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CCM sopranos Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (left) and Emily McHugh sing to Vivaldi's "Gloria "as part of the All Saints Concert. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

It was a "saintly" affair at the Blue Ash Presbyterian Church Nov. 6 as a classical/choral concert was staged to celebrate All Saints Day.



Madeira Theater Arts, under the direction of Dianna L. Davis, presents its fall play, “A Piece of My Heart,” by Shirley Lauro. “A Piece of My Heart” focuses on the quietest heroes of the Vietnam War – the women who served there. See Schools, A6

Neighbors Who Care One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. One of our holiday traditions is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. If you know someone who fits that description – a Neighbor Who Cares – let us know about them. E-mail us at, with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include your name, community and contact information, as well as their’s. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 9.



Madeira voters streamline government By Jeanne Houck

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MADEIRA — You can take a stroll down Miami Avenue in Madeira today and never notice the difference. People are still checking books out at the public library, buying baby rompers at the Silly Bean boutique and knocking back steak and shrimp at Choo Choo’s Restaurant. Now, thanks to Brow Madeira voters, you’ll also be strolling down a street in a city with a substantially streamlined government. Madeira voters Nov. 8 approved changes to the city charter that: » clarify Madeira’s referen-

dum and initiative processes to make it easier for residents to repeal or propose legislation. The vote was 2,600 (81 percent) to 624 (19 percent). » decrease the size of the Madeira Planning Commission from nine members to seven members. The vote was 2,469 (75 percent) to 820 (25 percent). » change a requirement that Madeira must seek bids for projects that cost $10,000 or more to a requirement that the city must seek bids for projects according to state policy, which now is when projects cost $25,000 or more. The vote was 2,564 (77 percent) to 777 (23 percent). » clarify the process for amending Madeira’s charter. The vote was 2,483 (75 percent) to 816 (25 percent). The clarifications to Madeira’s referendum and initiative procedures were jointly proposed by

Madeira City Council’s Law and Safety Committee and the Madeira Citizens for Good Government. Madeira Citizens for Good Government was formed after referendum petitions circulated by some residents who wanted to challenge a property tax break approved by Madeira City Council a year ago were nullified because the residents failed to comply with some legal technicalities. ”As a voting resident of Madeira who worked with the city council to amend the referendum provision in the Madeira charter, I am pleased that the associated (issue on the Nov. 8 ballot) passed easily with almost an overwhelming 80 percent majority, as did the other Madeira charter amendments,” said Scott Brow, a leader of Madeira Citizens for Good Government. “Our original objective was to make the referendum provision clear enough to allow voting citi-

zens the ability to use it without the necessityofhiringexpensivelegal council. “Now ... the fear of the petition processes failing because of unclear or incorrect information has been reduced, and although legal counsel is good insurance, the referendum provision can be accomplished without it,” Brow said. Madeira Vice Mayor Rick Brasington is chairman of Madeira City Council’s Law and Safety Committee, which spent a lot of time hammering out proposed charter changes with Madeira Citizens for Good Government. “I am very pleased that all four charter amendments passed,” Brasington said. “This will provide a more streamlined city government and will, in the case of (the amendment concerning bids), save the city money previously spent on bids for relatively minor purchases.”


The ‘C’ word It’s beginning to look a lot like ... well, you know. If you are one who believes the holidays can’t start early enough, and you want to start planning, visit for a list of holiday-related activities across the area. While there, feel free to post any holiday photos you have, either from this year or past years – and then e-mail those photos to us for our Holiday Scrapbook. Send the photo or photos to, along with a few words about what’s going on in the photo and why you like it. Happy Holidays!

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Madeira's Alvi Ibarra, No. 14, finishes a free kick for the Mustangs in the Division III state semifinal against Worthington Christian Nov. 8 at Centerville. Madeira lost 5-3 to finish the season 20-2-1. For more, see Sports, A7. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Indian Hill OKs union contract By Forrest Sellers

A new contract between the union representing teachers in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District and the Board of Education is now in effect. The contract between the school board and the Indian Hill Education Association grants teachers during the next two years a combined 1.75 percent increase of their base salaries, paid as a one-time payment each year. The contract also increases the contribution teachers make for their health and dental insurance, and eliminates automatic salary schedule step increases for teachers. Under the terms of the new contract teachers will receive a one-time payment of 0.75 percent in their base salaries the first year and a 1.0 percent increase in



their base salary the second year. For example a teacher earning a base salary of $60,000 would get a one-time payment of $450 the first year and $600 the second year. The new contract also includes the following: » No automatic salary schedule step increases, although teachers will be able to get additional compensation based on obtaining advanced degrees. » An increase in the teacher paid contribution to health and dental insurance. Teachers will

now make a 15 percent contribution to their insurance. » A new standards-based evaluation system and the formation of a Teacher Evaluation Task Force. » The formation of a Differentiated Compensation Task Force which will review compensation based on the new evaluation system. » A reduction in force based on teacher evaluations rather than solely based on seniority. » A reduction in paid sick leave for part-time work. The contract, which went into effect Nov. 1, is valid for 20 months. “I am very pleased that our teachers have partnered with the Board of Education to arrive at a contract that creates a new model and one that reflects the educational reform taking place in this country,” said Superintendent

Jane Knudson. Board President Molly Barber said she also supports the contract with the Indian Hill Education Association. “(This contract) is groundbreaking in laying the foundation for a collaborative approach to a new standards-based evaluation system,” she said. Sherwin Little, a spokesman for the Indian Hill Education Association negotiating team, said what was most important was both parties came to an agreement. “Now we can get back to the job of educating students,” said Little, who teaches Latin at the high school. Treasurer Julia Toth said regardless of the outcome of ballot Issue 2, which dealt with the state’s collective bargaining law and which was ultimately rejected by voters, the contract will remain in place through June 30, 2013.



Tap City Grill moves into Kenwood Tap House Grill will open its doors Nov.18 in Kenwood onMontgomeryRoad,amile

east of Kenwood Towne Centre. Easily accessible to both I-71 and Cross County Highway, Tap House Grill is a great place to meet friends, colleagues and family for both lunch and dinner. The menu will feature a buildyour-own burger concept, with more than 20 tasty topping and sauce choices to create your very own uniquely designed burger. In addition to the build-

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your-own burger there will also be large appetizers intendedtosharewithagroup, in-house made sandwiches, soups and specialty entrees and a fun children’s menu. The name and some of the fare are inspired by the newly installed beer tap system, which will feature 28 beers ontapwithfocusonlocaland regional breweries. Tap House Grill has both food and beverage to accommodate every taste. Owners Mike O’Donnel and David Seeger grew up in

Madeira, where O’Donnel attended Madeira High School and Seeger attended Archbishop Moeller High School. O’Donnel went on to attend Hocking College Culinary Arts program, where he received associate of applied business in culinary arts. O’Donnelhas22yearsexperience in the restaurant business. He has previously worked as a chef for restaurants such as Bravo! (Montgomery) and Steak and Ale (Indianapolis) and most re-

that houses 28 beers on tap, with four taps highlighting different types of beers or breweries on a rotating basis. The build-your-own burger will include protein choices of beef, turkey burger, chicken, portabella, steak and Ahi tuna. TapHouseGrillislocated at 8740 Montgomery Road. The restaurant and the bar 2:30 a.m. Prices range from $7to$, or call (513) 891-TAPS (8277).

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Gannett News Service Oral arguments in the court case involving a proposed underground limestone mining operation in Anderson Township have been postponed until Nov. 28. Attorneys for opponents of the mine and for Martin Marietta Materials Inc., which wants to establish the mine, were supposed to present oral arguments Thursday before Judge Robert Ruehlman of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. But a delay in a scheduled criminal pro-

ceeding before Ruehlman caused the mining hearing to get pushed back. The mine's opponents are challenging the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals' 3-2 vote approving the mining project last year. The mine is proposed for a 480-acre site at Broadwell and Round Bottom roads in Anderson Township. The operation would involve daily blasting 400 to 800 feet underground and would draw 250 trucks to the site each day. A group that formed to stop the mine, CABOOM

(Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami), has been joined by the villages of Newtown, Terrace Park and Indian Hill in challenging the zoning appeals board's decision. Mine opponents believe the mine would threaten the community's safety, health, air and water. They have said it would create too much noise, dust, underground vibrations and truck traffic. Martin Marietta officials have said these fears are unfounded and that the mine would be an asset to the community.

The township's Board of Zoning Appeals attached 25 conditions to its approval of the mine. Most of the conditions addressed safety concerns and attempt to prevent the mine from causing significant increases in dust, noise and traffic congestion. In their appeal, mine opponents argue that the board exceeded its authority in granting the requested condition-use permit and variances for the mine operation and that the conditions attached to its approval are unenforceable and ineffective.

BRIEFLY Historical Society talks Millcreek

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Society and the Madeira branch Hamilton County Library will present the story of the degradation and recovery of the historic Millcreek stream. Stanley Hedeen, professor emeritus of ecology at Xavier University, will talk about the Millcreek history beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Madeira library, Miami and Euclid road. There is no charge.

Deer Park lights tree


The Deer Park Park Board is having its first Christmas Festival & Tree Lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the Christmas season. The Deer Park High School chorus will be performing from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wildman Walker will be throwing the switch to light Deer Park’s community Christmas tree at 7:30 p.m. Santa Claus will be making an appearance with goodies for the kids. There will be free hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. The event will take place in the front of the park near Blue Ash Road.

Alert issued for car break-ins

From Silverton Block Watch Officer Jim Replogle: "Please be on the look out and spread the word. “In the last week there has been a rash of car break ins - in the Deer Park/North west section of Silverton (Distrist 1 and District 2). “This has been going on during the early morning, 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. time frame. Be on the look out for a male black 14- to 17-yearsold who has been entering unlock vehicles and taking iPods, DVD players, GPSs, and almost always change. "Again it only takes a few minutes to unload valuables from your car, please do so and pass the word out.. "Also be on the look out for car interior lights being left on or doors being left open, if you see something like that, please call the Silverton Police Department right away, 936-6220."

Exploring Judaism

Rabbi Yisroel Mangel of Chabad Jewish Center is conducting the six course session from the Jewish

Learning Institute, “Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism” that began Nov. 10 and 14. Times are from 9:30-11 a.m., on Thursdays Mornings; and 7:30-9 p.m., Monday evenings, at the Chabad Jewish Center 3977 Hunt Road Cincinnati, OH 45237. Spanning a wide range of intriguing subjects, Fascinating Factsincludes sessions on Jewish myth and urban legend, biblical stories and events, Jewish foods, the Hebrew language, life cycle events, and mysteries of the occult. The course will address issues such as the Jewish view on Satan and the evil eye, whether angels have wings, and why pork is considered the quintessential non-kosher food. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Interested students may call 513-793-5200 or visit for registration and other course-related information.





cently as general manager of By Golly’s (Milford). Seeger has numerous years in the business as well, most recently as a partner and manager at Jim Dandy’s Family BBQ (Sharonville). For 13 years he was also an assistant wrestling coach for Moeller High School. The 250-seat restaurant features 20 large screen HD TVs for catching all of the local and national sporting events. The newest feature of the restaurant is large state of the art beer cooler,








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MADEIRA — Getting elected was easy compared to the challenges facing newly elected members of Madeira City Council. Incumbent Ken Born, now Madeira mayor, and newcomers Melisa Adrien and Robert Steier ran unopposed Nov. 8, collecting, respectively, 2,284 (34 percent) of the votes, 2,244 (34 percent) of the votes and 2,098 (32 percent) of the votes. Born, Adrien and Steier face budget constraints resulting from state funding cuts, revitalizing the downtownandredevelopingproperty such as the large building vacated by the Kutol Products Co. when their new four-year terms begin Dec. 1. Born believes things are

From left: Ken Born, currently Madeira mayor, Robert Steier and Melisa Adrien are newly elected Madeira City Council members. PROVIDED looking good communitywide. “I am very pleased the school levy and the Madeira charteramendmentspassed with overwhelming margins,” said Born, a customerservicemanageratGEAviationinEvendalefirstelected to Madeira City Council in 2004. “Madeira is a great place to live and work and the elec-

tion results show the residents of Madeira are committed to keeping Madeira special. “It was encouraging to see how the community got involvedintheelectionprocess and provided their input at the ballot box,” Born said. “Melisa and Rob will be great additions to council and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve a third term on council. “As a city we have some obstacles to address in the coming years, but I am encouraged by very exciting prospects for growth in our community,” Born said. Adrien worked 20 years as a consultant and technical project manager in the consumer-products and software industries prior to taking a hiatus to spend more time caring for her family. ShehasservedontheMadeira Recreation and Parks Board but has not before held elective political office. Steier is vice president of construction at the John R. Jurgensen Co., of Sharonville and Miami Township.

He has served on the MadeiraPlanningCommissionand was a Madeira City Council member from 2001 to 2006. Current city council members John Dobbs and David Sams are leaving council when their terms end Nov. 30, smoothing the way for the election of Born, Adrien and Steier. Madeira City Council incumbents whose seats are not up for election this year — Vice Mayor Rick Brasington and members Timothy Dicke, Rick Staubach and Mike Steur – are serving terms that end in 2013.

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Mayor David Collins defeated challenger, Councilman Shawn Gavin, in the city's only contested race. Council President Joseph Comer, Auditor John Applegate, Law Director Andrew Helmes. Unopposed council winners were John Donnellon, Ronnie Tolliver and Jeffrey Hall (at-large), and Her-

mann Tegenkamp (Ward 1), Councilman Michael Rapp (Ward 2), Councilman Daniel Lehane (Ward 3) and Christine Hedger (Ward 4). Hedger returns to council after resigning earlier this year.

dence in the Madeira City Schools, passing the district's 6.9-mill operating levy. Board members Kam Misleh and David Templeton were re-elected without opposition.

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Board members Thomas Griswold and Donna Farrell were re-elected without opposition.

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Trustee Dennis Connor, who replaced Dick Kent last year, won election to a first full term, running unopposed. Fiscal officer Robert Porter also ran unopposed.


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Man’s record-setting quest a safety hazard By Gannett News Service

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hoping he could turn a nice profit. Now, with the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, he's hoping to cash in on the 17,000 albums he said feature the Jackson family. He'd also love to sell the other albums - including titles such as Young Guns, Evel Knievel and Guess That Tune - but he's having problems getting

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nificant progress" on getting those albums out of the warehouse or a sprinkler system installed, he was going to send Blackwelder to jail. "It's a disaster waiting to happen," Mock said. Then Mock labeled Blackwelder as the rarest of the rare to come before him in housing court. "I think you are like a commercial hoarder," Mock told him, noting Blackwelder thinks items are of value when others don't. "By your actions, you are endangering lives." "He hangs on to all of this stuff," Mock said, noting the Camp Washington warehouse also is home to hundreds of bags of cocoa petals, used to scent candles or as mulch. "He keeps saying he doesn't have the money for the fire-suppression system but he won't get rid of the stuff." His goal, Blackwelder said, was to cash in on those stored record albums and make enough money off of them to pay to have the rest of the warehouse items removed or a sprinkler system installed. "We don't want to be bad citizens," Blackwelder

said. But that's exactly what he is, Cincinnati fire Capt. Steve Coldiron said, by placing his personal financial interest over that of the safety of the public or firefighters. "His building was not built to be a warehouse," Coldiron said. Coldiron is frustrated Blackwelder hasn't addressed the potential fire concerns in his building, but also admits the concerns are partly personal. Blackwelder's building, in the 2900 block of Spring Grove Avenue and just south of the Hopple Street viaduct, is directly across the street from Cincinnati Fire Department's Engine 12 firehouse. "They don't want to be there when that building catches fire," Coldiron said of Engine 12 firefighters. If ignited, the record albums - there also are some eight-track tapes being stored there, Coldiron said - would endanger firefighters. "It's going to put off some toxic gas and lots of black smoke," Coldiron said. Now is the time to do

something, Mock said. "If that (building) goes up, the risk that it poses to the fire department is horrible. That's why we take them seriously here. They pose serious threats to the firefighters, the people in the community" Mock said. "No apologies at that point are going to satisfy." Blackwelder bought the building in 1986 - built in 1937, it was the old Carlton Machine Tool company building - and brought his Realtor to court with him, telling the judge the building was for sale and worth $1.25 million. The Hamilton County auditor values the 50,960-square-feet building at $170,880. "If he thinks it's worth $1.25 million, then he's got some equity in it and he can use that" to pay for a new sprinkler system, Coldiron said. Mock, who convicted Blackwelder after telling him he'd been extremely patient with him for over a year, insists he will jail Blackwelder if the warehouse isn't made safe. "When he just continued to thumb his nose at us, I had to do something," a frustrated Mock said.

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Neighbors along Spooky Lane in Indian Hill were treated to a fun event just days before Halloween that brings residents and children together. Jeannie Walton, her husband, Greg, and son, Aiden, have organized the Halloween gathering each of the last three years as a way to unite those trick-or-treaters who likely leave the village to get their candy. Jeannie Walton said with Indian Hill so spread out and open it makes community gatherings like this one difficult to achieve. This year’s event was attended by approximately 65 village residents, and included a performance by the Oak Hills Choir Performers and a parade of children dressed in their Halloween costumes.

Indian Hill resident Dani Frappier does her best witch impersonation during the annual Halloween event on Spooky Lane. THANKS TO JEANNIE WALTON

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Indian Hill priest at home on the stage for 12 years By Rob Dowdy RDOWDY@COMMUNITYPRESS.COM

Indian Hill Church Episcopal Priest Anne Wrider speaks to her congregation every Sunday, but she also connects with audiences outside the church. Wrider takes the stage acting the part of Kate Keller in the play “All My Sons” this month with the Beechmont Players, which is featured at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Each performance will be conducted at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. Wrider has been performing in community theater productions for the last 12 years, and says she got involved in theater as a way to meet people outside her church. “There’s something wonderful about acting on a stage I helped paint,” Wrider said. While she has years of experience on the stage, she gained some additional tutelage this summer, when she attended the William Esper Studio in New York City, which is an acting studio with graduates including Kathy Bates, Patricia Heaton and Jeff Goldblum. She said despite being 30 years older than most of her classmates, the class was a “huge honor” that gave her a deeper meaning of what it takes to be an actress. “I understand much more deeply that acting is

Indian Hill Church Episcopal Priest Anne Wrider has been performing in community theater productions for 12 years. She currently has a starring role in "All My Sons," a Beechmont Players production being performed Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 11-12. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

CHECK IT OUT “All My Sons” showtimes are as follows: • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 • 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 • 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 • 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 • 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 Each performance will be held at the Anderson Center, located at 7850 Five Mile Road in Anderson Township.

much more than what you say,” she said. The additional training may come in handy during “All My Sons,” which Wrider said is a difficult tragedy involving a family keeping devastating secrets.



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Seven at Summit named National Merit semifinalists HYDE PARK — Seven seniors from The Summit Country Day School have been recognized as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are among the top 1 percent nationwide of students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and among the highestscoring entrants in Ohio. Summit’s semifinalists are Madeline Chandra, Madeira; Anna Delamerced, Hyde Park; Caroline McKee, Madeira; Charlie Michel, Pleasant Ridge; Brian Rouillard, Loveland; Mark Samaan, Hyde Park; and Maria Temming, Ander-

son Township. “I am proud that our senior class this year has such a high percentage of students recognized as semifinalists in the Merit Scholarship Program,” said Head of School Rich Wilson. This is the 57th year for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Each year, the program honors individual students who show exceptional ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. This year’s semifinalists are among 16,000 semifinalists who will continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 mil-

lion. These seven Summit students were among about 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools who took the qualifying test. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must maintain an outstanding academic record, be recommended by their principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test. The application includes a student essay and information about the student’s leadership in school and participation in community activities. Finalists will be announced in February and scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

The Summit Country Day semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are, in front row, from left, Maria Temming, Caroline McKee, Madeline Chandra and Anna Delamerced; and in back row, Charlie Michel, Mark Samaan and Brian Rouillard.

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Members of the Madeira Theater Arts production, "A Piece of My Heart," from left: front, Abby Fajack, Quinn Ourada, Taylor Kneip, Maggie Griffin, Sharon Rae Ryan, Luis Flores, Alex Freytag and Burke Evans; back row, Maria Ramos, Brooke Marston, Carson Sotelo, Paige Schlagbaum, Eryn Kramer, Sarah Andrews, Danny Ingram, Joel Kimling, Luke Graeter, Eric Rush and Mike Harper. THANKS TO JUDY ANDREWS

Madeira players put ‘heart’ into performance Madeira Theater Arts, under the direction of Dianna L. Davis, presents its fall play, “A Piece of My Heart,” by Shirley Lauro. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 and 19, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 19, at Madeira High School’s Medert Auditorium, 7465 Loannes Drive. “A Piece of My Heart” focuses on the quietest heroes of the Vietnam War – the women who served there. Based on first-hand accounts of nurses, Red Cross workers and entertainers who volunteered to enter those distant jungles in the 1960s, the show has been praised by critics as “heart-wrenching,” “cathartic” and “a work with the music and soul of a tumultuous era.” The six lead characters, portrayed by senior Paige Schlagbaum, junior Sharon Rae Ryan, sophomores Maggie Griffin, Tay-

Featured cast members of Madeira Theater Arts' "A Piece of My Heart" include, from left: Sarah Andrews, Paige Schlagbaum, Sharon Rae Ryan, Eryn Kramer, Maggie Griffin and Taylor Kneip. THANKS TO JUDY ANDREWS lor Kneip and Eryn Kramer, and freshman Sarah Andrews, struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them, and a

nation that shunned them. Because of the sensitive nature of this play, it is recommended for those 13 and older.

General seating tickets for all performances are $10. For more information, please call 513-9843894, ext. 5018.

SCHOOLS NOTEBOOK St. Nick info night

St. Nicholas Academy’s information night for prospective parents will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the school’s community room,170SiebenthalerAve.,Reading. Open House is 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Parents are welcome to attend an all-school liturgy at 8 a.m. and stay for coffee and tours. Visit, or call 686-2727 for more information.


Cincinnati Country Day School recently had six seniors named National Merit Semifinalists and fournamedCommendedScholars. The semifinalists are: Audrey McCartney (Anderson Township), Amar Mehta (Blue Ash), Rebecca Miller (Indian Hill), Michael Morgan (Indian Hill), Nicholas Niedermeier (Loveland) and Henry Pease (Indian Hill). The Commended Scholars are: Bradley Hammoor (Symmes Township), Jonas Luebbers (Ma-

deira), Victoria Mairal-Cruz (Mariemont) and Adriana Ungerleider (Symmes Township). The semifinalists were selected based on their preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores. The six CCDS seniors scored in thetop1percentandareamongthe 16,000 students from 22,000 high schools named as semifinalists nationwide. Approximately 1.5 million students took the PSAT last fall. Of the semifinalists nation-

wide, 15,000 will be named National Merit Finalists and compete for scholarships worth more than $34 million. In the spring, approximately 8,300 of the 15,000 finalists will be notified they have been selected to receive college scholarships. The Commended Scholars will be presented with a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at an Upper School assembly. Out of 1.5 million who took the tests, only 34,000 or the top 5 percent are recognized as commended.

INDIAN HILL — The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on the Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll, for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district's Advanced Placement program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from Advanced Placement coursework. Since 2009, Indian Hill Exempted Village School District increased the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses from 211 in 2009 to 310 in 2011, while also improving the percentage of students earning Advanced Placement exam scores of 3 or higher. The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on Advanced Placement exams. Superintendent Jane Knudson said, "I am pleased that Indian Hill High School has been recognized by the College Board with a place on its annual AP Achievement List. The district has worked hard to expand our AP course offerings, increase student participation and achievement levels." Performing well on an Advanced Placement exam is the gateway to success in college; research consistently shows that students who score 3 or higher typically experience greater academic success in college than their non-Advanced Placement peers. Indian Hill students' Advanced Placement passage rates exceed state and global passage rates in each of the 23 Advanced Placement courses offered. Indian Hill High school's Advanced Placement course offerings also provide value for students and their parents given that more than 90 percent of four-year colleges and universities in the US grant students credit, placement or both on the basis of successful Advanced Placement exam scores. Knudson said, "Our talented and dedicated teachers are helping our students develop and apply the skills, abilities and content knowledge they will need to succeed in college and beyond.” The complete second annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at



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Moeller on quest for Canton By Scott Springer

Moeller wide receiver Monty Madaris, No. 88, runs the ball against Middletown in the third quarter. Madaris caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Iacovone in the game as Moeller rolled 42-30 to advance to the regional final. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE

CINCINNATI — At the site where their season began, Moeller’s season continued Nov. 12 as they thumped the No. 1 seed Middletown 42-30 at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. The win put the Crusaders at 9-3, while the Middies finished at 10-2. “I’m proud of our guys, they worked hard,” coach John Rodenberg said. “I’m proud of the seniors. I’m proud of the juniors. I’m proud of how hard they worked.” Middletown outgained Moeller on the ground, 476-385. Middletown junior quarterback Jalin Marshall produced 296 of those yards. By comparison, Moeller junior quarterback Spencer Iaco-


vone only had 40 yards rushing but found the endzone three times, all on one-yard dives. “I had the easy part,” Iacovone said. “They (other runners) did the work for me. I’m really proud

of everybody on our team.” Playing for the most part without starting running back Keith Watkins, who made a brief cameo, the Crusaders relied on senior Garrett Morrissey and bruising senior fullback Brian Burkhart. The 230-pound Burkhart was a virtual battering ram at times and helped Moeller chew the clock up late in the contest. “They couldn’t tackle him,” Iacovone said. “I don’t know what it was; they couldn’t tackle him.”

Playing in a backfield that actually featured wide receiver Monty Madaris at times, Burkhart racked up 122 yards and a score. “Brian Burkhart’s been waiting all year to have this kind of a game,” Rodenberg said. “I’m proud of him. We knew he could do it, and tonight he got his opportunity.” Watkins, a quick, make-youmiss style runner, is expected to be full go for the regional final Nov. 19. “We didn’t need him tonight,” Rodenberg said. As for the highly sought after Division I recruit Madaris, he had several good runs and finally got loose deep on a 43-yard long ball from Iacovone in the third quarter. Moeller led at the half 21-17,

but the Middies were back in the endzone less than a minute into the third quarter to take a 24-21 lead. The Crusaders came back with 14 straight points, the last score being the bomb to Madaris to give Moeller some temporary breathing room. “We went in at halftime and coach told us, ‘Keep going,’ so we did,” Madaris said. Added Rodenberg, “We’ve got to have him.” Down 35-24, the Middies scored on Marshall’s second touchdown of the game at 5:59, but Burkhart’s “Sherman tank” act and Iacovone’s third score at 1:28, iced it for Moeller at 42-30. Next up, the Crusaders take on St. Xavier for a second time Nov. 19. Moeller won the first contest on Sept. 23, 27-24.

11/12/11 Believe!

Faith, determination give MND a Division I state volleyball championship By Scott Springer

READING — The bracelets read: 11/12/11 Believe. They were made months ago. On Nov. 12 at Wright State’s Nutter Center, an accessory became a reality for the Mount Notre Dame volleyball team as they played in the state final against undefeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy. Going into the game, every Cougar knew what that meant. It was the culmination of many hours of focus and preparation. “It’s our last chance at being together,” senior setter Aubree Hord said after MND won their semifinal match. “It’s our last game. We know we’re not going to get this chance again, so it means everything in the world.” This Saturday, the Cougars played like everything was on the line handing the Arrows a shot through the heart – loss No. 1 – 25-14, 25-22, 23-25, 25-8. Prior to that, Toledo St. Ursula had won 48 consecutive games. This season, 23 of their 28 wins came in straight sets. Apparently, Mount Notre Dame didn’t get the memo, though, as they ran through the Arrows for their 24th win and a Division I state championship. “We’ve been working on this since the day we stepped into MND,” senior Gina Frank said. “That’s why we made these bracelets.” In addition to the keepsake bracelets, coach Joe Burke gets to bring home a trophy to Reading. It’s the sixth for MND, but Burke’s first as head coach. “It was a total team effort and we played great,” Burke said. “I am very proud of all the hard work the girls and coaches put in to get prepared. They were truly prepared for the moment of the big stage and they took advantage of it.” Leading the Cougars in the final was junior Michelle Strizak with 22 kills. She recently committed to play at Illinois and hits a volleyball about as hard as Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman hurls a fastball.

Aubree Hord, No. 5, and Kelsey Wolf celebrate winning the Division I State volleyball championship for Mount Notre Dame over Toledo St. Ursula, Saturday, Nov. 12 at Wright State's Nutter Center. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

She admits to enjoying the occasional fist pump after a perfectly executed spike. “It’s a great feeling,” Strizak said. “I just feel that rush of adrenalin rushing through my veins.” Strizak joins the list of MND girls who will continue to play in college. While she has one more year with Joe Burke, four seniors will play elsewhere next season. Mary Crema will play at the University of Cincinnati, Rachael DiLeonardo at Caldwell College in New Jersey, Aubree Hord at DePaul and Kelsey Wolf at Kentucky. Wolf is the vocal libero of the team and one of the better servers. Her high jump serves were effective all weekend. “Kelsey has the ability to hit multiple angles on her jump serve, which typically gives people a little bit of a problem,” Burke said. “She doesn’t hit it overly hard, but the angles that

Mount Notre Dame's Michelle Strizak reacts during the Cougars' Division I state volleyball championship match, Nov. 12. MND handed Toledo St. Ursula their first defeat of the year. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS Mount Notre Dame coach Joe Burke pumps a fist as his Cougars take the Division I state title over Toledo St. Ursula Nov. 12 at Wright State's Nutter Center. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

she hits it at are not typical of the high-school level.” In the end, experience won

out for MND as they had played consistently tough competition and overall, more games. “One of the best parts about coaching at Mount Notre Dame is that we get to play in the GGCL,” Burke said. “We have played a ton of matches. Our schedule is full of teams that push us all of the time. We have played five-set matches and four-set matches. We’ve had our share of adversity. This team does a good job of overcoming it and focusing on the next point.”

“We’ve been working on this since the day we stepped into MND.” GINA FRANK MND senior

When Toledo St. Ursula rebounded from the 2-0 deficit to win the third game at the Nutter Center, Mount Notre Dame’s sea of blue student section broke out in “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Naturally, the Cougars responded with a 25-8 whitewash of the Arrows in the final game to complete the journey. 11/12/11 Believe.



IH’s Bell of the Ball

By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — Senior guard Nicole Bell (5-3) of Indian Hill, the co-Cincinnati Hills League player of the year last winter, signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Ball State Nov. 9. Bell averaged 19.7 points per game as a junior and was held under 10 points only twice in 23 games. Among those attending her press conference were former coach Dr. Scott Rogers, current coach David Marshall, and Sycamore standout Chloe Pavlech, a Maryland signee who played with Bell in the first grade. After the festivities, Bell spoke to The Community Press. Q: You just signed your letter of intent to Ball State. Is that a pretty good feeling? A: Yes, it’s a real good feeling. I’m real excited about it. Q: The room is packed. Is most of Indian Hill here? A: Yeah, I know. It kind of seems like that. Q: This is your senior year, you were player of the year last year, what more can you do? A: I’m real excited. As a team, we’re really trying to get with coach Marshall and start working with him. Our goal this year is to get to

Indian Hill senior Nicole Bell, center, signs her letter of intent with Ball State on Nov. 9 at Indian Hill. Bell's father, Dave, is on the left and her mother, Sandy, is on the right. Bell was the Cincinnati Hills League player of the year as a junior. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

state. Q: You were close last year (lost to eventual state Division II runner-up Dayton Carroll). How difficult is it to go out? A: Last year was motivation for this year. We’re really going to push ourselves because we don’t want to have that same feeling we had last year. Q: What’s the best part of your game? A: Probably my shot. I would say my three-point shot. Q: How often do you practice? How many shots a day? A: About every day. Normally, I make 500 a day. Q: How does this team look? A: We’ll be a really good team this year. We have

(sophomore) Jessica Marsh stepping up and a new transferwho’sgoingtohelpusout. Q: You have a new coach. That’s something else to get used to. A: It is. We have a new offense and everyone’s workingreallyhard,soI’mnottoo worried. Q: You decided on Ball State a while back? A: Last February. Q: And your major? A: Nursing. I want to be a nurse anesthetist. Q:WhataboutBallState sold you? A: I just went and visited and I loved the campus. I love the coaches. It’s two and a half hours away, so my parents can come and visit and a lot of our games in the MAC are close to home. Q: Do you like David Letterman? A: Yep. The Dave Letterman building! Q: Yes, he does have his own building now (Letterman went to Ball State). Are you going to work on getting your own building? The Nicole Bell School of Nursing? A: Well, I’ll have to work on that. I’m not sure how that will go though. Q: I just heard the bell. Do you have to go to class today? Do you get a free pass? A: I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out.



Madeira junior Sam Bascom, No. 7, drills a kick downfield against Worthington Christian Nov. 8 in the Division III state semifinal. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Madeira Mustang Madness ends in Centerville By Scott Springer

CENTERVILLE — Prior to Nov. 8, the Madeira High School boys soccer team had only given up three goals once. On Aug. 23, the Mustangs blistered Norwood 8-3. In the Division III state semifinal in Centerville, the Mustangs found themselves down three at halftime and could never recover, falling short against powerhouse Worthington Christian 5-3. All three Madeira goals came in the second half, the last by junior Sam Bascom coming just under the nineminute mark. “We needed another half,” coach Jon Unger quipped at midfield after the handshakes. The Worthington Christian Warriors actually went up 4-0 early in the second half, but Madeira’s John Michael Wyrick and Evan Westendorf scored within a two-minute span to make it a 4-2 game with 23:39 remaining. Worthington Christian added one more before Bascom found the net for the final time of the season. Madeira would get a few shots in the game’s closing minutes, but the opening half’s


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margin was too much to overcome. “We missed a couple shots early,” Unger said of the first half shutout. “It would’ve been nice if we could’ve gotten a lead on one of those early ones.” Instead, the Warriors sent shots past goalie Andrew Stanifer at the 29:51, 16:14 and 8:03 marks to enjoy the comfortable lead against a team whose last loss was Sept. 20 at Indian Hill (2-1). “We definitely fell too far behind, but we still felt like we could play with them,” Unger said. “We felt like we were playing even in terms of opportunities. There’s no margin for error when you’re playing those guys. We gave them a couple goals where they were able to take advantage of good situations. We couldn’t afford it.” While the body language and frustration was something new for the Mustangs, they were able to make the second half interesting. “I was really glad that we competed when we were down an amount that didn’t seem possible to overcome,” Unger said. “We kept battling. We hit the post early in the second half. We had about a halfdozen chances to score that

were either good saves or near misses.” Madeira’s season ends 20-2-1 with the upside being the team’s top offensive players have another year. Sam Bascom, John Michael Wyrick and Alvi Ibarra will be seniors in 2012. “Our strongest scorers are coming back,” Unger said. “But, we’ve got a ton to replace. It’s going to be tough to get back here.” Departing seniors for Unger are midfielder Tyler Batty, forward Jake Blackwelder, defender Richard Herndon, defender Ian Neumann, forward Joe Scheid, goalkeeper Andrew Stanifer, midfielder Stephen Walter, and midfielder Kyle Williamson. The loss ended a difficult fall tournament season for Madeira fans as the defending state champion girls soccer team was eliminated and the previously undefeated football team lost in the playoffs, all within four days. Still, the Mustang soccer faithful applauded loudly at the end of the game, knowing that many schools had been sitting home the past couple of weeks. “I’m super proud, super happy,” Unger said. “All of our teams that got this far made our school proud.”



Nine Moeller athletes have fall signings Crusaders. Diehl was named to Team Ohio, USA Baseball Ohio Valley and Champions Elite Baseball Team. Diehl carries a 3.4 GPA and has maintained second honors at Moeller. Phillip is the son of Drew and Susan Diehl of Pleasant Ridge. Bradley Macciocchi has committed to play baseball for head coach Rob Cooper at Wright State University. He will play catcher and first base. Macciocchi Macciocchi has received two varsity letters in baseball as a Crusader and has received second honors all 4 years at Moeller with a 3.5 GPA. Macciocchi has volunteered at Christmas on Campus with Corryville Catholic. Bradley is the son of Vince and Lisa Macciocchi of West Chester. Lincoln Reed has committed to play baseball at Hillsdale College for head coach Paul Noce. Reed plays third base for the Crusaders and will play

2011 received first team all-OHSLA SW region, second-team all-MSLCA, honorable mention all-state. Fuller is an active member of Little Buddies and Spanish National Honors Society. Fuller is a co-captain for the 2012 Moeller lacrosse season. Fuller carries a 4.0 GPA and maintained first honors. Jacob is the son of David and Stacey Fuller. Caleb Denny will wrestle heavyweight for the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga for head coach Heath Eslinger. Denny will complete four years with the Crusaders this year. In 2008-2009 season, Denny earned second-team all-GCL, Denny OHSAA sectional - fourth place, GCL tournament - secondplace finish. In the 20092010 season Denny received second-team allGCL, OHSAA sectional third place, GCL tournament - second place. In the 2010-2011, Denny earned

eighth place in Walsh Ironman, second team all-GCL, Academic all-Ohio, OHSAA sectionals - first place, OHSAA districts – fourth place, OHSAA state qualifier, GCL tournament – second place, Glenn Sample SWOWCA tournament – fifth place. Denny played Moeller football for three years and has worked as a summer camp counselor for wrestling camp. Caleb is the son of Jeff and Missy Denny of Fairfield Township. Joey Ward will continue his wrestling career under head coach CD Mock at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Ward competes at the 125-lb weight and was the 2011 OHSAA state champion. Ward is a current member of the National Honor Society and carries a 4.0 GPA. Ward Ward has volunteered as a summer camp counselor for wrestling camp. Ward is the son of Joe and Beth Ward of Goshen.

Summit cruises to first state title with 5-2 win

By Nick Dudukovich

COLUMBUS — Summit Country Day’s run to the Division III state soccer tournamentcamewithlittlemargin for error. The squad put together four, one-goal victories that stretched from the district finals to the state semifinals. In the championship game, Summit didn’t leave anything to chance. The Silver Knights’ earnedtheschool’sfirstgirls soccer state championship with a 5-2 win over Shaker Heights Laurel during the Division III title game at Crew Stadium, Nov.12. Summit head coach Mike Fee said the squad was expecting another close matchup from Laurel and that it would’ve taken a shootout to end the Silver Knights’ season with a loss. Fortunately for Summit, the game shook out a little differently. “We were going to play hard, inspired ball,” Fee said. “We were going to make it so hard for them to win the game…we were so prepared for a tight match, and it didn’t come down to it.” Thevictoryisanticlimactic after the Silver Knights defeated Fenwick, 3-2, in

and Denise Simpson of Mason. Tony Sabato will continue his basketball career at Elon University under head coach Matt Mattheni. Sabato Sabato plays center for the Crusaders and will play forward at Elon University. Sabato received secondteam GCL for the 2010-2011 basketball season. Sabato has maintained academic honors with a 3.1 GPA. Tony is the son of Joe and Linda Sabato of White Oak. Jacob Fuller has committed to play lacrosse at Lynchburg College for head coach Stephen Kovdelka. Fuller will be a fourFuller year starter for the Crusaders and has received in 2010 second team all-OHSLA Southwest Region, honorable mention All-MSLCA and in

Summit Country Day junior Izzie Englehart walks away from the student body after showing off the Silver Knights' Division III state soccer championship trophy at Crew Stadium, Nov. 12. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

overtime during the semifinals when Elizabeth WilliamsofIndianHillkickedin an Addie Englehart rebound shot for the game winning goal, Nov. 9. “…It was surprising to seeusdominatethatmuchin the final,” Williams said. Sophomore midfielder Meredith Schertzinger of Loveland led the charge for Summit and scored two goals and assisted another during the contest. Herfirstscorecameoffa corner kick, with a little help from Williams. Williams attempted to head Schertzinger’s kick into the net but missed. She ended up screening Laurel goalie Rachel Piccus. The ball took a Summit bounce in front of the goal and sailed to

back of the net. It was the first time at the varsity level Schertzinger scored on corner kick shot. “It was perfect,” she said. At the time, Williams wondered if she’d be penalized for the interference. She wasn’t. “Iwentfortheheaderbut I couldn’t get it,” she said. “It ended up going in anyways.” OnSchertzinger’ssecond goal, the sophomore headed in a goal off a corner kick from junior Izzie Englehart of Madeira. Freshman Emily Wiser of Hyde Park kicked off the Summit scoring parade with 11mintues to play in the first half. Williams and Addie Englehart also netted goals . They remained in control the entire match. Both of Laurel’s goals, scored by Sydney Riddle, came when most of Summit’s starters had been taken out. Summit put eight shots on goals and cashed in five scores during the contest. Laurel managed just five shots on goal, including only one attempt in the first half. The game marked the first Division III girls final sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Assocition. It was also the first time both the Summit and Laurel programs had played in a state final.



third base and catcher for Hillsdale College. Reed has received the Crusader Award for OutstandReed ing Dedication. Reed is a member of the National Honor Society, Creative Writing Club, Crusaders for the Community Service. Reed has maintained first honors with a 4.0 GPA. Lincoln is the son of Keith and Rebecca Reed of Blue Ash. Jordan Simpson has committed to play baseball for head coach Ron Smith at Furman University. Simpson plays both shortstop and third base for the Crusaders and will play infield for Furman University. Simpson has received first-team all-GCL Simpson 2011and has maintained academic honors carrying a 3.25 GPA. Jordan is the son of Scott




MONTGOMERY — The following Moeller High School athletes signed letters-of-intent Nov. 9: Tyler Amann has committed to play baseball at Ohio University. He will play infield/outfield for the Bobcats. He has participated in Moeller baseball for three years and looks forward to his senior year as a Amann Crusader playing second base. Amann has received first team all-GCL, first team all-city, first team all-State for baseball. Amann maintains academic honors and a 3.1 GPA. Tyler is the son of Rob and Carrie Amann of Batavia. Phillip Diehl has committed to play baseball at University of Evansville for coach Wes Carroll. Diehl Diehl is a left-handed pitcher for the

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national surveys as one of the finest places to raise a family. Year after year the school lets the community know where the graduates are Glen E. going for colHoffman COMMUNITY PRESS lege. Sure there is UC, but then GUEST COLUMNIST there is MIT, Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and the list goes on and on. More than once, Indian Hill high school has been acknowledged as one of the finest public high schools in the nation based on the number of graduating seniors having taken advanced placement courses. In the nation! All during their school years,

the teachers, guidance counselors and principals were friends to me and my children, always available to help. They all knew all three of my children, and still ask about them to this day. My children are now grown and graduated from Indian Hill schools. Wherever they go regionally, when they say where they went to school everyone knows Indian Hill schools. My children have benefited from 40 years of some of the finest education available anywhere in this country. What did they get from the schools, and what did I get as well? One of the most important gifts we as parents can give our children. They received an outstanding education that prepared them for life and to be semesters ahead of other students who did

not have the benefit of the education my children received. In the first month of college my oldest son gave a PowerPoint presentation that amazed the class and teacher. When asked where he learned PowerPoint his answer was eighth grade. To me it is more than schools being recognized with excellence and distinction, it is about how our children are prepared for the tough life that awaits them. My children are done with high school, but if asked to maintain a tax to benefit the current students in the Indian Hill school district I will be the first to vote yes, as others have done when their children were graduated and mine were in school. Dr. Glen E. Hofmann is an Indian Hill resident.

State provides mortgage help

High unemployment and reduced home values have pushed mortgage foreclosure rates to unprecedented levels in Ohio with one in every 518 housing units in foreclosure, according to data from Realty Trac. The “shadow inventory” of loans currently in foreclosure and properties now owned by lenders clouds the hope of recovery. With just 100,980 home sales in 2010, the market has shrunk almost 30 percent from its peak in 2005 according to the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR). Nonetheless, there is a silver lining to the state’s housing woes. More than 2,900 homeowners

have been assisted through Ohio’s statewide foreclosure prevention program, Restoring Stability: A Save the Dream Ohio IniDouglas A. tiative. Garver on COMMUNITY PRESS Launched Sept. 27, 2010, GUEST COLUMNIST the program administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and funded through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) recently reached its one year anniversary.

Restoring Stability helps homeowners with financial hardships such as unemployment, reduced wages or hours, death of a spouse, increased medical expenses or divorce to avoid foreclosure. Qualifying homeowners may get help bringing their mortgage current, paying their monthly mortgage payments during a period of unemployment, reducing their principal balance in connection with a loan modification or transitioning out of homeownership through a short sale. OHFA has developed agreements with more than 200 mortgage servicers and has distrib-

uted more than $23 million in mortgage payments, making Restoring Stability one of the largest programs in the nation. Homeowners may apply for the program through an online application and work with a trained housing counselor to complete the process. For more on the Restoring Stability program, visit or call the toll-free hotline at 888-404-4674. Douglas A. Garver is the executive director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and oversees the lead Agency for affordable housing in Ohio.

Advancing the digital technology in schools There’s "good news” and “getting better news” on the digital learning front. The "good news” is that students attending local private schools…most notably Cincinnati Country Day in our community…are busy leveraging individual, pen-based tablet computers to enhance learning. The “getting better news” is that Indian Hill public schools, long handicapped by their taxsupported status, are sprinting to catch up. A pilot project kindled (no pun intended) by Arline Pique, director of technology, and a pioneering math teacher, with the sup-

port of Dr. Knudson and backing by the board, is a prime example of the brighter future that’s appearing over Fred Sanborn the horizon. Thanks to COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST software, the math teacher can now engage his students in different ways, simultaneously. For example, while he’s presenting a new concept to the average students in his class, his advanced students are forging ahead…and delving deeper… on

CH@TROOM Should Ohio ban the private ownership of exotic animals? Why or why not?

“Regarding the unbalanced man who released over 50 wild animals, how does a private citizen amass a collection of lions, tigers, bears and other large carnivores without the government intervening? Can we really trust private citizens to own 600 to 800 pound potential man-eaters and properly feed and house them? If a neighbor had such an animal I certainly hope the government would intercede pronto!” R.V.

NEXT QUESTIONS What result from the Nov. 8 election most surprised you? Now that Cincinnati voters have cleared the way for construction of the streetcar project, do you think the project will be successful? Why or why not? Would you ride the streetcar? Every week The Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.



their tablet computers, instead of staring out the window in ultimate boredom. In parallel with the gifted group, struggling students are using remedial units of the same math software to review and anchor the concepts that are causing them distress (instead of texting on their cellphones). The math pilot project was jump-funded by village residents committed to the digital extension of schooling, whose donations were double-matched by the Indian Hill Public Schools Foundation (special thanks to Executive Director Lori Klinedinst), and supplemented by

school resources. This digital initiative is being closely monitored by a core group of teachers who share a vision of teacher/mentors combining face-to-face instruction with digital access to learning resources not currently available in conventional classrooms. Meanwhile, the One-to-One concept is being implemented by a grassroots, bring-your-owntechnology program that urges parents to send their children to school with a home-based laptop or tablet computer. Fred Sanborn is a resident of Indian Hill.


Nov. 9 question

Reaction from local lawmakers to issues in the news: Issue October jobs report showed unemployment at 9.0 percent: Reaction “According to Bureau of Labor Statistics testimon, the American economy needs to create more than 130,000 jobs every month just to keep pace with population growth. But again this month, the number of new jobs fell short, and American families continue to suffer under a 9 percent unemployment rate. While it was good to see some job growth in October, we won’t see the recovery we all hope for until we address the uncertainty caused by out-of-control debt and overregulation and tackle the structural problems holding back our economy. Short-term Washington spending sprees and more taxes will do nothing to fix our economy. Only permanent, pro-growth reforms can create the climate for job creation. “A good start would be taking up the ‘Forgotten 15,’ jobs bills that have passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support but have been denied a vote

A publication of


Indian Hill schools is a great investment In 1992, I was given the opportunity to return to Cincinnati to practice medicine. Having trained at the University of Cincinnati, it was a quick and easy decision. When I returned, I had three young children, ages newborn to 5, and we made the decision to move into Indian Hill for many reasons. The neighborhoods are beautiful, it is a wonderful community, and the schools were some of the best in the state. So it was with considerable interest I read the comments on Indian Hill school finances between the Committee for Responsible School Spending (CFRSS) and the school board. Being 60 years old, I am always looking for ways to protect my income and investments, but I believe the CFRSS position is not supportable. Indian Hill has been noted in


here in the Senate. We must also fix our inefficient, bureaucratic and anti-growth tax code and develop our own energy resources, which have the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Ohio’s economy.”

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Issue Runaway deficit spending on food and beverage service aboard Amtrak trains. Reaction “It’s outrageous that Amtrak loses more than $60 million a year on its food and beverage service despite a law that bars the passenger railroad system from doing so. Taxpayers are fed up. Amtrak passengers pay $4.50 for a hot dog. They would pay an astounding $6.60 for the same hot dog if you took away the subsidy.” "These are the kind of prices you might expect to pay at the ballpark, not while commuting to work, traveling to visit family, or trying to see our great country while vacationing. Passengers deserve better, and so do taxpayers. It’s time for Amtrak to start following the law.”

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

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

Return our stolen taxes now! To ‘outsiders’ from the Cincinnati region, looking in, one may believe that Indian Hill is populated with very bright, well-educated professionals, who most probably could not make a poor decision. I firmly believe that those who work in the Indian Hill Public Works Department are more capable of good executive decisions than those whose responsibility it has been. Let us review three decisions. Some day I wish to meet the fool who decided to topcoat some of the roads in Indian James Baker COMMUNITY PRESS Hill with pea gravel, because GUEST COLUMNIST it looked ‘quaint’. You owe me $2,000.00 just for auto body damage. Should we ever meet, have a check handy. Did anyone really believe you could salvage the ‘Blome Road Bridge’, with its boatload of rusting rivets? No thinking person, with any sense of mechanics, who had taken even one course in chemistry or physics, would have bought into these two decisions. We will endlessly spend taxpayer dollars to regularly camouflage this rusting hulk, as long as this traffic blocking relic exists. The third decision is more important, as it is one of personal character. It was a grievously flawed, selfish decision. In any sport, it would be called ‘pilingon’, ‘over-the-top’, or ‘unnecessary roughness.’ That decision, with $24 million in the ‘rainy day fund’, an amount which makes such a decision illegal according to the Ohio state statues, to needlessly tax everyone in Indian Hill, using a device called ‘inside millage.’ It was a sneaky way to collect taxes without representation. Woah! Isn’t that why the ‘Tea Party’ was started? Well, guess what! The rainy day fund is up to $40.8 million and counting; and, the board says that they are pleased with their past fraudulent decisions. No doubt, they consulted with their political handlers, those who anointed them in front of the electorate, as being fit for election to their posts (all others being deemed unclean and unworthy). You, the Indian Hill taxpayer, have been taken by a bunch of incredibly selfish freeloaders. But wait…there is more to this deal! Mr. Fred Sanborn recently published in this paper that this rainy day fund was sufficient to run the Indian Hill school system for about a year. I am told (these are not exact figures) that we are educating over 2,000 students in our schools, and that only about 500 of them actually live in Indian Hill. Why? Wouldn’t it be much less expensive to close the Indian Hill Schools, and give each student who lives in Indian Hill, a tuition voucher to go to Country Day? It would cost us less than half of the $40.8 million. Isn’t Country Day a better school? If it is, our children would be attending a better school, at much less cost. Why are we gilding-the-lily for students who do not live in Indian Hill? Return our stolen taxes…now! James Baker is a 34-year resident of Indian Hill.

Suburban Life Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.




Marie Bucoy-Calavan, a CCM doctoral student in choral conducting, sings with the BAPC Chancel Choir. She is from Chino Hills, CA. TERRENCE




Chamber orchestra bassoonist Darrel Hale looks for direction during the final rehearsal.

Choir director Kenneth Tice conducts the choir and orchestra during the All Saints Concert at the Blue Ash Presbyterian Church Nov. 6. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS



University of Cincinnati CCM soprano Alisa Suzanne Jordheim performs during the final rehearsal. The UC doctoral student in voice performance is from Appleton, WI. TERRENCE


t was a "saintly" affair at the Blue Ash Presbyterian Church Nov. 6 as a classical/choral concert was staged to celebrate All Saints Day. Featured were Puccini's "Requiem" and two Vivaldi sacred works, including the famous "Gloria" (RV 589). These chosen selections offer a remembrance for

the saints who have gone on to glory as well as those around us everyday. BAPC's choral director, Kenneth Tice, conducted the Chancel Choir, chamber orchestra players and UC College-Conservatory of Music vocalists. BAPC organist Allan Martin provided accompaniment.


CCM mezzo soprano Melisa Bonetti sings to Vivaldi's "Gloria" during the final rehearsal. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

A close-up view of Chris Roberts playing the double bass. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

BAPC Chancel Choir vocalists, from left, Subira Popenoe, Barb Weber and Jackie Diaz, sing brightly during the final rehearsal.

CCM sopranos Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (left) and Emily McHugh sing to Vivaldi's "Gloria "as part of the All Saints Concert. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Tenors Brian Norton (left), of Blue Ash, and Hugh McKinnon, of Evendale, get their voices tuned up during the final rehearsal. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY

Peering over the viola of Daren Fuster, we watch BAPC choir director Kenneth Tice as he conducts the final concert rehearsal. Tice, from Cary, N.C., is also a doctoral student at UC's CCM. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Chamber orchestra cellist Tom Guth is all smiles during the final rehearsal. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, NOV. 17 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Watercolor Classes, 2-4 p.m., Kenwood Fellowship Community Church, 7205 Kenwood Road, $8 per class. 8915946. Kenwood.

Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combination of spinning and Pilates reformer creates exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Dance fitness class. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Zumba.Sandi. 325-7063; Blue Ash.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 7912922. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $12, $6 college and military night. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater

screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Blues Merchants, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, With Amy McFarland. 272-1990; Columbia Township.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $18. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Madeira Historical Society Meeting, 1-2 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Free. “Cincinnati Mill Creek: From Degradation to Recovery,” presented by Stanley Hedeen. Presented by Madeira Historical Society. 369-6028. Madeira. Alabama Game Watch Party, 2-4 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, With Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The University of Alabama Alumni Association. Chance to enter drawing to win Nick Sabanautographed football or one basket raffles. Bring food items to benefit Freestore Foodbank. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The University of Alabama Alumni Association. 733-3473; Blue Ash.

Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, No partners needed. $2. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Drink Tastings 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 / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Music - Blues

Newborn Massage, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn therapeutic massage techniques to comfort and soothe your newborn baby, which may improve your baby’s digestion and lead to more restful sleep. Recommended for infants up to 4 months. Ages 21 and up. $40 couple, $25 single. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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

Clubs & Organizations

Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 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. 800-0164. Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater

Karaoke and Open Mic

Parenting Classes

Support Groups

Vic Henley, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, One-mile drive-through outdoor lights and themed figures display. $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car, $2 off coupon available online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 769-0393; Sharonville.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Turner Farm, 2:30-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Working organic farm and educational center. May sell produce (varies each week) and eggs. Flower CSA, April through frost. $50 for 10 bouquets of 25 stems. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy

Holiday - Christmas

Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Play by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher and directed by Norma Niinemets. Marx Brothers provide laughter in abundance in this look at the life and career of the famous entertainer Groucho Marx. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Nov. 27. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours

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

Recreation 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.


Cafe Chabad will be featuring Coffee Emporium at its upcoming event, 8-10 p.m., Saturday Nov. 19., at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash. Cost for the evening is $15, or $180 for a sponsor. The event is for adults only. Reservations and more information is available at, or 793-5200. Pictured, Marc Katz enjoys the fresh coffee from Coffee Emporium at Cafe Chabad. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN required. Presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 271-3362; email; Blue Ash.

Music - Blues Blues Merchants, 7:30-11 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933; Montgomery.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Free. 272-1990. Columbia Township.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Hansel & Gretel, 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m., UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, 9555 Plainfield Road, Frisch Marionette Company. Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale with exquisite marionettes, costumes and settings. Family friendly. $5, subscription and group discounts available. Presented by ARTrageous Saturdays. 7455705; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $18. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Craft Shows


Sycamore High School Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, More than 180 artists and vendors. Features jewelry, clothing, floral arrangements, home decor, housewares, paintings, photographs and ceramics. Performances by Sycamore High School band students. Food from Starbucks, Panera and Montgomery Inn available. Raffle tickets: $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets. Benefits Sycamore Community Schools’ instrumental music departments. Free. 686-1770; Montgomery.

Tween Scene, 7-11 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Planned by and for tweens, the fun is sure to be “sweet!” Tween Scene takes over the pool, gym, and game room for an evening of food, fun, and games. Wear gym shoes and socks, bring swimsuit and towel. Tweens invited to join the Tween Scene planning committee. Grades 6-8. $27, $20 member. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village. Hang at the J, 7-11 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Evening of games, swimming, crafts, a movie or special activity, and kid-friendly dinner. Wear gym shoes and socks. Bring swimsuit and towel. Grades K-5. $27 first child and $20 each sibling; $20 first child member and $15 each sibling;. Registration required. 761-7500. Amberley Village.

Dining Events Sauerkraut Dinner, 5-7:30 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Pork loin or metts, sauerkraut, green beans, mashed potatoes, applesauce, dessert and beverage. Family friendly. $8. 791-7631. Deer Park.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Drink Tastings


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

Luminaria: Reflecting the Past, Illuminating the Future, 6-8 p.m., Hospice of CincinnatiBlue Ash, 4310 Cooper Road, Celebrating opening of Cincinnati’s first and only Grief Center and Fernside’s 25-year anniversary of supporting grieving families. Luminary path, floating lanterns in remembrance of family and friends and Celebration of Life tree lighting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash. 246-9140; Blue Ash.

Education About Boating Safely, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Beginner boating class provides knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete program. $25. Registration

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Exercise Classes


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.

On Stage - Comedy

Music - Choral Just Sing Bach, 3 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Motet BWV 227, “Jesu, Meine Freude” by J.S. Bach. Presented by Bach Association of Cincinnati. 8918527; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $12, $6 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Recreation 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. 985-6747; Montgomery.

Monday, Nov. 21 Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10-11 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 Exercise Classes Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063; Blue Ash.

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

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Support Groups 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.

Vic Henley, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Recreation Thanksgiving School Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, create great art projects, and have fun and exercise in the game room. Children should bring lunch and drink each day. Add $6 for before care; add $8 for after care; add $12 for both. Ages 0-6. $58, $48 member. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups 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.

THURSDAY, NOV. 24 On Stage - Comedy Vic Henley, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Friday, Nov. 25 Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Drink Tastings Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Health Alliance. 686-3300. Kenwood. Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery.

Saturday, Nov. 26 Craft Shows Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Exercise Classes 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.

On Stage - Comedy Vic Henley, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

SUNDAY, NOV. 27 Exercise Classes Spinning Challenge, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes. 985-6742; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Vic Henley, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10, $5 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Recreation Pickleball Games, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $10. 985-6747; Montgomery.

Monday, Nov. 28 Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10-11 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 8 a.m.-4 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.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m., Sharon Woods, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car, $2 off coupon available online. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.



Requested holiday recipes are family favorites This year the list of requests for holiday recipes is huge. The recipes I’m including are much requested and have become family favorites. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether it’s a simple or elaborate dinner. And remember my best tip: parsley and whipping Rita cream are Heikenfeld great culiRITA’S KITCHEN nary band aids – it’s amazing the mistakes they can “cover”!

Cornish game hens with apricot sauce

This is for Sherie, a Northside reader, who wants to roast Cornish hens for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. A side of mashed potatoes would be nice with this.

3 Cornish game hens, about 1½ pounds each, thawed if frozen and patted dry Olive oil ¾ teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper Sauce: 1 medium onion, chopped 3 generous teaspoons minced garlic 2 ⁄3 cup dry white wine 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth ½ cup whipping cream, unwhipped ¼ cup honey Juice from 2 lemons, about ¼ cup 1 ⁄3 cup chopped dried apricots

Preheat oven to 450. Tie hens’ legs together and

More holiday recipes in my web version of this column: Ginny Moorehouse’s cranberry celebration salad and my easy master recipe for turkey gravy from drippings.

tuck wing tips underneath. Rub with a bit of oil and sprinkle each with ¼ teaspoon thyme, along with some salt and pepper. Place, breast side up, on baking sheet. Roast until thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees (don’t touch bone), about 40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil and let rest about 10 minutes. While birds are roasting, make sauce. Film bottom of large skillet with olive oil and add onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a gentle boil. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes. Pour through sieve, pressing solids down. Discard solids and return sauce to skillet. Season to taste and serve. Serves 6.

Marilyn Hoskin’s cranberry celebration salad like Kroger Try substituting cherry gelatin if you like. 15 oz. crushed pineapple, drained – save juice ½ cup cranberry juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 3 oz. package raspberry gelatin

40-45 minutes or until top is golden. Serves 6-8.

1 5 oz. can whole cranberry sauce ½ cup chopped walnuts

Boil pineapple, cranberry and lemon juice together. Add gelatin. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Put in fridge till almost set. Add pineapple and nuts. Add a ½ cup of chopped celery if you like.

Apple cranberry cobbler

Jimmy Gherardi and Paul Sturkey shared this recipe years ago and Suzanne Macke brought it to her garden group luncheon. I liked it so much I took a photo of it and think it would be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving dinner. 4 cups fresh cranberries 6 tart apples, peeled and sliced thin (Suzanne used a combination of Cortland and Granny Smith) 2 cups light brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ½ cup chopped walnuts 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces 2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons vegetable shortening 1½ cups sour cream 2 teaspoons sugar

Preheat oven to 400. Mix first seven ingredients and 1 tablespoon flour into a 3-quart sprayed casserole. Smooth mixture and dot with butter. Stir 2 cups of flour, baking pow-

Tip from Rita’s Thanksgiving kitchen

Rita shares a recipes for Apple Cranberry Cobbler.. RITA HEIKENFELD/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS.

der and salt together. Add shortening and blend until medium crumb consistency. Stir in sour cream.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Companies get state loans Three Hamilton County businesses will receive state grants for local projects, sparking economic development in the 28th District. Blue Ash-based manufacturer Feintool Cincinnati, Inc. will receive a $2 million direct loan from the Ohio Department of Development to expand its operations and stay competitive in the global marketplace. Also based in Blue Ash, Triplefin LLC, a sales and marketing firm, will receive a direct loan of $800,000. As a result of the development project, Triplefin will be able to add space, capacity, and employees and offer more ser-

vices to their customers. Finally, Tire Discounters, Inc., a Hamilton County-based retailer, will be awarded a $100,000 grant from the State of Ohio to pursue a development project that will combine their distribution center and corporate headquarters into one facility. Begun in 1978 with one store in Mariemont, Ohio, Tire Discounters has grown to 61 stores in three states. The proposed Sharonville facility will consolidate the company’s operations and pave the way for continued expansion. Thirty-seven new, full-time jobs will be created from the project.

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Payday lenders still operate in Ohio Three years ago there were some 16,000 payday lender storefronts in Ohio. Then Ohioans voted to limit the amount of interest those lenders can charge. But many of these lenders are still around – and still charging what amounts to high interest rates – so you need to be careful if you’re tempted to use them. Linda Schnur, of Oxford, started taking out loans with these firms years ago and says she got hooked on them. “Last year I got it down to two. I had four, but I paid off two of then. When I didn’t work in the summer, when I couldn’t get employment, that’s when I started again because of electric bills,”

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she said. The annual percentage rate she pays on these short-term loans varies widely, but it’s generally

quite high “One is charging 98.69 percent, another 124.11 percent and another is 91.7 percent,” she said. The annual percentage rate is so high because the short-term lenders are now charging fees in addition to the interest rates. Schnur says she, like many others, got caught in a vicious cycle when she started taking out these payday loans.

“Actually, I took one out to pay off the other, to pay off the other, to pay off the other. I found with a pension sometimes it wasn’t enough to cover everything,” she said. In an effort to pay off the payday loans, Schnur turned to a debt-relief company in California. She says she sent the firm $200 but, after more than a month, it has yet to pay off any of the payday loans as promised. Schnur says she’s learned her lesson about these loans and wants to warn others. “I would tell people look for other alternatives. Maybe, if you owe money to your creditors, tell them to make a payment plan or explain your situation to them.” A spokesman at the

Ohio Commerce Department says these payday lenders are operating legally under the Ohio Small Loan Act. They are still prohibited from charging high rates, but they get around that by adding upfront fees. So, you need to beware. Incidentally, debtrelief companies can no longer take your money upfront, they must first provide assistance. So I told Schnur to stop sending money to that California company and ask for her money back – and she did get it back. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.





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The 25th annual drive-through Nativity will be 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec.11. The event is free. United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Christmas sing-a-long follows. Call the church to sign up. United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner will be 6 p.m. Dec. 5. A Christmas sing-along follows. Call the church to sign up. Children’s Weekday ProgramTuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Advent Conspiracy – beginning at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, a study begins of “Advent Conspiracy – Can Christmas Still Change the World?” Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Beginning watercolor classes are being offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 8. Cost is $8 per session at the church. For information, call Mary Lou DeMar at 891-5946. 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 today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Undies and socks are being collected for boys and girls ages 4 to 14 for some of the Findlay Street children. Please leave donations at the church in a designated basket. The church is collecting nonperishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. The church will have its traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, Nov. 20. Call the church office to sign up. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted 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. 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 a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

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. The meal includes

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at10:30 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.

The Sauerkraut Dinner is 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.19. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3 for children. Reservations can be made by calling the church office. The church cooks a free meal for all its neighbors, 6-7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in Fellowship Hall at the church. Whether you need a break from cooking, have run low on groceries by the end of the month, or just want to relax and eat while socializing, you are invited to enjoy Trinity’s hospitality. Families, singles, couples and all ages are welcome. Park in the church parking lot, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. Trinity Together Time will get a visit from the Cincinnati Museum Center with the program “1, 2, 3 Blast Off,” from1-2:30, p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. Trinity Together Time is an outreach program that gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public, geared toward the ages of birth-5 years old, and guaranteed


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Lindsey Parker and Christopher Jarrett were married October 1, 2011 at Horizon Community Church in Newtown, OH. Rev. Dr. Kerry Robinson performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cam and Daniel Parker, of Anderson Township. The groom is the son of Irene and Jeffrey Jarrett, of Hagerstown, IN. The newlyweds reside in Cincinnati, OH.

to be fun and interactive. Please park in the lot of Trinity Community Church, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. The church will have a Live Nativity Presentation from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, Dec.11, featuring animals from Honey Hill Farms mobile petting zoo. There will be two shows at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with the opportunity to pet the animals after each performance. It is free to the public and geared toward all ages. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 791-7631;

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:308:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. The church is at 7701Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

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Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

The Advent series, “Outside the Box: The Gift that Can’t Be Contained,” will begin Nov. 27. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and11a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and11a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Trinity Community Church


The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are10 a.m. to1p.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; 489-7021.

Episcopal Holy Eucharist is 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, adult enrichment is 9:15 Sunday, Parents’ Bible Study is 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Childcare is provided at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Bible study is noon Wednesday. Men’s AA is 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 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;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

salad, dinner rolls, main entree, drinks and dessert, and is prepared by a small group of volunteers from the church. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Call Dale at 543-9008 with questions. Sunday services begin at10 a.m. Dress is casual. The church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township.


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Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church

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The youth and their leaders are planning lots of fun activities for their “lock-in” at the church beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and lasting through Saturday morning at10 a.m. Kool Kids will go to the Kids Against Hunger “factory” in Sharonville Saturday, Nov.19, to help pack meals for starving children here and around the world. The day’s goal is 50,000 meals. For more information call Ascension’s office at 793-3288. In Gathering Sunday will be celebrated at Ascension on Sunday, Nov. 20. At this annual event members bring baked goods, crafts and other gifts to share with people in the community who are homebound or who would benefit from being remembered. Weavings, a spiritual formation group focused on themes in our spiritual lives, will meet at10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. Women’s Bible Study gathers Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The topic is “Living Above Worry and Stress.” 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,

Sunday Worship Services are 9 a.m. 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.


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Real squeal: Pigs can make adorable pets “Ow, bad pig!” I cried, jumping back as Sweet Pea, the 130-pound teacup pot belly pig nipped at me, grazing my right arm with a surprisingly sharp tooth. “Give her a shove,” her owner, Melissa Kelly of Fort Thomas called out, “Push her around! Marsie Hall Don’t let her Newbold think that MARSIE’S you’re MENAGERIE afraid of her; show her whose boss!” Oh yeah, that’s me. Boss of a pig that only has 10 lbs. on me. I have trouble being Alpha enough to get Nosey, my Basset Hound puppy to sit on command; and that’s when I’m bribing her with a piece of steak. “Telling you to get tough with her might sound mean,” Melissa explained later, “But it is very impor-



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tant to establish that you are the boss with pigs. It is the only way you can get the dominant effect and that just helps to make them better pets that have happier lives in the long run.” As adorable as they are, pet pigs can become very aggressive. Prospective pig owners need to do extensive homework prior to bringing their pets home because they are not easy to raise. “It’s a big problem,” Melissa continued, “The pig rescues are full of unwanted pigs that people have discarded because they don’t have the time or patience to take care of them over the


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someday. A year and a half ago, her dream came true when she purchased Sweet Pea from a breeder outside of Cynthiana, Ky., for $150. The piglet was five weeks old and weighed just five pounds. “She had never been handled by humans before, so she was a bit wild,” Melissa said, “So, I kept her in a

large dog cage with blankets on one end and a litter box with pine litter on the other side.” Sweet Pea immediately went “to the potty” in the litter box. It is instinctual with pigs to not eliminate where they sleep. Now that she is grown, she is trained to ask to be let out when she needs to go, just like a dog. Pigs require minimal veterinary care. Their hooves grow just like human fingernails and it is difficult to trim them. Sweet Pea will not allow Melissa to do this, so it requires a house call from the veterinarian. Have you ever heard the expression about eating like a pig? There is a good reason for that. Pigs have huge appetites and will eat whatever is available. That can cause obesity and subsequent health problems. “Their diets have to be extremely limited,” Melissa counsels, “You have to stick to commercial pig food and veggies. Fruit is okay, but has to be in small amounts.” Sweet Pea, who was spayed at the age of 12 weeks, lives in the house with Melissa, along with

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Mariemont woman honored by DAR The Mariemont Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Mariemont resident Jane McDonald with the Historic Preservation Recognition Award. The Village of Mariemont was one council meeting away from condemning Mary Emery’s 1924 “Resthaven Barn” when McDonald The Woman’s Art Club Foundation formed to save the barn and provide the first permanent home for the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. For 50 years, Mariemont used this facility as its maintenance barn. The village built a new facility and believed by tearing the old barn down it would produce income with three home sites. Mariemont sold the barn to the Foundation for $50,000, with the stipulation that construction must start in six months. Jane McDonald saw this barn as an historic structure that had just seen better days. McDonald led the rally to “Save the Barn” as it was an important part of the community and she saw its potential as a place for the residents to gather. She was the pied piper always on call. She met construction trucks at dawn, inspectors and plumbers throughout the days. McDonald scraped and painted walls

in the heat, Dumpster dove to save doors, planted flowers, dug weeds, hauled dirt, carted bushes, worked yard sales and was never far when a questions arose. She was the contact for the 2 a.m. alarms set off by lightening. She spent nights on the computer writing drafts and days greeting and touring skeptics. She was the leader who bridged the gap between the community and the the Woman’s Art Club members. She conveyed the vision and guided the course. McDonald was a quick change artist would remove her boots and paint pants and don party shoes and dresses to conduct tours for donors. She dragged a state representatives up to the hay loft to show off the beauty and possibilities. Funds came from everyone who knew anyone who had a dollar to spare. McDonald spoke at civic meetings, flower clubs, the D.A.R., The Cincinnati Woman’s Club and to anyone with an ear. Carl and Robert Lindner walked through the barn and told McDonald their memories of milking cows and the start of the family business within those walls. In five months plans were approved and the barn was being restored. In two years, $760,000 was amassed. This grassroots effort, with only volunteers, impressed the Ohio State Legislature. It presented the barn a Capital Improvement Grant of $220,000 to

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finish the west wing. The Grand Opening Celebration of the Woman’s Art Center brought dignitaries, construction workers, art club friends, guests from across the city, neighborhood families and the curious who watched the project for three years. The BARN is now home to artists with permanent studio space, art instructions both during the day and night and a fabulous gallery with monthly shows that bring visitors to the barn and the community.

Last year, local food pantries barely met one-third of the need. Help give every struggling Cincinnati family Thanksgiving dinner by attending the Gobble Gobble Thanks and Giving Kid’s Party Palooza from 3-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at the new facilities of SonRise Church, 8136 Wooster Pike, outside Mariemont. Become a Gobble Gobble Turkey Club Member and bring with you to the party one (or more) Thanksgiving family dinner(s) for a family in need who cannot afford their own. Shop with your kids before the event for the 11 ingredients listed below. Add to that a $15 dollar donation needed for the ministry to buy a turkey and kids will get a crazy huge hug from the real Gobble Gobble Turkey himself. There will be crafts, games, music,

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Matthew 25: Ministries celebrates 20 years In 1991, The Rev. Wendell Mettey made his first trip to Nicaragua as part of a medical mission group. Although Reverend Mettey grew up in an inner city neighborhood and worked as an inner city social worker and pastor, these experiences had done little to prepare him for what he experienced in Nicaragua during his visit. The poverty and devastation was endless. Mettey made a promise to himself that he would find a way to help the people of Nicaragua and thus Matthew 25: Ministries began. Over the years, Matthew 25’s distribution activities have expanded to include partners locally in Greater Cincinnati, throughout the United

States and around the world. Matthew 25: Ministries has grown into and out of 9 warehouses since 1991 and currently calls a 132,000 square foot facility in Blue Ash home. Since 1991, Matthew 25: Ministries has grown from a small group of dedicated individuals carrying supplies in suitcases to an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization distributing more than 11,000,000 pounds of products each year locally, nationally and internationally. Because Matthew 25: Ministries works with volunteers to evaluate, process and package donated products (over 20,000 volunteers to date in 2011) more than 99 percent of Matthew 25’s cash and inkind donations go toward

programs. Matthew 25: Ministries has a four star rating from Charity Navigator and has named Matthew 25: Ministries as one of the ten most efficient large charities in the US. Matthew 25: Ministries is also accredited through the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Program. In addition to Matthew 25: Ministries’ flagship program “Caring for a Needy World With the Things We Throw Away”, Matthew 25 operates several in-house programs that meet critical needs. These programs include Matthew 25’s Food Processing Center, which produces a shelf-stable, nutritionally enhanced rice/ soy blend for $.09 a serving and Matthew 25’s Grow Right Micronu-

trient Supplement Program which enhances children’s nutritional health. Targeted recycling programs that address critical needs include Matthew 25’s “Write Your Future” program which supports education through the manufacture of school notebooks and the packaging of Education Kits for needy children, Matthew 25’s Fill Center which repackages detergent and general cleaning concentrate into ready-to-use liquid products and Matthew 25's Rainbow Paint Reblending Program which collects and reblends leftover latex paint and redistributes it to underdeveloped areas and developing countries. Through these rescue and

reuse programs as well as “green” initiatives in place throughout the organization, Matthew 25 rescues more than 10,000,000 pounds of excess products each year from the landfill.

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Matthew 25’s Global Village experience allows guests to step inside a third world village and experience the living conditions and lifestyle of the poorest of the poor. Visitors have an opportunity to learn more about the destinations Matthew 25 serves domestically and internationally and to gain a better understanding of how they are making a difference in our community and our world. More than 20,000 guests have visited

the Global Village to date. Mathew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs; Matthew 25: Ministries also welcomes volunteers to their facility five and a half days a week. For additional information about Matthew 25: Ministries please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.or for the most up-to-date information on Matthew 25’s ongoing humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries’ blog http:// or follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook and Twitter M25M_org.

Rockdale Temple hosts annual Hebrew Marathon If someone asked you, “What is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the exodus from Egypt?” you would answer, “Passover.” Or if someone asked, “What is the name of the first man in the Bible?” you would say, “Adam.” Of course, you would be right, but could you read, “Passover” or “Adam” in He-

brew? If the answer to that question is “no,” then the annual Hebrew Marathon at Rockdale Temple is just what you need. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Rockdale’s Hebrew Marathon is unique in Greater Cincinnati. It is a fun, friendly, fast way to learn the Hebrew language. You start with words you already

know such as “shalom” or “Sabbath,” and before lunch is served you are reading these words and more. This opportunity to learn a new language and make new friends is perfect for Jews and nonJews. For adults who studied Hebrew as children but have forgotten everything they ever learned, the He-

brew Marathon is a way to quick start those long-forgotten memories. Rockdale congregant Debbie Loewenstein was a one of the first Hebrew Marathoners. She went from not knowing an aleph from a bet, but after the Hebrew Marathon she was encouraged to study Hebrew further by enrolling in the Introduction to He-

brew Adult Education class. Loewenstein explained, “My Hebrew Marathon experience was amazing! There were several people there that I had seen at services and was shocked to learn that they couldn't read Hebrew either. I would highly recommend the Marathon. It was fun and I gained more than a

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emergency Oct.12, Weller @ Montgomery, no patient contact Oct.13, Dearwester, medical emergency Oct.13, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct.13, Rossash, medical emergency Oct.13, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct.13, Dearwester, fall Oct.13, Kenwood, fall Oct.13, Paddington, fall Oct.13, Northlake, alarm activation Oct.14, Donna @ Longford, wires down Oct.14, 275 @ Montgomery, cancelled call Oct.14, Montgomery, cancelled call Oct.14, Ronald Reagan, medical emergency Oct.14, 275 @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Oct.14, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct.14, Montgomery, fall Oct.14, Pine, medical emergency Oct.14, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Oct.14, Plainfield, fall Oct.14, School @ Solzman, motor vehicle accident Oct.15, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct.15, New England, medical emergency Oct.15, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct.15, Dearwester, medical emergency Oct.17, Kenwood Crossing, bomb scare Oct.16, 71N, motor vehicle accident Oct.16, Montgomery, overheated motor Oct.16, Eldora, medical emergency Oct.16, Eldora, medical emergency Oct.16, Montgomery, fall

Oct.16, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct.16, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct.16, Dearwester, medical emergency Oct.16, Kemper, medical emergency Oct.16, New England, medical emergency Oct.16, 71N @ Ronald Reagan, no patient contact Oct.17, Reading, no patient contact Oct.17, Dearwester, medical emergency Oct.17, Kenview, medical emergency Oct.17, Northcreek, fall Oct.17, Cooper @ Reed Hartman, motor vehicle accident Oct.17, Donagel, fall Oct.17, Reading, no patient contact Oct.18, Kugler Mill, CO Alarm Oct.18, Larchview, medical emergency Oct.18, Limirick, medical emergency Oct.18, Keller, medical emergency Oct.18, Galbraith, fall Oct.18, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct.18, Walcot, medical emergency Oct.18, Kemper, motor vehicle accident Oct.18, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Oct.19, Kilarney, gas leak Oct.19, Northcreek Elevator Rescue Oct.19, Kenwood @ Galbraith, wires down Oct.19, 71N, motor vehicle accident Oct.19, Pine, medical emergency Oct.19, Montgomery, fall Oct.19, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct.19, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Oct.19, 275 E, motor vehicle accident

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Oct. 24, Benson, alarm activation Oct. 24, Ivy Woods, structure fire Oct. 24, Second, medical emergency Oct. 24, Northcreek, medical emergency Oct. 24, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 24, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 24, Pine, medical emergency Oct. 25, School, good intent Oct. 25, Cornell, alarm activation Oct. 25, Cornell @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Oct. 25, Dearwester, medical emergency Oct. 25, Northcreek, medical emergency Oct. 25, Merrymaker, good intent Oct. 26, Brookgreen, medical emergency Oct. 26, Marlette, medical emergency Oct. 26, Northlake, medical emergency Oct. 26, Pine, medical emergency Oct. 26, Kenwood Crossing, medical emergency Oct. 26, Kenwood, medical emergency Oct. 26, Snider, alarm activation Oct. 26, Columbia, alarm activation Oct. 27, Dearwester, fall Oct. 27, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 27, Wicklow, medical emergency Oct. 27, Kugler Mill, overheated motor Oct. 27, Mason Montgomery, alarm activation Oct. 27, Montgomery, fall



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Fire group issues cold-weather tips The Northeast Fire Collaborative (consisting of the Blue Ash, Mason, Sharonville, Sycamore Township and Loveland Symmes fire departments) remind all members of the community that electric space heaters are amongst the No. 1 cold weather killer,” as they are the leading cause of fires during cold weather months. The NEFC firefighters remind residents: » Never connect space heaters to extension cords because the heater can overload electrical circuits, sparking a fire. » Do not use space heaters for long periods of time. When not in use, the heaters should be unplugged. » Keep space heaters at least three feet from furni-

ture, cleaning products and any other combustible materials. » Keep space heaters away from water. » Always open a window slightly when using space heaters, to improve ventilation. » Check heater cords to determine if they are frayed or damaged. » Never use space heaters to dry clothing. Clothing can ignite and spark a blaze. What should you do if your smoke detector goes off, if you notice a fire at home or in a home or apartment in your neighborhood? » Make sure you have a fire exit plan-and all; the members of your family know what to do and where

to meet in the event of a fire. » Dial 9-1-1 as soon as possible! » If a smoke detector is sounding, and you do not know why, call 9-1-1 and advise the dispatcher of that fact. » If there is smoke or fire in your home, get out as quickly as you can - and dial 9-1-1 as soon as possible from a remote site. » If you live in an apartment or condo complex, and the fire is not in your unit, stay in your apartment. » If you must leave, feel doors with the back of your hand before you try to open them. If they are hot, find another way out. Keep as close to the floor as you can.

» If you are unable to get out, stay near a window and near the floor. Close the door and stuff a towel in the bottom of the door to prevent smoke from entering the room. Signal for help if you can. » When leaving a burning home or apartment, do not stop to take any material possessions with you. » Always try to take your pet(s) with you, if you must leave a burning building, but do it quickly and as safely as possible. » Never use the elevator. Northeast Fire Collaborative Fire officials suggest that you keep a home fire extinguisher, and learn how to use it. The Northeast Fire Collaborative Firefighters

recommend following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home: » Have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned and inspected by a trained professional prior to using. » Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries. » Test alarms once a month using the test button. » Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested. » Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas. » For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization

and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms. » Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. » Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond, and know to call 91-1 »Prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you. For further information contact your local fire department or visit our website at

6409 Old Barn Court, Oct. 23. Fraud Loss of cash; $9,197 at 7293 Jethve Lane, Oct. 26. Theft Medication and change taken from vehicle at 6416 Old Barn Court, Oct. 23. Backpack taken from vehicle at 6724 Kencrest Drive, Oct. 23. Tools taken from vehicle at 8143 Camargo, Oct. 25.

Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 24. Keiona Stringer, 30, 5702 Lantana Ave., theft at 7800 Montgomery Road, Oct. 13. Lesha Morris, no age given, 1019 Orchard Hill, theft, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 22. Nicole Hiens, 32, 3050 Valerie Arms, theft, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 22. Leanna Knight, 22, 505 N. Woodward Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 22. Darrius Lackey, 15, 477 Crestlawn Ave., theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Oct. 20. Juvenile male, 15, criminal trespassing at 7913 Montgomery Road, Oct. 20.

POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Gerry Branner, 21, 1553 Pleasant Run Drive, trafficking in drugs at 5300 Kennedy Ave., Oct. 21. Sean Romerill, 40, 171 Spring St., possession of abuse instruments, possession of open container at Kennedy and Woodford, Oct. 24. Angela Holt, 43, 5623 Viewpointe, disorderly conduct at 5643 Viewpointe, Oct. 22.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Entered business at 5383 Ridge Road, Oct. 23. Criminal damaging Reported at 8238 Wooster Road, Oct. 26. Sexual imposition Reported at Ridge Road, Oct. 23.

Theft Catalytic converter removed at 3430 Highland Ave., Oct. 21. Reported at 3400 Highland Ave., Oct. 21. Vehicle removed at 2893 Ridgewood Lane, Oct. 26. Ipod valued at $80 removed at 2712 Ridgewood Ave., Oct. 26. Laptop, case valued at $360 removed at 6531 Cliff Ridge, Oct. 26.

DEER PARK Arrests/citations Bradley Pyles, 23, 4119 Lansdowne Ave., receiving stolen property, obstructing official business, drug abuse, Nov. 9 at 4101 E. Galbraith Road.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Jason D. Jordan, 37, 7332 Hosbrook, driving under

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local police department: » Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Simon L. Leis, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444 » Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056 » Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 influence, drug abuse, drug instrument, Oct. 17. Perry S. Stephens, 30, 1855 Pleasant Hills, open container, driving under suspension, Oct. 22. Rashad D. Joe, 26, 4615 Vendome Place, drug abuse, Oct.

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Niklas Harbachow, 32, 12159 Sycamore Terrace, public indecency at 8129 Montgomery Road, Oct. 22. Ranadu Turner, 31, 6843 Plainfield Road, operating vehicle impaired at U.S. 22, Oct. 20. Robert Mason, 47, 6405 Montgomery Road, theft at 7800 Montgomery Road, Oct. 24. Alexis Bowman, 18, 6362 Werk

Incidents/investigations Burglary Residence entered at 5319 Lee's Crossing, Oct. 23.

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