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Amanda Baker, of Wyoming, left, Lucy Ward, of Hyde Park, and Executive Director Rick Bryan, of Blue Ash, attend the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure shopping event. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

More than 100 friends and supporters of The Cancer Support Community, a local nonprofit cancer support agency, enjoyed a fun evening of food, entertainment, and of course shopping, at Saks Fifth Avenue during a stylish in-store preview party that celebrated Saks’ 13th annual Key to the Cure charitable shopping initiative to fight women’s cancers.


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How will you remember 2011? From a wet and cold beginning to a ... wet and cold ending, 2011 looks much the same going out as it did coming in. In between, however, we had our share of laughs and cries, joys and heartbreaks. What will you most remember about 2011? And to what are you looking forward in 2012? E-mail your thoughts to tricountypress, with “2011 memories” in the subject line. Please include your name, community and a way to contact you. Happy New Year.

Holiday Encore! Dec. 21 at The Manor House in Springdale at Maple Knoll was a pleasurable evening of dinner, theatre and entertainment from The Encore! singing group. Formed about 10 years ago, there is a special rapport between themselves and the audience including, good-natured banter as to whether they sang better on an empty or a full stomach. See Evelyn Perkins column, A3

An exercise in kindness Athletic training has been expanding at Princeton High School, with team members exercising their community spirit. About 20 members of the basketball team and cheerleading squad visited the St. Vincent de Paul outreach center at Winton Terrace, unloading and sorting donated gifts as part of the charity's Christmas program. See full story, A4

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Evendale Village Councilwoman Catherine Hartman returns to council after a six-year hiatus following her 12-year term limit. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Returning councilwoman feels ‘Hart’ of Evendale By Leah Fightmaster

After six years away from Evendale Village Council, Catherine Hartman is back for another term. Since she began her first term on village council in 1993, the residential side of Evendale has remained fairly unchanged, but the business aspect has grown considerably, expanding existing businesses and bringing in new ones, she said. Business expansion pairs well with Hartman's background. After earning a masters of science in civil and environmental engineering from the

University of Cincinnati, she started her own award-winning consulting business of 55 employees. She sold her business in 1994, and has amassed about 30 years of consulting experience. If her business background could help her in elections, she hasn't tried to use it. "I didn't promote (my business background) in my campaign," Hartman said. "I probably should have." Her professional background can help her, because Evendale has acquired more businesses since her last time in council. More local businesses are opening, and larger companies, such as General Electric, have ex-

panded in the area. "It's great for existing companies to expand," she said. "The (companies) here have been adding jobs, and industrial businesses have made a lot of progress." Since her last term ended six years ago, Hartman said council has gotten more formal, and there is more of a concern about running Evendale like a business. She added that it wants to work with companies more like a "partnership" and want to get to know businesses better, so they understand what the intentions of companies are and will know what the effects will be on the local economy and residents of the

village. "We're more active in the Chamber (of Commerce)," she said. "We want to know businesses better." With her return, Hartman said she has not encountered any real problems yet, with the budget being the main topic of discussion. The councilwoman and consultant said she "loves Evendale, and has gotten so much that I want to give back." "I've lived in a lot of places, and people don't always know each other," she said. "Many people (in Evendale) know each other and participate in the village. I love that. It's nice to have your neighbors know who you are."

New council settles in as Wyoming says thanks By Kelly McBride

Wyoming Mayor Barry Porter, left, congratulates former Councilman Walter Cordes after City Council passed a resolution in his honor.

WYOMING — As seats shifted and a new face joined the dais, Wyoming City Council has honored its outgoing member with a resolution noting his sense of civic duty. Walter Cordes served on City Council for four years, and was a member of various committees, including Urban Forestry Board, Historic Preservation Commission and the Environmental Stewardship Commission. "Wally was willing to listen intently to others and provide heartfelt and thoughtful input,


and would ultimately vote what he truly believed to be in the best interests of the community," the resolution read. "Wally has served with integri-

ty, diligence, sensitivity, passion, steadfast conviction and with the best intentions for the people of the City of Wyoming. "He has contributed willingly

and unstintingly of his time, talent, energy and expertise to the benefit of the present and future generations of citizens." Returning to City Council is Vicky Zwissler, who had previously served as an elected official.. Barry Porter was re-elected by his peers as mayor, and Lynn Crider was chosen as vice mayor.. During the Dec. 19 meeting, city council unanimously passed resolutions honoring two other residents, in their absence, for service to the community. See WYOMING, Page A2



Carolers bridge generations By Kelly McBride

Organ and cello concert

First Presbyterian Church in Glendale is having a cello and organ holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. The concert will feature Maggie Murphy on cello and Amy Duke on organ. Music selecitons featured will be from the works of Bach, Drischner, Reger and SaintSeans. For more information, call 771-6195. The church is at 155 E. Fountain Ave., Glendale.

SPRINGDALE — Carolers walked the halls of Maple Knoll Village on Thursday, bringing holiday cheer to the residents of the Springdale facility. The Daisy Scout Troop from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Milford joined the St. Xavier Youth City Council and family members of Maple Knoll employees in an array of holiday tunes to entertain residents there. For Kyle Denman, it was an extension of the St. X mantra of "Men for others." "We want to do this because it makes a positive difference on the lives of others," Denman said. "It makes their holiday brighter, and inspires others." Stephanie Harris, whose daughter Megan is a member of the Daisy


Maple Knoll resident Simon Strong enjoys holiday carols sung by members of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Daisy Troop. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Troop, said the visit was touching. "There is a big generation gap here," she said of the first-graders' visit to the senior home. "It's good


for them to see that reaching out to the residents makes the seniors happy." As the kids sang, residents joined in, clapped and sat with smiles. First-grader Lilly Herriott said the visit was fun. "I liked singing," she said, "because they were smiling." The group toured all floors in the skilled nursing, independent living and assisted living areas of Maple Knoll. Communication Director Becky Schulte, whose daughter Rachel is a member of the Daisy troop, organized the event with Maple Knoll Chaplan Nancy

Vilaboy. "Each year when we Christmas carol throughout the Maple Knoll Campus,I am reminded of the quote from Ruby Lee Mitchell," Vilaboy said. "'Carol singing, church bells ringing, once more Christmastime is here. "'Children laughing, grownups beaming, hearts are warm with Christmas cheer.' "We gather as a group to bring music and memories into the hearts of our residents and the joy on their faces says it all," Vilaboy said. "That is one of the best Christmas gifts."

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Expect overnight delays on Interstate 275 next Friday Pavement work will require a two-lane rolling road block on northbound Interstate 275 at the Hamilton/Clermont county line (Loveland-Madeira Road between approximately mile marker 52 and 54), from 12:01 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place prior

to the work zone to alert motorists of the upcoming lane closures. To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.


and a committed advocate of his beliefs." Jeff Walton was honored for his work on the Environmental Stewardship Commission, where he served for three years. "Jeff has worked to enable the people of this community to have a high awareness of the importance of preserving the earth's resources to the benefit of future generations," the resolution said. "The three Rs of re-use, reduce and recycle have become a vital part of the lives of all the residents of our city, due to the diligent and ongoing efforts of Jeff and his colleagues on the Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Commission. "In all things pertaining to environmental stewardship," the resolution said, "Jeff has worked openly and with great care to research the options, engage the community and to provide Council with the results and his insights and knowledge."

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Tom Gardner was thanked for his contributions to the Senior Commission. "Tom has shown that he cares for and appreciates the value of Wyoming's senior citizens and the legacy passed on to us by our predecessors and the importance of finding and creating related programming, policies and services relating to senior citizens," the resolution said. "Tom has shown himself to be a person of conviction

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Holiday performance worthy of an Encore! As the invitation stated, Dec. 21 at The Manor House in Springdale at Maple Knoll was a pleasurable evening of dinner, theatre and entertainment from The Encore! singing group. Formed about 10 years ago, there is a special rapport between themselves and the audience including, good-natured banter as to whether they sang better on an empty or a full stomach. However, since it was time to eat, they waited until we were served. Retired music teacher Jacqueline Carr expertly played the keyboard as we filled our plates. Vocalist, Joy Gazaway, says, “Jackie keeps us going.” Wyoming’s James Clark is the longest standing member and Encore!’s eloquent MC. James previously sang in the Sunrise and Celestial Choirs at Quinn Chapel AME Church. He opened with “The Christmas Song,” reminiscent of Nat King Cole and better known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.” During Robert Sullivan’s fun rendition of

Louis Armstrong’s "’Zat You Santa Claus?” Francene CunningEvelyn Perkins ham COMMUNITY PRESS danced through COLUMNIST the audience as a mysterious Santa carrying her Merry Christmas bag, humorously helping to convey the lyrical fears about who was really knocking on the door. As Joy sang Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby,” she kibitzed with James asking for a sable coat, duplex apartment and Tiffany jewels. James retorted that he was Scrooge and would neither hurry down the chimney nor mail anything she requested. James crooned Donny Hathaway’s mellow “This Christmas,” and Karl Gibson, accompanied by The Rev. John Wright on saxophone vocalized a smooth arrangement of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Some of you may remember that Ruth Lyons

Encore! members Francene Cunningham, The Rev. John Wright, Beatrice Jenkins (musician and mother of Jacqueline Carr), Ida Nixon; Joy Gazaway, Jacqueline Carr, James Clark, Karl Gibson and Robert Sullivan. Members Joyce Mobley and Wendell Young not present. EVELYN PERKINS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

wrote “Christmas Lullaby.” Before singing it, Joy said, “In quiet moments, after all the celebration, we reflect on the kind of world we will leave our children and on the true meaning of Christmas”. She and Karl duetted on “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Have you ever heard “Issay, Issay?” It is a quite lively song of Jesus’ coming, based on a traditional Ethiopian Christmas tune. Rev. Wright performed a

beautiful saxophone solo of “O Holy Night,” as Francene praise danced a moving interpretation. The song was presented again with the melding of Encore!’s voices in a different arrangement. Rev. Wright spoke on “The Real Meaning:” “So often retailers make you think Christmas is about buying, buying, buying. Keep in mind that Jesus is the reason for the season. Think of the love God gifted us with over the

years. Just as the Wise Men sought Jesus, we continue to do the same. Be thankful. Give Him all the praise and glory. It is not about us, it is about Jesus. Glory, Glory, Glory to the newborn King!” Rev. Wright is an associate minister at Allen Temple AME Church (org. 1824), where his father pastored years ago.

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SteelSummit in Forest Park is beginning work on a renovation and expansion project that is expected to be completed by June. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS around” for the city and the company, as the project will improve the look of the building facing Southland Road and the project means the business is doing well in tough economic times. “It’s going to be quite a big change,” Anderson said. Randy Stebelton, director of quality and operations for SteelSummit, said

the company is “fortunate enough to be busy,” and hopes the new look of the building will be more appealing to potential customers. Along with the cosmetic changes to SteelSummit, Stebelton said the increased plant space will allow for more product storage and new equipment that will give the company

Filings create surprise primaries Gannett News Service The filing deadline for candidates in the March 6 primary came and went, with Hamilton County Republicans still looking for a real candidate to take on Democratic county commissioner Todd Portune; and a former Cincinnati city councilman ready to take on Republican county commissioner Greg Hartmann. The candidate filings also produced some potentially explosive GOP March primary battles for county commission seats in Butler and Clermont counties; and primary battles in Hamilton County for state legislative seats for both the Republican and Democratic parties. In the 2nd Congressional District, David Krikorian of Madeira - who has battled Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Miami Township, in court and on the ballot, filed as a Democratic candidate. For Hamilton County Commissioner, the Democrats have recruited former Cincinnati council member Greg Harris, a 40year-old West Price Hill

resident. GOP leaders have been trying to convince Chris Bortz, who lost his bid for re-election to Cincinnati City Council last month, into running against Portune, but Bortz has yet to commit to the race. The Hamilton County GOP is hoping that replacement candidate will be Bortz, a developer who served three two-year terms on council. In a surprise move, former State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr., of Mt. Lookout, filed petitions to take on State Rep. Peter Stautberg, R-Anderson Township, in a GOP primary in the 27th Ohio House District, which includes much of southeastern Hamilton County. Brinkman was termlimited out of the Ohio House four years ago, and Stautberg replaced him. Other interesting races to follow include: » Republican John Williams and Democrat Tracie Hunter - who are still locked in a legal battle in federal court over last year’s juvenile court election - will apparently face each other this fall in a second juvenile court judge-

ship, one to which Williams was appointed by Gov. John Kasich last month. Hunter filed petitions to run for the remainder of the term to which Williams was appointed. The two were separated by only 23 votes in last year’s election, which is still in legal limbo over the counting of provisional ballots. In other filings Wednesday: » State Rep. Louis Blessing Jr. is prevented by term limits from running for the Ohio House. His son, Louis Blessing III, entered the race and will face two Republicans, Heather Harlow and Pakkiri Rajagopal. » Republicans in the legislature created a new majority Democratic district in central Hamilton County called the 31st; and there will be a four-way Democratic primary there. State Rep. Denise Driehaus’ West Side district was blown apart by GOP redistricting, so she moved to the 31st, where she will face former Democratic state Rep. Terry Tranter, Louis Brockmeier and Sandra Queen Noble in the Democratic primary.

room to grow further. “It’s going to increase our capacity a great deal,” he said. Stebelton said the project is expected to be completed by June, and the new equipment should be in place by August. With the added space, SteelSummit could add three to four new employees in the coming year.

Evelyn Perkins writes a regular column about people and events in the Tri-County Press area. Send items for her column to 10127 Chester Road, Woodlawn, 45215, or call her directly at 772-7379.

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SteelSummit begins renovation Summit is giving its Forest Park location a makeover and renovation that will be completed in the next six months. The company, at 11150 Southland Road, recently broke ground on the project that will add 7,500 square feet of office space and 23,000 square feet of plant space. SteelSummit, which currently employs 42 at the Forest Park location, processes flat-rolled steel for many industries, specializing in the appliance and automotive industries, including Honda and Toyota. Forest Park Community and Economic Development Director Chris Anderson said the renovation project is “good news all

Encore! entertained us with other Christmas songs that night. The audience also sang along to “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” “Let it Snow!" and” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” They perform at nursing homes, and will be back at Manor House to sing love songs for Valentine’s Day. Mark your calendar for a feast for the eye, the ear and the soul. Don’t take my word for it. Joel McCray encouraged Jackie to expand their repertoire. He says, “They’re exciting and invigorating. What an inspirational group. You must see them to believe it!” Contact Robert Sullivan at 513-821-2086 to book Encore! for a performance.


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Deion Isham, from left, Dorian Jordan, K-Ana Powell and Mariesha Gibson sort presents at the Winton Terrace facility. PROVIDED

Princeton athletes train through volunteerism By Kelly McBride


thletic training has been expanding at Princeton High School, with team members exercising their community spirit. About 20 members of the basketball team and cheerleading squad recently visited the St. Vincent de Paul outreach center at Winton Terrace, unloading and sorting donated gifts as part of the charity's Christmas program. Then, they packed and loaded the gifts for delivery, and helped stock the pantry. That's one way Princeton Athletic Director Gary Croley is enhancing the athletic experience

at Princeton. "We at Princeton believe in building wellrounded people," Croley said. "We want students to not only excel in their sport and academics, but also in how they give back to others. "In order for that to be part of them as adults, we have to start instilling it now." Football players recently volunteered at a St. Vincent de Paul center, and Croley plans to include as many athletes as possible as the school year progresses. Michael Wilson, director of the Princeton Education Foundation, said it's part of Croley's philosophy on education. "Gary has always had a strong sense of doing things the right way," he said. "I see him talking to

his players as a group and individually, delivering the same message, 'We do things the right way.'" "He has devoted himself to the development of young people." The volunteer efforts are part of that development. "There will come a day when we all hang up our cleats," Wilson said. "If athletes are going to be contributing members of society when they retire, they must learn to contribute throughout their lives. "Volunteerism by our athletes is an important part of their development," Wilson said. "It builds capacity in their class and character, and it gives them an opportunity to realize how much they have to share with our community."

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Sibert comes into own at Ohio State

St. Xavier graduate Luke Kuechly of Boston College will likely be a first-round NFL draft pick if he chooses to go that route. FILE

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X grad Kuechly faced with a tough decision

COLUMBUS — In the game of basketball, one moment can make for a memorable poster. For Ohio State University sophomore and former Princeton High School standout Jordan Sibert, that moment came on national television against powerhouse, Duke University, Nov. 29. Sibert noticed that Duke’s players weren’t crashing the boards with much tenacity, so, like he’d done against many teams before, Sibert leaped over 6-foot-10 Duke forward Miles Plumlee to make a spectacular tip-in as part of the Buckeyes’ 85-63 victory. “It was amazing. Growing up, that’s what you dream about doing, especially playing Duke,” Sibert said. “You want to be on that big stage and be able to make a play…It was a confidence booster for me.” Sibert committed to Ohio State as a highly regarded offensive threat coming out of Princeton. During his senior season with the Vikings, Sibert led the Greater Miami conference with 18.2 points per game. As a junior, he helped lead Princeton to a state runner-up finish. The 6-foot-4 guard got his feet wet during his freshman season, averaging just over eight minutes per game. When he took to the hardwood for the Buckeyes, Sibert said it took some time to adjust to the physicality of college basketball, in addition to adjusting for the shot clock. “It’s way different than high school,” he said. “…The speed of the game is much faster…(at Princeton) being able to jump and dunk on people was so easy. But here, a lot of people can jump and getting blocked here and there was kind of shocking, but I can still catch people now and then.” As a sophomore, Sibert is seeing an increased role with the team and is averaging around 15 minutes per game. He was even a runner-up for the Big 10 sixth man of the week, Dec. 5. Sibert believes he’s starting to get better as he gains more experience. “I’m slowing down and coming into my own,” he said. “Last year, I felt I had to prove stuff, but now I know what I can do, and I just need to relax and slow down and do it.” Now that he’s playing a bigtime college program, Sibert’s staying hungry because he knows playing professional bas-

Kuechly was presented the award for the nation's top linebacker by Dick Butkus himself in Luke Kuechly has a big deci- a surprise presentation at the sion to make while he is home vis- Boston College football banquet iting family in Cincinnati this on Dec. 4. The 6'3”, 237 pound linebacker week. The 2009 St. Xavier High School graduate and Boston Col- remains humbled by all of the lege junior linebacker will likely awards. “Maybe I'll reflect on it somedecide whether to turn pro or return for another year of college time down the road, but right now before he heads back to Boston I just want to win games,” said Kuechly. “They're a representaafter winter break. Kuechly has exceeded expec- tion of the guys on the team and tations, set records, and racked the people who helped me get there. Football up individual is the ultimate honors in his team sport and first three everything I years at BC. WAIT, THERE’S achieve is a reNow, the proMORE! flection of the jected firstThe Princeton faithful came team.” round pick in out in full force for our Catching He achieved April's NFL up with College Athletes project a record-breakdraft must de– so much that we had to get ing season in cide if he will another page for it. Look for the 2011, leading take his talents family and friend submissions on the nation with to the next level B6 of this week’s issue. 191 tackles and or stick with the setting the AtGolden Eagles. lantic Coast “I'll talk to my family and sit down with peo- Conference career record with 532 tackles. His 191 tackles broke ple I trust,” he said. One of those people is St. X his previous single season ACC head coach Steve Specht. Kuech- record of 183, set last season. His ly's high school coach will be a commitment to getting better evsounding board for the lineback- ery day since stepping foot on the er when the two meet this week. Boston College campus has paid Specht believes that Kuechly's dividends. Specht compared Kuechly to well-roundedness embodies the Rocky Boiman, another St. X student-athlete ideal. “Education is very important product who achieved NFL sucto him,” said Specht. “He'll do cess. “We always knew he was a what's best for him and his famgreat kid,” said Specht. “We knew ily.” The son of Tom and Eileen he'd be a special player when we Kuechly of Sharonville has moved him from linebacker to stayed true to himself since grad- free safety his senior year. Our uating from St. X and is an excel- scheme required us to put our lent role model for current and most complete player in that position.” future Bombers. The two-time first-team All“He's a very grounded individual,” said Specht. “He has a tre- American has stayed in touch mendous foundation, he's very with Specht and the Bombers faith-focused, he's principled, program. “Whenever I get home, I make and he's focused on the right it a point to check in on St. X and things.” Kuechly was honored as the see how the program's doing,” he nation's top lineman, linebacker said. He took the tools he learned and defensive player this season, winning the Lombardi Award, from Specht and the Bombers Butkus Award, Bronco Nagurski coaches to BC and continues to Award and the Lott IMPACT Tro- hone his skills under Frank Spaphy. The Lott Trophy is presented ziani's staff. The lessons he based on both on-field and off- learned from Specht transcend field performance and character. the field of play. By Adam Turer

Ohio State sophomore Jordan Sibert (right) tips in a rebound during the Buckeyes' win over Duke, Nov. 29. THANKS TO JORDAN SIBERT

THE SIBERT FILE On academics: The communications major said it’s tough balancing basketball, friends and school, but he makes it work by prioritizing. “School comes first…and you make sure you incorporate basketball and friends after,” he said. Family ties: Sibert won’t get a lot of free time during the holidays because of basketball, and he wanted to let his parents, Scott and Sheila Sibert, brothers, Logan and Scottie, and sister, Gennise, know that he loves them and appreciates their support. Teammates: Played AAU ball with current teammates Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon, who played for the Northland team that defeated Princeton in the 2009 state final. Favorite movie: “Bad Boys II” When home: Enjoys catching a movie and spending time with friends. Favorite Princeton basketball moment: Slamming four dunks in the 2008-2009 GMC finale to beat Middletown for the league title in front of a sold-out crowd. Motto: “There’s no place like home.”

ketball is an attainable goal. “It would mean everything (to go pro). You dream about it when you are a little kid, and this is the step right below it. To see your dreams within reach and to know you can get it, you just have to work a lot harder and it’s the driving force…to know I’m almost there.” For now, the 2010 GMC Athlete of the Year will try and help

the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes navigate through the rigors of a Big 10 schedule. He also believes this year’s version of the Buckeyes can end the season with a national championship. “I believe we can be national champions. We’ll continue to grow and we can continue to work and we can give the NCAA tournament a great run for its money,” he said.

Vonderhaar makes headlines behind the scene By Tom Skeen

KENWOOD — You may not think a person who has played four games, grabbed just one rebound and dished out one assist this season is having an impact on his basketball team. If that is your conclusion then you have not met University of Dayton walk-on and former Moeller star Brian Vonderhaar. The point guard is in his junior year with the Flyers and is having the time of his life on and off the basketball court. “My time here has been awesome,” Vonderhaar said. “Traveling around the country and world, especially last year in Europe, has been great. I’ve experienced some great things and played against some great competition.”

The role of a walk-on player entails learning the offensive and defensive sets of the opposing team, something most people don’t realize. The reason for this is so Brian and the scout team the team that acts as the opponent in practice - can emulate exactly what the Flyers’ opponents are trying to do in the game. “Being on the scout team and going against scholarship guys in practice is great,” he said. “There is a lot of pride on the line between us. It’s pretty fun at practice.” Without the scout team there would be no battling in practice that lets the Flyers and coach Archie Miller figure out what their opponents want to do. In 2010-11, Vonderhaar recorded just seven minutes of playing time on the season but recorded his first career field-goal on Jan.

Moeller graduate Brian Vonderhaar is putting the time and work in behind the scenes as a walk-on for the Dayton Flyers. THANKS TO ERIK SCHELKUN, ELSESTAR IMAGES

22, 2011, against Fordham while pulling down two rebounds. On the season he finished with two points, two rebounds, one assist

and one steal. This season the Flyers are off to a 9-4 start through Dec. 23 and Vonderhaar has appeared in four games and recorded one rebound and one assist. “We come to work every day and practice, I don’t know if it will lead to more playing time or not, but this year has been fun,” Vonderhaar said. The point guard enjoys everything about college, but his favorite aspect about Dayton is the basketball atmosphere that comes with playing at UD Arena. “It’s basketball city up here since it’s pretty much the only thing in town and we get a ton of fan support. We have very loyal fans and it’s great to play in front of 10-11,000 fans every single night.” While Vonderhaar has not had a chance to see his Crusaders

play in person this season, he did see them over the summer at Dayton’s basketball camp and is hoping to catch a game at some point this season. Even though he has not seen the court all that much during live game action, his basketball skills have not diminished. “My defense has improved the most by far,” the former Moeller star said. “Playing against more athletic guys that are quicker, bigger and taller than in high school has really helped my defensive skills.” While the stigma of a walk-on can be they just take up space on the end of the bench and get in the game only when the score is out of reach, what they do behind the scenes is just as important, if not more important than what some scholarship players provide to a Division I basketball program.



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The effect new property values have on your taxes New property values from the just completed county-wide reappraisal will take effect with the first tax bills in January. With a great number of values changing we expect a number of questions, with one of the most often asked being: “If my value went down and taxes are calculated based upon value, how can my taxes go up”? The first reason for higher taxes is any new or increased tax levies approved by voters in your community or school district. The list of levies approved in 2011 can be found on our website under Departments / Real Estate Taxes / 2011Levy Summary.

The second reason is that tax rates for emergency levies for school districts and bond retirement rates are adjusted each year to generate a set level of revenue. As values increase, these levies are often adjusted downward. The reverse is true also. As values decline in a disDusty Rhodes COMMUNITY PRESS trict, these tax rates are adGUEST COLUMNIST justed upward in order to generate a specific amount of revenue.

The third reason is, following each reappraisal, the State Tax Commissioner recalculates what are called “reduction factors” for the voted tax levies. Legislation providing this was passed in the 1970s to prevent taxing entities from receiving windfalls from rapidly rising property values. On most voted levies, if property values go up, the effective taxing rate goes down to keep revenue constant. Now, with values declining in many areas, that same provision can increase the effective millage rates so that the taxing entity does not incur a shortfall. As properties decline, the effective

Senate Republicans again obstruct improvements to Americans' financial security Senate Republicans have blocked President Barack Obama's nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The vote was 53-45 - with one senator voting "present" - falling short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster. Richard Cordray was attorney general of Ohio, Treasurer of Ohio and solicitor general of Ohio. From all accounts, he is an outstandingly competent candidate to head the CFPB. And, talk about bright, he was a five-time "Jeopardy!" champion. A year ago, the president fought fierce lobbying from the financial industry and signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The new law put in place reforms that reduce excessive risk taking on Wall Street. The law establishes the strongest consumer protectionsin our history, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB is charged with ensuring that financial service providers compete on the basis of the services they provide and not on unfair, deceptive, and

hidden fees and harmful practices. The CFPB cannot exercise its full authorities or make good on the consumer protection goals in the law unless a director is in place. Brian Deese, deputy director of the National Economic Council, indicated, "Nonbank financial companies like payday lenders, mortgage lendRichard ers, mortgage Schwab COMMUNITY PRESS servicers, debt collectors, and GUEST COLUMNIST credit reporting agencies play an incredibly important part in the lives of American families...The non-bank sector is one where we have seen, in the past, some of the most...predatory lending practices in our financial system." These destructive and nontransparent practices led to the financial melt-down of 2008. Without a CFPB director, Americans will not be protected from falling prey to many of the damaging practices that

contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The CFPB’s inability to exercise its full authority while it awaits a director negatively affects our economy and the security of our financial system. Without a director, the agency designed to shield consumers from the excesses behind the 2008 financial crisis cannot operate at full throttle. President Obama has responded, "We are not giving up on this...We are not going to allow politics as usual on Capital Hill to stand in the way of American consumers being protected from unscrupulous financial operators." A question to the Republicans who are blocking Richard Cordray and consumer protections: Whom are you protecting? Looks to me as if you are in the wrong place and on the wrong side. Richard O. Schwab was formerly associate head of school, and middle school head, Cincinnati Country Day School. He is currently neighborhood team leader, Glendale Organizing For America Community Team (

Abolish energy subsidy programs As Ohioans, we should all congratulate Sen. Rob Portman on his appointment to the Congressional Supercommittee which was formed to recommend longterm solutions to America’s budgetary problems. For a freshman senator, this honor is well-recognized. However with the partisan deadlock killing an agreement and further endangering any potential economic revitalization it is all the more important that we make our opinion on the issues at hand known to Sen. Portman. The Supercommittee had been created as a compromise measure to bridge a gap between the debt ceiling and the financial requirements of the federal government. The purpose of the Supercommittee was to recommend sustainable financial strategies so that these types of ad hoc arrangements are not necessary in the future. While there had been many options on the table – increased revenues, entitlement reform, and spending cuts, I feel that the members of this committee missed a unique opportunity to start the process by eliminating

those programs that represent the most glaring examples of waste and abuse within the system. With across the board cuts coming for many departments it makes especially good sense now for the Supercommittee members to lead on these issues in their respective legislative bodies. One recommendation would be the elimination of all energy subsidies from the federal budget. Tom Energy subBrinkman sidies are not COMMUNITY PRESS limited to direct GUEST COLUMNIST cash pay-outs to companies. The most recent example is the case of Solyndra, an alternative energy company that filed for bankruptcy shortly after receiving a hefty some of our tax dollars – more than half a billion – in direct support from the government. These subsidies also appear in the tax code by way of special deductions for certain corporations, our national trade policy in the way of tariffs and other barri-



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ers to foreign competitors, and by the federal government assuming the liability of operation for some energy companies (see nuclear power). In just four years, the federal government has increased energy subsidies from $15 billion to more than $30 billion. Assuming a steady amount of energy subsidy dollars (an assumption that one would be ill-advised to make under the current record), the elimination of these programs would accumulate to a $320 billion savings for taxpayers over the next decade. The message to Sen. Portman is clear: abolish energy subsidy programs, save “we the taxpayers” a third of a trillion dollars, and let the free market work. Our long-term budget solution depends on the government getting out of the business of picking winners and losers, and allowing business to get back in to the business of innovation of competition. Tom Brinkman Jr. (R) represented the 34th Ohio House District from 2001 to 2008.

tax rates will increase in order to keep revenue constant. There is a limit. Effective millage can not be increased to more than the original millage set by voters. So a taxing entity can’t compensate for lost revenue without enacting new taxes or budget cuts. If a property owner believes the value to be too high, the Board of Revision (BOR) exists to provide property owners with an avenue for a formal appeal of their value. BOR complaints can be filed through our office from January 1 to March 31 (April 2 this year because March 31is on a Saturday).

If you file a complaint it is up to you to present evidence supporting your opinion of value. Remember that we work in terms of values, not “taxes.” It is not sufficient to tell the BOR “my taxes are too high”. Information on the BOR process is available on our website:, along with state proscribed forms and instructions. Or we can mail them to you if you call our office at 513946-4000. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. For more information, go to

2011 memories A festive year

“My biggest memory of 2011 regarding community was the 2011 Deer Park Days Festival. My husband and I go to it every year and love that we can walk from our house. Even though Deer Park is only 1 square mile attendance was in the thousands. And it was memorable because my favorite local band was playing: The Rusty Griswolds. It was a

glorious, cool evening in August and a great feeling of community. “I'm looking forward to 2012’s festival season. Cincinnati is so unique with all our festivals, whether its Deer Park, Covington, Downtown or Cheviot. We have a sense of community that is priceless!” Maureen Hollmeyer Deer Park

HOW WILL YOU REMEMBER 2011? What will you most remember about 2011? And to what are you looking forward in 2012? E-mail your thoughts to, with “2011 memories” in the subject line. Please include your name, community and a way to contact you. Happy New Year.

CH@TROOM Dec. 28 questions Do you “celebrate” New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, or is each “just another day?” What is your favorite New Year’s Eve/ New Year’s Day memory?

“My wife is almost 70 and I am 75, and we haven't done any celebrating of the event for a few years, though we used to really have a good time gathering with our neighbors on New Years Eve. “Things change when you get older. One of my best memories was the year when I decided I would use a men's hair coloring liquid on my hair to surprise people at the party. I have been totally white-haired for many years now. “So I bought a bottle of Clairol and used it according to directions (the label said it would wash out in 4 or 5 shampoos.) Well, it didn't wash out. It turned my hair purple, and I found out through research that this is what happens when your hair has no pigmentation left. “I ended up having to get my head shaved. On the positive side, Clairol finally caved in to my complaint letters and gave me a $200 settlement!” Bill B. “For Y2K New Years we were in Vegas. Following a fireworks display we were in a huge crowd going back into The Mirage casino and somehow my wife lost an expensive sapphire & diamond ring. “She called ‘lost and found’ the next morning and, believe it or not, someone had found it and turned it in! That renewed by belief in humanity ... at least for a short while.” J.G. “I used to celebrate New Year’s Eve just a little too much,

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but not anymore. My wife and I will go out for an early supper and hopefully be asleep by midnight. Boy how things change when you get older.” D.D. “New Year’s Eve is a special time for me and my wife. New Year’s Eve we share with a few of our close friends who we have known for at least 50 years. New Year’s day we have the family over to have their sauerkraut for good luck in the coming year. We sure do need it.” E.S. “We always celebrated New Year’s Eve when I was younger, New Year’s day was for recovery. My favorite memory is of the massive parties my brother and I threw when mom and dad were gone for the night! We had a live band in the living room!” J.S.K. “I don't celebrate New Year's Eve or New Year's day. To me there is nothing to celebrate. A new year has dawned regularly since time began so I see nothing special to mark it as a celebratory occasion. “New Year's is right up there with ‘Drink-o de Mayo’ and other man-made reasons for people to behave badly.” R.V.

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Amanda Baker of Wyoming, left, Lucy Ward of Hyde Park, and Executive Director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash attend the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure shopping event. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Pam McDonald of Mount Washington, left, Linda Green of Indian Hill, Mo Dunne of Oakley and Harry Davidow of downtown attend the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure event. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Karen Martin of Loveland, Sally Kurz of Loveland, Tom Young of Symmes Township, Stephanie Quehl of Loveland and Jennifer Homer of Loveland enjoy some shopping at Saks to raise money for The Wellness Community. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT



Francie Condon of Montgomery, left, and Emily Woodruff of Anderson Township, have some fun for a good cause at the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure event. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Shoppers aid cancer research

More than100 friends and supporters of Cancer Support Community, a local non-profit cancer support agency, enjoyed a fun evening of food, entertainment, and of course shopping, at Saks Fifth Avenue on recently during a stylish in-store preview party that celebrated Saks’ 13th annual Key to the Cure charitable shopping initiative to fight women’s cancers. Internationally known jewelry designer Marco Bicego made a return visit for his second Key to the Cure appearance, greeting guests and discussing his designs. Bicego’s popular jewelry blends old world Italian craftsmanship with tradition, passion and imagination, bringing new meaning to “everyday luxury.” Key to the Cure is a national shopping event sponsored by

Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund benefiting local cancer-related programs and non-profits across the country. Since its inception in 1999, the event has raised more than $34 million nationwide. Two percent of local sales from Oct. 19-23 were directed to Cancer Supprt Community to help fund the nonprofit organization’s free programs of support, education and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones offered locally in Blue Ash, Ft. Wright, Clifton, downtown and Western Hills. Cancer Support Community trustee emeritus and event chairwoman April Davidow worked with Saks Fifth Avenue General Manager Kevin Shibley and Marketing Director Lindsey Huttenbauer to plan the party.

Theresa Moran and Marco Bicego enjoy a moment at the Key to the Cure shopping event at Saks Fifth Avenue. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Debbie Waller and Sandy Rubin of Madeira shop and sip drinks for a good cause at Saks Fifth Avenue's Key to the Cure. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Betty Cookendorfer, Marco Bicego and Anna Bianco chat at the Key to the Cure shopping event at Saks Fifth Avenue. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Eve Tedeschi, left, Saks fashion jewelry buyer, Kevin Shibley, Saks general manager, and Heather Blevins, Saks jewelry manager enjoy the Key to the Cure event at Saks. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Harry Davidow, Marco Bicego and Rick Bryan of Blue Ash chat at the Key to the Cure event at Saks Fifth Avenue. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Rich Moore of Pleasant Ridge, Jim Barton of Oakley and Tom Young of Symmes Township, attend the Key to the Cure charitable shopping event at Saks Fifth Avenue. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Elke Hartman and Donna Vitt of Western Hills enjoy a drink at the Saks Fifth Avenue and Wellness Community Key to the Cure charitable shopping event. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT



THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 5 On Stage - Comedy Tyrone Hawkins, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, College and military night. Ages 18 and up. $8, $4 with college or military ID. 984-9288; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 Dining Events Friday Night’s Dinner Out, 5:30-7 p.m., Halker-Flege American Legion Post 69, 9000 Reading Road, Downstairs. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fish, side items, soup and chili available. Specialty sandwich each week. Through Feb. 24. 733-9926. Reading.

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

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Dance Classes Ballroom Dance: Dare to Dance, 5:30-6:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 25. Cardiovascular workout while exploring new dance steps. Learn the waltz, cha cha, tango, hustle and many more. Taught by professional dancers from Dare to Dance studio. Family friendly. $175-$190 couples, $100-$120 single. Reservations required. 985-6742. Montgomery.

fur and feathers. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Woodlawn. Winter Gorge Trail Hike, 2 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Hike begins at Sharon Centre. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sharonville.

On Stage - Comedy Tyrone Hawkins, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, Bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. $8, $4. 9849288; Montgomery.

Schools Israel Travel and Jewish Overnight Camping Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Adath Israel Congregation, 3201 E. Galbraith Road, Choose from more than 15 Israel trip providers and regional overnight camps, apply for Israel travel and camping grants, experience a taste of Israeli food, music and culture. Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati offers Israel travel grants to Jewish students ages 16-26 in Cincinnati. Free. Presented by Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. 9851500; Amberley Village.

MONDAY, JAN. 9 Clubs & Organizations

Big John’s Zumba Hour, 11 a.m.-noon, Holiday Inn Cincinnati I-275 North, 3855 Hauck Road, $5. 907-3512. Sharonville.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005; Madeira.

Music - Rock

Health / Wellness

The Gamut, 7:30-11 p.m., DeSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-2380; Montgomery.

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Shops at Harper’s Point, 11340 Montgomery Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes

Nature Radical Raptors, 2 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Get up close and personal with local birds of prey. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sharonville. Moonlight Walk, 7 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, 10623 Springfield Pike, Meet at the Gatehouse to walk along the paved loop and enjoy the bright winter moon. Free, vehicle. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

On Stage - Comedy Tyrone Hawkins, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, Ages 21 and up. $12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Music - Rock Watership Down, 7 p.m., Arcade Legacy, 322 W. Crescentville Road, Doors open 2 p.m. for free gaming. With Decapitated Maunder, the Colour of Amber, the Fetus Between Us, Take It To the Street and Arson Our Savior. Includes access to 40-plus arcade games set on free play. $10. 874-8766; Springdale.

Nature Animal Adventures, Noon-4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, 10623 Springfield Pike, Cotswold Visitor Centre. Learn about critters that have slime, scales,

Music - Choral Cincinnati Sound Chorus Open House, 7-9:30 p.m., Valley Temple, 145 Springfield Pike, Renee Porzel, international president-elect of Sweet Adelines International, special guest. Porzel teaches planned choreography and physical expression. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Sound Chorus. 554-2648; Wyoming.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Parenting Classes More Signing, Less Whining, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Includes pre-verbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari CD. $45 per couple. Registration required. Presented by Signing Safari, LLC. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 Nature Nature Stories, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Skunks. Naturalist reads themed story. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sharonville.

On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Civic Republican Candidates Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, Meet Hamilton County Republican candidates for 2012. Light refreshments served. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Women’s Republican Club. 965-0230. Sycamore Township.

Health / Wellness Baby’s Amazing Journey, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, First of 10-week series. Workshop helps parents navigate the waters of infancy by offering strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping and fussiness issues, as well as tips to guide you through developmental milestones. $200 per birthing team for 10-week package. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Lectures What’s Holding You Back?, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Seminar for women returning to work after raising children. Learn to identify specific fears that stop you in your tracks and six things you can do right now to weaken their hold on you. $15. Registration required. Presented by Act Three. 351-1800; Amberley Village.

On Stage - Comedy Chad Daniels, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college students and military. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Dining Events Friday Night’s Dinner Out, 5:30-7 p.m., Halker-Flege American Legion Post 69, 733-9926. Reading.

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

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, 7131 Plainfield Road, Learn about newest Montessori preschool and kindergarten. Tour facility and meet teachers. See how children get exposure to wide range of materials and activities in science, geography, math, language, art, music and practical life. Free. Reservations required. Through Feb. 17. 697-9021; Deer Park.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 Exercise Classes Big John’s Zumba Hour, 11 a.m.-noon, Holiday Inn Cincinnati I-275 North, $5. 907-3512. Sharonville.

Music - Classical Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Session, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, The Center for the Arts - Wyoming, 322 Wyoming Ave., Theme: Bim Bam Boom! What’s that sound? A percussion ensemble is in town! Children’s hands-on chamber music series for ages 2-6 and their families. Free Graeter’s cookies. Family friendly. $15 flexbook of four, $5; free under age 2. Presented by Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. 381-6868; Wyoming.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., McLevy’s Pub, 8512 Market Place Lane, Ages 21 and up. $3. 7931980; Montgomery.

Music - Rock The Gamut, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Win Place or Show, 9933 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, 777-2920. West Chester Township.

Nature The Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will kick off its first used book sale with the 15th annual Winter Warehouse Used Book Sale Jan. 11-15.

Ohio’s Endangered Creatures, 2 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Free, vehicle

The Winton Woods Riding Center is taking registrations for the 2012 Winter Session, which runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 26. Both Western- and English-style lessons are available. The cost for one-hour group lessons is $175. Registration is available online at or at 931-3057 until the session begins. Space will be limited so that all riders can be accommodated in the indoor riding arena during inclement weather. PROVIDED.

permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sharonville.

On Stage - Comedy Chad Daniels, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288. Montgomery.

Special Events Cincinnati Wedding Showcase, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Receive free copy of the Knot magazine. More than 100 vendors of wedding products and services. Fashion shows 1 and 3 p.m. Includes giveaways. Free parking. $10, $8 with coupon. Presented by FOX19. Through Jan. 15. 891-4701; Sharonville.

SUNDAY, JAN. 15 On Stage - Comedy Chad Daniels, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 college students and military. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288. Montgomery.

Recreation Egg Drop, 2 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Take a look at live animals that come from eggs, then create a capsule to protect an egg from a 10-foot drop. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sharonville.

Special Events Cincinnati Wedding Showcase, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center, Receive free copy of the Knot magazine. $10, $8 with coupon. 891-4701; Sharonville.

MONDAY, JAN. 16 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jewish Hospital Medical Office Building, 4750 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assis-

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. tance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Kenwood.

Music - Choral I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.. In Four-Part Harmony, 7-9:30 p.m., Valley Temple, 145 Springfield Pike, Area women sing and perform in open house setting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Sound Chorus. 554-2648. Wyoming.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17 Health / Wellness LifeSteps Weight Management Program, 6:30-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through April 3. Incorporates current medical research with physical activity and group support. With registered dietitian. $350, $295 members. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery. Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; Montgomery.

Nature Don’t Forget Your Mittens, 10 a.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Mitten adventure includes story, craft and indoor walk. Ages 3-5. $5, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park

District. 521-7275; Sharonville.

Religious - Community After the Boxes are Unpacked, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Seven-week class for women who are new to Cincinnati area or looking to connect with their community. Ages 21 and up. Free. 489-0892; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 Health / Wellness A Matter of Balance, 1-3 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Weekly through March 7. Awardwinning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels for ages 50 and up. Emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. $48. 2471330; lifestyle/livingIsLearning.htm. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.



These will be trendy food items in 2012 I can’t claim myself as a trendsetter when it comes to fashion (I’m still not brave enough to wear a short sweater dress over tights with boots), but I can say that I’m pretty much at the top of my game when it comes to food and trends. Here’s some of the “hot” trends for 2012, and which have been part of my repertoire before becoming trendy. Agave syrup/nectar: From a cactus with a lower glycemic index than sugar, and about 1½ times sweeter than sugar. Daughter-in-law Jess substitutes agave for sugar in some of her recipes. I’ve been using it in dressings and marinades. Pickling/jellies: Pickling is the No. 1 preparation trend. We ate at the Senate restaurant recently and house made pickles (and jams) were on the menu. I’m hungry again just thinking of that flavor popping meal. I learned from mom to make everything from fermented dills to relishes to wild berry jams. Though I am intrigued, now, with the Senate’s salsify/cranberry jam … Bible herbs, flavorings and spices: Cinnamon, fennel pollen (dried flower heads – try rubbing on pork), cardamom and cumin are a few of the hot button spices for 2012 which are staples in my cooking. And garlic and onions are in every good cook’s pantry. Rose water is the new vanilla. The reason? Well, first of all, the flavors add a real punch to foods, and their

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health qualities are legendary. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for more about Bible foods and

herbs). Whole grains: Whole grains are absorbed more slowly and make you feel full longer. My favorite brown rice is Uncle Ben’s converted Composting/root cellars/organic: Ever hear of bokashi composting or trash can root cellars? Check out the latest methods at the website of Kentucky reader Dan Adams: He’s all about sustainable and organic, too – how this industry has grown! Gluten-free ingredients: So many people require gluten-free foods, and you’ll see more available. Artisan-cheese making at home: Log onto Dr. Fankhauser’s cheese page for everything you need to know about cheese making and my blog at for homemade ricotta. He’s a University of Cincinnati professor and is a respected here and around the nation.

Pasta fagioli made with whole-wheat is a great way to start off the new year healthy. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

My adaptation of Dr. Oz’s salt-free blend

Savory is a great substitute for salt and is called the bean herb in Germany since it helps digest beans. Combine:


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Rita’s vegetarian whole-wheat pasta fagioli with fire-roasted tomatoes

A favorite with my students and a great way to start out the new year in a healthy way.

12 oz. to 1 lb. any short whole-wheat pasta, boiled

8 tablespoons (½ cup) cup extra virgin olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes 2-3 cans beans of your choice, drained: Cannellini, kidney, chick peas, etc. Several handfuls any fresh greens, like spinach, Swiss chard, etc. Romano or Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

While pasta is boiling, heat oil and add garlic and oregano. Cook for a minute over low heat. Don’t let


garlic brown. Add everything but greens and cheese. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and take a potato masher and mash the beans a bit. This makes a creamier sauce. Cook until pasta is done, about 15 minutes. Check for salt and pepper. Add fresh greens. Stir until just wilted. Pour over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Jewish students will be able to meet with many Israel trip providers and Jewish overnight camps at the Israel Travel and Jewish Overnight Camping Fair, from 5:30p.m.to7:30p.m.Sunday, Jan. 8, at Adath Israel Congregation, 3201 E. Galbraith Road, in Amberley Village. The fair is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Available trips run the gamut from recreational to educational, with many options in between. Trip providers represented include Young Judaea, BBYO, Oranim and MASA, as well as the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s JQuest trip, which enables teens from Cincinnati and Netanya to travel together in Israel, Berlin and Prague. Students can also apply for grants from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. All Cincinnati Jewish highschool students, ages 16 to 18, are eligible for Israel travel grants of up to $6,500. Jewish overnight camping grants of up to $1,000 for four weeks or $500 for two weeks are also available. These grants can be applied to any of the trips and camps represented at the fair. For more information on the Israel Travel and Jewish Overnight Camping Fair or the Jewish Foundation grants, call 985-1500 or visit ADVERTISEMENT


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RELIGION Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Children’s weekday program is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. A six-week study of “ Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling with Questions People Ask” starts from 10 a.m. to 11:30

a.m. Wednesday, Jan 11. Call the church to register. New small groups starting in January are “Beat the Winter Blues Workshop” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 24; “Exploring World Religions from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 12-Feb. 16, and Lenten Study “Examining our Stuff” at various times and dates. Call the church to register. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

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

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

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

Evelyn Place Monuments

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There

is no charge for use of supplies.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Weekly watercolor classes for beginners are being offered starting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Cost is $8 per session at the church. Call Mary Lou DeMar for information at 891-5946. The church offers adult bible study at 9 a.m. on Sunday, a teen Sunday school class and a per-kindergarten program during worship service from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. A buffet luncheon fol-

lows. Join us for an inspirational time of worship and fellowship. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Montgomery Community Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. Classes begin 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Child care is provided. Call the church or e-mail for more information. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892;;

Montgomery Presbyterian Church Come sing with the church’s chancel choir and orchestra as the offer the “Faure Requiem” during the Good Friday service on Friday, April 6. Rehearsals will begin from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the church. Scores will be


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Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-12

LUTHERAN CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) 3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain) Sun. School & Bible Class 9:45 AM Worship: Sunday 8:30 &11:00 AM, Wed. 7:15 PM Office: 385-8342 Pre-School: 385-8404

Faith Lutheran LCMC

8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown Pastor Robert Curry Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am

Sunday School 10:15

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) “Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor”

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Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev. Milton Berner, Pastor

Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sundays

Three Weekend Services! Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Rd (1/4 mi. so. of Northgate Mall)

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Christ, the Prince of Peace

An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

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8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Walking Through The Darkness: Why Does God Allow Suffering?"


Sunday School Hour (for all ages) 9:15 - 10:15am Worship Service - 10:30 to 11:45am (Childcare provided for infants/ toddlers) Pastor: Rich Lanning Church: 2191 Struble Rd Office: 2192 Springdale Rd

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

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Church By The Woods

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Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725

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Northminster Presbyterian Church

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:44am Spiritual Checkpoint ... Stop In For An Evaluation!

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Worship 11:30 - 12:30 Healing Service, last Sunday of the month at 5 pm "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

Sharonville United Methodist

8:15 & 11amTraditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

3751 Creek Rd.


NON-DENOMINATIONAL (Office) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor We meet Sundays at 10:30 am 8916 Fontainebleau Ter. Performing Arts Ctr. - Finneytown High School Childcare provided

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HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH “Life on Purpose in Community” 2651 Adams Rd. (near Pippin) Worship Assembly-Sunday 10:45am Phone 825-9553

The church will begin the series, “We Believe in and Value...” with Reb. Dick Coldwell preaching, “That All People Matter to God.” St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sharonville United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. David Mack Church School for all ages 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available



703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Transforming Lives for Jesus Christ Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer & Nancy Ross- Zimmerman - Pastors

Northwest Community Church 8735 Cheviot Rd, by Colerain HS Rev. Kevin Murphy, Pastor 513-385-8973 Worship and Sunday School 10AM Handicap Accessible/Nursery Available

Salem White Oak Presbyterian

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST FLEMING ROAD United Church of Christ 691 Fleming Rd 522-2780 Rev Pat McKinney

Sunday School - All Ages - 9:15am Sunday Worship - 10:30am

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St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

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provided. Contact director of music Raymund Ocampo at 231-2650, or visit the church for more details. The church is at 9994 Zig Zag Road, Montgomery;

The Bereavement Support Group meets for lunch every first Thursday. A new bereavement group is studying Ranby Alcorn’s book on Heaven at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This is in addition ot the bereavement group which meets on Thursdays. The Serendipity Seniors meet for lunch every fourth Thursday. The church has three Sunday services: 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. are traditional worship format; and the 9:30 service is contemporary. Services are broadcast with a two-week delay at 10 a.m. Sundays, on Channel 24; and at 9 p.m. Thursdays, on Channel 18. The church welcomes all visitors and guests to attend any of its services or special events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.

Trinity Community Church

Trinity has launched a new Contemporary Service called The Source at 6 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Pastor Randy Wade Murphy and guest speakers will give the message as well as a live band leading worship music. Pizza and drinks will follow each service. Trinity Together Time is an outreach program that gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public, geared toward the ages of birth-5 years old, and guaranteed to be fun and interactive. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631;



POLICE REPORTS EVENDALE Arrests/citations Gregory Martin, 63, 402 Terra Place, failure to comply at Glendale Milford Road and I 275, Dec. 8. Orlando Varela, 56, 5536 Galbraith Road, theft at 2801 Cunningham, Dec. 11.

Incidents/investigations Tampering with coin machine Reported at 9684 Reading Road, Dec. 6. Theft Catalytic converter of unknown value removed at 10557 Medallion Drive, Dec. 7. Catalytic converter of unknown value removed at 10700 Medallion Drive, Dec. 7.

GLENDALE Arrests/citations Donald Johnson, 25, 308 Orchess Drive, Florence, KY; warrant for failing to pay fines and costs owed to Mayor's Court, 26 Dec. 11. Lauren Moorer, 21, 419 Dorchester Avenue, Cincinnati, OH; warrant for failing to appear in Mayor's Court, 27 Dec. 11. Richard Howard, 26, 1312 Byrd Avenue, Cincinnati, OH; warrant for failing to appear in Mayor's Court, 28 Dec. 11.

SHARONVILLE Arrests/citations Keith Sanders, 49, 9225 Hopewell Road, theft at 2265 Sharon Road, Dec. 6. Leonard Levy, 28, 1299 Woodville Park, drug abuse instruments at 10900 Reading Road, Dec. 6. Gary Tucker, 52, 11066 Woodward Lane, domestic violence at Baymont, Dec. 6. Raymond Durhamm, 24, 4247 Virginia Ave., drug possession at 11440 Chester Road, Dec. 7. James Coby, 57, 35 Acorn Court, drug abuse at 11424 Lebanon Road, Dec. 11. Tyler Bueter, 18, 3537 Centurion Drive, drug abuse at 100936 Reading Road, Dec. 10. Tyler Bueter, 18, 3537 Centurion Drive, drug paraphernalia at 10936 Reading Road, Dec. 10. Samantha Conley, 20, 5385 Redskin Drive, drug parapher-

DEATHS Wekewa Nene, possessing drug abuse instruments at 11751 Princeton Pike, Dec. 13. Andre Gamble, 26, 3814 Washington, disorderly conduct at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 10. Deaudra Manley, 31, 1345 Kemper Road, resisting arrest, petty theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 10. Morgan Cummings, 19, 8517 Breezewood Court, theft at 300 Kemper Road, Dec. 6. Philip Boone, 18, 464 Smiley Ave., drug abuse at 464 Smiley Ave., Dec. 6.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Evendale, Chief Niel Korte, 563-2249. » Glendale, Chief Dave Warman, 771-7645 or 771-7882. » Sharonville, Chief Mike Schappa, 563-1147. » Springdale, Chief Mike Mathis, 346-5790. » Wyoming, Chief Gary J. Baldauf, 821-0141.

nalia, drug possession at 10936 Reading Road, Dec. 10. Deandre Haggard, 34, 11647 Timber Ridge, trafficking in drugs at 11647 Timber Ridge Lane, Dec. 8. Daniella Parnell, 19, 2578 McMicken, assault, drug paraphernalia at 11647 Timber Ridge Lane, Dec. 8. Shaquille Edwards, 19, 6222 Coveridge, drug abuse at 2301 Sharon Road, Dec. 10. Natasha Rush, 23, 7430 Fair Park Ave., possession of drugs at 2301 Sharon Road, Dec. 10. Azariah Heard, 18, 5352 Crest Hill Drive, receiving stolen property at 11080 Chester Road, Dec. 12. James Barker, 21, 2429 Bender Drive, drug abuse at 10900 Crowne Point, Dec. 12.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Reported at 3927 Sharonview, Dec. 8. Burglary Watch and TV valued at $1,200 removed at 5885 Sovereign Drive, Dec. 7. Criminal damaging Vehicle window damaged at 9954 McCauley Woods, Dec. 11. Window damaged at 10900 Crowne Pointe Drive, Dec. 12. Radio damaged at 12035 Lebanon Road, Dec. 16. Domestic violence Reported at Crowne Point, Dec. 6. Reported at Sarazen Court, Dec. 14. Reported at Lebanon Road, Dec. 17. Grand theft auto Vehicle removed at 11585 Chester Road, Dec. 14. Theft

Vehicle removed at 10664 Robindale Drive, Dec. 4. Reported at 2631 Crescentville, Dec. 2. $100 removed at 11790 U.S. 42, Dec. 8. License plate at 5732 Fields Ertel Road, Dec. 9. Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 11330 Mosteller Road, Dec. 9. Ring valued at $3,000 removed at 9942 Jane Court, Dec. 5. Gloves valued at $12 removed at 12035 Lebanon Road, Dec. 10. $360 removed at 4045 Sharon Park Lane, Dec. 9. Laptop valued at $500 removed at 416 Cambridge, Dec. 13. TV, DVDs of unknown value removed at 11029 Dowlin Drive, Dec. 9. Handgun valued at $600 removed at 2300 E. Kemper Road, Dec. 13. Jewelry valued at $3,000 removed at 10772 Willfleet Drive, Dec. 9. Medication valued at $200 removed at 3254 E. Kemper Road, Dec. 14. Theft, criminal damaging Laptop valued at $300 removed at 11755 Mosteller Road, Dec. 6. Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 11755 Mosteller Road, Dec. 7. Various tools, GPS valued at $800 removed at 12101 Midpines, Dec. 10. Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 4055 Executive Park Drive, Dec. 14. Car stereo removed from vehicle at 12101 Midpines, Dec. 15.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at Tivoli and Castro, Dec. 14. Burglary Residence entered and jewelry valued at $2,300 removed at 230 Northland Blvd., Dec. 14. Criminal damaging Park damaged at 1 Marwood Lane, Dec. 6. Domestic Female reported at Greencastle, Dec. 12. Female reported at Harter Avenue, Dec. 11. Reported at Greencastle, Dec. 7. Forgery Reported credit card used without consent at 12105 Lawnview Ave., Dec. 15. Identity theft Reported at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 14. Reported at 12105 Lawnview Ave., Dec. 8. Menacing Victim threatened at 450 Glensprings, Dec. 7. Victim threatened at 175 Progress Place, Dec. 6. Theft License plate removed at 155 Northland Blvd., Dec. 15. Catalytic converter of unknown value removed at 155 Kemper Road, Dec. 13. Reported at 12105 Lawnview Ave., Dec. 12. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 10.

3651 Moorhill Drive: Bauer Chad to Backscheider A.J.; $191,000.


4011 Haverstraw Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Sauer Bryan S.; $75,000.


Forest Ave.: Liberty Fairfield Properties LLC to Bui Lien Thi Kim & Thanh N. Huynh; $112,000. Forest Ave.: Liberty Fairfield Properties LLC to Bui Lien Thi Kim & Thanh N. Huynh; $112,000. 33 Woodview Court: Gundrum Mary F. to Kogan Alexander & Guinevere M.; $59,000. 488 Dimmick Ave.: Liberty Fairfield Properties LLC to Bui Lien Thi Kim & Thanh N Huynh; $112,000. 488 Dimmick Ave.: Liberty

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Fairfield Properties LLC to Bui Lien Thi Kim & Thanh N Huynh; $112,000. 675 Cedarhill Drive: Rogers Shawana P. to Colbert Lisa M. & Robert M.; $120,000. 823 Tivoli Lane: Bauer Ronald C. III & Amanda to Wells Fargo Bank N.A.; $48,000.


SPRINGDALE Arrests/citations

James B. to Johnson Tiffany; $155,000. 30 Mclean St.: Croxton Alice E. to Us Bank National Association Tr; $18,000.


217 Hillcrest Drive: Harvey Claire M. & Scott T. to Vishnauski Todd J. & Caitlin S.; $375,000. 365 Brocdorf Drive: Murphy Cornelius & Julie to Jain Krutarth H. & Radhika; $310,000. 39 Mt. Pleasant Ave: Frankel G. Allan & Sara E. to Dulin Alan D. & Kimberly J.; $216,000. 346 Hilltop Lane: Kramer Michelle K. to Stirling Cori R.; $230,000 . 355 Springfield Pike: Greater Cincinnati Home Solutions LLC to Card 1926 LLC; $352,600. 9396 Flemington Drive: Marcotte Barbara S. to Kripal Heather G.; $240,000.




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Catching up with college athletes These area students are leaving their mark on the collegiate sports landscape, based on news from friends and family.

Jacob Adams, football, Case Western Reserve University While playing his junior year for Case, Adams started all 10 games at inside linebacker. He finished second in the UAA with 91 tackles, he was named UAA Defensive Player of the Week after recording 12 tackles, two forced fumbles, and blocked the potential game tying extra point in overtime in homecomPrinceton ing win High School against Algraduate Jacob Adams legheny. During Jacob’s senior year he had another stellar campaign with 94 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions, five pass break-ups, three forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. He also scored a pair of touchdowns with an interception return for score and a reception on a fake field goal. For his career, Adams played in 32 games with 20 starts and totaled 201 tackles, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks and four sacks. In his two years of starting Adams was select-

ed to the UAA First Team and All-Ohio Team both years. The Spartans had a 37 - 3 record during Adams’ career and won 3 conference championships. Adams had a summer internship at Sherwin Williams Research Lab last year and will be graduating from Case this May with a degree in chemical engineering. He is the son of Linda and Mike Adams, and the brother of Carley and Max.

He plans to pursue a degree in chemistry with designs of going to medical school. He is a pitcher with an opportunity to make the starting rotation. The team departs for their spring trip on March 1, traveling to Florida. He is mentored by his brother, David, who is a junior at Walsh.

David Roper, baseball, Walsh University

David Roper, a Princeton High School graduate, is a junior at Walsh University majoring in government and foreign affairs. His GPA is 3.85. He is looking forward to going to law school in the next two years. As the staff leader at Walsh, he had a 3.68 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 34 walks in 59 innings pitched. Additionally, David pitched with the Cincinnati Steam during the summer. He is expected to be the ace of the Walsh staff as they transition into a new league this year. He also mentors his younger brother, Danny, who also plays on the baseball team at Walsh.

Daniel Roper, baseball, Walsh University

Daniel Roper, a Princeton High School graduate, is a freshman at Walsh University and after his first semester, he has a 3.6 GPA.

Dane Wilson is a red-shirt sophomore at Radford University.

Dane Wilson, soccer, Radford University Dane Wilson, a 2009 Princeton High School graduate, is a red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper at Radford University. Wilson began his career at Marshall University before transferring to Radford in January 2011. Dane is a dean’s list student majoring in sports medicine and plans to graduate as a doctor of physical therapy. Wilson is a member of Kappa Sigma at Radford where he is the philanthropy chairman. Dane is the son of Laurie and Michael Wilson and the brother of Skyler Wilson, who is following in her brothers footsteps as a sophomore soccer player at Princeton. Thanks to Mike Wilson

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Justinian Mason, football, State University of New York Justinian Mason, a St. Xavier graduate, is a redshirt sophomore at the State University of New York where he plays safety and special teams. Mason averages five tackles per game and has two defensive touchdowns. He is majoring in communications and was named Northeast Conference Special Teams Player of the Week when he scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run back after a blocked punt against Yale. He also earned a 2011 NEC championship ring after his team won the NEC. Thanks to Everdeen Mason

DaVon Pitts, football, Georgetown College DaVon Pitts, a 2009 graduate of Princeton High School, is a junior at Georgetown College in Kentucky. He is a threeyear varsity letterman and has started all three years as a Tiger. Pitts was an AllConference First Team recipient and earned the Hockensmith Student-Athlete of the Week Award. The past two seasons the Tigers were conference champions and made it to the natonal semifinals and finished ranked fourth in the nation. Pitts is majoring is biomechanical engineering.

DeAndre Pitts, football, Georgetown College DeAndre Pitts, a 2008 Princeton High School graduate, is a senior a Georgetown College in Kentucky. Pitts began his career at Valparaiso and transferred to Georgetown his sophomore year. He plays cornerback where he has lettered all four years of his college career. DeAndre is a exercise science major and plans to coach in the future. DaVon and DeAndre Pitts are the sons of Kimberly Malachi (David) and the late Raymond R. Pitts.

Kyle Budde, football, University of Kentucky Kyle Budde is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky where he is a walk-on for the football team. The 2010 Princeton High School graduate didn’t play football his freshman year as a Wildcat, but decided to tryout as the long snapper in January 2011 and made the cut. Budde practiced with the team for the remainder of spring 2011 and got some snaps in the Spring Game. He also was running back on the scout team for the starting unit. Being that he was third on the depth chart, Kyle dressed for just two games in 2011 but he hopes to dress for more games and be a part of the traveling team in 2012. Thanks to Colleen Budde

Dwayne Woods Jr., football, Bowling Green State University


Dwayne Woods Jr., a 2009 graduate of Princeton High School, is the middle linebacker for the Bowling Green State Falcons. In

Woods’ sophomore year he was named Second Team All-MidAmerican Conference Bowling as well as Green junior MAC East Dwayne Defensive Woods Jr. Player of the Week twice. As a junior, Woods was named to the The Butkus Award Watch List for the nations’ top linebacker as well as being named First Team All-MAC and appeared on the cover of the team program for a rivalry game against Toledo. Woods is majoring in biology and is the son of Dwayne Woods Sr. and Connie Riley. Thanks to Kimaya Hudgins

Hope Fletcher, softball, North Carolina A&T Hope Fletcher is entering her junior year on the softball team at North Carolina A&T where she is a pitcher and plays infield. The Princeton High School graduate was recently honored as a National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association 2011 Scholar Athlete. To make this list you must have a Hope Fletcher was grade point average of named Second Team at least 3.50. Last season, All-MEAC. Fletcher’s GPA of 3.57 was the highest on her team. Fletcher was also named Second-Team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and had a .360 batting average with nine runs batted in. Hope is majoring in fashion merchandise and marketing. Thanks to Kim Johnson

Neschelle Williams, basketball, Ball State University Neschelle Williams, a 2011 graduate of Princeton High School, is a freshman at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Williams has appeared in five games this season and has scored seven points while grabNeschelle bing nine Williams is a rebounds in freshman at her freshBall State. man campaign. Her major is athletic training and she made Dean’s List after her summer session and completed her fall semester with a 3.4 GPA. Thanks to Monica Williams

Nicole Donnelly, soccer, Eastern Kentucky University Nicole Donnelly is currently a sophomore and team captain for the Eastern Kentucky University soccer team. As a freshman Donnelly broke EKU’s season records for goals Nicole Donnelly is a (6), points (12) and captain at shots (40) EKU.

and was named to the Ohio Valley Conference AllNewcomer Team and FirstTeam All-OVC. She also took home OVC Player of the Week honors and was the first Colonel to be recognized nationally after the website named her National Primetime Performer of the Week.

Kevin Donnelly, soccer, Northern Kentucky University Kevin Donnelly, a Princeton High School graduate, is a senior defender and team captain for the Northern Kentucky Norse soccer team. Kevin was part of the team that won the first-ever National Championship in 2010 Kevin the Donnelly is a and team that captain at made it to NKU the 2008 Final Four. Donnelly earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors and First-Team All-Region honors. He was twice named to the Regional All-Academic Team and this season he made the All-American Scholar Team.

Thanks to Connie Donnelly

Brianna Sanders, basketball, The Ohio State University Brianna Sanders, a member of the class of 2009 at Princeton High School, is attending The Ohio State University on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. After red-shirting her freshman year to heal from injury, she got back on the court for the 2010-11 season. But after suffering a third ACL tear in the NCAA Tournament, Sanders has taken on the responsibilities at a student assistant coach this season. Sanders is a communications major and is looking to use that as well as her coaching experience from this season to land a coaching job after graduation. Brianna is the daughter of Steven and Carmen Sanders. Thanks to Carmen Sanders

Ashton (A.J.) Hood is a sophomore at Lehigh University.

Ashton (A.J) Hood, football, Lehigh University A.J. Hood is a sophomore right tackle for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. The former Princeton Viking was a part of back-to-back Patriot League Championships. Lehigh advanced to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Hood is majoring in arts and sciences and was an honor roll student his freshman year at Lehigh. Hood grew up in Glendale and is the son of Robert and Regina Hood and the older brother of Alicia Hood, who is a junior at Princeton. Thanks to Robert and Regina Hood


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