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Dog-gone it, they want their mail

Neighbor’s pet spooks postal carrier By Kelly McBride Reddy

Rain, sleet and snow might not deter the postal carrier, but one Glendale couple has found that their neighbor’s dog has kept their mail from being delivered for more than three weeks. Ellen and Ken Bockenstette have seen their mail carrier pass by their house for nearly a month without leaving a single piece of mail. “We weren’t getting our mail,” Ellen said. “I saw him (the carrier) pass my house and I chased him down the street. “He said ‘we’re holding your mail at the post office,’” she said, referring to the Parkdale Branch in Forest Park, where her mail is sorted. She asked him why. The dog next door, he said. “He told me, ‘I was once bitten and had to get rabies shots,’” Ellen recounted. “‘That dog scares me, and I have the right to refuse to deliver the mail.’” A phone call to the consumer affairs department of the Cincinnati Post Office confirmed that the postal carrier has discretion on whether he or she delivers to any address. Ellen said she doesn’t know the mail carrier’s name, and the post office would not release specific information when contacted by the Tri-County Press. “There could be a number of reasons,” an employee who iden-


Ken Bockenstette checks his mail box, which the postal carrier has bypassed for the past three weeks, saying the dog next door scares him. The neighbor’s dog, left in background, is tied to a tree in the back yard. tified herself as Sharon said. “If there’s a dog issue, he will not deliver. “We can’t force them to deliver,” she said. The dog, a chow, is usually tethered to a tree in the back yard of the house next door. He can’t reach the property line and the Bockenstettes’ mail box is near their front porch, which is separated from the neighbor’s property by a driveway. “He can’t get anywhere near my mailbox,” Ellen said. Though he barks at strangers, many other dogs can be heard barking in the neighborhood as well. “The other dogs on the street bark when the mailman comes,”

Ellen noted. A phone call to the neighbor next door, who owns the dog, was not returned. Ellen said she doesn’t know why the mail was delivered previously, with the dog in the back yard, and suddenly delivery was stopped. Frustrated that she wasn’t receiving her mail at her home, Ellen called the Glendale police to see if she had any recourse there. “We haven’t had any reports about the dog running loose, or any attacks,” Lt. Dave LeCompte said. Since there was no complaint, the police could do nothing to intervene. “We feel for our resident, but at

this time, there is nothing we can do,” Police Chief Dave Warman said. In the meantime, Ellen has to drive to Forest Park to pick up her mail. She has to find a way to get there before the Parkdale branch closes each day, and says it’s not easy because she works during those hours. Then she has to wait in line to receive her mail. Ellen said her hands are tied because the dog is safely restrained in his own back yard, and isn’t causing any nuisance to the public. She’s not sure what to do now. “I’m frustrated.”

Wyoming considers idle-free zone near schools By Kelly McBride Reddy

Wyoming City School District could soon be an idle-free zone that encourages parents to turn off their engines instead of idling as they wait to drop off or pick up their children from the community’s five schools. High school sophomore Emma Hedges addressed the school board during its November meeting, asking the district to display the signs at the three primary schools as well as the middle school and high school. She said she’s also asking the city to post the green and white signs at the civic center, municipal building and the recreation center. “By turning off your car for even 30 seconds, that saves fuel and reduces greenhouse gases,” Hedges said. The idle-free zone is being encouraged by the Hamilton County Department of Environ-

mental Services Air Quality Management Division. Hedges provided a pamphlet that asked drivers to turn their engines off, “breathe better, save money.” More information can be found at Also during the Nov. 23 meeting, resident Martin Murray addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding the district’s outside reading list for Wyoming High School. The English department’s criteria, used to determine which books are placed on the list, has been re-examined. Murray expressed concerns about the process and asked the board to “re-establish your participation in resolving community complaints.” The board received the information but, according to policy, does not respond during the meeting.


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Sharonville Council wraps up year, says goodbye to two members

Economic concerns shroud Springdale meeting

By Kelly McBride Reddy

Springdale’s first City Council meeting with its new council members dove right into economic issues, which were tabled for further discussion. An ordinance that sought to adopt cost containment measures through a furlough plan and salary reduction plan was put on hold until the Dec. 15 meeting so City Administrator Derrick Parham could compile specific information to answer several questions by council members. Under the ordinance, Mayor Doyle Webster would have the authority to issue furloughs to hourly employees, as well as reduce the annual earnings of salaried workers. During a furlough, employees don’t work, and are not paid for a specific period of time. Benefits remain intact during that time, however. A second ordinance was passed during the meeting, that was a first for new council members Lawrence Hawkins and Holly McQuillan-Emerson. The legislation addressed how auxiliary police are compensated. Previously, they were

Sharonville said goodbye to two councilmen who had served the city for several years but chose not to run for re-election in November. James Dygert has been a member of city council since 2002. He was elected three times. Dygert, who has lived in Sharonville since 1986, was the owner and publisher of the Suburban Press from 1979 to 2001. As a councilman, he also chaired the Community Relations Committee and the Northern Lights Committee. Duerler has been a city councilman since 2006,

having started as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals from 2001 to 2006. He was elected twice. Duerler, who has lived in Sharonville since 1995, retired from a lengthy career as a city of Cincinnati firefighter in 1997. As a councilman, he chaired the Health Committee and has overseen many health and safety projects. During the councilmen’s final meeting, several ordinances were passed: • Safety Service Director Ted Mack was authorized to contract with Green Flag Profit Recovery Co. to collect unpaid debts from non-residents for

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Kevin Hardman, left, addresses council as Mayor Virgil Lovitt reviews legislation during Sharonville’s December meeting. emergency medical services. “Council has determined that a substantial number of non residents of the city of Sharonville have ignored their responsibility to reimburse the city of Sharonville for EMS services rendered by the city,” the ordinance read. The ordinance included 500 delinquent accounts.

The city will pay Green Flag $11 per account. Funds gathered from the collections will be paid to the city’s fire fund. • Several ordinances were passed relating to budget items, including salary rates for city employees, transfer of funds and appropriations in seven city funds.

Church service for those who struggle with holiday Community Press Staff Report First Presbyterian Church of Glendale is offering support to those who find the holidays more tearful than cheerful. The church will hold a blue Christmas service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at First Presbyterian, 155 E. Fountain Ave. “For some of our neighbors, this is not the most wonderful time of the

year,” said Thom Shuman, interim pastor at First Presbyterian. “It is that season of loss, of unbearable loneliness or grief which cannot be spoken. “For some in our communities, this will be a Christmas filled with dashed dreams, broken relationships, being considered ‘redundant’ at work, of facing the New Year wondering ‘what will happen next?’”

The service will include prayers, carols, scripture readings, communion and reflection. “This service is offered for those who long to be reminded and reassured that the one whose birth is celebrated in this season has indeed come to share in all of our emotions, even the painful and difficult ones,” Shuman said. For more information, call the church office at 771-6195.

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included with police department staff, but contract stipulations the department has with the police union don’t apply to the auxiliary force, Parham said. Auxiliary police typically are former officers, often retired, who return to work to provide security during city events, track and deliver warrants, and provide other similar services. “It frees the officers to perform the task of patrolling,” Parham said. In 2010, the police contract calls for a 3 1/2 percent increase in pay. Because that won’t apply to the auxiliary force, they had to be separated in the pay scale, Parham said. The two new members of council reflected on their first meeting afterwards. “I’m excited to be on council and be involved during these challenging economic times,” Hawkins said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, but I’m optimistic about where we will be in the future. “I spent the last six years on (Springdale’s) planning commission, so it’s not first time I’ve been involved in a similar meeting,” he said. “The whole process has been exciting.

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Spirit of giving overflows at Springdale CPA firm

A single donation brought the Toys for Tots donation box to feast from famine at the Glendale dropoff site. A Springdale firm brought in several Santa-

sized bags of toys for the Marine Corps Reserve-sponsored drive to provide toys to children during the holidays. New, unwrapped toys collected throughout November and December are distributed to needy children in the communities


Sally Wilson, from left, Phyllis DePeel and Walter Cordes, of the village of Glendale, sort toys after they were dropped at the village offices for Toys for Tots.

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in which they are collected. The donated gifts couldn’t fit in the donation box, so village Administrator Walter Cordes and his staff cleared space in one of the offices to store the gifts. “It’s one of the most extraordinary examples of giving I’ve ever witnessed,” Cordes said of the donation. CPA firm SheldonReder was the holiday spirit that donated upwards of $1,000 in toys. Company owner Mark Reder said SheldonReder typically gives to charity during the holidays in lieu of sending clients the usual gift of candy or other trinkets. “Clients really don’t need it, and it doesn’t really mean a lot,” Reder said of the small tokens given previously. In past years, the company had adopted a needy family. Last year the staff opted for Toys for Tots. “It’s important to give back,” Reder said of the company philosophy. “The thought of a child getting a gift that may not have otherwise been possi-


Staff members at SheldonReder, left to right, Tyler Scott, Angela Fugate, Kimberly Knott, Tonya Eastin, Sarah Honican, Kim Green, Mark Reder and Karen Gillespie are donating bags filled with toys to Toys for Tots. ble, means very much to everyone at our firm, as well as our clients,” said Mary Styons of SheldonReder. Reder said it was fun for his staff, as well. “It was like a shopping spree,” he said of the trip to the store to purchase the gifts.

SheldonReder will send those on its client list a greeting card for a happy holiday, and explain that the company is donating toys on their behalf to Toys for Tots. “Some of them have said it’s good that we do this,” Reder said. “And it inspired a few to do it, too.

Wyoming honored for recycling programs By Kelly McBride Reddy

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enroll in the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District’s Recycling Assistance Program. “The city of Wyoming owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to the Environmental Stewardship Commission members for their dedication to the city’s recycling efforts; to Wyoming Schools for being a leader in recycling, and to Wyoming residents for their continuous support of recycling programs,” City Manager Bob Harrison said. Vice Mayor James O’Reilly also attended the breakfast. “This award has special significance for Wyoming,” he said. “We know it takes a whole community to care for our local environment, and our Environmental Stewardship Commission has helped to lead the community very creatively. “So many people have switched to our new rolling recycling carts,” he said, “and so many families have joined in recycling, that what used to be routine ‘trash morning’ is now ‘recycling day.’”

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Bethany School seventh-graders recently enjoyed a rainy evening at Light Up Glendale. From left: Taylor Swope, Morgan Cavanaugh, Taryn Osborne, Danielle Springer and Janae Trimble prepare to sing with the Bethany Singers.


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Glendale Elementary students, staff and PTA members recently to create and celebrate Princeton High School’s homecoming. The parade included representatives from the schools as well as community officials.

Lighting up Glendale Bethany School recently participated in the ceremonies at Light Up Glendale.


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Bethany School helped light up Glendale with the Bethany Singers singing Christmas songs for the crowd. From left: students Maggie Cavanaugh, Ruku Pal, Elizabeth Bunte, C.C. Crowe, Emilie Buisson and Meta Thurman try to stay dry while singing in the rain.



SCHOOL NOTES Holiday performance

Members of the Princeton High School Symphonic Orchestra will perform holiday favorites at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Dayspring Church, 1060 Smiley Road in Forest Park. Highlights of the holiday program include renditions of “Away in a Manger” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” In addition to the Orchestra presentation, Dayspring Church’s dance ministry Devotion in Motion will perform selected chorographical renditions to several seasonal songs. A free-will offering will also be taken and given to the PHS Orchestra for their upcoming trip to Hawaii in February. For more information, call Dr. Robert Monroe at PHS at 552-8286.

Students of the month

Sharonville Elementary School’s students of the month for November were: Pre-school: Alicia Solis- Mendoza, Jorge Mendoza-Lopez, Madison Jude. Kindergarten: Jack Betz, Damaya Wash-

ington, Isabel Valle. First grade: Roel Marquez, Madelyn Sherwood, Britney Coleman. Second grade: William Sunderman, Asad Patel, Riley Sullivan. Third grade: Alexis Burg, Amber McGuire, Jillian Betz Fourth grade: Jazmine Bohanon, Seth Davis, Viktorijia Bostogaite Fifth grade: Dana Collopy, Demi Franklin, Brittany Aguilar Rodriguez. Stewart Elementary’s students of the month for November were announced at an assembly Nov. 30. They are: Ben Au, Brandon Stover, Amyra Emery, Karla Brunn, Sandra Ruiz-Sotelo, Jared Walker, Christian Kuhn, Hanna Newport, Prachi Shah, Michael Bloom, Dobry Shaw, Bailey Martin, James Moores, Adam Neff, Fenil Patel, Michael Mendoza, Sydney Howard, Isabella Bruce, Dylan Martin, Bryan Munoz, Matt Au, Miguel Rodriguez, Estela Ponce, Sadie Shelton, Ryan Bisel, Christy Luong, Riley Haag, Wayne Lavender, Amanda Leone, Cecilie Reich, Andrea George, Colton Price, Rachel Alonso, Sarah Sipe, Rachel

Lewis, Alyssa Cooper, Marlen Torres Magana and Ismael Huerta. The PTA hosted a lunch for these students Dec. 14.

‘Operation Christmas Stockings’

Princeton High School’s Key Club is partnering with GFWC/ Sharonville Federated Woman’s Club for the “Operation Christmas Stockings” project. Princeton students collected highly requested items for soldiers serving in Iraq and Baghdad. For the project, the Woman’s Club sewed several hundred holiday stockings to hold all of the items. Monetary donations will help to defer the cost of shipping the items to West Virginia where the stockings will be assembled and made ready to send to the troops. To make a donation, contact Dana Zinnecker at 864-1552 or For more information about this project, visit Boatsie’s Boxes at

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

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Alexandra Abbate, Nichole Abla, Maria Albino, Mary Allen, Molly Allen, Christina Arand, Lauren Banfield, Claire Barrett, Abigail Bartish, Molly Basch, Kathleen Beach, Sarah Beall, Christina Beer, Natasha Bell, Carolyn Bender, Kelsey Bergman, Erica Bockhorst, Priyanka Bodalia, Alexandra Bren, Katherine Brewer, Rebecca Brizzolara, Jessica Butherus, Rebecca Byrne, Elizabeth CaJacob, Anna Callahan, Ashley Campbell, Diana Campbell, Emily Cleary, Melissa Clement, Erin Coddington, Molly Cowan, Virginia Dickens, Morgan Donovan, Cynthia Donovan, Alexandra Dressman, Magdalene Egan, Kristen Elias, Grace Ferguson, Alexandra Fiehrer, Mary Franke, Amy Frederick, Lauren George, Jamie Goldschmidt, Melissa Gottschlich, Eleanor Greiner, Holly Gruber, Caroline Gruber, Tara Hammann, Mackenzie Harrell, Anne Hauser, Caprice Hausfeld, Gabrielle Hausfeld, Tricia Hengehold, Nicole Hill, Katherine Hoban, Beatrice Hobson, Julia Hom, Colleen Huster, Taylor Johannigman, Carolyn Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Morgan Judd, Bethany Kaylor, Sarah Keller, Olivia Kempf, Margaret Kirk, Laura Komoroski, Jacklyn Kramer, Kerry Kurkjian, Virginia Lacker, Colleen Ladrick, Rebecca Lang, Maria Leichty, Laura MacMorland, Kathryn Maglocci, Josephine Male, Shannon Manley, Katelyn Marples, Marisol Mason, Indre Matulaitis, Christine Mauch, Caroline May, Nicole McCoy, Brigid McCuen, Katherine McCuen, Lynessa McGee, Kara Meyer, Amanda Miller, Claire Miller, Madeline Miller, Scarlett Minnie, Marilyn Mitchell, Christina Mondi, Nicole Muni, Ariel Neumann, Elizabeth Neyer, Cara Nicolas, Megan Ollier, Grace Olscamp, Murphy O'Neill, Mollie Paquette, Christine Phan, Hilary Pitner, Trisha Reddy, Mary Roberts, Mary Robertson, Jennifer Robertson, Carly Rohs, Carolyn Ross, Abby Ruehlmann, Jacqueline Ruggiero, Katherine Sabetta, Komal Safdar, Gina Sanitato, Emily Schlager, Catherine Schomaker, Halie Schottelkotte, Paige Schroder, Alexandra Schroer, Sheridan Seitz, Caitlin Shaffer, Pamela Showman, Carly Shumrick, Courtney Smalley, Katherine Smidl, Kathryn Snow, Dana Sorter, Michelle Spotts, Chloe Stagaman, Nicole Stagge, Olivia Stephenson, Mary Kathryn Strang, Kara Strasser, Bridget Sullivan, Emily Sullivan, Julia Tasset, Abigail Tennant, Maria Thomas, Caroline Tobin, Elise Trachsel, Kimberly Treiss, Anna Ulliman, Alison Valentine, Nicole Vice, Sarah Volpenhein, Kelsie Walker, Erin Wallach, Emily Warman, Lauren Wenstrup, Teresa Whitaker, Laurel Wiebe, Brigid Wimberg, Elizabeth Zerhusen and Chelsea Zoellner.

Second Honors

Catherine Abele, Andrea Acus, Margaret

Allard, Caroline Allen, Abby Ankenbauer, Emily Bauer, Rebecca Berus, Hannah Besl, Kayla Boehner, Alaina Bompiedi, Kathleen Bourgeois, Lynn Brotherton, Amy Burns, Sara Carota, Megan Carter, Melvi Chacko, Molly Connolly, Julia Dalia, Kelly Davidson, Savannah Derrick, Abby Engdahl, Blake Eve, Sydney Fisher, Cecily Foote, Kathryn Ford, Ellen Fox, Allison Frey, Marykate Frietch, Rebecca Gallagher, Clare Gilligan, Megan Gilligan, Jennavieve Goard, Isabel Gonzalez del Rey, Kathleen Grow, Emily Haynes, Jade Henderson, Lindsey Hogan, Mary Holt, Annie Huynh, Margaret Kane, Colleen Koenig, Chelsea Kuchik, Lindsey Kuvin, Anna Lapp, Anne Loper, Kathryn Lucas, Shannon Mahoney, Mary Malloy, Emma Manier, Emily Manning, Lauren Marlatt, Monica Melink, Morgan Moone, Annie Morgan, Samantha Moscarino, Kori Moster, Jenna Naber, Katherine Nash, Bailey Norris, Alyssa Paxson, Jocelyn Pettit, Katherine Purdy, Ashley Raabe, Allison Rayome, Kristen Recker, Grace Reifenberg, Caroline Reilly, Lauren Reiniger, Molly Remenowsky, Julia Rizkallah, Chelsea Rolfes, Lisette Rossman, Katie Rust, Annie Sabo, Ashley Sarama, Megan Schnicke, Hannah Schulte, Lillian Sedacca, Katherine Shadley, Alexandra Shultz, Brooke Skyllingstad, Lauren Stacey, Sarah Strietmann, Stephanie Treiss, Elizabeth Tulisiak, Caitlyn Turner, Megan Valerio, Samantha VonHoene, Megan Wandtke, Kelly Wells, Emily Whang, Lauren Whang, Sara Wiener, Erin Williamson, Adrien Winning and Kristen Wintzinger.

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Ashley Abbate, Emily Abel-Rutter, Serena Ajbani, Leah Anderson, Courtney Arand, Sydney Ashe, Virginia Bailey, Abigail Ballard, Kristen Beck, Morgan Beer, Kristen Behrens, Marissa Bell, Sydney Bell, Liz Bender, Amy Berg, Kathryn Berus, Amaryllis Biduaka, Angela Bird, Elizabeth Bittner, Bridget Blood, Lana Bonekemper, Candace Borders, Kelsey Boyd, Margaret Boyer, Iris Brewer, Catherine Brinker, Lianna Brown, Caroline Brown, Kathryn Bublitz, Anna Burkett, Kaitlin Burnam, Emily Byrd, Sarah Byrne, Kathryn Carrier, Melissa Carroll, Erica Casanta, Caitlin Cashman, Grace Castelli, Michele Christy, Bridget Clancy, Jennifer Cone, Julia Court, Melanie Crucitt, Abigail Cundiff, Zoe Curry, Danielle Dailey, Megan Darlington, Giana Dawod, Carley DePasquale, Shivani Desai, Mary Elyse Deters, Anna Dewey, Madison DeWitt, Amanda DiSalvo, Erin Donnelly, Elizabeth Dowling, Ashley Driscoll, Emily Duderstadt, Clare Egan, Amber Elsen, Mary Ernst, Makiah Estes, Jessica Ewen, Allison Fenter, Katherine Finke, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Megan Fitzwater, Megan Fleming, Molly Frost, Meghan Garanich, Morgan Geiger, Alexandra George, Kristin George, Erin Gibbons, Maria Gittings, Violet Goodwin, Annalee Gordon, Darcie Gorsuch, Emily Graumlich, M Graves, Patrice Graziani, Lisa Green, Emily Greve, Kaitlyn

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St. Ursula Academy students who recently received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program include, from left, Kimberly Foster of Loveland, Shannon Reilly of Sharonville, Shannon Balmat of Loveland, Amanda Eagan of Evendale and Erica Howard of College Hill.

St. Ursula students recognized by National Merit Scholarship Several St. Ursula Academy seniors have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2009, including seven semifinalists and 11 Commended Students. The semifinalists are Rachel P. Ahrnsen of Mount Airy, Lisa E. Dorn of East Walnut Hills, Clare R. Gandenberger of White Oak, Amanda M. Lietz of Miami Township, Kelly A. Muething of Pleasant Ridge, Olivia M. Schutte of Anderson Township and Carly M. Sullivan of Anderson Township. These seniors are among 16,000 semifinalists who will have an opportunity to compete next spring for 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards worth $35 million. The National Achievement Scholar is Erica Howard of College Hill, one of 1,600 Black American high school students who now have the opportunity to compete for approximately 800 spring Achievement Scholarship awards, worth $2.6 million. The Commended Students are

Shannon Balmat of Loveland, Amanda Eagan of Evendale, Kimberly Foster of Loveland, Chelsea Geise of Mt. Lookout, Hannah Greivenkamp of White Oak, Shannon Reilly of Sharonville, Maria Rodenberg of Springfield Township, Rachel Schwind of Colerain Township, Emily Spade of Monfort Heights, Rachel Tonnis of Colerain Township and Megan Zink of Hyde Park. Although they will not continue in the 2010 competition for National Merit Scholarships, the Commended Scholars placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In the past seven years, a total of 137 St. Ursula students (12 percent) have received recognition from the National Merit, National Achievement and the National Hispanic Scholarship Programs.



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This week in basketball

• Wyoming High School girls beat Mariemont High School 51-22, Dec. 5. Nikki McKee was Wyoming’s topscorer with 19 points. Jane Streeter scored four points; Michelle Jolson scored 11 points, including two threepointers; Hailee Schlager scored three, including one three pointer; Emily Fraik scored two and Sudy Graham scored 12 points. • Princeton High School boys beat Sycamore High School 85-44, Dec. 8. Darrien Wilkins was Princeton’s topscorer with 25 points. Princeton’s Daryan Martin scored five points; Steve Martin scored two; Spencer Ware scored one; Marcus Davis scored four; Jay McCants scored 10; Jordan Sibert scored 22, including two three-pointers; Allante Foster scored five; Lionel Hill scored four; Ulysses Thomas scored five and Kyle Budde scored two. • Mount Notre Dame High School girls beat Mercy High School 64-54, Dec. 5. Raeshaun Gaffney was MND’s topscorer with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. MND’s Courtney Tucker scored one point; Breanna Rucker scored six; Jazmin Hayes scored two; Kathryn Reynolds scored 16, including four three-pointers; Bridget Williams scored six; Shelby Kissel scored six and Neschelle Williams scored four. • Mt. Notre Dame High School girls beat Seton High School 78-24, Dec. 10. Raeshaun Gaffney was MND’s top-scorer with 20 points, including one three-pointer. MND’s Courtney Tucker scored five points; Alexandra Peed scored two; Rucker scored 10; Gabby West scored 10, including one three-pointer; Jazmin Hayes scored four; Kathryn Reynolds scored 12, including two three-pointers; Bridget Williams scored six; Shelby Kissel scored six and Neschelle Williams scored three.

This week in wrestling

• Princeton High School beat Lakota East High School 34-24, Dec. 4. Princeton’s Corey Selmon pinned Jenkins in 5 minutes, 22 seconds and scored a 112; Kendall Sorrells beat Lunder 16-6 and scored 125; James Hundley beat Mohammadi 17-9 and scored 140; Jeryd Wilder beat Raber 14-2 and scored 145; Charles Mason pinned Billisits in 4 minutes, 58 seconds and scored 160; Darelle Pressley beat Ray 12-0 and scored 171; Jeremy Stepp beat Powell 2-1 and scored 189 and Terry Norton beat Bowman 71 and scored 285. • In the Spartan Duals, Dec. 5, Wyoming High School beat Roger Bacon High School 66-12 in round two and Norwood High School 4822 in round four, finishing fourth in round five against first-place Oak Hills High School, second-place Reading High School, third-place New Richmond High School, fifth-place Norwood High School and sixth-place Roger Bacon High School. • Wyoming High School beat Norwood High School 48-28, Dec. 9. Wyoming’s Josh Lampert won by forfeit and scored 112 points; Brian Andersan won by forfeit and scored 119 points; Corbin Guggenheim won by forfeit and scored 130 points; Mikey Gonzales pinned king in 1 minute, 32 seconds and scored 135; Daniel Zimmerman pinned Owens in 1 minute, 14 seconds and scored 140; Neal Williams won by forfeit and scored 160; Larson Graham won by forfeit and scored 215 and Adam Blum pinned Jackson in 1 minute, 42 seconds and scored 285.

December 16, 2009

HIGH SCHOOL | YOUTH | Editor Melanie Laughman | | 248-7118


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More success at state is Wyoming’s goal By Mark Chalifoux

Coming off the heels of its most successful season in program history, the Wyoming High School swim teams could be poised for even more success in 2009-2010. The Wyoming boys’ team finished as the state runner-up in 2008-2009 and the girls’ team finished No.3 in the state. “Our expectations are very high coming off last year,” head coach Dave Elliott said. “The boys want to win state this year and the girls want to defend their CHL and district championships and finish high at state.” Elliott said the boys’ team is the strongest Wyoming has had “in a long, long time.” The boys will be led by


Celia Oberholzer of Wyoming High School is expected to contend for another state title in the backstroke.



Paul Hoffman of Wyoming swims in the 100-yard breastroke against Moeller Dec. 8 at the Powell-Crosley YMCA. Jonathan Profitt, who won a state title in the 100-breaststroke last year and should be in contention to repeat this year. The team also returns A.J. Burt, a state qualifier, and his brother Brendan. Pat Dierker was a state qualifier and he’s back in the mix, along with Owen Dunbar. Zach Fischer and Michael Murphy are two state qualifiers back in the mix for Wyoming. Elliott said he could name even more standouts for the Cowboys. “We didn’t lose a boy that scored points at state and we’ve got really good depth this year,” he said. The girls’ team also has pretty strong depth. Junior Celia Oberholzer won a state title last year in the backstroke and is expected to repeat again this season. Mariah Akinbi is a returning

Wyoming High School’s Jonathan Profitt swims the breast stroke in the men’s 200-yard medley relay during the finals of the Division II State Swimming and Diving Championship in February 2009.


Megan Wiley of Wyoming competes in the 50-yard freestyle against Mt. Notre Dame Dec. 8 at the Powell-Crosley YMCA. state qualifier and Sarah and Abby Gibbons are two more standouts for Wyoming. Laura Henkel and Rachel Theiler are two more returning state qualifiers for Wyoming. The Cowboys also have a number of young swimmers that are expected to be difference

makers this season. “We’ve got a very deep team of about 35 girls,” Elliott said. “We have about 70 overall between both teams right now. The program is huge. Wyoming has made a name for themselves as a good swim program.”

One thing that has changed for the Cowboys after the success of 20082009 is the pressure on the team to win. “Our expectations have changed and we expect to win this year,” Elliott said. “That can add pressure, but it also can put us in a position to perform and give us a bit of an edge walking into meets knowing we can compete.” The team faces a difficult schedule this season as opposed to one that just focuses on the postseason. “They understand they will have to swim hard every meet and can’t just cruise until the postseason,” Elliott said. “There’s a lot of competition for relay spots and positions and the depth is there. The desire to compete and to do better than last year is there too.”

New swim coach at helm of Princeton The high school swimming season has resumed as local aquatic enthusiasts return to the pool for the winter campaign. Here’s a look at teams of local interest:


Chad Winkle enters his first season at the helm of the program after serving as an assistant coach for the FILE PHOTO last three years. He’ll have a plethora of Princeton High School senior Michael Spraul is one of the top returners for the returning starters for a girls’ Vikings this season. Last year at districts, Spraul led the 200 medley relay and team that finished seventh 400 freestyle relay teams, both of which finished 13th overall. in the Greater Miami Conseniors Michael Spraul, Devlin, Kassee Florea, ference and a boys’ team Zachary Rust, Alexander Annie Foertmeyer, Bailey that finished eighth. Among Ziegler and Joseph Carna- Uetrecht and Sara Vice. those returning for the girls’ han. Devlin, Florea, Vice and team are Michelle Haggard, Spraul, Ziegler and Car- sophomore Ellie Devlin Emily Weber, Marrisa Ullinahan – along with junior teamed to finish 10th at man, Holly Grender and Jessen Link – also finished sectionals in the 200 medDana Zerbini. 13th in the 400 freestyle ley relay (2:13.92). Florea Weber and Grender, both relay (3:20.80). also finished 17th in the 50 juniors, were district-qualiCarnahan was also a dis- free (27.90). fiers last season in the 500 trict-qualifier in the 200 Roger Bacon hopes to freestyle and 100 backindividual medley get a boost from sophomore stroke, respectively. Weber (2:10.29), as was Ziegler in Cassie Lipp, as well as finished in 5:26.89, while the 50 free (22.81). freshmen Ali Doll and Cara Grender registered a Princeton hopes to get a Uetrecht. 1:01.86. boost from newcomers Erik The boys’ team, which Also returning is junior Spraul, David Spraul and finished second in the GCLChristina Gilker, a districtDylan Dykes. Central to McNicholas last qualifier in one-meter diving “The boys’ team hopes year, will be led by a pair of (217.15). to continue to build off of returning district-qualifiers – “The girls’ team is conlast year’s improvements,” junior Marc Robisch and tinuing to grow in size,” Winkle said. “They should senior Kyle Brauning. Winkle said. “They are be very competitive in the Robisch qualified in the looking to move up in the GMC nand hope to send a 200 free (2:01.80) and the GMC this year and look to relay team to the state 500 free (5:36.16), while be very competitive in years meet.” Brauning qualified in the to come. They also have a The GMC conference 100 fly (56.08) and the chance to send an individmeet will be held at Mason 100 free (50.16). ual swimmer to the state Feb. 6. The duo also teamed meet.” with graduated swimmer On the boys’ side, the Amir Abdelwahid and curVikings return all four mem- Roger Bacon rent senior Patrick Anello The girls’ team, which bers of the 200 medley for the 200 free relay relay team, which finished finished last in the GGCL(1:37.30). 13th at districts (1:42.16). Grey Central a year ago, will Other returners for the Comprising that team are be led by seniors Lynde

Spartans include seniors Zack Lipp and Ben Rumpke, sophomore Kamal Abdelwahid, and freshmen Joe Anello and Kevin Anneken. Both teams will also appear in the Coaches’ Classic, which will be held Jan. 17-18 at dual sites – Miami University and St. Xavier High School. The conference championship will be Jan. 30 at St. X.

Ursuline Academy

Ursuline senior Breann McDowell returns after scoring a Division I state championship in the 200-yard freestyle last winter with a time of 1:49.66. McDowell is joined by a number of returning state qualifiers including senior Lynn Brotherton, senior Cynthia Donovan, senior Hillary Pitner, sophomore Corinne Jenkins and sophomore Kate Pawlukiewicz. Ursuline brought home a seventh-place finish from state last winter with 104 team points. St. Ursule, Ursuline’s conference rivals, finshed 22nd at state with 28 points. The Lions also won a Girls Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet Division title over Saint Ursula. Alongside her state title, McDowell took fifth place in the 500 freestyle finals (4:57.31) at state last winter. Brotherton’s trip to state included a 14th-place finish in the 100 butterfly finals (58.23) and a 16th-place finish in the 200 freestyle finals (1:55.84). Pitner took 18th place in

the 100 butterfly (58.38) with Jenkings taking 19th place in the 100 butterfly (59.82) at state. As for the Ursuline relays, the 200 freestyle relay brought home the best finish from state as the Lions took fourth place at 1:37.89. In the 400 freestyle relay, Ursuline took sixth place at 3:33.59. Brotherton, Donovan and McDowell return for both of the relays. Pawlukiewicz and Donovan return for the 200 medley relay following a 12thplace finish (1:50.98) at state last winter.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

The girls’ team will be without graduated senior Brooke Eberly, a state-qualifier in the 100 breaststroke, but returns sophomore Michelle Feeney, who as a freshman placed eighth in that event at state (1:09.05). Feeney was also a district-qualifier in the 200 individual medley (2:21.58), as well as the 400 free relay (4:03.16) with Eberly and then-seniors Heather Hess and Becca Russo. Other returners include senior Morgan Feeney, junior Jessica Wilhite and sophomore Emily Greinwald. For the boys’ team, the top returner is junior Nathan Conway, who at state finished tenth in one-meter diving (341.20).

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BRIEFLY • Princeton High School boys beat Lakota West High School 122-46, Dec. 8. Princeton won the 200-meter relay in 1:45.38, the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:37.53 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:26.77. Princeton’s Jessen Link won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.77; Spraul won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:09.58; Joseph Carnahan won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.59, and the 100meter backstroke in 1:02.80; Alexander Ziegler won the 100-meter flystroke in 56.49; Jessen Link won the 100meter freestyle in 52.71 and Zachary Rust won the 100meter breaststroke in 1:09.92. • Wyoming High School girls beat Mt. Notre Dame High School 88-82, Dec. 8. Wyoming on the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:48.92. Wyoming’s Gilbert won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:20.82, and the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.11; Gibbons won the 50-meter freestyle in 26.70; Rachael Theiler won the 100-meter flystroke in 1:05.92; Gibbons won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.33; Laura Henkel won the 500-meter freestyle in 5:39.51. • Princeton High School boys beat Walnut Hills 85-83, Dec. 9. Princeton won the 200-meter medley relay in 1:49.07, the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:41.51 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:37.38. Princeton’s Spraul won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.77, and the 100-meter backstroke in 1:03.97; Alexander Ziegler won the 50meter freestyle in 23.39; Joseph Carnahan won the 100-meter flystroke in 57.11; Alexander Ziegler won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.14 and Zachary Rust won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.13. • Mt. Notre Dame High School girls beat Sycamore High School 94-92, Dec. 10. MND won the 200-meter medley relay in 2:01.85, and

the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:56.83. MND’s Rapp won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.58; AmyFlynn won the 50-meter freestyle in 27.13; Rapp won the 100meter flystroke in 1:04.42; Harris won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.36 and Mary-Kate Mullinger won the 1-meter dive with a 212.45.

This week in bowling

• Mt. Notre Dame High School bowler Meg Riesenberg bowed a 380 in the Big Blue Challenge, Dec. 7. MND came in third as a team with a 2,541. Fairfield was first with a 2,563, and McAuley was second with a 2,614. • Mt. Notre Dame beat Seton High School 2,4952,387, Dec. 8. MND’s Kaley Zeuch bowled a 385. MND advances to 4-0 with the win.

• Princeton High School boys beat Lakota East High School 2,317-2,008, Dec. 9. Princeton’s Katie Depeel bowled a 378.

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Spencer Ware, a Princeton High School senior football player, was recently named a La Rosa’s High school MVP of the Week. Ware is a U.S. Army AllAmerican, and will play football at Louisiana State University.

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

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

A Wyoming High School student wants an idle-free zone, that encourages parents to turn off their engines instead of idling as they wait to drop off or pick up their children from the community’s five schools. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? No responses. President Obama has called up 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Would you support a “war tax” to pay for this deployment? “Absolutely not. Perhaps Our Dear Leader hasn’t had time to check how our national budget works, but if he would ask someone to show him, he would see that the category of ‘defense’ already takes 21 percent of our total budget, or $613 billion. That’s where the cost of our national defense is handled. Perhaps if he spent less time giving empty speeches, and more time trying to understand how things are supposed to work, he and his friends wouldn’t even consider such a proposal. They could use some of the billions they are giving away in their ‘stimulus’ programs to pay any extra costs for the efforts in Afghanistan. (Or maybe this new approach to paying for defense is part of the ‘change’ he campaigned on?).” B.B. “Absolutely not! The federal budget was increased exponentially during the last year. Take a look especially at the budget of the EPA. It was increased by a crazy amount, all based on the lie of global warming. We should just go back to the budget levels of last year, and that will pay for the war and then some.” T.H. “No! We already have an income tax structure that should be able to produce the revenue. War taxes have typically been imposed on telephone service and habit of sticking around long after the war. They get forgotten by the public. The telephone excise tax was imposed to pay for the Spanish American War. It expired in 1902 and was reinstated from 1914 to 1916 and again from 1919 to 1924. During the depression in 1932 it was again reinstated and stayed with us until in various forms until 2006. “Today, a telephone tax would be a very regressive and exceptionally broad based tax on everyone who uses a phone. For wealthy people, it would be a

Next question A postal carrier has refused to deliver mial to a Glendale couple because of the neighbor’s dog. Should postal carriers be required to deliver to every house, or should they be able to avoid houses if they feel uncomfortable? What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? What makes it special? Every week The Tri-County Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to tricountypress@communitypress.c om with Chatroom in the subject line. minor annoyance because it would be a small part of their income. For businesses, it might be a major new expense and for the average Joe, it would add to already high cell phone bills.” F.S.D. “I have to say no! I think that it is time for the United States to refocus our resource to the United States. We as a democratic nation will never have the impact on other countries of different philosphy of governing their own people and we need to stop wasting the tax payers dollars trying. We need to pour our energy into building our country back up. We need to focus on strengthening the business model so that we can once again create sustaining jobs for those who are without employment. We need to get them off public assistance and back to being productive citizens.” G.G.F.

With the University of Cincinnati football team’s recent emergence as a major element on the national sports scene, it is probably time to seriously begin debating exactly how the Bearcats can lock in an annual game with Ohio State University, the state’s traditional gridiron grandee. Is there near parity? At this point, nobody can say for sure. Evidence from this year’s national rankings – with U.C. on top of OSU for the first time in 58 years – suggests that the Bearcats are no longer anyone’s patsy. The birth of such a contest would instantly create a huge, and fresh, natural rivalry. These two public universities are this state’s largest institutions of higher education, and many also would say they are Ohio’s most important academic engines. In all likelihood, pitting OSU against U.C. would overshadow the Bengals vs. Browns clashes that are already embedded in every National Football League schedule. At present, athletic officials at OSU and Cincinnati determine when the schools shall play. They are next scheduled to meet in Columbus at Ohio Stadium in 2012. Then in 2014, again in Columbus. Clearly the good and loyal football fans of this state deserve to see more in the years that follow. Perhaps they shouldn’t have to rely on athletic officials to determine when and where they might get to see it. Starting as early as possible in the next decade, the game should become an annual


“No! This is one of the very few reasons we have the constitutional government we have, military support. Stop the other spending and take care of the military.” M.C. “Yes. We actually have to win there first and it should be funded by a war tax the same as World War I and World War II were paid for (the last wars the United States won). If we leave before we really win; we’ll face a worse threat from this area than we did before 2001. The Taliban would return, and with them, their friends in Al Qaeda. We need to declare victory and get out.” Duke

event. Just like Alabama vs. Auburn. Or Kentucky vs. Louisville; Florida vs. Florida State; Michigan vs. Michigan State; UCLA vs. Judge Jody USC; WashingLuebbers ton vs. Washington State; Community LSU vs. Tulane; Press guest Illinois sv. columnist N o r t h w e s t e r n and a host of other in-state rivalries. The rivalries are engaging, entertaining and economically important events. Ohio deserves no less. It seems probable that some type of intervention or pressure from various public bodies might be necessary to influence the schedule-makers to embrace annual Buckeyes vs. Bearcats football games. Without delay, city councils and county commissioners should consider weighing in with resolutions encouraging such a match. The Ohio Board of Regents – an agency that functions as the policy setting body over Ohio’s public colleges and universities – also might be disposed to offer a nudge. Then there is the Ohio General Assembly, which surely could voice an influential opinion about annualizing the game. A resolution supporting the game would certainly be almost impossible to ignore. If it was ignored, and if legislators really wanted to give Ohioans a game that would create

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gift of $150 will purchase gifts for a family of four. Contact LaMonica Sherman at 513-235-3353 or • Organize a drive: Organize a drive or event at schools, workplaces or churches. Contact Julie Rack at 562-8841 Ext. 225 or • Make a financial gift to keep a family from becoming homeless, or towards the purchase a child’s bed, by sending your contribution to 1125 Bank St., Cincinnati, OH 45214,s or visit As the Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to address the most pressing needs of the poor in our community, I am grateful to every person who gives their time or financial support. And I am honored to be part of such a car-

Visitors to posted these comments to a story about a Princeton schools employee, Anna Bouchard, convicted of driving drunk – she was more than four times Ohio’s legal limit: “Bouchard also ordered her placed on probation for a year, to pay a $400 fine, to have no alcohol during her probation, and for her driver’s license to be suspended for six months. “Dand she got off easy real easy. I know people that blew a .147, lost license for two years unless they had a ignition interlock, paid over $1,000 in fines and three years probation. Just goes to show women get 10 times the breaks guys get. I say since women fought for equal rights they should be equal in sentencing and fines and everything else a man is. That lady that blew over .4 with a baby in the car the week after should be in good shape. Maybe a 10-day program $500 fines and loss of licence maybe eight months. If I ever get hit by a drunk they

better hope I cannot walk away cause I will make sure when the police do arrive the drunk will be pronounced dead at the scene.” OhBoyACasino “Well it is good that she is getting treatment for her problem ... it’s always better to shut the door before the cow gets out. “I got a DUI once in the Buckeye state and have to admit is was quite the education. Three days painting guard rail, insurance went through the roof, and $275 of my hard-earned money down the drain. I’m not bitter over it in the least. I was just home from the Army and was just starting my new life. The court, the law officers, and the office personnel were very easy to get along with ... it is a shame things are no longer so amiable in the court systems.” Wingdo “Did she have a choice other than to admit it? I am apalled at her measley sentence. My oldest son had a DUI back 6

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ing community, working together to provide small acts of kindness and support that go along way during the holiday season. Liz Carter is executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Cincinnati Council. Headquartered in the West End and with more than 800 volunteers throughout Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County, St. Vincent de Paul Society helps residents in need with the basic necessities of life. The organization provides spiritual, emotional and material assistance on a person-to-person basis to the poor, lonely and forgotten in our community, regardless of race or creed. For more information, go to

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the days grow shorter, I am aware that virtually every night of the week, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are heading out into the cold to meet with a family in need. It is also a great comfort to know that there are many others in Greater Cincinnati who share our concern for those who are suffering, giving generously of their time and resources to help local neighbors. When we all work together to help one another, incredible things happen. There are ways to help: • Adopt-A-Family: Fulfill a child’s wish list by adopting a family for Christmas. You will receive a wish list of gifts to purchase and may either deliver them to the family or bring them to St. Vincent de Paul for distribution. If you do not have time to shop, a

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major in-state rivals, they could pass a measure ordaining its establishment on the football schedule. Nothing like that has ever happened in Ohio, and maybe it’s not quite the moment for dramatic action. But that option ought to be explored if encouragement fails to get OSU and U.C. into an annual rivalry. Admittedly, the idea of having two big-time college football programs meeting in-state in Ohio is new. Up until now, OSU has been the whole show. It draws the biggest crowds. It has drawn the best talent. It has the most followers statewide. There is an argument that it also has the most to lose: A win by U.C. would put OSU in second place on the home state turf. That kind of argument hasn’t deterred Florida from playing Florida State. Both programs have flourished although one, or the other, is a loser every year. Both big programs in Florida play the University of Miami, a national power in its own right. There are stories floating around that official action was taken to prod Florida into playing Florida State and Kentucky into its annual match with Louisville. So there may be precedent. Now that those rivalries are established – and fan favorites the games point to more gain than pain. Let’s kick it off. Judge Jody M. Luebbers presides in Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. She is a Sycamore Township resident.

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years ago, and he was blasted by the courts and he blew a .17 BAC. His sentence was three-year drivers suspension, three-year jail sentence(all but three days suspended) fines of $500 plus court costs, two years probation with terms that stated if he got into any trouble during that time he would serve his jail term. Insurance of course sky rocketed, plus his attorney costs. He was two weeks shy of turning 21, which was why he was handed this tough sentence. He did deserve it, he could have killed someone, but this girl getting off with this is crazy.” momasan



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

Scout learns citizenship at source By Kelly McBride Reddy

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

motto, sign, salute and handshake. And they must know how to tie a square knot. Among the activity badges they could earn are fitness, citizen, readyman and outdoorsman. The council meeting was part of the process for Kuhr to earn his citizen badge. “Kids don’t have the same perspective,” Scott Kuhr said of his son. “It’s interesting that people can overrule other people,” Kuhr said. “That’s the democratic process.” He said he knew that his local government had a process to follow, but hadn’t known what that was previously. “You know a clock works, but you don’t know exactly how,” he said. Councilman Greg Pugh chatted with the pair after the meeting, and took Kuhr to the dais to show the place where councilmembers sit during the meetings. “I think it’s fantastic,” Pugh said, “that he chose to come down here.”

THINGS TO DO Crafts with Santa

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

Christmas in Loveland

Loveland Arts Council is hosting Christmas in Loveland from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue. The event features carriage rides, cookie decoration and entertainment. It is free. Call 683-0413 or visit

Gift wrapping

The Container Store is hosting a gift wrapping and bow demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Sycamore Township. The event is free and includes giveaways. Call 7450600 or visit


Hamilton County Park District is hosting Santaland from

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

Holiday lights

Hamilton County Park District is hosting Holiday in Lights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. It is a one-mile drive-through outdoor lights and themed figures display. The cost is $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. Call 769-0393 or visit

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Harry Barnes, Amy Crouse and Michael White in Mike’s child-friendly office at Glendale Elementary School. Amy is holding a copy of their book “Extraordinary Teachers: Teaching for Success.”

Those who can, teach – and write about it

An education degree gives you the license to teach, but not the experience. With young eyes looking for guidance and knowledge, and parents and the school expecting results, teachers need help, too. Who better to give it than those who have successfully navigated the education waters? I was invited to meet Michael White, Amy Crouse and Harry Barnes for an enlightening interview. They, along with Cara Bafile, who could not attend, have written “Extraordinary Teachers: Teaching for Success,” using techniques that every teacher should employ. Michael and Amy were writing a book and so was Harry. When they separately reached an impasse, they discovered that each had written what the other needed, and thus published the completed work together. These four educators have impressive credentials and experience that are detailed in the book. I’ll give you an brief idea of what they bring to the table. Award-winning Michael is the school psychologist at Glendale Elementary, a professional development associate with the Leadership and Learning Center and the director of Education Consulting Services in Cincinnati. For the past 34 years, Harry has been a principal, special education coordinator, author and mentor to principals. He is an urban school psychologist.

Amy is the director of curriculum and instruction for Princeton City Schools, a former principal, and has teaching experience from the primary through middle Evelyn schools levels. Perkins Cara is a former kindergarten teacher Community who has authored Press e d u c a t i o n - r e l a t e d columnist books, articles and classroom material for 10 years. She lives in Pennsylvania. Together they created a template for teachers to be reflective about students, colleagues and parents. Using illustrated characters with the catchy names Ira Flect, Steph Uneedtono, Ken Tankerous and Kay Serra, the book gives valuable information to new and veteran teachers. Read what they have to say: Harry: “This book is perfect for what teachers need to become acclimated to their new position. They may be nervous about making that first call to parents. Our book shows that the school secretary and custodian can be the teacher’s best friends.” Mike: “The mistake made with ‘No Child Left Behind’ is that it shooed parents away, so the book shows how to include them. The issue is more of an engagement gap rather than an

achievement gap. Kids do things for people who are interested in them. By following our book, a teacher can save four years of on-the-job learning experience.” Amy: “Always communicate with the parents. Say something positive about the child and try to keep the parents involved. One has to establish relationships. Teachers benefit from in-service meetings and sharing ideas and recommendations. It is not fair to expect them to figure out a problem without support.” The book recommends taking a tour of the community and getting involved. Find out what is OK and not OK at the school; collect data from parents and others. A charming touch is the dedication to, “The Best Teachers We Have Ever Met” (their wives, husbands and children). Only out a couple of months, it is already being used at Beachwood Elementary, in Houston, Texas and the Georgia Teacher’s Academy. Washington, D.C., and Brown County have expressed strong interest. The authors want to see it in use countywide. Published by the Lead and Learn Press, copies can be purchased by calling 1866-399-6019 ext. 213. Save 25 percent when buying 10 or more books. 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.

Gorman Farm expands Growing Roots program Community Press Staff Report

Gorman Heritage Farm is pleased to announce the expansion of its “Growing Roots” school outreach program to Silverton Paideia Academy. The school recently joined the program and officially opened its garden in a ceremony. Silverton Paideia Academy is at 6829 Stewart Road in Silverton. Second-grade students from the school will take their first field trip to the farm Nov. 3, with more school-farm collaborative projects to follow. The garden is the schoolyard arm of Gorman Heritage Farm’s Growing Roots program, which is designed to enhance the learning potential of school field trips to the farm. Growing Roots meets


Students “bless” their new garden in hopes of a large and healthy harvest. Ohio state educational standards in science, math, language arts, nutrition history and technology. Silverton Paideia joins Lincoln Heights Elementary School, which opened its school garden in May. Students and teachers work

with Gorman Heritage Farm staff members to create meaningful field trip experiences, farm-based classroom projects, school garden programs and raise funds for student participation. Gorman Heritage Farm is

seeking additional funding for participating schools to sustain the program over the next three years. The farm also hopes to expand the Growing Roots program to more interested schools in the coming year. Sponsorship levels begin at just $25 to sponsor individual student participants or $250 to sponsor a school field trip. In-kind donations of garden tools, seeds and other materials are also welcome. For additional information on Gorman Heritage Farm, the Growing Roots program, and the benefits of farm-based education please call Marketing Manager Vicki Foster at 5636663, or visit the farm’s Web site:


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The Great Holiday Wrap Up, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visionaries and Voices North Branch Studio, 225 Northland Blvd. Celebrating art from 2009. Seasonal gifts, cards, ornaments and more by Visionaries and Voices artists available for purchase. 771-2999. Springdale.


Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 769-0393; Sharonville. Crosspoint Worship Band, 7 p.m. Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 334 Burns Ave. Celebration of the Christmas season. Free, donations accepted. 51-518-0820. Wyoming.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS MUSIC - JAZZ Venus and Mars, 7:30 p.m. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave. Plus-level Western square and round dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Wyoming.


Wyoming Square Dance Class, 6:30 p.m. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave. No prior dance experience necessary. Partners not guaranteed. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 812-656-8156. Wyoming.


RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza!, 8 p.m. Pre-recorded encore. $9. Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux, 12064 Springfield Pike. Comedy sketches on traditional Christmas shorts and commercials. With stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and “Weird Al” Yankovic. 699-1500; Springdale.


Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road. One-mile drive-through outdoor lights and themed figures display. $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road. Sharon Centre. Amazing Portable Circus Kids Rock Show with music and dancing, large train display, talking Christmas tree, hot chocolate and other treats and more. Photos with Santa available: $5 single, $30 Best Value Package. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sharonville. Cookies and Crafts with Santa, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive. Includes mats and obstacle courses and visit from Santa. Ages 5 and under. $4, $2 advance. 563-2895. Sharonville.


Coffee Klatch with Pat, 11 a.m.-noon, Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive. Coffee and answers to lifelong questions. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Sharonville Parks and Recreation Department. 563-2895. Sharonville. F R I D A Y, D E C . 1 8


Eugene Goss & Triage, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Iron Horse Inn, 40 Village Square. Free. 7723333; Glendale.


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


The Nutcracker Jazzed Up, 8 p.m. Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road. Duke Ellington twist on Tchaikovsky classic. $18, $12 seniors, students with ID and ages 12 and under. Presented by de la Dance Company. Through Dec. 19. 871-0914. Indian Hill. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 9

FILMS Sharonville Family Cinema, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road. All ages. $2. Tickets must be purchased at Sharonville Community Center prior to show. Presented by Sharonville Parks and Recreation Department. 563-2895. Sharonville. HEALTH / WELLNESS

First Aid Basics, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Course on basic first aid. Includes three-year certification. $40. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.


Anna and Milovan, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Iron Horse Inn, 40 Village Square. Free. 772-3333. Glendale.


Greg Schaber, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Jim Dandy’s Family BBQ, 2343 E. Sharon Road. 7714888. Sharonville.


Prizoner, 9:30 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. $5. 774-9697. Symmes Township.


The Great Holiday Wrap Up, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visionaries and Voices North Branch Studio, 771-2999. Springdale.

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



Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Piazza Discepoli Glendale, 23 Village Square. $10. 7716611; Glendale.

Lagniappe, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. New Orleans To Go, 139 W. Kemper Road. Cajun. 671-2711. Springdale.

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


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


Glendale Heritage Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Glendale Heritage Museum, Free, donations accepted. 771-4908. Glendale. Gorman Heritage Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Gorman Heritage Farm, $5, $3 ages 3-17 and seniors, free for members. 563-6663; Evendale.



Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 1 p.m. The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road. Includes giveaways. Free. 745-0600; Sycamore Township.

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


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

Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. $7, $1 ages 12 and under. 502-538-3900; Sharonville. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 0

BARS/CLUBS Who-Dey Sundeys, 1 p.m. Sluggers Rockin’ Sports Cafe, 10765 Reading Road. Bengals football, food, drink specials, contests and giveaways. Free. Through Jan. 17. 9563797. Evendale. FOOD & DRINK

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


Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.


A Night of Hope Cantada, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Calvary Church, 11970 Kenn Road. Sanctuary. Featuring Calvary Choir. Free. 674-9600; Springdale.


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



Gorman Heritage Farm, noon-5 p.m. Gorman Heritage Farm, $5, $3 ages 3-17 and seniors, free for members. 563-6663; Evendale. Sharonville History Museum, noon-4 p.m. Sharonville History Museum, Creek Road and Main streets, Home to a variety of Sharonville memorabilia, and contains an extensive file collection about area residents, buildings and other places in and around Cincinnati. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Society of Historic Sharonville. 563-9756. Sharonville.


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


Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sharonville Convention Center, $7, $1 ages 12 and under. 502-538-3900; Sharonville. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 1

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Beginning Art/Painting Class, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Road. $15. Registration recommended. Through Jan. 25. 791-9428; Silverton.

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The Great Holiday Wrap Up, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Visionaries and Voices North Branch Studio, 771-2999. Springdale.


Cornhole Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Sluggers Rockin’ Sports Cafe, 10765 Reading Road. Through Feb. 23. 965-3757; Evendale.

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BARS/CLUBS Fifty-cent Draft Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Sluggers Rockin’ Sports Cafe, 10765 Reading Road. Also available: $2 shots, beer pong, cornhole, pool tables, jukebox, food and more. Ages 21 and up. 965-3757. Evendale. FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Lobster Tuesdays, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Iron Horse Inn, 40 Village Square. Chef Nathaniel Blanford features lobster dinner special. Reservations recommended. 772-3333. Glendale.

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




Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.

Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.


The Great Holiday Wrap Up, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Visionaries and Voices North Branch Studio, 771-2999. Springdale.


Monday Night Football Madness, 8 p.m. Sluggers Rockin’ Sports Cafe, 10765 Reading Road. With “Drinko Plinko” game and prizes. Through Jan. 11. 956-3797. Evendale.


Contra Dance, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. The Center for the Arts, 322 Wyoming Ave. Wear soft-soled shoes. No partner needed. Beginner’s workshop 7:30 p.m. $4, $1 ages 20 and under, free first time for newcomers. Presented by Cincinnati Contra Dancers. 859-291-6197; Wyoming.


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


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Walgreens Evendale, 3105 Glendale Milford Road. Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Evendale.


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

Holiday in Lights, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods, Free. 521-7275; Sharonville.


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


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Messy lives attract a loving God

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

angels heralding on high, and Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus comfortable centerpieces. This warm and fuzzy scenario is more the work of our imagination than reality. That’s all right for celebrations, but we leap over the messiness that can mean so much to the development of our spirituality. We suppose messy lives before God mean unloved souls. Don’t we have to be pure, perfect and eminently prayerful to have God notice us and love us? The universe, the incarnation, and the coming of God to our individual souls are all usually accompanied by less than ideal situations. There is inevitably a complexity and messiness to it. At the first Christmas there was the anxiety of a man named Joseph, worried

about his financée’s unexplained pregnancy and what to do about it. There is Mary his wife, pulled from an ordinary life and confused by sudden events, “How can this be since I do not know man?” A recent law necessitated their travel in the last week of her pregnancy, creating fears of roadside robbers as real as those who rip off people at malls today. Add to this the fact that there was no place to stay, then a begged and borrowed stable for a birthplace, the smell of manure, the effort to find food and medical attention if necessary. Wouldn’t you say there was a certain messiness to it all? A combination of stress, inconvenience, worry and puzzlement? The first Christmas was far from pretty.

Care Cab provides free rides on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day Free cab rides will be available to impaired partygoers on New Year’s Eve to prevent drunk driving and help people get home safely. Care Cab, a joint effort between MADD and AAA Insurance, will be available

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 through midnight Friday, Jan. 1, providing 30 hours of free service. The cab ride by Towne Taxi is free for callers, 21 years old and over, in need of safe transportation from a public

establishment to a private residence within the I-275 loop. Call 513-768-FREE (513-768-3733) to request service. The phone line will be active beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31.

We need to remember this about the coming of God into our lives. It rarely occurs in a milieu of perceived perfection. Doubts, darkness and chaos may not be far away. As a clergyman I have had the privilege of being privy to the inner life of many people. Most of them, and I as well, resonate to the description of messiness being present in our lives. We usually don’t see ourselves as holy specimens that God is proud of and whom he loves to be around. Yet it is stumbling and imperfect people who have taught me the most about the coming of God and his wonderful work of love within us, despite the cluttered messiness we create. And one characteristic

has been made clear to me – the coming of God, whether at the beginning, at the first Christmas, or today to you and me, is achieved because of and in the midst of the messiness of life. God comes close to the woman feeling so abandoned by her husband who has left her for another woman; to a couple who have lost a child; to someone trying to kick the drug habit. God comes along with the sullenness of a lasting depression; along with a suspicious mammogram; a person who lost a job; or a single parent doubting their effectiveness with their children. It may sound contradictory, but about Christmas we know more than we can say. If we have opened our hearts and messiness to

God, we Father Lou know a good news Guntzelman t h a t Perspectives exceeds our ability to spell out what it is. The essence is always more than we can know. Although the lower can acknowledge the higher, it cannot comprehend it. We can only use images, stories and metaphors to try and express the loving God who was willing to become one with us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

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December 16, 2009

Make these for those homemade holiday gifts

2 cups crushed peppermint candies 4 cups white chocolate chips 3 ⁄4 teaspoon peppermint

This makes about 12 cups. 3 ⁄4 cup each: water and sugar 4 cinnamon sticks, about 2 inches long each 8 each: whole cloves and allspice 1 lemon and one orange, sliced thin 21⁄2 quarts cider Combine everything but

Correction: Withrow High school/Cincinnati public school’s chess/transparent pie

Carol’s coffee-infused vodka liqueur

Best friend Carol Vanover shares this trendy drink. Better and so much less expensive than anything you can buy. The longer it ages, the smoother it gets. 1.75 liter Smirnoff vodka 1 ⁄2 cup good quality coffee beans (Carol uses Colombian), crushed coarsely 4 teaspoons sugar (I told Carol when we tested this with the store bought version that hers was less sweet, so add more if you like). Mix everything together and let infuse at room temperature for 10 to 15 days. The color will darken and flavor will develop.

Mom’s hot chicken salad

For Delhi reader Sydney Davis, who said her mom made this back in the ’60s. “After she died, I found many of her recipes but not this one, which was always one of our favorites. “It was shredded chicken with a creamy texture and


Here, my friend Carol and I “testing” her vodka-infused coffee liqueur. maybe a touch of lemon and a crunchy topping which was probably potato chips.” This one should work and it’s thanks to Patty Poor, Grant County Extension Agent in Williamstown, Ky. Patty sent me a cookbook from the Grant County Extension Homemakers. It has 1,000 yummy recipes like this and costs $28.95. Contact Patty at or 859824-3355 for a copy. The recipe doesn’t say if the chicken is skinless, but I would assume so. I would also cut up the chicken fairly small and mix it with ingredients as listed below, before pouring into pan. And if the celery is real strong, I might use less.

I could hardly believe my luck when Diane Powell called me with this recipe. For M. Miles and Kim McDonald. Kim wants to make it for her brother, who can only eat very soft foods. A good friend of Diane’s worked at Withrow’s commissary and gave Diane the recipe. Diane said most public schools in the 1960s-70s made this pie. Preheat oven to 350. 1 stick salted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 egg yolks, room temperature, beaten well 2 tablespoons flour 2 pounds boneless chicken breast 4 cups diced celery 1 can cream chicken soup 2 cups mayonnaise 2 cans water chestnuts 1 can mushroom stems and pieces 1 cup slivered almonds 2 tablespoons each: chopped onions and lemon juice 2 teaspoons salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper 2 cups shredded cheese Potato chips

Pinch salt 1 cup evaporated milk (not condensed) 1 regular pie shell Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together. Sift flour and salt together. Combine, add yolks and milk and beat very well, about one to two minutes until well mixed. (Sometimes mixture will look curdled – don’t worry – it will bake just fine). Pour into shell and bake 40 to 45 minutes on cookie sheets. Diane said the butter tends to bubble over and the pie will be a bit shaky in the center but will set nicely as it cools. Put all ingredients except cheese and chips in sprayed 13-by-9 pan. Sprinkle with cheese and chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@ with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at


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Crunchy white peppermint bark with dark chocolate drizzle

Mulled cider

cider in pan. Bring to boil, then lower to simmer, covered, for five minutes. Remove from heat, add cider and stir.


Countdown to Christmas:

extract 2 cups puffed rice cereal or bit more to taste Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Melt white chocolate with extract over low heat or microwave. Be careful. It tends to burn easily. Remove from heat source while there are still some unmelted chips. Stir and the residual heat will melt them. Stir in candies and cereal. Pour onto pan and spread to 1 ⁄4 inch. Chill. Optional but good: After candy has chilled but before breaking into pieces, drizzle melted dark chocolate in a zig-zag pattern on top. Chill again before breaking into pieces.


There’s no doubt in my mind that a gift from the hands is a gift from the heart. I t ’ s even more meaningful this year when budgets may be tighter Rita a n d Heikenfeld there’s not a lot of Rita’s kitchen “ w i g g l e room” for purchasing gifts. But you know what? Even if you can afford an expensive store-bought gift, try making something homemade to give, perhaps as an accompaniment to the gift or just as a stand-alone present. There’s something magical and nurturing when we gather together making homemade gifts. That’s how traditions begin, and continue.

Christmas in Glendale

December 16, 2009

Rain can’t dampen holiday spirit Residents filled Glendale’s Village Square for Christmas on the Square, despite a drizzle with spurts of downpour on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The holiday fest featured a train display at the train depot, as well as a Nativity scene and Santa Claus. Children presented their Christmas lists to Santa, who arrived on a fire truck. Elves wandered through the square and visitors snacked on hot chocolate and s’mores heated at the fire barrels monitored throughout the evening by several firefighters. Shops remained open until 8 p.m. for visitors to do holiday shopping.


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Denise Downing tells the crowd about her efforts to collect personal items for troops in Afghanistan. Downing’s daughter, Lori, is stationed overseas.

Glendale firefighters take Santa back to his sleigh after his visit to the Village Square.

Patrick Cengia, 5, of Glendale, recites his Christmas list to Santa at the Village’s Christmas on the Square.

Tracy Jasany and her son, Max, visit the Nativity scene at Christmas on the Square in Glendale.

Visitors brave the rain and warmed themselves at the fire barrels during Christmas on the Square in Glendale.


Bob Galbraith, left, and Bob Marconet make adjustments to the train display during Christmas on the Square. The train and accessories were donated by Bob and Susan Swaine and Ed and Penn Ansorg. Ken Bockenstette provided the transformer to power the train, and Galbraith and Marconet engineered and built the display.

Denise Downing packs up donations to be sent to Afghanistan, where her daughter, Lori, is stationed. Personal items for the troops, as well as shoes and school supplies for children who live near the base were collected over the past few weeks. Downing’s boss, Rachid Abdallah, who owns Jedson Engineering in Milford, is donating shipping costs for the items to be sent to Afghanistan.


Tri-County Press


December 16, 2009

Center hosts Kosher Chinese Buffet Kosher Chinese food is a once-a-year opportunity in Cincinnati. Chabad Jewish Center held the first kosher Chinese buffet Dec. 24 six years ago. The reputation of this much awaited event has grown in popularity ever since. The past three years alone have been sold out with more than 150 people in attendance. “On a night when the entire city shuts down, Chabad’s Chinese Buffet is where to be in the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Berel Cohen, youth and family program director at Chabad Jewish Center.


The Kattan family as contestants at the live game show, during the Chinese dinner. “There’s not much on TV or radio that is comfortable for a Jewish family to watch or listen to. It feels much better to have a place to go and spend time as a communi-

ty.” The event showcases an all-you-can-eat buffet with Chinese favorites such as sesame chicken, beef with broccoli, egg rolls, vegetable

lo mein, fried rice and more. Surprise family entertainment has become a highlight of the evening, as well. Past years have featured live game shows such as Jewpardy and Who Wants to Be a Mitzvahnaire. Café Chabad, a series of social events for Cincinnati’s Jewish community. Held several times throughout the year, each Café Chabad features delicious food, great entertainment and the opportunity to socialize with new and old friends. Reservations are suggested to be made early. Space is limited and will sell out.


From left: Gaby Guigui, David and Yana Duke enjoy the delicious food at last year’s all-you-can-eat Kosher Chinese Buffet. Kosher Chinese Buffet will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash. The fee for the evening, is $14 per person, $9 children

RELIGION Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

reservations, contact the church at 791-1153. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153.

The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.





Christ Lutheran Church (LCMS)



BAPTIST Creek Road Baptist Church 3906 Creek Rd., Sharonville, Cincinnati, OH 513-563-2410 Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:45am, 6:00pm Wednesday Worship 7:00pm Pastor, Rev. David B Smith

Brecon United Methodist Church

3301 Compton Rd (1 block east of Colerain) 385-8342 Sunday School & Bible Class (all ages) 9:45am Sunday Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Saturday Evening Worship 5:30pm A great community church in a great community! Also home to Little Bud Preschool 385-8404 enrolling now! Visit our website:

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

Sunday School 10:15



9927 Wayne Ave * Lincoln Hts, Ohio 45215 513-554-4010 Pastor: Fr Thomas Difolco African American in History & Heritage Roman Catholic in Faith & Practice Services: Saturday at 7:00p & Sunday at 10:00a You are always welcome at St. Martin de Porres

4695 Blue Rock Road Colerain Township South of Ronald Reagan and I-275 923-3370

St. Martin Dr Porres Catholic Church

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 ChristChurchGlendaleEpiscopalChurch 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote The Reverend Laura L Chace, Deacon 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-11 Healing intercessory prayer all services


11676 Hamilton Ave. 513-825-2240 Pastor Grace Werzinske Celebrate Christmas Dec. 20 Children’s Play & Worship 10:30 AM Dec. 24 Family Service 8:00 PM Traditional Service 11:00 PM Dec. 27 Service of Scripture & Carols 10:30 AM Everyone Is Invited! Located south of Pleasant Run Elementary School on the east side of Hamilton Ave.

Northern Hills Synagogue

Christmas Eve Services are at 5 p.m. (Children’s Pageant), 7 p.m. (Contemporary Worship), 9 and 11 p.m. (Traditional Worship). Childcare is provided at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Kids Morning Out is from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday. It is open to children 6 months-kindergarten. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. “Robotics” is the theme of the Adventurer’s meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. Dr. Ernie Hall, Professor of Robotics, School of

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. There will be one service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The choir will present the Christmas Cantata. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. During both worship services Sunday, Dec. 27, a Memorial Service will be held. Members, guests and friends are encouraged to submit

Well staffed Nursery, Active Youth & College Groups, Exciting Music Dept, Seniors Group, Deaf Ministry

Engineering at UC will present the program. Dinner reservations can be made by Monday, Jan. 11, at 791-3142 or just attend the program at 6 p.m. Christmas Fun Camps are available from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30. Call the church for details. Cost is $10 per day, $15 for families of two or more. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

Friday, Dec. 18, members of Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham will share actual letters and responses from “A Bintel Brief: 60 Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward” by Isaac Metzker. The program will follow Shabbat services, which begin at 8 p.m. Often separated from family and bewildered by life in a new country, thousands of Jewish immigrants wrote to the offices of this Yiddish-language newspaper founded in 1897. The paper’s founder and editor, Abraham Cahan, would answer back with practical and sometimes very wise advice. Many of their challenges are still being played out today, and much of the advice is still relevant. For more information, contact Northern Hills Synagogue at 931-6038.

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

Friendship Baptist Church 8580 Cheviot Rd 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday Evening Services 6:30pm Wednesday Service 7:00pm AWANA (Wed) 7:00 - 8:45pm

names of loved ones who have passed on. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

9:30 am Traditional Service 11:00 am Contemporary Service

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 5921 Springdale Rd 1mi west of Blue Rock

Rev Lyle Rasch, Pastor

Worship 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:20 am Traditional Service and Hymnbook


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

www. 513-522-3026

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

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

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Come Home This Christmas: Love"

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

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

New Church of Montgomery


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

680 W Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240


Traditional Service: 9:30am ConneXion Contemporary Service: 11:15am Sunday School: 10:30am


(ages 2-11) paid by Dec. 17; $18 adults/$12 children after Dec. 17; $118 sponsor. For reservations and more information, visit or call 793-5200.

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

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Northwest Community Church

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

Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www. Spiritual Checkpoint ... Stop In For An Evaluation!

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church



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

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


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


45247 513-741-8900 4 Miles West of Northgate Mall

Sunday School 10am Sunday 11am-6pm Wednesday Evening 7pm

Sonny Price, Pastor VINEYARD CHURCH NORTHWEST COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Three Weekend Services! Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Rd (1/4 mi. so. of Northgate Mall)


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

Salem White Oak Presbyterian

Church By The Woods PC(USA) Sun Worship 10:00am Childcare Provided 3755 Cornell Rd 563-6447 ............................................

ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 6997 Hamilton Avenue North College Hill

Is celebrating the joy of Christmas at the CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE 4:30 P.M.

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725



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

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

Nursery Provided

St. Paul United Church of Christ 5312 Old Blue Rock Rd., off Springdale

Pastor: Jessica Taft 385-9077 Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am

Nursery Available/Handicap Access

Brass ~ Organ ~ Choirs Child care available Phone: 931-2205

St Paul - North College Hill

6997 Hamilton Ave 931-2205 Rev. Virginia Duffy, Interim Minister Lollie Kasulones, Minister for Program Evelyn Osterbrock, Minister for Children Sundays: Music & Announcement 9:45am Worship at 10:00am Sunday School and Child Care Nurtured And Fellowship Groups For All Ages







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 Gary Foust, 563-2249 or 563-0289; Glendale, Chief Dave Warman, 771-7645 or 7717882; Sharonville, Chief Mike Schappa, 563-1147; Springdale, Chief Mike Laage, 346-5790; Wyoming, Chief Gary J. Baldauf, 821-0141.


Janice Baker, 50, 2100 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH; disorderly conduct, Dec. 8.

Incidents/investigations Disorderly conduct

Two people involved in a physical altercation at residence in 100 block of Washington Avenue. Charges filed into Mayor's court, Dec. 7.


Snare drum with cover missing from school at 100 block of West Sharon Road; unknown if the drum was misplaced or stolen; investigation is continuing, Dec. 4.



Ray Mcmullen, 20, 4093 Sharon Park Lane, drug abuse at 4093 Sharon Park Lane, Nov. 29. Elaine Metz, 45, 10909 Main St., drug abuse, drug possession at 10909 Main St., Nov. 24. Philip Durchholta, 47, 10909 Main St., drug abuse, obstruction of justice at 10909 Main St., Nov. 24. Stefanie Wilson, 31, 556 W. Main St., drug paraphernalia at 10900 Crowne Pointe Drive, Nov. 25. Angela Adkins, 28, 528 6th St., drug paraphernalia at 10900 Reading Road, Nov. 25.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

On the Web

Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: unknown value removed at 3957 Mefford Lane, Nov. 30.

Attempt made at 11291 Lebanon Road, Nov. 30.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle window shattered at 4175 Beaver Creek Circle, Nov. 30.

Burglary, theft

Residence entered and copper of

Agnes Brenner, died Dec. 5 Survived by her husband James L. Brenner; daughters Beth (Hank) Seelaus, Susan Phillips; grandchildren Laura, Rob Seelaus, Johnny, Annie Phillips; sister Jean McQuillan. Preceded in death by her brother Lawrence Foppe. Services were held on Dec. 9. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.





23 James Place: Wesley B. Jeanne to Abella Michel J.; $379,900.


4012 Haverstraw Drive: Lucas Scott Martin & Christy S. to Moore Casey F.; $124,500. 5437 Oliver Court: Grouse Sandy A. to Kirkwood Linda; $123,000.


330 Cameron Road: Mckinney Goldie


Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southwest Ohio or St. Michael Church (Sharonville).

Helen A. Moeggenberg

Helen Moeggenberg, 91, of Blue Ash, died Dec. 3. She was a homemaker. Survived by her children Joyce (Graham) Gilbertson, Judy (Monty) Frost, Carol (Al) Faulhaber, Jane

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. to Stacy Amanda K; $50,000. 671 Crescentville Road: Franklin Property Investments Inc. to John-

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Vehicle door damaged at 12164 Lebanon Road, Nov. 25. Business restroom damaged at 11737 Lebanon Road, Nov. 24. Door latch broken at 2300 Kemper Road, Nov. 24.

Criminal mischief

Vehicle ransacked at 4708 Beddington Drive, Nov. 23.


$7.93 bill not paid at 2391 E. Sharon Road, Nov. 26. License plate removed from vehicle at 11301 Reading Road, Nov. 24. Battery charger valued at $200 removed at 3367 Hauck Road, Nov. 23.

Theft, receiving stolen property

Bike of unknown value removed at 76 Williamsburg Lane, Nov. 17.



Cynthia Grubb, 23, 874 Columbia Ave., theft, Nov. 25. Rashawn Davis, 19, 2719 Grosvenor Drive, drug abuse at 289 Northland Blvd., Nov. 25. Marcus Johnson, 26, 3330 Holloway Court, disorderly conduct at 11990 Chardon Lane, Nov. 28. Jamel Campbell, 19, 119 68th St., traffic control device, driving under the influence, Nov. 28. Devon Trotter, 22, 1714 Race St., theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Nov. 28. Luis Perez, 34, 11520 Olde Gate Drive, driving under the influence at 200 Kemper Road W., Nov. 30. Johny Lozano, 27, 2068 Roosevelt, assault at 1311 Chesterwood Court, Dec. 1.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Reported at 425 Kemper Road, Nov. 27.


Residence entered and TV and camera valued at $1,100 removed at 693 Yorkhaven Road, Nov. 25. Attempt made at 849 Yorkhaven, Nov. 26. Residence entered and cameras of unknown value removed at 821 Clearfield Lane, Nov. 26. Residence entered at 11857 Knollsprings Court, Dec. 1.

Criminal damaging

Door damaged at 950 Chesterdale Circle, Nov. 30. Building spray painted at 11911 Sheraton Lane, Dec. 1.



Taken after two vehicles rummaged through was one full tank of gas, Flemridge Ct., Dec 4. Two unlocked vehicles entered and $30.00 in change taken, Jewett Dr., Dec 4. Two unlocked vehicles in driveway rummaged through and change taken from one, Reily Rd., Dec 4. Taken from Oak Park skate bench was a Game Boy Advance and approximately (12) games, Oak Av., Dec 6.


Wyoming police reported no arrests or citations.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Taken from one of two unlocked vehicles parked in attached garage was (1) GPS Garmin System, Charles St., Dec 4.

Breaking and entering


Reported at Chesterwood Court, Nov. 24. Witness reported at Smiley Ave., Nov. 25. Female reported at Kemper Road W., Nov. 25. Female reported at Harcourt Drive, Nov. 28. Female reported at Greencastle Drive, Nov. 29.

Taken from unsecured vehicle was (1) shotgun (unloaded), in vehicle cargo area, also detached garage door found open, Charles St., Dec 4.


Taken from vehicle was (1) Nokia 6790 cell phone and wallet with $15 Target gift card, Wyoming Recreation Pass, and 75 cents in change, Hilltop Ln., Nov 30.

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Fraudulent check reported at 650 Kemper Commons Circle, Dec. 1.


Reported at 11982 Cantrell Drive, Nov. 30.

Public indecency

Reported at 11700 Princeton Pike, Nov. 24.


Jacket valued at $350 removed at 11755 Commons Circle, Nov. 25. Vehicle entered and stereo valued at $150 removed at 848 Yorkhaven Road, Nov. 26. Vehicle entered and coins and stamps valued at $6,000 removed at 11743 Chesterdale Drive, Nov. 27. Credit card removed and used without consent at 405 Kemper Road, Nov. 30.

Hampton-Johnson Johnson

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(John) Fink, Joe (Patty), Frank (Cindy), Steve (Becky), Dave (Bev), Mike (Vickie), Jim (Linda) Moeggenberg; 22 grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; siblings Ethel Wesley, James Glorius. Preceded in death by her husband Joe Moeggenberg; siblings Harold, Jack Glorius, Ruth Creedon. Services were held on Dec. 7. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

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December 16, 2009

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Local health departments in Hamilton County have been advised that H1N1 flu vaccine will be available for the general public beginning Dec. 14. Priority groups at high risk for serious complications from H1N1 flu have largely been served and now vaccine will be available for anyone interested. Vaccine will be offered free of charge to the public at selected locations as vaccine supply permits. H1N1 vaccine is a federal asset therefore, no residency restrictions can be applied at H1N1 vaccine clinics. Local health departments may have different registration requirements. • Springdale Health Department: Appointmentonly vaccination clinic from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. For more information visit • Sharonville Health

tions across the county in Harrison Township, Green Township, Anderson Township and Montgomery. More information: Visit w w w. h a m i l t o n c o u n t y H1N1 vaccine is available in two forms – injectable and nasal spray. The injectable is a killed virus and is appropriate for most people to receive. The nasal spray (FluMist) is a live, but weakened virus vaccine and only available for healthy people ages 2 to 49 who are not pregnant. Both types of vaccine are used yearly to prevent seasonal flu and are very safe. Medical dispensing staff screens individuals in order to provide the appropriate form of vaccine. Children nine and younger should receive two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine – separated by four weeks – in order to achieve optimal protection.

Department: More information: Visit • Cincinnati Health Department: Walk-in clinics available weekly from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday for any member of the general public starting Dec. 14. For more information, call 357-7499 or visit • Hamilton County Public Health: Appointmentonly vaccination clinic from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 Visit for details and registration instructions. Individuals should pre-register on the following Web site https://h1n1vaccine.odh.oh and also complete the medical questionnaire at w w w. h a m i l t o n c o u n t y for easy registration at the clinic. Additional clinics are planned for loca-

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