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Cottage proposal withdrawn

Residents concerned about project’s density, height

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You can find this story on our Web site this week: • Proposed new apartment buildings on Plainville Road could have “significant influence” on potential roundabouts township officials have discussed in recent years. CINCINNATI.COM/COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP

A time to reflect

The Northeast Fire Collaborative hosted a 9/11 Memorial at Nisbet Park in Loveland. The ceremony included music from the Clermont County Philharmonic Orchestra, a helmet blessing and keynote speaker retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino. SEE LIFE, B1

Touching moment

To commemorate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, students and teachers at St. Vincent Ferrer School in Kenwood held a memorial prayer service Sept. 9. Principal Doug Alpiger said teachers worked with the students throughout the week leading up to the prayer service. SEE SCHOOLS, A7

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MADEIRA – A company that ran into opposition after asking for a new zoning district in downtown Madeira that would allow the construction of cottages will submit a new proposal. “The (original request) has been withdrawn by the applicant and a new submission/application is being given to Planning Commission on (Monday) Sept. 19,”

Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said. The Madeira Planning Commission earlier refused to recommend Madeira City Council approve Landquest Services’ proposed new zoning district after some residents expressed concern about the density and height of the cottage project Landquest said it wanted to develop on Euclid Avenue just west of the Madeira fire station on Miami Avenue.

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Deer Park schools update website By Amanda Hopkins

The Deer Park City Schools website has a new look for the new school year. The school district launched its new website, which is part of a pilot project to get parents involved with the Blackboard program. Communications coordinator Gini Verbesselt said parents of students in seventh- through 12th-grades will be able to sign up for Blackboard and track their child’s classwork and grades, and communicate more with teachers. Each school building is responsible for maintaining its pages on the website, which include letters from the principals, calendar of events and photos from events

See UPDATE on page A2 Homecomings 2011 A look at local high school Homecomings: Cincinnati Hills Friday, Oct. 7 – All school family picnic at 5 p.m. Football game vs Lockland, 7:30 p.m. Deer Park Thursday, Oct. 6 – Parade Friday, Oct. 7 – Football game vs. Mariemont, 7:30 p.m. Madeira The school held its Homecoming last weekend. To see photos, visit Moeller Thursday, Sept. 29 – Football game vs. La Salle at Lockland, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 – Alumni reunion mass and social


Indian Hill High School seniors Jake Schreckenhofer, left, Ian McKay and Jake Berten were among students in the watershed studies and environmental science classes who helped prepare a community rain garden. The garden is located near the school’s football field.

Indian Hill school hopes rain garden plants an idea By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill High School students aren’t just beautifying the area, they’re creating awareness. Last spring students in the watershed studies and environmental science courses planted a rain garden. Their efforts are now on display near the Booster Pavilion at the high school. “We wanted it near the football field so people would see it,” senior Jake Schreckenhofer of Kenwood said. Digging the rain garden also served an environmental purpose. The water runoff from the student parking lot is full of pollutants, senior Maddie Barrett of Indian Hill said. The rain garden actually helps purify the water,

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“As their adjoining neighbor, (Landquest Services) has made great effort to minimize the impact of their (proposed new zoning district) on me, and I appreciate that. However, as a Madeira resident, I am not convinced that this development is good for Madeira. It sets the precedent for creating dozens, if not hundreds, of (zoning districts) all over Madeira, creating denser housing where it previously did not exist, nor was zoned.”



liminary models. It was then “dig, dig, dig,” senior Jesse Pyles of Camp Dennison said. The garden was then completed with help from the Village of Indian Hill and the Greenacres Foundation. The project cost $1,000 and was funded through an educational grant. It consists of a variety of different grasses and bushes, goldenrod, elderberry and Joe-Pye weed. A birdhouse was also included in the garden. This is meant to encourage members of the community to start their own gardens, said environmental science teacher Beverly Fennell, who coordinated the project with science teacher Judy Mouch.

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Landquest Services originally said it wanted to build as many as seven cottagestyle units – single-family, detached one-floor houses of 1,800 square feet to 2,000 square feet with an optional second floor for a second bedroom – at the site with the cottages about 10 feet from the property lines. Jim Horwitz of Mar Del Drive, whose backyard is

At the beginning of each school year, each principal in the Deer Park school district outlines goals for the upcoming school year for the Board of Education. Holmes Primary Principal Amy Byrne said her staff is focusing on getting to know the students better through assessments and working on teacher collaborations. She said she will also work on reaching out more to the community and continuing to have the students work with technology in the classroom. Amity Elementary Principal Deb Farley said the academic focus this year is on math to help the students meet the state standards on testing. The school will also continue its community events including Fine Arts night, Grandparents’ Day and Career Day. Deer Park Junior/Senior High School Principal Larry Knapp is in his first as principal at the school and said he is working to create a better atmosphere for the students in the building. He will also be updating safety plans during the school year. He also said a main focus is also getting the parents and teachers online with Blackboard. are different, but the school district website remains

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adjacent to the property where Landquest Services wants to build cottages, was one of the Madeira residents who raised concerns about Landquest’s original proposal. Horwitz said Landquest Services subsequently indicated it is willing to rethink its proposal, although Horwitz said he does not know the particulars of the new request Landquest intends to introduce. Randy Green of Indian Hill, a representative of Landquest Services, could

not be reached for comment. The Ohio Secretary of State website says Green is the agent for Landquest, a limited-liability company formed in July. “As their adjoining neighbor, (Landquest Services) has made great effort to minimize the impact of their (proposed new zoning district) on me, and I appreciate that,” Horwitz said. “However, as a Madeira resident, I am not convinced that this development is good for Madeira. “It sets the precedent for creating dozens, if not hundreds, of (zoning districts) all over Madeira, creating denser housing where it previously did not exist, nor was zoned,” Horwitz said. If the Madeira Planning Commission decides to recommend Madeira City Council approve a new zoning district proposed by Landquest Services in the future, the proposal will be put in the form of an ordinance and city council will conduct three readings and a public hearing on it. Get Madeira updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter. Visit

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Columbia Twp. weighs fire levy options By Rob Dowdy

COLUMBIA TWP. – Columbia Township has a fire levy on the November ballot, and officials will soon begin sending residents information on the ballot issue. During the recent Columbia Township trustees’ meeting, Paul Davis, fiscal officer for the township, said residents in the Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District will vote Nov. 8 on a 3.5mill levy for fire protection services. The township now has a 3.2-mill levy that generates $20,000. However, the Fire District contract calls for $47,000 annually and the township

has been paying the remainder out of the general fund for the last several years. The upcoming 3.5-mill levy is expected to generate the needed $27,000. Township residents in the Deer Park-Silverton Fire District currently pay a 3.2-mill levy, while those in the Golf Manor Fire Department service area pay a 6.7-mill levy and those covered by the Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District pay a 9.7-mill levy as well as a 2.3-mill capital improvement levy. Davis said he’s “very confident” residents in the Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District will approve the levy,

despite the difficulty many communities have when placing levies on the ballot. “They realize the importance of it,” he said. If the levy fails, Township Administrator Michael Lemon said the township may have to consider joining the Fire District. He said the township could also consider seeking coverage from neighboring fire departments, so long as it doesn’t negatively effect service and response time. Lemon said the township will soon send information about the levy out to the residents in the Fire District. For more about your community, visit

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Indian Hill addresses declining enrollment By Forrest Sellers

The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District has seen a decline in enrollment. During last week’s Board

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For example, some of the Indian Hill students could potentially take an advanced placement course at Mariemont High School while Mariemont students take advanced placement courses at Indian Hill High School. With declining enrollment, Fred Sanborn, a member of the Committee for Responsible School Spending, said the district should consider budget reductions. Last month members of the committee said the district should repeal its 2009 tax increase and reduce spending by at least 5 percent, or $1.6 million. Board President Molly Barber said the board stands by its decisions regarding the budget. “We are diligent in continuing to contain and reduce costs,” she said. Get Indian Hill updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter at

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No plan for new township-owned properties in Sycamore By Amanda Hopkins

Sycamore Township now owns a few more properties along Orchard Lane. The Board of Trustees said there are no plans to rezone or build on the properties. Heather Myers, a resident on Orchard Lane, said during the Sept. 15 trustees meeting that there have been a lot of rumors going around the neighborhood. “There is absolutely, positively no plan (for those sites),” Trustee President Tom Weidman said. The trustees approved the purchase of 4713

Orchard Lane, 4681 Orchard Lane and 7781 Montgomery Road. Weidman said the township does have a commitment to rent out at least one of the houses. Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter said the monitoring in the neighborhood is for upcoming sewer work. Township Planning and Zoning Administrator Greg Bickford said TEC Engineering are also doing traffic counts at the light at Orchard Lane and Kenwood Road. The counts are needed to help time the traffic signal with the new signal along Kenwood Road that connects Kenwood Towne

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Blue ribbon wraps up well-rounded schools Gannett News Service Leaders from local schools that won the coveted National Blue Ribbon designation last week say the awards reflect more than academics. They cite volunteerism and involvement by par-

ents, community members and students as key factors in any successful bid for a Blue Ribbon, the nation’s most prestigious education award. To be sure, school officials also praised teachers and staff, crediting attention to individual students’ test

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All Saints principal Dan Stringer announces to the school that it was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence on Sept. 15.

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Deciding on the best education for your child is clear when the choice is Archbishop McNicholas High School. McNicholas provides a coeducational, Christ-centered Catholic community with award-winning and challenging academic programs, over 30 clubs to meet every student’s interest, and a full roster of competitive athletic teams. Coed opportunities in these extra-curricular activities and in class prepare students with well-rounded experiences that will guide them as they enter the real world. Spiritual growth is fostered daily and through group retreats. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors all participate in Days of Reflection and Renewal. Seniors participate in a Kairos retreat or an Appalachian retreat.


McNicholas fosters Catholic identity through faith development and encourages social consciousness through service. Students are required to complete at least 40 hours of service before graduation, but the average per student is almost 80 hours. In 2011, 67 seniors became part of The Century Club, which honors those who have given over 100 hours of service during their four years. The total number of service hours for the Class of 2011 totaled over 10,000 hours.

women, and also has very active intramural volleyball and basketball leagues. McNicholas boasts several district and regional championships, many from the 2010-2011season. McNicholas also holds several state titles, King of the Hill trophies, and other league honors. McNicholas is currently in Phase II of Project Paradise, the initiative to give Rocket athletes the home field advantage with the new all-weather artificial turf field and the soon –to-be installed regulation eight-lane track in Penn Station Stadium.

This advertorial package showcasing Archbishop McNicholas High School was inadvertently omitted from the Private Schools Directory section included in today’s Community Press Newspapers. The Service Club is one of the most active organizations on campus. Each year, they organize the Warm Clothing Drive, the Thanksgiving Giveback food collection, the Christmas Gifts for Kids Program, Penny Drive, and St. Patrick’s Day Senior Citizen Prom. They also take part in the Adopt-a-Highway program.


Over the past decade, McNicholas has had over 30 National Merit Semifinalists and nearly iThink 70 National Merit Commended Excellence in academics is Students. McNicholas is also at the center of McNicholas. proud to offer the SAIL (SupMcNicholas implemented a port and Accommodations for Tablet PC program this past Identified Learners) Program, year with the Classes of 2014 which addresses the needs and 2015 to give students an of identified students, helping edge in 21st century learning. them cope with learning in the McNicholas is the first coed high school environment. The school in the region to offer iCompete Compete with the best! Mc- Class of 2011 earned $11.3 this to their students. Nicholas offers over 42 teams million in scholarships and 99% McNicholas offers a broad at all levels for both men and continued to higher education. range of curricular choices to challenge every student at the appropriate level. The overall curriculum includes a College Preparatory Program offering two levels of courses; honors courses in math, English, and Spanish; and STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to create critical thinkers who will abound in the work force and in higher education. Classes have a ratio of 14 students to every teacher, and McNicholas offers 13 Advanced Placement courses as well as 25 fine and performing arts electives.

From freshman orientation to senior graduation, students will find many choices at McNicholas to prepare them for life after high school academically, socially, and spiritually.

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Name of School: McNicholas High School Address: 6536 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230 Area of Town: Mt. Washington Phone: 513-231-3500 Grades: 9-12 Number of Students Enrolled: 640 Religious Affiliation (if any): Catholic Tuition: $8675 Scholarship/Financial Assistance Available: Yes Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:14 Percent Going to College: 99% Hot Buttons: Christ-centered and service oriented, McNicholas is the right choice for your son or daughter. We became the first coed Catholic school in the region to implement a Tablet PC program and boast a community of challenging academics, over 30 clubs, and 42 athletic teams.

School, Blanchester • Woodfill Elementary, Fort Thomas Sue Morman, St. Columban’s school librarian, said a team at the Loveland Catholic school completed its Blue Ribbon application, writing essays “to provide a bigger picture” of the 723student K-8 school. The essays described the arts, sports, traditions and service efforts of their students, she said. “What sets us apart is our Catholic tradition,” she said. “We’re trying to get students to recognize that they need to be something for other people. How are you going to make the world better?” And maybe it is time to focus more attention on academic achievements, said Daniel Stringer, principal at All Saints in Kenwood. “It’s easy to do it for sports. It’s easy to do it for the arts,” he said. “But academics at times is not as well noticed. It’s not as popular to discuss because it’s not as fun.” He announced his school’s Blue Ribbon win at


All Saints principal Dan Stringer beams proudly Sept. 15 after his school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

About the award The National Blue Ribbon award honors public and private schools that achieve at a high level or narrow educational achievement gaps for disadvantaged students. This year, 305 schools received the honor. To win, schools must meet one of two criteria: • They must have students perform well on state assessments, or, in the case of private schools, on nationallynormed tests. Those tests scores must place students in the top 10 percent over at least five years. • They must have at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds show improved performance at high levels, as measured by state assessments or nationallynormed tests. The Kings school district now has the rare honor of having three of its six schools win a Blue Ribbon since 1993: JF Burns Elementary in 1993, South Lebanon Elementary in 2009 and now Kings Mills Elementary, a K-4 school. “We’re still in shock,” principal Peggy Phillips said. “We’re like any other school in Ohio. We have a really diverse population. We have students who move in and out throughout the school year. But the piece that makes KME special is we have a huge sense of community – our parents come and volunteeer often. Everyone rolls up their sleeves and helps.” a surprise pep rally Thursday, but he’s planning a bigger bash on Nov. 1, All Saints Day. Nationally, this year’s Blue Ribbon Schools will be feted at a conference and awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14-15.


The Moeller High School band leads All Saints School in celebration after All Saints was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence on Sept. 15.


Every Rocket is encouraged to become involved and with over 30 clubs, groups, and organizations to choose from, every student finds a place in the McNicholas community. The choices range from the exhilaration of musicals to the intensity of Academic Team tournaments, from the activism of Service Club to the leadership of Student Council. The Ecology Club started a community garden on the McNicholas campus in the Spring of 2011 and just celebrated their first harvest during an afterschool cookout with the Cooking Club. In addition to the National Honor Society, McNicholas also recognizes students in honor societies for French, Latin, Spanish, science, math, and art. The award-winning band has been invited to participate in the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day and Cincinnati Reds Opening Day parades annually and in 2009, they were invited to represent the State of Ohio in the Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C.


The Moeller High School band performs at an impromptu pep rally to celebrate All Saints School being named Blue Ribbon School of Excellence on Sept. 15.


All Saints students dance to the music from the Moeller High School band during the pep rally to celebrate All Saints being named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Sept. 15.


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St. Vincent Ferrer fifth-grade teacher Felicia Kehoe hugs physical education teacher Jana Bishop during the sign of peace.

St. Vincent Ferrer third-grader Jackson Stanford holds an American flag.






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St. Vincent Ferrer third-graders stop for a moment of reflection at a small statue depicting firefighters at Ground Zero. The school held a 9/11 memorial prayer service Sept. 9.

St. Vincent Ferrer students remember 9/11 To commemorate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, students and teachers at St. Vincent Ferrer School in Kenwood held a memorial prayer service Sept. 9. Principal Doug Alpiger said teachers have been working with the students throughout the week leading up to the prayer service. He said they are trying to help the students understand the events. “Our oldest students were only 3-years-old in 2001,” Alpiger said. The prayer service included several readings, a song called “A Long, Long Journey to Heal” performed by the fourth and fifth-grade students and a moment of silence. For more on your community, visit township.

St. Vincent Ferrer students exchange the sign of peace during the school’s 9/11 memorial prayer service.

St. Vincent Ferrer thirdgrader Nicholas Carter plays the xylophone as part of the school’s 9/11 memorial prayer service. Also pictured is Principal Doug Alpiger.

St. Vincent Ferrer fourth and fifth-grade students sang “A Long, Long Journey to Heal” during the school’s 9/11 memorial prayer service.


Ursuline Academy announces Ultimate Auction, raffle drawing Ursuline Academy’s Ultimate Auction “The Academy Awards” will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Chaired by Dave and Kathy Dorger Schmitt (Class of 1981) and Tom and JoAnne Peck Kennard (Class of 1983), the event is poised to be a good time for all. “We promise an evening of fun and opportunities to win some exciting prizes,” special events director Lori Haines said. The Academy Awards will take place at Ursuline Academy in the Besl Theatre, and it 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, Green Bay Packers private facility tour and tickets, diamond and ruby earrings, a puppy, a kayak, a golf cart, cooking and dinner packages, and more. In addition, the drawing for the Big Green Raffle will take place at the auction, featuring three grand



From left: Ursuline Auction co-chair Kathy Dorger Schmitt (Class of 1981) of Indian Hill, UA President Sharon Redmond of Cold Spring, Ky., and co-chair JoAnne Peck Kennard (Class of 1983) of Loveland. prizes of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000. “The Academy Awards” Ultimate Auction is UA’s largest fundraising event of the year, and the proceeds support the school.

For details about the Auction and additional information about the Big Green Raffle, email or call (513) 791-5794 ext. 1218.

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The American Heart Association recognized Madeira Elementary School for outstanding service in advancing public support in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Between 1997 and 2011, Madeira Elementary has raised $90,148.04 by holding its annual “Jump Rope for Heart” event. From left: Kim Plagge, (American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart coordinator), Jeanne Gulick (Madeira Elementary School physical education teacher) and Sallie Weisgerber (Madeira Elementary School principal).



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September 21, 2011

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Madeira’s Rupe throwing CHL for loop

By Scott Springer


• Sept. 13, Indian Hill beat Centerville and Mariemont as Will Ives shot 37. • Madeira lost to Shawnee by five strokes, but beat Summit by five on Sept. 12 at Camargo. David Johnson shot a 41. • Moeller defeated Elder, St. Xavier and La Salle Sept. 13 at Western Hills. Mason Eckley shot 34. Moeller (Gold) beat Indian Hill Sept. 15. Matt Bitter of the Crusaders and Michael Sewell of the Braves were comedalists at 39.

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MADEIRA - A year ago, Isaac Rupe was Madeira's starting quarterback. However, an injury and the presence of Zach Jansen (who would go onto lead the CHL in passing as a sophomore) forced him to consider a new position his senior season. Because of his running talents, Mustangs' coach Mike Shafer elected to move Rupe to running back alongside Jansen this season. Now, Rupe leads the league in rushing and is finding the endzone multiple times most games. Q: You're team is out to a good start, how are you liking this? A: I love it!

• At the Mason Invitational, Indian Hill’s girls were third on Sept. 10. Elizabeth Heinbach was second (19:23). • Moeller was 29th in the Tiffin Invitational. Zach Hoffman was the Crusader’s top finisher at No. 56 (16:56).

Q: Before, you were a quarter back and you switched to running back, how's that going? A: I'll do anything the team needs. If they want me to throw it, I'll throw it. If they want me to run it, I'll run it. I'll catch it. I've got to win.


Q: Did you start in football as a quarterback?

• Mount Notre Dame beat Vandalia Butler Sept. 10, 25-8, 25-14, 25-15. On Sept. 13, MND won at Ursuline 25-17, 25-19, 25-18. Kelsey Wolf had 27 digs.

Girls tennis

• Mount Notre Dame defeated Sycamore 3-2 on Sept. 12, by sweeping the singles matches. MND did the same to Ursuline the following day.


• Indian Hill’s girls blanked Clark Montessori 7-0. Olivia Ribariu and Leah Plunkett combined on the shutout. • The Indian Hill boys shutout Wyoming 1-0 Sept. 13 on a goal by Kalu Abass. • Madeira beat Cincinnati Country Day 4-2 on Sept. 10. John Michael Wyrick had two goals. On Sept. 13, Madeira shutout Mariemont 6-0 as Andrew Stanifer and Stephen Marks kept the Warriors scoreless. • Madeira’s girls beat Cincinnati Country Day also, 2-1. The Amazons lost to Mariemont Sept. 14, 2-0. • Moeller beat Barrington in the Great Midwest Classic 3-1. Erik Radke scored twice. On Sept. 13, Radke hit for three more as Moeller blanked Talawanda 8-0. The Crusaders lost to Centerville 2-0 Sept. 15. • Mount Notre Dame beat Lakota West on Sept. 10, 2-1. On Sept. 14, MND beat Carroll 3-1.

Field hockey

• Indian Hill beat Talawanda 4-2 on Sept. 12. Ali Brockhoff scored two goals. • MND blanked Talawanda 4-0 on Sept. 14.

This week’s MVP

MND volleyball for ending Ursuline’s 32-match GGCLScarlet streak.


Junior quarterback Zach Jansen (10) calls out the signals with senior running back Isaac Rupe (7) to his right. The two shared the quarterback position a year ago, but Rupe has since made a successful transition to running, leading the CHL in that category.


Madeira senior Isaac Rupe walks off the field after another day at the office. Rupe leads the CHL in rushing after making the switch from quarterback to running back. A: I mostly ran the ball when I was a youngster. I played quarterback just to run it too. I was just a runner when I grew up. Q: So how did they tell you last

This week’s action Deer Park 45, Reading 28

Senior quarterback Tyler Osborne passed for four touchdowns as the Wildcats recorded their first win of the season. Two of Osborne’s scoring strikes went to Marcus Johnson and two to Shawn McCoy. Brandon Reeves also had touchdown runs of 45 and 38 yards. Next week: The Wildcats are at Taylor Sept. 23.

Indian Hill 28, Wyoming 22

Senior wide receiver Teddy Kremchek had 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead Indian Hill (3-1) to victory. He also had three interceptions as a defensive back. Teammate senior running back Daron Artis rushed for 103 yards on the ground. Next up: Indian Hill (3-1) is home with Mariemont Sept. 23.

Madeira 34, Mariemont 6

Madeira kept their record unblemished Sept. 16 with a 34-6 win over Mariemont.

Senior Isaac Rupe ran the ball 23 times for 151 yards and two scores, while junior quarterback Zach Jansen was 9-18 for 144 yards and couple touchdowns. On defense, linebacker Tucker Larsh had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Next up: The 4-0 Mustangs are at Finneytown Sept. 23.

Moeller 27, Louisville St. Xavier 10

Moeller’s Monty Madaris caught three touchdown passes and had seven catches overall for 207 yards as the Crusaders cruised by Louisville St. Xavier by 17. Madaris caught a 46-yard pass from starter Spencer Iacovone in the first quarter, then hooked up twice with backup Ricky Davis in the second half (80 and 49 yards). Iacovone finished 10-15 for 127 yards and a score. Davis was 5-7 for 159 and two touchdowns. Iacovone also had a rushing touchdown for Moeller. Next up: The Crusaders (4-0) play Sept. 23 against the St. Xavier Bombers in a GCL South thriller at Nippert Stadium.

year? Did they say, "We've got this kid (Zach) Jansen that throws it pretty good, do you want to run some?" A: Yeah, I don't care. Whatever helps us win. I'll step back. I'll start (or) I'll be second string. (It) doesn't matter, as long as we win. Q: Do you still take some snaps every now and then? A direct snap? A: Yeah, we've got like a "wildcat" formation every once in a while. I take the snap and I've got No. 25 (receiver) Joe Bodnar right next to me. It's great. It's a good play. Q: You've run for a lot of yards. Do you lose a lot of weight after that? A: Whatever it takes. Probably a couple pounds. Q: That's got to be pretty enjoy able. You've had some long runs. What's that feeling like when you cross the 20 and are about to go in? A: It's the best feeling in the world. (It's) exciting. It's like a weight coming off your shoulders. You've got that feeling in your stomach that you're going for a touchdown. It's good. Q: What about this team? You have what you can do, Zach (Jansen) can throw the ball, (Joe) Bodnar does what he can do. You've got a lot of weapons out there. Big No. 75 (Kyle WilliamsonUC commit) pancakes some folks. A: We've got a good team. You've got to give credit to the line

too. (And) our defense, shutout the first game, just six points the next game - you can't ask for anything else from our defense. Q: It looks like a pretty good year in the CHL for Madeira. A: Hopefully. We've got to do what we're supposed to do and we should take home a CHL title. Q: What else do you do here at Madeira? A: I play basketball and that's it. Q: Are you better at that, or foot ball? A: I've got to say football. Q: You're racking up touch downs. Would you like to play more after this? A: I'd love to play in college. Q: Has anyone called? A: I've gotten a few letters, nothing really serious. Just saying, "We notice you." Nothing really serious like, "Come visit us," or anything. Q: It's a nice school here, state champion girls soccer team, baseball team was good, boys soccer team's good, you guys are good. You guys aren't really bad at anything? A: No. Mustangs do it. For more sports coverage, visit, or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.

Mees racks up a mess of soccer wins By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL - Coach Bill Mees began the Indian Hill boys soccer season needing just one win for 250 on his career. He recorded the milestone Sept. 1 at Oak Hills. Before and after that, the Braves have an arduous schedule, so Mees hasn't had too much time to celebrate or reflect. When asked though, he does remember that first win in 1988. "I do!" Mees replied with a smile. "We beat North College Hill in my first game, an away game 23 years ago." Mees doesn't remember the score of that first victory over the Trojans. What he remembers fondly are his postseason triumphs at Indian Hill.

"I think some of the w i n s throughout tournament play have been very exciting," Mees Mees said. "We've had some good teams over the years; the 2004 team, the 2006 team, last year's team." This year's schedule has a similar to set-up to that of last year's. Indian Hill's final record was 7-10-2, but five of those wins came in October. Currently, the Braves have another tough slate, including key matchups against formidable league opponents. "I think some of the best teams in the state are in the CHL," Mees said. "Madeira,

Wyoming, Finneytown, Mariemont has a good team; it's always challenging, and you can't take anyone for granted. I think Madeira and Wyoming are the teams to beat this year." While dealing with elite of the CHL, Mees and the Braves continue to challenge some of the best non-conference teams around. If soccer, like football, factored in strength of schedule, Indian Hill's would be one of the toughest. "It's an eight-team league," Mees said. "We play seven CHL games. Those other nine games we try to schedule as tough a competition as we can. We have several DI schools on our schedule. We have Fenwick, who's state-ranked No. 9; Carroll, who's state-ranked No. 1; and Tipp City is just

out of the top 10. We play four teams that are in the top 12 in the state." That strategy has served Mees well and got Indian Hill to a district final last season. In the CHL, many of the Braves know many of their bitter rivals thanks to club soccer. It's not unusual to be teammates in the offseason and opponents in the fall. "It's great to see them talking to each other before and after games," Mees said. "I think it's great for sportsmanship and soccer in Cincinnati." Mees also enjoys the soccer "circle of life." He hasn't done it yet, but in a few years he could be coaching kids of his former players. He also has a daughter playing on Indian Hill's jun-

ior varsity. Varsity boys' practice often conflicts with the Lady Braves JV schedule, but he recently saw her play. The toughest thing was for the coach to adapt to the stands. "It's a different side of the equation," Mees said. "It's a challenge to sit in the stands, but it's also relaxing. It's a great community and it's fun to be Dad and coach as well." Mees hopes to continue having fun for years to come, watching and coaching. "I keep getting invited back, so we'll see how long it goes," Mees said. The beginning of five difficult road games starts Sept. 22 at Fenwick. The Braves aren't home again until Oct. 11 with Reading.

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Sports & recreation

September 21, 2011

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Indian Hill girls tennis has impressive wins The following is a submitted summary of the season so far. Indian Hill High School's girls tennis squad has a 7-2 record with impressive wins over Lakota West, Miami Valley, Mariemont, Cincinnati Country Day and perennial Division II powerhouse Columbus Academy. The Lady Braves' 3-2 win over Cincinnati Country Day Sept. 9, moved Indian Hill

into the semi-finals of the OTCA SW Division II girls' Team Tournament. Indian Hill could face either Alter or Wyoming in the semifinals. The winner of that match will advance to the Elite Eight in state competition. IHHS is led by singles players Rachel Littman, Kasey Schumacher and Brynn Mckenna. Kasey Schumacher is the team's top returning player

from last years Elite Eight team and has compiled an impressive 9-2 record. Brynn McKenna is 5-2 in singles play and has an overall 7-3 record. The first doubles combination of senior Flo Vanderschueren and freshman Alex Skidmore are 7-3. Second doubles has been anchored by Caroline Breda and Nicole Gibson. They are 5-1 on the year. IHHS is anxiously await-

ing the return of valuable senior Tory Grafe who is out another week or so with a sprained ankle. Other big contributors to the Lady Braves' success have been Julie Tieger, Katie Thomas, Sarah Hanson, Lora Zuo and Jessie Osher, who are all undefeated in 6 matches. The team is succeeding despite the loss of last year's top player, Kelsey Matthews who was a state semi-final-


This is a team that has tremendous depth with 13 talented varsity players. There seems to be a chemistry among the players. Gary Samuels was hired just before the season began to coach Indian Hill. He was a former University of Cincinnati scholarship player and also a former top 15 ranked player in the United Sates 45 & over age group. Gary has been a teaching

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pro at The Camargo Racquet Club for the past nine years. He coached the Division II state singles champion and runner-up in 2008 and 2009 as the head coach of the Cincinnati Country Day boys varsity team. For more sports coverage, visit s, or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.


Inducted into the Madeira High School Hall of Fame Sept. 9, were, from left: Josh Cohen (football, basketball, baseball), class of 1999; Joyce Brennen, representing Bob Gripshover (football, basketball, baseball) class of 1946; Ashlee Edgell (swimming, cross country), class of 2006, Terry Hartley (football, basketball, baseball), class of 1969; and hall of famer Ed Greenert, class of 1947, representing Bill Kelly (football, basketball, baseball), class of 1946.

The Mount Notre Dame student section shows their spirit cheering for their team in their volleyball match Sept. 13 at Ursuline. Dressed in Jimmy Buffet-like attire, “Cougaritaville” took over the packed house at Ursuline as the MND Cougars swept the contest with the Bulldogs. It was Ursuline’s first GGCL-Scarlet loss in 32 matches.

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Mount Notre Dame’s Michelle Strizak gets way up for the ball against Ursuline during their match Sept. 13 at a packed house at Ursuline Academy. The junior led the Cougars to a 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 sweep of the Bulldogs.

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Mount Notre Dame’s Kelsey Wolf (1) celebrates with her teammates after a point against Ursuline during their match Sept. 13. Left of Wolf is sophomore Christine Chandler (17). Wolf had 27 digs at libero as the Cougars snapped Ursuline’s 32-match win streak in the GGCLScarlet with a sweep.


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The only path to change is through voting Is it 2012 yet? We are already being bombarded with campaign sound bites and the slowing of government to a less than glacial pace as the election “nears.” I, like so many fellow Americans, am extremely disappointed in our elected officials in Washington. The sad part is, we are again confronted by (so far) a range of less than ideal candidates for president, and the “choice” of voting for many of the same faces in Congress. As far as presidential candidates, we have a governor from Texas who sees nothing contradictory about accusing the Secretary of the Treasury of treason, having, only weeks before, publicly threatened to have his state

secede for the Union. There is the current president who rode into town on a wave of hope for change and popularity and Bruce Healey looks set to town Community leave unable to solve Press guest the mess he was columnist handed, and, arguably, deepened the problem by inadequate responses. Not one of the other candidates so far looks stellar either, if we are brutally honest. For Congress, may I suggest special wrath on behalf of the vot-

ELECTIONS VIEWPOINTS GUIDELINES Suburban Life invites all candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot to submit one guest column, to run sometime before the election. The guidelines: • Columns should no more than 300 words, and are subject to editing. • Columns must include a current color head shot (.jpg format). • Columns must include a short biography of the candidate. • Columns will be published no later than Wednesday, Oct. 25. • All columns must be submitted, via e-mail, no later than noon the Wednesday before publication. We encourage you to submit columns as early as possible to avoid a backlog near Elec-

tion Day. No columns will be accepted after Wednesday, Oct. 18. • All columns will be posted online, but we can not guarantee print publication, especially for columns submitted close to the Oct. 18 deadline. • Candidates are welcome to respond to opponents’ columns with a letter of no more than 200 words, but we will run only one column per candidate. • These guidelines also apply to proponents and opponents of any local issues, such as tax levies. E-mail columns or questions to Editor Dick Maloney,

CH@TROOM Sept. 14 questions

Is combining Madeira and Indian Hill police servces is a good idea? Why or why not? I have had the pleasure of residing in Indian Hill and Madeira and I found the Indian Hill Rangers and Madeira police were all highly accommodating to situations in both communities. If consolidation can save $500K why wouldn’t it be a great idea in our economic state. The men/women provide 24/7 protection, discourage crime, assist in all facets of upholding the law while putting themselves in harms way be it traffic, criminal or otherwise. So if we can add additional experience by combining the officers than I would say that would be a command performance and great value for all residents. And if we can save money by doing so perhaps our city budget would allow for other accommodating factors to come forth. Most important factor for me was feeling safe, secure and protected no matter what the cost and I think Indian Hill and Madeira have done a superb job of providing their residents with same. Consolidation to save money is a major factor, feeling secure and safe with double the experience 24/7 ... go for it! S.S.

What specific actions can government take to spur job creation? “Federal and state elected government officials do not have an interest in job creation as is evi-

Next question Do you plan to support the Madeira School District’s 6.9-mill levy Nov. 8? Why or why not? Are you concerned about giving kids apple juice after a recent TV show revealed trace amounts of arsenic in the juice? Why or why not? Every week Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. denced by the fact the issue has not been addressed. They are to busy trying to get re-elected. “We need to replace all of them with people that will take an interest and bring new ideas to the table for job creation. Business has the money and is responsible for the creation of jobs. If they cannot make a profit they will not create a job. Government needs to come up with a specific plan for returning business to the task of creating new jobs. The current programs are not working. Government can create a reason for new jobs by funding public projects to replace old infrastructure. Government can negotiate trade deals with other governments that will lead to additional jobs in the USA. But in the end if is up to business to step up to the plate and create new jobs.” S.L.B.

ing public? Intransigence for the sake of political posturing has wrought enormous damage to our country. The silliness is sickening when we look at the level of pettiness they indulge in, and the result is hundreds of unfulfilled Federal posts, legislation that has not been voted or set aside, notably in the areas of immigration and regulation. As for the economy we all know that they have done nothing to help us except bicker until our debt was downgraded. True, there are some who are still willing to try to reach a middle ground, and they deserve our attention, and maybe our vote.They are few and far between.

Part of the problem, I suggest, is that the two-party system is simply too small to hold all of the diversity of opinion that is America today. Personally, like many of my friends, I find that there are ideas on both sides of the aisle that I can identify with, but there is no party that can represent all our opinions. As the parties become more radicalized, we find we can identify with neither – hence the growing number of independents in America today. Here is my suggestion for 2012: vote. Please just vote. Vote for someone new, someone who will not be beholden to ideology but to ideas. Vote, perhaps for a hopeful independent who can reach across party lines.

Use your vote to express your frustration at those who have done so much to damage our country and deepen its woes, instead of serving the public. If everyone were to vote, then we could begin to hope that a new vitality had been injected into our democracy. If each of us got a little more involved, perhaps we can get the professional politicians out, and the people (with a capital “P”) back in. After all, we are the ones meant to be running the country, not the political parties, their ideologies or small radical groups in their midst. Bruce Healey is a resident of Indian Hill.

Restoring relationships between patients and doctors The discussions that take place inside a doctor’s office between patients and doctors are some of our most personal interactions. They affect our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. Most of us feel pretty comfortable with our healthcare providers and trust their judgment, especially after getting to know them. We know that they are committed to doing what is best for their patients and that they care about the health of the community. Therefore, what was perhaps most devastating about the passing of the federal healthcare law two years ago was the feeling that government might suddenly step between this relationship. As I was watching news coverage the day Obamacare passed, I kept thinking about how it would impact patients and healthcare providers, as well as small businesses. The vast uncertainty created by the bill, much of which still exists today, made it difficult for business owners and private practitioners to know what lay ahead. In times of economic distress, it is critical that government not become overly involved in our lives or stand in the way of eco-

nomic progress. The massive, expansive and overreaching federal healthcare law added layers of bureaucracy and red tape to Ron Maag c o m m u n i t i e s Community that needed just Press guest the opposite. That is why I columnist asked Rep. Barbara Sears to join me in giving Ohioans a voice regarding government intervention in our healthcare decisions by joint sponsoring House Joint Resolution 2. The legislation, known as the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Act – with a three-fifths vote by both chambers of the legislature – would have automatically placed a referendum of Obamacare on the November ballot. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, and all that was needed for the ballot initiative to pass was one more vote in the House. Every Republican voted in favor, but unfortunately not a single Democrat joined us. They stood in lockstep against it,

despite knowing that a “yes” vote would have only put a referendum on the ballot for citizens to vote on and would not have made it law. Over the summer, Ohioans signed a petition to put a referendum on the ballot. In doing this, Ohio citizens expressed the belief that government should not intervene between patients and doctors. These people, like myself, trust healthcare professionals more than bureaucrats in Washington when it comes to making the most vital decisions we face throughout life. It was so encouraging to see Ohioans come together to take matters into their own hands and to ensure that their voices will be heard this fall. As your state representative, I will continue to work to ensure that the voices of Ohioans are heard. Please contact my office with your questions, comments and ideas about how we can improve our state. State Rep. Ron Maag may be reached by calling (614) 644-6023, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Ron Maag, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Help keep Deer Park moving in right direction Thanks to everyone who helped make the Deer Park “Days in the Park” festival a success. The success isn’t just tied to the money we all raised for the improvement of our park, but to the opportunity to work as a team to make it happen. Our city is truly a great place to live and raise a family. I am honored to have been able to serve this city as a volunteer, councilman, president of council and as mayor for the last 12 years. I have been blessed to have other dedicated men and women serve with me. Looking back over the last five years, we have accomplished much together. We passed an operating levy so we could maintain the safety and services we all enjoy. We obtained more than $1.6 million in state and federal

grants to help fix approximately three miles of our streets and curbs, as we are now doing on Hemphill Way. Only 21 cents of every Dave Collins dollar spent on project Community road design and conPress guest struction came columnist from local funds. The other 79 cents came from outside funding sources. We were able to build a new municipal building to house our police department and city administration and we were able to remodel our community center. Along with city council and our experienced safety service direc-

tor, Mike Berens, we have been working diligently on these and other projects for years and have recently begun to see the fruit of our efforts Most recently we had to make some cuts to personnel and operating expenses. This was absolutely necessary to maintain a balanced budget. Your city council made the tough decisions necessary to maintain our financial stability. If we can maintain our current revenue level we should be able to maintain our current service level. As mayor, I want to thank the citizens of Deer Park for choosing a city council that works together and works with the city administration to keep these good things moving forward. Dave Collins is running for re-election as mayor of Deer Park.

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The Loveland Symmes Fire Department displayed special photos on the sides of the fire engine for the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Marvin Kochert of Southern Indiana reads the plaque underneath a piece of steel from the World Trade Center at the Loveland Symmes Firefighter Memorial Sept. 11 before the start of memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park.

The solemnity of the moment The Northeast Fire Collaborative hosted a 9/11 Memorial at Nisbet Park in Loveland. The ceremony included music from the Clermont County Philharmonic Orchestra, a helmet blessing and keynote speaker retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino. Mormino was one of the responders to Ground Zero after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the keynote speaker for the first anniversary memorial in Loveland in 2002. Plaques were also added before the ceremony to the Loveland Symmes Firefighters Memorial that recognize Captain Robin Broxterman, Lt. Paul Montavon and Firefighter Oscar Armstrong, all three firefighters lost in the line of duty.

A large flag hangs from the truck ladders at the entrance to the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino addresses the crowd at Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Mormino was one of the first responders to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001. “I believe now we are stronger, better prepared, better trained ... We are proud Americans, everyone of us,” he said during his keynote address.

Firefighters from the Northeast Fire Collaborative line up to post the colors during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Gwynne Gabbard of Norwood hugs retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino after he spoke during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Jenna Hall sports an American flag and her dad, Brian’s, hat following the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Brian Hall is a firefighter with the Loveland Symmes Fire Department.

Mary Woehler and Hank Woehler of Loveland check out the new portion of the Loveland Symmes Firefighter Memorial following the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Members of the Caledonian Society played several patriotic songs on the bagpipes during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Loveland Symmes firefighter John Eadicicco is joined by his wife, Katie, and children Brendan, Vincent and Natalie at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Madison Moeckel, seated, listens to the speakers during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland while her siblings Elizabeth Moeckel, in the stroller and Richard Moeckel hold their American flags.

Liberty Township resident Frank Considine, left, talks with retired New York Battalion Chief Steve Mormino after the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Considine said he, like Mormino, is originally from Brooklyn.

Chip Eckert and Linda Eckert of Madeira come out every year to the Sept. 11 memorial at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Participants stand for the opening and posting of the colors during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.


Representatives from the fire department, sheriff’s office and police department took part in the helmet blessing during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.


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September 21, 2011



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Fibromyalgia Series, 7-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Theme: Assisting in Letting Go of Depression and Fatigue. Learn about guided imagery, a relaxation technique for those with fibromyalgia. Ages 18 and up. $25. Reservations required. 985-6736; Montgomery.


Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths Seminar, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road, Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Free. Presented by Neal’s Design Remodel. 489-7700; Sharonville.


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


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Motherless Daughters Support Group, 78:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. 503-4262. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, S E P T . 2 3


Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 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, 10 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

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Sonny Moorman Group, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Activities from arts and crafts to games and relays for children. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery. S A T U R D A Y, S E P T . 2 4


Frying the Right Way, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, Discuss proper frying techniques including preparing food for frying, choosing the right oil and frying temperatures. Ages 18 and up. $40. Registration required. Presented by Dandelion. 812-219-2505; Indian Hill.


Ballroom Dance: Dare to Dance, 5:30-6:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Cardiovascular workout while exploring new dance steps. Learn the waltz, cha cha, tango, hustle and many more. Taught by professional dancers from Dare to Dance studio. Ages 18 and up. $175-$190 couples, $100-$120 single. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


Laughter Yoga, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing to give health benefits of hearty laughter. With Patrick Welage. Family friendly. $10. Registration required. 985-6732. Montgomery.


Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111; Madisonville. Healing Touch: Level 2, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Concludes Sept. 25. Advanced-level program expands on human energy system and specific techniques to use touch to influence this system. $333. Reservations required. 985-6736; Montgomery.


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

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Pandora Effect, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, Free. 791-2922. Silverton.


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Foreigner, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Comedy by Larry Shue, directed by Dan Cohen. Group of devious characters deal with a stranger who they think knows no English. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc.. Through Sept. 25. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Kayak River Trip, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, A 7.5 mile trip down the scenic Little Miami River. Begin at Lake Isabella and take out at Jim Terrell Park in Milford. Transportation back to Lake Isabella provided. Bring a lunch. All equipment provided and flotation devices will be worn at all times. Participants must be able to get in and out of their boat unassisted, be able to help haul boats and adequately maneuver their boat on open water. Led by ACA certified instructor. Children must be accompanied by adults. $30, $25 ages 6 to 18; vehicle permit required. Registration required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Symmes Township. S U N D A Y, S E P T . 2 5


A Celebration of the Great Outdoors: A Grailville Harvest Feast, 5:30-7 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Meal featuring Grailvillegrown and other local seasonal foods. Family friendly. $15, $10 children. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Spinning Challenge, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Difficult cardiovascular and fitness workout. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes. 985-6742; Montgomery.


A Celebration of the Great Outdoors: A Grailville Garden Event, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Art show opening, Living Theology of the Land, featuring fabric collages, lettering and paintings by Elizabeth Robinson and photos and photo collages by Elizabeth Murphy. Hayride through Grailville including stops at Community Shares garden, pig pens, organic kitchen garden and compost site. Includes garden tour. Free. 683-2340; Loveland. Granny’s Harvest Celebration, 1-5 p.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Chef-prepared tastings of produce grown at Granny’s Garden School, demonstrations, complimentary youpick bouquets, farm animals and more. Bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Loveland Interfaith Effort food pantry. Free. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 3242873; Loveland.


Granny is inviting everyone to stroll through the gardens during the Fall Garden Party and Open House from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Granny’s Garden School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland. Pick a bouquet of flowers and taste some freshly harvested creations by chefs volunteering from The Art Institute of Ohio and the Veg Head. Find a shady spot, relax with a glass of mint iced tea and sample a veggie dessert - maybe green tomato chocolate cake, carrot and spinach chocolate brownies or old fashioned zucchini bread - all while listening to music. Try some Graeter’s ice cream, too. Herb expert Rita Heikenfeld will be on hand, along with Whistle Stop Clayworks. Learn about raising chickens in the backyard as an expert from Cincy Backyard chickens will be there too. RSVP by sending an e-mail To help further Granny’s Garden School’s mission, mums provided by Blooms & Berries and Al Krismer Plant Farm will be available for sale. Jaybird Farms will be providing lavender items for sale. Pictured, Loveland Middle School students rehearse in Granny's Garden School to get ready for the Harvest Celebration, last year.


John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 2-5 p.m., John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 7054 Montgomery Road, Houses historic photographs and artifacts from the Silverton’s past, including the Olympic uniform of Barry Larkin, a retired Reds player and Silverton native son. The museum is operated by the Silverton Block Watch Association. “History of the City of Silverton: Late 1700s to 2006” book by James R. Replogle Jr. available for sale. Cost, $15. Free. 936-6233. Silverton.


Pick-a-Bouquet Day, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, Free. 324-2873. Loveland. Family Hikes along the Little Miami River, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center, Free. 893-4453; Loveland.


The Frog Prince, 1-2 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, When a young prince is transformed into a frog by a cruel fairy, he bides his time until “Princess Charming” comes along to save him. Free. Presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. 7617500; Amberley Village.


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Foreigner, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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HEALTH / WELLNESS Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Madisonville. Four-Week Meditation Course, 7:15-8:45 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Weekly through Oct. 19. Learn all you need to establish a meditation practice at home. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. $100. Registration required. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9665; Montgomery. Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Crate and Barrel, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Kenwood.


Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Valet Parking Lot along Montgomery Road. Fresh tomatoes, corn, apples, mums, pumpkins and more. Seeking vendors. 745-9100; email; Kenwood. Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, parking lot, corner of E. Broadway and Second streets. Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market.; Loveland.


Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.


Overeaters Anonymous, Noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road, Room 101. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Kenwood. Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Room 16A. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.


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; Montgomery.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Call 791-3142 at least 24 hours in advance for child care. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.


Pickleball Games, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Racquet sport combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Ages 18 and up. $10. Through Dec. 18. 985-6747; Montgomery.


Granny’s Garden School Harvest Volunteering, 6-8 p.m., Granny’s Garden School Executive Office, 20 Miamiview Drive, Families from Loveland School District and members of community help harvest from the gardens. Email to register. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland. M O N D A Y, S E P T . 2 6


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Cabbage, corned beef and Irish dancing come to Fountain Square Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25, for the Cincinnati Celtic Festival. Two stages will offer live music, dance, food and drink, including a corned beef and cabbageeating contest at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. To sign up for the contest, visit Festival hours are: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Entrance is free. Pictured are the Celtic Rhythm Dancers performing at a previous Cincinnati Celtic Fest.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 3515005. Madeira.


Toby Keith comes to Riverbend Music Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Special guest is Eric Church and the tour introduces J.T. Hodges. Tickets are $89, $73 and $47, pavilion; $33, lawn; and $99, lawn four-pack, all plus fees. Visit or call 800-745-3000.

Suburban Life

September 21, 2011

A moment of silence to honor the Krispy apple Along with the pears, Mother Nature’s friends nabbed the apples on our trees, so I was looking forward to purchasing some apples f r o m Rouster’s Rita A p p l e Heikenfeld House in Milford. Rita’s kitchen T h e Krispy and Krispy Mac apples are unbelievably delicious and were developed by the Rouster family. But I just got word that the apples grown this year will be made into cider and there will be no fresh ones to pick. In fact, owner Dan Rouster said they are closing the apple part of the orchard. It’s the weather that made them decide to close. The good news is that the business’ U-pick blueberry and blackberry operations will continue. But no more apples. I hope Dan and Donna Rouster know how much everyone appreciates Rouster’s not only for their fine produce, but also for their ongoing community involvement. Going there is always a family adventure, with the little ones helping pick right along with the adults. As I have always told you, support your local independent farmers like the Rouster’s. They’re jewels that we need to keep shining.

In honor of the Rouster’s, today’s column is all about apples!

Easy applesauce cake

From Caroline Quinter of Amelia United Methodist church. She’s the minister’s wife and shared this recipe with my editor, Lisa’s, mom, Nancy, and it wound up, through the Clermont County grapevine, to me. Caroline said this moist cake goes great with a cup of tea or coffee. “My husband and our four children really enjoy it and I hope your readers will give it a try. I wish I could claim it as an original but it came from a 1950s cookbook.” Caroline said the recipe calls for a mixture of 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon to “dust” the pan and then cut through the batter. She uses about 2⁄3 of that mixture. When I made the cake, I used it all and agree with Caroline – 1⁄2 to 2⁄3 would be plenty. I didn’t have yellow cake mix but used a butter recipe golden cake mix and added the 3.4 oz. box of instant pudding. This is a wonderful cake to tote to a potluck. 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 box yellow cake mix with pudding (or add 1 small pkg. of instant vanilla pudding) 1 ⁄4 cup oil 3 eggs 2 cups applesauce Preheat oven to 350

grocery bag or make a parchment paper bag by stapling two p i e c e s together. Close the bag. I stapled it but uncoated paper clips work OK, RITA HEIKENFELD/CONTRIBUTOR too. Moist applesauce cake goes great with tea or coffee. Bake 60 m i nutes. degrees. Spray or grease 9Remove carefully from bag. Here’s the filling: by-13 pan. Mix sugar and Makes eight servings. 7-8 cups apples, peeled cinnamon together. Sprinkle

half of sugar mixture inside pan. (I also sprinkled it on the sides. Mix cake mix, oil, eggs and applesauce. Pour batter in, sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top of batter and swirl through cake with a knife. Bake 50to 60 minutes.

Paper bag apple pie with streusel topping

This old favorite is now making the rounds once again. And yes, it does work. Use a bag without any printing on it. Use your favorite crust recipe. The trick of cooking the apples a bit beforehand is one I learned in cooking school. We would cook them on top of the stove. This recipe calls for the microwave. Either works well, but it’s not absolutely necessary. It just helps soften the apples. Granny Smith, Jonathan, or just about any apple other than Red Delicious will work.

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Put the sliced apples in a big microwave-safe bowl, and stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and lemon juice. Microwave, uncovered, for five minutes. Sprinkle flour over and mix. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour filling into crust.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen:

Instead of cinnamon and nutmeg, substitute 2 teaspoons apple pie spice. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Apples help lower the risk of heart disease, prevent constipation, help control diabetes and help prevent cancer. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author.


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Rouster’s Apple House will open for a limited number of days this fall. It will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, with 5 percent to 30 percent reductions in price on items in the store, such as jams and jellies. Frozen cider, frozen cherries and frozen blueberries also will be available, but no apples. The store may be open for several weekends after that. “We will keep it open until we run out of product,” Dan Rouster said. He said customers should call 625-5504 for dates the store is open. The apple house is at 1986 Ohio 131. For information about blueberry and blackberry picking next summer, customers can visit the website at com/site/roustersapplehouse. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Quick tips to keep your pets safe, sound and returned One afternoon last winter, I gratefully pulled into my driveway during a particularly bad snowstorm. The wind was blowing snow so thick that you could barely see a few feet in front of your face. That’s when I noticed a woman run up to the car. It was the grown daughter of the woman who lived next door. She was hysterical, sobbing. “My mother’s dog is missing and we can’t find her,” she cried, “Can we check in your backyard?” “Of course,” I said, pulling into the garage and jumping into my snow boots. Joining in the search, I found out that one of the family members had left their garage door open for a

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where the pet could slip out. You might think that they can’t, but it can happen very quickly.” But the No. 1 thing that the Pet Detective wants people to know is if they are going to be going away, to leave their pets in the care of a professional pet sitter or in a kennel. “One of the common things we see,” he says, “Is things going wrong when people are watching pets for a friend or family member.” “It is much better to board your pets. Nobody can do as good of a job of watching your pet as you can yourself. That way you don’t have to worry about creating some extremely bad family strife.”

“I know that it seems so harmless,” the father of nine counsels, “But, if something bad happens and the pet goes missing, regardless of good intentions, it is hard not to blame the person who was left in charge. “It is just not worth the risk. Those relationships can never be replaced.” Berns, a College Hill resident, works with Samantha, a smart hound mix, Luchious, a bloodhound and Hercules, a mastiff/hound mix. Primarily covering areas in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the team is willing to travel further to help find lost pets. They have had over 150 cases so far and he estimates that they find the pet while they are there, 20 to 30 percent of the time. Another 30 to 40 percent show up in the next two to three days. Pets they have been searching for have turned up safe up to five weeks later. For more information visit or call 513-708-0815. For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at marsolete@

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names of strangers, lines of poetry nd strings of random digits. Foer’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, Slate, and Esquire magazines, and he has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show.” Foer’s Sept. 22 presentation is the kickoff event for the new Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas at the Mayerson JCC. Foer’s presentation immediately follows the JCC annual meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. Sept. 22. Foer’s appearance in Cincinnati is supported by a gift from Elaine and Bob Blatt, and is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Arrangements were made through the Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, NY. For more information about the Joshua Foer presentation or the Wolf Center at the Mayerson JCC, visit or call 761-7500.


September 21, 2011

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By Kelly McBride

Hospice of Southwest Ohio in Madeira held the company’s first family carnival Aug. 13. Children enjoyed a 25 animal petting zoo, pony rides, cotton candy, popcorn, and various games.

Summer in the Hanley household started with a goal of watching only one hour of TV each day.

But that also meant that Brigid and


Seth Graham rides a pony during the Hospice of Southwest Ohio’s family carnival.

Mark Schraechter check out a rabbit at the petting zoo during the Hospice of Southwest Ohio’s family carnival.

Kira Frank waves to Jason Frank Jr. after she goes under in the dunk tank at the Hospice of Southwest Ohio’s family carnival.

Jen Schweninger, left, reacts as Jason Frank Sr. is about to hit his target during the Hospice of Southwest Ohio’s family carnival.

Jason Frank Jr. feeds some of the animals at the petting zoo during the Hospice of Southwest Ohio’s family carnival.

Justin Schweninger gets up close with a pony at the Hospice of Southwest Ohio’s family carnival.


Katrina Hanley had to find activities for their son, Wesley, who had just finished kindergarten at Stewart Elementary in Sharonville. So, they headed to the Sharonville Public Library and started to read. Wesley, who was reading at a kindergarten level in June, dove right in, and couldn’t get enough. He signed up for a summer reading program that challenged children to read. A lot. Some of the books he read by himself. Others were read as a family, taking turns. “It became a game to him,” Brigid Hanley said. Library visits became field trips, and they learned to use the library system to order favorite titles that were sent to the Sharonville branch. Page turners became stacks of books checked off of his list, and Wesley won the library award for reading the most books in June and July, with 800, cover to cover. But the summer wasn’t over, and Wesley wasn’t finished. He kept reading, and the Hanleys used an Amazon wish list to track his progress online, mostly to


Wesley Hanley of Sharonville read 1,000 books over the summer, through a library program and on his own, at home. ensure that he didn’t read a book more than once. Final tally as he began first-grade: 1,000 books. So, the Sharonville boy who ended kindergarten reading at his kindergarten grade level entered firstgrade reading at a second grade level, three months later. “His reading and family support give him the confidence to make connections between literature and life which puts the world at his fingertips,” said Brenda McAfee, Wesley’s teacher. He has set a good example for his brother Mathias,

2, and has inspired his principal. “I hope that as others read and hear about his story, they too will have the love for reading and making learning a family experience,” Stewart Elementary Principal Monisha House said. Brigid Hanley said her son has gained more than an award. “He’s really found a love of reading.” Get daily Sharonville updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter. Visit


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September 21, 2011

Divorce survival tips not just for Saturdays For the past two years attorney Nancy Frazier, a partner with The Drew Law Firm, along with a multidisciplinary panel of professionals have offered a free workshop for women preparing for or facing the

process of a divorce. The seminar, named “Survival Saturday,” normally takes place on a Saturday morning just four times each year and is for women only. Popular demand has

caused the panel to schedule a weekday workshop with the hope of reaching a group of women who might not be available for three hours on a Saturday. The condensed version of the workshop will take

place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will include lunch. Designed to help women of all ages and backgrounds who want and need to learn how to protect themselves financially in the event of a divorce, attendees will have access to professionals in mental health, financial planning, fraud investigation and the legal fields. “Getting a good game plan in the works helps women alleviate both the stress and negative emotions, and it shifts the focus to what can and needs to happen rather than what has happened,” Frazier said.

“I think the questionand-answer segment at the end of the workshop is its most valuable aspect because the women get a chance to get answers to their specific questions,” Frazier said. Recognizing that women’s emotions range from confusion to elation when confronting the divorce process, she wants women to know that the workshops are “warm and friendly, like a conversation with your girlfriends in some ways.” There will be trained financial and mental health professionals familiar with

all phases of the divorce process offering their advice and assistance. This weekday version of “Survival Saturday” will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Towers of Kenwood (west portico entrance), 8044 Montgomery Road. To reserve a place, send an e-mail to Ms. Frazier at or call her at 513-621-8210 on or before Sept. 23. There is no charge for the event and space is limited. For more information, call 513-621-8210 or visit

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Hospice seeking ‘compassionate volunteers’ Crossroads Hospice in Blue Ash seeks compassionate volunteers, ROTC cadets, members of the Armed Forces, and their loved ones to participate in a special project honoring veterans in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamil-

ton, Highland and Warren counties this fall. Throughout history thousands of men and women have proudly served our country, leaving family and friends behind to defend our great nation and its ideals. Recognizing their bravery, Crossroads Hospice has developed the “Honor Our Veterans” Recognition Campaign to acknowledge our veteran patients and veterans in the community. There are many ways to support our local heroes as a volunteer, including visiting with patients in their

homes, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, assisting with group ceremonies of recognition, and collecting personal memories from veterans and their loved ones. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer this fall, please contact Jackie Bouvette at 513-7935070 or Applications and training information are also available online at m/volunteering.


Volunteer opportunities Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or email volunteereducator@cincinnatizoo.o rg, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-9812251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-andolder to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationallyrenowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 853-6866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more infor-

mation. Call 702-8373. Winton Woods Riding Center – is in need of volunteers to assist with the Special Riders Program, which provides training and competition opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and to help with barn duties, horse shows and a variety of other tasks. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Interested individuals ages 14 and older are invited to contact the Winton Woods Riding Center at 931-3057, or at


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or email Jayne Martin Dressing, Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 5420195. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have oneon-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit


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

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American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or email Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 8651164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Angie at 554-6300, or amclaughlin@des-

Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or email No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “SonRise” by Barry Neil-Kaufman. No experience necessary. Call 2311948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 9410102 for more information.


ITNGreaterCincinnati – Seeking volunteer drivers to provide dignified transportation to seniors and visually impaired adults 2 hours per week. Volunteer drivers may be reimbursed in cash for occupied miles and earn Transportation Social Security(tm) credits for their unoccupied miles. ITNGC is part of the Deaconess Foundation Full Life initiative, which strives to find healthcare solutions for seniors and their caregivers. For additional information call Nancy Schuster at 513-559-2200 or email at Meals on wheels – Seeks volunteers to deliver meals for Sycamore Senior Center’s program in the Loveland, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township and West Chester areas. Call 984-1234 or 686-1013. To volunteer in Mount Washington or Anderson Township, call 474-3100.

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American Cancer Society – Seeks volunteers for office help, assistance in resale shop, new recruits for the Young Professionals group, Relay For Life team captains, cancer survivors to help with support

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groups and more. Call Craig Smith at 891-8343. Cincinnati Association for the Blind – Seeks volunteers in all areas, especially drivers available during the day. Weekend and evening hours also available. Call at 4874217. Clovernook Center for the Blind – contact Christine Sevindik, coordinator of volunteer services at 7286261 or for volunteer opportunities. Council on Child Abuse – Looking for volunteers who care about babies and their families. Volunteers will reinforce positive ways to manage infant crying and distribute information on the dangers of shaking babies. Call 936-8009. The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Division of the March of Dimes – needs office volunteers. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday, at 10806 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash. Contact Carol Panko at or call 769-3588. Inter Parish Ministry has a variety of volunteer jobs available – work in the Choice Pantry, help in the office, organize and sort clothing for client families or help with special events. Also needs volunteers to assist with its Elder Ministry program at a local nursing home. Volunteers help residents play bingo on Monday afternoons for about an hour. Contact Connie at 561-3932 or visit for more information. Lighthouse Youth Services – needs volunteer receptionist/development assistant three to five days a week in the morning. The development assistant will answer phones, greet visitors, manage the front desk, assist with mailings and other responsibilities as requested. Call Tynisha Worthy at 487-7151, email The office is at 1501 Madison Road, second floor. Outreach Programs – Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Cincinnati Inc. provides community education, referrals, interventions, assessments, short-term counseling, advocacy, training, community outreach and substance abuse prevention training. Call 636-5459.

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$ Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking volunteers to assist with our patients and their families. We will train interested persons who are needed to sitting at the bedside and providing vigils for persons without families available. We could also use some extra people to work in our office. Call Jacqueline at 513 831-5800. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services, Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or email Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


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Aquaponics project could provide fresh food for restaurants, co-ops An aquaponics prototype begun locally and rebuilt in Jos, Nigeria, to bring fresh fish and vegetables to underserved Nigerians is really a “big science project” with potential commercial applications in greater Cincinnati, said Chuck Proudfit, president of Blue Ash-based SkillSource business consultancy and At Work on Purpose, a faithat-work ministry. Proudfit, who is also CEO of Self-Sustaining Enterprises in Mason, led 11 AWOP and SSE members and local business owners to Nigeria in March to install an aquaponic test operation capable of providing a sustaining source of fish and produce for the local Kisayip village. The 700-gallon cinderblock fish factory is now up and running, with capacity to produce 1,000 pounds of catfish and a ton of fresh produce a year. Cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce are also growing at the Nigeria site. Fish and vegetables are growing well at the Cincinnati site, too. “We are not only excited that we’re working toward providing a self-sustaining food and income source for the people of Nigeria,” Proudfit said, “but we’re also very encouraged about the possibility of expanding the project locally to provide fresh, local fish and vegetables for restaurants, food co-ops, greenhouses, neighborhood co-ops, and farmers here in Cincinnati.” SSE is working with Xavier University’s X-LAB entrepreneurship program to develop a business plan. This month volunteers will

West led a volunteer group to build the aquaponics prototype Benken’s, where it remains on display until August 30. Tilapia and perch fingerlings at the Silverton site are now six to eight inches long, and should be ready for harvest in six months. Peppers, cucumbers, chard, herbs, lettuce and watercress are also being grown at Silverton. “Results to date have been promising,” West said. “All three varieties of fish (tilapia, perch, and catfish) are growing well. Harvest is expected in about six months on the tilapia and catfish, with about 12 months to maturity for the perch. After successfully raising leaf crops such as lettuce, the team is now experimenting with a wide range of other produce to evaluate their potential in the system. By doing this we hope to identify a variety of options which can be used as we assess market demand.” The Cincinnati aquaponics system development

was led by West, Brad Rogers, project manager for DGM Transformations, a Cincinnati construction company; Adam Wyman of Wimberg Landscaping, and Justin Hunter of Vineyard Community Church. Rogers is also owner of Urban Harvest, a residential garden creation company. “Aquaponics is perfect for an urban community,” Proudfit said. “We can raise fresh fish and vegetables in a high-density fashion, and harvest and deliver them the same day.” Aquaponics has been around for about 30 years, but came into vogue in the U.S. only over the last 10 years. Milwaukee-based urban farms Sweetwater Organics and Growing Power are the nation’s leaders in aquaponics. Aquaponics requires daily maintenance to monitor nitrate, nitrite, Ph and ammonia levels. Brian Hitchcock, a missionary with SSE in Nigeria, compared the aquaponics project in Kisayip to a “whack-a-mole” game. “One day it seems things are fine, the next day we have a problem,” he said in a recent email from Nigeria. “We fix that and in another day or so we have something else come up. But we have learned a lot and have begun testing some new crops, including cabbage. They eat a lot more cabbage here than lettuce. We are about to harvest lettuce and some cucumbers.” “We expect to learn a great deal from the harvests, and will explore the feasibility of a business plan that incorporates what we learn from both the Cincinnati and Nigeria projects,” Proudfit said. “While the plans will be different for each country, we’ll learn many things that can likely be applied to either or both locations.”




Keith Kuhnell and Corrie Guckenberger inspect produce grown at the aquaponics project at H.J. Benken in Silverton. The project, designed to provide fresh fish and produce for impoverished Nigerians, will move to Mason’s Grace Chapel in September and developed as a BizNistry, a for-profit business that dedicates excess profits to ministry needs. move the prototype from H.J. Benken’s Garden Center in Silverton to Grace Chapel in Mason. The group plans to pursue investment capital of about $20,000 to expand the project into a viable BizNistry – a for-profit business that donates excess profits for ministry needs. An aquaponics tank creates a river ecosystem. Fingerlings are placed in the tank, and their waste products – mostly nitrogen and ammonia-feed plants on the water’s surface. The plants, in turn, soak up nitrogen and purify the water. The project merges aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (raising plants in non-solid mediums) into a closed-loop system, said Pete West, a P&G engineer who donated funds, helped build the Cincinnati prototype and led the Nigerian

installation. “This high-yield production system is perfect for Nigeria, which suffers from over-fishing and an oftencontaminated water supply,” Proudfit said. “But ironically, this is also perfect for the provision of fish and vegetables for greater Cincinnati, too.” If successful, the Nigerian aquaponics model can be scaled up to a level which can provide food for the local community as well as a business venture to provide employment and income opportunities. Nigerian profits will be reinvested in further community development projects such as the installation of wells in neighboring villages, where the availability of clean water is limited. The project was sparked by the Rev. Jeff Greer, pastor

at Grace Chapel Church in Mason. Greer heads both SSE, a nonprofit aimed to provide self-sustainable ministry to the world’s impoverished, and Back2Back Ministries, which operates in Nigeria, Mexico and India. While both nonprofits are independently funded and run, they work in partnership in Nigeria. SSE focuses on helping the underserved form microenterprises that create sustainable income streams and local jobs, while Back2Back concentrates on widow and orphan care. Since 2007, the H20 Nigeria project, a freshwater drilling project operated by SSE and the Vineyard Community Church, has increased the area’s potable water supply by drilling more than 100 freshwater wells in the plateau state of Jos. SSE and AWOP have also guided Kisayip villagers to form and run poultryraising, brick-making, dress-making, and well-digging enterprises.

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Social Security, Medicare and longterm care issues will be discussed in a three-week class beginning 68 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Call the church for details. The Fall Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 12. Proceeds benefit children’s programming. The Reading Group will discuss “Disfigured: A Saudi Woman’s Story of

The community is invited to a new series “Finding a Deeper Spiritual Life” offered the second Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Each month a different priest will give a talk on some aspect of Spirituality, followed by discussion on topics such as taking a spiritual audit, the rosary, spiritual books and action you can take to increase your relationship with Our Lord. For questions, call Claire or Sue, Our Lady of Light Office, 531-6279. The event is free. The center is at 5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood; 351-3800;

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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 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;;

The Older People with Active Lifestyles group is visiting Ft. Ancient on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Lunch will follow at the Golden Lamb Call the church for details. The church is collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery.



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; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Horizon Community Church

The church, which previously conducted services in Indian Hill at Cincinnati Country Day, has seen a 150-percent jump in Sunday service attendance since opening their own facility. That increase prompted the additional service time, adding another parking lot, and having volunteers and police to help with parking each week. The church offers services at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each Sunday. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.

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Presbyterian Holy Communion is 8 a.m. Sunday. Adult enrichment is 9:15 Sunday. Episcopal Holy Eucharist is 10:30 Sunday. Childcare is provided at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Men’s AA is 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Junior League Choral Group is 10 a.m. Wednesday. Bible study is Noon Wednesday. Women’s AA is 7:15 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Friday. The church is pastored by Rev. David Hawley and Rev. Anne Wrider. The church is at 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-6805;

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

active crowd participation. “Rosh Hashanah is a most optimistic day,” Mangel said. “We cut a deal with G-d, so to speak. We take new year’s resolutions upon ourselves – to improve our ways, and in return, we ask G-d to bless us and our children with health and sustenance throughout the upcoming year. It really isn’t much different than parents and children resolving their differences. We walk away from the services with a wonderful, positive feeling – full of motivation and hope for the coming months.” All services will be held at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road in Blue Ash. Visit or call 793-5200 or email for a schedule of services.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and child care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;


Sunday Services

Sunday School -All Ages ........9:00am Worship Gathering ...........10:00am Wednesday Night....6:15pm dinner & 7:00pm...Children/Youth/Adult Classes Nursery Provided Handicapped Accessible

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-8020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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


Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

11:00 am - Noon Second Sunday of Each Month Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001


Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon


The church is offering a free spaghetti dinner for those who are having financial difficulties. The dinner is offered on the last Thursday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7.



SonRise Community Church

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Nursery Care Available Handicapped Accessible

3 Traditional Worship Services 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 - in our Sanctuary

9:30 & 11:00 - in our Contemporary Worship Center Sunday School and Childcare available at 9:30 & 11 services. Plenty of Parking behind church

Building Homes Relationships & Families

7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

“Tired of playing church? We are too!” Come join us at

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd. Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff

513-474-1428 •


8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgmry 791-3142 "Claim Your Miracle: Through Service"

Nursery Care Provided

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


FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Preaching the Gospel of Hope) 6830 School Street (Newtown)


2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM

8:50 Equipping · 10:00 Exploring · 11:10 Exploring

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

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

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

Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am



Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m.

Good Shepherd

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Pastors Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jess Abbott & Alice Connor

All Are Welcome

2 Contemporary Worship Services

Worship at 5:00pm Saturday and 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00 Sunday mornings

9:15 AM Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Traditional Worship Children & Adult Sunday School


New Loca on! 3950 Newtown Road


Sanctuary - faces Beechmont Ave.

Contemporary Worship Center on Forest Road


7701 Kenwood Rd 513.891.1700 (across from Kenwood Towne Center)

6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230


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

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

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The event includes light refreshments and a study of Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up.” The church hosts Adult and Youth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.

ECK Worship Service

Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church

Chabad offers Rosh Hashanah services As in years past, Chabad Jewish Center urges all Jews to participate in High Holiday services this year. “If you are not affiliated with any synagogue, and/or are not planning to join any for services, we invite you to join us on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and celebrate your New Year with us,” Chabad Jewish Center director Rabbi Yisroel Mangel said. Mangel describes Chabad’s services as “refreshing and easy to follow.” Per the distinct Chabad style that has emerged across the nation in the past 20 years, many of traditional prayers are recited or sung by the congregation in unison out of English-Hebrew prayer books, along with commentary and insights provided by the rabbi that allow

Montgomery Community Church is offering a seven-week class for women who are new to Cincinnati or are looking to connect with their community from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20. The class is based on a book entitled, “After the Boxes are Unpacked,” by Susan Miller. Classes are free and childcare is available. Visit the church website under “Ladies Studies”or The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road;; 489-0892.

The meal includes salad, dinner rolls, main entree, drinks and dessert, and is prepared by a small group of volunteers from the church and is served at the SonRise Community Church, 8136 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, between Terrace Park and Newtown. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Call Dale at 543-9008 with questions. The church has moved into a new building, 8136 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH, 45227 (between Terrace Park and Mariemont in Columbia Township). Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Dress is casual. The church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township.


Hartzell United Methodist Church

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;


Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Triumph” by Rania Al-Baz at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 4. Call for details. The church has a children’s weekday program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Montgomery Community Church


The church is having its Fall Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The sale is open to the public. Lunch will be available. Donations for the fall sale may be dropped off behind the church. Pick-up can also be arranged by calling the church. Proceeds benefit the Samaritan’s Closet. The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to m, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140.


Brecon United Methodist Church

About religion

today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.


Ascension Lutheran Church

Women’s Bible Study resumed Wednesday, Aug. 31. Women of all ages gather on Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The topic is “Living Above Worry and Stress” a Women of Faith Study Guide Series. Guests are welcome. The church is hosting a three-part series to promote interfaith dialogue. The series is in commemoration of 9/11. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Dr. Rodney Hutton, Old Testament scholar and expert in Christian/Muslim Relationships at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, will present “Children of the Same Story.” On Sunday, Oct. 2, also at 6:30 p.m. Karen Dabdoub, executive director of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will discuss the commonalities and differences between Islam and Christianity and address common misperceptions of Islam. The series ends on Sunday, Oct. 16, with a potluck interfaith dinner at 5:30 p.m. for people of all faiths. Free; open to the public. Community and world donations continue throughout the summer. Backpacks and dry erase markers are collected for people served by the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) as well as various food items. Health Kits for Lutheran World Relief will be collected until Sunday, Sept. 18. Other collections include empty pill bottles and aluminum cans and items for the NICU University Hospital (receiving blankets, onesies sleepers and 4-ounce baby bottles). The community is invited to participate. Call Ascension at 7933288 for more information. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, m.

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Child Care provided




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COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Mark Konrad, 22, 1174 Debin Drive, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 7605 Wooster Pike, Aug. 25. Efrain Lopez, 33, 836 Warsaw Ave., obstructing official business at I 71, Aug. 31. Rickie Richardson, 27, 2525 Lysle Lane, possessing drug abuse instruments at 5370 Ridge Road, Aug. 28. Kristi Waugh, 28, 1739 Garden Lane, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Aug. 30. Juvenile male, 15, theft at 5375 Ridge Road, Aug. 16. Juvenile female, 13, theft at 5375 Ridge Road, Aug. 16.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Reported at 5385 Ridge Road, Aug. 31. Reported at 7605 Wooster Pike, Aug. 30.


Residence entered and lawnmower valued at $200 removed at 6931 Grace Ave., Aug. 31.

Criminal damaging

Tires valued at $140 removed at 5632 View Pointe Drive, Sept. 3.


Tools valued at $3,200 removed at 5385 Ridge Road, Aug. 29.

September 21, 2011






Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134

Cell phone valued at $250 removed at 7385 Wooster Road, Aug. 29. Deposit valued at $3,525 removed at 4109 Plainville Road, Aug. 31. $429 in copper wiring removed at 3400 Highland Ave., Sept. 2. Checks of unknown value removed at 5318 Ellmarie Drive, Sept. 4.



Kathryn S. Powers, 30, 3364 Huntsman Trace, Amelia, telephone harassment at Clifford Road, Sept. 9. Nancy A. Sawyer, 20, 2594 North-

On the Web Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: wnship ownship

City of Deer Park, Ohio LEGAL NOTICE On Monday, October 3, 2011 the City of Deer Park, Ohio will hold a public hearing in preparation for submission of a Hamilton County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. The hearing will be held at 6:45 P.M. in the Council Chambers at the Deer Park Municipal Building located at 7777 Blue Ash Road, Deer Park, Ohio. The purpose is to include citizen participation in a community needs assessment and prioritization of projects to meet identified needs. Citizens are invited to provide written and oral comments and ask questions regarding the housing and community development needs of the City of Deer Park. For information contact Mike Berens, Safety Service Director, at 513/794-8860. 1001664733




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Deception to obtain dangerous drugs

Ave., drug abuse at 4672 Dunden Ave., Sept. 4. Brett Fields, 19, 6953 Elm Creek Court, open container at School Road and 4th Avenue, Aug. 28. Hannah Teeter, 20, 4611 Sycamore Road, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 28. Jaime Messinger, 20, 8329 Old Hickory Road, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 28. Anthony Lopiccolo, 22, 3235 Ashwood Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Sept. 1. Deionia Dowdell, 23, 1911 Millvale Court, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Sept. 1. dIncidents/investigations

Domestic violence

Residence entered and Ipods, scissors valued at $2,160 removed at 5150 Autumnwood, Aug. 26.

west 62 Terrace, Margate, Flor., two counts of forgery, nine counts of receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding a police officer, felonious assault at 124 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 13.



Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, Aug. 28.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Guns, TV and laptop computer taken at 7821 Laurel Ave., Aug. 26.


Reported at Walgreen’s at 6890 Miami Ave., Aug. 26. At Rita Avenue, Aug. 28.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle tires damaged at 12004 Fourth Ave., Aug. 21.


Criminal trespassing

Reported at 7800 Montgomery Road, Aug. 17. Reported at 1875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 29.


Keeta Harris, 36, 2483 Prels Street, disorderly conduct at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 27. Linn Schnider, 50, 8991 Plainfield Road, disorderly conduct at 3920 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 2. Ronald Smith, 42, 289 Kearney St., domestic violence at 8001 Reading Road, Aug. 27. John Maupin, 55, 11914 Timberlake Drive, domestic violence at 8871 Weekly Lane, Aug. 28. Tara Sergere, 31, 8670 Darnell, domestic violence at 8670 Darrell, Aug. 30. Joshua Abbott, 19, 4672 Duneden


AC unit of unknown value removed from residence at 8811 Tudor Ave., Aug. 16. Vehicle window and charger valued at $22 removed at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Aug. 15. Video games valued at $180 removed at 8900 Blossom Drive, Aug. 13. Merchandise valued at $670 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 18. Radio valued at $1,049 removed from

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 7918056 • Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 2724214 • Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 vehicle at 4609 Kugler, Aug. 22. Cell phone valued at $550 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 25.

Drill and charger of unknown value removed at 3400 Highland Ave., Aug. 19. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8404 Pine Road, Aug. 22. $200 in currency removed at 7790 Montgomery Road, Aug. 19. Backpack and charger valued at $90 removed at 8477 Myrtlewood, Aug. 22. Credit card removed and used without consent at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 20. Laptop valued at $900 removed at 7880 Montgomery Road, Aug. 17. Camera valued at $100 removed at 8611 Plainfield Lane, Aug. 29. $3780.00 removed at 8413 Pine Road, Aug. 30. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7331 Kenwood Road, Aug. 29. Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 11541 Gold Coast Drive, Aug. 24. Account accessed without consent at, Aug. 30. Ipod valued at $200 removed at 7269 Kenwood Road, Aug. 22. Bike valued at $400 removed at 7789 Montgomery Road, Sept. 3. Ipod and clothing valued at $310 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Sept. 3. Gun valued at $250 removed at 8607 Pine Road, Sept. 3. $200 removed at 12100 Reed Hartman, Aug. 26. Purse valued at $1,518 removed at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 20.

Unauthorized use of vehicle

Reported at 8115 Camner Ave., Aug. 28.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP DEER PARK 4171 Beech St.: Tooley Anne M. to Maxson Nathaniel L. & Whitney B.; $440,000. 3216 Golden Ave.: Centerbank to Franer Matthew & Eileen; $170,000. 3737 Eastern Ave.: Richey Jolie to Allen Christopher & Paula Houston; $60,000.

3903 Hemphill Way: Kindel Daniel G. Tr to Woodward Joshua; $102,000. 4113 Orchard Lane: Schneider Nancy to Welling Daniel Joseph; $129,500. 4156 Linden Ave.: Carito Kristie to Gerbus Remodeling Inc.; $70,000. 4421 Linden Ave.: Plainville Investments LLC to 1st National Bank; $80,000. 7114 Virginia Ave.: Kostreva Daniel & Rebekah E. to Preston Rebecca J.; $112,200. 7227 Delaware Ave.: Copenhaver Troy to Reith Kari Tr; $110,000.


7004 Mayfield Ave.: Capel Anne K. to

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Sloan Lisa M.; $140,000. 7312 Juler Ave.: Voelpel Ronald F. & Dominica M. to Thomas E. Walter Propertie & John D. Walter Propertie; $162,000. 7487 Madeira Pines Drive: Brookstone Homes LLC to Temar Kerry L.; $418,495.


10 Cedarwood Court: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to Cpi Housing Fund LLC; $19,000. 3818 Superior Ave.: Powers Sarah L. to Lewis Charles E. & Terri L. Lewis; $114,250. 6740 Alpine Ave.: Hsbc Bank USA to Chan Paul & Li Min; $78,000.


5950 Vyvette Place: Majchszak Martin J. & Teresa A. to Tults Juri Allan & Judy Ann; $219,850. 7250 Kemper Road: Horner Sue A. Tr to Johnson Kenneth R. & Donna M.; $110,000. 11961 Second Ave.: Milligan Kevin to Bank Of New York Mellon T. The; $44,000. 11961 Second Ave.: Milligan Kevin to Bank Of New York Mellon T. The; $44,000. 4030 Mantell Ave.: Bostwick Leila M. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $90,000. 4125 Estermarie Drive: Vigilante LLC

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. to Donnellon Meghan D.; $124,500. 7029 Miami Hills Drive: Wendel Joern & Allison to Kiefer Timothy B. & Cristin G.; $262,600. 7767 Styrax Lane: Kuhr Rosemary to Brown Laura E.; $140,000. 8002 Camner Ave.: Becksmith Sarah to Overbeck Jillian M. & Sherry I.; $112,000. 8028 Frolic Drive: Julien Donna to Jewish Hospital LLC; $300,000. 8291 Glenmill Court: Harig Stephen C. to Fifth Third Mortgage Co.; $306,000. 8314 Beech Ave.: Tristate Holdings LLC to Doepker Charles Norbert; $31,900. 8314 Beech Ave.: Floyd Marion G. to Tristate Holdings LLC; $20,000. 8762 Eldora Drive: Heashe Janice Tr to Koerner Kent & Dorothea; $127,500 8880 Raiders Run Road: Whelan Kelly M. to Page Brian H. & Hope N.; $275,000.

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Under construction


The new above-ground entrance into the Kenwood Towne Center from Kenwood Road is under construction. The entrance will create better pedestrian access and connect the towne center to Kenwood Place across the street. Kenwood Place houses Dewey’s Pizza, the Kenwood Theater and other retail stores. A traffic light is also expected to be installed.

FIRE/EMS REPORTS Sycamore Township fire/EMS runs from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27: Aug. 26, Bayberry, medical emergency Aug. 26, Dearwester, medical emergency Aug. 26, McCauly, alarm activation Aug. 27, Sixth, open burn Aug. 27, Galbraith, medical emergency Aug. 27, Montgomery, medical emer-

About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 4891212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). gency Aug. 27, 71 @ Montgomery, medical emergency Aug. 27, Montgomery, fall

Aug. 27, Galbraith, medical emergency Aug. 27, Dearwester, fall


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