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District approves grading switch By Amanda Hopkins

The Deer Park City School district will be moving to a 10-point grading scale for the 2010-2011 school year. The Deer Park Board of Education approved a district wide switch to the 10point grading scale at its Dec. 2. meeting. Deer Park High School English teacher Roseanna Shaw Morrissey and board Member Terri Morrissey were at the forefront of moving the district to the new scale. Both said the change would help graduating seniors when applying for college, increasing their chances of earning scholarships and being placed in honors classes and housing. “We want to be in the same pool as Sycamore, Madeira and Mariemont,” Shaw said at the Nov. 19 board meeting. “We, too, should be on the 10point grading scale.” Shaw said standards for grades would not be lowered and that grading on essays and other subjective work would not change. The switch to the 10-point scale will go into effect at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year for grades kindergarten through 12 and will not be retroactive. The grading scale change will be included on student transcripts for the following three years after the change is made.


St. Vincent Ferrer Student Council members helped load the cars full of the toys students brought in to help the Contact Center on Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati. From left: student council president eighth-grader Katie Abraham, sixth-grade activities coordinator Dan Nymberg, seventhgrade activities coordinator Andrew Luby and sixth-grade class representative Addison Maly.

Donations keep students in ‘Contact’ with poor By Amanda Hopkins

Shelves will be filled after St. Vincent Ferrer students leave the Contact Center on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine. Students from the Kenwood school joined with families from the religious education program at the parish to collect new and gently used toys for the Contact Center. Karen McMichael, director of Faith Formation at St. Vincent Ferrer, said the students and families brought in several hundred donations of games, books, stuffed ani-

“What we bring helps to fill their shelves.”

Karen McMichael Director of faith formation at St. Vincent Ferrer

mals for children of all ages. McMichael said the shelves at the Contact Center are usually pretty bare this time of year. “What we bring helps to fill their shelves,” McMichael said. Many students donated old toys, but four students, student council president eighth-grader Katie Abra-

ham, sixth-grade activities coordinator Dan Nymberg, seventh-grade activities coordinator Andrew Luby and sixth-grade class representative Addison Maly also helped McMichael, St. Vincent Ferrer school principal Doug Alpiger and two parent volunteers deliver the toys to the Contact Center. McMichael said the toy collection for the Contact Center has been a joint effort between the school and the religious education program for over 16 years. The Contact Center allows less fortunate in the area to buy the toys at a reduced fee.

Hosbrook access road design complete By Amanda Hopkins

The design is complete, but a few details are being worked out before construction begins on the access road off of Hosbrook Road in Sycamore Township. Planning and zoning Administrator Greg Bickford said plans for a retaining wall along the road are still in progress. The board of trustees must decide between a pile driven wall or an Allan block wall. A pile driven wall would cost more at $650,000, but would save several of the trees along the access road.

“We could do a massive replanting with money saved.” Greg Bickford Sycamore Township Planning and Zoning Administrator Bickford said an Allan block wall would cost significantly less, but take out six to eight more large trees. “We could do a massive replanting with money saved,” Bickford said. Construction will not begin on the access road until the FBI


A computer simulated image shows the impacts on trees of a retaining wall along the access road that is set to be built near Hosbrook Road. makes more progress on the construction of its new building on Montgomery Road. Bickford said the new access road will pick up the adjacent BP gas station’s access road and would incorporate improve-

ments to Hosbrook Road into the road design. The access road will be available for the FBI building and other nearby developments to improve highway accessibility and to keep traffic out of the residential areas.

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The city normally employs 12 police officers, including the police chief. Moeller said Madeira added a 13th police officer in 2008 because it knew one of its officers was being called to active duty with the U.S. Army Reserve and because it hoped to reduce overtime. “After evaluating the schedules and shift coverage over the past year, the savings in overtime were not as great as we thought they might be,” Moeller said. “So it was decided not to fill this (13th) position with the budget issues which are now facing us and return the staffing numbers to our normal level. “Positions that are presently filled are not being cut, so the public should not see any reduction in service or response times,” Moeller said. He said the city often gets help from other police agencies – and vice versa. “We regularly request backup assistance from other communities through the Hamilton County Communications Center,” Moeller said. “There have been many occasions when there have been three or perhaps more simultaneous incidents in our community which would have required us to seek assistance from another jurisdiction just as other communities may request mutual aid from us.”

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A Madeira woman is asking residents to help the city figure out how to balance its 2010 budget without crippling police services. Jill Lefebvre encouraged people to take up the issue at the Madeira City Council meeting Dec. 14. “Madeira is full of intelligent and creative people; if we put our heads together, I have no doubt that we will find a solution that meets the budgetary requirements and maintains the protection we have grown accustomed to,” Lefebvre said. City officials said at the Nov. 23 council meeting that Madeira was considering eliminating police overtime to help balance the budget. “If an officer calls in sick, no other officer will be called in to replace them for the night or day,” Lefebvre said. “This will result in one officer working an eighthour shift.” What if a solitary officer on duty gets calls for an automobile accident on one side of Madeira and a domestic-violence situation on the other side of the city at the same time, she asked. “This does not sound safe for the police officers or for citizens of Madeira,” Lefebvre said. City Manager Tom Moeller said the city always has a minimum of two offi-

cers per shift each day and that the proposed 2010 budget at this time includes money to Lefebvre cover those overtime costs. The city pays officers overtime about 50 times a year to fill a shift if an unexpected vacancy occurs, he said, costing Madeira a total of about $25,000 annually. “In their deliberations on the many issues related to potential budget cuts, council had discussed eliminating overtime to cover a vacant shift position, so, if a position on a shift could not be filled with an officer being paid regular time, the position on that shift would be left vacant,” Moeller said. “City council has agreed that having just one officer on the road during a shift is not the level of service we should be providing to the community,” he said. “We are going to see how we are doing financially before the middle of next year and reevaluate these issues.” Moeller said the 2010 budget is the most difficult one he’s worked with in his 30 years as city manager. Madeira has to make cuts because it expects a total of about $500,000 less revenue next year in earnings taxes, estate taxes and interest income, he said.

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The holiday season is here, which means churches and charitable organizations are putting forth even more effort to help those less fortunate. One group in need of some holiday cheer is children with parents in prison during the holiday season. Indian Hill Church is one of several churches in the area that participates in Angel Tree, a national program that provides gifts to children of inmates. Linda Seal, chairwoman of the church’s outreach committee, said Indian Hill Church has been involved with the program for about 10 years. She said the church receives a list of 75 children’s names. Church members then pick their names from a tree at the church and spend approximately $50 buying gifts for them. Seal said the church has traditionally taken about 100 names for donations, but cut back this year due to other charitable endeavors. “We don’t want to take


Jim Hammond and Linda Seal are just two of the people at Indian Hill Church who help bring the Angel Tree program to life each Christmas. The program gives gifts to children whose parents are in prison. more than we can handle,” she said. Jim Hammond, who coordinates the Angel Tree

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Blue Ash City Council voted Nov. 12 to contract for services with the Sycamore Senior Center for up to $80,400 in 2010, $82,400 in 2011 and $85,500 in 2012. Sue Bennett, the city’s public information officer, said that while the center provides an important service to Blue Ash residents, economics forced the city to reduce its support. “The Senior Center contract does represent a 6 percent reduction compared to 2009 coverage levels,” Bennett said. “Blue Ash is very proud to have the Sycamore Senior Center within our community, as they provide many important services to our population ages 55 and older. “However, like most of us during these difficult economic times, the city deemed it necessary to reduce its financial assistance during this period,” Bennett said. LifeSphere Home Health Services in Springdale, which operates the center on Carver Woods Drive, could not be reached for comment. In other action Nov. 12, council agreed to give contractors an additional: • $15,440 to make needed structural changes and meet code requirements at the recently renovated and expanded Blue Ash Recreation Center on Cooper Road, a $1.3 million project. • $9,126 in federal stimulus funds to complete the rehabilitation of Reed Hartman Highway between Glendale-Milford and Cooper roads, a $727,000 project that is essentially completed.


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Nikki Kode, left, and Jessica August await their plane’s arrival.

Now boarding Students at Indian Hill Primary School flew south of the border, and they didn’t even leave the school. As part of a study of Mexico, teachers and staff played the roles of airline personnel. First-graders had an opportunity to role play travelers and see what it was like to have their airline tickets checked, walk through security and have their passports approved. Carrying paper luggage, the youngsters were also treated to in-flight snacks and a slide show featuring the cockpit of a plane and a map of Mexico. First-grade instructor Heather Hardesty hands out in-flight snacks.

School nurse Judy Neff stamps the passport of Malachi Lewis-Byrd.


Coco Davis, left, and Yaseen Moussa prepare to board their flight.

Gabby Pleatman, left, Jade Lau and Anna Wiot learn about the flight controls on an airplane.

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HONOR ROLLS Ursuline Academy The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2009-2010.

First Honors

Alexandra Abbate, Nichole Abla, Maria Albino, Mary Allen, Molly Allen, Christina Arand, Lauren Banfield, Claire Barrett, Abigail Bartish, Molly Basch, Kathleen Beach, Sarah Beall, Christina Beer, Natasha Bell, Carolyn Bender, Kelsey Bergman, Erica Bockhorst, Priyanka Bodalia, Alexandra Bren, Katherine Brewer, Rebecca Brizzolara, Jessica Butherus, Rebecca Byrne, Elizabeth CaJacob, Anna Callahan, Ashley Campbell, Diana Campbell, Emily Cleary, Melissa Clement, Erin Coddington, Molly Cowan, Virginia Dickens, Morgan Donovan, Cynthia Donovan, Alexandra Dressman, Magdalene Egan, Kristen Elias, Grace Ferguson, Alexandra Fiehrer, Mary Franke, Amy Frederick, Lauren George, Jamie Goldschmidt, Melissa Gottschlich, Eleanor Greiner, Holly Gruber, Caroline Gruber, Tara Hammann, Mackenzie Harrell, Anne Hauser, Caprice Hausfeld, Gabrielle Hausfeld, Tricia Hengehold, Nicole Hill, Katherine Hoban, Beatrice Hobson, Julia Hom, Colleen Huster, Taylor Johannigman, Carolyn Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Morgan Judd, Bethany Kaylor, Sarah Keller, Olivia Kempf, Margaret Kirk, Laura Komoroski, Jacklyn Kramer, Kerry Kurkjian, Virginia Lacker, Colleen Ladrick, Rebecca Lang, Maria Leichty, Laura MacMorland, Kathryn Maglocci, Josephine Male, Shannon Manley, Katelyn Marples, Marisol Mason, Indre Matulaitis, Christine Mauch, Caroline May, Nicole McCoy, Brigid McCuen, Katherine McCuen, Lynessa McGee, Kara Meyer, Amanda Miller, Claire Miller, Madeline Miller, Scarlett Minnie, Marilyn Mitchell,

Christina Mondi, Nicole Muni, Ariel Neumann, Elizabeth Neyer, Cara Nicolas, Megan Ollier, Grace Olscamp, Murphy O'Neill, Mollie Paquette, Christine Phan, Hilary Pitner, Trisha Reddy, Mary Roberts, Mary Robertson, Jennifer Robertson, Carly Rohs, Carolyn Ross, Abby Ruehlmann, Jacqueline Ruggiero, Katherine Sabetta, Komal Safdar, Gina Sanitato, Emily Schlager, Catherine Schomaker, Halie Schottelkotte, Paige Schroder, Alexandra Schroer, Sheridan Seitz, Caitlin Shaffer, Pamela Showman, Carly Shumrick, Courtney Smalley, Katherine Smidl, Kathryn Snow, Dana Sorter, Michelle Spotts, Chloe Stagaman, Nicole Stagge, Olivia Stephenson, Mary Kathryn Strang, Kara Strasser, Bridget Sullivan, Emily Sullivan, Julia Tasset, Abigail Tennant, Maria Thomas, Caroline Tobin, Elise Trachsel, Kimberly Treiss, Anna Ulliman, Alison Valentine, Nicole Vice, Sarah Volpenhein, Kelsie Walker, Erin Wallach, Emily Warman, Lauren Wenstrup, Teresa Whitaker, Laurel Wiebe, Brigid Wimberg, Elizabeth Zerhusen and Chelsea Zoellner.

Second Honors

Catherine Abele, Andrea Acus, Margaret Allard, Caroline Allen, Abby Ankenbauer, Emily Bauer, Rebecca Berus, Hannah Besl, Kayla Boehner, Alaina Bompiedi, Kathleen Bourgeois, Lynn Brotherton, Amy Burns, Sara Carota, Megan Carter, Melvi Chacko, Molly Connolly, Julia Dalia, Kelly Davidson, Savannah Derrick, Abby Engdahl, Blake Eve, Sydney Fisher, Cecily Foote, Kathryn Ford, Ellen Fox, Allison Frey, Marykate Frietch, Rebecca Gallagher, Clare Gilligan, Megan Gilligan, Jennavieve Goard, Isabel Gonzalez del Rey, Kathleen Grow, Emily Haynes, Jade Henderson, Lindsey Hogan, Mary Holt, Annie Huynh,

Margaret Kane, Colleen Koenig, Chelsea Kuchik, Lindsey Kuvin, Anna Lapp, Anne Loper, Kathryn Lucas, Shannon Mahoney, Mary Malloy, Emma Manier, Emily Manning, Lauren Marlatt, Monica Melink, Morgan Moone, Annie Morgan, Samantha Moscarino, Kori Moster, Jenna Naber, Katherine Nash, Bailey Norris, Alyssa Paxson, Jocelyn Pettit, Katherine Purdy, Ashley Raabe, Allison Rayome, Kristen Recker, Grace Reifenberg, Caroline Reilly, Lauren Reiniger, Molly Remenowsky, Julia Rizkallah, Chelsea Rolfes, Lisette Rossman, Katie Rust, Annie Sabo, Ashley Sarama, Megan Schnicke, Hannah Schulte, Lillian Sedacca, Katherine Shadley, Alexandra Shultz, Brooke Skyllingstad, Lauren Stacey, Sarah Strietmann, Stephanie Treiss, Elizabeth Tulisiak, Caitlyn Turner, Megan Valerio, Samantha VonHoene, Megan Wandtke, Kelly Wells, Emily Whang, Lauren Whang, Sara Wiener, Erin Williamson, Adrien Winning and Kristen Wintzinger.

Freshman-Sophomore Honors

Ashley Abbate, Emily Abel-Rutter, Serena Ajbani, Leah Anderson, Courtney Arand, Sydney Ashe, Virginia Bailey, Abigail Ballard, Kristen Beck, Morgan Beer, Kristen Behrens, Marissa Bell, Sydney Bell, Liz Bender, Amy Berg, Kathryn Berus, Amaryllis Biduaka, Angela Bird, Elizabeth Bittner, Bridget Blood, Lana Bonekemper, Candace Borders, Kelsey Boyd, Margaret Boyer, Iris Brewer, Catherine Brinker, Lianna Brown, Caroline Brown, Kathryn Bublitz, Anna Burkett, Kaitlin Burnam, Emily Byrd, Sarah Byrne, Kathryn Carrier, Melissa Carroll, Erica Casanta, Caitlin Cashman, Grace Castelli, Michele Christy, Bridget Clancy, Jennifer Cone, Julia Court, Melanie Crucitt, Abigail Cundiff, Zoe Curry,

Danielle Dailey, Megan Darlington, Giana Dawod, Carley DePasquale, Shivani Desai, Mary Elyse Deters, Anna Dewey, Madison DeWitt, Amanda DiSalvo, Erin Donnelly, Elizabeth Dowling, Ashley Driscoll, Emily Duderstadt, Clare Egan, Amber Elsen, Mary Ernst, Makiah Estes, Jessica Ewen, Allison Fenter, Katherine Finke, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Megan Fitzwater, Megan Fleming, Molly Frost, Meghan Garanich, Morgan Geiger, Alexandra George, Kristin George, Erin Gibbons, Maria Gittings, Violet Goodwin, Annalee Gordon, Darcie Gorsuch, Emily Graumlich, M Graves, Patrice Graziani, Lisa Green, Emily Greve, Kaitlyn Gronauer, Marcella Grow, Emma Gruber, Smiti Gupta, Stephanie Hagedorn, Maria Hale, Anastasia Hall, Marlena Hansen, Jaikin Harrell, Jessie Haskamp, Corinne Havey, Claire Hayes, Jacqueline Healey, Emma Heise, Abigail Hellmann, Elizabeth Hellmann, Grace Hermanns, Ellen Hinkley, Jennifer Holbrook, Emily Holmes, Stephanie Homan, Erin Honebrink, Erin Howett, Hannah Jarvis, Abby Jaspers, Sarah Jaun, Christine Jaun, Sarah Jenkins, Corinne Jenkins, Colleen Johns, Haley Johnson, Lindsey Johnstone, Morgan Jones, Kelly Kaes, Katherine Kaes, Alexandra Kalkhoff, Grace Kallenberg, Erika Karle, Rachel Kelly, Madeline Kennard, Anna Kerr, Rachel Kim, Heather Knorr, Kelly Kopchak, Katie Korneffel, Megan Kowalski, Lindsay Krammes, Anna Kremer, Santana Kulis, Dakota Kulis, Julia Kunkel, Brooke Kurkjian, Katherine Kurz, Stephanie Lang, Mackenzie Levine, Emily Lotterer, Kelly Lutmer, Mary Lynch, Caitlin Mack, Kelly Mahoney, Morgan Main, Meagan Majchszak, Loretta Malloy, Kelly Maloney, Allison Manares, Kaitlyn Manley, Katrina Maricocchi, Kelly Marquardt, Emily Marshall, Kelly Martin, Katherine Masterson, Jennifer Mathews, Elise McConnell,

Katherine McCormack, Mary McShane, Abigail Meehan, Hannah Mehrle, Katherine Melink, Alexandra Migely, Anosha Minai, Maria Minnie, Marissa Mitchell, Tricia Moser, Kirsten Mosko, Brittany Muldoon, Sanda Mullin, Grace Myers, Meredith Myers, Ritu Narayan, Brynne Naylor, Madison Nelis, Margaret Noschang, Holly Nurre, Megan O'Brien, Josephine O'Connell, Meghan O'Keefe, Erica Olkes, Madison Oravec, Lydia Osborne, Katherine Pawlukiewicz, Mallory Perazzo, AutumnGrace Peterson, Andrea Pham, Marisa Pike, Maya Prabhu, Renee Prows, Allison Purdy, Sara Putman, Madeleine Rayome, Marisa Reddy, Katherine Reilly, Mary Rentschler, Christi Richter, Grace Ries, Kelsey Riley, Catherine Roberts, Katherine Robertson, Emma Rogge, Amanda Rolfes, Katharine Rolfes, Ellen Rootring, Julie Ruehl, Sydney Ruehlmann, Margaret Rusconi, Noor Saeed, Hallie Sansbury, Alexandra Schirmer, Laura Schoettmer, Lea Schwietert, Abigail Secker, Sarah Mae Selnick, Hanna Sherman, Lauren Shouse, Charlotte Sinkula, Megan Skelly, Elizabeth Smidl, Kathleen Smith, Amanda Sosnowski, Claire Soupene, Lillian Stein, Meghan Stifel, Hannah Stoker, Madison Stuhlreyer, Michelle Suntay, Lauren Tassone, Anastacia Taylor, Christina Tefend, Megan Tenhundfeld, Tatiana Tomley, Megan Toomb, Rachel Treinen, Kara Trusty, Anne Tulisiak, Gabrielle Ventura, Linda Venturato, Nicole Volpenhein, Ellen Wagner, Khara Walker, Dusty Waltz, Kristen Weickert, Kathryn Weinheimer, Abby Weisenburger, Karen Wernke, Emily Westerfield, Taylor Westerfield, Kathryn Wheeler, Emily White, Diana Wiebe, Molly Wilkinson, Claire Williams, Carly Williford, Taylor Woellert, Abigail Wulf, Erin Yonchak, Gabrielle Young, Jessica Zinnecker and Emily Zoellner.



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This week in basketball

• Madeira High School boys beat Norwood High School 56-37, Dec. 4. Andrew Benintendi was Madeira’s top-scorer with 16 points. For Madeira, Jacob Sullivan scored seven points, Reid Templeton scored two, Eric Rolfes scored 10, Chris Costello scored five, Patrick McClanahan scored six and Isaac Rupe scored nine. • Deer Park High School boys beat New Richmond High School 43-33, Dec. 4. For Deer Park, Brandon Reeves scored nine points, Zach Meyer scored four points, Brock Stephens scored one, Ben Flamm scored nine, Shawn McCoy scored five, Lance Vaughn scored six, Tyler Osborne scored four, Micquelle Burton scored three and Aaron Barkett scored two. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Middletown Christian, 43-39, Dec. 4. Wes Carlson was CHCA’s topscorer with 23 points. CHCA’s Andrew Wallace scored one point; Brandon Walker scored five points, including one three-pointer; Aaron O’Neil scored six points; Joe Reifenberg scored two points and Nick Lawley scored six points. • Moeller High School boys beat Northmont 60-44, Dec. 5. Charlie Byers was Moeller’s high-scorer with 17 points, including one threepointer. Alex Barlow scored 12 points, including one three-pointer; Josh Morelock scored two three-pointers; Ben Galemmo scored eight, including two three-pointers; Alex Voss scored two; Shaquille Jinks scored two and Griffin McKenzie scored 13, including two three-pointers. • Madeira High School girls beat Tri-County North 58-18, Dec. 5. Gretchen Staubach was Madeira’s high-scorer with 15 points. Anne Gulick scored 14 points, including two three-pointers; Katelyn Kramer scored five, including one three-pointer; Kristen Richardson scored two; Taylor Bierne scored four; Alyssa Frye scored two; Lanie Frayer scored eight and Emily Luther scored eight. • Cincinnati Country Day girls beat St. Bernard 86-9, Dec. 7. Ricci Snell was CCD’s top-scorer with 21 points, including two three-pointers. CCD’s Rachel Neal scored two, Nicole Lowe scored 15, Savannah Bryant scored two, Cassie Sachs scored 16, Xanni Brown scored four, Erica Armstead scored seven, Jamie Heulskamp scored four, Mariah Reed scored 14 and Candice Keese scored one. • Indian Hill High School boys beat Loveland High School 73-56, Dec. 8. Will Satterfield was Indian Hill’s high-scorer with 23 points. Indian Hill’s Adam Bell scored five points, including one three-pointer; Michael Fiore scored one three-pointer; Kevin Krefting scored two points; Hendricks scored 11; Greg Maull scored one threepointer; Jeremy Dollin scored two; Corey Hunter scored 15; Sam Voss scored seven, including one three-pointer and Austin Trout scored two. • Cincinnati Country Day boys beat New Miami High School 67-18, Dec. 9. D.J. Wingfield was CCD’s highscorer with 19 points, including one three-pointer. CCD’s Rameez Khan scored eight points, including two threepointers; Robbie Pierce scored nine points; Chance Alldred scored 11 points, including one three-pointer; Rob Klug scored seven, including one three-pointer; Ryan Galloway scored 11 and Wyatt Tiffany scored two.

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Indian Hill swimmers have new coach

By Mark Chalifoux

The Indian Hill High School swim teams have a new head coach at the helm and some returning talent that should make the Braves a tough team again in 2009-2010. Taking the reigns of the Indian Hill swimming program is new head coach Gretchen Bloomstrom. Bloomstrom has been a swim coach for several years, and this is her first year as a head coach at the high school level. Bloomstrom swam and played water polo at Sycamore high school (she’s a 2004 alumna). “So far, everything is going well,” she said. “Our three senior captains have helped a lot with my transition and we have a core group of year-round swimmers that should do pretty well again this year. I love it at Indian Hill, everyone has been so welcoming.” Bloomstrom is joined by her co-head coach, Alex


Indian Hill’s Mack Rice swims at the Division II State Swimming and Diving Championship in 2009. Ebner, who coached high school swimming in Michigan. The biggest change, Bloomstrom said, is they are trying to run a more uptempo practice. “We’ve been trying to incorporate more high endurance workouts,” she said. “We’re doing a lot of

things to build overall stamina. We want these kids to be really fit and in shape and prepared for the season. We’ve been going full-speed to get them prepared.” Bloomstrom does inherit a fairly talented group. The senior captains she spoke of are Elizabeth Daun, Logan McConnell and David Cowans. “They are great at leading practices and getting kids to come out to practice,” she said. “It’s tough for us since we don’t have a pool so we practice at Mariemont from 8 to 10 p.m. and that’s a sacrifice

for kids.” Indian Hill does return three state qualifiers this season in Hannah Vester, Elizabeth Heinbach and Mack Rice. “We hope to get all three of them back to state along with a relay or two and they are really good kids. They don’t get much better than those three kids and their parents have been wonderful also. They have been so helpful.” Bloomstrom said the team also has several strong incoming freshmen. The Braves should be able to build some strong relays,

anchored by the returning state qualifiers, which could contend for a spot at the state meet. The team has good chemistry and the kids are very “low drama,” according to Bloomstrom. She said her goals for the kids begin with individual improvement. “I want each swimmer on the team to feel like they have met their individual goals and improved their times and techniques,” she said. “We want to see each swimmer improve and we’d love to see four or five kids make it to state. That would be fantastic.”

Indian Hill-Madeira divers Indian Hill, Madeira, Finneytown and Mariemont divers all practice with the same coach, Lavardo Pennerman. With limited numbers at each school, the Cincinnati Hills League teams combine when it comes time for diving practice.

Madeira’s divers are:


Indian Hill’s Elizabeth Heinbach prepares for her 200-yard IM event during the district finals in 2009.

Julie Kuzniczci – Pennerman said this freshman has the ability to become a really good diver. “She’s great to have in practice as she always has a smile on. My expectation for her, and her goal for herself, is to overcome that fear she has for smacking and to achieve the hard, but attainable dives for her,” Pennerman said. Kyle Williamson – The junior is a hard worker and always asks the right questions as he juggles swimming with diving, his coach said. “He doesn’t try to hide from the difficult dives, but welcomes them. This year, after cleaning

his dives to make them look better, will hopefully be his first visit to the state meet,” Pennerman said.

Indian Hill’s divers are:

Anna Shuller – This junior made it to state last year but did not pass the first round. “Anna tries to make every dive better than the last one every time, every practice. She doesn’t fear the dive, she welcomes it. Anna has made great improvements over the past month and we fully expect her to not only return to state, but to make it to the final round,” Pennerman said. Connor VonKorff – The junior barely missed state last year. “Connor, to me, can be seen as the leader of the group. He is always the first one on the board and always does as instructed, hit or miss. His dive that cost him a state appearance last year, has not only been overcame, but has been upgraded, as well as the

rest of his list. I fully expect Connor to make top 10 in state this year,” Pennerman said. Kara Korengel – Kara is a seventh-grader who can compete strongly this year against her high school counterparts. “The hardest thing for her isn’t the dives, but the thoughts about the dive, because she is a brilliant diver once in the air,” Pennerman said. “My expectations for Kara is to continue to get better and work on the mental aspects of diving, and once in high school, to win state.” Priya Blair – According to her coach, this seventh-grader has good fundamentals on which to build. “I look forward to grooming her into an advanced diver. My expectation for her is to step out of herself and push forward through the difficult dive. Once she can overcome that, she can go far.”

Madeira swim team expects strong year The high school swimming season has resumed as local aquatic enthusiasts return to the pool for the winter campaign. Here’s a look at the local teams:


The Madeira High School swimming team has one of its strongest team in years and head coach Megan Feichtner, in her seventh year as coach, feels the team should be poised for success in 2009-2010. “I think they will do pretty well,” Feichtner said. “It’s a more experienced team. We have a lot of new freshmen and new faces but those freshmen swim year round and have done so for awhile so they bring in a lot of experience.” Two incoming freshmen for the girls’ team, Emma

Shaw and Jenna Luthman, should contribute right away. The team also returns Caroline Jackson and Amanda Wyrick, two juniors who were district qualifiers a year ago. The boys’ team returns a state qualifier in sophomore Max Mantkowski. Stuart Marsh, Max Buescher and Riley Kane are newcomers expected to contribute in a big way for the Mustangs. The team also returns district qualifiers Clark Templeton, Jake Theis and Kyle Williamson. “We’re hoping to get a relay to state from both teams,” Feichtner said. “We have some returning kids that are setting a good example and show a lot of leadership. This is one of our strongest teams in years.”


Moeller High School swimming head coach Jay Frentsos had little trouble leading the Crusaders to success in his first season as head coach in 20082009. Moeller had its best finish at state and should be a solid team in Ohio again in 2009-2010. Moeller will be led by Kevin Schwab and Christian Josephson and the Crusaders have an influx of young talent. “We have five freshmen so that should help with depth,” said Frentsos, the District Coach of the Year last season. “We want to keep building the team and pick up where we left last year. We will be strong, but maybe not as strong as last year.”

Mount Notre Dame

The Cougars, which last year finished third in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division behind runner-up St. Ursula and conference champion Ursuline, must replace three individual state-qualifiers in Ann Johnson, Sara Krueger and Megan Nunan. Leading the charge this season will be senior Amy Flynn, who last year helped MND’s 200 freestyle relay team to an eighth-place finish at state (1:38.55). Also returning is senior Kim Recinella, a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished 10th in Canton (3.36.79). She was also a district-qualifier in the 200 individual medley (2:13.40). Also returning is junior Chloe Meyer, who at sectionals finished eighth in

the 100 breaststroke (1:14.74) and anchored the Cougars’ 200 medley relay team, which finished eighth as well (1:58.98). Second-year head coach Jay Frentsos said he is expecting a lot out of Flynn, Recinella and Meyer. “(They’ll) help a very young team through example,” he said. Sophomore Kelly Cutter also returns for MND, as does second-year sensation Mary-Kate Mullinger, who as a freshman was a district-qualifier in one-meter diving (218.10). The Cougars have meets against Princeton, Seton and Mason, and they will participate in the Coaches’ Classic Jan. 16-17. The GGCL conference championship is scheduled for Feb. 3 at St. Xavier High School.

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• Moeller High School beat Mason High School 54-12 in the finals of the Moeller Super Duals, Dec. 5. Moeller’s Bojali won by a 2-7 major decision and scored 103 against Mendel; Myers beat Luria 15-

1 and scored 112; Corrill won in a 15-0 major decision against Gonzalez and scored 125; MacVeigh beat Gorsek in 4 minutes, 37 seconds and scored 130; Dawson beat Simmons 7-6 and scored 135; Hammer beat Mescher in 1 minute, 2 seconds and scored 140; Blum beat McIntyre in 3 minutes, six seconds and scored 145; Greco beat Walden in 4 minutes, 31 seconds and score 152, Harger beat A. Walden in 47 seconds and scored 160; Powell beat Suess in 5 minutes, 48 seconds and scored 171 and Denny beat McBride in 1 minute, 55 seconds and scored 285. • Deer Park High School beat Madeira 39-31, Dec. 8. Deer Park’s Joe Bruewer beat Luis Godines in technical fall and scored 140 points; Michael Eaken won in a 13-5 decision against Brown and scored 152; Brandon Touch pinned Travis Schneller in 2 minutes, 21 seconds and scored 160; R.J. King won by forfeit and scored 171; Tyler Morris pinned Corey Phelps in 3 minutes, 28 seconds and scored 189; Tim Sayer won by

forfeit and scored 215 and Tate Johnson won by forfeit and scored 285. For Madeira, Heotker won in a 23-11 major decision against Justin Macke and scored a 112; Ibarra pinned Mendiola in 1 minute, 46 seconds and scored 119; Chance Manzler won by forfeit with 125 points; Williamson won by forfeit and scored 130; Andrew Walsh won in an 8-4 decision against Tyler Morris and scored 135 and Johnny Carpenter pinned Malloy and scored 145.

This week in swimming

• Cincinnati Country Day boys beat Clark Montessori 91-63, Dec. 7. CCD won the 200-meter relay in 2:11.30; the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:44.72 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:00.85. CCD’s Stafford won the 200meter freestyle in 2:06.90, and the 100-meter flystroke in 1:09.14; Guttman won the 50meter freestyle in 23.77, and the 100-meter freestyle in 53.27; Hibbard won the 500meter freestyle in 6:24.99 and Goins won the 100-meter

backstroke in 1:06.68. • Moeller High School boys beat Wyoming High School 86-84, Dec. 8. The 200-meter freestyle relay went to Moeller in 1:33.82. Moeller’s Harry Hamiter won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.30; Foos won the 200meter individual medley in 2:01.37; Foos won the 100meter breaststroke in 49.98; Christian Josephson won the 100-meter flystroke in 55.43 and Hamiter won the 500meter freestyle in 5:06.20.

This week in bowling

• Moeller High School boys beat La Salle High School 2,656-2,613, Dec. 10. Moeller’s Daniel Oehler bowled a 439. • Deer Park High School girls beat Mount Healthy High School 1,917-1,113, Dec. 2. Deer Park’s Coats bowled a 246. Deer Park advances to 10 with the win. • Moeller High School boys bowled a 2,613 to beat McNicholas High School’s 2,320 and Fenwick’s 1,969, Dec. 3. Moeller’s Daniel Oehler bowled a 451.

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• Madeira High School girls beat Mariemont High School 25-21, Dec. 9. Madeira’s Cari Rusk scored six points, Anne Gulick scored one three-pointer, Taylor Beirne scored two; Gretchen Staubach scored six, Lanie Frayer scored six and Emily Luther scored two. • Indian Hill High School girls beat Wyoming High School 60-29, Dec. 9. Kelsey Matthews was Indian Hills’ top-scorer with 29 points, including five three-pointers. Indian Hill’s Kelly Dunham scored 13 points, including one three-pointer; Nicole Bell scored eight; Aubrey Rogers scored four; Sarah Arington scored two; Katie Markesbery scored two and Liz Slattery scored two.

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Suburban Life

December 16, 2009






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True holiday spirit found in society’s work According to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, unemployment in the Greater Cincinnati area is at a 25-year high with 316,000 adults and 167,000 children living in poverty. During home visits to the needy, volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul see first hand the suffering this causes – elderly people who sleep on the floor because they have no bed; children who go to school dirty because the water has been disconnected; families with no heat, facing eviction, or with too little food each day. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I would never have thought such need could be possible here in Cincinnati. We also see moving examples of the very best the human spirit has to offer. I have seen families who stay strong and faith-filled during

times of unbearable hardship. I have seen a young boy who gave up his bed so his little brother would have a place to sleep; parents Liz Carter that go hungry their children Community so can eat; a man Press guest who walks columnist miles to work each day because he doesn’t have bus fare. At the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we receive more than 250 calls each day from people in desperate need – double the number of calls compared to 2008. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. As the days grow shorter, I am aware that virtually every night of the week, St. Vincent de Paul

Vandals have hit several parks in the Sycamore Township area. Does such activity make you less likely to use the parks? Why or why not? What can be done to fix the problem? No responses. President Obama has called up 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Would you support a “war tax” to pay for this deployment? “Absolutely not. Perhaps Our Dear Leader hasn’t had time to check how our national budget works, but if he would ask someone to show him, he would see that the category of ‘defense’ already takes 21 percent of our total budget, or $613 billion. “That’s where the cost of our national defense is handled. Perhaps if he spent less time giving empty speeches, and more time trying to understand how things are supposed to work, he and his friends wouldn’t even consider such a proposal. “They could use some of the billions they are giving away in their ‘stimulus’ programs to pay any extra costs for the efforts in Afghanistan. (Or maybe this new approach to paying for defense is part of the ‘change’ he campaigned on?).” B.B. “Absolutely not! The federal budget was increased exponentially during the last year. Take a look especially at the budget of the EPA. “It was increased by a crazy amount, all based on the lie of global warming. “We should just go back to the budget levels of last year, and that will pay for the war and then some.” T.H. “No! We already have an income tax structure that should be able to produce the revenue. War taxes have typically been imposed on telephone service and habit of sticking around long after the war. They get forgotten by the public. “The telephone excise tax was imposed to pay for the Spanish American War. It expired in 1902 and was reinstated from 1914 to 1916 and again from 1919 to 1924. “During the Depression in

Next question Columbia Township officials have proposed building a roundabout as a way to alleviate traffic concerns in a part of the township. Are roundabouts good ideas? Why or why not? What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? What makes it special? 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. 1932 it was again reinstated and stayed with us until in various forms until 2006. “Today, a telephone tax would be a very regressive and exceptionally broad based tax on everyone who uses a phone. “For wealthy people, it would be a minor annoyance because it would be a small part of their income. “For businesses, it might be a major new expense and for the average Joe, it would add to already high cell phone bills.” F.S.D. “I have to say no! I think that it is time for the United States to refocus our resource to the United States. “We as a democratic nation will never have the impact on other countries of different philosphy of governing their own people and we need to stop wasting the tax payers dollars trying. “We need to pour our energy into building our country back up. “We need to focus on strengthening the business model so that we can once again create sustaining jobs for those who are without employment. “We need to get them off public assistance and back to being productive citizens.” G.G.F. “Yes.”

volunteers are heading out into the cold to meet with a family in need. It is also a great comfort to know that there are many others in Greater Cincinnati who share our concern for those who are suffering, giving generously of their time and resources to help local neighbors. When we all work together to help one another, incredible things happen. There are ways to help: • Adopt-A-Family: Fulfill a

child’s wish list by adopting a family for Christmas. You will receive a wish list of gifts to purchase and may either deliver them to the family or bring them to St. Vincent de Paul for distribution. If you do not have time to shop, a gift of $150 will purchase gifts for a family of four. Contact LaMonica Sherman at 513-2353353 or • Organize a drive: Organize a drive or event at schools, workplaces or churches. Contact Julie Rack at 562-8841 Ext. 225 or • Make a financial gift to keep a family from becoming homeless, or towards the purchase a child’s bed, by sending your contribution to 1125 Bank St., Cincinnati, OH 45214,s or visit As the Society of St. Vincent de


“No! This is one of the very few reasons we have the constitutional government we have, military support. Stop the other spending and take care of the military.” M.C.

I noticed on your Internet site (, that there has been some discussion and criticism regarding the city of Blue Ash’s planned funding level for the Sycamore Senior Center in 2010. As director of the Senior Center, I feel it important to comment publicly on this issue. Though it is true that the level of support Blue Ash intends to provide to the Sycamore Senior Center in 2010 may be somewhat less than it was able to provide in 2009 – we understand! The staff and center members are so grateful to be part of this wonderful community. Given the scope and success of Blue Ash’s recent projects that benefit all citizens, including seniors (such as the recreation center), along with the fact of the current economic decline that we all are feeling,

those of us at the center are extremely grateful for the level of support earmarked by Blue Ash officials. It is logical that a city has Joshua to cut down on Howard its spending these Community during more difficult Press guest economic times columnist – just like a business does and just like we all have to do at home. No one should expect Blue Ash to be immune to the economic pressures that everyone is facing. I would also like to make note that Blue Ash has always been, and continues to be, the largest

VOICES FROM THE WEB Ganging up on parks Visitors to Sycamoretownship posted these comments to a story about vandals spraypainting graffiti in several Sycamore Township-area parks: “You gotta be kidding me. There are no gangs whatsoever in this area. These cops need to stick to giving out speeding tickets and leave the cops in Cincinnati and Springfield Township to deal with real gang activity.” CarthageWeGoHard “Thanks for the tip ... but it would be nice to identify what the graffiti looks like!! Maybe just maybe someone would be able to help catch the people doing it ... do you have a picture or two?” justamie

Resigned to fate Visitors to Sycamoretownship posted these comments to a story about Kenwood Towne Place’s courtappointed receiver Hank Menninger asking that a Hamilton County judge to let him resign: “Really. Drive through the parking garage and tell me that building is safe. If it’s raining, be careful of the ceiling tiles

falling on your car. Watch out for the massive bumps that can bottom out cars. Safe? I have a hard time with that.” dilligaf3 “Turn it into a casino.”


“Building full of mold bird waste steel starting the rust process. How would you like to guarntee this building!” lickorice “Bring down the tower and turn the massive parking garage into a park and ride to serve all the bus riders from Indian Hill, Kenwood, Montgomery and Blue Ash.” SeawayPlayboy “Who pays for the tens of millions that that would cost?” CncyKy “It is a waste of time for an attorney. “Needs a real estate expert.” skylight “Tear that rusting eyesore down!!!” dan580

Objection! Visitors to Hamiltoncounty posted these comments to a column by Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Jody Luebbers which said

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Paul continues to address the most pressing needs of the poor in our community, I am grateful to every person who gives their time or financial support. And I am honored to be part of such a caring community, working together to provide small acts of kindness and support that go along way during the holiday season. Liz Carter is executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Cincinnati Council. Headquartered in the West End and with more than 800 volunteers throughout Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County, St. Vincent de Paul Society helps residents in need with the basic necessities of life. The organization provides spiritual, emotional and material assistance on a person-toperson basis to the poor, lonely and forgotten in our community, regardless of race or creed. For more information, go to

Sycamore Senior Center grateful for Blue Ash support

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community supporter of the center (of 31 communities total). We all treasure the positive relationship we have with city council, everyone up at Blue Ash city hall, as well as our many Blue Ash resident members. Thank you for publishing this information. I believe it is important to set the record straight and to again thank Blue Ash and all of the center’s supporters for allowing us to provide the many valuable programs and services to our area senior citizens every day. We look forward to continuing to work with Blue Ash and all of our member communities in 2010 and in future years to make our Center the very best that it can be for our area seniors – they deserve it! Joshua Howard is director of the Sycamore Senior Center.

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You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: that Ohio legislators may want to force the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State football teams to play each other annually: “Oh hey look! Someone suggesting that our political leaders continue to not deal with meaningful issues that directly affect the well being of our state. I’m shocked. “In other words your honor ... lol u serious? “Or is this just pandering to a base that you have been elected to preside over? “This is quite transparent.” lacksSECspeed “Chill out, lacksSECspeed. Maybe the judge would just like to see this game played and has the forum to to get the word out there and the discussion flowing.” JMac84 “Great idea! It’s time for OSU to stop wearing its chicken suit. OSU needs to play in Cincinnati once every two years instead of us playing in Columbus all the time.” Deaf_Bearcat



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Matthew Kuhr, center, and his dad, Scott, right, check out Sharonville City Councilman Greg Pugh’s seat on the dais.

Scout learns citizenship at source

When Matthew Kuhr set out to earn his citizenship badge the Cub Scout Webelo went to the source. He attended a recent Sharonville City Council meeting and experienced government firsthand. “I’m learning about local government,” said Kuhr, a fifth-grader at St. Michael School. “It sounds interesting to hear them,” he said of the committee reports discussions before voting on ordinances and resolutions. His father, Scott Kuhr, attended the meeting with him to confirm his attendance as he completed requirements to bridge from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts. To become a Boy Scout boys who have achieved Webelos status as Cub Scouts must complete a variety of requirements. They must be active in their Webelo den for at least six months and show knowledge in several areas, such as the Scout oath,

THINGS TO DO Crafts with Santa

Sharonville Community Center is hosting Cookies and Crafts with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive, Sharonville. The event includes mats and obstacle courses and visit from Santa. It is open to ages 5 and under. The cost is $4, $2 advance. Call 563-2895.

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motto, sign, salute and handshake. And they must know how to tie a square knot. Among the activity badges they could earn are fitness, citizen, readyman and outdoorsman. The council meeting was part of the process for Kuhr to earn his citizen badge. “Kids don’t have the same perspective,” Scott Kuhr said of his son. “It’s interesting that people can overrule other people,” Kuhr said. “That’s the democratic process.” He said he knew that his local government had a process to follow, but hadn’t known what that was previously. “You know a clock works, but you don’t know exactly how,” he said. Councilman Greg Pugh chatted with the pair after the meeting, and took Kuhr to the dais to show the place where councilmembers sit during the meetings. “I think it’s fantastic,” Pugh said, “that he chose to come down here.” bow demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Sycamore Township. The event is free and includes giveaways. Call 745-0600 or visit


Hamilton County Park District is hosting Santaland from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. The event features the Amazing Portable Circus Kids Rock Show with music and dancing, large train display, talking Christmas tree, hot chocolate and other treats and more. Photos with Santa are available: $5 single, $30 Best Value Package. The event is free. Call 521-7275 or visit

The parlor and entry into the sanctuary at St. Paul Community United Methodist Church in Madeira have a new glow about them. The atmosphere has changed because of some colorful “new” additions. In the 1950s The Wesley Chapel in downtown Cincinnati was demolished. A number of the stained glass windows from the chapel were then moved and incorporated into the new Wesley Chapel in the Mohawk neighborhood. Later when that chapel closed, the windows sat there out of sight for years. Two of these historic stained glass windows dating back to 1885 were subsequently “rescued” and purchased by a St. Paul family who donated them to the church. The windows went into storage again while a committee was formed to look after the restoration and installation in their new home. Rachel Coughlin co-chair of the committee indicated “We realized the windows were hidden treasures and wanted to bring them out into the light to be enjoyed.” The project took two years to complete. The windows, speckled with paint and layers of dust, were in deteriorated wooden frames and needed


Trustee chairman Bob Gigax and Restoration Committee co-chair Rachel Coughlin in front of the parlor window. extensive cleaning and repairs. St. Paul’s Arts & Memorials committee readily committed the needed funds to make the restoration a reality.

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The Moss Glass Company of Anderson, Ind., was selected to do the cleaning restoration, re-framing, back lighting and installation of the windows. They did an excellent job of incorporating the lighting, framing and hanging designs for the two windows. All of the efforts paid off when both the windows were installed earlier this year. Today when visitors walk through the front entrance of the church, John Wesley’s illuminating light beckons them to come in. You can almost hear him whispering, “Do no harm. Do all the good that you can for as long as you can.” The second window was installed in the church parlor. One Sunday morning as the sun shone through, the beauty of the window caused a parishioner to exclaim “Oh what a glorious sight!” For more information about St. Paul Community UMC, contact the church office at 891-8181 or visit


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Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Silverton Municipal Building, 6860 Plainfield Road. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. Presented by Silverton Block Watch Association. 936-6233. Silverton. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Osterwisch Company, 6755 Highland Ave. Garbage can inside front door. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. 7913282. Silverton. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Meier’s Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. 891-2914. Silverton.


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. 891-4227. 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.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road. Includes each child decorating and taking home a gingerbread house. $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. 984-9288; Montgomery.


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 slightly-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. Through Dec. 19. 888-588-0137; Columbia Tusculum. F R I D A Y, D E C . 1 8


Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Silverton Municipal Building, 936-6233. Silverton. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Osterwisch Company, 791-3282. Silverton. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Meier’s Wine Cellars, 8912914. Silverton.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Christmas treats and last minute gifts for the wine lover. Spirits of Madeira, 6917 Miami Ave. With hors d’oeuvres. $1 per sample. 561-2702. Madeira. Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


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.


Gypsy Revival, 10 p.m. With Everyday Endeavor. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. $5. 8716249. Columbia Tusculum.


Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Nutcracker Jazzed Up, 8 p.m. Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road. Duke Ellington twist on Tchaikovsky classic. $18, $12 seniors, students with ID and ages 12 and under. Presented by de la Dance Company. Through Dec. 19. 871-0914. Indian Hill.


The Santaland Diaries, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Performance Center, $20, $15 ages 60 and up, $12 students. 888-588-0137; Columbia Tusculum. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 9


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Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Nutcracker Jazzed Up, 8 p.m. Cincinnati Country Day School, $18, $12 seniors, students with ID and ages 12 and under. 8710914. Indian Hill.


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


Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 1 p.m. The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road. Includes giveaways. Free. 745-0600; Sycamore Township. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 0

Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Silverton Municipal Building, 936-6233. Silverton. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Meier’s Wine Cellars, 8912914. Silverton.


Holiday Art Workshop, 12:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. Ages 5-7. Funke Fired Arts, $30. Registration recommended. 8215505; Oakley.


Cake Town by Busken Bakery, 10 a.m. Busken Bakery, 2675 Madison Road. Handson with “Mayor” of Cake Town Cami Smith. $9.95. Registration required. Presented by Cake Town by Busken Bakery. 871-2253; Hyde Park.


Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


First Aid Basics, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Course on basic first aid. Includes three-year certification. $40. Registration required. 92-4000; Blue Ash.


Breakfast With Santa, 9 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Bronte Bistro. Includes Christmas stories and carols and visit with Santa Claus. $14.95, $8.95 children. Tickets required. 396-8960. Norwood.


The Otten Brothers, 8 p.m. InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road. Paul and Brian Otten sing contemporary favorites. Free. 793-2600. Blue Ash.


Size Matters: The Holiday Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park.


The Container Store is hosting a Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Sycamore Township. The event is free and includes giveaways. Call 745-0600 or visit M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 1

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Beginning Art/Painting Class, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Road. $15. Registration recommended. 791-9428; Silverton. CIVIC

Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.



Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Silverton Municipal Building, 936-6233. Silverton.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Ugly Radio Rebellion, 9:30 p.m. With Ike Willis. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. Frand Zappa Tribute. $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theater, 3 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Authentic African music, folk stories, songs and dances. Part of Family Time Series. $6, $5 advance by Dec. 18. Reservations recommended. 722-7226. Amberley Village.

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Make a Mess at the Manatee Jr. Edition, 10:30 a.m. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road. Read picture book and create art project based on book. With Miss Kelli, artist-in-residence. Ages 2-4. $3. 731-2665. Oakley.


Jon Reynolds, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Christmas music. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. 396-8960; Norwood.


Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 1 p.m. The Container Store, Free. 745-0600; Sycamore Township.

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ATTRACTIONS Airplane Rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunken Airport, $75 and up. 321-7465; Linwood. CIVIC

Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Preventing Disease Transmission, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Learn about OSHA bloodborne pathogens regulation and how communicable diseases are spread and prevented. $25. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Preschool Story Time with Miss Gail, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road. 731-2665. Oakley.


Cincinnati Gypsy Jazz Society, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike. Jamming encouraged. Ages 18 and up. Free. 561-5233. Mariemont.


Super-Massive, 10:30 p.m. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. Reggae. $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


Ryan Singer & Dave Waite, 8 p.m. $8, $4 college students and military. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. 9849288; Montgomery.

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Airplane Rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunken Airport, $75 and up. 321-7465; Linwood.


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.



The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates Train Weekend Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20. Already hosting Holiday Junction in the history museum, a large collection of model trains in a winter wonderland (through Jan. 3,) Train Weekend celebrates the mode of transportation with an extra focus on the holidays. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a live recreation of a 1940s radio program, is in the Newsreel Theater at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Character interpreter William Turner will offer stories from the Pullman porter days at Union Terminal from the 1940s at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the history museum. For more activities and information, visit or call 513-287-7000.

Open Mic Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $1.50 PBR, Natural Light and Strohs beers. 531-3300. Oakley. Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; Blue Ash.


Rumpke Mountain Boys, 10 p.m. $3. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


The Cincinnati Ballet performs its yuletide tradition, “The Nutcracker,” from Thursday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Aronoff Center. The production will feature Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Opening night tickets are $30; remaining performances are $30-$70. There will be Sugar Plum Parades after the 2 p.m. performances Dec. 22 and Dec. 26, in which parents can escort their children across the stage to be greeted by the performers. For tickets and information, visit or call 513-621-5282. Pictured is ballerina Janessa Touchet.

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December 16, 2009


Messy lives attract a loving God The scene was messy and scary to say the least. It was dark, turbulent and chaotic – until God began the work of creation. That’s how the Judaic-Christian scriptures describe the creation of the world as God began to bring order and beauty out of futile nothingness. Works of grandeur often emerge gradually from chaotic messiness. Many an excellent musical composition is born from a troubled life or tortured mind. Another stupendous God-event we’re about to celebrate, Christmas, follows the same principle. We envision the original Christmas with a certain pious romanticism. Handel’s “Messiah,” crib scenes with sparkles in the straw, wide-eyed shepherds, adoring animals, angels heralding on high, and Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus comfortable centerpieces. This warm and fuzzy scenario

is more the work of our imagination than reality. That’s all right for celebrations, but we leap over the messiness that can mean so much to the development of our spirituality. We suppose messy lives before God mean unloved souls. Don’t we have to be pure, perfect and eminently prayerful to have God notice us and love us? The universe, the incarnation, and the coming of God to our individual souls are all usually accompanied by less than ideal situations. There is inevitably a complexity and messiness to it. At the first Christmas there was the anxiety of a man named Joseph, worried about his financée’s unexplained pregnancy and what to do about it. There is Mary his wife, pulled from an ordinary life and confused by sudden events, “How can this be since I do not know man?” A recent law necessitated their travel in the last week of her preg-

nancy, creating fears of roadside robbers as real as those who rip off people at malls today. Add to this the fact that there was no place to stay, then a begged and borrowed stable for a birthplace, the smell of manure, the effort to find food and medical attention if necessary. Wouldn’t you say there was a certain messiness to it all? A combination of stress, inconvenience, worry and puzzlement? The first Christmas was far from pretty. We need to remember this about the coming of God into our lives. It rarely occurs in a milieu of perceived perfection. Doubts, darkness and chaos may not be far away. As a clergyman I have had the privilege of being privy to the inner life of many people. Most of them, and I as well, resonate to the description of messiness being present in our lives. We usually don’t see ourselves

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as holy specimens that God is proud of and whom he loves to be around. Yet it is stumbling and imperfect people who have taught me the most about the coming of God and his wonderful work of love within us, despite the cluttered messiness we create. And one characteristic has been made clear to me – the coming of God, whether at the beginning, at the first Christmas, or today to you and me, is achieved because of and in the midst of the messiness of life. God comes close to the woman feeling so abandoned by her husband who has left her for another woman; to a couple who have lost a child; to someone trying to kick the drug habit. God comes along with the sullenness of a lasting depression; along with a suspicious mammogram; a person who lost a job; or a single parent doubting their effectiveness with their children.

It may sound Father Lou c o n t r a d i c t o r y, but about ChristGuntzelman mas we know Perspectives more than we can say. If we have opened our hearts and messiness to God, we know a good news that exceeds our ability to spell out what it is. The essence is always more than we can know. Although the lower can acknowledge the higher, it cannot comprehend it. We can only use images, stories and metaphors to try and express the loving God who was willing to become one with us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community 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.

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December 16, 2009

Make these treats for homemade holiday gifts

There’s no doubt in my mind that a gift from the hands is a gift from the heart. I t ’ s even more meaningful this year when budgets Rita may be tighter Heikenfeld a n d Rita’s kitchen there’s not a lot of “wiggle room” for purchasing gifts. But you know what? Even if you can afford an

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2 cups crushed peppermint candies 4 cups white chocolate chips 3 ⁄4 teaspoon peppermint extract 2 cups puffed rice cereal or bit more to taste Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Melt white chocolate with extract over low heat or microwave. Be careful. It tends to burn easily. Remove from heat source while there are still some unmelted chips. Stir and the residual heat will melt them.

Stir in candies and cereal. Pour onto pan and spread to 1 ⁄4 inch. Chill. Optional but good: After candy has chilled but before breaking into pieces, drizzle melted dark chocolate in a zig-zag pattern on top. Chill again before breaking into pieces.

Mulled cider

This makes about 12 cups. 3 ⁄4 cup each: water and sugar 4 cinnamon sticks, about 2 inches long each 8 each: whole cloves and allspice 1 lemon and one orange, sliced thin 21⁄2 quarts cider Combine everything but cider in pan. Bring to boil, then lower to simmer, covered, for five minutes. Remove from heat, add cider and stir.

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For Delhi reader Sydney Davis, who said her mom made this back in the ’60s. “After she died, I found many of her recipes but not this one, which was always one of our favorites. “It was shredded chicken with a creamy texture and maybe a touch of lemon and a crunchy topping which was probably potato chips.” This one should work and it’s thanks to Patty Poor, Grant County Extension Agent in Williamstown, Ky. Patty sent me a cookbook from the Grant County Extension Homemakers. It

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Recipe clarification: Withrow High school/ Cincinnati public school’s chess/transparent pie The instructions given in my column didn’t say when to add egg yolks. Add them with the milk. If you want my recipe for this, it’s archived in our files so let me know. I also put it in our online column again this week. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@ with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

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Guests who bring a nonperishable food item for the Museum’s collection bin will receive $1 off the regular admission price. Special programs are planned for the following Tuesdays. • From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8; Senior Appreciation Day – Senior guests can enjoy complimentary cookies, tea and coffee in Luther Hall before or after visiting the galleries. The additional holiday hours continue through the end of December. Visit for more information. The Taft will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, through Jan. 3. The Caf will be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations are suggested, call 352-5140. The Taft Museum of Art is at 316 Pike St., in downtown Cincinnati. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and free for children younger than 18.

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December 16, 2009


Center hosts Kosher Chinese Buffet

Kosher Chinese food is a once-a-year opportunity in Cincinnati. Chabad Jewish Center held the first kosher Chinese buffet Dec. 24 six years ago. The reputation of this much awaited event has grown in popularity ever since. The past three years alone have been sold out with more than 150 people in attendance. “On a night when the entire city shuts down, Chabad’s Chinese Buffet is where to be in the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Berel Cohen, youth and family program director at Chabad Jewish Center. “There’s not much on TV or radio that is comfortable for a Jewish family to watch or listen to. It feels much better to have a place to go and spend time as a community.” The event showcases an all-you-can-eat buffet with Chinese favorites such as sesame chicken, beef with broccoli, egg rolls, vegetable


The Kattan family as contestants at the live game show, during the Chinese dinner.


From left: Gaby Guigui, David and Yana Duke enjoy the delicious food at last year’s all-you-can-eat Kosher Chinese Buffet. lo mein, fried rice and more. Surprise family entertainment has become a highlight of the evening, as well. Past years have featured

live game shows such as Jewpardy and Who Wants to Be a Mitzvahnaire. Café Chabad, a series of social events for Cincinnati’s

Jewish community. Held several times throughout the year, each Café Chabad features delicious food, great entertainment and the

Hunt Road, Blue Ash. The fee for the evening, is $14 per person, $9 children (ages 2-11) paid by Dec. 17; $18 adults/$12 children after Dec. 17; $118 sponsor. For reservations and more information, visit or call 793-5200.

opportunity to socialize with new and old friends. Reservations are suggested to be made early. Space is limited and will sell out. Kosher Chinese Buffet will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977

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From left: Sheri Clark, Discover Health director; Paul Waldsmith, Blue Ash YMCA executive director, and Mark Kinnett, Dow Chemical Co. – Cincinnati plant, site leader.

Dow sponsors Blue Ash Y’s Discover Health program through assets-based programs and services to more than 143,000 individuals, kids and families annually. Adult mentors encourage young people to be caring, responsible, respectful, and honest through sports, summer camps, structured child and afterschool care, and leadership building programs. Branches offer quality time for families, resources for parents, and a variety of

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Pohlman and Marilyn Shazor. Benintendi is an attorney in the litigation department of Dismore & Shol. He is board certified in Worker’s Compensation law by the Ohio State Bar Association, and a frequent speaker at basic and advanced workers’ compensation seminars. He is an active member of the St. Gertrude Parish in Madeira, where he lives with his wife, Jill. They have three children. Benintendi is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Worker’s Compensation committee and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Chatfield College, Ohio’s only private, Catholic, threeyear liberal arts college, announced the appointment of Madeira resident, Christopher A. Benintendi to the Benintendi Chatfield Board of Trustees. Also appointed were: Sr. Lucia Castellini, Michael Coombe, Sr. Maureen Maher, Stephen

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The Dow Chemical Co.’s Cincinnati plant awarded the Blue Ash YMCA a $30,000 Community Partnership Initiative grant for its innovative mobile health education program called Discover Health. The grant enables the YMCA to develop and implement a project for Reading families called Discovering Individual & Family Wellness. The project, offered through the Y’s Discover Health program, will engage the whole family in learning healthy habits and choices. Students attending Central and Hilltop Elementary schools, Sts. Peter and Paul Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will be invited to participate in the eight-week project that caters to the whole child focusing on physical and social health, and personal development. The project will be held at each school directly after the regular school day. “The YMCA looks forward to collaborating with the schools and Reading families when the project starts up next year,” said Paul Waldsmith, YMCA district vice president. “We anticipate positive measureable results as families gain wellness knowledge and skills,” he said. For information about the project, call Sheri Clark, YMCA Discover Health Director, at 791-5000. As the area’s largest youth and family-focused not-for-profit, the YMCA reinforces character values

Donna Brockway has joined Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati (ESCC) as a volunteer consultant. ESCC is a nonprofit organization that proBrockway vides full management consulting services to other nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Brockway is the owner/president of Castlehill Group Inc., an independent consulting firm. Previously she was VP/customer service for Driveline Retail Solutions. Brockway brings more than 20 years experience in the retail/consumer packaged goods industry in strategic planning and business development, operations, process improvement, administration and logistics. She and her husband, Craig, live in Kenwood.

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Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 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. All guests and visitors are welcome. There will be one service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The choir will present the Christmas Cantata. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. During both worship services Sunday, Dec. 27, a Memorial Service will be held. Members, guests and friends are encouraged to submit names of loved ones who have passed on. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

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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. For Christmas opportunities, visit 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

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

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

Christmas Eve Services are at 5 p.m. (Children’s Pageant), 7 p.m. (Contemporary Worship), 9 and 11 p.m. (Traditional Worship). Childcare is provided at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Kids Morning Out is from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday. It is open to children 6 months-kindergarten. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. “Robotics” is the theme of the Adventurer’s meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. Dr. Ernie Hall, Professor of Robotics, School of Engineering at UC will present the program. Dinner reservations can be made by Monday, Jan. 11, at 791-3142 or just attend the program at 6 p.m. Christmas Fun Camps are available from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30. Call the church for details. Cost is $10 per day, $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: 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.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

NORWOOD 5501 Montgomery Rd. 513-631-4884 SPRINGDALE 11365 Springfield Pike 513-771-2594

Friday, Dec. 18, members of Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham will share actual letters and responses from “A Bintel Brief: 60 Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish

Daily Forward” by Isaac Metzker. The program will follow Shabbat services, which begin at 8 p.m. Often separated from family and bewildered by life in a new country, thousands of Jewish immigrants wrote to the offices of this Yiddish-language newspaper founded in 1897. The paper’s founder and editor, Abraham Cahan, would answer back with practical and sometimes very wise advice. Many of their challenges are still being played out today, and much of the advice is still relevant. For more information, contact Northern Hills 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 per family is $40. Reservations are required by Dec. 17. For more information, contact Northern Hills Synagogue at 931-6038. The synagogue is at 5714 Fields Ertel Road, Deerfield Township; 9316038;





Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church

The church is hosting a worship gathering at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. It is a service of depth and creativity with Christmas songs. It will feature a diversity of instrumentation and styles, and the Crosspoint Worship Band combines classical excellence with modern strength to engage the listener in a very authentic and powerful way. Crosspoint Worship Band is a local Cincinnati band led by Eric and Britt Hauck. It is an evening of worship, prayer, reflection and hope. The church is at 8000 Miami Ave., Madeira; 791-4470.

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Sunday Service 10:30am


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


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

JCC hosts New Year’s Eve parties ties, formal dances and major community events from Cincinnati to Lexington over the past six years. They recently headlined at the 2009 Nativity Fall Fest in Pleasant Ridge. Their repertoire includes songs from the 1960s to today, featuring hits like “Love Shack,” “I Will Survive,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Mustang Sally.” Many people across Greater Cincinnati are looking forward to the JCC dance party with “The Code.” Children in grades K to 6 can attend their own New Year’s Eve party at the JCC 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. This exciting kids-only overnight celebration includes hours of fun in the JCC indoor waterpark and gym, a movie, crafts, games, prizes, snacks, noisemakers, a special soda pop toast at midnight, and breakfast in the morning. Pick-up is on Friday morning, Jan. 1. Advance paid reservations for both the adult’s and children’s New Year’s Eve parties at the JCC are due by Monday, Dec. 21. Details can be found online, or by calling 761-7500.

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.

LOCKLAND 310 Dunn Street 513-821-0062

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The Mayerson JCC at 8485 Ridge Road in Amberley Village (at Ronald Reagan Highway) is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration for adults, ages 21 and older, at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. This party is open to the public and will be held in the Amberley Room at the J. “The Code, a popular local rock and roll band, will perform live music at the party as guests dance the night (and the year) away with new and old friends. Singles and couples from all over the Tristate can dress up in festive attire and ring in the New Year at the JCC with cocktails, snacks, a champagne toast and a midnight breakfast buffet. Tickets are $60/adult, and each ticket includes two free drink tickets. Paid reservations are required by Monday, Dec. 21. Call the JCC at 761-7500 or e-mail ccummings@mayersonjcc.o rg for more information. The JCC New Year’s Eve band, The Code, is comprised of about a dozen male and female performers (singers, dancers, and musicians). They have performed at thousands of festivals, par-

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

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Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The Blue Ash Presbyterian Church’s youth group, God Squad, will be presenting their 6th annual Christmas Play. This year’s play is “The Case of the Missing Meaning.” It is a comedy detective spoof for Christmas by Ben Fry. Twenty members of the youth group have parts in the play, with a special guest appearance by BAPC Pastor Mike Brewer. The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. On Sunday, Dec. 20, the play will be presented around 5 p.m. There will be a Carol Fest at 4 p.m. and a dinner sponsored by the Fellowship Committee after the play. Reservations are required for the dinner. There will be no charge for the play on Saturday or for the play and dinner Sunday. A freewill offering will be taken. For dinner reservations, contact the church at 791-1153. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153.

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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

NorthStar Vineyard

7515 Forest Rd. at Beechmont Ave 231-4172

Community Church

Sr. Pastor Mark Rowland Ann Luzader, Mike Carnevale Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

Building Homes Relationships & Families Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

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

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CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am

8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Come Home This Christmas: Love"

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

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

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


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

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

Church School for Everyone 10:10 am



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

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


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"

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

Traditional Worship 11:15 am Child Care available at all times


2710 Newtown Rd. 231-8634 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes and nursery care for children and youth

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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST United Church of Christ in Oakley

871-3136 4100 Taylor Ave E-Mail Judy Jackson, Pastor

Sunday Worship 10:00am Adult Bible Study 9:00am, Youth Sunday School 10:00am Childcare provided for Infants and Toddlers “Partners with Jesus in the Community and the World”


Elsie Lee (nee Cooper) Mitchell, 88, of Bethel died Dec. 2. Survived by brother, Harold Cooper of Bethel; sister, Christeen Blanton-Conn of Madeira; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by first husband, George Mitchell; second husband, Lindley Moore; parents, Early C. and Fiffie M. (nee Waugh) Cooper; and siblings, Irene Gay and Aileen Reiser. Services were Dec. 4 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597; or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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3747 Macnicholas Ave.: Heidenreich Richard J. & Krista N. to Slonaker Brett M.; $122,500. 4035 St. Johns Terrace: Vidic James S. to Ollie Patrick F.; $124,500. 4255 Glenway Ave.: Service Melvin P. to Gilreath Raymond III; $120,000. 4421 Orchard Lane: Connor Dennis W. Co-Tr & Maureen Bish Co-Tr to Meade Joseph J.; $117,500. 8028 Beech Ave.: Breitenbuecher Barbara L. to Anders Barry; $53,900.


5698 Mapleridge Drive: Fuqua John & Ann to Smith Margaret; $280,000. 6000 Cherokee Drive: Helterbridle Scott D. to Ellerbrock Michael D.; $155,000. 7115 Thomas Drive: Simply Investments LLC to Schoonover Kristen A.; $177,500. 7204 Hosbrook Road: Shelton Sarah Elizabeth to Feldhaus Joseph B.; $183,000.


4201 North Ave.: Lovett Deborah A. & Richard E. to Bank Of New York Mellon; $100,000. 6715 Belkenton Ave.: Best Douglas A. to Reutter Catherine E.; $127,000.


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COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Tyrone Franklin, 50, 2150 Harrison Ave., disorderly conduct at 5245 Ridge Road, Nov. 20. Michelle Triggs, 51, 745 N. Fred Shuttlesworth Circle, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., Nov. 23. Kathryn Quinn, 43, 6635 Chestnut, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., Nov. 22. Mathew Graves, 57, 5910 Stewart Ave., domestic violence at 5910 Stewart, Nov. 21. Dwayne Mcnear, 45, 946 Burton Ave., theft at 7440 Ohio 125, Nov. 21. Michael Lee, 38, 3424 Tinaview Court, disorderly conduct at 3410 Highland Ave., Nov. 26. Robert Davis, 50, 14 Tower St., theft at 7440 Beechmont Ave., Nov. 21.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered and TV and jewelry valued at $3,000 removed at 5722 Stewart, Nov. 18. Residence entered and Xbox of unknown value removed at 5603 View Pointe Drive, Nov. 19. Residence entered and games of unknown value removed at 5612 View Point Drive, Nov. 19. Residence entered and computer, TV, camera and currency valued at $4,100 removed at 6735 Ken Arbre Drive, Nov. 25.


Radio and music valued at $250 removed from vehicle at 5634 View Pointe Drive, Nov. 23. $35 removed at 5390 Ellmarie, Nov. 21. Blower valued at $399 removed at Kenmore and Cambridge, Nov. 20. Shoes valued at $40 removed at 5245 Ridge Road, Nov. 27.

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Arrests/ citations

Glen Eric Willis, 47, 8308 St. Clair Ave., inducing panic and disorderly conduct at 7777 Blue Ash Road, Dec. 7. Jacob S. Bonner, 20, 4123 St. John’s Terrace, drug abuse at 6448 Plainfield Road, Dec. 4.

Incidents/investigations Disorderly conduct

Reported at 7777 Blue Ash Road, Dec. 7.

Inducing panic

Suspect claimed had gun in his coat during mayor’s court, 7777 Blue Ash Road, Dec. 7.


Reported at Hoffman Ave., Dec. 1.

Telephone Harrassment

Reported at 3725 Lansdowne Ave., Dec. 5.


Prescription drugs stolen from 3934 St. John’s Terrace, Dec. 6. $50 in gas pumped and not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at 4101 E. Galbraith Road, Dec. 3.

Fidvavs Kosimov, 31, 8226 S. Legare St., operating vehicle under influence, Nov. 18. Charles A. Mann, 30, 7232 Berwood Drive, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Nov. 20. Thomas O. Willingham, 49, 5560 Windridge View, obstructing official business, Nov. 20. Benjamin R. Kluesener, 19, 455 Marsh Drive, drug possession, paraphernalia, Nov. 23. Matthew E. Lahners, 30, 1219 Beechwood Place, drug possession, Nov. 21.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Unlisted items taken; $950 at 7400 N. Timberlane, Nov. 22.


Books and a basket taken from Half Price Books at Montgomery Road, Nov. 25.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Ryan Kersker, 26, 7885 Blackthorn, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, Nov. 18. Angela Kemper, 23, 1066 Mead-

dwind Court, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 18. Joseph Virgil, 55, 2121 Vine St., operating motor vehicle intoxicated at Montgomery Road and I275, Oct. 15. Phillip Saunders, 25, no address, obstructing official business at Sycamore and Monroe, Nov. 25. Unique Packnett, 23, 915 Summit Square Drive, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 25. Kirsten Lewis, 19, 2936 Felz Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 25. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 28. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 27.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging

Concession stand damaged at 11797 Solzman Road, Nov. 15. Beer of unknown value removed at 7650 School Road, Nov. 23.

Domestic violence

Female reported at Elizabeth, Nov. 22. Reported at Ontario St., Nov. 21.


Residence entered at 4656 Orchard Lane, Nov. 28.


Bag and contents of unknown value removed at 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 11. $41 bill not paid for at 8740 Montgomery Road, Nov. 12. Checks of unknown value removed at 7936 Keller Road, Nov. 22. Purse, wallet, cell phone and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 22. Purse and contents valued at $256 removed at 12100 Reed Hartman Highway, Nov. 20.


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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. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 21. Skis and carpet cleaner of unknown value removed at 8319 Kenwood Road, Nov. 23. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 4114 Ester Marie Drive, Nov. 10. Light bulbs, towel bars and smoke detectors of unknown value removed at 8319 Kenwood Road, Nov. 27. $50 removed at 8057 Montgomery Road, Nov. 22.

ODOT road crews prepared for whatever winter brings The winter-fighting road crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation are on the move again after working through Thanksgiving and Black Friday. With temperatures expected to dip across northern Ohio tonight and during the early morning hours, ODOT crews will be out again. Over the past holiday weekend, when increased numbers of holiday travelers and shoppers filled the roads, ODOT crews pretreated bridges, ramps and intersections in the Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron areas. Salt brine will be used again today and tomorrow. ODOT has more than 1,700 plow trucks and more than 3,000 drivers ready to clear ice and snow. ODOT maintains nearly 39,000 lane miles of highway

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which carries approximately two thirds of the state’s daily traffic. ODOT’s Smart Salt Strategy aims to keep highways safe and passable by using the right amounts of salt and manpower at the right times and locations. This time of year, one Smart Salt Strategy is the application of a saline solution (brine) to road pavements before the occurrence of a winter event. This prevents the formation of frost, black ice, or a freeze bond of snow and ice to the surface. Pre-wetting salt with this same solution before application also helps the rock salt stick to the surface and jumpstarts the melting process. Also, infrared temperature sensors installed on ODOT snow plows allow drivers to see the exact sur-

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December 16, 2009


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or e-mail volunteereducator@cincinnatizoo.o rg, or visit Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays through November. For a complete list visit or call 683-2340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. Granny’s Garden School – needs help in the garden. Granny’s is growing produce for needy families in the area, with support from the Greenfield Plant Farm. Greenfield Plant Farm donated their surplus tomato and green pepper plants to the Granny’s Garden School program. Granny is seeking help with maintaining the gardens, planting and

harvesting more produce. Granny’s is at Loveland Primary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Call 3242873 or e-mail, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit E-mail League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter, needs volunteers 16 and older to help socialize cats and 18 and older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects. Call 702-8373.

Dressing, Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or e-mail for more information. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-thescenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. E-mail or visit Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development – Volunteers are needed for Adult Basic and Literacy Education classes and English to Speakers of Other Language classes.There are numerous sites and times available for volunteering. Call 612-5830. Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or e-mail Jayne Martin





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American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or e-mail Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Clermont Recovery Center – Needs volunteers to fill positions on the board of trustees. Clermont County residents interested in the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, especially persons in long-term recovery and their family members, are encouraged to apply. Contact Barbara Adams Marin, CQI manager and communications coordinator, at 735-8123 or, Kim King, administrative assistant at 735-8144. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to

make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Anne at 5546300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking people with an interest in serving terminally ill clients and their families. Volunteers are needed for special projects such as crochet, knitting, making cards and lap robes, as well as making visits to patients. Training is provided to fit volunteers’ schedules. Call Jacqueline at 731-6100, and Shauntay 8315800 for information.

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

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across the city. Call 542-0195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have oneon-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. Contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Black Achievers Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit YMCA – The Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA is looking for volunteer trail guides for school groups. Call 932-1424 or e-mail melittasmi@

There is a joke among friends here, “It’s a Phoenix that has risen from the ashes. ”When Charles and Allison Hahn Sobieck purchased the property at 502 North Main Street (in Somerset, Kentucky), there was a lot of work to be done, to say the least. With the vision of a B & B and a home in ruins, there were little choices. The dilapidated structure was removed, then reconstructed as it had been in the 1850’s. It’s a brand new home. A bit of an unusual concept for a bed and breakfast. “We reconstructed the home from scratch. This gave us the benefit of designing every amenity possible along the way, ”said Allison Sobieck, owner. Every room is equipped with many amenities you don’t often find in a traditional bed and breakfast, but rather a fine hotel. Every room has a full sized closet with a pair of micro-fiber robes hanging in them, 400- count Egyptian cotton sheets, cable TV with DVD players, queen sized beds, and a host of other things. For instance, 2 rooms have gas fireplaces and 3 rooms have whirlpool tubs. We even offer many add on amenities such as massage, dinner, flowers, etc…


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