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Neighbors Who Care

Maybe they delivered a home-cooked meal when you were under the weather, or watched your children while you ran a quick errand, or helped you with yard work. They are “Neighbors Who Care,” and we think they deserve recognition. Again this year, The Suburban Life will devote one of our holiday issues to honoring those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better. No deed is too small (or too large). If you know a Neighbor Who Cares, tell us about them. You can nominate by sending an e-mail to suburban@, or by regular mail to Suburban Life, Neighbors Who Care, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. Include your name, address and phone number, as well as theirs.

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Madeira plans to step back in time

By Jeanne Houck

City officials and community leaders are working to resurrect the Madeira of yesterday, complete with mustachioed firefighters and police officers, American elm trees and thriving sunken gardens at the historical Miller House. It’s all part of planning under way for Madeira’s Centennial in 2010. Little has been finalized, but many ideas have been offered and a Centennial Committee is seeking still more. The fire department has suggested sponsoring a mustache contest along with the Police Department. A Recreation and Parks Board member wants to plant American elm trees like those popular 100 years ago throughout the city, including at McDonald Commons Park, Sellman Park and the Miller House, home of the Madeira Historical Society. The historical society plans to renovate the formal sunken gardens at the Miller House. “Madeira’s 100th year is a significant milestone for our community,” said City Manager Tom Moeller.

“The city has always been very proud of its heritage and, for all of us who live in Madeira, this will be a oncein-a lifetime event. Moeller “The centennial events will be wonderful opportunities for our residents to come together and celebrate the birth of one of Southwest Ohio’s great communities,” Moeller said. Madeira High School students have been asked to help design a centennial logo. Students at Madeira Middle School and fifththrough eighth-graders at St. Gertrude School have been asked to help design a centennial poster. Students at Madeira Elementary School and first- through fourth-graders at St. Gertrude School have been asked to help design a centennial letterhead and/or thank-you notes. All the designs will feature the fountain downtown. Also under consideration: • A banner publicizing the centennial to be hung across Euclid Avenue when other city-spon-

sored events are not being publicized. • Centennial police badges and cruiser decals. • A June 25 bike race sponsored by the Madeira Chamber of Commerce and the city. • A fall soapbox derby sponsored by the police department and open to law-enforcement agencies throughout the Tristate. • Updating the “History of Madeira” booklet, last updated in 1985. Centennial Committee member Doug Oppenheimer, president of the Madeira Historical Society, said the budget for Madeira’s Centennial is $5,000 from the city and whatever donations the committee can raise. “The celebration begins during the Madeira Art Show in May and will end after Christmas 2010,” Oppenheimer said. “The celebration will encompass every Madeira event, including the Fourth of July, the Art Show, the Street Dance, the Auto Show and events held by churches and schools when possible. “The Fourth of July parade is expected to be the largest ever with many more community neighborhood entries,” Oppen-

Century sentiments

Suburban Life plans to commemorate Madeira’s centennial throughout 2010, and we invite your input. Send us your thoughts about the city – memories, favorite spots, special events, etc. E-mail to suburban@, with “Madeira Centennial” in the subject line. heimer said. “The Boy Scout troop at the Madeira Presbyterian Church will include many historic photos in their Madeira directory next year.” Oppenheimer added that, “The Madeira Historical Society will be extremely busy using every resource that we have, assisting many other community organizations, opening the museum more often and participating in most aspects of the centennial celebration. “The society has recruited an archivist and is asking members to sign up to help as docents and to assist our gardening and landscapers.” To participate in the centennial, call 561-7228.

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Posting their pride

Each year, Deer Park City Schools hold a Veterans Day poster contest where students are encouraged to create a poster that shows what their country and freedom mean to them and have an accompanying essay to explain it. SEE SCHOOLS, A6

Life features move

Your favorite Suburban Life columnists have moved, for this week only, to accomodate expanded high school basketball coverage. Father Lou Guntzelman can be found on page B4. Rita Heikenfeld can be found on page B5. The calendar page has also moved, to B3.


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Deer Park’s contract building inspector Gerry Stoker stands outside of a house on Beech Avenue where he has worked with other public officials to help the elderly owner fix up the property and find better housing for her.

“I know the possibilities that can happen when people take of their property.”

Overgrown shrubs and rundown houses are no match for Gerry Stoker. Stoker, Deer Park’s contract building inspector, started working with the city just over a year ago and has already inspected 86 Gerry Stoker properties in Deer Park. He Deer Park said most of the properties contract have been maintained and building cleaned up but he has had to turn a few properties over inspector to mayor’s court to get them into shape. “It keeps everyone’s property values up,” Stoker said. Deer Park contracts Stoker through his company, Southwestern Ohio Inspection Services, LLC, a company he started after retiring from his position as building commissioner in the city of Loveland. He said with his company he can stay active working and helping communities. “I have a lot of energy and can give a lot back,” Stoker said. A one-man team, Stoker works in the city on Thursday mornings, completing inspections and working on property maintenance. Before the city contracted Stoker, there had been no person in charge of property maintenance in Deer Park. Stoker said because a good portion of Deer Park’s population is elderly they cannot always maintain their yard or home. A few times, Stoker has been able to give residents help through the group People Working Cooperatively, which provides critical home repairs for people who are unable to complete the work on their own. More calls have been coming in about residents looking to get their neighborhood cleaned up and Stoker investigates every complaint. “I know the possibilities that can happen when people take of their property,” Stoker said. Stoker also works as the building commissioner for the city of Norwood three days a week.


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December 2, 2009

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Luminaries will light up Dillonvale this year as the Dillonvale IGA and Sycamore To w n s h i p team up to bring the event back to the comMcKeown munity. Last year the event was scaled down after the company that provided hayrides went out of business. Sycamore Township parks and recreation director Mike McKeown said the hayrides are back and the Dillonvale residents should light their luminaries Dec. 13. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening, at Bechtold Pavilion in Bechtold Park, the township and IGA will host Santa and Mrs. Claus, a magician, a caricature artist and singers from Deer Park High School and Trinity Church of Christ. Hayrides will start at Bechtold Park and will tour through Dillonvale. IGA owner Mark Ossege will provide cookies and hot chocolate for the event. “It’s such a nice tradition,” McKeown said.

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Dillonvale residents are encouraged to set out their luminaria on Sunday, Dec. 13. That day, Sycamore Township and Dillonvale IGA will host a festival at Bechtold Pavilion in Bechtold Park that will bring back the hayrides through Dillonvale and also feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, a magician, a caricature artist and singers

from Deer Park High School and Trinity Church of Christ. IGA will provide cookies and hot chocolate. The event is free and open to the public. Any questions, contact Mike McKeown at the Sycamore Township administration office at 791-8447.

“The trustees didn’t want to see (it) die.” McKeown said the event is good for the Dillonvale community and he hopes to be able to expand the event next year. The festival and hayrides

at Bechtold Pavilion is free and open to the public. McKeown said it will be held rain, shine or snow. Any questions, contact Mike McKeown at the township administration office at791-8447.

Lights will be twinkling in Madeira Saturday, Dec. 5, for the annual Shop Madeira holiday festivities. More than 25 retail shops, restaurants and small businesses in Madeira invite you to shop, dine and explore Madeira from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Highlights include: • Free horse and carriage ride. Bring your carrots and board in Choo Choo’s parking lot from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Choo Choo’s Restaurant – Warm up at the fire pit with hot chocolate served by Boy Scout Troop 209. • Kroger – Photos with everyone’s favorite, Santa. Hum along with a performance by the Madeira Elementary School choir at 5 p.m. • Mad Potter – Free ornament painting for the kids. • Ted’s Toy Store – Game demonstrations and refreshments. • Madeira Jewelers – Chamilia beads trunk show.

• La Silhouette – 20 percent sale on selected items. • Madeira Optical – Holiday trunk show • Camargo Trading Company – Cider and cookies • Madeira Music School – Kids crafts and holiday music • First Financial Bank – $100 MasterCard gift card raffle • The Bookshelf – Meet the authors of three children’s books • TGI Friday gift bags will be available at participating businesses • Tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Additional participating businesses include: Anne Rice Ltd., BioWheels Bike Shop, The Bookshelf, Embers Restaurant, Eye Care Optical of Madeira, Ferrari’s Little Italy, First Financial Bank, Frieda’s Desserts, Gilson’s Engraving, Keidel Cabinetry & Appliance, The Laurel House, The Little Clinic inside Kroger, Little Trea-

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The Silverton Block Watch Association is collecting cans for its annual can food drive. Cans can be dropped off behind the Silverton Municipal Building, Montgomery and Plainfield roads; The Osterwisch Co. on Highland Avenue, or Meier’s Winery on Plainfield Road. Collections continue until Dec. 20, after which time cans will be taken to the Free Store to help those less fortunate.


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‘I can say the church has always been an important part of my life’ The Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church is going to have to celebrate its golden anniversary without 96-year-old member Jane Hoffman, who suffered a fall at her home at Twin Lakes at Montgomery. Hoffman’s legs are black and blue, but her memory is intact. She recently sat down with a Community Press reporter to discuss her road as a life-long Presbyterian, which included an early stint in a one-room church in Silverton without air-conditioning or plumbing and led to the church in Madeira, which has completed a $425,000 renovation project with high-tech features such as flat-screen

video monitors and new sound system. The 50th anniversary celebration will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. It will mark the first service the Madeira Presbyterian Church at its current site at 8000 Miami Ave. That was in December 1959. In 1999, the church merged with the Silverwood Presbyterian Church, formerly on Galbraith Road in Kenwood and the successor to the Silverton Presbyterian Church on Plainfield Road. The combined church was named the Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church.

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What were things like when you were growing up? “We lived on a small gentleman’s farm near the Silverton church. We had a cow. We had a horse and chickens and hogs. Everybody had a vegetable garden back then. Silverton Presbyterian Church was a frame structure with no air conditioning or bathrooms. We had a horse barn in back of the church with some walls and a full roof where people could put their horses when it was pouring down rain and also keep the horses out of the sun in the summer. The church started one of the first vacation Bible schools in the area. It was run by

You met and married your husband, Vernon Hoffman, a lawyer and accountant who would die in 1983, at the Silverton church. You had two children: a son Kirk who now splits his time between Mansfield and Naples, Fla., and a daughter Karen who now lives in Philadelphia. Tell me a little about your married life. “We moved to Madeira as bride and groom in 1939. My husband worked at the only building and loan in Madeira then. I graduated from the Christ Hospital School of Nursing and did volunteer work after I married. The war (World War II) was on, and they needed help. They would call people in to give relief, which I did.”

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December 2, 2009

Suburban Life


Vandals are hitting Sycamore Twp. parks By Amanda Hopkins

Vandals have been using McDaniel Park in Sycamore Township as their new stomping grounds, spray painting graffiti and using the bleachers and park trash cans as campground accessories. Parks and recreation director Mike McKeown said the vandals moved a set of bleachers and trash cans into an area of woods behind the park, 11797 Solzman Road, and used the trash can as a fire pit. Gutters and downspouts also have been torn off some of the buildings on the park property. Graffiti was sprayed on various surfaces throughout the park. Lt. Dan Reid, the

“(The graffiti problem) has cost us several thousand dollars to replace equipment that could not be cleaned or was destroyed at the same time. In the past we have not been very successful removing some of the graffiti, depending on what surface it was on, no matter what chemicals or graffiti remover we have used.”

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Hamilton County Sheriff’s liaison for the township, said the markings from the park have been traced to similar markings from a Hispanic gang based in California and Mexico. Reid said the case remains under investigation. Road superintendent Tracy Kellums said the graffiti has become an ongoing problem in the township

parks and they have had some trouble removing the graffiti from some of the surfaces that were targeted. “(The graffiti problem) has cost us several thousand dollars to replace equipment that could not be cleaned or was destroyed at the same time,” Kellums said. “In the past we have not been very successful


Vandals have been spray painting graffiti and tearing up park property at McDaniel Park in north Sycamore Township and in other township parks. A sign at the entrance to McDaniel Park offers a reward to anyone with information who is responsible for the criminal activity. removing some of the graffiti, depending on what surface it was on, no matter what chemicals or graffiti remover we have used.” The township is now looking into purchasing a hot water pressure washer which could add up to

Madeira signs up for fire services

Madeira has agreed to continue contracting with the Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District for fire and life-squad services. Madeira City Council Nov. 23 approved a fiveyear agreement with the Village of Indian Hill and the joint fire district, effective Jan. 1. The Indian Hill Village Council and the joint fire district’s Board of Trustees are expected to approve the agreement by year’s end. The cost of services in the new agreement will be split 50-50 by Madeira and Indian Hill, as they were in a 2000-through-2009 contract. Madeira has budgeted about $1.5 million for fire and life squad services in 2010, city Manager Tom Moeller said. Cost-distribution factors that led to the even split include a population distribution of 59 percent in Madeira and 41 percent in Indian Hill; building-value distribution of 33 percent in Madeira and 67 percent in Indian Hill; land-area distribution of 15 percent in Madeira and 85 percent in Indian Hill; residential-units distribution of 62 percent in Madeira and 38 percent in Indian Hill, and commercialunits distribution of 93 percent in Madeira and seven percent in Indian Hill. Other factors include that from 1999 through 2008, Madeira calls averaged 39 percent of the total fire runs and 64 percent of the total life-squad runs in both communities and Indian Hill calls averaged 55 percent of the total fire runs and 29 percent of the total life-

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Student posters honor veterans By Amanda Hopkins

Each year, Deer Park City Schools hold a Veterans Day poster contest where students are encouraged to create a poster that shows what their country and freedom mean to them and have an accompanying essay to explain it. This year Holmes Primary student Olivia Taylor Casto and Amity Elementary student Jami Baker were the winners of the Veterans Day poster contest. Their work will be displayed at Kenwood Towne Center during the upcoming holiday season. Both Casto and Baker’s posters along with the other contestants will be sent to troops serving overseas and to troops stationed at Fort Hood. Gini Niekamp, communications

coordinator for Deer Park schools, said she tries to send the posters to different military units each year recognizing many different many of whom are relatives of students or staff in the Deer Park schools. Niekamp said the posters would be sent out in December in time for the troops to receive them before the holiday season. “We want to extend appreciation to our veterans (past Veteran’s Day),” Niekamp said. “It’s not just that one day a year.” Niekamp said she hopes to extend programs in the schools honoring the veterans throughout the school year. “Something could grow eventually,” Niekamp said. Casto and Baker’s posters can be seen at Kenwood Towne Center through November.


Fifth-grader Colin McQuinn, right, discusses his still life painting with Emily Rowe of Indian Hill during a recent Gallery Talk at Indian Hill Elementary School.

IH students’ work very ‘palette-able’

By Forrest Sellers

Fifth-graders at Indian Hill Elementary School have a chance to create their own art exhibition. Julie Pfeiffer, an art specialist at the school, introduced the idea of a presentation called “Gallery Talk” this year. “It’s an opportunity for the students to share their work and (get) feedback,” said Pfeiffer, who also owns a business in Montgomery called Imaginattic. The students pick their best painting to show family and staff and then provide a description of the work and what inspired it. Matthew Hayes, 11, showed off a sports-themed painting he had done. “It’s for all the kids in the class to show our parents our work and get their comments,” said Hayes. Classmate Austen Rowe, 11, drew a still life of a pineapple. “I like how some parents already paint so they can compare their paintings to ours,” he said. Pfeiffer, who is a resident of Madeira, said the students have


Fifth-grader Tucker McMullen shares his artistic inspiration with his mother, Stephanie McMullen, left, and Susan and Mark Whitman during a Gallery Talk at Indian Hill Elementary School. an opportunity to learn about various artistic styles and compositions. One of the student’s images is of a toy box done in an Impressionist style. “I like that (the students) made choices about what they would paint and the medium they would

use,” said parent Susan Whitman of Indian Hill, who attended a recent Gallery Talk. The students’ art is also on the Web. To view it, visit, www. or www.sommergallerytalk.blogspot. com.


Holmes Primary student Olivia Casto was the winner of the Veterans Day poster contest for Holmes. Her poster is featured at Kenwood Towne Center along with Amity student Jami Baker. She is with Superintendent Kim Gray.

SCHOOL NOTES Mount Notre Dame High School will hold its annual Lunch with Santa Christmas Carnival 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The event will include face painting, games, crafts, balloon sculpting, Nativity animals, a magic show and personal visit with Santa Claus. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will also stop by. Tickets are available for $8 per person in the MND Advancement Office 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Dec. 1. Children under 1 year old are admitted free. To purchase tickets by phone or for more information, contact Beth Barnett at 8213044, ext. 142, or

Teacher offers SAT prep course

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy faculty member Dr. Jim Lipovsky is offering an SAT prep course, with Saturday morning or Tuesday afternoon session options, at the school. The courses, which prepare students for the May 1 SAT testing, will include diagnostic testing, individual assessment, test-taking skills review, in-class problem solving, extensive study of the concepts and strategies and a copy of the Official SAT Study Guide. Students receive individual attention and assignments are personally graded by Lipovsky. The class is $445 for registrations before Dec. 15 and $495 for registrations after Dec. 15. Registration forms are available at (click on “Parents”).

For more information, contact Lipovsky at 349-8629 or

Honor society

Several students were recently inducted into the Madeira High School Honor Society. They are: James Booth, Jennifer Caudill, Shannon Denecke, Sara Dreibelbis, Gwennyth Evans, Anna Frazier, Alana Frew, Anna Gelis, Caroline Jackson, Kyle Jenkins, Megan Kappes, Katie Landgrebe, Cody Linne, Ben Linser, Jerika Mofield, Katy Normand, Megan O’Dell, Jess Petri, Kristin Rayner, Cari Rusk, Rachel Self, Clark Templeton, Rebecca Tinnel, Alexa Wainscott, Bridget Walsh and Amanda Wyrick.


Amity Elementary student Jami Baker, center, was the school's winner of the Veterans Day poster contest. She is here with Amity principal Deb Farley, left, and teacher Jen Hopper.



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Visitors to posted these comments to a story about Deer Park Community City School District considering revising its grading scale: “Bad idea. How can you say that it’s not lowering the standards? What would have been a failing grade can now be a D. You’re doing a disservice to the students. Keep the bar high and they’ll reach for it. My son’s school uses the 93-100 = A scale. If they tried changing it, there would definitely be a fight.” andisleepy

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Visitors to posted these comments to a story about two men charged with stealing a woman’s purse at gunpoint in the parking lot of Kenwood Towne Center: “Seems like a well planned, well thought out way to get a few hundred dollars. Especially the part where they pointed a gun at her instead of just snatching her purse and running, thereby making it armed robbery instead of theft?? I mean c’mon ... who would think to get a license plate number? Who would think there would be surveillance film? Who would think two cast members from ‘Hee Haw’ would stand out in Kenwood? What could possibly go wrong?” DigitalBob2 “Maybe next time she’ll shop downtown. It really is much safer than the KW mall at holiday time.” jjamyjj “Smart enough to go where the money is, but not smart enough to avoid detection. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Thank God that many criminals are so stupid. The Ohio jails are probably much more nicely appointed.” navrat “These have got to be the two stupidest white boys in the Tristate area. I

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You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: hope that the judge make an example out of them and give them the max.” vriet “The mall parking lots have become a frequent target for thieves and criminals and I’m sure we will see more of these types of crimes being reported over the holidays. Everyone should take note that it isn’t safe to be alone in any shopping center lot. Women should keep their cash on there person and carry an empty throw down purse. Don’t shop alone is the holiday tip of the day.” Boozen_Broads “This is why I legally conceal and carry!” itstinksinhere

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Visitors to posted these comments to a story about the possibility that tenants at Kenwood Towne Place could lose their occupancy permits and electric service by Dec. 4 if some action isn’t taken. “Bearcreek is done, the bank could careless, and the tenants believe someone should take care of it for them ... even with all of them renting for free since the buildings not complete! What a mess! Had the bank shown good judgment, they would have paid the contractors who are owed, then paid to enclosed the building so the tenants paid rent, thereby collecting on some of the outstanding loan, which would have also made the building more presentable to a new buyer! I suggest if the tenants don’t want to pay up to have the repairs

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Compared to last year, do you plan to spend more or less on gifts this holiday season? “Our whole family has taken a big step back regarding gift giving this year. When we take a hard look at all we have, it becomes easier to spend less money and more time on each other. “I coordinate a neighborhood project each year that raises money for our local Ronald McDonald House, so I think we’ll be donating to them some of the dollars we would have spent on gifts. “The economy has forced so many of us to tighten our belts and re-evaluate our priorities – perhaps it will also force us to take a harder look at how grateful we should be for what we have in life instead of fretting over what we don’t have. Happy Thanksgiving!” M.M. “I will definitely spend less, A) I haven’t got it this year and B) my family wants for little so the extra that I’m not going to spend will be given to charity.” Florence “We will spend about the same per person as last year. However we have one more grandchild this year. We always do our part to stimulate retail sales at Christmas.” G.G. “There aren’t any needy people in my family so instead I am giving a large check to the Freestore in Cincy.” Duke

Next question What is your favorite holiday display, scene or event in the Columbia Township/Deer Park/Dillonvale/Kenwood/Madeira/ Sycamore Township area? What do you like about it? Do you think DUI checkpoints, set up by police during the holidays, are effective? Why or why not? Every week The Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. “Well, this is how I am! I love giving presents. Every year my husband says, ‘We must cut back,’ but it is so hard for me to do that. We have cut back on our gifts to each other (because we do not need anything), but I never buy all the things I want to give to the kids, and I have a very big family, counting sons and daughters, spouses, grandkids, etc ... etc ... I love Christmas time and sharing with others. But, I do believe the reason for Christmas is Christ’s birth, and we need to concentrate on that fact! Personally, we have given more this year to the community and special causes – more than ever before.” W.R. “I will definitely spend less. Each year I think I will make the holiday less material and teach my children the real reason for the season. With the poor economy and the loss of family, I now have the push to really do so.” J.H.

Shoppers at local malls, including Kenwood Towne Centre, need to be alert for suspicious activity during the holiday season. finished ... .shut down! They’ve been getting free rent long enough! If the judge lets the bank bully her on this one, she’s missed the boat! Give Menninger the funds to do his job and the hell with the bank!” thelegendary1 “Let the lawsuits begin – this will get very ugly.” SeawayPlayboy “The bailouts continue per Bank of America and it will be done via local expenses of higher costs that we already have because of Bank of America, per the facts included in this article. Bank of America has offered to make the loan under the condition that its contractors

and consultants be used. “What will we have? An overly expensive, abandoned finished or unfinished project that we can not afford nor need. Which will be just another depreciating line item headed for the scrap heap.” ThinkAbout “Internet shopping anyone?” 325airborne “The leases are written in a way that no one pays rent until the front of the building is complete. Since the west side is still unfinished; no rent has been collected. The laundry list of saftey failures grows everyday. The weather is now an issue because these issues


cannot be resolved before the rain starts. The cost to close this monster in includes the cost of paying the contractors for their material, inspecting the crane, paying money owed to the contractors for work already done so that they will come out and finish the work. Drywall needs to be removed from the interior, because of the contamination caused by mold. The main elevator shafts are now holding water. It is well past the time to hold the bank and Bear Creek responsable for all the damage. More than an eye sore, this is a growing health and saftey hazard.” bbboppin “I think I’ll shop at a different Kroger just to be on the safe side.” SeawayPlayboy

Author: Indian Hill school board should not raise taxes own backyard I heard a new joke today: that are in fore“Have you heard about the new closure. There Value Meal at McDonald’s? Order are many of our anything you like and the guy white collar behind you has to pay for it!” neighbors out of With all the news about our work. country’s out-of-control deficit Sounds like a spending, mis-appropriated funds perfect time to and outright fraud by the federal Mary Stewart raise taxes, government, the above joke resright? After all, onates an all-too-real truth. Community why would we Our addiction to credit and Press guest consider doing passing the buck to someone else, columnist anything else? namely to taxpayers who actually The fact that work for a living, or leaving an unpaid balance of trillions of dol- the Indian Hill school district has lars for the next several genera- a “rainy day” surplus fund of tions to pay speaks loudly of our more than $24 million and the economic irresponsibility and of school board is telling us that we our legendary conspicuous con- need to raise taxes before we reach into it sounds preposterous sumption. The entitlement programs we to me. Taking the easy way out and run are not only at the federal level, but we live and breathe raising our taxes smacks to me as them right under our own roofs. the height of “entitlement.” Our kids are not entitled to Who says that we are entitled to anything we/they can’t anything that we pay for and neither is can’t pay for? It is time to figure anyone else. Unless you out how to do Who wants to start have been living under a rock, one more with less and teaching that lesson at school? Let me suggest to has most certainly how to do without. you that the lesson starts fallen on you that at home. carries the weight It is time to figure out how to of the economic woes of our country and has firmly planted do more with less and how to do without. itself at your doorstep. And while we are doing that, Incomes are down, tax revenues are down, home values are we all better figure out how to down, stocks are down, manufac- make ourselves happy because turing is down; this is the worst the economic picture may not be economic time of most of our changing anytime soon. Like most of you, I think our lives. There are several homes in our schools are fabulous.

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Our teachers, administration, the staff, everyone who works in the Indian Hill school district has helped us earn our outstanding reputation for excellence in education. I understand that that costs a lot of money. However, this probable downfall in revenue is not a death knell. It does not have to signal a downturn in the quality of our children’s education. It is a signal that we need to look at everything, including the use of our surplus fund, before we raise taxes. I for one am encouraging the Indian Hill school board to vote “no” on an increase in our taxes. I hope that you will voice your opinion as well. Mary Stewart lives on Keller Road in Indian Hill.



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Moeller hoops looking to reload

By Mark Chalifoux

Moeller boys

The Moeller High School boys’ basketball team went 20-3 in 2008-2009 and should be very competitive again in 2009-2010. Eventually. “We’re a little bit behind where we were at this time last year,” head coach Carl Kremer said. The reason? The Crusaders graduated seven players from the rotation and only return four players with significant varsity experience. “I just don’t know (if) we have the proven depth that we had last year,” Kremer said. “We do think we have some talented kids though, so it’s a matter of getting them experience.” The returning players Moeller does have back will be tough to overlook. Junior guard Charlie Byers was fourth on the team in scoring last season, averaging 7.8 points per game. The all-league guard is joined No. 3 4 5 14 14 15 21 22 24 25 32 33 42 44

On the team

Name Alex Barlow Josh Morelock Ben Galemmo Alex Voss Cody Wacker Marc Gallenstein Tony Sabato Shaquille Jinks Pat Crace Hayden Frey Charlie Byers Jon Ward Kyle Sauerland Griffin McKenzie

Year Pos. 11 G 12 G 10 G 10 G 11 G 11 G 10 C 11 G 12 G 11 F 11 G 11 F 12 F 12 F

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Moeller’s Alex Barlow takes the ball away from Glen Este’s Tyler McCalla in a tournament game during the 2008-2009 season. Barlow will be one of the key players for the Crusaders in 20092010. by another returning all-league selection in Alex Barlow. Barlow, who can play the guard or forward positions, led the team in rebounding last season. “He plays a lot bigger than his size,” Kremer said. Senior guard Josh Morelock is another returning player who saw some key minutes in 2008-2009. Morelock averaged almost five points a game and was second on the team in assists. Then there’s Griffin McKenzie. McKenzie, the 6-foot-9 inch forward, is one of the top players in the city. The senior committed to play major Division I college basketball when he signed with Xavier University before the season. McKenzie missed most of the 2008-2009 season with an injury but should be a

Coming up Suburban Life winter sports overviews include: Wrestling – Dec. 9 Swimming – Dec. 16 Bowling/ice hockey/gymnastics – where applicable, Dec. 23 force for the Crusaders in 20092010. “He’s healthy now and you can expect to see a better athlete. He’s explosive,” Kremer said. “He’s an important player but his challenge will be to get back into basketball shape and to feel like he doesn’t have to do everything.” Kremer also said he’d like to see McKenzie give the team more of an inside presence. That’s largely because the team doesn’t have a lot

Dec. 5 @ Northmont – 7 p.m. Dec. 11 @ Badin Dec. 12 Withrow Dec. 18 St. Xavier Dec. 22 Woodward Dec. 28 @ Archbishop Rummel – 4:30 p.m. Dec. 29-30 @ St. Pius Tournament – TBA Jan. 5 Purcell Marian Jan. 8 @ La Salle Jan. 15 @ Chaminade Julienne Jan. 17 Fairport, N.Y. – 1 p.m. Jan. 22 Elder Jan. 26 McNicholas Jan. 29 La Salle Feb. 5 @ St. Xavier Feb. 9 @ Roger Bacon Feb. 12 Fenwick Feb. 16 @ Middletown Feb. 19 @ Elder All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. of size outside of McKenzie. Kremer said there will be times where he has four 6-foot players on the court with McKenzie. He said it will be a challenge when Moeller faces teams with good size down low. Kremer said a few new players to keep an eye on are Shaquille Jinks and Cody Wacker, who both played on the junior varsity team last season. Kremer will also have several sophomores who played on the freshman team last year. “That will be another challenge for us. We have guys that played varsity, junior varsity and freshman ball last year so we have to get them all comfortable playing together,” he said. “They have to


Moeller’s Charlie Byers against LaSalle in the second quarter at Moeller Jan. 9. adjust to the varsity level and learn how to play with each other.” Kremer did say his team will have a lot of kids who can handle the ball and can shoot. That’s one positive for a Moeller team that will start the season as a bit of an unknown. Moeller does play a tough schedule that includes Middletown, Withrow, Woodward, a team from New York and a tournament in Atlanta that features several traditional powerhouses from around the country. Then there’s the GCL slate. “St. Xavier, on paper, is probably the favorite, but La Salle will be very good and once Elder gets its football guys back, they will be good. It should be a balanced league this year but we’ll be right in the mix.”

Indian Hill ready to defend titles

By Mark Chalifoux

The Indian Hill High School boys’ basketball team won CHL and sectional titles in 2008-2009 as the Braves went 21-3. A lot has changed for the program since then. Head coach David Moss has moved on and was replaced by another coach in the program, Tim Burch. Indian Hill also graduated

Indian Hill boys

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Dec. 8 @ Loveland Dec. 11 @ Deer Park Dec. 19 Mariemont Dec. 29 Xenia Jan. 2 Boone County Jan. 6 Madeira Jan. 8 @ Reading Jan. 9 @ Milford Jan. 16 @ Finneytown Jan. 20 Taylor Jan. 22 Wyoming Jan. 27 Deer Park Jan. 29 @ Aiken Jan. 30 @ Madeira Feb. 2 @ Mariemont Feb. 5 Reading Feb. 10 @ Taylor Feb. 13 Finneytown Feb. 16 @ Anderson Feb. 19 @ Wyoming All games are 7:30 p.m.

four starters (six players overall) from that championship team. None of that has changed the expectations for the Braves in 2009-2010. “We set our goals very high. We want to win the CHL, which would be the first time the program has done it in back-to-back years. We also want to defend our sectional title and we feel like we have some unfinished business in Dayton,” Burch said. While the team lacks varsity experience, Indian Hill does have some strong talent back in the mix. Chief among those returning Braves would be Sam Hendricks, a player-of-the-year candidate in the CHL last year, and Will Satterfield. “If there was a face of Indian Hill athletics right now it would be Sam Hendricks, with what he did on the football field and with what he’s done on the basketball court,” Burch said. “Those guys help make my transition smoother and their job is to take the team to the next level.” Hendricks led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Satterfield, who came off the bench, was fourth on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. “Last year we were more in the followers’ role but now we have to be leaders and set the example for

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Cory Hunter goes up strong against Kevin Krefting. Hunter is the newest member of the Indian Hill basketball team and will be a standout for the Braves, and Krefting will be another key forward for Indian Hill.

younger guys,” Satterfield said. “This team doesn’t have the same depth last year’s team did, so we have to work harder with the guys we do have.” Hendricks said one big improvement for the team this season will be size. “Our tallest starter last year was 6-foot-3, and our tallest starter this year is almost 6-foot-9,” Hendricks said. “That will help our team a lot more to have a good game in the

On the team

Name Parker Bell Adam Bell Michael Fiore Kevin Krefting Sam Hendricks Greg Maull Jeremy Dollin Corey Hunter Andrew Turvey Will Satterfield Billy Hosmer Sam Voss Eric Knowles Austin Trout

Year 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 10

paint. Especially because we won’t have a fast-paced game like last year. We need to have a good halfcourt offense and distribute the ball more.” The size for Indian Hill comes from a variety of areas. Senior Cory Hunter, a transfer from Taft, is a 6foot-8 center that should be a standout for Indian Hill this season. “He’s a rare talent,” Burch said. “We’re trying to develop a nice inside-outside game for him. He’ll play a big role for us.” Jeremy Dollin and Kevin Krefting, two players who missed most of last season due to injury, will also give the Braves some size. The senior forwards are 6-foot-5 and 6foot-3, respectively. Burch said he’s still learning the


Indian Hill’s Will Satterfield goes inside for a basket in a recent practice. Satterfield will be one of the standouts and one of the senior leaders for the Braves in 2009-2010. intricacies surrounding the headcoach position and that he’s most comfortable in the gym. He said the team will have to get used to playing with each other and that it might be a struggle early on because the team doesn’t have much varsity experience. He also said the lack of depth will hurt the team when guys like Hendricks or Satterfield get in foul trouble. Indian Hill plays a tough schedule, including games against Loveland, Milford, Xenia, Aiken and Boone County. The Braves should still be in the mix for another CHL title and for another postseason run. Some players, including Hendricks and Satterfield, think the 2009-2010 Braves will be as good as the 2008-2009 version. “I think we can be even better,” Satterfield said. “It just depends on how well we work as a team.”

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December 2, 2009

Davis leads quartet of returning Stingers

Seven Hills senior Jake Davis, a first-team All State forward last winter, leads a quartet of starters back to the hardwood for sixth-year head coach Willie Hill. Standing at 6-foot-6, Davis averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior. Hill expects to see similarly impressive numbers from the third-year starter this winter. “Jake has improved his

On the team

No. Name Year Pos. 1 Fran Chatfield 12 G 3 Adimu Hunter-Woodard 11 G 10 Jordan Burgess 12 G 11 Kohki Nakafuku 12 G 20 Josh Tiao 12 G 21 Miles Hill 11 G/F 22 Josh Dunaway 12 G 24 Max Davis 11 G 30 Kyle Neu 12 F 32 Anthony Clark 12 G/F 33 Alex Hill 12 G 34 Edmund Schweitzer 12 F/C 44 Jake Davis 12 F speed and mid-range game,” Hill said via e-mail.

Young Madeira team has strong work ethic No. 3 4 5 11 12 13 14 20 21 22 24 25 30 31 32 33 40 44

Madeira boys

Game days

By Mark Chalifoux

On the team

Name Year Pos. Andrew Benintendi 9 G Kevin Morande 11 G Matt Almquist 12 G Eric Rolfes 12 C Stephen Beamer 11 G Brad Almquist 9 G Rob Misleh 12 F Chris Costello 12 G Patrick McClanahan 11 G John Michael Wyrick 9 G Isaac Rupe 10 G Andy Disbennett 12 F Cullan McCarthy 11 G Jacob Sullivan 11 G Cody Kuzniczci 11 G Kevin Costello 10 G Austin Carter 11 G Reid Templeton 12 G

“The senior class is motivated to play consistent and should compete for another Miami Valley Conference championship. “The (MVC) is even more competitive this year than last. I am excited about this team and this group of seniors,” Hill added. Seven Hills won its thirdconsecutive MVC Scarlet Division title last season with an overall record of 16-5 and a league record of 11-2. Alongside Davis, three additional starters return for

Madeira High School went 19-4 in 2008-2009 in boys’ basketball and will look to be a contender in the CHL again in 2009-2010. It will be tough for the Mustangs to replace all-conference guards Rob Tudor and Nate Gulick, but Madeira does return two key starters in senior Eric Rolfes and senior Rob Misleh. Rolfes averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and Misleh averaged 8.8 points and 7.8 rebounds a game last season. Other players to watch are senior point guard Matt

Dec. 4 @ Norwood Dec. 11 Finneytown Dec. 12 Shroder Paideia Dec. 18 @ CHCA Dec. 19 @ Wyoming Dec. 23 @ Ripley-Union – TBA Dec. 29 Walnut Hills Jan. 6 @ Indian Hill Jan. 8 @ Taylor Jan. 11 @ Reading Jan. 13 Deer Park Jan. 19 @ Batavia Jan. 22 Mariemont Jan. 27 @ Finneytown Jan. 30 Indian Hill Feb. 2 Wyoming Feb. 5 Taylor Feb. 10 @ Deer Park Feb. 13 Reading Feb. 19 @ Mariemont All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Almquist and senior wing Chris Costello and freshman Andrew Benintendi. “We have a strong work ethic and an influx of eager young and older players who will garner playing time for the first time in their careers,” head coach Jim Reynolds said.

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Max Davis, Willie said. Chatfield, Jake Davis and Alex Hill serve as captains for the Stingers. Seven Hills hosts its rivals from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy for the Stingers’ home opener Tuesday, Dec. 8. The Stingers then hit the road for games against North College Hill (Dec. 11) and Holy Cross (Dec. 12) before returning to Seven Hills to host Lockland (Dec. 15). All games listed above begin at 7:30 p.m.

Wildcats look to rebound after 2-19 season By Anthony Amorini

First-year head coach Todd Kalsey takes over the Deer Park program on the heels of a 2-19 season for the Wildcats. However, Deer Park is only one season removed from its Cincinnati Hills League title in 2007-2008 despite the Wildcats’ lastplace finish in the CHL last winter. Deer Park posted a 19-3 record en route to its first CHL basketball title. Returning starters for

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On the team

Name Year Pos. Brandon Reeves 10 G Zach Meyer 11 F Jimmy Hayes 9 G/F Brock Stephens 12 G Markus Johnson 9 G/F Ben Flamm 12 G Shawn McCoy 10 G Lance Vaughn 12 F Tyler Osborne 10 G Micquelle Burton 12 C Chris Roetting 10 G Aaron Barkett 10 C Zach Hall 10 F Daniel Sporing 11 G


Seven Hills’ Adimu Hunter-Woodward soars toward the hoop and dunks the ball during a Stinger home game against St. Bernard last season.

Deer Park boys

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Kalsey include sophomore guard Brandon Reeves and senior center Micquelle Burton, the coach said. Senior guard Ben Flamm, junior forward Zach Meyer and sophomore guard Tyler Osborne will also be key contributors this winter, Kalsey said. “Deer Park is a team that is dominated by underclassmen who will have to play significant roles,” Kalsey said via e-mail. “While short on experience, this team is willing to work and compete. “Solid point guard play will be extremely important as well as finding a team leader with such a young and inexperienced squad,” Kalsey added. Daniel Sporing, a junior guard, is the Wildcats’ top returning scorer after averaging 10.3 points a game last winter. Bryan Barthelmas, a 2009 graduate, led Deer Park while averaging 11.4 points a game last season. Though Deer Park won a CHL title in 2008, the Wildcats finished at 0-14 in the conference last season.

Dec. 4 @ New Richmond Dec. 11 Indian Hill Dec. 16 @ Taylor Dec. 17 Bethel-Tate Dec. 19 @ Finneytown Dec. 22 @ CHCA Dec. 29 St. Bernard Jan. 5 Mariemont Jan. 8 Wyoming Jan. 13 @ Madeira Jan. 19 Oyler Jan. 22 Reading Jan. 27 @ Indian Hill Jan. 30 Taylor Feb. 2 Finneytown Feb. 5 @ Wyoming Feb. 10 Madeira Feb. 13 @ Mariemont Feb. 16 @ Cincinnati Christian Feb. 19 @ Reading All games are 7:30 p.m. Indian Hill (21-3, 13-1) and Madeira (19-4, 13-1) split the CHL title in 20082009 as the only teams in the conference with winning records. Flamm averaged 5.9 points a game last winter followed by Burton at 4.3 points a game. Deer Park begins with a road game against New Richmond Friday, Dec. 4, before hosting its home opener Friday, Dec. 11, against Indian Hill. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

Brownstein nears 400th win with CCD By Anthony Amorini

A pair of starters return for 25th-year head boys’ basketball coach Howard Brownstein as Cincinnati Country Day’s longtime leader closes in on his 400th win with the Indians. Brownstein is 389-159 with CCD and has an overall record of 451-175 through his 29-year coaching career. Senior Lawrence Ervin, a third-year starter, returns for CCD though the point guard may miss a few games at the start of the season while recovering from an undisclosed football injury. Ervin led the Indians with 99 assists last winter. Junior post player Ryan Galloway also returns for CCD. Spencer Wright, a 2009

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No. Name Year Pos. 3 Rameez Khan 12 G 4 Robbie Pierce 11 G 5 Dontonio Wingfield Jr. 9 G 14 Dan Angus 11 F 21 Lawrence Ervin 12 G 23 Chance Alldred 9 G 25 Rob Klug 12 G 32 Ryan Galloway 11 F 42 Wyatt Tiffany 11 F

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CCD graduate, led the Indians with 15.5 points a game last winter. The Indians were 17-6 last winter while finishing as the co-champions of the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division with a league record of 9-3. Summit Country Day (14-10, 9-3) shared the MVC Gray Division title with CCD. Alongside Ervin and Gal-

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Dec. 4 @ Bethel-Tate Dec. 8 New Miami Dec. 11 Clark Montessori Dec. 15 @ Cincinnati Christianity Dec. 19 @ North College Hill Dec. 22 Mariemont – 6 p.m. Jan. 6 White Oak Jan. 8 @ Summit Country Day Jan. 12 CHCA Jan. 15 St. Bernard Jan. 19 @ Williamsburg Jan. 22 @ New Miami Jan. 23 @ Sycamore Jan. 26 Lockland Jan. 29 @ Seven Hills Feb. 2 @ Cincinnati Christian Feb. 5 @ Clark Montessori Feb. 8 Taylor Feb. 12 Summit Country Day Feb. 16 @ New Richmond Feb. 19 @ St. Bernard All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted loway, Brownstein expects to see key contributions from a quarter of guards including senior Rob Klug, senior Rameez Khan, junior Rob Pierce and freshman D.J. Wingfield. CCD opens on the road with a game against BethelTate on Friday, Dec. 4. The Indians then return to CCD for a pair of home games against New Miami (Dec. 8) and Clark Montessori (Dec. 11). CCD travels to face Summit on Friday, Jan. 8, with the Indians hosting the Silver Knights late in the season Friday, Feb. 12. All games listed above begin at 7:30 p.m.


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Paint Your Own Christmas Decorations, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Short lesson followed by painting pottery. Wide range of mugs, plates, bowls, etc. Family friendly. $7.50-$40. 8712529. Oakley.


John Stobart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closson’s Art Gallery Oakley, 3061 Madison Road. Works by maritime painter. Presented by Closson’s Art Gallery. 762-5510. Oakley. Our House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hyde Park Framers and Gallery, 3071 Madison Road. Impressionistic landscape works by Cynthia Matyi highlighting the Victorian homes of Columbia-Tusculum. Free. Through Dec. 11. 5315033; Hyde Park. Kingdom of Nature, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 3209 Madison Road. New and recent paintings and works on paper by Aaron Morse. New canvases and works on paper continue Morse’s exploration of historical imagery and the manner in which those images are shaped and manipulated over course of time. Viewings also available by appointment. Free. Through Dec. 19. 7929744; Oakley. Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 3209 Madison Road. Works inspired by history of ceramics and porcelain that create fresh contexts for iconic signifiers of royalty. References to Medieval hunting scenes and taxidermy populate gallery space. Viewings also available by appointment. Free. Through Dec. 19. 792-9744; Oakley. Mills and Zoldak: Variations on a Theme, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Functional pottery. Through Dec. 4. 871-2529; Oakley. Size Matters: The Holiday Show, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave. Paintings no larger than 11 by 14 inches, and as small as 4 by 4 inches, by Miller Gallery’s 50 local, national and international artists. Includes small sculptures in glass, bronze, stoneware and mixed media. Through Dec. 31. 871-4420; Hyde Park. Stemming the Tide, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road Suite 500, Paintings, photographs, pastels, prints and sculpture by Timothy M. Tepe, Tim McGraw, Holly Cahill, Joanne S. Edwards, Lawrence Goodridge and Alecia A. Weber. Through Jan. 29. 4586600. Hyde Park. Madison Clayworks Pottery Group, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Madison Clayworks, 6501 Madison Road. Functional and decorative works by Lisa Hueil Conner, Yvonne Cooper, Bob Gantzer, Sandy Gantzer, Jane Goepper, Pat Holm and Leslie St. Clair. Through Dec. 13. 321-4458; Madisonville. From Moscow to St. Petersburg: A New Collection of Russian Impressionism and Realism, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Phyllis Weston-Annie Bolling Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road.Works by members of prestigious Union of Russian Artists. Focuses on influence of impressionist painting and its successful transplantation in Russia.Through Jan. 30. 3215200; O’Bryonville. November Art Show, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 3210 Madison Road. Works by artist or artists. Free. Presented by Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop Oakley. Through Dec. 5. 321-8733. Oakley. World War I Poster Exhibit, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jack Wood Gallery, 2041 Madison Road. Vintage posters from war effort in U.S. and from allies in conflict including British, French and Italian posters. Through Jan. 16. 321-7077; O’Bryonville.


Airplane Rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Ave. Romantic airplane rides and air tours by Flamingo Air. $75 and up. Through Dec. 31. 321-7465; Linwood.

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Wine Specials, 3 p.m.-9 p.m. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. Half-price on glasses of wine. Ages 21 and up. 531-3300. Oakley. Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Free. 774-9697; www. Symmes Township.


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, 11093 Kenwood Road. Proof of Hamilton County residency required. No charge for monitors, CPUs, hard drives, mice, keyboards, laptops, docking stations, back-up batteries, power cords, modems, external hard drives, memory chips, cell phones, printers, scanners and fax machines. Program prohibits participation by businesses, churches, schools and non-profits. $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. Presented by Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District. 9467766. Blue Ash.


Optimal Nutrition: Textbook to Table, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Venus, 7795 Cooper Road. Learn about benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids with Dr. Josefa Rangel, M.D. of Consults for Wellness. Jill Durr, Venus chef, demonstrates how to cook omega 3-rich meals. Includes tastings, wine and giveaways. $20. Reservations required. Presented by Venus Fitness For Her. 984-4437; Montgomery.


What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension Development, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave. Presentation series for parents and caregivers on reading, comprehension development and current research. Free. Registration required. 531-7400; Blue Ash. Astrology Class, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Midwest School of Astrology, 4777 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 6, Intermediate to Advanced Topics with Pam Gallagher. $30. Reservations recommended. 984-2293. Madisonville. Intuitive Development Training, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Road. Develop psychic skills using tarot cards and spirit artwork. Learn old fashioned art of tea leaf reading, flame messages and clairvoyantly seeing with inner eyes. Beginners start 6:30 p.m.; advanced, 7 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations required. 791-9428; Silverton. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, 7 p.m. Free information session. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive. Information on how to get out of debt, cash flow planning, saving, insurance and investment basics, how to achieve your financial goals and other money related topics. With Sandra Faith Hall, Dave Ramsey Certified Counselor. Family friendly. $93 per family. Registration required. 550-3337. Blue Ash.

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road. Grass-fed Black Angus beef, freerange chicken, produce, lamb, turkey, eggs and honey. 8914227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Market includes organic meat and eggs, seasonal produce and flowers. 561-7400. Indian Hill.


The Santaland Diaries, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Performance Center, 3900 Eastern Ave. Observations of comic working as elf in Macy’s Santaland. Includes “Season Greetings” where slighty-too-cheery homemaker reveals startling information when writing annual holiday letter. Mature audiences only. $20, $15 ages 60 and up, $12 students. Presented by New Edgecliff Theatre. 888588-0137; Columbia Tusculum.


Bringing Literacy Home Fundraiser, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Isle of Skye Cashmere, 7004-B Center St. Sales benefit Bringing Literacy Home, an initiative of Every Child Succeeds. 271-2589; alpha/e/every-child/default.htm. Madeira. F R I D A Y, D E C . 4


MARIELDERS Craft and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.5 p.m. PNC Bank Mariemont Branch, 6902 Wooster Pike. Baked goods, crafts and knitting items. 271-5588. Mariemont. Christmas Bazaar, noon-4 p.m. Brecon United Methodist Church, 7388 E. Kemper Road. Gifts, hand crafted items, wreaths, clothing and candy shop. Free. Presented by Brecon Crafters. 459-9689. Sycamore Township.


Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. Line dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Oakley.


Friday Yoga Community Class, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Shine Yoga Center, 3330 Erie Ave. Heart-oriented class for all ages and levels. Relieve stress, increase energy level, improve posture, develop strength, balance, flexibility, patience and mental focus. $5. 533-9642; Hyde Park.


Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Holiday cocktails with recipes. Spirits of Madeira, 6917 Miami Ave. With hors d’oeuvres. $1 per sample. 561-2702. Madeira. 5 After 5 Tasting, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 2693 Edmondson Road. Sample five wines and five hors d’oeuvres. Includes wine glass, wine, and lite bites. Bring your Whole Foods Market wine glass back during another tasting and receive $1 off at door. $5. 531-8015. Norwood.


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



Big Fish and Friends, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Awakenings Coffee, 2734 Erie Ave. Stan Hertzman plays guitar, sings and tells stories. Joined by musical friend weekly. 321-2525. Hyde Park.


The Santaland Diaries, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Performance Center, $20, $15 ages 60 and up, $12 students. 888-588-0137; www. Columbia Tusculum.


Marielders are hosting the Marielders Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at PNC Bank Mariemont Branch, 6902 Wooster Pike, Mariemont. The sale features baked goods, crafts and knitting items. Call 271-5588.


Cincinnati Community Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. “Happy Feet.” Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road. Free. 791-7815; Montgomery.


Sycamore High School Variety Show, 7:30 p.m. Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. Showcasing more than 75 dancers, singers, instrumentals, performers, and ensembles from Sycamore High School’s student body. $10. 686-1778. Montgomery. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 5


Saturday Functional Ceramics Class, 10 a.m.-noon, Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Create functional clay project. Make mugs, soap dishes, waste baskets, picture frames, toothbrush holders and more. All ages. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. 871-2529; Oakley.


Blue Ash Women’s Club Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Assorted crafts and jewelry. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Woman’s Club. 891-4043. Blue Ash. Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gaines United Methodist Church, 5707 Madison Road. Includes Afro-centric cards, baked goods, vendors and lunch. 271-9096. Madisonville.


Broadway Connection Master Dance Class, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo Road. Suite B, Jazz and musical theater dance class taught by Pilar Millhollen, assistant dance captain of Broadway National Tour of Chicago. Intermediate and advanced dancers. $35. Registration required. 846-4835. Madeira.


Cookie Walk, 9 a.m.11:30 a.m. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road. Homemade cookies and candies for sale. 791-7631. Deer Park. Cincinnati Dinner Train, 6 p.m. Cincinnati Dinner Train, 4725 Madison Road. Boards at Barbecue Revue. Three-hour train ride complete with four-course meal on restored vintage rail cars. $69.95; plus tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages. Reservations required, available online. 791-7245. Madisonville. Turkey Dinner, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 7416 Elm St. Turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans, rolls and pie. Includes raffle, bake sale and bazaar. Reservations required. 561-1942. Plainville.


Victorian Holiday Village, 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Ohio National Financial Services. Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 7946100; Montgomery. Holiday in the Village, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Downtown Olde Montgomery, Montgomery Road between Cooper and Remington, Reindeer, free carriage rides, wish list mailing at North Pole Post Office, coloring contest display and more. City of Montgomery Tree Lighting on the Square 5:30 p.m. 891-2424; Montgomery. Mission Festival, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road. Gym. Learn about African culture through displays, food, music and crafts. Silent auction benefits missions in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Benefits African Missions. Free. 271-4147; Madisonville.


Javier Mendoza CD Release and Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. Madisonville Arts Center, 5021 Whetsel Ave. Mendoza performs songs from upcoming CD and songs from his Christmas album. With special guest Nicholas Tuttle, accompanied by Liz Wu. Cash bar and tapas available. VIP includes preferred seating and Javier’s Christmas CD. $20 VIP, $15. Tickets required. 271-8600; nnati.html. Madisonville.


An Evening With Wilbert Longmire, 8:30 p.m. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. Honoring Dr. Bessie Noble who Longmire attributes with allowing him to become a musician by enrolling him as a sixth-grader in an instrumental music program. $15. 871-6789. Mount Lookout.


The Rothschilds, 8 p.m. Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow, One-man performance of Broadway musical by writers of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Musical about rise of Rothschild Family from ghetto to financial empire. Ages 13 and up. Meet the Artist reception follows. $30, $25 advance. Reservations recommended. 791-1330. Amberley Village.


Family Game Day, 2 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Play games like Fish Stix, Baffle, Brainbox, Scrambled, Sort It Out and more. Family friendly. Free. 3968960; Norwood.


Charley Harper Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fabulous Frames Montgomery, 10817 Montgomery Road. Brett Harper signs books and celebrates life and works of his family. Four newly released Charley Harper prints on display. 489-8862. Sycamore Township. S U N D A Y, D E C . 6


Woman’s Art Club Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave. Fine art and unique crafts for gifts. Free. 859-331-7974. Mariemont.


Village Christmas Party, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Little Red Schoolhouse-Indian Hill, 8100 Given Road. Music, juggler, magician and Santa. Free. Indian Hill.


Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra joins Cincinnati Brass Band, the Cincinnati Boychoir and the Cincinnati Choral Society. Features tribute to composer Bonia Shur, Director of Liturgical Arts at Hebrew Union College. Free. 232-0949. Montgomery. Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. Sounds of Christmas. With Cincinnati Brass Band, the Cincinnati Boychoir and the Cincinnati Choral Society. Tribute to composer Bonia Shur, director of Liturgical Arts at Hebrew Union College. Free. 232-0949. Montgomery.

Victorian Holiday Village, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Ohio National Financial Services, One Financial Way. Lights, child-sized decorated houses, refreshments, free photos with St. Nick, entertainment and more. Benefits FreestoreFoodbank. Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery.


Holidays with the Legends, 3 p.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Vegas-style revue with sights and sounds of music legends. Jazz, swing and blues music. Lifetime Achievement Awards, 2:15 p.m. Silent auction, 2:30 p.m. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati Area and other area charities. $30, $25 advance, $20 seniors and students. 8349104. Oakley.


Ice Skating Party, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Meet at Blue ash Recreation Center and travel to Northland Ice Center. Includes pizza, transportation, admission and skate rental. Ages 12-15. $15. 745-8550. Blue Ash.


Michael Gore Brings Glass to Cincinnati, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Meet master glass artist, and view and shop from special exhibit of Venetian glass. 761-3555. Amberley Village. Shopping Spree, noon-4 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Road. Shop for handicrafts from around the world at this fair trade non-profit that works with artisans in more than 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Refreshments. A percentage of proceeds benefits Interfaith Hospitality Network. 871-5840. O’Bryonville. M O N D A Y, D E C . 7


Home Buyer and Seller Information Sessions, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Coldwell Banker West Shell, 2721 Erie Ave. Information sessions on buying first home or selling current home. Lender representative present to answer questions regarding mortgages, interest rates or refinancing. With Rick and Holly Finn. Ages 21 and up. Free. 533-8081. Hyde Park.


Local Author Night, 7 p.m. Brett Harper (with Charley Harper’s works), Robert Flischel, Sue Ann Painter and Beverly Erschell, and J. Wolf Miles discuss and sign their works. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. 3968960; Norwood. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 8

FOOD & DRINK Swirl! For Women Only-A Sensorial Wine Education and Tasting Experience, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Of interest - small production wines. The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road. Tapas-style dinner and 4-6 wine tastings. $42 a class. Reservations required. 871-5170. O’Bryonville. LITERARY - SIGNINGS

Fred Compton and Leo Bradley, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Compton discusses and signs “The Golden Lamb: Tales from the Innside,” and Bradley discusses and signs “Underrated Reds: The Story of the 19391940 Cincinnati Reds, the Team’s First Undisputed Championship.” 396-8960; Norwood.


Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Hyde Park Center for Older Adults, 2800 Erie Ave. Representatives give information to veterans, spouses, widows and dependents regarding VA claims, federal and state entitlement and emergency financial assistance. Free. 9463300. Hyde Park.

Jim Gill, 10:30 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author and musician reads “A Soup Opera.” Family friendly. 3968960; Norwood.



The Colors of Christmas, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Road. Collection of Christmas classics by Jubilant Singers. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Jubilant Singers. 683-0254; www. Symmes Township.


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LITERARY - STORY TIMES Have a holiday sing-a-long at Carolfest, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Music Hall. Seasonal songs and carols performed by the May Festival Chorus, the May Festival Youth Chorus, the Cincinnati Boychoir, and the Christ Emmanuel Fellowship Choir. Also see choreography by Shekinah Glory Dancers and The Studio for Dance and the handbell choir from the Sycamore Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir. A half hour prior to each concert special guests Santa, Rudolph and Frosty will make appearances. Tickets are $12, adults; and $6, 12 years and under. Call 513-381-3300 or visit

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Open Rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road. Ken Lam, director. 744-3333. Montgomery.


The Rockettes perform a “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” at U.S. Bank Arena, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. See the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” pictured above, a reenactment of the first Christmas and more. Tickets are $49.50-$89.50. Visit

Joe Tomain, Joe Rouse and Nick Ragland, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Authors discuss and sign “Creon’s Ghost Law Justice and the Humanities” and “Puller’s Run:A Work of Historical Fiction about LieutenantGeneral Lewis B. Chesty Puller.” 396-8960; Norwood.


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December 2, 2009

The many feelings of the Christmas season often involves a bitter side. This side often contains: loneliness, excessive attempts at pleasing, the reemergence of conflicts between siblings and relatives, a sad nostalgia, and a frenetic busyness that destroys the opportunity for personal time and reflection on its meaning. Loneliness is often the predominate heartache that arises at this beautiful season. Perhaps some insights may soften it a little.

The Christmas season is an ambiguous time of year. Perhaps bittersweet is the best term to describe the collage of Christmas feelings. Many factors make it sweet: familial love and closeness, the joy in children’s eyes, personal warmth, cordial dining and conversing, notes from old friends, gifts, but especially the realization we’re loved and thought of dearly. Yet, Christmas time so

There are various kinds of human loneliness. They’re brought about by alienation, restlessness, rootlessness, psychological depression, and what we can call a moral loneliness. In “Against An Infinite Horizon,” Ronald Rolheiser describes it as, “There is a fire inside us that aches insatiably. At every level, body, psyche, soul, we feel our unwholeness and are restlessly driven to seek consummation with others


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and the world beyond us. We never quite overcome this in this life … It constitutes the fundamental disease of the human person.” In our culture, whenever loneliness is discussed, we conclude that we grow lonely mainly for sexual union and that finding a partner for it will solve our loneliness. That’s far too simplistic. A human person is much more complex. That’s made evident by the fact that not even years of on-going sexual functioning eradicates all loneliness. Have we not heard the complaint of the lonely spousal bed? More deeply than we yearn for a sexual partner and physical union, we crave for what we can all call a moral affinity. We pine for someone to visit us within, in that deep part of us where our very self, and all that is most precious to us is kept, cherished and guarded.

We are lonely at levels that sex alone cannot reach. We hunger to be known, understood and loved. Rolheiser explains it well when he writes, “Great friendships and great marriages invariably have this deep moral affinity at their root. The persons in these relationships are ‘lovers’ in the true sense because they sleep with each other at that deep level, irrespective of whether or not there is sexual union. At the level of feelings, this type of love is experienced as a certain ‘coming home.’” Christmas time blows on the embers of this desire in us and it blazes up. When it is misdirected and misunderstood, we may sometimes aim our frustration and anger at parents, brothers or sisters, relatives or friends. We blame them for not knowing us completely or not loving us as much as we think they should. Or, we run from our ache

by becoming too busy and not realizing that others are looking for the same thing we Father Lou are. Guntzelman T h e loneliness Perspectives and lesser loves of this world need not frustrate us. They can serve as reminders of the value of loving one another as best we can while moving ever closer to the divine meaning of Christmas – that there is a Lover yearning for an affinity with us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@ or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Get energy smart at the library

Gospel Sundays Enjoy some of Cincinnati’s most renowned gospel groups. December 6, 13, 20 & January 17

Plug into the power of energy efficiency at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Electrifying science demonstrations and handson activities will en-light-en the whole family to Get Energy Smart. Get Energy Smart is an educational program created by Scholastic and Duke

North Pole Pajama Party Wear your favorite PJs. Drink hot chocolate. Decorate cookies. Create a craft. Dance with Santa and his elves! Call to RSVP. December 20 media sponsor: • (513) 287-7021 0000370436

Energy to show students and their families that energy efficiency is easy, and it can be a lot of fun. Local Family Science Nights are: • At 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 20, at the Anderson Branch Library, 7450 State Road; 369-6030. • At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Oakley

Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave.; 369-6038. • At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Mount Washington Branch Library, 2049 Beechmont Ave.; 369-6033. For more information about Get Energy Smart, contact White at


December 2, 2009

Suburban Life


Have a bourbon ball this season

Rita’s creamy Kentucky colonels/bourbon balls

Tricia Boh, a Kentucky reader, asked me to replicate the bourbon balls “like Rebecca Ruth’s makes for Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery in Frankfort, Ky.” Here’s one from my files,

which is what I think she wants, as this is a c r e a m y, not cakey, bourbon Rita ball.I also Heikenfeld have a Rita’s kitchen traditional bourbon ball recipe which I’m including for our Web version. (Let us know if you want a copy by mail by calling 513-591-6163.) You can divide this in half, or double it. Now I want you to taste the mixture after it’s mixed up – if it’s creamy enough then leave as is. If you want a bit more creaminess, add a bit more butter, starting with a couple tablespoons and go from there. Makes anywhere from three to four dozen, depending on size. I use a small ice cream scoop to make the balls nice and round. I think the coating on Buffalo Trace’s balls is probably bittersweet or Belgian dark chocolate.

1 stick salted butter, softened 1 pound powdered sugar Up to 1⁄2 cup bourbon – start with several tablespoons Chocolate coating: Real chocolate chips: semisweet, bittersweet, Belgian, etc.

Beat together butter and sugar. Gradually add bourbon. Form into balls and refrigerate until very firm. (Sometimes I freeze mine in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer container for dipping later). Melt the chocolate. Remove while still some lumps remain as the residual heat will melt the rest when you stir it. Dip the balls. I use a wooden skewer to dip mine. As soon as you dip them and put on a sprayed cookie sheet, top with a pecan half. Put in refrigerator to set coating completely. Store in fridge, covered.

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1 stick salted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 egg yolks, room temperature, beaten well 2 tablespoons flour Pinch salt 1 cup evaporated milk (not condensed) 1 regular pie shell

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Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together. Sift flour and salt together. Combine, add salt and milk and beat very well, about one to two minutes until well mixed. (Sometimes mixture will look curdled. Don’t worry, it will bake just fine). Pour into shell and bake 40 to 45 minutes on cookie sheets. Diane said the butter tends to bubble over and the pie will be a bit shaky in the center but will set nicely as it cools.


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December is here and that means Hanukkah and Christmas are on their way. So for the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some gifts from the kitchen, along with my regular recipes. One more thing, check the pantry spices and herbs for freshness. Do the sniff test: If they don’t smell fragrant, toss them and get new. And when you open them, regardless of the expiration date on the can (particularly with baking powder), know that you should use them within a year maximum. For baking powder, put a little in some warm water – it should start foaming right away. For baking soda, do the same but use some vinegar or lemon juice, which will activate it if it’s still fresh.

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REUNIONS St. Dominic Class of 1988 – reunion is being rescheduled for the fall at a date and place to be determined. E-mail Angela (Fischer) Seiter at for information. Princeton High School Class of 1970 – will have its 40th reunion on June 25 and June 26. A buffet is planned for 7 p.m. tto 11 p.m.,

Friday June 25, at Raffel’s Banquet Hall in Evendale. The class will also meet from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Sharon Woods, Saturday, June 26, at Cardinal Crest camp site for a cookout. All classmates should contact Jim Young at or Janice (Renner) Wilkins at Janice.

Talawanda High School classes of 1964 and 1965 – are having a 45th reunion for 1965 and 46th reunion for 1964, July 23, 24 and 25, in Oxford. Specific planning will take place in November, but initial contacts can be made to Alice Anderson Wedding at, on, or at 831-0336. Anyone is welcome to help plan.


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December 2, 2009


Local residents featured in ‘Holiday Follies’ The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati celebrates the season Dec. 4-6 and 12-13, at the Taft Theatre with “Holiday Follies.” Local residents Emily Kissela of Montgomery and John Muething and Maria Richart of Kenwood are featured in the show. Emily Kissela plays a Follyette and a Reindeer. Kissela is a freshman at Sycamore High School. She has appeared in the TCTC productions of “Disney’s High School Musical 2 On Stage!,” “The Wizard of

Oz,” “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” and “Seussical, Jr.,” and participated in the Little STAR Program for the past five summers. She has performed with Footlighters, Inc., East Side Players and Acting Up. Most recently, Kissela appeared in HSM 1 and 2 as Sharpay with Towne Hall Theatre. Kissela participated in the Girls Can! video series with Bright Light Productions. Kissela takes dance, piano, acting and voice,


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enjoys playing tennis, swimming and performing with Innocent Commotion. John Leo Muething plays Frank. A senior at St. Xavier High School, this is Muething’s 10th appearance with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Past shows include: “Disney’s Mulan, Jr.,” “Disney’s High School Musical 1” and “2” and “James and the Giant Peach.” Muething has won local awards for Footlighter’s “Parade,” Loveland Stage Company’s “Into The Woods, Jr.” and the Overture Award Program. Maria Richart plays Doris. Richart is a senior at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. This is her sixth season with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati having




appeared in “Disney’s High School Musical 2 On Stage” (Kelsi Nielsen), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Violet), “Disney’s High School Musical” (Kelsi Nielsen), “The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit” (Sparrow No.

1), “Tom Sawyer” (Bertie), “Hansel and Gretel” (Gretel), “The Wizard of Oz” (Munchkin/Winged Monkey), “Annie Jr.” (Tessie) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (School Girl). She has also participated

Judah Maccabee to host Olive Press Workshop at Blue Ash Kroger December 10-13, 2009 @ 7:00pm Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the church during regular office hours

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Maria Richart of Kenwood, John Muething of Kenwood and Emily Kissela of Montgomery at rehearsal for “Holiday Follies.”

in TCTC’s STAR Program for the last five summers. “Holiday Follies” is ideal for family with children ages 4 and older. It will be presented for the public at the Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth St. in downtown Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6; at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Single tickets for each production are $20, $18, and $7 and are available by calling The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Box Office at 569-8080, ext. 10, or visit or call 877-LYV-TIXS. Enjoy the Arts discounts are available. For group sales call The Children’s Theatre Box Office at 569-8080, ext. 10.

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Chanukah shopping turns into a family adventure with Chabad Jewish Center at the Blue Ash Kroger. The nationally acclaimed Olive Press Workshop, hosted by Judah Maccabee, will be staging two free presentations in the Kosher department at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. After filling your cart with Potato Latkes, Chanukah Candles, Chanukah Gelt and more, the entire family will enjoy making olive oil from scratch. “The Olive Press Workshop demonstrates the process used by the Maccabees to refine olive oil for the Temple Menorah,” explained Rabbi Berel Cohen, director of youth and family programming at Chabad Jewish Center. “This workshop will make the family’s Chanukah experience so much more exciting. Come and see for yourself!” Under the guidance of Judah Maccabee, participants will squeeze fresh olives, just like in the days of the Maccabees, then purify their oil with a modernday centrifuge. After purify-


Jake Frankel age 8, pressing Olive Oil with the guidance of Judah The Maccabee at last year’s workshop at the Blue Ash Kroger. ing the oil, attendees will make wicks out of cotton, which will be used together with the freshly made oil in a menorah lighting ceremony. Participants will have the opportunity to take a picture with Judah Maccabee. “This is a great opportunity to offer our Jewish customers a unique shopping experience this holiday season,” said Tim Schukman, manager at the new Blue Ash Kroger. With an extensive Kosher department, Kosher shopping has become a one-stop pleasure. In one central area of an already superb supermarket, kosher shoppers can now find a wide selection of baked

goods, a full line of fresh meat, fresh fish and sushi, and fine Kosher wine. There are also extensive freezer, fridge, and dry goods sections filled with all your High Holiday and general kosher shopping needs. The Olive Press Workshop is part of The Living Legacy series. The Living Legacy brings Judaism alive for children, teens and adults throughout Cincinnati through a series of unforgettable hands-on educational programs and workshops. For information about the Olive Press Workshop or to book a Olive Press Workshop experience, call 7935200 or e-mail Rabbi

Madeira Woman’s Club to meet The Madeira Woman’s Club’s next regular meeting will be a Christmas luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the St. Gertrude’s Parish Center, 6543 Miami Ave.

Entertainment for the event will be provided by Kevin Angel, director, and the Madeira High School band with a program including Christmas music. The cost of the luncheon

is $10 and reservations are required. For reservations or further information, call Rita Bagent at 793-3938. The public is welcome to attend.

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Held at the Ohio National building at I-71 and Pfeiffer Road, the Victorian Holiday Village is a free outdoor event for the entire family. Featuring a free 5x7 photo with St. Nick (one per family), free hot cocoa and cookies and free goodies for the little ones. The Village will be open rain or shine. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the FreestoreFoodbank. Due to the outdoor gravel walkway, the Village is not handicap accessible.

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Community RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension’s Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. Sunday school and adult forum begin at 9 a.m. A nursery is provided during the worship service. The church will again present the Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carol Menotti. Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12. A Sunday matinee has been added at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Ascension’s own Jacob Mortensen will again be performing the role of “Amahl” and opera star Katherine Bergman will be featured as the Mother with Tony Barkley and David Bezona returning as Balthazar and Kaspar. All presentations of this beloved holiday entertainment jewel are free, but seating is limited, so it will be necessary to arrive early. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288;

Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. The church is hosting a Christmas Bazaar from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The bazaar will feature ceramics, wood creations, candy and baked goods, Christmas decorations, sewing, handmade scarves and hats, and several outside vendors. Lunch is available. To reserve a table, or for more information, call Doris or Tom Lillie at 459-9689 or Ruth Siles at 791-8063. The Children’s Christmas Program will be presented during the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service Sunday, Dec. 6. Bring your children. Santa’s Shop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Children will be able to shop for their families and wrap their gifts. Pictures will be taken of the children with Santa. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of God of Prophecy

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Drive Through Nativity is Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. to 9p.m. Live animals! Live actors tell the Christmas story in 10 scenes. Stay in the warmth of your car to view the Christmas story. Free. Young Adult Christmas Party is Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. Bring a White Elephant and a dish to pass. Call the church for details. Christmas Eve Services, 5 p.m. (children’s pageant), 7 p.m. (contemporary worship), 9 p.m. & 11 p.m. (traditional worship). Childcare provided at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Kids Morning Out every MondayThursday, 9 a.m. to noon. Open to children 6 months-kindergarten. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 East Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free childcare is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. For more information, call the church at 891-1700. The dates are: Dec. 14, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 7, July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist

All are welcome to join the Monday Bible Study from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Pastor’s Parlor; current study is a book by James Moore, “Attitude is Your Paintbrush.” Call 891-8527. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Montgomery Assembly of God

The Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Holiday Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Montgomery Assembly of God. It is free and open to all ages. Enjoy the festive sounds of Christmas, as the Orchestra joins the Cincinnati Brass Band, the Cincinnati Boychoir and the Cincinnati Choral Society. Also, a tribute to composer Bonia Shur, director of Liturgical Arts at Hebrew Union College. Call 232-0949. The church is at 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-6169.

New Church of Montgomery

The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

Northern Hills Synagogue

Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham in Deerfield Township and Borders Books are teaming up to present another in their series of programs about the Jewish holidays. On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Borders in Mason, 5105 Deerfield Blvd., will open its doors to “A Taste of Chanukah,” sponsored by Northern Hills. The program will feature Chanukah crafts, food, stories and games for children and families, along with recipes and imaginative ideas for celebrating the holiday. Upcoming programs in the “Taste” series will focus on the holidays of Purim and Passover. There is no charge to attend. The entire community is welcome. For more information, please call the synagogue at 931-6038. Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham is hosting a kosher Chinese buffet and movie night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The menu will feature hot and sour cabbage soup, egg rolls, fried and steamed rice, spicy eggplant with tofu, broccoli chicken, chicken nuggets, stir fry vegetables, and much more. Following dinner and Chinese games, two movies will be shown. For children, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” will be shown, while adults can enjoy “The Hebrew Hammer.” The cost is $15 for adults, and $6 for children ages 3 to 10. Children under 3 are free. The maximum charge

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About religion

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St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Traditional Worship and 9:30 a.m. for Contemporary Worship with Praise Band. Childcare is provided for all services. The church is continuing the Advent/Christmas Series, “Surprised by the Gift of Christmas!” On Sunday, Dec. 6, the second Sunday of Advent, the sermon “The Christian Motto: Be Surprised!” will be based on the scripture reading Matthew 24:36-44. Communion will be offered during the services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Trinity Community Church

The church is hosting its annual Cookie Walk holiday cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Call the church office at 791-7631. The church is at 3850 East Galbraith Road, Dillonvale; 791-7631.

AMERICAN BAPTIST Dianne Steelman, Pastor 4808 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-2954 Blending Contemporary & Traditional Sunday Worship - 11 :00 a.m. Wednesday Gathering - 6:00 p.m. Christmas Talent Show- December 6 See more Christmas opportunities on our website “Meeting the Needs of a Changing Community by Sharing the Unchanging Love of God”


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Sunday Services

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

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 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

Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800 Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Youth 7 & 8th grade 9:15am Youth 9 & 12th grade 11:45am Phone 561-6805 Fax 561-0894 INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am


7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 10:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Baby sitter provided Pastor: Josh Miller

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

7515 Forest Rd. at Beechmont Ave 231-4172

First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245

Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.)

Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

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

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Church of God

8290 Batavia-Pike - Route 32 Pastor: Lonnie & Erica Richardson Wednesday Evening Services - 7:00pm Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 am


100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Rite I Eucharist 9:00am Rite 2 Eucharist For All People 11:15am Rite 2 Choral Eucharist Childcare Provided for all Eucharists


UNITED METHODIST 8221 Miami Rd. (corner of Galbraith)


NEW 9:30am Service -Innovative & High energy

Traditonal Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00am

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

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


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


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

NorthStar Vineyard Community Church

Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556




Steve and Joy Jeffers of Cincinnati, Ohio are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Amy Jeffers to Paul Huhtala, son of Daryl and Nancy Huhtala of Wilmington, Ohio. The bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of Turpin H.S., a graduate of The Ohio State University and a graduate of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She is currently a pediatric resident at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Paul is a 2000 graduate of Wilmington H.S. and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2005 with a degree in visual communication technology. He is employed at CDW in Chicago, IL. The wedding will take place on January 9, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio and the couple plan to reside in Chicago, IL.

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Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am.

Scottish Rite Valley of Cincinnati presents Christmas Cathedral Hour, Sunday December 6, 3:00pm, Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 East Fifth St.

Featuring SR Cathedral Choir, Allen Temple A.M.E. Choir, Reverend Donald E. Dixon, retired SR Pastor of Hyde Park Community UMC.

Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

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MT. WASHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6365 Corbly Road 513-231-3946 Rev. Thomas A. Gaiser Sunday Worship 10:45am Adult Sunday School 9:30am Children’s Sunday School 10:45am Visitors Welcomed "A Family in Christ and a Beacon of God’s Love for Over 150 Years"

MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:00 am

Church School for Everyone 10:10 am

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December 2, 2009

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Cristobol Pinon, 38, 1726 Cleveland Ave., drug possession at 3340 Highland Ave., Nov. 9. Eric Ginn, 31, 1026 Forest Ave., obstructing at 5400 Kennedy, Nov. 9. Jeremy Mckenzie, 30, 4471 Ripley Road, obstructing at 5400 Kennedy, Nov. 9. Ashley Mitchell, 18, 831 Conzadine Ave., theft at 5245 Ridge Road, Nov. 6. Juvenile Female, 16, theft at 5245 Ridge Road, Nov. 16.








Attempt made at 6809 Grace Ave., Nov. 10.

Carole M. Sand, 59, 4144 Lansdowne, menacing, Nov. 21.

Criminal trespassing

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging

Reported at 3240 Highland Ave., Nov. 7.


Vehicle tire valued at $200 removed at 4024 Plainville Road, Nov. 10. CD player, amp, clothing of unknown value removed from vehicle at 5621 Viewpoint, Nov. 12.

Window broken at 4120 Superior Ave., Nov. 20.

Domestic violence

Reported at 4137 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 23.


Reported at 4142 Lansdowne, Nov. 21.


Nike stolen at 8351 Plainfield Road, Nov. 21.


Richard T. Eastin, 31, 6775 Rose Crest Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Nov. 2. Christopher S. Baker, 29, 5196 Wooster, drug abuse, drug instrument, Nov. 4. Alexander J. Hunsche, 20, 3217 Ivy Hills Blvd., drug abuse, drug instrument, Nov. 4. Kevin Carr, 22, 7942 Stonegate, drug abuse, drug instrument, Nov. 4. Jason F. Fisher, 37, 3120 E. High St., drug abuse, Nov. 5.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Groceries taken at Kroger; $76 at 6950 Miami Ave., Nov. 9. RX pad taken from office at 7124 Miami Ave., Nov. 10. Laptop computer taken from vehicle at 7898 Juniper View, Nov. 12.

Please join us on Sunday, December 6 from 5 - 9 p.m. for a fun-filled evening at the Holiday Inn Eastgate including the following: Buffet dinner with either chicken or vegetarian entrees, side dishes, coffee/tea and desserts (cash bar available). Crafts, door prizes and raffle (prizes of $400, $300, and $200). Entertainment and video recap of the year. Lots of love from the league animals.


Graffiti painted on swing set at Sellman Park, Nov. 9.


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Incidents/investigations Assault

Victim struck at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 6.

Assault, aggravated menacing

Victim threatened and struck at 7752 Montgomery Road, Nov. 8.

Breaking and entering

Stereo and DVD player valued at $600 removed at 3900 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 4.


Residence entered and $65 removed at 3769 Glencary Ave., Oct. 31.

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Criminal mischief

Eggs thrown at residence at 8813 Tudor Ave., Nov. 9.

Misuse of credit card

Reported at 7801 Montgomery Road, Nov. 3.

Sexual imposition

Reported at Montgomery Road, Nov. 1.

Tampering with coin machine

Reported at 5900 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 11.


Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 7. Vehicle entered and license and coat valued at $84 removed at 4015 Estermaire Drive, Nov. 9. Reported at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 16. Clothing valued at $212 removed at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 15. Jeans valued at $135 removed at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 9. Laptop valued at $3,500 removed at 8078 Trotterstrail Court, Nov. 13. Ipod valued at $200 removed at 6679 Michael Drive, Nov. 12.

Briefcase and contents valued at $2,500 removed at 6856 Euclid, Nov. 12. Lawnmower and tools valued at $310 removed at 3968 Mantell Ave., Nov. 2. Furniture, TV, dolls and personal items of unknown value removed at 8076 Camner Ave., Nov. 9.

Theft, criminal tools, obstructing official business Merchandise valued at $148.04 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 1.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP 6842 Hurd Ave.: Huntington National Bank The to Large Creek LLC; $32,900. 6846 Windward St.: Wermuth Victor E. to Federal National Mortgage; $53,200.

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Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.


7193 Maryland Ave.: Hubbard Nicholas A. to Fischer Edward J. III; $103,000. 7240 Maryland Ave.: We Investments LLC to Liscano Brian; $145,000. 7418 Plainfield Road: Stimmel Mary Ruth to Sincheck Michael C.; $123,900.

E. & Thomas A. Budke to Wahman David G.; $265,000.


11941 Seventh Ave.: Fanniemae to Stacy Maria A.; $30,000. 7201 Osceola Drive: Armstrong 3980 Mantell Ave.: Higgins Julie M. Properties Ltd to Otting Melissa to Bauer Meagan N. Scott M.; L.; $146,900. $140,000. 7227 Rita Lane: Dreese Elizabeth to 4072 Longford Drive: Fuller ConSwanson Jeffrey S.; $130,000. stance Sue Ehlers to Nixon Joel 7266 Longfield Drive: Gates Craig to Bradford; $183,121. Muff Jacob L.; $190,000. 4214 Woodlawn Ave.: Brummett 7451 Shewango Way: Mosbacher Debbie J. to U.S. Bank National; Susan D. Co-Tr@4 to Mosbacher $54,000. Susan D. Co-Tr@4; $126,950. 4225 Kugler Mill Road: Gaerke Tracy 7451 Shewango Way: Mosbacher to Gaietto Michael D.; $115,000. Susan D. Co-Tr@4 to Payne John 4365 Kalama Court: Patterson BarP; $126,950. bara E. to Harris Kevin 8162 Lancewood Court: Waters Ruth K.;$177,000. 6060 Euclid Road: Montgomery Taulman LLC to Elliott On the Web Katie M.; $325,000. Compare home sales on your block, on your 8051 Hetz Drive: street and in your neighborhood at: Weber Kathleen A. to Annamalai Murali; $139,000. 8492 Deerway Drive: Mccarty Michael T. to Short Lauren C.; $160,700.



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Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local police department: • Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Simon L. Leis, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 6833444. • Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056. • Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214. • Sycamore Township, 792-7254.

Criminal damaging

Juvenile male, 17, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 7. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 7. Vibha Chetan, 38, 8133 Village Drive, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 11. Angelic Shepherd, 38, 6936 Home Street, disorderly conduct at 6936 Home Street, Nov. 10. Anthony Hapton, 49, 7901 Greenland Place, drug abuse at 7800 Montgomery Road, Nov. 14.


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