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SYCAMORE TWP. — Bruce Raabe is out as township administrator, but he could remain on the payroll as an adviser until Jan. 31 under terms of a separation agreement he has signed. Raabe, on paid leave since July 23, will be paid biweekly based on his annual base salary of $88,000, which means that through Jan. 31 his compensation will total $36,666.67, according to the agreement. He will also continue to receive health benefits through that period. And he will be paid $5,606

tion, and they want to get the crew in there that can make it all work,” Weidman said. The separation agreement says if Raabe applies for unemployment benefits, the township will report to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that his termination was “for reaRaabe sons other than misconduct or poor performance and for other than just cause. …”

for vacation and personal time he had accrued as of July 31. Raabe, who lives in Delhi Township, became Sycamore Township administrator in August 2010. He declined to comment. Board of Trustees President Tom Weidman, who signed the agreement Sept. 4, said the board wanted to go in a different direction. “We certainly do appreciate all the great work that he’s done for the township in the past. Sometimes those things happen, that boards decide they want to go in a different direc-

“Bruce has worked diligently to improve the township and to develop a strong professional staff,” the agreement says. “The township is very proud of what Bruce has accomplished.” The township will not be obligated to pay Raabe if he takes another job that pays equal to or greater than his current salary. If he takes a job that pays less than his current salary, the township will make up the difference through Jan. 31. The separation contract says that as adviser to the township, Raabe will work off-site; he is not to enter the township admin-

Madeira scout preparing to mark marathon course By Jason Hoffman

istrative building or safety services centers except with advance consent of the township administrator or acting administrator. Weidman said no decision has been made on hiring a new administrator. Greg Bickford, planning and zoning director and assistant township administrator, has been handling Raabe’s duties. “We’ll probably take our time,” Weidman said. “We’ll determine as a board what direction we want to go as it relates to the administrator position.”

Businesses weigh proposed new tax By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA — Despite being just 3.2 square miles, Madeira could soon house a marathon course. Madeira resident and Boy Scout Evan Cummings hopes to become an Eagle Scout and plans to mark off five running routes through the city that will total 26.2 miles for his final project. “I have a lot of friends that are into running,” Cummings said. “Of all the possible projects this was the one I liked best.” The routes will be four, 4.1, five, 6.2 and 6.9 miles, offering two half-marathon –13.1miles – choices. The start and finish lines for each route will be at McDonald Commons Park on Dawson Road, giving options for distance and scenery, and each will have its own color designation. Cummings, a junior at Madeira High School, decided on the project after talking with Susan Hill, resident and vicechairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Board. The purpose of the course is to allow runners, walkers and all-terrain cyclists to traverse Madeira safely, Hill said, while becoming healthier. “It’s about bringing people into nature,” Hill said.

COLUMBIA TWP. — Officials loathe to levy more residential taxes have taken a big step in the creation of a new business tax. Columbia Township trustees at a special meeting Friday, Aug. 2, agreed to create a joint economic-development zone in the township with Fairfax in which a new 1-percent income tax would be assessed businesses that operate and people who work in the zone. The zone is comprised of Slattery business districts on Wooster Pike and on Plainville Road, as well as at Ridge and Highland avenues. The proposed zone and tax must pass muster Greiwe with township voters, who go to the polls Nov. 5. So what do business people think of the initiative? Not much so far, is the response from Bob Slattery, who earlier this year dropped his request that Newtown annex Columbia Township property he

Evan Cummings, left, with his mom, Sue, right, hopes to mark a marathon course in Madeira for his Eagle Scout project.JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“There’s something restorative about being in the woods even if it’s only for five minutes a day.” Each of the routes will be marked with colored logos, but city officials are still discussing an appropriate size. “As a council member I like the idea,” said Councilman Ken

Born. “As a runner I don’t need a big marker – it’s just something where less is best.” Born and City Council recommended the project be completed, but directed Cummings to work with the Parks and Recreation Board on the proper size of the markings.



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Madeira officials recently opened Centennial Plaza at the intersection of Miami and Railroad Avenues. Full story, A3

Cummings is going to fund the project through donations, meaning no taxpayer dollars will be spent on the project, and hopes that runners in the area will donate to the project. Donations can be made to the Boy Scout Troop 209 Eagle Project account at Stock Yards Bank, 7124 Miami Ave.

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‘Game changer’ in voters’ hands By Jeanne Houck

COLUMBIA TWP. — A “game changer.” That’s how Columbia Township Trustee David Kubickidescribes a proposed economic-development plan and accompanying new earnings tax voters will consider approving in November. Voters will be asked Tuesday, Nov. 5, whether they support creating a joint economic-development zone in the township with Fairfax in which a board of directors would levy a 1 percent earnings tax on people who work

and businesses that operate in township commercial areas on Wooster Pike, on Plainville Road and at Ridge and Highland avenues. Ohio law prohibits townships from collecting earnings taxes. But under a joint economic-development zone agreement with Fairfax, as sanctioned by the state, Fairfax would collect the new earnings tax in the zone and give Columbia Township 90 percent of the revenue after subtracting service, reserve and escrow fees. For its trouble, Fairfax would collect the remain-




ing 10 percent of the postfees revenue. Columbia Township Administrator Mike Lemon estimates the township annually would collect $670,000 and Fairfax $67,000 from the new tax. Like other municipalities, Columbia Township and Fairfax are looking for ways to raise money in



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owns on the eastern end of Wooster Pike, where he operates the Fifty West Brewing Co. in the former Heritage Restaurant and the Hahana Beach sports complex. “Columbia Township employees and business owners are not going to be happy with the proposed 1percent earnings tax,”

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the wake of cuts in state appropriations and in local property taxes caused by falling property valuations. Columbia Township considered putting a property-tax hike on the November ballot. It dropped that idea in favor of the proposed joint economic-development zone and earningstax initiative. “The joint economicdevelopment zone is a game changer for the township,” Kubicki said. “It saves us from having to reach out to our residents for a new real estate-tax levy, and it will

give the township the ability to invest in quality development projects that are beneficial to the whole township.” Not only would the joint economic-development zone, if approved, not raise residential taxes in the township, it would not affect a relatively large percentage of people subject to the earnings tax, Kubicki said. “About 80 percent of those people already pay an earnings tax and will not see an increase,” Kubicki said. “Voting ‘yes’ for the (joint economic-development zone) is essentially a

vote to keep part of those earnings taxes in our township. “It will give us a new revenue stream that we can use to invest in new business opportunities, bike trails, playgrounds, roads and infrastructure in all areas of the township,” Kubicki said. “Essentially anything that can make our township a better place is fair game for using this new revenue stream.” Lemon said approving the joint economic-development zone and the accompanying new earnings tax would also help businesses.

Slattery said. “We are already burdened with the looming health-care cost increases. “This additional burden will force us and other small business owners to consider raising prices and lowering our payrolls,” Slattery said. “Currently we are meeting with Columbia Township business leaders and stakeholders to ascertain whether to support the joint economic-development zone based on how Columbia Township plans to utilize the incremental revenue collected for economic development. “Should Columbia not choose to invest this newfound revenue back into the business community I’m sure there are other taxing authorities that will approach business owners with an offer to annex based on a clear, well-de-

fined economic-development investment strategy,” Slattery said. In contrast, Indian Hill businessman Richard Greiwe of Greiwe Development already is on board with Columbia Township’s proposed joint economicdevelopment zone. “The (joint economicdevelopment zone) is a great tool to provide economic incentives to stimulate commercial development, and this expanded base of activity in the township will benefit existing businesses,” Greiwe said. “Earning taxes are being implemented in most townships throughout the region, so there’s hardly anyplace to locate a business without it.”

Squads are ready for fall season By Leah Fightmaster

Deer Park’s cheerleaders are full of spirit. The junior high and high school squads recently returned from camp, where the varsity squad came in first place in each division it participated in. The junior high squad was also named “Most Improved,” according to coach Christine O’Donnell. Visit to see their performances.

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Madeira officials debut new plaza

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MADEIRA — After years of planning, Madeira officials recently opened Centennial Plaza at the intersection of Miami and Railroad Avenues. The plaza was planned to commemorate Madeira’s centennial anniversary in 2010, when Councilman Ken Born served as mayor. “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the plaza as it has exceeded my expectations,” Born said. “Pulling together businesses, private individuals and local government to improve the quality of Madeira without taxpayer funds is one of the most gratifying accomplishments of my time on council.” The city didn’t spend taxpayer dollars on the more-than $100,000 project because it owns the land and all of the work for the plaza was done by city employees and volunteers, he said. “Without our presenting sponsors, major donors, and the many volunteers who came out to help, this project probably could not have gotten off the ground in this day of very tight local government budgets,” Born said. City officials broke ground in February and construction was initially supposed to conclude in

Madeira's Centennial Plaza opened Friday, Aug. 30, at the intersection of Miami and Railroad Avenues. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRES

July, but weather and delays in receiving materials precluded the project from meeting its initial deadline. The plaza is situated in between several properties the city owns, including the former railroad depot building, which is currently unoccupied. City Manager Tom Moeller, who spent time laying bricks at the plaza, said the work of volunteers was instrumental to the project’s completion. “I just can’t say enough about everyone who was down here helping out,” Moeller said. “Without the work of people like Tom Walter and others this would have taken much longer.” City Council hopes to have a clearer picture of what it will do with the former railroad depot building after it hosts a public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Madeira High School to receive input from residents for its fu-

ture. Regardless of what business opens in the former railroad depot building, Moeller said it will be able to use the gated-off portion of the plaza to have outside seating. Centennial Plaza is the first portion of the Muchmore Historic Area the city hopes to develop in the future. The area encompasses the railroad depot and the adjacent Muchmore and Hosbrook Houses on Miami Avenue. With the completion of Centennial Plaza, Railroad Avenue is now a oneway street with no access to Miami Avenue.

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» Because of new deadlines, all football scoresfrom the previous Friday can be found on preps.

Boys soccer

» Madeira shut out Ross 4-0 on Sept. 9. Duncan Meier, Grant Long and Trenton Davis scored, plus there was an own goal from Ross. Alex Schweppe picked up his fourth shutout of the season. The Mustangs beat Reading 4-1 on Sept. 12 as senior Aaron Blackwelder scored a pair of goals. » Indian Hill shut out Anderson 7-0 on Sept. 7. Senior David Robinett had the hat trick.

Girls soccer

Moeller senior quarterback Gus Ragland throws for a touchdown against Covington Catholic Sept. 7.GREG LORING/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — Most wide re-

ceivers who catch 30 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns as a junior would probably spend the following summer catching more to be sharp for their senior year. Not Moeller High School’s Gus Ragland. After his innings on the mound ended as a pitcher for Moeller’s Division I championship baseball squad, Ragland was off to football camps to play without receiving gloves. Though he had outstanding year on Moeller’s state title football game receiving passes, he’s been throwing them since he was in the first grade. His first two years as a Crusader were also spent at quarterback. Because Moeller had Spencer Iacovone back, coach John Rodenberg moved the 6foot-3, 200-pound Ragland to wideout for his junior year. “It was a lot different,” Ragland said. “There’s a lot more responsibility at quar-

LOOKING AHEAD What: Moeller v. Louisville St. Xavier football game When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 Where: Moeller’s home field, Roettger Stadium, 124 Anna St. Lockland, OH 45215 Fun fact: Quarterback Gus Ragland has talked to Indiana State, Lafayette and Tennessee-Chattanooga for football and attended camps at Bowling Green and Akron. For baseball, he’s being recruited by Miami University and Xavier.

terback. Playing receiver was enjoyable. It helped me understand my receivers a little bit more.” For the Crusaders coaching staff, moving Ragland back simplified their 2013 offense. Like a chess board, Moeller moved their pieces. The blue and gold reloaded with No. 14 at quarterback, speedsters Chase Pankey and Isaiah Gentry at receiver and a 6-foot-5 Jake Hausmann,


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who looks like your prototypical Moeller rugged tight end. “We thought going into this year that Gus was very similar to Spencer (Iacovone) so we knew we could keep the same scheme,” Rodenberg said. “We knew he needed a little bit of experience throwing the football, but he’s a leader and a leader in the school.” Thus far, Pankey, Gentry, seniors Jack Gruber and Jamie Rieger and the sophomore Hausmann have been rifled the ball from Ragland. In the opener against Indianapolis Pike, the red-head with the rubber arm found Pankey in the final minute for the win. “With the talent we have at wide receiver, we feel we can go deep a lot,” Ragland said. “It was a great play call. I went back and let the ball go and my teammate made a great play.” Ragland followed that with a dismantling of Covington Catholic going 20-25 for a pair

of touchdowns. “We took an approach where we were working on our pass game all week,” Ragland said. “We went out and let loose. We’re just trying to get better at little things every week.” Rodenberg thinks the year at wide receiver helped Ragland in hitting his routes. He also admits that he doesn’t mind chucking the ball, even if the statue of Gerry Faust looks on at every practice. “We want to (throw),” Rodenberg said. “We got sort of locked with Keith (Watkins) last year. We weren’t throwing efficiently. This year we’re kind of forcing ourselves to do it.” In baseball, Ragland’s developed a unique habit of following through so hard that his hat falls off of his head. Fortunately, the football Crusaders headgear contains a strap so Ragland’s kept his “head about him” in more ways than one this season. “Thank goodness, because then he’d have to come out a play,” Rodenberg said.

» Madeira blanked Reading 6-0 on Sept. 11 as Ari Krickorian and Toni Alloy had two goals each. » Mount Notre Dame beat Evansville North 3-0 on Sept. 7. Maddie Volz, Kelly Hinkle and Grace Wilson scored. MND beat McAuley 1-0 on Sept. 11 as Hannah Martin had the lone goal. » (Correction from last week) MND tied Saint Ursula Academy 1-1 on Sept. 4.

Boys golf

» Indian Hill beat Summit Country Day by eight strokes Sept. 9 at Cincinnati Country Club. Connor Hjelm was medalist with a 35. Indian Hill beat Reading and Finneytown on Sept. 10 as Hjelm had a 39 at Sharon Woods. » Madeira beat Reading by 28 strokes on Sept. 10 as Zach Evans shot 38 at Terrace Park.

Girls golf

» Indian Hill beat Loveland by four strokes on Sept.10 as Pari Keller shot 38 at Eagles Nest. On Sept. 11, Indian Hill beat McNicholas as Keller shot 35 at See PREPS, Page A7

Moeller's Ben Sattler takes a swing on the first tee at Western Hills Country Club Sept. 10 as part of the GCL Quad match involving Moeller, St. Xavier, Elder and La Salle. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Indian Hill volleyball hopes for healthy run By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — In a game known for its runs, the Indian Hill High School volleyball team is looking for a second half run to get into contention in the Cincinnati Hills League. With just two seniors, the Lady Braves have been close with some good squads, but have fallen short. Early in the season, Indian Hill lost a five-set match to Mariemont. More recently, they dropped a four-setter to Loveland of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, despite jumping out to a quick lead in the fourth. Coach Ellen Hughes called

several timeouts to calm her squad down, but Loveland was still able to eek out the win. Down the stretch, Hughes is hoping some maturity sinks in with her team to help them prevail in such contests. “When you’re younger, you don’t really know how to fight,” Hughes said. “You play more timid at the end versus an older team pushes harder at the end. You want to win as opposed to being afraid to lose.” One big element of any turnaround will be senior Lauren Epcke. The Indian Hill middle hitter missed the first seven games and did not play until Sept. 9. The other factor will be how Epcke’s senior teammate

Indian Hill’s Lady Braves lobby for a call against Loveland Sept. 9. From front left are Anna Renfro (1), Cassidy Zang (2), Marie Taylor (9), Julia Sewell (6), Maddi Bennett (3) and Lauren Epcke (7). SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

adapts to a new position. “I switched my other senior, Maddi Bennett, to libero,” Hughes said. “She’s never

played libero in her whole career.” Her first game at libero was the Loveland loss, which appeared to be anyone’s match to win halfway through the fourth set. “Whenever we get to play a nice Division I team it’s good competition for us,” Hughes said. “We need to play those type of teams.” Outside of seniors Epcke and Bennett, Indian Hill is junior heavy with Anna Renfro, Mackenzie McMillan, Julia Sewell, Riley Lange, Marie Taylor and Bridget Thibodeaux. Karen Folz is a freshman and sophomore Cassidy Zang is the setter. The big target for Coach Hughes and the rest of the

league is Wyoming. All of the team’s work in the steamy Indian Hill gymnasium all summer has been geared at heading the Cowboys off at the pass. “Wyoming is definitely the No. 1-ranked team,” Hughes said. “I really believe we can be in the top two or three.” As Hughes will tell you, volleyball is team concept, which is why there are huddles and congratulations offered after each point. The idea is to keep any positive momentum going, because a game can turn cruel in a hurry. Upcoming matches are in the CHL, including rematches with Mariemont Sept. 19 and Wyoming Oct. 1.



CCD scoring success on soccer field By Mark D. Motz

INDIAN HILL — The ocean has nothing on these guys. The Cincinnati Country Day School boys soccer team is deep, yes, and it comes at you in relentless waves. The Indians - 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the Miami Valley Conference through Sept. 13 - feature the league’s top three scorers, four of the top five, six of the top 10 and nine of the top 15. CCD has outscored opponents 65-4 so far this season. “All of us like the action of the sport,” said head coach Greg Hirschauer. “We can’t sit still. We’re always moving.” Junior Nathan Gibson and senior Dominic Isadore are 1-2 in scoring for the Indians; they serve as co-captains with junior Will Cohen (eighth in MVC scoring). “I like taking the (scoring) role, but Dom’s assisted me on probably half my goals,” Gibson said. “I couldn’t do it without him. Or without Will feeding us from the back. Or without some of the other guys - Sean O’Brien (third in MVC scoring) and Matt McFarland (fifth) - who score well. “I like scoring, but I like dishing the ball, too.” Hirschauer agreed. “(Gibson) just happens to be the guy who’s putting the cap on the bottle once the team moves the ball up the field,” he said. “Nathan is about as humble a kid as you’ll find for as good as he is. He’s very much team first.” Likewise Isadore.

Cincinnati Country Day junior Will Cohen moves up the field under the watchful eye of Indians head coach Greg Hirschauer. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“It feels good that we have a group of boys who believe in one another, who play together, who aren’t selfish,” he said. “We all have a love for the game and want to do whatever it takes to win.” Cohen - who played in Israel over the summer for Team USA in the Maccabi Games - said that process began with the preseason. “We started our season right,” he said. “I had a great experience this summer, but I was glad to be home in time to start CCD soccer. We’ve worked hard and we’ve worked together. It’s paid off so far.” All three grew up playing Indian Hill youth soccer before joining the Sycamore Arsenal club program. Isadore’s team owns six straight state championships. Gibson and Cohen’s squad was national runner up this summer. As the wins and goals pile up, CCD has an eye on the team that knocked

them out of the tournament last season, defending state champion Summit Country Day. The teams tied 1-1 in the regular season before the Knights prevailed 1-0 in the district championship. The Indians host Summit Sept. 26. “We obviously have our rivals coming up,” Cohen said. “We played them so close last year in the regular season and in the tournament. We think we can get them this year.” Once again, Hirschauer agreed. “Our goal is to play to our standard, which is very high,” he said. “Most people don’t face in games what our guys face in practice every day. Our training sessions are extremely competitive. We have fun every day, but we’re good, too, and working to get better.” “We’ll make mistakes and we won’t be perfect, but if we play hard we’ll be very difficult to beat.”

GSSA girls to participate with high school teams Greater Sycamore Soccer Association will have a series of GSSA appreciation nights with ladies’ programs in the community including: Sycamore High School, Mount Notre Dame High School and Ursuline Academy. Girls teams from GSSA will participate alongside the highly ranked Lady Aves, Cougars and Lions with pre-game introductions, act as ball girls for the games at MND and Ursuline, and hold a half time scrimmage at Sycamore. Admission is waived for any boy or girl GSSA player who wears his/ her jersey to the Sycamore games ($4 for children not in a GSSA jersey and $6 for adults), and there are no admission charges at MND or Ursuline (still wear your GSSA jerseys to show

your pride). Remaining dates, times and locations are as follows: » Ursuline Academy (No. 8) vs. Mother of Mercy, 7 p.m., Sept. 18, at Grooms Field A located at the Blue Ash Sports Center, 11540 Grooms Rd. Bringing chairs or blankets is recommended due to limited bleacher space. » Sycamore High School (No. 16) vs. Princeton, 7 p.m., Sept. 24, at Sycamore High School Varsity Field at the high school. The primary goals are: To increase the exposure of the great local high school girls’ programs, especially to new audiences, and to inspire the young ladies playing soccer in the GSSA league by getting them involved, walking on the varsity fields under the bright lights, and to get a

taste of what may be for them in the future. At Sycamore High School the U8 Passers division (girls 6 & 7 years old) “escort” the varsity team to midfield during pre-game introductions, then play a mini-scrimmage at halftime under the big lights – that scrimmage occurs after the girls are individually introduced over the loudspeaker to the fans. Coach Kendra Hornschemeier has been on the field to meet the girls prior to pre-game introductions and brings the varsity girls over to the scrimmage area and has her varsity girls give a big cheer to the little girls. At Ursuline Academy the plan is very similar with the U10 Wings involvement: escorting the varsity team and assisting the JV team as ballgirls.



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» Indian Hill beat Lakota East 4-1 on Sept. 9. Meredith Breda won No. 1 singles and Alex Skidmore and Abigail Singer won No. 1 doubles. Indian Hill blanked Taylor 5-0 on Sept. 10 as Breda, Maren McKenna and Caroline Andersen swept singles. Indian Hill shut out Deer Park 5-0 on Sept. 11 with Skidmore/Singer winning in doubles along and Breda, McKenna and Andersen taking singles. On Sept. 12, Indian Hill beat Chaminade-Julienne 3-2 with Skidmore/Singer

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winning in doubles along with Morgan Koerting/Sarah Price. » Madeira beat Princeton 4-1 on Sept. 11 as Celia Kline and Rachel Chambers won singles. » Mount Notre Dame beat Seton 3-2 on Sept. 10. Abby Weeks won in singles. MND beat McAuley 4-1 on Sept. 12. Junior Catherine Murphy and sophomore Weeks won singles.

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Do we want to pay for another war?

Our most important problem, our debt/budget imbalance is not being addressed by our government. Our debt is now $222 trillion. Plug this figure into Google and read. What are the president and Congress going to do about this? Do we want to add a new military incursion to this debt? Why are neither the Democrats nor Republicans willing to address this fiscal issue? Read “The Art of War.” Twenty percent of a winning equation is having most of the people support you. Eighty percent of the U. S. population does not support an unnecessary military intervention in the absence of clear and present danger.

Another 20 percent of a winning strategy is having the financial ability to pay for it. Another 20 percent of a winning strategy is having a winning plan? We have not been given a plan. James The disBaker COMMUNITY PRESS cussion we have heard GUEST COLUMNIST produces no outcome, other than ‘punishment’ and the killing of more people, and the waste of more resources. We have failed 60 percent of this test, and we have not discussed the other

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Should local high schools have American Indian nicknames or use American Indian mascots. Why or why not?

“This is a simple question for me. I have a deep respect and affection for Native Americans. I have lived near reservations, had Native American friends and learned about the culture and the present day challenges. “However, I had a child that graduated from Anderson (Redskins) High School and spent many times on football and baseball fields yelling “Go, Redskins!” It seems to me that there are so many names in the English dictionary that certainly every high school and college in this country could select a non-Native American name and build loyalty and competition around it. “In business and even nonprofit organizations, names change all the time. It can be fun to celebrate a new name. Let’s support our schools in developing new names that don’t disrespect Native American tribes and culture.” E.E.C.

“Only school teams located on reservation lands should be allowed to use traditional Native American names. Miami University even changed its mascot to Redhawks some time ago for this reason. “American settlers and soldiers stole the whole continent from Native Americans; it isn’t too much to ask to allow native people the cultural dignity of changing offensive, stereotypical names. “People will try to argue that a new name doesn’t reflect heritage accurately; well, that’s the same argument used by racists in the South who preserve the Confederate flag.” TRog

“Syria, Common Core, ObamaCare, Quantitative Easing, Benghazi, Hillary 2016 ... Think the country has more important things to worry about. Go Redskins!” L.D.

“I think you are referring to the Anderson Redskins. YES, I think this tradition should continue mainly because this is the school’s chosen name and mascot from many years ago. If some are offended ... that is

two principals in "The Art of War.” The way the U.S. responds to the taunts and torments in the world is far too impulsive. Our planning is incomplete. Our timing is too swift. We lack leadership. In "The Art of War" the ultimate victory is that which is gained without having to go to war. We do not have a Democracy, nor do we have a representative Republic. What we have in Washington is a Plutocracy. We always have had a Plutocracy; however, it is not in the best long-term interest of the Plutocrats, that we continue these failed military adventures that weaken us

financially. We have not won a war since WWII. Our country can only remain strong if our government sets the correct priorities, gets together, and works out a 30year budget that resolves the debt without destroying the dollar, jobs, the healthcare system, and our various safety nets. This is priority No. 1. Then, if your moral values are so high, that you absolutely have to act, to punish a misdeed; only then, you may war on others without any serious thought of negotiation. For instance, it is in the best interest of Syria’s neighbors to have a stable Syria. This may be an interesting time to make these contacts, and to determine if negotiations are pos-

sible. A strike on Syria will be meaningless! It will waste valuable assets; assets, which are more powerful, left at the ready. Lighting a few fireworks, destroying some assets, will not matter much, as the Russians will easily replace them. Our government should not be seduced by its sponsors, into an unnecessary military confrontation for which they have only 20 percent support. Everyone in the world knows we have the military capacity to enforce our will. The U. S. is not, and never will be, a paper tiger.

James Baker is a 36 year resident of Indian Hill


NEXT QUESTION If negotiations fail to secure Syria’s chemical weapons should the U.S. conduct military strikes against Syria? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.


Otto Roth

“Native American nicknames and mascots have been around for at least a century. When any school chooses a mascot the choice is always made for persons or objects that are easily recognized as symbols for qualities to be admired and emulated. Native Americans are no exception whether they are Seminoles, Braves, Redskins, Warriors, Illini, Eskimos, Indians, Blackhawks, Aztecs, etc. “According to personal online research several years ago, the only opposition comes from a small modern activist group known to pressure schools, teams and similar organizations with their only goal being their acceptance of large sums of money to be quiet and go away. “So far I have never heard of a school choosing to be known as the Fighting Boneheads or Ohio Birdbrains. Would blacks be offended if a school chose to be known as the Freedom Fighters? Are churches offended by the New Orleans Saints?” R.V.

“Our society is becoming too politically correct and over sensitive. I am not sure why it is so derogatory to use the Indian as a mascotstrength, bravery, athleticism, etc. “None of these terms suggest weakness, failure or shame. Yet if we use anything other than an inanimate object or an animal we run the risk of offending someone. “Reminds me of the public grade school my kids went to in another large city – we couldn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in school unless it was referred to as Green Day. No Christmas party just a red and green holiday party. ” T.J.



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Several Moeller High School students participated in the Mayerson Summer Service week during summer break. They lived with students from Mount Notre Dame High School, Withrow High School and Aiken High School, working with service groups in Cincinnati to learn about poverty. Groups read grant proposals from those groups and chose CityLink as the recipient of a $2,000 grant. From Moeller is, left to right, Michael Schaffer, Tyler Schumacher, Anthony Corder, Sam Gordon, Nick Fernback, Nick Schlueter and Thomas Williams. THANKS TO ANTHONY CORDER

No reason to suffer chronic pain alone September is Pain Awareness Month, a time to recognize an issue that affects more people than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans are suffering from chronic pain – a staggering number compared to the 12 million Americans living with cancer. Without visible symptoms, pain can only be described by the person experiencing it and is related to a range of injuries and illnesses. In some cases, pain becomes the disease itself. In addition to causing discomfort, unmanaged pain can affect all aspects of a person’s life, from disrupting sleeping and eating patterns to causing feelings of anger, sadness and hopelessness. Pain can affect workplace productivity and as a result, lead to unemployment and trouble maintaining health insurance. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain yields higher healthcare costs due to longer and more frequent hospital

stays. A report from Johns Hopkins University shows the annual cost of chronic pain is as high as $635 billion a year in the United States. Pain management is a special concern for patients with life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart disease. According to the Cindee Memorial Tresslar Sloan-KetterCOMMUNITY PRESS ing Cancer GUEST COLUMNIST Center, about three quarters of patients with advanced disease experience some degree of pain. Pain is not necessarily the most common symptom associated with serious illnesses, but is arguably the most feared. Learning healthy ways of coping with stress through moderate exercise, eating well and getting plenty of sleep are all proven to promote relaxation and reduce tension. Consider joining a local support group to

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

connect with other people who understand the challenges of living with pain, or track your symptoms in a journal to share with your physician. There are many myths around the treatment of pain, such as: pain medications always cause heavy sedation, always lead to addiction, and dosages must always be increased for pain to be relieved. Perhaps the biggest myth is that in order for pain to be effectively treated, care must be received in a hospital setting. Most medical treatments required to make a terminally ill patient comfortable can be provided at home, reducing the need for frequent hospital visits as the needs in a patient’s condition change. Hospice and palliative care providers are specially trained to address complex pain, from administering medication and providing psychological and spiritual support to introducing alternative therapies such as massage and meditation. Cindee Tresslar is the executive director of Crossroads Hospice.

Suburban Life Editor Eric Spangler, 576-8251 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Ashley Frees of Loveland swims with camper George Schneider of Dry Run and volunteer Matt Scheid of Madeira. THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN


Luke Harrison, 18, of Mason, grins his farewell after summer camp at Stepping Stones. THANKS TO LAURA HALEY


ummer Camp is a memory maker for all children, but for children with disabilities, the Stepping Stones summer camp in Indian Hill is a rare chance to be just a kid. Campers with disabilities celebrate their abilities as they engage in typical camp activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; swimming, fishing, boating, making crafts, singing, performing in the camp show and making friends. Stepping Stones celebrated its 50th camp season this year and served more than 400 campers ranging in age from 5 to 22. The last day of camp on Friday, Aug. 9, was a bittersweet time of hugs and smiles and tears as campers and staff said goodbye until next year.

Camper Tyler Woolley of Maineville dances with Kaitlyn Schaefer of Eastgate during a campwide picnic. THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER

Stepping Stones staff member Kelsey Sheets, Milford, chases Nathan Andrade of Loveland. THANKS TO BRUCE CRIPPEN

Stepping Stones camper William Downs of Terrace Park and volunteer Hannah Grindling of Clarkston, Mich., pet a visiting mule from Gorman Heritage Farm. THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER

Devan Robinson-Holland, 15, of Forest Park, clutches the hand of counselor Emma Hill of Alexandria as the last bus rolls out of camp.THANKS TO LAURA HALEY

Stepping Stones volunteer Rachel Wheeler of Sand Lion, Mich., helps Allison Sneed of Centerville practice for the camp show.THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Exhibition of colored pencil works by local members of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Artwork is incredibly detailed, often almost photo-realistic. Free. Presented by Woman’s Art Club Foundation. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, 11450 Grooms Road, Conference Room No. 2. Practice skills by speaking, organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Through Dec. 19. 387-7030; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. Presented by Zumba with Ashley. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30-8 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, 7770 E. Kemper Road, Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. 489-7700; Sharonville.

Music - Bluegrass Summer Concert Series: Retread Bluegrass Band, 7-8 p.m., Twin Lakes Senior Living Community, 9840 Montgomery Road, Bluegrass, old time and gospel music. Free. 247-1330; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Adam Cayton-Holland, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Newlyweds Paul, a buttoned-down lawyer, and Corie, his free-spirited wife, have a passionate relationship. But dealing with their tiny fifth floor walk-up, a nosy neighbor who lives in the attic, a loopy mother and bad plumbing, leads to loads of laughs and learning to live and love. $18. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Sept. 29. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through Sept. 26. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Weight Management Solutions, 8001 Kenwood Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Through Nov. 15. 956-3729; Sycamore Township.

Literary - Libraries Around the World: Journey to Peru, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn about the people, culture, food and dance of Peru. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

On Stage - Comedy Adam Cayton-Holland, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas,

$8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 Art & Craft Classes Marlene Steele Pastel Portrait Workshop, 1-5:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Through Sunday. Experience making of portrait in pastel from start to finish. Learn to see and analyze shapes and edges. Experience working with live model with pro sharing expertise in drawing, color mixing and composition. Ages 18 and up. $225. Registration required. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Farmers Market Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, Vendors grow/ produce what they sell. More than 20 vendors offering vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat, eggs, honey, goat’s milk products, coffee, olive oil, hummus, cheese and baked goods. Presented by Montgomery Farmers Market. 984-4865; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, What do the numbers mean? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10-11:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, Free. 489-7700; Sharonville.

On Stage - Comedy Adam Cayton-Holland, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. Through March 30. 271-8519; Mariemont.

On Stage - Comedy Adam Cayton-Holland, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

MONDAY, SEPT. 23 Education Social and Business Dining Etiquette, 6:45-8:45 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Learn to navigate the table, the silent service code and the five most common dining mistakes. $39, plus $32 for dinner. Registration required. 556-6932. Montgomery.

Youth Sports Youth Basketball by Ohio Ballstars, 6-9 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Oct. 14. Provides instruction on fundamentals of basketball and

Take a painting class and sip cocktails at Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Flipdaddy's Burgers and Beers, 7453 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township. Cost is $35. Reservations are required. Call 317-1305, or visit ERNEST COLEMAN/THE ENQUIRER provides expert training. Ages 6-15. $65. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 Art & Craft Classes Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers, 7453 Wooster Pike, Painting class with cocktails. No experience necessary. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 317-1305; Columbia Township.

Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Parking lot. Featuring 32 vendors from area offering vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, bread, pizza, pastries, cookies, syrup, lavender products, soaps, lotions, gourmet frozen pops, gelato, herbs, alpaca products, hummus, honey, coffee, olive oil and cheese. Free. Presented by Loveland Farmers Market. 683-0150; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Business Seminars You’re More Than a Face on Facebook, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn dos and don’ts of Facebook for your business and how it can help you grow with Ernie Dimalanta, founder of Out-&-Out Marketing, and Wendy Hacker, social media consultant of Dimalanta Design Group. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802; Blue Ash.

Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, Free. Reservations required. 387-7030; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Tom Simmons, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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

Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Health / Wellness

Art Exhibits

TriHealth Women’s Services Van Mammography Screening, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Family Medicine, 411 W. Loveland Ave., No. 102, Reservations required. Presented by TriHealth Women’s Services Van. 569-6565; Loveland.

Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Literary - Libraries Teen Board Gaming, 2:30-4 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Teens and tweens play board games of their choice. Games played most often are Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Forbidden Island, Zombie Fluxx, Uno and Skip-Bo. Ages 11-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Literary - Libraries Gaming, 6-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Gaming with friends. Ages 11-19. Free. Through May 23. 369-4450. Deer Park.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. books, seasonal items, and more available. Benefits Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. Free admission. Presented by Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. Through Sept. 28. 683-4757; Loveland.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 Farmers Market Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 984-4865; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., Preventing Complications. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 791-0626. Madisonville. Frankly Speaking About Coping with the Cost of Care, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Practical guide to navigating challenges of managing the cost of cancer care. Free. 791-4060. Blue Ash.

Music - Choral Songs From Our Heart with the Southern Gateway Chorus, 7-8 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Grand Tent. A cappella potpourri of hits and original compositions. $15. Purchase tickets in advance. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 8914227; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Tom Simmons, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 9849288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Shopping Junktique and Antique Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, Free admission. 683-4757; Loveland.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 Art Exhibits

Tom Simmons, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 9849288; Montgomery.

Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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Dining Events

Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

Barefoot in the Park, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

On Stage - Comedy


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

Junktique and Antique Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, 127 Karl Brown Way, Electronics, furniture, collectibles, antiques, toys, tools,

Farm to Fork II: A Celebration of Women Farmers, 5-8 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Celebration of women in agriculture and the food they provide. Feast on local food and show support for women farmers in Tristate area. $45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

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On Stage - Comedy

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 2718519; Mariemont.

On Stage - Comedy Tom Simmons, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

TUESDAY, OCT. 1 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, Free. 683-0150; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Business Classes T.A.L.K. Toastmasters of Milford, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church - Milford, 552 Main St., Discover how membership in Toastmasters will improve your speaking skills, increase your thinking power and build your self-confidence. Meets first and third Wednesdays of every month. Free. Presented by Milford T.A.L.K. Toastmasters. 831-3833; Milford.

Cooking Classes Simply Sushi Cooking Demo, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, With Chef Kris from the Atrium Cafe. Kris demonstrates how to make sushi and provides samples including vegetarian sushi. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Parenting Classes HypnoBirthing, 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Weekly through Oct. 30. Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 per birthing team. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.



Rita ushers in baking season with crust, pecan pie recipes

For years it was like a gray culinary cloud over my head. I called it pie crust envy. My mom was the first to try to teach me to make a flaky and tender pie crust. “Just don’t overwork the dough, use a light hand,” she told me. At the time I read something in a cookbook that said “work the shortening into the flour until it’s all the size of small peas.” So I tried to do just that. The crust rolled out easily and I baked what I thought Rita was the Heikenfeld most beauRITA’S KITCHEN tiful apple pie in the world. I took it to our church kitchen for bingo and I’ll never forget the look on Ruth Haglage’s face as she tried to cut into the crust. She sawed and sawed at that crust and finally broke through. I was so embarrassed. Ruth knew I was a novice pie baker and told me not to worry, that the filling was delicious and the crust was OK. After that disaster, every time I made pie crust by hand I was filled with anxiety. Then I met Perrin Rountree. Perrin is an Anderson Township reader and excellent Southern cook and baker. She worked with me at my cooking school at McAlpin’s. Perrin shared her recipe for pie crust with a secret ingredient. That was years ago and the crust has never let me down. No more pie crust envy!

Perrin Rountree’s no-fail pie crust

You’ll think you’re in cooking class with these detailed instructions, but they are worth following.

“softer” flavor. Check out my blog for chocolate pecan pie.

Crust for one pie 3 large eggs, beaten until foamy 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 cup corn syrup, dark or light 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla 1 heaping cup pecans, halved or chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, sugar, butter, syrup and vanilla well with whisk. Stir in nuts. Pour into crust. Bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out fairly clean. Check after 45 minutes. Pie will be puffed and golden and jiggle a bit in the center but that’s OK. Cool a couple of hours before serving.

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Hotel Sinton’s pea salad for Jan B. This Western Hills reader said she made it a lot and everyone loved it. She lost her recipe. Rita made her pecan pie using her friend Perrin’s no-fail pie crust.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. 2 cups all-purpose flour ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder (the secret ingredient) 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 cup Crisco shortening, chilled (I use Crisco sticks) 1 ⁄2 cup ice cold water 1

Whisk together dry ingredients. Cut shortening into 1⁄2-inch pieces. Scatter over flour mixture and, using a fork or pastry blender, cut shortening into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some large pieces remaining (about the size of peas – yes, it will work!). This is what will give you flakiness. Sprinkle half the cold water over and stir and draw flour with fork from bottom to top, dis-

tributing water evenly. Add more water until dough is moist enough to hold together when you roll a little bit into a ball. I usually use up all the water. Divide in half and shape into two balls. Flatten balls into round disks. I like to refrigerate dough anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight, but that’s not necessary. (You can also freeze the dough for a couple of months, thawing in refrigerator before using). Roll out on lightly floured surface from center out. I sprinkle a bit of flour on top of the dough so it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin, or you can skip flour and roll it out between wax or

parchment paper. Roll into a circle inches wider than pie plate.

Yes, you can use the food processor, too. Just use the pulse button.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Rita’s pecan pie

I use dark corn syrup. Light corn syrup gives a

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.


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Students share their faith on trips By Leah Fightmaster

SERVICE IN FAITH Moeller students traveled to these places during the 2013 summer break on mission trips. » Nazareth Farm, W. Va. » Over-the-Rhine and Greater Cincinnati, Ohio » Lima, Peru » Bethlehem Farm, W. Va. » Phillippi, W. Va. » Solsberry Hill, Ind. » Thoreau, N.M.

As part of the Catholic faith, helping others who need it is fundamental. It would only make sense that a Catholic school such as Moeller High School would encourage its students to take part in service trips. During the summer, eight trips were offered by the school for young men to travel both within the United States’ borders and outside the country. Students who partici-

pated offered services that mostly include home repair and construction, but they also meet the people who live in these areas and learn less tangi-

ble lessons from them. A major lesson students learn on these mission trips isn’t how to build a house, but to live simply and think of oth-




Equipping Service: 4:30 p.m. Sat. & 8:50 a.m. Sun. Exploring Service: 10:00 a.m. & 11:10 a.m. Sun.

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WATCH: Moeller students, teacher discuss lessons learned from mission trips:

ers, religion teacher and trip coordinator Dave Campbell said. Students who make the trip are forced to set aside their personal and social lives for a short time to help others. “It’s an opportunity to

have a different experience and get a different reality of the world,” he said. Adam Gigax, who went to Solsberry Hill in Indiana, spent a week in July building homes with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and students from Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton. He said a valuable les-

son he learned was to not take things in life for granted. “You learn a lot about yourself on service trips,” he said. “... When we come back to the United States, we can change the way we live for the better.” Want more updates for Sycamore Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

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Moeller High School students of all ages participate in the school's mission trips each year.

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

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

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Join high school and college students from around the city the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a night of encouragement, praising God and fun. Included is a free Starbucks Coffee bar, food, giveaways, a live band, games, a photo booth and more. Look for the Uprising sign. Find Uprising on Facebook at “The Uprising – Student Outreach of Cincinnati” and on Twitter @CincyUprising. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month.


AWANA children’s Bible clubs are offeredfor children ages 2 through high school from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during the school year. Each club meeting features council time, which includes flag ceremony, music and Bible lesson; handbook time, in which clubbers earn awards through memorization and handbook completion; and game time. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” Several father/son activities, as well as family activities, are being planned for the fall and upcoming months. Visit the church website for details. Plans are in the works for a once-a-month women’s gettogether. A small group Bible study is

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Community Lighthouse Church of God

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Sunday Worship 10:30 am All ages Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Fellowship Meal 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Bible Study 6:45 pm All are Welcome!


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

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor

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Sonrise Church

SonRise Church is announcing the launch of a Celebrate Recovery ministry group. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the Beatitudes addressing many of life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. Organizers say about one-third of the people attending Celebrate Recovery or “CR” deal with chemical dependencies. CR is in more than 19,000 churches worldwide with more than half a million people completing the program. The church is at 8136 Wooster Pike; 576-6000;

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Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible study for all ages at 9 a.m. Women’s Study Group at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; 891-7891.

Trinity Community Church

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Madeira man wins speech contest He says the key to good speech is a storyline with conflict and resolution Chris Nachtrab, a Madeira resident, outshined local participants to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, representing District 40, which covers Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton Metropolitan areas, as well as parts of

Kentucky and West Virginia. Nachtrab, a member of the Toast of the Town Toastmasters Club, surpassed the competition to win the hearts of the audience and judges alike with his speech, “The Box.” The speech touched on the themes of bravery,

passion and confidence. When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “The key is to have a storyline with conflict and resolution.” Eighty–eight winners from districts around the world advanced to the semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area and district speech competitions. Their fiveto seven-minute speeches

were judged on content, organization, gestures and style. “Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence, because you sharpen your skills and speak to many different audiences,” says Nachtrab. “I am looking forward to competing on a much larger stage in Cincinnati.” Nachtrab is a commer-


cial real estate broker for The Everest Group in Blue Ash. He joined Toastmasters more than 10 years ago to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community. The Toastmasters International Speech Contest is the world’s largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 116 countries. It culminates with the popular

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The Madeira Woman's Club Knitters Guild attends a Stitchers luncheon sponsored by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. This is an annual event to honor all volunteers who sew, knit or crochet for the hospital. The knitters from the Madeira Woman's club knitted 204 hats for the hospital this year, for a total of 1,700 hats through the years. From left are Barb McAninch, Elaine Tipton, Batty Caudill, Pat Foote, Diane Seitz (sewing room coordinator for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medial Center), Betty Rader, Jane Bavely and Phyllis Oberacker. THANKS TO RUTH KINNEY

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During the past two years, Turner Farm has built a foundation of education among its interns – two of which will soon travel across the world to ply their trade. Erin Navaro, a 22-yearold Montgomery resident, and Ellie Falk, a 28-yearold Northside resident, are both nearing the end of their internships and said they learned a lot during their time with the farm. Navaro is set to head to Tanzania in December for a two-year stint with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as an English teacher. “I like knowing where food comes from and being a part of that cycle,” Navaro said. “And I really like being around people who know so much about farming – it makes it easy to learn.” Navaro began farming as a hobby and when she travels to Tanzania, she hopes to participate in a

Erin Navaro, left, and Ellie Falk, right, are interns at Turner Farm in Indian Hill. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Ellie Falk, Northside resident, works to pick Okra at Turner Farm where she interns before heading to New Zealand to operate a small farm with her boyfriend. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRES

Farm. “We like working with interns who want to work toward a farming career.” At first, O’Briant said, the internships provided basic labor for the farm and attracted a lot of college students and graduates with a liberal arts background. When Turner switched to being a nonprofit the

goal of the internships changed with it. In 2011, O’Briant changed the program to focus on attracting stu-

dents with science backgrounds. “I sort of thought the real missing piece was most of our interns had no

science background,” she said. “With that background, there is a deep understanding of how plants grow and deeper foundational level of commitment ... than just people looking for experience.”

POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Quzwa Copeland, 31, 5641 Viewpointe Drive, disorderly conduct, Aug. 16. Amber Hooks, 37, 6330 Montgomery Road, theft, Aug. 16. Deadrean Solomon, 20, 2514 Hemlock, possession of drugs, obstructing official business, Aug. 15. Cortez Lindsey, 21, 705 E. McMillan, carrying concealed weapon, possession of drug abuse instruments, Aug. 15. Michael Goodman, 32, 6745 Ken Arbre Drive, domestic violence, Aug. 21.

Incidents/investigations Theft Reported at 5245 Ridge Ave., Aug. 10.

MADEIRA Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Windshield broken in vehicle at 8200 Indian Trail, Aug. 22. Theft DVDs and monies taken from vehicle; $165 at 7811 Maple Leaf, Aug. 26.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile Male, 16, theft, Aug. 17. Juvenile Male, 17, theft, Aug. 17. Alexander Repasky, 18, 4213 Glenwood, theft, Aug. 17. Juvenile Male, 17, curfew, Aug. 16. Juvenile Male, 15, curfew, Aug. 16. Juvenile Male, 15, curfew, Aug. 16. Sidra Gardner, 27, 881 W. Liberty Ave., theft, Aug. 16. Matthew Mueller, 45, 4888 Bayberry, theft, Aug. 12. Mazion James, 26, 8920 Dayl Road, theft, Aug. 17. Juvenile Female, 16, theft, Aug. 17. Paris Gunterman, 19, 818 Glenwood Ave., theft, Aug. 17. Ann Sieman, 41, 8561 Plainfield Lane, domestic violence, Aug. 17. Tresca Washington, 26, 192 Charles Ave., defrauding rental agency, Aug. 13. Cassandra Reese, 19, 27 Winderness Court, attempt theft, Aug. 13.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary Residence entered at 10929 Barrington Court, Aug. 13. Domestic violence Reported at Darnell Ave., Aug. 19. Theft Merchandise of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery

Road, Aug. 17. Vehicle entered and items valued at $1,524 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 16. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 17. Wheelchair valued at $800 removed from driveway at 8471 St. Clair Ave., Aug. 17. Merchandise valued at $160 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 16. Scrap metal valued at $500 removed at 7812 Reosky Drive, Aug. 16. Vehicle entered and shoes and checks of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 14. Medication of unknown value removed at 7300 Dearwester Drive, Aug. 14. Visa of unknown value removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Aug. 13. Speaker system valued at $400 removed at 8491 Donna Lane, Aug. 13. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 8072 Richmond Ave., Aug. 20. Mower valued at $500 removed at 11969 3rd Ave., Aug. 20. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Vehicle used without consent at 8740 Montgomery Road, Aug. 15.


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porch of the Muchmore House in Madeira recently turned into a fashion runway , as children and teenagers modeled their creations. Christine Parker, Madeira resident and owner of Creativites DIY Studio at 7010 Miami Ave., conducted the first show because she said the students worked hard and deserved recognition. “In sports there’s always a banquet at the end of the year,” Parker said. “Where is it for fashion design?” Some of Parker’s 100 students boast the same skill levels as students at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, she said. Some of the students re-purposed clothes bought from Creativities’ neighbor The Clothes Closet, a second-hand clothing store run by the Madeira Woman’s Club, and, in some cases, completely reconstructed the clothes into something different. For example. Parker’s 15-year-old daughter, Kelsie, and her 14-year-old friend Bryn Kelley, of Montgomery, turned men’s shirts into dresses. “When I first started sewing I wasn’t really that great,” Kelley said. “Now, I can sew some of the most complex patterns.” When the Creativities

“It’s an interesting arrangement of fabrics.” Creativities is about more than sewing and fashion, however, it’s also a gathering place for people in the community, said Erin Lutes, whose 9-yearold daughter, Hannah, participated in the show. “It’s such a unique place,” Lutes said. “My daughter needs a creative outlet and this givers her the opportunity to be able to do things

she otherwise couldn’t.” Lutes said she attended a girl’s night out at the studio and has also been to birthday parties and other events hosted by Parker. “It’s such a great asset for the community and all the families that come here,” Lutes said. Want to know more about the stories that matter in Madeira? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Hamilton County rict t is D n io t a v er s n o C er t a Soil and W 68th Annual Meeting October 10,, 2013

Join us for one last COOKOUT for the year! Enjoy a scrumptious grilled steak and fish dinner from Jack’s Catering Inc. at the Hamilton County Park’s Sharon Woods Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241. Cost is $10.00 per person, parking included. Dinner will start at 6:00pm with a business meeting to follow at 6:30pm. The meeting includes honoring community members for their conservation accomplishments. The District will have their annual silent auction filled with interesting items. The silent auction will benefit the Odegard – Diebel Education Scholarship fund. Wearing dresses made out of men's shirts, 14-year-old Montgomery resident Bryn Kelley, left, and 15-year-old Madeira resident Kelsie Parker, center, stand next to Christine Parker, right, owner of Creativities DIY Studio at 7010 Miami Ave. in Madiera during the studio's first fashion show Friday, Sept. 6. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

students aren’t using thrift-store threads Parker ensures they work with

quality materials. “If they need a certain type of fabric I bring

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Cyber safety first topic of series Most parents have heard the term “cyber safety.” Social media and Internet involvement can have a huge impact on a children’s future and well-being. Seven Hills School is presenting its Speaker Series first speaker: leading

cyber safety expert Stephen Smith, who will explain the breadth and depth of the digital world, break down how the information is being consumed by pre-teens and teens, and offer helpful tips to keep students safe. The Cyber Safety

event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, on the Seven Hills Hillsdale campus, 5400 Red Bank Road. The Creating Conversations series is free of charge and open to the public. To learn more about this event and to

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potential social, and even legal consequences of reckless digital communications. The Seven Hills School’s Creating Conversations is a series of events designed to engage as a community in conversations, with each other and the help of experts in their fields, about raising bright, healthy, happy kids. Future events will feature the following presentations: » James Lingo - Drug education facilitator James Lingo will speak about the vital role of parents and family in keeping kids drug and alcohol free. In his highly informative discussion, James

will provide the latest data, separate fact from misinformation, explain risk factors, identify warning signs, and answer questions. Lingo will speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Seven Hills. » Ann Anzalone - Anzalone will delve into the ills of stress as it affects students at increasingly younger ages. Anzalone is a nationally known consultant on learning styles, educational plans and academic performance. She will speak at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27, at Seven Hills. For more information on the Creating Conversations Speaker Series, go onlilne to


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