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Richwood merchants worry about access By Stephanie Salmons

RICHWOOD — Richwood business owners are concerned about the potential effect of proposed plans to reconstruct the Ky. 338 interchange with Interstate 71/75.

Community business leaders reviewed preliminary plans at a meeting sponsored by the Richwood Business Association earlier this month. The meeting was to help facilitate conversation between Richwood businesses and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said Adam Howard, Boone County government and community relations director.

“My role was to provide the business owners with a copy of the latest design for the Richwood interchange project.” The purpose was to draft a letter to the KYTC “that would provide a unified voice” for the businesses. “As a business owner, any time there’s changes, there’s concerns,” said Greg Schrand, owner of the Richwood Shell station. “Sometimes they’re good, sometimes

they’re bad.” Union Commissioner John Adams, owner of the Richwood Snappy Tomato Pizza, said after viewing the plan at the meeting, his concern was the access in and out of the businesses. “I understand the concept,” he said. “Every concept fits into a certain situation and in this situation I

LEARN MORE A public meeting on the interchange is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence.


‘Shop Local’ movement takes flight Small Business Saturday offers an alternative By Stephanie Salmons

Mary Jo Menning coaches her students in the dress rehearsal of their performance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Florence dancers starring in Thanksgiving parade MJM Studios making a return NYC visit By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — For 27 local dancers, turkey will not be the highlight of Thanksgiving. The girls, who dance at MJM Studios in Florence, were invited to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City next week. “We’re more than excited,” said studio owner Mary Jo Menning. The invitation comes through Spirit of America, which invites dancers from all over the country to dance in the parade every year. MJM has sent students to the parade in the past, and asked to come back this year. “Every four years, we try to do it again,” Menning said. The six-day trip includes the parade and tours of Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and other locations in New York City. “What’s amazing is the education they give along with the parade,” Menning said. Having taken past students to the

Mary Jo Menning and 27 of her students at MJM Studios will dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER parade, Menning has seen firsthand what the trip means for these young girls. “It is probably the most amazing thing for these girls,” Menning said. Rebecca McNay, a sophomore a St. Henry District High School, is one of the dancers making the trip, and for her the wait has been almost unbearable. “This week could not go slower,” said McNay, who lives in Union. McNay and the rest of the dancers recently had a full dress rehearsal to make sure they’ve got everything just



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right. “I’m kind of nervous,” she said. “There are a lot of people watching.” Traveling to New York for Thanksgiving made things a little complicated for her family, but they couldn’t be happier for her, McNay said. “We host Thanksgiving at our house, so we had to change plans,” she said. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, and airs on NBC.

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’Tis the season – for midnight madness and door-buster bargains. But for folks who don’t want to brave the crowds and rush of Black Friday for the best deals, there is another option: shop local. American Express’ Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24, and according to, it’s a day for everyone to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. According to the site, it began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Wrenda Magoteaux said her business, Sleigh Bells Christmas and Gifts in Walton, is advertising for Small Business Saturday. “We’re trying to latch on to that because we think it’s important.” While she may not have appreciated small businesses when she was younger, Magoteaux said as she matured, she always tried to support such shops “because I think it’s the meat and bread. It makes a community, I think, feel like a community … it makes each community feel more homelike.” She knows her shop can’t compete with bigger chain stores, so they didn’t try to. “We tried to pick items they didn’t carry,” she said. No small business can compete with Black Friday, said Magoteaux. “What we can give that Walmart and the big box stores really can’t give is personal service,” she said. “We greet them when they come in the door. We try to make the people know they’re important to us just for coming.” Linda Whittenburg of Burlington’s Cabin Arts, treasurer of the Historic Burlington Business Association, said money spent on goods produced by small businesses “stay in your community and grows your community,” and allows businesses to join together and sponsor community events like the HBBA’s upcoming holiday event. “We give back to the community in a way that the big box stores don’t,” she said. Local shops employ local people and “we furnish a good living for them.” Lisa Ball of Velocity Bike and Bean in See LOCAL, Page A2

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don’t see how that fits.” As for joining with other business owners, Adams said from working on the city commission, he knows “when you come in as a group, you

have much more influence on the powers that be.”

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While one alternate plan was presented at the meeting, the preferred alternate has since changed. KYTC spokeswoman Nancy Wood said the in-

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terchange will be a double cross over diamond configuration, which facilitates efficient traffic operations, less waiting time at signals and increases safety because of the elimination of lefthand turn bays. Signals will continue to be provided at the north and southbound entrance/exit terminals in about the same location as the existing ramps, she said. For drivers on Ky. 338 turning right on the interstate, Wood said movement would be the same it is today. However, for those making a left onto the interstate, the road geometry aligns drivers to cross to the other side of the road at the initial cross point, where drivers will pass beneath the interstate overpass and left turns will be freeflowing. If continuing beyond the interchange, drivers

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Preliminary plans call for Ky. 338 to be widened from Triple Crown (west) to beyond Old Lexington Pike (east). To the west, plans call for additional lanes and a raised median to be provided, she said. According to Wood, preliminary plans call for signalized access to be provided at Frogtown Connector Road and Triple Crown, while Paddock Drive will be full access but unsignalized. All other points of access will be right-in and rightout. Howard said at a subsequent meeting of the Richwood Business Association, business owners decided to draft a letter asking for a signal at

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Holiday events planned in Burlington By Stephanie Salmons

Shannon Dennemann and her sister Tessa, 2, like looking at the gingerbread houses during the Burlington Christmas celebration last year. FILE PHOTO


Stable Start: 6 p.m. Dec. 9, at Acree Hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary. The event is celebrated as a baby shower for Mary. Those attending should bring unwrapped baby items. All donations go to Rose Garden Home Mission in Covington to make baby baskets for expectant mothers in need. There will be games, food and entertainment. Admission is free. RSVP at Christmas Town: 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings Dec. 7 through Dec. 29 at the Creation Museum. Garden of Lights, a live Nativity display, “The Christmas Star” in the planetarium, camel rides. Most events free. Call 888-5824253.


nual Christmas tradition is coming back to Burlington, bringing with it a weekend full of holiday fun. The Historic Burlington Business Association will host a Burlington Christmas Dec. 7-9. The weekend kicks off at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, with a tree lighting ceremony at the Gazebo between the old courthouse and the Boone County Administration Building. Hot chocolate and doughnuts will be available. According to HBBA treasurer Linda Whittenburg, owner of Cabin Arts, Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. A train display will be at the Farm Bureau Insurance from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, and Burlington Baptist Church will have a live Nativity from 5-7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday, the Boone County Historical Society has a “Christmas in the Country” exhibit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Old Clerk’s Building. Live alpacas from Eagle Bend Alpacas will be set up by the old courthouse at 1 p.m. Saturday. Washington Square Cafe will have hot chocolate and cookie decorations from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Boone County Visual Artists Showcase will also be held that weekend

at the Main branch of the Boone County Public Library in Burlington, from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8, and from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 9. The Santa Paws pet parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the old courthouse. Dinsmore Homestead will have weekend activities as well. The Dinsmore Holiday Shop will be open in the cabinette of Cabin Arts Dec. 7-9. According to Dinsmore executive director Marty McDonald, the items are “the kind of items in our gift shop that would be good holiday gifts and holiday decorations.” With each purchase, patrons get an entry for a raffle for a Cabin Arts gift certificate. Artists and crafters interested in selling their wares should call 859-5866117. Dinsmore’s annual Christmas in the Country is from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 8-9. McDonald said the Boone County Garden

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Conner Leadership League students listen to motivational speaker Nick Jackson as they wear shirts with the names real bullying victims were called before they committed suicide. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Kathy Harmeier, left, and Garri Hunt help to set up the flag given to Mary Queen of Heaven School by Capt. Eric Burley of the U.S. Air Force. Students at Mary Queen of Heaven sent his crew packages over the past summer. The flag flew on an aircraft used in Afghanistan on July 4. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


ERLANGER — The adorned olive green jacket fits Sam Riesenberg nearly perfectly, but it still leaves him some room to grow. The 10-year-old student at Mary Queen of Heaven School walked to a Veterans Day program in the company of his grandfather, John Gripschover, who wore the coat nearly 70 years ago when he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Mary Queen of Heaven’s Veterans Day program shines amongst those in Northern Kentucky schools, because the school received an American flag flown by a troop serving in Afghanistan that students sent packages to. The flag flew in Afghanistan on the Fourth of July. “We were overwhelmed by some dozen packages that arrived over a couple of weeks,” wrote Eric Burley, a U.S. Air

Force captain, in a letter. “Your packages lifted morale after long flights and very warm days.” Lisa Burley, originally from Greater Cincinnati, flew in from Oregon to present the school with the flag. Eric is her son. “(Presenting the flag) was one of the proudest moments of my life,” Lisa said after the program. “I’m proud to be part of the great men who serve our country.” Students at Mary Queen of Heaven then honored veterans, who were seated in the front rows of the gymnasium, with poems and performances. Sam’s younger brother, Ross, was also part of the ceremony. He said he’s proud he can celebrate Veterans Day with his grandfather. “It’s really cool to hear my grandpa tell how it was in World War II,” Ross said.

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Conner hosts Week of Tolerance By Justin B. Duke

HEBRON — Students are taking a stand against cyberbullying. The Conner High School Leadership League hosted its Week of Tolerance in an effort to combat cyberbullying. The student-led effort included a video about the effects of cyberbullying each day along with activities like writing anonymous sorry letters. “Kids have really started to open up,” said Emily Bell, president of the Leadership League. “We’re beginning to realize more than we ever imagined.” According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, cyberbullying can be defined as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the

use of computers, cellphones and other electronic devices.” Even though this isn’t the first year the school has had a Week of Tolerance, the message seemed to really resonate this year, Bell said. “I’ve seen people post on Twitter ‘I’m sorry if I’ve ever hurt you,’” she said. The week culminated with a message from motivational speaker Nick Jackson, who works with volunteer organization, and a ghost out, where Leadership League students wore Tshirts with the tombstones of real students who’ve committed suicide after being bullied. “The decisions you make have ramifications,” Jackson told students. After a heated political season, students aren’t see-

ing a great example of adults treating each other with respect, Jackson said. “I need you to be resilient. I need you to be stronger than what you’re seeing. I need you to be better than what you’re seeing,” he said. Jackson admits there will be people who just choose to be bullies. “In your life there will be haters,” he said. But as the hateful words, posts and text messages come in, students can be strong because those words are usually coming from people who need the most help, Jackson said. “There’s probably bullies at your school who are some of the most insecure people you’ve met,” he said.

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YEALEY HONOR ROLL Here are the honor roll students for the first quarter at Yealey Elementary School:

All A’s Grade 4: Karah Burke, Morgan Daniels, Stephen Fannin, Parker Fields, Caitlin Holbrook, Christina Loechel, Madeline Melson, Katherine Roberts, Alexandrya Skiddle, Molly Switzer, Luke Ziegler and Ellen Zureick. Grade 5: Lucas Alley, Branden Bailey, Casey Beusterien, Catherine Johnson, Caitlin Morris, Israel Reyes and Courtney Roberts.

A/B Grade 4: Trenton Anspach, Omar Assd, Lopez Avila, Aaron Bales, Raygen Black, Justin Bolling, Rebecca

Bowman, Rosemary Bryant, Michael Burden, Mackenzie Cahill, Aleaha Cook, Chloe Cox, Alec Curee, Evan Curee, Conner Degarmoe, Sean Degarmoe, Lissy Duran, Devin Esterline, Chase Feinauer, Abigal Foltz, Kendal Franxman, Sheba Frimpong, Johnathan Garcia, Bailey Gay, Samuel Griffin, Carson Hall, Averi Hicks, Javion Hocker, Samantha Hodge, Justin Huff, Jacob Hyder, Kole Keplinger, Andrew Lin, Ashley Maynard, Chase McClure, Olivia Michael, Xavier Miller, Hunter Moranz, Ashlee Neal, Zakary Neary, Jake O’Brien, III, Caleb Parrett, Luv Patel, Alexander Reay, Matthew Richards, Marianna Rozell, Ryan Smiley, Madison Swafford, Jackson Tucker, Luke Van Alstine,

Maya Walls, Brooke Warning and Lillian Young. Grade 5: Zackery Ajwa, Aleisha Banks, Joshua Bielski, Noor Dahleh, Alainia Fangman, Ashtyn Fangman, Jaret Flowers, Bradey Gamble, Carly Holtman, Autumn Jones, Matthew Katsikas, Zachary Kegley, Alexandra Kramer, Savannah Loh, Preston Malone, Mansi Mamidi, Maximiciano Mendez, William Minniti, Andrea Mitchell, Rachel Moscona, Tyler Nwaisser, Paige Plapp, Keegan Points, Shawn Roberts, Margaret Roundtree, David Schneider, Trey Spencer, Olivia Stewart, Michael Tilford, Thalia Valencia-Murphy, David Vargas, Emilie Waltz, Victoria Wang, Henry Williams, Kameron Wright and Aubrey Yob.

FLORENCE ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL Here are the honor roll students for the first quarter at Florence Elementary School:

All A’s

Sam Riesenberg, left, was given his grandfather's Army jacket on Nov. 12. John Gripschover wore the coat while he served in the Army during World War Two. Gripschover attended Mary Queen of Heaven School's Veterans Day program with Sam and his other grandson, Ross Riesenberg. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Grade 4: Caitlin Baily, Jayden Crist, Kayla Gibson, Kyara Bane, Zachary Caplette, Grover Davis, Cloie Smithson, Binta Ba, Hilaena Bell, Santiel Buckley, Tyler Cropper, Sam Holbrook, David Bodenbender, Matthew Brazier, Lindsey Burdine, Kihly Caldwell and Hannah Short. Grade 5: Abigail Jacobs, Hailey Simonds, Autumn Bell, Paige Johnston, Jose Perez, Milagros Espinoza,

Hunter Kerzee and Trystan Rapier.

A/B Grade 4: Ina Campbell, Angel Cox, Janice Espinosa, Kayden McMullen, Kayden Noe, Ethan Perkins, Simar Rice, Jessica Smallwood, Evan Vier, Alyssa Blaine, Lucy Klump, Jocelin Martinez, Katie Meggitt, Nevaeh Ramsey, Lisa Sullinger, Evan Young, Brooke Bodurek, Anthony Booker, Tyler Gilbert, Karina Guallpa, Charles Traylor, Timothy Tunstall, Lillian Weber, Leila Ali, Asher King, Maggie Smith, Jaydin Stamper, Makhi Thomas and Ashton

Wingate. Grade 5: Jordon Allred, Juliana Fuller, Ben Keathley, Kara Miller, George Paredes, Dylan Perkins, Terrance Roberts, Austin Rose, Shabnam Tursunova, Jenna Yerkes-Winkle, Jamie Creech, Hailee Hust, Mitchell Kirst, Colson Knotts, Calie Meggitt, Mo Sissoko, Kaden Slone, Emma Griggs, Adam Hicks, Mackenzie Martin, Ian McDonogh, Ben Morris, Star Smith, Katherine Sullinger, Scott Wilson, Chloe Callen, Karen DiazBautista, Alexus Highfield, Allison Isaacs, Damion Jones, Lizzette Ramirez, Taylor Reese and Karla Yanez.





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Boone boys teams hit the court Basketball games start Nov. 26 By James Weber

Basketball season is falling into place as winter approaches. Games start Nov. 26 in Northern Kentucky. Here is a look at local boys teams:

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Cooper players celebrate with the regional championship trophy for their fans. Cooper won 40-27 at Franklin County Nov. 16. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

JAGUARS ROAD WARRIORS IN PLAYOFFS Cooper wins 1st regional football title, advances to play Harlan Co. By James Weber

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High School football team and its fans have proven themselves to be road warriors during the Class 5A playoffs. Hundreds of Jaguar supporters filled the visitors bleachers and stood around the perimeters of the field at Franklin County High School as they watched their team beat the Flyers 40-27 Nov. 16. After three playoff games in three counties, all about two hours from Union, the Jaguars will get even more frequent flyer miles after beating the Flyers. Cooper, 12-1 this year, will take a four-hour trip to Baxter, Ky. in southeastern Kentucky to take on Harlan County (11-2) Friday, Nov. 23. The prize for victory will be a similar-length trip to Bowling Green for the state final Dec. 1. “We’ve been on the road for three weeks,” said head coach Randy Borchers. “We didn’t care where we were playing. We were just happy to be in the playoffs. I think us being on the road has brought this team together. We’ve been really focused every week.” The win earned the football team its first regional title and the school’s second regional in three weeks, following boys cross country. “It means a lot,” said junior Aaron Morgan, who like several teammates was already focused on the next step. “We just got to get ready for next week. We’ll celebrate this tonight and then get back to work tomorrow morning.” Said Borchers: “Everything we do right now is making history, and we’ve done that all year in our school. These kids have been part of this from the beginning. I’m so happy for the kids and for the school.” The Jaguars punched their ticket to Harlan by grounding the explosive Flyers, who came in averaging 59 points per game, led by Mr. Football contender Ryan Timmons, who had 43 total touchdowns in 12 games. Timmons had two early touch-

BEARCATS LOSE TO NEWCATH Walton-Verona finished the season at 10-3 after a 49-14 loss to Newport Central Catholic in a Class 2A regional final Nov. 16. The Bearcats had their deepest advancement in the postseason end against the state power Thoroughbreds. Will Latimore intercepted a pass 26 yards for a touchdown against NewCath in the second quarter, but that was after NCC scored 28 points in the first quarter. Chris Latimore scored on a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Bearcats could not overcome five turnovers. “We’re real proud to get to this point,” said Bearcats head coach Jeff Barth. “Obviously we’ve got a ways to go. I think the speed of the game got to us tonight.”

Cooper senior Taylor Centers (56) and several teammates swarm on a runner as they beat Franklin County 40-27 in the 5A regional final Nov. 16 in Frankfort. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

downs, one a leaping grab in the endzone on third-and-19 after a Cooper fumble deep in its own territory, and a 57-yard run on the first play of the second quarter that gave FC a 20-16 lead. Outside of that, the Jaguars bottled up Timmons, as he had 91 yards rushing and 39 receiving for the night. Franklin had 333 yards offense for the game, well below its average. The Jaguars punished Timmons enough that he had to change jerseys during the game. But not enough where the Jaguars didn’t know who and where he was. Morgan shadowed Timmons and Cooper kept him and FC’s other playmakers from getting to the sideline and gaining big yards in open space. The Jaguars’ line also continually hurried FC’s standout quarterback Logan Woodside from a formation of three linemen and five defensive backs. “You could string them out and they would cut back and they made a lot of people look stupid because they’re so athletic,”

Borchers said. “We worked on it all week: String it out, take away the cutback and just fly to the ball. We did that all night. It was a team effort.” Morgan had two interceptions, one he returned from deep in his territory to the FC 27 to set up a Cooper touchdown, the second quelling FC’s last threat late in the game. Tyler Morris also had a big interception in his own endzone to stop a scoring threat, sprinting from the outside to beat the receiver to the ball. “We knew we had to shut down their playmakers and limit their big plays,” Morgan said. “We wanted to keep their speed inside and contain them. We knew we weren’t going to hold them to zero points.” Senior A.J. Collins had his third-straight massive game in the postseason, rushing for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, and getting a diving 17-yard reception on third-and-15 to keep Cooper’s last scoring drive alive. Collins also started in the secondary on defense. “We knew they were going to be tough,” Collins said. “The state finals is where we want to go and our defense was going to get us there. We have to play defense every game like we did tonight.” Morris, the quarterback, rushed for 82 yards and a score, and Avery Bricking had 80 yards including a 27-yard TD. Morris also had four two-point runs and Collins one as the Jaguars successfully went for two after every touchdown. After a nervous start, which included a three-and-out, a fumSee FOOTBALL, Page A7

The Rebels must replace seven key players from last year’s Ninth Region champions. The departed seniors include 97 percent of the scoring from last year and they were a big part of 93 wins the past four seasons. Veteran head coach Greg McQueary returns with 307 total wins among his two schools, the most in Northern Kentucky among boys teams. Sophomore Brenden Stanley, a 6-foot-1 guard, has the most experience on the roster, having scored 39 total points last year. The coach said he’s versatile and has great quickness and ability to get to the basket. Six-foot junior guard Hunter Hixenbaugh got stronger in the offseason and is a better penetrator and dribbler than last year. Senior Michael Warning is a potentially dangerous outside shooting threat. Senior Trev Patton, 6-3, and 6-2 junior Barry Ordu saw plenty of JV time last year. Junior Brannen McDonald, at 6-foot-7, has a soft touch around the rim and could be dangerous in the post as he rebounds from a knee injury. McQueary likes his team’s attitude in the preseason. “This team must make a conscious effort to defend and rebound to have a successful season.” McQueary said. “It will be imperative with the Rebels that they minimize turnovers and get the ball to the open shooter at the right time. ” Boone plays at Simon Kenton Tuesday, Nov. 27 and hosts Walton-Verona Friday, Nov. 30. Boone will play at the Bracken County holiday tourney Dec. 26-28.

Cooper senior Louis Maniacci is a key force at center for the Jaguars. FILE PHOTO

Conner Jim Hicks returns for his 10th season as Cougars head coach. They were 9-18 last year. Samuel Hemmerich, a 6foot-4 forward, was the leading scorer last year and has vastly improved his ability to score off the dribble in addition to his perimeter skills. Junior Drew Barker, a 6-4 forward, was the leading rebounder last year and is strong in the post and on the outside. Brady Padgett, a 6-4 center, has a lot of strength inside and is a highly intelligent player. Guard Landon Lamblez has a “motor that will not stop” according to Hicks and is a strong slasher and penetrator. Hicks said the team has more size, speed and strength than last year and gets better every practice. Conner starts the year at Ludlow Friday, Nov. 30 then plays at Cooper Dec. 1. Conner’s first home game is Dec. 4 against Simon Kenton, then the Cougars host Boone County Dec. 7. On Dec. 7, Conner will dedicated its gym floor to former coach Bill Warfield. Conner will also play in the Lloyd holiday tourney Dec. 2729.


The Jaguars started to make names for themselves at the See HOOPS, Page A7

Ryle senior Drew Mays (shooting) looks to lead the Raiders this year. FILE PHOTO



TMC wraps memorable fall sports season By Adam Turer

After one exciting weekend of highs and lows, the fall sports season came to an end at Thomas More College. The men’s and women’s soccer teams and the volleyball team ended their playoff runs. The cross country teams ran their final meet, and the football team wrapped up its season with a memorable performance. The cross county teams ended their season at the NCAA Mid-East Regional hosted by Dickinson College in Newville, Penn. The men’s team placed 31st, while the women’s team placed 43rd. The men were led

by junior Matt Wurtzler (Roger Bacon) who finished 33rd with a time of 26:17.5. The women were paced by senior Celia Arlinghaus (Holy Cross) who placed 122nd with a time of 25:25.5. The soccer teams each had tough tournament draws. The men faced fifth-ranked Ohio Northern in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Kees (Scott) gave up just one goal, but that was all the Polar Bears needed. The Saints were shutout, finishing their season 13-4-4. The men exceeded expectations this season, replacing six seniors from the 2011 PAC

championship team including one All-American and three All-Region players. “We knew we could be good by the end of the year but these boys exceeded my wildest dreams,” said Saints head soccer coach Jeff Cummings. “They found ways to not lose games early in the year. Over the last five weeks they became a team that was great and fun to watch.” The women’s soccer team earned the school’s lone postseason win of the 2012 fall sports season. The Saints defeated No. 18 Augustana in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Washington University in St. Louis. The 16th-ranked Saints

were led by freshman goalkeeper Abbie McBride, who posted a shutout. Senior defender Abby Gindling (Seton) scored the lone goal of the match on a long strike in the 66th minute. “As the year progressed, Abbie became a great keeper,” said Cummings. “Going into the NCAA tourney she was leading the country in goals against average. That is a testament to her and our whole team’s commitment to defending.” Both cross country races and soccer matches took place on Saturday, Nov. 10. Only the women’s soccer team advanced, but the season was extended by just one day. On

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» St. Henry beat Brossart 6-1 in boys bowling Nov. 15, and lost 7-0 to Brossart in girls. Top bowlers for the boys were Logan Krey with a 256 and 214, Steven Binkowski with a 211 and 193, and Michael Binkowski with a 179. St. Henry won total pins 2,395-2,020. Top bowlers for the girls were Erin Suttles with a 141 and 123, Kelsey Mueller with a 123 and 118, and Abby Messmer with a 111.

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» Freshman Sydney Moss, a Boone County

High School graduate, nearly had a triple-double in her Gator debut Nov. 9 as her nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists helped the University of Florida women’s basketball team to a 71-49 seasonopening win over Fairfield in the O’Connell Center. Moss is averaging 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in her first three games. » The University of Notre Dame women’s cross country team finished 15th in the NCAA Championship Nov. 17 in Louisville. The 15th-place finish for the women’s squad was the highest showing since 2005, when the Irish took seventh. Notre Dame was led by a

Sunday, Nov. 11, the Saints faced third-ranked Washington University-St. Louis. The Saints fell behind 2-0 before rallying to tie the match and force overtime. The Saints lost, 3-2, in the extra period. “This group always wanted to win and always thought they were going to win. Coming from two down against Wash U was a matter of us just fighting till the end,” said Cummings. “Most teams would fold when the second one was given up. These girls just keep pushing and found a way to get the first one.” The Saints will enjoy the success of the season before looking ahead to next year. Despite returning underclassmen who

impressed in key positions, the Saints will miss their departing seniors. “This senior class will be hard to replace. They helped change us from a good team that won games to a team that plays a great style while winning games,” said Cummings. “They will always be remembered for how much fun they made playing for Thomas More College.” Also on Nov. 10, the volleyball team lost in five sets to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the first round of the NCAA tournament and the football team won the 17th annual Bridge Bowl in convincing fashion, defeating rival Mount St. Joseph, 75-6.

PANDAS SIGN WITH COLLEGES wave of runners that crossed the finish line together. Sophomore Gabby Gonzales (Ryle graduate) finished 97th.

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» Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball started 0-3 through Nov. 17, losing 65-61 to San Diego, 76-56 to Tulsa, and 56-52 to Siena. NKU will play at Ohio State 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and at Texas Tech 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Ohio State game will be televised on the Big 10 Network. » The NKU women’s team lost 65-53 to Western Kentucky to drop to 0-3. NKU hosts its home opener 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 against Youngstown State.

Notre Dame Academy’s fall signees, from left: Olivia Voskuhl (basketball, Cleveland State), Sydney Schuler (volleyball, Morehead State), Mackenzie Margroum (swimming, Navy), Alex Lonnemann (soccer, Western Kentucky), Jessica Hargitt (crew, George Washington), Skyler Green (track/cross country, Morehead State), Ellie Eckerle (soccer, Xavier), Taylor Angel (volleyball, Cleveland State). JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



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end of their fourth season of existence last winter, winning the 33rd District and reaching the Ninth Region semifinals for the first time in team history. Expectations are higher this season, as the Jaguars have enough returning players to entertain thoughts of a regional title and Sweet 16 trip. “Overall our strength offensively is our ability to spread the ball around. With our post being able to score around the rim and our guards spreading the floor with shooters, it may be tough to take things away. To win in February and March, you better be able to stop people in the half court. If we can learn to play the game physical without fouling and use our length we could be pretty good defensively.” The Jaguars’ game starts with 6-foot-8, 205pound senior forward Louis Maniacci, who has committed to Lincoln Memorial to play. Senior Drew Shelton, a 6-foot-5 forward, is also a returning starter with senior guards A.J. Collins and Aaron Morgan. The guards are two of the top football players as well and have not been able to join the hoops team yet.


The Jaguars also welcome in junior guard Zach McNeil, who was one of Walton-Verona’s top players last year. Sophomore guard Jon Liechty, sophomore forward Colin Hathorn and junior guard Spencer Holland lead the group of new contributors. Conner must replace several seniors from last year, including Alex Webster who was the team’s main motivational leader. Cooper starts the season at Walton-Verona Tuesday, Nov. 27, and then hosts district rival Conner Dec. 1 for the home opener. Cooper will be in the Mason County holiday tournament Dec. 21-22 and the Lloyd tourney Dec. 27-29.


Jason Miller takes over as head coach for the Eagles, who went 5-21 last season. Jeff Reno averaged 11.5 points per game and had 42 three-pointers. Zac Smith averaged 10.5 points a game. Both are seniors. Heritage starts at Evangel Christian Friday, Nov. 30 and has its home opener Dec. 7 against Ludlow.


The Raiders will try to rebound after going 7-19 last year for Alan Mullins, who enters his sev-

enth season as head coach. Mullins’ team graduated three starters and six seniors overall, and one of the coach’s priorities is for his players to be more comfortable in close games. He said 10 of last year’s losses were by eight points or less. Mullins expects Ryle to be a fast-paced team. Senior guard Drew Mays, senior wing Mark Fussenegger and junior guard Tanner White are consistent three-point shooters who can also take the ball to the goal. Mays has developed into one of the top players in the region. Will Stuhr, a 6-foot-5 junior, will lead the post play after a strong season on JV last year. Travis Pavy, a 6-2 senior, is another potentially strong post player. Corey Ahern, a standout wrestler for Ryle, leaves that sport to join the hoops team. The senior guard is a strong defender with a good shooting touch. Travis King is a point guard with speed and toughness, Mullins said. Greg Rice (6-6 senior center), Max Lonneman (5-11 sophomore point guard) and Jake Puthoff (5-11 guard) will be key bench players. “Our top seven players show good talent but will have to learn to play together, will have to out-

work our opponents especially on the defensive end of the floor, and we will have to avoid injuries through the season,” Mullins said. “If we can do those things we will have a shot at returning to the top of the heap in the ultra-competitive 33rd District.” Ryle starts at home against Scott Monday, Nov. 26, and hosts St. Henry the next day. Ryle will be in a holiday tourney at Powell County Dec. 27-29.

St. Henry

Dave Faust returns an experienced team as he returns for his 20th season as head coach with a 303-247 record. St. Henry was 12-14 last season. The Crusaders return two starters in senior guard Darius Meiman and senior forward Mitchell Kuebbing. Meiman averaged 12.4 points per game last year and Kuebbing 8.4. Kuebbing also had 4.6 rebounds a contest. Senior center Zach Carr averaged 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds a contest, and senior guard Michael Best posted 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds a game. Senior guard Ben Hils averaged two points a game. Junior center Jordan Noble, junior guard Nick Rechtin and sophomore forward Connor Kunstek are the top newcomers to


the rotation. St. Henry starts the season at Ryle Tuesday, Nov. 27, then hosts Bishop Brossart Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Crusaders will be in the Lexington Christian holiday tourney Dec. 21-22.

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ble and a botched kickoff return, the Cooper offense stepped up to answer the Flyers after every FC touchdown, the most important a10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that gave Cooper a 40-27 lead with 5:56 to play. “We don’t have the athletes that they have, but we got a group of kids who just play well as a team and they believe in each other,” Borchers said. “That’s what won us the ball game.” And praise from the hundreds of Jaguars fans. “I’m happy for the fans and I’m thankful they came out and supported us,” Collins said. “They’re following us all the way and they’re great supporters.” Harlan advanced with a 46-12 win over Pulaski County. The Black Bears almost exclusively run the ball and do it well, rushing for a whopping 377 yards a game. Jake Middletown has 2,090 of those with 29 touchdowns.


The Bearcats were 1812 last year for Dan Trame, who enters his fourth season at the school. He has a 297-184 record overall in head coaching and is three wins away from 300. The team has to adjust to losing its top two scorers from last year, and another key starter to injury in 6-foot-5 forward Daniel Helton, who is out until late in the year with a broken wrist. Post size is a big concern for Trame this year, as Helton is the only player on the roster over 6-1. Senior guards Tanner Moeves and Chad Lucas assume the leadership roles this year. Sophomore point guard Kyle Dougherty and sophomore shooting guard Grant Moeves will take on a big part of the offense, and juniors Daniel Tilley, Danny Thompson and Alex Taulbee will add key contributions. Walton will host Cooper Tuesday, Nov. 27, to start the season, then play at Boone County Nov. 30.

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Celebrate blessings, hope for nation

Thanksgiving is always a special holiday for many of us, because it gives us a chance to gather with family and friends to reflect on the great blessings that we enjoy in our country. The blessing we enjoy and celebrate during Thanksgiving is certainly much compared to the pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass., who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. They had very little food to eat and their homes did not provide proper protection from the icy cold temperatures of their new home land. They were forced to dine outside since their settlement did not have a home or barn large enough for all the people who came to celebrate that first

Thanksgiving Day. Even through those hardships the men, women and children of Plymouth gathSal Santoro ered together to give thanks COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST for the limited COLUMNIST blessings they enjoyed. They broke bread with their Native American friends and celebrated a new home, a new life and most importantly, a new start. Although a meal of Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the pilgrims, it took another 240

years before Thanksgiving became a national holiday when President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation in 1863. As a matter of fact, Lincoln signed the proclamation just days after delivering his infamous Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania. One of our nation’s greatest presidents was able to give thanks for our blessings even though he faced the challenges of pulling together a nation of wounded citizens and broken spirit due to a war that pitted friend against friend and brother against brother. Given we are only a few weeks removed from a contentious election that created a great divide among many of us,

I ask that we look past the issues we face in the days and months ahead to celebrate what the first Thanksgiving meant and the importance that day played in establishing our great country. We are fortunate to know firsthand the blessing that is the American dream. If for nothing else, we should give thanks for the privilege of being an American. Many people in other countries envy our way of life, as we are free to flourish in a society built on the bedrock of freedom, opportunity and humanity. We must continue to preserve the greatness of our nation with the same resolve,

determination and strength that Lincoln showed when he gave his Gettysburg Address. Those characteristics will be our legacy to our children and grandchildren, and to the future of our country and commonwealth. As we get closer to the upcoming legislative session in January, I welcome any comments or suggestions on any issues. You can reach my Frankfort office via our tollfree legislative comment line at 1-800-372-7181. I can also be reached via e-mail at Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Putting the brakes Does rape justify abortion? on drug epidemic It has been a little more than three months since legislation I sponsored to crack down on illegal prescription drug abuse became law, but for many Kentuckians, it hopefully feels like a lifetime. I say that because we are starting to see some true progress when it comes to kicking pill pushers out of the state for good and putting the brakes on an epidemic that claims the lives of at least three citizens a day across the commonwealth. As GoverGreg Stumbo nor Beshear COMMUNITY noted recently, RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST 10 pain clinics have closed since the law took effect in July, prescriptions for some of the most abused drugs are dropping and numerous investigations are closing in on rogue doctors who prescribe recklessly. And that’s just the start. If there is one thing I have learned during my time in the Capitol, however, it is that this issue is always evolving. When I was attorney general, for example, Internet pharmacies were prominent, so much so that those driving the trucks for overnight package companies would actually be followed by addicts who could not wait an extra minute for a shipment. When we stopped that method, drug seekers traveled to states like Florida, where oversight was lax. As those states began putting a stop to that trend, we saw drug diversion spike here in our own backyard. These pill mills were often easy to spot, too; you just had to look for a line of “patients” trailing outside a doctor’s door. House Bill 1, which the General Assembly approved in April, puts a stop to that practice. It takes full advantage of what has become one of the nation’s top prescription drug monitoring programs – known by its acronym, KASPER – and it gives law enforcement and medical licensing boards alike the information and oversight they need to find pill-pushing doctors and those who try to game the system to feed their addiction.

To be successful, this effort is requiring the help of all doctors who prescribe medicine, because they are the gatekeepers. No program can be truly effective without having everyone on the same page. If we knew who the bad guys were from the beginning, we wouldn’t need any laws at all. This legislation does not hinder proper medical care. Doctors still have the same authority to do what they think is medically necessary, and those who claim otherwise are not being truthful. We just want to make sure that they monitor their patients’ prescription drug history as all reputable doctors should. A survey of those who use KASPER found that a quick check – which usually takes just seconds – often helps them re-think what they prescribe. While the legislation’s concept is clear, there has been some confusion in the wake of proposed regulations that, it is crucial to note, were written by physicians and not legislators. These licensing boards wanted the authority to fill in the fine print to carry the law out, and we in the legislature agreed because they are the experts. It is ironic, then, that most of the complaints I have heard from physicians are not about the law so much as the rules their own licensing board wrote. Fortunately, regulations are much easier to change than law, and the licensing board is currently rewriting the rules. At the same time, there is a legislative oversight committee that is studying what improvements the General Assembly may need to make in 2013. That was expected from the beginning, because most landmark laws require tweaking once we see how they are being carried out. House Bill 1 is no different. Still, after seeing what we have been able to accomplish in a short period of time, I’m more convinced than ever that we are on the right path when it comes to putting a true dent in the prescription drug epidemic. Those who believe otherwise are, to be blunt, just wrong. Some doctors may think of it as bitter medicine, but as they might tell their patients: It’s the only way things can get better. Rep. Greg Stumbo is speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.



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In this election cycle, the question was raised as to whether a child conceived in the horrible act of rape should be killed by abortion. Capital punishment for the innocent child for the criminal act of the father ignores the inviolable principle that all human beings have an inalienable right to life. The woman who has conceived a child by the violent act of rape needs understanding, encouragement, and support by family, friends and the entire community. An abortion cannot and will not remove the suffering from such trauma nor provide the woman relief from the violence of rape. “I soon discovered that the aftermath of my abortion continued a long time after the memory of my rape had faded. I felt empty and horrible,” recalls Jackie Bakker, a victim of rape, as reported in Celebrate Life, published by American Life League. “Rape and incest victims actually suffer considerably from the abortion. What are some of the symptoms of rape? The woman feels dirty, guilty, sexually violated, down on herself, angry, and fearful or hateful toward men; she may experience sexual dysfunction, or feel she has lost control of her life,” explains David C. Reardon, director of Eliot Institute for Social Sciences Research. He explains that these are the same symptoms of abortion. “So instead of curing the problem, we are intensifying the same symptoms by offering abortion. Abortion, then, is a ‘cure’ that only aggravates the problem.”

As reported by, rape victim Shauna Prewitt, in an open letter, writes: Fred H. “Although I Summe would not be able to articCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST ulate it for COLUMNIST months, I was experiencing a most curious emotion toward the life growing inside of me, an emotion that both enlivened me and caused me to experience an intolerable shame. You see, to my surprise, I did not altogether hate the life growing inside of me. Instead, I felt a sort of kinship, a partnership – perhaps the kind that only develops between those who have suffered together – but, nevertheless, I felt a bond.” “One of the greatest things I’ve learned is that the rapist is not my creator, as some people would have me believe. My value and identity are not established as a ‘product of rape,’ but as a child of God,” claims Rebecca Kiessling, who is the “product” of a rape, and who authored the pamphlet “Conceived in Rape: A Story of Hope.” “As someone who really cares about rape victims,” continues Kiessling, “I want to protect them from the rapist, and from the abortion, and not the baby. A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim – an abortion is.” Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More Awareness Campaign, in an interview


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with LifeSiteNews, states that most “women are having abortions because they don’t feel they have the support system to have the child.” The message society is giving to women today, said Forney, is that women aren’t strong enough to handle an unplanned pregnancy. “In all honesty,” she said, “women are the stronger of the two sexes; we can move mountains when it comes to protecting our children. “We’re taking away from women the ability to dig deep down and find the depth of character and strength to care for our children.” No matter how conceived, a child is a unique and precious gift from God. Fred H. Summe is vice president of Northern Kentucky Right to Life.

New program helps families in crisis This summer a new program was introduced in Kenton County that provides families tools to address problems at home. Family Day Camp was launched initially for kids charged with truancy, running away and beyond control behavior, and involves the parents and guardians as well. After years of discussion, Thomas Cox and I have partnered to establish a weekend gathering that brings families together to work on issues of bonding, boundaries, communication and problem solving. The camp meets about once a month and at the present time most referrals originate from

the state of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Noncourt referred families are Keith Bales also welcome to attend any COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Family Day COLUMNIST Camp to focus on home issues. In addition, camps can be held at various locations and are not limited to families in Kenton County. Family Day Camp is unique in several ways. The program is open-ended, which allows

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families to return for a half day follow-up after the initial full day camp. The cost to attend is minimal, thanks to scholarship funding, which is graciously donated. Family Day Camp currently meets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. monthly on Saturdays in Fort Mitchell. Lunch is provided for full day camps. The next camp will be Dec. 8. Call 859-283-2267 or 859-4687052. You can also learn more by visiting Keith Bales is co-founder of Family Day Camp.

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Danielle Blakeney performs a cartwheel during practice for a Nov. 17 Special Olympics state competition. She is part of the first Special Olympics gymnastic team in Northern Kentucky. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Ariana Perkins finishes her bars routine. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Gymnastic team competes in state competition

By Stephanie Salmons


he girls come into the waiting area, dressed their leotards. Some greet their friends excitedly, but they’re all ready to get to work. Team Spirit, the first Special Olympics gymnastic team in Northern Kentucky, were getting ready for practice on this chilly November evening, preparing for their Nov. 17 state competition. “Our state competition this year is a big deal,” said coach Coleen Blakeney of Erlanger. “Anyone that qualifies for a gold has their name put in the hat to try and qualify to go to nationals.” Nationals happen every four years. Her daughter Danielle, 22, who participated in last summer’s Special Olympics World Games in Greece, has done rhythmic gymnastics for 10 years and artistic gymnastics for one year. According to Blakeney, she paid for private lessons and Danielle always competed by herself – until they found a location willing to let them build a team. The team, which practices at Five Star Gymnastics in Erlanger, started in August and is now at 13 members. Eight members – seven girls and one boy – were set to compete for the all-around in the state competition. “So for three months, they’re going to go down there and attempt to compete in the all-

around,” Blakeney said. “It says a lot for the kids. To learn four complete routines in an hourand-a-half once a week for three months is asking a lot of them.” The gymnastics team, she said, gives the kids a place to fit in, “where they can succeed. Nobody judges them.” It levels the playing field, Blakeney said. Blakeney’s other daughter, Samantha, helps with the team. She said gymnastics helps the participants stay physically active and helps them learn how to work with others. For Danielle, there are three reasons she likes gymnastics: Friends, competition and “I love it.”

Parental opinions

Sally Hayes of Montgomery said she likes the role modeling the group provides. Her daughter, Emily, is on the team. “We have kids from all sorts of ages and they all seem to look up to each other,” she said. “I know my daughter looks up to Danielle and tries to emulate a lot of what Danielle does. I think Danielle is a very competent young lady and I would like to see my daughter follow in Danielle’s footsteps.” She and Jennifer Parrett, of Maineville, are two who travel from the Cincinnati area to participate because there are no such groups in Southern Ohio. “My child likes the camaraderie, she likes the friends she has. It’s a great social outlet for her,” said Hayes. She also looks for any phys-

Samantha Cline practices her routine on the bars. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE

Robert Cohen practices his routine on the bars. STEPHANIE



ical activity in which her daughter can be involved. “My daughter really likes it. She look looks forward to it,” Hayes said. “If we didn’t believe in it, we wouldn’t be traveling 45 minutes every Friday or every Saturday to come down and do it.” It’s good socially and physically and her daughter has made some good friends being on such teams, she said. Parrett likes that her daughter, Sydney, is able to be involved in a group activity. Sydney likes the music and

physical activities, “so this is a great opportunity because she wouldn’t be able to do typical gymnastics,” she said. She first wondered how gymnastics would be possible, “but they do such a great job of modifying it that she’s able to do it.” The main reason Parrett said she drives almost an hour to get to Erlanger is because of Blakeney. “Coleen is a great coach and she does a great job with all the kids.” According to Hayes, gymnastics is something her daughter

can do where she can compete at her own level. “My daughter wants to be a star, so I see this as a way she can shine and be a star within her boundaries and capabilities.”

Hoping to grow

Blakeney said she hopes the team will continue to grow. Her personal goal? To “build my own gym to know that the kids have some place to be.” For more information about Team Spirit, email




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Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Juried fair of fine art and fine craft by more than 200 artists from across the country. Ceramics, glass, wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and more. $7. Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. 614-486-7119; Covington.

Dance Classes Group Class and Open Dancing, 7:45-10 p.m. Thanksgiving Leftovers. Salsa group starts at 7:45 p.m. Open dancing at 8:30 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, $5 person-group; $5 person-party. Registration required. 859-3711151. Florence.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Kentucky was a Mason-Dixon state with an idealistic but unrealistic goal of neutrality. Learn how this had a far-reaching impact, tearing families and communities apart. 859-4914003. Covington.

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All skill levels welcome. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union. Show Me The Money (grades K-5), 3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Discover how money is made at the US Mint. Make paper play money. Discuss ways young children can earn money. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639. Florence.

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.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Designed to teach fundamentals to improve every child’s game. $125. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859372-7754; Union.

Winterfair will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23-25, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. Admission is $7; free for children 12 and under. Call 261-1500, for more information. Pictured are Jody Halsall and Mary Halsall checking out a piece at the booth of artists Jeff and Stephanie Hutson. FILE PHOTO

SATURDAY, NOV. 24 Literary - Story Times PAWS to Read, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Share book with therapy dogs. Ages 5-10. Free. Appointment required for 15-minute slot. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Concerts 500 Miles to Memphis, 9 p.m. With Those Crosstown Rivals and the Sugar. Doors open 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Cowpunk band from Cincinnati. $10. 859-4912444; Covington. Bret Michaels, 6:30 p.m. Get Your Rock On Tour. With DV8., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Inside. Singer, actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality. $70, $45, $35. 859-371-0200; Florence.

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

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.

SUNDAY, NOV. 25 Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.

MONDAY, NOV. 26 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m.,

3-5), 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Make feather pen and design your own stationary. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Japanese Calligraphy, 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Try your hand at this form of artistic writing, which dates back to ancient Japanese times. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Florence. Milk and Cookies, 3 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Drop in for sweet treat while browsing best books of 2012. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Walton.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. 859342-2665. Union.

Senior Citizens Northern Kentucky University will present Grease Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 at the Corbett Theatre. For tickets, call 859-572-5464. Pictured are sophomore Noah Berry as Danny with senior Harli Cooper as Sandy. THANKS TO WARREN BRYSON

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.

Education Holiday Shopping Spree (middle and high school), 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn how to shop smart and avoid credit card temptation. Snacks and door prizes. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

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, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Literary - Book Clubs Monday 4 Mystery Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library.

859-342-2665; Florence.

Literary - Libraries In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

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.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.

TUESDAY, NOV. 27 Films BON JOVI – Inside Out, 8 p.m., Rave Motion Pictures Florence 14 Theater, 7860 Mall Road, Performances from their 12night stand at London’s The O2, the inaugural multi-night run at New Meadowlands Stadium, and their celebratory shows at Madison Square Garden. Splitscreen footage will provide a unique view of this “dream set,” creating a unique concert experience. Ticket pricing TBA. Presented by Fathom Events. 859-282-7504; Florence.

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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-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28 Art & Craft Classes Crafters’ Corner, 10:30 a.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Bring supplies to work on own project. All mediums welcome, from macaroni to knitting; crochet, scrapbooking, beading, jewelry, embroidery, quilting, plastic canvas and more. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries Money Matters Meal Night: Acing Your Job Interview, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn how to respond to difficult interview questions. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. The Social Network (middle and high school), 6-7:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Make your Facebook profile work for you. Hosted by Brooke Trusty, Account Supervisor at Mahan Advertising Inc. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

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Polar Express Readings will take place 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington. Call 859-491-4003. FILE PHOTO

Zumba Gold, 10-11 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. 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.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29 Exercise Classes Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union.

Literary - Libraries North Pointe Elementary School Chorus (all ages), 10:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Sounds of the Season presented by North Pointe Elementary School Chorus, under direction of Marybeth Paolucci. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Hardware Jewelry (middle and high school), 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Make necklaces and bracelets from washers and S-hooks. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Florence. Lego Mania (all ages), 3:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Let your imagination run wild and build some amazing creations. Legos and Duplos provided. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-3422665. Union.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 859-485-7611. Walton.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.



Use leftover turkey for easy stovetop pot pie Yesterday I was sorting through the boxes of outdoor lights for our trees and wondering if we’re going to have to purchase more lights. The trees have grown quite a bit since last year, including a small potted evergreen that Ron Wilson of Natorp’s, our garden guru, gave me. I may put that one on the sideboard in the kitchen. The holidays really are fast approaching, aren’t they? Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day and Kwanzaa are all times to celebrate family, friends and food. I’ll be sharing my Rita best reciHeikenfeld pes, along RITA’S KITCHEN with yours, so send your faves to me along with the story of why the recipe is special.

Stovetop turkey pot pie

What to do with that leftover turkey? Make a pot pie. This works well with chicken, too. Depending upon how your turkey was seasoned to begin with, you may need more garlic, thyme, etc. 3 cups cooked turkey or chicken, diced 1 ⁄2 pound hot sausage, cooked 1 ⁄2 stick butter 1 ⁄3 cup flour 1 teaspoon garlic 1 ⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme 14.5 oz. can chicken broth or more, if needed 2 ⁄3 cup milk

Now bring the sugar and water to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves and thickens a bit. Let cool and then add that to vodka mixture and stir. Strain and put in pretty bottles. Seal and chill a month in refrigerator (or a couple weeks in freezer) before using. To use, serve straight over ice chips, mix with sparkling wine or mineral water and a lemon curl, toss with fresh fruit, serve over ice cream, frozen yogurt or simple cake.

Stove top turkey pot pie can help use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

BUYING A GIFT OF COOKWARE OR CUTLERY? Check out videos on my site for tips on both. Salt and pepper Peas and carrots, as many as you like Good optional add-ins: sliced mushrooms, potatoes, etc.

Melt butter and stir in flour. Cook to get the raw taste of the flour out, but don’t let brown. Add garlic, thyme, broth and milk. Cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened. It will look a bit lumpy at first, but will smooth out. Add turkey, sausage and vegetables. Cook until heated through, about 10-15 minutes. Season to taste. Ladle over hot baked biscuits that you’ve split into two, or into puff pastry shells that you’ve baked ahead. You can also put the filling in a pie

plate or casserole, cut out a puff pastry or pie dough top to fit and pre-bake the top. Lay on top of casserole to serve. To finish in oven: Pour mixture after it’s cooked into a sprayed, shallow casserole. Top with pie crust and bake at 425 degrees until golden brown. You can also bake it with a biscuit topping. Follow directions for baking biscuits and use that temperature: Put the biscuits on top of the pie and bake.


This Italian lemon liqueur is an elegant addition to your party or dinner drink offerings, but is expensive to buy. The great thing about this is it keeps just about forever in the freezer. Sometimes I’ll mix limes and lemons together. Make now for gift giving. Check out my blog for photos. 2 generous pounds lemons, thick-skinned 4 cups good quality vodka 3 cups sugar

3 cups water

Pour vodka in large glass jar. Remove peel from lemons with a vegetable peeler. Take off all of the pith – that’s the white part – from the peel as it is really bitter. If you can’t get it all off, do the best you can. Place peel in jar with vodka and cover. Let sit at room temperature for at least one week. Some recipes recommend a dark place. I like to leave it out on my counter just to see the color change and smell the lemon aroma when I open the jar. The vodka will take on the color and flavor of the lemon as it steeps. You can leave the lemon peels in the vodka for a few weeks.

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS The family and friends of Karen McWilliams Verst are hosting Cruisin’ for Karen, a benefit 7-11 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Receptions Center, 1379 Donaldson Road, Erlanger. Tickets are $25 per person. Call Toe Doe at 859-6630489. Verst If you don't know Karen, you've probably seen her walking on crutches or cruisin' during summer months in “Gracie”, the antique VW her husband, Michael, rebuilt for her. She is the daughter of Chuck McWilliams, well known as a former race car driver and owner of Union Auto Parts. Karen was diagnosed in 1998 with osteosarcoma of the right femur. Following amputation of her right leg and chemotherapy, Karen has remained active the past 15 years, walking everywhere on crutches. Last February the cancer returned and Karen lost her right hip, and in August, it returned causing multiple tumors. Michael and Karen are driving continuously to St. Louis for

treatment at a leading sarcoma clinic. Monetary donations may also be made to the Karen Verst Fund at The Bank of Kentucky.

Rotary hosts Christmas concert

The Florence Rotary Christmas Concert will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park. The program will feature performers Ray Cummins, The Old Testaments, Joetta Schmitt, Felicity Spicer, Victoria Felts, Rusty Bird, Michala Kamer, Heather Smith, Gary Griesser, Amanda Frazier, Evan Dallas, Kathie Fink, Cybele and By Faith. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Cost is $10 per person. Info: Email

Seniors having a Christmas luncheon

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church seniors will have their Christmas Luncheon at noon Dec. 13 at the Holiday Inn on Mineola Pike. All ages are invited to join the seniors. The lunch includes turkey with side dishes , dessert and beverages.

Music will be provided by Nelson for entertainment and dancing. There will be door prizes and “split the pot.” The cost will be $20 including gratuities. Please send checks payable to IHM Seniors to Betty Diedrichs, 2852 Coral Drive, Hebron, KY 41048 by Dec. 10.

Residents head to livestock expo

Linda Issacs, Tim Issacs and Brent Mastin, all of Petersburg, have each entered one sheep in the junior market division of the 39th Annual North American International Livestock Exposition. This exposition is the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 24,500 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards.

Stroke screenings set at senior center

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit will offer stroke and cardiovascular screenings 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Florence Senior Center. Using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology, the mobile unit can perform an array of onsite tests aimed at detecting all manner of

risky health conditions, including carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and high blood pressure. Cost is $75 for all three screenings or $25 for each individual screen. Space is limited; call 859-301-WELL (9355) to reserve a seat.

Jingle bell run to benefit arthritis

The 26th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. The event includes a large health and wellness fair, Kids Candy Cane Fun Run and a costume contest. Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. After the race there will be an awards ceremony at 11 a.m., as well as a postrace celebration that includes food and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Call 513-399-8091 to register or for more information.

Girl Scout leaders needed

ing for volunteers to serve as troop leaders for the high number of girls throughout Northern Kentucky who are on a waiting list to become Girl Scouts. Those interested in becoming a mentor to girls, learning new skills, and visiting new places can contact Ruby Webster at or 1800-716-6162. To learn more about current Girl Scout volunteer opportunities visit .

and the audience joined in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. J.M. Huey, World War II veteran, shared some of his experiences while serving in the medical field in Texas in the last horse cavalry, then on to serving as a squadron surgeon in the Far East. After his tour of duty, he came to Walton to open his practice in 1945. Dr. Huey provided his dedicated care for our area for 45 years before retiring. After the service a lunch was served with “thanks” going to our city, Councilman Craig Brandenburg for being chairman for the past two years, American Legion Post, Kroger, Brooks Meats, Jerry Makin and

Mr. Miller, who have sponsored hats for 14 years. A special thanks to World War II veteran Lee Frakes for special gifts that were given to the veterans. The students at WaltonVerona Middle School continued the honor service with their presentation in the high school gym at 1:30 p.m. J.B. McCubbin was presented the “Honored Veterans” Award by Steve Grubbs of Chambers & Grubbs. Colleen Shields, one of our retired favorite Walton-Verona High School teachers, was entertained last week by some of her former students from the class of 1956 at the El Toro Restaurant. Classmates attending were Janice

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from their local treatments. If you can commit a few hours per week, you can give the gift of life to a cancer patient in need. Contact your American Cancer Society at 859-3727886 with any questions.

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POLICE REPORTS BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Sabin T. Brothers, 34, thirddegree criminal trespassing, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 2245 Hathaway Rd., June 8. Jason R. Richter, 34, thirddegree criminal trespassing, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 2245 Hathaway Rd., June 8. Lauren E. Mullins, 30, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia at 5960 Centennial Cir., June 8. James E. Shaw Jr., 40, possession of marijuana at Camp Ernst Rd., June 8. David S. McDaniel, 27, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (heroin),

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10713 Calle Margarette Dr., June 10. Shane P. Matthews, 25, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, careless driving at Chancellor Dr., Aug. 12. Jerry L. Bowling, 44, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 10665 Dixie Hwy., Aug. 12. Debra A. Watts, 31, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 4022 Country Place Ct., Aug. 12. Michael L. Snider, 34, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 4022 Country Place Ct., Aug. 12. Sara S. Roksvag, 19, DUI at Mall Rd., Aug. 12. Joshua S. Becker, 18, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces) at 7545 Thunder Ridge Dr., Aug. 12. Jennifer L. Michaud, 40, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 6162 White Oak Dr., Aug. 12. Mary D. Vickers, 45, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 12 Needmore St., Aug. 11. Samantha J. Dailey, 21, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia at Berberich Dr., Aug. 11. Kendrick Scudder, 20, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia at Berberich Dr., Aug. 11. Eddie Johnson, 23, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin) at Berberich Dr., Aug. 11. Samantha J. Dailey, 21, firstdegree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence at 3020 Conrad Ln., Aug. 11. Barbara A. Johnson, 44, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia at Berberich Dr., Aug. 11. Anthony D. Cooper, 38, DUI, reckless driving at Weaver Rd., Aug. 11. Jack S. Dennis, 56, DUI at Dixie Hwy., July 22. Rhonda J. Cook, 40, criminal possession of forged instrument at 8063 U.S. 42, July 22. Marty B. Mays, 50, DUI at Interstate 75, July 22. Robert A. Toebbe, 52, alcohol

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 6475420. intoxication in public place at Interstate 75, July 22. Franklin Minch, 57, reckless driving at 6825 Burlington Pk., July 21. Jovan A. Brown, 28, shoplifting at 1172 Mall Circle Rd., July 21. Samantha L. Howard, 25, shoplifting at 99 Spiral Dr., July 21. Brian L. Kelley, 37, shoplifting at 7747 Mall Rd., July 21. Mark W. Logsdon, 41, DUI at U.S. 42, July 21. Paul S. Lay, 32, alcohol intoxication in public place at U.S. 42, July 21. Richard D. Woolf, 36, alcohol intoxication in public place at 8050 U.S. 42, July 20. Nichole J. Eastin, 27, alcohol intoxication in public place at 8049 Dream St., July 19. Rodney Coleman, 19, shoplifting at 9000 Mall Rd., July 19. Jeremy T. Ball, 18, shoplifting at 3000 Mall Rd., July 19. Victor Soto, 38, shoplifting at Doering Dr., July 19. Joy L. Carroll, 27, shoplifting at 99 Spiral Dr., July 19. Bradly M. Wilson, 24, shoplifting at 99 Spiral Dr., July 19. Bret T. Fulmer, 34, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., July 19. Shawn C. Kindoll, 29, shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., July 18. Danny L. Storey, 37, shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., July 18. William G. Monroe, 22, shoplifting at Doering Dr., July 19.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Victim assaulted by known subject at 2030 Northside Dr., June 9. Victim assaulted by known subject at 2000 block of Red Sky Ct., June 10. Burglary Residence broken into and items taken at 11096 Stirrup Ln., Aug. 12. Second degree at 6712 Ashgrove Pl., July 21. Criminal mischief Vehicles vandalized at 547 Arthur Dr., June 9. Structure vandalized at 11201 Paddock Dr., June 10. Property vandalized at 5952 Peoples Ln., Aug. 12. Property vandalized at 10308 Remy Ln., Aug. 11. Property vandalized at 2700 Earhart Ct., Aug. 11. Vehicle damaged at 8132 Diane Dr., July 22. Vehicle damaged at 7576 Hillcrest Dr., July 20. Criminal possession of forged instrument Money seized at 8063 U.S. 42, July 22. Money seized at 8635 William Haines Dr., July 20. Fraud Subject tried to pass a fraudulent check at 13019 WaltonVerona Rd., June 9. Incident reports Stolen property recovered at 3163 Millakin Pl., Aug. 11. Narcotics Subject found in possession of heroin at Villa Dr., June 8. Subject found in possession of heroin at 10223 Highland Ct., June 9. Subject found in possession of a large quantity of marijuana at 7545 Thunder Ridge Dr., Aug. 12. Subjects found in possession of heroin at Berberich Dr., Aug. 11. Theft Items stolen from residence at 1739 Eads Rd., June 8. Money stolen from restaurant at 2010 N. Bend Rd., June 8. Property stolen from business at 5874 Veterans Way, June 8. Registration plate stolen off of vehicle at 10483 Michael Dr., June 8. Items stolen from residence at 4186 River Rd., Aug. 11. Money stolen from restaurant at 1816 Patrick Dr., June 8. Money stolen at Interstate 75, July 22. Electronics stolen at 7915 U.S. 42, July 22. Clothes stolen at 19 Meadow Ln., July 21. Shoplifting at 1172 Mall Circle Rd., July 21. Shoplifting at 99 Spiral Dr., July 21. Shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., July 21. Shoplifting at 7747 Mall Rd., July 21. Vehicle stolen at 204 Center Park Dr., July 21. Cab fare stolen at U.S. 42, July 21. Electronics stolen at 1609 Charleston Ct., July 20. Shoplifting at 3000 Mall Rd., July 19. Shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., July 19. Shoplifting at 99 Spiral Dr., July 19. Shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., July 19.

Shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., July 19. Reported at 9043 Crimson Oak Dr., July 19. Shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., July 19. Theft from auto Vehicle broken into and items taken at 321 Ryan Pl., June 8. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 2083 Country Place Ct., Aug. 12. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 755 Petersburg Rd., Aug. 11. Vehicle stolen and not recovered at 8116 Diane Dr., June 14. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 7708 Dixie Hwy., May 15. Vehicle stolen and not recovered at 7601 Industrial Rd., May 18. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 2239 Bluegrama Dr., May 23. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 1747 Tanglewood Ct., June 2. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 1204 Citation Dr., June 3. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 941 Edgehill Rd., June 3. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 10032 Demia Way, June 3. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 10421 Michael Dr., June 4. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 180 Overland Rdg., June 7. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 376 Deer Trace Dr., June 4. Vehicle parts stolen at 12472 Scheppard Way, June 6. Vehicle broken into and items stolen at 13019 Walton-Verona Rd., June 7. Vehicle stolen and not recovered at 6050 Hopeful Church Rd., June 4. Theft of auto Vehicle stolen and not recovered at 6418 Dixie Hwy, May 14. Theft of identity of another without consent Reported at 37 Circle Dr., Aug. 30. Reported at Mall Rd., Aug. 8. Identity stolen at 8218 U.S. 42 , Aug. 10. Theft of mail matter Credit/debit cards stolen at 8637 Preakness Dr., Aug. 9. Theft of property mislaid or delivered by mistake Blackberry, case stolen at 5875 Veterans Way, July 12. Car and work keys stolen at 7575 U.S. 42, Aug. 28. Theft-receipt of stolen credit/debit card, fraudulent use of credit card Credit/debit cards stolen at Doering Dr., Aug. 10. Trafficking controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school Drugs seized at 7245 Turfway Rd., July 15. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Automobile stolen at 40 Cavalier Blvd., Aug. 8. Wanton endangerment Reported at 7707 Walnut Creek Dr., July 10. Firearms seized at 65 Stonegate Dr., July 14. First degree at 17 Grand Ave., Aug. 28.


MARRIAGE LICENSES Amber Kirby, 19, of Cincinnati and Mirado Crow, 24, of Florence; issued Oct. 31. Lindsay Colwell, 24, of Englewood, Ohio, and Casey Moore, 23, of Burlington; Oct. 31. Alicia Roll, 32, of Union and Daniel Stephens, 41, of Union; Nov. 2. Crystal Vonhagel, 31, of Erlanger and Chris Dunn, 30, of Burlington; Nov. 2. Julie Kleckner, 43, of Union and Greg Schulte, 38, of Union; Nov. 5. Qing Zhong, 42, of Florence and Brian Schwass, 33, of Florence; Nov. 5. Katrina Bennett, 26, of Florence and Jeremy Persinger, 32, of Florence; Nov. 5. Christina Bolon, 31, of Florence and Brian Lewis, 30, of Florence; Nov. 7. Emilee Poweleit, 24, of Florence and Charles Orr Jr., 24, of Florence; Nov. 8. Ami Patel, 24, of Florence and Devesh Patel, 26, of Florence; Nov. 9. Jessica White, 23, of Florence and Jeffrey Kerns, 23, of Flor-

ence; Nov. 9. Anna Bailey, 33, of Burlington and Aaron Roberts, 36, of Burlington; Nov. 9. Kristy Cartwright, 45, of Burlington and Jeffrey Wiedmann, 40, of Burlington; Nov. 9. Maria Murin, 37, of Florence and Francisco Hernandez, 37, of Florence; Nov. 13. Kristen Neumann, 45, of Florence and Jason McCoy, 40, of Florence; Nov. 13. Heidi Wiggins, 30, of Burlington and Adam Scales, 30, of Burlington; Nov. 13. Tonya Dean, 30, of Butler, Ky., and Tyrone Sweigart, 35, of Florence; Nov. 14. Brenda Isaacs, 48, of Hebron and Greg Poynter, 48, of Hertford, N.C.; Nov. 14. Abby Coppage, 29, of Burlington and James Howell II, 32, of Hebron; Nov. 14. Amber Hubbard, 29, of Burlington and David Snyder, 31, of Burlington; Nov. 15.



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Judy Allphin, 73, of Corinth, died Nov. 8, 2012, in Edgewood. She was a former school bus driver for Grant County Board of Education and Boone County Board of Education, and attended the Sherman Baptist Church in Dry Ridge. Survivors include her husband, Ronald G. Allphin of Corinth; sons, Bill Allphin of Burlington, Alvin Allphin of Crittenden, Kenny Allphin of Dry Ridge, Michael Allphin of Erlanger, and Ronald Allphin Jr. of Fort Mitchell; daughter, Anna Ellis of Erlanger; brothers, Eddie Cook of Utah and Terry Cook of Union; 18 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

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Betty Botts Betty Jean Botts, 83, of Florence, died Nov. 9, 2012. Her husband, John C. Botts, brother, Bill Sweet, and sisters, Iola Martin and Geraldine Eckler, died previously. Survivors include her children, Guy Botts, Yvonne Richardson, Beverly Botts and Mark Botts; seven grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and stepsister, Betty Ann Walker. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Esther Dehner Esther Marie Dehner, 83, formerly of Fort Mitchell, died Nov. 6, 2012, in a nursing home in Cleveland, Tenn. Her sisters, Sarah Brewster and Priscilla Bingham, and a brother, the Rev. David Dehner, died previously. Survivors include her brothers, the Rev. Paul Dehner of Campbellsville, Bill Dehner of Lexington and James Dehner of Florence. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Edna Ferguson Edna Pauline Ferguson, 85, of Foster, formerly of Florence, died Nov. 9, 2012, in Butler. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church in Melbourne. Her husband, David Ferguson, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Wayne Ferguson of Foster, Leslie Ferguson of Florence and Wesley Dean Ferguson of Taylor Mill; six grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; and a greatgreat-grandchild. Interment was at Highland Cemetery. Memorials: Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 5783 Mary Ingles Hwy., Melbourne, KY 41059.

Gary Foltz Gary Wayne Foltz, 50, of Walton, died Nov. 9, 2012. He was a supervisor with the U.S. Postal Service, recently serving at the Fort Thomas branch, served in the Air Force, and enjoyed golfing, watching the Cincinnati Bengals and University of Kentucky Wildcats ballgames, and his dogs, Gunnar and Cici. Survivors include his wife, Susie Foltz; daughter, Chelsea Foltz Lorenzen of Florence; his parents, Eddie Foltz of Florence and Joyce Winterhalter of Cincinnati; brothers, Jonathan Foltz of Okinawa, Japan, and Rodney Foltz of Florence. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorial: Neediest Kids of All, P.O. Box 636666, Cincinnati, OH 45263-6666.

Charles Herbstreit Charles John “Jack” Herbstreit, 90, of Florence, died Nov. 12, 2012. He had retired from the maintenance department for the Veteran Affairs Medical Centers, was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of St. Paul Church. His wives, Loraine Herbstreit and Bertha Bush Herbstreit, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Combs and Lori Barnes; sons John, Thomas and Timothy Herbstreit; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517,

Washington Franklin Hornsby, 91, died Nov. 12, 2012. He was a Marine veteran of World War II, worked at Wilson Dairy in Cincinnati, was retired from security at St. Luke Hospital Fort Thomas and retired from Newport Board of Education, where he served as a school bus driver, was a member of Highland Hills Baptist Tabernacle in Fort Thomas and served on the Newport Auxiliary Police Department. His wife, Alvira Heck; a son, Larry Hornsby; and brother, Lucian Hornsby, died previously. Survivors include his sons. Frank Hornsby of Harrodsburg, George Hornsby of Alexandria; Elmer Hornsby of Union; daughter, Sandra Wagner of Walton; 17 grandchildren; 43 greatgrandchildren; many greatgreat-grandchildren; and sister, Edith Singleton of Somerset. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Lorraine Hurtt Lorraine Anne Hurtt, 86, of Cold Spring, died Nov. 9, 2012, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Robert A. Hurtt, and a granddaughter died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kimberly A. Bergelt of Florence and Lisa Roberts of Cincinnati; sons, Michael Hurtt of Cold Spring, Glenn Hurtt of Covington, Douglas Hurtt of Lucas, Texas and Mark Hurtt of Dayton; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington, 3629 Church St., Covington, KY 41015.

For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Funeral homes may submit basic obituary information to To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Scott; stepchildren, Jeffrey Scott, Jennifer Pennell and Jerome Scott; siblings, Jackie Dennison, Elizabeth Hamm, Gene Baker, Bruce Baker and Teresa Edwards; and six grandchildren. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery.

James Sims James C. Sims, 85, of Florence, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. He was a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran, was a retired head custodian for Boone County High School and a member of Florence Community Church of the Nazarene. His wife, Lillie Jo Sims; a son, Jimmie Ray Sims; and a daughter, Ruthie Lee Stanforth, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Betty Jo Scudder; son, Phillip Ladon Sims; sisters, Maxine Mueller and Phyllis Beaty; nine grandchildren; and 19 greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Florence Community Church of the Nazarene, 199 Richardson Road, Independence, KY 41051.

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Steven K. Knight Steven K. Knight, 49, formally of Union, died Nov. 4, 2012, at his residence. He worked as an airline pilot with Mesaba Airlines and enjoyed flying. Survivors include his parents, Jerry and Nancy Knight of Punta Gorda, Fla.; brother, Kerry Knight of Union and Brad Knight of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Memorials: Appalachian Bear Rescue, P.O. Box 364, Townsend, TN 37882.

Ralph Marsh Ralph R. Marsh, 88, formerly of Florence, died Oct. 10, 2012, at Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility in Naperville, Ill. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. During that time he was a tail gunner on the USS Ranger and USS Enterprise. He was employed by General Electric Corp. in Evendale, and enjoyed the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, pizza and ice cream. His wife, Norma Marsh, and eight siblings died previously. Survivors include his children, Randy Marsh, David Marsh and Denise Marsh; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Tammy Morris Tammy Sue Morris, 40, of Florence, died Nov. 6, 2012. Her father, William L. Blankenship, died previously. Survivors include her husband, John S. Morris of Florence; mother, Carolyn Sue Custer of Batavia; children, Nicole S. Goodman and Joshua E. Goodman, both of Michigan; two grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

Harry Piercefield Harry D. “Marbles” Piercefield, 81, of Florence, died Nov. 10, 2012. He was a truck driver, member of St. Paul Church, Ralph Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Alano Club, and was an Army and Air Force veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Claire Piercefield, died previously. Survivors include his son, Rick Piercefield; daughter, Becky Morris; brothers, J.T. Piercefield and Roy Piercefield; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

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Gerald B. Staley, 72, of Morning View, died Nov. 8, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a carpenter, a pressman for U.S. Playing Card, a member of St. Patrick Parish, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and University of Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Veronica Hoffman Staley; daughters, Veronica Pingel of Villa Hills, Rachel Jones of Florence; and Amanda Lauer of California; sons, Gerald Staley of Morning View and Adam Staley of Independence; sisters, Kate Maus of Southgate and Mickey Koury of Laguna Woods, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Morning View. Memorials: St. Patrick Parish, 3285 Mills Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015 or American Diabetes

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It’s time to pick out a tree Question: Which variety of Christmas tree will hold its needles the best for the holidays? Answer: In Kentucky, many Christmas tree farmers plant white pine and Scotch pine. The white pine retains its needles, which have a soft, flexible texture. The trees are Mike often Klahr sheared HORTICULTURE into a pyraCONCERNS midal shape, though this often makes the tree very dense, which makes it difficult to hang large ornaments. The Scotch pine’s needles are shorter than those of the white pine and the color can vary from bright green to dark green to some trees that exhibit more bluish tones. The species retains its needles well and resists drying. Douglasfirs and Fraser firs are also popular choices at local tree lots. The Douglasfir has dark green or blue green needles that are shorter and

softer than pine needles. Shearing gives it a denser form than the Fraser, which is a naturally pyramid-shaped tree, with even shorter needles than the Douglas. Both trees have good needle retention and a pleasant scent. Another fir that has been grown locally in recent years is the Canaan Fir, which also makes a great, soft-textured, pleasantly scented tree. Spruces are also sold, but they usually don’t hold their needles as long as other species. For the freshest tree, the ideal choice is one that has been locally grown. It’s also fun to go pick out and cut your own tree from a local Christmas tree farm. The Kentucky Christmas Tree Association has a list of member tree farms on their Web site, If you plan to purchase a tree from a tree lot, it might be better to purchase that tree early for the purpose of getting it in water and out of drying weather conditions as soon as possible. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

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Clarence is a handsome male orange tabby who came in as a stray and is now available for adoption. THANKS TO JAN CHAPMAN

Phoenix is a 5-year-old chocolate female lab. Call the Boone County Animal Shelter at 586-5285 to find out more about these and other adoptable animals. THANKS TO JAN CHAPMAN

Krista Ramsey, Columnist

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