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If you haven’t noticed, we begin the second decade of the 21st Century in a little more than four weeks. Our question to you: How has your community changed in the last 10 years, and what changes would you like to see, or do you envision, over the next 10 years? E-mail your thoughts to tricountypress@communitypre Include your name, community and a daytime phone number (not for publication).

Honoring visionaries

The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, a non-profit cancer support agency, hosted the fifth annual Lynn Stern Society reception to honor and recognize the Visionaries who have included TWC in their estate plans, as well as major benefactors. SEE LIFE, B1

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Holiday spirit soars at school

By Kelly McBride

A yearlong fundraiser to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House has received the gift of holiday spirit at Springdale Elementary. Student Council members are selling candy cane cards for a quarter, with all of the money going toward the $3,000 goal by the end of the school year. Teacher Maggie Leutzinger anticipated sales of about 500 cards, which are assembled by students who come to school early to volunteer. They didn’t sell 500. They have sold 1,970. “I never, in my wildest dreams, thought we would sell this many,” Leutzinger said of the candygrams, purchased by students and staff. The sale is part of a fundraiser that includes monthly hat days, in which students can pay 50 cents to wear a hat all day at school. Sometimes they throw a pajama day into the mix, as well. It’s called Hope Home Hugs: hope for sick children, home for their families and hugs from Springdale. The community service pro-


Springdale students, clockwise from left: Joey Cripe, JaRae James, Aexis Mack, Jared Thomas, Camryn Drye, Elizabeth Stevens, Kristen Calvert, Aniyah Toler and Destinee Rencher attach candy canes to gift cards as part of a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. ject’s goal of $3,000 is the amount of money it takes to sponsor a room at the Ronald McDonald House for one year. Ronald McDonald House, across from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, provides a home away from home for the families of sick children being cared for at Children’s.

Student Council members said it was worthwhile to come into school early for the project. “This is fun, because instead of having to buy high priced gifts, we can give these to friends and family, because they only cost 25 cents each,” Aniyah Toler said. Plus, she said, “we’re giving it to our Hope, Home, Hugs cause.”

“It’s a lot of work,” said Kristen Calvert. “But it’s fun.” Sam Taylor agreed that the effort was worthwhile, but he was surprised at the number of candygrams sold, as well. “It felt good because we’re helping people at the Ronald McDonald House,” said JaRae James. “But it’s worth it.”

Princeton choir hits high note on TV By Kelly McBride

Holiday jewels

Ursuline freshmen underwent a project in November which tapped on their creativity as well as their philanthropic hearts. For several weeks, the students, under the direction of community service coordinator Ruthie Hurley, crafted a variety of jewelry items which will be put on sale to the student body. SEE SCHOOLS, A4

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For a third year, the Princeton High School A Cappella Choir will be among the performers in the Star 64 holiday music program. This year, 19 high schools from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky participated in the event that was taped on Fountain Square. “The kids got a little bit of the feel of working with TV camera crews,” said Jamie Holdren, who directs the choir. The Princeton students, accompanied by parents and school staff, performed “Carol of the Bells” and recorded a short promotion of “Happy Holidays from Princeton High School and Star

Show times

The Princeton High School A Cappella Choir’s performance in the Star 64 holiday music program will air several times in December: • Friday, Dec. 24, 10 p.m.; • Saturday, Dec. 25, noon; and • Sunday, Dec. 26, noon. 64.” Holdren said it was a good experience for all students. “This was a really fun event and was a great way to kick off the holiday season,” she said. “It was really cool performing with all the holiday lights and the crowds of people,” said Asia Taylor, a junior. “I definitely want to do it again.”


Princeton High School’s a cappella choir performs on Fountain Square for a holiday production on Channel 64.

Evendale council OK’s Gorman farm contract By Amanda Hopkins

After a debate about the length of the contract, Gorman Heritage Farm and the village of Evendale have finally come to an agreement. Village Council recently approved the five-year contract by a 5-1 vote, with councilmember Bill Puthoff voting against the contract. Evendale bought the farm property seven years ago and established the Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation to maintain the property. Councilmember Doug Lohmeier’s proposal for a threeyear contract with an option to

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renew for two years after that was voted down 4 to 3. Susan Van Amerongen, president of the farm Board of Trustees, said some of the new Ranz items in the contract include free farm memberships to Evendale families, identifying a trail to connect Cooper Road to Kingsport Drive that will be maintained by the village and adding the farm to the village costs for waste removal and recycling. Van Amerongen said a master plan for farm operations will also

be written as part of the contract. She said even though the farm could lose money because of free memberships to EvenVan Amerongen dale residents, she said it may bring more families to the farm. “The more people you get there the more people you get engaged (with the farm),” Van Amerongen said. President of Council John Ranz said he supports the farm and the plans that are being worked on to improve the farm. “I think (Gorman Heritage

“I think (Gorman Heritage Farm) is on the right path and I think we need to support them.”

John Ranz President of Evendale council

Farm) is on the right path and I think we need to support them,” Ranz said. The farm is currently in a seven-year contract with the village that expires in April. With the passing of the new contract, the current contract expires and the new one will start Jan. 1, 2011. It will last until Dec. 31, 2016.

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Holidays are family time at Maple Knoll By Kelly McBride


Maple Knoll residents, from left, Dorothy Morris, Betty Sahnd and Zoe Ashley smile with holiday spirit during the annual party.


Maple Knoll residents Ann Mootz and Dorothy Meyers visit during the party.


Nell and Charles Stanforth enjoy the Maple Knoll festivities in elegant attire.

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The warmth of the season belied the cold snowy week outside, as Maple Knoll residents gathered for celebrations of family within families. Each year, the energy level rises as the temperatures drop, as residents look forward to the Holiday Open House and the Residents Social, as well as several other special happenings in December. “Some residents aren’t regulars that participate in day-to-day activities,” said Margie Krebs, Maple Knoll’s activity coordinator. “But they look forward to the big parties. “It’s also a spirit lifter for many,” she said. “The holidays can be a lonely time, but this is their family, and it rekindles the spirit of the season.” Becky Schulte, Maple Knoll’s director of communications, stressed the idea of family. “The annual holiday party is our opportunity to say thank you to the residents that make this such a wonderful place,” she said. “We are all a family here and it is great to celebrate and thank them.” The Holiday Open House is for residents and their families, and the Residents Social is only for members of the Maple Knoll community. Throughout the month, they also go on excursions to Sharon Woods to enjoy the Holiday in Lights display, and they enjoy a special holiday dinner. “Every week there’s an activity,” Krebs said. “And it ends with a New Year’s party.” Residents have been

Nancy Thaler, director of residential services at Maple Knoll, shows Virginia Swanton a mug gift set . looking forward to the festive offerings. “It’s always a good idea to have a holiday party together with our Maple Knoll friends,” said resident Dorothy Meyers. “We get together and share memories about past holidays and we laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

“All of our parties are fun,” said resident Zoe Ashely. “It’s great to see the rest of my Maple Knoll family that I don’t see everyday.” “We are like a big family here,” Charles Stanforth said. “Many of us either don’t have family around, or our families are busy


with their own families around Christmas and can’t visit. Parties like this make a huge difference to many of us.” Said Krebs: “It’s also an opportunity to get dressed up.” For more about your community, visit www.

Tasty fundraiser to benefit hospital By Rob Dowdy

Kindervelt, a citywide charitable organization, is hoping local bakery customers have a sweet tooth this holiday season. The organization, which is composed of local groups that raise money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has joined forces with the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association to offer “Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kidding.” During the event, which runs through Dec. 31, customers at dozens of local bakeries can buy special gingerbread cookies with a portion of the proceeds going to local children’s charities. Indian Hill resident Buffie Rixey, president of the citywide Kindervelt organization and member of

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Chip Graeter, of Graeter’s, holds up a sampling of the cookies being sold at area bakeries in support of Kindervelt’s fundraising efforts for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. the village’s group, said the promotion has been a holiday staple for several years. “It’s a perfect opportunity to purchase a cookie and help a kid,” Rixey said. She said the money raised by Kindervelt will benefit the division of asthma research at Cincinnati

Children’s Hospital. Symmes Township resident Patty Wilken said this is a favorite event for Kindervelt because it not only involves all the community groups of the organization, but also people not familiar with Kindervelt’s work in the community.

Here’s a list of local bakeries participating in “Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kidding,” a fundraising promotion by Kindervelt and the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association: • Bonnie Lynn Bakery, Blue Ash, Montgomery and Loveland • Bonomini Bakery, north side of Cincinnati • Graeter’s Bakery, all locations • Little Dutch Bakery, Mt. Healthy • Regina Bakery, North Bend and Cheviot • Servatii Pastry Shop, all locations • Jansen’s Sweet Sinsations, Mason • Wyoming Pastry Shop, Wyoming “It’s one of the organization’s events that involve everyone,” she said.

Police: Fake cop stole cologne Gannett News Service Dane Todd has seen plenty of police officers in his 49 years. On Tuesday he was arrested for the sixth time after police in Springdale accused him of trying to pose as one of their own at Tri-County Mall. The North College Hill man walked over the fragrance counter of a Dillard's and took out a badge, police

alleged. He then informed the clerk at the fragrance counter that he was doing a walk-through. Apparently, that walkthrough, police allege, meant that Todd literally walked through the store and into the mall holding a box set of men’s cologne. Security was notified and tracked down Todd, leading to a scuffle. Police say that Todd was in possession of a box cutter.

In court on Dec. 16, a real police officer escorted Todd from a holding cell to face Judge Brad Greenberg. Greenberg set bond at $100,000 on charges of robbery and impersonating a police officer. Todd's previous arrests include allegations that he stole a $1,500 computer from Laptop World and merchandise from WalMart, among other stores, in the last five years.


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Snow throws strike one at Princeton schools

District uses first of just 3 calamity days By Kelly McBride

Students in Princeton City Schools turned off their alarm clocks Dec. 16 as the word came that school had been canceled due to snowfall the night before. While many area districts, including Wyoming, issued delays, Princeton Superintendent Gary Pack decided to close the schools after considering a variety of safety issues in the district that includes 10 schools throughout six municipalities in three counties. That decision was even more complicated because it came so early in the season in the first year that school


Cars travel easily down plowed and salted Wyoming Avenue Dec. 16 while students at Wyoming Middle School started school an hour later than usual. districts had only three calamity days instead of five. “The decision to close school is often very complicated, but we always consider current road conditions, temperature, projected forecast for the next four to six hours, reports from road spotters throughout the district, city and county

road staff and safety for children and drivers on school buses,” Pack said. The night before, he had issued a two-hour delay, which wouldn’t have counted against the calamity days. Delays provide districts with extra time to clear the streets, as long as no additional snow is expected.

Glendale Milford bridge painting set for spring By Amanda Hopkins


Glendale Milford Road was part of the Evendale 2010 Road Improvement project. The reconstruction stretched from Cunningham Road to the Interstate-75 overpass. It included resurfacing, repainting, bridge repairs, replacing guardrails and concrete medians and new drainage. The final part of the project-painting the bridges over the railroad- will be finished in spring 2011.

The cold weather is making it a little tougher for paint to dry in Evendale. Village engineer James Jeffers said painting on the bridges along Glendale Milford Road is not finished because the temperatures are too low. The temperature needs to remain consistent at 50 degrees or higher to paint. The painting is on hold until the weather warms up next spring. Village Council approved an ordinance in August to work with Norfolk Southern Railway Co. on the bridge repairs, but Jeffers said work did not start on the bridges until October.

Glendale Milford Road was a part of the 2010 Road Improvement project in Evendale. The project included resurfacing, repainting, bridge repairs, new guardrails, drainage systems and new concrete medians. The construction on Glendale Milford Road costs $1.12 million. The village spent $625,000 of taxpayers’ money while the remaining $500,000 was paid for by a grant from the state’s taxpayers. Monet’s Lane was also part of the road improvements in the village. Jeffers said all of the construction on the residential street is complete. That project cost taxpayers $282,497.

Sharonville residents reach out to those in need By Kelly McBride

Sharonville City Council heard a report on the holiday spirit among residents through programs at the Health Department. Businesses, churches and families adopted 48 families in need this holiday season. In addition, 30 families received holiday baskets. The health department reported that this is an increase over last year, despite a tough economy felt by most. During the final council meeting of 2010, council

members: • Heard from the Public Works Department that bids are being considered for the Kemper connector project, which will create two rightturn lanes onto East Kemper, add a lane to westbound Kemper east of the Double Tree Inn, and include signal upgrades to the intersection. Work on the $666,000 project is expected to begin in early spring of 2011 and be completed by the end of May. • Also heard from Public Works that a camera will be mounted near the controller cabinet viewing westbound

Cottingham Drive. It will only view cars at the intersection, and won’t record traffic happenings. It will be there to control the signal only. • Approved an ordinance that established a new set of employee hourly rates for city workers. The rates will take effect Jan. 1, 2011. • Passed an ordinance to make permanent appropriations for city expenses during the fiscal year ending Dec. 31. Other funds were approved for transfer as needed based on determination by the city auditor.

Princeton preps for construction By Kelly McBride

During a meeting with festive flair, Princeton’s Board of Education heard an update on plans to build a new middle school and high school campus, while Glendale Elementary students set a jolly mood. The students performed holiday songs, providing the inspirational message for the Dec. 13 meeting. Afterwards, the board heard several presentations, including plans that included an expected calendar of events for a new middle school and high school, with

a common area that will be offered for public use. Architects and engineers from Cole-Russell Architecture Design, Turner Construction and the FanningHowey engineering firm displayed design plans and said work should begin on the new campus in February 2010. Students are expected to occupy the new middle school in August 2013, and the new high school in August 2014, according to the calendar presented during the meeting. The Viking Village common area is expected to be completed in January 2015,

and athletic fields should be ready by March 2016. To help prepare for the changes in environment, middle school students have seen a change in the morning arrival and afternoon dismissal routine. Middle School Principal Kim Pence told board members that the changes will focus on safety and security. “With the upcoming construction, we need to make sure we’re ready,” she said. Pence thanked staff members, bus drivers, the maintenance crew and parents for helping to make the initial week of changes a success.


had areas where the roads hadn’t been plowed, as well. He had to make his decision by 6:45 a.m. to allow bus drivers to prepare for their routes. Pack has to consider schedules in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties. So, Princeton students had extra time to shovel their driveways and build snowmen. Wyoming kids got an additional hour of sleep. “Because our school day starts later than most, a one hour delay allows staff, parents and students extra time to prepare and travel safely

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Freshmen make jewelry to help Christmas project

Ursuline freshmen underwent a project in November which tapped on their creativity as well as their philanthropic hearts. For several weeks, the students, under the direction of community service coordinator Ruthie Hurley, crafted a variety of jewelry items which will be put on sale to the student body. The profits from the jewelry sale will be used to buy Christmas gifts for the Hope Emergency Program, a non-profit outreach agency that helps the residents in Brown and surrounding counties who are in great need of assistance. “Our Christmas Project is a whole school service project of buying and collecting gifts for Hope Emergency Program (started by two Ursuline sisters and currently run by two other Ursuline sisters),” Hurley said. “One way that we raise money for buying Christmas gifts is through the jewelry sale. The jewelry is made by all freshmen. It is sold by students from all grades and gifts from our giving tree are brought in by all students and families.” Senior Chelsea Zoellner is the overall leader of this project.

She oversees the jewelry making process, make sure that workers are signed up to sell and makes sure the giving tree is up and ready to go. Zoellner also keeps everyone informed on what is happening with the Christmas project. “When making the jewelry, I always think about the people that we are making it for – the children who, without Hope Emergency Program, would wake up on Christmas morning without any presents under their tree,” Zoellner said. “This quintessential childhood moment for me is something that I believe every child deserves. The jewelry sale will enable this to happen because it will generate the money to purchase gifts which will then be distributed to Hope Emergency Program.” Freshman Victoria Klee said she enjoyed making the jewelry with her classmates. “I think that jewelry making is a really fun way to help out our community,” she said. “You can express creativity and do community service at the same time. I feel great about helping those in need at Hope Emergency. It makes me


Ursuline freshmen recently crafted jewelry to be put on sale to the student body. Profits from the sale will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for the Hope Emergency Program. Ursuline freshmen seen here making jewelry are, from left, Victoria Klee of Indian Hill, Sarah Connaughton of Sharonville and Lauren Vesprani of Finneytown. feel like I am making a difference.” Hurley said that the Hope Emergency Project is also the

largest beneficiary of Ursuline’s annual canned food drive. “We try to take at least 6,000 pounds of food to Hope each

spring,” she said. “Our canned food drive is in April and benefits four different agencies, Hope Emergency being one of them.”


Elaina Nielson, a senior pharmacy major, performed in The University of Findlay’s student piano recital.

She performed “Chinese Figurine” by Vladimir Rebikov. A 2007 graduate of Princeton High School, Nielson is the daughter of Sara and Gary Nielson.

SCHOOLS NOTES Scholarship semifinalists


The 2010-2011 YMCA Youth Cincinnati City Council was sworn into office Oct. 6. Members are, from left: front row, Mark Brockman, Nick Staresinic, Evan McConaughy, Mary Crema, Le’Asha Moore, Kyle Denman, Brandon Craig and Brandon Weiss; back row, YMCA Youth Mayor Patrick Regan and Vice Mayor Jonte’ Pegg.

Teenagers elected to the YMCA Youth City Council

Following speeches to nearly 230 Cincinnati area high school students, the 2010-2011 YMCA Youth Cincinnati City Council was sworn into office, then introduced publicly by Cincinnati City Council in Council Chambers. Among them are the new YMCA Youth Mayor Patrick Regan, a student at Aldersgate Christian Academy and a resident of Anderson Township, and Evan McConaugly, a student at St. Xavier High School, also from Anderson. Also on the youth council are Mark Brockman (St. Xavier High School), Nick Staresinic (Moeller High School), Mary Crema

(Mount Notre Dame Academy), Le’Asha Moore (Hughes Center), Kyle Denman (St. Xavier); Brandon Craig (Withrow University), Brandon Weiss (Wyoming High School) and Jonte’ Pegg (Hughes). The elections were the culmination of the annual two-day YMCA Youth in City Government conference aimed at engaging young people in having a voice within their communities and strengthening leadership and communication skills, said the YMCA. “This conference is all about helping young people to develop skills that will allow them to

thrive as they move forward with their lives to become productive, socially-responsible adults,” says Jana Nattermann, youth zone director for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. The year-round YMCA Youth in City Government program gives Cincinnati students the opportunity to learn about local, state, national and international politics. The YMCA offers teen participants a venue to gain leadership skills, strengthen their ability to express ideas clearly and persuasively and learn fellowship by working together with peers from diverse backgrounds.

Princeton High School seniors Kiah Clingman and Lauren Price have been selected as semifinalists in the 2010-2011 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program. Coca-Cola received nearly 71,000 scholarship applications and have narrowed the field to 2,100 high school seniors who are in the running for $3 million in scholarships. These students are selected to compete in the next phase of the competition based upon academic excellence, leadership and achievement through school and community activities. If selected as finalists, Clingman and Price will be invited to Atlanta April 14-April 17 to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars weekend. This is the second time in the history of the Coca-Cola Scholarships that Princeton has had at least one semifinalist.

Students of the month

Several Stewart Elementary students were honored with a pizza lunch Dec. 3 for being

named students of the month for November. They are: Carly Nagel, Alejandro Tepole, Kodey Bingham, David Cawthorne, Masato Ishino, Olivia York, James O’Connor, Ryleigh West, Brian Rodriguez, Jessica Lopez, Elizabeth Maxfield, Tyler Siuda, Breauna Gause, Nixhero Hatles, James Moores, Kinsey Sullivan, Kinsey Sullivan, Nadia Arar, Zackery Sanders, Haley Adkins, Michael Rushlow, Cynthia Noertker, Dobry Shaw, Lydia Neisel, Richard Sova, Jada Tye, Nathaniel Rengering, Jazmyn Artis, Lileth Stricklin, Ashley Miranda, Trenton Clifford, Johann Garcia, Madeline Lewis, Katherine Kuroff, Noah Turner, Gerred Twymon, Prachi Shah, Joshua Frey and Paola Rodriguez.

Students of the week

Princeton Community Middle School’s Skyline Star Students of the Week are: Michael Hayworth, Jaylee Murphy, Jalynne Grissom, Dre’Sha Brown, Hannah Julian, Sydney Doss, Raisa Hanna, Quentin Woody, Jenna Jones, Alexander Bernal, Elliana Elder, Diamond Riddle, Gabriela Trejo, Hannah Cunningham, Makaia Davis, Amanda Moores and Lexi Sloan-Harper.

Ursuline unveils new website Ursuline Academy recently launched its new website. The decision to redesign the existing one resulted in an improved website with significant improvements in navigation and easier accessibility for users on all levels. The new site features the school’s new logo, current photography and timely updates. “We are so very excited to launch our new website which affords Ursuline more flexibility and functionality,” President Sharon Redmond said. “And it is our hope that you will find our website much more ‘user friendly.’ We are grateful to Ann Brinkmann

(technology teacher and webmaster), Jeanine Boutiere (fine arts teacher), Julie Burwinkel (media director) and Marianne Lang (communications and public relations director) for their leadership in making this new website a reality.” After several months of collaborative work, Brinkmann said she is also equally pleased with the final product and its modernized features. “In addition to our new look and updated design, it gives us multimedia capacity to add videos, photo slide shows and flash photography,” Brinkmann said. To visit Ursuline’s website, visit

Pre-med students from Xavier University go on medical mission A 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed about 230,000 people in Haiti Jan. 12 and left millions homeless. One year later, from Jan. 2-9, 13 Xavier pre-med students, two staff members from Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and four medical professionals will commemorate this anniversary by traveling to Haiti under the medical auspices of Heart to Heart International

(H2H). Five Cincinnati-area Xavier students are among those chosen to participate in the trip. They are: Jonathan Kuhl of Hamilton, a sophomore majoring in natural sciences with a minor in peace studies; Eli Marr of Williamsburg, a junior natural sciences major; Angie Horner of Hyde Park, a senior occupational therapy major; Kathy Moebius of Sharonville, a senior biology

major; and Julie Krechting of Green Township, a sophomore majoring in occupational therapy with a minor in psychology. H2H is a faith-based initiative which has had teams in Haiti since the day after the quake. The Xavier group will live outside Port-au-Prince and commute into the city to H2H’s large primary care facility. Smaller teams will venture into the more remote areas during the

week. H2H will find lodging, two meals a day, translators, security and transportation in Haiti. The medical directors on site are a husband and wife, assisted by some Haitian nurses and other medical professionals. While all of this is located for the Xavier group, it is not free. Rabbi Abie Ingber, the founding director of Xavier’s Office for Interfaith Community Engagement,

estimates that the group needs to find $50,000 to fly, feed and house 19 people for one week. Ingber said tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Xavier University, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, 3800 Victory Parkway ML 2120, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Checks can be made payable to Xavier University IFCE. For more information, call 7453569.


The week at Princeton

• The Princeton girls basketball team beat Lakota West 57-46, Dec. 11. Princeton’s top-scorer was Kelsey Mitchell with 21 points. • In boys bowling, Princeton placed 14th with a score of 3,906, Dec. 11 in the Holiday Classic. On Dec. 14, Princeton lost 2,536-2,515. Princeton’s Chris Gregory bowled a 480. • In girls bowling, Princeton placed 18th with a score of 2,995 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11.

The week at Wyoming

• The Wyoming girls basketball team beat Madeira 3829, Dec. 11. Wyoming’s topscorer was Nikki McKee with 20 points. • In boys bowling, Wyoming placed 18th with a score of 3,838, Dec. 11, in the Holiday Classic. On Dec. 14, Wyoming lost 2,474-2,171 to Harrison. Wyoming’s Nick Burns bowled a 402. • In girls bowling, Wyoming placed 32nd with a score of 1,850 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11. On Dec. 14, Wyoming lost 1,949-1,411 to Harrison. Wyoming’s Ginger Engel bowled a 226. • In girls swimming, Wyoming scored a 63 to beat Madeira’s 30 and Finneytown’s 8, Dec. 13. Wyoming won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute 55.61 seconds; the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 46.22 seconds; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 59.87 seconds. Wyoming’s Sarah Gilbbons won the 200 meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 5.92 seconds; Abigail Gibbons won the 50 meter freestyle in 25.79 seconds; Rachael Theiler won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, 4.94 seconds; Sarah Gibbons won the 500 meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 40.23 seconds; Oberholzer won the 100 meter backstroke in 1 minute, .93 seconds; Claire Gilbert won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minutes, 12.70 seconds; and Katie Horn won the 1 meter dive.

The week at Moeller

• The Moeller basketball team beat Woodward 66-46, Dec. 11. Moeller’s Charlie Byers was the team’s topscorer with 21 points. • In boys bowling, Moeller placed 23rd with a score of 3,688 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11. On Dec. 14, Moeller scored 2,579 to beat Roger Bacon’s 2,540 and Carroll’s 2,170. Moeller’s Pat Goddard bowled a 382.

The week at MND

• The Mount Notre Dame basketball team beat Seton 67-38, Dec. 11. MND’s topscorers were Kathryn Reynolds and Avery Larkin with 15 points each. • In girls swimming, Mount Notre Dame beat Anderson 103-81, Dec. 11. MND won the 200 meter medley relay in 2 minutes, 1.34 seconds; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 59.48 seconds. MND’s Katie Kruspe won the 200 meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 25.67 seconds; Maddie Rapp won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, 3.80 seconds; Rapp won the 100 meter backstroke in 1 minute, 6.39 seconds; Chloe Meyer won the 100 mete breaststroke in 1 minute, 15.44 seconds; and Mullinger won the 1 meter dive. • In girls bowling, MND finished ninth with a score of 3,509 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11. cpohiosports

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Viking hoopsters off to fast start

By Nick Dudukovich

It’s all about tournament time. At least that’s how it is for the Princeton High School boys basketball team. Head coach Josh Andrews likes his squad’s 4-1 start, but knows his team has room for improvement before the start of sectionals in February. “We’re pleased with where we are at…but we need to focus on maturing on and off the court and (learn) to compete and fight through adversity,” he said. “That will come with the process and we need 20 games this season to get ready for the tournament.” The coach even found

optimism in the Vikings’ 54-48 loss to Lakota East, Dec. 7. Andrews said the defeat helped identify some onthe-court concerns. “Sometimes getting knocked down early can sharpen your focus,” he said. The Vikings, who are ranked No. 5 in the Enquirer’s Division I coaches poll, responded to the loss with a 62-52 win over Mason County (Ky.) behind Ulysses Thomas’ 19 points and six assists. Thomas, who plays guard, has stepped into a leadership role for the Vikings and has averaged 10.8 points per game. “Ulysses is a guy that has put in the work. He

spent a lot of time in the gym and he wants to be our leader and our best s c o r e r, ” Jay McCants Andrews said. “We look for him to have a lot of big games…he’s a special talent who we think will have a big senior year.” At point guard, sophomore Dorian Jordan’s five assists per game lead the Greater Miami Conference. Andrews is impressed with how Jordan is adapting to his first year at the varsity level. “He’s made the transition from freshmen basket-

ball to a little junior varsity last year and now he’s the starting point guard at Princeton, and there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that,” Andrews said. The Vikings are also receiving impressive contributions from forwards Lionel Hill (7.5 ppg), Jay McCants (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and guard Marcus Montiero (6.3 ppg). Andrews knows his squad will be tough if his key players live up to their ability. “We are beginning to take shape,” Andrews said. “With time, as the guys continue to buy into their roles…their ability will grow, and so will our opportunity to make a deep tournament run.”

Andrews and his squad should have a good idea of where they stand after competing in the Ironton Classic at Ironton High School, Dec. 21. Teams from around the nation will compete in the event. “It’s an opportunity to find out strengths and weaknesses…you find our where you stack up and see how effective your guys will be against good players,” Andrews said. “We talk about making a run in the tournament, so you have to be aware of big-time players because this state has plenty of them.” See more sports coverage at spreps

Wyoming girls start with win streak By Mark Chalifoux


Moeller’s Charlie Byers guards Elder’s Hudson Klauke during their boys basketball game at the Pit on Dec. 17.

Moeller looks strong heading into tourney By Mark Chalifoux

The Moeller High School basketball team is 4-0 to start the season, including a 61-53 win at Elder, and the Crusaders are relying on depth and experience in the young season. “We have a fairly experienced team and our veteran leadership has been good,” head coach Carl Kremer said. “I’m pleased with our progress, but we still have a long way to go. We have a good group of kids.” The Crusaders depth and leadership was on display at Elder on Dec. 17. Moeller was up 15 when senior standout Alex Barlow went down with an ankle injury that will keep him out for two weeks. Elder closed the gap to five points before Moeller closed the door on the Panthers in the hostile environment. “Charlie (Byers) just took over,” Kremer said. “He’s been in a lot of pressurepacked environments and has always come through. Ben Galemmo made a big shot in the fourth quarter too.” Byers is having a strong senior season, leading Moeller in scoring with 17.8 points per game. Galemmo is averaging 13 points per game. Kremer is also happy with the play of Tony Sabato, who has filled Griffin McKenzie’s role for Moeller

this season. Josh Davenport, Cody Wacker, Jon Ward and Keith Watkins have also been key guys off the bench. “We’ll put in any of our 15 players. We’re that deep and our kids understand the game,” Kremer said. He said he was curious to see how his team would respond when Elder started making a comeback after Barlow went down. “I was wondering if our guys could step up and they did,” he said. “I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger so Barlow’s injury will make us stronger as other guys step up while he’s out.” Up next for Moeller is their holiday tournament Dec. 27-30. This year the Crusaders are going to Phoenix for a week to play in the Arizona Basketball Challenge, one of the top tournaments in the country. “We’re fired up for it,” Kremer said. “Every time we take these trips a couple things happen. It gives us a week with our guys to become closer as a team and it gives us an opportunity to take what we’re doing to the next level. The guys don’t have to worry about anything else. It’s just a week of basketball and it’s always been a point in our season where we get better.” For more coverage, go to presspreps.

The Wyoming High School girls basketball team plays a tough schedule this season, but the Cowboys have handled it well a few weeks into play, as Wyoming opened with a 50 record. “We had a really tough start to our schedule so I am really pleased with the result,” head coach Angie Edmonds said. “Defensively we are doing a good job and the defense is really creating our offense.” The Cowboy have been led in scoring every game by senior Nikki McKee, the reigning Cincinnati Hills League player of the year. McKee leads the CHL in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game. “She’s really versatile,” Edmonds said. “She can play inside, she can play outside, so she’s tough to guard. And she’s showing a real maturity and helps make the other kids around her better.” The Cowboys were counting on senior Hailee Schlager to step into a bigger scoring role this season and she’s done just that, averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. “She has been our most steady player every game,” Edmonds said. “She’s our defensive stopper and gives us important baskets at important times. Everyone concentrates on Nikki so having Hailee and Michelle Jolson step up gives other problems for teams to worry about.” Jolson is the team’s thirdleading scorer, averaging seven points per game playing through an early injury.


Wyoming senior Nikki McKee drives to the basket against Reading Dec. 2. McKee scored 27 points to help lead the Cowboys to a 66-56 victory. Edmonds is also happy with the play of junior point guard Clara Rodrigue. “It’s her first season playing point guard fulltime for us and she’s done a great job of taking care of the ball and playing really good defense,” Edmonds said. “She gets us into our offensive sets and I knew she’d be good, but I didn’t expect her to be this good this early.” Wyoming defeated Taylor 56-37 on Dec. 17, and is now off until Jan. 6. “That’s good and bad, to have a really long break,” she said. “Our schedule is really hard this year, so I expect us to keep getting better.” With three freshmen on the varsity team, Edmonds

said the entire team has plenty of room for improvement. She did say, though, that the early win streak has given the team confidence. “We also scrimmaged some tough teams and held our own, but it’s nice to show it now when it counts that we’re a pretty good team,” Edmonds said. “I think we’ve overachieved so far, but I expect us to keep getting better.” Edmonds said the Cowboys will be a fun team for fans to watch this winter. “We really try to get the ball up the floor and try to run,” she said. “Our whole focus offensively and defensively is in transition. We try to mix it up to keep other teams on their toes.”

Preparing to release

Wyoming High School senior Brett Callaghan prepares to release the ball during Wyoming's match against Harrison on Dec. 14 at Brentwood Bowl. Wyoming lost to Harrison despite Nick Burns' high series for the Cowboys of 402. ROD APFELBECK/CONTRIBUTOR



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Dec. 15 question

Do you support the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway for certain illegal aliens to become legal U.S. residents? Why or why not? “The Dream Act is a nightmare! This legislation is a perfect example why the Democrats got drubbed in the recent election. “Who in their right mind would support a law that would reward, and therefore encourage, illegal immigration? “Answer: a party so desperate to win elections that they would compromise the safety of our borders and the privileges of citizenship.” T.H. “My parents came to the U.S. legally as immigrants in the first decade of the 20th century. They went through the process at Ellis Island as they were required to do by law. “It saddens me to know that so many people have flouted our immigration laws, and have gotten away with it with no penalty. “I sympathize with people who are trying to escape dire circumstances in other countries, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. “However, it seems to me that the conditions and limitations imposed by the DREAM act are reasonable, and could be seen as a sensible loosening of current restrictions on illegal aliens for a very select group. “Requirements for ‘amnesty’ include the fact that they must have entered the country as minors, they must have graduated from U.S. high schools, they must complete either two years in the U.S. military or two years in college. After that, they would only have temporary residency for six years. “ A study of the bill’s highlights should reassure Americans that passage is a good thing to do, and the fact that there is considerable bi-partisan support is also encouraging.” B.B. “Basically I approve. However, I am troubled by the requirement

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Are you pleased or disappointed in the way your community plows snow from your streets? Why? Every week The Tri-County Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. for college or military service. “College has become hugely expensive (unfunded mandate here), and when did it become an article of faith only the collegeeducated contribute value to society? This goes for U.S. citizens too. If the Deficit Commission recommendations are followed defense spending will be cut and it will be harder to enter the military.” F.N. “I feel that if the question works in the right way, it is good. Those who qualify and achieve the goals under the Dream Act( Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) would be a benefit to society. “If you read the premise of the act, it is not a welfare package, but a way that youths can establish themselves to becoming citizens via education or the military.” D.J. “No. My family came over from Poland, which was not an easy task! But, they followed the immigration rules. Today, in our free country, supposedly free anyway, we have to follow the rules. “The police surround us now, even when we are being good citizens. “We can get tickets via a police camera for almost speeding. High school kids are pulled into the sheriff’s office for toilet papering someone’s yard in this new age. When a head light is out, you are pulled over. “No, Americans are being bullied today. Hence, there should be no ‘Dream Act.’ “Bottom line is this: We all have to follow the rules in Gestapo America, therefore, illegal aliens should not get to be legal unless they follow the rules like the rest of us have to!” P.P.

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WeTHRIVE! puts kids, communities ahead of game With the recent passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and release of the nation’s Healthy People 2020 goals, schools and communities around the country are asking the question, “What do we have to do?.” Thanks to the collaborative community program WeTHRIVE!, Hamilton County can proudly proclaim, “Look what we’ve already begun!” The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act calls for stronger school nutrition standards, encourages the use of local foods and promotes school gardens. WeTHRIVE! began work on these issues in 2008, bringing parents, teachers and community members together to create schools where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Early success stories include a school garden at Lincoln Heights Elementary School and implementation of nutrition standards for school foods and beverages by the Lockland School District. Last June, when the state of Ohio passed similar school nutrition legislation, WeTHRIVE! had the tools in place to guide local school districts through the process. By August, Cincinnati

Public Schools adopted new nutrition guidelines for the district’s 57 schools. Norwood City Schools stopped selling soda and Stacy Wegley junk food in the Community high school’s Shack” Press guest “Snack d u r i n g columnist lunchtime and, like other local districts, is working with WeTHRIVE! to set improved nutrition standards. Healthy People 2020 – the federal government’s 10-year plan to improve the nation’s health – takes a different approach from the past. The plan calls on communities, not just individuals, to play a role in creating environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice. Hamilton County is ahead of the game with the WeTHRIVE! program providing communities the tools and resources to confront and overcome barriers to wellness. Last spring, residents broke ground on nine community gardens in Lincoln Heights, Wood-

lawn and Lockland to help bring healthier food to their neighborhoods. More gardens are set to open throughout the county next spring. WeTHRIVE! continues to help build a healthier Hamilton County by supporting policy, systems and environmental changes that fight obesity. Things like creating “shared use” agreements to open school and church gyms and playgrounds to residents for physical activity and supporting Safe Routes to School (SRTS), which uses federal funds to promote walking and biking to school. Thanks to WeTHRIVE!, Hamilton County schools have a head start on making sure that all students have access to healthy food and beverage choices. Our communities are ahead of the game in creating environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. While much has been done, we still have work to do. Get involved – for yourself, your school or your community. Visit to join the WeTHRIVE! movement today. Stacy Wegley is director of health promotion and education for Hamilton County Public Health.

Make changes to your Medicare before end of year Newly entitled and current Medicare beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan might think of December as the time for thinking about Medicare. That’s because the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program Open Season this year runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. To learn more about the Medicare prescription drug plan, visit or call 1-800MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048). Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and participants pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage. Some people with limited resources and income are eligible for extra help to pay for monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. To qualify for this extra help: • You must live in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia;

• Y o u r resources must be limited to $12,510 for an individual or $25,010 for a married couple living together. Resources Ned Morrell include such Community things as bank c c o u n t s , Press guest astocks, and columnist bonds. We do not count your house and car as resources; and • Your annual income must be limited to $16,245 for an individual or $21,855 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help. Some examples where your income may be higher are if you or your spouse: • support other family members who live with you; • have earnings from work, or • live in Alaska or Hawaii.

As our celebrity spokesperson Chubby Checker will tell you, a new “twist” in the law makes it easier than ever to qualify. Social Security no longer counts as a resource any life insurance policy. We also no longer count as income the help you may receive when someone else provides you with food and shelter, or someone else pays your household bills for food, mortgage, rent, heating fuel or gas, electricity, water, and property taxes. To apply for Extra Help, complete the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020) online at You also can call 1-800-7721213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Social Security representatives can help you apply over the phone or mail an application to your home. Or, visit your local Social Security office. Ned Morrell is the manager of the Cincinnati North Social Security office.

Job resource assistance a way to clear employment hurdle Few of us have lived during a time when our community has suffered so much. At Jewish Vocational Service, we hear about it every day: • People who once donated to food pantries are now going to the same food pantries for groceries. • People who once lived comfortable lives are now losing their homes to foreclosure. • People who once wore fashionable clothing have had to accept donations of business attire just to look presentable during job interviews. Many are experiencing these problems for the first time. Some must cobble together several jobs to pay their heating bills or put gas

in their car. It can take more than a year to find a job, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, especially if you’re older than 45. Peter Bloch Getting help finding a job is Community important, but Press guest the seemingly columnist simple act of acknowledging the need for that assistance can be painful. The effort to reach out for help is made more difficult by a lack of knowledge about where to turn.

A professional career consultant – someone who can enhance an individual’s job search skills – can be the answer. Yes, it’s important to have impressive work skills and a strong employment history. Here’s something that’s just as important: learning how to write an effective resume and cover letter, sharpening interviewing skills and polishing professional networking techniques. Many come to Jewish Vocational Service for that help. Our Cincinnati Career Network coaches people in job search skills. We’re committed to helping people rebuild their lives whether they’re unemployed or underemployed, entry-level workers or top execu-

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Cincinnati Career Network – SuperJobs Center – Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Job Search Focus Group – United Way – tives. We’re not the only ones offering such assistance. Other nonprofit and government agencies in Greater Cincinnati that can help are the SuperJob Center in Cincinnati, the Job Search Focus Group

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in Hyde Park and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Many colleges have career advisors for their students and graduates. In addition, private placement firms provide similar services for a fee. The United Way of Greater Cincinnati has a telephone referral service (2-1-1) that can help with many needs, including finding a job. Landing a job can be difficult at any time. With unemployment soaring, it’s even more difficult now. Seeking professional advice can make a big difference. Peter M. Bloch is president and chief executive officer of Jewish Vocational Service in Blue Ash. Cincinnati Career Network is a JVS service.



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Mt. Healthy Historical Society holds party One thing about history is that it is all inclusive. Since nature abhors a vacuum, you cannot have history without a lot of other people contributing. Thus, it was appropriate that the annual Mount Healthy Historical Society’s Christmas Party welcomed people from diverse locations and backgrounds. I didn’t expect to find Sue Wilson and her husband, Chuck, there, but shouldn’t have been surprised that they would attend. In 2008, I wrote that Sue and Kathleen Tamarkin (both from Wyoming) wrote “Images of America, Mount Healthy,” a pictorial history of the city. Marian Blum, curator of the Mount Healthy Historical Society, and her husband, Vierling, are from Finneytown. They were instrumental in obtaining Bennie Butler, the guest speaker for the evening. In the spacious fellowship hall of the Mount Healthy United Methodist Church, we were treated to good food and home-baked desserts before Bennie made his presentation. Costumed in authentic attire, Butler took us on a journey through 19th Cincinnati local history, some of which you may not know. It was a lovely night of historical information. A resident of Forest Park, Butler was born in Kentucky and worked for Ford Motor Co. until his retirement in 1996. His interest in African American genealogy led him to spend much time docu-

menting the cemeteries of 13 Kentucky counties. He joined the Museum Center to perform reenactments from when Cincinnati Evelyn was the largest Perkins provider of pork in the world. Community Then, pigs were Press herded through columnist Main Street and residents threw their garbage into the streets. In 1862, 65 percent of Kentucky’s population was pro-slavery until the firing upon Fort Sumter. Fort Mitchell and Fort Wright, Ky., were erected in response to possible Confederate invasion. When Morgan’s Raiders came through Kentucky, all began to arm. Butler portrayed James Presley Ball, a prominent African-American photographer and abolitionist of the time, who asked John A. Roebling when he was going to finish the bridge. He conversed with Frederick Douglass about what newly-freed slaves would do. A freeborn man of color from Virginia, Ball learned his craft from another freeman of color from Boston. Settling in Cincinnati because it was an abolitionist hot spot, Ball was successful because he had something uncommon that others wanted. Daguerreotype photography


Sue and Chuck Wilson, Bennie Butler, and Marian and Vierling Blum pose with a camera and photographs from the era when James Presley Ball had a thriving photographic studio in Cincinnati. was the sensation of the day, even though people would have to sit still for a full minute. Ever wonder why poses of the era were looked so stiff? Often the subjects were in so-called “third man” braces so that only their eyes would move. Ball took photographs of babies between noon and 2 p.m. when the sun was brightest and the babies didn’t have to be still as long. Despite being uncomfortable, this was the first time the common person could afford an

exact likeness. The bereaved often called Ball before they called the undertaker. The family would wash and dress the deceased person, all in readiness for the photographer. Photography of this type comprised one-third of Ball’s business. Even the renowned painter Robert Scott Duncanson worked for Ball in his studio. Ball opened a gallery with his brother-in-law Alexander Thomas, and Ball and Thomas became known as the

finest photo gallery west of the Alleghenies. Butler did a fine job of enlightening us about one small snapshot of Cincinnati history. He is currently appearing at the Cincinnati History Museum, portraying William Turner, a Pullman Porter. Evelyn Perkins writes a regular column about people and events in the TriCounty Press area. Send items for her column to 10127 Chester Road, Woodlawn, 45215, or call her directly at 772-7379.

Wellness community honors visionaries


The Wellness Community staff members Gail Laule of Montgomery and Amanda Baker of Wyoming, along with TWC volunteers Nancy McCollum of Milford and June Clark help ensure a lovely evening for honorees and guests at the fifth annual Lynn Stern Society reception.

The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky, a nonprofit cancer support agency, hosted the fifth annual Lynn Stern Society reception at their Blue Ash location to honor and recognize the Visionaries who have included TWC in their estate plans, as well as major benefactors. TWC Executive Director Rick Bryan recognized the generosity and foresight of the newest Visionaries who joined in 2010, Virgil and Sherry Reed and Herbert Crown (recognized posthumously), along with those

who joined the Lynn Stern Society previously. Crown was represented at the reception by his niece, Beverly Weinstein. Throughout the reception, piano music was provided by TWC volunteer Sophia Bennett and hors d’oeuvres for the evening were provided by Tony’s of Cincinnati. The Lynn Stern Society is named to honor the memory and vision of Lynn Stern, co-founder of TWC of Greater Cincinnati/NKY. Lynn’s vision and energy in bringing TWC to Cincinnati 20 years ago has provided an unsurpassed com-

munity resource for people affected by cancer, enabling those diagnosed, their loved ones, and cancer survivors to improve the quality of their lives by coming together for emotional support, knowledge and laughter. The Lynn Stern Society and Visionaries planned giving program were established in 2005 to help ensure that The Wellness Community, which is 100 percent privately funded and never charges a fee for its programs and services, will have the necessary resources to continue offering free programs of sup-

port, education and hope for people affected by cancer far into the future. “Including a charitable gift as part of your estate plans is simple to do and a meaningful way to provide lasting support for The Wellness Community, or any other non-profit organization,” said TWC Director of Development Betty Cookendorfer. For more information about planned giving or The Wellness Community’s free cancer support programs, call 791-4060 or visit

Raymond Walters announces Rhythm ’N’ Blue Ash concert series Audience favorites and fresh talent will grace the stage at the forthcoming Rhythm ‘n’ Blue Ash concert series, presented by Raymond Walters College. After nearly a decade, legendary folk musician John McCutcheon returns to RWC to lead-off the series that features a night of tap dancing and jazz, and an evening of Broadway hits. All concerts are at 8 p.m.

in Muntz Theater, on the Raymond Walters College campus in Blue Ash. Parking is free. The schedule: • Feb. 12: An Evening with John McCutcheon. Folk music’s “renaissance man,” master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller and author John McCutcheon writes songs about subjects small and great, from a child’s haircut to freedom and human dig-

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nity - issues equally eternal and enduring. With 31 albums in his catalog, and six Grammy nominations, see the folk-musician Johnny Cash once called “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” • March 19: An Evening of Gershwin, The David Leonhardt Jazz Group with The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers. Two uniquely American art forms take

flight as a jazz trio unites with talented tappers to create a night of high spirited jazz improvisation and dance - all set to the music of one of America’s greatest songwriters. This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation;

the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. • April 16: Broadway’s Stars of Tomorrow, CCM Musical Theater Performance Group. Future stars from the College-Conservatory of Music shine in a concert performance of hit tunes from the Great White

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Way. Raymond Walters College is located at 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. Tickets are currently on sale for all performances. Concert subscriptions for the three performances are $27. Single tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information is at and from the RWC ticket hotline: 745-5705.


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Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Holiday painting sessions for children. Participants take home one-of-a-kind paintings, ready to hang on the wall. $20. 271-2793; Madeira.


Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up., 984-9288; Montgomery.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 503-4262. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, D E C . 2 4


Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 9380 Montgomery Road, No. 201, Drop off a new toy or monetary donation made to Shriners Hospital. Benefits treatments for children at Shriners Hospital. 792-3000; Montgomery.


Thursday Evening Quick Walks, 6:30 p.m., Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, 267 E. Sharon Road, Walk about 4-5 miles in an hour. With Susan Fryman and Jim McGruder. Free. 772-7999. Glendale.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road, Each child decorates and takes home a gingerbread house. Includes light tea lunch, brief talk on tea etiquette, story about folklore history of Gingerbread Houses viewing and playing with Christmas train. Ages 3 and up. $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, One-mile drivethrough outdoor lights and themed figures display. $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 769-0393; Sharonville. Santaland, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharon Centre. Visit with Santa Claus and candy, meet Mr. Scrooge and a talking Christmas tree named Everett Green, visit the Holiday Train Depot and join a sing-a-long holiday show with jazz musician Jennifer Ellis (Monday through Thursday). Dickens Carolers, harpist Tisa McGraw and hammered dulcimer player Kyle Meadows (all Friday through Sunday). Adventure Station indoor playground open for ages 2 to 12. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sharonville. Visit with Santa, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Tri-County Mall, 11700 Princeton Road, Mall Center Court. Visit with Santa, children receive free gift. Photo packages available. Family friendly. Free. 671-2931; Springdale.


Geraci Garden Center and Landscaping Christmas Trees, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Geraci Garden Center and Landscaping, 3295 E. Sharon Road, Fraser firs. Free hot chocolate, small fire and goodies for the children. 7693737; Sharonville.


Winter Story Time, 7-7:45 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Winter stories by Mrs. G followed by craft. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 792-3000; Montgomery.


Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Piazza Discepoli Glendale, 23 Village Square, $10. 771-6611; Glendale. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; Kenwood.


Holiday in Lights, 6-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 7690393; Sharonville. Visit with Santa, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tri-County Mall, Free. 671-2931; Springdale.


Karaoke, 8-11:30 p.m., Buffalo Wings & Rings Tri-County, 11305 Princeton Pike, DJs Wild Bill and Madman Mike. Music from the ‘70s to today. Theme nights. Drink specials. 7722111. Springdale.

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Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 7

CIVIC Lockland Democratic Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Fox American Legion, 630 N. Wayne Ave., Free. Presented by Lockland Democratic Club. Lockland. Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 792-3000; Montgomery. COMMUNITY DANCE

Contra Dance, 8-10 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 for newcomers. Presented by Cincinnati Contra Dancers. 859-291-6197; Wyoming.


Line Dance, 1-2 p.m., Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave., Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Springdale.


Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo Road, Suite B, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; Madeira. Israeli Folk Dancing, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, $5 per session. 444-8514; Amberley Village.


Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 2479933; Montgomery.


The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 2 5


Holiday in Lights, 6-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 7690393; Sharonville. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 6

CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 792-3000; Montgomery. 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.


Sharonville History Museum, Noon-4 p.m., Sharonville Historical Museum, 11115 Main St., Museum features numerous exhibits and artifacts reminiscent of life in Sharonville and its surroundings. Model train diorama currently under construction. Free. 563-9756. Sharonville.


Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 7690393; Sharonville.


Cincinnati Contra Dancers is having a Contra Dance from 8-10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at the Center for the Arts, 322 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Wear soft-soled shoes. No partner needed. Beginner’s workshop is 7:30 p.m. Cost is $4, $1 ages 20 and under, free for newcomers. Call 859-291-6197;


Kids’ Holiday Photography Camp, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Reading and Glendale-Milford roads, Upper Studio. Daily through Dec. 29. Ages 13-17. Campers join Malinda Hartong, professional photojournalist, with digital cameras to explore creative framing and composition, exposure and basic digital editing. $60. Registration required. 729-7799; Evendale.


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, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 7690393; Sharonville.


Mickey Esposito, 6:30-10 p.m., Win Place or Show, 9933 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Outside patio. 777-2920. West Chester Township.


Empowered for Life, 7-8:30 p.m., The Equipping Center, 9909B Springfield Pike, Free. Presented by Timothy McClure Ministries. 295-0640. Woodlawn. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 8

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, $20. 271-2793; Madeira.


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, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 7690393; Sharonville.

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Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 7690393; Sharonville.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, $20. 271-2793; Madeira.


Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 792-3000; Montgomery.


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. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; Kenwood.

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 792-3000; Montgomery.


Venus and Mars, 7:30-10 p.m., Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave., Plus-level square and round dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Wyoming.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; Blue Ash.



Sinatra Night, 6-9 p.m., Iron Horse Inn, 40 Village Square, Vegas-style show featuring “The Cincinnati Sinatra” Matt Snow. Songs of the 20th century accompany dining and dancing. Full bar and great wines available. Family friendly. Free. 772-3333. Glendale. The Hitmen, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township.


Two of a Kind, 7 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Twopiece band featuring classics from yesterday and today. 793-4500. Blue Ash. T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 3 0

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, $20. 271-2793; Madeira.

Thursday Evening Quick Walks, 6:30 p.m., Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, Free. 7727999. 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, 6-9 p.m., Sharon Woods, $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. 7690393; Sharonville.


Bone Voyage, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 791-4424; Blue Ash. The Hitmen, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township.


Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 792-3000; Montgomery.



The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)!” It is a holiday romp through everybody’s favorite Christmas stories. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 27-28, at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., downtown. An extra performance has been added for New Year’s Eve at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St. Tickets are $22. Visit or call 513-381-2273.

Springdale Communicators Toastmasters Club Meeting, Noon-1 p.m., Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave., Visitors welcome. Presented by Springdale Communicators Toastmasters Club. 4591491. Springdale. Eastside Neighborhood 912 Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Discuss constitutional matters, current events and avenues of citizen activism. Group’s goal is to educate public about Constitution, government and impact of government policies on lives of citizens. Free. Presented by Cincinnati 912 Project. 859-2403702; Madeira.


Ballroom Dance Night, 7-11 p.m., Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive, Beginner lessons 7-8 p.m., $5. Open dancing to mix of ballroom, Latin, swing, country, disco and more. Family friendly. 600-8476. Symmes Township.


A roaring, juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex imitates the movement of a real dinosaur in a new 3,000-square-foot exhibit, “Dinosaur Bones: Titans of the Ruyang.” At the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Museum of Natural History and Science through Jan. 2, the exhibition highlights the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in a small rural village in China and includes 12 real fossils on display for the first time in North America. It also includes three animatronic dinosaurs, including the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, a Tyrannosaurus rex moving head and a juvenile Ruyangosaurus giganteus, the newly discovered species. Admission is free for members. Admission to the museum is $8.50; $7.50 ages 60 and up; and $6.50 ages 3-12. Visit or call 800-733-2077.


Christmas reminds us of the home beyond our address We’re either pushed or drawn. The November 2010 issue of “National Geographic” and its recent TV special dealt with the power of being drawn. They depicted the great movements in nature called migrations. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, cranes, monarch butterflies, sea turtles and other species make long-distance journeys across the earth to get somewhere. “One biologist noted the ‘undistractibility’ of migrating animals,’ ” says the NatGeo article. “A nonscientist might say they have a sense of a larger purpose.” These travelers of nature are homeless. The road is their home. Their instincts lead them into occasional temporary homes for food, mating, and birthing, but then they eventually move on. Are humans homeless? Our

real goal of our existence and all our traveling – our eternal home with the God who created us. We’re inexorably drawn to return there. St. Augustine became aware of the same thing. After oat-sowing in the first half of his life, he changed drastically when he became aware of the reality of God. With affection he wrote, “Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, O Beauty ever new.” He came to understand why this world never fully satisfied him or any of us. He admitted, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” We’re about to celebrate Christmas. Inevitably, among the songs and emotions that color this feast, comes the remembrance and celebration of home, family, love.

hearts are. We may remain at one address most of our years; we may have a wonderful family, spouse, children and friends, and express ourselves in a fulfilling job. Yet, in the deepest sense of all we are homeless. The happiest person occasionally has the shadow of loneliness and homelessness cast a dimness over their life. We have an inner realization that there’s more love and satisfaction than we are experiencing. Some of us “migrate” to other spouses, jobs, friends, towns, etc. where we expect to find the “more” we feel we’re missing. But our yearning never ends. “We have no lasting home here,” writes Paul, “but we’re looking for the home that is to come.” (Hebrews 11:14) What’s he talking about? He’s talking about the

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It’s either our home of the past, present, or the one we hope to have. Underneath it all is that spiritual dimension of our personhood, that archetypal desire of all of us to live everlastingly in our ultimate home that leaves no residue of want in our hearts. If we consider Christmas only from the point of view of a secular mindset, only an exercise in robust consumerism, or merely a “holiday” with no spiritual or psychological meaning – then the inbred emotions we experience are unexplainable. If Christmas has no eternal significance for us, then Santa just won’t do and the Grinch was right. We humans long for a permanent home of unallayed contentment, love, and life. Former professor of divinity at Harvard, Harvey Cox, acknowledges


our yearning for a place, a home or city, in which to live joyously forever: “Christian hope suggests that man is destined for a City. It Father Lou is not just any Guntzelman city, however. “If we take Perspectives the Gospel images as well as the symbols of the book of Revelation into consideration, it is not only a City where injustice is abolished and there is no more crying. It is a city which a delightful wedding feast is in progress, where laughter rings out, the dance has just begun, and the best wine is still to be served.” To my readers, I wish you and those you love, a Merry Christmas! Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

You may have free extended warranties available Although a lot of stores push extended service warranties when you buy electronics items, such warranties are generally not good investments. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get such a warranty for free. That’s what a Milford man learned after having problems with a robot vacuum cleaner he bought more than a year ago. “It’s supposed to vacuum the floor, hardwood and carpet, and it’s a remote robot,” said Andy Holcomb. “It automatically vacuums and then returns to its base after it’s gone through its cycle.” Holcomb said it worked

great until just before the one year warr a n t y expired. He called the comand Howard Ain pany received Hey Howard! r e p l a c e m e n t parts. But, he said, after installing the new parts it still didn’t work right. “A little time went by and I realized it was not going to be fixed. I contacted the company again and that’s when they told me it was out of warranty,” Holcomb said. “It was now something they

could no longer fix,” Holcomb said the robot vacuum had done a good job picking up dog hair, but it never did deep cleaning of the carpet. Nevertheless, he said, “I was obviously hoping to get at least three years out of the $400 purchase, which is what we spent on it when we bought it for my wife as a birthday gift.” The manufacturer has offered him a new robot vacuum for $117. That’s when I told him he may have an extended warranty on the unit and not even realize it. “I bought it directly from the manufacturer on a credit card,” Holcomb said. But, he

said, he never thought to check whether the credit card will extend the warranty for the items he buys using the card. Holcomb then checked and found he bought it with a Citibank MasterCard and it does, in fact, double the manufacturer’s warranty for up to one year. He’s now contacting the bank to use that warranty. MasterCard, Visa and American Express all offer

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extended warranties automatically – depending on the bank that issues the card. They will double the manufacturer’s warranty for up to a maximum of one additional year. Terms and conditions vary by credit card, but you don’t have to register to qualify for the protection. Not all banks offer this protection with their credit cards. For instance, Fifth Third Bank said it doesn’t

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Enjoy easy pot roast during hard days of winter The thermometer read 2 degrees this morning but it’s sunny and the sky is a brilliant blue. The air couldn’t be more fresh. We were up early filling the truck with wood to store in the garage. That way it’s dry for carrying into the house to fuel the woodstove. It’s also a pot roast kind of day. I made one of my favorites in the pressure cooker – 40 minutes and it was falling-off-the-bone done. I’ll be taking it to a neighbor who needs a bit of cheering up, as there’s nothing like the aroma of an old-fashioned roast that says, “I care,” especially on a frigid day. It’s a good one for this busy holiday season.

Easy pot roast, veggies

I have taught gourmet roasts and stews for years. Two of my favorites are French boeuf bourguignon

and veal ragout, but you k n o w what my “go to” p o t roast/stew is when Rita time and Heikenfeld budget are a bit Rita’s kitchen both lean? It’s this one, and it never fails to please. A good supper for this busy holiday season, too. 1 chuck roast, 2-3 lbs. approximately 1 clove garlic, minced (opt.) 1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 1 pouch dry onion soup mix 1 ⁄2 cup dry red wine (opt.) or 1 cup water 3-4 potatoes, chunked up 3-4 carrots, chunked up

Spray crockpot. Trim roast and put in crockpot. Mix soups, garlic and wine. Pour over roast. Total cooking time is seven to 10 hours on low or four to five hours on high. I add veggies the last two hours of cooking time, or cook separately and stir in when roast is done. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Instead of potatoes and carrots, microwave a box of frozen peas and carrots and stir in the cooked roast. Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles. To cook in pressure cooker: Cook for 40 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and cook five to 10 minutes more.

“The recipe came from my grandmother, Laura Ash, who was born in 1885 and lived to be 99 years old. I have fond childhood memories of this dessert at family gatherings.” This would be nice served alongside the holiday meal.

Jell-O dessert

Make the Jell-O using 11⁄2 cups of boiling water for each package. When hard cut into small cubes. Dissolve Knox into 1⁄4 cup of water, add hot pineapple juice and chill.

Ruth Ann Parchman, a Symmes Township reader, shares this heirloom “broken glass” Jell-O dessert. Ruth Ann’s traditions mean a lot to her.

24 single graham crackers, processed into crumbs 1 ⁄2 cup butter melted 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 small package each of lime, orange and cherry Jell-O 1 envelope of Knox gelatin 1 ⁄4 cup cold water 8 oz. pineapple juice heated 1 pint whipping cream 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add in butter and sugar to cracker crumbs. Reserve 2 ⁄3 cup for topping and pat remaining mixture into 9by-13 pan. Whip cream with 1⁄2 cup of sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Add pineapple mixture and then stir in Jell-O cubes. Pour over crust and top with the remaining graham mixture. Chill at least eight hours. Cut into squares. Serves 12

Edible ornaments

I used to make these, but forgot about them until my sister, Madelyn, wanted the recipe. She loved the way they turned out so I thought it’s worth sharing with you. Use your creativity to make any kind of shape you want – candy canes, trees, wreaths, etc. The basics are: Foil a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Candy canes: Use 7 to 8 hard lifesavers to make candy cane shape. Lay next to each other. Check after 3

to 4 minutes. As soon as candy has melted remove from oven. Spray the bottom of a straw or skewer and poke a hole in the top of the candy right after it comes out of the oven. It will harden in minutes.

Maraschino cherries

This is one recipe I never thought could be made at home. But leave it to Julie Niesen, the popular “Wine me, Dine me” blogger whose blog is always fun and informative to read, to share a recipe. Log onto Julie’s blog at for the recipe and photos. And check out my blog for a recipe for chocolate-covered cherries, along with photos, too. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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ance of Puccini’s masterwork “La Bohème.” It was the finishing touch on a year of special events and


Cincinnati Opera’s 2010 Summer Festival closed July 25 at Music Hall with the company’s 97th perform-

years with Cincinnati Opera, Evans has consistently shown an artistic vision that has truly struck a chord with our audience, both in the great performers he has brought to our stage and the innovative new productions he has championed. I am thrilled that they will both be with us for the next five years.” Cincinnati Opera presented a number of new initiatives and expanded its season-related education programming, as well as continued to present annual community engagement events, reaching nearly 5,000 individuals. Opera Goes to Church celebrated its fifth year of bringing opera singers to Allen Temple A.M.E. Church and providing an evening of jazz, gospel, and classical music. The 20th annual Community Open Dress Rehearsal took place during the final dress rehearsal for” La Bohème,” and allowed numerous diverse community groups, families, and children to experience opera for the first time. The fourth annual LGBT Night at the Opera, welcoming the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual) community, included a pre-show reception and an after-party. Cincinnati Opera presented a free “Back to the Zoo” concert in partnership with Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at its Wings of Wonder Theater. The free event sold out quickly and was a popular evening for families and opera lovers alike. Cincinnati Opera presented its second annual Opera IdolTM competition during the opera season. In June, nearly 60 amateur singers turned out for open auditions before a panel of professional judges. Through multiple rounds of voting, six finalists were chosen. Videos of the finalists were posted, and the public was invited to vote for the winner. Michael Match, a 31-year-old countertenor, was named the 2010 winner and will receive a $3,500 contract with Cincinnati Opera. For additional 2011 season and casting information, visit


Tri-County Press

December 22, 2010


Glendale man is Champion of Hope Hoffman was the unanimous choice given his years of advocacy on behalf of behavioral health issues. “From the beginning, Don Hoffman recognized that this was a segment of our population that was being significantly underserved,” said Tony Dattilo, CEO of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. “Many of the innovative ‘Best Practice’ programs we provide today started as pilot projects funded with seed money from the Health Foundation. These programs were launched because Don

had the compassion to recognize a need, and the vision to understand what success would require. “It is a sincere pleasure to honor Don Hoffman for all he has done to help GCB and our community.” The fifth Annual Champions of Hope event will take place May 12 at Drees Pavilion in Devou Park, Covington. For more information on Champions of Hope, contact GCB Development Director Rusty Sheehan at 354-7005, or visit .php.

Sycamore Township man wins Loveland art contest By Jeanne Houck

Artist Michael Paolercio of Sycamore Township describes winning the grand prize in a Greater Loveland Historical Society contest as “both a thrill and a great honor.” Paolercio beat out 56 other artists to win the award with his scratchboard submission, “Stolen Porridge Made From Scratch,” based on turnof-the-century photographer Nancy Ford Cones’ photograph, “Stolen Porridge.” The juried competition, called “Images of the Past – Visions of Today” and held in conjunction with the Greater Loveland Historical Society’s 35th anniversary, invited artists to submit up to three entries of their interpretation of one of six photos by Cones, who lived and worked in the Loveland area. Cones took photos of local people and scenes, and a large collection of her pictures are at the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum. “Scratchboard is a process of literally scratching away ink,” explained Paolercio, 58, who has a studio at the Loveland Art Studios on Main (Avenue in Loveland). “The board itself consists of Masonite (the bottom layer), white


Michael Paolerico of Sycamore Township won the grand prize in a Greater Loveland Historical Society contest. With him is Jan Beller, director of the society’s museum. clayboard (the middle layer) and ink (top layer). “You scratch away the top layer with various tools – usually a fine-tip metal tool that looks like a needle or a nail depending on how fine the detail you want to achieve,” Paolercio said. “Then you have to repeatedly scratch the surface to produce your image. Hard to speculate on just how many strokes are on the winning artwork, but I guesstimate it’s more than 7,500. “The process itself was a turn-ofthe-century technique utilized initially for printing purposes,” Paolercio said. “I thought it was appropriate to

honor a turn-of-the-century artist in Nancy Ford Cones with an art technique that was just coming in to its own at the same time.” Besides scratchboard, Paolercio works in charcoal, graphite, colored pencil and acrylic paint. “I am a self-taught artist,” he said. “I picked up a pencil in July of 2005 for the first time ever.” Paolercio said he loves being able to express his creativity at the same time he makes a point or captures a mood. Jan Beller, director of the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, said four judges chose Paolercio as the top winner in the contest, “based on quality of work and interpretation of Cones work.” “Michael’s was ‘the best’,” Beller said. “It is now hanging in the museum.” Although Paolercio has not worked as an artist for very long, he’s already won other awards and served as a judge in a number of shows. As for the award from the Greater Loveland Historical Society, “It was the first time I have won a Best of Show, and it is a humbling honor to have my winning artwork on permanent display at the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum,” Paolercio said.

This holiday season, help Huff Realty bring much needed smiles to the faces of the young patients at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. For the 11th year in a row, Huff Realty is conducting a toy drive to benefit the children at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. Through Dec. 31, new toy donations will be accepted at each of the 11 Huff Realty office locations throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. The Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati is a 30-bed pediatric burn hospital providing comprehensive acute, reconstructive and rehabilitative care to children who are recovering from burns and burn-related injuries. Upon admission, the hospital gives every child several toys that provide entertainment and therapeutic comfort during their treatment.

Through the annual toy drive, Huff Realty has become the hospital's largest toy donor delivering more than 3,000 items and $2,500 last year. No payment is ever sought or received from the family, the U.S. government or any third-party payer for services rendered in the hospitals. For more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children please visit

Text a gift

’Tis the season of giving and the American Red Cross made it easier for people to make a donation-text to give. Cell phone users can text the word GIFT to 90999 from now through Dec. 31 and a $25 donation will be made to the American Red Cross. A gift of $25 can provide blankets, hot meals, a cleanup kit for hurricane and flood victims, phone cards for

soldiers, vaccinate children or provide life saving training. Mobile giving has proven to be a success while raising money to provide relief to those victims in Haiti, raising nearly $33 million through your text donations. Those who make a $25 text donation will be sent a link to download a badge for their Facebook pages. Donations will appear on customers’ monthly bills or will be debited from prepaid account balances. Message and data rates may apply. The Red Cross is working with Give to process and facilitate the mobile donations. The text donation program is another part of the Red Cross holiday giving campaign, which also features an online holiday giving catalog, ifts. The purchase of each gift item through the online catalog is a tax-deductible contri-

bution to the overall mission of the American Red Cross. On the rare occasion when donations exceed the need in a particular area, the Red Cross will use the contribution to help others where the need is greatest.

Adopt a family

Volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati are working hard to ensure Santa is able to visit every local family this year, but more last minute help is still needed, especially as many local families seek holiday assistance for the first time. To make a gift and help celebrate the holidays, call 562-8841 ext. 237 or visit Adopt an entire family with a gift of $150 or make a smaller contribution that helps provide a bike, baby doll, or video game along with warm clothes to a local child in need this Christmas.

Did you know that winter months are the peak months for home fire deaths? Candles, alternative heat sources, and fireplaces are some of the leading causes of house fires and burn injuries. Make sure you know how to keep your family safe this winter. Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Keep candles away from items that can catch fire. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over easily, are made of material that won’t burn and are

large enough to collect dripping wax Place candles on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles where they could be knocked over by children or pets. Keep candles away from flammable liquids. Keep wicks trimmed to one-quarter inch. Keep candles up high and out of reach of children. Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. Don’t allow teens to have candles in their bedrooms. Store candles, matches, and lighters up high and out of

children’s sight. Never use portable kerosene heaters. Combustibles should be kept at least 36 inches away from heater. Any home that uses fuel-based heating equipment should have a carbon monoxide detector near the device. Use proper shielding to reduce the risk of contact burns. Only purchase newer models with “tip over” shut off abilities. Never place alternative heating units on a carpet or rug. Don’t plug into an extension cord.

Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm and plan and practice a home escape plan with your family. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system dedicated to providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Monfort Heights United Methodist 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.

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


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


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

Spiritual Checkpoint ... Stop In For An Evaluation!

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

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

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.



EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 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

(Office) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor We meet Sundays at 10:30am at 9158 Winton Rd. – Springfield Township Childcare provided

Let’s Do Life Together

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


3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain) 513-385-8342 Dec. 24 5:00 German Service, 7:00 Lessons & Carols Dec. 25 10:00am Holy Communion Dec. 26 8:30 & 11am Holy Communion Dec. 31 7:00 New Years Eve

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)


Faith Lutheran LCMC

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

Sunday School 10:15 HOPE LUTHERAN

Pastor Lisa Arrington 9:00 am Contemporary Worship 10:00 am Welcome Hour/ Sun School 11:00 am Traditional Worship


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

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

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


www. 513-522-3026

Visitors Welcome

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

Church By The Woods PC(USA)

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy


5921 Springdale Rd 1mi west of Blue Rock

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

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

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725


Northminster Presbyterian Church

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev Lyle Rasch, Pastor

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”

Shriners Hospital offers winter safety tips


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


HOLIDAY GIVING Help Shriners kids



He left the company as Senior Vice PresidentAdministration with 35 years in the telephone Hoffman industry. Earlier this year he announced that he will retire from the Health Foundation at the end of 2010. Each year at this event, GCB recognizes an individual who furthers the work of improving the lives of people with serious mental illness.

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 Guest Speaker

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


680 W Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240


Traditional Service: 9:30 AM ConneXion Contemporary Service: 11:30 AM Sunday School: 10:30 AM

JOHN WESLEY UNITED METHODIST 1927 W. K emper Rd. (Between Mill & Hamilton) 513-825-0733 Traditional Sunday Services 9:00am & 10:15am Contemporary Service 11:30am



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

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

Salem White Oak Presbyterian

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

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

Nursery Provided

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

Phone: 385-9077 Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am Nursery Available/Handicap Access


Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services named Don Hoffman, president and CEO of the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, as recipient of the 2011 Champions of Hope Award. The award will be presented at GCB’s fifth annual Champions of Hope fundraiser, to be held at Drees Pavilion in Devou Park. Hoffman, a resident of Glendale, is the original CEO of the Health Foundation, beginning his tenure there in 1997, two years after retiring from Cincinnati Bell.




Tri-County Press


December 22, 2010







Holidays can be harmful to your ‘hungry’ pets

“Whatcha eating?” Nipper, my Cocker Spaniel asked, sitting down in front of me, an expectant look on his fuzzy little face. “Grapes,” I replied. “Can I have one?” “It’s ‘may’ I have one, and the answer is no. Grapes are bad for dogs.” “Oh, c’mon, just one won’t hurt,” he sighed. “No way,” I said firmly. “I’m a responsible pet owner and besides, I’m not in the mood to drag out the carpet cleaner to clean up the results.” He made a few growly noises under his breath as he trotted into the kitchen to see what was in his bowl. That little stinker was cussing at me and I don’t care. I’m not giving him grapes or anything else that I know is bad for dogs. This is the time of year when pets are most vulnerable to ingesting things that are bad for them. Dr. Joseph Bruner of Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Services knows this firsthand. “We see a lot of animals in the clinic who have eaten things they shouldn’t during the holiday season,” he said. “But owners can avoid trouble by being aware of potential problems before they happen.” The first thing that Bruner cautions owners against is feeding their dogs and cats table scraps. “If you want to give them something special, give them a pet treat like a Milk-Bone. It doesn’t matter what they are getting, just that they are getting something from you.” “Feeding them from the table,” he said, “is just set-



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ting them up for digestive trouble. It is best to keep them on their regular diet.” What we Marsie Hall really need Newbold to protect our Marsie’s pets from can be dividMenagerie ed into two categories: Foods and decorations. For example, chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause upset stomachs and even death. The worst offender, according to Bruner is baker’s chocolate. As small an amount as one square can be deadly. Another is foods containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol. It is most commonly used in sugar-free chewing gum. It is very toxic to dogs and cats, causing life threatening hypoglycemia, so keep all sugar-free candies in a safe place. Other foods that are known to be harmful are grapes and raisins that can damage the kidneys. That means that fruitcake is definitely off limits. “Keep them away from onions, garlic, chives and other foods from that category,” Bruner cautioned. “They cause anemia. For example, a package of onion soup mix can be deadly.” As if our pet’s breath isn’t bad enough, we have to worry about this. “Be careful where you place food items if you have pets in the house,” he said. “Don’t put snacks out on the coffee table where they will be able to reach them, or food gifts under the

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Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief Theft

Copper wiring valued at $1,250 removed at 1 Neumann Way, Nov. 10. Grate of unknown value removed at 10720 Makro, Nov. 10. Wallet and contents valued at $390 removed at 9719 Ottervein Road, Nov. 17. Merchandise valued at $2 removed at 10760 Reading Road, Nov. 17.



Glendale police reported no arrests or citations.


Glendale police reported no incidents or investigations.

Christmas tree.” The second category of “stuff” we need to be mindful of is ornaments and decorations. Cats in particular, love houseplants. Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are toxic. So keep them out of reach or better yet, go with artificial plants just to be safe. One of the most common problems Bruner sees is pets eating tinsel and long, thin ribbons “If you have an animal, don’t use either one,” he sighs. “They see this shiny stuff and think, ‘Mmmm, that must be good to eat’ and it is just not worth it.” How do we know when to call the vet? “When your pet suffers from vomiting and/or diarrhea, has a loss of appetite

or has ingested what you know is a bad thing,” said Bruner. “It is better to be safe than sorry.” The main thing is to try to think like a dog or a cat during the holiday season. What would you want to get into? Be mindful of their needs and temptations and keep those things out of paws reach. Just a few extra minutes may save you and your four footed pal from having to make an emergency run to the vet while the rest of the family is having fun celebrating. For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at


Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered and purse and contents valued at $1,250 removed at 3850 Hauck Road, Dec. 4. Residence entered at 7056 Waterview Way, Nov. 28.


Checks forged at 3516 Beekley Woods Drive, Dec. 3.


Victim threatened at 11414 Lebanon Road, Dec. 1.


Reported at 11534 Reading Road, Dec. 7. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 11001 Hauck Road, Dec. 1. $40 removed at 3854 Beavercreek Circle, Dec. 2. License plate removed from vehicle at 2528 Commodity Drive, Dec. 3. Badges valued at $222 removed at 5524 Oliver Court, Dec. 3.

Theft, breaking and entering

$279 removed from business at 3677 E. Kemper, Dec. 6.

Theft, criminal damaging

Catalytic converter removed at 3670 Pauliz, Dec. 2. Vehicle entered and amp valued at $400 removed at 11335 Lippelman, Nov. 30.




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NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE THAT PS ORANGE CO, INC. HAS AN OPERATOR’S LEIN AGAINST CERTAIN PROPERTY STORED IN THE FOLLOWING UNITS. MORE PARTICU LARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: Hughes Jeanette A061 406 Williamsburg Ct, Cincinnati, OH 45215 Boxes, electronics, furniture Gregory A. Parsons A102 8026 Beech Ave Cincinnati, OH 45236 Boxes, bags, totes; Lynn Clark C017 3997 Haverstraw Dr. Sharonville, OH 45241 Boxes, bags, totes ; Christopher B. Dixon E013 7075 Windword Way #187 Cincinnati, OH 45241 Bedding, ; furntiure boxes, Lynn Henry E028 220 Conners Heights Rd. #9 Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 Boxes, electronics,furniture ; OPERATOR INTENDS TO DISOF THE POSE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY AT PUBLIC SALE AS FOLLOWS: DATE OF SALE: 12/30/10 TIME OF SALE: 11:00am LOCATION OF SALE: PUBLIC STORAGE #20423 3677 E Kemper Rd Sharonville, OH 45241 1001610313

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE THAT PS ORANGE CO, INC. HAS AN OPERATOR’S LEIN AGAINST CERTAIN PROPERTY STORED IN THE FOLLOWING UNITS. MORE PARTICU LARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: 57 Travis Howard 745 Belle Avenue Hamilton, OH 45015 Boxes, electronics, furniture; 64 John Robbins, 11100 Hanover Drive, Apt A, Cincinnati, OH 45240 Boxes, tools; 86 Cecil Daily, 4750 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield, OH 45014, Furniture, toys; 96 Deborah Jessie, 5 Merlin Drive Apt C , Cincinnati, OH 45140, Bedding, boxes, furniture ; 132 Lisa Jackson, 50 Bond Road, West Harrison, IN 47060, Boxes; 17 Candace Vann, 5311 Boehm Drive, Apt D, Fairfield, OH 45014, Boxes; 180 Ladon Sweet 6108 Clephane Ave Cicninnati, OH 45227 Boxes; 385 Zina Jones, 696 Gordon Smith Blvd, Apt 8 Hamilton, OH 45013 Furniture. OPERATOR INTENDS TO DISPOSE OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY AT PUBLIC SALE AS FOLLOWS: DATE OF SALE: 12/30/10 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 am LOCATION OF SALE: PUBLIC STORAGE #28222 5201 Dixie Hwy Fairfield, OH 45014 1001610307

About police reports


Jessica Fahlly, 18, 160 Warin Ave., theft at 2801 Cunningham, Nov. 13. Destiny Dewald, 20, 160 Warren Ave., theft at 2801 Cunningham, Nov. 13. Doris Warren, 66, 3127 Losantiville Road, theft, Nov. 17. Jeffrey Kaminsky, 27, 7145 Shirley Drive, domestic violence, assault, criminal trespassing at 10500 Reading Road, Nov. 18. Windows broken at 10890 Reading Road, Nov. 8.

A few of the “treats” you should keep away from your pet this holiday season.


John Paul Benaidrene, 19, 5604 Chateau Way, theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Nov. 30. Daja Phillips, 22, 2012 Carpenter Drive, criminal mischief at 12105 Lawnview, Dec. 1. Carlos Agustin, 48, 992 Chesterdale, obstructing official business at 11905 Chesterdale, Dec. 2. Jennifer Rumpke, 42, 62 Iron Wood Court, theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 3. Charles Williams, 48, 1033 Crosley Ave., theft at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 5. Lorenzo Clemtine-Mendoza, 27, 6698 Fountain Blvd., driving under the influence at 411 Grandin, Dec. 6.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Victim struck at 11510 Century Blvd., Dec. 3.

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Evendale, Chief Niel Korte, 563-2249; Glendale, Chief Dave Warman, 771-7645 or 7717882; Sharonville, Chief Mike Schappa, 563-1147; Springdale, Chief Mike Laage, 346-5790; Wyoming, Chief Gary J. Baldauf, 821-0141. Reported at 11510 Century Blvd., Dec. 6.

Breaking and entering

Office entered and safe and unknown contents and value removed at 33 Kemper Road W., Dec. 2.


Residence entered and $5 removed at 195 Ruskin Drive, Dec. 2. Residence entered and removed items at 328 Cameron Road, Dec. 3.

Criminal damaging

Items damaged at 12075 Northwest, Dec. 6.

Criminal mischief

Attempt made to stop up pipes at 12105 Lawnview Ave., Dec. 1.


Male reported at Rose Lane, Dec. 1. Female reported at Greencastle Drive, Dec. 2. Reported at Cedarhill Drive, Dec. 3. Female reported at Glensprings, Dec. 3. Reported at Grandin, Dec. 4. Witness reported at Chesterdale, Dec. 6. Female reported at Princeton Road, Dec. 7. Reported at Charring Way, Dec. 7. Female reported at Chesterdale, Dec. 8.


Reported at 33 W. Kemper Road, Dec. 6. Reported at 155 Kemper Road, Dec. 6.


Reported at Marwood, Dec. 6.


Vehicle removed at 12105 Lawnview Ave., Dec. 1. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 2. Keys of unknown value removed at 11700 Princeton Pike, Dec. 4. Ornaments valued at $6 removed at 11111 Springfield Pike, Dec. 4. Decorations valued at $5 removed at 1222 Chesterdale Drive, Dec. 4. Phone of unknown value removed at 11755 Commons Circle, Dec. 5. TVs of unknown value removed at 1100 East Kemper, Dec. 5.


Sod damaged at 1 Marwood, Dec. 6.



Wyoming police reported no arrests or citations.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Stihl trimmer and Husquavarna leaf blower taken from unlocked rear garage, Worthington Av. Dec. 7.


Forced entry by breaking glass window in kitchen door and jewelry, gold coins, hairdryer, silverware and box of checks taken from residence, Linden Dr., Dec 8.

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Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit:


176 Garfield Ave.: Purcell Robin G. to Chambers Matthew T.; $109,000. 21 Annadale Lane: Bank Of New York Tr to Mrsellfast LLC; $64,100.


10889 Reading Road: Singh Surjit to CD Partners Homewell; $96,000. 1533 Circlefield Drive: Shepherd David W. to Handley Dustin R.; $114,000. 4132 Wenbrook Drive: Samol John M. & Nancy Bard Samol to Vonderhaar Jason P; $381,000. 6 Woodsview Lane: Tepe Virginia M. to Jaynes Edgar N. Jr.; $99,900.

About real estate transfers

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


301 Princess Court: Kubiak Michael R. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag; $54,000.


1844 Harmon Drive: Grinstead Cynthia to Bank Of New York Mellon T.; $120,000.


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