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Union OKs Kroger zoning request By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — The city is one step closer to a new and expanded Kroger Marketplace. With a 3-2 vote, the Union City Commission passed the first reading of an ordinance that approved a zoning map amendment to allow Kroger to build a new Kroger Marketplace. Kroger has obtained an option to purchase a little more than 35 acres near U.S. 42 and Braxton Drive, just west of Kroger’s current Union location. The request is for a zoning map amendment from Union Neighborhood Office and Rural

Suburban Estates/Union Town Overlay to Commercial 2/ Planned Development to allow commercial, office and elderly housing facility uses. The proposed ordinance would grant that request despite the unanimous recommendation of the Boone County Planning Commission to deny it. Commissioners Ken Heil, Bryan Miller and Donna Fryman voted in favor of the proposal while Commissioner Deanna Kline and Mayor Don Kirby voted against the proposal. The action came during a special meeting of the Union City Commission April 3 which followed a nearly two-hour public hearing on the proposed zone change. More than 100 people



attended the hearing. Representatives from Kroger first outlined proposed plans for the property. Zoning consultant Anne McBride, of McBride Dale Clarion, said Kroger opened its existing 66,846-square-feet Union store in 1997. At that time, the city’s population was 1,400, she said, but recent census data says the city’s population is now

more than 5,500. “And we’re still operating with the same grocery store that was designed for significantly less customer base,” she said. According to McBride, parking and lines at check-out are sometimes an issue. “The bottom line is Kroger is just not able to offer the line of merchandise and the products that their customers are requesting year after year in the Union store in the existing store walls.” McBride said it’s not possible to expand the current location without “significantly decreasing parking.” Plans for the new store call for a 135,976-square-foot Krog-

er Marketplace as well as an 8,000-square-foot liquor store, a fuel center and out lots along with 730 parking spaces. Those who supported the proposal and those who didn’t were then given the opportunity to address the commission. Each side had a total of 30 minutes to make their comments. Discussion on the matter, however, continued on social media Friday morning. After adjournment, Fryman said she came into the meeting unsure of how she would vote. “Do I want union to stay small and quaint? Yes. But you still have a responsibility to give the people what they need See KROGER, Page A2

Tour highlights Boone’s Underground Railroad history By Stephanie Salmons

John Bauerle retired March 1 from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. He’s pictured with Ginny DeMoisey, past president of the Boone County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, left, and auxiliary president and founder Sherry Walters. The group reimburses retiring deputies for the cost of their service weapon, hosts retirement receptions and more.STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — It’s a celebration at the Boone County Sheriff’s office March 27 as a group gathers at a retirement reception to bid farewell to two of their own. Warrant Coordinator Rose Smith retired March 31 after 26 years with the sheriff’s office while deputy John Bauerle retired March 1 after 17 years. For two years now, the Boone County Sheriff’s Auxiliary has organized the retirement receptions The group also reimburses retiring officers the cost of their service weapons. Founder and president of the auxiliary Sherry Walters said she was approached two years ago and told that because of the

budget, when deputies retired “they walk out with absolutely nothing, after all these years of service.” That meant no money to provide service weapons to retiring deputies, something that used to be provided. “We feel that after all the years they provided service, they’re entitled their weapons and there’s not money in the budget,” she said. According to Walters, the deputies purchase their weapon from the department and then the auxiliary reimburses them that cost. Officers are issued two weapons, Walter said. The larger weapon that’s carried on their belt costs around $400. In an effort to keep the budget as low as possible, Walters



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said funds don’t exist to purchase those weapons for the deputies. Instead, they’re distributed to the new deputies. The auxiliary, she said, believes deputies “who have spent their life protecting others, deserves to have their weapon, their partner, to keep.” Bauerle, 63, of Florence, also spent 25 years as a state trooper. He said the efforts of the auxiliary to do this are great. “I appreciate it more than I can tell them,” he said. Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Mike Crane has been working to collect money to help the auxiliary with the service weapon endeavor. Other businesses looking to donate to the effort can reach him at 859-586-614.

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The Boone County Public Library is delving deeper into the county’s long, and sometimes dark, history. Discover Boone County’s hidden history with the library’s first countywide Underground Railroad of Boone County tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 30. A $30 fee includes transportation, all materials and lunch in Rabbit Hash. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at The tour begins in Boone County’s North Bend community and visits Petersburg, Rabbit Hash, East Bend and Richwood. Participants will visit sites of slave escapes, suspected conductors and churches with ties to abolitionist activities. Boone County Public Library’s local history coordinator Bridget Striker said participants will “get an overall picture of the underground railroad in each of those areas.” The tour stems from a request of the Cincinnati chapter of the citizen ambassador group Friendship Force, who asked the library to set up an Underground Railroad tour of the county for a visiting international group. The May date is the first run of the tour and is opened to the public, Striker said. “We want this tour to reflect not only the community, but the region as a whole,” she said. With miles of shoreline

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along the Ohio River, it’s not hard to imagine that at some point in the county could have been an active point along the underground railroad, but finding proof was difficult. According to Striker, news reports of slave escapes were rare and there was pro-slavery and pro-abolitionist propaganda on both sides. Local historians, however, are piecing together a history previously untold, using earlier information, “tiny nuggets of information,” as building blocks. Striker said there were more than 30 incidents of Boone County escapes. “We know more about these escapes than ever before,” she said. Learning about a possible Petersburg escape from College Hill historians gave them some insight as to where to look. So they began to pull newspaper articles, diaries and other written histories from Ohio, Michigan and Canada. “We were mining every resource we could get our hands on in the last six months to find any information related to Boone County or Boone County families.” According to Striker, Boone County is mentioned in the remembrances of abolitionists and underground railroad conductors Levi Coffin and Laura Haviland. Coffin, she said, was a wellknown conductor in Cincinnati while there are incidents of Haviland, who founded an African-American school in Michigan, coming to Rising See HISTORY, Page A2

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to at least (get) groceries,” she said. “I’m hoping that that’s not going to

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work that would open up new areas for development, city and county leaders in the late 1990s worked to create a plan ahead of anticipated growth that would guide development in and around the city. The Union Town Plan was formally adopted by the Boone County Planning Commission, the Union City Commission and the Boone County Fiscal Court in 2000. Kline has long been a proponent of the Union Town Plan. “I obviously disagree with the decision, and if the community feels C-2 zoning within the city of

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presented with an opportunity and it can’t be achieved without a balanced business/residential approach,” Miller said. “If we keep turning away businesses in Union, we could be turning away a top developer for the town center.” “It has been 14 years since the Union Town Plan was adopted,” he continued. “Union residents and their surrounding communities should have an up-to-date place to purchase everyday necessities in their communities.” Kirby said he was “a little surprised” about the outcome. His vote came

down to two factors: setting precedence and a promise he made to nearby property owners to support the town plan as it is. “I couldn’t betray that promise to them,” he said. Second reading of the ordinance will be during a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Union City Building, 184 Mt. Zion Road, Union. A Kroger spokesperson said the company would reserve comment until after the second reading.

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Sun to help slaves escape from the Rabbit Hash area. “The whole process is much more extensive than what we thought it was,” Striker said. “Attempted escapes had a much bigger impact on social structures.” According to “The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky,” Boone County was nearly impossible to patrol against runaway slaves because of the nearly 40 miles of shoreline, creeks, forests and large plantations along the Ohio River. Written histories of the county contain little evidence of underground railroad activities, the book reads. Records from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, however, reveal a substantial amount of ac-

This is a view of Rabbit Hash from Rising Sun. Boone County Public Library’s local history coordinator Bridget Striker said it’s suspected an Underground Railroad crossing was just up river from Rabbit Hash. THANKS TO BRIDGET STRIKER

tivity in the county between 1838 and 1861. “In fact, so many runaway slaves were handled in and through Boone County that agents of the American Anti-Slavery League were placed as ferrymen, fishermen, peddlers and couriers,”

the encyclopedia says. “I think we always suspected we had a significant role,” Striker said. “Now we have quite a bit of evidence.”

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UNION — For Victoria

Yeomanson it’s all about the smaller moments. Yes, the Randall Cooper High School English teacher takes great pleasure in the big moments like when a student receives a prize for writing or is accepted to a top university., Or when she is named the 2014 Outstanding Kentucky Public School Educator for exemplifying the best in classroom instruction and professional involvement with their schools and community. It is given by through a partnership of Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, College of Mount St. Joseph, and the Cincinnatus Association. But, it’s the smaller moments “that keep me joyful in the classroom,” she said. “It’s wonderful when the child with severe ADHD suddenly stops fidgeting and asks a question which shows he’s been thinking about the lesson. Or when a girl stops in the hall after the ACT test and whispers I actually knew stuff. Or when I dismiss a class and the students linger for a minute or two because they’re so engrossed in the book we’re discussing. “I’m most thrilled when my students are

Cooper High School English teacher Victoria Yeomanson (center) works with students Brook Stivers, 17, and Summer Lighthill, 16, after class. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

excited because they’ve learned something or accomplished something they didn’t know they could do.” Yeomanson, 54, of Union, has been teaching for 23 years, it’s something that she didn’t always know she wanted to do. She graduated from University of Connecticut in 1981 having studied acting. She lived in Las Vegas and worked on cruise ships singing for several years. However, she desired something more and after the birth of her daughter went back to school. Yeomanson graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1989 with degrees in education and English. She received a master’s in instructional and curricular studies in 2004 from university as well. She earned National Board Certification in 2011. She has been teaching at Cooper for six years.

Cooper instructional coach Durell Hamm said Yeomanson is “undoubtedly one of the most distinguished teachers” at the high school. “What makes Vicky such an excellent teacher is her ability to entertain students while teaching,” he said. “We have students wanting to take her class because they hear her classes are fun and you learn a lot. The students are right. Here class is unbelievably filled with high energy, enthusiasm and engagement. Her students achieve on average 20 points higher than the national average on the AP exam. “ Hamm nominated Yeomanson for Outstanding Kentucky Public School Educator. Xavier University’s Mike Flick said Yeomanson was chosen because she “demonstrated many qualities of a great educator.”

HEBRON — Hebronbased nonprofit Paws and Claws Animal Rescue will host its inaugural Fuzz Ball to raise money for the four-legged fuzzballs they’re helping. The Fuzz Ball is 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas. Tickets are $50 per person, and includes dinner, beer and wine. The fundraiser also features a photo booth, slide show, silent auction and music. Paws and Claws founder Angie More said the goal is to sell out the event, which is 200 people. All money will go into the organization’s vetting fund for veterinary costs, More said, “because we have such high vet bills.” Organizers are still searching for sponsors and silent auction donations. There are different levels of sponsorships, More said, and donations can be anything, from gift baskets, gift cards, jewelry and more. Though it’s just the first year, More anticipates it will be an annual fundraiser. “This is our inaugural year and we’re going to do it every year to help so that we can continue to save more animals,” she said. The idea behind the Fuzz Ball is one that’s been kicked around for

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Jane’s Saddlebag kicks off 10th season By Stephanie Salmons

BIG BONE — Visitors will notice even more changes to Jane’s Saddlebag when the heritage tourism destination opens for its 10th season, Friday, April 4. This year, ticketing will be done and merchandise will be sold in a new general store, a building on the site that was once used for storage. The store is ready for the new season, with items emblazoned with the Jane’s Saddlebag logo displayed and profiles of the petting zoo animals hanging on the wall. The store is pristine and orderly but has a rustic, authentic feel. The idea of an additional building was one owner Brett Blackmore, who

owns the site along with his wife, Samantha, and friend Tony DeMatteo, began thinking about last year. “More importantly, the reason why we did it was because Jane’s, the main building where our restaurant is, we were so busy, the people didn’t even recognize that we had merchandise, like shirts and patches,” Brett Blackmore said. The trio purchased the facility from Brett Blackmore’s parents, Nancy and Peter Blackmore, who originally refurbished the saddlebag style house at 13989 Ryle Road. The complex, not far from Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, has the main building where visitors can find homemade food and desserts, a wine shop,

a kids village, petting zoo and more. “We’re glad to get it,” Brett Blackmore said. “There were a lot of people worried because they didn’t know what my parents were going to do, but we’re glad that we got it and it’s something we love doing.” In the beginning, he never imagined Jane’s would reach the level it has. This year, Jane’s will host two interns and will have zoo babies. Both interns are studying biology, DeMatteo said, and “this will be the first year we have a fulltime attendant in our petting zoo to do guided tours, explain who they are, what their personalities are, how we got them, as far as the animals go.” It’s a “detailed ameni-

Samantha, Brett and Wyatt Blackmore and Tony DeMatteo stand in the new Jane’s Saddlebag general store.STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ty” that will enhance customers’ experiences, he said.

Jane’s Saddlebag will also host its second wine festival Saturday and

Sunday, May 31 and June 1. According to Brett Blackmore, they’ve discovered they have the largest wine festival in the state in terms of the number of participating wineries. Currently, 21 wineries are scheduled to be there and one is pending. They’re expecting 3,000 to 4,000 people that weekend and anticipate more than 45,000 people this season. Jane’s Saddlebag is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday April through October. For more information or planned events, visit Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @SSalmonsNKY

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April marks child abuse prevention month By Stephanie Salmons

FLORENCE — Northern Kentucky leaders and advocates, students and residents gathered at Tom Gill Chevrolet April 1 for the Family Nurturing Center’s Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Awareness Ceremony, marking the start of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Officials from Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant counties addressed the audience before featured speakers Larry Gildea and Dan Horn took the podium. Gildea’s son, Doug, was sexually abused as a child by a neighbor in the 1970s. Never recovering from the incident, Doug committed suicide in 1992. The Cincinnati family told their story in a Cincinnati Enquirer article by reporter Dan Horn last No-

vember. “You’re wondering, someone my age wouldn’t know anything about child abuse,” Gildea began. “Sixty-two years ago or thereabouts, myself, my brother and several other altar boys were molested by our parish priest.” He and his brother survived. They married. They raised families. “And my point is, most of the children who were abused become productive members of society,” Gildea said. “Most. But not all.” He relayed the story of his son, sexually molested by a neighbor at the age of 5. Gildea urged parents not to put their children in situations they can’t control and to ask questions. “As society, it is our responsibility to bring awareness to child abuse,” Gildea said.

Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Dan Horn, Tom Gill Chevrolet general manager Randy Rahmes, and Larry and Janet Gildea, at the Family Nurturing Center’s blue ribbon ceremony marking the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month.STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“April, as you know, has been dedicated child abuse (prevention) month, and that’s a good thing, but there are 11 other months we need to concern ourselves with also.” Horn said during his address the attention span of the media is short, cov-

ering a story and moving on. “That’s not a great part of our business, but it is a part of it,” he said. “We rarely get a chance to really dig into a story and tell what happens long after that story fades away.” Victims and families,

he said, aren’t eager to talk about the experience and no one should feel obligated to tell their stories just because it happened to them. “The trouble is, survivors are the ones who can tell that story best,” Horn said. “Without them, all people know about child abuse is what they see on TV and in the headlines ... and that’s what made Larry’s call so extraordinary. He wanted to talk about it. He wanted to tell Doug’s story. He said it’s important people understand how suffering doesn’t end after the abuse. It doesn’t end when the guy goes to prison. And I agreed. I said that’s not a story we’ve told before and I agreed to tell it.” Following the ceremony, the Gildea family and Horn were among those recognized by the Family Nurturing Center.

Horn received a framed poster thanking him for being a partner in prevention for Child Abuse Prevention Month. “It’s just amazing to see how many people are here from all walks of life and all different professions,” Family Nurturing Center executive director Jane Herms said following the ceremony. “And it’s really, I think, a testament to the community in recognition that child abuse can’t be solved by one organization or one industry or one leader. It really takes all of us working together. It’s really heartening to see so many people come out and make the time and take the stance but it really takes moving forward from today with action.”

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St. Timothy Preschool's color of the month was pink, a color aptly displayed by student Maci Arrasmith.THANKS TO DEB THOMAS

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Gateway moving from Amsterdam Road Gateway Community and Technical College expects to relocate to the Urban Metro Campus by the start of the fall 2014 semester, which begins Aug. 15. In separate emails to employees and students, Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes said the college will move nearly all of the programs now taught at its existing Covington/Park Hills campus on Amsterdam Road to the new campus being developed in downtown Covington. The Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation is currently transforming the former Marx building at 615-622 Madison Ave. into the Gateway Technology and Design Center. The renovation work being done by Century Construction is slated to be finished this summer, enabling the college to expand its offerings at the downtown campus. “After a dozen years of discussion, planning and activity, our move to the Urban Metro Campus will take a huge step forward beginning this summer

as we implement the next phase of development,” Hughes said, noting the moves will occur in three phases by the end of 2014. “The transiHughes tion represents a very exciting opportunity for our faculty, staff, students and the community we serve,” he added. “The Urban Metro Campus offers many unique advantages; most importantly for our students, the renovated historical buildings will contain stateof-the art teaching and learning centers.” In the first phase of the relocation, five programs will move to the developing campus from the Amsterdam Road location. These programs include business administration, computer and information technology, criminal justice, education, and interdisciplinary early childhood education. The instructional design and learning technology program

and the visual communication program currently housed at Odd Fellows Hall also will relocate into the Technology and Design Center in time for fall classes. In addition, the college will add many more classes in general education at the Urban Metro Campus; these are designed to enable students to transfer to senior institutions. “Our goal is to have in place the classes most students need to complete their general education degree requirements without their having to travel to one of the other GCTC campuses,” Hughes said. In the second phase of the process, the college’s Amsterdam Road bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble will move into newly renovated space at 614 Madison Ave. That move is expected to be completed in November. Hughes said he will maintain office space at this location, just as he did at the Amsterdam Road campus. The third phase will take place in December and January

after the renovation of a building at Fifth and Scott streets formerly occupied by the Abode Furniture store. There the college will house the cosmetology and massage therapy programs together to create a student-led urban spa. Hughes noted that many of the graduates from these programs eventually own their own businesses. “As part of the student’s education, the creation of a spa environment will give students a unique chance to learn how to operate a business,” he said. In related moves, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing technology programs will relocate to the Boone Campus in Florence this summer. Hughes said the move will cluster most of Gateway’s technology programs together in one location that offers increased efficiency in delivering common technical courses needed for most of the technical programs. The college’s programs in automotive, diesel and collision

repair will remain at the Amsterdam Road campus for the time being. “We are currently exploring appropriate locations for the relocation of the transportation programs but we have no announcement at this time,” Hughes said. Hughes stated that by the end of 2014-15 academic year the Amsterdam Road campus will be closed. “That campus has served us well for many decades, but it is isolated and its facilities are beyond their normal life expectancy. Vacating it will pave the way to sell the property and utilize the proceeds to help develop the Urban Metro Campus.” Hughes wrote. The college is expected to begin marketing the Park Hills/Amsterdam Road campus property later this year. “The entire urban region and especially the downtown Covington community are welcoming our new campus with open arms as a bold investment that will transform Northern Kentucky,” Hughes said.



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Thomas More junior pitcher Tim Baldrick (Elder) throws to the plate. THANKS TO THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

New pitchers one key to TMC success By Adam Turer

Boone County High School’s Robert Beneker runs the last leg of the 4x800 relay, which the Rebels won at their own invitational April 4. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Boone teams right on track

By James Weber

BOONE COUNTY — Ryle won the boys championship at the Boone County championship meet. Ryle had 132 points to 110 for Cooper, 98 for Boone County, 90 for Conner and 66 for Walton-Verona. St. Henry won the girls meet with 137 points to 123 for Ryle. Cooper was third with 88. Conner had 68, Boone 65 and W-V 43. Each team was allowed one entry in each event. The Boone County boys won the 4x800 (8:50.08) with Akram Abdulle, Logan Vier, Mathew Koons and Robert Beneker. Jose Sanchez won the 110 hurdles (15.96) and 300 hurdles (42.50). Koons took the 400 (51.24) and Abdulle the 800 (2:06.01). Boone was second in the 4x400 (3:37.77) with Abdulle, Donald Brumley, Koons and Joel Shutt. For the Boone County girls, Jena Doellman won the high jump (5-0) and was second in the triple jump (32-9.25). She is defending regional champ in the high jump. Savannah Lykins was second in the100 hurdles (17.82) and Rachel Rehkamp second in the discus (87-5). For the Conner boys, Joe Chambers was second in the100 (12.05). Nick Baumann was second in the 1,600 (4:58.05) and Nolan Gerlach second in the

3,200 (10:13.49). The Conner girls won the 4x100 (56.52) with Rian Boelter, Nastasia Stickler, Tatijana Smith and Emma VonLehman. Conner was second in the 4x200 (1:54.87) with Casey Hite, Emma VonLehman, Rian Boelter and Caylee Duncan. Olivia Panella was second in the long jump (15-10). Chester Delph took second in the triple jump (37-4). Gabe Platt was second in discus (117-1) and Trevor Thompson the shot put (37-6). The Cooper boys won the 4x200 boys (1:34.77) with Kyle Henderson, Caleb Watson, Greyson Winiger and Tyson Jackson. Mitchell Greenhalgh won the 1,600 (4:43.16) and Zach Stewart the 3,200 (9:55.79). Greenhalgh and Stewart are defending regional champs in those events. Tanner Schmoll won the high jump (5-10) and was second in the long jump (19-1.25). The Jaguars were second in the 4x800 boys (8:50.86) with Aaron Kelter, Jake Vandermosten, Zach Stewart and Stephen Russell. Cooper was second in the 4x100 (46.47) with Richie Pauls, Tyson Jackson, Tyler Brennan and Greyson Winiger. Kelter was second in the 800 (2:08.73) and Nic Watts second in the 200 (23.94). For the Cooper girls, Julia Henderson won the

400 (1:01.36) and was second in the 200 (26.34). Also for the Cooper girls, the 4x800 was second (10:39.24) with Karina Egger, Dawn Patton, Ashley Dragan and Olivia Goessling. Julia Henderson was second in the 100 (12.98). The Ryle boys team won the 4x100 (45.23) with Mitchel Bateman, Nathan Winegardner, Collin England and Grant Smith. Ryle won the 4x400 (3:36.66) with Matt Froschauer, Ryan Hill, JB Allen and Logan Bateman. Ryle is defending regional champs in the 4x200 and 4x400. Smith won the 100 (11.74) and Mitchel Bateman won the 200 (23.67). Allen took the triple jump (39-0) and Triston Hall took both the discus (122-5) and shot put (37-6.5). Matt Pederson was second in the 110 hurdles (17.72). Matt Froschauer was second in the 300 hurdles (42.88) and Allen second in the high jump (5-8). For the Ryle girls, Jensen Bales won the 1,600 (5:43.55). Alexandra Patterson won the 800 (2:28.74). Katelyn Nichols claimed the 3,200 (12:22.95) and Alexis Stockton the discus (94-3) and shot put (32-7). Ryle won the 4x400 (4:19) with Patterson, Jacqueline Jones, Maria Truitt and Christy Hadley. Ryle was second in the 4x100 See TRACK, Page A9

CRESTVIEW HILLS — A 9-8 start is no reason to panic for the Thomas More College baseball team. The program’s last sub-.500 season came in 1996. This year’s team is on the right track to keeping the streak alive. After starting the season slowly, the Saints won six of eight games entering a weekend series at home against Grove City beginning on April 5. The Saints have advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Division III tournament in three of the past four seasons. Thomas More won back-toback Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles in 2010 and 2011. The Saints won 31 games en route to another regional semifinal finish in 2013. The program’s stability is a result of consistently strong leadership from veteran players. “It’s been a matter of guys just buying into the system and having upperclassmen pass the torch down year after year,” said head coach Jeff Hetzer. “We have gotten great leadership from our juniors and seniors. They are always making sure our younger guys are doing things the right way.” This year’s leaders are senior outfielder Cody Makin (Elder), senior second baseman/outfielder Jason Handley (Oak Hills), and junior pitcher Tim Baldrick (Elder) and senior pitcher Andy

Roenker (Holy Cross). “We’re still trying to figure out who we are, especially on the mound,” said Hetzer. “We lost 75 percent of our innings from last year.” Despite having new starters in the rotation, the team’s pitching has been its most consistent strength so far this season. The Saints boast a team ERA of 3.90. Sophomore pitcher Logan Miller (La Salle) boosts the starting rotation, which is led by Baldrick and his 1.96 ERA. Roenker has yet to allow an earned run in four appearances, collecting three saves. At the plate, the heart of the lineup has been reliable. Sophomore first baseman Donovan Pogue (Cincinnati St. Xavier) has provided a boost. He leads the team with a .450 batting average. Pogue, Handley, and Makin each have an OPS over1.000. Finding other batters to drive them in has been the biggest challenge this season. “We are trying to consistently knock guys in when they’re in scoring position,” said Hetzer. “Consistency is more of a mindset.” The veteran leadership--all from local high school products this year--is again in place. Once they find that elusive consistency, the Saints hope to surge toward a 18th straight winning season. “Our strength depends on the day,” said Hetzer. “Right now, we’re just trying to survive weekend to weekend.”

Sports hall inducts five Community Recorder

The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame has its annual induction ceremony, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Villa Hills Civic Club. The inductees include:

Garren Colvin

Football, basketball and baseball, Ludlow High School and Thomas More College Began his baseball career in Ludlow Knothole with hall-of-fame coach Benny Clary; team was the Kenton County postseason champs, entered the Cincinnati Knothole tournament and won the Cincinnati League Championship, played at Riverfront Stadium. Was a three-year starter in three sports at Ludlow. Played football with Billy Jo Blasingame and Jeff Berkemeier; was a wide receiver his first three years and the quarterback his senior year; named all-9th region as a senior, and received the Top 22 Enquirer presti-

gious postseason award. His basketball career averages were 11 points and 11 rebounds per game; named all-9th region tournament team as a senior; one fond memory was beating Highlands. Pitched and played outfield for the baseball team; four-year starter; named to the all-9th region tournament team in 1982 as a senior, as well as all-region, all-district, allEnquirer and all-Kentucky Post. Received baseball scholarship to Thomas More; played four years there for Coach Jim Conner, as a pitcher and outfield. Still ranks in the top 10 for most innings pitched in school history; did not lose a game as a pitcher until his junior year; named All-NAIA as a senior. Received two invitations to major league tryouts; now works at St. Elizabeth Hospital as an assistant CEO; will be the commencement speaker at this year’s Ludlow

High School graduation.

George Wilson

Basketball Graduated from Marshall High School in Chicago, where he won basketball state championships in 1958 and 1960; attended University of Cincinnati and played on the 1962 NCAA championship team; was selected to the 1963 Pan American team; won a gold medal in the 1964 Summer Olympics; drafted by Cincinnati Royals of the NBA; inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Illinois State Hall of Fame in 2011. He has been involved in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky organizations since arriving to play at UC in 1960; has appeared at many local high schools and Northern Kentucky sports functions and as a guest speaker for the Hall of Fame many times; big supporter of the Talbert See HALL, Page A9



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St. Henry pitcher Michael Ridilla (20) and Rex Rogers confer on the mound. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Crusaders rout Lloyd in All ‘A’ S

t. Henry beat Lloyd 11-1 in the first round of the All “A” 9th Region tournament April 5. The tourney was set to conclude after deadline. St. Henry hosts Beechwood Thursday, April 10 and Trinity Friday, April 11.

Michael Ridilla pitches for St. Henry. The Crusaders beat Lloyd 11-1 in baseball during the All “A” 9th Region tournament April 5 at St. Henry District High School in Erlanger. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY



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House and Miami County YMCA; involved with the Kicks for Kids Program; and is on the board of Transitions, Inc.

Lindsay Pauline (Long) Lichtenberger Swimming, Dixie Heights High School Kentucky state champion two times for Dixie Heights, 1996 and 1997; Junior National Champion platform 1993, 1997 and 1998; member of the United State Junior World diving team1995, placed top 6 in the world 3-meter; placed top 8 on platform diving in 1997; member of the U.S. Senior National diving team 1997-2001; won World Cup bronze in Mexico City on the 10-meter synchronized platform; platform; bronze medalist in 1998 at Swimming and Diving World Championships in Perth, Australia, in the 10-meter synchronized platform; finalist at the Goodwill Games in 1998 at Buffalo, N.Y. in the 10-meter synchronized platform; qual-

way are state medalists Alexandra Patterson (fourth in the state in the 800) and Casey Springer (fourth in pole vault). They were both regional champions. Alexis Stockton was a state qualifier in shot and disc, and Jensen Bales qualified for state in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Jacqueline Jones qualified in the 1,600. Elaine Johnson is the team’s top jumper. Katelyn Nichols, cross country regional champion, adds to the Raiders’ distance crew. Newcomer Juliet McGregor bolsters the sprint crew. Wihebrink, in his 22nd season, said the team can compete for conference and regional championships and finish top 10 at state. St. Henry girls Tony Harden returns a veteran team that has a lot to defend and repeat, as the Crusaders were state champions in Class 1A last year. St. Henry was also conference and regional champs in 2013. Top returners start with Madison Culbertson, Sam Hentz, Taylor Connett, Tina Felix, Celia Eltzroth, Kathy Munzer, and Lauren Cahill. Renee Sveck, Holly Blades and Kat Nix are the top new-

comers. Culbertson was 1A state champ in the 100 last year and ran on both the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that won state. She was also second in the 200. St. Henry returns all four runners from the state champs in the 4x800. Walton-Verona boys and girls Phil Amstutz returns for his eighth season as head coach. Both Bearcat teams were North Central conference champions last year. Pacing the boys team are sprinters Jon Jones and Kallen Schmidt, distance runners Joe Rider and Matt Harper, and hurdler Noah Richardson. The girls team is paced by jumper Shelby Mullikin, sprinters Emily Wells and Lauren Mulcahey, and distance runner Madison Lohr. Amstutz said both teams have good depth and experience, and are hard-working. He said all the sprint relay school records could be broken this spring.

(56.92) with Kyla England, Cameron Miller, Katelyn Kalil and Allie Pennington. Maddie Bloemer won the 300 hurdles (49.85). St. Henry won the girls 4x800 (10:19.24) with Sam Hentz, Taylor Connett, Lauren Cahill and Holly Blades. Also the 4x200 (1:53.26) with Cahill, Kat Nix, Tina Felix and Mallory Foley. Celia Eltzroth won the 100 hurdles (16.04) and triple jump (33-0.5). Madison Culbertson won the 100 (12.42) and 200 (25.45). Felix won the 300 hurdles (48.59). Kathy Munzer won the long jump (161.5). Connett was second in the 1,600 (5:51.91) and Nix was second in the 400 (1:06.65). Hentz was second in the 800 (2:33.64) and the high jump (4-10). Renee Svec was second in the 3,200 (12:26.44). The Crusaders were second in the 4x400 (4:19.78) with Cahill, Felix, Connett and Nix. Layne Follow James on Twitter, Machcinski was second @RecorderWeber in the shot put (27-11). For the Walton-Verona boys, Clark Crook won the long jump (19-8). The Bearcats were second in FALL 2014 SIGN UPS the 4x200 (1:35.48) with Colin Crook, Scott Smith, Kallen Schmitt and Owen Doverspike. Smith was Saturday Apr. 12th • 10-4 second in the 400 (52.50). Sunday Apr. 13th • 2:30-4:00 Below is information on some other teams, Saturday Apr. 26th • 12-4 submitted by coaches in Sunday Apr. 27th • 2:30-4:00 the preseason. Ages 3-14 Ryle girls Central Park off Camp Ernst Rd • Burlington KY The Raiders were 3A Shelter 2 by soccer field #4 CE-0000588420 regional runner-up last year for head coach Jim For Questions, Call Adele Nichols For Rainout Information, Call Wihebrink. Leading the @ 859-866-4583 513-852-0707


St. Henry senior Josh Kleisinger, 29, hits the ball. St. Henry beat Lloyd 11-1 in baseball during the All "A" 9th Region tournament April 5 at St. Henry District High School in Erlanger. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY



ified for finals of the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia; named NCAA All-American 10meter individual platform at Southern Methodist University.

Coached basketball on the junior- and highschool levels, while teaching at Newport and Ludlow; employed as the special education director at Ludlow Schools.

Rick Smith

Tom Saalfeld

Basketball, baseball; Ludlow High School Lettered three years of varsity sports, basketball and baseball, 1968-1971. Pitched in the baseball regional final in 1971; received special recognition that year and was voted “the game guy” in the state of Kentucky for playing high school sports with a handicap. He was unfortunate in having polio in his left leg. His handicap never interfered with his desire to play sports. He was very active in coaching Ludlow youth and Fort Mitchell youth in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Ludlow Youth Football was reinstated by Smith in 1990 after a few years of no peewee ball in Ludlow; was director of Ludlow Youth Football 199095; director of Fort Mitchell Spartan football 19952000; involved in Special Olympics program in Northern Kentucky for many years.

Basketball; Holy Cross High School 1964-67, Thomas More College, 1967-71 Four-year starter for Holy Cross basketball under Coach George Schneider; played frosh and JV 1964-65; won 9th Region championship as a junior, played in state tournament at Freedom Hall, Louisville, lost to Breckenridge County in state finals; in 1967, named All-34th District, played with his brother, Bob Saalfeld. Went on to play at Thomas More for Coach Jim Weyer; a 6-foot-4 forward, he started his junior and senior years; averaged 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a junior, 10 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior; received the Robert Breinich Award for basketball, academics and character. Now employed as CEO at St. Elizabeth Hospital Fort Thomas.

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Budget bill is toughest duty of legislature Approving the state budget has been called one of the toughest, most important duties of the General Assembly. The 250-page document leaves the governor’s office as a proposal in January. Getting an agreed-upon, finalized version back to his desk in the spring is truly a monumental task. Needs are coupled with resources. Appropriations are matched with priorities. Debt is balanced by revenues. And a consensus between 138 lawmakers is found. We completed the job (March 31) when months of dedicated study, advocacy, review, discussion, negotiation and plain hard work culminated in the final passage of a $20.3 billion two-year budget plan for the commonwealth. While I reluctantly supported the Senate version of


the budget some weeks ago, I chose to vote against the final budget because there was simply too much on the John “credit card.” Schickel I did vote for COMMUNITY the final reveRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST nue bill. In my mind it provided needed tax relief for Kentucky’s signature industries. It also approved the angel investor tax credit which will put businesses in Northern Kentucky on an even and competitive playing field with Ohio businesses. Notably, the final budget supports Kentucky’s education efforts from preschool to college. The plan will expand the state’s preschool program

in 2016, increase K-12 perpupil (SEEK) funding, add nearly $10 million for education technology and authorize many important capital projects on our college campuses. While some state agencies and programs will face cuts up to 5 percent in the next biennium, critical areas like Medicaid are protected from reductions. Funding of child care subsidies for low-income families will be restored for household incomes of up to 125 percent of the federal poverty level in 2015 and expanded to families earning incomes of up to 160 percent of the poverty level in 2016. Many of the other bills sent to the governor (March 31) were aimed at improving the health and safety of Kentuckians young and old. Senate Bill 98 will create an adult abuse registry and re-

quire agencies that employ adult caregivers to check the registry database before hiring a personal care staff member. The registry would be maintained by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and would also be available for individuals or families seeking to hire a caregiver. Senate Bill 109 will prohibit the sale of “electronic cigarettes” to minors. We want to do all we can to protect our children from drugs, including nicotine, and this measure will help do that. Senate Bill 124 will allow research and limited medical use of cannabis oil. Under the measure, doctors at the state’s two university research hospitals can prescribe the oil to patients, as well as conduct studies of its effectiveness. The General Assembly is now recessed for a 10-day veto

period. While consensus hasn’t been reached on important bills like anti-heroin abuse and the state’s road plan, we are still working hard, in informal discussion during recess, toward final agreement on these and many other measures. There’s still time for bills to receive final passage. We return to Frankfort on April 14 to complete the final two working days of the legislative session. We’ll consider any vetoes the governor might enact on any of the various bills we’ve passed so far, as well as put a final stamp of approval on any of those lastminute bills still being considered. Republican State Sen. John Schickel represents District 11. He can be reached at PO Box 991, Union Ky., 41091. Call him at 1-800-372-7181.


Florence Lions Club

Meeting time: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month Where: Lions Clubhouse, 29 LaCresta Drive, Florence Website: Contact: Membership chairman Description: Florence Lions Club’s main mission is to provide local eyesight care for those that need help in Boone County and the surrounding area.

Florence Rotary Club

Meeting time: Noon Mondays Where: Airport Hilton Hotel, Florence Contact: President Billy Santos, or 859-426-2285 Website:

Florence Woman’s Club

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. third Tuesday of each month (except July and August) Where: Florence Nature Park Club House Contact: Linda Gritton, president, Description: Club organizes exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Interact Club of Boone County

Meets: Twice monthly, dates vary Where: Scheben library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union Contact: Description: Open to ages 12-18, it is sponsored by Florence Rotary Club. Erica Almquist is new president.

Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear reads to children during story time at the Boone County Public Library’s Main library in Burlington on March 19. Beshear hit locations in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties that day as part of the Kentucky Literacy Celebration week. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Seniors have valuable insights for the community Last year the Administration on Aging’s theme for Older Americans Month of May was: Unleash the Power of Age. As an advocate for seniors, I believe that we should be celebrating the power of age every day, all year round. The question becomes, though, how to best unleash that power? How can we tap into the rich life experiences, leadership skills and insights of the older residents in our community, to make Northern Kentucky a better place to live? I’d answer that question by saying that the opportunity to “unleash that power” is before us right now – the myNKY campaign. Seniors have the wisdom and experiences to help guide the vision of tomorrow for

Northern Kentucky. myNKY, a six-month community visioning campaign currently underway focused on Tricia Watts engaging residents, educaCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST tors, politiCOLUMNIST cians, and businesses to help determine the priorities for Northern Kentucky’s next five-year strategic plan. I learned about the myNKY when I was contacted by a representative from the campaign and asked to share information at the 10 Senior Activity Centers operated by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. Seniors are the ‘experi-



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enced” population of Northern Kentucky, and can provide expertise, wisdom and lifelong knowledge to this visioning process. Recently my almost-80year-old mother came to live with me. After years of living three hours apart, it is a delight to talk with her each night and hug her each morning. But her needs and wants for this community are drastically different than mine. She is concerned about how she will get to doctor’s appointments, if her medication costs will go up and what kinds of activities are available for older adults in the community. Jobs and economic growth are important of course, but that’s not what is on her mind day-in and day-out. Many seniors share the concerns of health, transporta-

tion and meeting daily needs. Their perspective is quit different than mine, yet seniors provide such valuable insights as we plan for our future – our aging future. I encourage everyone, but especially seniors in Northern Kentucky, to make your voice heard by visiting, the online hub for collecting community input. The website features a variety of ways for you to share your thoughts and feelings about our future including an interactive prioritization game where you can show how you’d invest a million virtual dollars in community priorities like housing and public transportation, and there are a variety of polls and challenge questions on topics that change each week. If you don’t have access to the in-

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

ternet, call 859-757-0518 and provide your opinions over the phone or visit any of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky’s Senior Activity Centers and ask the Center Manager to help. Whether you do it online, over the phone or in-person, myNKY is your chance to share your voice about what you believe will move the region forward. Let’s talk give a nod to our past, but focus on our future. Let’s talk about our priorities. Let’s make sure everyone in our community’s voice is heard. I encourage you to visit today and use your wisdom to influence the future of Northern Kentucky. Tricia Watts lives with her 80-yearold mother and husband in Park Hills.

Union Recorder Editor Marc Emral, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Masquerade Madness 2014 co-chairs Candice Ziegler and Shannon Wendt and the Advocates of the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center raised a record $95,000 from the annual gala.THANKS TO NORTHERN KENTUCKY CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER


Gala madness helps Children’s Advocacy Center

n enthusiastic crowd raised $95,000 to help children of abuse at Masquerade Madness, March 1. More than 320 supporters of the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center gathered at the Airport Marriott to find themselves immediately immersed

in Venetian opulence. A cocktail reception started the evening leading to an Italianthemed dinner followed by dancing to the music of The Chuck Taylors. The newly themed annual gala (formerly the Ghoulish Gala) was an explosion of glamour and allure with most guests

Amy and Robert Carlisle at the Masquerade Madness for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. THANKS TO

adorning masks surrounded by gold and silver accents, themed centerpieces by Timothy’s Florals, performances by ballerinas of Expressions Dance Theatre, and green screen photography by Studio 66 for guests to have their portrait taken in the famed Italian city upon arrival.

Emcee Ed Hartman led a special live auction of wind chimes created by Northern Kentucky high school art students and an elaborate copper and brass water feature created by students at Boone County Area Technology Center. A new video for the children’s advocacy center was shown, and a

new fundraising and awareness campaign was announced beginning this month to coincide with national Child Abuse Prevention month. Last year, the NKYCAC served nearly 750 children in a coordinated response to child abuse. It is the only Children’s Advocacy Center in

Northern Kentucky and recognized as a Center of Excellence by the National Children’s Alliance. For more information about the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center, visit or call 859-442-3200.

Patrick Brown and Amy Wainio Brown in masks at the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center's gala.


Attending the Masquerade Madness for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center were Jack and Linda Givens. THANKS TO NORTHERN KENTUCKY CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

Bryan and Kimberly Carlisle at Masquerade Madness THANKS

Dan and Shezyra Sisowick and John Mocker.THANKS TO

Tim and Patti Lally at the Masquerade Madness. THANKS TO






THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Cooking Classes Cooking the Books, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Book: “First They Killed My Father.”, Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Prepare foods inspired by monthly book selection. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. 859-586-6101. Burlington.

Dining Events Immaculate Heart of Mary Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 5876 Veterans Way, $7.50 and up. Presented by Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. 859-6895070; Burlington. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Dine-in service, carry-out and drive-thru. Benefits Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Prices vary. Presented by Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish. 859-525-6909; Erlanger. Saint Paul Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., St. Paul School, 7303 Dixie Highway, Carlin Center. Weekly specials, dine in, carry out or call ahead. Fried haddock, fried cod, shrimp, crab cakes and more including pizza and mac and cheese. Benefits Saint Paul School athletic programs. Price varies. Presented by Saint Paul Boosters. 859-647-4072; Florence. St. Barbara Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Dine in or carry out. Fried fish, baked tilapia, shrimp and cheese pizza. Adult dinners include three sides. $8 and up. 859-371-3100. Erlanger. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Burlington Lodge No. 264, 7072 Pleasant Valley Road, Includes fish sandwich on rye or white bread, choice of fries or mac and cheese, hushpuppies and cole slaw. $9; $5 for children. Presented by Burlington Masonic Lodge #264 F&AM. 859-7463225 or 859-689-4328. Florence.

Education AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Middle and low-income taxpayers are eligible for this free tax preparation service. Those with complex tax returns will be advised to seek professional tax assistance. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington.

Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Diabetics and pre-diabetics learn basics, management techniques and tips for healthy eating and preventing complications. Lunch provided. Speakers from Northern Kentucky District Health Department. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. 859-586-6101. Burlington.

High School Sports Drew Michels Autism Awareness Tournament, 9 a.m., Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Highway, Baseball diamond. JV baseball tournament features teams from CovCath, New Cath, Dixie and Ryle. Benefits ACT Today. Price varies. 859-491-2247; Park Hills.

Holiday - Easter Country Easter Down on the Farm, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rain or shine., Benton Family Farm, 11896 Old Lexington Pike, The Gathering Barn. Visit family farm, hands-on with new baby farm animals. Bring camera for pictures with Easter Bunny. Easter egg hunts every hour start at 10:30 a.m. Benefits Benton Family Farm. $10 per carload. Join our event posted on Benton family farm face book page!. 859-485-7000; Walton.

Literary - Libraries PAWS to Read, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Read story to therapy dogs Squirt, Doc, Bailey or others. Call to reserve 15-minute time slot. Grades K-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open 5 p.m. Early games begin 6:30 p.m. Regular games begin 7:15 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. Through May 31. 859-2821652. Erlanger.

Sports Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. vs. Gem City. Home bout double-header., Midwest Sports Complex, 25 Cavalier Blvd., $13, $10 advance; $5 ages 7-12. Presented by Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls. 859-372-7751; Florence.


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Exercise Classes

Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union.

Zumba, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, $7. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Music - World The Tillers, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Exercise Classes Zumba, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, $7. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Self-Management, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension

MONDAY, APRIL 14 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6 p.m.-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. 859-586-9207; Florence.

Dance Classes Cardio Dance Party Dance Fitness Class, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to

popular music. Ages 18 and up. $7-$12. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 513-617-9498; Florence.

Literary - Libraries Homework Help (grades K-12), 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Drop in and volunteers show you how to use library resources and guide you toward the correct answer. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Latininspired, calorie-burning workout. $5. 859-505-8263. Petersburg. Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7:10 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha Yoga postures. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for first time or pick up new tricks. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program. $25 per month. 859-334-2117. Union. Teen Gaming (middle & high school), 3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Gaming and snacks. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Civic Libertarian Party of Boone County, Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Stringtown Bar & Grill, 255 Main St., For likeminded individuals to discuss local, state and national issues. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Libertarian Party of Kentucky. Through Aug. 19. 859371-8222; Florence.

Education Advance Directives, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Advance directives explained and Kentucky documents reviewed along with tips for starting important conversation for advance care planning. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. 859-586-6101. Burlington. Sign Language, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn conversational sign language. $10. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union. Teen Writer Tuesdays: Middle and High School, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Share your work. No experience required. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Open Gym (middle and high school), 3:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Basketball, board games and snacks. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Literary - Libraries

The Highlands Band Spaghetti Dinner is 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Samuel Woodfill Elementary School, 1025 Alexandria Pike. The Highlands band members perform solos and ensembles during dinner. Includes raffles. Benefits Highlands Band Program. $4-$7. 859-815-2521; PHOTO

Teen Cafe, 3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels are invited to play. 859-342-2665. Florence. Real Men Read, 10:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Group reads books that appeal to men and then share what they’ve read. 859-3422665. Union. Piecemakers, 1:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Learn basics or share expertise in quilting. Free. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

Linton Music Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, featuring the Madcap Puppets, are 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway. Music Making with Madcap: The Story of the Gingerbread Man. Violin, viola, cello, piano and Madcap Puppets tell story through music of Brahms. $5 or four for $15, free under age 2. 513-381-6868; PHOTO

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Art & Craft Classes Arts and Crafts by Defy Gravity Designs, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Make different art/craft piece every week. $5. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Exercise Classes Sombo/Russian Judo, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Downstairs. Ages 6-adult. Learn Russian art of self-defense and how to fall properly to prevent injury. Ages 6-. $85 per year. Presented by Sombo Joe. 859609-8008. Hebron.

Literary - Crafts Soy Candle Making, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Use food grade wax and essential oils to make earth-friendly, high-quality therapeutic candles. Each participant will go home with one jar candle and one votive candle. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries Book Chatter Book Group, 9:30 a.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Walton. Computer & Internet Basics, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to use computer and surf Internet. Learn about parts of computer system, how to get online and get to websites, how to use search engines and perform keyword searching and how to set up and use an email account. Registration required. 859-3422665; Florence. Bridge, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-3422665. Union. Yoga, 6:15 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Class suitable for all levels. 859-3422665. Union. Chick Picks, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Magic the Gathering (middle and high school), 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Play Magic the Gathering with other local players, or learn how to get started. Bring your own deck. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Pizza and Pages, 3:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Eat pizza and talk about books you’ve been reading. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Read with a Teen (grades 4-10), 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Build your child’s reading skills with help of teen role model. 859-342-2665. Union.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18 Dining Events Immaculate Heart of Mary Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Immac-

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 spaceavailable 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. ulate Heart of Mary School, 5876 Veterans Way, $7.50 and up. Presented by Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. 859-6895070; Burlington. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Dine-in service, carry-out and drive-thru. Benefits Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Prices vary. Presented by Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish. 859-525-6909; Erlanger. Saint Paul Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., St. Paul School, 7303 Dixie Highway, Carlin Center. Weekly specials, dine in, carry out or call ahead. Fried haddock, fried cod, shrimp, crab cakes and more including pizza and mac and cheese. Benefits Saint Paul School athletic programs. Price varies. Presented by Saint Paul Boosters. 859-647-4072; Florence. St. Barbara Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Dine in or carry out. Fried fish, baked tilapia, shrimp and cheese pizza.

Adult dinners include three sides. $8 and up. 859-371-3100. Erlanger. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Burlington Lodge No. 264, 7072 Pleasant Valley Road, Includes fish sandwich on rye or white bread, choice of fries or mac and cheese, hushpuppies and cole slaw. $9; $5 for children. Presented by Burlington Masonic Lodge #264 F&AM. 859-7463225 or 859-689-4328. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19 Exercise Classes Zumba, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, $7. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 859-282-1652. Erlanger.

The Boone County Public Library presents a soy-candle making class, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St. in Petersburg. Use food grade wax and essential oils to make earth-friendly, high-quality therapeutic candles. Each participant will go home with one jar candle and one votive candle. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665; PHOTO



Sharing hot cross bun recipe legend I may be jinxing myself, but I think we’ve finally transitioned into spring. The last few days have convinced me, and in our little patch of woods, I’m seeing true harbingers: watercress in our spring fed pool and trilliums, bloodroot, anemones and spring beauties all poking up through the leaves. Rita The dandeHeikenfeld lions and RITA’S KITCHEN wild onions are all over the place. Both nutritious wild edibles. Meanwhile, we’re gearing up for Easter. One of my favorite yeast buns to make is hot cross buns. Now these aren’t extremely sweet, like a sweet roll (they’re a bun, remember), but just sweet enough to really enjoy with a cup of tea or glass of milk. Legend has it that if you make yeasted hot cross buns for Good Friday and hang one up in the kitchen, you’ll have success with anything you make with yeast all year ‘round. That won’t be happening at my house! Let the kids help Granddaughter Eva loved making the cross decoration. You can also simply use the icing as a glaze over the whole bun.


1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast, regular or rapid rise 1 tablespoon plus 1/2

cup sugar, divided 1 cup warm milk (110° -115°) 1/4 cup softened butter Couple dashes salt 1/2 to 1 cup raisins 1 large egg, room temperature 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups allpurpose flour Preheat oven to 375. In mixer bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. It will foam up. Add butter, raisins, egg, salt and remaining sugar; beat until smooth. On low speed, pour in enough flour to form soft dough - I used 3-1/2 cups. Turn onto very lightly floured surface (not too much flour or buns will be tough); knead until smooth like a baby’s bottom, about 5 minutes. I used the dough hook so avoided hand kneading and extra flour. Place in sprayed or buttered bowl, turning once to coat top. Bless dough! Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 hour or more. Stick a finger in gently, if indentation remains, you’re good to go; if it springs back, it needs to raise more. Punch dough down. Divide into 12 portions. Shape into balls. Place in sprayed or buttered 13x9 pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden. Mine were done at 25 minutes.


Whisk together:

Hot cross buns: Make them, and hang one up in the kitchen to ensure success in future yeast recipes.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

2 cups confectioner’s sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla 4 tablespoons water or more if needed. Make a cross shape on each bun.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen:

Raising in frig: As an experiment, I divided dough in half and let half raise at room temperature and half in frig, covered, overnight. The dough from the frig took

longer to raise, but both batches came out great.

Hawaiian roll clone

Leave out raisins and icing and you have a roll that, to me, tastes like store-bought Hawaiian rolls. The crust is not as soft, but the sweet flavor is there!

Yeast basics

Back in the old days yeast came in the form of moist little cakes and had

to be refrigerated. Now we can buy dry yeast in the store. It comes in many forms, from regular yeast to rapid rise to bread machine yeast. All easy to use!

Is it fresh?

To make sure your yeast can still leaven, add a little to some warm water with a pinch of sugar. It should foam up within minutes. If not, toss it. Yeast kept in freezer stays fresh longer.

Can you help?

Applebee’s hot bacon dressing. Wanda R. has tried “to no avail” to make this. Do you have a similar recipe?

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Email her at columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Gaines Tavern celebrating 200 years The Gaines Tavern will be 200 years old this year. Connie Goins and friends of the tavern are planning a big family reunion for anyone who traces their family history to Abner Gaines this fall. So, get busy and trace your family ancestors. A spring tea is being planned for May 4. Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling Walton City Hall. ■ The Walton Verona Community Service will be held at the Walton Christian Church on Good Friday evening, April 18, at 7 p.m. ■ The Excellence in Education Awards was last

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week at Walton Verona. Congratulations to Dan Trame for winning the Golden Apple teacher award.

■ Moms, grandparents and children 6 months through kindergarten are enjoying Mom’s Morning Out at the Walton Christian Church. This happens every Thursday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m. through May 22. You are very welcome to come and enjoy some free time to do whatever

you need or want to do. The children are well taken care of and will enjoy a structured environment with activities, art and music time, games and more. Also, they will have snacks. Volunteers are welcome. Plus being very affordable, a small donation. For more information contact Tiffany Sams at or 859.250.5402. ■ The Diggers and Planters Garden Club has planned their programs and itineraries for this season. April 15 they will be going to see the Zoo Blooms. Anyone interested in going, please meet in the

Christian Church parking lot by 9 a.m. On Monday April 28, a visit to the Ron Hite garden. This is always a beautiful display of spring plants and flowers. Ron’s garden is located locally at 848 Stephenson Mill. Just meet at Ron’s garden at 6 p.m. ■ Fifteen members of the Walton Verona Class of 1951 met at the Family’s Main Street Restaurant last Wednesday. Cleo Sublett was unable to join them. Cleo’s husband Brian is now home after being hospitalized for three months. ■ Gary Glacken of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been here to visit his fam-

ily. Gary’s mother, Mary Ruth has been in St. Elizabth – Edgewood, but is home now. Mary Berkemeier will celebrate a special birthday on April16. Many happy returns, Mary. ■ Services were held for Woody Ross on Friday at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home – Walton. Our sincere sympathy to his wife Ellie, son Jason and family. Woody was Commander of the Johnson-McElroy Post 277 and was very active in working for the good of the community. Military honors and interment was at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery – Williamstown.

■ We lost a faithful Walton citizen this week, Virgil “Bud” Young. Bud was 96 years old and had been in fairly good health until recently. Services were on Saturday at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home. Our sympathy to his niece Coreta Cheesman and family. ■ Just a reminder: The Purple Heart memorial dedication will begin this Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial. Ruth Meadows writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her at 859-391-7282 with Walton neighborhood news items.

POLICE REPORTS FLORENCE Arrests/citations Zachery R. Boitman, 23, execution of warrants for alcohol intoxication in a public place and contempt of court , Jan. 8. Ginnie Dephillips, 35, giving officer false name or address, theft of identity of another without consent, Jan. 9. Randall L. Griffith, 37, execution of bench warrants for alcohol intoxication in a public place, Jan. 9. Cody W. Rainier, 30, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Jan. 9. Mark J. Sholler, 34, shoplifting, Jan. 10. Mitchell L. Williams, 34, execution of warrants for theft and burglary, Jan. 10.

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services, alcohol intoxication in a public place, March 5. Brandon J. Dirkes, 33, theft from an auto, March 5. Joshua M. Wilder, 25, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, March 5. Amber L. Young, 27, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, March 5. Ricky W. Barrett, 37, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, March 5.

Investigations/incidents Assault Reported at 4700 block of Houston Road, Jan. 9. Burglary Computer, TV stolen at 6 Trotters Way, Jan. 11. Reported at 40 block of Patricia St., Jan. 8. Reported at 20 block of Roger Lane, Jan. 10. Reported at 6900 block of Curtis Way, March 3. Burglary, criminal mischief Damage caused to apartment at 30 block of Alan Court, Dec. 27. Criminal mischief Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 7100 block of Houston Road, Dec. 28 Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 8500 block of Almahurst Trace, Dec. 27. KY: Florence, Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 7400 block of Turfway Road, Dec. 27. Reported at 8500 block of Imperial Court, Jan. 8. Reported at 10 block of Wellington Drive, Jan. 9. Reported at 7500 block of Hillcrest Drive, Jan. 10. Reported at 7000 block of Shenandoah Drive, March 3. Reported at 2000 block of Mall Road, March 4. Criminal possession of forged instrument Personal checks counterfeited/ forged at 8400 block of U.S. 42, Dec. 27. Forged check counterfeited at 6900 block of U.S. 25, Dec. 26. Death investigation At 100 block of Locust Ave. Dec. 28. Fraudulent use of credit card Reported at 8100 block of Ewing Blvd., Jan. 9. Harassment Physical contact, no injury at 7200 block of U.S. 42, Jan. 11. Identity theft Reported at 800 block of Sunnybrook Drive, Jan. 8. Identity theft, giving officer false name or address Reported at U.S. 42, Jan. 9. Possession of controlled substance Heroin seized at 7800 block of Commerce Drive, Dec. 26. Heroin seized at 4900 block of Houston Road, Jan. 11. Possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia Reported at 3000 block of Mall Road, Jan. 8. Receiving stolen property Automobiles recovered at 7800 block of Commerce Drive, Dec. 27. Shoplifting Pair of jeans stolen at 5000 block of Mall Road, Dec. 28. Four packs of soda and case of beer stolen at 4900 block of Houston Road, Dec. 28. Merchandise stolen at 7600 block of Doering Drive, Dec. 28. Six pack of beer stolen at 7600

block of Industrial Road, Dec. 28. Merchandise stolen at 7600 block of Doering Drive, Dec. 28. Merchandise stolen at 7600 block of Doering Drive, Dec. 26. Five purses stolen at 5000 block of Mall Road, Dec. 26. Merchandise stolen at 6900 block of Burlington Pike, Jan. 11. Reported at 1100 block of Hansel Ave., Jan. 7. Reported at 6900 block of Burlington Pike, Jan. 8. Reported at 7600 block of Doering Drive, Jan. 9. Reported at 60 block of Spiral Drive, Jan. 10. Reported at 4900 block of Houston Road, Jan. 10. Reported at 3000 block of Mall Road, Jan. 11. Reported at 980 block of Burlington Pike, March 2. Reported at 2100 block of Mall Road, March 3. Shoplifting, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia Reported at 3000 block of Mall Road, Jan. 8. Reported at 4900 block of Houston Road, March 3. Terroristic threatening Third degree at New Buffington, Dec. 28. Theft Reported at Mall Road, Jan. 7. Reported at Interstate 75, Jan. 10. Reported at 8300 block of Tamarack Drive, Jan. 9. Reported at 6800 block of Houston Road, Jan. 11. Reported at 6700 block of Dixie Highway, Jan. 9. Radio from a vehicle stolen at 1100 block of Hansel Ave. Dec. 28. Jewelry, shoes stolen at 1100 block of Tamarack Circle, Dec. 27. Automobiles stolen at 2000 block of Mall Road, Dec. 27. Cellphone stolen at 4900 block of Houston Road, Dec. 26. Purses/handbags/wallets and computer hardware/software stolen at 7600 block of Doering Drive, Jan. 11. iPhone5 stolen at 7300 block of Burlington Pike, Jan. 11. Reported at 6700 block of Dixie Highway, Jan. 9. Reported at Mall Road, Jan. 7. Reported at 8300 block of Tamarack Drive, Jan. 9. Reported at Interstate 75, Jan. 10. Reported at 6800 block of Houston Road, Jan. 11. Reported at 7800 block of Tanners Lane, March 4. Reported at Tanners Gate Drive, March 4. Reported at 1300 block of Hansel Ave. March 2. Theft by deception Money stolen at 7600 block of Doering Drive, Dec. 27. Theft, criminal mischief Speaker and stereo stolen at 30 block of Alan Court, Dec. 28. Car stereo amplifiers stolen at 7100 block of Industrial Road, Dec. 27. Reported at 7500 block of Carole Lane, March 2. Theft, criminal mischief, criminal trouble Unknown quantity of used tires stolen, automobiles destroyed/ damaged/vandalized at 8100 block of Burlington Pike, Jan. 11.



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Question: Recent winds have broken off some large tree limbs from my maple tree. While I have the chainsaw out, should I go ahead and also cut back my other trees now? Answer: Large trees that were damaged Mike during the Klahr winter or in the last few HORTICULTURE CONCERNS weeks’ wind storms need to either be removed (depending on the extent of the damage) or selectively pruned, but not topped. This is a good time to do major pruning of shade trees and most evergreens. Hazardous trees and branches over houses, garages, wires, parking areas, streets, sidewalks or children’s play areas, that have a “target,” should be removed first. Stores sell a lot of chainsaws this time of year to people who are cleaning up broken branches and doing their “spring pruning.” Unfortunately, many of these saws are purchased by individuals who either never owned or used a saw before or have only minimal experience with them. The chainsaw is the most dangerous piece of equipment homeowners are likely ever to use. It only

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Spring cleaning good for the body and home

Many of us would love to work more physical activity into our schedules, but between responsibilities at work and home it can be hard to squeeze it in. The 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week most health and wellness experts recommend may seem impossible. Fortunately, spring is here. The longer days and warmer weather encourage more outdoor physical activity.

You may find you can fit a walk into your schedule most days of the week. Diane HowevMason er, if you EXTENSION are conNOTES cerned about getting all of your physical activity in, spring cleaning may be an answer. Moving furniture

to thoroughly vacuum and wipe down baseboards is good for your house as well as your body. Clearing dust from household surfaces removes asthma triggers and may give you a good physical workout at the same time. While cleaning may not be vigorous physical activity, it can burn a decent amount of calories, especially if you have not been very active this winter. It also may engage important muscles that haven’t

been stretched or used for a while. The number of calories some common household chores burn is listed below. These calories are for a person of average weight (150 pounds). Your calories burned may be more or less depending on your weight and the intensity and effort you put into the action. » 20 minutes vacuuming – 56 calories » 30 minutes folding

laundry – 75 calories » 30 minutes dusting – 80 calories » 20 minutes washing the car – 102 calories » 30 minutes mopping – 153 calories » 60 minutes gardening – 324 calories Other household and lawn chores, such as pruning, putting away dishes, window washing, mulching, and removing cobwebs, work different muscle groups and burn calories.

So don’t think of spring cleaning as only a chance to freshen and improve your home and lawn, but a chance to rejuvenate your body. Set a goal for yourself this spring to improve both your body and your home. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

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Laura Jane Brandner, 81, of Florence, died March 31, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a 20-year employee with Turfway Park, and she enjoyed traveling. Her husband, Carl Brandner, and son, Michael Genter, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Joan Adams of Williamstown, and Susan Lantz of Florence; son, William Genter of Independence; brothers, Ches Sweetapple of Canada and Derek Sweetapple of Florida; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: Salvation Army, 1806 Scott St., Covington, KY 41014.

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Cecil Dickey, 71, of Edgewood, died March 27, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an electrician with IBEW Local No. 212, collected antique cars, and loved to fish. His brother, Ronald Dickey, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Dickey of Edgewood; daughters, Suzi Kahler of Fortson, Ga., Jerri Dickey of Edge-


wood, Chris Menkhaus of Edgewood, and Michelle Schildmeyer of Florence; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Raymond Fugate Raymond Fugate, 82, of Burlington, died March 29. He was a truck driver for Boone County Public Works Road Department, and enjoyed farming, woodworking and being outdoors. His brother, Bill Fugate, and sister, Rilla May Abdon, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Anna Marie; daughter, Sandy Gadker of Independence; son, James Fugate of Walton; sister, Pauline of Lexington; brothers, Oakley, Oby, Leroy and Ora, all of Petersburg, and Grover of Hebron; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Belleview Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials: Belleview Baptist Church Cemetery, 6658 5th St., Burlington, KY 41005.

Phillip Hale Sr. Phillip E. Hale Sr., 76, of Burlington, died April 1, at his home. He was an Air Force veteran, and worked for Pure Steam. Survivors include his sons, Tim Hale, Jeff Hale, Ross Hale, Barry Hale, Jason Hale, Phillip Hale Jr. and Aaron Chumley; daughter, Larinda McMasters; brothers, Paul Hale, Mike Hale, Glenn Hale and Pat Hale; sister, Colleen McDowell; and 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Helen Kiffmeyer Helen Kiffmeyer, 90, died April 1, at Carmel Manor Retirement Center in Fort Thomas. She was a teacher in many schools throughout the Diocese of Covington for more than 30 years, supervisor and consultant for the Diocese Office of Education. traveled the world during her retirement, volunteered for Be Concerned and the Parish Kitchen, and was a member of the Covington Art Club, the Benedictine Oblates, several book clubs, and the Derby Girls. Survivors include her children, Carolyn Schwier of Cincinnati, Joseph Kiffmeyer of Moab, Utah, and Donald Kiffmeyer of Moab, Utah; special sister, Kathleen Morowitz; one grandson and two step-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mithcell. Memorials: Be Concerned, 714 Washington Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

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Helen M. Lewis, 94, of Independence, died March 28, at Woodcrest Manor Care Center in Erlanger. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Bromley where she was a member of the Women’s Guild, and was a member of the Bromley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Her husband, Walter A. Lewis; son, Edward W. Lewis; and brother, Roy Beil, died previously. Survivors include her son, Robert “Bob” Lewis of Independence; daughter, Peggy Ernest of Florence; brother, Earl Beil of Villa Hills; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

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Sharon T. Lightner, 79, of Florence, died April 1, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was semi-truck driver with her husband, was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel for standing up for senior adults’ rights, and loved cats, science fiction, bowling and cooking. Survivors include her husband, Charles S. Lightner; sons, Carl Lightner of Florence, Jeffrey Lightner of Atlanta, and Chaz Kemp of Erlanger; daughter, Diann Siler of Chattanooga, Tenn.; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials: Friends of the Shelter, P.O. Box 93, Union, KY 41091-0093.

David Michael “Mike” Saladin, 74, of Hebron, died March 25, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a former member of the Kenton County Rotary in Erlanger, worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and J.E. Harris of which he took ownership, was a former member of St. Paul Church and the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, and enjoyed fishing, sketching, playing the piano and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Diana Saladin of Hebron; son, Scott Saladin of Hebron, Todd Saladin of Lexington, and Luke Saladin of Lexington; sister, Judy Haney of Hebron; and two grandsons. Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Ellen Littlejohn Ellen L. Littlejohn, 89, died March 17. She worked for AT&T in California for many years before moving to Northern Kentucky, loved traveling and corny jokes, and was very involved with IHM Church and School, including St. Patrick’s Day visits to each classroom dressed as a leprechaun with candy for the students. Her husband, Forbes Littlejohn, died previously. Survivors include her friends, Marie Frey, Marilyn Cote, Jackie Jansen and Debbie Curtin. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice; or Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Nora Pawlus Nora C. Pawlus, 63, of Burlington, died March 31, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a former marketing representative for McDonald’s in Michigan, was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and enjoyed arts and crafts. Survivors include her husband, Patrick Pawlus; children, Steven and Chris Pawlus; sister, Nola Bourjeili; and one grandson. Burial was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in South Field, Mich. Memorials: Pew Fund at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY.

Malcolm Rigdon Jr. Malcolm E. Rigdon Jr., 80, of Florence, died March 27, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. His sister, Dorothy Bluemel, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Rigdon; children, LaDonna Holloman, Dwayne Clagg, Michael Rigdon and Joni Coppage; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Woodrow Ross Jr. Woodrow W. “Woody” Ross Jr., 70, died March 29, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired crane operator for Maxim, member of the Walton Masonic Lodge, the Good Guys Club and the Ralph Fulton VFW Post in Elsmere, Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, commander of the Johnson/McElroy American Legion Post No. 277 in Walton, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, working in tobacco and spending time with friends and family. Survivors include his wife, Elrose L. “Ellie” Schuler Ross; son, Jason Woodrow Ross; sisters, Frances Bailey and Liz Pray; brothers, Logan Ross and Archie Ross; and two grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: American Legion Post No. 277, 415 Jones Road, Walton, KY 41094.

Clyde Scroggins Clyde “Randy” Scroggins, 59, of Burlington, died March 29, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his wife, Patty Hopkins; children, Matt Scroggins, Kyle Scroggins and Travis Scroggins; sisters, Deborah Guilkey and Deana Spicer; and four grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice; or American Heart Association.

Dave Simmons Dave Simmons, 52, of Erlanger, died March 28, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a meat packer with Davis Meats and Seafood in Walton, and attended Florence Baptist Temple. His father, Lester Simmons, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Deaton of Erlanger; and brothers, Dan Simmons of Erlanger, and Doug Simmons of Florence. Burial was at New Bethel Cemetery in Verona.

Joyce Tucker Joyce Ann Tucker, 74, of Alexandria, died April 2, at her St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her daughter, Tina Garcia; siblings, Dorothy Dinser, William Penick, Loretta Barth, Walter Junior Penick and Charles Robert Penick, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Jeff Edward Tucker; children, Stella Woods of Florence, David Tucker of Harrison Co., and Jessie R. Blaine of Florida; siblings, Bernice Collins of Florence, Mary Martin of Fort Thomas, Joe Myers of Florence, and Eugene Hughes of Florence; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: St. Henry Catholic Church, 3813 Dixie Highway, Elsmere, KY 41018.

Virgil Young Virgil Arthur “Bud” Young, 96, of Walton, died March 31, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired self-employed mechanic, Navy veteran, member of the Johnson/McElroy American Legion Post No. 277 in Walton, a Kentucky Colonel, formerly owned and operated Young’s Boat Dock on Williamstown Lake, and enjoyed reading, working puzzles and tinkering. Survivors include his niece, Coreta Cheesman; and several great, great-great and greatgreat-great nieces and nephews. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society; or Walton Christian Church.



Dog walk benefits Pilot Dogs The 5k Northern Kentucky Charity Dog Walkathon to benefit Pilot Dogs Inc. will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. The special walk in the park raises money to benefit Pilot Dogs Inc. (, a Columbus, Ohio, based organization that provides guide dogs to visually handicapped individuals. Sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Veterinary Technicians and Northern Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, this annual event began in 1992 and has raised over $71,000. All funds collected are earmarked for a qualified Northern Kentucky person to receive training at Pilot Dogs Inc. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the walk will begin at noon. The fun and

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Dogs and their owners take off for the start of last year’s 5K Northern Kentucky Charity Dog Walkathon, at the Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, in Union. This year’s walk is scheduled for Sunday, April 27.FILE PHOTO

family friendly event takes place at Boone County Arboretum. Money is collected by sponsorships. The participants ask family, friends and employers to donate any amount to the Northern Ky. Dog Walkathon. Entries and sponsor sheets are available in


Northern Kentucky veterinary clinics or can be downloaded at the group’s website at www.nkydog The walkathon will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact Joan Arnold (513) 831-5530 or email

Easter Eggstravaganza, Saturday, April 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Harmony Place Campus, 9779 Old Union Road, Union Palm Sunday, April 13 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Voices join with St. Henry in ‘Mass Appeal’ Voices of the Commonwealth, a 60-voice adult community chorus in Northern Kentucky, in collaboration with St. Henry District High School Chamber Choir, presents “Mass Appeal,” a choral concert featuring two contrasting musical settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. The concert will be 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger. The featured works include Franz Schubert’s

“Mass in G.” Accompanied by a string orchestra and organ, Voices of the Commonwealth will also be joined by soloists Joy Burdette, soprano, Luther Lewis, tenor, and Brandon Morales, baritone. Schubert’s early 19th century setting will be contrasted with Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass.” Written in 1978, Robert Ray sets the traditional liturgical texts in English translation in a black gospel style. Joining Voices of the Commonwealth for the

MaundyThursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

“Gospel Mass” will be the St. Henry District High School Chamber Choir (Eileen Bird, director). The concert will also feature the debut of VOCE, the Voices of the Commonwealth Chamber Ensemble. A limited quantity of reserved Priority Seating tickets are available for $20. Tickets can be purchased online at voices ofthecommonwealth., or by calling 859-341-8555.

Good Friday, April 18 from Noon to 3 p.m. Open Chapel Easter Sunrise Service, April 20 at 7:00 a.m. in the Chapel Easter Celebration,April 20 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary FLORENCE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 300 Main Street, Florence



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Youth with autism have summer camp Rising Star Studios, a program of New Perceptions, is now accepting applications for its second Healthy Lifestyles Summer Weekend Camp for youth with autism and other communication/social challenges Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, at Potter’s Ranch in Union. This is an opportunity for families to get away to a nature setting for some fun, healthy activities – equine therapy, zipline, art therapy, music therapy, yoga, nature walks, and other holistic activities to promote healthy bodies, mindfulness, calm, and overall good health. All of the activities will be geared toward families

with youth on the autism spectrum and other communication/social challenges, ages 7 Jaime Love through PROVIDED young adults. Siblings are welcome to attend as well; all participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The camp will include an overnight two-day option, or campers can choose to attend Saturday only. Rising Star Studios’ Healthy Lifestyles Summer Camp is supported by Interact for Health. Discounts are available for

early registration. For more information, email info@risingstarstudi or call 859-3449322, ext. 15. New Perceptions’ Rising Star Studios program is one of 18 organizations throughout the 20-county region invited by Interact for Health to plan new, recurring mass-participation active-living events, develop outreach and promotion of existing events or recruit new participants. “Active living is shown to promote cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones and muscles, reduce the risk of many chronic diseases and helps folks maintain a healthy weight,” said Jaime Love, program offi-

Ranch will be a unique, affordable experience for families to learn, grow, be active, and make new friends.” Rising Star Studios offers programming designed to promote participants’ social, emotional and physical health and support and educate families through various classes and activities in arts, life skills, and healthy living. New Perceptions is a non-profit agency that serves infants, toddlers, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides early intervention education, as well as physical, occupational, and speech therapy to infants and toddlers

cer for healthy eating and active living at Interact for Health. “In addition to the physical benefits, being active in your community can reduce stress, enhance self-esteem and foster an overall sense of well-being.” “New Perceptions is excited to be one of the organizations chosen for this grant,” said Rising Star Studios program coordinator Brenda Zechmeister. “Many summer camps are offered in this area, but rare are the summer camp opportunities in northern Kentucky geared specifically for young people with autism and other social/communication challenges. This Healthy Lifestyles Summer Camp at Potter’s

through age three. The agency provides employment training and job placement for adult clients, either on-site at New Perceptions or through community employers. New Perceptions also provides life skills development and other appropriate therapies and services for adult clients. In the summer of 2010, Rising Star Studios joined New Perceptions as a new service for children aged 3 and up and young adults in the autism spectrum. More than 300 children and 350-plus adults with disabilities receive services at New Perceptions each year.

LaRosa names Northern Kentuckian of the Year Earlier this year, Donald S. “Buddy” LaRosa was named the 2014 Northern Kentuckian of the Year. LaRosa will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, May 2, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The ceremony includes a reception at 11:15 a.m. and a noon luncheon. The Northern Kentuckian of the Year Award was established in 1996 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders dedicated to the economic and social well-being of the Northern Kentucky region. Covington Catholic is hosting this event

which brings the community together to show appreciation to an individual that has gone LaRosa beyond the call of duty to make Northern Kentucky a better place to live and raise a family. This event has raised over $750,000 for Covington Catholic with close to 6,800 in attendance over the past 17 years. Monies earned through this event help support the tuition assistance program. For reser-

vations or to sponsor this event, go to or contact the advancement office at 859-4482247. LaRosa was born in 1930. His father and uncles, who were in the produce business, taught him a strong work ethic. He graduated from St. Bonaventure Grade School, Roger Bacon High School and holds an associate degree in business technology. He served in the U. S. Navy from1948 until1952. Buddy married JoAnn Augustine in 1952. They have four children – Denise, Michael, Mark and

six months. This experience strengthened Buddy’s commitment to youth. In 1975, Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame was founded. The hall of fame has seven new inductees each year and honors 12 local high school students for their academic and athletic achievements. LaRosa’s also showcases two athletes weekly on its website. LaRosa supports many organizations including Children’s Hospital, Freestore Foodbank, WCET TV 48, and is a board member of LaRosa’s Inc., Adopt a Class Foundation

Tom; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. JoAnn LaRosa attended Mother of Mercy High School, was a devoted housewife, mother and grandmother. She was also an excellent cook and baker. In 1954, Buddy began his first restaurant on Boudinot Avenue in Western Hills. In 1973, a fire nearly destroyed the restaurant. To repay Buddy for his past support of high school athletics, the youth of the community, through their high school coaches, helped Buddy rebuild in 40 days what architects said would take


and Hamilton County Parks. He is founder of the Greater Cincinnati Police Athletic League and Golden Glove boxing programs which provide many inner-city youth the opportunity to develop lifetime skills through hard work, discipline, sportsmanship, self-respect and pride. This program has generated National and World Champions as well as Olympic hopefuls. LaRosa’s has 49 franchise restaurant locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, and employs about 1,500 people.

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