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Change in lighting plan saves money Light at Ky. 536, U.S. 42 will be replicated By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — The city of Union aims to improve safety at a busy intersection, and will save money while doing so. Last year, city officials hired local engineering firm KLH Engineers to create a design plan for three new aluminum lighting poles at the Ky. 536 and U.S. 42 intersection to improve pedestrian safety – the cost of which would have approached $25,000 to $26,000. One light is already in place on the corner nearest the Union

City Building and according to city engineer Barry Burke, “the original plan was that we were going to work with Duke Energy to relocate that light and have four new lights for the ultimate lighting capacity of that intersection.” According to a report prepared by Burke and presented to city commissioners, Duke Energy had no interest in relocating the existing light in the future or as part of the planned Mt. Zion Road improvements. Instead, the existing light will be replicated and located at the northwest corner (diagonally across the intersection), reducing the city’s costs and involving only one new light as opposed to three or four as orig-

inally planned, the report reads. “The benefit that we have here is that the city of Union isn’t going to have to come up with $26,000,” Burke said. One light will total $2,762 with a recurring monthly cost of $12.35 for maintenance and electric, according to Burke. It’s a considerable cost saving, he said, “when in fact we still benefit from adequate light at that intersection.” While the new plan may not be “as good as the four (lights),” Burke said the two lights are “still going to be safe.” It may be late February or early March before the installation begins.

The intersection of Mt. Zion Road and U.S. 42 will soon have improved lighting to increase pedestrian safety. FILE PHOTO

Sheriff won’t enforce gun mandates Supports background checks, not ownership limits By Stephanie Salmons

Brandon Kilby of the Union Fire Department grabs onto Ali, a 1-year-old husky that got stuck in a semi-frozen pond in Florence on Sunday morning. PROVIDED/ WILLIAM FLETCHER

Ice rescue saves husky from pond Technical rescue team called in By Cindy Schroeder

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FLORENCE — When firefighters rescued a husky from a frozen pond on Sunday morning, they weren’t just saving a dog, fire officials say, they were saving people. “There were two or three people that were going to try to get that dog,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Morgan, who participated in the rescue. “We really look at it as trying to avert a human being from getting hurt or killed trying to save their animal.” The rescue occurred about 10 a.m. Sunday after the Florence Fire/EMS Department was called to Lakeview Drive off Mt. Zion Road for a dog trapped beneath the ice.

Brandon Kilby, of the Union Fire Department, reaches for "Ali,", a 1-year-old Husky who got stuck in a pond in Florence on Sunday morning. PROVIDED/ WILLIAM FLETCHER

Firefighters found Ali, a 1year-old husky mix, had wandered onto a frozen pond and had fallen through a thin spot near the center, said Robert “Bud” Webster, Florence Fire/ EMS battalion commander. The water was about 8 to 10 feet deep. Firefighters could not reach the dog using conventional means, so they called in

the Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue Team. The team, which includes firefighters from several Northern Kentucky fire departments, specializes in everything from animal rescues to high-angle rescues. Team member Brandon Kilby, a Union firefighter,



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BURLINGTON — In a letter making its rounds online, Boone and I will uphold the ConstituCounty Sheriff Michael Helmig tion of the United States.” In the month following the addresses his take on the Second Amendment – of which he’s a mass shooting at Sandy Hook El“staunch supporter” – and ementary, President Barack writes that he refuses to enforce Obama proposed gun control any mandates, regulations or measures, signing 23 executive orders and outlining a plan to rules restricting firearms. In a Jan. 16 letter, Helmig tighten federal regulations on writes “I do not believe the fed- guns. Obama asked Congress to eral government or any individual in the federal government pass legislation that would require background has the right to dictate to checks on all firearm the states, counties or mupurchases, including nicipalities any mandate, those from private sellregulation or administraers that federal law tive rule that violates the doesn’t currently reU.S. Constitution or its quire a background various amendments.” check. Obama also wants The letter has been Congress to ban milishared by supporters on tary-style assault weapFacebook and was posted Helmig ons and place a limit on by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office on the site Jan. high-capacity magazines. These strict federal laws 30. In less than 24 hours, the post would contrast with what’s on garnered more than 400 “likes,” the books currently in Ken66 comments, and has been tucky, which many gun control advocates rate as a state with shared more than 330 times. one of the most open gun laws. Letter responds to citizen While Helmig’s letter itself questions doesn’t specify what mandates, Helmig said the letter regulations or rules might viostemmed from numerous public late the Second Amendment, the inquiries about his stance on the sheriff says he deems mandates Second Amendment. and regulations as illegal. “In 1982 I took an oath of ofJohn Bickers, a constitutionfice. Every four years I have re- al law professor at Northern taken that oath of office, and Kentucky University’s Chase that is to uphold and support the College of Law, said local law enConstitution of the United States forcement isn’t responsible for and the constitution of the com- enforcing federal regulations. monwealth of Kentucky. I’m See SHERIFF, Page A2 sworn to that, I believe in that

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Helmig’s authority, Bickers said, comes from the commonwealth. “It’s a straightforward principle of constitutional law that the federal government can’t dictate to state and local law enforcement what to do.” For example, Bickers said if there was a federallevel ban on high capacity magazines, and he had such magazines, local law enforcement “could turn me over to federal authorities,” or could choose not to. “If Congress were to outlaw magazines with the capacity of 20 rounds, it’s up to the federal government to enforce it un-

less the state wants to.” Similarly, Bickers used the example of recent legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. “If you have marijuana, you’re violating federal law,” he said. “If federal (officers) stop you, you’re not protected by the local law.” After 33 years in the law enforcement field, Helmig said there’s one common denominator – people. “People commit acts of violence,” he said. “It’s not the gun. It’s not the knife. It’s not the ball bat or the explosive. It’s about a person.” Helmig says it’s a mental health issue in this country and that’s something that needs to be addressed. “You can take away all

the guns and people are still going to commit horrific, murderous acts,” he said. “They’re just going to find another means to complete their deranged thought process.” Helmig said he supports background checks and thinks there are loopholes in that process that need to be closed, but didn’t pinpoint specific regulations that concerned him, only saying he’s “not for anything that limits gun ownership,” except to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and “mentally deranged people.” Katherine Keller, executive director for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Northern Kentucky said while it’s true that some of the shooters have been those


the (violent acts) that are stopped all the time.” Instead “we only hear of the horrific act. “So why aren’t we talking about the whole issue and the common denominator? We have a violent problem. A deranged mind problem. Look at the young man who was murdered just a few weeks ago here in Boone County. Is anyone talking about the fists that were used to beat him? About the knife that was used to stab him? About the saws that were used to cut him up? Is anybody taking about regulating that? That’s a horrific murder ... It’s a human being. But we don’t hear anybody talking about that.” Murder, whether someone is beaten, stabbed or shot, is “horrific and bad,” said Helmig. “And the common denominator is people.”

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with mental illnesses, “I would emphasize they are those with mental illnesses that are untreated.” “I would be very, very reluctant to bar anyone who is labeled as having mental illness from having control of a gun because that term can be extremely broadly applied,” she said. “Does that mean someone who has ever taken an anti-depressant? Does that mean someone who has ever been hospitalized? Does that mean a soldier who has returned with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)? Does that mean the fireman who has been traumatized and has PTSD? All of these things are encompassed by mental illness.”

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went into the water, broke through the ice and pulled the dog from the water. “By the time all the units were dispatched and arrived on the scene, it took about 20 minutes to get the dog out,” said Capt. Tony Crouch of the Hebron Fire Protection District. “The dog was conscious when it was pulled out of the pond.” The animal’s owner wrapped the dog in blankets before taking Ali to the vet. “I think the dog’s thick coat helped it stay alive,” Webster said. “The sad reality is, I don’t think a human could have lasted that long treading water.” That’s one of the reasons the rescue team responds to save dogs, cows, horses and other animals, said Morgan, a member of the team. Animal rescues account for more than half of the team’s calls. “Number one, they are like family to a lot people, or they have some monetary value,” he said. Often, though, the dog owner, farmer or even a bystander might try to rescue the animal.

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Valentine’s dance benefits Alzheimer’s group By Stephanie Salmons

Her father loved to dance. When Charles McQueen died in 2005 after a battle with Alzheimer’s, his family, including daughter Cris Suesz of Burlington, began hosting an annual dance in his honor to “fight Alzheimer’s and hopefully find a cure some day.”

The eighth annual Cherish the Memories Valentine’s Day dance will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott, 2395 Progress Drive, Hebron. “He was the rock in my life. He taught me everything that I am ... I am the person I am because of him,” said Suesz, her voice straining with emotion as she spoke of her fa-

ther. “To watch this rock fade away and turn to sand and blow away was the hardest thing I ever did.” He had “so much knowledge to teach us,” she said. That’s something her children will never know. “They don’t know what they’re missing and I do. He could have taught them the world,” said Suesz. “We learn from our

elders and this disease takes them away from us.” She doesn’t want anyone to go through this again. They‘re from a large family “and he slowly forgot every one of us.” “It’s a really tough disease, to watch someone’s brain go away.”

Tickets are $50 each in advance or $60 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati and Alzheimer research. For tickets, call Suesz at 859-586-9779 or email crissuesz@chasselig Dinner, beer and house wines are included in the

cost. The night will feature music from B-105’s Jesse Tack, live and silent auctions and door prizes. Since the first dance, Suesz said they’ve raised about $50,000. “I think my dad would have been excited,” she said. “It’s a really fun night.”


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tial if travelers can’t get to it. Others took the podium to discuss employee pension reform, a concern Sen. Chris McDaniel, RTaylor Mill, addressed with three goals for improvement. “First of all is to create sustainable funds so we can honor distribution to all employees,” McDaniel said. “Secondly is to honor our commitments to our existing employees. And finally, to ease the burden on our cities, our universities and our mental health organizations that are drowning in their ongoing obligations.” Still the Brent Spence

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Merwin Grayson Jr. has been appointed to the Kenton County Airport Board by Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus. Grayson, president of Central Bank Northern Kentucky, began his banking career with First National Bank of Cincinnati in 1964. He has been chair of the St. Elizabeth Medical Governing Board and was founder and chair of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation. Grayson also served on the Thomas More College Board of Trustees, Greater Cincinnati United Way Board of Trustees, United Way Foundation, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and as chair of the Northern Kentucky Board of Regents.




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Complete with guitar, rock T-shirt and wire-rimmed glasses, Sam Michels paid tribute to John Lennon of The Beatles at Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s seventh annual Wax Museum. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

Abby Leonhard gave a tribute to Princess Diana at the Immaculate Heart of Mary seventh annual Wax Museum. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

History comes alive at Wax Museum Community Recorder BURLINGTON — The seventh-grade class at Immaculate Heart of Mary School performed its seventh annual Wax Museum. Students dressed up like characters from the past or present. Upon request they would recite a biography about their character. Well-known figures from history, as well as sports, entertainment, music and even royalty, were represented.

Seventh-grader Grace Michels portrayed sharpshooter Annie Oakley in Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s seventh annual Wax Museum. Oakley had a starring role in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

Hannah Wagner brought Red Cross founder Clara Barton to life during Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s seventh annual Wax Museum. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

Seventh-grader Stephen Neace impersonates Elvis Presley at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School seventh annual Wax Museum. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

Maila Heck told the story of Anne Frank during Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s Wax Museum. Frank’s diary documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. THANKS TO

Seventh-grader Arlyn Shields of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington portrayed actress Audrey Hepburn in the school’s seventh annual Wax Museum. THANKS TO EMILY



Seventh-grader Curtis Maxwell portrayed Audie Murphy at Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s seventh annual Wax Museum. Murphy was one of the most decorated American soldiers of World War II. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

Seventh-grader Andrew Topmiller of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington portrayed cartoonist Charles Schultz in the school’s seventh annual Wax Museum. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

Seventh-grader Morgan Schoulthies portrayed Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor at Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s seventh annual Wax Museum. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER

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The Boone County girls bowling team celebrates its regional title. The Region 6 team bowling championship was Jan. 30 at Super Bowl Bellewood in Newport. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Rebels, Jaguars strong in regions By James Weber

BOONE COUNTY — The bowling programs at Boone County and Cooper high schools had to fight through much adversity off the lanes just to remain in existence. Last week, they fought through tough challenges in the bowling alley to rack up regional honors and win the right to represent their schools at the state tournament. The Boone Rebels won the girls Region 6 team championship Jan. 31at Super Bowl Bellewood in Newport. Senior Shannon Ramey qualified for state in singles. Cooper was team runner-up in both boys and girls and will have four players in the state singles tournament. “We just pushed through everything,” Ramey said. “We worked so hard in practice. We were district champions this year so why not end the season being regional champions as well. All the girls on this team deserve it and I’m so proud of each and every one of them.” When the Kentucky High School Athletic Association took over bowling last year, all the programs in the Boone County school district had to fund themselves to become an official varsity sport. Boone and Cooper, who had entrenched coaching staffs at the time, were able to raise the money and lobby administrators to let them compete. “We put a lot of heart and soul into it. I’m so happy for these kids,” said Boone head coach Bruce Hightchew. “To go through all the meetings and to have a victory against all these great teams, it is a lot sweeter.” Ramey, who also finished second in singles, is the Rebels’ anchor bowler in the team games. “When we pick each other up and we cheer for each other, that’s when we do our best and that’s how we won today,” she said. “I will bring everything to state next week. This is my last year. I will make it the best year possible.” The Jaguars girls team was the three seed in qualifying, and edged two seed Beechwood 3.50.5, with the first three games all within four pins. Junior Emily Bross finished third in singles and senior Cassie Cobb fourth, and both will compete for the first time at state. Amber Roland was sixth and Breana Smothers eighth. Cooper was defending team champs, the first team regional title in any sport in Cooper’s history. “I’m thrilled with them. It made me very proud,” said girls head coach Jamie Bowling. “They did some great bowling. Beechwood was a great match and we had to overcome them. I kept pushing them and they kept rising to the challenge.” Bowling’s son, Michael, is a sophomore for the Cooper boys team under head coach Tim

REGION 6 RESULTS Boys team: 1. Covington Catholic 1,081, 2. Boone County 1,055, 3. Cooper 1,046, 4. Lloyd 1,009, 5. Dixie 989, 6. Holy Cross 967, 7. St. Henry 952, 8. Beechwood 801. Quarterfinals: Covington Catholic def. Beechwood, 211151, 128-138, 165-92, 204-101. Dixie Heights def. Lloyd, 157168, 165-162, 199-142, 206-186. Cooper def. Holy Cross, 200-145, 201-180, 237-213. Boone County def. St. Henry, 158-155, 176-172, 139-125. Semifinals: CovCath def. Dixie Heights, 162-179, 185-209, 194145, 158-151, 224-140. Cooper def. Boone County, 142-121, 157-181, 213-147, 123-189, 202148. Final: CovCath def. Cooper, 204-159, 188-201, 203-151, 129179, 159-140. Girls team scores: 1. Boone County 891, 2. Beechwood 879, 3. Cooper 829, 4. Notre Dame 743, 5. Holy Cross 718, 6. Lloyd 656, 7. St. Henry 638, 8. Dixie 517. Quarterfinals: Boone County def. Dixie Heights, 107-104, 139-95, 167-82. Notre Dame Academy def. Holy Cross, 146132, 97-127, 108-118, 146-145, 131-96. Cooper def. Lloyd, 127114, 138-91, 173-118. Beechwood def. St. Henry, 191-140, 184-109, 112-123, 141-111. Semifinals: Boone County def. Notre Dame, 128-134, 157-135, 168-118, 153-121. Cooper def. Beechwood, 151-148, 146-146, 146-142, 188-117. Final: Boone County def. Cooper, 105-151, 191-135, 150118, 153-121. Boys singles state qualifiers: 1. David Hacker (CovCath), 2. Michael Bowling (Cooper), 3. Nick Ashcraft (Cooper), 4. Paul Wagner (CovCath). Boys singles semifinalists (medalists): 5. Austin Sams (Cooper), 6. Kevin Jones (Dixie Heights), 7. Dylan Burk (Boone), 8. Steven Binkowski (St. Henry). Girls singles state qualifiers: 1. Alli Haggard (Dixie), 2. Shannon Ramey (Boone), 3. Emily Bross (Cooper), 4. Cassie Cobb (Cooper). Girls singles semifinalists (medalists): 5. Amber Roland (Cooper), 6. Molly Seiter (NDA), 7. Annie Mershon (Holy Cross), 8. Breana Smothers (Cooper).


Boone County: 13. Ryan Vickers, 14. Devin Cregar, 17. Jared Gilliam. Cooper: 9. T.J. Jones. St. Henry: 10. Logan Krey, 12. Gary Rice, 25. Sam Deis.


Boone County: 9. Kayla Hightchew, 11. Samantha Schmitz, 13. Taylor Evans. St. Henry: 16. Kelsey Mueller, 17. Abby Messmer, 23. Erin Suttles, 29. Liz Bishop.

Frank. Michael Bowling was singles runner-up in the regional, and teammate Nick Ashcraft See BOWLING, Page A9

Boone County sophomore Brenden Stanley looks for an opening against Ryle senior Corey Ahern. Ryle beat Boone County 52-51 Feb. 1 at Ryle. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

RAIDERS SWEEP REBELS Ryle swept a basketball doubleheader from Boone County Feb. 1 at Ryle, as the boys and girls varsity teams played back to back. Ryle beat Boone 52-51 in boys basketball. Senior Drew Mays hit two free throws with 15 seconds to play for the winning points. Will Stuhr had 19 points. The two teams will meet again in the district tournament. Ryle dominated the Rebels early in girls on the way to a 62-41win. Ryle will play Cooper in the 33rd District Tournament. McKell Oliverio had 18 points, Katie Connor 14 and Anna Monobe 12. Alexis Switzer had 19 for Boone.

Ryle freshman Carly Lange tries to defend Boone County junior Darby Lankheit. Ryle beat Boone County 62-41 Feb. 1 at Ryle. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS Oliverio had 26 points and 11 rebounds. » Walton-Verona beat Grant County 51-26 Jan. 30. Michele Judy had 12 points and Hailey Ison 11.

By James Weber

This Week’s MVP

» Ryle senior Drew Mays for game-winning free throws against Boone County.

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» On Feb. 8-9, Covington Catholic High School will host the Region 4 Kentucky High School Swimming and Diving Championships at Scott High School and Silverlake Family Recreation Center. On Friday, Feb. 8, preliminary swimming will begin at 4:10 p.m. at Silverlake with finals at Silverlake on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 5:40 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 9 a.m., the diving prelims and finals will begin with the girls competition at Scott High School. Boys’ diving follows.


» The Region 6 wrestling championships will be Feb. 8-9 at Campbell County High School.

Boys basketball

» Boone County beat Newport 67-61 in overtime Jan. 29. Six Rebels had eight points or more in the win. » Conner beat Beechwood 63-40 Jan. 29. Brady Padgett had19 points and Samuel Hem-

Holy Cross center Ally Mayhaus shoots the ball with Conner’s Maddie Meyers, right, defending during their girls basketball game Jan. 30. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

merich 17. » Cooper beat Pendleton County 70-38 Jan. 30. A.J. Collins had 17 points and Zach McNeil 13. Cooper beat Simon Kenton 60-47 Feb. 1 to improve to 17-4. McNeil had 16 points and Collins 14. » St. Henry beat Beechwood 51-33 Jan. 30. Mitchell Kuebbing had 15 points and Michael Best 11.

Girls basketball

» Cooper beat Dixie Heights 51-44 Jan. 29. Paige Ross had 15 points and Andrea Thompson 13. » Ryle lost 88-84 to Scott in two overtimes Jan. 29. McKell

» In the previous three contests, Eshaunte Jones had carried Northern Kentucky to its first three-game winning streak as a Division I program by averaging 25.3 points. Feb. 2, Jones received plenty of help from his teammates as Northern Kentucky posted a 70-65 win at South Carolina Upstate. The Norse (8-11 overall, 6-5 Atlantic Sun Conference) placed four players in double figures, led by Jones with 18 points, to extend their winning streak to four. Torrey Craig, the defending A-Sun Player of the Year, finished with 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the field for the Spartans (13-11, 7-4). It marked the second time this season Northern Kentucky had contained the talented USC Upstate forward. Northern Kentucky plays at Lipscomb on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., at 7 p.m. » Ellen Holton poured in a career-high 26 points Feb. 2 to lead NKU to an 81-61 victory at See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A9




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Holy Cross has lofty aspirations By Adam Turer

COVINGTON — Last year’s impressive 28-3 run set the table for a much more challenging 2012-2013 season. Gone is a goal of putting up 20-plus wins, replaced with loftier aspirations. For Holy Cross High School’s boys basketball program, a trip to the state tournament is more important than any number of regular season wins. “Both our staff and our players knew going into the season what an undertaking our schedule was going to be,” said head coach Erik Goetz. “Our schedule is designed to expose our every flaw and force us to continually grow as a team.” That schedule includes games against Bullitt East (20-4), Madison Central (18-4), Fleming County (18-4), and Scott County (16-6), among others. The Indians have upcoming contests against Pleasure Ridge Park (17-6) and a rematch with Scott County. Playing the best teams from other areas of the state will ensure that the Indians are not surprised or overwhelmed come tournament time. “Our results have been very inconsistent but I believe that

Holy Cross guard Christian McClendon drives to the basket with Covington Catholic’s Sawyer Pauly defending during their basketball game Feb 1. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

we have really grown as a result of our difficult schedule,” said Goetz. “I think our players have really enjoyed playing some of the top teams in the state and remain very confident that we can play well in tournament play at the end of the season.” These downstate opponents are in addition to the already

grueling challenge of playing in the 35th District and Ninth Region. The Indians want to avenge last year’s triple-overtime heartbreak in the 35th District semifinals at the hands of Covington Catholic. Defending district champ Holmes remains undefeated this season. “Of course our district is one of the toughest in the state

and we will have to play very well to survive and advance to the regional, but I think our players believe that we can compete with anyone,” said Goetz. Opponents have devoted most of their defensive attention to Indians’ center Antonio Campbell and swingman Christian McClendon. Teams are sagging into the paint and daring the Indians to beat them from the perimeter. Relying on lower-percentage shot attempts has been part of Holy Cross’s struggles this year. The hot-and-cold stretches have left Holy Cross with a record of 11-10 heading into a Feb. 5 game against Highlands. The Indians have not let the losses affect them in a negative way. “I believe our players have shown remarkable resilience in that they have handled the ups and downs of our season very well and have not wavered in the face of great competition,” said Goetz. “We believe that our best basketball is still ahead of us and hope to peak at the right time. We have several big challenges awaiting us in the last two weeks of the season and hope that we start to put a series of wins together heading into district play.”

HIGHLIGHTS Continued from Page A7

USC Upstate. Holton, a senior post player from Elgin, Ill., netted 15 points in the first half as NKU (8-11 overall, 5-5 A-Sun) built a 43-32 lead at the break. She scored 11 of her team’s first 16 points as the Norse bolted out to a 16-3 advantage. The Norse led by as

many as 24 points in the second half and cruised to their first road victory against an Atlantic Sun Conference opponent. Northern Kentucky’s 81 points marked the best offensive showing of the season.

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guards Allison Long and Jill Brunsman earned their 100th career victory (100-11) as the ninth-ranked Saints defeated Geneva College, 90-31Jan. 30 at TMC. Three days later, the Saints won 77-53 at Washington & Jefferson. With the win, the Saints improve to 20-1 overall and 14-0 in the PAC, while extending their winning streak to

17 games. With the loss, the Presidents fall to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in the PAC. The Thomas More College men’s basketball team extends winning streak to nine games with a 90-80 win over Washington & Jefferson. With the win, the Saints improve to 18-3 overall and 11-1 in the PAC.

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was third. Both will go to state. Austin Sams finished fifth and T.J. Jones ninth. “I was surprised at first because I hadn’t been that high at regionals before,” Michael Bowling said. “Even being the runner-up or top four is crazy, but it’s awesome.” The appropriately-named family has been involved in the sport for a long time. Steve Bowling averages 225 in leagues, and Jamie was a competitive bowler before injury confined her to coaching. Michael has gone to camps as far away as Kansas and averaged 180 this past season. In the singles tournament, he made the first cut by three pins, then shot an outstanding 243 in the final game to earn a berth at state. The sophomore learned a lot from dealing with tournament pressure last year. “You can’t look back,” he said. “When I was against the champion I looked back and the whole bowling alley was staring at me.” The Jaguars needed determination in the team tournament, beating rival Boone in the semifinals in the do-or-die round, as the loser’s season was over. The teams went to five games, with the fifth one ending 202-148 as the Jaguars were in top form. “We just try do our best and make spares, concentrate and don’t get upset,” Michael said. “Our main goal was to get to state, and we just want to do our best. Last year I thought about (the pressure) a lot and I let it get to me and this year I didn’t really think about it. You can’t think about that kind of stuff because if you do it will make you miss your mark.” More coverage at












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I applaud State Sen. John Schickel’s concern for the children of the commonwealth of Kentucky to be life, work and career ready! The senator’s agenda is a worthy goal to afford our children a worldclass education which can only benefit Kentucky and our nation. His recent column in the Recorder presumes that developing students that are life, work and career ready is a matter of allowing local school boards and superintendents to set educational priorities. The Kentucky Educational Reform Act of 1990 (KERA) established School-based Decision Making Councils and empowered them to set curriculum; select resources such as textbooks and other instructional materials; determine the number and type of staff a school will employ; recommend personnel decisions; set the local school’s budget; determine the use of school facilities; set school calendars; decide which extracurricular activities to offer and policies that govern student participation; use of technology, etc., at each local school. SBDM Councils by law are made up of a school’s principal, at least three teachers and at least two parent representatives – none of them publicly elected. Kentucky school boards are not permitted to restrain or oversee a SBDM Council or its decisions. The Kentucky Supreme Court’s 1994 decision upheld in Boone County Board of Education v. Bushee that a school board could not require a SBDM Council to submit for review and approval measurable goals and objectives or a related

implementation plan. All of these powers were intended to benefit our children by giving each school an opKevin portunity to Kennedy own its destiny COMMUNITY by removing RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST favoritism that had occurred in some districts prior to 1990. I don’t believe state legislators intended KERA to create a process in which unelected bodies are not held accountable for decisions that may not be in the best interest of students. As a recent example demonstrates, a SBDM Council in the Boone County District discussed a proposal to lower the minimum grade requirement for a student to participate in extracurricular activities from a “C” to a “D-”. After researching other schools’ policies, I was surprised to find that four middle schools and one high school already permit a student to attain a “D-” average and still be eligible to participate. This type of decision-making by councils is not going to prepare our students to be life, work and career ready! As a parent of three children enrolled in the Boone County School District, I would ask Senator Schickel to concentrate his efforts in reforming the system of SBDM Councils to add accountability to parents, school boards and superintendents. Kevin Kennedy is a resident of Union.

Pension reform protects present and future On Tuesday, the Senate gaveled in for the second part of the 2013 General Assembly Session. I am filing Senate Bill 2, the public employee pension reform bill. It will mark the eighth session that the Senate has presented ways to preserve and protect the retirement of state employees. It is my hope that with cooperation of the House of Representatives and the governor, this will be the last. SB 2 will make no changes to the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System. It will also not create a new tax on the pension income of former public and private sector employees. Senate Bill 2 reflects recommendations of the bipartisan Task Force on Kentucky Public Pensions. Here are the cold facts: Kentucky’s state employee pension system teeters on a fiscal cliff facing $30 billion in unfunded liabilities. This means state employees have

been promised $30 billion more in benefits than the retirement system currently has in assets. Damon Thayer How does this big probCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST lem affect COLUMNIST you? If you’re a public employee, your retirement is safe because of the “inviolable contract.” But if you are a college student nervous of tuition increases, a grandmother needing public transit, a small business owner trying to meet payroll; then you should have some concerns. Because every extra dollar needed to pay for pension benefits is a dollar unavailable for another worthy purpose. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, is the Senate majority floor leader.



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General Assembly in session Hello from Frankfort! The 2013 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is under way and we have some big issues in front of us. None are more important to Northern Kentucky than redistricting. Due to population changes in the last decade, Northern Kentucky is woefully under-represented and this impacts everything we do, including pension reform and tax restructuring. I am sure your headlines will be filled with those topics in the coming weeks as we work toward solutions. However, there are many other quietly important bills considered each session, as well. This year I am sponsoring several bills that won’t receive much media attention, but are important nonetheless. Among them, Senate Bill 13 would allow for alcohol sales on election days. This would repeal the current Prohibition-era law burdening restaurant, tavern and liquor store owners with confusing regulations and lost days of sales. Senate Bill 13 will be heard this week in the Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, which I chair. I expect it to pass and go on to the Senate floor for a full vote later in the session. Senate Bill 20, if passed,

would be a start in holding library taxing districts accountable to voters. The current system manJohn Schickel dates library COMMUNITY board memRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST bers be selected from a list provided by Libraries and Archives in Frankfort. This measure would allow elected fiscal courts to appoint whomever they feel would be best suited for the job. In another push for increased fairness, Senate Bill 23 would allow prisoners to petition the court if they feel there is DNA evidence to exonerate them. The final decision would be up to the court. This is a matter of simple justice. If DNA evidence is good enough to put you in prison, it ought to be good enough to get you out. I encourage you to follow this and other legislation important to you. This year I will be tweeting from the Senate floor. Follow @SenatorSchickel at There are a number of other ways to stay informed, too: » The Kentucky Legislature Homepage,, which pro-

vides information on each of the commonwealth’s lawmakers, a bill tracking service, committee meeting schedules and a frequently updated blog, Capitol Notes. » The toll-free Bill Status Line at 866-840-2835 will allow you to check the status of a bill. » A taped message containing information on legislative committee meetings is updated daily at 800-6339650. » The toll-free Message Line at 800-372-7181 will allow you to leave a message for any legislator. Those wishing to communicate in Spanish may call 866-8406574. Anyone with a hearing impairment can use the TTY Message line at 800-896-0305. » You may write me by sending a letter to: Sen. John Schickel, Capitol Annex – Suite 209, 702 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, KY 40601. » Come and watch legislative action in-person. Having visitors from home is a highlight of session for me. Adults are always welcome to visit the Senate and children may serve as honorary pages. To schedule a visit, or to reach my office directly, call 502-564-8100, ext. 617. State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents the 11th Senate District which includes Boone and Gallatin Counties and part of Kenton County.

Owens is wrong: Our water is safe In a guest column published in the Recorder Jan. 24, Mr. Col Owens claims the latest EPA water regulations will protect Northern Kentuckians against “known carcinogens” at “modest cost” to consumers, and he ridicules those who oppose them. He is wrong, wrong, wrong on all counts. As a scientist and Northern Kentucky University professor, I undertook a scientific review of the regulations in question – called Stage 2 DBPR – at the request of Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus, with the concurrence of Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery. In summary, EPA’s determination about the regulated chemicals, as published in the Federal Register, is: “EPA cannot conclude there is a causal link between exposure to chlorinated surface water and cancer” (see Federal Register 71, 2). In other words, EPA cannot say that these chemicals cause cancer in the concentrations in our drinking water. Those who oppose Stage 2 DBPR are not people who “unbelievably” support dirty air and water, as Mr. Owens implies. They are many of our local, state, and national elected officials and other thoughtful, discerning citizens. The reason is simple. Consider what EPA says about the benefits: “EPA recognizes that the benefits may be as low as

zero” (see “Economic Analysis for the Final Stage 2 Disinfectants Byproducts Rule,” EPA Hugh Henry 815-R-05-010). Yet these COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST rules will COLUMNIST cost each NKWD household about $100/year, representing a staggering rate increase of over 25 percent (spread over multiple years to soften the blow). $100/year may be a “modest cost” for a Fort Mitchell lawyer like Mr. Owens, but it is significant for our lowincome neighbors. So why did EPA impose this regulation? EPA is trying to be proactive because they believe there is “a weak association that is worthy of concern” (see “Economic Analysis for the Final Stage 2 Disinfectants Byproducts Rule,” EPA 815-R-05-010). Their intent may be noble, but Stage 2 DBPR seems an example of bureaucracy out of control. EPA estimated Stage 2 DPBR would cost each U.S. household “less than $1 per year” (see Federal Register 71, 2). Yet when their cost estimate was 100 times too low – at least for NKWD – no one was willing to say: “Stop! This is too much.” By EPA’s own standards, there is no “unreasonable risk to health” (URTH) if Stage 2 DBPR is not implemented (see “Guidance in Developing Health Criteria for Determining Unreasonable

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Risks to Health,” EPA 570D90016). But uninformed people like Col Owens who use inflammatory language to alarm the public about a hazard which doesn’t exist should be exposed for what they are. They belittle and denigrate local officials and public-spirited citizens who merely stand up and demand cost-efficient government and a water system which is safe – yet affordable. Based on my study, NKWD water meets all reasonable criteria for safety. Hugh Henry, Ph.D., was awarded degrees from Duke University and the University of Virginia and teaches at NKU. He is a resident of Ryland Heights.

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Many pets call Ky. home Study: State in top 10 for dog, cat ownership By Libby Cunningham


chorus of yips, barks and arfs greets anyone who enters the Kenton County Animal Shelter, speaking to a recent study that shows more pets call Kentucky home than most states. In the waiting room the humans are abuzz with daily operations, most of them pet lovers like Melody Oswalt, of Edgewood. Kentucky has one of the highest dog ownership rates in the country, with 45.9 percent of households owning a pooch, according to an American Veterinary Medical Association study. The state ties Missouri for third. At the shelter, where Oswalt has volunteered since she retired, she does “whatever they ask me to do,” including cleaning cages, walking dogs and handling adoptions. Oswalt has herself fostered dogs from the shelter, including one of the beagles she owns. She also has a beagle that she adopted after it got displaced in last year’s tornado. Her third dog, a Shepherd mix, was adopted through the Cincinnati SPCA. “They are just so loving, and they give you unconditional love and they make you feel better if you don’t feel well,” Oswalt said. “I like cats too, but we just have dogs.” High rates of cat ownership also prevail in the Bluegrass State, with 36.8 percent of households having cats, the seventh highest ranking in the nation. The numbers surprise Dan Evans, executive director of the Kenton County Animal Shelter. The shelter took in 400 fewer dogs in 2012 than the year before, but the number of dogs adopted out is still high, explained Evans. “In 2012 we took in a total of 2,121 dogs, 727 were adopted, 412 reclaimed by their owners,” Evans explained. “That’s way above the national average.” More cats were taken in by the shelter, almost 3,000, and just over 400 were adopted or reclaimed by their owners. But a high pet ownership rate isn’t always a positive thing, Evans said, because Kentucky has loose laws when it comes to how animals should be treated. “We’re the worst when it comes to protecting them when it comes to fighting and cruelty,” Evans said. “I’m also still concerned that Kentucky leads the nation in not passing animal laws,” Evans said. “We’re the weakest in the nation when it comes to the protection of animals. But yet now I’m being told that per capita, we have higher pet ownership that other states.” The American Veterinary Medical Association has been studying pet ownership rates every five years since 1985, by sending out surveys to pet owners. Results are used to give members an idea of how many animals families have and how many get veterinary treatment. Still the group is stumped as to why Kentucky’s rates are higher than others. “It’s hard to know why one state owns more pets per capita than another,” said Thomas McPheron, staff writer with the American Veterinary Medical Association. “We don’t really know why Kentucky has a high rate of pet ownership. We do know that pets just make life happier and healthier.” Virginia Clemons knows those sentiments to be true, since moving

Melody Oswalt, of Edgewood, with her dogs, from left, Bliss, Dorothy and Cleo. PATRICK REDDY/THE ENQUIRER Virginia Clemons, of Florence, has been volunteering at the Boone County Animal Shelter for nearly a decade. An avid cat lover, she comes in on Fridays to take care and watch over animals the shelter is holding. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

to Florence she’s volunteered at the Boone County Animal Shelter. An avid cat lover, she helped start a humane society outside of Fort Myers, Fla., and had a grooming business for five years before she came to Kentucky. Clemons has fostered cats and shows them with the Cincinnati Cat Club. At the animal shelter she tries to socialize the animals, and has a system to let other workers know what to expect from each animal.

Despite having a background with animals, moving to Northern Kentucky was another opportunity Clemons had to establish herself with local animal aficionados. “When I first moved here, they didn’t know anything about me, they didn’t know if I was telling them the gospel, or not,” said Clemons, who started at the shelter in October 2003. She didn’t get her first foster cat until seven months later, a female cat and nine kittens. The mother cat

couldn’t handle the brood. “I called them my ‘wild little Indians,’” Clemons said. “... A large litter for a female would be maybe seven. With having nine she got on top of the fridge saying ‘I don’t want to be near them.’” So Clemons took over feeding the kittens, burping them and everything, to make sure they had enough to eat. “So that’s how I managed all of those nine,” she said. Managing a number of animals is something Lisa Binns, of Crescent Springs, understands. Binns acts as the photographer of the Kenton County Animal Shelter, taking shots of every possible pet that comes through the door for the shelter’s Facebook page. “I chased them down and made them let me do it,” Binns explained. “I’ve always had a passion for dogs. I just decided it was something I was going to do.” The self-proclaimed dog lover procured her pooch from a prison dog program, after the dog had spent three months with inmates on death row. “I had been without a dog for five or six years and decided it was time,” she said. “I just saw her tiny little face and I fell in love. I was determined that no one else was going to get that dog.”



Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, 6:30-8 p.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Newly formatted nine-session seminar. Each session includes video hosted by Dave Ramsey and incorporates small group discussion that will help you remain accountable to your financial goals. Child care provided. $89. Registration required. 859-371-7961; Florence. Basic Computing for Seniors, 1 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to use mouse, navigate Windows desktop, get to websites and use search engines and email. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Community Dance Friday Night Open Dance, 7:30-10 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Group dance class starts at 7:45 p.m. Open dancing starts at 8:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $5 group class, $5 party. Through May 31. 859-371-1151. Florence.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-586-9270. Hebron.

Education AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Middle and low income taxpayers eligible for free tax preparation service. Those with complex tax returns will be advised to seek professional tax assistance. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Health / Wellness Monster X Tour will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at the Bank of Kentucky Center. Call 859-292-2890. FILE PHOTO

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All skill levels welcome. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union. Checkmate, 3-5 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Test your chess skills. Parents welcome to attend. Snacks provided. Grades K-12. Free. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Music - Acoustic Live @ the Library, 7 p.m. 2012 and 2011 winners of Teen Battle of the Bands: Julia Blake Howard and Brittany Gillstrap., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, $5. 859-282-1264. Florence.

Recreation Ride with your Valentine, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Farm Inn, 2510 Stevens Road, Help groom and tack up, learning how your horse thinks. Then work on control and steering and tour farm on horseback. $65. Through Feb. 18. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.

Senior Citizens Get Healthy with Tai Chi, 9-10 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-4857611. Walton. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron.

Education Kaplan ACT Practice Exam, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Take practice exam before upcoming April exam date. Bring No. 2 pencil and calculator. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 6 p.m. Music by Higher Waters (acoustic)., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Free. 859-371-8356. Florence.

Music - Folk Recreation Ride with your Valentine, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Farm Inn, $65. 859-586-0199Petersburg.

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 3 p.m., Florence

The 17th annual MainStrasse Village 96Rock Mardi Gras will be 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at MainStrasse Village. Pictured are Sally James and Jilly Foster. FILE PHOTO

Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Suite 101. Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. 859-301-5600; Edgewood. Are Foods Making You Sick?, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Learn how to manage certain conditions such as digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, autism and more. 859-342-2665. Union. CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Walton Pharmacy, 305 Mary Grubbs Highway, Stroke and cardiovascular screenings. $75 for all three main screenings. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 859-301-9355. Walton.

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ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. 859-342-2665. Florence. Boone County Parks: Basics of Fly Tying, 2:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basics of tying flies. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington.

Recreation Ride with your Valentine, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Farm Inn, $65. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.

MONDAY, FEB. 11 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. Through Dec. 29. 859586-9207; Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m.; 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Home & Garden Light Bulbs for the Home, 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Learn why incandescent bulbs are disappearing from store shelves and the pros and cons of some of the newer options. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. 859-586-6101; Burlington.

Literary - Libraries In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence

Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Excel II, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Explore sorting and filtering, charts and graphs, address lists, budget forms and more. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. The Chosen Ones: The Team that Beat Lebron, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Tony Meale, local author, discusses his book and the story of how Roger Bacon High School’s basketball team beat LeBron James when he played for Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary in one of the most highly anticipated state finals in Ohio history. Registration required. 859342-2665. Florence. Afternoon Fun Time, 3-4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Free. 859-3422665. Hebron. Fantasy In Frosting, 3:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Provides everything you need to make sweets for Valentine’s Day. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Recreation Ride with your Valentine, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Farm Inn, $65. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.

Senior Citizens Yoga Fitness for Seniors, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

TUESDAY, FEB. 12 Benefits Mardi Gras for Homeless Children, 6-10 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Culinary tasting experience food and beverages from local restaurants and beverage purveyors. Music Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, stilt walkers, clowns and Mardi Gras parade led by University of

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” will be performed 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 16 at The Footlighters Inc. Main Theater in Newport. Pictured are Fred Tacon as Duke and Pam Blessing as Pickles. THANKS TO FREDRIC TACON Cincinnati Band. Benefits Bethany House Services, Welcome House, Mercy Health and Brighton Center. $55. Presented by Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association. 859-291-6572. Covington.

Education Enrollment Information Session, 3-4 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, B104A. Learn about admissions, financial aid, academic programs, advising and how to enroll. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Florence.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness, 7:15 p.m., Full Body Yoga, 7500 Oakbrook Road, $30 for 10 classes, $5 drop in. 859-640-9055. Florence.

Health / Wellness Early Childhood Dental Care, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Dr. Soper, local pediatric dentist, shares strategies for reducing tooth decay in young children. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Home & Garden Light Bulbs for the Home, 10-11:30 a.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, Free. 859-586-6101; Burlington.

Literary - Book Clubs Chapter and Verse, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union.

Literary - Libraries Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work and get feedback. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Afternoon Fun-time (middle and high school), 3-4:30 p.m.,

Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton. Nerd Fighters Meet-Up, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, For high schoolers. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Sweet Treats, 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Play games with hearts, cupids and more to earn Valentine treat. Ages 3-6. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton.

On Stage - Comedy Comedy Night, 8 p.m. Comedians Kristy Ashley, Tony Kordenbrock, Rob Wilfong, Chris Siemer, Wally DeBurgh, Jay Armstrong and Skeeter., Holler Hops and Grill, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Selection of beers and food. 859-918-6532. Florence.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. Through Feb. 28. 859-342-2665. Union. Ride with your Valentine, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Farm Inn, $65. 859-586-0199; Petersburg.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 859485-7611. Walton.

Real Men Read, 10:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Group reads books that appeal to men and participants share what they’ve read. 859342-2665; Union. Young @ Heart Book Group, 6 p.m. Discuss "Looking for Alibrandi" by Melina Marchetta., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Florence. Sensory Storytime (all ages), 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Story time with adjustments for sensory sensitivity and special needs. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Homework Help, 5-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Grades K-12. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Mom’s Clubs Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Moms come together to share breakfast, laughter, support, a speaker or activity and a short devotion. Free. 859-371-7961. Florence.

Recreation Yu-Gi-Oh, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Bring cards and duel for prizes. Pizza and drinks provided. Ages 4-10. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union. Ride with your Valentine, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Farm Inn, $65. 859-586-0199; Petersburg.


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DivorceCare Support Group, 6:30.-8 p.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Those suffering from experiencing separation or divorce heal and find hope in shared experiences. Child care provided. $15. Registration required. 859-371-7961. Florence.

Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union.

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Necessity is the mother of recipe invention

Two-way macaroni and cheese

If you want a Crockpot version that starts with uncooked macaroni, check out my blog at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. 8 oz. dry elbow macaroni or other short pasta, cooked

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Rita’s creamy macaroni and cheese started as a slow cooker recipe. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD (2 cups) 12 oz. evaporated milk 1 egg (Lottie uses 2) 4 cups extra sharp or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Salt and pepper

Stovetop: Keep macaroni warm. In large pan over low heat, whisk together milk and egg. Stir in cheese and cook just until cheese melts. Add macaroni and stir to blend. Season to taste. Crockpot: Mix everything in Crockpot except 1 cup cheddar. Sprinkle that on top. Cook on low 3-4 hours (check after 3) and don’t stir or remove lid during cooking.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Evaporated milk: A house brand, like Kroger, works well and is less expensive than national

brands. Shredded or bar cheese? I like to shred my own since it doesn’t have the anti-caking agents that shredded cheese has and I think the flavor is superior. But that’s up to you and how much time you have, as pre-shredded works well, too.

Herb- and spice-rubbed fish filets with lemon butter sauce

Combine herbs and spices together. Brush fish with a bit of the olive oil on both sides and rub spice mixture all over. Film a nonstick skillet with oil and when it’s hot, add fish and sear until cooked through, a few minutes per side. Meanwhile, melt butter and stir in lemon juice to taste, or melt butter in small skillet and cook until butter is a pretty amber color, about 3 minutes over medium heat, but watch so it doesn’t burn. Stir in lemon juice to taste. (By cooking butter in skillet, you’ll have “browned butter,” a nuttier flavor than simply melted butter and lemon juice). Spoon butter mixture over fish. I like to serve with a side

of couscous that’s been cooked in vegetable broth and seasoned with garlic and green onions.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Keeping avocados from turning brown: Spray cut halves with cooking spray, wrap well and refrigerate.

Tips from readers’ kitchens

My chicken corn chowder recipe was a huge hit with readers. Kit Whiteman gave her own signature twists to it (find her version on my blog) and I understand it was served at a ladies luncheon, as well. “We called it Rita’s soup,” the reader said.

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some time to warm up and provide full light. Consider what use you have for a bulb before making a purchase. Then, read the labels to ensure you make the wisest purchase possible for the amount of money you have to spend. The Boone County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free program called Light Bulbs for the Home to help area residents learn more about the many choices in lighting. The program will be 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, and repeated 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Call our office at 859-586-6101 to reserve a space or for details.

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Dohoney: N. Ky. to see ripple effects By Pat Moynahan Recorder Contributor

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney believes the flurry of economic development in his city will benefit Northern Kentucky. The World Choir Games, The Banks project and the Horseshoe Casino have created a lot of buzz about Greater Cincinnati, Dohoney told the Florence Rotary Club on Jan. 14. Cincinnati has been mentioned more than one billion times in the media since the World Choir Games last summer, he noted, and the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal “all want to come and do a story.” “What that means is the region is about to become a destination point at a level it’s not been before,” Dohoney said. “The excitement at Newport on the Levee, all the places in Covington and Northern Kentucky …

ABOUT FLORENCE ROTARY For information about weekly meetings, guest speakers and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Brad Shipe, president, at or 859-2827040. Visit the group’s website at . Florence Rotary meets weekly on Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence.

All of us will win, not just Cincinnati.” Dohoney credits the rise in interest to a single decision the city of Cincinnati made during the recession several years ago. Some cities chose to wait out the economic downturn. Cincinnati chose to move forward aggressively, even though some ini-

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Question: Last spring, the leaves of several scattered branches on my crabapple and pear trees turned black, killing back those branches, and I was told it might be a disease called fireblight. What can I do to prevent further dieback of branches this spring? Answer: Wait until late February or early March to prune out the dead branches, so that we are past the worst of the winter cold, but the trees are still dormant. Don’t wait until spring or summer, since pruning during the growing season can easily spread the disease to other parts of the tree and even to other trees that are pruned the same day. Fireblight, caused by a bacterium, concerns orchardists as a serious disease of apple and pear. However, it also occurs on fruits like raspberry and blackberry, and on many landscape trees and shrubs in the rose family, including cotoneaster, hawthorn, mountain ash, firethorn (Pyracantha), serviceberry, flowering quince, cultivated quince (Cydonia), Christmas berry (Photinia), flowering plum, spirea, and rose. Initial fireblight infection occurs during bloom, when bees and rain help spread the disease. Windy, stormy weather, especially hailstorms, after first infections have occurred, favors secondary spread of fireblight. Control measures are outlined below: » Take extra care during the dormant sea-

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BURLINGTON — My Furry Valentine, Greater Cincinnati’s largest animal adoption event, is back for the second year and Boone County Animal Shelter is participating on Saturday, Feb. 9. Adoption hours are noon to 7:45 p.m. The shelter is at 5643 Idlewild Road, Burlington. If you are looking to adopt a new furry friend for your family, the shelter will be offering adoption specials all day on spayed/ neutered cats and dogs. All animals are health checked, microchipped, have age-appropriate shots, and come with a free vet visit and more. Call 586-5285 for more information.

Event salutes Frederick Douglass

Michael E. Crutcher Sr. will portray Frederick Douglass at Boone County Public Library, Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. The event will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in honor of African American History Month. Frederick Douglass endured slavery for 20 years before he escaped to freedom and became one of the most prolific and influential people in the nation’s history. He was an adviser to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and was one of the first men to BURLINGTON





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» Apply insecticides as needed just after petal fall to reduce levels of leafhoppers, plant bugs, and psylla insects, which have all been implicated as vectors of fireblight. » Avoid any cultural practices that stimulate rapid tree growth and excess branch proliferation. These conditions (often brought on by excess nitrogen fertilization, abnormally low fruit load, and/or poor pruning techniques) increase a tree’s susceptibility to fireblight. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.



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son (late February/ early March) to prune trees according to sound horticulturMike al princiKlahr ples. Trees HORTICULTURE properly CONCERNS thinned and shaped are generally less susceptible to fire blight. In addition, while trees are dormant, blackened, blighted twigs should be pruned just below the infected areas and destroyed. This practice, which should be done every year, eliminates an important potential source of inoculum for subsequent epidemics. The pruning must be done carefully, so that all infected branches are removed. This care is especially important in young plantings where unchecked canker development could easily kill the tree. It is not necessary to sterilize pruning tools for dormant pruning. Remove badly infected trees and old, neglected pear trees that could be sources of inoculum. » While trees are breaking dormancy, just at first green tip, apply fixed copper to the twigs and branches to help reduce overwintering bacterial inoculum. Avoid spraying copper after ½-inch green tip so that fruits do not become russetted. Thoroughly wash the spray tank following use, since the chemical can be corrosive.

stand up for women’s rights and suffrage. Douglass is currently regarded as the grandfather of the civil rights movement. Actor Michael E. Crutcher Sr. is a devout scholar of Frederick Douglass and believes his calling in life is to share Douglass’ principle of freedom, equality, religion, and self-esteem. Ironically, Crutcher was born on the anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery.

Federal employees meet Feb. 11

FLORENCE — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet 1 p.m Monday, Feb. 11, at the lower level of the Florence Government Center on Ewing Boulevard. The speaker this month will be a representative from the Internal Revenue Service to go over changes for the 2013 filing season. All federal employees, retirees and spouses are invited. Feel free to bring along a friend. For any questions, call Noreene Morgan at 283-9688.

Prayer retreat takes place Saturday

ERLANGER — A prayer retreat on Christian spirituality will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Erlanger United Methodist Church, 31 Commonwealth Ave. Call 727-2136 to register

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EDGEWOOD — St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine and Bob Roncker’s Running Spot are working together to offer a free monthly runner’s injury clinic. Beginning on Feb.13, the clinic will take place 5-6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday, at St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine Center, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Suite 101, Edgewood. For more information, contact Mike Wiggins of Bob Roncker’s Running Spot at 513-686-0095 or the St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine Center at 859-3015600.

Carnegie hosts James, Reider

COVINGTON — The 2012-13 Carnegie in Concert season continues with an evening of song as Cincinnati music and television legends Nancy James and Rob Reider take to the stage of the intimate Otto M. Budig Theatre. The event, Together Again, takes place 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29. The duo will perform personal favorites from Broadway’s “Music Man” and “My Fair Lady,” along with humorous and heartwarming duets. Call 859-957-1940.



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Every morning at 9 a.m., Floyd Grace loads his car with bright red and white coolers filled with chilled meals. He then heads south on I-71/75 from Covington to Florence to begin his daily deliveries of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky’s Home Delivered Meals in Boone County. To his clients, Floyd’s weekday visits are more than just a regular meal. “For a lot of them, I’m the only one they see regularly,” he says. Floyd has been delivering meals for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky for more than 25 years. He’s known some of his elderly clients for as long as 15 years. They come to rely on his daily visits. He often brings in the

mail or newspaper, and has programmed dozens of television remote controls. He also has helped seniors in distress. With seniors prone to falling, many times Floyd has helped clients up from the floor when he arrives. When he notices a client is falling repeatedly, he contacts the SSNK Social Service Case Aides. A couple years ago, he found one of his clients lying on the floor of her kitchen, unable to move. She said she had fallen during the night and had laid there until he found her the next morning. “I got her a blanket and pillow and called the ambulance. She had a broken hip.” Another time, Floyd was driving along Route18 in Burlington when he noticed one of his meal clients walking along the

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Let’s get back to work “Write if you get work.” In the 1950s, a radio comedian would sign off with this phrase. Who would have thought that in 2013 finding work for seasoned, professional, experienced workers would be such a chore? In my last column, I wrote about the efforts of a 55+ Task Force that was Ken Rechtin formed TALKIN’ ‘BOUT MY about a GENERATION year ago to address the issue of unemployment among seasoned, mature workers. I wrote about the preconceptions that employers have about the mature worker and a little about the obstacles that we face when we try to reenter the workforce. The calls came flooding in: “I am 66 years old, I don’t need health care, I retired about a year ago

and I am bored, I want to go back to work.” “ I was unwillingly retired by the company that I worked for 24 years.” “I haven’t looked for a job since I just finished college. I really don’t know how or where to begin.” The 55+ Task Force will be hosting an educational opportunity for seasoned, experienced, mature professionals.

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A free educational opportunity for seasoned mature professionals will be held 8:30 noon Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Mazak Corp., 8025 Production Drive, Florence, KY 41042. Topics include: » Understanding the job search process in today’s world. (Much has changed since many of us have looked for work!) » Working with an executive recruiter(understanding the role of a recruiter and how they can help.

» Networking: What is it? How do you do it? Is it effective? (Learn 10 Tips to overcome the fear of networking.) » Overcoming job search obstacles. (Sometimes the real obstacle is us.) » Resource information for older adults (So, where can we go for additional help?) This is just the beginning of the Task Force’s work. The group has plans for more efforts in the coming year. So, to end with another old radio saying: “Please stay tuned for further announcements!” There are a limited number of seats available for this seminar; you can call Senior Services at 859-491-0522 to reserve your place. Or sign up online at Ken Rechtin is the interim executive director of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky and a Campbell County commissioner and one of the “baby boomers” (he is 62 years old!).

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MARCH Standard Club Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at 643 Laurel St., Covington. Dinner fish sandwich or grilled cheese with cole slaw and hush puppies, and choice of mac n’ cheese or fresh cut fries. Cost is $6 a fish sandwich; $4 grilled cheese; $4 fish sandwich only. Beer will be available for $1 until 7 p.m.

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Union resident Randy Phillips started a crusade in 2011 to raise money for a cause very close to his heart with the release of his first album “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” When asked about why he donated every penny involved with this project, as well as fronting all the money to get the project up and running, Phillips responded, “I wanted the album to be special beyond the music. The best way to do that was to give all the money to someone who had a special circumstance.” The last two years have been dedicated to writing, producing and performing charity fundraisers for baby Landon Carpenter, who lives outside Nashville. Landon’s father, Marine Cpl. Andy Carpenter, was killed in combat in Afghanistan a month before Landon was born almost two years ago. To date this project has sold almost 500 CD’s and raised nearly $10,000 and ranks as one of Phillips’ proudest moments. “To tell Landon’s mom Chrissie’s story during live shows and watch people hang on every word you say and on occasion be moved to tears or be inspired to do more for others, Chrissie and their entire family have had a major impact on my life as a person and as a musician. I can’t pretend to have known Andy, but I’m proud to call his family my friends,” Phillips said. Phillips’ taste of music

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Randy Phillips of Union is releasing his second album in May, but a single, “Undiscovered Pearls,” will be available on iTunes on Valentine’s Day. THANKS TO LENA SNYDER

is a blend of blues and rock ‘n roll, coupled with a very unique writing style that tells his stories, struggles, and experiences in music. Artists that have inspired Phillips include Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Richie Sambora. Phillips’ first love of music began as a child listening to Elvis with his mother and grandmother. When talking about where he gets his ideas for his songs, Phillips says, “Many of the lyrics you hear have dual mean-





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ings or they make you think about what the message or meaning truly is. For me, the lyrics usually come first and then I frame it with the music. “I try to write lyrics that tell a story of my life experiences that anyone can relate to in some way,” he said. “I’ve written 25 songs the past three years and they range from the meaning of love, faith and inspiration or believing in something.” Phillips is now ready to move on to his second album “Serendip With Me” which will be out in May.


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POLICE REPORTS BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Jennifer L. Trusty, 31, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 29. Victor Jent, 45, shoplifting at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 29. Amanda N. Bassham, 28, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 27. Eric C. Bassham, 27, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 27. Hayley A. Clark, 31, shoplifting at 6000 Mall Rd., Nov. 27. Clayton T. Cochran, 36, receiving stolen property under $10,000 at 2122 Mall Rd., Nov. 27. Amber M. Wetherington, 20, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 27. Jerri L. Wetherington, 46, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 27. Evelyn M. Neinaber, 21, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 26. Kevin J. Zeis, 49, fraudulent use of a credit card under $500, second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument at 7782 Ravenswood Dr., Nov. 26. Nina J. Guzauskus, 54, thirddegree terroristic threatening at 148 Saddlebrook Dr., Nov. 26. Clint M. Power, 33, DUI at 7516 U.S. 42, Nov. 25. Hamdija Cemal, 41, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 25. Natalyia Cemal, 39, theft by deception, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 25. Cameron J. Cox, 20, alcohol

intoxication in a public place at 10094 Investment Way, Nov. 25. Carrie M. Powers, 25, second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8101 U.S. 42, Nov. 25. Danielle R. Hammons, 24, second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8101 U.S. 42, Nov. 25. Carlos Hilario-Colin, 33, DUI at 7777 Burlington Pk., Nov. 25. Carlos Solis, 29, shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 23. Sarah K. Borgemenke, 25, shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 23.

Incidents/Investigations Burglary Business broken into and items taken at 8223 U.S. 42, Nov. 28. Residence broken into and items taken at 2342 Antoinette Way, Nov. 25. Criminal mischief Vehicles vandalized at 600 Windridge Ln., Nov. 29. Structure vandalized at 8075 Steilen Dr., Nov. 29. Structure vandalized at 6803 Sebree Dr., Nov. 24. Fraud Subject in possession of counterfeit money at 7659 Mall Rd., Nov. 28. Subject cashed fraudulent checks at 6909 Dixie Hwy., Nov. 26. Subject found in possession of counterfeit money at 8455 U.S. 42, Nov. 24. Incident reports Stolen vehicle recovered at Red Cedar Ct., Nov. 29. Subject found in possession of stolen property at 55 Houston Rd., Nov. 6.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 6475420. Subject found in possession of stolen property at 2122 Mall Rd., Nov. 27. Narcotics Subject found in possession of heroin at 7908 Dream St., Nov. 23. Shoplifting Subject tried to steal goods from Meijer at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 29. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Sears at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 29. Subject tried to steal video games from Gamestop at 4951 Houston Rd., Nov. 28. Subject tried to steal items from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 27. Subject tried to steal merchandise from JC Penney at 6000 Mall Rd., Nov. 27. Subject tried to steal items from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 27. Subject tried to steal goods from Kohl’s at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 27. Subject tried to steal items from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 26. Subject tried to steal goods

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from Kohl’s at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 26. Subject tried to steal goods from Meijer at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 25. Subject tried to steal items from Kohl’s at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 23. Terroristic threatening Subject threatened victim with violence at 148 Saddlebrook Dr., Nov. 26. Theft Product stolen from office building at 6903 Burlington Pk., Nov. 5. Items stolen from residence at 7064 Manderlay Dr., Nov. 9. Property missing from residence at 928 Mission Ln., Nov. 9. Property missing from residence at 7822 Riehl Dr., Nov. 9. Bicycle stolen from residence at 1 Sanders Dr., Nov. 9. Jewelry stolen from vehicle at Mall Rd., Nov. 12. Jewelry stolen from residence at 55 Surrey Ct., Nov. 8. Musical instrument stolen at 1000 Burlington Pike, Dec. 1. Jewelry stolen at 7351 Blackstone Dr., Dec. 3. Fuel stolen at 8635 William Haines Dr., Dec. 3. Computer hardware/software stolen at 7625 Doering Dr., Dec. 4. Money stolen at 7200 Dixie Hwy., Dec. 4. Wallet, credit/debit card stolen at 7747 Mall Rd., Dec. 4. GPS, survey equipment stolen at 30 Cavalier Ct. , Dec. 1.Money stolen from Bob Evan’s at 8020 U.S. 42, Nov. 29. Money stolen from Jimmy John’s at 7921 Mall Rd., Nov. 29. Tools stolen from industrial

site at 7430 Industrial Rd., Nov. 28. Clothing stolen from Old Navy at 7719 Mall Rd., Nov. 27. Jewelry stolen from residence at 1627 Corinthian Dr., Nov. 27. Purse stolen from customer at Target at 1100 Hansel Ave., Nov. 26. Jewelry stolen from residence at 7755 Plantation Dr., Nov. 26. Registration plate stolen from vehicle at 7200 Dixie Hwy., Nov. 25. Fuel stolen from Thornton’s at 7601 Industrial Rd., Nov. 25. Theft, criminal mischief Metals stolen, structures destroyed/damaged/vandalized at Turfway Rd., Dec. 3. Clothing, tools stolen at 350 Meijer Dr., Dec. 4. Theft from auto Vehicle broken into and items taken at 4971 Houston Rd., Nov. 28. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 7937 Dream St., Nov. 25. Tools stolen from vehicle at

7490 Woodspoint Dr., Nov. 1. Goods stolen from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 1. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 6042 Celtic Ash Ave., Nov. 2. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 1913 Charleston Ct., Nov. 3. Vehicle broken into and items taken at Commerce Dr., Nov. 5. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 430 Meijer Dr., Nov. 7. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 210 Surfwood Dr., Nov. 8. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 109 Yealey Dr., Nov. 8. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 99 Spiral Dr., Nov. 9. Vehicle broken into and items taken at Steilen Dr., Nov. 11. Theft of auto Vehicle stolen and not recovered at 8197 Dilcrest Dr., Nov. 10. Theft of services Consumable goods stolen at 7908 Dream St., Dec. 1.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Nancy Lewis, 53, of Florence and John Penick, 58, of Florence; issued Jan. 11. Julia Frazier, 43, of Highland Heights and Munther Jallad, 37, of Hebron; Jan. 11. Paulette LaSelle, 27, of Batavia, Ohio, and Corey Hopper, 27, of Florence; Jan. 11. Stephanie Finke, 34, of Burlington and Eric Jackson, 41, of Burlington; Jan. 14. Bess Minton, 25, of Florence and William Whaley IV, 24, of Florence; Jan. 15. Heidi Sandoval, 18, of Walton and Rogelio Cervan-

tes, 31, of Walton; Jan. 16. Stephanie Henry, 31, of Burlington and Daniel Mongeon, 31, of Burlington; Jan. 17. Meredith Sparkes, 26, of Florence and Justin Dean, 23, of Florence; Jan. 18. Carrie Stull, 21, of Florence and Dennis Storer, 30, of Florence; Jan. 22. Rebecca Espinoza, 40, of Walton and Alberto Espinoza, 31, of Walton; Jan. 25. Crystal Hutchinson, 29, of Hebron and Benjamin Stofle, 31, of Hebron; Jan. 25.



DEATHS Loraine Altevers Loraine Altevers, 93, of Covington, died Jan. 28, 2013, at Rosedale Green in Covington. After raising her children she worked in the catering business for Davis Catering. She was a member of Mother of God Church in Covington, Northern Kentucky Senior Citizens, Irish Rovers and many card clubs. She enjoyed sewing and crafts. Her husband, Robert J. Altevers, and a daughter, Carolyn, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Robert J. Altevers Jr. of San Diego, Calif., James Altevers of Florence and Donald Altevers of Fort Mitchell; daughters, Mary Ann Egan of North Chelmsford, Mass., Diane McFalls of Union, Kathy Von Lehman of Sammamish, Wash., Jeanie Halenkamp of Florence and Linda Altevers of Erlanger; brothers, Ray Goetz of Crestview Hills and Leroy Goetz of Covington; sister, Rose Scott of Fort Wright; many grandchildren: and many great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Church in Covington. Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Rosedale Green, 4250 Glenn Ave., Covington, KY 41015 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Don Baker Don Baker, 68, of Hebron, died Jan. 23, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired sales representative with Sandvic Corp. in Cincinnati, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and enjoyed sports, hunting and fishing, and coaching baseball. Survivors include his wife, Patty Ford Baker; son, Donald K. Baker of Hebron; daughter, Karen White of Custer, S.D.; sister, Doris Baker of Edgewood; and three grandchildren. Interment was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery in Hebron. Memorials: Notre Dame Academy Sports, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011.

ters, Marie Gabbard of Hamilton, Ohio, Lavern Driskell of San Angelo, Texas, Elaine Willoughby of Crittenden, and Diane Bach of Independence; sons, Pete Collins and Johnny Ray Collins, both of Walton; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 or First Baptist Church of Walton, 47 South Main St., Walton, KY 41094.

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James Anthony Dugan, 73, of Hebron, died Jan. 29, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence. He was a retired sales and operations manager in the chemical supply industry, served in the Army and was a member of Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Dugan; daughters, Maureen Osterhaus and Mary Ann Robbins; sons, Matthew, Michael and John Dugan; sisters, Catherine Bremer, Maggie Ference, Theresa Dugan and Beth Yothers; brothers, Regis, Jack, Tom, Kevin and Michael Dugan; and 5 grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: The Northern Kentucky Tea Party, P.O. Box 853 Independence, KY 41051 or Covenant House, 461 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001.

Patricia “Pat” Ann Bianco, 72, of Villa Hills, died Jan. 28, 2013, at her residence. She was a homemaker who helped her husband in their dry cleaning business and attended Erlanger Baptist Church. Two sisters, Mary Scheben, and Ruthie Knock, and three brothers, Jack Knock, Bill Knock and Lewis Knock, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Rosalbino “Bino” Bianco; son, Joseph “Joey;” brother, Richard Knock of Union; and sister, Bonnie Gray of Alexandria. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: donor’s choice.

Nora Brown Nora Jean Brown died Jan. 21, 2013, in Winchester. Survivors include her son, Jeremy Brown; three grandchildren; mother, Katherine Payne Siffel; and sisters, Mary Siffel of Covington and Katherine Hall of Hebron. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery.

John E. Eversole of Booneville; stepdaughter, Patricia Gayle Sebastian of Florence; brother, Lowell Thomas Bowling of Covington; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Carolyn Franxman Carolyn H. Franxman, 66, of Piner, died Jan. 26, 2013, at her residence. She retired from the Kenton County Board of Education in November, where she served as both the secretary to the board and the administrative assistant to the superintendent. She was a member of the Kentucky Organization of Superintendents’ Administrative Assistants and a member of All

Eula Eversole Eula Mae Sebastian Eversole, 89 of Independence, died Jan. 25, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was retired from McAlpin’s in Cincinnati and was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Her first husband, Wilson Sebastian; a son, Dr. Wilson Sebastian Jr.; and three brothers, Rudell Bowling, Parnell Bowling and Earl Bowling, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Kash Eversole Jr.; son, Michael Sebastian of Frankfort; stepson,

Corrine Collins Corrine Frances Sturgeon Collins, 91, of Erlanger, died Jan. 28, 2013, at Villa Springs Care Center in Erlanger. She was a homemaker and a member of New Banklick Baptist Church. Her husband, John Franklin Collins, and a son, Harold Collins, died previously. Survivors include her daugh-

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The Rev. Russell Fryman The Rev. Russell Fryman Jr., 77, of Union, died Jan. 23, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a pastor of the Northern Kentucky First Church of God in Erlanger, formerly owned and operated the Fryman’s Meat

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Reece and Doris Large, both of Nabb, Ind., and Janie Ingram and Adina Dunaway, both of Mount Sterling; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Corinth Cemetery. Memorials: The Rev. Russell Fryman Family, c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 146, Dry Ridge, KY 41035.

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Geraldine Harshbarger Geraldine Harshbarger, 76, of Florence, died Jan. 25, 2013, at her residence. She worked for O’Brian Construction as an administrative secretary, and was a member of Walton Baptist Church, Eastern Star, Florence No. 559, and Red Hat Society. Her husband, Howard Harshbarger, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Dale Harshbarger of Petersburg, David Harshbarger of Hebron, and Kevin Harshbarger of Elsmere; daughter; Lisa Voyette of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Les Leeke of Walton, Jack Leeke of Union; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery.

Elizabeth Lainhart Elizabeth Lainhart, 78 of Burlington, died Jan. 27, 2013. Her husband, Moody Lainhart, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Debra McDaniel; sons, Darrell and Ronnie Lainhart; seven grandchildren; sisters, Ernestine Chastain, Mary Brauch, Brenda Lafkis, Anita Hensley and Cecil Richardson.

Bonnie Lee McCubbin, 73, of Independence, died Jan. 23, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was retired from Pee Wee Child Care Learning Center. Her sisters, Evelyn Lewis, of Lake Placid, Fla. and Cleo Beach of Walton, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Charlie McCubbin; daughters, Charlotte Woodward of Burlington and Bonita Berter of Edgewood; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: American Stroke Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 or The Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Mildred Rice

Jan. 24, 2012, at St. Walburg Monastery. A Benedictine sister for more than 60 years, she served as a lab and X-ray tech at hospitals in Colorado and Kentucky, and was an administrator of Estill County and Marcum-Wallace Hospital in Irvine and as tech at Pathology and Cytology Labs in Lexington. She participated in many medical mission trips in Central and South America and Africa. A sister, Judy Reinersman, died previously. Survivors include her mother, Marian Hellmann; sisters, Joan Goessling, Jeanne Kaiser, Mary Ann Wainscott and Kathy Redden; and brothers, Donald Hellmann and David Hellmann. Memorials: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

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Mildred Rice, 87, of Union, died Jan. 24, 2012, at her residence. Survivors include her husband, James Rice Jr.; children, Joyce Eads, James Rice III, Sara Isaacs, Jenny Rice, Jack Rice, Joe Rice, Junetta Weltzer, Jeanne Swikert, Jill Jordan, Jamie Rudolph and Jerry Rice; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325 or Wounded Warriors Project, 230 West Monroe St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.

Raymond Clifford Shears died Jan. 29, 2013. He was employed by Quail Hollow Apartments and a member of Northern Kentucky Tractor Pullers Association. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Shears; daughter, Chastity Cammack of Williamstown; son, Brian Shears of Verona; sisters, Mary Tucker of Burlington, Bonnie Flowers of Wilcox, Airz., Marie Floyd of Burlington; brothers, Robert Moore of Florence, Steve Moore of Crittenden and Chester Shears of Williamstown; and a grandchild. Burial was at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg. Memorials: Family of Raymond Shears c/o U.S. Bank.

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Patricia Skees Patricia Deanna Skees, 68, of Florence, died Jan. 19, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired executive director for the Northern Kentucky Development District and attended Florence Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Hugh O. Skees of Florence; cousins, Boone R. Dorsey of Fort Pierce, Fla. and William Earl Lester of Hattiesburg, Miss.; and two nieces. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Earl Starke Earl Rudolph Starke, 85, of Hebron, died Jan. 26, 2013, at his residence. He was an outside plant technician with Cincinnati Bell, served in the Army in the 11th Airborne Division as a paratrooper, was a member of Masonic Unity Lodge No. 478 and National Riffle Association, and enjoyed flying remote control planes. Survivors his wife, Ella Starke of Hebron; sons, David Starke of Verona, Steve Starke of Florence and Jim Japp of Kenwood; daughters, Linda Petry of Orlando, Fla., and Linda McMannes of Findley, Ohio; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Clifford Sturdivant Clifford Allen Sturdivant, 53, of Latonia, died Jan. 23, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Home in Erlanger. He was a former maintenance technician, and enjoyed NASCAR, building model cars and fishing. His parents, Steve and Nellie

Sturdivant; brother, John Fred Sturdivant; and sister, Edna Nelleen, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Charles Harvey Sturdivant of Tucson, Ariz., Ralph W. Sturdivant of Florence and Jerry Sturdivant of Morning View; and sister, Nancy Ellen Hileman of Latonia. Interment was at the Ingle Family Cemetery in Rosehill, Va. Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

Community Recorder

Nearly one in five people with HIV don’t know that they are infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who don’t know their HIV status can infect others and may have more serious illness if treatment is delayed. Thus, early diagnosis of HIV is critical to future treatment and prevention. The Northern Kentucky Health Department regularly offers walk-in HIV testing, with four free testing opportunities planned for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the following locations: » Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence; 363-2060 » Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport; 431-1704 » Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington; 431-3345 Tests will be conducted using the OraQuick method, an oral swab test that offers results in 20 minutes. During each testing session, staff from the health department will be available to provide information and answer questions.

Eva Wartmann Eva Marie Wartmann, 62, of Edgewood, died Jan. 24, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of St. Pius X Church, the former director of tennis at Five Seasons Family Sports Club and a former staff member at the parish kitchen. Survivors include her husband, Tom Wartmann of Edgewood; son, Dr. Christopher Wartmann of Baltimore, Md.; and siblings, Lynn Lockhorn of Crescent Springs, Frank Morgan of Fort Wright, Yvonne Morgan of Union and Yvette Carter of Independence. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: donor’s choice.

Carol Weiss Carol Weiss, 66, of Erlanger, died Jan. 26, 2013, at her residence. She was a security guard with Hertz Corp., and a member of the Church of God in Taylor Mill and the Ludlow Ladies Hobos. Her husband, John Weiss; a brother, Jimmy Woody; and a sister, Emma Jean Skinner, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Smith of Florence, Tonya Brewer of Erlanger; son, John “Joe” Weiss of Erlanger; brothers, Alex Woody of Harrison, Ohio, Ernie Woody of Mason, Ohio, Jerry Woody of Santa Anna, Calif., Jesse Woody of Crescent Springs and Luther “Duke” Williams of Cincinnati; sisters, Rose Rolfes of Harrison, Ohio and Shirley Wolford of Crawfordsville, Ind.; and four grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

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