, alarm activation Aug. 9, Siebern, structure fire Aug. 9, Concord Hills, structure fire Aug. 9, East Ronald Reagan @ 71, motor vehicle accident Aug. 9, Deerfield, medical emergency Aug. 9, Dearwester, lift assist Aug. 9, Galbraith, medical emergency Aug. 9, Montgomery, fall Aug. 9, Galbraith, medical emergency Aug. 10, Montgomery, alarm activation Aug. 10, North Creek, medical emergency Aug. 10, Third, medical emergency Aug. 10, Montgomery, medical emergency Aug. 10, Pine, medical emergency Aug. 10, Silvercrest @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Aug. 10, Montgomery, fall Aug. 11, Fourwinds, structure fire Aug. 11, Ashwood, alarm activation

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September 15, 2010

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Max and Erma’s closes in Kenwood Gannett News Service

The Max & Erma’s restaurant chain has closed nine stores, including one in Kenwood, just days after the company was sold to new owners who say they plan to turn the struggling restaurant chain around. The Kenwood location was located in the Sycamore Plaza at 7800 Montgomery

Road. Three other locations in Ohio that closed were in Columbus, Maumee and Solon, a spokeswoman who asked that her name not be used told the Columbus Dispatch. The other five locations were in Indianapolis, Chicago, Lexington and Grandville, Mich. A total of 450 jobs were affected, she said.

The sale of the Columbus-based chain to Fidelity Newport Holdings, which also owns Bakers Square and Village Inn restaurants, was approved by a judge in bankruptcy court in Pittsburgh earlier this month. The restaurants were closed in conjunction with the purchase, the company said.

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REUNIONS The Sycamore High School Class of 1960 – will relive “That Wonderful Year” during its 50th reunion, during the weekend of Sept. 17-19. The festivities begin on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with a “get reacquainted” party at Swaim Lodge in Montgomery. Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided at no charge (BYOB) by the reunion committee. Saturday evening the celebration will be from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at Terwilliger's Lodge on Deerfield Road. The cost for this event is $30 and includes food and non-alcoholic drinks (BYOB) as well as several gifts. The weekend concludes Sunday afternoon with a picnic at 3 p.m. at the home of Roger and Anita McHugh in Loveland. The cost for the picnic is $10 and includes food and drinks, hay rides, and lots of socializing. Classmates that have not been contacted are: Donna Bryan, June Burress Matthews, Robert Evans, Irene Hedges Evans, Gerald Kohl, Jack Marshall, Ronnie McLemore, Delores Mixon, Mary Alice Payne, Almeda Phillips, Stanley Phillips, Glen Pugh, Alan Ross, June Spurrier Bentley, Robert Swadley, and Rose Williams. Anyone having information about our missing classmates or needing information about the reunion can contact Roger or Anita McHugh at 513677-8448. Goshen High School Class of 1980 – is having its 30th year reunion, 711 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at Receptions in Loveland. Contact Tina Creekmore Wiley at Twiley88@cinci.rr.con or by calling 265-0165 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Deer Park High School Class of 1960 – is having its 50th reunion Sept. 24 and 25. Friday night is the homecoming football game. Alumni can tour the building and attend the game. At. 6 p.m. Saturday, dinner is planned at Double Tree Guest Suites, 6300 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville. For more information, contact Sharon Ellis Neu at, or call 336-7850. The Madeira High School Class of 1985 – is having its 25th reunion Saturday, Oct. 2. Surrounding classes are also invited. Email Julie Brockhage Himes at for details. All Saints School Class of 1961 – is having its reunion at 6 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 6, at Crown Plaza in Blue Ash. For more information please contact Jan at 513984-8445. Western Hills High School Class of 1970 – is looking for missing classmates. Classmates should sent contact information to: Bill Rothan or Sue Wilson at, or call 2872341. The reunion is planned for early October of this year. The Woodward High School Class of 1960 – will celebrate its 50th Reunion in early October. Classmates, or those who know 1960 graduates, please contact Bill Miller at Hospice of the Miami Valley – is having a reunion for former staff members from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Partners in Prime Hamil-

Madeira centennial organizers are asking the public for donations to help Madeira artist Corie Kline – seen here – finish painting a mural titled “Madeira – The Friendly Town” in the community room at city hall. The mural will depict more than 20 iconic buildings and events in the city over the past 100 years. Donations will be used to cover Kline’s reduced fee and update other parts of the room. People who donate $100 or more will have their name placed on the mural. To donate, write a check to The City of Madeira Centennial Fund – Mural Project and mail it to The City of Madeira, 7141 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH, 45243.

ton Center, 140 Ross Ave., Hamilton. From 1981 to 1995, the Hospice of the Miami Valley served thousands of patients and families in the Cincinnati area. Former staff members who are interested in attending, contact Patty Day at 504-8090, or St. Bernard Elmwood Place – is having an all-class reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Municipal Building located on Washington Ave. The reunion is open to former faculty, staff and students. This is also a scholarship fundraiser for future students. The cost will be $20 per person and tickets are available at the door. There will be refreshments, music, door prizes and a split the pot. For more information visit or contact Milford High School Class of 1990 – is having its 20th reunion Saturday, Oct. 16 at Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee. Tickets are available at for $25 per person until Oct. 1 and includes appetizers, beer, wine and soda from 7 to 10 p.m. After Oct. 1, tickets will be available at the door for $30 per person. Live band “Jack Trigger” featuring Brad Jones will begin at 9 p.m.


WindSeeker to debut at Kings Island in 2011 If you think riding Drop Zone at Kings Island is a thrill, wait until next year! Kings Island will continue to change the landscape for thrill seekers in 2011 with WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall tower that will spin riders 30 stories above the park. Seated in two-person swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion as the swings ascend the tower. At the top, the swings will reach speeds up to 30 mph, flaring out 45 degrees from the

tower. WindSeeker will accommodate 64 riders (32 swings) per ride cycle. “The addition of WindSeeker reflects our commitment to providing our guests with world-class thrills, fun and fantastic family entertainment,” Kings Island vicepresident and general manager Greg Scheid said. “Soaring 300 feet above Kings Island will provide an exciting ride experience for our guests.” WindSeeker will be in the Coney Mall section of the

park near the Vortex ride exit. Ride renderings and animation video are available at The $5 million ride is manufactured by Mondial, a 23-year-old Dutch-based company. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall to ride and will be secured with individual over-the-head lap bars with interlocking seat belts. WindSeeker will make its debut when Kings Island opens for the 2011 season in the spring.

Our Lady of Angels Class of 1980 – will celebrate its 30th Reunion at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, at a casual gathering at the Century Inn in Woodlawn. E-mail or see the OLA Facebook page for more information.

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