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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS

Village Green design clears way for fundraising By Kelly McBride kmcbride@communitypress.com

The Cincinnati Exchange Program will continue to offer services on Mondays and Thursdays at Olde Gate Plaza in Springdale, after a split vote failed to withdraw support from the city.PROVIDED

Needle van hits bump, but stays in parking lot By Kelly McBride kmcbride@communitypress.com

The area’s first mobile needle exchange program has hit a bump in the road, two weeks after it rolled into Springdale. City Council was split Wednesday night about whether to continue the program after receiving complaints from a nearby condominium association and an office complex next to the lot where the van is parked twice a week. Council deadlocked at 3-3,

with Councilwoman Marjorie Harlow absent from the meeting. Voting in favor of terminating the agreement to locate the van at the Springdale site were council members Bob Diehl, Lawrence Hawkins and Tom Vanover. Voting against the motion were Holly Emerson, Jim Squires and Ed Knox. The van will remain in Springdale, since council did not reach a majority consensus to withdraw support for the

program. The mobile unit operated by the Cincinnati Exchange Program parks in the Olde Gate Plaza on Northland Boulevard on Mondays and Thursdays, for four hours each day. The program was created to help fight a dramatic increase in hepatitis C cases linked to intravenous heroin use in the region. It’s the third in Ohio, with others in Cleveland and Portsmouth. See VAN, Page A2

A design plan for Wyoming’s Village Green has cleared the way for fundraising to make it a reality. City Council voted to receive the report from a task force set up to study the downtown property, and now efforts will begin to fund the renovation. The city’s Economic Development Commission began working on a plan in 2012 to renovate the Village Green, but lack of funding stalled the project. The following year, the city’s Urban Forestry and Beautification Commission suggested private funding of the renovation, and though City Council supported the theory, a final design was required for the fundraising effort. A Village Green Task Force was created, and included representatives of the Recreation Commission, Urban Forestry and Beautification Commission and Economic Development Commission, with input from City Manager Lynn Tetley and Community Development Director Terry Vanderman.

Design plans for renovation of Wyoming's Village Green include a new gazebo at the north end of the property.KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The task force studied design and purpose of the property, and estimated construction cost at $540,000 for the design that includes landscaping and additional seating, as well as a new gazebo for performances, set at the north end of the property. The park would also be widened, with the elimination of some street parking along Oak Avenue. An online survey brought 260 responses that showed posiSee GREEN, Page A2

‘Blizzard Bags’ will make up two lost Princeton days By Kelly McBride kmcbride@communitypress.com

Weather isn’t waiting for state legislators to decide whether to approve additional calamity days for Ohio school districts. School cancellations have put Princeton City Schools over the limit by three days, and the district will issue Blizzard Bags to make up two of those days. The Blizzard Bag is homebased instruction designed to make up for lost classroom time. Students have two weeks to complete the assignments, either by computer or paper copy, and those who don’t turn in their work within the two-week period are considered absent from school. Districts were offered three Blizzard Bag days, but Princeton must use one of those days to compensate for an off-day in

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January due to a fire alarm malfunction at Sharonville Elementary, when students were not allowed to come to school. “Our district decided to go ahead, and because we have two more left, we will implement two Blizzard Bags,” Student Services Director Ed Theroux said. “Our bags are focused on learning that’s already taken place, as well as preparation for the OAA (Ohio Achievement Assessment) as a review of information and lost instructional time.” One Blizzard Bag will be sent home over Spring Break, March 25-28, and the other will go home with students over the April 17 long weekend. The third day will have to be made up by adding to the school calendar, unless legislators approve the extra calamity days. A decision on a proposal to add

four calamity days to the school calendar, for a total of nine, is expected by March 12. The Wyoming Board of Education also approved a Blizzard Bag option, though that school district is holding steady at five calamity day, with students in school today after a one-hour delay. The district posted a letters to parents last Friday, explaining the plan. “The Blizzard Bag assignments will be created by your child’s teacher(s) by Friday, March 7, and posted on Blackboard at the middle and high schools,” the letter read. “Our primary school teachers will send their assignments home via paper packets.” Assignments will cover all subjects, and parents were reminded that students have two weeks to complete the work.

UNIQUELY 60 Friends, family fete Wyoming woman, business leader See Evelyn Perkins column, A2

Today's snow days has brought Princeton City Schools' calamity day count to eight. Blizzard Bags will be sent home to make up two of those days.KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Unique celebration for unique woman Since Becky Smith opened Uniquely Yours in Wyoming a year ago, her sweet personality and lovely selection of gently used items have made her many new friends who joined her family and old friends to celebrate her 60th birthday at Embassy Suites March 1. The party was her son, Christopher’s, idea and he worked hard to make everything memorable. Chris is a perfect reflection of his mom’s personality. The night before, he presented her with roses and took her on a date night to Eddie Merlot’s Restaurant. Becky’s birthday is actually Feb. 20, but the weather had been so brutal that she told Chris not to stress himself about having to reschedule. After all, she is going to be 60 for all of 2014.

Becky is proud of her age, and feels this will be her best year ever. A sign Evelyn posted on Perkins the hotel Community Press wall columnist read: Looks 22, Feels 24, Acts 14, Total 60! With help from wife, Kiesha, Chris did everything from soup to nuts–planning, serving, hosting and party games. The comments were hilarious when guests had to write down the answers to “How Well Do You Know Becky?” Questions ranged from her favorite color to how many years she has been teaching. The party was supposed to be a surprise, but since Becky has

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showed that those residents supported improvements including: open space, seating, shade, gazebo and performance structure, landscaping, restrooms, drinking fountain, Internet access, electrical service and opportunities for wine and beer tasting events.

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tive reaction to renovation of the Village Green space, according to a task force report of September 2013. The survey also

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made more friends, Chris had to call her for their phone numbers. She was still surprised to see the 35 guests who came. Becky said she never felt as much love as was in that room. She held it together until she got home; then emotion overcame her. The cutest person there was Becky’s 3-yearold grandson, Christian, whom she calls her special love. Christian was a bundle of affectionate energy, joyfully running to give kisses and hugs to his parents, Becky, maternal great-grandmother, Maxine Robinson, and other relatives. Unfortunately, his paternal great-grandparents, Neil and Jackie Seyler, live 300 miles away and don’t travel so they missed his smooch fest. Becky is a magnet for

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good people. Everyone enjoyed each other’s company and strangers easily struck up friendly conversations. Tim Collins plays acoustic guitar in Chris’s Speak Life Christian Band and he was very entertaining when he stopped by our table to talk, and again when he played his guitar. Becky has become an

enthusiastic supporter of the city’s business district. On March 16, Uniquely Yours will officially be a year old, but March 14 will be a sort of pre-celebration that includes several other businesses on Wyoming Avenue. Sandy Griffith is on duty at Uniquely Yours while Becky teaches, and she told me about the upcoming “Re-

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.

Annual Winton Woods cleanup set By Jennie Key jkey@communitypress.com

Once the snow blanket that has covered local and county parks melts away, it’s likely visitors and park workers will find trash and debris has accumulated during the winter months. Environmental Services Director Wright Gwynn says that’s one reason the Forest Park Environmntal Awareness Awareness Program sponsors the annual Winton Woods Cleanup with the Hamilton County Park District. The 2014 Winton Woods Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 12, at the park, 10245 Winton Road.

Registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kestrel Point Picnic Shelter. Litter Cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a picnic lunch until 1 p.m. There will be raffle prizes awarded after lunch. Gwynn says for the last 26 years, the cleanup has attracted a average of 300 volunteers annually from as far away as Kentucky and Indiana. “For three hours, these volunteers collected about two to three tons of litter and debris,” he said. It’s hard work but it’s a good time, Gwynn said. And after the work, the volunteers enjoy a free

picnic lunch and a raffle with about 30 prizes donated by Wild Bird Unlimited. There are also prizes for the largest group and the Dirtiest Individual. This annual event is always scheduled in April and is part of the monthlong Earth Day celebration. “Please give the Winton Woods Cleanup consideration when you are planning your ‘green’ activities,” Gwynn said. “With your help, we can make Greater Cincinnati a healthier place to live, not only for ourselves but also for the wildlife that lives in the Winton Woods area.”

The Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program and the Hamilton County Park District round up volunteers to help remove trash and debris in Winton Woods at the annual cleanup April 12.FILE PHOTO.

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discover Wyoming” event. On March 14 everyone is invited to come by Uniquely Yours, DiStasi Restaurant and Banquet Center, A.R.T, Peppercorn Interiors Inc., Wyoming Florist, Williams Jewelers, SIGHT Eyecare & Eyewear and Patina at Home from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for special events, fresh merchandise and tasty treats. Pick up a punch card at any one of these establishments and have it punched at each business you visit. At the end of the night, come to Peppercorn’s to top off your evening with a prize drawing.

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The short-term goal of the needle exchange program is to help drug users who are not yet ready for recovery to stay alive and as healthy as possible until they can enter drug treatment. The ultimate goal is seeing them clean from drugs and diseasefree. Services offered inside the van include rapid testing for NIV, hepatitis C and pregnancy, as well as counseling and a prescription for naloxone, an antidote to be used in case of heroin overdose. It also offers a one-forone needle exchange in which a dirty, or used, needle can be exchanged for a clean, unused one. That was the root of the complaints for a group of residents and representatives of the office building nearby. Several people who attended the meeting addressed City Council, and while they commended the services offered through the exchange program, those who were against the mobile van cited the needle exchange and fear of rising crime for their opposition. Though the city’s health commissioner has the authority to decide whether to allow the program in Springdale, the city’s board of health had determined last summer that it would move for-

ward only with the support of City Council. Dr. Judith Feinberg, who works at the Infectious Diseases Center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, had asked City Council in June to support the project, and the elected officials gave it a thumbs up in February. The van arrived within days, though just 10 clients have visited the van since the program began Feb. 10. Nearly 50 needles have been exchanged in that time, according to Health Commissioner Cammie Mitrione. Representatives of CMC Office Center, next to Olde Gate Plaza at 260 Northland Boulevard, called city officials last week to complain about the van, prompting a second vote. The Cincinnati Exchange Program asked for an alternative location, but Springdale officials said they could not find another appropriate space for the van. The city requested that the program leave Springdale by mid-March, though Feinberg had asked for additional time to find a new location. Mayor Doyle Webster said a new location would not be found in Springdale. “I still support the intent of the project, but have come to the conclusion that we, Springdale, are too small,” the mayor said. “We’re too densely populated to accommo-

date the project in our city. Emerson reminded the elected officials of their comments during earlier meetings, and asked them to continue their support for the program. “It’s real easy to be a leader when the majority backs you,” she said. “It’s a lot more difficult when you meet resistance. “We all agree the program is great, but nobody wants to have it anywhere,” Emerson said. “Somebody’s got to step up and be a leader. I really was hoping Springdale was going to do that here.” “I would hope all here tonight would look through clear glasses and see the good in this program,” she said. “We need to stand behind this program as we initially voted to do. We need to give the program some time and wait out the storm.” Hawkins, who opposed the mobile van in the initial vote, acknowledged that “parts of it are helpful for folks battling addictions.” With the deadlocked vote, city council didn’t get enough votes to terminate the program, so it will continue to operate at the Northland Boulevard lot on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To the residents of Olde Gate condominiums, Webster said: “If you have a complaint, you know who voted how.”


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BRIEFLY HealthCare Connection hosts outreach, enrollment open house

The HealthCare Connection will host an outreach and enrollment open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Lincoln Heights

Health Center, 1401 Steffen Ave. This open house is for THCC patients as well as anyone in the community without health insurance who would like to sign up for benefits. Certified application counselors will be available to provide information, answer questions and enroll individuals and families in af-

fordable public and private health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Those who attend should know their Social Security numbers, and should bring photo identification and at least one document showing proof of income. For more information about the Health Insur-

Scarlet Oaks seeks craft vendors for May 3 show

ance Marketplace and coverage options, visit www.healthcare.gov or www.benefits.ohio.gov. Charles Woode, outreach & enrollment coordinator at THCC, can be reached at 513-483-3041. Spanishspeaking counselors will be available.

Vendors are wanted for the Car Expo and Craft Show on May 3 at the Scarlet Oaks Career Campus. The community event, the second annual at Scarlet Oaks, is open to all. “This event will showcase outstanding automotive craftsmanship and other outstanding handiwork,” organizer Gary Youmans said. Vendors who want to reserve a booth can go to www.greatoaks.com/ scarlet for an application; for more information contact Youmans at youmansg @greatoaks.com or at 513-612-5893. Booth space rental is $30, or $35 with electricity. Proceeds from the Car Expo and Craft Show will benefit student organizations.

‘Girls Night Out’ a celebration of local women

Apex Chiropractic and Wellness Center in combination with the Centennial Barn are hosting a Girl’s Night Out event from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Centennial Barn at 110 Compton Road (classes start at 7 p.m.). The evening will include opportunities to try several classes such as Laughter Yoga, Zumba, Nia, yoga, hula hooping, meditation, aromatherapy, Qigong, Tai Chi, SoulCollage and journaling. Enjoy a chair massage by local trusted profes-

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Mixed media sampler workshop at Centennial Barn

A series of mixed media classes at the Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, 45215 is offered on March 13, 20 and 27. Teachers are Barb Smucker (Pendleton artist from Wyoming), Marilyn Bishop (watercolor artist from Union Township) and Roxanne Brett (Essex artist and interior designer from Blue Ash). Each class is10 a.m. to1 p.m. and provides participants with all supplies and professional instruction necessary to complete a piece of art. This beginner level series is open to the public. Cost is $90 for the series of four or $30 for one class. Advance registration is recommended although not required. Contact Barb Smucker at 513290-8771 or barbsmucker @hotmail.com for more information. Topics include: » Themed Collage Basics, March 13, taught by Brett; » Watercolor and Rice Paper Collage, March 20, taught by Bishop, and » Stenciling and Paint Layering, March 27, taught by Smucker. This series follows several years of successful art classes by Smucker which have generated art exhibited in area galleries and shows.

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Editor: Dick Maloney, rmaloney@communitypress.com, 248-7134

ACHIEVEMENTS | NEWS | ACTIVITIES | HONORS

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On Feb. 14, approximately 67 Mount Notre Dame High School students and alumnae came together to donate their ponytails in front of the entire student body to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program.PROVIDED

MND students donate hair for cancer patients

Mount Notre Dame High School students came together to support cancer patients with their locks of hair as part of MND’s seventh Beautiful Lengths campaign. On Feb., 14, approximately 67 students and alumnae came together to donate their ponytails in front of the entire student body to Pantene's Beau-

Jennifer Mendoza Lopez colors her Jack-o-lantern orange after writing a sentence sounding out the words during Kim Bathe's kindergarten Learning Labs at Sharonville Elementary. THANKS TO CARLA SHROYER

tiful Lengths Program. The excitement of the morning touched so many other students that already more than 110 students have pledged to donate in 2015. After the pep rally, stylists from Salon Bel’aire donated their time to shape the participants’ hair. The donated hair will be used to make free wigs for can-

and writing parts of the jack-o-

cer patients. “This program emphasizes being a woman for others by giving the girls a chance to make a choice to be selfless in a different way other than just with their time and talents,” Lauren Krasniewski, event coordinator and MND faculty member, said. “I think it teaches valuable lessons about priorities in

life and also about caring for one another as God intended. My hope is that these girls will continue to give of themselves in service to others, not only in their remaining years here at MND, but throughout their lives as well.” MND held its first Beautiful Lengths campaign in 2005.

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Successful fall at Sharonville Elementary S

tudents in Kim Bathe's kindergarten class at Sharonville Elementary School have been busy with lots of fall and Halloween work. They enjoy labeling pictures

lantern during learning lab time in class. The children are free to choose from a variety of activities, including: writing lab, ABC lab, math lab, library lab, easel lab, puzzle lab and the sci-

of the Success for All reading program where students write what they plan to do first, then spend 40 minutes choosing work in the various labs.

During Kim Bathe's Learning Lab time at Sharonville Elementary School, Trina Coffey draws a school bus following the sequence drawing pattern at the easel lab. THANKS TO CARLA SHROYER

Sharonville Elementary Kindergarten student Mane Hakobyan writes fall words on the lines under the pictures she colored in writing lab.

Kindergarten students in Kim Bathe's class at Sharonville Elementary School make their own patterns during math lab. Alex Roblero-Velasquez uses fall colors to make his pattern. THANKS TO CARLA

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Cole Heaton works on math numbers and words during his learning lab time at Sharonville Elementary. THANKS TO CARLA SHROYER


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Editor: Melanie Laughman, mlaughman@communitypress.com, 513-248-7573

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VIKINGS VICTORIOUS in Division I regional tournament

By Mark D. Motz mmotz@communitypress.com

FAIRBORN — There may be some hidden nutritional value in nylon. One could get that impression watching Princeton High School girls basketball players chewing on pieces of net cord cut from the Nutter Center rim after beating Lakota West 88-75 in the Division I regional final March 8. With the victory, the Vikings (26-2) advanced to the state tournament at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus, where they will meet Toledo Notre Dame Academy (24-3) in the semifinals. The winner advances to face either North Canton Hoover (25-2) or Dublin Coffman (22-6) in the championship game at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15. It’s Princeton’s first trip to the state tournament since winning a AAA title in 1987. “Getting to Columbus has been our goal all year,” said head coach Jill Phillips. “We’ve been taking it one game at a time, staying focused on the goal. “(I feel) happiness. Elation. Relief. Excitement. This team, this group of seniors especially, deserve this. They’ve worked really hard for a really long time. Now we just have to stay focused for two more games.” That was the sentiment shared by Kelsey and Chelsea Mitchell. The senior twins combined for 50 points against the Firebirds as Kelsey scored 31 including the 2,000th of her Vikings career - and Chelsea added 19. “It’s all good,” Kelsey said, before quickly amending herself. “It’s all good right now. We finally got over the hump (in the regional tournament) and we’re going to Columbus. This is great, but we’re not done. We’ve got two more games.” Chelsea said it feels great. “It’s what we’ve worked for. I’ve never been to state. We’re ready to go.” Vikings athletic director Gary Croley said the team will go in style, beginning with a pep rally from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednes-

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Princeton High School senior Kelsey Mitchell swishes her 2,000th career point for the Vikings on a free throw in the fourth quarter of an 88-75 win over Lakota West in the Division I regional finals March 8. Mitchell finished the game with 31 points.MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

FAIRBORN — Simplicity, thy name is Kelsey Mitchell.

Princeton’s Kelsey Mitchell (5) drives against fellow McDonald’s All-American Kathryn Westbeld.MARK D. MOTZ/THE PRESS

Princeton head coach Jill Phillips preempted all questions following the Vikings’ 81-65 win over Kettering Fairmont in the regional semifinals March 5 “I’ve just got two words for you,” she said. “Kelsey Mitchell.” Not much more needed to be said after the All-American scored 50 points (to say nothing of her team-best seven rebounds, four assists and two steals), propelling Princeton to the regional finals for the first time since 2004 when assistant coach Daniella Peterson was a player. Mitchell shot 15-for-24 from the field - including 3-for-6 from three-point range - and 17-for-18 from the free throw line to tally a career best scoring night. “She’s one of a kind,” Phillips said. “She’s a lifetime player. We’ve gotten down in this game before and she’s tried to do too much. Tonight, it was just part of the game. The key is she’s got the surrounding cast this year.” Fairmont coach Lacy Romine - teary-eyed after meeting with her team, which beat Princeton in the regular season and had an All-American performance of its own as Kathryn Westbeld scored 28 points - could only shake her head. “She was ready to go and she put on a performance,” Romine said. “She got hot and stayed hot all four quarters. It was amazing.” Fairmont opened the game with a 6-0 run, but Princeton scored the next 11 points - beginning with a threepoint goal by Chelsea Mitchell - and never trailed again. “I’m actually zoned out,” Kelsey Mitchell said after her career-best performance. “I have no idea how many points I have during the game. At the end of the game I look up to see if we won, not how much I scored. As long as we win, I don’t care if I score or my teammates score.” Princeton’s Corneisha Henderson had 12 points in the semifinal on 5-for-7 shooting from the field.

Cowboys final ride comes in Dayton By Scott Springer

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DAYTON — To be down by just one point at halftime with your best player being held scoreless is not a bad predicament for any basketball coach. Such was the case March 7 at the University of Dayton Arena for Wyoming High School boys basketball coach Matt Rooks. Senior Ahmad Frost missed a pair of three-point attempts and the Cowboys trailed a much bigger Thurgood Marshall team1918 at the break. Even after three quarters, Wyoming was only down five with Frost still scoreless. In the end, the bigger and quicker Cougars rode Rachauan Martin’s 15 points and defense and five blocks from Derrick Daniels to move past the Cowboys 49-37.

Frost finally lit the scoreboard with a pair of free throws late in the final quarter and scored a breakaway lay-up with just under a minute to go. He finished with four points on just five shots. After averaging 20.7 points per game to lead the Cincinnati Hills League, Frost went cold on the wrong night. “I give them a lot of credit for running two guys at him,” Rooks said. “It took us out of a lot of our stuff.” Wyoming’s stuff wound up being a game-high 10 points from freshman Jake Edmond and seven from departing senior Marc Akinbi. Another freshman, Lonnie Grayson hit a pair of treys and junior Hudson Rogers also finished with six points. The Cowboys shot 47 percent in the first half, but were held to 33 percent in the second stanza.

Meantime, the Cougars blistered the nets at 59 percent. “Their guards are really quick which gave us problems,” Rooks said. “Any time he (Frost) caught it, they doubleteamed him. Any time Ahmad only gets five shots off, it hurts us.” Though pestered by Thurgood Marshall’s persistent guards, Rooks thought the 6foot senior kept his composure and got other teammates involved. He did finish with a game-high four assists. As Wyoming fans applauded their squad for a Division II district runner-up finish, Frost might not have heard the ovation in full. The four-year starter has played with a hearing disability his entire career and earned the accolades of the See COWBOYS, Page A7

Wyoming head coach Matt Rooks and the bench react after a referee’s call during the Cowboys’ 37-49 loss to Thurgood Marshall Friday, March 7.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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Moeller rolls on in state tournament By Scott Springer sspringer@communitypress.com

EVANSTON — Back for their yearly tournament appearances at Xavier University, the Moeller High School boys basketball team took care of business as they have all but one time during the 2013-14 season. Against the Fairborn Skyhawks March 8, coach Carl Kremer’s Crusaders won 55-43 even though their top scorer didn’t have a basket. Faced with a box-and-one, senior Grant Benzinger instead ran around trying to get others open while grabbing seven rebounds. “This is where Grant’s grown up,” Kremer said. “The teams are investing everything in taking him out. All the guys are stepping up and getting opportunities.” Watching Fairborn blanket Benzinger, Kremer and company knew that other Crusaders were getting open looks at the basket. Senior Nate Fowler had his usual high percentage game with 22 points and fellow seniors Adam Gigax, Jack Anton and Tre’ Hawkins also delivered. Gigax had a pair of first-half treys and finished with 14 points, Anton had eight points and seven boards and Hawkins eight points with four assists. Moeller’s one blemish during the season was a 60-56 loss to Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.) back in December.

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“Cowboy Crazies’ who made the drive up I-75 to cheer. “He’s District 16 Player of the Year and First Team AP all-district,” Rooks said. “He’s had a great career with over 1,000 points. It’s a shame

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day, March 12, followed by a sendoff for the team bus from the school the following morning. The team will stay at location not even disclosed to the players’ families to avoid distractions while preparing. “We’ve got our whole itinerary laid out,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re going to give these girls every opportunity to win a state title.” Lakota West came out in an aggressive press early in the game, looking like it had designs on thwarting that opportunity. The Firebirds contained Kelsey Mitchell coming off back-to-back 40- and 50-point games (see sidebar) - in the early going. Watching three other teammates - Chelsea, Carlie Pogue (15) and Jada Ballew (14) - score in double figures was fine by her. “They were on fire,” Kelsey said. “Why would you not give them the ball when they’re on fire? They work just as hard as I do. They deserve it so

Roger Bacon sophomore William Greene (10) fronts Miami East’s Nick Beard as Roger Bacon coach Brian Neal encourages from the bench. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller junior Nate Fowler (51) guards Fairborn’s Ryan Profitt (33) March 8.SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Most everything else has been a rout, prompting Kremer to claim the squad had the best regular season of any team he’s headed up. The 2014 Crusaders are led by Benzinger, who hits around 17 points per game and will play at Wright State. Junior 6-foot-9 center Nate Fowler is also a Division I talent averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds. Anton is 6-foot-8 and hits around 11 points and six rebounds, with point guard Hawkins and 6-foot-6 Gigax capable of racking up stats as they proved against Fairborn. So, is this Moeller’s best team? “We’re not the fastest team in the world, but we’ve got some chemistry and we’ve got some basketball IQ,” Kremer said. Obviously, a state title must accompany that honor as it did the teams

of 1999, 2003 and 2007. Included on the 1999 squad was Mike Monserez (Butler) and Matt Sylvester (Ohio State). Four years later, the 2003 champs had maybe the most talent, according to those close to the program, with Josh Duncan (Xavier), Andrew Brackman (North Carolina State), Bubba Walther (Ohio University), Ryan Childress (Tennessee) and Tyler Dierkers (Miami University). Seven years ago, the 2007 Crusaders also had Division I players like Troy Tabler (Wright State) Quinn McDowell (William & Mary) and Michael Davenport (St. Bonaventure). “I think what they’ve accomplished in the regular season matches up with any team I’ve ever had,” Kremer said. Moeller plays Middletown March 12 at Cintas Center.

for him to end his career this way. Our senior class is what changed this program around and got us going the right direction.” At 22-4, the secondyear coach thinks his team exceeded expectations with a CHL and sectional title. At times, he had two freshmen and a sophomore on the floor with Edmonds and Grayson and sophomore Ma-

son Rogers. Those three will be among the cast returning, along with a 19-2 junior varsity team waiting to be unleashed at Wyoming’s stable. “We have some good guards and some good JV guys stepping up,” Rooks said. “We’re going to be young, but we’re going to be really, really good.”

you just want to get them the ball.” Phillips said as early as the opening round of the sectional tournament, for the Vikings to have a good run, they needed three players in double figures. “Kelsey wants her teammates involved,” she

said. “She doesn’t have to be the show. She can be the show - she can take over a game at any time but she believes in her teammates and they believe in her. They work well together as a team.”

Defense propels Roger Bacon to regional semis By Tom Skeen tskeen@communitypress.com

DAYTON — Hands painted on their hips and the look of desperation plastered across their faces. That was the look of the Miami East High School boys’ basketball team after putting up with the relentless pressure of the Roger Bacon High School Spartans during their Division III district final contest March 5 at University of Dayton Arena. On an off night, the Spartans used their defense to demoralize the Cinderella Vikings - a No. 13 seed entering the postseason - in a 58-37 win, which saw Roger Bacon shoot 48 percent en route to a season-low point total but still managing to clinch a fifth consecutive district title.

“It’s our system,” Roger Bacon coach Brian Neal said after the victory. “It’s what we do. It’s been very good to us and it’s why we get to keep playing in this game year-after-year and it’s why we’ve won five (district) titles in a row. Shots come and go and (against Miami East) in the first half we couldn’t buy a basket, but we still had a 10-point lead (at halftime) because we guarded.” Apparently practice is no different; senior Austin Frentsos called practices “intense.” “If we do one thing wrong we have to keep going until we get it right,” Frentsos said. There’s a reason for the defensive emphasis. Neal’s philosophy has produced a 120-33 record over the past six seasons, and the win over Miami

East marked the fourth 20-win season over that same period. “Certainly if you come to one of our practices I would say 60 to 75 percent of the time that’s what we’re working on; we’re working on defense,” Neal said. “(Against Miami East) it was certainly the difference for us.” The pressure defense that forced 20 Miami East turnovers is always a work in progress for the coach. From opponent to opponent the style varies, but the defensive focus never waivers. With an athletic Dayton Stivers team next in the regional semifinals at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, at Kettering Fairmont, Neal is glad to have a three-year starter with 985 career points back in his lineup.

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Hearing call of wild at Glenwood Gardens

The sound was clear and defining; we stopped to listen and make sure. The earlier snow had left a clean-swept look to the surrounding forest floor as we gazed out on the tree line hills around us for any signs of what we were hearing. Once again the resounding cry pierced the cold airwaves. This time, I was able to get a direction on it - the western edge of the park. My wife and I love hiking trails, usually venturing out on paths within a short drive, at one of the local Hamilton County Parks. Our excitementseeking Lab retrievers, Jake and Blue, always accompany us as we enjoy taking the boys for an early evening outing at our nearby Glenwood Gardens. Nobody was in the outer trail loop tonight, as the soft rays of the winter sun got lost in the hilly snow. The park has several path loops that lead you to more isolated portions of the park.

We followed one of those trails as it led us into a more remote, dense wooded hillside area, displaying Wes Adamson large undisCOMMUNITY PRESS turbed Sycamore trees GUEST COLUMNIST that were seeking moist ground from a nearly frozen stream. The eerie yips sounded once again, threading this time into babbling howls. Both Blue and Jake froze in their snow tracks to listen. A howling, whining sound as I guess one could best describe it, but this baying had more of a haunted wailing affect to it. Once again, and this time an echoing chorus of several creatures crying, howls lingering off each other. If we were up north in the more rocky timberlands it would definitely have been a pack of wolves pitching their best pitches to a moon-filled sky, but being just

north of a large Midwest urban city, the gambles of a wolf were slim to none, as the distant howling effect held us in a trance of intense listening. No, this had to be a coyote, or several by the different yowling reverberations. These are referred to now as urban coyotes, which have been learning to adapt to more populated human areas. That was the point; we weren’t far from a residential setting of homes, but why did this howling have such an impact? It was like a call back from the natural world, similar to the famous novel, “Call of the Wild,” by Jack London. In “Call of the Wild,” the main dog character is torn between civilization and returning to the wild, where he would rely mainly on his primordial instincts. Coyotes are carnivores and are considered a significant predator in the natural equilibrium of our ecosystem. Was this the magnetism I was experiencing? Was this a rare re-enter “call of nature,”

CH@TROOM March 5 question Should businesses be able to refuse to sell their products to people who are gay or lesbian without government interference?

“Businesses do this in obvious and hidden ways all the time and will continue to deny service to those they deem unfit; they don't seem to mind losing the business income. In the same way, the customer has the right not to patronize those businesses – it's one of the best parts of free enterprise. The owners' politics or advertising practices are the reason I won't eat at Cracker Barrel or shop at Salem Hardware or Lowe's.” TRog

“Absolutely not. We are a country that has been trying hard to overcome discrimination against any individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender, religion or sexual orientation. “If we allow denial of equality to any one group of people we are opening doors back to the days where certain groups were treated as inferiors. “The other point is that sexual orientation does not always ‘show’ on the outside. How are businesses supposed to make this determination? “I personally don't want to share that kind of personal information in a public way, regardless of my orientation. This is an absurd, hate-filled idea that would only backfire on those businesses. D.P.

“Businesses should not be

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able to discriminate against anyone, but they do it all the time: no children, nobody under 18 unless accompanied by a parent, no public displays of affection, no shoes, no shirt, no service, no people of color, no old geezers, no Catholics, no Jews, no Hispanics, you must be this tall to ride this ride, no service if impaired, to name a few. “Where does it end, no Democrats, no Congress people, no lawyers, no carpenters, nobody chewing tobacco? Is there really any difference between barring someone because they are black or Asian relative to baring them because they are gay or straight? “In many cases you can’t prove any of these conditions and even if you could, what does that have to do with the color of their money or their right to receive service?” F.S.D.

“My first thought when I saw this question was the lunch counter sit-ins of the 1960's. I always saw a refusal to serve a person based on their skin color as wrong. But, I see your question in a different light.

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“Many of those refusals to serve were because of local ordinances and the like. The current issue you pose is based on moral issues, mainly the lifestyles of gays and lesbians. A large percentage of our population, including me, see this lifestyle as contrary to long-time religious teachings and potentially harmful to the future of our society and country. “But, I have never met a gay person who wasn't friendly. I admire the gays for the ways they have revitalized neighborhoods that have seen better days. They are good for society in many ways. “Given this, we should not make life more difficult for them. But, a business owner should have a right to refuse a sale based on good moral beliefs. “If I were faced this situation I might say ‘I prefer not to do X, but if you still want me to provide X I would be happy to do so. I bet I'd lose the sale! “No, this is not an area where we need government. I am entitled to my moral beliefs and I don't need government suppression of these beliefs. Instead, let's live and let live.” T.J.

“I find it very disturbing that in the year 2014 we live in a society that thinks it's OK to discriminate against someone because you don't like their sexual preference. And that the government thinks it has the power to regulate this is ridiculous. “Lets say a law gets passed that allows businesses to discriminate against gays. How are business owners going to determine who is gay and who isn't? Will someone develop a gayaylazer, like a breathalyzer? Are we going to create a new job segment? Professional homosexual identifiers? “Or will we make homosexuals wear something that identifies them? Think about that in a historical sense.” J.S.K.

“This is one of those questions to be answered with another question: What would Jesus do?” K.P.

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zone moment I was so immobilized and even chilled by? It was just that I felt at that moment, some human connection to my surrounding environment. Nature for many of us is something that happens outside our homes, as we perceive no major direct connection to what happens in our lives with contrast to mother nature. Only if the local weather guy said, “A 60 percent of rain today,” do you find yourself taking an umbrella to work with you. Inside our living spaces, we control the air climate and environment. I really don’t think about the relationship of air I breath, the water I drink, or food I eat, to my direct reliance on our own nature’s ecosystem. Maybe this is why our human race feels so convincingly in control. But in reality, Mother Nature, with all her natural laws will always possess the decisive factor during our lifetime. We witness Mother Nature’s authority, for example, when a

heavy winter snowstorm paralyzes major cities. I spot above us an early evening hawk, soaring effortlessly in nature’s upper air currents, conserving its energy. Likewise, instead of our futile attempt at gaining control of nature, we should instead direct our attention towards the hawk and learn from nature's gifts of insight. These coyotes’ howling reverberated the inner depths of my being, like a feeling one gets when something finally makes sense, or when you realize you are not the only one in a quiet house. For me, it was a wakeup call, reminding me of my explicit linkage to the diverse ecosystem. The dependency of the human element on Planet Earth is a profoundly personal relationship with Nature’s Mom.

Wes Adamson is a resident of Wyoming. His work has been accepted for publication by two literary magazines; “River and South Review” and “Driftwood Press.”

New year, good sense

A new year brings new hope that a light bulb (albeit a CFL, under new regulations) will go off over the heads of our elected officials and they will simply do the right thing. What do I mean by “right thing”? Tackle the tough issues in a meaningful way, using compromise and good sense to the greater good. Allow me to illustrate with two controversial issues: immigration and gun control. Currently there is a compromise deal on the table that theoretically most people agree on. Part of it has already been voted upon, but some obstructionists baulk at any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here. They say, among other things, that it would be unfair for those who are waiting on line, legally. As a legal immigrant myself, let me say that the system is so broken that the argument does not hold water. This summer (June 2013) it was revealed that the Federal Authorities were just getting around to processing Green Card requests from adult children of U.S. citizens, filed in August of 1993! (Imagine the wait if you had no family or employer here). Look, I agree that if we were in the days of Ellis Island, where you got off a ship, your case would be judged on the spot, and you were either in or out, fine. Illegal immigrants could be accused of jumping the line. The current immigration system, coupled with our own demand for low-cost labor, has made circumventing the law an attractive option for immigrants, employers and the general economy of the nation alike. In other words, the current immigration system works against our national interest. Besides which, the independent Congressional Budget Office estimates that lega-

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lizing those immigrants already here would cut the deficit by $197 billion in the first 10 years and $700 billion in the Bruce second 10 Healey COMMUNITY PRESS years. And that is just two GUEST COLUMNIST of the positive findings. Mr. Boehner, do the right thing! As for gun control, let me say this: One guy and a failed attempt with a shoe bomb, and we are all taking off our shoes at the airport. Columbine and nearly 40 school shootings since then and …nothing. Sensible people realize that the Constitution will not be changed to prohibit guns. However, only fools believe that the current system is satisfactory. For what it is worth, here is my perspective: You need a license to drive a car. You must pass a test to drive a boat. Both were designed for travel or leisure, but in unskilled hands, can be dangerous, even lethal. Then you have guns. They are designed to be lethal. You don’t have to be trained or certified to buy or use one. Does that make any sense? What sensible person would deny that obtaining a license that shows you are proficient, able and competent to use lethal weapons, is a good idea? Instead of passing sensible legislation like this, Gov. Kasich thinks it is a better idea to let people carry guns in bars. Mr. Boehner, do the right thing! For our representatives, it’s time to stop listening to lobbyists and start listening to that little voice in your heart – it’s called your conscience. Bruce Healey is a resident of Indian Hill.

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The proboscis monkey is named for its long nose.THANKS TO ALBERT KLEE

Photos glimpse tribal customs in New Guinea, Borneo By Kelly McBride

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he Sharon Woods Photography Travel Series continues, with programs scheduled every Friday evening through April 25. There is no program Good Friday, April 18. The photo series showcases amateur photographers’ trips around the world weaves travel stories with cultural history. Here is a look at the second show, sponsored by the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati (click here to see photos): ‘New Guinea to Borneo - Travels through Southeast Asia’ » Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road. » The photographer:

Albert Klee of Milford visited New Guinea and Borneo in Southeast Asia, capturing a glimpse of tribal life through photos.THANKS TO ALBERT KLEE

Al Klee of Milford, traveled to Southeast Asia, including New Guinea and Borneo. » Trip highlight: A look at the customs and lifestyle of the Dani

tribes of New Guinea, and the Modang, Kenyah and Benuaq Dayaks of Borneo. » What’s in the show: The photo presentation focuses on the tribes’

Traditional dress of the Kenyah in Borneo.THANKS TO ALBERT KLEE

customs. “This program takes us to Western New Guinea to visit a number of the Dani tribes where the men wear nothing but a narrow sheath made from the outer rinds of a pumpkin-like fruit, and to Borneo to drop in on the Modang, Kenyah and Benuaq Dayaks,” Al Klee said. “The emphasis is on their customs, such as pig feasts, mummification, marriage and warfare ceremonies, dance, art and music. “The flora and fauna of Borneo are explored in detail,” Klee said, “with a special emphasis on finding the bizarre proboscis monkey.”

Albert Klee came upon this bright-colored lantern bug in Borneo.THANKS TO ALBERT KLEE

The Photography Travel Series is a free program, open to the public, though a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County sticker is required for entry. They can be bought at the park for $3 a day, or $10 for the year.

Photography Travel Series

March 14 – Al Klee, “New Guinea to Borneo Travels through Southeast Asia” March 21 – Neal Jefferies, “ English Channel

Is and Normandy, Echoes of WWII” March 28 – Cliff Goosmann, “ Ireland, a Tour of the Island” April 4 – Al Klee, “Travel the South China Sea - Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau” April 11 – Alan Lloyd, “England, I’d Like to Take You Home with Me” April 18 – Good Friday, no program April 25 – Mike Rank, “Arizona: Canyons, Mesas and Ruins”

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Community Dance Wyoming Square Dance Class, 6:30 p.m., Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave., Learn Modern Western Square Dance. $5. 874-1790. Wyoming.

Support Groups Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crossroads Hospice, 4360 GlendaleMilford Road, Helps people move beyond pain of any loss and achieve healing. Free. Registration required. 786-4717; www.crossroadshospice.com. Blue Ash.

Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Beginner-level dance class open to all capable ages. Wear smooth-soled shoes. With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. 671-7219; www.sonksdf.com. Springfield Township. Line Dancing, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Music from variety of genres. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

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Exhibits Antique Quilt Exhibit, Noon-4 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $2, $1 ages 5-11, free ages 4 and under and members. 563-9484; www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org. Sharonville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Senior Citizens

Exhibits Antique Quilt Exhibit, Noon-4 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, View museum’s collection of antique quilts. $2, $1 ages 5-11, free ages 4 and under and members. 563-9484; www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org. Sharonville. Health / Wellness Affordable Care Act Informational Seminar, 1 p.m., YMCA Powel Crosley Jr. Branch, 9601 Winton Road, Find out what you need to know about purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and whether you and your family qualify for health care subsidy. Free. 362-9622; www.myy.org. Springfield Township.

Seminars Workshop on Healing Early Attachment Wounds, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Jewish Family Service, 8487 Ridge Road, Amberley Room. Professionals earn 6 CEUS and learn how healing childhood wounds is key for enjoying fulfilling relationships as an adult. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Jewish Family Service. $140; group rate available. Registration required. 985-1581; www.jfscinti.org. Amberley Village.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; www.coda.org. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 Art Events Photography Travel Series, 7:30 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Topic: New Guinea to Borneo, Travels through Southeast Asia, with Dr. Albert Klee. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Sharonville.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat. Atlantic cod, dipped in batter and deep fried to golden brown with homemade tartar sauce provided. Dinners come with sides of homemade macaroni and cheese and coleslaw, complemented with breads and beverages. Desserts. Also offered: two-piece grilled chicken breast, shrimp basket dinner or twopiece cheese pizza dinner. $10, $5 ages 6-10, free ages 5 and under. Carry-out fish sandwich: $5. 891-8527, ext. 1. Blue Ash. Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Menu Items: fried fish dinner, salmon dinner, shrimp dinner, fish sandwich, child’s fish or

Wyoming Civic Center will host a pancake breakfast Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the center, 1 Worthington Ave., $5. Call 821-2428; www.wyomingyouthservices.com.JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRES

pizza dinner. Soups and sides available for purchase. Dessert included with each meal. Beer, wine and soda available for purchase. Drive-thru and takeout available. Benefits High School Youth Summer Mission Trip. $5-$10; a la carte options available. 489-8815; www.goodshepherd.org. Montgomery.

Exercise Classes Yoga Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m., Yoga Fit Boutique, 10776 Montgomery Road, Studio. Invigorating practice modified to accommodate all participants ending in deep relaxation. BYOB and enjoy complimentary healthy snack. Ages 21 and up. $15. 237-5330. Sycamore Township. Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Session covers challenges in strength, stability, balance, core and metabolic training. Ages 18 and up. $115 per month. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Exhibits Antique Quilt Exhibit, Noon-4 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $2, $1 ages 5-11, free ages 4 and under and members. 563-9484; www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org. Sharonville.

Nature Cincinnati Mineral Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Learn about rocks and minerals. Children’s program at 7:30 p.m. Program for both adults and children follows a brief business meeting at 8 p.m. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Sharonville.

Senior Citizens Open House, 1-3 p.m., Maple Knoll Village, 11100 Springfield Pike, Visitors Center. Take tours of custom homes and sample Irish refreshments. Free. 7822715. Springdale.

Special Events Millennicon, 4 p.m.-midnight, Holiday Inn Cincinnati I-275 North, 3855 Hauck Road, Literacy-based science fiction convention. Dealers room, art show and auction, masquerade contest, dance, gaming demonstrations, tournaments, open gaming, video and anime room, contests, door prizes and more. Benefits Miami Valley Fandom for Literacy. $40. 659-2558; www.millennicon.org. Sharonville.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Dining Events Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Wor-

thington Ave., Pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. Silent auction packages, raffles and family-friendly activities. $5. 821-2428; www.wyomingyouthservices.com. Wyoming.

Education Beginner Antique Class, 10 a.m.-noon, Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Hayner House. Discussion of styles and construction and behind-the-scenes tour of Heritage Village. Topic: furniture. Ages 18 and up. $25, $20 members. Reservations required. 563-9484; www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org. Sharonville.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to www.cincinnati.com and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to life@communitypress.com 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 www.cincinnati.com and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. certified archery instructor. Ages 8 and up. Adult must accompany ages 8-17. $15, vehicle permit required. Registration required online by March 13. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

Exhibits

Special Events

Just What the Doctor Ordered, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Glendale Heritage Museum, 44 Village Square, Glendale train depot. Collection of images, artifacts and stories that tells history of medical care in Village of Glendale, and doctors and nurses who practiced there. Array of photo montages, narratives and first-person accounts that weave story of how residents and medical community had little defense against epidemics that raged in 19th and well into 20th century. Free. 771-8722. Glendale.

Millennicon, 10 a.m.-midnight, Holiday Inn Cincinnati I-275 North, $40. 659-2558; www.millennicon.org. Sharonville.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 7:30 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Adventure Outpost. Orienteering I & Night Navigation. Learn some quick basics, then challenge your skills on a glowing course. Beginners welcome. Compasses provided. $7. Register online by March 13. Vehicle permit required. Registration required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Heron Rookery Viewing, 2-4 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Get a bird’s eye view of this active great blue heron nesting spot. Travel along the trail to view these feathered marvels in their tree-top home. Spotting scopes are provided. Stop at Winton Centre for directions. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Naturally Lucky, 2 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Family fun scavenger hunt throughout the park. Follow the colors of nature and you just might find a lucky pot of gold. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Sharonville.

Recreation Outdoor Archery, 4 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Adventure Outpost. Basics of shooting a compound bow plus target practice. Archers must be able to pull a minimum of 10 pounds draw weight. With

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast, 8:30-11:30 a.m., HalkerFlege American Legion Post 69, 9000 Reading Road, Includes omelets to order, ham, goetta, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, fruit cocktail, milk, juice and coffee. Bake sale benefits legion and auxiliary programs such as scholarships and helping veterans in the community. Family friendly. $8, $4 children. 733-9926. Reading.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 1 p.m. (Fire & Food Challenge. Fire starting techniques discussed and demonstrated before participants take on a s’mores challenge. $7.) and 3 p.m. (Water & Food. Learn and practice techniques used to gather and purify water, as well as general food guidelines. $6.), Winton Woods, Adventure Outpost. Vehicle permit required. Register online by March 13. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Heron Rookery Viewing, 2-4 p.m., Winton Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Naturally Lucky, 2 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Sharonville.

Special Events Millennicon, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Holiday Inn Cincinnati I-275 North, $40. 659-2558; www.millennicon.org. Sharonville.

MONDAY, MARCH 17 Dance Classes Cardio Dance Party Dance Fitness Class, 7-8 p.m., Wyoming Recreation Center, 9940 Springfield Pike, Variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more

danced to popular music. Ages 18 and up. $7-$12. Reservations recommended. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Wyoming.

Pro Seniors Consumer Protection Forum and Fair, 4-6:30 p.m., Maple Knoll Village, 11100 Springfield Pike, Auditorium. Audience participation panel discussion for seniors and families to learn more about Medicare and Medicaid fraud issues, identity theft and senior scams. For seniors. Free. 782-2753. Springdale.

Support Groups Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Helps people move beyond pain of any loss and achieve healing. Free. Registration required. 786-3743; www.crossroadshospice.com. Blue Ash.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20

Exercise Classes

Business Seminars

Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $115 per month. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Complimentary Pilates Demo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Find out how Pilates can improve core strength and flexibility. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Twitter: Your Small Business PR Platform, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn basics for setting up and managing your Twitter account; rules to following and getting followed; how, what and when to tweet and using hashtags and other techniques for successful tweets. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802; www.dimalantadesigngroup.com/workshops. Blue Ash.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Drink Tastings Wine Finds Tasting, 6:30 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Sample and learn about $12.99-and-under wines. $7. Reservations required. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery.

Exercise Classes Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash. Zumbini Pilot Program, 10:3011:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Designed to let you and your child ages 3 and under wiggle, sing and learn together. Free. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Girls Night Out, 6:30-9 p.m., Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Sample classes in laughter yoga, Zumba, Nia, focus flow yoga, hula hooping, Eastern meditation, aromatherapy, visualization meditation, selfdefense, tai chi, SoulCollage and journaling. Food and drink plus door prizes included. $15. Reservations required. 931-4300; www.apexchirocenter.com. Springfield Township. UC Health Mobile Diagnostics Mammography Screenings, 1-5 p.m., Wyoming Family

Clubs & Organizations Forest Park Women’s Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road, WMKV-FM’s Mike Martini presents “Cincinnati’s First Fifty Years of Broadcasting.” He will share stories tracing history of broadcasting in Cincinnati. 522-0066; www.forestparkwomensclub.org. Forest Park.

Community Dance Wyoming Square Dance Class, 6:30 p.m., Wyoming Civic Center, $5. 874-1790. Wyoming.

Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 671-7219; www.sonksdf.com. Springfield Township. Line Dancing, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Education Acting Classes, 7-9 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Center, $20. 615-2827; cincinnatiactorsstudio.com. Sharonville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Exhibits Antique Quilt Exhibit, Noon-4 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $2, $1 ages 5-11, free ages 4 and under and members. 563-9484; www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org. Sharonville.


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Potato soup, Guinness float for St. Patrick’s Day Boy, did I learn my lesson this week. Remember last column when I spoke about sled riding for the “last” time this year? Well, we all know what’s happened since then: More snow and more Rita opportuniHeikenfeld ties to sled RITA’S KITCHEN ride. But I do think we’re turning the corner toward spring because St. Patrick’s Day is coming and that means getting the garden ready for planting potatoes (hopefully!). But regardless of Mother Nature cooperating or not, we’ll celebrate with some corned beef and cabbage and a cup of this warming potato soup.

Creamy or chunky potato soup

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half (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Garnish: fresh parsley, sour cream, bacon, shredded cheese (optional) Cook onion in bacon fat until golden. Add garlic and cook a minute. Add potatoes and 6 cups broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender. Puree soup as desired, either leaving it chunky or creamy. Add more broth if needed. Stir in as much cream as you like.

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Instant cream soup thickener: Add potato flakes if necessary after you puree soup, but be careful, you won’t need much if at all, and they thicken it pretty quickly.

Guinness float

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Try this warming potato soup for St. Patrick’s Day.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

could use a stout or whatever full-flavored beer you have on hand. Some folks like to swirl in some chocolate syrup on the ice cream before they pour in the beer.

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SYCAMORE SENIOR CENTER EVENTS Spring programming at Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Road, Blue Ash. For more information on these programs, call 984-1234:

tennis and corn hole, all providing moderate to more extensive exercising options. On Wednesday, April 2, at 3 p.m., there will be an introduction to the gentle/beginner Yoga program for those new to the practice.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Friday, March 14 - Includes moderately priced café specials at 11 a.m., featuring Irish stew, corned beef sandwiches, Irish coffee, or a crème de menthe sundae; St. Pat’s tunes sung by the Sycamore Choir at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Sweet and Low’s, an a cappella duo at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited, free of charge, but please call to sign up.

World Glaucoma Week March 10–March 14

Welcome to Medicare Program

Are you new to Medicare in 2014? A free educational seminar to help you understand your coverage options and benefits will be provided by the Ohio Senior Insurance Information Program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

A physician from the Cincinnati Eye Institute will be on hand Friday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon to speak about the most common eye related diseases that affect the senior population. CEI staff members will conduct cataract and glaucoma screenings, with no dilation required. Please register in advance.

Health, exercise and fitness

Sycamore Senior Center continues its active programming with the Silver Sneakers program, the always available Fitness Center, Yoga and Tai Chi programs, chair volleyball, table

Eye Institute will offer free hearing screenings with helpful information on understanding your hearing as one ages. A personal simple and painless test, taking but a few minutes to administer, will be provided by appointment only.

Genealogy group special lecture

On Tuesday, March 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Sycamore Genealogy Group will have a guest genealogist speaking about genealogical research. Please contact Gail at 984-3095 by March 15 if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

CEI hearing screenings

Thursday, March 13, and Wednesday, April 23, the Hearing Services at Cincinnati

Friday Night Dance Club

The Sycamore Senior Center will be filled with dancing, social interaction, singles-mixing and more fun for Friday Night Dance Clubs on April 11 and May 9. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dance time is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person in advance or $6 per person at the door. A cash bar will be available. Call to buy early bird savings tickets.

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Ongoing computer and technology education

The Center continues to offer to its members, classes in computer basics, the Internet and Email, computer help sessions, open labs and Super Solving Sessions for other mobile technology issues. Call Sam K. at 686-1015.

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The "Wild Wicked Women of Western Hills" wore their red hats and purple outfits to a quilt art show at Centennial Barn. From left: front, Linda Gills, Bonnie Dodd, Joan Wiebell, and Rosemary Hermanson; back, Jean Harlow, Maureen Vonderahe, Carolyn Pressler, Lois Schmidt, Deidre Re and Monna Younger.THANKS TO KAREN AMEND

Centennial Barn celebrates art with tea, show, photography, music Members of the River City Quilt Guild that meets monthly at the Groesbeck Library created and displayed a quilt art show featuring more than 70 pieces of quilt art ranging from antique quilts to baby quilts to Charley Harper prints done in quilt form to table top pieces creating Cincinnati scenes. The Event Tea, catered by Creations by Melody, was a special event Tuesday, Feb. 18. More than 80 women dressed up for the occasion. Ladies from the Red Hat Group entitled “The Wild, Wicked Women of Western Hills” enjoyed the tea and show pieces. Their guiding rule for their gatherings is

“There are no rules.” The members must wear purple clothing, red hats and possess a definite tendency to laugh and enjoy themselves wherever they are. Linda Gills, also known as the “Queen Mum” of the group, said, “We enjoyed the beautiful quilts and the new friends we made.” Women who are interested in joining a Red Hat Group can look on line at RedHatSociety.com. Additional free, art offerings at Centennial Barn include the following events: » Sunday, March 16, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - The Centennial Barn spring art show will feature art created by members of the

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, “Memories in the Marking” and “Time for Caregivers” programs. » A concert and photography show entitled God of All Seasons. Music begins at 7:30 March 21 provided by Bill Tonnis, well-known Christian musician. His music celebrates the unconditional love of God for all of us. The Dee Thomas Photography Show begins at 6:30 pm. Her camera reveals the beauty, grandeur and simplicity of God’s world. Both events are free to the public. For more information: Karen at: 513-761-1697 Ext. 8105 or www.centennialbarn.org


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Fish fry season

Mercy Health offers pre-diabetes classes

A rundown of local fish fries:

Miller-Stockum American Legion Post 485

Our Lady of Lourdes, 2832 Rosebud, will host a fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 7 through April 18. Menu includes new premium fish, new Maryland-style crab cakes, baked salmon and fried shrimp. Platters with choice of two sides or sandwiches available. Kids meals are $4.25 including fish nibblers or grilled cheese, one side and a pudding cup. Proceeds support Our Lady of Lourdes Boy Scout Troop 471. For a complete menu, visit www.lourdes.org. Call 347-2662 for carry-out orders.

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary, 17 Farragut Road, will host a drive-thru fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through April 11. The menu is fried cod on salted rye with french fries and cole slaw for $6. Guests can dine in or carry out March 14, March 28 and April 11. The menu features baked salmon, baked cod, fried cod, fried shrimp, salted rye/hoagie, french fries, green beans, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, boiled new potatoes, cole slaw, clam chowder, drinks and desserts. Prices vary. For more information, call 825-8626.

through April 4, at the church, 11565 Pippin Road. The menu consists of fish or chicken nuggets bread, dessert, coffee, lemonade or ice tea, and a choice of two sides: macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw or applesauce. The price is $8.50 per adult and $4.50 per child. Carry out prices are $8 per adult and $4 per child. The profits will be used for mission projects and camping fees. For more information, call 825-4544 or visit www.pleasantrunpc.org.

St. James the Greater

St. James the Greater Church, 3565 Hubble Road in White Oak, will host a fish fry from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through April 11. The menu includes fried or baked fish dinners, shrimp dinners, sandwiches, LaRosa’s pizza, bread from the North College Hill Bakery and pretzels from Servatii‘s. Soft drinks and beer available. Dine in or carry out. For more information, visit www.stjamesfishfry.org. To place a carry-out order, call 741-5311.

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The Women’s Association and Boy Scouts will host a fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays

St. Teresa

St. Teresa Boy Scout Troop 271’s 34th annual fish fry is the longest running fish fry on the West Side. The fish fry is Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent (including Good Friday). They offer dine-in, carryout and drive-thru services. Weekly dinner specials: March 14 (tilapia dinner); March 21 (Combo meal); March 28 (shrimp basket); April 4 (tilapia dinner); April 11 (shrimp basket), and April 18 (Good Friday secret special). Hours are from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. St. Teresa is at 1175 Overlook Ave.

cheese, fries, potatoes and green beans, mac and cheese and soup of the week. Desserts and beverages available inside. Live entertainment weekly. Visit www.stwilliamfishfry.com for complete menu, entertainment lineup and other details. St. William Church is at 4108 W. Eighth St. in West Price Hill. For more information, contact Nancy Young at 251-3904 or youngnl@hotmail.com.

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Miller-Stockum American Legion Post 485, 29 E. State Road in Cleves, will host a fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Friday through Good Friday, April 18. Cost is $9 for tilapia and cod dinners, $6 for a sandwich. Sides include cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, and stewed tomatoes. Eat in or carry out. The fish fry is the post’s main fundraiser and supports its historic building and memorial, Boys State, Memorial Day parade and veterans’ homeless shelter. For more information, call 941-1643.

If you need help managing pre-diabetes, Mercy Health can help. Mercy announces its next series of pre-diabetes classes. Pre-diabetes is a condition that forms before diabetes. It means that blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but aren’t high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Usually a fasting blood sugar level of 100-125 mg/dl indicates pre-diabetes. The good news is that pre-diabetes is a warning sign allowing you to take action to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes educators who are also registered dietitians teach Mercy Health’s two-hour pre-diabetes classes. Each class includes information on: making healthy food choices; exercise and blood sugar control, and monitoring blood sugar levels Upcoming dates, times and locations: Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital, 7500 State Road - Thursday, March

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POLICE REPORTS EVENDALE Arrests/citations Kimberly Abrahamsen, 48, 9155 Reading Road, theft, Feb. 19. Lauree Barron, 53, 4125 Chambers St., theft, criminal trespassing, Feb. 19. Ronald Peskin, 59, 8335 Pippin Road, criminal trespsasing, Feb. 19. John Peskin, 60, 8335 Pippin Road, theft, criminal trespassing, Feb. 19.

Brenda Voss, 34, 10541 Heathercrest Circle, theft, Feb. 18. Quentin Willis, 24, 6419 Vine St., drug abuse, aggravated trafficking, Feb. 12. Jimmy Morgan, 32, 5800 Sierra St., obstructing official business, Feb. 15. Christopher Tate, 61, 424 Mill St., theft, Feb. 15. Mary Newkirk, 49, 1506 Governor , theft, Feb. 14. Camber Lawson, 22, 9428 Reading Road, theft, Feb. 18.

John Lytle, 23, 5333 Wakefield Place, theft, Feb. 18. Brandon Mackey, 22, 3161 Baker Park Drive, drug abuse , Feb. 14. Denean Wallace, 42, 505 Carplin Place, theft, Feb. 13. James Nelson, 28, 1941 Elm Ave, theft, Feb. 13. Samantha Harrington, 27, 11061 Jenkins Place, theft, Feb. 13.

Incidents/investigations Theft Purse and contents of unknown

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GLENDALE Arrests/citations Demetrius Summerlin, 25, 10 Woodside Court, warrant for failing to appear in Glendale Mayor’s Court, Feb. 21. Tonia Van Kirkland, 46, 905 S. Ninth St., Hamilton, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, Feb. 21. Vidal Velazquez, 31, 2811 Warsaw Ave., operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, Feb. 21. Lovey Scott, 34, 619 Dewdrop Circle, charged with operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, Feb. 22. Brennan Moore, 20, 1422 Wabash Ave., warrant for failing to appear in Glendale Mayor’s Court, Feb. 22. Keisha Mitchell, 30, 2215 Harrison Ave., operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, Feb. 22. David Ward, 37, 675 Carlsbad, warrant for failing to pay fines and costs owed to Glendale Mayor’s Court, Feb. 23. Rita Kimble, 66, 1139 Groesbeck Road, warrant for failing to appear in Glendale Mayor’s Court, Feb. 23. Eduardo Marroquin, 32, 9330 Round Top Road, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, Feb. 26. Jeremy Jones, 32, 933 Tivolli Lane, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, Feb 26. Jesseni Roblero, 23, 204 Dean Drive, operating a motor vehicle ithout a valid license, Feb. 27. Jasmine Sims, 27, 5694 Folchi Drive, operating a motor vehicle hile under suspension, Feb. 27. Ryan Pitts, 33, 269 Klotter Ave., operating a motor vehicle hile under suspension, Feb. 27. Ginnette Moore, 25, 12125 Brookway Drive, operating a motor ehicle while under suspension, Feb. 27. Tamara Cooper, 40, 1032 Shepherd Ave., operating a motor ehicle while under suspension, March 2. Carlos Campbell, 22, 270 Joliet Ave., operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, March 3. Timothy Mitchell, 21, 6023 Lantana Ave., wanted on three warrants, one from Mount Healthy Mayor’s Court and two from Hamilton County Municipal Court, March 3. Kimberlyuse Parent, 22, 588 Jodie Lane, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, March 4.

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 Aaron Blasky, 563-1147. » Springdale, Chief Mike Mathis, 346-5790. » Wyoming, Chief Gary J. Baldauf, 821-0141.

Incidents/investigations Theft 300 block of Albion Avenue; package set out for pick up by UPS removed from rear porch; nothing else at residence disturbed; value of the package was approximately $20; Feb. 20.

SHARONVILLE Arrests/citations Robert Dond, 58, 7135 Grove Ave, operating vehicle impaired, Feb. 13. Raul Trajillo, 21, 480 Dewdrop, forgery, Feb. 14. Paul Jordan, 24, 3748 Macrer, drug parpahernalia, Feb. 12. Rajeer Sharma, 36, 3795 Fox Run Drive, falsification, obstruction of official business, Feb. 13. Edward Johnson, 56, 2015 Foraker Ave, possession of drugs, Feb. 12. Ian Bley, 20, 69 Fawn Drive, drug possession, Feb. 11. John Nafradu, 28, 1715 Prince Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated, Feb. 15. Paul Lamm, 23, 2375 Worthington Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated, Feb. 17. Tyler Engel, 24, 4005 E FosterMaineville, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 18. Juvenile male, 17, disorderly conduct, Feb. 14. Juvenile male, 16, disorderly conduct, Feb. 14. Destiny Bellfo, 22, 129 Outer Belle Road, receiving stolen property, Feb. 17. Quentin Hurdy, 20, 444 Dimmick Ave., possession of drugs, Feb. 20. Angela Teal, 37, 209 W Northwood Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated, Feb. 19.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated theft Victim reported at 2300 E Kemper, Jan. 28. Disorderly conduct Victim reported at Chester Road, Feb. 14. Forgery Victim reported at 12153 Centerdale Drive, Feb. 14. Misuse of credit card Victim threatened at 10857 Sharondale, Feb. 19. Robbery Victim threatened at 1538 Continental, Feb. 19. Theft

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iPods of unknown value removed at 11320 Chester Road, Feb. 15. Vehicle removed at 3574 Kemper Road, Feb. 13. Fixtures valued at $120 removed at 11239 Lebanon Road, Feb. 10. Credit card of unknown vlue removed at 200 Viking Way, Feb. 13. $25 in gas pumped and not paid for at 11610 Lebanon Road, Feb. 13. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 11606 Chesterdale, Feb. 13. Vehicle removed at 2225 Sharon Road, Feb. 11. Items of unknown value removed at 4020 Hauck Road, Feb. 12. Harness and lanyards valued at $930 removed at 2463 Sharon Road, Feb. 11. $63 in gas not paid at 12191 Moeller, Feb. 20. Theft, criminal damaging Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 2300 E Kemper, Feb. 19. OH: Sharonville #REF! theft, criminal damaging

WYOMING Incidents/investigations Burglary Forced entry made to residence, a leather purse was taken, Worthington Avenue, Jan. 24. Breaking and entering No sign of forced entry to the detached garage where a mitre saw was taken from, Wentworth Avenue, Jan. 24. Entry made through an unlocked door on the detached garage, vehicle inside had stereo removed, Burns Avenue, Jan. 24. A laptop was taken from a vehicle inside an unlocked detached garage, Wilmuth Avenue, Jan. 24. Victim’s unlocked detached garage was entered, tools and equipment were taken, Burns Avenue, Jan. 27. Theft A television and cash were reportedly taken from the victim’s residence, Van Roberts Place, Feb. 8.


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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Wood Herron & Evans announces the addition of Wyoming resident Charles (“Chip”) H. Brown III as a firm partner. “Our clients look to us to reBrown solve complex issues and disputes. Chip has a well demonstrated ability to understand and find innovative solutions to those complex challenges. His success as a litigator focusing on intellectual property disputes stems, in part, from his early experience as an industrial engineer for a Fortune 100 company,” senior partner Bob

Chambers said. “We expect his well-honed litigation skills to be an asset to our team and to our clients.” Licensed to practice before the US Patent Office, Brown has a solid foundation for enforcing patent rights and defending against infringement claims. Most recently, having been tapped to lead improvements in Medicaid fraud detection for the Ohio Auditor of State, Brown brought his leadership and investigative skills to bear resulting in a four-fold improvement in detection of Medicaid fraud.

Aunt Millie’s outlet opening in Springdale

Aunt Millie’s will be opening a new bakery out-

let at 11582 Springdale Pike, in the Springdale Town Center. Aunt Millie’s Bakeries is a family-owned company headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN, since 1901. Springdale opening will bring the number of bakery outlets to 36 for Aunt Millie’s and fifth in the state of Ohio and will employ five people. The hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Morris promoted at Fifth Third

The Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors has promoted Sharonville resident Erin Morris to officer. Morris is an operational risk management specialist. She joined the

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS GLENDALE

344 Cleveland Ave.: Redknot Realty LLC to Garry Katherine Mae & Ryan Anthony Gary; $189,000. 815 Woodbine Ave.: Mangold Scott G. to Oconnell Monica & Joseph Courts; $382,500.

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253 Nelson Lane: Matthews Angela N. to Messer Daniel R. & Kara L.; $81,000. 253 Nelson Lane: Matthews Angela N. to Messer Daniel R. & Kara L.; $81,000. 258 Nelson Lane: Comer Daniel S. to Huerta Sergio & Margarita Cabrera; $50,378. 668 Coxbury Circle: Fitzgerald James J. to Hargrove Renee; $138,750.

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Dr. Chad Bierbaum opens dental practice in Sharonville

Dr. Chad Bierbaum has opened his family dental practice at 11440 Lippelman Road in Sharonville. The office was purchased from the retiring Dr. Dan Constable who served the community at this location for more than 37 years. Constable’s former staff will stay on with Bierbaum Bierbaum and continue to serve their patients. Total body wellness is at the forefront of the office philosophy Bierbaum invites you to discuss how

your oral health may be affecting the rest of the your health. Bierbaum will provide families with comprehensive dental care and is available for your dental emergencies. To meet Bierbaum or to schedule an appointment, please call the office at 513-771-9190.

SkillSource schedules ‘Relate’ seminars

SkillSource Business Builders will host a series of seminars beginning in March to help executives and employees improve listening skills, build respect and implement effective conflict resolution in the workplace. The series, called “Relate,” is designed to help organization leaders and employees assess their skill sets and work on improving communication so they can be more effective in their jobs and relationships, said Chuck Proudfit, SkillSource

founder and president. All seminars will be at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road in Cincinnati and from 8 a.m. to12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seminars topics and dates are: “Respect: The Skill of Listening for Understanding” March 20, April 17 and May 15; and “Manage Conflict: Understanding and Managing Conflicts,” on March 20, April 17, and June 19. “Dare to Confront: Confrontation Paradigm Shift” will be May 15 and June 19. Cost is $125 per person per seminar, with advance registration needed. To reserve a place, contact Laura Jackson, SkillSource business development officer, at 513477-2652 or email ljackson @skillsource.com. For a complete list of series presentation dates through November, go to http://bit.ly/ssrelate.

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $56,000.

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1239 Laurence Road: Dotson Donald D. Tr & Marian V. Tr to Michael Jeremy M. & Ellen D.; $190,000. 269 Hillcrest Drive: Barczewski David E. to Wise Geoffrey M. & Roswitha; $315,000. 47 Sherry Road: Homesteading And Urban Redevelopmet Corp. to Pro Tide Ventures; $62,000. 9 West Hill Lane: Terreblanche Judith Cornel & Timothy Warren to Humler Demian & Susan

Farmer; $325,000.

SHARONVILLE

11039 Prince Lane: Springer James A. to New Saigon LLC; $200,000. 11049 Prince Lane: Springer James A. to New Saigon LLC; $100,000. 11121 Main St.: Taylor Robert G. Tr to Hilton Michael R. & Jennifer C.; $85,000. 3833 Creek Road: Kowalski Christina & Michael to Konstandenos Panagitis; $107,500. 3870 Malaer Drive: Perkins Barbara Joann & Ray Morgan Jr. to Zoztex Corp.; $100,000.

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 8580 Cheviot Rd., Colerain Twp 741-7017 www.ourfbc.com Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School (all ages) 9:30am 10:30am Sunday Morning Service 6:30pm Sunday Evening Service 7:00pm Wedn. Service/Awana RUI Addiction Recovery (Fri.) 7:00pm

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United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Mark Reuter Sunday School 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available www.cpopumc.org “Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”

8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org "Return to Me When You are Afraid" 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

Services

Sunday School - 10:00 am Sunday Morning - 11:00 am Sunday Evening - 6:00 pm Wednesday - 7:00 pm Evening Prayer and Bible Study

Wyoming Baptist Church

(A Church For All Seasons) Burns and Waverly Avenues Cincinnati OH 45215 821.8430

Steve Cummins, Senior Pastor Sunday School..............................9:00 am Coffee & Fellowship...................10:00 am Praise & Worship........................10:30 am www.wyomingbc.homestead.com Visitors Welcome!

EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 christchurch1@fuse.net www.christchurchglendale.org The Reverend Roger L Foote 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-12

LUTHERAN Faith Lutheran LCMC 8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown www.faithcinci.org

Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am

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

www. trinitymthealthy.org 513-522-3026

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

Worship: 8:30 am traditional - 10:45 am contemporary Sunday School: 9:45 am Nursery provided

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 5921 Springdale Rd

Rev. Richard Davenport, Pastor Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:15 a.m. Sundays

Classic Service and Hymnbook

www.trinitylutherancincinnati.com

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Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:45am

Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www. mhumc.org Spiritual Checkpoint ... Bearing the Love of Christ...for you!

www.churchbythewoods.org 3755 Cornell Rd., Sharonville , Ohio 45241 You have a choice of Ministry: 1. Traditional Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: English Multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic. 2. Contemporary Sunday Worship with Freedom Church at 10:30 AM. Language: English It’s not about Religion; it’s about relationships! www.freedomchurchcincinnati.com 3. Taiwanese Traditional Sunday Worship st 2:00 PM. Language: Taiwanese, UC Campus Fellowship on Saturdays, www.cincinnatitaiwanese.org 4. Seventh Day Adventist Saturday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: Spanish Loving - Caring - and Sharing God’s Word Notes: Nursery School is provided at each Worship time English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught on Saturday 10-12 AM. Various Bible Studies are available.

EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 513-931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Gathering: Bible & Conversation 11:30 - 12:30 Nursery Available Handicap Access "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.

513-563-0117

www.sharonville-umc.org

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

VINEYARD CHURCH NORTHWEST Colerain Township Three Weekend Services Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Road 1/4 mile south of Northgate Mall 513-385-4888 µ www.vcnw.org

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

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Northminster Presbyterian Church 703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Growing Faith, Sharing Hope, Showing Love Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer, Rich Jones & 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 United Church of Christ 5312 Old Blue Rock Rd., off Springdale

Phone: 385-9077 Rev. Michelle Torigian Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am Nursery Available/Handicap Access www.stpaulucccolerain.org www.facebook.com/StPaulUCC

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