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BEATING THE ODDS A11 Doctors said Zach Vasseur may never walk again. But he persevered and walked the stage to receive his diploma.

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‘Things are moving forward’ Union leaders hear update on town center progress By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — Boone County Planning Commission director Kevin Costello gave Union officials an update on the proposed Union Town Center at a recent meeting of the Union City Commission. In addition to the fact that “things are moving forward” with the purchase of right of way for the Mt. Zion Road project, Costello told commissioners a number of developers are interested in properties within the town center area. They’re also working with the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Corp. to look at poten-

tially marketing the property. The Union Town Center is included in Tri-ED’s Signature Sites and Buildings catalog. Costello said there’s additionally been talk with Tri-ED about the “small office market.” “There’s very little inventory in Boone County,” he said. “A lot of it’s already taken up.” Work has taken place with Tri-ED staff to identify “niche businesses,” Costello said. The Union town plan calls for a mixed-use development consisting of housing, office, retail service and public use, and provides for the Town Center at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Mt. Zion Road. Request for qualifications went out to developers last summer. For the latest updates or more information about the Union Town Center project, visit

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Panama mission trip changes hearts, attitudes


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Cannonball! Morgan Hummell, 9, of Florence, aims to make a big splash, jumping from the Union Pool diving board on May 30. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

This summer four Boone County residents will venture deep into the Darien jungle and San Blas islands in Panama. Dwelling among the indigenous Kuna tribes, they will stay in straw huts, living without electricity and, they hope, winning the trust and hearts of the people. “It means a lot to me to have this opportunity to go far away and show God’s love,” said Lyndi Tatter, 24, of Florence. Tatter and her friends Leighanne Schmoll, 20, of Burlington, and mother and daughter Kristen McClintock, 36, and Halle McClintock, 16, of Union will visit Panama to do mission work. They leave June 12 and will be in Panama for two weeks after training. The four friends attend church together at Heritage Fellowship in Florence, but are going on the mission trip through Global Expeditions, a ministry of Teen Mania based in See PANAMA, Page A2


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Halle McClintock of Union and Lyndi Tatter of Florence (center) with children from the Kuna tribe during one of their mission trips to Panama. THANKS TO KRISTEN MCCLINTOCK

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Texas. Teen Mania provides young people with opportunities to spread the gospel throughout the world. According to, since 1986, Global Expeditions has given more than 70,000 missionaries the opportunity to share their faith on short-term mission trips in more than 79 countries. This marks the third trip for Tatter and the McClintocks. “The first time I went was really hard,” Tatter said. “I kept thinking ‘I will never go on this mission trip again.’ But, then I got home and wow, I missed it.” Tatter said there’s not a day that goes by that she isn’t thinking about the Kuna tribes. As part of the trip, the young missionaries as-

sist with daily survival tasks like fishing and farming. They exchange culture while practicing English in makeshift schools, teaching Bible studies and playing with the children. “The Kuna Indians live very primitively,” Kristen said. “They live in huts, there’s no electricity and no indoor plumbing. They work really hard to preserve their culture, but they are open to God. They actually believe in many gods, they are entrenched in idolatry and worship many small wood-carved idols.” The Kuna, she said, are also very “relational” people, but “you have to build a relationship with them, earn their trust in order to bond.” That trust is earned through helping the people however possible, as well as prayer, said Halle. “One memory that really stands out for me was when we visited a

family who had a bad sickness,” she said. “We asked if they needed anything and they just wanted us to pray for them. We did. When we went back, they were doing good. We prayed again and went back the next day and they were all healed. The man told us: ‘I know that there really is a God if he can heal us from this.’” For Halle it was a victory – the reason she came. According to Kristen, the trip is also about exposing young people to the world around them. “Teenagers today are submerged in the culture here in America,” she said. “For kids to put their cellphones away and MacBooks away and truly experience that the whole world is not like America is a great opportunity.”

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FLORENCE — “It Can Wait.” That’s the message AT&T stores across the nation, including locations in Florence, are spreading about texting while driving. “We are trying to convince people not to text and drive,” said Mark Romito, AT&T director of external affairs for Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. “We love our customers to use our products and services, but we

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want them to use them responsibly and not hurt themselves or others.” The wireless communication company has released a customizable app to reduce texting while driving.


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FLORENCE — If you saw what is described as a “fireball” around 11:05 p.m. last Thursday, you were not alone. The Recorder received a report about a meteor flying over Florence last Thursday night. According to the American Meteor Society, more than 50 witnesses reported a large fireball meteor over Ohio May 30. The fireball was seen primarily from Ohio and Indiana, but witnesses from Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylva-

nia and North Carolina also made reports. The society has developed technology that can plot the path of any fireball reported to their system. According to, the accuracy of these paths is dependent on the number of witnesses who report the event and their distribution around the fireball. This particular event provided a large volume and good geographic distribution of witnesses. The society urges witnesses of the fireball to fill out an official report with them. Visit their website to do so.

The family of country entertainer Kenny Price celebrates his induction into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame June 2 at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. Price’s son, Chris, third from left, of Burlington, accepted the award on behalf of his father who died in 1987. Nicknamed the “Round Mound of Sound,” Price had a major hit with “The Sheriff of Boone County” and charted 34 singles. He was a “Hee Haw” cast member on television. More photos from the ceremony will be in the June 13 issue. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Firehouse Subs opening FLORENCE — Firehouse Subs is coming to Houston Road next to the Kentucky Shop in Florence. The sub shop, part of a firm based in Jacksonsonville, Fla., is tentatively set to open on June 18. It’s the first location in Northern Kentucky and there are plans for locations in Highland Heights and Hebron. Founded by firemen, according to its website, the company has 620 locations nationally.

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The Boone County Recorder will hold a community “Meet & Greet” at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Central Park, Shelter No.1, at 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. The event is to celebrate the launch of the Boone County Recorder’s new Facebook group. The group launched on May 29 and had more than 1,000 members join on its first day. Meet the staff of the Recorder and several of its columnists. To join the Facebook

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Union theater group plans performances

UNION — The Union Community Theatre will stage “Seussical,” an allyouth musical featuring middle- and high-schoolers – which is based on the books of Dr. Seuss – at 7:30 p.m. June 6-8 and 2 p.m. June 8-9 at the Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Union. Adult tickets are $10. Tickets are $8 for students 18 and younger and seniors 65 and older. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased by emailing, calling 859-586-0659 or visiting

Hall named public services director

FLORENCE — Eric Hall has been named the new public services director of Florence. He will replace Bob Townsend who retires Aug. 1. Hall is a 14-year veteran of the Florence Public Services Department and has served as project coordinator in the department since 2008.

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FLORENCE — Movie at Florence Nature Park will be Friday, June 7. Premovie activities start at 7 p.m. The movie, “Spy Kids,” begins at dusk. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Refreshments will be on sale by Main Event Concessions. Info: 859-647-5439.

Animal shelter will waive fees June 11

BURLINGTON — Adoption fees for spayed or neutered dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be waived on June 11 when “Just One Day,” a nationwide event, is celebrated at the Boone County Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Burlington. The shelter will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11. Info: 859-5865285.

Right turn lane closed on Turfway

FLORENCE — At the intersection of Aero Parkway and Turfway Road, the Turfway Road northbound right-hand turn lane will be closed for the next two to three weeks. Right-hand turns can be made from the straight lane. The northbound lane after the traffic signal will also be closed up to the barn entrance to Turfway Park. Northbound traffic will utilize the center turn lane up to this point.

Southern Air tax incentive approved

FLORENCE — Florence City Council accepted Southern Air’s request for a credit of the city’s occupational license fee for new employees. The air cargo carrier plans to make an $8.5 million capital investment and is hoping to take part in the Kentucky Business Investment program. To qualify for KBI, Southern Air plans to hire up to 150 employees from Kentucky during the next 10 years. The estimated annual salary for these employees is $59,000.

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Graduate’s steps reflect spirit of determination Vasseur had faith he would walk again By Melissa Stewart

UNION — When Ryle High

School student Zach Vasseur walked across the stage to receive his diploma May 24, the entire auditorium erupted in applause. “There are no words that come to my mind to describe exactly how I felt seeing him walk across the stage, only pure emotion,” Ryle counselor Connie Kepf said. “My tears flowed freely. To know how hard he had worked to be able to accomplish that, how much he had struggled, to know what his family had to be experiencing watching him.” A little more than three years ago doctors told Vasseur that he had less than a 1 percent chance of ever walking again. He had severely injured his spine during training for the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross competition. “I was making a 92-foot jump and going too fast,” he said. “I went 120 feet and I dropped from the sky. I was paralyzed from the waist down.” When he heard his chances for walking, he decided he was going to beat the odds. After years of physical therapy and using a walker for support, he walked across the stage. “I’ve had a lot of people behind me, my family, people in the community and at school,” he said. “My family is my main motivation. They had faith in me that I’d walk again and that gave me faith in myself.” Vasseur attends therapy three times a week for two hours

BEATING THE ODDS Ryle High School’s Zach Vasseur discusses the unforseen progress that had him walking across stage to receive his diploma after doctors gave him less than a 1 percent chance of walking again. See video at

at a time. Administration and staff members at Ryle helped him work out his schedule of classes around his therapy. It’s not easy, he admits, but it’s always been worth it. “There’s no quitting,” he said. Vasseur has kept a positive attitude through it all, said Kepf, who’s worked closely with him the last three years. “Sometimes we forget that a positive attitude is able to overcome much of what life deals us,” she said. “Zach refused to allow himself to be defined by his injury.” Vasseur said he plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to study mechanical engineering. One day he wants to design and build boats – a passion he’s had since his youth. Kepf has no doubt Vasseur will be successful in his endeavors. “I look forward to staying in touch with him and attending his next commencement ceremony within the next few years,” she said. “He is without a doubt a wonderful young man who has touched many of us very deeply with his example of how to overcome obstacles.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports

Ryle High School graduate Zach Vasseur shows off the W. Ron Adams Success with Disabilities Scholarship award he recently received. Vasseur was paralyzed from the waist down after an injury while training for a motocross competition. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Florence students complete ‘Amazing Race’ Makenzee McSwain, a second-grader at Florence Elementary, defends her team’s goal while playing a game of pillow hockey.

Amanda Simms’ secondgrade class at Florence Elementary School completed its Accelerated Reader race by going beyond the requirements. Her class earned 1,697 points – 447 points above the target point value. This year’s theme was “The Amazing Race,” which focused on being mentally and physically ready to run your own race. Because Simms’ class was the first in the school to reach the Victory Lunch, they were treated to a trip to Town and Country Sports Complex and participated in more physical fun activities.

Kayden Wingate, a second-grader at Florence Elementary, lifts the hand bell high above his head during relays races with his classmates. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN Sarai Aboagye posed for a picture while patiently waiting for the live soccer ball. THANKS TO Amanda Simms’ second-grade Amazing Race champions. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN






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St Henry senior Noelle Butts pitches to Highlands. Highlands beat St. Henry 3-1 in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 29 at NKU. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Crusaders go out as district champs The St. Henry softball team lost 3-1 to Highlands in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 29. St. Henry finished 20-12 after winning the 34th District championship. The Crusaders graduate two seniors in Noelle Butts and Jaime Maley.

Ryle senior Jackson Brennan, 13, jumps on the Raider pile after the game as they celebrate their regional title. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Balanced Raiders claw to regional title By James Weber

St Henry sophomore Molly Dietz celebrates after getting to second on a double. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

St Henry senior Noelle Butts (middle, facing left) and teammates get ready for an inning. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


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» Ryle senior Mason Forbes for being named most valuable player of the Ninth Region baseball tournament.


» Boone County lost to Beechwood in the Ninth Region quarterfinals, 8-3 to finish 16-16. Austin Johnson posted three hits. Cameron Faehr had two hits and two RBI. Brenden Stanley, Darien Huff and Tyler Schultz had two hits apiece. » Ryle beat Covington Catholic 7-2 in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Mason Forbes had three hits including a double and triple. Tyler Lonnemann and Jackson Brennan had two his each. Eric Clarkson drove in two runs. » Ryle beat St. Henry 8-0 in the Ninth Region semifinals. Josh Bellew struck out eight in pitching a three-hitter. Tyler Mason drove in two runs. Five Raiders had two hits apiece in the game. » St. Henry beat Highlands 3-2 in eight innings in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Craig Rose had three RBI. Alex Conradi and Rex Rogers had two each. » Walton-Verona lost 14-2 to

» Boone County lost 2-1 to Notre Dame in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Madison Graham and Caitlyn Palmer had two hits each. Dallis Knotts limited NDA to four hits. Sydney Foster had an RBI single. Boone finished 17-12. » Conner beat Dixie Heights 5-4 in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Sydney Himes had three hits. Kayla Ellis, Elizabeth Sims and Paige Thompson had two hits each. Alexia Snalbaker had two RBI. » Walton-Verona lost 10-3 to Anderson County in the Eighth Region quarterfinals. .


» Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, Covington Catholic will add wrestling to its athletic program. Dave Johnson has been selected as head coach. Johnson has 13 years of experience and has coached at the varsity high school level for the last eight seasons contributing to programs at Norwood, Cooper and Ryle. The addition of wrestling will complement basketball, bowling and the swim/dive programs during the See HIGHLIGHT, Page A7

UNION — Ethan Brennan had spent his baseball career as a starting pitcher but has spent most of his junior season coming out of the bullpen. When his Ryle High School baseball teammates needed him the most, however, Brennan’s muscle memory allowed him to go the full seven innings and deliver the biggest win of the year to the Raiders. Brennan’s three-hit shutout lifted Ryle to a 4-0 win over Dixie Heights May 30 in the Ninth Region championship game in Florence. Ryle took a 32-7 record into the Sweet 16 of the state baseball tournament June 4 in Lexington after Recorder print deadlines. The Raiders enjoyed their first regional title since 2007. “I’ve been a starter pretty much my entire life since I’ve been playing baseball, so I’m used to going longer,” said Brennan, who was overjoyed to be a regional champ. “It’s awesome. It’s amazing, actually.” Brennan stranded a runner at second in the third inning, then left two runners on base in the top of the seventh to end the game. “He was on his game,” said Ryle head coach Pat Roesel. “He pitched real well his last two outings. He had good command and he was lights out.” Roesel had informed Brennan the day before the game that he would get the nod in the regional final. “I wasn’t really surprised because we had gone through all of our main pitchers,” Brennan said. “In the bullpen warming up, I felt really good so I was thinking it could be my day. I was feeling really good at the start. I tried to get ahead with the fastball, and then work in the curve and the twoseam (fastball) a little bit. I got the first strike a lot of times and that really helped me.” The Raiders scratched together single runs in the second through fifth innings after getting the leadoff batter on base in all those innings. In the second inning, junior Tom Deters had a leadoff single and senior Tyler Lonnemann drove him in on a sacrifice fly. Junior Mason Forbes led off the third with a hit and

Ryle junior Tom Deters scores one of Ryle’s four runs. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ryle junior Ethan Brennan pitches to Dixie Heights. He threw a three-hit shutout. Ryle beat Dixie Heights 4-0 in the Ninth Region championship game May 30 at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium in Florence. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Deters got an RBI with a sacrifice fly. In the fourth, junior Eric Clarkson hit a double and scored on a two-out hit from Lonnemann. Forbes got on base to lead off the fifth and Deters notched another sac fly to make it 4-0. Forbes was the tourney’s most valuable player. Lonne-

mann, Brennan and Thomas Baumann were all-tourney picks. Ryle led the Ninth Region in offense all season, averaging nearly eight runs per game, but had to rely on consistent smallball against Dixie to complement the pitching of Brennan. “You can’t count on hitting every day,” Roesel said. “Sometimes you don’t have it, but Ethan was the man. You get the leadoff guy on, your chances of scoring go up exponentially. We just scratched it out.” With a win Tuesday, Ryle would play Lone Oak or Central Hardin 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Ryle’s semifinal game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday and the state championship game is 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8. All games are at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Winning the regional title was a moment to remember for the Raiders, who got together in a big pile near the pitching mound after the championship game ended. “When we got down, we got back up. We’re all a team and we pick each other up,” Forbes said. “We all love each other. One person gets down, someone is there to pick him up. It’s a brotherhood.” Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber



Young Cougars fall to familiar fate


By James Weber

The Kentucky Warriors seventh-grade AAU girls basketball team was the regular-session champion and the post-session tournament champion of the Sports Of All Sorts-Union Spring League. From left are: Front, Kira Asch and Anja Arlinghaus; back, Caroline Buddenberg, Shelby Harmeyer, coach Ben Coffman, Emily Ross and Bree Roberts. THANKS TO BEN COFFMAN


winter sports season and provide another activity for student participation. To date, 62 students have expressed interest. “I am excited about the opportunity to be the Colonels wrestling coach. I will work diligently to make this sport a success at CovCath and to represent the school with class and sportsmanship,” said Coach Johnson. Dan Osborne will be head assistant/JV head coach. Osborne comes to CCH with nine years of coaching experience in both Kentucky and Ohio. Osborne coached at Glen Este High School last year where he specialized in working with

the upper weights. In addition, he was the varsity defensive line coach for the Glen Este football team. As an athlete, he was a four-year letterman, district placer, conference champion and a two-time captain at Cincinnati Anderson High School. Covington Catholic principal Bob Rowe said, “Over the last couple of years, several stakeholders have expressed interest in establishing a wrestling program here at Covington Catholic. We are very fortunate to have found such a qualified and capable coach as Dave Johnson. We look forward to his joining the staff and are confident he will develop a quality wrestling program for our young men.”

HEBRON — Except for one player, the opponent was different. But the end result was disappointingly familiar for the Conner High School softball team. The Cougars lost a tough 3-2 decision to Notre Dame in the Ninth Region championship game June 2 at Northern Kentucky University. The Cougars ended the season with a 23-10 record. Conner was playing in the regional final for the seventh-straight year and eighth out of nine, but the Cougars have only won one of those games (2009). “Both teams battled really hard,” Conner head coach Kristin Koors said. “It was a good game between two good teams. There were a few calls that kind of went their way, but you still have to overcome those and find a way to win it.” Conner faced a familiar pitcher in Notre Dame sophomore Haylee Smith, who is in her first season at NDA after transferring from Ryle. Smith had helped Ryle beat Conner the past three seasons in the Ninth Region final, two of those times from the pitching circle. Smith scattered six hits and struck out seven Cougars. She kept a 3-1 lead down the stretch, when Conner began the fifth and sixth innings by getting its first two runners on base. In the sixth, Conner had runners on second and third to start the inning before Smith induced two soft pop flies to the infield. Conner scored one run on a wild pitch but left the tying run on third base. “We battled hard and put the ball in play. We had several opportunities. We just couldn’t step up and get the big hit at the right time,” Koors said. “We

Conner freshman Jenna Hicks picks up the ball just in time to get an out at first. Notre Dame beat Conner 3-2 in the 9th Region softball final June 2 at NKU. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

were right where you want to be, but I have to give credit to (Notre Dame). That could have been a huge inning that could have gone our way. They stepped up and played well that inning.” Eighth-grade Alexia Snelbaker and junior outfielder Sydney Himes were all-tourney picks. They each had doubles in the final, as did freshman second baseman Jenna Hicks and sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Sims. Brooke Maines and Bethany Maines scored the Conner runs, the latter as a courtesy runner for Snelbaker after her double. Himes, the three spot in the lineup, is poised for a big senior year. “Himes is a great athlete,” Koors said. “She’s smart. She’s fast. She plays the game the way

it should be. She finds a weakness on the other team, she’s going to take advantage of it. I’m expecting a ton from her next year as a senior. She’s got the capability to go to the next level and play, and that’s something she wants to do.” Starting right fielder Rachel Mowl is the lone senior for the Cougars, who will look to get back over the hump next season. “We talked a lot about that this season, making a play and making the next person step up and do something,” Koors said. “Our overall team speed, we used it a lot to our advantage. We have to step up and take it to the next level. Hopefully with a little bit of age next year, they can find a way to put it together.” Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber

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Sanitation district cost should be issue I read in the paper last week candidates in Boone County are rolling out their campaigns for 2014. Boone Judge-executive Gary Moore, always talking about how much he has accomplished, will be facing off against at least one member of the Fiscal Court, County Commissioner Matt Dedden. Matt Dedden is a friend of mine with good intentions but he has really shown very little independence from Moore, making a credible run difficult but not impossible. Cathy Flaig CommisCOMMUNITY sioner Dedden RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST and State Senator John Schickel, another name mentioned as a potential candidate, need to focus on two real issues in this race, a lack of leadership and an absentee landlord in the judge’s office! For all Judge Moore’s bragging the stark reality is, Boone County is blessed with access to three interstates, the 42 miles of riverfront and a once nationally recognized airport. Basically people who are looking for a place to work or live are looking at location, location, location. It has been irrelevant who’s held the gavel during court meetings for the last 15 years, the wisdom and foresight of previous office holders to develop the infrastructure has enabled Moore to reap the harvest of what others have sewn. Today, however, change has taken hold. Traffic congestion is a nightmare in many places and the airport is a mere shadow of what it once was. Boone County voters need to be asking some tough questions moving forward, beginning with the Sanitation District. Why did Gary Moore vote for a consent decree causing SD 1 rates to jump 90 percent while debt has become over 40 percent of the district budget? Why did Gary Moore support SD 1 awarding bids for the construction that Taj Mahal off 3-L with cost overruns and change orders of over 30 percent? Why did Gary Moore support SD 1 spending $100 million on the Boone County sewage tunnel when there was a bonded bid for $10 million less? Sanitation is one of the most expensive utilities we have. On Moore’s watch rates are up and debt is at an alltime high. Some question why, to some the answer is simple, Mr. Moore and the other two judges- executive have made a niche industry of raising campaign cash from those doing work at SD 1. It might be said they have found a way to provide for the public financing of campaigns through their pay for play scheme. Cathy Hudson Flaig of Hebron is a former Boone County commissioner.

Angels in our community It all started several weeks ago when I got a call from Northern Kentucky Senior Services. Since they receive state funding, they wanted to invite lawmakers to ride along on their Meals on Wheels program. I gladly accepted their invitation and met with the person I was going to ride with, Mr. Floyd Grace. I was immediately impressed with his outgoing personality. I jumped in his car and we began our day. We stopped at apartments, houses and even one motel room, 18 in all. The common denominator at each stop was an elderly person in need of assistance. The other common denominator was Floyd’s compassion with each client. He knew each of them and their circumstances personally. He gave hugs, put meals in just the right spot in the refriger-

ator and even shut off a forgotten kitchen faucet that had been left running. The public funds spent on Meals on John Schickel Wheels and COMMUNITY employees RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST like Mr. Grace are some of the best dollars spent by the state of Kentucky. Floyd, who is also an accomplished musician, shared with me that he had been working for the program for over 17 years now. While it was easy for me to see in just one day that his job involved much more than just delivering meals, our conversations that day underscored that fact. During his time with Meals on Wheels, he had been the first to discover that two of his

clients had passed away. Thankfully, there were only happy experiences the day of my ride-along. The most memorable stop on our day was at an apartment complex for senior citizens where I met Helen. Before we even walked in, Floyd told me to be sure to ask Helen about her puzzles. As we entered, I could see why. Helen had a large, complicated puzzle laid out on the kitchen table and was working on it. My question was rewarded with a tour of her small apartment where Helen, nearly 90 years old, showcased several framed puzzles she has completed through the years. Most of them were scenes of churches and nature. She really loved those puzzles and they were beautiful. Floyd and I visited with Helen and one of her neighbors for about 15 minutes

before heading to our next stop. As we were leaving, we asked Helen if there was anything else we could do for her before we left. She mentioned that she needed a new bed. She showed me what she was currently using and it was easy to see why it was giving her problems. It was small and broken down. I met several angels in our community during my ridealong, including Mr. Floyd Grace and the other employees of the Northern Kentucky Senior Center. I would meet even more as we worked to find Helen a new bed. You’ll meet them in my next column. State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents the 11th Senate District which includes Boone and Gallatin counties and part of Kenton County. Follow on Twitter @SenatorSchickel.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Senior center thanks library staff

The Walton Senior Center received a kind donation from the Boone County Public Library’s staff. The seniors from the center were so excited and talked all afternoon about the kindness. “This was the most lively I have seen our seniors in a while,” said Rosie Rose, president of the Walton Advisory Council. Smiles and hugs continued thoughout the day as did chatter on what they will use the nice donation for. After a long discussion, they agreed that a treat to the Kincaid Theater and a few hot cooked lunches at the senior center would be nice. Maybe even a Taco Bar. Most of the seniors have never even tried a taco. “Boone County is a wonderful place where the community help each other” Mrs. Rose stated. “A place where senior citizens are taken care of and not forgotten.” Jinny Ussel and her staff at the Boone County Main Library are very kind and the donation was a big surprise and is very much appreciated, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Christine Miskell Walton Senior Center

Don’t leave a polluted inheritance

I am writing because our Young Women’s church group just finished cleaning Longbranch Road with the Boone County Solid Waste Trash for Cash program. While we were picking up

the area, we were surprised at how much and the kinds of garbage we found. Some of the items included an old metal rake, lots of plastic bags, pizza boxes, packing boxes, way too many liquor bottles, and picnic supplies along with paper waste. Considering that this road runs past Cooper High School and through nicer neighborhoods, we were surprised with the items found. Thankfully most of these things were found in the wooded areas, not homeowners’ lawns. Our biggest concern was that it appeared that frequent drinking parties take place along the stream bed. Homeowners and others who drive along the road need to be alert and report these events. The waterways (which contribute to our drinking water) are being polluted and wildlife is endangered by broken glass and plastic bags. This is not a pretty inheritance for future generations, or even our own. We all need to be watchful and careful. LeeAnn Smith Union

Thanks for support

Although most citizens in Florence may have never walked a mile in the shoes of an abused or neglected child, that didn’t stop them from raising several miles of pennies to help those very kids. A heartfelt thanks from all of us at Sunrise Children’s Services to everyone in Florence who contributed their change during the Republic Bank and Sunrise Chil-

dren’s Services Mile Of Pennies campaign in April. Republic Bank generously took part in our efforts during Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month to raise funds to help care for the abused and neglected children Sunrise serves across Kentucky, a task we’ve been dedicated to since 1869. At all of Republic’s Kentucky banking centers, including Florence, customers dropped in their change. The result? Seventy jars filled with money that will go directly to care for our children. Thank you Republic Bank for your generous support and willingness to step up and go the distance for the children of Kentucky.

Dr. William K. Smithwick President and CEO Sunrise Children’s Services

Hall of Fame sounds like popularity contest

As the daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and niece of veterans of every modern war (with the exception of the Korean War), I am all for anything and everything that can be done for and in honor of any veteran anywhere. But I have just read the article, “Ky. Veterans Hall of Fame Launched,” and I am confused. I understand wanting to establish a Hall of Fame, but for veterans? Whether or not a veteran died during his or her service or came home without a scratch, they are all still veterans. They all fought. They all

continue to fight. Those who returned alive fight to live a normal life and get the benefits they deserve from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Even the dead fight a battle to be recognized. Friends and family take up the mantle, so to speak, and keep their names on the lips of those alive today to remember their sacrifices. How do you distinguish who should be in a Hall of Fame? These people are not ball players; you can’t decide who belongs there based on performance. The person had to go “above and beyond.” What defines that? My dad was 17 when he joined the Marines, and his mom had to sign his paperwork so they would allow him to go. He really wanted to go, so let’s induct him? In Vietnam, his helicopter crashed, rolled down a hill, was ablaze, and took enemy fire. It was a battalion of North Vietnamese Army members against about six U.S. Marines. He was burned and shot, and he still has shrapnel in his leg today. That’s it, let’s induct him? At the end of the article it says, “It’s the common man,” he said. “You don’t need a person who has a lot of accolades; it’s the person who is the real deal.” All veterans are the real deal and should be treated as such. This Hall of Fame idea sounds like a popularity contest. That’s not a way to honor anyone; that’s the way to dishonor everything any veteran has done. Amy Wright Florence

Save money, go green this summer Melissa Grandstaff COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST



Here are your “Saving Green Going Green $$” tips for June. This month’s tips relate to the upcoming summer season, and saving money on your summer activities and travels. » Start a garden: Growing your own fruits and veggies is a lot of fun and cheaper than buying from the grocery store. » Buy a reusable water bottle instead of using costly disposable bottles. » Use a bucket when washing

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your car instead of letting the hose continuously run. » Slow down ... use your cruise control. This will help decrease how fast you drive. Speeding in your vehicle burns more fuel, and raises the risk of a costly speeding ticket. » Buddy up: Carpooling and combining road trips are excellent and effective methods of reducing fuel waste. By the way, volunteers are needed for the River Sweep from 8

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a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15. Choose to make little changes that make a big difference! If you have any questions, ideas or want to know how to reduce, reuse or recycle, please contact me. Check out our Northern Kentucky Resource Guide at the following link: Melissa Grandstaff is a solid waste services technician at Boone County Public Works.

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By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Fitness isn’t just about physical well-being at Melody’s Boot Camp and Lifestyle Fitness. It’s about investing in quality of life – creating a healthy community. “My business started as a way to give back,” owner Melody Hoppius of Burlington said. “My focus is to give back and bring the community together, that’s what we need.” Melody’s Boot Camp offers more than a running club, an array of fitness programs and emotional support. It offers members the opportunity for community service. The outreach focus started several years ago when Melody’s partnered with Impact Life Church in Florence to help the church build a food pantry. Members brought in food items for the amount of pounds they lost. Since then, Melody’s Boot Camp has collected 5,000 pounds of food for the pantry. Food drives are now held twice a year during the spring and fall Get Fit sessions. “Melody’s Boot Camp has been great,” Impact Store House Food Pantry director Rebecca Arsenault said. “They are our biggest supplier, they’re the reason the pantry got started, it skyrocketed and it has been wonderful. They donate so much to us that we don’t have to purchase any items. We know we can count on them.” According to Arsenault, the food pantry has given 35,000 pounds of food have to families in need. “Last year we helped 1,000 families,” she said. “This year we’ve already helped hundreds, giving out 2,000 pounds of food already.” Community Outreach Committee coordinator Amy Richie of Burlington said the goal is to keep members aware that there are needs in the community. “As a business, helping others makes us more a part of the

Melody’s Boot Camp and Lifestyle Fitness keeps members on their toes in more ways than one. Beside keeping members physically fit, the organization encourages them to be active members in the community through a variety of community service efforts. MELISSA STEWART/THE

Melody Hoppius of Burlington leads a Melody’s Boot Camp and Life Fitness session at Impact Life Church in Florence. MELISSA STEWART/THE



community,” she said. “We do as we see a need.” The needs are plentiful and the efforts abounding. Other efforts include a shoe drive where members collect all styles and sizes of shoes. Not even a year later, 350 pairs have been donated to the Heart House Homeless Shelter in Aurora, Ind., and Rose Garden Home Mission in Covington. Members also hold a bra drive, collecting gently used and new bras. Donations were split between the Women’s Crisis Center in Hebron and The Bra Recyclers in Arizona. “As our participants were losing weight and changing shape, they were able to put to use their previously supportive garments so we could find new use for them,” Ritchie said. Last October Melody’s Boot Camp started contributing to the Breast Cancer Support Fund to support Chicks and Chucks. Chicks and Chucks is a resource for breast cancer patients who have little or no financial means to acquire the products and services while battling the illness.

“In our future, we have plans for a Hoxworth Blood Drive, working with Habitat for Humanity and getting our youth active in giving back to those around them,” Ritchie said. “For us, a healthier lifestyle is more than just eating right and exercising. Being active in our community, giving back to provide for others and caring for others as a family is, simply, who we are.” Melody’s Boot Camp was formed in August 2009. Since it’s early beginnings of a few friends gathered in Hoppius’ back yard, the business has grown to more than 1,000 members and resulting in a loss of more than 20,000 pounds. “When I started the business it was just for fun,” Hoppius said. “I never saw it as a business even as it started to grow. Most businesses are out to make money, that is not my focus. I want to be seen as a business that gives and not takes. We’re about the people and the community.”

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Tammi Scott of Boone County works out during a Melody’s Boot Camp fitness session. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

When members of Melody’s Boot Camp and Lifestyle Fitness aren’t working out they’re working on making their community a better place. The organization participates in a lot of community service activities. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Jennifer Bryngelson of Walton gets her workout on during a Melody’s Boot Camp session. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Highlights performers, bands, DJs, composers, lyricists and other musical artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent 20-plus years sharing love of music with the public. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Verbum Domini, “The Word of the Lord,” is made up of a couple dozen Bible-related items in an exhibit that celebrates God’s word throughout the ages. Also called the Green Collection, it’s funded by Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Portico. Come face-to-face with tales of dragons from all over the world. View artwork and other adornments strolling beneath Chinese dragons. Learn about encounters with these beasts from China to Africa, Europe to the Americas and Australia to the Middle East. Discover what ancient historians have written about these creatures, and examine armaments that may have been used by valiant dragon slayers. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Lee Kinzer, co-owner of the Newport Pizza Company, tapes a poster advertising the Taste Of Newport event, scheduled to run 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of Monmouth Street. Kinzer is a co-coordinator of the event, and the Newport Pizza Company will be among the participating food vendors. THANKS TO BEV HOLIDAY 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Friday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Karaoke and dance. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

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Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union. Fun Time After Hours, 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Games, snacks, movies and more. 859-342-2665. Florence. 39 Clues (grades 3-5), 6 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Follow the money trail around the world to hunt for the clues. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

Drake Science Center presents: Flight Adventures, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Experience mysteries of flight inside multimedia dome. Shows run every 20 minutes with 40 people per show. Hands-on science activities while you wait. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

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On Stage - Student Theater Seussical, 7:30-10 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Meet the Cat in the Hat, JoJo, Horton, Sour Kangaroo and more. $10, $8 ages 18 and under and ages 65 and up. Presented by Union Community Theatre. Through June 9. 859586-0659; Union.

On Stage - Theater Recreation Friday Night Cruise In with DJ Ray, 5-8 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Door prizes, $1 hot dogs and free color photo. Bring car for discounted meals. Free. Through Sept. 27. 859-3846617. Union.

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages


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Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 6-7:30 p.m. Music by the Saudades (indie folk/pop)., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Free. 859-3718356; Florence.

Music - Big Band Live @ the Library: Blue Chip City Big Band, 7 p.m., Boone Woods Park, Veterans Way and Ky. 18, Hits of 1940s and beyond. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Burlington.

On Stage - Student Theater Seussical, 2-4:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m., Union Community Building, $10, $8 ages 18 and under and ages 65 and up. 859-5860659; Union.

Youth Sports Pee Wee and Junior Saturday Tournament, 7:30-11 a.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Each tournament will award points for top performers. Points accumulate each tournament and winners crowned in September. $20. Registration required. 859-3718255; Florence.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages

Community Dance Open Tuesday Night Dances, 7:45-10 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Open dancing and group class. $5 for group and $5 for dance. 859-371-1151; Florence.


Festivals Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, With approximately 15 local and regional wineries. Music by Faux Frenchmen, Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers, Mc Blue and John Redell. Art, jewelry and hand crafted vendors. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. $10; includes wine glass, four tasting tickets and free parking. 859-384-6617; Union.

The Newport Aquarium presents “Leaping Lizards,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 11, at the Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St. FILE PHOTO

Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Health / Wellness The 1200 Club Scottish Rite Car Show is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Furniture Fair in Cold Spring, 3710 Alexandria Pike. $20 car registration. Benefits the Shriners Children’s Hospital and Scottish Rite Child Care Program. THANKS TO 1200 CLUB SCOTTISH RITE

60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries The Kentucky Wonder String Band, 2 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Trio performs traditional American and old-time music. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Music - Big Band Jammin’ at Jane’s, 3-6 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Free. 859-384-6617; Union.

On Stage - Student Theater Seussical, 2-4:30 p.m., Union Community Building, $10, $8 ages 18 and under and ages 65 and up. 859-586-0659; Union.

Shopping Folksiders Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Booths scattered throughout town featuring homemade and handcrafted items of pottery, jewelry, fine art, paper items and delectable fare along with music and antiques. Free. Presented by Folksiders. 859-5869049; Rabbit Hash.

MONDAY, JUNE 10 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. Through Dec. 29. 859586-9207; Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures,

breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Registration required. 859-342-2665. Union.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries Drop-in Knitting, 6-8 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., 859-342-2665. Walton. Microsoft Excell II, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn how to use more of Excel’s functions by creating a budget, a checkbook register and a chart. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Flat Stanley, 2:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Soar skies with Flat Stanley. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Scented Room Spray, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Make your own room spray using essential and fragrance oils. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Union.

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

Healthy and Blessed from the Inside Out, 7-9 p.m., Covenant Natural Health Care, 6900 Houston Road, Building 700, Suite 39, Workshop designed for women to learn about healthy eating and style. Ages 18 and up. $34.95. Registration required. Presented by Isaiah’s Way Nutrition. 859-445-4843; Florence.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union. Chapter and Verse, 7 p.m. Discuss “Abigail Adams” by Woody Holton., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Discuss “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Family friendly. 859-342-2665. Union. Meet LuAnn McLane, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Author discusses her works and takes questions about writing process and what to do after your book is written. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Make It Sparkle (grades 3-5), 5:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Registration required. 859-342-2665. Union. Summer Style, 2-4 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Make fun, summer jewelry. Ages 6-12. 859-342-2665. Walton. Newport Aquarium presents: Leaping Lizards, 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Meet an alligator, blue-tongue skink and other members of the lizard family. 859-342-2665. Walton.

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

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:35 p.m. vs. Traverse City Beach Bums., University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, $14 VIP, $12 dugout, $10 reserved. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487;


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Exercise Classes Zumba Gold, 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Slow-paced, low-impact version of regular Zumba, perfect for anyone with physical limitations or just starting out an exercise program. $3. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Exhibits Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390. Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390. Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries Young @ Heart Book Group, 6 p.m. Discuss “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary Pearson., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discuss “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Microsoft Excel II, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Learn how to use more of Excel’s functions by creating a budget, a checkbook register and a chart. 859-342-2665. Union. Fantasy in Frosting: Cake Pops, 6:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Create sweet treats. Ages 6-12. Registration required. 859-3422665. Petersburg.

Recreation Ladies Instructional Golf League, 5-8:30 p.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Six weeks of 30-minute golf clinics covering every aspect of the game. 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6, 6:15 or 6:30 p.m. For ladies of any age. $99. Registration required. Through Sept. 4. 859-371-8255; Florence.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 Exhibits Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries 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. Through June 27. 859-342-2665; Florence.



Rita shares Taste of Cincinnati recipes

My family’s tabouleh This is the time of year I pick wild grape leaves for scooping up tabouleh. You also can use leaf lettuce. This is a “go to taste” recipe, wonderful as a main or side dish, or stuffed into pita for a sandwich. I keep tweaking the recipe and here’s my latest. Tabouleh uses bulghur cracked wheat (great for lowering cholesterol and a good source of fiber). Every family has their own version. (Check out my blog for the tabouleh video). 1 cup bulghur cracked wheat, No. 2 grind 5 medium tomatoes, chopped fine, skin left on 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin, white and green parts 1 bunch parsley, chopped fine 1 small bunch radishes, chopped fine (optional) 1 large English cucumber, chopped fine, skin left on 1 bell pepper, chopped fine Cumin to taste, start with 1 teaspoon Handful chopped mint and basil (optional) Salt and pepper Olive, corn or safflower oil to taste (start with 4 tablespoons) Lemon juice to taste

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Cover potatoes with cold water and cook until tender. Drain and cool just until they can be handled and peeled. While still warm, mash and stir in butter, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Then add egg, combining well. Form 1⁄2 cupfuls into four four-inch cakes. (If you want to chill for 30 minutes or so before or after forming patties, that is OK.). Add 3 tablespoons butter and oil to skillet over medium-low heat. After butter quits foaming, add cakes and cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden, adding more butter if necessary.

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Place wheat in bowl and rinse under cool water three times. (Why three times? Because my mom said so!). Leave about a 1⁄4 inch of water after the third rinse on top of the wheat to soften it. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, until water is absorbed and wheat is tender. Squeeze to drain any remaining liquid out. Meanwhile, mix vegetables: Add all vegetables in large bowl, mixing gently. Add cumin, mint, basil and salt and pepper. Add wheat, and mix well. Add oil, a little at a time, and mix. Taste for seasonings. Add lemon juice to taste.

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Can you help? Carlos’ Restaurant’s chicken. Francine L. wants to make her husband a special birthday dinner, like the chicken dish from Carlos’ restaurant in Florence, now closed. He loved it so much that when they sat down, the waitress would automatically ask if he wanted Carlos chicken. “His heart is broken now that it’s closed.” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Florence Mayor Diane Whalen, center, stops by to visit Florence police officers during the Police Car Show Saturday afternoon outside Florence Mall. From left are Corp. Adam Desalvo, Whalen and Patrolman Nick Houlehan. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Newport police officer Kent Hall describes the police cruiser to the McElhaney family of Florence during the June 1 Police Car Show outside Florence Mall. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


About 15 Northern Kentucky police departments participated in Saturday’s Police Car Show at Florence Mall near the Florence Y’all water tower. Families came to explore police cruisers and SWAT vehicles and to enjoy face painting and a chicken wings eating contest.

Kennedy Bradford, 8, of Williamsburg, Ohio, sees what life behind bars is like in the backseat of a Newport Police cruiser during the Police Car Show Saturday afternoon outside Florence Mall. She was visiting her grandparents who are Boone County residents. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Blake Lambert, almost 2 years old, of Fort Wright, sits at the wheel of a police cruiser during the Police Car Show Saturday at Florence Mall. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Sgt. Mike Gross of the Campbell County Sheriff's Department poses with his wife Erin Gross, who is 8 1/2 months pregnant, sporting her “Future Deputy on Board” maternity T-shirt at the Police Car Show outside Florence Mall. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Deputy Michael Rankin of the Boone County Sheriff's Department, left, speaks with Steve Butts of Florence during the Police Car Show outside Florence Mall on Saturday afternoon. Butts is a member of the Florence Police Department. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Eli Parkin of Covington, director of public safety at Florence Mall, eats chicken wings during the wing eating contest Saturday afternoon outside the mall. The contest, won by Hock Mahon, was sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube as part of the Police Car Show.

Officer Mike Winkler of Edgewood Police Department stands ready show off a police car at the second annual Police Car Show at Florence Mall. NANCY



Tim Hagedorn, supervisor and bartender at Buca di Beppo restaurant in Florence, serves meatballs during the Police Car Show at Florence Mall. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Goldie the Clown makes a balloon animal for Melvin Lemus, 8, of Dry Ridge during the Police Car Show Saturday afternoon at the Florence Mall. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



DEATHS Beulah Crigger Beulah Frances “Butch” Crigger, 85, of Union, died May 27, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She owned and operated Butch’s Hair Styling on Girard Street in Florence, worked at Florence Park Nursing Home, was former member of Florence Baptist Church for many years, and had been a member of Christ’s Chapel Assembly of God since 1986. Her husband, James Harold Crigger; daughter, Baby Girl; sister, Ethel Halcomb; and brother, Arnold Halcomb, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Keith Crigger and Terry Crigger; brother, Herman Halcomb; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials: Christ’s Chapel Assembly of God, 3819 Turfway Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.

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Patrick Glenn Patrick Allen Glenn, 59, of Crittenden, died May 25, 2013, at his residence. He was co-owner of NADO TV Service, Inc. in Florence, member and elder of Walton Christian Church, and enjoyed UK basketball, working on computers and learning about NASA-related things. Survivors include his wife, Patti King Glenn; daughters, Kelli Glenn of Crittenden, and Kaycie Knarr of Independence; mother, Ruth Glenn Meadows of Walton; brothers, Mike Glenn of Florence, and Danny Glenn of Crittenden; sister, Peggy Peebles of Walton; one grandson and two step-

daughter, Linda Lou; nine brothers and one sister, died previously. Survivors include her son, Harrison Jones of Union; and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at Big Bone Baptist Cemetery. Memorials: Elsie Jones Memorial Fund c/o Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 8461 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042.


Scott Parker Scott Parker, 41, of Petersburg, died May 24, 2013, at his home. He was a former dairy department employee for the Kroger Co. in Florence, and a 1991 graduate of Conner High School. His father, Floyd Leon Parker, died previously. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sue and Jim Campbell of Petersburg;

grandsons. Interment was at New Bethel Cemetery. Memorials: Walton Christian Church.

Elsie Jones Elsie Mae Jones, 88, of Union, died May 23, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Big Bone Baptist Church. Her husband, Felix “Bee”;

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tation, photography and writing. A comprehensive project for the week is to film activities and events, which will be compiled into a culminating video. The week will conclude with a brief presentation and brown bag lunch, where parents and friends can learn more about what the campers experienced. The goal of Secret Adventure Camp is to encourage children to become creative problem solvers and to discover new talents that will help them succeed in their fu-

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Kevin Searp Kevin R. Searp, 50, of Florence, died May 24, 2013, at his residence. He was an electrician for five years with Post Glover. His parents, Raymond F. and Rosella Searp; brothers, Ray Searp, Kenneth Searp and Dennis Searp; and nephew, Johnny Boles, died previously. Survivors include his sis-

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Ravion L. Wilson, 61, of Florence, died May 23, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a home repairman. His daughter, Angelica Wilson, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Wilson; son, Scott Wilson; daughter, Stacey Wilson; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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