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Lauren Blomer Cincinnati Ballet’s Frisch’s “The New Nutcracker" will transform a cast of 160 children from the Tristate area in this lively, entertaining and surprising new version of “The Nutcracker.” Meet some local dancers.



Sixth-grader creates 3D replica of city

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.

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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By Jeanne Houck MADEIRA — The idea came to Nathan Brunner, a sixth-grader at Madeira Middle School, at a brainstorming session of the Madeira Historical Society earlier this year. “Why don’t we show more people how Madeira was in the past?” thought Brunner, a member of the historical society’s Connecting Generations Committee, which encourages young and old historians to work together. “I thought that instead of a presentation or drawing we should have a 3-D display and it would be even more exciting to have a train running right through it!” And then, voila! Some months later, the Madeira Historical Society has transformed Brunner’s vision into a six-foot by 10-foot model of Madeira circa 1915 that will be unveiled Saturday, Dec. 3, in conjunction with Light up Madeira, the city’s annual downtown holiday shopfest. “Town by the Tracks: Madeira in 1915” will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Miller House Museum at 7226 Miami Ave. It will remain on display for two years at all open houses–1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month between April and December–and hold pride of place when the Madeira Historical Society celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.

Madeira Middle School sixth-grader Nathan Brunner and other members of the Madeira Historical Society's Connecting Generations Committee made this mockup of 1915 Madeira. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

"Town by the Tracks: Madeira in 1915" will be on display at the Miller House Museum. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Brunner is thrilled with the outcome. “When I saw the display for the first time I thought it was

amazing and beyond what I had ever hoped for,” Brunner said. “There were lots of trees, houses and small details that I

never thought we would ever be able to produce with the materials that we had available to us. “Overall, I could not have hoped for better,” Brunner said. True to the mission of the Connecting Generations Committee, people at the other end of the age spectrum played an equally important role in Town by the Tracks: Madeira in 1915, said Susan Hill, Madeira Historical Society board member. The historical society decided to reproduce Madeira as it was in 1915 because of a map drawn by Naomi Bain Henn, who died in 1997 at the age of 92, and her son, Druce Henn, who See MOCKUP, Page A2

Pre-register for crime survival workshop By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA — The public is invited to a free crime-survival workshop Wednesday, Dec. 7, presented by the Madeira Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. The speaker featured at the “Survive! Seminar” will be Debbie Gardner, who retired after eight years as a deputy sheriff with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and was in the mid-1970s one of the first women in the United States to be assigned patrol duty alone. Gardner is author of “Simply the BST (Breathe, Space Throat safety tips) Crime Survival” and “Survive! Don’t be a Victim,” and co-author of “Raising Kids Who Can Protect Themselves.” TheDec.7seminarwillbefrom 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church at 8000 Miami Ave. in Madeira. It is

Debbie Gardner will be the featured speaker at a crime-survival workshop in Madeira Dec. 7. Here, at a seminar earlier this year, Gardner demonstrates how people can defend themselves. STAFF open to adults and mature juveniles ages 12 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. While it is free, a $10 donation to the Madeira Patrolmen’s Benevo-

lent Association is appreciated. The association is a non-profit organization formed in 2004 by Madeira police officers to help make equipment purchases and

provide training for local law enforcement officers. “I am very pleased that the Madeira Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is making this possible for all of our residents and the general public to take advantage of at no cost,” said Frank Maupin, chief of the Madeira Police Department. “This is very important for everyone to learn how to deal with different situations that they may encounter. I hope everyone can attend. “This will help our community to become stronger and safer,” Maupin said. Registration for the “Survive! Seminar” will be 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Due to limited seating, interested people are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Madeira Police Department at 272-4214 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Visit to learn more.

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Fred Sanborn, a member of the Committee for Responsible School Spending, holds a binder containing survey responses from a recent mailing. The group sent a survey to 4,259 households in the district.

A group opposed to what it considers high spending by the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District hopes a recent survey will have an impact. The Committee for Responsible School Spending mailed a survey to 4,259 households in the Indian Hill School District. As of Nov. 8, the committee had received 233 responses. The group is anticipating at least 250 responses. The Committee for Responsible School Spending was formed shortly after the district approved an inside millage increase in 2009. The committee disputed whether the district met state requirements for passing the millage increase without a vote and filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court. The lawsuit is currently pending. Additionally, the group has stated it would like the district to reduce school spending by 5 percent. The survey was used to gauge responses on the inside millage move, school spending, the teacher’s contract and transparency in the district. Based on information compiled from 228 of the surveys which had been received at the time, 91.2 percent of the respondents


said they favored recovering money from the inside millage increase, and 81.9 percent supported reducing spending in the district by 5 percent. “A good outcome would be for the (school) board to realize the district financial picture they painted is not coming to pass and to rescind the noon-voted tax increase with the stroke of a pen,” said committee member Richard Cocks. Committee member Fred Sanborn said the group had a 5.49 percent re-

sponse rate from the mailing. “For a direct mailing we are happy with the responses we got,” he said. Sanborn said the group will continue to address spending in the district “till something changes.” He said the next step following the survey may be to proceed with a class-action lawsuit in Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas to recover tax money which has already been paid.

of what are now busy roads and fishing on ponds that no longer exist as we consulted long-time Madeira residents in their 80s. “This project shows that generations that live after you will want the very knowledge that you have in your head that you think nothing of,” Hill said. “Write it down! I am very glad that Naomi Bain Henn did.” Doug Oppenheimer, corresponding secretary for the Madeira Historical Society, agreed that the Henn family’s map provides an important peephole into Madeira’s past. Here’s Oppenheimer’s take on what that peephole reveals about Madeira in 1915. “The library was on Laurel Avenue and a cemetery was at the present location of the library.

The Madeira Methodist Church was at the corner of Miami and Euclid and later after 1915 became the city municipal building. “The George Meyer lumber and coal company was next to the railroad tracks in the location where Kroger is today. Kroger was at the corner of Camargo and Miami where Walgreens is today. “The local fishing hole was the Hosbrook pond and was a place where the children could ice skate in the winter. “There was no Miller House in 1915 and the community was still rural. There were farms and fruit orchards all through the town. “Locomotives pulling heavy loads steamed through Madeira heading towards Cincinnati in one direction and towards Loveland and beyond in the other direction.”

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died in August at the age of 87. “Druce drove Naomi around Madeira for weeks, having her point out where houses and businesses were in 1915,” Hill said. “Together they drew up a map of streets and the 85 structures in Madeira at that time. “Because he took the time to drive her around Madeira for weeks looking at roads and houses, we were able to recreate substantially how Madeira looked in 1915,” Hill said. Hill said the Madeira Historical Society learned a lot about early Madeira while making the exhibit. “We learned that the roads were not paved in 1915,” Hill said. “We heard stories of sledding down the middle





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For Matula 60 years of loving memories "Ted would come home after closing at 1 a.m. He was always happy. I'd want to talk business. He'd get mad and say: 'Forget about the business.' I have two loves in my life, my family and this business."

Gannett News Service MONTGOMERY — Somewhere in a busy part of town, a young bride stands over steaming pots and a sizzling grill. She flips burgers while her husband jokes with the customers and works the front room. It's opening day for their mom-and-pop restaurant. Wiping her brow, she looks around the tiny kitchen and tries not to fret. Matula Gregory knows exactly what she's thinking: Will we make it? The answer is yes - if she has the gumption of Gregory, 84, the matriarch of the Montgomery Inn empire. On Nov. 1, that Cincinnati icon quietly celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding by Gregory and her husband, the famed raconteur and restaurateur, the late Ted Gregory. "I had no doubts that day that we would make it," Gregory said. "We were family. My sister and both sets of parents were working with us." As Matula spoke, she sat in a private dining room of the Montgomery Inn's flagship restaurant in the heart of its namesake city. In 1951, that restaurant could barely seat 25 diners. Sixty years and numerous expansions later, its capacity is 725. She was offered, but declined, a seat at the head of the table. "I'm fine right here," she said softly from a side seat. "The head of the table is gone." She looked at a portrait of her late husband. He died in 2001, just after the Montgomery Inn celebrated its 50th anniversary. On that long-ago opening day, she stood in the kitchen and told herself: "This is home. We will succeed." She said those words just after 6 a.m. That's when the original Montgomery Inn opened for the first time to serve a crew of construction workers. They were belting back boilermakers for breakfast. Those construction workers were building the houses that eventually became the neighborhoods surrounding Montgomery. "I knew we'd make it," she said as she folded and unfolded a cloth napkin. "But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would be this successful." Sixty years ago Nov. 1 about 50 feet from where Gregory sat - she stood in the kitchen of an old corner bar formerly called McCabe's Inn. She and her husband had just renamed it the Montgomery Inn. Sixty years later, that corner joint has evolved into a food service empire of restaurants, ribs and barbecue sauce. The Inn's four locations - Montgomery, downtown, Fort Mitchell and Dublin, Ohio - sell a combined 20,000 pounds of ribs each week. They annually slather 30,000 gallons of sauce on the ribs, chicken and Saratoga chips. Annual in-store, mail-order and on-line sales of sauce amount to 1.5 million bottles. The downtown and Montgomery locations annually rank among the country's top-50 grossing independent restaurants. And it all started 60 years ago at an old corner tavern. "When we opened, I was


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two months pregnant, with Tommy, my first born, and had been married just two weeks less than a year," Gregory recalled. After unlocking the doors on that sunny November day in 1951, Gregory and her sister, Tasha, headed straight for the kitchen. "Ted was in his domain," recalled his widow. "Behind the bar." While he served boilermakers, the sisters readied a lunch menu of burgers, cheeseburgers and doubledeckers. The now-famous Montgomery Inn ribs and secret sauce - Matula's creation would not arrive on the menu until 1959. "I made ribs at home for a party Ted had at the restaurant that year," she recalled. "I cooked all day at home making those ribs and the sauce. I never went to the party. I was too tired." Ted, the original party animal, had been at work since 6 a.m. But he still went to the party. He had to serve his wife's ribs. They were such a hit he immediately added them to the menu. Word spread fast. Customers from the East and West sides of Cincinnati started driving to what Gregory called "the end of civilization" for some ribs. That was pretty good for someone who said, "I couldn't cook before we got married." She grew up working in her parents' Kennedy Heights Sweet Shop. "But I mostly took orders," Gregory said. "When I got married, the first thing I fixed for Ted was tuna fish salad and scrambled eggs." Lucky for her family and Cincinnati, she expanded her repertoire. Two years after the ribs made the menu, Gregory stood in the kitchen on Valentine's Day. Her date was working the front of the room. "I was never a frontdoor person,'' she said. "I liked being in the kitchen. It felt like home." She still makes spot-inspections of her home away from home. "I like to see what's going on in the kitchens," she said. She also meets daily with her son, Tom, who runs the Montgomery restaurant. "If I don't call her at 8 a.m. to tell her when I'm coming over to meet with her," he said, "she calls me at 8:05 a.m. to say: 'You're late. You're not coming over?' She's the greatest about this business." Ted Gregory also knew about his wife's intense drive to succeed in business by really trying.

"Ted would come home after closing at 1 a.m. He was always happy," Matula Gregory recalled. "I'd want to talk business. He'd get mad and say: 'Forget about the business.' '' She couldn't forget. "I have two loves in my life, my family and this business." On the day dedicated to love in 1961, she remembered "a big Valentine's Day crowd. We were packed. People were standing in line. "And," she added, "it was

snowing outside. "That's when I knew we were really going to make it." She can sympathize with today's generation of mom-and-pop restaurants. She has some advice for those worried young brides. "Do the best you can," Gregory advised. "Do not sell anything that you would not feed your family." Above all, said the woman who regularly spent 12 hours a day on her feet over a hot stove, "Work hard."


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Indian Hill honors our veterans The village of Indian Hill Veterans Committee conducted its first Veterans Day observance Nov. 11. The observance was conducted at the village’s new veterans memorial, at the northeast corner of Shawnee Run Road and Drake Road. The event included patriotic music from Indian Hill High School, featured speaker and former Air Force pilot Art Leonard and was moderated by Charles Stix, veterans committee member and WWII veteran. Leonard discussed some of his time spent flying a B-52 plane in the Air Force, and Stix offered a brief history of Veterans Day as well as his time spent in the armed services. Photos by Rob Dowdy/ The Community Press

Charles Stix, WWII veteran, served as program moderator for the Veterans Day observance in Indian Hill.

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Horticultural Society unveils 2012 plans In response to enthusiastic community acceptance of new educational programs and special events introduced this year, the Cincinnati Horticultural Society said it plans to replicate and expand on these activities in 2012 in place of the traditional Cincinnati Flower Show. According to Frank Welsh, CHS board chair, two factors contributed to the decision. “The community’s positive response to our new 2011 programming, combined with an economic climate that continues to make it difficult to secure elaborate event sponsorships, led to the board’s decision to replicate our 2011 activities in the coming year, with a focus on making them even more exciting,” Welsh said. Welsh said that CHS intends to build on such popular new events as the spring gardening fair held this year at the Delhi Garden Center in Liberty Township, the summer secret garden tours of some of Greater Cincinnati’s most stunning private gardens, and a fall flower and farm fest. The group also intends to expand on its popular Fresh Air School, a summer educational program for children held at the historic Meade House in Symmes Township. The Holiday version of the Fresh Air School is currently taking place at the Meade House. The Society

has plans to develop Meade House and its grounds as a horticultural center for the community in the future. Other perennial Flower Show favorites, such as the Dramatic Table Settings exhibit, morphed this year into a “Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner” celebrity-inspired event that helped raise both funding and awareness for CHS programs. “This promises to be even more elaborate and creative in 2012,” Welsh said, “and will be joined by other popular events such as Spring Fling and Ladies Day.” “Ultimately, CHS is committed to bringing back the Cincinnati Flower Show in all its known glory,” Welsh said. “but assuring that this can be done in a way that merits Cincinnati’s designation as the ‘King of All Flower Shows’ requires a healthier economy than we currently are experiencing.” Welsh noted, however, that CHS is “working on some truly exciting” plans for a future show. The preliminary calendar of 2012 CHS-sponsored events includes: » Ladies Day – Tuesday, May 1, at the Kenwood Country Club » Secret Garden Tour – Saturday, June 16 » "Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner” – Week of Sept. 24 » Gardener Recognition Awards Presentation – October



Blue Ash honors veterans For the 19th year in a row, people gathered at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park to honor veterans at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony.

Harry Falck of Mount Repose (left) searches out his military brothers and sisters - in uniform and out - to shake their hands at the 19th annual Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. Falck, a U.S. Army veteran of Word War II and the Korean War, was a prisoner of war in Korea for three years. The Veterans Day ceremony took place at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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On Nov.14, the sixth-graders of Rockwern Academy in Kenwood shyly introduced themselves to their pen pals from Pleasant Hill Academy, a Cincinnati public school. It was a meeting between two groups of children who, given the differences between their schools and backgrounds, might never have met. Pleasant Hill Academy and Rockwern Academy are very different schools: one a public school with an entirely African-American student body, the other an entirely Jewish private school. Over the past months, the students from Pleasant Hill have been exchanging letters with their Rockwern counterparts to talk about their differing schools, cultural and social lives and their shared interests—including their all-school readings of a single book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” by President Barack Obama. “Rockwern’s All-School-Read and Pen Pal programs began last year when we joined together with the International Academy to bring Jewish and Muslim kids to-

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gether,” said Rockwern librarian Julia Weinstein, who, with Rockwern teacher Elaine Kaplan and Pleasant Hill resource coordinator, Paula Sherman organized the visit. “The success of that program led to this one.” The Pleasant Hill students began their Rockwern visit with a tour of the Center for Holocaust

and Humanity Education in the Rockwern campus. Then the students met in Rockwern’s Mayerson Hall to greet their pen pals for the first time under a huge banner reading “Welcome Pleasant Hill Academy”—and the children took it from there. Groups of Rockwern students lead the Pleasant Hill students on a

Ellie Koetter, Lexi Lackmeyer, Brandon Grosser, Emily Geers and Mariah Essex dress in costume for St. Nicholas Academy's annual Cacklefest. THANKS TO ANN FALCI


A cackling good time Dressed up students celebrate Cacklefest, a Halloween festival at St. Nicholas Academy. Students in grades kindergarten to grade two dressed in costume and played fall-themed games. Preschool siblings and pets were also invited to dress in costume for Cacklefest, and the student body purchased votes for their favorites. The proceeds from the best-costumed pet and bestdressed preschooler benefited the Cincinnati SPCA and Birthright’s Beds for Babies Campaign. Thanks to Ann Falci

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school tour, popping into the library, Hebrew, music and art classrooms before arriving at the school’s Boymel Synagogue, where Rockwern Judaic Studies teacher Deborah Netanel explained a Torah scroll. Hajsani Estes, a Pleasant Hill student, observed, “Hebrew looks kind of like Arabic,” and Dr. Netanel ex-

plained that both were Semitic languages. Then it was off to the gym for a quick introduction to one of Rockwern’s recess favorites, the Israeli game of “Ga-Ga.” The result was uproar, as 60 children slapped and dodged two balls. After a spectacular, between-the-legs dodge by Pleasant Hill student Jamel Reed, he said, “Man, I’ve got to take a break. This is a fast game!” Then students sat together for lunch at the school cafeteria, where the children compared notes on what really mattered: music, sports and celebrities. At one table, a Rockwern student explained what kosher food was, while at another table, Rockwern student Jacob Kotzin and Mettyas of Pleasant Hill dashed to get seconds on chocolate milk before the Pleasant Hill students had to say goodbye and board the bus back to school. Next February, the Rockwern sixth-grade class will pay a visit to Pleasant Hill Academy, located near College Hill. As Pleasant Hill teacher Brenda Terrell said after the visit, “Kids don’t care much about differences. They care about what they have in common. They could give us grown-ups a lesson about tolerance and friendship.”

Recent Indian Hill High School graduate Ben Langhorst wrote and directed a musical for his senior project at the school. The project received a distinguished rating from a panel of judges at the school. Behind Langhorst is a diagram detailing how the production was prepared. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Siblings of St. Nicholas Academy students dressed in costume to compete in the best-dressed preschooler contest, benefiting Birthright's Beds for Babies campaign. From left: Lizzie Mumper dressed as "Lizzie Gaga," Eva Lackmeyer as Snow White and Jay Lackmeyer as a stegosaurus. THANKS TO ANN FALCI


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Recent Indian Hill High School graduate Ben Langhorst believes it’s important not to have regrets. It’s not only a philosophy, but thanks to Langhorst’s scripting, it’s also a musical. As part of his senior project earlier this year, Langhorst wrote and directed “Life and Other Variations” for the Essex Studios. He prepared 16 songs for the production. His project received a “distinguished” rating from a panel of judges at the high school. “The message is don’t try to rush through life,” he said. “Every choice you make is important.” The play was performed at the Essex Studios in May. A tape was made of the performance and submitted to the judges at Indian Hill High School. The focus was on a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in 1985 with flashbacks to their youth in 1945. “It’s (about) not having regrets and letting those regrets control your life,” he said. This is not the first production Langhorst, a resident of Kenwood, has organized. He has been involved with several others as a

Program from Ben Langhorst's production "Life and Other Variations." FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

member of the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy. Langhorst was also a part of the drama department at Indian Hill High School. He plans to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he plans to study drama. “I have developed a love of play writing,” he said. “I’ll take advantage of whatever opportunities are there.”



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By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — A look at Indian Hill’s wrestling roster probably doesn’t put the fear of God in their opposition. At least not yet. There’s one senior, one junior, one freshman and a plethora of sophomores that grace coach Nick Burroughs’ red room hidden in the back halls of Indian Hill High School. The Braves have been laying low, but are looking to pounce on the unsuspecting. “I hope so,” Burroughs said. “That’s the whole plan.” Indian Hill was sixth at the league meet last season with a freshman-heavy lineup. Most of the youthful grapplers finished with losing records, but invaluable experience. “They were taking their lumps on the varsity squad,” Burroughs said. “Hopefully, it’ll make them tougher for the future.” The strategy was born partly of necessity. “When I moved up from the eighth grade the year before, that’s who I brought up with me,”

Indian Hill junior Aaron Sommerville stretches before practice Nov. 22. Sommerville was 11-9 with nine pins at 112 pounds last season. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Burroughs said. “There wasn’t much left from the team before me.” Aaron Sommerville, the brother of noted Indian Hill hurdler Natalie Sommerville (now running at Bowling Green), is Indian Hill’s most experienced wrestler. He finished 11-9 with nine pins as a sophomore. “He wrestled at 112 last year,” Burroughs said. “He’ll probably go at 120 this season with the changes in the weight classes.”

The only other returning wrestler who didn’t finish with a losing record was current sophomore Will Klee, who was 4-4 with three pins at 103 pounds. Sophomores Devin Fischer, Kirby Fortney, Jake Becker, Joey Campbell and Nick Price all contributed as freshman, but often were on the short end of the score. Now, Burroughs has a group of Braves another year wiser, and in some cases, larger. “Hopefully, we can try to fig-

ure out some spots for everybody,” Burroughs said. While he figures he can build with his sophomore-laden squad, Burroughs admits that Indian Hill doesn’t have the luxury of feeder groups providing wrestling talent. “Most programs are able to build from their youth programs and stuff like that,” Burroughs said. “We have a tough time keeping kids coming in.” Some of his kids have come from other youth programs. In the CHL this season, Burroughs figures he’ll see the usual suspects at the top. “Madeira’s got some numbers and Reading always does,” he said. Indian Hill slaps on the singlets in competition Dec. 3 at the Bishop Fenwick Invitational.

Cincinnati Country Day

Head coach Dan Wood and the Cincinnati Country Day Indians come back for the 2011-2012 campaign eager to learn and hungry for success. The roster features just five

individuals (four sophomores, one freshman), so the wrestlers should have ample opportunities to earn their stripes at the varsity level this winter.

Summit Country Day

Summit Country Day coach Kyle Wirthwine will welcome back a young, but experienced team for the upcoming season. “With another strong freshmen class, the team will be bigger, stronger and more experienced than all the previous years," Wirthwine said by email. “We had a strong offseason where we attended the University of Michigan’s wrestling camp and grew as a team.” The squad should receive contributions from senior Andrew Lyonds, sophomores Stuart Seltman and Billy France, as well as freshmen Mason Moore and Jesse Campbell throughout the season. Summit opens the season with the varsity tournament at the Summit Sports Complex, Dec. 3.

Lady Braves march under new leader By Scott Springer

Moeller coach Jeff Gaier returns nine seniors to the mat this winter. From left are: Top row, Tom Morand, Jay Koepfle, Matt Lindsey, Michael Blum and Caleb Denny; front row, Tyler Ziegler, Joey Ward, Tyler Tepe and Lukas Kmetz. Denny is going to Tennessee-Chattanooga on a wrestling scholarship. Ward is the defending state champion at 125 pounds and will wrestle collegiately at North Carolina. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller loaded on the mat By Scott Springer


saders went to the state wrestling meet in March and coach Jeff Gaier returned with one champion in Joey Ward. Thirteen starters, including Ward, return so Gaier is looking for another banner year off Montgomery Road. “Assuming everyone stays healthy and gets to those weights, we’re going to have a lot of experience,” Gaier said. “We really don’t have any weight where we’re not going to be pretty solid.” Ward, the state champion at 125 pounds, will move up to 132 for his senior year. After that, he heads to North Carolina to wrestle for the Tarheels. Coaching him is one of Gaier’s easier tasks. “You just try to keep him healthy,” Gaier said. “He’s a special kid. I think he’s gotten better since he won the state title. He’s passionate about the sport. Those are the types of kids that don’t come around too much. We’re fortunate to have him.” Sophomores Dean Meyer (145) and Dakota Sizemore (152) are also back for the Crusaders. Both made the state meet as freshmen, with Meyer placing eighth.

Two other sophomores also made state appearances as Jerry Thornberry (195) placed eighth and Chalmer Frueauf (220) placed fourth. Frueauf is just back to the mat as he had been with coach John Rodenberg’s football team. Gaier is anxious to get his big, young contributor back. “He had a phenomenal year,” Gaier said. “For being as young as he was and placing that high, it’s almost unheard of.” Moeller’s heavyweight is Caleb Denny, also a state qualifier who will wrestle at TennesseeChattanooga. Denny’s in the 275 category. “Heavyweight’s a pretty tough weight, but I think Caleb is certainly going to be up there,” Gaier said. “He actually wrestled with a torn ACL at the state tournament, not 100 percent, and wrestled pretty well.” Rounding out Gaier’s projected starters are freshman Connor Ziegler at 106, senior Tyler Tepe at 113, junior Andrew Mendel at 120, senior Tyler Ziegler at 126, senior Matt Lindsey at 138, senior Michael Blum (another state qualifier) at 160, junior Wyatt Wilson at 170, and junior Kreig Greco at 182. Moeller will crank up the season Dec. 3 with a dual meet featuring many of the city’s best

squads. “It’s a 12-team dual meet tournament,” Gaier said. “Fairfield, Mason, Lakota East and top teams from around the state will be there like Wadsworth and Elyria. Also, a couple Columbus teams and a couple out of state teams will be there.”


The Mustangs were second in the Cincinnati Hills League behind Reading last season. This season, Brennan Ryan takes over as coach for Jason Foley. Madeira will also be without graduated CHL wrestler of the year Johnny Carpenter. Top returnees are: First-team CHL wrestler Chance Manzler, a senior, and honorable mention selection, junior Alvi Ibarra. Manzler was 31-16 as a junior with 15 points. Ibarra as a sophomore was 21-14 with 10 pins.

Deer Park

Coach Matt Macke’s Wildcats were fifth at the Cincinnati Hills League meet last season. Junior Jake Macke wrestled at 112 pounds and made CHL first team. Also back are junior Tad Morris and senior Chris Roetting, both honorable mention selections last winter. Morris wrestled at 135, Roetting at 145 pounds.

INDIAN HILL — As the saying goes, “There’s a new sheriff in town!” Actually, it’s a Marshall. The new Indian Hill High School girls basketball coach is David Marshall, taking over for the departed Dr. Scott Rogers. Marshall was coaching boys recently at Northern Kentucky University, but has coached girls in Missouri where his school sent 22 players to college for basketball. Of those, 18 went Division I. He walks into a loaded gym. “Scott did a terrific job last year,” Marshall said. “We have some seniors that are ready to go. They know how to prepare. The younger kids are watching them how they prepare - how they go about their business .” Marshall’s plan for success features returning seniors Nicole Bell, Sarah Arington and Natalie Newton. The defending undefeated league champs, who went 21-2 overall, are back and as good as ever. “The biggest challenge is everyone buying in to the direction we're going,” Marshall said. Marshall doesn’t have the luxury of Kelsey Matthews and Katie Markesbery any more, but he’s looking for two talented sophomores to fill the void. “I'm expecting Jessica Arington to step it up big,” Marshall said. “Jessica Marsh has also really absorbed everything and made a great transition .” Marshall expects Jessica Arington to be a catalyst. Both Marsh and Jessica Arington played as freshmen last season. He also looks for some multisport girls to enhance the Lady Braves basketball product. Because of its size, the CHL is not a league of specialization and has an “old school” feel. “I have a girl that came from cross country, one that came from tennis, and some young ladies that came from soccer,” Marshall said. “It's a smooth transition. I embrace it. From the com-

Senior Sarah Arington passes the ball during practice for the girls basketball team at Indian Hill on Nov.1. Arington led the Cincinnati Hills League in field goal percentage last season. LEIGH TAYLOR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

petitive side, there's something you can take from every sport.” Led by Ball State signee Bell, the Lady Braves begin play home with Chaminade-Julienne Nov. 28. They handed Indian Hill one of their two losses last Jan. 5.

Cincinnati Country Day

Coach John Snell and the Lady Indians' program has lost just one regular season game over the past two years - and CCD should continue to roll this winter. Snell will welcome back returning starters Ricci Snell, Erika Armstead and Cassie Sachs. Snell, who plays point guard, averaged 15 points and 8.0 assists per game last season. Armstead and Sachs gave CCD a combined 27 points and 17 rebounds per game in the post. Senior Candice Keese also returns to the starting lineup after snagging 2.0 steals per game. The girls open the season at Roger Bacon, Nov. 28.



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ble future have now depleted their savings and retirement accounts. Parents are struggling to raise a family on parttime work. Dreams of school or retirement have been put on hold. As one grandmother put it, this has been a long, slow going down. No one has felt this effect more than children. In the city of Cincinnati, nearly half of children live in poverty – an appalling statistic. Across the region, a quarter of all children live in a home where the next meal is an uncertain possibility rather than a fact of life. When our volunteers go into the homes of families in need – families in every neighborhood in our community – they often find parents and their children living in impossibly difficult situations. We see empty cupboards and bare refrigerators. In households with no furniture, we see mothers who make a little nest of clothing so their baby has a soft place to lie or a “bed” for the kids that is nothing more than a blanket spread on the floor. Sometimes we must arrive at a home before dark because the family’s utilities have already been disconnected. The harsh effects of poverty bear down on families every day, yet the weight is a lit-

tle heavier at this time of year. Every child yearns to wake up Christmas morning to a special gift and a family celebration. Each of us can help make that possible: » The next time you are at Kroger with your child, ask her to pick out her favorite soup or cereal and place it in the Food From the Heart barrel at the door. Our neighborhood volunteers will gather the food and take it to a local family in need. » Make a donation in honor of a loved one to provide Christmas gifts to a child in need. A donation of just $25 will allow us to purchase new gifts to make a child’s Christmas brighter this year. » Instead of the usual gift, ask your family to give a bed to a child in need. » Visit our website,, or call (513) 421-HOPE to find out more about ways you can give the gift of hope this Christmas season. Of all the gifts we give our children this year, none will be more lasting or more lifechanging than the gift of kindness. This year, you can reach across the poverty line and bring hope to a family in need. Liz Carter is executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati.

POLITICALLY SPEAKING Reaction from local lawmakers to issues in the news: Issue The inability of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to agree to federal budget cuts: Reaction “I am deeply disappointed that the Joint Select Committee could not come to an agreement on the best way to reach $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. This was the chance to begin to seriously address our record debt and deficits, give the economy a shot in the arm and help regain some confidence in our representative government. “I believe Republicans worked in good faith to find common ground, including offering

new revenue as part of an agreement that included pro-growth tax reform, avoiding the risk of a massive tax increase a year from now, and significant reforms to help sustain our important entitlement programs. While Democrats agreed that reforms need to be made to entitlement programs, they only offered such changes in exchange for over a trillion dollars in tax increases and more stimulus spending. “It was unfortunate that President Obama was absent during these negotiations. Instead, he made the job even harder by insisting the Select Committee pay for his new spending programs and by issuing a veto threat if the Select Committee didn’t follow the


Kindness is best of all holiday gifts Last week at the St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Center in the West End, more than 1,000 families in need received Thanksgiving food baskets. That means on Thanksgiving, those families could put their worries aside for one day and enjoy a holiday meal with their loved ones. For many of those Liz Carter COMMUNITY PRESS families, however, the worGUEST COLUMNIST ry returned the next day. What will Christmas bring? During the next few weeks, in humble homes and small apartments across Cincinnati, St. Vincent de Paul members will be meeting with families facing a very meager Christmas. People like Rebecca, a young mother recently abandoned by her husband who is working to move her family of four out of a condemned apartment building. Without help, Rebecca will have to choose – Christmas gifts for the children or a decent apartment in a safer neighborhood. This is the fourth holiday season since the economy fell apart, and the need is taking its toll on our community. Families who once had a sta-


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR We have found the Grinch!

There is a Christmas Grinch among us! I’m writing this letter to express my disappointment in piece of mail my 82-year-old grandmother, Helen Blankenship, recently received calling her modest outdoor Christmas decorations “junk” and “trash” and calling her an “embarrassment” to Madeira for decorating her yard so early (and by early we mean the third week in November). The handwritten letter, sent anonymously, professed to speak for the entire Madeira community. Obviously someone’s not in the Christmas spirit yet! All joking aside, while it bothers me that an anonymous person sent a mean spirited letter bullying an 82-year-old great grandmother about her Christmas decorations, it bothers me more that it called Helen an embarrassment to Madeira, claiming she didn’t understand what Madeira society is all about and that she certainly didn’t meet Madeira's standards of acceptability. Not only does Helen Blankenship understand Madeira, Helen is Madeira. Helen has lived on Miami Avenue all 82 years of her life. Her childhood home is the current site of the Amarin restaurant parking lot. She graduated from Madeira in 1947. She has lived in her current residence on the corner of Miami Avenue and Shawnee Run for the past 62 years. She and her late husband, Clarence “Buzz” Blankenship, owned and ran the service station on the corner of Miami and Shaw-

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nee for 30 years. She has walked in the Madeira 4th of July parade for the last 15 years, and she’s a regular at the Madeira Starbucks. Helen Blankenship represents everything great that Madeira’s foundation was built on because, over the last 82 years, Helen helped build it. She represents every decent, hard working person who grew up in Madeira and stayed there to build a life. 82 years on the same street and someone thinks she doesn’t “get what Madeira is all about”? Helen doesn’t just “get Madeira” Helen is Madeira. Merry Christmas Helen Blankenship! Keep on spreading that Christmas cheer! Jen Winkelman Gehring Madeira

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guidelines he set out. “We failed to reach agreement because, despite good intentions on both sides, we simply couldn't bridge fundamental policy differences that reflect a broader disagreement in the Congress and country as a whole over the size and scope of government. “With a record debt of $15 trillion and a projected debt increase over the next 10 years of between $6 and $10 trillion more, Washington continues to promise more than the nation can afford. will continue to fight for spending reforms and pro-jobs policies to address our fiscal crisis and get the economy moving.” ”


Since Christmas is a giving time, what one present would you like to give to your community or Christmas?

“I would like to give a spirit of unanimity, peace and harmony to the community (and to the whole world.)” Bill B. “A referendum to recall John Kasich.” J.Z. “My gift to our Greater Cincinnati community is a small amount of my time and a bit of money. The real gift is possible due to the generosity of my wonderful neighbors in Turpin Hills. We are currently in the middle of our sixth annual 'Turpin Hills Pays It Forward' project to bene-

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fit the critically ill children (and their families) staying at our local Ronald McDonald House. Since our project kicked off in 2006, we have donated more than $23,000 to sponsor a room at Ronald McDonald House. This is our collective gift to our community. A very joyous holidays to all!” M.M.

Let’s put school district tax increase to a vote In response to increasingly vocal criticism of the IH Board of Education for raising taxes via an inside millage action whose legality has been challenged in the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, a number of articles have appeared in the Suburban Life that wax poetic over the joys of living in this school district. Dr. Glen HofFred Sanborn COMMUNITY PRESS mann, an Indian Hill resident, GUEST COLUMNIST published a charming encomium of our schools. His tribute is clearly sincere. Indeed, it’s likely that many, if not most, parents of children who

have attended our public schools are overall positive about their experience. All of us are grateful for gifts received from outstanding teachers. (My younger son, now in his 50s, remembers to this day the guidance and inspiration he experienced from an Indian Hill faculty member while he was co-editor of the Chieftain.) Student epiphanies, however, have not been the nexus of taxpayer concerns, which are focused on the Board, not teachers. At the conclusion of last week’s article, Dr. Hofmann writes, …”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…” His statement suggests an eminently commonsense solution to



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the issue that is central to taxpayer criticism of the board. A prominent member of our community referred to the issue as… “a powder keg that needs to be defused.” The issue, of course, is the inside millage tax increase that was imposed by the board in 2009, without a public vote. The increase is costing taxpayers an additional $1,646,901 per year. It adds $815 to the $15,373 cost per student that puts Indian Hill in the 99.5 percentile of school spending statewide. Every month that the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals dawdles over resolving the legitimacy of this increase, the taxpayer cost ratchets up another $137,242. All this goes away with the

stroke of a pen, if the board repeals its inside millage action. (The board should do so immediately so that the increase is removedfromtherealestatetaxbills that will be mailed next month.) Then, if the board believes that the extra $1,646,901 is essential to the survival of Indian Hill schools, the board can put the increase to a public vote. Dr. Hofmann will have an opportunity to cast his yes ballot, and the rest of us can vote according to our opinion whether or not the board’s present huge cash hoard really needs to be made even larger. It’s hard to imagine a downside to this action by the board. The moment the board repeals the inside millage tax increase, the lawsuit goes away, along with pub-

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lic resentment of losing another $137,242 every month the Board of Tax Appeals delays its decision. If the community votes in favor of the tax increase via the levy process, the people will have spoken, and the issue of legitimacy will have been settled once and for all. The same will be true if the community rejects the levy. If it is rejected, Dr. Hofmann, together with like-minded residents, will be free to donate whatever additional funds they please to the Indian Hill Public Schools Foundation. Let’s defuse the “powder keg” now, by putting the 2009 tax increase to a public vote. Fred Sanborn is an Indian Hill resident.

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Experience the spectacular world premiere of Cincinnati Ballet’s Frisch’s Presents “The New Nutcracker.” A beloved classic with a new twist will transform a cast of 160 children from the Tristate area in this lively, entertaining and surprising new version of “The Nutcracker.” These talented young children and dancers have been hard at work since their August auditions. In addition to weekly rehearsals, these disciplined students continue to attend their regularly scheduled dance classes and academic studies. "The New Nutcracker” performances begin Dec. 15 and run through Dec. 24 at The Aronoff Center for the Arts. For ticketing information visit or contact the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-6215282. These are dancers from the

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HOLIDAY SCRAPBOOK Suburban Life wants to include you in our Holiday Scrapbook. Each issue, from now through December, we plan to run photos and stories of local people like you getting ready for the holidays – whether its decorating, participating in some type of activity or performance, or just sharing holiday memories. E-mail your photos and stories to us at

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Heritage Village Museum

Inside Sharon Woods Park ❉ 11450 Lebanon Rd. ❉ Cincinnati, OH 45241 ❉ (513) 563-9484 ❉


Step back in time and enjoy an 1800s Christmas celebration at Heritage Village Museum! Sample old-fashioned foods, enjoy festive music, children’s crafts, story-telling, and much more!

December 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th

Saturdays: 10am - 5pm, Sundays: Noon - 5pm Admission is $700 Adults / $400 Children Ages 5-11

(No charge for children under four or museum members) Bring in a canned good to receive $200 off admission. Limit one per person.




Art & Craft Classes

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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. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Zumba.Sandi. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Holiday - Christmas The Living Nativity, 4-7 p.m., Loveland United Methodist Church, Free. 683-1738; Loveland.

Music - Choral

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

On Stage - Comedy Eddie Gossling, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati presents Holiday Follies 2011 at the Taft Theatre. The show is aimed at families with children ages 4 and older. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Tickets run from $7-$20. For ticket information, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit PROVIDED

Public Hours 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. Through Dec. 2. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 Art Openings Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 6-10 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Opening reception: refreshments and entertainment provided. Silent auction of trees decorated by local artists. Exhibit continues through Dec. 17. Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. 683-1696; Loveland.

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. Through Dec. 19. 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.

Holiday - Christmas Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, One Financial Way, Outdoors. Miniature homes decorated for holidays, free photos with St. Nick, hot cocoa, cookies, music, goodies for children and more. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery.

String along to holiday music presented by the Peraza Music Workshop at the Madeira Branch Library, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. For a taste of what's available for free at the Public Library this holiday season, visit THANKS TO EMILY BAUTE Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

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.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Fresh Air School, 10 a.m.-noon, Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road, Creative, interactive classes for ages 4-10. Each class includes nature-based craft activities and cooking lesson. Benefits Cincinnati Horticultural Society. $20, $18 Symmes Township residents. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Horticultural Society. 6772799; Symmes Township. Loveland Hardware Garden & Craft Classes, 2-4 p.m., Loveland Hardware/Eads Fence, 131 Broadway St., $5-$20. 646-5354; Loveland.

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Church, 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Outdoor guided walking tour through 21 stations featuring dramatic presentation, through drama and song, of the story of Jesus’ birth. Tour followed by live animal visits, hot cocoa and cookies inside. Family friendly. Free. 683-1738; Loveland. Victorian Holiday Village, 5-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery. Holiday in the Village, 5-7:30 p.m., City of Montgomery, Free. 891-2424; Montgomery.

Music - Classical Cincinnati Community Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Overtures by Mozart, Wwagner, Humperdinck and Strauss. Mozart and Puccini arias sung by Ghillian Sullivan, opera singer in Sydney, Australia. Free parking. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Community Orchestra. 325-5385; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Eddie Gossling, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $14. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Diamond Jim Dews Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 LovelandMiamiville Road, 697-8111. Loveland.

Holiday Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, More than 55 booths of vendors with various items for sale. Raffle and bake sale. Benefits Blue Ash Women’s Club college scholarship fund. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Women’s Club. 8914043. Blue Ash. Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gaines United Methodist Church, 5707 Madison Road, Craft show features homemade gifts and crafts, baked goods, jewelry, ethnic Christmas cards, calendars and journals, and black art and gifts. Free. 2719096. Madisonville.

On Stage - Comedy

Drink Tastings

Exercise Classes

Eddie Gossling, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $14. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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

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.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

Music - Blues

Public Hours

Music - Classical Kindel Memorial Holiday Concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Program includes Olivia Smith, Young Artist Competition Winner. Mozart’s concertos for oboe and orchestra, VaughanWilliams Fantasia on Greensleeves and works of David Willcocks sung by Encore Men’s Quartet. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. 549-2197; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. 800-0164. Montgomery.

A Spirited Christmas, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Concert of wide variety of songs and music styles celebrating Christmas and short Readers’ Theater version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” incorporating appropriate songs. Free. Presented by Jubilant Singers. 732-0352; Loveland.

Holiday - Christmas The Living Nativity, 4-7 p.m., Loveland United Methodist

SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Art & Craft Classes Beary Merry Monkey Mitzvah, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Build-A-Bear Workshop, 7875 Montgomery Road, Children and their families make bear for a child in need and one for themselves. Families with children 10 and younger, in which at least one parent is Jewish, and the other is not. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Fusion Family. 703-3343; Kenwood.

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

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. Through Dec. 18. 985-6747; Montgomery.

MONDAY, DEC. 5 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. 6831696; Loveland.

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

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, “L’Histoire du Soldat” by Stravinsky and the Beethoven “Octet.” Features 12 musicians including winds, percussion and strings. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

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

TUESDAY, DEC. 6 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

Civic Greater Cincinnati Women’s Republican Club Christmas Party, 6:30-8 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, Community Room. Prime rib dinner, music fun and gift exchange. Bring wrapped gift suitable for a woman, less than $15 value. $15. Reservations required. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Wom-

en’s Republican Club. 965-0230. Sycamore Township.

Education What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave., Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers and how to better follow your own child’s reading development and learning. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 531-7400; Blue Ash.

child care. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Watercolor Classes, 2-4 p.m., Kenwood Fellowship Community Church, $8 per class. 891-5946. Kenwood.

Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

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

Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery. The Living Christmas Tree: Christmas Is..., 7-8:30 p.m., Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, Sanctuary. Dramatic choir riser, standing 25-feet tall, crafted into shape of evergreen tree. Computerized lights and decorations. Cookie and punch reception following each program. Family friendly. $10. Purchase Tickets. 791-0355; Kenwood.

Health / Wellness Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; Montgomery.

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

Schools Private Full Day Kindergarten Open House, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Primrose School of Symmes, 9175 Governors Way, Meet kindergarten teacher and learn about program, including curriculum. Free. 697-6970; Symmes Township.

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.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

Cooking Classes Holiday Cookies, 6-9 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, Discuss science behind making the perfect cookie. Make chewy hazelnut cookies, crisp spumoni cookies and soft peppermint cookies. Each student takes home dozen of each. $35. Registration required. Presented by Dandelion. 812219-2505; Indian Hill.

Literary - Libraries Travel Tales, 7-8 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Travel program. Topic: Journey to East Africa. Presented by Al Klee of the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6028; Madeira.

On Stage - Comedy Cincinnati All Star Showcase, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Cincinnati’s best stand-up professional comedians. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288. Montgomery.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

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

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

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.

Holiday - Christmas Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery. The Living Christmas Tree: Christmas Is..., 7-8:30 p.m., Kenwood Baptist Church, $10. Purchase Tickets. 791-0355; Kenwood.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

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

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

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



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Social group for 20-, 30-somethings growing MEETinCincinnati, a social club comprised of 20 and 30-somethings who plan social events in the Cincinnati area, announced strong growth in the last few months. The MEETinCincinnati website debuted several years ago, but just recently saw momentum from active members looking to bring people together in

Cincinnati for various social activities. The group is free of charge and open to anyone who wishes to join. Club organizers plan about three to four activities per week for members. “The site has steadily grown, attracting new people, and we’re gaining about two new members a day,” said Christa Eldridge, one of MEETinCincinnati’s

co-leaders. MEETinCincinnati’s primary focus is to provide a relaxed, non-pickup social scene for its members to have fun and make new friends – without charging membership fees. Events include happy hours, camping, hiking and shopping, art gallery tours, potluck dinners, book clubs and team sports.

Think twice before buying extended warranties This holiday season you may be tempted to buy an extended warranty on an appliance you buy, but is it really a good idea? It can provide peace of mind, but there are several things to consider before you buy. For years Emmett Wells of Hamilton has bought extended warranties on everything in his house. As a result, he’s never even thought to replace his furnace – even though it’s 33 years old and the average life of a furnace is about 20 years. Wells says, “I had a warranty on it for the last 33 years because every year they just extended it and extended it. Last year, it was only $1,400, and this year they raised it to $1,800 because they said its inflation.” But, Wells ran into some problems recently when one repairman after another could not fix the furnace. “When it got cold I started calling them last week. They probably came out six of the last seven days and they couldn’t fix it,” Wells says.

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years,” Wells says. The $1,800 Wells spent on that service contract covers all the appliances in his house from the refrigerator and stove to the washer/dryer and the furnace. But, he says, he really has not needed the warranty before now. If he had saved all that warranty money it could have paid for a brand new high-efficiency furnace. Wells now says, “I’m going to start saving right now, and I’ve got the warranty till 2013. When it comes time to do it, I’m going to buy me a brand new furnace.” Many consumer organizations say warranties often cost more money than they are worth. Today’s major appliances are much more reliable and less expensive than in the past. So you should think twice before buying them this holiday season. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Battle of Bands benefits Cedar Village Three Cincinnati area bands will perform mostly classic rock and jazz standards in a party-like setting Sunday, Dec. 4, at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. The event, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will benefit Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason. The bands will be: Stoopid Rooster, a four-piece


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Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Advent Vespers Service will be 5 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 4. Choir and handbells will join together to present “You Shall Know Him,” a collection of familiar carols and new anthems. Take time to retreat from the hectic nature of the holidays and begin advent in this unique way. The concert is free. 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. Cookies and Santa is 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 17. Children can enjoy the free fun, which is open to everyone. Christmas Eve Worship includes a children’s pageant at 5 p.m., contemporary worship with communion at 7 p.m. and a traditional candlelight service with lessons and carols at 9 and 11 p.m. Children’s Weekday ProgramTuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 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 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Adult

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The Advent series, “Outside the Box: The Gift that Can’t Be Contained,” began Nov. 27.St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is


Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the


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Trinity Community Church

Trinity has launched a new Contemporary Service called The Source at 6 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Pastor Randy Wade Murphy and guest speakers will give the message as well as a live band leading worship music. Pizza and drinks will follow each service. The church is having a Cookie Walk holiday cookie sale from 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. Enjoy homemade cookies, breads and candies. For more information, call the church office. Trinity Together Time will get a visit from the Cincinnati Museum Center with the program



Sunday Services

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

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

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“1, 2, 3 Blast Off,” from 1-2:30, 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 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; 7917631;

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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 is also collecting donations to provide for a Thanksgiving meal for families living near the Findlay Street Neighborhood House. Call the church or visit the website to help those who cannot afford to feed their families. The church is collecting funds for $5 meal certificates to feed 50 to 70 people at Church Active in Northside the weekends of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Call the church to donate. The $5 certificates will help fill a void at a time when meals are scarce. The Parish Christmas Party is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, at the church. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. During the 9:30 a.m. service, Sunday, Dec. 4, will be the annual St. Nicholas Pageant featuring the second- through fifth-grades in a musical rendition of the St. Nicholas story. Also on Sunday, Dec. 4, is the St. Nicholas Day bake sale to benefit landscaping for the church. Drop off bake goods for sale on Saturday, Dec. 3. Call the church for details. Ladies Christmas Party is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12. Bring an appetizer and a small gift to exchange. Older People with Active Lifestyles is having its Christmas Luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the church. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7

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. Call Dale at 543-9008 with questions. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Dress is casual. The church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township.

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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.

SonRise Community Church

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 church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Refresh, Refuel, Refocus. An Advent Celebration for women titled “O Holy Night” will help you enter into the busy Christmas season with a renewed joy. Join us on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Horizon Community Church at 3950 Newtown Road, 45244. The night of relaxed worship is 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served with conversation and a special advent program. Regional Worship Leader Natalie Ryan and her musical team will bring renewed meaning to Advent and the Christmas season with special music, stories and traditional advent wreath lighting. In addition, the one-hour program will prepare you to serve through the holiday keeping the true meaning of Christmas in focus. Bring your neighbors, women friends, co-workers and book club buddies. The celebration is open to the public. For questions or for more information, please contact: Sue Neumann at lov2sew@ or 793-6929 The church offers new service times at 8:50 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. each Sunday. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.

9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;


Brecon United Methodist Church

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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. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;


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Emmy Award winning actor Wayne S. Turney will perform the King James version of The Gospel According to Saint Mark at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pleasant Ridge. There will be two performances of "The Gospel According to Saint Mark" - at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students and are available online at the All Saints website ( Group discounts for ten or more are also available. Sponsorships starting at $50 and up, are also available—more information about sponsorships can also be found on the church's website. The church is at 6301 Parkman Place in Pleasant Ridge; 5316333. Ascension Lutheran Church 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 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; 8918527.


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American Heritage Girls help Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, sends shoeboxes to needy children around the world and for many children, this will be the only Christmas gift they receive. Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan's Purse and provided hope to 8 million children last year and has served in more than 130 countries since 1993. Groups or individuals are asked to pack a shoebox with small toys, clothing, personal care items and school supplies. For several years, American Heritage Girls Troop 1411 of Madeira has packed shoeboxes with items donated by troop families. This year, the troop set a goal of 25 boxes. At the "packing party," a large room was a buzz of activity as girls walked along tables filled with crayons, notepads, pencils, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and washcloths, candy and toys, selecting items for their boxes. When the last box was

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wrapped, the troop had filled 61 boxes. The girls felt the satisfaction of knowing they had helped brighten the lives of so many needy children. Operation Christmas Child is just one of many service projects in which the girls participate. Locally, they have also served at Matthew:25 Ministries, Kids Against Hunger, and area nursing homes. Such service helps the girls live out the mission of American Heritage Girls: "building women of integrity through service to God, family, country & community." In December, the troop will help pack food bags for needy Cincinnati school children through downtown ministry "Childhood Food Solutions." Troop 1411 is sponsored by Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit the troop website,, or the AHG website at

American Heritage Girls Troop 1411 of Madeira helps to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Last year 8 million needy children received shoeboxes packed with small toys, clothing, personal care items, and school supplies. THANKS TO JOHN DOBBS


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A recent AP poll reports that more than half of all pet owners are planning on buying their pets presents this holiday season. That’s nothing new at our house as we’ve always hung stockings for our dogs at Christmas and “helped” them purchase gifts for us as well. A running joke is that our dogs get their money by “mining the couch,” digging in the cushions for change that Marsie Hall might have Newbold fallen out of MARSIE’S people’s MENAGERIE pockets! Want to be popular with the pet set this holiday season? Why not try your hand at baking homemade treats? I’ve been making them for years and they are always a hit whether I feed them to my own pets or give them as gifts to my friends. Here are my favorite recipes. (One word of caution: Do not feed anything to your pets unless you are certain that they do not have allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients. If in doubt, check with your veterinarian first.)

Nipper’s Favorite Dog Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter. Ingredients: 2 cups flour 3 tbsp. vegetable oil ½ cup wheat germ ½ cup yellow cornmeal

1 egg ½ cup of the water you used to boil the chicken livers 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes 1 cup chicken livers Non-stick cooking spray



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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, wheat germ, yellow corn meal and parsley in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg lightly together with the oil. Add egg and oil slowly to dry mixture; then add broth from the chicken livers. Stir together. Remove chicken livers from water.

A cookie sheets of baked treats for pets makes a good Christmas gift. THANKS TO MARSIE HALL NEWBOLD Pat dry on paper towels and mince very fine. (I used cooking shears.) Fold into dough. Mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a firm ball. Roll dough out to ½ inch thickness and cut into shapes with a bone shaped cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheets that you have coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cookies should be stored in the refrigerator.

Nosey's Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers Makes 30-40 puppy poppers depending on the size of the balls you make.) 2 ½cups whole wheat flour

¼ cup Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mash tuna. Add flour and milk to tuna. Add water and oil, then lightly beaten egg and mix well. Shape dough into small bite size balls. Place balls on cookie sheet and flatten each slightly. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn treats over to brown the other side for 10 more minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Katnip Krisps

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients

1 Cup whole wheat flour ⁄3cup all purpose flour


⁄3 cup whole milk


½ cup wheat germ

¼ cup dry milk

½ cup crunchy peanut butter

1 egg, lightly beaten

¾ cup water

2 tbsp. bran cereal

2 tbsp. corn oil

2 tbsp. pure honey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, forming a dough ball. (I like to wear medical grade non-latex gloves.) Make tiny balls, the size of miniature meatballs. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool and keep in a tightly covered container. Does not need to be refrigerated. They will keep for about a week. Dough can be made ahead and frozen.

Tiny Tuna Treats

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients

½ cup whole wheat flour ½ cup nonfat, dry, powdered milk ½can Tuna, in oil 1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil 1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tbsp. vegetable oil 2 tsp. fresh or 1 tsp. dried catnip

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Place whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, whole milk and dry milk in a large mixing bowl and stir well. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out thinly with a rolling pin. Cut the dough into small squares and put them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the catnip cookies for 20-25 minutes until they turn light brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely and store in an airtight container. For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future columns please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at




Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or email, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationallyrenowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 8536866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513-853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373.


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or email Jayne Martin Dressing, Great Oaks is currently recruiting volunteer tutors for its Adult Basic and Literacy Education Classes and English to Speakers of Other Languages Classes. There are numerous sites and times available for volunteering. The next training sessions are Wednesday, October 26 and

Wednesday, November 2, in either the afternoon or the evening. Please call 612-5830 for more information. Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have one-on-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 8712787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 241-2600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.


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

Butler County area. Contact Leslie at 554-6300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking volunteers to assist with our patients and their families. We will train interested persons who are needed to sitting at the bedside and providing vigils for persons without families available. We could also use some extra people to work in our office. Call Jacqueline at 513 831-5800. Hospice of Southwest Ohio's Esteemed Volunteers share their time by providing assistance with administrative office duties, spend time with patients and/or families in many activities such as Reading, Singing, Reminiscing and other life enhancing activities as well as providing respite care to the caregiver themselves. At Hospice of Southwest Ohio our Volunteers are encouraged to share their ideas to enhance the lives of individuals experiencing this important journey. To become a Hospice of Southwest Ohio Esteemed Volunteer please contact our Volunteer Department at 513-528-8144 or email us at Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or email No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “Son-Rise” by Barry Neil-Kaufman. No experience necessary. Call 231-1948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 941-0102 for more information. SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – A nonprofit association seeking experienced business people to counsel others who are or wish to go into business. Call 6842812 or visit Tristate Volunteers – For adults of all ages, supporting some of the best-known events in the area. Call 513-542-9454, visit or email U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the U.S. Coast Guard (MSD Cincinnati) in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, radio watch standing and Marine events, such as Tall Stacks and the WEBN Fireworks all without pay. They also teach Ohio Boating Safety, boating/seamanship and give free boat safety checks per the Ohio, Kentucky or Indian regulations. To volunteer, call 554-0789 or email Youth In Planning – Teen volunteers needed for network project to inform communities about public planning. Visit or email


ITNGreaterCincinnati – Seeking volunteer drivers to provide dignified transportation to seniors and visually impaired adults 2 hours per week. Volunteer drivers may be reimbursed in cash for occupied miles and earn Transportation Social Security(tm) credits for their unoccupied miles. ITNGC is part of the Deaconess Foundation Full Life initiative, which strives to find healthcare solutions for seniors and their caregivers. For additional information call Nancy Schuster at 513-559-2200 or email at


American Cancer Society – Seeks volunteers for office help, assistance in resale shop, new recruits for the Young Professionals group, Relay For Life team captains, cancer survivors to help with support groups and more. Call Craig Smith at 891-8343. Cincinnati Association for the Blind – Seeks volunteers in all areas, especially drivers available during the day. Weekend and evening hours also available. Call at 487-4217. Clovernook Center for the Blind – contact Christine Sevindik, coordinator of volunteer services at 728-6261 or for volunteer opportunities. Council on Child Abuse – Looking for volunteers who care about babies and their families. Volunteers will reinforce positive ways to manage infant crying and distribute information on the dangers of shaking babies. Call 936-8009. The Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky Division of the March of Dimes – needs office volunteers. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 10806 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash. Contact Carol Panko at or call 769-3588. Inter Parish Ministry has a variety of volunteer jobs available – work in the Choice Pantry, help in the office, organize and sort clothing for client families or help with special events. Also needs volunteers to assist with its Elder Ministry program at a local nursing home. Volunteers help residents play bingo on Monday afternoons for about an hour. Contact Connie at 561-3932 or visit for more information. Lighthouse Youth Services – needs volunteer receptionist/ development assistant three to five days a week in the morn-

ing. The development assistant will answer phones, greet visitors, manage the front desk, assist with mailings and other responsibilities as requested. Call Tynisha Worthy at 4877151, email The office is at 1501 Madison Road, second floor. Outreach Programs – Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Cincinnati Inc. provides community education, referrals, interventions, assessments, shortterm counseling, advocacy, training, community outreach and substance abuse prevention training. Call 636-5459. Partners in Change – a new mentoring program for women offenders involved in the Hamilton County criminal justice system, is seeking mentors. Partners in Change, established by Talbert House and 10 other collaborative agencies throughout Cincinnati, trains women to become mentors. Based on individual preferences, a mentor can either be assigned to one woman, or participate in group mentoring. The purpose of this mentoring program is to identify the barriers that prevent women from achieving the goals of their re-entry plans. Contact Katie Baker at 872-5777 Ext. 269 or ProKids – ProKids trains volunteers to become CASAs – Court Appointed Special Advocates. Each CASA is assigned to a foster child, making sure the child is safe, that the child’s needs are met, and helping each child move into a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Most CASAs spend two to four hours a week on their case. Contact Glenna Miller at 281-2000, Ext. 101 or Visit St. Joseph Home – Opportu-

nities available evenings and weekends to work with children and young adults with disabilities. Call 563-2520, ext. 117. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – needs volunteers to assist with incoming social service phone requests. Responsibilities include assessing eligibility, scheduling appointments and offering alternate referrals as appropriate. Help is needed during regular office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday–Friday, at SVDP’s headquarters at 1125 Bank St. Call 562-8841, ext. 233. United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Offers volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups. Visit volunteer. Teens can join the Youth Action Council by calling 762-7159. Retirees and those ages 55 and older, call 7627180. For the United Way Young Leaders’ Society for ages 21-40, call 762-7176 or visit

To submit your volunteer needs for this column, either email, fax 248-1938, or mail the information to: Volunteers, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio, 45140.

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POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Ricky Harris, 50, 6637 Dante Ave., disorderly conduct at 3400 Highland Ave., Nov. 5. Todd Washington, 43, 4319 Vine St., resisting arrest, disorderly conduct at 5612 View Point Drive, Nov. 6. Karen Morris, 56, 969 Ohio 28, theft, criminal trespassing at 7385 Wooster Road, Nov. 4. Norma Jones-Oats, 60, 5656 View Point Drive, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., Oct. 28. Asia Hunter, 18, 32 E. 13th St., theft at 5245 Ridge Ave., Nov. 4. Greg Abbott, 39, 7630 Rosewood Drive, receiving stolen property at I 71, Nov. 2.

Incidents/investigations Robbery Victim threatened and purse and contents of unknown value removed at 4109 Plainville Road, Nov. 7. Theft Tires and rims of unknown value removed at 3365 Highland Ave., Nov. 7. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 5375 Ridge Ave., Nov. 5.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Pablo Sanchez, 47, 2385 Hamilton Road, driving under influence, Nov. 1. James Flanagan, 58, 7982 Festive Court, criminal trespass, Nov. 2.

Incidents/investigations Criminal trespass Trespassing on property at 8118 Montgomery Road, Nov. 2. Theft Female stated ID used with no authorization at 7257 Jethve, Nov. 2. Sunglasses, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,375 at 6766 Maple St., Nov. 3.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Jasmine Green, 20, 3845 Canyon Court, possession at E. Galbraith Road and Kenwood, Nov. 5. Ashley Mortan, 25, 6214 Cheviot Road, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 6. Shannon Uffer, 29, 3647 Donegal Drive, receiving stolen property, drug abuse instruments at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 2. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 5.

Juvenile male, 14, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 5. Donald Ahlers, 21, 3625 Coral Gables Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 28. Jordan Hill, 20, 2649 Losantville Ave., robbery, criminal tools, theft at 7815 Kenwood, Nov. 4. Lauren Pattie, 22, 2495 Spindle Hill, theft at 2495 Spindlehill Drive, Nov. 1. Ashley Hardin, 19, 4996 Westwood Northern, theft at 7750 Montgomery Road, Nov. 3. Kristen Livingston, 21, 2928 Burnett Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 2. Juvenile female, 15, curfew violation at 5401 Montgomery Road, Nov. 6. Juvenile male, 11, curfew violation at 8401 Montgomery Road, Nov. 6. Juvenile male, 16, curfew violation at 8401 Montgomery Road, Nov. 6. Juvenile male, 16, curfew violation at 8401 Montgomery Road, Nov. 6.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 5. Victim struck at 10813 Montgomery Road, Nov. 5. Victim struck at 8115 Cammer Ave., Nov. 6. Breaking and entering Bikes of unknown value re-

moved at 4278 Williams Ave., Nov. 4. Reported at 7860 Montgomery Road, Nov. 4. Misuse of credit card Reported at 7880 Columbia Ave., Nov. 4. Reported at 8081 Village Drive, Nov. 7. Theft $136.23 removed at 10761 U.S. 22, Nov. 3. Backpack and computer of unknown value removed at 8490 Smallwood Lane, Oct. 30. Clothing items valued at $370 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 2. Vehicle removed at 1920 Chaucer Drive, Oct. 31. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 5868 Bayberry, Nov. 1. Merchandise valued at $210 removed at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 9. GPS of unknown value removed at 5513 Julmar Drive, Nov. 9. License plate removed from vehicle at 8450 Blue Ash Road, Nov. 7. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 5815 Kugler Mill Road, Nov. 3. Locker entered and gym bag of unknown value removed at 8133 Montgomery Road, Nov. 8.

FIRE/EMS RUNS Sycamore Township Fire/EMS runs from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31: Oct. 27, Dearwester, medical emergency Oct. 27, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 28, Cornell, medical emergency Oct. 28, School, medical emergency Oct. 28, Snider, alarm activation Oct. 28, Sycamore, alarm activation Oct. 28, Cornell Park, alarm activation Oct. 28, Dearwester, lift assist Oct. 28, Guam, medical emer-

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7105 Ohio Ave.: Mrsellfast LLC to Bair Suzanne Tr; $25,000 .


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11370 Brittany Woods Lane: Edwards Valerie Lloyd & Peter A. to Lewis Todd Robert & Heather L.; $300,000. 11940 Fourth Ave.: Prichard Patricia to Reynolds Chester; $42,250. 12013 Wesken Lane: Ruck Robert H. Tr to Jackson Casey F.; $188,500. 1934 Chaucer Drive: Marcus Beulah M. to Hill Gloria J.; $18,000. 4166 Trebor Drive: Sjb Holdings LLC to Rhodes Christie E.; $137,700 . 6947 Rosemary Lane: Matson Wlliam H. & Doris A. to Stettler Brian A. & Emily E.; $220,000. 7951 Festive Court: Jhha Real Estate LLC to Wallace Robert D. Jr Tr & Concetta B. Tr; $225,000. 7955 Festive Court: Jhha Real Estate LLC to Wallace Robert D. Jr Tr & Concetta B. Tr; $225,000 .

New financial service aimed at seniors Experienced accountant and business professional Diana Louiso, a Kenwood resident, has opened DL Money Matters, a new financial service consulting firm that will to provide daily money management services to senior citizens, as well as the growing number of their adult children who often take care of their elderly parents. Created to furnish peace of mind, DL Money Matters provides a range of services to seniors and families of seniors as well as busy individuals and traveling executives to ease concerns about paying bills on time, managing income and expenses, and safeguarding personal assets. Services are provided in the client’s home, if needed, on an hourly, monthly or project basis. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 107,773 people were age 65 or older in Hamilton County alone, and of that group, the median age is 74.9 years—a number that will grow significantly as the core of the baby-boom generation ages. Ideal clients are individuals aged 50 and over as well as law firms, accounting firms and retirement communities. In fact, DL Money Matters will do everything from sorting mail and paying bills to facilitating the professional services of attorneys, CPAs, financial or estate planners and/or other designated professionals to provide a coherent service with “one voice” for the client. Based on her own experience with aging relatives, Louiso, a member of the American Association for Daily Money Managers, founded DL Money Matters based on the growing complexity of family life and to relieve the stress financial matters have on the

aging and on those who care for them. “An often unspoken area is that of ongoing personal business obligations,” she said. “We unfortunately read painful newspaper articles that demonstrate how vulnerable this age group is to fraud. DL Money Matters will speak directly to these needs. We hope to prevent this type of exploitation.” DL Money Matters will pay bills on time, oversee assets, prepare and monitor personal spending plans and maintain proper personal records. Qualified professionals will provide personal business solutions, ensuring a trusted and bonded business professional will monitor and maintain the financial affairs of aging parent(s). The firm’s staff can provide counseling in such matters as a durable financial or health care Power of Attorney document or health care agent—needed documents at any time of life. “Too many times, babyboomers who live hundreds of miles away from their parents are completely frazzled attending to the needs of their own families even as they also feel burdened about not being present for the needs of their parents,” Louiso said. “In addition, many active seniors might no longer want to deal with their daily financial matters, and prefer to delegate them to a trusted business advisor while they travel and enjoy other pursuits. We ease the stress and provide comfort knowing we are tending to these critical matters.” For additional information on DL Money Matters, go to or contact Diana Louiso at 513/300-5141 or via email at

Senior Center planning happy, healthy new year

Activity planners at the Sycamore Senior Center are busy accentuating more nutritional luncheon menus for the Sycamore Café and new exciting exercise options featured for 2012. In addition to the always busy Fitness Room, there will be new classes offered for Zumba Gold, a musically accompanied exercise fitness program especially moderated for 55-year-old men and women. There are opportunities for many styles of ballroom dance lessons and line dancing that round out the fun-filled physical fitness program at the Sycamore Senior Center. Yoga, gentle yoga, chair yoga, chair volleyball, Tai Chi and boomer exercise sessions continue to stimulate the health conscious participants in the center’s weekly activity program. The Striders walking group, table tennis, Wii bowling, corn hole, darts and billiards provide recreational benefits along with moderate exercise. Health Rhythms uses percussion and music to drum

up health, and instruments are provided to help promote wellness and reduce stress. On-going presentations for family care givers, mental health, balance issues, HealthyU, hearing tests, eye screenings and mammography screenings, add to the Center’s agenda promoting better health for their members. The center also hosts World Wide Glaucoma Day. Several other physical and mental health oriented programs are standard fare along with periodic additions as the year progresses. Residents in surrounding communities are always encouraged to become members and partake in the outstanding volunteer experiences and on-going educational, recreational and health support programs and opportunities available at the Sycamore Senior Center, located at 4455 Carver Woods Drive in Blue Ash. Call (513) 984-1234 for a personal tour or for further information on the center’s activities.


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