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Program helps seniors to use computer

Fill the Truck with holiday generosity This year’s campaign includes Gangnam-style video promo

By Kelly McBride

By Kelly McBride

Frame USA has parked six trucks around the Cincinnati area as part of its annual Fill the Truck. It’s the third year that the Springdale company has initiated a challenge to fill a truck with donations to provide local charities with goods they need to help their clients. A list of items, as well as information on how to donate, is available on the website, At Frame USA, they call it a Convoy of Hope. “To me, these donations represent hope for the many people out there that are struggling,” said Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA. “The economy is terrible and may be getting worse. “The government can’t do it all,” he said. “We all have to step and help those in need.” » Six charities will benefit from donations at the following locations, to benefit as many charities: » Frame USA, 225 Northland Blvd., in Springdale, to benefit The Healing Center; » Spring Valley Bank, 1206 Springfield Pike, in Wyoming, Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center; » Planes Cos., 9823 Cincinnati Dayton Road in West Chester Township, to benefit Reach Out Lakota; » Clippard Instrument Laboratory, 7390 Colerain Ave., in Colerain Township, to benefit SON Ministries; » North Side Bank, 4125 Hamilton Ave., in Northside, to benefit Churches Active In Northside (CAIN); and » » Walgreens in Beechmont, 719 Ohio Pike in Beechmont, to benefit Inter Parish Ministry. » Frame USA representative Tara Murphy said the trucks were spread out across the Cincinnati area to make donating more convenient. The trucks will be onsite through December. This year, Frame USA employees spiced it up a bit, creating a music video, Gangnam-style. The video at stars employees, with a cameo by Regenold, filmed at various locations in Cincinnati. For more about your community, visit

GOLD STANDARD B1 See our tribute to Moeller High School’s state football champs.

Virgil Lovitt will continue to volunteer in Sharonville, and work at his State Farm Insurance office on Chester Road. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

‘It’s someone else’s turn’

Lovitt stepping down in Sharonville By Kelly McBride

Virgil Lovitt has resigned after 16 years as mayor of Sharonville, effective Dec. 31.

Lovitt will attend his final City Council meeting as mayor on Dec. 18, handing over the reigns temporarily to Council President Kevin Hardman, who will take over as acting mayor for up to 45 days, when a replacement will be named. Officials of the Republican Party ward in Sharonville, led by

chairman and former Sharonville Mayor Paul Kattelman, will decide Lovitt’s replacement for 2013. “My expectation is they will get input from other community groups and elected officials to help them make that decision,” See LOVITT, Page A2

Wyoming seniors can learn from the experts, at a computer session that will help them navigate their own devices. Overseen by the Senior Commission, residents will get one-on-one help from high school students at the Dec. 11 program at the Wyoming Recreation Center, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Senior Commission member Debbie Bellman said those who are interested in the session should call the Recreation Center at 821-5200 by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. She’s looking for high school students to work with the seniors, who are asked to bring their laptop computers, iPads, or other devices. “We suggest they also bring their charger, in case the battery dies,” Bellman said. “The city will provide a laptop and an iPad, but there will be only one of each.” Students will earn community service hours required at school, Bellman said. Those who want to volunteer can call her at 522-9361 or send her an e-mail at For more about your community, visit

Even $750 gift will make an impact

Farm rewarded for being finalist By Leah Fightmaster

Although Gorman Heritage Farm didn’t win one of two grants for more than $100,000 from Impact 100, it did receive a consolation prize. For being one of five finalists for the grants, the farm was recently given a $750 donation from Impact 100. The other two organizations which did not win a grant were given the donation as well, said Vicki Foster, marketing and events manager. The other finalists were HealthPoint Family Care and MYCincinnati, according to Impact 100’s website. Impact 100, a non-profit organization of women whose members raise money and pool contributions to award grants to local organizations, awards grants of at least $100,000 to two recipients. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, didn’t win a major grant this

year, but was one of five finalists. This year’s winners were Cancer Free KIDS and Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Inc., according to Impact 100’s website. Money for the $750 donation the farm received was a portion of the dues that Impact 100 members pay to the organization each year. Foster said that the farm’s board of directors haven’t decided what the farm will use the money for, but it will likely go to fund items on the wish list the farm submitted with its original grant application. Some of those items include support for the educational programs and the garden, supplies for the livestock, signs and renovations to historic buildings, she added. “A lot of things we need, so we’re going to find something (for the donation) that helps the farm and respects the spirit of the Impact 100 organization,” Foster said. For more about your community, visit

FIRST IN FAITH Members of The First Baptist Church of Woodlawn celebrated the recognition of three distinct events. See Evelyn Perkins column, A3

Young volunteers, Caitlin, 8, and Natalie Cook, 9, of Reading, guard the gates as turkeys are herded from one pen to another at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale. The farm was recently given a gift of $750 from Impact 100 for being a finalist in their grant competition. CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

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ber 2013 election in order to fill out Lovitt’s term, which would have expired in 2015. Lovitt had made the decision two years ago to run for re-election in 2011. “The city financially and operationally was in a fragile state at that time,” he said. “Employees had just come off of a budget where we thought we had to lay off 30 people. We averted that by trimming costs in every department, and every line item of every department, rather than go for the big cuts, which were people. “The convention center project was a long way from being done, and it was the biggest capital project ever done, with lots of regional money,” he said. “I knew it was a lot to ask of anyone who would replace me, to take on that quantity of work.” By the time the 2011 election took place, things were looking up, Lovitt said. “The economy had stabilized, and we were in a better place,” he said. “We’re in a different place now, with the convention center done, on time and under budget.” Lovitt has served the city for 16 years as mayor, six years as city council

president, and three years as a member of city council. “Sixteen years is a long time to be a mayor, and I think it’s someone else’s turn,” he said of the position of CEO of the Sharonville, with a population of 14,000. “I will continue with business here,” he said of the State Farm Insurance agency he owns on Chester Road. “I still have a career,” Lovitt said. “I’m not retired. I’m just refocusing. “I’m still going to be involved in the community,” he said, “because it’s my hometown. ‘”But my State Farm agency has really gotten busy, and that’s a good thing, but it needs more of me. “You don’t have to be part of the city government to be part of a community,” Lovitt said. “I’m going to be involved in city government for many years to come.” For more about your community, visit Get regular Sharonville updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Springdale resident Brendan Conrad turns 12 on Dec. 12 12/12/12. THANKS TO SHARON CONRAD

Birthday as easy as 1-2, 1-2, 1-2 Springdale resident Brendan Conrad celebrates a unique birthday today. Conrad, a sixth-grade home-schooled student, was born Dec. 12, 2000, meaning he turns 12 on 12/ 12/12. Conrad is in Boy Scouts Troop 400 in Greenhills and takes tae kwon do. He is enjoying ballroom dance classes with 37 other homeschoolers. At 5-feet-9-inches, basketball seemed like a natural choice. He also plays ultimate Frisbee and swims in the summer. The French horn is a new instrument but his favorite is guitar. He loves the money and the nice people he meets delivering the Tri-

County Press. Brendan is the youngest of three boys of Steve and Sharon Conrad. He has two older brothers, Justin (25) and Evan (22). Brendan's shirt has been a huge hit when he wears it in public. “Trying to come up with a party idea around 12 was a challenge at first. I mean 12 donuts, 12 cans of soda in a box, 12 inches in a yard, 12 apostles. Finally it came to us that their are 12 jurors and that decided it, we found a mystery detective kind of game,” Sharon Conrad said. “We are really looking forward to sharing this special day with 11 of Brendan's friends.”

Lot adds parking, access to Oak Avenue Wyoming has completed work on a parking lot that has added spaces and opened access to Oak Avenue. The lot, behind the Village Square, will provide parking spaces for visitors to the park and the public safety building, as well as patrons of DiStasi’s Restaurant. The lot has doubled the parking capacity, Economic Development Director Terry Vanderman said, from 14 to 28 spaces. The lot now also connects Oak Avenue to Grove Avenue. Previously, there was no access to Oak through the municipal lot. “It’s another significant

Parking between the Wyoming Municipal Building and DiStasi's Restaurant has been expanded to 28 spaces, with access to Oak Avenue, as well as Grove Avenue. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

achievement in the ongoing economic development efforts into the city center area,” Vanderman said.

BRIEFLY Stewart hosts family dinner night


Stewart Elementary, one of Princeton’s eight elementary schools, will celebrate its annual family dinner night 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the school cafeteria and gymnasium, 11850 Conrey Road. On hand for this event will be community partners that have donated food and or volunteers: Pizza Tower, Kroger, Olive Garden, Chick-Fil-A, City Barbecue, Golden Corral, Graeters, Skyline Chili (Blue Ash and Sharonville locations), Red Squirrel (Sharonville), Panara, Sams, Costco, Perfect Exposure Photography, Brecon Methodist Church, Montgomery Community Church, and many others have supported this event. There will be crafts, door prizes, music from DJ Dave, and a cooking presen-

tation from Young Chef’s Academy. The dinner is free and more than 500 people are expected to attend. For more information, contact the school at 8642800.

Holiday at the library

The Sharonville Branch Library has several upcoming holiday programs. » Listen to the Sharonville Chorus perform music of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. » Enjoy complimentary snacks and hot cider to celebrate the year all day on Friday, Dec. 14 and 15. There will be make-and-take holiday crafts for the kids and a giant “gingerbread” tent for them to decorate. The library is at 10980 Thornview Drive, Sharonville; 369-6049.



Woodlawn church puts worship first

were neither contractors nor professional builders. Male members sawed, hammered, nailed and constructed. Frank Brown Sr. donated the land at 21 Leslie Ave. where the church still stands. The 2012 service was rightfully called “A New Beginning.” It celebrated the homecoming of the congregation. Thanks to Mayor Susan Farley, they had been holding services in the Woodlawn Council Chamberss until the beautiful renovations were

complete. What a delight to see the upholstered pews, the new paint, vaulted ceiling, pulpit and lighting, and the beautifully refurbished wood floors. Many of today’s members are descendants of the Poe, Barber, Leavell, Ector, Briley, Williams and Phillips founding families. Treasurer Clifford Jones and Deacon Rodney Hillman are Frank Brown’s grandson and great grandson respectively. Carolyn Phillips Sherman and her husband

Blue Ash offers $41K sidewalk easement By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH — Blue Ash is hoping to negotiate an easement for about $41,000 to use property owned by Cincinnati at the former Blue Ash Airport to install a sidewalk and bike path along a portion of adjoining Plainfield Road. Blue Ash City Council approved an ordinance au-

thorizing administrators to negotiate the easement with Cincinnati for no more than $43,000. “The firm handling the right-of-way process did an appraisal of the approximately one-third acre area needed from the city of Cincinnati – the west end of the runway parcel that Cincinnati still owns – and that came in at $14,594,” Kelly Harring-

ton, assistant Blue Ash city manager, said. “That valuation was deemed low and in order to get the process moving, (assistant Blue Ash City Manager) Jim Pfeffer was asked to take a look at the appraisal and open up a line of communication with Cincinnati as to getting the right of way or easement resolved. “He agreed that the ap-

praisal, which was based in part on a per-acre valuation of the area at $20,000, was low and contacted Cincinnati with a higher offer for their consideration and response,” Harrington said. The higher offer was just over $41,000, Harrington said. Harrington said Cincinnati has not yet responded to the offer.

"Mother" Myrtle Whitehead has been a member since her father, the Rev. Jody Whitehead, became pastor in 1948. She is the longest continual member of the church. Of the 10 clergymen who served over the years, current pastor, the Rev. Dr. E.L. Benson Jr., has been with First Baptist Church of Woodlawn the longest – 54 years and counting. Evelyn Perkins writes a regular column about people and events in the Tri-County Press area. Send items for her column to 10127 Chester Road, Woodlawn, 45215, or call her directly at 772-7379.


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Carolyn Phillips Sherman sits beside her father's newly corrected stained glass window at First Baptist Church of Woodlawn. EVELYN PERKINS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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On Nov. 18, members of The First Baptist Church of Woodlawn celebrated the recognition of three distinct, but intertwined events: the 85th anniversary of the oldest church originally founded in the village, the homecoming of Evelyn its memPerkins bers and COMMUNITY the comPRESS COLUMNIST memoration of a stained glass window. Oct. 17, 1927, marks the day that Mr. and Mrs. Summerior hosted the Woodlawn Mission in their home for the purpose of organizing a church. With the help of Rev. M.C. Cade of College Hill First Baptist Church they succeeded in establishing what would shortly become The First Baptist Church of Woodlawn. On Nov. 8, 1927, the



Buddies stick together for day of activities

Kindergartner Matthew McGuire and his mom enjoy Buddy Day at Sharonville Elementary. THANKS TO CARLA SHROYER

Students at Sharonville Elementary kicked off the holiday season with Buddy Day, on their last day before Thanksgiving break. On Nov. 20, parents, grandparents or friends were invited to school for presentations that include fundraisers and the school’s holiday Giving

Tree. Members of Princeton High School’s Key Club visited Sharonville that day, filling in for family members who were unable to attend Buddy Day. The school raised $1,835 through its fund-

raiser for the Tri-State Honor Flight Program. Buddy Day marked the start of the annual Giving Tree, in which adults pluck from the tree ornaments marked with wish list items for families in need. In its 31st year, the Giv-

ing Tree was planted by former teacher Susan Wyder, who is a current member of the Princeton Board of Education. For more about your community, visit


Fifth-grader Chila Faulkner and her dad participate in Buddy Day at Sharonville Elementary. THANKS TO CARLA SHROYER


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Jordan Franklin and his buddy have fun during Buddy Day at Sharonville Elementary. THANKS TO CARLA SHROYER

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Mount Notre Dame hosts Model UN Mount Notre Dame Model United Nation held its seventh annual conference at Mount Notre Dame Oct. 17. The topic to be resolved at the conference was one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals: “Development of Sport for Peace and Development.” MNDMUN was led this year by MND seniors Maggie Lohmann, Lizzy Schnicke and Lindsay Darkins. This conference is used to train MND leaders and new delegates who will participate in UDMUN (Dayton), MUNUC (Chicago) and RIMUN

(Rome) this year. One hundred seventy nine students from seven schools participated in this event, including a top private school from Indianapolis participated for the first time. Their teachers were impressed with MND students’ professionalism and preparation. Returning teachers thought that this conference was the best to date. All the teachers were excited with their own students’ performances and attributed much of it to the direction and efforts of my student leaders. All said they planned to return next year. Schools and the countries they

represented during this event: » Bethany – South Africa, Indonesia, Guatemala; » John Paul II – Russia, Puerto Rico, England, Israel; » Mother Teresa – South Korea, Japan, India, Netherlands, China, USA, Mexico, Brazil; » Park Tudor (Indianapolis – Cuba, Syria, Spain, Peru; » St. Gabriel Consolidated – Germany, Greece, El Salvador, Honduras; » Seven Hills – Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Saudi Arabia; » Sycamore – Poland, Nigeria, Kenya, Canada, Iran.

Members of Mount Notre Dame High School's Model United Nations team hosted the school's seventh annual event Oct. 17. THANKS TO NATASHA SHULL


Allison Geers and Ellie Driver trace the oceans and the continents on their pumpkin globes. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Bethany School held its second annual Andrew Dawson walk-a-thon to raise funds for scholarships. The students enjoyed a beautiful day of walking, a special lunch and received commemorative wrist bands. Fourth-graders Carleigh Reed, left, and Alex Frohn were buddies for the walk. THANKS TO SCOTT BRUCE


Quiana Ross and Mary Sharp Shair, both of Sharonville, graduated from Cincinnati State. Ross earned a marketing management/business degree. Shair earned a nursing degree.

Dean’s list

Joseph Dulemba of Wyoming was named to the dean’s list for the winter/spring term at Centre college. Dulemba is the son of Gerard and Jenelen Dulemba and is a graduate of Wyoming High School.

Global outlook

Painting seven continents on a pumpkin globe is easy, right? Fourth-graders at St. Nicholas Academy were up to the challenge. Students freehanded the seven continents and the oceans as a part of Kara Seither's social studies classes.

Fourth-grader Margot Leary (Evendale) paints Africa in green. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

St. Gabriel Consolidated School fourth-graders have learned how to pray with the rosary. THANKS TO LAURA HENDY

St. Gabriel students learn about faith St. Gabriel Consolidated School fourth-grade classes spent the month of October learning about the rosary and learning how to pray with one. Each student made a rosary booklet with the prayers of the rosary and descriptions of the Joy-

ful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries. With the help of several parent volunteers, each student made his/her own rosary. To wrap up their study, students also made a second rosary and rosary book to be donated to the Comboni Missions in Africa.

Kendall McWhorter works to paint North and South America on his pumpkin. THANKS TO ANN FALCI Estelle Vogt uses a map as a guideline as she paints her pumpkin globe. THANKS TO ANN FALCI



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College parents: Time to brag

Wyoming High School's Jonathan Rutter swims to a second-place finish during the 100 breaststroke in the Division II 2012 Ohio State High School Swimming and Diving Championships at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton last February. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Wyoming, Princeton ready to make waves By Scott Springer and Nick Dudukovich

» Are you a parent of a college athlete? It’s time to brag. Thanks to such an overwhelming response to the holiday feature last year, the Tri-County Press again will present “Home for the holidays: Catching up with college athletes.” Parents of athletes who played in the college ranks during the 2012 calendar year can submit by email a few paragraphs and, if interested, a photo to share where they are, what they’re playing and how they did. Be sure to include the athlete’s name, parents’ names and the community newspaper they get at home. The submitted information will be compiled by newspaper and run the issue of Dec. 26-27 – just in time for people home from the holidays to catch up on their high school classmates, neighbors and friends. Basic guidelines: You can send links to college websites as background but not as the submission. Write the information as you’d want to see it in print. Send photos as a .jpg attachment to the email, not embedded in a Word document. Send the email to presspreps@ by Monday, Dec. 17. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@ communitypress-

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» The first installment of the winter MVP award goes to Princeton guard Dorian Jordan. Jordan scored 25 points to lead the Vikings past Elder, 70-62, Dec. 4.


» The Princeton varsity wrestling squad kicked its season off by picking up two wins against Mt. Healthy and Amelia at Lebanon High School Dec. 1. Nick Hounshell (120), A.J. Kowal (160), DeMarco Smith (182), Adriyel Glass (220) and Eldorjon Akhmedov (285) earned victories by pinning their opponents. » Wyoming was sixth in the Spartan Duals at Roger Bacon on Dec. 1.

Boys bowling

» Princeton rolled past Sycamore, 2,696-2,277 Dec. 3. Adeleke Ademuyewo rolled a 44 high series.

Girls bowling

» Princeton improved to 3-1 with a 1,895-1,290 win over Sycamore Dec. 3. Dana Svensson rolled a 339 high series.

Boys swimming

» Wyoming was seventh in the Mason Invitational on Dec. 1.

Girls swimming

» Wyoming was sixth at the Mason Invitational on Dec. 1.

Wyoming and coach Dave Elliott enter the new season as the reigning Cincinnati Hills League boys swimming champions. The ‘Boys lost some reliable seniors in Pat Dierker and Eric Lethander, who were CHL first team in multiple events. However, first-teamers remain in junior Jonathan Rutter in the 100 breaststroke and 400 free relay and sophomore Max Chou from the 200 free relay team Rutter and Chou were second team in other events and Brennan Burt made second team allleague in the 500 freestyle. Junior Drew Wolf is back to lead the Wyoming divers. Wyoming’s girls finished third last winter behind Mariemont and Indian Hill at the league meet. Key swimmers returning to Elliott are juniors Daria Oberholzer, Cambray Smith and Caroline Duke from their honorable mention 200 medley relay. Key losses were relay swimmers Rachael Theiler, Ellie Lebuhn, Sarah Gibbons and Abby Gibbons who graduated. The Cowboys also have senior Alex Abel in the 100 backstroke and sophomore Sami Abel in the 200 individual medley. Wyoming will participate in the Big Eight Invitational at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.


The Vikings kicked off another swim season with a dual meet at Princeton High School Dec. 1. The boys lost to Elder, 83-72, but made it close with several strong finishes. Senior Dylan Dykes cemented his status as one to watch this season after taking first in the 50 freestyle (22.93) and 100 freestyle (53.59). Jake Mazzone should also put points on the scoreboard as he did when he took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.64). Nathan Steinmetz kicked off his season on a high note with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:08.15). Steinmetz, Mazzone, Dykes and Dustin Dykes could also make waves in the 200-yard

St. Xavier senior goalie Matt Thornley protects the net against Sycamore last season. Thornley has been part of a goalkeeping duo with Zach Thomas that has allowed just eight goals on the season. THANKS TO ST. XAVIER ATHLETICS

Wyoming’s Drew Wolf dives during the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Classic at Miami University last January. THANKS TO JASON MILLER

medley relay. The quartet beat Elder with a mark of 1 minute, 58.41 seconds. The girls lost to Seton in their debut, but received strong performances from Emilie Buisson and Danielle Rust. Buisson placed first in the 50 freestyle (26.75), while also taking third in the 100 butterfly (1:15.09) Rust turned in a second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:47.83). Both swimmers teamed with Rachel Lemen and Olivia Summer to take second in the 200 freestyle relay.


The Crusaders return several swimmers with state experience including Kevin George, Fritz Josephson, Greg Nymberg and Eric Scott. George was one of the highest-placing freshmen at the state meet, finishing 13th in the 500 freestyle and 16th in the 200 free. He also was on the Greater Catholic League-South second team 400 freestyle relay. Junior Fritz Josephson was 21st in the 500 freestyle last sea-

Undefeated Bombers icing the competition By Tom Skeen

son and junior Nymberg was on the sixth-place 200 freestyle relay, along with senior Eric Scott. The Moeller 200 freestyle relay team was named GCL-South first team last winter. “With incoming swimmers Cooper Hodge, T.J. Peloquin and other freshmen, Moeller looks to retain their team-scoring spot at this coming year’s Ohio High School state championship meet in February,” coach Bill Whatley said by email. Hodge is a junior national level swimmer and and Peloquin a YMCA national level swimmer. The rest of Moeller’s team are seniors Andrew Bergman and Bryan Kimutis; juniors Christopher Asgian, Charlie Braun, Kyle Johnson, Aidan Murray, Sean Schwab, Kyle Smith and Tory Worobetz; sophomores Aidan Dalton, Chris Glaser, Josh Jones, Ben Love, Jessie Powers, Riley Rufo, Peter Sharpahair and Noah Worobetz; and freshmen Dan Nymberg and Ben Sence. See SWIM, Page A7

SPRINGFIELD TWP. — St. Xavier hockey coach Adam Tramonte knew going into the season he would have a good team. What he didn’t know is his Bombers would start 7-0. “It’s great,” Tramonte said. “We figured we would be pretty good. We have a lot of seniors, so there’s good leadership in the program right now.” Goalie Matt Thornley of West Chester has been part of a goalkeeping duo that has allowed just eight goals through seven games, while senior forward Mitch Blank of Cincinnati is getting it done offensively for the Bombers with 17 points through Dec. 7. “(Mitch) has been playing (hockey) for a long time,” Tramonte said. “He loves the sport and is really dedicated. He comes from a hockey family… It helps when your whole family is around the sport. He lives it.” Other members of the senior class that are contributing are Robby Thomas of Mount Healthy and Will Rinaldi of Sharonville, who are both team captains along with Blank. Senior defenseman Will Shan-

ley of Madeira and Brett Holding of West Chester are also leaders on the ice for St. X. While Tramonte knew this senior class was going to be special from the time they stepped on the ice as freshmen and sophomores, it’s what the current underclassmen are doing that could make this Bomber squad really special. “We got a good influx of young guys last year,” Tramonte said. “We knew we would be good, but you don’t know how good until you see those kids on the ice.” Some of the young guys contributing are sophomore Aaron Cramer of Colerain Township – who is currently out with an injury but will be back by Christmas according to Tramonte - sophomore Justin LeFevre of West Chester and freshmen Joey Luffy of Loveland and Zach Thomas of Mount Healthy. As a freshman, Thomas is splitting time with Thornley in net, according to Tramonte. “He’s pretty good,” Tramonte said about Thomas. “… It’s nice to see competition at every spot and to see a freshman step-up.” Other boys on the team live in Western Hills, Newtown, Mason, Liberty Township and Pleasant Ridge.



Checking in with the Crusaders’ skaters By Scott Springer

Mike Reeder is in his ninth season coaching hockey at Moeller where the Crusaders finished third in their league with a record of 2013-2. Unlike the other area schools that play in the Ohio High School Hockey League South, Moeller plays in the Capital Hockey Conference-Red Division KENWOOD



with several Columbusbased schools. Moeller last won a league title in 2006 and has had eight-straight winning seasons. Reeder lists Tyler Ruter, Alex Meloy, Zach Bayliff, Jack Brault and Eddie Geiser as players to watch this season. Ruter was Moeller’s top scorer last season and defender Brault notched 21 assists. Geiser was named allleague first team in the Red

The Crusaders begin with the Big Eight meet and the Canton City meet in Canton Dec. 14-15.

Blake (50, 100 free). The girls return looking to build off last year’s third-place finish in the GGCL Central. Kelly Boland (100 back, 500 free) and Claire Devlin (50 free, 100 back) should score points.

Roger Bacon

St. Xavier

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In St. Bernard, depth and a strong senior class could make for an exciting season as Roger Bacon’s boys look to repeat the squad’s first-place finish in the GCL Central. Key swimmers to watch include Kevin Anneken (butterfly, free), Joey Anello (200 free, 100 back), Kyle Suffoletta (free) and Chris

After capturing their fourth-straight and 33rd overall state title a year ago, the St. Xavier AquaBombers are reloaded for another run at state in 2013. Their season got off on the right foot after winning the Mason Invitational Dec. 1. “The kids at Mason were remarkable,” coach

Alex Meloy has the puck as Moeller head coach Mike Reeder watches in practice at Cincinnati Gardens last season. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Division. “We have seven seniors,” Reeder recently told Gannett News Service. “We’re a little older and I’m seeing a good cohesiveness among the team.” The rest of Moeller’s roster includes Brian Tempel, Thomas O’Donnell, An-

drew Carmichael, Jake Fessel, Mark DiGiandominico, Billy Rinderle, Ben Sattler and Alex Armour. Moeller’s home games are at the historic Cincinnati Gardens in Roselawn. Next up for the Crusaders is Olentangy Liberty on Dec. 16.

Jim Brower said. “They showed a lot of spirit and grit. A lot of their swims in the finals were faster than (in the prelims).” Senior Ian Wooley is back after he finished as the state runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly last season. “To Ian’s credit he didn’t want to be runner-up,” Brower said. “So that is motivation for bigger and better things for him this season. The individual who won (state last season) is back so he has his hands full. He’s been looking really good in practice so he’ll be in the mix.” Brower knows if his squad is going to make a

run at state again they will need help from more than just the senior class. “The junior class, as freshmen, probably didn’t come in with a lot of credentials and we are starting to see them emerge,” he said. “They are the class that has to fill in (for those who graduated), so we are really impressed with their progress they’ve made as a group.”

Nate Pabst of Springdale wins the bronze medal in Continuous Fighting and seventh place in Point Fighting in the World Karate and Kickboxing Council World Karate Championships in Montreal, Canada. The 9 year old competes in a 12-and-under division and is a member of the U.S. National Karate Team. Pabst trains in Forest Park at Priceless Martial Arts. He is beginning his fourth year of karate. PROVIDED ons will undoubtedly be one of the top teams in the region and have a shot to make waves at the state meet after consecutive runner-up finishes the past two years. Senior Bridget Blood – last season’s Enquirer Division I swimmer of the year – should lead the way, along junior Emily Slabe. Blood enters the winter coming off a stellar summer in which she was one of the rare high schoolers to swim the 100 breast stroke at the Olympic Trials. “Our top-end talent will be very strong, and our relays will be very strong,” Lions’ head coach Brad Isham told Gannett News Ser-


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vice. Blood, Slabe and junior Temarie Toley have helped Ursuline win back-to-back 200-yard medley relay state titles. Blood added individual championships in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke last season, while Slabe has won consecutive 100 backstrokes titles. Alisabeth Marsteller and Gabby Young should also be valuable contributors. The swim season started Nov. 26. The annual Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Classic is scheduled for Jan. 19-20 at eight sites, including a new location at Wright State University.




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Voting obstacles unacceptable Too many voters waited far too long in line to cast their ballots in the 2012 election. The 2012 election was a wake-up call for the American electorate, with tens of thousands of Americans finding it far too difficult to exercise their fundamental right as U.S. citizens to cast a ballot. Unusually long lines (with voters waiting for hours) were reported in well over a dozen states, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia, South Carolina, Montana, Rhode Island and more. Long lines disenfranchise voters. A polling place running out of ballots is voter suppres-

sion. Making it harder for citizens to vote is a violation of voters’ civil rights. President Barack Obama Richard said, “I want to Schwab thank every COMMUNITY PRESS American who GUEST COLUMNIST participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that.” U.S. Sens. Chris. Coons (D – Del) and Mark Warner (D – VA) have proposed a fix. On Nov. 15, as co-sponsors, they introduced The Fair, Accu-

rate, Secure and Timely Voting Act (FAST) – legislation that confronts election problems by challenging states to turn around their poorest performing polling places. The FAST Voting Act is a creative way to jump-start states’ election reform. The bill authorizes a federal program that would award grants based on how well applicant states are able to improve or develop access to the polls in specific ways including: » providing flexible registration; » providing early voting; » providing absentee voting – including no- excuse absentee voting; » providing assistance to

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The numbers released this fall were almost unimaginable: one in five children in our region is growing up in poverty. That is 167,000 children in poverty – enough to fill Paul Brown stadium two and half times. That disturbing statistic is not a bit surprising to St. Vincent de Paul volunteers. Last year, we visited the homes of neighbors in need more than 9,000 times in Hamilton County alone. We visit tiny apartments in inner city neighborhoods, humble homes in working class communities, trailer parks in rural areas, and, increasingly, homes in neighborhoods that might surprise you. Inside those homes we see human suffering at its most heart wrenching. When a family slips into poverty, the pain is almost palpable. Our volunteers see adult men in tears, ashamed because they cannot feed their families. We see mothers worn down by worry over bills they cannot pay, middle-aged couples who can’t afford their insulin, and elderly people who keep the thermostat set at 62 degrees to lower their utility bill. Increasingly, though, the invisible and silent victims of these uncertain economic times are children. Inside homes all

across our community, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers see children who never know if there will be Liz Carter food for dinner COMMUNITY PRESS on any given GUEST COLUMNIST day. We see children who sleep on linoleum floors with only a thin blanket to keep them warm. We find children who move from school to school as their families seek stable housing – and there are few things as hard as being the new kid at school who also wears the same two outfits day after day. And yet, these very same children show remarkable courage and grace. There is the boy who goes to school hungry so that his little brothers and sister can eat. Or the big brother who gave his bed to his little brother. Or the little girl who asked for diapers for her baby brother instead of a Christmas gift. Our volunteers are blessed each day to witness powerful lessons of love among the children that we, as a community, should be protecting and caring for. They are lessons that mean all the more during the Christ-

mas season. For a child – any child – Christmas is truly a season of hope. There is something profoundly moving about providing a special gift to a child who still believes in Christmas miracles or food for a family that is struggling. Those are kind acts that live and grow in the heart of a child. It is a gift each of us can give. You can make this Christmas special for a family in need by: » Supporting “Food From the Heart” the next time you visit your local Kroger. Ask your child to pick out their favorite non-perishable food and place it in the barrel at the door. Our neighborhood volunteers will gather the food and take it to a local family in need. » Making a donation in honor of a loved one to provide Christmas gifts to a child in need. A donation of just $50 will allow us to purchase new gifts to make a child’s Christmas brighter this year. » Visit our website,, or call 513-421-HOPE to find out more about ways you can give the gift of hope this Christmas season. Liz Carter is the executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati.

Agency handles air quality Information from the public is an important way to keep track of potential air quality issues in our community. To handle odors, smoke, dust or other air quality concerns, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has an air complaint program. This program focuses on outreach activities and operating the air quality hotline to provide prompt service to air quality concerns of residents in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties. If you notice an unusual odor, smoke, dust or other air quality concerns, please call the 24-hour hotline at 513-946-7777 or fill out the online form at complaints. When making a complaint,

you will be asked for general information relating to the situation, your name (you may remain anonyMegan mous if you Hummel wish), address COMMUNITY PRESS and phone GUEST COLUMNIST number. An investigator from the agency will make arrangements to meet with you at your home to verify the air quality problem. We will contact you in a few days to give you the results of your complaint. The agency responds to air quality complaints 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52



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weeks per year (excluding major holidays). This is one important tool to help achieve and maintain healthy air quality. The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is a division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services which also encompasses the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. For more information, visit the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency online at or interact with us on Facebook and Twitter. Megan Hummel is public relations coordinator for the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is a division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services

voters who do not speak English as a primary language; » providing assistance to voters with disabilities - including visual impairment; » providing effective access to voting for members of armed services; » providing formal training of election officials; » reducing waiting times at polling stations; » creating disaster preparedness plans; » establishing steps to eliminate statutory, regulatory, procedural and other barriers to expedite voting and accessible voter registration. Now it’s up to the states to step up with common sense reform to make voting faster

and accessible for all Americans. The FAST Voting Act is named in honor of Louis L. Redding, a prominent civil rights advocate, who became the first African American to be admitted to the Delaware bar in 1929. He challenged school segregation in court and was part of the legal team that challenged Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard O. Schwab was formerly associate head of school, and middle school head, Cincinnati Country Day School. He is founder of Glendale Organizing For America Community Team

CH@TROOM Dec. 5 question What is your favorite Cincinnati-area holiday event or tradition? What makes it special?

“Cincinnati area Christmas tradition is Downtown Cincinnati Friday after Thanksgiving – the trains at the old CG&E (now Duke), carriage rides, Fountain Square Christmas decor, ice rink and tree lighting. All those things especially if there is snow flurries falling. “In Loveland: It is hands-down Christmas in Loveland. That has all the Christmas traditions anybody could ask for. Live Nativity, elves, Santa, shows, Christmas carolers, carriage rides and just the true spirit of Christmas exudes from faces of children and parents alike – everywhere you look!” C.G. “I plan on spending time this holiday season in Downtown Cincinnati with my entire family on a weekend afternoon or evening. For those bah-hum-buggers who say that Downtown is unworthy and unsafe, check it out this holiday season. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat at one of the many new or already established restaurants, take the family ice skating on Fountain Square, grab a carriage ride, and enjoy a lively and festive environment. Park for free on the streets or at the Square for a couple of bucks!” Mike M. “Opening Day with the Findlay Market Parade and other related events means more to me that seeing the first red robin of spring.” R.V. “Well, both of us are in our senior years now and the kids are all grown up and gone, so our celebration of the Christmas holiday is rather subdued. “When we were younger, we would go to the display at Kings Island, or Fountain Square, or the Cincinnati Zoo, and really enjoy our experience. A couple of years ago I went to the train display down at Duke, and it was fun, too. “Our most fun tradition, though, involved just the family and it was done as a prank, but we kept it up for quite a few years. (I think it was in humorous rebellion to the notion that you aren’t ‘normal’ if you don’t have a tradition.) So my wife and I would hold opposite ends of a broomstick and one of our kids would hang upside down from the knees until all of them did it. And we called that our ‘tradition.’ Yes, I know – we were screwballs (and still are).”

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Bill B. “My favorite holiday event is in Lebanon – it’s the annual Christmas Horse and Carriage Parade. It was last weekend. My husband and I shared it with friends from out-of-state. We love this parade and the wonderful people in Lebanon. “We always begin the day with a delicious lunch at the Golden Lamb cooked and served by the finest people, shop at the wonderful shops filled with unique Christmas gifts and then marvel at the beautiful carriages, horses and people that make it all happen. I can’t think of a better way to start the month of December. We plan to go again next year.” E.E.C. “Fountain Square Christmas decorations and activity; the Shillito’s window displays, the CG&E train display. Those are my memories and my grown children. The are still available (good). Not as good are: parking is pretty expensive downtown to see Fountain Square; Shillito’s is across the river and CG&E’s trains are now Duke’s donation to the museum where it costs to park.” F.N.

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Moeller fans cheer as Moeller takes the field to warm up against Toledo Whitmer in the Division I state championship football game Dec. 1. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Keith Watkins, senior running back on the Moeller High School football team, celebrates as he is welcomed by members of the student body. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Moeller head coach John Rondenberg reacts to getting the Powerade tossed onto him as his team celebrates beating Toledo Whitmer in the Division I state championship football game at Fawcett Stadium Dec. 1 in Canton. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

CRUSADER NATION CELEBRATES STATE TITLE The Moeller Crusaders defeated Toledo Whitmer 20-12 on Dec. 1 to win their first Ohio Division I state football title in 27 years and their eighth in football overall. They finished the season with a 12-3 record. The Crusaders, coached by John Rodenberg, celebrated in a ceremony Dec. 3.

Head football coach John Rodenberg stands in front of his team as he speaks during a rally to honor the champion Crusaders. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The Moeller High School student body cheers their football team during a rally to honor the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Division I state football champions. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller RB Keith Watkins (3) caught the ball and ran for a touchdown against Toledo Whitmer DL Joe Nathan Mays (75) in the second quarter Dec. 1. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE

Moeller QB Spencer Iacovone (7) leads his team onto the field to warm up against Toledo Whitmer before the first quarter of the Division I state championship football game at Fawcett Stadium Dec. 1. JOSEPH FUQUA



Members of the Moeller football team gather for a team photo on an old fire truck following a rally to honor the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Division I state football champions. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller sideline starts celebrating after beating Toledo Whitmer in the Division I state championship football game at Fawcett Stadium Dec. 1. JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 13 Art Exhibits Christmas in Sharonville, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road, Queen City Art Club exhibit. Free. 554-1014. Sharonville.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Frame USA Warehouse Outlet, 225 Northland Blvd, Mission to fill semi-trucks with personal care items, blankets, sheets, coats, boots, gloves, baby formula, canned food, dishes, and many other clothing. Only new items accepted with the exception of slightly worn coats. Benefits The Healing Center of Springdale. Free. Through Dec. 21. 250-4116; Springdale. Fill the Truck Initiative, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Spring Valley Bank, 1206 Springfield Pike, Mission to fill semi-trucks with personal care items, blankets, sheets, coats, boots, gloves, baby formula, canned food, dishes, and many other clothing. Only new items accepted with the exception of slightly worn coats. Benefits Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center in Lickland. Free. 250-4116; Wyoming.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, One-mile drive-through outdoor lights and themed figures display. Through Dec. 31. $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Meet talking Christmas tree and Mr. Scrooge, Holiday Train Depot, new Holiday Elf Show (Monday-Thursday) and special pictures on Santa’s lap, photos starting at $6.25. Holiday music by Dickens Carolers Friday and Sunday. Nature’s Niche Gifts & Books open daily with holiday gifts. Treats and warm drinks available. Adventure Station indoor playground open for ages 2-12. Through Dec. 23. Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 8918277. Sycamore Township. Karaoke, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Pike Bar and Grill, 10010 Springfield Pike. Ages 21 and up. Free. 772-7453. Woodlawn.

Christmas in Sharonville, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Center, Free. 554-1014. Sharonville.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 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. Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.


Yoga Class, 2-3:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Move, meditate and deepen your inner holiday sparkle. With Becky Morrissey. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Fill the Truck Initiative, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Frame USA Warehouse Outlet, Free. 250-4116; Springdale. Fill the Truck Initiative, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Spring Valley Bank, Free. 250-4116; Wyoming.

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Dance Classes Ballet Lessons for Children, 5-6 p.m., Harry Whiting Brown Scouthouse, 34 Village Square, Teacher Christine Minges. Ages 3-8. $50 for 8-week session. Registration required. 771-0333. Glendale.

Education Public Library’s eReader Petting Zoo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sharonville Branch Library, 10980 Thornview Drive, Try out an iPad, Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire and learn more about library’s downloadable books and music. Staff members answer questions. Ages 18 and up. Free. 369-6049; Sharonville.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday in Lights, 6-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Pike Bar and Grill, Free. 772-7453. Woodlawn. Holiday Book Fair, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., KeyBank-Montgomery, 9861 Montgomery Road, Ayat Jamilah, author of “Beautiful Signs,” a collection of stories based in Islamic principles and the importance of education. Free. 791-7200. Montgomery.

A Short Course in Quakerism, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Friends Meeting, 8075 Keller Road, Paul Buckley, Quaker author presenting. Ages 16 and up. $5 per session or $45 for all 10 sessions. 207-5353; Madeira.

Exercise Classes


Winter Art, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, 10623 Springfield Pike, Highfield Discovery Garden. Snow, frost and ice have inspired artists for centuries, how will your family be inspired? Create a piece of winter art to take home. Program is weather dependent, call 771-8733. $2 admission to Highfield Discovery Garden, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Woodlawn.

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

Art Exhibits

Literary - Signings

Children’s Playgroup, 10 a.m., Harry Whiting Brown Scouthouse, 34 Village Square, Informal playgroup for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents or caregivers. Free. 771-0333. Glendale.

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Fill the Truck Initiative, Noon-5 p.m., Frame USA Warehouse Outlet, Free. 250-4116; Springdale.

Heritage Village Museum Self-Guided Tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Step back in time with a walk among historic buildings from the 1800s. Tours for outside of buildings only. $3, $1 ages 5-11, free members. Registration required. 563-9484; Sharonville.

Nature Winter Art, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $2 admission to Highfield Discovery Garden, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Tours Heritage Village Museum Self-Guided Tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, $3, $1 ages 5-11, free members. Registration required. 563-9484; Sharonville.

SATURDAY, DEC. 15 Art Exhibits Christmas in Sharonville, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Center, Free. 554-1014. Sharonville.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Frame USA Warehouse Outlet, Free. 250-4116; Springdale. Fill the Truck Initiative, 9 a.m.-noon, Spring Valley Bank, Free. 250-4116; Wyoming.

Thinking of buying an eReader or tablet for the book lover on your holiday shopping list? Now's a great time to buy. Prices are dropping and lots of new devices have hit the market. But when it comes to picking the right device, the choices can be overwhelming. That's why the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is having a series of eReader "Petting Zoo" programs at select branches, including Sharonville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and 10 am. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. The library is at 10980 Thornview Drive, Sharonville. Call 369-6049 for more information. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

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Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville. Holly Days, Noon-4 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Crafts, storytelling, holiday food, music and more. $7, $5 ages 5-11, free ages 4 and under and members. 563-9484; Sharonville. Live Nativity, 5 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Presentations at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Petting zoo with live barnyard animals. Free. 791-7631; Deer Park. Night for Rejoicing Cantata, 7-9 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Sanctuary. St. Paul’s Chancel Choir, with soloists and small chamber orchestra. Cantata of nativity through music, narration and scripture. Free. 891-8181; Madeira.

Music - R&B Civic Wreath Across America, Noon-1:30 p.m., Rest Haven Cemetery, 10209 Plainfield Road, Speakers and wreath and flag donations. Place wreaths on veteran’s graves. Includes prayer, gun salute and taps. Followed by refreshments at Sharonville VFW. 985-0473. Evendale.

Education Public Library’s eReader Petting Zoo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sharonville Branch Library, Free. 369-6049; Sharonville.

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.

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Nature Los Animales en el Parque, 2 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Learn about local wildlife and see a few animals close up. Presented in Spanish. Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Sharonville. Winter Art, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $2 admission to Highfield Discovery Garden, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 9850900. Montgomery.

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Holiday in Lights, 6-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville. Winter Around the World Holiday Ice Show, 4-6 p.m., Sports Plus, 10765 Reading Road, USA Rink. Saturday includes Skate with Santa 2-4 p.m. before show. Skate rental included. Local Learn to Skate participants and competitive skaters demonstrate skating skills with festive theme. $5. 759-4259. Evendale.

Art & Craft Classes

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Pike Bar and Grill, Free. 772-7453. Woodlawn.

Literary - Signings Holiday Book Fair, 10:30 a.m.noon, KeyBank-Montgomery, Ayat Jamilah, author of “Beautiful Signs,” a collection of stories based in Islamic principles and the importance of education. Free. 791-7200. Montgomery.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753.

Holiday Crafts, 2-4 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Families can make everything from snowflake ornaments to gift boxes. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Sharonville.

Auditions Spring Awakening, 7-10 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA, 106 Maple St., Callbacks Dec. 19, if necessary. All auditioning should prepare 16 to 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show, as well as a one-minute dramatic monologue (no comic pieces, please). Those auditioning for a “student” role specifically should prepare two contrasting songs, and also dress for a short dance audition. All should provide sheet music, properly marked and in the correct key. No a capella auditions or singing to recorded accompaniment will be allowed, nor will audition pieces from “Spring Awakening.” Free. Contact Bill Geraghty at or 602-4215 to schedule an audition time. 602-4215; Reading.


Soulful Sundays, 6-9 p.m., Shades of Blue, 340 Glensprings Drive, With DJ Luv and DJ Lux spinning neo-soul and old school vinyl. 671-2583. Sharonville.

Music - Religious Gospel Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Shades of Blue, 340 Glensprings Drive, Breakfast and dinner menu available. With entertainment. 671-2583. Sharonville.

Nature Winter Art, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $2 admission to Highfield Discovery Garden, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

MONDAY, DEC. 17 Auditions Spring Awakening, 7-10 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA, Callbacks Dec. 19, if necessary. Free. Contact Bill Geraghty at or 6024215 to schedule an audition time. 602-4215; Reading.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Frame USA Warehouse Outlet, Free. 250-4116; Springdale. Fill the Truck Initiative, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Spring Valley Bank, Free. 250-4116; Wyoming.

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. 346-3910. Springdale.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.

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

Nature Winter Art, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $2 admission to Highfield Discovery Garden, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

TUESDAY, DEC. 18 Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Frame USA Warehouse Outlet, Free. 250-4116; Springdale. Fill the Truck Initiative, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Spring Valley Bank, Free. 250-4116; Wyoming.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville. Holiday Daytime Party, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Russ and Barb Childers will present “A Bear Foot Christ/ Appalachian Memories” at 1 p.m. Lunch specials served in the cafe. Whiskey sours and eggnog drinks at cash bar in the lobby. Sycamore Senior Center Choir requests attendees to sing along with popular carols. Ticket pricing TBA. Registration required. 984-1234; Blue Ash.

Music - Benefits Michael Stephen Chertock, 7 p.m., Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Road, New Sanctuary. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra pianist with Maria Bobbitt Chertock, guest soloist, performing Christmas favorites. Benefits The Center for Respite Care. Free; donations accepted. 683-0254; Symmes Township.

Nature Winter Art, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, $2 admission to Highfield Discovery Garden, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Woodlawn.

Seminars Regional Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Evergreen Retirement Community, 230 W. Galbraith Road, Friendly Tunes, with the Mountain Dulcimer for a Christmas program of gospel, folk, German and Appalachian old-time music. Dining and scientific education with other members. Share knowledge and experiences while pursuing interests in technology, business and industry developments. Program: free; lunch: $13. Reservations required. 932-1137; Hartwell.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 Art Exhibits Christmas in Sharonville, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Center, Free. 554-1014. Sharonville.

Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Frame USA Warehouse Outlet, Free. 250-4116; Springdale. Fill the Truck Initiative, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Spring Valley Bank, Free. 250-4116; Wyoming.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $12 per car. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.

Karaoke and Open Mic Shades of Blue Karaoke, 8-11 p.m., Shades of Blue, 340 Glensprings Drive, Half-price drink specials and wings for 70 cents. 671-2583. Sharonville.



More holiday recipes: Ruth Lyons’ coffecake, peppermint bark serve and set aside 3⁄4 cup for topping. Add vinegar to milk, then add to sugar mixture. Add egg and soda; mix well. Pour into a sprayed 13-inch by 9-inch pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake 30 minutes.

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My best clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark You didn’t think I could let the holidays go by without sharing yet another version, did you? Some of you have had trouble in the past with the bark shattering/separating. That happens somewhat even with the purchased bark, but this recipe keeps that to a minimum, if at all. Out of all the recipes I’ve made for bark throughout the years, using different melting methods and chocolates, I’ve come back to my classic way of teaching students. By the way, check out the photo. Can you tell which is mine and which is WilliamsSonoma’s? I used Kroger real semi-sweet and white chocolate morsels.

Ruth Lyons’ coffeecake

I have a few versions of this recipe, but this is the one that’s supposed to be Ruth’s original. I’ve made this twice now, once following the recipe below and once making it with 21⁄4 cups flour, 11⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 1⁄2 cup oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla and no vinegar. (The vinegar is used to “sour” the milk, making it more like buttermilk). I made a thin icing to glaze it, as well. The difference between the two was slight. This is a straightforward, simple coffeecake. If you want a richer tasting one with a thicker cinnamon topping, I have my holiday overnight coffeecake on my blog.

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided into 11⁄4 cup and 3⁄4 cup measures 11⁄2 teaspoons peppermint extract, divided into 1 teaspoon and 1⁄2 teaspoon measures 23⁄4 cups white chocolate chips, divided into 21⁄4 cup and 1⁄2 cup measures 1 ⁄4 cup crushed peppermint candy

1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar, dark preferred 21⁄2 cups flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt 3 ⁄4 cup oil 1 teaspoon vinegar 1 cup milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon baking soda

Line a cookie sheet with one piece of foil, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Or do the same in a 13-inch by 9-inch pan. Put 11⁄4 cups semi-sweet

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first six ingredients. Add oil and stir until crumbly. Re-

One of these is Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint bark, one is Rita’s clone. Which do you think is which? THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. chocolate in heat proof bowl. Set over a saucepan that has 1 inch of steaming water, making sure bowl does not touch water. (This is a makeshift double boiler). Heat should be turned to low. Stir until chocolate is just about melted, then remove bowl from pan and stir 3⁄4cup more in rest of semisweet chocolate, a bit at a time, until all is melted. If necessary, put the bowl back on the pan to help melt. If there’s any moisture on the bottom of the bowl, wipe it dry. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the extract and pour onto foil, spreading in even layer. Tap pan on counter to remove any air bubbles. Let sit at room temperature until just about set, anywhere from 15-20 minutes. When you press your finger into the chocolate a very slight indentation will remain. Put 21⁄4 cups white chocolate in clean bowl and repeat process for melting, stirring in remaining 1⁄2 cup chips after removing bowl from pan. Stir in 1⁄2 teaspoon extract.

Rita answers several reader requests for Ruth Lyons’ famous coffecake. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. Pour over chocolate layer and spread. Sprinkle with candy. If necessary, gently press into chocolate. Let set at room temperature until completely firm. Peel bark off foil and break into pieces. Store, covered, at room temperature up to a month or so. If it’s extremely warm in the house, store, covered, in refrigerator and bring to room temperature before eating.

Clarification for Moist & Flavorful Roast Beef technique The initial browning of the beef should be on top of the stove. 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.

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Sharonville Chamber seeking nominations The Sharonville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Sharonville Chamber’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Event, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. The award categories are: » Sharonville Chamber Business Person of the Year; » Sharonville Chamber Small Business of the Year; » Sharonville Chamber Large Business of the Year; » Sharonville Chamber Volunteer of the Year; » Sharonville Corporate Citizen of the Year. All of the nominations are available on-line by downloading the nomination forms at, clicking on the Events tab at the top, and then clicking on 25th Anniversary Events. “We are asking for nominees for the 2013 Sharonville Chamber’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Event. The nominations deadline is Dec. 3, noon,” Sharonville Chamber President Rich Arnold said. “We want to give any Sharonville area company, organization, non-profit, and individual the opportunity to send in a nomination. I consider it an honor to be nominated as they wouldn’t have been nominated if they weren’t successful companies and people.”

The event is being held at the new Sharonville Convention Center. Registration to attend is now available on-line at Some of the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce highlights were: » Sharonville Chamber was chartered in 1988 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2013 » Sharonville Chamber switched from a volunteer run organization to a staffed organization in September 2007 » Has grown from 80 members too just short of 300 members » Holds a minimum of 3 events every month » Provides cost saving,

unusual benefits for all the employees of their members Winners will be announced during the Sharonville Chamber’s 25th Anniversary and Awards Event. Chamber sponsors and committee members are recognized for their contributions in 2012.

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RELIGION Blue Christmas Worship, a service of comfort and rest, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. This is an opportunity to acknowledge grief and loss in the presence of God and look toward hope. All are welcome. “Christmas Letters,” the children’s festive pageant, will be presented at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 16. “The Mitten Tree” is getting decorated with children’s hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and socks. The items will be given to the ministry of The Lord’s Rose Garden in Sharonville. The ladies Wheel of Friendship will meet Dec. 13. Shake it Up Bible Study will be followed by a salad luncheon. The Wheel of Friendship and the congregation are collecting food and gifts for two area needy families through the Northeast Emergency Distribution Services program. The annual Thankoffering collected $850 to support ELCA local and worldwide ministries. Christmas Eve worship services will be held at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Worship services are at 8:30 and

INDEPENDENT BAPTIST FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 8580 Cheviot Rd., Colerain Twp 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School (all ages) 9:30am Sunday Morning Service 10:30am Sunday Evening Service 6:30pm 7:00pm Wedn. Service/Awana RUI Addiction Recovery (Fri.) 7:00pm Active Youth, College, Senior Groups Exciting Music Dept, Deaf Ministry, Nursery

11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited to participate in the activities and worship services. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

The church is collecting personal hygiene products (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) during the month of December for Northeast emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS). God Squad, the youth group, is meeting regularly now and planning new events. Youth in grades seven to 12 are invited to attend. Sunday School classes (Bible 101 and the Thoughtful Christian) meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are held after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper

Wyoming Baptist Church

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

CHRISTIAN CHURCH DISCIPLES Mt. Healthy Christian Church (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

EPISCOPAL 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

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

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Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev. Richard Davenport, Pastor

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Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

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8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "The Questions of Christmas: What Gift Will I Bring?" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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

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


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

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

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Salem White Oak Presbyterian

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


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

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

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

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Church by the Woods

The church building is the home of four different ministries. Church By the Woods is a multicultural and multiethnic church whose mission is to love and serve God, each other and our neighbors. Sunday worship service is traditional in English and begins at 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, classes in English as a Second Language are offered for ages 14 to 94. Taiwanese Presbyterian Ministry has Sunday traditional worship at 2 p.m. in their language of Taiwanese. On Saturdays they offer a ministry on the UC campus. Freedom Church has its contemporary worship service at 10:30 a.m. in English. “It’s not about Religion; it’s about relationships;” Seventh Day Adventist Church, has worship on Saturdays at 10 a.m. in Spanish. “Loving, Caring, Sharing God’s Word” Nursery School is provided at each church’s worship services. Bible studies are offered by all churches. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

A drive-through Nativity is 5:30 9 p.m. Dec. 16. The event is free. Call the church for more information. Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thurs-

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St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Christmas Eve services will be 5 p.m.(Holy Eucharist) and 10:30 p.m. (Festival Choral Eucharist), Dec 24. The Lessons and Carols Advent Service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. This traditional Anglican service celebrates the birth of Jesus using special music and readings. The church has adopted 24 Findlay Street families and needs help to match food and gifts. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 16. Permanent change in service hours: 8 a.m. – spoken Holy Eucharist; 10 a.m. – Eucharist with music. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month

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at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

Sharonville United Methodist Church

At 8:15 a.m., there is a traditional service; at 11 a.m. there is a blended service, combining traditional and contemporary styles of worship. At 9:30 a.m., there are various Sunday School classes and study groups. Parents Night Out will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Drop off the kids at church for a few hours. The Youth Group is in charge. The Bereavement Group meets the first Thursday of the month. Serendipity Seniors meet for lunch the fourth Thursday of the month. Visitors are welcome at all services and events. The church is at 1751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible study for all ages at 9 a.m. Adult and Youth Bible studies each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Women’s Study Group at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. Includes light refreshments and special ladies study. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; 891-7891.

Valley Temple

A community Chanukah celebration will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Garden of Peace at the Cincinnati Zoo. A Chanukah Menorah will be kindled by members of the Valley Temple of Wyoming to commemorate the sixth night of the Festival. This year marks the 18th annual community Chanukah celebration at the zoo. Members of the Valley Temple will lead the group in the blessings for the candles, and then all are encouraged to join in singing Chanukah songs with Rabbi Sandford Kopnick and Charlene Gubitz, a pre-school and synagogue musician. Those wishing to participate can use their zoo pass or purchase admission to the Zoo upon entering. For more information, contact the Valley Temple at 761-3555

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Rodney Barbour will perform at "A Christmas Music Festival" Dec. 15 at Crestview Presbyterian Church. PROVIDED ence is broad and encompasses a wide range of musical styles and settings. Barbour serves as director of worship and arts at Crestview Presbyterian Church where this concert is being held. Northcut is 10-yearsold and is in the fourthgrade at Mason Intermediate School. She won the

along with their conductor, Anita Cocker Hunt, work to prepare and perform this music for the community. For more information about the Cincinnati Brass Band, visit . Tickets are not required to attend. However, the church will accept donations.

2011 Mason Idol, 2011 Redsfest/Cincinnati’s Got Talent and the 2012 Dayton Dragon’s Dayton Daily News vocal competitions, and recently performed the lead role of Annie in the Beechmont Players production of “Annie.” She will be singing “Christmas Time Is Here,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and “Let It Snow!” The Crestview Chancel Choir, by Rodney Barbour, provides worship leadership for services at Crestview Presbyterian Church. The choir will join the band in four Christmas arrangements: “Sing Gloria," “Glad Tidings," “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” and “Christmas Time Is Here.” The Cincinnati Brass Band was formed in 1993 to create an opportunity for brass musicians in our community to play in a traditional British style brass band. There are 35 members of the CBB, who

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Heartt Animal Refuge reopens thrift shop “Wish List” such as paper towels and drawstring tall trash bags. Heartt Thrift & Gift Shop always needs donations of gently used household goods, home decor, children’s clothes and toys, small appliances and some furniture. Send an e-mail to or call (513) 368-4568. For adoption information call Sylvia at (513) 368-

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Heartt Animal Refuge is a No Kill Shelter run by volunteers. In order to raise money for the care of the cats and dogs that have been rescued, a Thrift Shop was created in the front of the building at 11354 Reading Road. The shop was closed for rennovation for two months and has been painted and restocked, and open for business as of Nov. 10. The shop is just north of Sharonville on the left fork, where Ohio 42 and Reading split, next to Peterson’s Gun Shop. They will host an open house 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Even though it is a small shop, it is “packed” with nice new and gently used merchandise that is very reasonably priced. The shop is an important source of income to the shelter. With the economy in a state of flux and so many people suffering from unemployment, many owners have been financially forced to give up their animals. Sylvia Johanning,president of Heartt Animal Refuge, said “I get at least 30 or 40 calls a day from people trying to find homes for their pets. It’s a sad situation.” There are many ways the public can help ... by adoptions, sponsorship of animals, donations, and providing items on the

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On Saturday, Dec. 15, members of the Sharonville VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will gather to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. The Sharonville has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at Rest Haven Cemetery beginning at noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who served, honor their sacrifices and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms. Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 750 participating locations across the country. One hundred wreaths are slated for delivery to Rest Haven, but sponsorships are still available.. In 2012 it is projected that mor ethan 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by more than 150,000 volunteers . The Wreaths Across America story began more

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POLICE REPORTS GLENDALE Arrests/citations Caitlin McDonald, 21, 303 S. Wayne Ave., Cincinnati, warrant for failing to appear in Glendale Mayor's Court, Dec. 1. Kendell Cunningham, 23, 477 Dewdrop Circle, Cincinnati, warrant for failing to pay fines and costs owed to Glendale Mayor's Court, Dec. 2. Edwin Harris, 19, 10780 Sharondale Road, Cincinnati, warrant for failing to pay fines and costs owed to Glendale Mayor's Court, Dec.3. Trayci Thomas, 42, 5107 Laconia Ave., Cincinnati, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension; Dec. 3.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering 100 block of West Sharon Road; garage broken into during the night; tools removed from the garage; approximate value of stolen items is two thousand five hundred dollars; investigation ongoing; Dec. 5.

Theft 100 block of West Sharon Road; van broken into parked at residence; tools and other items removed from van; home owner's dog started to bark at approximately 1 a.m. and home owner saw a subject walking down driveway to the rear of his residence; home owner found the subject standing next to the van; suspect fled from scene and entered a white mid-sized vehicle that was parked in the home owner's driveway; suspect was a male white and driver of the vehicle was a female white, both described as being in their late teens or early 20s; no estimate on items taken at time of report; investigation ongoing, Dec. 5.

SHARONVILLE Arrests/citations John Pinion, 27, 2072 Weir Road, possession at Baymont Inn, Nov. 7. Zachariah Shiveley, 18, 201

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.

Shelby St., theft at 10900 Kennedy Road, Nov. 7. Cory Hillard, 19, 466 Cambridge, burglary at 401 Lexington, Nov. 9. Cory Hillard, 19, 466 Cambridge, burglary at 466 Cambridge, Nov. 8. Richard Helton, 22, 412 Cambridge Drive, burglary at 401 Lexington, Nov. 9. Richard Helton, 22, 412 Cambridge Drive, burglary at 184 Mt Vernon, Nov. 7.

Laura Sinkorb, 25, 3610 Maplewood, solication at 2265 Sharon, Nov. 15. Daryll Anderson, 54, 9430 Willowfate Drive, assault at Bethesda North Hospital, Nov. 16. Tiffany Nicholas, 31, 106 Harem Ave., drug abuse at 3850 Hauck road, Nov. 16. Kathleen McGill, 34, 6292 Fields Ertel Road, drug paraphernalia at Kroger on U.S. 42, Nov. 16. Wesley Morriessette, 29, 855 W Buena Ave, open container at

2241 Crowne Point, Nov. 16. Donald Harrington, 43, 10903 Sharondale, aggravated assault at 11133 Reading Road, Nov. 16. Trevaughn Johnson, 19, 10668 Tuvlon Drive, drug abuse at 11080 Chester Road, Nov. 13. Mara Seng, 18, 3336 Kleeman Road, possession of drugs at 10900 Crowne Court, Nov. 16. Antuawan Watkins, 29, 3038 Obryon St., drug abuse at 10900 Crowne Court, Nov. 16. Derek Warner, 18, 5607 Leumas Road, drug abuse instruments at Baymont Inn, Nov. 16. Cassidy McGetz, 28, 8717 Bridgetown Road, drug abuse instruments at Baymont Inn, Nov. 16. Michael Davis, 39, 1357 Mandrid, open container, Nov. 17. Scott Moore, 33, 1611 Pleasant Ave., drug paraphernalia at 12164 Lebanaon, Nov. 16. Deante Holden, 22, 2815 Athens, operating vehicle intoxicated at northbound Interstate 75, Nov. 17. Frederick McCloud, 28, 4097 Sharon Park Lane, operating

vehicle intoxicated at 11755 Mosteller Road, Nov. 17. Sarah Gibson, 25, 4205 Fearman Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated at I 75, Nov. 18.

Joan A; $110,000. 463 Kemper Road: Weiler Mary A. to Schaeper Tracy S.; $117,500. 899 Clearfield Lane: Carrillo Lewis & Jennifer L. to Guardian Savings Bank FSB; $72,000.

Fred & Luerita to Penebaker James Jr.; $65,000.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 3254 E Kemper Road, Nov. 16. Menacing Victim reported at 10857 Sharondale Road, Nov. 14. Misuse of credit card Victim reported at 11790 Lebanon Road, Nov. 15. Sexual battery Reported at Hauck Road, Nov. 10. Theft Gas valued at $46 pumped and not paid at 11610 Lebanon Road, Nov. 14. Cell phone valued at $120 removed at 11080 Chester Road, Nov. 18. Copper valued at $1,860 removed at 11157 Chester Road,

See POLICE, Page B8


60 Sharon Road: Meller Stephen T. to Strauss Mark L. & Mary Jo; $651,500.


10662 Thornview Drive: Manning Richard C. & Joyce to Frank Gary; $150,000. 11167 Dowlin Drive: Northeast

Sharon LLC to Lsl Real Estate Investmen Inc.; $447,680. 2301 Sharon Road: Rri Nc I LLC to J. & N. Hospitality LLC; $2,150,000. 3501 Verbena Drive: Vierregger Hank Tr to Owens Daniel & Amy; $108,000.


340 Glensprings Drive: The Il

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

Bridge Fund LLC to Freedom Fund LLC; $250,000.

460 Grandin Ave.: Bunger Denise Tr to Dent Daniel F. &


10093 Ronnie Road: Tolliver


1045 Burns Ave.: Family Reserve LLC to Whaley David A. & Emily B.; $148,000. 5 Evergreen Circle: Stone Cecille F. Tr to Gentry Vanessa L.; $119,000.

Krista Ramsey, Columnist

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Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 6832340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist, at 853-6866. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373. Winton Woods Riding Center – is in need of volunteers to assist with the Special Riders Program, which provides training and competition opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and to help with barn duties, horse shows and a variety of other tasks. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Interested individuals ages 14 and older are invited to contact the Winton Woods Riding Center at 931-3057, or at


Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati – Professionals can use their administrative skills to help a busy, growing nonprofit manage its projects and members. Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati is looking for someone with experience in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook to assist in the Blue Ash office. Volunteers set their own days and hours and enjoy nice working conditions and friendly, bright volunteers and staff. Help the ESCC help other nonprofits succeed. Contact Darlyne Koretos for more information at 791-6230, ext. 10. ESCC is at 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 108.


Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for volunteers in a variety of areas. Call 865-1164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Crossroads Hospice – Volunteers are wanted to join the team of Ultimate Givers who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally-ill patients and their families in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties. Volunteers are also needed to support signature

programs inspired by Jim Stovall’s novel, “The Ultimate Gift” The Gift of a Day program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. Ultimate Givers visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands or provide respite for those caring for terminally-ill loved ones.For more information or to sign up as an Ultimate Giver, call 7935070 or compete an application online at volunteering. Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice Ultimate Giver, participants must complete an application, TB skin test and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying. Sycamore Senior Center – is in desperate need of volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly in northern Hamilton County as part of its home delivered meals program. Volunteers deliver food to the elderly one day a week, any day Monday through Friday. Pick-up is between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Most drivers complete their deliveries by noon depending on the amount of time a volunteer spends at each home while delivering. Families and groups sharing a route are welcome. The need for volunteers is immediate. Service areas include Amberley Village, Arlington Heights, Blue Ash, Camp Dennison, Deer Park, Dillonvale, Evendale, Forest Park, Glendale, Greenhills, Gulf Manor, Indian Hill, Kenwood, Kennedy Heights, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Loveland, Madeira, Montgomery, Pleasant Ridge, Reading, Rossmoyne, Sharonville, Silverton, Springdale, Springfield Township, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township, Wyoming and Woodlawn. Call 686-1013, 984-1234 or e-mail Meals on Wheels – is in need of substitute drivers to pick up meals at Deupree House in Hyde Park and deliver to shut-ins in neighboring communities. The time commitment is one hour, with the volunteer’s choice of delivering any one day a week, Tuesday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. If you are interested in this important ministry that truly makes a difference to a shut-in, please contact Bridgette Biggs at or call 561-8150. Volunteers are needed on Mondays to drive weekly, biweekly or monthly from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers would pick up meals from Deupree House in Hyde Park and deliver to shut-ins in Mount Washington. A valid driver’s license and car insurance are required. For more information or to volunteer, contact Chris Lemmon at 272-1118 or e-mail her at


Anderson Senior Center – Computer istructors and assistants needed to teach older adults in basic computer skills. 10-week classes are held at the Anderson Senior Center and offered three to four times per year. Classes are held MondayFriday. Instructors teach the curriculum while assistants help the students. If interested please email Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or email Jayne Martin Dressing, Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to

graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or email for more information. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio – is looking for volunteers to help with school recruitments. There are more than 1,500 elementary schools in the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio region and we want to recruit at all of them. To ensure we are able to extend membership at each school, we need your help. If you are willing to talk to girls and parents about Girl Scouts and help form new troops, consider serving as a fall membership campaign volunteer. Fall membership campaign volunteers work in partnership with Girl Scout staff members to host recruitment and sign-up events at local area schools and tell girls and adults the benefits of Girls Scouts. This is a short-term volunteer commitment that would take place from August to October. In addition to fall membership campaign volunteers, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is always seeking troop leaders to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. To discover who they can be, girls need access to wise adults who both inspire and respect them. Through Girl Scouts, girls learn valuable skills, equipping them to better navigate life by making sound decisions, facing challenges and working toward future goals. On this amazing journey, girls also discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. To find out more information about becoming a fall membership campaign volunteer or a troop leader for Girl Scouts, visit our website at girlscoutsofwesternohio.orgor call 489-1025 or 800-537-6241. Interested individuals must complete an application, background check and references. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-the-scenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 LovelandMadeira Road. email or visit Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist with its youth development programs. The Salvation Army offers After-School and Summer Enrichment programs, providing children from at-risk neighborhoods with devel-

The following legislation was passed at the December 5, 2012 Springdale Council meeting. ORDINANCE NO. 40-2012 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL /FINANCE DIRECTOR TO APPROVE A CHANGE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $34, 635.60 TO INCREASE THE CONTRACT OF ADLETA, INC., FOR THE M E R C H A N T STREET REHABILI TATION PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY Kathy McNear Clerk of Council /Finance Director 1001740259

opment opportunities throughout the year. The Salvation Army offers these programs at Community Centers across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, providing localized opportunities for volunteers to engage with these critical programs. The Salvation Army seeks those who have interest volunteering in one or more of the following roles: assisting children with homework, being a reading buddy, playing learning games with the children, assisting with skill drills, playing sports and gym games with the children, helping with snacks and meals provided to the children, being a good listener and role model. The Salvation Army’s After-school program serves children ages 6 to 12 years throughout the school year, from August to May, generally three to five days a week in the 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. time frame. Program elements include tutoring, homework help, computer literacy, conflict resolution and character training, spiritual development, recreation, sports and arts & crafts. For more information or to volunteer with The Salvation Army’s youth programs, please contact Melanie Fazekas at 762-5671, or Melanie.fazekas Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have one-onone contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program – that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make

a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact program director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit YMCA – The Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA is looking for volunteer trail guides for school groups. Call 932-1424 or email melittasmi The Boys and Girls Clubs of Clermont County – are looking for volunteers to mentor youth ages 6 to 18, and help them with homework, ACT/SAT practice and special events. Call 552-1948 or e-mail


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 241-2600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-



Ameircan Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or email Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 865-1164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Cancer Free Kids – is looking for kids who need service hours to do an “Athletes For Alex” used sports equipment drive in their neighborhood or at your sporting event, and fight childhood cancer. Visit and click on Athletes for Alex for more information. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in firstthrough sixth-grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Clermont Recovery Center – Needs volunteers to fill positions on the board of trustees. Clermont County residents interested in the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, especially persons in long-term recovery and their family members, are encouraged to apply. Contact Barbara Adams Marin, CQI manager and communications coordinator, at 735-8123 or, Kim King, administrative assistant at 735-8144.



Chabad celebrates Chanukah on Ice, with donated toys

Chabad Jewish Center will put a unique spin on the classic holiday toy drive. In partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center, they will be publicly creating a menorah made entirely out of donated toys benefiting Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. “This is the second year that we have been in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center for Chanukah, and it is very exciting,” said Ziporah Cohen, co-director of youth and family programming. “The Cincinnati Museum Center is a popular destination for Cincinnati families, ours included, particularly because of its unique, childcentric, hands-on exhibits that spark imagination and bring learning to life. This giant Toy Menorah and Chanukah educational celebration fits right in!” In addition to the con-

Noah Yasgur serves latkes and donuts at the Cincinnati Museum Center at last year's Chanukah celebration. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

struction of the giant toy Menorah, there will be an Olive press presentation,

Chanukah crafts, Latkes, Donuts and a special appearance by the Chabad

Hebrew School Choir. The public is asked to participate in the drive and bring

an unwrapped new toy for the Menorah. The Toy Menorah event

will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Grand Rotunda, and is open to the public free of charge (there is a $6 charge for parking). All media are welcome. Chanukah is an eightday holiday, when Jews around the world celebrate their religious freedom, commemorating the victory in the Holy Land over the ancient Greeks who tried to prevent the Jewish people from keeping their faith. Today, Chanukah is celebrated by lighting the Menorah candles for eight days. The Chanukah Menorah serves as a universal symbol of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. For more information, visit or call Chabad Jewish Center at 793-5200.


Continued from Page B6 Nov. 12. Bubble gum machine valued at $175 removed at 10965 Reading Road, Nov. 13. Food items valued at $90 removed at 10059 Indian Springs Drive, Nov. 12. Cell phone valued at $300 removed at 11080 Chester Road, Nov. 7. Asphalt valued at $3,467 removed at 11641 Mosteller Road, Oct. 22.

Arrests/citations Gary Cruz, 50, 6517 Baywood Drive, driving udner the influence, Nov. 18. John Conroy, 37, 432 Sharon W, doemstic violence at 432 Sharon , Nov. 17. Amy Chilcote, 44, 11721 Vancleve Ave., endangering children, obstructing official business at 11775 Springfield Pike, Nov. 18. Amanda Gribbins, 33, 2151 Hatmaker St., theft at 300 Kemper Road, Nov. 18.

Long Niguyen, 20, Chester, theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Nov. 20. Nael Salah, 20, 112 E, 14th St., theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Nov. 21. Jovana Crooks, 20, 843 Dutch Colony, theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Nov. 21.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Reported at Smiley and Halesworth, Nov. 20. Criminal damaging Window broken at 144 Silverwood Circle, Nov. 20.

Reported at 1297 Castro Lane, Nov. 20. Domestic Reported at Grandin Avenue, Nov. 18. Theft $20 in gas not paid at 11620 Springfield, Nov. 18. Wallet and items removed at 149 Northland Blvd., Nov. 21. TVs valued at $5,600 removed at 338 Northland Blvd., Nov. 20. Clothing items valued at $340 removed at 11700 Princeton Pike, Nov. 19. Hammer drill valued at $250

Join us for Grandparents’ Weekend December 8 & 9 Pancakes with Santa

Grandparents, bring your grandkids! Enjoy a decorate-your-own pancake buffet, family activities and photo opportunities with Santa! Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, children younger than 2 are free December 8, 10 a.m. to Noon


Celebrate the holidays with the special young person in your life at HoliDate! Enjoy baked treats from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, hot cocoa and a performance of excerpts from the Nutcracker by Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Tickets are $12 for Members, $15 for Non-Members December 9, 6 p.m. Call (513) 287-7021 for reservations. For a full list of weekend programming visit:

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removed at 11711 Princeton Pike, Nov. 19.

WYOMING Arrests/citations Juvenile, Pendery Avenue, theft, Nov. 20. Christina Elaine Younger, 23, 6418 Monalisa Court, domestic violence, Oak Avenue, Nov. 22. Juvenile, Maple Avenue, theft, criminal, trespass(x2), underage drinking, Maple Avenue.


Theft Two Amazon packages delivered by UPS taken from front porch, Worthington Avenue. Unlocked vehicle trunk entered and Christmas ornaments and decorations, Flemridge Court, Nov. 27. Huffy Mountain bike, (unlocked) taken, Worthington Avenue, Nov 29. Sign in front yard, “For Sale By Owner,” taken last week from Wyoming Avenue, Dec 2.

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