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A grant from the National Science Foundation has created an opportunity for two Princeton High School teachers to teach an engineering and physics curriculum through STEM.

Correction Heritage Village Museum’s “first-person” programs about the nation’s most revered First Ladies costs $20 per program. The figure was incorrect in the March 28 Tri-County Press. For more information call (513) 563-9484 or visit www.heritagevillage

Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest began Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as Tri-County Press. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.

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St. Michael Scouts reach out to homeless

Sharonville to consider aggregation again

First-graders collect for Lighthouse

Residents may have chance to vote in November

By Kelly McBride

SHARONVILLE — St. Michael daisies are blooming. First-graders in Daisy Troop 41747 have reached out to children in need, donating Girl Scout cookies and personal care packages to Lighthouse Youth Services, for homeless kids. Roland Kocsis and Jami Clarke, who work at Lighthouse, visited the girls during their meeting March 1, chatting with the girls about their outreach. Kocsis explained to the scouts what it means to be homeless. “They don’t have a place to go,” he said of the children. “They have no place to put their heads at night.” The girls learned that Lighthouse helps homeless children and their families by first getting them to shelters, then helping them get houseing and work for their parents. “We do this so they can live in the community again,” he said. The girls filled bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, tissues, combs and fruit snacks, tying the packages with ribbon. “When you’re living outside, you can only take what you can carry,” Kocsis said. “These are very important.” The girls also donated cookies to Lighthouse. “This is a special treat,” Clarke said, “that they would not have the money to buy.”

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Daisy Scouts fill bags with personal care items for children at Lighthouse Youth Services. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Wyoming hires middle school assistant principal Heybruch to replace retiring Barre Staff Report WYOMING — The Board of Education has hired an administrator to fill an upcoming vacancy as a school leader prepares for retirement. Christopher Heybruch will take over as assistant principal of Wyoming Middle School in August, as Bernie Barre retires after 21 years with the district. The school board approved a three-year contract during its March 26 meeting.


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Heybruch is a 1998 graduate of Heidelberg College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He has a masters of educaHeybruch tion from Xavier University. He is coming to Wyoming from Indian Hill Middle School, where he has been assistant principal since 2008. Before that, he was assistant principal at Fairfield High School and was dean of students at Fairfield Middle School. Heybruch has taught seventh-

grade math and fourth- and fifthgrade inclusion classes in Lebanon Schools. “Wyoming Schools are very pleased to welcome Chris to our district,” Superintendent Susan Lang said. “As an experienced administrator, he is very focused on supporting students with a clear vision for learning, is committed to developing a safe and positive school culture, and is an excellent communicator and collaborator. “He will be a great addition to the Middle School staff and to our district leadership team.” For more about your community, visit

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SHARONVILLE — City council is again considering whether to place gas and electric aggregation issues on the ballot. Two ordinances, which were required before the issues would have been put before voters, were defeated last fall. Though each passed with a simple majority vote of 4-3, a two-thirds majority was needed at the time because the ordinances were emergency measures needed to meet the Board of Elections deadline. Council members Paul Schmidt, Greg Pugh and Rob Tankersley cast the dissenting votes at that time. Aggregation is again being discussed, and if city council passes the measures, the issues likely will be placed on the November ballot. Michael Catanzaro, of the Utilities Group, addressed city council at its March 27 meeting, explaining the program and answering questions from the dais. The opt-out program would allow the city to shop for a natural gas and electric supplier that would offer a lower price to residents and business owners. Duke Energy would remain the provider of services, and customers would still call Duke in case of outages or other gas and electric problems. Billing would also go through Duke. Questions about possible switching fees, whether Sharonville would join other cities to negotiate rates, and educating the public were among concerns raised by several members of council. Public hearings will be held in upcoming months before the ordinances are placed before city council. For more about your community, visit Sharonville. Get regular Sharonville updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

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Summit preps for disaster By Kelly McBride

SPRINGDALE — Local emergency groups are offering a course in disaster response that will be open to the public in April. The Tristate Medical Reserve Corps, Northern Kentucky Citizen Corps, American Red Cross and other local volunteer groups will conduct the Tristate Disaster Volunteer Summit on April 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Vineyard Community Church, 11340 Century Circle East. Sign-in for the free event begins at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast and lunch

will be provided. Register at and click the registration link, or call 263-8200. Courses, which contain a hands-on component, include: » mass sasualty/start triage; » psychological first aid; » CERT 101; » animal first aid and handling; » damage assessment; » CPR training; and » introduction to radiation. Tristate Medical Reserve Corps includes 21 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Its purpose its


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to provide emergency staffing support to public health and medical emergency response efforts. "The importance of volunteers in most emergency situation can not be over stated," Springdale Health Commissioner Cammie Mitrione said of the program. "The value of trained volunteers in an emergency situation is even better," she said. "It's priceless in a natural or manmade disaster such as pandemic influenza like the H1N1 seen in 2009, tornados, and other such mass casualty or hazard type of emergency events. "Organizations are acknowledging that they can not respond adequately alone," she said. "Offering routine training to volunteers is a proven way to maintain their commitment and increase their response effectiveness." The courses within the summit will teach skills such as basic CPR, helping pets that are lost or injured, and protecting themselves and others in case of exposure to radiation. "The city of Springdale continues to support the TMRC in its efforts to build a regional all-hazards response volunteer base," Mitrione said. "Asking for assistance when it is needed and having someone to ask, such as the TMRC volunteers, will go a long way toward preventing disease and protecting lives in the event of crisis situation." For more about your community, visit

Glendale officer marks first year with village By Kelly McBride

GLENDALE — The police department's newest officer has reached his one-year anniversary, and Village Council has recognized that with an increase in his pay. Steve Keist, who worked his first year at 80 percent of his salary, has been bumped to 90 percent. At the end of his second probationary year, he will begin to receive full pay. His pay increased to $27.24 per hour, up from $24.76. At 100 percent, he will earn $31.38 per hour. Keist was sworn in as a full-time patrolman in February 2011. Before working in Glendale, he served with the Seven Mile and Trenton police departments, and came to the village from the Butler County Sheriff's Office. With a dozen years of experience, Keist has

Steve Keist has begun his second year as a Glendale police officer. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS worked with bike patrols and narcotics investigations, as well. "Officer Keist has performed in an outstanding fashion," Mayor Ralph Hoop said during Village Council's Feb. 6 meeting, "and this recognizes that with a bump up in pay." "He was a wonderful find," Police Chief Dave Warman said. "He has exceeded all expectations.

"Officer Keist has done an outstanding job." Keist said he feels fortunate to be working for the village. "It's been a great year," Keist said. "Great department, great community. "I felt welcomed by the citizens of Glendale." For more about your community, visit

Wyoming thanks resident By Kelly McBride

WYOMING — City Council has thanked a member of the Environmental Stewardship Commission with a resolution outlining her four years of service to the city. Ann Verhaeghe has served for four years on the commission that recommends proposals for solid waste management, and advises on programs for recycling, composting and environmental education. "Ann has worked to en-

able the people of this community to have a high awareness of the importance Verhaeghe of preserving the earth's resources to the benefit of future generations," the resolution stated. Verhaeghe was thanked for her efforts to promote environmental stewardship. "Ann has worked open-

ly and with great care to research the options, engage the community and to provide Council with the results and her insights and knowledge," Mayor Barry Porter read in the resolution. "Wyoming City Council, on behalf of all of the citizens of Wyoming, give our heartfelt thanks to Ann for her steadfast service and creative contribution to our community." For more about your community, visit

Crouse named Princeton’s associate superintendent Princeton's director of curriculum will take over for the district's associate superintendent, who is retiring.


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The Board of Education upheld the change with a unanimous vote during a March 27 meeting. Amy Crouse, who has held the position of curriculum director for three years, will replace Mari Phillips beginning Aug. 1. Crouse has worked at Princeton for nine years, also had held positions in other districts as a math and science teacher, assistant principal and principal.

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Fond memories of Easters with Nellie How serendipitous to receive a letter from Springdale’s Nina Kline, just in time for Evelyn Easter. Perkins Her COLUMNIST sister, Nellie Ratley, and Nellie’s husband, Claire, live in Heritage Hill with an astonishing collection of more than 150 different deviled egg plates hanging all over their dining room walls. That’s not counting the ones on shelves. The plates are in every imaginable design, size and color for each season, holiday and just because they’re attractive: Pflatzgraff and Lenox; honey bees with a covered beehive in the middle; Depression glass from Nina; a ceramic basket with rabbits for handles and one that says ‘Families are circles of love and strength.’ For 20 years, Nellie’s three sisters, Norma, Nina and Norene, their husbands, children, grandchildren and others gathered to celebrate Easter at the Ratleys, give thanks, eat ham, green beans from

Claire’s garden, fresh corn, layered lettuce salad, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, Graeter’s rolls, ice cream and candy, hide eggs, play pinochle and talk. Talented, generous Nellie used to do all the cooking, and sent her three brothers in Kentucky peanut butter fudge that she could make with her eyes closed. She made candy, cookies and sheet cakes for every place she worked. Her dementia renders Nellie unable to continue at such a pace, but her family deeply appreciates Claire and Nellie, and cherishes memories of Easter at their home. Nina wrote, “One of the best times we had was eating Nellie’s deviled eggs before and during dinner. Any time was deviled egg time. That may be when the collection of plates began.” Friends and relatives contributed; one piece is even from Germany. Over time they collected so many that Claire began hanging them on the walls. Someone once bumped a wall and five plates fell and shattered. When it was time for new carpet, the installer said all the

Nellie Ratley in her Springdale dining room filled with deviled eggs plates. She is holding the deviled eggs made by her sister, Nina Kline. EVELYN PERKINS/FOR THE COMMUNITY plates had to be removed. Using Post-It notes, Claire numbered each plate and put the corresponding number where the plates had been so they could be returned to their special places. He jokes, “If the plates don’t stay with the house, someone will have a lot of holes

to fill.” Nina and Nellie’s paternal line comes from France and England boasting a long line of educators. The maternal side is Irish. Nina relates, “We grew up on a small piece of land…in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Our father,

Richard Gentry, was a school teacher for 45 years. Our mother, Maude Poteet Gentry, raised a few chickens, milked a cow, grew a garden and together they raised seven children. Easter Sunday was a day we were allowed to eat as many eggs as we wanted. Somehow

those few chickens increased their egg output the week before Easter, or else someone had stockpiled them, because there were always enough to color and eat. We always had company for lunch and then came hiding and hunting eggs.” Claire retired as a federally licensed zoologist in 2000. His group traveled to Cincinnati, Dayton and Cleveland schools after WWII to exhibit wildlife before the Cincinnati Zoo began that practice. His parrot talked to the students whom Claire taught to respect domestic animals. He bottle raised a lion cub. A llama, baby wallaby, and a cougar whose mother neglected it were among many that found TLC under his care. I am so glad I didn’t give up sweets for Lent. Along with the recipe, Nina gifted me with a tin of Reese Cup candy and fudge that she made. Scrumptious! 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.

Glendale offers seedlings for Arbor Day By Kelly McBride

GLENDALE — An effort rooted in appreciation for the tree-lined streets and forested greenbelts throughout the village has prompted a proclamation of Arbor Day. The announcement, read by Mayor Ralph Hoop during Village Council's March 26 meeting, recognized Glendale's continuing awareness of the values of trees and forests, and a focus on conservation and restoration of the village's tree-lined streets. Hoop also noted that private grants and funds were used to remove dead street trees, ground stumps and plant trees to continue the reforestation of the village canopy. To celebrate the April 27 holiday, Glendale distributed 400 free seedlings to the residents of the village.

The Wurzelbacher family, Jennifer, Steve and their son Drew, take home a seedling in honor of Arbor Day. PROVIDED Village Administrator Loretta Rokey said seedlings are still available by contacting the Village offices at 771-7200. For more about your community, visit

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DARE valued for education, rapport By Kelly McBride

The Super Bowl provided good material for Sgt. Craig Walsh as he taught a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) class at Glendale Elementary this week. He asked the fifthgraders to recall the commercials. Beer commercials. What message did they get from that, he asked. The kids laughed as they recalled the dog who was trained to bring beer on command. The message was fun, entertaining, a party. That was the challenge. To help them understand the dangers of drinking alcohol. Through videos, print materials and conversation, the DARE program reaches out to school children to explain the slippery slope of alcohol and drugs, and helps them learn to resist peer pressure when they’re tempted. It’s a program that police departments fund through state grants for public schools, and from their own budgets for the private schools. It’s a valuable program, they agree. “Even if one student can say no, and resist drugs and alcohol, it’s worth it,” Glendale Police Chief Dave Warman said. “They will be faced with it, from their friends, and even at home,” he said. Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE.helps give them the tools they need to resist, he said.

Sgt. Craig Walsh conducts a DARE class at Glendale Elementary. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Officer Marsha Bemmes-Hoctor runs the DARE program for the Springdale Police Department, and Officer Cheryl Baarlaer teaches the Sharonville program. “DARE is more than just education about drugs and alcohol,” Baarlaer said. “They work on decision-making, role play peer pressure situations, and talk about the importance of healthy friendships. “The students learn that their actions have equal and opposite reactions,” she said. “They have to think before they act. If they think they are not going to like the possi-

ble outcome, then they need to change their response. “That is the lesson I really focus on,” Baarlaer said. “I remind them that their decisions not only affect them, but their family, friends and community.” Kevin Simons said the Glendale DARE program showed him the importance of being strong under peer pressure. “If there’s a party and there’s drugs and alcohol, I can make a better choice, and say no,” he said. Interaction with a police officer in a classroom setting exposes the children to police officers in a

positive environment. “The program is important to the department because of the rapport I develop with the students and their families,” Baarlaer said. “If we are working on an investigation and need information, students are willing to talk to me because they trust me.” Glendale fifth-grader Mario Monds said he was nervous around police before Walsh and Lt. Dave LeCompte came to his classroom. “Now I know that they’re not mean, like the seem on TV,” he said. “If it wasn’t for DARE, later in life I might make a really stupid choice.” “DARE is more than just Drug Abuse Resistance Education,” Baarlaer said. “It’s about building ties with students, families and the community. “The schools, police and community have to work together if we want to create a better future for our children,” Baarlaer said. “That can’t be accomplished just by driving around in a patrol car.” Glendale Elementary Principal Jodi Davidson said students are building a positive relationship with the police officers, and are taking those experiences home with them. “We’re starting the conversation about what they’re going to face,” Davidson said. “Then, it’s important for parents to continue that conversation.” For more about your community, visit

Hard work pays off for rec dept. Sponsorships help cut costs By Kelly McBride


Steady is the course. That was the recreation department’s motto as it walked the steeper path of a tough economy of 2011. Recreation Director Sue Koetz presented the department’s annual report to city council March 27, highlighting the challenges and victories of her staff’s hard work. The department decreased expenses by nearly $87,000 last year, through sponsorships, efficient scheduling, price shopping, and an increase in volunteer h ours. “Everyone worked extremely hard,” Koetz said of the recreation department employees. She cited sponsorships for the senior adult program, bringing $1,700 to cover expenses and divert additional costs of the programs. Koetz worked with city administrators on staffing, trimming the nursery and community center hours and using skeleton crews. Shopping for vendors and equipment was done more strategically, bringing lower costs in both areas, she reported. Among other changes in 2011, Koetz pointed to the introduction of credit card payments in November. “It’s been successful,”

she said, “and a great customer service.” During 2011, Sharonville began to charge a small fee for the use of picnic shelters, bringing the department $2,250. Other revenue builders included rate increases for the multi-purpose room, meeting room, Lovitt Building and Crescentville Family Center. The hot summer brought 21,000 visitors to the center’s pools at the Family Aquatic Center Pool and Gormal Pool. Koetz said more than 4,300 guests generated more than $17,000 in revenue. Concession revenue for 2011 totaled nearly $20,000. “Between pool guests and concession sales, there was a total profit of $25,659,” Koetz said in her report. “It appears that with the economy, people stayed closer to home, using local services,” she said. Looking to 2012, Koetz said methods to increase revenue, lower expenses and operate efficiently will remain as a priority. The Recreation Department will also implement a master plan that will include a reassessment of operations, facilities and department goals, she said. For more about your community, visit Get regular Sharonville updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Basketball teams raise money for Shriners Vikings, Milford contribute more than $1,500

By Kelly McBride

Both teams were winners of this basketball game. Competition between Princeton and Milford varsity teams in November raised $1,550 for Shriners Hospital for Children, in

the school's annual foundation game. Mary Smith, Princeton's basketball booster president, organized the game, which paired two groups close to her heart. Smith's son, Michael, had played basketball. The 2011 graduate also was a burn victim. "Each year, Princeton plays a game to give back to the community," Smith said of the annual event. Proceeds from the game were donated to Shriners

on behalf of the two schools, and a check was presented during a ceremony Jan. 10. "The whole experience strengthened the relationship between Princeton and Milford high schools, and provided the student athletes from each team an opportunity to realize they have much to offer their respective communities," said Mike Wilson, director of the Princeton Education Foundation. Smith said the donation

is even more important to Shriners because of the tough economy. "This is an organization that runs on donations," she said. "They don't allow any patients to even make a copay. "As much help as we can get is appreciated." To donate to Shriners, visit the website at

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A check for $1,550 was presented to Shriners representatives Jan. 10. At the ceremony were, from left: Dorian Jordan, Coach Mike Anderson, Donna McCartney, Christian Lohmeier, Mary Smith, Deion Isham, Vanessa Mosley and De'Arius Young. PROVIDED

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Princeton takes on Harlem Globetrotters for fun, funds The Princeton All Stars will take on the Harlem Globetrotter Legends in a game of fun and fund raising. On Thursday, April 12, the show begins at 5 p.m. in the main gym at Princeton High School. The Globetrotter Legends team includes players from the Harlem Globetrotters, NBA, NFL, USA Olympians and other professional athletes. Visiting Princeton for that game will be Larry Shorty Coleman, Michael Douglas, Tyrone Hollywood Brown, Elbert Tree Gordon, Antoine Scott and Mike

Glenn. Funds raised through the game against Princeton will go to the athletic department. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $13 at the door. Children under age 5 are free. Tickets are available in the athletic office at Princeton High school, 864-1580, and the first 200 sold will include a free bag of popcorn from the concession stand during the event. For more about your community, visit

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Adding STEAM to water robotics By Kelly McBride

A grant from the National Science Foundation has created an opportunity for two Princeton High School teachers to teach an engineering and physics curriculum through STEM. Brian Lien and Chris Anderson are using the $3,500 grant to offer a water robotics project to students in Lien’s “Engineering Your Future” class and Anderson’s science class. They will receive curriculum training March to prepare them to teach the classes next fall. It’s an opportunity neither would have without the grant funding. “If I want to do creative lessons in my class that teach the core curriculum, there’s no money in my budget to do that,” Lien said. “To get new, creative, innovative supplies, it’s worth it to me to write those grants so I can get those supplies the kids will need to learn the STEAM philosophy. “It helps us develop the student of the 21st Century,” he said. “It helps prepare them for careers after school.” STEAM is an outgrowth of

STEM, adding the arts to a program that combines science, technology, engineering and math in a comprehensive curriculum. “(Anderson) teaches buoyancy through lectures,” Lien said. “However, this can fit in with those concepts of the core curriculum, in a lab he can use. “A lot of kids understand robotics, but once you add the element of water, now they have to learn the science of buoyancy.” It will be the sixth year that Lien has taught the underwater ROV (remote operated vehicle) curriculum, using grant funds from Lego. “This is going to add another step to it,” he said. “They won’t just have a controller, they’ll have to program the robot.” The funds will cover the cost of the training, Lego parts, a small swimming pool to test the robots and programming components.


Princeton hosts kindergarten info session Princeton City School District will host a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten information session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Princeton High School's Matthews Auditorium, 11080 Chester Road. Parents of students eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for the 20122013 school year are encouraged to attend. Information about various topics such as registration, curriculum, transportation, etc... will be presented. Packets containing all necessary registration documents will be available following these information sessions. Beginning May 7, completed registration packets must be submitted in person at the District Central Registration and Welcome Center Office, 3900 Cottingham Drive. Central registration hours are 7:30 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. (New student registration documentation will not be accepted at the elementary buildings. Registration packets will be accepted beginning May 7. Any questions regarding pre-kindergarten or kindergarten registration that may arise after this information session may be directed to the school office.

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An ROV, which had picked up a metal washer, drops it into a bucket. Students built the robot as part of a 2009 class at Princeton High School.


Students test their ROVs in the pool at Princeton High School in 2009.



Bethany School sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders were privileged to listen to Kirk Sinclair talk about the walk across America that he and his wife, Cindy, are making. The Sinclairs are averaging about 20 miles a day on the American Discovery Trail to bring attention to humanitarianism across the United States. From left: Cindy Sinclair and sixth-graders Ziyad Hattar, Ruku Pal, Alayna Hatfield and A.J. Kool pose with Kirk Sinclair and his backpack.

These first- and second-graders are with Principal Jemel Weathers from Evendale Elementary and are celebrating reading. All week the students have made and traded bookmarks, brought in book to share, had visitors to come in to read and today they are dressed like their favorite characters. Students include:ÊRylee Meyer (Fancy Nancy), Nyelle Brown (Beauty), Gloria Dunlap (American Girl Doll), Emma Hood (Tangled) and Peyton Wilp (Mickey Mouse). THANKS TO



Several area school board members were honored by the Ohio School Boards Association for their knowledge, service and dedication to improvement. The entire Great Oaks Board of Directors received a Gold Level Effective School Board Award for its work throughout 2011. Barbara Parry, a member of the Great Oaks Board of Directors and the Hamilton County Education Service Center (ESC) Board, was presented with the Master Board Member award, a lifetime achievement award. Parry also received the Award of Achievement, an annual award. Six other Great Oaks Board members also received the Award of Achievement. They are: Marilee Broscheid, who also serves on the Hamilton County ESC Board. Mark Ewing, Batavia School Board, Award of Achievement for the sixth time. Terry Gibson, Lockland. Beverly Rhoads, Hillsboro, earned the Award of Achievement for a fifth time. Sue Steele, Goshen, who received the Award of Achievement for a fourth time. Ken White, Mariemont. Four Great Oaks Board members received service awards for their time on area school boards. They are: Stan Markey of LynchburgClay Local Schools, 20 years of service. Cindy Emmert of Winton Woods, 15 years of service. Tawana Lynn Keels of Princeton, 15 years of service. Steve Smith of Deer Park, 10 years of service.



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Roper leads by example for Princeton softball

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SHARONVILLE — Princeton head softball coach Mary Von Bargen said her team is meshing as it begins the new season. With junior catcher Emily Roper providing leadership, it’s no surprise the team is optimistic. Roper, who received FirstTeam All-GMC recognition a season ago, is preparing for her

third year on the varsity squad. She also recently completed her third year on the varsity basketball team as the second-leading scorer. “Emily is a coaches’ dream,” Von Bargen said. “She demands the best in herself at everything she does.” Roper hit .400 with the three home runs and14 RBI last spring. But those aren’t Roper’s only eye-popping stats. The senior and her 4.44 GPA are the definition of a scholar athlete “She always gives her very

“Emily is a coaches’ dream. She demands the best in herself at everything she does.” MARY VON BARGEN

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best at whatever she does,” head basketball coach Jill Phillips said. Roper enters the new season

eager to build off last year’s GMC All-Star recognition. “Last year I was honorable mention all-city (in softball),” Roper said. “My goal this year is to be all-city. I worked on my hitting a lot over the summer and I am trying to not pull everything so much. I am still getting back into softball from basketball.” Elsewhere on the diamond, senior Erin Powell should also cause opposing teams some headaches. Von Bargen said the center fielder is a left-handed slap hitter with good speed on the base-

paths. Senior first baseman Tatiana DeGrafenreid should also boost the squad’s lineup now that’s she’s at full health after undergoing knee surgery, according to Von Bargen. In the circle, the Lady Vikings will turn to senior Emma Ficke. Ficke is already 1-1 on the year with a 1.50 ERA. She has 11 strikeouts in 14 innings of work. Princeton opened the season against Springboro March 24. The squad won the first game of a double header 7-6, but lost the second contest, 3-2.


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Junior Gabby Potvin has been a three-year starter for coach Holly Muehlenkamp in the Wyoming pitching circle. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Wyoming junior shortstop Audra Chalmers is the team's best returning hitter. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Wyoming lead-off hitter Patty Williams awaits her sign from coach Holly Muehlenkamp on March 29 as the Cowboys took on Deer Park. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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All but 2 players return for 9-7 squad from 2011 By Scott Springer

WYOMING — In Wyoming, the hope is familiarity breeds success on the diamonds this spring. Sixth-year Cowboys softball coach Holly Muehlenkamp has all but two players returning from last year’s 9-7 squad (9-5 Cincinnati Hills League). With a pair of sophomores moving up from the reserve team and a pair of talented freshmen, Muehlenkamp would like to challenge for the league title. “We have some freshmen that are filling gaps,” she said. “We’re competitive, we’re always competitive. Reading will be the

team to beat.” The Cowboys split with Reading a year ago and have third-year starter Gabby Potvin in the pitching circle. As a sophomore, Potvin had all nine Wyoming victories and a 2.18 earned run average. In year three, she’s exhibited a reliable presence for her coach. “She’s just confident out there,” Muehlenkamp said. “Her speed’s gotten a little bit better. Her fielding’s better. It used to be you’d hold your breath when the ball was hit to her.” Potvin is one of the rare pitchers in the area who does not hit and has had the extra time to work on her fielding. Wyoming’s top returning bats are junior shortstop Audra Chalmers, who hit .391 in 2011, and senior first baseman Carly Heuer, who checked in at .289. The Cowboys also return third-year third

baseman Clara Rodrigue, third-year center fielder Katie Horn and second baseman and lead-off hitter Patty Williams. Truth be told, Wyoming could field an even more competitive team if it could borrow from some of the other talented athletes in school. However, Muehlenkamp realizes the kids can only be spread so thin. It’s an issue not unique to Wyoming. “They’re busy, kids are starting to work more now and you’ve got lacrosse at Wyoming,” she said. “There’s four teams in our league that don’t have JV teams. We have one now, but it may not continue because of the number of kids. There’s not enough to sustain.” Muehlenkamp’s varsity group is back after spring break with a home game against Indian Hill April 9.

The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicked off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as the Tri-County Press. To vote, readers can get online at the same preps location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email mlaughman@ with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.


» This week’s MVP goes to Princeton’s Claudia Saunders for taking first place in the 110 (15.32) and 300 hurdles (43.66) at the La Salle Legends Classic March 24

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» Max Kadish pitched Wyoming to a 15-4 six inning win over Monroe March 26. The senior was also 3-5 at the plate. » Moeller beat Ross 4-2 on March 6. Zach Williams got the win and Ryan LeFevers drove in two runs. Cameron Whitehead had a run-scoring double. See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7



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Work ethic key for RB volleyball By Adam Turer

If the Roger Bacon High School boys volleyball team falls short of its state championship goal, it will certainly not be due to a lack of work ethic. The Spartans have shown an offseason dedication few teams can match. Between their commitment to improvement and their veteran leadership, the Spartans have laid the groundwork for a run at a second straight regional title. “We are a mature team, and we’re very seniorheavy,” said head coach Adam Goller. Goller has led the Spartans to two regional championships in the last three seasons. Last year, Roger Bacon lost in the state semifinals to eventual Division II state champion Alter. In 2009, the Spartans lost in the state semifinals to eventual Division II state champion St. Charles. The Spartans graduated some key seniors from last year’s squad, but have a strong core of seniors leading the team in 2012. “We have a great class of seniors,” said Goller. “So far, they have done everything that they were supposed to do.” Seniors Ben Rose, Paul Kraemer, Josh Wilking, and Connor Mouty lead the Spartans. Mouty is the reigning Greater Catholic League Central Co-Player of the Year. Goller is the reigning GCL Central Coach of the Year. Mouty is the team’s most versatile weapon, but the attack starts with the sets of Rose. These seniors have big match experience and know how to perform under pressure.

“Our expectations are as high as they are every year,” said Goller, adding that this team faces less pressure than the past Roger Bacon team that was ranked as the preseason favorite to win state. Behind the leadership of the seniors, the Spartans have committed to put in the work to get better while others are sleeping. On Saturday, March 17, the boys were practicing from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. “We’ve definitely put our time in in the gym,” said Goller. The underclassmen are inspired to send the seniors out on a high note. Thanks to the stretch of success under Goller, the program has been able to reload each season. “Winning has helped our numbers go up,” he said. “I think everyone has seen how our hard work pays off.” The Spartans aim to repeat as GCL Central champions and expect to face their biggest challenge in the league from McNicholas High School. On Senior Night, the Spartans will participate in the Courage Challenge. The first match of the season is Saturday, March 24, when the Spartans travel to Lakota West. Roger Bacon will get a shot at some regular season revenge against Alter on May 1. Led by Mouty and the rest of the talented and experienced senior class, the sky is the limit for this hard-working team. “Winning state is our goal every year,” said Goller. “We are doing everything within our power to better ourselves every day.”


the Year are: » Jasmine Cotten, University of Cincinnati track » Missy Harpenau, University of Cincinnati volleyball (Mother of Mercy grad) » Amanda Mason, Northern Kentucky University soccer (Northwest High School) » Casse Mogan, Northern Kentucky University basketball » Courtney Osborn, Miami University basketball » Jessica Simpson, Miami University softball Finalists for Overall High School Sportswoman of the Year are: » Hayley Stegemiller, Lebanon High School track and field » Sydney Moss, Boone County High School basketball » Carly Scheper, Notre Dame Academy diving

» Caitlyn Forman, Notre Dame Academy swimming » Megan Tenhundfeld, Ursuline Academy golf » Mehvish Safdar, Ursuline Academy tennis » Chandler Clark, Notre Dame Academy soccer » Michelle Strizak, Mt. Notre Dame High School volleyball » Claudia Saunders, Princeton High School cross country » Madyson Moran, Holy Cross High School softball Other awards are: » The Lifetime Service Award will go to Karen L. Womack, former assistant athletic director at Miami University. » High School Coach of the Year is Sara McSorley, soccer coach at Notre Dame Academy. » The Wilma Rudolph

Courage Award goes to Amber Gray of Xavier University. » College Coach of the Year is Susan Seaton, track and field coach at the University of Cincinnati. » Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award goes to Jan Worley, who plays softball with the Ohio Cardinals. » Sarah-Christin Mueller of Miami University will receive the Jean Dowell Scholarship for Leadership. » Theresa Hirschauer, athletic director and head of the middle school at Cincinnati Country Day School, will receive the Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the Year award. » Total Quality Logistics will receive the Women’s Sports Business Award.


The Level 2 (first and second grade) Sharonville Boys NRBL Basketball team cap an undefeated regular season with an undefeated tournament run. The boys finished the year a perfect 13-0. In front are Cole Walker, John Hicks, Blake Verdon, Jordan Artis and Brandon Rengering. In back are Andrew Edrington, coach Scott Verdon, coach Jeff Edrington, Charles Pelz and Jason Lavender. THANKS TO DEBBIE WALKER


The Crusaders beat Glen Este 13-3 on March 27. Ty Amann was 2-3 with a triple and three runs batted in.


» Ursuline defeated Dayton CJ and McNick to start off 2-0. Pitcher Danielle Stiene has been stellar for the Lions and is 2-0 on the year with 24 strikeouts. Hannah Mehrle pitched the squad to a victory (4-0) against Kings March 29.


» Princeton defeated Lakota East 5-0 behind

singles victories from Conner Nagel, Matt Arroyo and Brian Hazen March 29. » Wyoming blanked Finneytown 5-0 on March 27. Senior Luke Prather and freshmen Myles Bourbon and Will Carter were singles winners.

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» @MikeDyer: Wyoming High School has received close to 50 resumes for its head boys basketball coaching position. Goal is to name coach by end of April

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Fighting for fiscal discipline President Obama and I have wide disagreements over what should be done with the U.S. economy. I and other fiscally conservative members of Congress are deeply worried about the ballooning deficits that threaten our nation’s ability to pay its bills – and by the likelihood that this problem will be passed along to our children and grandchildren. The differences in approach to this problem are stark. They came into full view recently, when the president sent his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013 to Congress. I had hoped to see that the president was committed to: » bringing spending under


control; » balancing the budget; » paying down the debt; » encouraging economic growth. Instead, what I saw was more out-of-control spending and

higher taxes. Our first goal should be to create an environment wherein job creators are confident enough to invest again. This means eliminating bureaucratic regulations and paying down the debt. These actions will provide some certainty to our economy.

It is an approach that every American can understand: Don’t spend money you don’t have, and don’t go into debt if you can avoid it. This is the same simple arithmetic that every family in the country does. Unfortunately, the president’s budget is based on the same old irresponsible formula. The spending would start immediately, raising the projected deficit for the current fiscal year to $1.3 trillion – the fourth straight year with a deficit of more than $1 trillion. And, it would continue for the next 10 years. Over that time, the average annual deficit would be $725 billion. To pay for all of this spending, the president proposes to in-

We need to let our humanity prevail These are trying times for those of us who are concerned with humanity. What is so strange to me is the amount of inhumanity that is perpetrated in the name of religion. Like almost everyone else, I started life knowing little about other religions. Naturally, I believed what I was being taught was the true religion. When I moved into a mixed neighborhood, the conflict of ideas became a problem. Before I proceed with this essay I want make clear that I have become a very interested student of humanity. It is my policy to defend any religion, race or nationality when a discussion becomes hateful to anyone for what I consider no valid reason. Having said that, it was a few years ago that I was accused very wrongly of speaking disagreeably about a common religion that I greatly respected. Such is life. Humanity and reason do not always coexist. So, let’s examine humanity and where I started my interest in all religions. It was my sophomore year at Bowling Green State University. I was enrolled in a course in comparative religion. Much to the dismay of my professor, I in-

sisted on writing papers and discussing in class that there were more similarities than Edward Levy differences in COMMUNITY PRESS the religions GUEST COLUMNIST we discussed. This resulted in a mediocre grade. As is my practice, it is time for a quote. “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” That timely truth is by Jonathan Swift. It is also why it is important to write this essay The terrible killing of people because of religion, race or origin shows how important Swift’s words have become for the sake of humanity. Our major fault is that we are either taught to hate or that we naturally feel threatened by someone who is “not like us.” Either way, our humanity is in question. The recent slaying of Trayvon Martin proves this point. I have no opinion as to the fault. The problem is our inability to live as a community with standards that apply to all individuals equally. It is convenient to blame any religion, race or

nationality for the egregious faults of individuals of that community. With the increase in violence many people will consider their personal safety before giving the benefit of doubt. As a soldier in Germany and a member of the Occupation Forces, I found that by wearing civilian clothes to town and slowly learning and using German I soon made a number of friends. There was a simple and abiding lesson there. Simply put it was, to get along, go along. Solving our problems here may be that simple. As a member of the American society, no matter what your differences are, if you accept the habits and laws of your fellow citizens, you will gain acceptance. It may be slow, but your individual community must strongly enforce this idea. In the end the conflicts will ease and disappear. If we value the similarities in our religion, race and nationalities I believe others will value them too. Our humanity would prevail. Edward Levy is a resident of Montgomery and a former college professor.

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crease taxes by $1.9 trillion. That’s no way to revive our struggling economy. There’s a way to create jobs and to get this economy moving that doesn’t include higher taxes and more spending. That way is called fiscal discipline. I favor cutting taxes, getting rid of job-killing regulations, halting the spending of money we don’t have, and paying down the federal debt. I look forward to fighting for fiscal discipline on the House floor. Jean Schmidt is the U.S. Representative in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. Her local office number is 513-791-0381.

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One man, one vote for CMHA board In 1964 the United States Supreme Court established the idea of “one man, one vote.” In Reynolds vs. Sims, the court determined that state legislative districts had to be roughly equal in population. Before this ruling urban counties were often drastically underrepresented. The idea of equitable representation was favored by progressives at the time to counter balance the dominance of rural and suburban coalitions. Today, two local state legislators are proposing to correct a similar long standing inequity in the make up of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) board. But now some progressive politicians and activists are opposing this overdue move to make the CMHA board truly representative of the area it serves, all of Hamilton County with the exception of one small portion of Harrison Township. Currently, CMHA’s board includes five appointees. The appointments are made by the Hamilton County Commissioners, the Court of Common Pleas, the Court of Appeals and by the city of Cincinnati city manager. One of the appointments must be a CMHA program participant. Three appointees are selected by public officials representing the entire county

(which includes the city of Cincinnati), but two more are exclusively named by the Cincinnati city manager. State Rep. Dusty Rhodes COMMUNITY PRESS Louis Terhar’s and State Sen. GUEST COLUMNIST Bill Seitz’ bill would add two more representatives, one from the county’s suburban municipalities and one from the county’s townships. Why should the city of Cincinnati have disproportionately excessive representation on a board making decisions well beyond their boundaries? Why can’t suburban communities and townships have equal representation on a board making decisions which significantly impact them? The current unfairness in CMHA board membership is indefensible. Thanks to Representative Terhar and Senator Seitz for introducing this bill to assure equal representation for all county residents. The inequity the status quo perpetuates by practicing the politics of exclusion must be addressed.

Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. He lives in Delhi Township.

Plan for your financial future Spring is officially here. That means it’s time for spring cleaning! People everywhere are shedding the effects of fall and winter. What about dusting off your long-term financial plan? April is National Financial Literacy Month – the perfect time to spring into action when it comes to planning your financial future. If you already have a plan, this is a great opportunity to take review and update it, if there have been changes in your family situation or circumstances. According to a 2011 survey by the Employee Benefit Re-


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Bethany School collected items for the March 2 tornado victims. The idea for the drive came from second-grader Faith Fuller and her father, Courtis Fuller, of News5. Hundreds of items were collected and delivered to Piner Elementary School in Piner, KY. Eighth-grader Kayla Milton, kindergartner Robert Kreidler and fourth-grader Bobby McAlpine assist Fuller in loading the truck. THANKS TO SCOTT BRUCE

Princeton reaches out to tornado victims By Kelly McBride

As the Federal Emergency Management Agency is moving into areas devastated by the March 2 tornadoes, the Princeton community reached out to storm victims. The high school’s Key Club and community services classes collected items that were delivered to Matthew:25 Ministries in Blue Ash. Other members of the Princeton family also had an opportunity to contribute. Glendale Elementary Principal Jodi Davidson, who had worked in New Richmond before joining the Princeton staff, organized a donation drive. “As we have all watched the news of the devastation of the

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tornadoes, we have also wanted to find ways to help,” Davidson said in a message to her fellow workers. “I worked in New Richmond School District for many years and have many former staff and students that were affected. Davidson delivered personal hygiene items and toys on Saturday, and said she’d like to deliver more. “It was moving to see the displaced elementary and middle school students finding joy in the coloring books, glow bands and Hot Wheels that we brought,” she said of her visit. “I am aware of sixththrough-eighth-grade students, and 15 elementary students in kindergarten through sixth-grade that have lost almost everything.”

Tom Tringelof, who works in the Glendale Service Department, saw a piece of paper on the ground as he was working at Summit Park March 7. When he picked it up to throw away, he noticed that it was a canceled check, from 1985. It was written by Kathleen Nance, of Pekin, Ind., where last week's tornadoes devastated the rural town about 140 miles away. PROVIDED Kathleen Nance, of Pekin Ind., wrote this check for $2.50 on Nov. 8, 1985. PROVIDED

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WYOMING — As a lieutenant in the resource management unit of the Cincinnati Fire Department, it was Matt Flagler's job to make sure equipment was delivered to the emergency crews helping victims of the March 2 tornadoes. Flagler A member of the Incident Management Assistant Team, he drove portable lighting to the village of MosFlagler cow, a tiny burb of about 250 residents that was devastated by the storms. The equipment was provided through Homeland Security funds for use in the 12county region. Flagler said it was important for him to go, to see the devastation in the town where he had visited family members as a kid. "To be able to stand where I did, and see landmarks you shouldn't be able to see, was amazing," Flagler said. "Everything was flattened." He saw victims emerging from the debris. "Residents were coming out, clutching belongings, with mud-caked hair," Flagler said. "It really hit home that there was human cost." The Wyoming resident, who also works as a volunteer firefighter there, then drove to the command post in Batavia, working through the night to develop an emergency plan for the following day. "The goal of that crew is to help set them up for what was to begin in morning," he said. "The search suspended overnight because we were confident we had searched critical areas and were going to wait until daylight." Though it was a long, tiring weekend, Flagler said the collaboration was invaluable during the disaster. "It provides a smoother, more constructive process," he said of the system that was established post-Hurricane Katrina. "There might not have been a process at all in the past." He praised the local crews for their hard work. "The truly admirable people were the local responders who responded quickly and professionally to the homes of their friends and relatives," Flagler said. "It must have been very traumatic for them and they all performed well."


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Exhibits First Ladies of Fashion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Featuring 14 gowns on loan from Frankenmuth Historical Association, exhibit has been traveling country to give viewers more insight into the lives of former First Ladies. Exhibit continues through June 17. $2. 563-9484; Sharonville. Sharonville.


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Eggsellent!, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $5, $4 children at the door. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

Eating for Health, 5:30-6:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Nutrition class highlighting healthy nutrition principles. Topics include nutrition minicourse, truth about whole foods or nutrition for women. With Kathy Haugen, registered dietitian. $10, free for members. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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Four-Part Headache Series, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, With Dr. Doug Linz, TriHealth Pavilion’s medical director. Weekly through April 26. Series of avenues to manage headaches. $20. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Men and women ages 25 and up. $15, free members. Through Dec. 28. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 8918277. Sycamore Township.

Nature Eggsellent!, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, 10623 Springfield Pike, Highfield Discovery Garden. Look at eggs of all sorts, from bug eggs to bird eggs and a few other unusual eggs. $5, $4 children at the door. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, College and Military Night, $4. $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. Through May 27. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a 3-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Sts. Peter and Paul Church of Reading Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Sts. Peter and Paul Church of Reading, 417 W. Vine St., Cafeteria. Pizza, clam chowder, baked fish, fries, macaroni and cheese, green beans, slaw, beer, soda and desserts. Carryout available. $6.25 dinner, $4.25 sandwiches. 554-1311. Reading. Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 791-4424; Blue Ash.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 5-7 p.m., Wyoming Wines, 1208 Springfield Pike, Carefully selected flight of five wines in tasting room. Taste one or all five, most are just $1 per pour. 761-9463; Wyoming.

Exhibits First Ladies of Fashion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $2. 563-9484; Madeira.

Religious - Community Community Passover Seder, 7:30 p.m., Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Follows Maariv evening services 7:30 p.m. Includes recitation of the Mah Nishtanah, hand-made matzah, wine, dialogue, kosher meal and special children’s Seder. $32, $22 ages 11 and under. Reservations required. 793-5200; Blue Ash.


The Glendale Fire Department is having an Easter egg hunt from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Lake Park in Glendale. Included in the festivities is an Easter egg hunt for the children, an egg roll for kids and parents and sack races for kids and parents. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. For information, call 771-7200. FILE PHOTO Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Clubs & Organizations


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

Art & Craft Classes Woodturning Demonstration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 421 E. Kemper Road, Christopher Schwarz, woodworking hand tool guru, demonstrates hand sharpening techniques and discusses hand plane uses and techniques. Free. 671-7711. Springdale.

Exercise Classes Pilates Plus, 6:50-7:50 p.m., Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave., Unique system of strengthening and stretching exercises through slow, mindful and purposeful movements. $5. Presented by Springdale Parks and Recreation. 346-3910. Springdale.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 5-7 p.m., Wyoming Wines, 761-9463; Wyoming.

Exercise Classes Big John’s Zumba Hour, 11 a.m.-noon, Holiday Inn Cincinnati I-275 North, 3855 Hauck Road, Ballroom. $5. 907-3512. Sharonville. TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Designed for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. Total body workout, bootcamp style. $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Exhibits First Ladies of Fashion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $2. 563-9484; Sharonville.

Holiday - Easter Springdale’s Easter Egg Hunt, Noon, Ross Park, Nelson Lane and Lawnview Avenue, Children bring basket or bag. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Greater Springdale Jaycees. 346-3910. Springdale. Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Featuring visits with Easter Bunny, games, bake sale, entertainment, snacks and more. Professional face painting, $2. Free. 489-2444; Montgomery. Montgomery Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, 10-11 a.m., Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road, Children released to pick up 640 plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. Of these, 150 contain mini candy bar that can be traded for a stuffed bunny. Ages 1-9. Free. Presented by Montgomery Kiwanis Club. 984-1038. Montgomery.

Literary - Libraries Madeira Hunger Games: Fear Factor, 2 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Get hungry and challenge your friends to eat some of the weirdest, stinkiest, creepiest food on the planet. Afterwards, cleanse your palate with a sweet

Karaoke and Open Mic Cincinnati Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs will again be part of the Opening Day parade April 5. FILE PHOTO

Music - Choral

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Music - Blues Blues Merchants, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933; Montgomery. Sonny’s Solo Blues, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Foley’s Irish Pub, 200 W. Benson St., 948-9163. Reading.

Music - Latin Salsa Night, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Cazadores, 4590 Cornell Road, Dancing and drink specials: $2.99 Corona, $3.99 Long Island, $5.99 Coronarita, $13.99 margarita pitcher. DJ Jorge mixing Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Reggeaton, Rock’n Español and Top 40. Dress to impress. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Angelica Promotions. 827-7100; Blue Ash.

Nature Spring Farm Fest: Spring Comes to the Barnyard, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Visit baby animals and more. Feed the Animals at 9 a.m. Story Time at 10 a.m. Help the Farmer 1 p.m. Mule rides, weather permitting. Family friendly. $5, $3 seniors and children, free for members. 563-6663; Evendale. Eggsellent!, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $5, $4 children at the door. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; www.gobananasco-

Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township. Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Exhibits First Ladies of Fashion Exhibit, 1-5 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $2. 563-9484; Sharonville.

Holiday - Easter Easter Brunch, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Blue Ash, 4554 Lake Forest Drive, Special Easter menu. Main Entrees: Champagne Chicken, Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Burre Blanc. $26.95. Reservations required. 981-3758. Blue Ash. Easter Sunday Buffet, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Riley’s Restaurant, 11568 Springfield Pike, Smoked pit ham, Southern fried chicken breasts, New Orleans style jambalaya, breakfast bake casserole, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, hickory smoked bacon, sausage links, hash brown potato casserole, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, fresh fruit, cranberry spinach salad, beverages, variety of pastries and desserts including chocolate layer cake and assorted cheesecakes. $17.95 adults, $8.95 children. 771-3361; Springdale.

Nature Eggsellent!, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $5, $4 children at the door. 521-7275; Woodlawn.


Open Rehearsals with Cincinnati Sound Chorus, 7-9:30 p.m., Valley Temple, 145 Springfield Pike, Award-winning chorus adds new voices as they sing in World Choir Games in Cincinnati July 2012. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Sound Chorus. 5542648. Wyoming.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery. Spring Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Water park, gym, game room and art room. Ages 0-6. $58 per day, $48 members; before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Clubs & Organizations Tri State County Animal Response Team Volunteer Meeting and Training, 6:308:30 p.m., Best Friends Pet Care, 11216 Gideon Lane, Hands-on training with throw nets and other equipment. Screening of “The Elephant in the Living Room,” a documentary focusing on exotic animal ownership and its surrounding issues in Ohio. Discussion following screening. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Tri State County Animal Response Team. 702-8373; Sycamore Township.

Education How to Lobby the Legislature and the Intiative Process, 7-8:30 p.m., Connections Christian Church, 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Ron Alban will give you the confidence and tools to propose change and see it through to completion using the Initiative (petition) process. Jack Boyle, chief lobbyist for the End Ohio’s Estate Tax Initiative, will discuss specifically how to go about lobbying the Ohio General Assembly. Free. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 250-4116;

Golf: Intermediate, 6:15-7:45 p.m., Sharon Woods Golf Course and Stonewood Banquet Center, 11355 Swing Road, Weekly through May 22. Designed for golfers beyond the beginner level who want to improve their game in areas of driving, long and short iron play and putting. Also offered Saturday mornings. Ages 18 and up. Family friendly. $99. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; commu. Sharonville. ScubaDiving: The Basics, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Scuba Unlimited, 8966 Blue Ash Road, Weekly through May 22. Enjoy same sense of fun and excitement of scuba divers world-wide in safety of a pool. Open Waters Certification available. Family friendly. $85. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; Blue Ash. Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery. Spring Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 members; before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild, 7-9 p.m., Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, All levels of quilting experience welcome. Monthly meetings include tutorials, guest speakers, book reviews, fabric swaps, quilt block challenges, charity quilt sewing and more. Free, $25 annual dues. Presented by Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. 260-0115; Springfield Township.

Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Dance Classes Historic Ballroom Dance Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., The Center for the Arts - Wyoming, 322 Wyoming Ave., Learn dances from the 19th and early 20thcentury. No partner or dance experience needed. Wear soft soled shoes. Membership available for $30. $5, free members. Registration required. Presented by Flying Cloud Academy of Vintage Dance. 733-3077; Wyoming.

Exhibits First Ladies of Fashion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $2. 563-9484; Sharonville.

Music - Benefits Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, 7-10 p.m., Blue Ash Golf Course, 4040 Cooper Road, Cooper Creek Event Center. Cash bar, dancing and big band music. Benefits WMKV-FM (89.3). $25. Presented by WMKV 89.3 FM. 782-2427; Blue Ash.

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



Casserole for Easter breakfast I’m anxious to get all the window boxes up and planted with spring flowers. Rita I’ll use Heikenfeld pansies RITA’S KITCHEN and violas, since they are both edible, and they add a pop of color to spring salads, drinks and pastries. Creeping thyme and marjoram will be my fillers. Both of these herbs are two of my favorite culinary herbs, and as the thyme grows, it’s so attractive as it tumbles down the front of the boxes. The marjoram is a lighter green making for a pretty contrast among the flowers. The bonus is that as I replace the pansies with heat-tolerant flowers, the herbs don’t need to be replaced and grow happily until the cold weather forces them to shut down.

Slow cooker breakfast casserole

I used bacon and cooked some extra for garnishing. A nice brunch dish for Easter.

2 lbs. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 1 lb. sausage, bacon, ham, etc. cooked plus extra for garnish, if you like 2 cups shredded cheese, your choice (I used 1½ cups cheddar and ½ cup Parmesan) plus extra for garnishing ½ cup julienned or diced

sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained 1 bunch green onions, sliced thinly 12 eggs 1 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste

Spray large slow cooker. A 6-quart works well. Layer half the potatoes on bottom. Add half the meat, half cheese, half tomatoes and half onions. Repeat. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over. Cook on low 5-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, or until eggs are cooked. Turn off slow cooker and sprinkle with additional cheese and meat. Put lid on until cheese melts. Serves 8-10.

Dick Bader’s cheesecake

Dick and I struck up a conversation at grandson Will’s basketball game. He makes one awesome cheesecake and was happy to share it. Dick told me: “I’ve been using this recipe for over 15 years and made my wedding cake and two other wedding cakes using it.” He says it’s better than Jerry’s cheesecakes that you buy. Wouldn’t this be nice for an Easter buffet? Crust for two cheesecakes: 3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon 2 ⁄3 cup melted butter

Blend together dry ingredients. Add in enough melted butter to lightly coat crumbs and

sugar-free cake mix ¼ cup packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe bananas mashed, a little over 1 cup 1 cup water ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs

Rita's slow cooker breakfast casserole is an easy dish for Easter breakfast or brunch. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

MATZOH CRUNCH CLARIFICATION Recipe included saltines as a substitute for matzoh for those who may not observe Passover, but would like to make the recipe.

blend. Press into bottom of 9- to 10-inch springform pan. Cover outside bottom of pan with foil to prevent butter from leaking out. Filling: 6 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sour cream 2¼ cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 1 tbsp. vanilla

½ teaspoon salt 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300. Cream the cheese, add in sour cream and sugar and blend on low speed until smooth, then add in eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Pour into pan. Bake one hour, then lower heat to 275 and bake another hour. Turn off oven and let cool in oven for an hour. Can be made ahead of time and frozen. Serves 10-12.

Donna Kluba’s sugar-free banana cake Donna is my farmer neighbor and is one of the healthiest cooks and bakers I know. Here’s her latest creation: 1 18.25 oz. box yellow


The 2012 World Choir Games

July 4-14

See hundreds of choirs from Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North America and South America competing in 23 categories over 11 thrilling days. There will be parades, singing in the streets, dramatic competitions and exciting ceremonies. For tickets or to get the latest updates on choirs, venues and other breaking news, visit Presenting Sponsor

Preheat oven to 350. Donna used a bundt pan and heated it to 325. Lightly grease and flour pan or use cooking spray. Put everything in mixer bowl and mix together. Blend on low for one minute. Scrape sides and beat two minutes, until blended. Pour into pan and place on center rack. Bake 40-50 minutes until lightly browned. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Cool and frost. Donna used a butter cream and walnuts. She says cream cheese frosting would be good, too.

Can you help?

Donna needs a soyand egg-free cake.

Donna’s Depression cake for wedding Check out my blog for this recipe.

Coming soon

Cookies like Subway Like O’Charley’s caramel pie

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Museum honors First Ladies Imagine how fascinating it would be to meet one of history’s most influential and often misunderstood women. Heritage Village Museum will be holding its “first-person” programs that take an in-depth look into the lives of four of the nation’s most revered First Ladies. Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt will be featured in their own evening of humor, tears and enlightenment. These “First Impressions” programs are presented by Jessica Michna, who offers a compelling portrayal of the women who shared the White House during some of America’s most perilous times. Dates for the programs are Dolley Madison, April 20; Mary Todd Lincoln, May 11, and Eleanor Roosevelt, June 8. Cost for each program is $20 and includes a delicious dessert sponsored by Grand Finale. Pre-registration is required. Please call (513) 563-9484 Heritage Village Museum is in Sharon Woods Park in Sharonville. A Hamilton County Park Pass is required: $3 for the day/$10 for the year. For more information call (513) 563-9484 or visit

COMPETITION CATEGORIES SESSION 1 (July 5-7) SESSION 2 (July 11-13) Female Choirs Folklore Jazz Male Choirs Mixed Boys Choirs Mixed Choirs Mixed Youth Choirs Musica Sacra Popular Choral Music Young Males Choirs Youth Choirs of Equal Voices

Barbershop Children’s Choirs Female Chamber Choirs Gospel Male Chamber Choirs Mixed Chamber Choirs Music of the Religions Musica Contemporanea Scenic Folklore Show Choir Spiritual Young Children’s Choirs

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Just visit or call (513) 977-6363 Awards Ceremonies: July 7, 13 7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony: July 4 July 8, 14 Competitions: July 5-7 and July 11-13 Celebration of Nations: July 10 Celebration Concerts: July 5,6,8,11,12 7:30 p.m. Free Downtown Parade & Party Champions Concerts: July 8, 14 2:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony: July 14

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Beware of Internet ticket brokers When it comes to buying concert tickets on the Internet, you need to beware of ticket brokers – some of whom are posing as “official” concert websites. That’s what a Cherry Grove woman learned when she went searching for tickets for an upcoming concert at Riverbend. Linda Shrader is a fan of the rock group Radiohead and rushed to the Internet when she heard they were coming to play at Riverbend. She wanted tickets for all four members of her family. “I typed in Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Radiohead June 5. I hit the return button and the search results came up and the very first one said ‘Riverbend Music Center Offical ticket Service Online for Riverbend Music Center,’” Shrader says. Believing that was the real website for Riverbend, Shrader clicked on it. “It showed a map of Riverbend. The whole thing looked very official. It had the tickets, but the tickets were very expen-

BAPTIST 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 Visitors Welcome!


sive … For the area that I was looking at in the pavilion, it was $345 for each ticket,” Howard Shrader Ain says. HEY HOWARD! Later, when she told her sons she had bought the tickets, they told her she paid way too much money. In addition, they told her tickets for the show hadn’t even gone on sale yet at Riverbend. She contacted the website and tried to cancel the purchase but was told she couldn’t. Her credit card company also refused to cancel the purchase. “They won’t give the tickets yet, they claim they won’t be sent out until May 29, which is just a few days before the concert. So, I’m a little leery about the fact they’re not going to be in my hand,” Shrader says. Shrader complained to the website about its use of the word “official.” She says they told her they also state on the site “We

are a resale marketplace, not a box office or venue.” Shrader recently found another website from a ticket broker that clearly states at the top, “No affiliation with official site.” Shrader says she’d like to alert others to be aware of these websites. A spokeswoman for Riverbend said the music center is very concerned about these ticket broker websites. She says it is currently looking into what legal rights it has to stop companies from using the words “official” and “official ticketing site.” At this point, Shrader says she just hopes she will get the four tickets for which she has already paid $1,700. Bottom line: If in doubt, call the venue where the concert will be held and ask for its website address and when tickets will go on sale.





8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142

Maundy Thursday, 7:30 pm "When Love Speaks: One of You Will Betray Me" Good Friday, 7:30 pm "When Love Speaks: Into Your Hands I Entrust My Spirit" EASTER, 8:20, 9:40 & 11:00 am "Our Buoyant Easter Hope!"

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

LUTHERAN Faith Lutheran LCMC

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

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


Sunday School 10:15

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)


“Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor”

www. 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. Milton Berner, Pastor

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

Classic Service and Hymnbook


UNITED METHODIST Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Mark Reuter Sunday School 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available “Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”

Sun Worship 10:00am Childcare Provided 3755 Cornell Rd 563-6447 ............................................

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725 2:00pm


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


Let’s Do Life Together

FLEMING ROAD United Church of Christ


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

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


Church By The Woods

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:44am

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

On Valentine’s Day, LaRosa’s contributed $30,000 to Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank and provided LaRosa’s pizza to more than 100 staff, volunteers and clients of the Freestore. Mike LaRosa, CEO of LaRosa’s and resident of Delhi Tpwonship, receives the check from Kurt Rieber,pPresident, Freestore Foodbank and resident of Wyoming.


Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church



Nursery Care Provided

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Hope Road in Harrison; Winton Woods is at 10245 Winton Road in Springfield Township; and Sharon Woods is at 4631 E. Kemper Road in Sharonville. For additional information, go to or call Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse at 513-367-9632, Winton Woods Boathouse at 513931-1849 or Sharon Woods Boathouse at 513-769-4326. Also, be sure to check out the district’s Facebook page and follow it on Twitter to find out more about what’s happening at the parks.

Visitors Welcome

691 Fleming Rd 522-2780 Rev Pat McKinney Nursery Provided

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



ing Saturday, March17, and opens daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Winton Woods Lake is best known for great spring crappie and bluegill and will be stocked with 500 fingerling channel catfish in May. Sharon Woods Boathouse will open daily from10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. The lake is a popular spot for bass fishing and will be stocked with 500 fingerling channel catfish in May. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Miami Whitewater Forest is at 9001 Mount

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

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

Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www.

Spring season will be here very soon, which means we can finally start enjoying some fishing and boating. The boathouses at Miami Whitewater Forest, Winton Woods and Sharon Woods open this month. Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse is open weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The lake will be stocked with hybrid bluegills in April, 500 pounds of shovelheads and blue catfish in May, and channel catfish in June. Winton Woods Boathouse will open weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. start-

Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

(Disciples of Christ)

7717 Harrison Ave Mt. Healthy, OH 45231 Rev. Michael Doerr, Pastor 513-521-6029 Sunday 9:00 a.m...... Contemporary Service 9:45a.m...... Sunday School 10:45 a.m........ Traditional Worship Nursery Staff Provided “A Caring Community of Faith” Welcomes You

Park district opening boathouses

Cold outside? Raining? You won’t care what the weather’s like when you’re cozy in the room of your dreams from Morris Home Furnishings including complimentary design services from the Morris Home Furnishings’ design consultants.

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Valley Temple moves Passover Jews living in America sometimes need a reminder about just how relevant a timeless tradition can be. It is a commandment for Jewish people to recall the Exodus from Egypt, but this can sometimes feel remote. Yet, accessing more modern liberation experiences can transport holiday observers to the sea’s parting, the paschal lamb, and much more. This is what is motivating the Valley Temple to hold its Passover morning worship service at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7. Most Jews will be recalling the Exodus from Egypt during the special home service called the Seder. It is common for synagogues all over the world to hold worship services on the first morning of the holiday to commemorate the festival. “We decided to try to transform the special atmosphere of the Freedom Center into a sacred space for worshippers in order to enhance our wor-

ship experience,” said Rabbi Sandford Kopnick, spiritual leader of the Valley Temple in Wyoming. “The Freedom Center’s unique story speaks to all peoples. Judaism’s recurring philosophy to ‘remember the stranger, for we were strangers in the land of Egypt’ speaks to freedom in a timeless way. It is a natural link to connect the journey some took through the underground railroad and the Biblical Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt," Kopnick said. The service will celebrate the Jewish Sabbath and the first festival morning of Passover. The service is open to the public and will include liturgy, music, special readings and the reading of the Torah. The service is free, but those wishing to tour the Freedom Center are expected to pay for admission. Those wishing to pay in advance may do so by calling the Valley Temple at 761-3555 or writing

EVENDALE CULTURAL ARTS SPRING CLASSES A list of spring classes at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road. All classes start the week of April 2 unless otherwise noted. Call the Recreation Center at 563-2247 to sign up. For information call 563-1350. How to Play Onstage: Basic Theater Skills Mondays (ages 5-9) or Tuesdays (ages 10-14), 5 p.m. to 6:15 pm (kids) Mondays (adults) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $95 for 10-week session

(minimum four people) Art in the Afternoon 1—Doodlebug Artists (AGES 5-9) Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm Cost: $90 for six sessions; $15 each (Evendale residents – $45 for all six sessions) Art in the Afternoon 11—MiniMasters (ages 10-14) Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm Cost: $90 for six sessions; $15 each (Evendale residents – $45 for all six sessions)

Art Private Lessons Class length: 60 minutes. Call Jodi (513) 708-6837) to arrange times. Cost: $264 for six-week session Photoshop Elements Wednesdays, Starts May 2-23, 7 9 p.m. $99 for four sessions Living The Gluten Free Lifestyle (Starts Tuesday, May 15) Tuesdays; 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm Cost: $60 (five-week session/

SFAC plans annual fundraiser gala The Sharonville Fine Arts Council will present its annual fundraising gala, Spotlight on the Arts, Friday, April 28, at the newly remodeled Sharonville Convention Center on Chester Road. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes an exhibit of local artists whose work will be available for purchase, entertainment by local jazz band, Slice, cocktail hour and an elegant dinner.

Also available is a raffle of valuable gift baskets and high-end artwork. Dusty Rhodes will emcee the event, cochaired by Sue Gilkey and Jayne Walker. Tickets are $75 each or $500 for a table of eight guests. Event sponsorhips are available. For information or reservations, call Amy Bryce at 554-1014 or visit

$13 each class) iPad Workshops: iPhoto & Photo Editing on iPad Date: Sunday May 20, 2 p.m. to 4pm. $35 including handouts. Jumpstart Your Life Story Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $30 Write Your Life Story Monday, May 14, through June 18, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $75

55+ selects officers If you are available the first Tuesday of each month, enjoy meeting people, good food and an interesting program than 55+ Seniors is the group for you. The group meets in Kenwood at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Kenwood Road, on the first Tuesday of each month, except for July. There are no membership fees. Hot meals are catered and provide a variety of choices. The meal and program only cost $10, but reservations are required.

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Grainger suports Great Oaks grads Several 2012 Great Oaks graduates will be able to begin college more easily this fall, thanks to a $20,000 donation from The Grainger Foundation to the Great Oaks Education Foundation. “Many of our students come to us not thinking about college,” said Robin White, president/CEO, Great Oaks Career Campuses. “But while they’re here, they realize that college may be the next logical step in their career

University of Cincinnati selects 2012 distinguished alumni class

path. The Grainger Foundation’s generosity will help more of our students take that next step.” The programs at Great Oaks serve more than 12,000 high school students each year in 36 southwest Ohio school districts. Great Oaks is one of the largest public career-technical school districts in the United States, serving high school students and adults in 12 counties in southwestern Ohio.

Wyoming resident Thomas H. Humes and Reading resident Thomas Horwitz are among the recipients ofThe University of Cincinnati Alumni Association's 2012 distinguished alumni awards. The award recipients were selected for representing UC’s high standard of excellence through their professional accomplishments and impactful contri-

Alumni Celebration June 14. William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement – Thomas H. Humes Jr., (Carl H. Lindner College of Business ‘71, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences ’77), President, Great Traditions Land & Development Co. Humes is a Wyoming resident. AlumniDistinguishedService Award – Thomas Hor-

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butions to UC and their communities. Each of this year’s five honorees – ranging from a renowned real estate developer to the director of Cincinnati’s parks district – will receive one of the UCAA’s four longstanding alumni awards. They will be recognized among university leaders, colleagues and friends at the UC Alumni Association’s annual Distinguished Tuesday, April 10, “How to Lobby the Ohio Legislature and Initiative Process,” Connections Church, 7421 E. Galbraith Road, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classe are free; reservations are required. Visit

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opening its doors once again for their community-wide public Passover Seder. This special event is open to all members of the Jewish community, regardless of affiliation, synagogue membership or financial means. Conducted Friday, April 6, at the Chabad Jewish Center, the unique Seder experience will be led by Rabbi Yisroel Mangel and will feature explanation and commentary based on mystical and Kabbalistic insights, humor and song. A sumptuous four-course holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked Matzah and choice of wine. Admission is $32 for adults, $22 for children. For more information and to RSVP, call 793-5200, or Chabad Jewish Center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200;

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The church is having a free public Easter egg hunt for children at noon, Saturday, April 7. Pizza will be served afterwards. Call the church with questions. The church is at 4451 Fields Ertel Road, Sharonville; 769-4849.

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There is a traditional service at 8:15 a.m., at 9:15 a.m. there are study groups and Sunday school classes and at 11 a.m. a service of a blend of contemporary and traditional styles of worship. April 1 we will celebrate Palm/ Passion Sunday. Thursday, April 5 is Maundy Thursday when the church will gather at 7 p.m for worship in remembrance or the last supper through communion. Sunday April 8 is Easter. The church will meet at our regular times of worship and begin both services with the pealing of the bells and the choir singing. On Palm Sunday, a continental breakfast will be served between worship services in the Fellowship Hall. Signups for softball are available st the Ministry Link Board. The Youth Group will have several activities in April. On April 14, there will be an outing to Kids Against Hunger to pack food for Haiti. On Wednesday, April 18 they will serve their annual spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the mission trips to Puerto Rico and Chattanooga, TN, In July. April 22 will be youth Sunday. For the month of April, the youth will serve as ushers at the worship services. A bereavement group meets for lunch on the first Thursday of the month. Serendipity Seniors meet for lunch on the fourth Thursday of the month. Guests and visitors are welcome at all services and events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 5630117;www.sharonville-



On JQuest trip, students travel with Cincinnati, Israeli peers Month-long trip for ages 16-18 begins in June

Diana Haskell, Assistance League president, and Brenda Kaiser, TJMaxx, hold a check for $3,000 to be used for Assistance League's program New Beginnings. PROVIDED

TJMaxx gives $3,000 to help abuse victims Victims of domestic violence who have gone into a shelter, often leave with nothing. Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati provides sets of apartment supplies such as dishes, pots and pans, utensils, for the kitchen, pillows, sheets, blankets for the bedroom, towels, personal care items for the bathroom and various basic items for children and

cleaning supplies. These victims can then have a new beginning away from their abusers. Brenda Kaiser from the Springdale TJMaxx store presented a check for $3,000 from the TJXCompanies Inc. to Assistance League President Diana Haskell, to be used for this program. Employees of the store also donate items.

St. Joseph Home honors employees SHARONVILLE — St.

Joseph Home has recognized outstanding employees of the nonprofit organization that cares for children and adults with severe developmental disabilities. Jill Hughes and Debbie Kaegi have worked at St. Joseph Home for 30 years. Kaegi came on board in1981as a direct care employee. She now serves as the staff development officer and safety coordinator. “I have come to realize that to work at St. Joseph Home is to do God’s work. I believe the individuals living here are ambassadors from God and are here to teach us,” Kaegi said. “If you only have an open mind and heart you can learn something new here every day, like overcoming challenges and perseverance.” Hughes, a registered nurse, came to St. Joseph Home from Good Samaritan Hospital in 1981. She is described by her co-workers as optimistic, hard working and able to keep things calm and running smoothly. “Many of our longterm employees started out as direct care staff, and were promoted,” says Linda Pieszala, human resources director. “It’s wonderful to see employees who are so dedicated to the people we serve.” Roger Koch has served as plant operations director for 15 years. Celebrating their 10-year anniversary are Angela Balthazar, Sherron McDaniel,

Amy Mattingly, Tammy Miller, Angela Stone, and Jim Kellinghaus. Employees who have given 5 years of service include Krystle Holland, Sherry Okromansah, Teresa Chewning, Cynthia Duffens, Laura Poe and Patricia Lambright. Employees received an award check and a framed certificate, featuring the handprints of some of the residents of St. Joseph Home. “This is an award I will cherish,” said Rosalyn Schneider, who received one of two Employee of the Year Awards. Co-recipient of the Employee of the Year Award was Larry Westerfield, who works in the plant operations department. “Larry and Roz embody the spirit of our mission,” said Michael Rench, president and CEO of St. Joseph Home. “They are all about serving the needs of our residents, and they are always eager to help.” “The work we do here requires special people,” Rench said. “Everything we do is with our residents’ interests in mind, and we are fortunate to have people working here who genuinely care deeply for our 48 residents, and for each of the respite guests who visit. It’s certainly not ‘just a job’.” Also recognized at the event were 2011 Employees of the Quarter Rosalyn Schneider, Larry Westerfield, Lisa Daviaux and Sherese Snell.

Jewish high school students, age 16–18, can join JQuest this summer and travel to Israel, Berlin and Prague. On this trip, designed and directed by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, participants will travel with peers from Cincinnati and its Israeli sister city, Netanya. “This trip is unique because it includes travel to three countries and because it is designed so the participants travel with their friends from Cincinnati as well as with peers from Israel,” said Yair Cohen, community shaliach (emissary from Israel). “JQuest participants will get to see Israel through the eyes of their Israeli peers, and then they will all visit Berlin and Prague for the first time together, earning them not only the experience but also lifetime friendships.” The JQuest trip will take place June 26–July 22. The entire cost of the trip, including airfare, can be covered by an Israel travel grant of $6,500 from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. Cincinnati students will first spend three weeks in Israel, during which they will experience the beauty and history of the country-

—climbing Masada at sunrise, swimming in the Dead Sea, kayaking on the Jordan River, snorkeling in the Red Sea, touring Haifa and the Galilee and exploring the simultaneously old and new city of Jerusalem. They will also learn about modern Israel, its beginnings and its current challenges by participating in an interactive visit at the Palmach Museum, touring Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Remembrance Museum), joining a political briefing and meeting with many segments of Israeli society. Sharon Spiegel, director of youth Israel experiences at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, said, “JQuest participants won’t just see Israel from the window of a tour bus. While they’ll hit all the ‘don’t miss’ highlights of the country, they’ll do it in the company of Israeli friends, getting an insider’s view; learning how Israeli teens feel about politics, the army, music, movies and more; and creating lifelong bonds.” The Israelis and Cincinnatians will then travel together to discover the rich heritage of Jewish life in Berlin and Prague, learn about the tragic losses during the Holocaust and experience the dynamic contemporary life of Jews in Europe. Highlights of the week in Berlin and Prague include visiting the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, touring the Jewish Quarter in Prague, visiting


and social action programs and an opportunity to be hosted in the homes of their Israeli peers. Those same Israeli peers will visit Cincinnati in 2013, to stay with the students and experience life as a Jew outside of Israel. For details about registering for JQuest and applying for an Israel travel grant, call Sharon Spiegel at (513) 985-1536 or visit More information about the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati can be found at or by calling (513) 985-1500.

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID Sealed bid proposals will be received at the office of the Safety/Service Director, 10900 Reading Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241 until 10:00 a.m. April 18, 2012 for the 2012 Street Repair Program, and at the said time and place, publicly opened and read aloud. Bid sheets and specifications can be obtained at the said office. Each bidder is required to submit with his proposal a bid bond or certified check equal in amount to ten percent (10%) of the base bid. The bidder to who the contract is awarded will be required to furnish a surety bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract amount. Should the bid be rejected, such check or bond will be returned forthwith. Proposals must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the same and all persons interested therein. After opening of bids, no bid can be withdrawn for 60 days. All Federal, State, County and City laws pertaining to Equal Employment Opportunity and Prevailing Wage shall apply where applicable.

Ruck a top lawyer

Tri-County Press-area resident Theresa Nelson Ruck has been honored by Cincy Magazine as one of 2012 Cincy Leading Lawyers. This is the eighth annual survey by Cincy Magazine honoring the Tristate’s best attorneys. Ruck was one of two honored in the Personal Injury category this year. Attorneys who make the list are chosen by their peers and were featured in Cincy Magazine’s Power 110 issue, which was published in February 2012.

Prague Castle and Karl Bridge and spending time with individuals from the Jewish community in both cities. Chaperone Alexis Storch, who is also director of educational outreach at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, will be an invaluable resource for students as they learn about the past, present and future of Jewish life in Europe. Before the trip, students will get to know their fellow Cincinnati travelers by preparing together for the trip. During the trip, their tourist and educational activities will be balanced with leadership training

The Safety/Service Director reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. Advertise: April 4, 2012 April 11, 2012 Open: April 18, 2012




LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID Sealed bid proposals will be received at the office of the Safety/Service Director, 10900 Reading Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241 until 10:30 a.m. April 18, 2012 for the 2012 Curb & Sidewalk Repair Program, and at the said time and place, publicly opened and read aloud. Bid sheets and specifications can be obtained at the said office. Each bidder is required to submit with his proposal a bid bond or certified check equal in amount to ten percent (10%) of the base bid. The bidder to whom the contract is awarded will be required to furnish a surety bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract amount. Should the bid be rejected, such check or bond will be returned forthwith. Proposals must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the same and all persons interested therein. After opening of bids, no bid can be withdrawn for 60 days. All Federal, State, County and City laws pertaining to Equal Employment Opportuni ty and Prevailing Wage shall apply where applicable. The Safety/Service Director reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. Advertise: April 4, 2012 April 11, 2012 Open: April 18, 2012



NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Village of Evendale Council will conduct a public hearing beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 17th, 2012, in Council Chambers at Evendale Village Hall, 10500 Reading Road. The purpose of the public hearing will be to consider a text proposed amendment to Evendale Zoning Code section 1272.04(f), establishing penalties for violations of the Zoning Code. Copies of all documents related to the public hearing are on file in the Evendale BuildDepartment. ing They may be inspected during normal business hours. The public is invited to attend and comment at the public hearing. Barb Rohs Village of Evendale 1001695966 LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of State law, there being due and unpaid charges for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owner and/or manager’s lien of the goods hereinafter described and stored at the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage location(s) listed below. And due notice having been given to the owner of said property and all parties known to claim an interest therein, and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the below stated location(s) to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Monday, 4/23/12, 11:00 AM, 11378 Springfield Pike, Springdale, OH 45246, 513771-5311. Albert Highlander PO Box 46175 Cincinnati, OH 45246 Household goods, boxes Yvette Taylor 3002 Ember Drive Apt 205 Decatur, GA 30034 Household goods, furniture, boxes, sporting goods, TV’s or stereo equipment Jermaine Slaughter 9385 Westbury Dr Cin, OH 45231 Household goods, furniture, boxes, TV’s or stereo equipment, landscaping equipment, account records Candace King 1410 Springfield Pike #58D Cincinnati, OH 45215 Household goods, furniture, boxes, TV’s or stereo equipment, piano Angela Denmark 33 Towne Commons Wy. Apt #24 Woodlawn, OH 45215 Furniture, boxes 695770




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GLENDALE Arrests/citations Jose Diaz, 44, 18 Drexel Lane, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, March 15. Orlando Rolero, 25, 2109 Colony Drive, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, March 19. Marvin Gomez-Gonzalez, 31, 204 Dean Drive, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, March 19. Maria Rosado, 34, 1278 Chesterdale Drive, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, March 19. Adolfo Herrera, 18, 1764 Bison, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, March 19. Jesus Garcia, 24, 11377 Lippleman Road, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, March 19.

Incidents/investigations Property damage Sharon at Willow, street sign pole knocked over and the street identification sign for Willow Avenue missing, no estimate on repair/replacement costs, March 19. Theft 800 block of S. Troy Avenue, gasoline siphoned from vehicle gas tank, vehicle was not equipped with locking exterior, gas tank door or locking gas cap, March 19.

SHARONVILLE Arrests/citations Joseph Marshall, 26, 6370 Barre Road, public indecency at 75 E., March 21. Michael Crange, 44, 1300 E. Social Row Road, breaking and entering at 11472 Gandola, March 18. Juvenile Female, 16, disorderly conduct at E. Kemper Road, March 16. Juvenile Female, 112, disorderly conduct at 3754 E. Kemper Road, March 16. Joann Smallwood, 39, 10857 Sundale, obstructing official business at 10857 Sharondale,

March 17. Charles Amore, 45, 10857 Sharondale, domestic violence, obstructing official business at 10857 Sharondale, March 17. Melissa Duermit, 48, 10710 Bridalpath Lane, domestic at 10710 Bridge, March 17. Howard Tidwell, 20, 415 Grandin Ave., drug abuse at 2443 Crowne Pointe, March 17. Anthony Washington, 30, 3312 Cavannugh Ave., possession at 2301 Sharon, March 17. Diamond Jordan, 23, 2455 Thorton Ave., possession at LivInn, March 17. Robert Williamson, 32, 310 S. Patterson Bird, possession at 11620 Chester, March 17. Kiesha Jones, 36, 2505 Harrison Ave., drug paraphernalia at 3850 Hauck Road, March 18. Andrew Schuler, 23, 8575 Cavalier Drive, possession at 10900 Crown Pointe, March 18. Robert Aedelis, 27, 11291 Lebanon Road, domestic violence at 11291 Lebanon Road, March 17. Brandon Williams, 28, 6130 Napoleon, assault at 3254 E. Kemper Road, March 15. Ramon Mayo, 22, 117 Woolper Ave., drug abuse at Red Roof Inn, March 15.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 11473 Chester Road, March 17. Breaking and entering Reported at 2031 Kemper Road, March 17. Reported at 11564 Gondola, March 16. Breaking and entering, theft Piping valued at $3,500 removed at 4130 Cottingham, March 1. Criminal damaging Reported at 11144 Spinner Ave., March 19. Criminal mischief Reported at 1730 Continental Drive, March 16. Misuse of credit card Reported at 12012 Summerville Drive, March 19. Reported at 10774 Teal Drive, March 19. Passing bad check Reported at 11438 Lebanon Road, March 9. Theft Trailer valued at $1,300 removed at 3900 Hauck Road,


ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Evendale, Chief Niel Korte, 563-2249. » Glendale, Chief Dave Warman, 771-7645 or 771-7882. » Sharonville, Chief Mike Schappa, 563-1147. » Springdale, Chief Mike Mathis, 346-5790. » Wyoming, Chief Gary J. Baldauf, 821-0141. March 20. Victim reported at 8644 Duram, March 20. Tablet of unknown value removed at 11157 Chester Road, March 9. Books of unknown value removed at 11157 Chester Road, March 8. Victim reported at 2290 E. Sharon Road, March 18. Firearm valued at $325 removed at 4096 Sharon Park Lane, March 16. License plate of unknown value removed at 2551 E. Crescentville, March 17. Credit card removed at 2225 Sharon Road, March 15. Iphone valued at $700 removed at Lebanon Road, March 17. Reported at 2343 E. Sharon Road, March 15. License plate of unknown value removed at 11499 Chester Road, March 15. CDs of unknown value removed at 10695 Willfleet, March 14. Ipod touch with cash valued at $250 removed at 2990 Thornview Drive, March 12. Theft, criminal damaging Reported at Lebanon Road, March 12. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Reported at 4167 Stonecreek, March 11.

SPRINGDALE Arrests/citations Cole Carpenter, 26, 3819 Alba, criminal trespassing at 11700 Princeton Pike, March 13. Ann-Sharon Johson, 21, 1716 Race Street, theft at 12105 Lawnview Ave., March 14. Andrea Niemann, 31, 6730 Roe St., drug abuse, possessing drug abuse instruments at

12105 Lawnview Ave., March 16. Rayshood Herron, 20, 479 Vista Glen, disorderly conduct, offenses involving underage persons at 12105 Lawnview Ave., March 16. Wilson Martin, 31, 9957 Tedford, driving under the influence at 400 Kemper Road, March 18. Matthew Routrong, 20, 607 Kemper Road, domestic violence at 607 Kemper Road, March 17. Laura Wilson, 31, 1634 Sparkle Drive, driving under the influence, March 18. Willem Martin, 31, 9557 Traford Court, driving under the influence at 400 Kemper Road, March 18. Isis Allen, 20, 1788 Bising Ave., obstructing official business, theft at 1000 Sycamore, March 21. Erin Cameron, 21, 167 Escalon St., drug abuse at 12054 Springfield Pike, March 21. Ricky Grove, 49, 8309 Burns Ave., drug abuse at 12060 Springfield Pike, March 21.

Incidents/investigations Assault Reported at 807 Bancroft Circle, March 14. Reported at 1220 Chesterdale, March 17. Burglary Residence entered at 865 Crescentville, March 16. Criminal damaging Vehicle window damaged at 144 Merchant St., March 19. Vehicle window damaged at 617 Bancroft Circle, March 20. Domestic Reported at Kemper Road, March 17. Reported at Chesterdale Drive, March 18. Theft Reported at 11700 Princeton Pike, March 3. Credit card used without consent at 1255 Chesterwood Court, March 14. Reported at 11725 Princeton Pike, March 16. $51.93 in gas not paid at 11620 Springfield Pike, March 16. Wallet and $110 removed at 11755 Commons Circle, March 17. Computers valued at $1,800 removed at 865 Kemper Road, March 18. Reported at 11700 Princeton Pike, March 18.


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DEATHS Helen M. Sporing

Helen M. (nee Buck) Sporing, 76, of Sharonville died March 24. Survived by children Sharon Hill, Larry Sporing, Randy Sporing and Sue Chen; grandchildren Jasmine, Amanda, Sara, Daisy, Daniel, Maggie, Jacob, Andrew and Charlie; siblings Illa Cochran and Carolyn Schuerfranz; and

five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Donald L. Sporing; granddaughter, Corrine; sibling, Hazel Buck. Services were March 28 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale.

Sheriff honors employees Sheriff Simon L. Leis Jr., Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, announces the recipients of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office 2011 Annual Awards:

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Cpl. Gerald “Jay” Schmitt, 52, Colerain Township, 26½-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Patrol Division, District One.

Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year Lt. Thomas Corbett, 51, Springfield Township, 30year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office currently assigned to the Sheriff’s Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Section.

Corrections Officer of the Year

Corrections Officer Brian M. Hogan, 33, Sycamore Township, Corrections Division, assigned to Intake, seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.

Corrections Supervisor of the Year Sgt. Jeffrey McAuliffe, 41, Delhi Township, Corrections Division, assigned to Intake, a 20-year

veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.

Civilian Employee of the Year

Instructor Cassandra Jeter, Forest Park, a 15year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Adult Education Program, Corrections Division.

Civilian Supervisor of the Year

Identification Supervisor Keith McGuire, 63, Mount Healthy, a 26-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Identification Unit, Records Division.

Health, Fitness and Appearance Award Top Performer Agent John D. Enderle, 38, Colerain Township, 9½ year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Organized Crime Division.

Health, Fitness and Appearance Award Most Improved Electronic Monitoring Officer Robert Seaton, 50, College Hill, seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Electronic Monitoring Division.

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