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Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Union, Richwood and Walton

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013

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Skilled nursing facility may open Looking at corner of U.S. 42, Brillance Ave. By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

Eric Downing of Union was inspired by the fictional Griswold family when decorating for Christmas. THANKS TO ERIC DOWNING

DECKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD

UNION — A regional health care provider with locations around Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati is looking to expand here. Kevin Wall, director of zoning services with the Boone County Planning Commission, said there has been a zone change application submitted for the northeast corner of U.S. 42 and Brilliance Avenue for a 143-bed skilled care center. The current zoning is for Rural Suburban Estate/Union Town Overlay and the change would be to to Public Facilities/ Planned Development. According to a summary sheet from the Boone County Planning Commission, Boonespring Transitional Care Center has obtained an option to purchase about 5.2 acres from the Drees Co. The

See NURSING, Page A2

Families light up sky during Christmas season By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

They’ve decked more than the halls. Several Boone County residents have gone above and beyond a few strands of twinkling lights and garland in preparation for the holidays. Eric Downing, who lives in Union off Wetherington Boulevard, said he always tries to do “something creative.” His inspiration came from the fictional Griswold family in the Christmas comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” “I said this year (I’m) doing the Griswold thing,” Downing laughed. Strands of light, spaced two feet apart, cover the two-story home. His set-up features two 20-foot trees made from pipes and a river down the

Roseanne Kramer in front of her family’s Christmas light display on Millikin Place in Burlington. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

backyard. Lights in both the front and the back of the house are synced to music. The lights, he said, have “been awesome” for his and wife Tracey’s children. Downing begins decorating around Halloween but never flips the switch un-

til after Thanksgiving. While his parents had a “typical” five or six strands of lights, Downing says, “I’m an extreme kind of guy.” He first began hanging decorations 10 years ago. The decorations started See DECKING, Page A2

Carespring Health Care Management is looking to expand into Boone County. A zoning amendment has been requested for a parcel near the intersection of U.S. 42 and Brilliance Avenue in Union. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Boone clerk offers video feed of office By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

BURLINGTON — Watch before you wait. The Boone County Clerk’s Office now offers customers a chance to see what the line is like before heading to either the Burlington or Florence office location. A live feed for both loca-

CHRISTMAS PARADE Walking through Rabbit Hash See story, A5

ten receives calls asktions can be found on the ing if there’s a line or clerk’s website, if the office is busy. boonecountyclerk.com. The camera offers “It’s just another cuspeople a chance to see tomer service enhancewhat the line is like ment,” Boone County before they make the Clerk Kenny Brown said. trip, he said. One thing the office ofWhile Brown acten deals with, “especially Brown knowledges that it’s at the end of the month,” is “not quite real time” and the long lines, he said. The office, said Brown, of- situation “could change in 10

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minutes,” he says the office wants to work to get the feed available on mobile devices. “I think it’s a great tool and we’ve had great feedback,” he said. Brown, who took office in 2011, said this was part of his campaign platform and was made possible as security cameras were added to the offices.

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A2 • UNION RECORDER • DECEMBER 19, 2013

BRIEFLY Knights, scouts tell the story of Jesus through live nativity

The Knights of St. John Commandary 94 and Boy Scout Troop 702 will offer a live Nativity scene in Union 7-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 23 at St. Timothy Church, on U.S. 42. Refreshments and music will be offered. This is the 19th year the group has sponsored the scene, which includes donkeys, sheep and live actors. Organizer Doug Eifert welcomes any students seeking service hours to volunteer to dress as a member of the holy family or a shepherd. The group is also seeking singers or musicians to play as the members of the community file through the nativity. Anyone wishing to participate, can call Eifert at 859-384-3689 or dkeifert@twc.com.

Walton Senior Center schedule

WALTON — The follow-

ing is the new activities schedule for the Walton Senior Center: » Monday: Zumba Gold 9 a.m., bridge 9:30 a.m., dominos 10 a.m. and yoga 1:30 p.m. » Tuesday: Breakfast 9 a.m., open cards 9 a.m., art social 9:30 a.m., free blood pressure and sugar checks 10 a.m., free lunch for those 60 and up 11:30 a.m. (Call 485-7611, 24 hours in advance for reservations.) bingo noon and Zumba Gold 6:30 p.m. » Wednesday: Zumba Gold 9 a.m., euchre tour-

nament noon and free beginner bridge lessons 4 p.m. Starting Wednesday, Jan. 8, beginner bridge lessons will be offered in the evening. Anyone interested must call in advance to reserve a seat. Contact Georgia Puckett at 3563099. » Thursday: Breakfast 9 a.m., open cards 9 a.m., gentle yoga 10 a.m. at Walton Library, free blood pressure and sugar checks 10 a.m., free lunch for those 60 and up 11:30 a.m. (Call 24 hours in advance for reservations at 485-7611), health/nutrition programs 11:45 a.m. bingo noon and Zumba Gold 6:30 p.m. » Friday: Tai Chi 9 a.m., free lunch for those 60 and up11:30 a.m. (Call 24 hours in advance for reservations at 485-7611) and Euchre tournament noon. For more information, call center director Christine Miskell at 485-7611.

LaRosa’s helping FreestoreFoodbank

LaRosa’s Pizzeria is focusing its holiday efforts by donating $5 from the sale of every $10 Buddy Card to the FreestoreFoodbank. One in three Cincinnati residents is living below the poverty level – more than twice the national average – and 48 percent of Cincinnati children live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census bureau. The $10 Buddy Card makes a great holiday gift, and entitles the bearer to a free large cheese pizza with the purchase of any large pizza, and is good for 14 uses, or 14 free large

cheese pizzas within one year. The program continues through Dec. 31.

PVA inspections set

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Orleans subdivision, farms and new construction throughout Boone County Dec. 19-25. For more information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arling haus@boonecountyky.org.

Schrand files for re-election

Judge James R. “J.R.” Schrand has filed to run for re-election, seeking a second term as 54th circuit judge serving Boone and Gallatin counties. He has served as circuit judge since 2007 when he was appointed by then-Gov. Ernie Fletcher to the newly-created Division 3. Schrand then ran for, and was elected to, his current position. In Kentucky, circuit judges preside over both felony criminal and civil cases, as well as appeals from district court. Schrand is also a presiding judge for the Northern Kentucky Regional Mental Health Court. Prior to his election as circuit judge, he served as the Boone County attorney. Schrand, who lives in Union with his wife and three children, is a graduate of Boone County High School, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

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with 5,000 lights and are up to more than 30,000 lights this year. Some 15,000 of those are on the house. Roseanne Kramer of Burlington says their display at 3251 Millakin Place began with a nativity scene of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a small stable-like area, which her husband built, along a blow-mold Frost the Snowman figure after the family moved in during the fall of 1992. Over the years, and as they’ve been able to, Kramer said the family first completed the nativity scene and added different blowup and blow-mold figures. “My husband is an electrical engineer, so he likes to fool with things that make motion, make things go,” she said. That’s why lights on the arches lining the driveway, which were once constant, now blink. After seeing a house display set to music, Kramer said her husband then found the necessary equipment to do the same. Their youngest son, Thomas, sets the display to music. “People tell us they sit through the whole sequence,” Kramer said. At this point that should take between 25 and 30 minutes. According to Kramer, on a typical Friday or Saturday night, cars line the street, “watching, all waiting their turn to get the center spot right in front of the house so they can watch everything blink.”

Nursing Continued from Page A1

property was originally approved multi-family residences as a part of the Harmony development. Boonespring will be part of Carespring Health Care Management, a small regional provider which operates nine other skilled nursing facilities in the Greater Cincinnati area. “Having identified a need for transitional care in the Union area, Boonespring is proposing to develop the site with a two-story building that would contain 143 licensed beds in private and semi-private room combinations,” the provided information reads. The proposes building would be 94,249 square

Eric and Tracey Downing of Union have more than 30,000 lights as part of their Christmas lights display. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Christmas decorations also evoke positive memories despite a family tragedy. Kramer said their daughter Katie, who died in a car accident five years ago, was at the house the Sunday before the accident helping with the lights. It’s a “great memory for me because I can still see her walking around and I got tangled up in some lights and said ‘I can’t get loose’ ... She came and untangled me from the lights and that’s a very pleasant memory to reflect on every Christmas,” Kramer said. “It kind of gives you a positive in the negative.” According to Kramer, the family tries to make the main focus of the display the nativity “because that is the reason for the season.” “We’re Catholic and we believe everything comes from God, good, bad or indifferent, and that’s how you live your life,” she said. “Sometimes you get a little shock in your life like we did and it really makes you realize even more so what’s important

in life and that’s people.” Being kind, Kramer said, is the thing to do and was one of the things she most admired about Katie. “My big thing about Christmas is trying to be kind to other people ... it’s going out of your way. And you don’t have to spend money on people. Sometimes it’s a kind word or an extra 10 minutes.” No matter who you are, Kramer said “you’ve always got time” and it never hurts to be kind. “And I think if we can all do our little part, maybe it’ll pass on,” she said. “Maybe it won’t but it sure makes you feel better when you know you made somebody’s day by doing something that maybe didn’t mean a whole lot to you, but it meant the world to them. That’s what we hope to provide with the light show.” The family begins decorating early in October, and turns the lights on after Thanksgiving. The display will be up through the first Sunday in January.

feet building and have areas for relaxing, dining, activities and physical therapy. Carespring executive vice president John Muller said opening in Boone County is “something we’ve been working hard to do for many years because Boone County is so under-served when it comes to skilled nursing care and rehabilitation options.” The company, based in Loveland, Ohio, has been in Northern Kentucky since 1993, he said. According to Muller, their facilities provides a “very residential use,” with roughly half of their clients full-time residents and the other half there for short-term rehabilitation, nursing and therapy needs. Muller describes the company’s work as long-

term care along with transitional care for those needing skilled nursing and rehabilitation before they return home. “The inclusion of Boonespring in the Harmony development provides another housing option as suggested in the comprehensive plan, for those older residents currently residing in Union who wish to stay in Union near their families, churches and community,” the provided information reads. Boone County’s existing skilled care facilities are located in Florence, Muller said. With “such a big population” moving to southern Boone County, there’s no place for residents or their parents to go if skilled care is needed. “We want to go out there to serve the population,” he said. The Boone County Planning Commission will have a public hearing on the zone change at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Boone County Administration Building, 2950 Washington St., Burlington.

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Eagle Scout project cleans historic Hebron cemetery By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

HEBRON — Before Connor Dhonau cleared it, the grave site of early Boone County settler Abraham Depew was a relic of times gone by, neglected and covered with weeds and honeysuckle. Now, the site has been cleared, a fence built and a

bench installed in the cemetery near Hebron’s North Pointe development. Dhonau, a 14-year-old Conner High School freshman, cleared the grave site to earn his Eagle Scout ranking. While his dad, Scott, knew Matt Becher, a rural/ open space planner who works with the Boone County Historic Preserva-

tion Review Board, Dhonau said he had already brought up the idea of doing a project related to history. After visiting the site, Dhonau, said he thought it would be a good project since the grave has been neglected over the years and “needed some respect shown.” “Something like this is

something people in the community can (use to) learn about the history of early residents in Boone County,” he said. According to Dhonau, they cleared brush, drilled holes and installed a tworail split fence and built a bench. He assigned other scouts to collect creek stones from nearby Sand Run Creek to use for a path. “We’ve got 200 cemeteries that we know of that are kind of in the same boat,” Becher said. “So every one somebody takes on is a step in the right direction.” Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. According to scouting.org, there are a number of steps to achieving Eagle Scout rank, including “plan, develop and give leadership to a ser-

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Florence backs NKU president’s funding strategy By Melissa Stewart mstewart@nky.com

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FLORENCE — Mayor and council offered support of Northern Kentucky University’s effort to gain additional state funding. NKU president Geoff Mearns visited Florence during the Dec. 10 council meeting, presenting the

university’s recently approved the five-year strategic plan, which will take NKU up to its 50th anniversary in 2018. “We’re planning for the culmination of our 50 years and building the foundation for our next 50 years,” Mearns said. Goals for the plan include: » “Transdisciplinary

credit programs approaches” that for high school stucan link academic dents. programs. The vision for » Expansion of 2018, Mearns said, residential options encompasses the on campus. university’s com» Offering more mitment to stuon-campus jobs to dents and also the students. Mearns community. » Expansion of “We want to prepare recruiting efforts outside students for the lifelong traditional markets. » Offering more dual- pursuit of great knowledge and development,” Mearns said. “This also includes helping them become contributing citizens.” The plan is met with challenges, namely financial funding from the state. Mearns discussed with council NKU’s efforts

to encourage legislators to use a rational strategic funding model that would fun universities based on its number of graduates. According to Mearns, all state funding for universities should depend on degree production and other programs targeted to specific state goals. Under the current system, NKU gets less state money than other state universities with thousands fewer students. “Some perceive the argument to be that the funding is not fair,” Mearns said. “That’s not it at all, the argument is that it’s not strategic.” According to Mearns,

the change needs to happen now so that state officials are more prudent with tax payer monies in these trying economic times. He encouraged Florence Mayor Diane Whalen and council members to contact their state legislators. After the presentation, Whalen gave Mearns full support on behalf of council. “We would be 100 percent behind expressing this to our legislators,” she said. “It’s hard not to stomp our feet and stay this is not fair for us, but it’s not fair to the entire Commonwealth.”

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he Florence Fire Department recently brought their truck and gear to show the preschool children at Florence Elementary. Capt. Joy Cutter-McVay and John Schmidt educated the students on fire prevention as well as minimizing injuries. Leading up to the visit, the students made fire hoses using paper towel rolls and blue crepe paper for the water.

Damien Taylor, a preschool students at Florence Elementary, held his handmade fire hose with blue crepe paper water while walking in the shoes of a Florence fireman. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

Hillari Queuedo Suarez, a preschool student at Florence Elementary, stood in the cab of the Florence Fire Department truck. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

Florence Elementary preschool students explored the Florence Fire Department truck, viewing all the compartments around the truck while learning about fire safety. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

John Schmidt, Samantha Meyer, Justin Cornett and Capt. Cutter-McVay posed in front of the fire truck during the fire department's visit. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

Notre Dame celebrates 50 years as school in Park Hills By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

PARK HILLS — Notre Dame Academy celebrated 50 years in Park Hills Oct. 29 with remembrances from alumni who joined students in rousing school spirit by singing together. Notre Dame moved in 1963 to Hilton Drive in Park Hills from Fifth Street in Covington where the school was first opened in 1906. School president Sister Mary Lynette Shelton, alumni and teachers spoke to students inside the gym during a prayer service. Sr. Shelton ended the program by leading a group of alumni in the singing of the school song “NDA we honor thee.” Shelton reminded the students how Sister Mary Agnetis wrote to businessman and hotel magnate Conrad Hilton in 1955 and convinced him to help the sisters fund a new building in Park Hills. Agnetis kept up a letter correspondence with Hilton for 10 years, said Sister Dolores Giblin, archivist for the school. The exchange of letters was kept and fills two binders. Giblin maintains the NDA Heritage blog where excerpts of the letters are posted. Giblin said Hilton ended up donating $500,000 toward the $1.5 million cost of the Park Hills building. Hilton visited NDA in Park Hills in 1963. Sister Evelynn Reinke taught religion, English and history in the final year the academy was open in Covington “There was such a warm spirit there, and the floors were always kept shiny and the bulletin boards were always attractively,” Reinke said. She said she saw the warmth in the old building in1963, where she continued teaching for six more years. “I think you really have a really strong spirit of friendship

Marianne Toebbe Burke of Villa Hills, a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, speaks to students about her experiences at the school for the 50th anniversary of the academy’s move from Covington to Hilton Drive in Park Hills. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

and sisterhood among the students as well,” she said. Ellie Fathman, a senior from Edgewood, said she was shy and quiet at the start of her freshman year, and NDA has shaped who she has become. She hopes to study at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. “This school kind of helped me flourish, and kind of showed me how to become a better person and find myself,” Fathman said. The 50th anniversary is significant for students, she said. “It shows how long the Notre Dame has been around, especially making a difference in the Park Hills community,” Fathman said. “You have that unique experience of a single sex education that you can share with your classmates, and it’s a forever thing.” Fathman was one of two students chosen to read petitions during the prayer service and wear the traditional school capes. Marianne Toebbe Burke of Villa Hills, a 1966 NDA graduate, said in her speech to stu-

dents she didn’t enjoy wearing the capes several times a year for special events. “They even wore those back when my mother graduated in 1945, and we were one of the last classes to wear them in the old school,” Burke said. Moving into the new school building in 1963 from Covington was the realization of a dream for students, she said. “We were going to school and having classes out in hallways and in small closet rooms that used to be rooms for cloak rooms because there was no room for us,” Burke said. “And we didn’t get to take gym because the gym was all broken up into classrooms.” The new school provided a gym, student lounges, an art room and room for choral club practice in 1963, she said. “I still am very grateful that my parents scraped up enough money to send me here,” Burke said. “At the time the tuition was $125 which was a lot for back in those days.” Burke said she received a life-altering education she might not have gotten at other

Notre Dame Academy senior Ellie Fathman of Edgewood, one of two students selected to read petitions for the 50th anniversary since the school moved to Park Hills, stands inside the school’s front entrance where a window display is set up. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

schools. “I just feel like it gave me just a better way of living my life on a little bit nicer level and with grace and dignity,” she said. Burke said after she graduated in1966, like most Notre Dame girls at the time, she did not go onto college. “We all went into jobs,” she said. “And Notre Dame girls were highly sought as secretaries and office managers, and all you had to do was say you were a graduate from Notre Dame and you were on the top of the list for getting a job.” Burke said she ended up running a dental office at age 17 as her first job. “Nowadays, there are so few girls who do not go onto college

so it’s a big change in that way,” she said. Burke said she comes back to the school regularly for events and family. “We have a long family history of my mother and aunts going here along with my sister and now my nieces,” she said. Sister Renee Nienaber, a 1964 graduate, said she remembers how an NDA teacher made her a better writer. Nienaber said she is now the unofficial proofreader at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria where she is the director of religious education. “What I remember the most is how the sisters loved us,” she said. “We were the center of their lives.”


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Jaguars pouncing on opponents in bowling

By James Weber jweber@nky.com

BOONE COUNTY — Bowling season is well under way for local teams. Here is a glance at those squads:

Boone County

The girls team is coming off district and regional championships last year, and finished fifth in the state meet for head coach Bruce Hightchew. Returning starters are Kayla Hightchew, Taylor Evans, Samantha Schmitz and Erin Beschman. Top newcomers are Kara Strong and Eliza Kohl. “I expect our veterans to step up to the challenge and lead this team to victory,” he said. “We have some new students who are coming on along great, but the veteran leadership will guide them mentally to a winning outlook; overall a team concept.” The girls team is 24-4 entering play Dec. 12 and 2-1 in conference matches. Hightchew has the high average in Northern Kentucky entering action on Dec. 12, posting a 201 average through eight games. Evans averages 171 and Schmitz 159. The boys team is led by new head coach Paul Vickers. He has a veteran team with returning starters Sean Wadsworth, Ryan Vickers, Zach Vickers, Dylan Burk, Devan Cregar, Riki Stockton, Spencer Treadway and John Speagle. “(The) season should be great,” Vickers said. “We have a great chance at making it to state. We just have to keep the guys focused on their goals.” Ryan Vickers led the

Boone County's Samantha Schmitz rolls a frame during the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament in February.JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cooper’s Lydia Wilmhoff during the KHSAA state team bowling championships.JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

team with a 196 average through six games. Burk averaged 176.

Cooper

The girls team is off to a strong start and currently

peaking after knocking off defending regional champion Campbell County Dec.12. Cooper won the match 4-3, claiming total pins by just three pins to win the decisive fourth point. Cooper is 28-7 overall and 4-0 in conference matches to take over first place. “We were down 3-1 going into the Baker games and 34 pins total,” said head coach Jamie Bowling. “I told the girls, in bowling that’s nothing. We came through and persevered, and we took down the giants. I’m very proud of the girls and they’re doing a great job.” Cooper was regional runner-up last year, and returns starters Emily Bross, Breana Smothers, Kateri Patton, Sierra Brandt, Lydia Wilmhoff and Rachel Wagers.

Bross qualified individually for state and had a 164 average through eight games this year for head coach Jamie Bowling. “She’s doing fantastic, and she’s our anchor,” Bowling said. “Everything I’ve asked her to do, she’s done it and then some.” The boys team was also regional runner-up last year for head coach Tim Frank. Returning starters are TJ Jones, Michael Bowling, Austin Sams, Andrew Blood, Mason Combs and Steven Elgowsky. Bowling was individual runner-up in the region and qualified for state in singles. Jones averaged 207 entering the Campbell match, Blood 201 and Bowling and Sams 191 each. Cooper is 22-13 in points and 2-2 in conference matches after falling 6-1 to Campbell County Dec. 12.

St. Henry

Returning starters for the boys team are Michael Binkowski, Ty Petry, Kyle Lehmkuhl, Liam McBreem and Jake Ryan. Newcomers to watch start with Scott McMain. Six of the 12 members of the boys rosters are seniors, and the experience could be key for head coach Merrick Krey. Binkowski averages161entering Dec. 2 and Ryan 156. Returning starters for the girls team are Erin Suttles, Christina Whitley, Molly Couch and Amanda Greenwood. They are all seniors and the Crusaders have six out of their10 members. Suttles leads the team with a 128 average and Alana McKnight 113. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber

Ryle’s Carly Lange looks to get past Tasha Arnett during the first quarter.JIM OSBORN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Raiders knock off Jaguars Ryle beat Cooper 45-37 in girls basketball in a 33rd District seeding game Dec. 13. Ryle, 3-3 for the season, plays Franklin County in Lexington Thursday, Dec. 19, then in a holiday tourney at Lakota West Dec. 27-28. Cooper, 2-2, was set to play Boone County Dec. 17, then will play at Conner Dec. 19 and at Dixie Heights Dec. 21 before playing a holiday tourney in Bowling Green, Ky. Dec. 26-28.

Cooper’s Hailey Anderson tries to box out Ryle’s Rachael Storer for a rebound. Katey Pittman is at right. JIM OSBORN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Footballers honored for fine season Gannett News Service

Dale Mueller, who announced Dec. 9 he was stepping down as football coach at Highlands, was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association on Monday the annual, “Top 26,” banquet Dec. 11. Mueller compiled a 250-36 record and won 11 state championships in his 20 seasons as Highlands coach. The banquet, at Receptions in Erlanger, hon- Mueller ored 26 senior football players, one from each of the 20 schools that are members of the association and six players from those schools that are voted as at-large selections. The honor combines athletic performance, academic performance and community service. Those players selected by school were: » Beechwood - Max Shover, wide receiver/defensive back; » Bellevue - Tyler Ackerson, quarterback;

» Bishop Brossart - Casey Pelgen, quarterback; » Boone County - Evan O’Hara, kicker; » Campbell County - Logan Schneider, offensive lineman, and Avery Wood, quarterback; » Conner - Drew Barker, quarterback, and Andrew Way, wide receiver/defensive back; » Cooper - Will Ludwig, quarterback; » Covington Catholic - Sam Dressman, wide receiver/running back, and Matthew Way, safety; » Dayton - Eddie Combs, offensive tackle/defensive end; » Dixie Heights - Seth Caple, linebacker/fullback, and Darion Washington, tailback; » Highlands - Zach Harris, running back, and Drew Houliston, quarterback; » Holy Cross - Jalen Beal, running back/cornerback; » Holmes - Kamron Griffith, center; » Lloyd - Jacob Sand, center/ linebacker; » Ludlow - Mitchell Cody, quarterback/linebacker; » Newport - Charlie Mullins, quarterback; » Newport Central Catholic Jack Sutkamp, linebacker/full-

back; » Ryle - Lex Sowards, offensive tackle; » Scott - Josh Castleman, running back; » Simon Kenton - Brenan Kuntz, quarterback, and Cam Hansel, guard. Simon Kenton coach Jeff Marksberry received the Bob Schneider Coach of the Year award after he guided the Pioneers to a 10-0 regular-season record and a quarterfinal finish in the Class 6A playoffs. Dixie Heights coach Dave Brossart was the named the Owen Hauck Award winner and Ryle defensive coordinator Mike Woolf was selected Tom Potter Assistant Coach of the Year. The Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association has selected its all-star teams as follows: First Team Offense: Quarterback - Drew Barker (Conner); Running Backs - Jon Scruggs (Holmes), Zach Harris (Highlands); Josh Castleman (Scott). Linemen - Cam Hansel (Simon Kenton); Ben Walling (Simon Kenton); Logan Schneider (Campbell County); Lex Sowards (Ryle); Bryan Saunders

(Highlands), Kameron Crim (Scott). Wide Receivers - Jake Zabonick (Campbell County); Andrew Way (Conner); Corey Fussinger (Cooper); Jensen Feggins (Highlands). Tight End Ryan Romey (Conner). Athlete Sam Dressman (Covington Catholic). First Team Defense: Lineman - Matt King (Simon Kenton); Breandon Johnson (Holmes); Brandon Johnson (Dixie); Shahzadd Mann (Ryle); Seth Hope (Highlands). Linebackers Brendan Fisk (Dixie); Ryan Woolf (Ryle); Avery Bricking (Cooper); Sam Burchell (Covington Catholic); Jack Sutkamp (Newport Central Catholic); Defensive Backs - Andrew Way (Conner); Aaron Morgan (Cooper); Thomas Wrobleski (Highlands); Matthew Way (Covington Catholic): Jon Scruggs (Holmes). First Team Specialists: Kicker - Evan O’Hara (Boone County); Punter - Evan O’Hara (Boone County). Second Team Offense: Quarterback - Brenan Kuntz (Simon Kenton); Drew Houliston (Highlands). Running Backs - Seth Caple (Dixie); Jalen Beal (Holy Cross). Lineman - Logan Ross

(Ryle); Jacob Neuman (Cooper); Tyler Schweitzer (Highlands); Nick Kathman (Covington Catholic); Pat Connaughton (Covington Catholic); Steve Brooks (Newport Central Catholic). Wide Receivers - Grant Wasson (Simon Kenton); Logan Winkler (Simon Kenton); Jashawn Stanley (Newport); Zack Poinsett (Bellevue). Tight End - Jonathan Stokes (Beechwood). Athlete Avery Wood (Campbell County). Second Team Defense: Linemen - Patrick Berkemeyer (Campbell County); Tyler Lyon (Newport Central Catholic); Alec Hazeres (Bellevue); Brayden Combs (Beechwood); Justice Lewis (Newport). Linebackers - Barry Deaton (Simon Kenton); Mikey Krallman (Simon Kenton); Joe Kremer (Campbell County); Zach Castleberry (Conner); Devon Everett (Beechwood). Defensive Backs - Dustin Turner (Campbell County), Ethan Harrison (Dixie Heights); Deondre Pleasant (Scott); Jackson Bardo (Highlands); Max Shover (Beechwood). Second Team Specialists: Kicker - Jared Dougherty (Highlands); Punter - Luke Foertsch (Covington Catholic).


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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By James Weber jweber@nky.com

Boys basketball

Connor Hughes celebrated Conner High School football Senior Night with his parents Donald and Renee Hughes.

Fall senior moments

The Community Recorder asked readers to send in pictures of their senior class athletes as part of the Fall Senior Moments project. All photos will be part of an online photo gallery on cincinnati.com.

» Boone County beat Ryle 66-58 Dec.10 in a 33rd District seeding game. Boone improved to 3-0. Brenden Stanley had 18 points. Boone beat Conner 57-46 Dec. 13 in the teams’ second seeding game. Stanley led four Rebels in double figures with 15 points. » Cooper beat Conner 60-58 Dec. 10 in a 33rd District seeding game. Sean McNeil had 21 points for Cooper and Aaron Morgan 10. McNeil had three 3-pointers. Samuel Hemmerich scored 29 for the Cougars including three 3pointers of his own. » St. Henry beat Highlands 58-44 Dec. 13. Nick Rechtin had 14 points and Jordan Noble 13. » Covington Catholic beat St. Henry 72-37 Dec. 10. Nick Ruthsatz had 22 points including three 3pointers. Ben Heppler had nine points on three 3pointers. » Holmes beat Brossart 74-51 Dec. 10 to improve to 4-0. James Bolden had a career-high 37 points including three 3pointers. Quinton Chames had 16 points and Daequan Glover 11, including three 3-pointers. » Lloyd beat Pendleton County 42-40 Dec. 10. Donald Wright, Zach Riddle and Brent Christiansen had 10 points each. » Ludlow beat Heritage 63-25 Dec. 13. Jerad Howard had 24 points for Ludlow. » Villa Madonna beat Covington Latin 54-22 Dec. 11. Thomas Schutzman had 14 points. » Bellevue beat Covington Latin 69-11Dec.12. Zach Barrett had15 points. Bellevue beat Heritage 7740 Dec. 10. Austin Woodyard led with 23 points. » Bishop Brossart fell 74-51 to Holmes Dec. 10 to drop to 3-1. Alex Trentman had 20 points and Drew Burns 16. » Campbell County beat Newport 59-47 Dec. 13 to improve to 4-0. Corey Holbrook had 24 points. beat Ludlow 73-47 Dec. 11. Blake Losey had 18 points including three 3-pointers, Corey Holbrook 12 and xxx Jackson 11. Campbell beat Calvary 102-38 in a 37th District seeding game. Holbrook led the way with 24 points. » Newport beat Dayton 89-53 Dec. 12 to improve to 2-2. Paul Price and Ethan Snapp had 25 points each.

points and Lexi Held 14. » Ryle beat Beechwood 65-56 Dec.10 to go 2-2. Carly Lange had 26 points. Ryle beat Cooper 45-37 Dec. 13. Lange had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. » Walton-Verona beat Williamstown 45-38 in a 32nd District seeding game Dec. 13. Allie Mills had 11 points. » Beechwood fell 6556 to Ryle Dec. 10 to drop to 2-1. Macy Steumpel had 22 points including four 3pointers. » Calvary beat Ludlow 51-34 to go to 2-2. Sarah Roaden had 23 points and Hayley Emmerich 15. » Ludlow beat Heritage 64-34 Dec. 13. Tori Wofford had 21 points. » Notre Dame beat St. Henry 58-34 Dec. 12 to improve to 3-2. Carlee Clemons had 16 points. » Simon Kenton beat Grant County 75-49 in a 32nd District seeding game to improve to 4-0 on Dec. 12. Rachel Cox had 18 points and Abby Owings 12. » Villa Madonna beat Covington Latin 32-23 Dec. 11 to go 2-2. Alex Hengge had 14 points including three 3-pointers. VMA beat Dayton 48-42 in a conference game Dec. 10, and Calvary 46-28 in a conference game Dec. 13. Morgan Trusty led VMA with 13 points. » Bishop Brossart beat Lloyd 61-35 Dec. 12 to go 4-0. Sarah Futscher led the way with 17 points. » NewCath beat Dixie Heights 57-43 Dec. 11 to improve to 4-0. Nikki Kiernan had 14 points and Alexus Mayes 13. NCC

Wrestling

» Conner beat Madeira 49-15 Dec. 12. Winning matches over opponents were Derek Wiley, Tristin Badida and Trevor Thompson. Winning by forfeit were Shamon Moore, Joseph Warwick, Bryson Steele, Andrew Madden and Clayton Boyd. » Cooper finished the first week of the season with a 4-1 record. On Dec. 4, the Jaguars defeated Boone County and Grant County before falling to Newport 42-36. Dec. 5, the Jaguars beat Little Miami 68-0 and finished the evening by defeating Wyoming 54-30. Through those matches, Cody Huston is 5-0 at 120, Mike Davis is 4-0 at 126, Kyle Hensley is 5-0 at 132, Andrew Bailey is 5-0 at 152, Kevin Flaherty is 5-0 at 160 and Hunter Bailey is 5-0 at 170.

Football

» Drew Houliston, a Highlands senior, is the LaRosa’s MVP of the Week for Dec. 10. He led Highlands to a 13-2 record and a Kentucky Class 4A state runner-up finish this season. On the season, he threw for an impressive 4,027 yards (ninth in state history) and 50 TDs (11th in state history). He remarkably achieved these numbers despite missing a game with an injury and frequently played only half of a game because the Bluebirds were so far ahead on the scoreboard.

The Kentucky Football Coaches Association named him Class 4A district Player of the Year, with additional honors certain to follow. He is also an honorable mention all-NKY basketball player, who averaged 11.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last year. He notched big games vs. Seven Hills (29 points), Dixie Heights (23 points) and Bracken County (19 points). Houliston is a National Honor Society student and is active in community service. His favorite athlete is LeBron James and his most-liketo-meet is Drew Brees.

Swimming

» Scott junior Zach Major is a returning state qualifier, finishing 21st in the 100-yard breaststroke at state last season. He was inadvertently left out of last week’s preview article for the Eagles. » Villa Madonna preview information was inadvertently left out of last week’s preview stories. Katie Kurzendoerfer, a former standout at VMA and Centre College, takes over as head coach. Returning starters listed are junior Miki McIntyre, junior Monica Spritzky, senior Gabrielle Notorgiacomo and senior Nicholas Boucher. McIntyre was 12th in the regional meet in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly. Top newcomers are Abby Bezold and Michael Reynolds. The coach feels she has a young team with a lot of potential.

Come down and join Paul Daugherty, his special guest and Enquirer sports personalities at Moerlein Lager House, Monday Dec. 23 at 7pm.

Girls basketball

Conner senior Brooke Maines joins senior baseball catcher Blake Hart during Conner volleyball’s Senior Night. Brooke is the daughter of Laura and Gary Maines

beat Newport 68-44 in a district and conference game.

» Boone County beat Holy Cross 57-49 Dec. 12. Dallis Knotts had18 points and Maddy McGarr 16. » Cooper beat Holmes 61-58 Dec. 11 for its first win. Katey Pittman had 16

SIDELINES Hoops guru Skip Goley, a former all-state basketball star at Boone County High School and current basketball shooting and ball handling consultant/coach, will be available to give basketball lessons to individuals or teams in the Florence area, Dec. 23-24 and 27-30. For more information, call 859-391-6650.

NewCath freshman softball tryouts The Newport Central Catholic

freshman softball team is conducting signups for the 2014 team. This will be the program’s fourth season for the freshman team consisting of players in grades 6-8 from NewCath feeder parishes. The NCC freshman team is an excellent opportunity to get junior-high-aged girls prepared for JV and varsity softball. For more information regarding tryouts and signups, contact head varsity coach Denny Barnes at 859-743-3241 or coachbarnesncc@yahoo.com.

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Bandits baseball The Boone County Baseball Club 10U Bandits team is looking for additional players for the 2014 season. The team will participate in both the Southwest Ohio League (SWOL) and the Crosstown Baseball League. Players must not turn 11 before May 1, 2014. Contact Tony Reynolds at 859-462-3503 or tony.21@twc.com to arrange a private tryout.

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Helping can inspire joy and love

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers visit the homes of neighbors in need and experience the heart-wrenching effects of poverty first hand. When a family slips into distress, the pain is almost tangible. A mother who lives in a West Side Cincinnati neighborhood, worn down by worry because her utility bill is late and her children are sleeping on the cold floor. An adult man on the brink of tears because his children have nothing to eat for dinner in their small city apartment. An elderly couple, living in an East Side suburb, forced to decide between losing their home and foregoing their life-saving prescription medications. Our communities have experienced a lot of changes this year: food stamp cuts, health care changes, and an economy that seems to be turning around for some, but has left many families behind. We see the direct effects of these changes first hand each day, the most devastating being the impact on children. Christmas is the time of hope, love and miracles. There are few experiences in the life of a parent that can match seeing the joy and excitement on the face of your children opening presents on Christmas morning. But for parents in one out of five local famLiz Carter ilies in the Greater COMMUNITY Cincinnati area who RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST are living in poverty, Christmas can also be a time of hopelessness and despair. The parents we visit struggle year-round to provide not only the basic necessities for their children, but also the sense of stability and security that is so important to the well-being and healthy development of a child. Every day, our volunteers visit the homes of parents who work multiple part-time jobs so they can keep food on the table, or who have sold the last of their possessions so that they can keep the lights on. Imagine, then, the pit in the stomach of the parent who, in spite of their best efforts, has to explain to their children why Santa Claus wasn’t able to make it to their house this year. A Christmas present represents so much more than a simple toy. It is a symbol of stability in a time of turmoil, of love and joy in a time of crisis. For the child and the parent alike, a Christmas present can mean the difference between hope and despair. When our volunteers deliver gifts to the homes of neighbors in need, they are blessed to witness what one act of kindness can mean to a struggling family. A child giggling with joy as they bounce on their new bed, a mother with tears streaming down her face as her children’s Christmas gifts are carried into her home, a family gathered together on Christmas morning with hope for a brighter new year. You can inspire hope and make love grow in the hearts of a family in need this Christmas by: » Supporting Food From the Heart the next time you visit a local Kroger. Ask your child to pick out their favorite non-perishable food and place it in the barrel at the door. » Making a donation in honor of a loved one this Christmas. A gift of $100 will provide a bed for a child sleeping on the floor. A donation of $50 will provide gifts for a child this Christmas. » Visit www.svdpnky.org or call 859-446-7723 to make a donation or lean more. Liz Carter is executive director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati.

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The Morgan Academy First school near Burlington in 1819 As early as 1800, the Kentucky Legislature set aside unassigned tracts of Kentucky land in support of education in the counties. Boone County was assigned some 4,500 acres in what is now the Cumberland Lake region of Kentucky. Justices of Boone County acquired a site near the Burlington Cemetery, presumably with funds from the sale of part of the 4,500 acres. They founded Burlington Seminary on the Bullittsville Road north of town. It was a two-room frame building in a beech grove. School was held there as early as 1819 and was Tom Schiffer supported in part by COMMUNITY tuition. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST When Allen Morgan died intestate in 1841, his estate was sold and the proceeds turned over to “the Boone County Academy.” The name was changed to Morgan Academy. In those days, the school term lasted for five months starting October 1, in deference to the agrarian character and needs of Boone County. In 1849, tuition was listed as $13 for the “higher branches;” $10 for “Chemistry, Surveying etc.” Eight dollars got you “English grammar” while $5 was for the “Primary Branches.” There was to be an extra, unstipulated charge for “fuel.” An explosion of the steamer Readstone in 1852 at Ghent claimed the life of an early teacher, Periander Scott. In the 1850s, trustees elected to use maintenance funds on the old building toward a new, brick structure, which was 60 feet by 30 feet with two rooms on the first floor and a large one on

School was held in he Morgan Academy, on Bullittsville Road north of Burlington, as early as 1819.PROVIDED

the second. It was completed 1858. It did well for a number of years, serving prominent Boone County families and others in Indiana and Ohio. During this period, the academy usually housed 75 to 80 students. Shortfall in sustaining itself caused sale of the remaining land grants and the monies were used for maintenance and upgrade of facilities. Presumably lack of students – and their tuition – caused the academy to close in the 1870s. Scattered interests, publicized through The Boone County Recorder, spurred the trustees to action and the facility was back in operation by the 1880s. Tuition was between $12.50 and $15 depending upon choices. In 1888 Professor Henry Newton and Miss N. T. Arnold were the instructors at the Morgan Academy. Newton was popularly supposed to be John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot Lincoln. The fact that he was an ex-

cellent revolver shot and had a “crippled foot” lent support to their suppositions. William Conrad’s book “The History of Boone County Schools,” says the trustees could find no basis for the rumor. However, Morgan Academy soon closed regardless and was torn down to build a barn for the original owners. The site is now simply a grassy spot on the corner of Bullittsville Road and Temperate Street, just south of the Old Burlington Cemetery. Tom Schiffer is a member of the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board. The Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board meets at 4 p.m. the second Thursday of most months. Meetings are open to the public. For more information about Historic Preservation in Boone County contact the Review Board at 859-334-2111 or http://mbecher@boonecountyky.org. The Review Board is online at www.boonecountyky.org/pc.

A prayer for Christmas want for Christmas?” my At this time of year, many husband and I would be over of us find ourselves more the moon. deeply in prayer. IntercedAt least then we would ing for lost loved ones, prayknow that they have some ing for the healing of a sick sense of the fact that it is friend, and pleading with hard work to care for and God to take us to the next raise a family. I think God level in our walk with him. Julie House must feel the same way. He Yet, when our prayers COMMUNITY PRESS wants more than a list of seem to go unanswered, we GUEST COLUMNIST what I want and need. (He can easily become discouralready knows, by the way.) aged. Could it be that there is He wants a heartfelt conversation; something missing in my prayer proof that I am reflecting on who I life? Possibly. Often our prayers are am in him, realizing the awesome nothing more than a long list of repower that he holds, and completely quests sent up to God with a short releasing myself and my burdens to “thank you, you’re the best” (if you his care. answer my prayers) at the end. Recently I came across some As the parent of a pre-teen and principles for effective intercession, two other children who are keenly aware that Christmas is a less than a written by Charles Stanley. Stanley shares how we can be more effecweek away, it’s been a long time tive in our prayers for self and loved since a conversation around this house hasn’t started with, “You know ones: » If we want our prayers to be what I really want for Christmas?” effective, they must flow from a What joy it would bring me if one of heart that is in step with God. I must them approached either their father confess any sin and bitterness I am or me with genuine gratitude on harboring and ask God to give me their lips, “Mom, Dad, I truly appreciate the way you have taken care of the compassion, love and forgiveness for others that he so easily us this year. The many ways you shares with me. provided for our family, encouraged » Pray that God will reveal your us, loved on us, and forgave us when loved ones deepest needs, so that we messed up.” Even if it followed you can intercede effectively. We with, “Now, you know what I really

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As the parent of a pre-teen and two other children who are keenly aware that Christmas is a less than a week away, it’s been a long time since a conversation around this house hasn’t started with, “You know what I really want for Christmas?” sometimes assume we know what another person needs. But God knows best. » Persevere. Endure in your prayer life, my friend. And if/when you do become discouraged believe the words of James 5:15, 16; “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Julie House is the founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christ-centered health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 859-802-8965 or on Facebook.com/EquippedMinistries.

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Winning at Home Builders association presents annual awards

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he Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky presented its annual awards at a ceremony Dec. 6 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union. “Our annual awards are presented to individuals that exemplify excellence in business and dedication to our industry and association,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. “Membership, community service, advocacy and association activity are rewarded to these members to show them not only our gratitude for their service but to hold them up as an example to other members and the public. These individuals are stars within our organization and are to be commended for the traits that make them not only leaders within our ranks but in the community as well.” » Builder of the Year, Paul Metzger Metzger’s dedication and hard work as the 2013-2014 president of the Home Builders Association’s Land Development Council has culminated in a series of successful advocacy initiatives involving planning commissions, water districts, Sanitation District 1, environmental regulations, and powered utilities across Northern Kentucky. These efforts have aided housing affordability and ensured a more business friendly regulatory environment in our region. » Associate of the Year, Walt Dunlevy As 2013 associate vice president, Dunlevy has demonstrated valued leadership at the association. Additionally, Dunlevy is the chairman of the association’s State & Local Government Committee where he leads the delivery of the association’s message to elected and appointed officials in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. He also serves in many capacities throughout the organization as a leading voice in membership recruitment and retention, associate representation within the association and an expert in building codes and material supply. Leadership » Community Award, Matth. Toebben Toebben, accepted by his son John Toebben (left). Mr. Toebben’s support for his industry and Home Builders Association is carried out beyond involvement with the organization. He is passionate and supportive of many efforts throughout the region including alzheimers causes, education, and youth causes. » Home Builders Association Membership Award, Rob Stone The Home Builders Association created a new award in order to recognize outstanding service focusing on membership recruitment and retention. The inaugural winner of this award is Rob Stone of C.K. Ash Insurance. Stone is a perennial participant of the association’s membership recruitment and retention efforts and has recently earned his 300d spike level, a designation created by the National Association of Home Builders to reward excellence in membership activity. The mission of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky is to promote and enhance the integrity and visibility of the construction industry and the members of the organization through advocacy, communication, education and political action.

2013 Home Builders Association President Adam Chaney, of Terrace Holdings, right, presents the 2013 Builder of the Year Award to Paul Metzger of Fischer Homes.PROVIDED

Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Executive Vice President Brian Miller, left, presents the 2013 Associate of the Year Award to Walt Dunlevy, of Forge Lumber.PROVIDED

Home Builders Association State & Local Government Committee Chairman Walt Dunlevy, right, presents the 2013 Community Leadership Award to John Toebben, who accepted on behalf of his father Matth.PROVIDED The inaugural winner of Home Builders Association Membership Award is Rob Stone of C.K. Ash Insurance, left, accepting the award form 2013 Home Builders Association President Adam Chaney. PROVIDED


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn basic skills including fine motor skills, social skills, reading, dancing, music, science and arts/crafts. Ages -1-1. $15. 859371-5227; www.thelivelylearninglab.com. Florence.

Education Homeschool Club, 12:30-1:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Discuss/plan courses for winter 2014. Activities, crafts and games available for students. All homeschool families welcome. Free. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Exhibits Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Verbum Domini, “The Word of the Lord,” is made up of a couple dozen Bible-related items in an exhibit that celebrates God’s word throughout the ages. Daily exhibit. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; www.creationmuseum.org. Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Portico. Come face-to-face with tales of dragons from all over the world. View artwork and other adornments strolling beneath Chinese dragons. Learn about encounters with these beasts from China to Africa, Europe to the Americas and Australia to the Middle East. Discover what ancient historians have written about these creatures, and examine armaments that may have been used by valiant dragon slayers. Daily exhibit. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; www.creationmuseum.org. Petersburg. Dr. Crawley’s Insectorium, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Near Palm Plaza and downstairs from Dinosaur Den. Learn interesting facts, such as, not all insects are bugs, but all bugs are insects. Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by Dr. Crawley. With an animatronic person, named Dr. Arthur Pod, who answers many questions about insects. Daily exhibit. Included with admission: $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; www.creationmuseum.org. Petersburg.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1

Levee Way, Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Featuring free live nativity, lights and live dramas. Free. 800-778-3390; creationmuseum.org. Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Through Jan. 5. $5. 859291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, 7379 Stonehouse Road, Scotch pine up to 10 feet. Balled-and-burlapped Norway, blue spruce and white pine. Also Canaan and Balsam fir; 6-10 feet. Shaking, netting, pine roping and saws available. Tailgating for large groups allowed. Free candy canes for children. $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-6738415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, 14300 Salem Creek Road, Cut-yourown-Christmas-trees. Douglas fir 6-12 feet. Workers will help load. Twine to tie tree on vehicles provided. Dress for weather. Call for appointments during week. $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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

Literary - Libraries Fun Time After Hours (middle and high school), 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Wear your favorite costume. Games, snacks, movies and more. 859-342-2665. Florence. Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union.

Music - Bluegrass Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

778-3390; creationmuseum.org. Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport. Kids Holiday Sing-a-Long, 3-4 p.m., Stoney’s Gift & Frame Shoppe, 323 W. Sixth St., Instruments provided for children. Free. Presented by MainStrasse Merrymakers. 859-655-9571; www.stoneysgifts.com. MainStrasse Village.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Live Nativity, 6-8 p.m., Bullittsville Christian Church, 3094 Petersburg Road, Drive up or stop and visit in church for holiday refreshments and fellowship. Free. 859-689-7215. Bullittsville. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

MONDAY, DEC. 23 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; www.thelivelylearninglab.com. Florence.

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Family Fun Night, 6-10 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Students learn arts/crafts, dance, music and more. Ages 4-14. $20. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800-

The Newport Express Holiday Depot at Newport on the Levee features train displays as well as a life-sized model of a train and other activities for all ages. Through Jan. 5. $5. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com.FILE PHOTO

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Literary - Libraries Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha Yoga postures. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for first time or pick up new tricks. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-3422665. Union.

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The Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation present square-dance lessons, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, in Covington. Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. 859-441-9155; www.sonksdf.com.FILE PHOTO No School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Art, crafts, music and games. Ages 3-14. $30. Registration required. Through Jan. 1. 859371-5227. Florence.

TUESDAY, DEC. 24 Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness, 7:15-8 p.m., Full Body Yoga, 7500 Oakbrook Road, $50 for 10 classes, $7 drop in. 859-640-9055. Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-6 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to www.NKY.com and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to life@communitypress.com along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to www.NKY.com and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Zumba, 6 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Latininspired, calorie-burning workout. $5. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Recreation Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 513-921-5454; www.cincinnaticircus.com. Newport. No School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $30. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.

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Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; creationmuseum.org. Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. Presented by Florence Branch Library. 859-3422665. Union.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25 Merry Christmas

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 Exercise Classes Sombo/Russian Judo, 6:30-8 p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Downstairs. Ages 6-adult. Learn Russian art of self-defense and how to fall properly to prevent injury. Ages 6-. $85 per year. Presented by Sombo Joe. 859609-8008. Hebron.

Karaoke and Open Mic Friday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

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

Recreation No School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $30. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.

SATURDAY, DEC. 28 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; creationmuseum.org. Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

SUNDAY, DEC. 29 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport.

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Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Yoga, 6:15-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Suitable for all levels. $25 per month. 859-342-2665. Union.

There’s less than a week to get a tree in time for Christmas. Hilltop Pines in Melbourne, 513-673-8415, and Miclberg in Boone County, 859-380-4954, are among the local tree farms.FILE PHOTO


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Rita shares latest clone of peppermint bark I wrestled with myself about sharing, once again, my latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark. After all, my recipe last year was excellent, and the difference this year is that I used premium bar chocolates only Rita and Heikenfeld tweaked RITA’S KITCHEN the recipe a tiny bit. Well, I’ve been getting lots of requests for this special bark already, so I’m taking creative license and sharing what I now call my latest and greatest. And, I might add, my very last recipe for this treat! However you celebrate, I hope each of you has the best holiday season. Remember, the best things in life aren’t “things.”

Rita’s ultimate clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark 2013 Use the best quality chocolates and candy (no imitation peppermint in extract or candy) to make it as close to Williams-Sonoma as possible. As mentioned, I used the highest quality bar chocolates, which I chopped. Whether you use bars or morsels, read labels. The semi-sweet chocolate should be real chocolate, not chocolateflavored. The first two ingredi-

ents in white chocolate should be sugar and cocoa butter. No palm, palm kernel or coconut oil if you want it to be like Williams-Sonoma. These oils may be a culprit for layers sometimes not bonding, resulting in separation. That doesn’t mean you can’t make wonderful bark with whatever chocolate fits your budget. I also have more bark recipes on my blog, a single-layer one for kids and a three-layer one. Prep pan: Line a cookie sheet with one piece of foil, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Or do the same in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. First layer:

For Celia, a Delhi Township reader, who wants to make this alongside her holiday ham. “I had the recipe for years and misplaced it. Sometimes we added shrimp to it,” too, she said. Go to taste on ingredients. Salad: Mix together: 8 oz Mueller’s Small Elbow Macaroni, cooked and cooled 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 1 small bell pepper, diced

Dressing: Combine and pour over cooled pasta. You may not need all of it, so add half, taste, and add more if you like. 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 2 teaspoons sugar 1 ⁄4 cup cider vinegar or more to taste 11⁄2 cups mayonnaise

2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate, divided into 11⁄4 and 3⁄4 cup measures 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Use a double boiler if you have one, or put 11⁄4 cups chocolate in heatproof bowl. Set over saucepan that has 1 inch of steaming water, making sure bowl does not touch water. (This is a makeshift double boiler). Heat should be turned to low so no steam/water escapes into chocolate, which can turn it grainy. Stir until chocolate is almost melted but still has a few lumps, then remove bowl and stir in remaining chocolate until smooth. Stir in extract and pour onto foil, spreading evenly. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Second layer:

Chill before serving. To add shrimp: Add 1⁄2 pound cooked small shrimp to salad.

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Rita’s latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark uses high quality chocolate.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

23⁄4 cups white chocolate, divided into 21⁄4 and 1⁄2 cup measures 1 ⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup crushed peppermint candy, sieved to remove tiny particles

Put 21⁄4 cups white chocolate in clean bowl and repeat process for melting, stirring in re-

maining chocolate after removing bowl. Stir in extract. Let cool a bit. Pour over chocolate layer and spread. Finishing with candy: Sprinkle candy and gently press into chocolate. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Peel bark off foil and break or cut into pieces. If it’s been in

the refrigerator, let it sit out a bit so it’s easy to break or cut. Store in refrigerator. Note: If you melt chocolates in microwave, check frequently as they can turn grainy and burn easily.

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Chick-fil-A’s apple cider dressing for Amy M. who loves the dressing and hopes someone can clone it or share something similar. “Marzetti used to carry a similar one, but discontinued it”, she said. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Know what your insurance policy says

A lot of us have life insurance policies, but may not be aware of all the provisions in the policy. One area woman said not knowing about a provision in her husband’s policy has cost her a lot of money. Kathy Thompson of Bridgetown said she’s upset with the life insurance company and herself for not realizing a key money-saving provision was in the policy. Thompson said of her husband, “He became disabled about two and a half years ago and who

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thinks of looking at your insurance policy. Recently, the insurance company called and they wanted to sell us more

insurance.” The life insurance policy is a small one, just $9,000, and is one of several her husband bought. What she didn’t remember, until the agent reminded her, was the pol-

icy contains a disability waiver. she said the agent told her, “You have a disclaimer on your policy where if he’s disabled we’ll pay his premiums. I said, ‘Really?’” Thompson said the problem was, even after examining that policy, the waiver wasn’t very clear. “There’s different columns and they’ve got suicide exclusions. They’ve got all these titles over here but there’s nothing about disability. You have to really, really look for it,” she said.

The Thompsons pay more than $14 each year for the disability waiver. But, I noticed even on the policy itself it just said disability waiver. As a result, Thompson has paid the yearly premium for more than two years since her husband became disabled. The insurance agent told her, unfortunately, she can only get back the premium for one of those years. Thompson then called the insurance company itself and spoke with a manager who told her company policy is to

reimburse for only one year. “She said, ‘There are people that have had a policy with us for 30 years and have been disabled and they have that waiver and they don’t know about it. We still only give them back one year.’” Thompson said she thinks that’s a terrible policy and wants to alert others. The disability waiver is not automatic in most life insurance policies, it’s a separate provision you can buy. So, you may want to check to see if you have that waiver in

your policy. Thompson said she learned a valuable lesson to get a copy of that provision in writing. Not only will it help you remember you have that protection, but it will also explain exactly what’s required before the insurance company considers someone to be disabled so the disability waiver will apply. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. Email him at heyhoward@local12.com.

Kenner speaks of his time in Kuwait Everyone has a busy schedule these days and

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He also shared observations about Boone County from the perspective of a life-long resident and an elected county commissioner. During his deployment to Kuwait, Kenner worked with the Kuwaiti National

Guard, which is their equivalent of our U. S. Marines. Seeing and understanding first-hand the daily struggles of a wartorn community gave him a new appreciation for all that we take for granted. He believes this “once in a lifetime” experience will help him better serve Boone County and make him a better commissioner. The perception is that all of the Middle East is Muslim, so Kenner was surprised to see thriving Catholic and Protestant communities in Kuwait. He was quick to note that the Kuwaiti culture is similar to the culture United States in their appreciation of hard work and decency. He also mentioned that he could not have taken advantage of this opportunity without the support of his family. He offered kudos to his wife and

Boone County Commissioner Charlie Kenner speaks to the Florence Rotary Club about his experiences in Kuwait and about Boone County.THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD

the spouses of all military personnel for keeping the homes together during deployment. Kenner discussed the needs of both the local community and the international community for dental services. He said medical issues are often a significant contributor to student absenteeism and high drop-out rates in schools. He and his staff are trying to combat that by offering free dental services to those in need on Wednesdays which is the day his office is traditionally closed. Kenner has worked with the Lex-

ington National Guard to provide dental services to high-risk populations and is trying to initiate similar activities in Boone County. He said Medicare does not cover dentistry. He and his team donate their time to providing these services. Kenner pointed out the success Boone County has had in working with other local governments to create opportunities for shared services while continuing to focus on the needs of the county. Submitted by Greta Southard

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Pressure cooking provide tasty options At the end of a busy day, many of us would love to quickly produce a tasty, nutritious, homecooked meal with minimal effort. One way you can achieve this goal is by using a pressure cooker. You may be hesitant about using a pressure cooker. You may not be familiar with them or have heard horror stories from your mother or grandmother about them exploding with the contents ending up on the ceiling. As long as you correctly follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions for the cooker, you can cook most foods very safely. Today’s pressure cookers include more safety release valves and interlocking lids, which makes them safer than older models. Pressure cooked foods cook three to 10 times faster compared to conventional cooking methods. The cooker does not allow air and liquids to escape the container below a pre-set pressure. As the pressure builds, the temperature inside the cooker rises above the normal boiling point. This not only helps the food cook quickly, but it helps food retain nutrients and requires less water to prepare items. It also results in less energy used to prepare foods. You can cook multiple foods at the same time, which saves time and results in fewer dirty dishes.

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The following pointers will help you enjoy success with a pressure cooker: Diane » Never Mason fill a presEXTENSION sure cookNOTES er more than two-thirds full or more than halfway full for soups or stews. » Realize that the hotter a food or liquid is going into the cooker, the quicker it will cook. » Meats and poultry can be browned in the pan of the pressure cooker prior to locking the lid. » Pressure cookers are not pressure canners and should not be used to process home-canned foods for shelf storage. » Generally, foods that

expand as a result of foaming and frothing, such as applesauce, cranberries, rhubarb, cereals, pastas, split peas and dried soup mixes, should not be cooked in a pressure cooker. » Pressure cookers and their parts should be washed by hand with hot soapy water. The high heat and harsh chemicals of a dishwasher may damage the parts of a pressure cooker. » Store pressure cookers in a cool, dry place with the lid inverted on the body. Failing to do so can result in unpleasant odors and cause wear and tear on the lid’s seal. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

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Subaru collecting items for Meals Joseph Subaru is partnering with Senior Services of Northern Kentucky Meals on Wheels during Subaru’s 2013 “Share the Love” event. Drop off nonperishable food items for the Senior Services of Northern Kentucky Food Pantry to Joseph Subaru, at 7600 Industrial Road, Florence, through Jan. 2. Help “stuff the truck” of a Subaru with canned food and personal care items and help feed hungry older adults.

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Question: My Christmas cactus is not doing well, and it never flowers much. Is there anything I can do to help it bloom more? Answer: Although holiday “cacti” naturally flower around Thanksgiving and Christmas, commercial growers take no chances – they manipulate light levels and temperatures to guarantee timely flowering. Holiday cacti bloom in response to short days and/or cool temperatures. In the greenhouse or in the home, expose them to nine hours of light and 15 hours of darkness each day, starting in September, to cause plants to set flower buds. Holding temperatures between 50 and 59 degrees F will stimulate flowering despite day length. Kentucky gardeners that reflower their holiday cactus each year simply leave the plants outdoors through September and protect the plants from frost if necessary. When the plants are brought indoors in early October, flower buds are set and the plants flower around Thanksgiving (for the Thanksgiving cactus, which has pointed teeth around the leaf margins). Temperatures above 75 degrees F, sudden changes in temperature or light levels, and overwatering plants in heavy soil will cause unopened flower buds to fall off. In

fact, during the fall and winter months, the plants should be watered less frequently in Mike order to Klahr get them to HORTICULTURE bloom. CONCERNS If your plant has not come into bloom, there could be a problem with room temperature, fertilization, and/or intensity and duration of light received (day length). Thanksgiving cactus and Christmas cactus grow best when kept constantly moist, except in the autumn, when they should be watered thoroughly but allowed to become moderately dry between waterings. They prefer medium to bright light, and will form flower buds at a 55 degree night temperature, regardless of day length, or at a night temperature of 63-65 degrees F. during short days (such as now). Flower buds may drop if the temperature is too high or if the light intensity is too low. No flower buds will develop when the night temperature is kept too high (70-75 degrees F). You don’t have to fertilize your holiday cactus with nitrogen in November or December, although a little phosphorus and potassium will sometimes encourage more

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blooms. In late October or early November, it helps to make an application of a 0-10-10 type liquid fertilizer. Keep the plant in a sunny window away from drafts. Starting in January, you’ll need to apply a complete houseplant fertilizer monthly through May. Water the plants to to four days after the soil appears dry. This plant prefers to be drier than most houseplants but not as dry as the “true cacti” and succulents. The best time for repotting a holiday cactus is in the early spring. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.


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Supper Club book wins author state award

A DOSE OF HOPE

and injured more than 200 at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate. Webster researched Webster his subject by sifting through photos and documents, many of which became available under the Freedom of Information Act when they were returned to the Kentucky state archives in June 2011. Further detailed research involved interviewing survivors and technical experts. In addition to an objective analysis of the fire, the book also tells personal

Robert D. Webster of Covington, a member of the Turfway Park security team, has been recognized with a 2013 Kentucky History Award for his book, “The Beverly Hills Supper Club: The Untold Story Behind Kentucky’s Worst Tragedy.” Webster received the award at the Kentucky Historical Society’s annual banquet on Nov. 8 at the Old Capitol Building in Frankfort. The book, the culmination of six years of work, was published in May 2012 by Saratoga Press LLC. Webster’s work was recognized for its new analysis of the May 28, 1977, fire that killed 169

On Dec. 3 Sarah Meece introduced her new book “A Dose of Hope” to family and friends at a book launch celebration at Triple Crown Country Club. The author began traveling the country as an inspirational speaker following her challenges with an aggressive form of breast cancer. The book compiles devotions addressing many important issues people are confronted with in their lives. Joining Meece, right, at the launch celebration are the launch team, from left, Karen Chaffins, Tammy Burns, Dr. Candyse Jeffries, Debbie Reynolds, Melody Barbou and Robyn Bain. PROVIDED

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stories of patrons and victims and their families as well as of rescuers on the scene. “I love researching and writing about local events,” Webster said, “and the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire still ranks as Kentucky’s worst tragedy. No one had ever told the history not just of the fire but also of the club itself, going back to the ‘30s when it was an illegal gambling hall owned by the Mafia. Webster has been on the board of the Kenton County Historical Society for nine years and vice president for the past four years. Before penning his award-winning history of

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Betty Roth was a ‘loyal Democrat’ By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

Prominent Boone County Democrat Betty Roth, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood. “I’ve known few Democrats who have had the great impact she has had on the party,” said current Boone County Democratic Party Executive Mrs. Roth Committee Chairwoman Carole Register says Mrs. Roth, who was described as a “loyal Democrat,” has been active in the party for decades, through good times and bad, she said. “She will be held there as a bit of an icon for us as to what loyalty really means to the party,” Register said. Former party chair-

man Howard Tankersley has known Mrs. Roth since the late 1990s. She is “very dear to me. I’ll miss her a lot.” Tankersley describes Roth as active and one who knew “so much about politics.” “I hope that when I’m 85 or so that I’m as active and engaged and energetic as she was,” he said. Mrs. Roth could always be counted on to attend and plan events and could always be counted on to call and get on the phone who you wanted to talk to, Tankersley said. “She liked to talk about how she was close to famous people and she really was,” he said, noting her acquaintances with Kentucky governors and even the Clintons. “She really was somebody who had those inroads and she was just very supportive of the party.” Mrs. Roth was also supportive of Tankersley, “and not just in a political

way.” “ ... I knew she would do anything for me and I appreciated that. She was 35 years older than me, but we were just friends.” Former Boone County Judge-executive Bruce Ferguson also knew Mrs. Roth well and said she was the “most dedicated Democrat in Boone County.” Mrs. Roth, he said, “was always supportive of the party in every way.” “Her good work will last beyond her,” said Ferguson. “She will be dearly missed by the local Democrats but we will carry on as she would want us to do.” According to a Facebook post, she was involved with the annual Bean Bash for about 30 years. She was a member of Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, the IHM Seniors, Bingo and Festival committees, the Boone County Democratic Women’s Club, and Yearlings. Mrs. Roth was preceded in death by her husband Milton Roth and son Rick Roth. She is survived by children Deby Doughman, Karen Gutzeit and Terry Roth 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Youth Group, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, Ky. 41005, or the BAWAC Bean Bash, 7970 Kentucky Drive, Florence, Ky. 41042. Online condolences can be made at linnemann funeralhomes.com.

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Thomas Cassidy, 54, of Florence, died Dec. 5, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. His parents, William and Frances Cassidy, died previously. Survivors include his children, Joe Cassidy and Mike Fawbush; and siblings, Mary Ellen Cassidy, Patty Cassidy, Steve Cassidy and Kevin Cassidy.

John R. Conner, 73, of Hebron, died Dec. 7, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a farmer, retired from Delta Airlines, member of Hebron Lutheran Church and the Hebron Hairdressers. Survivors include his daughters, Suzanne C. Fairchild of Hebron, and Sandy J. Heupel of Dry Ridge; brother, Dennis Conner of Hebron; sisters, June Schaefer of Louisville, Jeanette Tanner of Hebron, Pat Simpson of Naples, Fla., and Sherrie Brooks of Pawley’s Island, S.C.; and six grandchildren. Burial was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Douglas Claxton Douglas Charlie Claxton, 49, of Covington, died Dec. 10, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was operations manager for Watson Pool Supplies. His parents, Arnold Lee and Louise Phillips Claxton; grandson, Chace Allen Claxton, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Brigitte Lee Adams Claxton of Covington; sons, Paul Joseph Claxton of Independence, Scott Allen Claxton of Independence, and Craig Steven Claxton of Warsaw; daughter, Amanda Nicole Claxton of Covington; stepsons, Jason Michael Workman of Florence, and Joshua V. Wayne Nezi of Southgate; brothers, Andy, Shawn and Mark Claxton, of Corbin; sister, Erica Dinkins of Corbin; and 13 grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Winston Combs Winston H. Combs, 93, of Williamstown, died Dec. 9, in Florence. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a retired gas-delivery driver for Hulett Hardware in Williamstown. His wife, Ada B. Davis Combs; children, Betty, Bobby and Bucky; and grandson, Darren Snow, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Joyce Combs Snow of Burlington; brothers, Donald Combs of Williamstown, and John Combs of Walton; longtime companion, Virginia Gilpen of Williamstown; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was at Williamstown Cemetery.

Mary Cordell Mary June Cordell, 87, of Florence, formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., died Dec. 7, at Bridge Point Care and Rehabilitation Center in Florence. She was retired as a clothing manufacturing worker, and a homemaker. Her husband, Ross D. Cordell, died previously. Survivors include her son, Rudy Cordell of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Carol Frederick Carol L. Frederick, 56, of Florence, died Dec. 6. She was a corporate analyst with Kroger. Survivors include her husband, Bobby Frederick; daughter, Melissa Suter; stepson, Jerome Frederick; and sister, Beverly

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Victoria DeMoss Victoria H. DeMoss, 61, of Florence, died Nov. 28, at her Home. She worked for the IRS. Survivors include her daughters, Danielle E. Tucker of Florence, and Donna M. Tucker of Florence; brother, Butch DeMoss of Covington; and five grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

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Jewell Gillespie Jewell Gillespie, 82, of Walton, died Dec. 5. Her husband, Don Gillespie, one sister, two brothers and one grandson, died previously. Survivors include her children, Gary Hager, Mike Hager Sr. and Patricia Griffin; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

Vivian Miller Vivian C. Miller, 88, of Florence, died Dec. 4, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired waitress.

Survivors include one daughter, one sister, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at New Vine Run Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Willard Perry Willard Earl Perry, 66, of Independence, died Dec. 5. He was a Marine Corps veteran, most recently worked for Gates Rubber as a fork-lift operator, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Ladonna; daughters, Tina Harmon of Independence, and Gina Groeschen of Burlington; sisters, Alice Morgan of Williamstown, and Stella Cook of Corinth;

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DEATHS Continued from Page B9 brother, Clinton Perry of Williamstown; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Clarence Phillips Clarence J. “Lefty” Phillips, 87, of Southgate, died Dec. 5, at his home.

He was a retired owner and operator of ACE Auto Accessories in Newport, past member of the Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board, past president of the Campbell County Jaycees, past national director of the Jaycees, past chairman of the Campbell County Democratic Executive Committee, and was a Navy veteran of World War II. His granddaughter, Maria Schirmer; brother Harry Phillips; and sister, Ruth Luebbers, died

previously. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Phillips; daughters, Mary Rust of Mason, Ohio, Helen Schirmer and Jan Parnell, both of Wilder, and Donna Zimmerman of Taylor Mill; sons, Bill Phillips of Alexandria, Jim Phillips of Alpharetta, Ga., Jack Phillips of Indianapolis, and Randy Phillips of Union; sisters, Marie Arnold of Fort Wright, Anna Mae Prindle of Burlington, Alice Barone of Houston, and Catherine Gerwell of St. Louis; brother, Tom Phillips

of Geneva, Ill.; 24 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Therese Parish, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.

Ramona Rusk Ramona Lynn Holida “Lynnie” Rusk, 48, of Verona, died Nov. 25, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her parents, Raymond and Mildred Ruth Wilson Holida; daughters, Amanda Paige Rusk of Verona, and Heather Lynn Hammond of Verona; brothers, Gary Lee Holida of Willard, Ohio, and David Scott Holida of Willard, Ohio; sisters, Vivian Diane Ferguson of Verona, Marsheila Ann Devine of Verona, and Karen Sue Hearn of Frankfort; and one grandson. Burial was at Concord Pentecostal Cemetery in Verona.

Keith Shea Jr. Staff Sgt. Keith Patrick Shea Jr., 26, of Boone County, died Dec. 2 in Fort Bragg, N.C. He was an active member of the Army, a member of the Army Airborne, and he was attending Special Forces School. He also was an infantry member and he served two tours of duty, one in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. He was a 2006 graduate of Boone County High School, where he played on the football and baseball team. Survivors include his parents, Keith Shea Sr. and Marynel Shea of Florence; and sister, Nicole Shea-Koors. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Memorials: Yellow Ribbon Foundation, 8170 Corporate Park Drive, Suite 145, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Gary Simpson Gary Wayne Simpson, 65, of Crestview Hills, died Dec. 6, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired switchman for CSX Railroad after more than 38 years of service, was an Air Force veteran, member of Next Chapter Church in Cold Spring, served in Action Ministries, and

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Virgil Souder Virgil Keith Souder, 81, of Hebron, died Dec. 10. He was a retired pilot, current deck hand for Anderson Ferry, Army veteran during the Korean Conflict, member of Constance Christian Church, and former member of the Hebron Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Norene Souder of Hebron; son, Herb Souder of Hebron; daughter, Margaret McHendrix of Erlanger; and two grandchildren. Interment with military honors in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

John Staggs John R. Staggs, 33, of Florence, died Dec. 7. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, worked as a bagger at Kroger in Union, was a graduate of Ryle High School, and participant in the Special Olympics. His sister, Kimberly Staggs; grandparents, Earl and Mary Barkhau; and grandfather, Ronald Staggs, died previously. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Debbie Staggs; sister, Jennifer Staggs; grandmother, Helen Staggs; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorials: Grace Episcopal Church, 7111 Price Pike, Florence, KY 41042.

Russell Steadman Russell Steadman, 73, of Burlington, died Dec. 11, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood.

He was a union carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Carol Steadman; sons, Russell Steadman, Chris Steadman and Dale Steadman; daughters, Connie Herron, Sharon Steadman, Sue Mariziale and Jennifer Owens; sister, Terry Beckroege; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Erlanger.

Rita Tanner Rita Marie Tanner, 62, of Walton, died Dec. 8, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She worked at R.A. Jones Company as a senior accountant for 39 years, was a devoted parishioner at St. Paul Catholic Church, and enjoyed shopping, traveling, helping out at church and spending time with her family and friends. Her parents, Charles and Betsy Brady; and brothers, Claude and Charlie Brady, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Barry Tanner of Walton; daughter, Kelly McNabb of Independence; son, Matt of Independence; sister, Peggy Brady Spears of Walton; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or St. Paul Catholic Church, 7301 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042.

June Taylor June Taylor, 87, of Kenton County, died Dec. 8, at her home. She was retired from Western and Southern Insurance Company in Cincinnati. Her husband, Walter J. Taylor; sons, Walter “Skip” Taylor, Charles “Corky” Taylor, Dennis Taylor and Terry Taylor, died previously. Survivors include her children, Sandra Cram of Florence, Lisa Stork of Kennesaw, Ga., and John “JJ” Taylor of Florence; sister, Janet “Toni” Rump of Covington; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

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