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Teaching award nominations sought The Florence Rotary Club is currently seeking nominations for 2012 Boone County Teacher of the Year awards. The club will recognize three teachers for exemplary service in their professional and community roles. Story, A2

By Stephanie Salmons

Dancers perform in 'Nutcracker' Sugar plum fairies will soon be pirouetting across the stage when the Cincinnati Ballet performs Frisch’s Presents “The New Nutcracker.” Several local dance students will be performing in the holiday classic that has been updated this year. Life, B1

Mize on board Nicole Mize is officially on Walton City Council and she’s looking forward to the remainder of the term. Her road to council was marked by volunteering to do one thing and then being asked to do something bigger. Story, A3

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Ladies Night Out Holiday shopping could not be easier this year thanks to a yearly event put on by the Longbranch Elementary PTA. Story, A2

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The library “has a really good customer base,” she said. Having the sale close after Thanksgiving is a way to “get those people out and to come to the library,” Beckham said. Books will cost 25 cents for paperbacks, 50 cents for nonfiction and $1 for hardback fiction. For $5, patrons can purchase a BCPL tote bag and fill that with books. All proceeds from the sale go back to the library system, Beckham said.

UNION — Christmas is just around the corner, so why not welcome the holiday season with a holiday open house and tree lighting at the Union City Building. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Union City Building, 1843 Mt. Zion Road (near the intersection of U.S. 42). City events coordinator Karen Franxman said there will be crafts for kids such as a coloring table and making pine cone bird feeders as well as other crafts. The tree lighting will take place at 7:30 p.m., she said. Organizers will “get the kids singing a couple of songs,” Franxman said. Refreshments will also be available. This is the third year for the event, she said. “We thought it would be a great way to get people to come into the city building,” Franxman said. People that come “have a really good time,” she said. According to Franxman, there are also city ornaments available for the second year. The cost is $10 apiece or three for $25 and can be purhcased at the event or at the city building.

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Amy Beckham, branch manager of the Boone County Public Library's Scheben Branch, and reference librarian Shaun Davidson haul books for the branch's upcoming used books sale which will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Book sale planned at Union branch library By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — Follow up your Black Friday shopping spree with some bargain books. The Boone County Public Library’s Scheben branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union, will have its first used book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. It’s “slightly smaller” than sales that happen at the Main branch “but we still have a lot of good materials,” Scheben branch manager Amy Beckham said. The boxes of books stacked near her office are numerous,

with more still being added to the sale collection. The sale items will include popular authors like James Patterson and Nora Roberts as well as children's books and a variety of fiction and nonfiction and DVDs, Beckham said. Some materials have been “weeded” from the collection and some have been donated, she said. They decided on having a sale at this branch because they had received a lot of donations and were looking at the collection to make room for new materials, Beckham said.

Ryan retires, gets his own road

Union audit turns up no major problems By Stephanie Salmons

By Justin B. Duke


WALTON — This time he means

Walt Ryan retired from the Walton-Verona Schools Board of Education for the second time in less than a year. The lifelong farmer joined the board when he was 25 years old after not being pleased with his education experience and wanting a better one for his children and grandchildren. He originally retired at the end of his term last year, but came back to fill a vacancy caused by a resignation. Kevin Flynn was elected to fill the vacancy for the rest of the term, and Ryan is finally able to retire after 49 years on the board. To celebrate his last meeting as a board member, the school board moved the meeting from its usual home in the shared library of Walton-Verona Middle and High Schools and held it at the Triple Crown Country Club.

Newly retired Walton-Verona Schools Board of Education member Walton Ryan, left, shows off the sign to the road named after him with Superintendent Bill Boyle. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Ryan was told there’d be a small dinner after the meeting, but was surprised when hundreds of his friends were there to greet him. “If there were a hall of fame for public servants, Walt would be a charter member,” Superintendent Bill Boyle said during his toast to Ryan. Ryan helped grow Walton-Verona Schools from a district that was only ever talked about because of a “ball game or a fight” to a district that is held as a top performing district in the state, said board chairman Bill Wethington. “Walt has old-fashioned values, but he’s very open-minded,” Wethington said. Known for only speaking when he has something impor-

tant to say, Ryan took a moment to speak about some of his favorite experiences serving on the board. “With all the people I’ve worked with,” Ryan said, “I can’t think of one I can’t call a friend today.” In a final surprise, Ryan was presented with the street sign for the newly named Walt Ryan Way, the road that leads to the district’s athletic complex. When asked what has changed since Ryan joined the board in 1962, Ryan gave one of his classic, direct answers. “Everything,” he said. For more about your community, visit

UNION — An annual audit of Union city finances turned up no material weaknesses during the previous fiscal year, said Certified Public Accountant Paul Maddox who presented the city’s audit report Nov. 7. There were three findings, which are seen “almost every year,” Maddox said – the first of which is segregation of duties. “With only two people working in the office, you cannot completely segregate duties like you could if you have 10 or 12 people in your office,” he said. It’s not a material weakness, but something the council needs to be aware of, Maddox said. Mayor Don Kirby said that’s something the city won’t be far from probably pretty soon,” but in an email, he said there are currently no definite plans to add another employee or what that position may be. The second finding concerns a formal purchase order policy – or lack thereof. Many smaller cities don’t have a formal purchase order policy in place where items are approved before they’re purchased, Maddox said.



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Trzop asks to be Walton mayor By Justin B. Duke

WALTON — Phillip Trzop wants his old seat back. Trzop sent a letter to members of the Walton City Council asking to be appointed as mayor. Trzop was Walton’s mayor for 17 years before being defeated in last year’s election by Wayne Carlisle, who is resigning Jan. 1.


sion had to be made,” he said in the letter. If selected as mayor, Trzop plans to continue his tradition of spending Saturday mornings at city hall so he can hear citizen concerns. “Sometimes you can’t solve all the problems, but we should try to help, if it is possible,” he said. Trzop works as the general manager for the Boone County Water District, and

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UNION — Holiday shopping could not be easier this year thanks to a yearly event put on by the Longbranch Elementary PTA. Longbranch’s second annual Ladies Night Out is 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Becky Lortz Quigley, PTA president, said the event was moved to December this year to provide the community with another avenue for holiday shopping and to showcase

community artists. Erika Bowles, principal of Longbranch, said this event is perfectly timed with precisely the gifts moms, girlfriends, grandmas, and best friends are looking for. She invites the community to visit Longbranch located at 2805 Longbranch Road in Union (on the campus of Cooper High School) Dec. 2 to join in the fun. Organizer Lindsay

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Boone County Schools is cutting one of its bills. The Boone County Schools Board of Education approved the refunding of bonds from 2002. Like the city of Florence, the school district’s fiscal agent Joe Nance saw

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the low current interest rates as an opportunity to save on bond repayments. The bonds have seven more years of repayment and the refunding will save the district about $59,589 a year for a total of $417,127 over the remainder of the bonds, said treasurer Linda Schild. This isn’t the first time


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during his time as mayor he oversaw two sewer plant expansions and seven liftstation upgrades. City Council has 30 days from Carlisle’s resignation to appoint a new mayor. Council was expected to have a special meeting Nov. 21 to discuss the city’s future, after the Recorder’s holiday deadline.

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the district has used bond refunding to save money. The bonds being refunded were originally issued in 1993 to fund the construction of Gray Middle School and were refunded in 2002. The district has other bonds that were considered for refunding, but their savings weren’t enough to make any moves yet, Schild said. Unlike Florence, which is waiting for the right time to refund its bonds, the time was right for these particular bonds to yield the right savings, she said. “It’s a no-brainer,” said board chairman Steve Kinman.



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Crystal Schwab of Hebron and Brad Horten of Union and his son Jacob, 9, stack up cans of food donated from Fed Ex on Toebben Road off Mt. Zion in the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Nov. 19. The NKCAC was low on food, and since they have helped around 500 families since July 1, and about 95 of those have been emergency food help, the donation couldn't have been more welcome. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mize’s road to council full of service ture of local government as opposed to state or federal government. “The great thing about (local) government is you can see things happening right in front of you,” Mize said. Mize will serve for the remainder of Leake’s term, which expires at the end of 2012.

was interested in helping with Walton’s YMCA committee. “I’d kind of like to have a Mize YMCA in the city,” she thought. Before long, she was the head of the YMCA committee and when Leake died, she was asked to submit an application to fill the vacancy. She had about five weeks from her appointment to the filing deadline to decide if she wanted to continue on with council, and that little time was just the taste she needed. “I thought, ‘we’ve done so much and there’s so much to do,’” Mize said. She liked the visible na-

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WALTON — Nicole Mize is officially on Walton City Council and she’s looking forward to the remainder of the term. Mize ran unopposed in the Nov. 8 election to fill the council vacancy left after the death of Ann Leake. Before the election, Mize was appointed to temporarily fill the vacancy. Her road to council was marked by volunteering to do one thing and then being asked to do something bigger, she said. After moving to Walton in 2009, Mize saw opportunities to help in the city in her water bill. “I volunteered for the Easter Egg Hunt,” she said. While at the Easter Egg Hunt, she was asked if she

FLORENCE — A rekindled partnership offers residents some fitness discounts. Florence City Council agreed to an agreement with Sports of All Sorts that would give Florence residents discounted rates on the facility’s fitness memberships. The city’s relationship with Sports of All Sorts started in 2005, when World of Sports – now called World of Golf – stopped offering fitness services. They entered into a fiveyear agreement for discounted rates that expired last November. The two parties wanted to continue the relationship. Under the approved agreement, Florence residents could join with no enrollment fees and get discounted rates on month-tomonth and annual plans. “If a resident joins Sports of All Sorts Fitness Center, they receive a 10 percent discount on other amenities,” said City Coor-

dinator Richard Lunnemann. The discount applies to group fitness classes, personal trainers, concessions and other options. Unlike some other fitness centers in the area, Sports of All Sorts doesn’t offer any kind of aquatic facilities, and in exchange for the discount, Sports of All Sorts can offer its members who aren’t residents of Florence the residential membership rate of $235 for a membership to the

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The latest development of the ongoing discussion about 911 emergency communications between Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties is in terms of structure, said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine at the Oct. 25 Campbell County Fiscal Court Mayor’s meeting in Newport. The three county



judge-executives started publicly discussing potential 911 service consolidation in January. Fire and police officials are being asked what they think of switching to a new digital trunk communication system allowing for easier cross-agency communications, Horine said. The point of a Oct. 27 meeting in Kenton County with fire, police and dispatch officials was to ask them if it is a technology they want to pursue because they would be most affected, he said. “We’re sort of looking for the first responder community to lead the effort,” Horine said. A third discussion element of looking into the funding issues, will remain at the county fiscal court

police and fire association committees will be taken to the judge-executives to say “hey this is what we need to study,” Hill said. Regionally, Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington have already made the switch to trunk systems, Edmondson said. Right now, Northern Kentucky fire and police can and do communicate across state, county and district lines in some limited capacities with the systems they already have, he said. With trunk radio systems emergency responders would be able to talk with anyone on the same system including Cincinnati, Lexington or Louisville, he said.

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Kennedy wins board’s student seat “To whom much is given, much is expected.” That quote is one that describes Blake Kennedy, senior at Conner High School. Blake is a young man who recently won election for the Boone County Board of Education Student Representative seat. Blake’s official capacity will be serving the students of Boone County by representing them at all board meetings.

Blake’s platform for his campaign is much like his life – balance. Blake visited various Boone County schools and discussed why he would be the best candidate. He stressed to students that balance is key to achieving one’s goals. He demonstrated his balancing philosophy by juggling a spatula, a book and a baseball. He said each item is easy to juggle separately, but together is not as easy.

The spatula represented service to the community, the book represented academic endeavors and the baseball represented extracurricular life. By juggling all of them, one prepares for the real world. Blake said he was very involved at Conner High School but has learned to juggle and prioritize his goals so he can continue to make a difference. He has is not committed to a particular college yet but knows he wants to

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Grade 5: Alec Arehart, Charlie Bachelier, Caroline Baker, Landrie Barnes, Daniel Black, Zephan Conley; Colby Dabbs, Britney Davenport, India Davis, Denis Doerle, Julian Earls, Melynn Estes, Addison Fangman, Caleb Furnish; Dawson Geis, Trevor Hansen, Tim Hawkins, Nevaeh Hodson, Jackson Hoffman, Sydney Kirtley, Lily Kneale, Rachel Linder, Andy Ludwig; Juliet McGregor, Nicholas McNamara, Leah Moore, Tatum Morris, Kierstin Murray, Connor Murray, Maleah Neubauer, Mikel Oden; Tori Quartuccio, Reagan Rich, Evan Rich, Kamryn Roller, Ansley Rooks, Kaylee Rose, Mac Rosen, Parker Simpson, Sophia Smith, Ella Stewart, Abby Strawn; Emalee Taylor, Laina Taylor, Justyn Turner, Carlos Varela, Mollie Yauch and Senna Zineddin. Grade 4: Zach Armour, Jonah Breeze, Paige Colemire, Jenna Colemire, Brayden Collinsworth, Brock Cordrey, Haley Courtney, Daniel Crase; Jonathan Do, Jade Doellman, Ethan Estes, Keele Ferguson, Mason Gay, Luis Gomez, Carson Graham, Abby Greene, Carlie Justice-Carlisle; Ian Kain, Emmy King, Alyssa Kruml, Brady Laws, Benjamin Ledford, J.T. Lokey, Austin Mahoney, Nick Mall, Tamara Michels, Madoka Mizutani, Mackenzie Murphy; Andrew Nord, Lily Otto, Alex Pergram, Reagan Richardson, Zoie Rohr, Caroline Ross, Nick Sailing, Hunter Sebastian, Madeline Showell, Abbigail Soucy, Spencer Strunk; Sayaka Tani, Katie Taylor, Christian Thompson, Jaxson Trego, Aiden Vetter, Anissa Wagenlander, Mohammed Wazwaz and Matthew Weaver.

BOONE COUNTY HIGH HONOR ROLL Here are the first-quarter honor roll students for Boone County High School:

All A’s

Grade 12: Kaitlyn Abdon, Carl Agner, Taylor Altevers, Sean Assanuvat, Justice Bealle, Katelyn Bertolet, Brittany Biddle, Alison Brannon; Alexis Caddell, Trevor Davis, Shannon Duck, Charles Foltz, Tashana Ford, Alexis Funke, Muriel Gerhardt, Presley Gillespie, Matthew Gravett; Kaitlin Haggard, Lena Hameidan, Kristina Hickman, Rebecca Hotard, Trevor Howard, Sheila Howe, Austin Howell, Dustin Howell, Travis Hughes; Claire Johantges, Rachel Johnson, Austin Kendrick, Dakotah Kennedy, Abigail Kohake, Morgan Kolb, Christine Le, Jessica Lee; Kara Masters, Ian McManus, Zane McQueary, Lydia Nash, Brooke Pendleton, Kelsey Pendleton, Katie Persons, Kayla Randall, Mikel Reynolds, Shelby Riley, Randall Roof, Jacob Runge; Kameron Schwartz, Alisha Scroggins, Rebecca Soto, Natasha Spradlin, Chase Stanley, Heather Stephens, Andrew Stuck; Steven Teegarden, Courtney Vanway, Claudia Wheatley, Marie Winterman and Ruby Zuniga. Grade 11: Jenna Abbott, Zita Ackah, Brooke Alexander, Madison Borders, Philip Brubaker, Gabrielle Cahill, Andrew Canary, Carly Chalfant, Gerald Cheatham, Zadah Coy, Paige Crank; Jordan Dahms, Daniel Doremus, Meaghann Dynes, Rose Elmore, Wesley Estep, Joel Fritz, Genesis Gonzalez Garcia, Emily Goshorn, Ian Grimes, Christopher Guallpa, Rikki Gurren; Jared Harris, Lindsay Henges, Clayton Huddleston, Zachary Johnson, Bethany Jones, Tarah Jordan, Samantha Judie, Logan Kemp, Lindsay Knox; Abigail Larison, Amy Layton, Daniel Martin, Alexander McGarr, Olivia McMillan, Lauren McQueary, Matthew Melzer, Christopher Mokas, Brook Mullins, Kathleen Murphy;

Shelby Nemec, Alantis Newcomb, Kishan Patel, Phillip Prickett, Franklin Reyes, Valerie Rice, Claude Rogers III, Jacob Ruefer; Erika Stein, Ryan Stoller, Leah Sutton, Joseph Swalin, Madison Swinford, Erin Taylor, Michael Treadway, Evan Valentine, Samantha Vanluit; Allyson Walsh, Jordan Wert, Nicole Wheeler, Tyler Wichus, Sean Wilbers and Tanner Wolff. Grade 10: Mary Andrikus, Mariah Beardsley, Brianna Berry, Rebecca Bodenbender, Nicole Braun, Lindee Burrell, Mary Clemons, Katie Cottrell, Loranna Cox; Laura Dahlenburg, Lauren Davis, Emily Duncan, Clayton Edwards, Timothy Ellis, Jessica Estes, Gabrielle Frerman, Elizabeth Ganster, Abby Gutzeit; Sydney Hasbrouck, Stephanie Helton, Mackenzie Holland, Austin Johnson, Jenna Johnson, Risako Kimura, Brittany Knaggs, Dallis Knotts, Darby Lankheit; Sara Marksberry, Stephen Nash, Jenna Nelson, Evan O’Hara, Angela Peak, Zachary Raleigh, Joshua Ray, Steven Schmitz, Hope Schroer, Alexandra Sestito, Sammi Severino-Tomson, Reva Short; Taylor Thamann, Ashley Thompson, Logan Vanway, Anna Venckus, Logan Vier, Hannah Wagner, Payton Wallace, Colin Waters, Russell Wermes and Haley Zembrodt. Grade 9: Garrett Barker, Shamira Begum, Haven Borkowski, Olivia Brock, Lydia Brooks, Justin Burlingame, Amy Caldwell, Brendan Carroll, Steven Carter, Nicole Cash, Evan Claxon, Maiya Cornwell; Bonnie Dowd, Christopher Eder, Cameron Faehr, Erica Fee, Aaron Floyd, Macey Ford, Alexandra Fowee, Joseph Frakes, Glorea Franklin, Stephanie Fuller; Brendan Hamilton, Teany Herrera, Scott Heston, Caitlin Klosowski, Dennis Knight, Allison Lindsey, Eva Llamas, Gabrielle Maisch, Benjamin Michels, Lela Pair, Analisa Pretelini; Ashley Roderick, Hannah Rogers,

Jacob Schlarman, Cody Scroggins, Shelby Seibert, Nolan Setters, Allison Sherman, Brooke Singleton, Brenden Stanley, Alexis Switzer and Lucas Wheeler.


Grade 12: Amneh Alzatout, Marine Besnard, Patrick Blevins, Kyle Brown, Denzel Cain, Travis Carr, Nicole Carroll, Kristen Coomer, Danielle Coovert, Jennifer Crank; Alex Datro, Zuleyma Diaz, Tyler Dunaway, Amy Duncan, Miranda Eisenschmidt, Cristian Espinoza, Kelsey Faulkner, Austin Ferrara, Paige Fetters, Patricia Figueroa, Christine Findley, Morgan Folz, Lauren Friend, Kelsey Futch; Amara Giglia, Hinako Harrison, Estell Hatter, Chloe Hauser, Emily Hays, Efren Hernandez Bravo, Taylor Hogan, Leann Holsclaw, Katie Humrick, Stephanie James, Tyler Janssen, Garrett Kaohelaulii Owen, Guljakhon Khalikova, Joseph Kohake; Chelsea Lane, Cody Latham, Samuel Loomis, Charli Lootens, Michael Malott, Amanda Manning, Marisa McComas, Brendan McGarr, Michael McMahon, Sydney Moss, Jacob Mullins, Abbigail Murphy; Danh Nguyen, Ellen Owusu, Diana Perez, Erica Perez, Rosio Ramirez, Jamacia Reeves, Christopher Robertson, Kristen Robertson; Nery Salazar, Zachary Schmitz, Maria Schuster, Kristen Shirley, Steven Smith, Ellen Spada, Kelsey Stauter, Travis Thompson; Spencer Valz, December Voyles, Brandon Warner, Kelsey Willenborg, Neyland Windham, Pamela Wisniewski and Cody Woodall. Grade 11: Rian Ait Salih, Valeria Aliendres, Jasmine Amezaga, Kirsten Baker, Jared Bales, James Beckett, Sarah Blaker, Weston Blystone, David Brison, Evan Browne; Joseph Caldwell, Ayla Carroll, Lauren Chesser, Dong Chi, Tiffany Combs, Collin

Coomer, Hannah Cormican, Tymira Cunningham; Jamie Dean, Jessica Duran, Danielle Elmore, Samantha Farrell, Dakotah Ferguson, Kirsten Finn, Tyler Frakes; Molly Gabzdyl, Thomas Gallagher, Griffin Gardner, Jared Gilliam, Alexander Girdler, Delanea Griffith; Alexis Hammond, Crystal Hammons, Kayla Harrison, Adam Hinkel, Ciarra Horne, Andrew Hornsby, Katelyn Jackson, Jessica Jones, Samantha Kalany, Annie Koenig, Alicia Kordish; Teresa Lazzari, Eric Lucas, Stephany Mendia, Zachary Mimms, Tyler Morgan, Thao Nguyen, Tyler Orling, Benedicta Owusu, Jacob Pace, Foster Parnell, Jade Pierson, Brianne Popp, Victoria Quinn; Joshua Scholer, Jesse Schulze, Zachary Setters, John Sleigh, Daniel Sluder, Austin South, Christian Spicer, Margaret Spiece, Bradley Steele, Samuel Steele, Amber Steffen, Karie Stein, Jenna Stone, Kiersten Sydnor; Victoria Thiery, Tanner Thompson, Tiffany Thurlkill, Jason Toll, Benjamin Turner, Andrea Vickers, Kennedy Viger, Emily Williams, Matthew Woods and Shawn Wright. Grade 10: Sitora Abdusalomova, Alexander Altevers, Robert Asseo, Kayle Ayres, Shaye Babb, Autumn Bass, Shane Blount, Auston Blystone, Taylor Branham, Dillon Brelsford, Benjamin Bungenstock; Karen Cipriano, Elizabeth Coffman, Gretchen Coffman, Vincent Constable, Meghan Courtney, William Dowd, Conrad Fisher III, Kelsey Fuller; Shayne Gadd, Trey Ganns, Whitley Gillespie, Megan Goss, Madison Graham, Matthew Hannan, Samantha Hare, Eric Harrison, Chelsi Herzner, Victoria Herzner, Cierra Hogan, Grant Hon, Valerie Hunt; Lauren Jenkins, Paige Johnson, Danielle Kidwell-Dolch, Courtney Kinman, Erna Kmetas, Rachel Knoebel, Nathan Kreicker, Stephanie Lambert, Savannah Lykins; Evan Maines, Kiersten Maines, Leslie Manning, Brandon Marshall, Jennifer

McMahon, Amelia McManus, Destiny McMillan, Christina Michael, Lindsay Miller, Kai Mills, Nafisa Mohamud, Lukas Myers; Gabriel Neglia, Andrew Persons, Lilly Pinhas, Hayden Rader, Timothy Reese, Brent Rice, Jace Rice, Sydney Ridner, Kaleigh Riedel, Dallas Riehle, Caedan Ruparel, Ashley Russell; Jose Sanchez, Joseph Shipman, Allison Stapp, Karen Stegeman, Blake Stephens, Karly Stoll, Katia Tannus, Brent Taylor, Travis Vollrath, Amanda Wallenfelsz, Jasmine White and Joshua Wisdom. Grade 9: Brianna Arsenault, Michael Bacigalupo, Alyssa Bowling, Johanna Breedwell, Benjamin Brockett, Cassidy Brown, Emily Brown, Brandon Browning, Dylan Bryant, Blake Burkhardt, Juliana Burns; Zachariah Cole, Courtney Colliers, Taylor Creekmore, Devin Cregar, Ian Cruickshank, Hannah Ezell, Peyton Fields, Christian Foster, Madison Funke; Tyler Gamble, Ian Gorby, Sarah Gorby, Emily Graham, Katherine Grant, Zane Griffin, Megan Harrison, Alexandra Hearn, Jordan Hines; Brittany Jackson, Isaiah Jackson, Kaitlyn Jones, Emrah Kmetas, Maeghan Knox, Djenaba Konate, Dulci Krautsack, Jamar Lamb; Abbey Marciano, Hannah Marksberry, Brett Mayberry, Gabrielle McCann, Madeline McGarr, Tara McNees, Kara Means, Brooke Mintkenbaugh, Tearra Moore, Sydney Mrazik; Emily O’Koon, Ashley Patak, Andrew Quillen, Janet Ramirez, Thomas Regnier, Caitlin Robinson, Randall Rodgers, Austin Ronnebaum, Anah Roush, Daniel Rudisell, Samantha Ryan; Arthur Santomo, Tre Seeger, Robin Shumate, Bailee Simpson, Sara Sleigh, Mercedes Smith, Brooke Stivers, Junior Stockwell, Joshua Sweeney; Connor Taylor, Dane Thamann, Kahlia Thompson, Zachary Thurlkill, Johnathan Turner, Tyler Vanluit and Christian Wisdom.



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COOPER HONOR ROLL Here are the first-term honor roll students for Cooper High School:

All A’s

Grade 12: Brittany Abercrombie, Shelby Baker, Joseph Blevins, Samantha Bosshammer, Jacob Brandel, Kelsey Bungenstock, Heather Burns; Charles Childress, Shania

Conner, Karen Cress, Joshua Daugherty, Gwendolyn Day, Gregory Dudar, Christine Farnsworth, Jordan Findley, Madeline Flesher; Alexander Giesey, Kailyn Homman, Tyler Honschopp, Charli Huddleston, Steven Huebner, Robert Kippler, Andrew Koors, Cambri Lee; Adam Millson, Alexander Molen, Morgan Ogle, Travis

Renton, Zachary Rieder, Sidney Russell, Katherine Schroeder, Kaylynn Schwamb, James Siler, Cassandra Singleton, Katherine Sturniolo; Jason Thomas, Michael Webster, Eric Wells and Danielle Young. Grade 11: Madeline Aase, Carrie Anderson, Lindsay Barfield, Lauren Barriger, Alicia Boone, Ethan Brennan;

Nathan Caldwell, Victoria Carella, Nicholas Carr, Austin Cliff, David Couch, Shelby Doran, Julia Edmonds, Julia Gnoose; Brenna King, Zachary Neumann, Brennan Pike, Morgan Restaino, Alyssa Schlotman, Andrea Thompson, Austin Ulerick; Sydney Whitaker, Ashley Williams and Sidharth Yadav. Grade 10: Raechel Auberger, Brooke Berry, Michael Bowen, Sharlene Brady, Nicholas Brandel, Savannah Brinneman; Kimberly Campbell, Stella Childress, Elizabeth Day, Christopher Decker, Jessica Dunham, Karina Egger, Adam Eliasen, Natalya Erp, Eric Estenfelder; Joshua Findley, Gillian Glenn, Amber Glover, Maria Groeschen, Justin Heidel, Kyle Honschopp, Mardee House, Hannah Istre; Whitney Kaiser, Kimberly Kappes, Thomas Lawrence, William Ludwig, Tristin Moeller, Alyssa Pack, Melanie Palmer, Parth Patel, Katelyn Pittman, Max Prowant; Shane Reeves, Hannah Reid, Austin Renton, Paige Ross, Kayla Sadler, Carah Shirley, Karah Spencer, Cassidy Stamper, Andrew Stewart, Joanna Sumner; Anisha Thomas, Emily Thomas, Samuel Thomas, Kasey Weinfurtner, Nancy Welch, Andrea Wilson, Thomas Wirasakti, Kellen Wirth and Alexandra Woodruff. Grade 9: Kandis Arlinghaus, Brady Baker, Kendall Bisig, Alyson Boles, Ross Borthwick, Brent Caldwell, Brandon Callen, Amber Cobb, Austin Collins, Madison Cox; Patrick Dragan, Matthew Elmlinger, Jessica Fortner, Olivia Goessling, Connor Greenhalgh, Mitchell Greenhalgh; Brooke Harkrader, Colin Hathorn, Dalton Hendrickson, Bradley Hicks, Adeline Hogan, Delaney Holt, Emily Jackson, Macy Jouett; Katelyn Kelly, Summer Lighthall, Andrew Lubansky, Richard McAlister, Alexander Miller, Sarah Phillips, Sydney Reinert, Robert Sari, Rebecca Schroeder, Hanna Shafer, Emily Villari and Kelsey Zimmer.


Grade 12: Alexis Addington, Kayla Anderson, Jessica Barton, Taylor Bisig, Kaitlin Booth,

Richard Bowers, Alan Branch, Michael Brannigan; Justin Conley, Kayla Curtis, Kayla Davis, Tanner Dewitt, Tyler Dilillo, Courtney Fales, Alexander Finan; Sarah Gripshover, Trevor Gronefeld, Maya Gruseck, Angela Hacker, Jennifer Hester, Michael Huelsman, Leena Ibrahim; Ashley Johnson, Charles Johnson, William Kalb, Kyle Keith, Zachary Kelly, Alexander Kloentrup, Christopher Knapmeyer; Ashley Lawson, Robert Lee, Sara Milner, Austin Molen, Alecia Morris, Jenna Nilles, Loghyn Perry, Taylor Playforth, Trent Redmon, Olivia Reese, Mikayla Rolle; Courtney Sallee, Joseph Schafer, Kerry Schafer, Sierra Schetagne, Zachary Schlarman, Andrew Sebree, Kala Sims, Elliott Stidham, Angenette Sundara, Joshua Thibault and Jennifer Walters. Grade 11: Rebecca Ashley, Seth Ballard, Connor Bechtol, Bradleigh Bennington, Jared Blank, Taylor Carr, Taylor Chartrau, Molly Cheek, Austin Collins; Brianne Dunn, Bethany Erp, Andrea Flores, Bridget Fryman, Cheyenne Funk, Matthew Gade, Shelby Graham, Emily Greener, Nicholas Gregory; Emma Harkins, Jordan Hauck, Jacob Huiet, Carley Hume, Kyle Hussett, Natalie Jarrell, Megan Kelly, Casey Kerns, Jacqueline Kidney, Rachel King, Alec Kubala; Nicholas Lampers, Michelle Mathis, Taylor McDowell, Christian McNabb, Lindsey Michels, Tyler Mogus, Lynsey Moser; Sara Nesmith, Kelly Nichols, Stephen Pack, Trenton Presnell, Heather Rachford, John Ransdell, Amber Roland, Cody Rose; Jaelin Schumacher, Andrew Shelton, Kenneth Smith, Danielle Spaulding, Ryan Taylor, Tristan Thomas, Kayleigh Margaret Tully, Darian Van Dusen and Lauren Willett. Grade 10: Hannah Anderson, Charles Bagley, James Bailey, Casey Baker, Cailey Bechtol, Avery Bricking, Brandon Cahill, Robert Callen, Alexandra Chia, Tanner Coleman; Brooke Dean, Samuel Ferguson, Savannah Forman, Corey

Fussinger, Tyler Garrison, Vanessa Gunkel, Sarah Hart, Hannah Held, Spencer Holland, Brooke Howson; Ryan Johnson, Timothy Jones, Megan Kern, Tanner Kissel, Jessica Koors, Shelby Large, Whitney Lee, Donnie Livers Gowdy, Madison Lovett, John Lykins; Maria Magana, Tyler Monday, Bradley Mosser, Mckenzie Murray, Ritu Patel, Richard Pauls, Lorna Pham, Brooklyn Pike, Cooper Pratt, Miranda Rich, Ryan Richardson, Travis Rothdiener; Hannah Simpson, Brooke Smith, Collin Smith, Aliya Spivey, Hayley Van Dusen, Andrew Wagers, Stephen Waymeyer, Samantha West, Alexander Willet and Tianna Wymer. Grade 9: Elisha Adams, Erica Anderson, Simen Ballinger, Michael Black, Emily Blau, Michael Bowling, Trevor Bowman, Paige Brickler; Nolan Dreyer, Brendan Evans, Zachary Fahey, Victoria Ferguson, Jacob Forrester, Erica Gaddy, Kaitlin Gilbert, Samuel Gormley, Alison Greene, Simon Greenhalgh; Amanda Hamilton, Helena Hetzler, Montgomery Hicks, Sydney Humphrey, Morgan Isaacs, Alex Jacobs, Marisa Johnson, Brady Jones; Peyton Kaht, Bethany Kinman, Kyle Knox, Kaytlin Lake, Nikita Lemon, Jonathan Liechty, Darren Lin, Amber Lozier, Thomas Ludwig; Paul Macklin, Nathaniel Maddux, Molly Menefee, Nathan Millson, Sadie Moore, Devin Murray, Mckenzie Nelson, Christopher O’Brien; Abigail Pettit, Gregory Pilon, Carley Powers, Nicole Pranger, William Prickett, Isaac Redman, Alexander Ribail, Destiny Rosenberg, Alessa Rulli, Hannah Runion, Savannah Ruppel; Stephen Russell, Elisha Schmeltz, Alex Simpson, Carson Smith, Douglas Standley, Kyle Steiner, Alexander Stephens, Zachary Stewart, Morgan Stidham; Sydney Tobergte, Lauren Triska, Alexis Ulerick, Janessa Waters, Patrick Weiler, Hannah Wheat, Greyson Winiger, James Wise, Brittany Wood and Brianna Worrell.

Report: Student debt on rise in Ky.


More than half of Kentucky's 2010 class incurred debt to pay for college and the number of those who borrowed grew by 4 percentage points over the previous year. While 54 percent of students who graduated with four-year or more degrees had student debt in 2009, 58 percent did in 2010, according to data released by the Project on Student Debt. The average debt of graduates grew slightly, from $19,112 to $19,375. Kentucky ranks 43rd

for student loan debt among last year's graduates. The national average was $25,250, up from $24,000 in 2009. This uptick in debt comes at a time when the unemployment rate for new college graduates rose from 8.7 percent in 2009 to 9.1 percent in 2010, according to the report. "Some thought the jump would be even higher because of the economic downturn, but increased grant aid helped at least partially offset lower fam-

ily incomes and higher tuitions," said report author Matthew Reed. "How you borrow, not just how much you borrow, really matters," said Lauren Asher, president of the Institute for College Access & Success, the independent, nonprofit organization which sponsored the report. "If you have federal student loans, IncomeBased Repayment, unemployment deferment, and other options can help you manage your debt even in these tough times."



Kindergartner makes joy out of lemonade By Patricia A. Scheyer Contributor

Five-year-old Jack Gercken of Independence sits among the mass of toys he bought for children who have no toys. He paid for them with proceeds from his lemonade stand last summer at his grandparents' house in Burlington. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

When most 5-year-olds were out playing or swimming this summer, Jack Gercken of Independence had a mission. After watching the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” he was surprised to learn that some children didn’t have toys like he did. Jack asked his mother, Chasity, to confirm this fact, which she did. Jack couldn’t forget this sad information, so when his grandfather, Paul Clore of

Burlington, made a lemonade stand for him, Jack decided to make money and buy toys for kids who don’t have any. “I think he felt bad that some kids didn’t have the toys he does, and he wanted to make it right,” said Carol Clore, Jack’s grandma. “We thought it would be fun for him to try, but that little guy worked on his lemonade stand for six weekends, in the hottest weather, and he made $155, although his tips probably equaled his sales. We are very proud of him.” On Saturday, Nov. 12,

Jack was permitted to go to Walmart in Florence and pick out the toys for children. He picked out jets, cars, Play-Doh, baby dolls, games, Legos and more jets. How did he know what to pick for little girls? “I just know,” Jack said wisely. The toys will be given to Hope Ministries, located at 261 Main St. in Florence, because Carol knows someone who works there. All donations will be distributed to families in need this Christmas. Jack has thought about what kind of reaction the

Fireworks store to open by year’s end

STATE CHAMP Danielle Blakeney, 21, of Erlanger, practices her routines at Top Flight Gymnastics in Crestview Hills with her coach, Courtney Hunt, of Florence, Nov. 18 before she competed in the Girls Artistic Gymnastic meet for the State Special Olympics in Lexington Nov. 19 where she won two gold medals, two bronze medals and a fourth place. Danielle had gone to Greece to compete in rhythmic gymnastics for the World Games, but this was her first meet in artistic gymnastics. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


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FLORENCE — B.J. Alan Company plans to open a permanent Phantom Fireworks store on Mall Road before the end of the year. The Youngstown, Ohiobased company will operate the first permanent fireworks retail location in Florence on the only parcel currently zoned for the sales on Mall Road. Florence City Coordinator Rick Lunnemann confirmed B.J. Alan has been given the green light to open a store on the site formerly occupied by Circuit City on the south end of Mall Road. "Phantom Fireworks has gone through the required process and has been approved to operate a permanent fireworks store in the city of Florence," Lunnemann said. "When they will open depends on how quickly they can complete the conditions of approval the Florence Board of Adjustment placed on the project as well as those contained in House Bill 333, the building code and the fire code." The local conditions were identified at a Board of Adjustment hearing last month and William Weimer, vice president of B.J. Alan said the company is eager to bring the building into compliance and open the doors. "This is good news and we are very happy with the results and the position the city took on the issue," Weimer said. "We were a bit disappointed this past season when we couldn't open before Independence Day, but fortunately this wasn't the only project we had on the books and when one slows down we focus on the others. Sometimes it takes two or three years to open in a new market." House Bill 333, which allows for the establishment of permanent retail sites for fireworks sales in the state, was signed into law in March. Some fireworks retailers, including B.J. Alan and Indiana-based Powder Keg Fireworks, attempted to open stores in Florence immediately to cash in on high-volume summer sales. The city of Florence, however, identified a clause in the new law that allows cities to set local standards for fireworks sales and denied the requests.

children will have when they see the new toys, even though he won’t be there to actually experience it. “I think they will think it is pretty cool,” he said, and then smiled. “I think some of them will scream their heads off!” As Jack sorts through the toys, he explains why he worked so hard to give it all away to other children. “I just thought it would be really nice to help them,” he said. When asked if he will do it again next year, he smiled broadly, and replied without hesitation. “Yep!”

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Defense carries Rebels to semifinals

By James Weber

FLORENCE — The defense for the Boone County High School football team has been spectacular the last two weeks. The Rebels (9-4) will need a spectacular effort when they travel an hour south to Georgetown to take on Scott County (13-0) in the Class 6A state semifinals. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. The winner faces Butler (11-2) or Trinity (12-0) in the state final Dec. 2 in Bowling Green. It is Boone’s first trip to the semis since 2007. “It's a testament to our seniors,” said Boone head coach Rick

Thompson. “They have shown great leadership. They have done everything we asked of them, and it's nice when you have 28 of them. There are a large number of them who have big playing roles. They have never given up in the face of adversity.” The Rebels (9-4) will face a Cardinals team that has steamrolled opponents all year, averaging nearly 50 points per game on offense and nine points a game on defense. Scott County allowed more than a touchdown against them only once in the regular season and allowed less than 200 yards per game for the season. Scott County rushes for 270 yards per game and most of the

passing yards goes to Scott Daniel, who has 42 catches for 877 yards. The Rebels have often played Scott County in the regular season in recent years. “They're great ballhandlers,” Thompson said. “They have very good skill players. We have to continue to be disciplined, maintain our gaps. They look like all Scott County teams we've faced. They're big, they have skill kids who can run, they're very good at what they do. They execute very well.” The Rebels got their ticket to Georgetown after rolling over Lexington Lafayette 21-0 in the regional final Nov. 18.

It was the second straight defensive shutout for the Rebels, who allowed Ryle an interception return for a TD in their previous game, a 14-7 win. The Rebels allowed just 43 yards offense, and all three touchdowns were a direct result of defensive efforts. In the first quarter, Robbie Hiles blocked a Generals punt and Denzel Cain recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Lafayette botched a punt attempt and Boone took over at the 15. Cody Rodriguez scored from a yard out to make it 14-0. Kurt Curry returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. “We have really played good

defense for the majority of the year,” Thompson said. “We kind of re-emphasized the importance of fundamentals when it comes to tackling, and we talked about being disciplined.” The Rebels controlled the clock with 188 rushing yards although they didn't complete a pass. Mikel Reynolds rushed 12 times for 70 yards. Rodriguez ended with16 carries for 44 yards and the TD. Bryson Thompson had 52 yards on 12 tries. Jeremiah Williams had an interception on defense. See more coverage at presspreps, or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber


By James Weber

Rebels to play more small-ball this season

FLORENCE — Greg McQueary has a vet-

eran team this season as he enters his eighth year as the head coach of the Boone County High School boys basketball team. Among the veterans is his senior son Zane McQueary, who was voted fifth-best player in Northern Kentucky by area coaches. The McQuearys will look to lead the Rebels to postseason success this year after losing in the Ninth Region semifinals last year. Boone was 21-11 and 33rd District runner-up. Boone will look for new players to step up inside this year after graduating three key post players from last year’s team. “With the graduation of several tall players from last season, the Rebels will have considerably less size this season,” said coach McQueary, who is 131-76 at Boone. “Some of the returning players will have new roles this season with team must make a conscious effort to defend and rebound to have a successful season.” Zane McQueary is the lone double-figure scorer returning. He is the top shooter on the Rebels squad. “His shooting, passing and smart play make him a key component of this team,” his father said. Senior guards Cooper Downs and Chase Stanley return. Downs led the team in assists, shot 40 percent from three-point range and looks to be the point guard again this season. McQueary said he is stronger physically this season. Stanley is an outstanding shooter and quick defender. Other veterans who have to step up this year. Senior guard Jakeith Pitts is a quick penetrator and a good passer and shooter. Senior Keenan Palmer is a good rebounder and inside scorer, and his defense should be a strength, too. Senior Travis Carr is a good rebounder who made a lot of strides in the offseason. Junior Tyler Cox gives the team energy and length on the floor. Coach McQueary said the team has potential. “It will be imperative that the Rebels have proper ball movement and get the ball to the open shooter at the right time,” he said. “If the Rebels defend, rebound, and take care of the ball on offense in a consistent basis, then this team could be contender in the Ninth Region again this season.” Boone opens the season at Ryle Nov. 29 in a 33rd District seeding contest and rematch of their district final last year, won by Ryle. Boone debuts at home Dec. 1 against Campbell County.


Jim Hicks returns for his 10th season as head coach with a 110-115 record, including 11-18 last year. He graduated all his starters from last year. Top contenders for starting spots this season are Samuel Hemmerich, Drew

got eight good players, and I didn’t have that last year.” Heritage opens at Calvary Nov. 28 and hosts Bellevue Dec. 6. Heritage will also host a Christmas tournament Dec. 27-29.

Boone County guard Cooper Downs (4) calls a play last year. FILE PHOTO


Alan Mullins returns for his sixth year as head coach with a 20-13 record. The Raiders are two-time defending 33rd District champions. He has to replace six seniors from last year including four starters. The coach expects to play a faster style this year with constant defensive pressure. The Raiders will be led by 6-foot-2 senior Tate Mullins, who will play every position on the floor as the centerpiece of the offense. Shooting guard Drew Mays, one of the most accurate long-range shooters in the area, he had a very successful offseason on the AAU circuit. Top role players include seniors Dylan James, Bryson Walsh, Aaron Klensch, Brian Ernst, and newcomer Jake Hughes. Mullins said the team should be bolstered by the recent addition of football player Ryan Smith, who at 6-4 adds size as well as a variety of skill and athleticism. Ryle opens at home against Boone County Nov. 29 and hosts Cooper Dec. 6, both seeding games in the 33rd.

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Boone County senior Chase Stanley, left, plays against Ryle in a game last season.

From left, Zane McQueary and Boone County basketball coach Greg McQueary are getting ready for the upcoming season.



Barker, Carter Byrns and Cody Huff. “This year’s team has a very strong work ethic,” Hicks said. “They love to mix it up and are all over the floor. They play very well together and want to see each other succeed. Practices have been very competitive because of the spots that are open after graduating seven seniors from last year. Our lack of experience may pose a problem early but our intensity will help us overcome that obstacle.” Conner opens the year at Dixie Heights Nov. 30 and has its first home game Dec. 2 against Cooper.

men in the area and is drawing interest from some Division I schools. “Overall we have good size,” Sullivan said. “Defensively with that size we should be better than last year as it should help with our help defense around the rim. Shooting should improve this year as we have gotten bigger and stronger in the weight room which will help in beating defenders off the dribble.” Cooper opens at home against WaltonVerona Nov. 29 and plays at Conner Dec. 2. The Conner game will be a district seeding contest.



Tim Sullivan returns as head coach for the Jaguars, where he is 18-50 in the school’s three seasons, including 11-18 last year. He returns one starter in senior guard/ forward Alex Webster, a 6-foot-1 wing player who averaged eight points and six rebounds a game last year. Other players to watch include 6-6 junior forward Louis Maniacci, 5-11 junior guard A.J. Collins, 6-1 senior guard Chris Henderson and 6-1 senior guard Cody Cook. Maniacci could be one of the top big

Howard Davis returns for his sixth year as head coach. The Eagles were 0-22 last season. Top players are junior guard Jeffrey Reno, junior forward Chuck Henthorn, and 6-foot-5, 325-pound junior center Zac Smith. Reno was the top scorer last year at 9.5 points per game. “Our year will be next year because all of my starters are juniors, except for one senior, and I’ve got three really good sophomores off the bench,” Davis said. “But we will be a lot better this year because I’ve

Dave Faust, the longest-tenured boys basketball head coach in Northern Kentucky, returns for his 19th year with a 291233 record, nine wins away from 300. St. Henry was 5-18 last season and 34th District runner-up, but returns four starters in Sam Dedden, Darius Meiman, Connor McLaughlin and Mitchell Kuebbing. Top newcomers include Ben Hils and Michael Best. “We have quite a few experienced players back from last year,” Faust said. “We have to take care of the ball a lot better than we did last year and shoot better than last year. We hope to make a strong run in the All ‘A’ Classic and be ready for the district tournament.” St. Henry opens the year at conference foes Brossart (Nov. 29) and Newport (Dec. 1), then plays at Covington Catholic (Dec. 6) before its first home game against Highlands Dec. 9.


Dan Trame returns for his third year as head coach. He has a 35-23 record with the Bearcats and 279-184 overall, putting him in range of 300 wins this year. Trame returns his three leading scorers from last year in 6-foot-5 senior guard Matt Hargett, sophomore guard Zach McNeil and sophomore guard Tanner Moeves. Trame said he has a coachable group of players to complement them. W-V will play at Cooper to start the season Nov. 29, then hosts Boone County in the home opener Dec. 2. Visit, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber



Five Raiders, two Rebels go D-I ern Kentucky. Boone County basketball player Sydney Moss, one of the top players in the state, signed with Florida last week. Doug Teegarden, one of the area's top baseball players, committed to Eastern Kentucky.

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BOONE COUNTY — The fall signing period for the NCAA has been a bountiful harvest for local schools, as seven high school seniors five from Ryle, two from Boone County – committed to Division I colleges this week. Ryle's commitments ranged from the midwest to at home in Cincinnati, the latter highlighted by basketball player Jenna Crittendon signing with Xavier. The Musketeers are a regular qualifier of the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight in 2010. They have a new head coach this year in Amy Waugh. “Xavier is close to home, it's one of the top schools in the nation for academics,” Crittendon said. “I think I'll do great things there and I'm excited for it. This year they will be kind of struggling because they have a lot of injuries, but the new coach is going to do great things. In the next few years we'll be really good.” Crittendon, a versatile player inside and on the perimeter, is one of the top seniors in the state this year. She will major in criminal justice with hopes

Ryle senior Jenna Crittendon signed to play basketball for Xavier Nov. 11. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ryle's Leiff Clarkson, son of Bob and Tina Clarkson, second from left, signs to play baseball for Western Kentucky while Mark Downs, son of Dan and Lori Correll, second from right, signs to play baseball for the University of Cincinnati at a recent ceremony. THANKS TO LORI CORRELL of a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “She's been amazing,” said head coach Patti Oliverio. “Her love for the game, her skill level and leadership on the court. I'm really proud of her. It's a dream come true for her and her family that she can play in a first-class program and be close to home.”

Two Raiders will go far away for college. Diver Meredith Brownell will head west to Kansas University. She was state runner-up last year and will go for the title this year. “I loved everything about it,” Brownell said. “The campus is beautiful. The school has everything I want to do. Hopefully I

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SIDELINES CUMC basketball signup Christ United Methodist Church will have basketball signups for ages 3-5 and 6-8 from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 in the lobby, 1440 Boone Aire Road, Florence. The cost is $40 per child; $20 for a sibling in the same household. Drills and games are on Saturdays. The season will be Jan. 7 through March 3, 2012. Last day to register is Dec. 17. To register online, Email



Chipotle Heat wins Nightmare Tourney The Boone County U8 soccer team Chipotle Heat won the Nightmare Tournament at Central Park in Florence. Pictured, from left, front row: Max Mogadam, Casey Miller, Cody Berry, Danny McMahon, Nick Foltz, Zachary Kuchle and Thomas Frondorf; and back row: Colby McKinnon, Coach Brent McKinnon, Aiden Putnam, Landon Barth, Coach Bryant Berry and Zach Barth.


The Boone County soccer team Dynamite White U11 won a silver medal at the Kentucky Bluegrass Games in Lexington. Pictured, from left, bottom row: Danielle Smith, Olivia Ziegler, Madison Middendorf and Brooke Hall; middle row: Leah Hext, Devyn Eubank, Oli Marita, Morgan Spivey, Claire Jacob and Kassidy Scheben; back row: Coach Dave Smith. Not pictured is Coach Jim Hext. THANKS TO ANITA KOSCO





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Shop local: Birth of a new tradition It’s the most “UN-wonderful time of the year” as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a Grinch, but rather just tired of all of the stress and materialism associated with Christmas. As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories kick into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods. Let’s do something different this year. Let’s look out for the “little guy” by supporting neighborhood small businesses! My husband, Mark, and I recently opened our own small business (Velocity Bike & Bean) which has caused us to have a whole new appreciation for this concept. It's time to think outside the (Chinese-made wrapping paper-

covered) box. How about gift certificates to a local salon, favorite café, car wash, florist, massage therapist, pet groomer, cleaning serLisa vice (can I get Ball an “amen”?), COMMUNITY golf course, RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST etc.? Consider items made by local artists or craftspeople. You can find them at PTA craft shows, the City Flea and Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati, and talented people who advertise their wares on (If you haven’t discovered Etsy yet, look into it now.)

Our daughter recently expressed an interest in having Grandma make a book of traditional family recipes. How about a small photo album containing cherished photos and meaningful journaling about your family’s history? Gifts like these definitely won’t end up in next summer’s yard-sale pile. Finally, consider spending your dollars on fair trade items (which means that fair wages and safe working conditions are involved, and forced child labor is not). We carry an assortment of such items, including jewelry, tote bags, ornaments & cards made by women and children rescued from human trafficking or who lost parents to African genocide. Our in-house coffee

roaster (Carabello Coffee) gives all of their profits away to fund works of compassion, most notably an orphanage in Nicaragua. We carry laptop and iPad bags made by the orphans, and the proceeds go directly back to them. We are hosting a Fair Trade Christmas Shopping Open House with Reegan Hill of In His Image Designs LLC on Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. during which shoppers will have an opportunity to learn the compelling story behind these items and be able to make purchases. Please note that our shop does not take any profit from the sale of these items. Christmas should no longer be about draining our pockets so

More families facing homelessness With the recent economic recession regions such as Northern Kentucky are experiencing increases in families living in poverty. A lack of affordable housing coupled with high levels of unemployment has had a profound negative impact on families living in our region. One of the outcomes is an increase within the homeless population, particularly amongst women and their families. This past year Welcome House has experienced a noticeable increase in families staying in shelter; to date, as many children as adults occupied beds. Families cannot sustain themselves with paychecks from low-skilled jobs. With inadequate income, more families have to choose between paying rent, paying utility bills, providing food and managing medical care costs. For many low-income families living on a tight budget, any unexpected expense can lead to a crisis situation, such as homelessness. Homelessness is on the rise, with the National Alliance to End Homelessness recently predicting that, without additional intervention, homelessness in the U.S. could increase by an estimated 5 percent over the next three years. The economic downturn continues to impact lives locally. More than 13 percent of in-

dividuals in Kenton County reported an annual income that falls below the poverty level on the 2010 U.S. CenLinda sus. The realiYoung ty is much worse for famCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST ilies headed by COLUMNIST a female householder. In Kenton County, 37.5 percent of families headed by single women with children under 18 years have incomes below the poverty level, while 53.2 percent of families headed by single women with children under 5 years only have incomes below the poverty level (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). These families are at higher risk of experiencing homelessness. Obtaining a fair-marketrate apartment is oftentimes out of reach for a family or individual living in poverty. In order to rent a market-rate two-bedroom apartment in the counties served by Welcome House (Boone, Campbell and Kenton), a renter must make $14.46/hour (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2011). However, minimum wage for the state of Kentucky currently stands at $7.25/hour. For those who do earn an income, the average shelter client makes only $7-8/hour. In

Northern Kentucky, 66 percent of workers, or 122,870 people, do not earn a high enough hourly wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment. The “gap” between income and the cost of housing for very low-income households has been an ongoing issue for the past 30 years as housing and utility costs have escalated. Now more people are falling into this housing gap – from very low- to moderate-income earners. Without access to affordable housing, many individuals and families find themselves without a safe place to live. What happens to people that fall into this housing gap? Most will live doubled up with family and friends and, since there are few if any options, will continue to move frequently so as not to burden the host household. The instability this causes for families has significant consequences – the inability to keep a job and fragmented education for children. The people housed in shelters are just the tip of the iceberg. Options for federally subsidized housing are limited, as waiting lists continue to grow. According to the Housing Authority of Covington, a person on the 750-household waiting list for a Section 8 voucher in Kenton County will wait approximately three years for approval. There are approxi-

mately 3,319 federally subsidized housing units in Kenton County for the approximately 18,000 households that do not earn enough to afford a market-rate apartment. As a community, do we believe that people should be able to access housing that is affordable and safe? At Welcome House we not only believe, we think it is possible. It will take the will and creativity of people to develop housing models that are affordable for all income levels. Partnerships of corporate and nonprofit, government and private, social services and landlords, etc., have developed housing projects that work and are financially sustainable. What is impossible is trying to keep your family together when, even though you work hard, you cannot earn enough to pay basic expenses and provide a stable place to live. We invite you to join in the effort to create sustainable housing in our community so that people can place their energy and efforts toward jobs and education rather than constantly trying to do the impossible. Most importantly, by doing so you provide hope and a chance for a better future for children living in poverty. Linda Young has been executive director of the Welcome House since 1995.

Reporting child abuse is your responsibility The Penn State child sexual abuse nightmare has brought to the forefront a horrific abuse that is seldom exposed in our communities, but which occurs every day to children in our neighborhoods. Child sexual abuse can destroy the very fabric of a child’s life. If untreated, it will result in long term physical, emotional and psychological damage. As adults, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety and protection of children in our society. The statistics are alarming - one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday. Most children will never tell anyone what happened to them. So the question that everyone should be asking is, “How do I ensure the protection and safety of the children in my life?” And it must begin with an intentional


and conscious decision to be watchful, to embrace our individual responsibility to protect children in our community and to bravely challenge situations that put children at

risk. Child abuse thrives in secrecy. When adults are not able to identify risky situations or feel that it is someone else’s responsibility to report abuse, children will continue to be hurt. Adults can learn how to protect children. They can ensure that polices are in place to reduce risk, to make sure that children are not in one-on-one situations with adults or older youth, to iden-



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tify high risk situations and how to take action to protect children. When adults become proactive in protecting children, then sex offenders have less access and opportunities to harm our children. We know there are offenders in our community, and they do not look scary and perverted. In fact, many times they look like people that we trust. The Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center offers a three-hour interactive workshop called Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children that empowers adults to protect children. The program is an excellent way for adults in our community to gain specific tools to protect children, including how to minimize the opportunities for abuse, how to talk with and listen to children, how to report abuse and how to act on

your suspicions and most important how to get involved. We can make Northern Kentucky a safer place to be a child. Law enforcement, child protection and other professionals cannot do it alone. We need you…each of you…to watch, ask questions, talk with others, and take action to increase safety. For more information about the Stewards of Children training and how you can become more informed, contact Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center at 859-442-3200, or visit the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center website at Vickie A. Henderson is the executive director of the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center.

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that China can build another glittering city. (God never intended for us to go into debt to celebrate His birthday. Think about it.) Christmas should be about encouraging small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. On that note, on Saturday, Nov. 26, we will participate in the second annual Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate the small businesses that fuel our economy and invigorate communities. Show your support by pledging to “shop small,” and also start a new tradition by giving gifts that bless the receiver as well as the person who made them. Lisa Ball is a Florence business owner and resident of Walton.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Congrats on Union Recorder

As an 18-year resident of Union, I think it is great news that we finally have our “own” community paper. This is truly a wonderful place to live, and I can see why we have grown 85 percent in the past 11 years. All three of my kids have passed through the halls of our fine school system. I can't say enough about New Haven, Gray and Ryle both academically and athletically. I would personally like to thank our fine teachers, administrators and volunteers. A special thanks to our two outstanding principals, Mr. Thomas Hummel and Mr. Matthew Turner, for demanding such high standards. Thanks to your paper, the people of Union will be able to connect even more. David Clites Union

Grateful for new stop signs

Thank you, city of Union, for the new stop signs installed on Cherbourg Drive. As your planners obviously recognized, this neighborhood avenue had become a cousin to Highway 42, the infamous Union/Florence raceway. So, to control back-street speeders, the new stop signs were certainly necessary. Good planning. And, again, thanks. However, now that the stop signs are installed, could you occasionally send around a police officer – to remind drivers to stop? Darek Johnson Union

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Emilie Hatton, Kaitlyn King, Anthony DeGreen, Morgan Saunders and Nora DeGreen have parts in the Cincinnati Ballet's Frisch's presents "The New Nutcracker." THANKS TO STACY FULLER

Local dancers perform in ‘Nutcracker’ By Stephanie Salmons

Sugar plum fairies will soon be pirouetting across the stage when the Cincinnati Ballet performs Frisch’s Presents “The New Nutcracker.” Several local dance students will be performing in the holiday classic that has been updated this year. Shelby Merse, 8, of Burlington, plays a cupcake in the production. “My mom has taken me to the Cincinnati Ballet’s shows and so I really wanted to do it,” she said. “I auditioned and was chosen!” She’s happy to be dancing in the show. “It is my dream as a dancer to be in a show like this and get to perform on stage at the Aronoff,” Merse said. “I love to perform!” Nora DeGreen, 11, of Villa Hills also has a role in the production – along with her younger brother Anthony, 8. Nora will play a party boy while Anthony will

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play dual roles – Fritz and a bumble bee. This isn’t the first time they’ve been in the production. Anthony was a baby mouse last year and Nora has been in the show for the past three years. It’s fun being in a production like this together, they both said. For Anthony, his sister offers help when he needs it. “It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes I get mad because he gets to be Fritz, but I’m still really proud of him,” Nora said. It’s an honor to be in the show because it’s a professional production, Anthony said. "I feel really good about myself because I know I’ve

accomplished something,” Nora said. “And I know this brings me closer to my main goal of being a professional dancer.” Caroline Montgomery, 10, of Hebron, a cupcake in the production, said it’s fun to work with the dancers “because they’re really nice and they sometimes help you with things.” Ainsley Hoh of Union, 9, will also be playing a party boy in the performance. This is her first time in the production, but she’s not unfamiliar with the show. “My mother has taken me to see The Nutcracker every Christmas since I was a baby,” she said. Other than doing ballet, she loves dancing with the company’s professional dancers. “I feel wonderful, like someone has sprinkled me with fairy dust!” Hoh said. “It is important to me because I will always be able to say I was in the original cast of the Cincinnati Ballet production of ‘The New Nutcracker.’ Not everybody gets to say that.”

Caroline Montgomery, 10, of Hebron, and Shelby Merse, 8, of Burlington will be dancing in the Cincinnati Ballet's production of Frisch's presents "The New Nutcracker." THANKS TO STACY FULLER

Ainsley Hoh, 9, of Union, will be performing the roll of party boy in the Cincinnati Ballet's production of Frisch's presents "The New Nutcracker." THANKS TO STACEY FULLER

Cranberries a good source of Vitamin C

Cranberries have been around since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. PHOTOS.COM

It is the time of year when cranberries show up in our meal plans. Cranberry sauce with the holiday bird is often a tradition. Cranberries have been around since before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Cranberries are native to North America. They were originally called crane berries because of the shape of their flower. It is thought that cranberry was a condensed version of crane berry. Cranberries were also once known as bounce berries because they bounce when dropped. Harvesting of cranberries begins in October and the berries usually appear

on grocery shelves from late October through the end of the year. Cranberries, by Diane themselves, Mason are quite EXTENSION tart. They NOTES are a good source of vitamin C and fiber. One cup of fresh berries provides about 47 calories and 4 grams of dietary fiber. They also are a good source of several phytochemicals and nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy and help decrease our risk of some diseases.

Cranberries are usually packed in a bag. Choose bags that hold fresh, plump, bright berries. Avoid those that are soft or starting to turn brown. Fresh cranberries will keep in the refrigerator for two or more weeks. For longer storage they may be frozen. Wash the berries with cool water and lay them to drain on towels. When well drained, place them in a freezer safe container that is labeled and dated. Store the berries in the freezer. It is best to use them within nine months to a year. Cranberries can be found fresh in the produce section, as a relish in the deli section, and in the

canned aisle as cranberry sauce or whole cranberry sauce and in the dried fruit section. Cranberry juice can also be found. Each product can be used in a number of ways. Except for the canned cranberry sauce and whole cranberry sauce, most forms are not interchangeable. Cranberries have been shown to have many health benefits. Look for new and creative ways to add them to your eating plan! Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, NOV. 25 Craft Shows Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Holiday artists’ market. Featuring artists from across the nation working in ceramics, metal, jewelry, photography, painting, glass and more. $7, free ages 12 and under. Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. 614-486-7119; fairs_wf.html. Covington.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington. Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Charlie and Trike, two new explorers, show young visitors the Bible in a charming and imaginative way. Ages 5-12. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Public Hours Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Museum presents “walk through history.” State-of-theart 70,000 square foot museum brings pages of the Bible to life. Includes Kneehigh Museum, child-friendly and interactive addition to existing displays. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. Through Dec. 23. 888-5824253; Petersburg.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611; Walton.

Saturday, Nov. 26 Craft Shows Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7, free ages 12 and under. 614-4867119; fairs_wf.html. Covington.

Historic Sites Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Book Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Fill up library tote bag for $5 or buy individual items for low

prices. Donations accepted. Free admission. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Union.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington. Kneehigh Exhibits, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 7-8:30 p.m., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Music by Josh Clark. Acoustic sets by local musicians. Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Family friendly. Free. 859-3718356. Florence.

Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m., 1st and 10 Sports Bar, 10358 Dixie Highway, $5. 859-817-0664; Florence.

Public Hours Creation Museum, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 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.

Sunday, Nov. 27 Craft Shows Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7, free ages 12 and under. 614-4867119; fairs_wf.html. Covington.

Historic Sites Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Public Hours Creation Museum, Noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Winterfair, a juried fair of fine art and craft by more 200 artists from across the country, will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., in Covington. Winterfair will feature ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and artists' work from Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Gourmet treats will be available for purchase, such as salsa and wing sauce by Fatty and Skinny Brand Sauces and Salsa, and lotion bars, bath bombs and lip balms by Ascent Handmade Gourmet Soaps. Admission is $7; free for children 12 and under. For more information, including a directory of participating artists, visit Pictured is a glass vessel by John Boyett. THANKS TO KIM NAGORSKI

Monday, Nov. 28 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-746-3573; Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $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. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union. R.C. Durr Blood Drive, 9:3011:30 a.m., R.C. Durr YMCA, 5874 Veterans Way, Hoxworth bus in parking lot. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-534-5700; Burlington.

Northern Kentucky University's Department of Theatre and Dance presents William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Mike King, at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays Dec. 1-11 in the Fine Arts Building's Rosemary Stauss Theatre at NKU, Nunn Drive, in Highland Heights. While Marc Antony and Egyptian enchantress Cleopatra live a life of passion and pleasure in Egypt, turmoil in far-off Rome shatters their happiness. Antony is drawn into conflict with his fellow ruler Octavius Caesar, and the fate of the Empire, and Antony's love for Cleopatra, will be decided once and for all. Tickets are $14; $13 for NKU faculty, staff and alumni; $11 senior citizens; $8, students with valid ID from any school; and $10, groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 859-572-5464 or visit Pictured is senior Simon Powell as Mark Antony with senior Robyn Novak as Cleopatra. Photo by Mikki Schaffner. THANKS TO WARREN BRYSON



Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Stephens Elementary PTA Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m., Stephens Elementary School, 5687 Ky. 237, General membership meeting with performance by third-grade choir. Free. 859-3344460. Burlington.

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Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Senior Citizens Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611; Walton. Art Social, Noon, Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Bring your own supplies. Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611. Walton.

TUESDAY, NOV. 29 Karaoke and Open Mic Woodies Karaoke, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 10 p.m., grab the mic and sing along with the monitor. Who knows, there might be a scout in the crowd!. Ages 21 and up. 859282-1264; Florence. Literary - Libraries Pudding Party, 3:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Celebrate Banana Pudding Month by making treat. Middle and high school students. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Walton.

Historic Sites Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 7-11 p.m., Papa’s Pub, 290 Main St., Beer Garden. 859-371-5567. Florence. Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., $8 domestic buckets and $2 wells. 859-581-3700. Newport. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Kaza’s, 6 W. Pike St., Perform for chance to win $100 and free recording session at Scriptures Studios. Free. Covington.

Literary - Crafts PlayArt, 4-5 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Ages 4-6. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Furry Fleece, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Create an animal hat to wear. For middle and high school students. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron.

p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-2909022. Covington.

Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

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Yoga, 6:15 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. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitnessparty. $40 for 10 classes, $5 drop-in. 859-371-8255. Florence.

Woodies Karaoke, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 859-2821264; Florence.

Health / Wellness Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres.

Literary - Crafts Holiday Party Drinks Everyone Will Love, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Learn to make drinks all ages can enjoy and create wine glass tags that help guests remember which glass is theirs. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron. Bento Bonanza, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Learn to make lunch creations with bento flair. Middle school students. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Union.

Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859342-2665. Florence.

Public Hours Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington. Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Golf, Wine and Cheese, 6:30-9 p.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Wine, finger foods and golf for women. Ages 21 and up. $10. Registration required. 859-371-8255; Florence.

Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

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Senior Citizens Art Social, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, Free. 859-4857611. Walton.

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Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland returns this holiday season for more underwater fun at the Newport Aquarium on Thursday, Nov. 25, and will run through Jan. 1, 2012. Scuba Santa, sitting in his magical underwater sleigh pulled by sea horses, will provide a family-friendly show in the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. At Scuba Santa's Post Office, children can write letters to Scuba Santa. Children can also take part in the Reindeer Roundup game by helping Scuba Santa find all the reindeer hidden throughout the Aquarium. Admission to Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland activities are free with a Newport Aquarium ticket. Tickets are $22; $15, ages 2-12; free, children under 2. Newport Aquarium will have extended holiday hours, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 26-31. For more information, including a complete schedule of Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland show times, visit or call 859-261-7444. THANKS TO RODGER PILLE



Adding a little Christmas through food I was teaching cooking class last week and the background music included my favorite Christmas song “We Need a Little Christmas.” Well, like most of you, what I need is a little more time! I’m going to start early this year making gifts from the kitchen. This chocolate sauce is not only delicious, but a good keeper.

Chocolate hazelnut sauce

Better than store bought. This is so easy and a welcome gift from the kitchen. Wonderful over ice cream, as a fondue for fruit, chilled and spread between ladyfingers, etc. If you want to substitute almonds, walnuts, whatever, for the hazelnuts, go ahead. Or leave them out altogether for a simple chocolate sauce. 1 cup whipping cream 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ cups toasted, chopped hazelnuts

Bring whipping cream to a boil. Add chips and butter. Turn heat down to very low and cook until smooth, stirring constantly. Add flavorings and nuts. Cool and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Warm before serving if desired.

Bacon Wrapped Grissini

This is similar to the one Sue Marks, of the Food Thoughts radio show, shared with me. I guarantee this will be the first ap-

petizer on the holiday table to disappear. Addictive! Grissini are Italian breadsticks, skinRita ny and long. Heikenfeld My original RITA’S KITCHEN recipe called for 1⁄3 cup brown sugar and 2-3 tablespoons chili powder, but I sometimes ran out so I double it. 1 pound bacon slices, cut in half 2 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar 4-6 tablespoons of chili powder (This is the blend you use for chili. I like Buena Vida brand since that’s what my Mom always used.) 1 box of Italian grissini breadsticks, broken in half

Mix sugar and chili powder together, removing any lumps and put in shallow bowl or plate large enough to roll each grissini in. Roll each grissini tightly with bacon, starting at the top, and leave enough room at the bottom to make a handle. Place each wrapped grissini in sugar mixture, rolling and dipping until well coated. Preheat oven to 350. Place grissini on sprayed rack and put rack on baking sheet or foil. Bake until bacon is golden brown, 20-30 minutes. Let cool. The sugar caramelizes as they cool.

Matt’s Minestrone

Matt Swaim is our producer for the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Along with being a talented author, he

Rita's chocolate hazelnut sauce is an easy, versatile gift from the kitchen.

is an enthusiastic cook. Matt shared this recipe with me. This is a nice hearty soup to fix for the busy holiday season. He adapted it from one he found on the Epicurious website. Matt told me: “I made this pretty amazing buttercup squash and kale minestrone on Sunday, and it made my weekend. I eyeballed the potatoes and squash and added more kale than the recipe called for. Highly recommended.” OK, so I’m going to make it this weekend. Or sooner … Canola or olive oil 1 cup chopped onions 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed 2½ cups peeled and cubed winter squash* 2 celery stalks, diced ½ cup peeled and diced carrots 2½ cups cubed potatoes 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 6 cups water 4 cups chopped kale 1½ cups cooked or canned cannellini beans (15-ounce can, drained)


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* Matt used buttercup squash. Film bottom of soup pot with a bit of oil and put on medium heat. Add onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add squash, celery, carrots, potatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, and water and cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are almost done. Add kale and beans and simmer until kale is tender and beans are hot. Makes 12 cups.

ing the foil wrap for the pan, wrap the pan halfway up with foil before putting in the water bath – this helps prevent water leaking into the bottom of the pan during baking. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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wait until colder weather (usually early to mid-December) to do that. Mulch Mike helps reKlahr duce the HORTICULTURE freezing CONCERNS and thawing of the soil that breaks off the small roots and in some cases can lift the strawberry plants partially out of the ground, translating into smaller berries and reduced yields. Mulching also slows strawberry plant development in the spring, which is a good thing because this reduces the chance of frost

UPCOMING EVENTS Northern Kentucky Master Gardener Training Program: Fridays, Dec. 2 through March 23, 2012 (breaks for Christmas holiday); held at the Campbell County Extension Office in Highland Heights. Call 859-572-2600 for a registration packet.

injury to the flowers. Mulch conserves moisture, keeps berries off the ground, which reduces fruit rot, and keeps dirt off the berries. It can also reduce weed development, making harvest much nicer under wet conditions. When spring comes, don’t hurry mulch removal. The mulch will protect the strawberry fruit buds as long as it remains on the plant. Remove the mulch in

the spring when the plants have begun to grow and the foliage looks slightly yellow. If you are a fruit or vegetable grower or are thinking about becoming one, the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be held Jan. 5-6 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension agent for horticulture.

BUSINESS UPDATE Schaefer joins Huff Realty in Florence Allison Schaefer has joined the Huff Realty sales team operating out of the Florence office. To contact Schaefer, call 859-525-5738 or email

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Lisa West of Florence has been named executive director of Community Services of Northern Kentucky, which includes Adult Day Care of Northern West Kentucky and Speech and Hearing of Northern Kentucky. These organizations, formerly known as Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky, became part of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky in July. West’s responsibilities include day-to-day operations of Community Services of Northern Ken-

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Nzioki promoted to officer at Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bancorp board of directors has promoted Grace Nzioki of Hebron to officer. Nzioki is a private client services adviser for Fifth Third Bank Securities. She joined the company in 1999. Nzioki earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and history from Northern Kentucky University and her master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Cincinnati. She is involved with the bank’s internal respect and inclusion initiatives and is a member of the Young Banker’s Club. Originally from Kenya, Africa, Nzioki now lives in Hebron.

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Decorating contest runs Nov. 25-30 The Walton Verona Pantry in conjunction with Boone County Extension hosted a luncheon last Thursday at the Walton Christian Church. The purpose of the luncheon meeting was to bring information to recipients of the pantry and others. Everyone in the community was invited. Diane Mason, county agent for family and con-

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ers met on Nov. 18 at the home of Mary Lou Hampton with Sandy Orchelle as co-hostess. Fifteen members attended. The club is collecting empty medicine bottles, can tabs, personal items for the homeless and Women’s Crisis Center as well as contributing toward Thanksgiving dinners. A delicious lunch was enjoyed by all after which Mary Lou and Sandy pre-

sented a lesson “Freezer Meals.” Addie King is a patient at St. Elizabeth Florence. She underwent back surgery on Friday. Prayers go out for a quick recovery. Christmas on Main Parade will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. The city decorating contest is open to all decorated homes and businesses, Nov. 25-30. Lights must be on at 6 p.m. each night


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Garden railway features holiday lights Christmas Garden Railway Open House Each year the Stenger family of Richwood open their garden railway to visitors of all ages. This year the railway has more than 16,000 lights. The railway features buildings, bridges, trestles, tunnels, a waterfall and pond. Two Christmas trains wind their way through this miniature wonderland each Friday night before Christmas from 7-9 p.m., starting Dec. 2, weather permitting. This year the railway is open Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23. The Stengers live in the Heritage Trails subdivision. Those interested in visiting may email for directions.

The holiday display includes a railway, buildings, bridges, trestles, tunnels, a waterfall and pond. THANKS TO DAN STENGER

Follings honored at gala

Boone County No. 1 in deer collisions This deer was spotted in Jack Prindle's driveway in the Big Bone section of Boone County. The photo was taken Nov. 3 with Prindle's deer cam. THANKS TO JACK PRINDLE

November is traditional heart of deer migration season With autumn’s arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see increased movement of wildlife throughout Kentucky. November is traditionally the heart of deer migration and mating season creating greater potential for deer-car crashes. Boone County is No. 1 in the state in deer/auto collisions, according to a Kentucky State Police listing. Boone had 768 collisions between 2006 and 2010, averaging 154 collisions a year. Campbell County had 536 over five years, with an average of 107 deer collisions. Kenton County had 352 collision over five years, averaging 70 per year. Lt. David Jude, KSP spokesperson, says motorists need to take extra precautions when driving in the fall. “It is extremely important to

A DAY IN THE COUNTRY Miranda and Reagan Remley are their mom Tabitha and Candice Murphy with her mom Kathy attend a visit to Kinman Farm in Burlington. They were there with a group from Kids Day Out Preschool in Florence. THANKS TO VALERIE HOLOCHER

recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly 50 percent of all collisions with deer occur,” Jude said. “Last year, we had 3,084 deerrelated collisions in Kentucky with four of those being a fatal collision,” added Jude. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are nearly 1 million car crashes with deer each year nationwide. State Farm Insurance Co. states that the average deer/ automobile collision results in approximately $3,000 per claim for repairs and injuries. Based on a recent study by the company, one in 162 Kentucky drivers has the likelihood of a collision with a deer. Jude offered the following tips for drivers: » Be extra cautious in the early morning and evening

hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when humans see worst and reaction time is slow. » Stay alert when driving through a known deer-crossing zone. If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds. » Drive at a moderate speed, especially on roads bordering woodlands, parklands, golf courses and streams. However, remember that many deer crashes occur on busy highways near cities. » Use high beam headlights if there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will reflect in the eyes of deer on or near the roadway, providing increased driver reaction time. » Upon seeing a deer, immediately slow down. Do not swerve -- this could confuse the deer about where to run. It could also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. It is gen-

erally safer to hit the deer rather than running off the road or risking injury to other motorists. » Deer are often unpredictable, especially when faced with blinding headlights, loud horns and fast-moving vehicles. Don't expect them to stay where they are. They can dart in front of you at the last moment, stop in the middle of the road, cross quickly and return to the road or even move toward an approaching vehicle. » Deer whistles on cars provide little help and blowing the car horn doesn't always solve the problem. Blowing the horn may cause them to move, but not necessarily in the direction you want. » Always wear your safety belt. Historically, most people injured or killed in deer/auto collisions were not properly restrained.

Florence resident Whitney Follings was among the professionals honored by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Nov. 4 at the Salute to YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Gala. As a YMCA Achiever honoree, she shares the YMCA’s passion for helping young people to thrive and has committed to volunteer for the YMCA in helping prepare students for college and beyond. Follings is someone who takes nothing for granted, works hard for her accomplishments, and gives back with her whole heart. Through everything that she does, she always strives to put her best foot forward. Follings began at Humana as an intern four years ago, helping its call center to deliver accurate information to over 100,000 members. Now, in addition to her job processing and responding to member correspondence, she coordinates her company’s United Way Campaign in three service centers with a goal of raising $65,000. Outside work, she volunteers for Special Olympics, Cincinnati Walk for Kids, and for numerous causes through her community service focused Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She has also participated in a Girl Scout mentoring program. Featured at this year’s gala will be artist David Garibaldi, known the world over for his unique stage entertainment combining rhythmic music with hip hop moves as he transforms a blank canvas into a graffiti-style masterpiece. The YMCA Salute Gala raises critical funding for the YMCA Teen Achievers Program that motivates students of color to further their education and goals with help from successful, professional role models.


Andrew Murton of Florence celebrated his attainment of the Rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America this summer at Florence Christian Church. Andrew is a member of Troop 1, which is located at Florence Christian Church. He is the 39th Eagle Scout in the troop since its inception in 1937. THANKS TO TIM IOTT



Ghoulish Gala draws 400 guests

FLORENCE — The third annual Ghoulish Gala, hosted by The Advocates to benefit the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center, attracted nearly 400 guests to Receptions in Erlanger on Oct. 29, for the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The Advocates are the fundraising group for the NKCAC. The Ghoulish Gala recognized Dr. Philip and Barbara Lichtenstein with presentation of the Charlene Erler Legacy Award, given annually for a significant contribution to the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky, which provides administrative and operational support to NKCAC. Dr. Phil Lichtenstein has worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center since its beginnings in 1987 as the Community Pediatric Clinic. He served as its first medical director and continued in that role until 2004 and still serves as part of the medical staff, which has treated more than 550 physically and/or sexually abused children in 2011.

The Advocates, the fundraising group for the Northern Kentucky Children's Advocacy Center, were hosts of the Ghoulish Gala. Back row, from left: Susie Theilman of Fort Wright, Nancy Francis of Fort Wright, Melanie Murphy of Independence, Ariel Lusco of Union, Gannon Tagher of Walton, Keri Schrand of Union, Mary Kay Cox of Ludlow, Amy Wainio Brown of Union, Courtney Scheben of Union, Teresa Haverkamp of Union, Samantha Jackson of Burlington, Julie Mullins of Taylor Mill and Ann Daugherty of Ludlow. Front row: Kimberly Carlisle of Union, Candice Ziegler of Highland Heights, Gretchen Curk of Wilder, Jena Crawford of Ludlow, Shannon Loeffler of Kenton Hills and Naashom Marx of Crescent Springs. THANKS TO VICKIE DANIELS

As Nancy Barone, board executive committee member and founder of the NKCAC, said in presenting the award, “Phil is commit-

ted to ensuring that these abused children receive the most comprehensive medical services possible. He has always put the

needs of families and children first.” Barbara Lichtenstein designed the center’s new building, which opened in

2009. Said Barone, “Barb constantly asked two questions: ‘What will make the children feel the most comfortable and at ease?’ and

‘What will the professionals need to do the best job possible in protecting kids in Northern Kentucky?’ Armed with these answers, she worked with the team to design a facility that architects and builders turned into reality, and which is now serving hundreds of Northern Kentucky abused children each year.” Those who attended the gala also enjoyed a gourmet dinner, danced to the music of the Chuck Taylors and bid on 140 silent auction items. Other special features of the evening included a costume contest, a grand raffle with a $10,000 shopping spree at Furniture Fair as the top prize and much more. Students from several area schools designed and created pinwheels for a live auction. Event sponsors included Furniture Fair and C&B Marine and Ghostly Sponsors Crawford Insurance, Terex Cranes, Lally Pipe & Tube, Carlisle Enterprises, Inc., UBS Financial Services and Maxim Crane.

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Thomas More College’s theater department presents Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” Performances will be Nov. 25-27 at Thomas More College’s main campus. The show is an entirely student-run production. Directed by senior Saman-

tha Isler, the play is also acted, designed and produced by a crew of Thomas More College students Isler, having directed only once before, said she is excited for the play. “It’s very different from our other performances,” she said, describing the show as “a comedy with a dark side.”

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is centered on two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who are trying to decide if Hamlet has gone crazy. The play is staged “behind-thescenes” of Hamlet, with the two title characters voicing their confusion

over the scenes of the Shakespearean play. Michael Orr, playing Guildenstern, said that “the show is very funny, but is also a new take on a classic play that brings out a lot of interesting things about humanity.” Adriana Fitch, actress and lighting designer, encourages everyone to come

see the show. “It has something for everyone,” she said. “There’s comedy, drama, death … and an amazing set!” Thomas More College is located at 333 Thomas More Parkway.For more information, contact Jim Nelson at james.nelson@ or 859344-3421.


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POLICE REPORTS Arrests/Citations Ralph T. Brothers, 45, thirddegree criminal trespassing, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 160 Southern Pine Ln., Oct. 13. Christina E. Kelly, 27, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 35 School Rd., Oct. 13. Patrick L. Kenny, 51, reckless driving at N. Bend Rd., Oct. 13. Brandon M. Turner, 25, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband, firstdegree trafficking a controlled substance at 5359 Bullitsville Rd., Oct. 14. Victor W. Davis, 24, operating a motor vehicle without a license at I-75 northbound, Oct. 14. Patrick R. Schultz, 32, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance at Dixie Hwy., Oct. 14. Tanner B. Abdon, 18, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance at Dixie Hwy., Oct. 14. Carole Goins, 41, DUI at Jones Cir., Oct. 14. Aaron M. Duncan, 22, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces) at 203 Greenlawn Ave., Oct. 15. Chadwynn T. Hampton, 19, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 203 Greenlawn Ave., Oct. 15. Austin S. Mcdaniel, 21, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 203 Greenlawn Ave., Oct. 15. Taylor A. Marsh, 21, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 203 Greenlawn Ave., Oct. 15. Derick J. Fields, 21, carelessing driving, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Dixie Hwy., Oct. 15. Tyler Miller, 20, DUI at Woolper Rd., Oct. 15. Jessica L. Houglin-Hatley, 30, operating a motor vehicle on a dui suspended license at I-75 northbound, Oct. 15. Kristy M. Cryer, 20, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Oakbrook Rd., Oct. 15. Dennis R. Mobley, 39, thirddegree criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property under $500 at Depot St., Oct. 15. Ronald P. Williams, 50, menacing at 216 Villa Dr., Oct. 15. Lee E. Nichols, 81, DUI, reckless driving at I-75 northbound, Oct. 15. Donna M. Sebastian, 52, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., Oct. 15. Edward C. Heifferich, 64, DUI, reckless driving at I-275 westbound, Oct. 16. Scott R. Grote, 52, DUI, reckless driving at I-275 westbound, Oct. 16. Felicia A. Collins, 35, first-degree possession of a controlled substance at 5 Ridgeview Ave., Oct. 9. Tracey M. Jacobs, 45, reckless driving, DUI at Interstate 275, Oct. 29. Derek C. Mcdine, 24, DUI, reckless driving, failure to produce insurance card at 264 Melinda Lane, Oct. 29. Jean M. Van Horne, 64, disregarding stop sign, fialure to produce insurance card, DUI at Hawes Dr., Oct. 29. William L. Mcvay, 34, possession of marijuana at 139 Patty Ln., Oct. 17. Dustin W. Carroll, 32, DUI, possession of open alcoholic beverage container at Dixie Hwy., Oct. 17. Richard C. Lake, 21, assault (domestic violence), minor injury at 1905 Oriole Ct., Oct. 17. Jason A. Turner, 31, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing at 3743 Belleview Rd., Oct. 19. Thomas J. Bronson, 31, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing at 3743 Belleview Rd., Oct. 19. Richard A. Johnson, 37, public intoxication, disorderly conduct at 21 S. Main St., Oct. 19. Randall J. Webster, 49, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing

at 3743 Belleview Rd., Oct. 19. Keunta L. Hubbard, 32, speeding 24 mph over the limit, failure to maintain required insurance, DUI at Interstate 75, Oct. 23. Kyle S. Rigsbee, 33, careless driving, failure to give right of way to emergency vehicle, DUI at 3348 Booneland Trail, Oct. 22. Kristie L. Gosney, 34, criminal trespassing at Crossings Dr., Oct. 23. John W. Godsey Jr., 30, public intoxication at Damascus Road and Petersburg Road, Oct. 23. Steven J. Carlisle, 41, criminal trespassing at Crossings Dr., Oct. 23. Imbi Letang, 49, speeding 26 mph or more overspeedlimit, DUI, careless driving, Possession of open alcohol beverage container at Interstate 275 west, mile marker 5.5, Oct. 23. Kimberly M. Chambers, 41, wanton endangerment at 10039 Dixie Ct., Oct. 23. Jason Patterson, 28, criminal mischief at Dixie Hwy. and Mt. Zion Road, Oct. 26. Jason Patterson, 28, theftshoplifting, DUI, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest at Dixie Hwy. and Mt. Zion Road, Oct. 26. William S. Bonham, 61, DUI, operating on suspended or revoked operators license, possession of open alcoholic beverage container at Interstate 75 North, Oct. 26. Ronald Sullivan, 39, reckless driving, no operators moped license, DUI at Burlington Pike and Zig Zag Road, Oct. 27. Nicholas R. Carelli, 33, public intoxication at 10358 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 28. Jeremy L. Dunn, 32, theftshoplifting at 305 Mary Grubbs Hwy., Oct. 27. Matthew L. Brock, 21, criminal trespassing at 23 Kuchle Dr., Oct. 28. Jason C. Cooper, 35, public intoxication at 10358 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 28. Richard Alig, 32, reckless driving, failure to produce insurance card, failure to wear seatbelts,

DUI at Tessie Circle, Oct. 28. Branden C. Mardis, 44, DUI, reckless driving, improper turning at Airport Access Road and Interstate 275, Oct. 20. Kambie L. Thomas, 32, DUI at Wheatmore Lane and Carters Mill, Oct. 22. Gary W. Kelly, 59, wanton endangerment, assault (domestic violence), minor injury at 256 Villa Dr., Oct. 24. Luis A. Galarza, 50, criminal littering, DUI, possession of open alcoholic beverage container at 2768 Pebble Creek Way, Oct. 24. Christopher R. Millson, 36, disorderly conduct, DUI, burglary, resisting arrest at 1201 Brookstone Dr., Oct. 25. Clinton A. Feinauer, 34, reckless driving, DUI at Interstate 75 Northbound, mile marker 180.5, Oct. 28.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Fourth degree, minor injury at 164 Overland Ridge, Oct. 26. Fourth degree, no visible injury at 329 Wysteria Village Dr., Nov. 1. Burglary Residence broken into and items taken at 8 Kuchle Dr., Oct. 15. Residence broken into and items taken at 944 Jenny Ct., Oct. 16. Construction site broken into and items taken at 3743 Belleview Rd., Oct. 17. Residence broken into and items taken at 3200 Conrad Ln., Oct. 18. Restaurant broken into and items taken at 8101 Connector Dr., Oct. 9. Metals stolen at 13897 Ryle Road, Oct. 22. Television stolen at 116 Old Stephenson Mill Rd., Oct. 26. Criminal mischief Bicycle damaged/vandalized at Wysteria Village Drive, Oct. 16. Reported at Deer Haven Ct., Sept. 25. Vehicle damaged at 444 Micah Ct., Sept. 25. Lawn equipment stolen at 301 Tara Ct., Sept. 26. Vehicle damaged at 8592 Cran-

brook Way, Oct. 13. Reported at 12 Meadow Ln., Sept. 25. Door damaged at 245 Main St., Sept. 25. Vehicle damaged at 7245 Turfway Rd., Sept. 24. Disorderly conduct, DUI, burglary Drugs seized at 1201 Brookstone Dr., Oct. 25. Fraud Victim's checks stolen at 8057 Camp Ernst Rd., Oct. 14. Victim's credit card stolen and used at multiple locations at 3737 Burlington Pk., Sept. 12. Incident reports Vehicle discovered without registration plates at 8461 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 14. Subject found to be in possession of stolen property at Depot St., Oct. 15. Subject caught in possession of stolen property at 10250 Toebben Rd., Oct. 11. Subject caught fleing police at Utz Dr., Sept. 22. Menacing Subject verbally menaced victim at 216 Villa Dr., Oct. 15. Narcotics Subject discovered in possession of narcotics at 35 School Rd., Oct. 13. Subject discovered in possession

of narcotics at 5359 Bullitsville Rd., Oct. 14. Deputies discovered marijuana and cash at residence at 203 Greenlawn Ave., Oct. 15. Subject found in possession of narcotics at 5 Ridgeview Ave., Oct. 9. Possession of forged instrument Negotiable instruments counterfeited/forged at 7960 U.S. 42, Oct. 27. Possession of marijuana Reported on Weaver Rd., Oct. 11. Reckless driving Drugs seized at U.S. 42, Sept. 25. Terroristic threatening Victim threatened with violence by subject at 8405 US 42, Oct. 9. Victim threatened with violence by subject at 1806 Asbury Way, Sept. 19. Theft Cellphone and charger stolen at 10756 Palestine Dr., Oct. 25. Drugs stolen at 305 Mary Grubbs Hwy., Oct. 27. Clothing stolen at 12300 Towne Center Dr., Oct. 17. Subject stole goods from a gas station at 8432 US 42, Sept. 19. Subject tried to steal items from Target at 1100 Hansel Ave., Oct. 11. Subject tried to steal goods from Kohl's at 61 Spiral Dr., Sept. 21.

Subject tried to steal goods from Shell at 5960 Centennial Cir., Sept. 19. Items stolen from residence at 202 Roberta Ave., Oct. 11. Items stolen from business at 6975 Burlington Pk., Oct. 11. Items stolen from residence at 8631 Heritage Dr., Oct. 9. Items stolen from residence at 1340 Tamarack Cir., Oct. 9. Money stolen from business at 6912 Burlington Pk., Sept. 20. Money stolen from residence at 17 Utz Dr., Sept. 20. Items stolen from restaurant at 7673 Burlington Pk., Sept. 22. Victim's purse snatched from her at Muggbee's at 8405 US 42, Sept. 24. Property stolen or mislaid at 2516 Burlington Pk., Sept. 24.

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Urban Active hosts ‘Turkey Burn’ class Turkey with gravy? Mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows? Stuffing? Pumpkin Pie with ice cream? The average adult consumes 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat in one Thanksgiving meal (and that is not counting second helpings) reports the American Council on Exercise. With recent statistics showing obesity in America climbing at alarming rates, it is important that everyone stays in healthy shape to prevent illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and many other deadly ailments associated with obesity. Urban Active's “Turkey Burn” is a Calorie Crusher Workout being offered to those feeling stuffed. Crush those Thanksgiving

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B9 Outdoor equipment stolen at 10033 Irish Way, Sept. 24. Phone stolen at 625 Chestnut Dr., Sept. 25. Fuel stolen at 2086 North Bend Rd., Sept. 25. Gambling equipment stolen at 300 Gap Way, Sept. 27. Reported at 180 Belair Cir., Sept. 24. Jewelry stolen at 30 Circle Dr., Sept. 24. Metals stolen at 8212 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 11. Reported at 596 Petersburg Rd., Oct. 12. Identity stolen at 1763 Tanglewood Ct., Oct. 12. Reported at 2966 Damascus Rd., Oct. 13. Reported at 3920 Petersburg Rd., Oct. 13. Shoplifting at 8500 Mall Circle Rd., Sept. 24. Subject tried to steal goods from Kroger at 635 Chestnut Dr., Oct. 15. Items stolen from residence at

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Ramond Deglow Raymond D. Deglow, 76, of Burlington, died Nov. 15, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Klug Deglow; children, Jeff Deglow, Greg Deglow and Melissa Deglow; siblings, Chuck Deglow, William Deglow and Natalie Linneman; and three

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Ronald Franklin Kennedy, 71, of Dry Ridge, died Nov. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Williamstown. He was a retired civil engineer with St. Elizabeth Hospitals and a truck driver for Drysdale Trucking. He wrote for the Lexington Herald and Grant County News and was a graduate of Walton-Verona High School. Survivors include the mother of his children, Darlene Kennedy of Burlington; his stepmother, Dorothy Kennedy of Dry Ridge; sons, David Kennedy of Hebron, Todd Kennedy of Campbell County and Mark Crupper of Fort Thomas; sister, Nancy Howe of Dry Ridge; brother, Jeff Kennedy of Erlanger; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery.

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Eleanor Kremer, 90, of Walton, formerly of Erlanger, died Nov. 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a member of St. Mark United Church of Christ in Latonia, a past member of VFW Auxiliary and an avid bowler. She retired after 35 years as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service in Covington. Her husband, John L. Kremer, and son, John L. Kremer, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Julie Ann Fry of Walton; four grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Mark United Church of Christ, 38th St. & Park Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

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David Lee Hill, 70, of Florence, died Nov. 16, 2011, at Florence Park. He was a driver for Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK). His wife, Betty Jo Hill, died in 2002. Survivors include his sons, Woody Hill, Bruce Hill and Ron Hill; daughter, Debbie Pew; brothers, Joe Michael Hill and

Mary Jane Luessen, 89, of Erlanger, died Nov. 16, 2011, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member at St. Henry Parish.

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Judy Martz Judy Lynn Scharstein Martz, 68, of Hebron, died Nov. 15, 2011. She was a homemaker, retired housekeeper for Turfway Park and a member of the Boone County Homemakers. Survivors include her husband, William J. “Bill” Martz; sons, William “Billy” Martz, Richie Martz and Pat Martz; sister, Debbie Louden; brother, Tim Scharstein; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass of Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042 or Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 757 F&AM, P.O. Box 8, Hebron, KY 41048.

Paul Roy Paul Allen Roy, 55, of Florence, died Nov. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He worked in quality control for Schwan’s Food Service. His father, Howard G. Roy; mother, Vernola M. McGowan; and a brother, Bill Roy, died previously. Survivors include his brother, Phil Roy of Erlanger; sisters, Barb Heuser of Walton and Anita Thomson of Sagamore Hills, Ohio; 12 nephews; and three nieces. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: The American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY, 41017 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY.



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Marjorie Elaine Godby, 89, of Florence, formerly of Owenton, died Nov. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a nurse’s aid at the Owenton New Horizons Hospital and formerly worked for MacGregor Co. in Corinth and Cincinnati. She was a member of the Lusby Mill Baptist Church. Her husband, Joseph Godby; and a son, John Edward Fiscus, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Runion of Owenton; sons, Charles D. Fiscus of Corinth and Kenneth Lee Fiscus of Owenton; brother, John Wilford Howard of Owenton; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Burial was in Souder Cemetery in Owen County.

Survivors include her husband, Al; daughter, Sharon Lewin Campbell of Burlington; sons, Wayne Luessen of Anderson Township, Ohio, and Mike Luessen of Independence; brother, Don Linnemann of Edgewood; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Henry Church, 3813 Dixie Hwy., Elsmere, KY 41018; Be-Concerned, 714 Washington St., Covington, KY 410112316; or City Gospel Mission, 1419 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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Ralph L. Berling, 87, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of Covington, died Nov. 8, 2011. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the Korean War and other campaigns including the South Sea of China. He received numerous medals and commendations before retiring as chief petty officer in February 1962. He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellview. His wife, Irene, and a son, Gary Berling, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Danny Berling, Terry Berling and John Berling, all of Pensacola, Fla., and Randy Berling of Panama City, Fla.; brothers, Richard Berling and Art Berling, both of Erlanger; sisters, Grace Dillon of Fort Mitchell and Margaret Shepherd of Florence; nine grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. Memorials: Catholic Charities, 1815 N. 6th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503.


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