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From napkin scribble to N. Ky. landmark

‘Florence Y’all’ water tower a sign of home for locals and travelers

By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — The Boone County Fiscal Court Nov. 27 unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the county to apply for a Kentucky Juvenile Justice grant on behalf of the Boone County School district. According to the resolution, the grant would provide funding over a three-year period to provide intervention services for high school students and families that are at risk of dropping out of school. County Administrator Jeff Earlywine said he believe the school system is trying to secure $75,000 to “design and deliver” intervention services for students and is intended to be proactive. “The reason the school district approached the county is that this particular grant, school districts are not eligible to apply, but cities and counties are,” he said. “So that will be a collaboration and partnership.” Earlywine said if the grant is awarded the school system will have primary responsibility for administering the grant and delivering the service, while the county’s requirements would be limited to “perfunctory grant requirements.” “We don’t see it as an undue burden on the staff and an opportunity to collaborate with the school district to secure some funds for what would seem to be a good purpose.” The resolution passed 3-0 with Judge-executive Gary Moore absent.

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By Justin B. Duke FLORENCE — It’s not uncommon for anyone who’s ever driven Interstate 71/75 through Northern Kentucky to have a story to tell about a giant red and white landmark they saw as they were passing through Florence. For some, the Florence Y’all waterpower is a guidepost and a way to tell how far they are from their destination. For Florence Mayor Diane Whalen, the water tower is a sign of her RETRO father’s legacy. CINCINNATI “People To see more will say, photos of the ‘You know Florence Y’all why it’s like water tower, go that?’ – peoto RetroCincinple who don’t know. And they’ll go, ‘Well I heard…’ and they’ll go on sort of a path that is the general idea, but misses the reasoning behind all of it,” Whalen said. Many stories point to the tower’s connection with the Florence Mall, which is part of the story that goes back to when the tower was built in 1974, Whalen said. “When they opened up the land (which would become Mall Road) and they had the contract for the mall, obviously they needed additional water capability, and so the tower was built over there by Florence Water and Sewer. They had it all up and striped and painted with ‘Florence Mall’ in preparation,” Whalen said. The mall was still about a year away and the Highway

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Florence Mayor Diane Whalen, left, and Clint Brown, owner and president of the Florence Freedom baseball team, with the Florence Y’all water tower bobblehead that the city gives away as a “key to the city.” FILE PHOTO

The school system is trying to secure $75,000 to “design and deliver” intervention services for students.

Teen guitarist performs in Nashville Jason Owens getting lots of industry buzz

By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — Jason Owens, the 16-

year-old Union resident who’s lead guitarist of up-and-coming country band Jetset Getset, is taking his music on the road, heading to Music City twice this month with his band. Jetset Getset was recently in-

vited to appear on Balcony TV, an online music show that features bands, musicians and other variety acts performing on balconies and rooftops around the world. The group was set to tape an acoustic version of “I Got You,” a song from their album, on Dec. 12. The song was written by Nashville songwriter Tom Paden, who’s penned hits for Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and other well-known artists. They returned to Nashville on

Dec. 19 for a performance at the Hard Rock Cafe, opening for singer/songwriter Blane Howard. Owens, who’s home-schooled, said he’s been playing the guitar since he was 10. He was in the car with his mom when a Brad Paisley song came on “and I was like that is what I want to do,” he said. While his parents didn’t think he’d stick with it, playing guitar “stuck.” Owens has been with Jetset



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Guitarist Jason Owens, right, 16, of Union, rocks out with singer Sadie Loveland during a recent performance by Jetset Getset. THANKS TO BOB LOVELAND

Getset for almost two years and first met them in a recording studio. “They needed a guitar player that was young,” he said. Owens said he loves everything in the band and they have fun on stage.

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Beautification Act of 1965 put regulations on advertising done along highways. “You couldn’t advertise a nonexistent entity,” Whalen said. Because the tower stood over the interstate, the advertising wasn’t allowed. “The highway department threatened ‘You’re going to be fined if you don’t paint it out, take it out or do something with it,’” Whalen said. This left the mayor at the time, Whalen’s father C.M. “Hop” Ewing, in a bind. “They could throw a tarp over it – which would have been impossible – or they could repaint the entire thing on their shoestring budget, which is what they were operating on at the time,” Whalen said. Since the city didn’t have the money to repaint the entire tower, Ewing had to get creative. The result has spun into legend.

“The story’s been told as Burn’s Brother Truck Stop eating breakfast to Caintuckee Grill, and I’m not really sure anymore. But at one of those breakfast places they would gather, he was scribbling on a napkin. In the course of scribbling on his napkin, he took the legs of his M and scratched them out,” Whalen said. With the legs on the M gone, it started looking like a Y. “Now that it’s been painted a number of times it’s much more distinct,” Whalen said. After adding in an apostrophe, “Mall” had become “Y’all” and Ewing had found his solution without spending money the city didn’t have. “There was a guy who was working in the area at the time who offered to go over and paint it for something like $400,” Whalen said. The solution had its naysayers. “There were some who thought it was hokey and made us look like hillbillies,” said Gary Griesser, who was the assistant principal at Ockerman Middle


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“Hop” Ewing, who was mayor of Florence from 1960 until 1981, with the landmark “Florence Y’all” water tower. Ewing scribbled the idea to change “Mall” to “Y’all” on a restaurant napkin. FILE PHOTO School at the time. Regardless of the how it made the area look, few denied Ewing had found a great and cheap solution to a big problem, Griesser said. “We were all patting Hop Ewing on the back,” he said. At the time, no one got particularly excited or upset about it because it was assumed to be a temporary fix, said Pat Raverty, who was Boone County deputy judge-executive at the time. “I think people weren’t losing any sleep over it,” Raverty said. Everyone assumed that once the mall was an existing entity, the red and white billboard would return. “The intention was, at that point, to return it to Florence Mall once the mall was open and operational,” Whalen said. The trouble was that the mall’s owners had given the water tower’s parcel of land to the city for the construction of the tower, so it was no longer on mall property. “Then it became off-

premises advertising, so they were no longer in control of the land and what happened off of their premises. So it stayed, and any conversation about doing anything different with it definitely will get a reaction,” Whalen said. While there was never an official decision that the Y’all would remain, the city ultimately embraced it and centered the water tower around Florence Y’all Festival that ran for more than 20 years. “People who have been in our community for a long time take a great deal of pride in the tower,” Whalen said. The tower is something special for those who live out of the area and are part of the nearly 120,000 cars that drive past it every day. “I’ve gotten letters over the years from people who travel from Michigan to Florida for the Sunshine State in the winter. When they’re coming back home the water tower means they’re almost home. They see it as a very pivotal landmark and something very distinctive for them,” Whalen said.

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The Florence water tower before it was changed to “Florence Y’all.” FILE PHOTO


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“I’m really looking forward to next week when we go down and play the Hard Rock with the live band,” he said. He’s never played there before, “so it’ll be cool to play that venue.” Music is where Owens sees his future. “My dream would be to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry some day.”

The band, whose members live in Dearborn County, Ind., and Northern Kentucky, is fronted by 15year-old singers Tori Little, Avery Eliason and Sadie Loveland. Bass player Paul Kelley, of Crittenden, attends Ryle High School. Jetset Getset has recently released its first professionally produced album, “Saturday Night,” whose title track is starting to get airplay throughout the United States as well as England, Switzerland and Japan.



Bid awarded for portion of Ky. 237 road project Community Recorder A contract for one of three sections of a project to reconstruct and widen Ky. 237 in Boone County has been awarded by the Ken-

tucky Transportation Cabinet. The $22.4 million project will reconstruct a 1.35mile section of Camp Ernst Road (Ky. 237) from Rogers Lane to Burlington Pike

(Ky.18). This is the second construction contract awarded in the three-section project. Construction of Section I, a $9.2 million project running from U.S. 42 to approx-

imately Rose Petal Drive, is under way and due to be complete by spring 2013. Still to be awarded is a contract for Section II, which begins at Valley View and extends to Rogers

Boone Co.’s child abuse, neglect cases rise in 2012 In Boone County 500 children have been victims of abuse or neglect in 2012, according to Boone County CASA executive director Colleen Bohman. That is a 28 percent increase over 2011, when 356 cases were reported. Some of these children were removed from their homes and placed with relatives or in the foster care system, according to Bohman. All of the children are under the jurisdiction of the Boone County Family Court. Boone County CASA, which stands for court appointed special advocates, trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children in family court. CASA has 38 volunteers who undergo 30 hours of training, plus four hours of court observation. “They’re people who are passionate about kids and want to do something for the community,” Bohman said. But 15-20 more CASA volunteers are needed, she said. “I have about 20 children that are sitting waiting for a volunteer so we definitely need volunteers,” Bohman said. Boone County CASA is also asking the community to support its annual appeal, which has a goal of $10,000. Family Court Judge Linda Bramlage said CASA volunteers help her

make determinations about what’s best for children involved in abuse or neglect cases. It helps to have “another set of eyes for the children in the courtroom,” she said. “I am extremely happy they are here in this county,” she said. There are no court appointed special advocates in Gallatin County, which is also in her jurisdiction, and “it’s a huge difference.” In Boone County CASA volunteers go to the families’ homes and report back to the court. “Sometimes the reports are not the same as the (Cabinet for Health and Family Services) reports. I have to listen to (both) and make a determination based on that,” Bramlage said. CASA volunteers are very dedicated and have more time to spend with the family than the state’s protective services employees. “They might be inclined to see things,” Bramlage said. With the volunteer’s time and ties to the community, they can come up with solutions that help children stay in the home and keep families together. In one case of an extremely dirty house, Bramlage said children were almost removed from the home. The mother just couldn’t keep the house clean. But CASA stepped in to find churches to help out and got volunteers to paint the house and clean the carpet.

“The kids were able to stay in the house,” Bramlage said. According to Bohman, “We don’t remove kids because of poverty but in one situation we had a family that was homeless basically and the kids had to be removed.” Increasing drug use in Boone County, especially with the rise of heroin, also affects children. Bohman estimated that in nine of 10 cases CASA volunteers are involved in, there is some relationship to drugs. Some of CASA’s funding is also provided by Boone County Fiscal Court and grants. It also benefits from a golf outing and Charity Night at the Tables at Turfway Park.

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Facebook Santa helping needy in N. Ky. By Libby Cunningham

NEWPORT — Brian Delaney has little room to move inside his green and brown minivan. Plastic containers, with labels describing clothing for different age groups, crowd the interior of his vehicle as he waits for it to be emptied in a Newport parking lot. In eight days the minivan has traveled 1,200 miles, sometimes full to the brim, picking up or delivering donations. In only eight days the Erlanger resident has reached out to more than

ple. He sets up meeting times and places to distribute items, careful to suggest recipients park away from stores, since he doesn’t want to cause any trouble, he said. Cynthia Scales, of Alexandria, approaches Delaney’s car for a container with clothing. “My daughter asked me who I was talking to,” Scales said of her initial call to Delaney. “I said ‘I’m talking to Santa.’” The pregnant mom of four needs some help getting gifts for the holiday, so she contacted him. The other day, she got a riding

150 needy families by inviting them to post in the Facebook group “Helping needy families for Christmas.” “They go on to our Facebook and they’ll write ‘in search of’ what they’re looking for their children,” Delaney said. He investigates the posters’ profiles to make sure they’re not scammers. After that help pours in from his resources, including his own closet and very full shed. With the help of volunteers like Elizabeth Haines and Brandy Mort, Delaney then figures out a way to get presents to peo-

toy for her 20-month-old child through the Facebook group. “I’m here for toys and sweats for my last month of pregnancy,” Scales said. The matching process is helping Grace Maute of Fort Mitchell in a different way. She’s young, pregnant and staying at the Madonna House of Northern Kentucky until her child is born. The Madonna House requires her to volunteer locally, so she decided to help Delaney. “I had stuff to give, so I donated all of my daughter’s old clothes,” Maute said.

Brian Delaney tears up as he explains why he decided to start Facebook group “Helping needy families for Christmas” eight days ago. Since its inception the group has helped 158 families and Delaney is hoping to help more. He started the group because his family was needy last Christmas. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

BRIEFLY Holiday closings

The following government offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday: » The city of Florence, Dec. 24-25 » The city of Walton, Dec. 24-25 » The city of Union, Dec. 24-25 » Boone County, Dec. 24-25

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Ring in the new year with Kindervelt No. 55 when the group hosts “Rock the Night Away,” a fundraiser for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The party will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31, at Triple Crown Country Club. Cost is $75 per couple. Underpaid will perform and the party will include a candy/snack bar, a New Year’s toast and midnight breakfast buffet. RSVPs are required by Dec. 22. Make checks payable to Kindervelt 55 and mail along with names of those attending to KV New Years Party, 916 Keeneland Green Drive, Union, Ky. 41091. For questions, call 859384-7763.

Florence City Council voted Nov. 27 to appoint Larry Brown to the board of directors of the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Regional Council of Governments. This is a reappointment to the board and Brown will serve a one-year term.

PVA inspections set

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Hampton Ridge Estates, Rockdale Court, Hickory Hill, Persimmon Grove, Arbors (Oakbrook), Greenwood Village, Silver Creek, Stephens, Willowbend, Fairgrounds, Bel Air Estates, and farms and new construction throughout Boone County the week of

Dec. 31. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. For more information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arling

Schickel named chairman

The Leadership of the Senate Majority again appointed Sen. John Schickel, of Union, chairman of the Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee. As chairman, Schickel will continue to decide in what order bills are considered and who will be invited to speak on behalf of issues in front of the committee. “As a conservative, I want to reduce govern-

ment red tape and the onerous regulations that add to the cost of job creation,” he said. “As chairman of this important committee, I am committed to making sure that expectations for employers are clear and do not present an undue burden.” The Licensing and Occupations Committee oversees matters pertaining to professional licensing not assigned specifically to another committee.

Tree recycling offered

Boone County Public Works and the city of Florence’s Public Services Department will offer Christmas tree recycling this year. Both departments will run their snow routes to pick up tree curbside from

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013. Residents should place their tree on the curb no later than 7:30 a.m. Trees will be ground into mulch. Those interested in the free mulch should call 859-334-3629. If crews must run snow routes to treat roads that day, tree pickup will occur the day after the roads have been cleared. Trees can also be dropped off at five sites – Boone County Farmers Market at Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road, Stringtown Park, Ryle High School, Walton Park and the old Flick’s parking lot at North Bend Road and Tanners Station – before 8 a.m. Jan. 12. Trees should be stripped of all tinsel, ornaments, lights and bags.



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Erpenbeck Elementary Chorus makes Q102 semifinals Community Recorder Betty Webber, music teacher at Erpenbeck Elementary, who signs every letter that goes home to parents as, “Music Teacher of Awesome Kids,” entered the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus in the Q102 Choir Competition. While she was mildly concerned by the fact that the stu-

dents would be competing with older students she said, “I believe in my students and entered them anyway.” The Erpenbeck Elementary School Choir is one of the nine semifinalists in Division 1. The next step is to wait and see which choruses make the final three. All choirs that win will receive monetary prizes for their respective music departments.

SCHOOL NOTES Weaver, Latham named Torchbearers Madee Weaver and Carson Latham III, both of Florence, have been named Kentucky Youth Storytelling Torchbearers by the Kentucky Storytelling Association. They are now eligible to compete for a slot in the National Youth Storytelling Showcase in February 2013 in Orem, Utah. Both are eighth-grade students at Ockerman Middle School.

Maura McDermott, a fifth-grade student at Erpenbeck Elementary performs solo for the “Song of Peace.” THANKS TO BELINDA TAYLOR

Reindeer pops raise money for sick kids By Justin B. Duke

UNION — A group of young business owners are working to help a good cause. Fourth-graders at Mann Elementary are putting their entrepreneurial skills to work with their “Reindeer Pops” business. “Each year, as part of our economics unit, students decide to run a business,” said teacher Cheryl Coyle. Students decided to sell lollipops that look like reindeer. As part of the project, students run all aspects of the businesses including budgeting, advertising, manufacturing and distribution. “All 150 students participated in every aspect,” Coyle said. With advertising in full swing, students took orders and sold about 1,700 pops at 50 cents each, she said. “We wait to see the sales to adjust our business model,” Coyle said. Once the final sales numbers were in, students started manufacturing. They knew to be extra careful during the process because any damaged supplies meant a reduced profit, Coyle

said. By the end of the production cycle, Coyle expects students will have made about $520. Students agreed they wanted to donate the profits to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the name of Ella Reid Mason. Mason was diagnosed with a rare primitive neuroectodermal embriogenic tumor last year and missed what should have been her kindergarten year while being treated at Children’s. “We decided to give the money in her name,” Coyle said. Mason is now out of the hospital and a kindergartner at Mann while she still receives treatments at Children’s. Students were eager to give the money to the hospital, not just because of Mason, but because so many of the students have either been treated there or know someone who has, Coyle said. “It’s something they can identify with,” she said. Cincinnati Children’s will use the money to help replace the toys, puzzles, video games and other items that children play with during extended stays. Visit for more community news

Mann Elementary fourth-graders Cooper Wilson, left, Carter Roberson, Jeremy Fernando and Franklin Rogers work on reindeer pops to add to the pile. THANKS TO CHERYL COYLE

Grant spurs on school energy conservation By Justin B. Duke

Energy conservation efforts are getting a big boost for Boone County Schools. The Duke Energy Foundation awarded the district a $15,000 grant to fund several projects throughout the district. Cathy Reed, the district’s energy manager, applied for the grant as a way to get several initiatives off the ground. “Students do need financial backing in order to pull off some of their projects,” Reed said. With the money in hand, plans are moving forward to build an outdoor learning environment on the Erpenbeck Elementary campus, purchasing energy monitoring tools for STEM students at Burlington Elementary and creating a districtwide “Energy Champion” award. “There are several schools that are doing conservation projects with vending machines,” Reed said. Grant money will pur-

chase Vending Miser units for several schools. Vending Misers increase energy efficiency for vending machines. Without the grant, these projects would have likely been put on hold, Reed said. “It means the world because we really have no funding,” she said. The grant comes at a time when more students than ever are getting involved with energy conservation and school energy teams, Reed said. “They’re taking ownership of their own buildings,” she said. The energy teams have stepped into leadership roles and are now taking action and then reporting back to her the results. Having students take charge has been Reed’s goal since she came to the district a few years ago, she said. A large grant like this means momentum can keep building and schools will be able to ultimately conserve more energy, Reed said.

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Mike Arnold of Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers helps Matthew Merlo, Collins second-grade student, with Gyotako, a Japanese fish painting. THANKS TO ANNA MERLOW

Gone fishin’ Communtiy Recorder Collins Elementary secondgrade students had the opportunity to learn about fishing on a field trip to Camp Ernst Lake. Students have been doing a seasonal sports writing project and many chose fishing for their project. The fishing field

trip was sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers and Boone County Parks. Fly Fishers supplied Zepco rods and reels and volunteers to help the children. Boone County Parks also provided manpower, as well as bait and bottled water. Le Bennett was the only student to actually catch a fish. THANKS TO ANNA MERLO



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Rebel bowlers gaining experience Focused practices a part of regiment By James Weber

Cooper’s Drew Shelton (45) tries to score while surrounded by Campbell County’s Jarrod Evans, left, and Garrett Geiman during their game Dec. 11. Cooper won 50-46. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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The Cooper boys basketball team was 4-1 through Dec. 15, heading into a game with Ryle Dec. 18. The Jaguars have a twopoint loss to NewCath but have key wins over Holy Cross, Conner and Campbell County. Cooper will play at Mason County Dec. 21-22.

Cooper’s Louis Maniacci (44), left, blocks a shot by Campbell County’s Corey Holbrook. TONY

BOONE COUNTY — Veteran bowling coach Bruce Hightchew has an organized practice regimen for his Boone County High School Rebels. “The practices have been very focused and concentrated,” he said. “The kids have responded and they’re getting better eery day.” The Rebels are posting a solid 2012-13 campaign after suffering key graduation losses from last season. The girls team is leading Division 1 in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference with a 21-7 record in points and 3-0 in conference matches through Dec. 6. Senior Shannon Ramey, a state qualifier last year, leads the Rebels with a 157 average for the year. Kayla Hightchew is at 156 and Taylor Evans,153. Evans, just a seventh-grader, has the high game in Northern Kentucky this season with a 232. Seniors Kirsten Baker and Delanea Griffith lead the improved depth from last year. “They’re learning quickly and they’re concentrating well in practice,” Hightchew said. The Rebels have used their depth well, posting the top Baker average in the area with a 152. The Baker system involves five teammates rolling two frames apiece and is used for two games in each dual match. The Rebels boys team has struggled against deeper teams this year and has a 18-17 record through Dec. 6, 1-3 in conference matches. Boone lost to Campbell County and Simon Kenton, the two top teams in Northern Kentucky so far. “I tell the boys that Simon Kenton is a great team and bowling against someone like that gives us an idea of our weaknesses,” Hightchew said after the SK match Nov. 29.

Cooper’s Nick Ashcraft bowls Nov. 29 at Super Bowl Erlanger. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ryan Vickers leads the team with a 202 average through Dec. 13. Jared Gilliam is at 201, and Dylan Burk196. Burk shot a 266 Dec. 13, the high game in Northern Kentucky for the week. The Rebels hope to surge into 2013. They got a boost Dec. 15 at a Hardin County tournament consisting of eight Baker games. The Boone boys won the tourney and the girls finished second in a field of 11. The Cooper boys team is 23-12 and 2-2 through Dec. 13 after beating Dixie Heights 6-1. Austin Sams is averaging 190 and T.J. Jones, 187. Cooper is leading Northern Kentucky in Baker average with 189. The Cooper girls team is 18-10 and 3-1. Amber Roland leads the team with a 158 average. St. Henry picked up a big win Dec. 13 against Newport Central Catholic, beating the Thoroughbreds 5-2. St. Henry improved to 4-1 and 29-13 in points. Logan Krey is averaging 198 through 12 games, upped by an impressive 503 series against NewCath (245-258). Steven Binkowski is posting a 182 average. Gary Rice shot a 201against NewCath. Teams had matches Dec. 18 after Recorder print deadlines and will resume action after the holidays Thursday, Jan. 3. Follow James on Twitter @Recorder and check out more coverage at

Cooper head coach Tim Frank talks to his team during its match against Scott Nov. 29 at Super Bowl Erlanger. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



This week’s MVP

» Cooper basketball player Andrea Thompson for setting school scoring records for a game and a career in girls basketball.


» Cooper started the season finishing fourth in the Roger Bacon duals tournament and seventh in the Frankfort Duals. Cooper also beat Little Miami

57-6 and Wyoming 48-30 in separate matches. Through Dec. 8, Hunter Bailey is 15-0 with 10 pins. Kyle Steiner is 12-1 with nine pins. Andrew Bailey is 12-2 with five pins and Travis Livers-Gowdy is 11-0 with five pins. Other wrestlers with fine starts include Zack McKinley (6-0), Jordan Kidwell (6-2), Kevin Flaherty (4-0), Mike Davis (8-5), Greg Pilon (7-4) and Steven Hamilton (4-2). Cooper was third in the Conner Christmas Duals Dec. 15. Bailey and Livers-Gowdy remained undefeated on the sea-

son. Cooper also placed seven wrestlers in the JV Raider Rumble Dec. 8. Kevin Flaherty was champion at 152. Mike Davis, Steven Hamilton, Ryan Moore and Nick Bachman had secondplace finishes. Zack McKinley and Caleb Schultz were fourth.

Girls basketball

» Conner beat Lawrenceburg 68-37 Dec. 11. Jordan Scott had 15 points. » Cooper beat Lloyd 46-30 to improve to 5-2 Dec. 11. Andrea Thompson had 29 points against

Taft Dec. 6 and broke the school scoring record for a career and a single game. » Ryle beat Dixie Heights 5843 Dec. 12. McKell Oliverio had 18 points and Anna Monobe 14. Ryle is 4-2 through Dec. 14.

Boys basketball

» Conner lost 97-62 to Covington Catholic Dec. 11, spoiling a career night of 32 points for Sam Hemmerich. » Cooper beat Campbell County 50-46 Dec. 11. Spencer Holland and Colin Hathorn had 10 points each.

» Ryle beat Grant County 7266 Dec. 11. Will Stuhr had 22 points as Ryle improved to 4-1. Ryle went to 5-1 by beating Conner 79-73 Dec. 13. Drew Mays had 22 points and Stuhr a gamehigh 25. » St. Henry beat Villa Madonna 66-39 Dec. 14. Connor Kunstek had 25 points. St. Henry beat Ludlow 55-53 Dec. 15. Ben Hils, who had not made a field goal all night, sank a game-winning 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining. Darius Meiman led the Crusaders with 20 points.



Norse learn lessons at new level

NKU hoops have growing pains By James Weber


The women’s basketball team at Northern Kentucky has several players who are still getting used to college basketball, period. So as the Norse are growing accustomed to playing at the Division I level, growing pains like the ones they experienced on Dec. 16 are to be expected. But they’re still painful and frustrating on a day like they had against Butler in the Bank of Kentucky Center. Butler came away with a 66-56 win against a Norse team who had several youthful indiscretions. NKU dropped to 2-6 in its first year of D-I competition. “We battled with a very good team,” said NKU head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “We didn’t shoot the ball well and to be in a battle with a good team despite that shows that we’re doing some good things. We made some adjustments and the kids responded. They really battled.” NKU shot 28 percent from the floor for the game

(17-of-60) and had 10 shots blocked, six by University of Cincinnati transfer Daress McClung and three by Xavier transfer Liz Stratman, a 6-foot-2 center playing her first game for Butler after becoming eligible at the end of the semester. McClung and Stratman combined for 29 points and 17 rebounds. Butler’s post intimidation seemingly had a hand in several missed layups by the Norse, although the Norse outrebounded the Bulldogs by nine. NKU shot 30 percent in the first half and committed 11 turnovers, two which directly led to easy Butler baskets. The Norse then allowed a putback in the final seconds to go into halftime down six, 29-23. “The first half we didn’t take care of the ball and as the game wore on we made better decisions and we took better shots,” Plitzuweit said. “We got offensive rebounds but we struggled to put it in. That’s something that happens sometimes and you need to keep battling and I thought our kids did that.” Butler started the second half on a 14-5 run and led by as many as 15 points. But the Norse fought back with a 13-5 run, cutting the lead to seven at 53-46 with

NKU sophomore Melody Doss passes to the basket. NKU lost 66-56 to Butler Dec. 16 at the Bank of Kentucky Center. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

five minutes left. However, after a possession in which NKU missed two close shots, Butler hit a three-pointer and the

Norse couldn’t threaten the rest of the way. Growing pains have been expected. The Norse start three seniors, but

have two freshmen and two sophomores getting significant playing time. Christine Roush, a freshman guard who was one of Kentucky’s top prep players at Louisville Mercy last year, had 23 points with seven three-pointers in NKU’s 69-67 win at Ball State Dec. 8. She scored 24 points in NKU’s other win, a 66-64 home victory over Youngstown State, which was NKU’s first triumph Nov. 27. The Norse’s chief inbounder, Roush passed to sophomore Melody Doss from the baseline to set Doss up for a buzzer-beating basket to deliver that win. “She plays a lot of minutes for us,” Plitzuweit said of Roush. “She usually guards the other team’s point guard and she did a great job of that for us. She handles the ball sometimes, attacks the rim. We ask her to do a lot and she gets a lot of shots for us.” Starting seniors are Jaimie Hamlet, Ellen Holton and Tiara Hopper. Holton, who averaged 10.7 points a game last year, is the only returning player who averaged more than five a game last season. “All of our kids are younger players,” Plitzuweit said. “It’s new to every one of them and we have a

team of freshmen in some shape or form. They’re really working hard and they’re really trying.” The learning process will continue for the Norse as they host UNC-Wilmington Thursday, Dec. 20. Then they will be off from games until Dec. 31, when they play at Jacksonville (Fla.) to start Atlantic Sun Conference play. NKU’s first conference home game is Saturday, Jan. 5. “Our main priority is to get better on both ends of the ball and offensively, take care of the ball better,” Plitzuweit said. “Our preseason is meant to get us ready for the conference and we’ve played some really good teams to get us ready.” The NKU men’s team, who hasn’t played since losing to Texas Tech Dec. 4, will play at Hampton (Va.) Thursday, Dec. 20, and at Navy 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Both games will be on WQRT 1160 AM. NKU will also play Jacksonville Dec. 31 and next play at home Jan. 5 to compete a doubleheader with the women’s team. Both teams will play USC Upstate. Follow James on Twitter @Recorder and check out more coverage at


Freedom pitcher signs with Arizona Florence Freedom right-hander Brad Allen become the third Freedom player in 2012 to be signed by a Major League organization Dec. 11. Allen, a 23-year-old right-hander from Geneva, Ill., had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks and will report this spring to Diamondback spring training. Chris Curley (Chicago White Sox) and Stephen Shackleford (Seattle Mariners) were the other Freedom players from the historic 2012 season to be picked up. Allen, however, boasts something neither Curley or Shackleford can, and that’s being an integral part of the Freedom’s playoff run. In three post-season starts, Allen went 3-0 with a miniscule 1.22 ERA. The Freedom fell to the Southern Illinois Miners in four games of a best of five

Frontier League Championship series, losing 4-3 in 12 innings to the Miners in their series-clinching win. If the Freedom had pulled out the extra inning game 4, Allen would have taken to the hill back in Florence for game 5. This journey for Allen inside the Diamondbacks system comes after a 2012 summer that included initial disappointment. The Rockford Riverhawks, another member of the Frontier League, cut Allen during spring training. “2012 was such a wild ride,” Allen said. “There was a time I didn’t know if I was ever going to pitch again.” Then the Freedom and the all-time winningest Frontier League manager Fran Riordan gave Allen a call. “Finally I landed back in baseball with the Freedom in early August and I can honestly say playing in

Florence last season was the most fun I’ve had playing baseball.” Riordan and the Freedom went on a 13-1 run down the stretch in 2012 to secure the franchise’s first playoff appearance, Allen gives a lot of credit to his manager. “If you ask me, moving to the four-man rotation was a big reason we went on that run,” Allen continued. “Fran and Chris (Homer, the Freedom’s pitching coach) made a great move and the team bought in.” Allen will report to Diamondbacks’ spring training in February and has been told a spot is out there for him to earn at either low or high “A”. From there, anything is possible. “That’s the goal of the Frontier League,” Freedom General Manager Josh Anderson said. “On the field, it’s our business to get these guys signed

and noticed. Last season shows you’re just one phone call, one performance away from being on somebody’s radar.” Florence will open the

Bearcats fall to Pioneers

The Walton-Verona boys basketball team lost 73-44 to Simon Kenton Dec. 14 in a 32nd District seeding game. The Bearcats fell to 2-5. Walton will play in the Mercer County holiday tourney Dec. 20-22.

Walton-Verona’s Grant Moeves tries to drive past Simon Kenton’s Noah Robinson. Simon Kenton beat Walton-Verona 73-44 Dec. 14 at Simon Kenton High School in Independence. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY

Walton-Verona’s Chad Lucas tries to keep the ball from Simon Kenton’s Trevor Montgomery (13). JAMES WEBER/THE




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Schools work to ensure safety, security In a situation of such grief and sadness, it is difficult to find words of comfort. The horrific events of the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday have all of us holding our loved ones a little tighter. From a school perspective, our children and staff are our most precious resource and to that end, we take this tragedy as a stark reminder of the importance of our safety procedures and our check-in process for all visitors to our schools. Boone County Schools are required to prepare an emergency and safety plan. This plan looks at all potential hazards, from an active shooter, to storms, to safety on our playground equipment. Boone County Emergency Management works with each school in developing and reviewing these plans annually. In times of tragedy such as this, we will work with each school to review and strengthen these plans as appropriate. Additionally, our schools

work with the Kentucky Center for School Safety to audit the safety and culture of our buildings and will continue Randy Poe to do so each COMMUNITY year. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST In all of our schools, we have built vestibule entries into each of our office areas and have gone to a computerbased system to allow us to have better controls of our entry areas. All schools have been instructed to keep all doors locked during the instructional day except for the one coming into the vestibule entry at the main office. Our students and staff participate in regular drills, including those for a building lockdown. These are just a few of the procedures that we have in place to help ensure student safety and security. Certainly in this day and age we can

Remembering the hope of Christmas My family and I send warmest of greetings to each of you as you gather with family and friends celebrating Christmas and holiday tidings. We pray for a brighter and more prosperous new year. On Jan. 8, the Kentucky General Assembly will arrive in Frankfort with much to Addia be accomWuchner plished in a short legislaCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST tive session. COLUMNIST That first day in the House chambers, as I raise my hand taking the oath of office, I will be thinking of the responsibility you have entrusted to me. Once again, thank you. I am humbled by your trust and honored to serve as your state representative. This has been a difficult year for many of those I serve. Many Kentucky families and businesses continue to face uncertainties. Unemployment remains high, and layoffs in industries from manufacturing to coal continue to impact our economy, leaving some of our neighbors wondering how they’ll put presents under the tree this year. Additionally, we face the unknown of a fiscal cliff in both Washington and Frankfort, given the need for comprehensive pension and tax reform in the commonwealth. With so many uncertainties and daily struggles it may seem a Grinch’s Christmas is at hand. Concerns and fears can over shadow hope and faith, even during the Christmas season. In 1981 President Ronald Reagan reflected, “Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate.” Hope is the fabric of Amer-

ican exceptionalism. Hope illuminates the darkness like the Christmas Star, even in our nation’s darkest hours. On Christmas Eve, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, while meeting with our president at the White House, Winston Churchill gave this broadcast to the world: “This is a strange Christmas Eve. Almost the whole world is locked in deadly struggle, and, with the most terrible of weapons. … we have tonight the peace of the spirit. … Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. … by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world.” As we gather this Christmas with dear ones, amidst twinkling lights and tinsel, we hold in our hearts our military and their families, those impacted by Sandy, and we especially take pause to pray for the lives and families fractured by the horrific Connecticut school tragedy. Over 2,000 years ago, with the Heavenly Father's gift of His Son, hope and compassion arrived wrapped in a tiny child for a weary, restless world. The world was forever changed. Yet, some still wonder, why a child? Perhaps that was the first miracle – the first lesson of the Christ Child – lying in a barn beneath a brightly shining star with angels singing on high. By His tiny fragile humanity, we are reminded of the need to gently care for one another. Christmas blessings, hope and peace. Rep. Addia Wuchner is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.



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never be absolutely protected against all circumstances, but we do educate staff throughout the year, practice and revise our safety plan and rely on our parents, first responders and the community to help us practice and respond using our safety procedures. If you have allowed your children to watch and hear the news coverage, it is important to limit the amount of news coverage they hear. Too much can cause more anxiety. It is also important to be sensitive that many parents in our community are choosing to not allow their children to watch and hear the news of these disturbing events. Please be sensitive to this as you talk through and work through your own emotions at this time. At school this week, there are school psychologists and counselors on hand to talk with students and staff who are in need of support. At home, we know that children may raise questions and concerns about this tragedy. The American

Psychological Association (APA) recommends several tips for parents to consider: » Talk with your child: If children ask questions, talking to them about their worries and concerns is the first step to help them feel safe and begin to cope with the events occurring around them. What you talk about and how you say it does depend on their age, but all children need to be able to know you are there and listening to them. » Keep home a safe place: Children, regardless of age, often find home to be a safe haven when the world around them becomes overwhelming. During times of crisis, it is important to remember that your children may be seeking reassurance of the safe feeling they have there. » Watch for signs of stress, fear or anxiety: After a traumatic event, it is typical for children (and adults) to experience a wide range of emotions including fearfulness, shock, anger, grief and anxiety. Your

children’s behaviors may change because of their response to the event. They may experience trouble sleeping, difficulty with concentrating on schoolwork, or changes in appetite. This is normal for everyone and should begin to disappear in a few months. As a parent myself, I know very personally the feeling of wanting to protect my children from any harm. The reality is we can only love our children, appreciate them at all times, hold them tighter in times like these and do our best to shelter them from any type of tragedy. I know that in Boone County Schools, our teachers and staff are doing everything within their power to keep our students safe. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those families and citizens of Newtown, and I pray for peace to everyone who is hurting in this challenging time for all of us. Randy Poe is superintendent of Boone County Schools.

How accessible is your home?

The holidays are a wonderful time for festive gatherings to celebrate the joys of the season. But for someone with a disability or mobility issues, it can become challenging and stressful time as they consider whether or not they will be able to safely and comfortably attend the party. For example, they may need to consider the number of steps they will they have to climb, if the home can accommodate a wheelchair or walker, and find out if there’s a restroom on the first floor. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 36 million Americans are classified as disabled. There’s a growing trend nationwide called “Visitability,” which essentially refers to housing designed in a way that it can be lived in or visited by people who have trouble with steps or who use wheelchairs or walkers. A house is considered “visitable” when it meets three basic requirements: » One zero-step entrance. » Doors with 32 inches of clear passage space. » One bathroom on the main

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Mental health programs needed

The media and our politicians are totally ignoring the need for adequate funding for mental health care. The media wrongly focuses on the guns only. If Connecticut had given that boy (shooter) the proper mental health attention, he would never have gone to the school with the intent of shooting children and the guns would have been irrelevant. The media and our politicians should be fighting for adequate funding for mental health treatment, particularly funding for school programs that would help identify children like him in need of help. That would prevent tragedies like this. Ted Smith Park Hills

floor that is wide enough for a wheelchair. Obviously you aren’t going to be able to make major Jere McIntyre construction changes to COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST your home COLUMNIST before the holidays. But, as you add the finishing touches to your holiday decor, take a moment to consider how visitable your home is to someone with a disability. There are things you can do to help guests with mobility challenges easily and safely get in and out of your house. These include: 1. Make sure the entrance is well lit. 2. Identify a safe, flat outside place where the guest can be dropped off to allow for easy access to the home. 3. Remove obstacles to clear paths of travel through doors and hallways. 4. Consider renting a portable ramp to allow safe access to the home. 5. Make sure there are at least 32-inch aisles for essential

wheelchair maneuverability for comfort and freedom. During the party, you may need to omit some furnishings to prevent congestion. 6. Make sure your table heights aren’t too low. It is important that a person’s knees and thighs fit comfortably under a dining table. 7. Rugs and area carpets can cause extreme hardship for a wheelchair user. Chair tires sink into rugs with thick padding, making pushing and turning the chair difficult. If possible, pull up scatter or area rugs. 8. Install grab bars for support - consider for your older relative who visits not during the holidays, but throughout the year. This is easier than it sounds. Some of the changes you consider now can also give seniors and their caregivers a head start on home modifications they may need later in their lives.

We will never forget Newtown massacre

no one has the right to destroy innocent human life and you have the foundation upon which the true ‘pro-life’ position with regard to abortion (including a pregnancy resulting from rape) is built. Neither the level of trauma suffered by a rape victim, nor the criminality of the rapist should influence these two facts. Certainly my heart goes out to anyone who has been subjected to this crime, but to take the life of the innocent result of this tragic assault in an attempt to comfort the victim doesn’t logically follow. I believe that if people on both sides of the abortion issue could in good faith come together, focusing solely on “When does human life begin?” and come to some agreement on that point, then a more productive dialogue would follow.

None of us will ever forget the tragedy of 26 young children and adults being gunned down in Newtown, Conn., Friday, just a week before Christmas. We have debated and all have views on why these massacres are happening in our country, seemingly more often than when we were 10. But can we honestly believe that no further action is needed? Do we really want our country to be known as a place where 20 children under 10 years old are shot yet there is no meaningful actions we can take? John Morawetz Erlanger

When life begins

Medical science has long held that life begins at conception, a position which has nothing to do with religion or politics. Combine this with the fact that

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Eric Kunkel, 10, portrayed Joseph as Alyssa Lehmann, 9, portrayed Mary and the angel was Elena Denke, 13, all from Walton, on the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and Academy float during the Walton Christmas on Main parade held Dec. 7. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mike Crane of Farm Bureau Insurance kneels by his Lionel Train Display during the Dec. 8 “A Burlington Christmas.” The Historic Burlington Business Association welcomed the public for the heritage weekend Dec. 7-9. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Laurie Delaney of Burlington and her dog Jango pose for a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Burlington Santa Paws parade Dec. 9. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Boone towns celebrate Christmas heritage Boone County’s communities of Walton and Burlington celebrated their Christmas heritage with special events earlier this month. Christmas on Main takes place the first Friday of each December in Walton and despite the rain brought out crowds for the parade and visits with Santa on Dec. 7. “A Burlington Christmas” brought visitors to the county seat Dec. 7-9 for a host of activities.

Amy Trzop-Vos of Burlington and her son Max, 16 months, are pictured here at the Walton Christmas on Main parade held Dec. 7. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Santa and Mrs. Claus prepare for their appearance in the Christmas on Main parade. MARTY WHITACRE

Landon Pracht, 22 months, of has his picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Santa Paws parade. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE



Peggy Lisnek and Jan Lawson, both Oakbrook residents, volunteer at the Dec. 8 Dinsmore Holiday Shop at Cabin Arts. It was part of “A Burlington Christmas.” NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Linda Whittenburg, owner of Cabin Arts, greets visitor at the Dec. 8 “A Burlington Christmas,” sponsored by the Historic Burlington Business Association. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 21 Community Dance Friday Night Open Dance, 7:30-10 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Group dance class starts at 7:45 p.m. Open dancing starts at 8:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $5 group class, $5 party. Through May 31. 859-371-1151. Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 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. 13. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; 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; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk from the Gallery Building to the Newport Aquarium, featuring LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Through Jan. 2. Free. 859-291-0550; 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; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries Meet Your Match Trivia, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Series of questions on variety of subjects, including pop culture, history and music. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington.

Music - Indie Kevin and the Octaves, 9 p.m. Christmas Show. With the Worthmores. Doors open 8 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., $8 ages 18-20; $5 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.

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

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

es Corner, the Green Derby and Jerry’s Jug House. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Wiedemann Beer. 859-414-6949; Newport Historic District.

Films Canned Food Drive Special, 10 a.m., Danbarry Dollar - Turfway, 7650 Turfway Road, Familyfriendly movie will play. Free popcorn and drink package for children during the holiday show. Benefits: a local area food pantry. Free admission with canned food donation. 859-6472828. Florence.

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; Covington. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800-7783390; Petersburg. Santa Under the Lights on Bluestem, 6-8 p.m., City of Burlington, Bluestem Drive, Light display and visit with Santa. Bring camera. Donation drop-off available for Toys for Tots and local food pantry. Free. Presented by The Neighbors on Bluestem. 859-746-9920. Burlington.

Music - Acoustic Merry TubaChristmas at the Levee, 3-4 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Part of national series of free holiday concerts performed entirely on instruments in tuba family. All tuba, baritone and euphonium players invited to play in tuba choir for concert of carols. Performer registration begins at 12:30 p.m.: $5 registration fee and $15 for music arrangement. 859-291-0550; Newport. Saturday Night Music, 7 p.m. Music by Rick & Wayne (Jazz, Western-Swing, Folk)., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Free. 859-371-8356; Florence.

SUNDAY, DEC. 23 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; 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; Newport.

Music - Choral Dickens Carolers, 6-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 859-2910550; Newport.

Music - Rock Madison Theater Band Challenge, 6:30 p.m. With Bibs and Barefeet, Come Here Watson, Full Body Tones, Grandin Manor, Hobilly, Makenna & Shelby, Mia Carruthers, Oui Si Yes and The Crick Gypsies., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 6 p.m. $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.

On Stage - Comedy


Steve Wilson, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Drink Tastings


Wiedemann’s Holiday Hop, 3-11:30 p.m., Pompilios Restaurant, 600 Washington Ave., Start hopping at Pompilio’s with special on Wiedemann’s Special Lager 3-6 p.m. Proceed to Coach-

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented

by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

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; 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; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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

Music - Choral Dickens Carolers, noon-3 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 859-2910550; Newport.

Senior Citizens Get Started with Gym and Tom’s Monday Morning Exercise Class, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Yoga Fitness for Seniors, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

TUESDAY, DEC. 25 Holiday - Christmas Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Madison Theater Band Challenge, 6:30 p.m. With Get Dangerous, Gibson WatersArvin, Lauren Eylise and The Part-time Lovers, Logic and Reason, The Dugongs, The Newt, The String Theory, Vivid Youth and Wendy’s Yellow Poncho., Madison Theater, $10. 859-4912444; Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Rajiv Satyal, 7 p.m. Cincinnati Comedians Homecoming Show. Scheduled to appear: Andre Hyland, Jeff Jena, Drew Tarvin, Geoff Tate, Erin Schauer, Ray Price, Saleem, Michael Flannery, Steve Caminiti and others.$10., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Comedian and actor. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi Beginner Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Learn positions and motions of one of the oldest forms of martial arts. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Tai Chi Intermediate Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., For seniors who have already taken beginners classes and are looking to broaden their knowledge of this martial art form dedicated to muscle-building and flexibility. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Zumba Gold, 10-11 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.



Holiday - Christmas

Art Exhibits

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; 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; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Gestures Unearthed, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. 859-342-2665. Florence. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Get eReader questions answered. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Get eReader questions answered. 859-342-2665. Union.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Free. 859491-8027; Covington.

The Turfway Holiday Meet will be open for live racing Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 26-29. Post time will be 1:10 p.m. For more information, call 859-371-0200. FILE PHOTO

Jack Garrett and the Syndicate Orchestra and Holiday Show will be 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at 18 East Fifth St., Newport. For more information, call 859-280-2915. FILE PHOTO

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Complimentary beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m included with $5 cover charge for dance. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. All ages. No partner required. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-290-9022; Covington.

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The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.


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Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Don Fangman, 6:30-9 p.m., Knotty Pine On The Bayou, 6302 Licking Pike, Don Fangman sings Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli. Free. 859-781-2200. Cold Spring.

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; 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; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Karaoke and Open Mic Extreme Entertainment Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Test your voice against some of the best singers in the area. 859-4260490; Fort Wright.

Literary - Libraries Game On, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Friendly competition with Wii games and more. Snacks provided. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union.

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Music - Country Original Hillbilly Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Country, bluegrass, Americana and old fashioned hillbilly music. Different artist each week. Includes 50 cents off Jack Daniels. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - Folk Songs About Freight Trains and Steamboats, 1-3 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Music by Jake Speed. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Rock Madison Theater Band Challenge, 6:30 p.m. With Anderson Ferry, Banducci and the Wheels, Boxwine, Cole Raynes, Gentlemen Ghosts, Going For Broke, Lazy Ass Destroyer, Nevele and Never Ending Nights., Madison Theater, $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - World Alpen Echos, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., 859-491-7200; Newport.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. 859342-2665. Union. Winter Holiday Camp, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunrock Farm, $50 per day. Reservations required. 859-781-5502; Wilder.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3342117. Union. Cardio Dance Party!, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, $10 drop-in. 513-617-9498; Newport. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Inner GLOW Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6:45-7:45 p.m., Glow Gallery Studio, 264 W. Pike St., Faith-based yoga movement class uses breath to guide from one posture to the next while surrounded by artwork in contemporary art gallery space. $10.

Ricky Nye will perform 8:30-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Virgil’s Cafe, 710 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue Free. Call 859-491-3287. FILE PHOTO



Holiday recipes for busy families and the recipe is 80 years old. The bakery reopens in April and they will be making the cookies then. Nick told me he’d be glad to share the recipe in a couple of months, since he’s away from home right now. Meanwhile, try these. They are a treasured cookie from the family of my daughter-in-law Jessie’s mom, Maggie Hoerst. Jess and her sister, Lottie, make these every year with Maggie. I’m putting in my order now!

Thai party snack mix Really different than the usual Chex mix. A fun appetizer. I change this recipe up depending upon what I have on hand. Here’s the most current version: Mix together:

2 cups each: corn, wheat and rice Chex cereal (or 3 cups of any two kinds) 2 cups sesame sticks, regular or Cajun 11⁄2 to 2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half, or tiny squares 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup peanuts or mixed nuts

Melt together: 1 stick unsalted butter 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce, regular or low sodium 1 tablespoon plus 11⁄2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoons sugar or substitute

Thai party snack mix is a familiar favorite with a twist. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. Cayenne powder to taste – start with 1⁄8 teaspoon (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Drizzle coating over cereal mixture, tossing well. Spread in sprayed pan. Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and taste. Add a bit more curry powder and/or cayenne if you want. Tip: After baking, add a can of wasabi peas. This is optional, but “delish.” Store: Keep in airtight container one month. Makes 12 cups. For gift giving: Pack in Chinese “to-go” cartons.

Holiday “no peek” standing rib roast After reading the recipe for high-heat roast beef, a “loyal reader” asked if I could find a recipe she lost for a standing rib roast. “I need it for Christmas dinner. Meat starts out in hot oven and roasts for an hour, then the oven is turned off and you leave roast in to finish later. I can’t remember the “later part,” she said. This looks just like what she needs. 5 pounds standing rib roast with bone in Seasoning to taste

Let roast sit at room temperature for a hour

or bit more. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season roast and place on rack in pan with rib side down and fat side up. Roast 1 hour. Turn oven off, leave roast in and don’t open door. About an hour and 15 minutes before serving time, finish by turning oven back on to 375 degrees and roast for 30-40 minutes. Remove and tent with foil. Rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Maggie’s gingerbread cutouts

Several readers wanted Mount Washington Bakery’s gingerbread cookie recipe. I talked with Nick, the owner, and he said these heirloom cookies are huge sellers

Giggle Night reaches out to community On Nov. 16 about 400 people from St. Timothy Preschool and Kindergarten attended the second annual G.I.G.G.L.E. (Get Into Giving God’s Love Everywhere) Night. The evening began with a family friendly dinner and then each family worked together to complete various service projects. Each family completes one project together. This year families completed projects for seven different agencies. Ornaments were made for the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. Each family staying at the house will receive an ornament to brighten their rooms. Wreaths were made for the residents of the Baptist Village Retirement Home

in Erlanger. Each resident will be able to have a wreath on their door for Christmas. Blankets were made by each family for those helped by the Rose Garden Mission in Covington. The blankets will be part of the baby baskets given out by the Rose Garden Mission. Placemats were made for the Mary Rose Kitchen in Florence. These placemats will be put to use when the Mary Rose Kitchen opens. Laced stockings were made for the students who attend the Urban Education Center in Covington. Soup jars were made for the Holy Spirit Outreach Center in Newport. The potato soup will be given out to the clients who visit the center prior to Christmas.

Advent chains were made by each family to take home and celebrate this most special season. Parent Annie Haines said, “I just wanted to say that Giggle Night was a great experience. ... I loved how the entire family was invited to share in the learning and service to our community. The school’s B.E.S.T. Partner for Service Learning, Victory Community Bank, helped to fund one of the projects as well as attended the event and helped throughout the evening. According to Father Rick Bolte, “This is a great way for the children of our school to experience the value of outreach ministry which is such an important part of St. Timothy Parish and our Catholic faith.”

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Greek sweet potato fries: Dave and Eileen Dowler, Batavia, said they use Cavender’s Greek seasoning on their sweet potato fries.

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Those interested in becoming a mentor can contact Ruby Webster or 1-800716-6162.

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The Girl Scouts Wilderness Road Council is looking for volunteers to serve as troop leaders for girls throughout Northern Kentucky who are on a waiting list to become Girl Scouts.

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Imagine being a single woman in 1872, managing a 900-acre farm in rural Kentucky, while also being responsible for two orphaned nieces and all the workers on the farm. No wonder that Julia Stockton Dinsmore noted in her journal, “Lord, send me a fool who wants to pay a good price for this place!” Fortunately, Julia Dinsmore continued to manage the family farm for 54 years, and kept meticulous records about the day-to-day activities of life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. “The historic Dinsmore Homestead is a rich resource for our community,” said Marty McDonald, executive director, during a recent presentation to the Florence Rotary Club. “By studying the 200,000 pages of writings owned by the Dinsmore family, we can learn a lot about how things used to be.” The Dinsmore Homestead consists of 80 acres located in western Boone County, about 6 ½ miles outside of Burlington. Built by James and Martha Dinsmore in 1842, the Homestead consists of the main house, 14 outbuildings and the family cemetery. The Dinsmores owned the property until 1994, when it was donated to the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation for preservation. The interior furnishings are mostly original to the home, in-

Christine Godsey-Davis from the Dinsmore Homestead visited with Rotarian Dr. Herb Booth during the Dec. 3 meeting. Christine has volunteered at the Dinsmore Homestead since 1989 and helps preserve this vital piece of Boone County’s history. THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD cluding furniture, dishes, quilts, books and artwork. James and Martha Dinsmore moved to Kentucky in the early 1840s along with their three daughters and11enslaved African Americans. The family had ties to George Washington, two generations of Roosevelts, and the B.F. Goodrich family. Their descendants included a poet, an artist, and a member of Congress. According to McDonald, the mission of the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation is to preserve our cultural heritage, provide educational opportunities, support ongoing research, and share our local, regional and national history. “It’s important for people to understand the way of life 170 years ago,” said McDonald. “If your socks had a hole, you couldn’t just run out to Target!” she concluded

with a laugh. The house museum is open to the public, April through Dec. 15 of each year, with tours available at various times. The property, located at 5656 Burlington Pike, is an interactive education center, presenting historical programs in cooperation with area schools, senior centers and other groups. For more information, visit the website at or call 859-586-6117. For information about weekly meetings, guest speakers and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Brad Shipe, president, at or 859-282-7040. Visit the group’s website at . This article was submitted by Pam Goetting of Florence Rotary Club.

Walton Senior Center plans Christmas party Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, Conn., in the tragic school massacre of the children and teachers at the Shady Hook Elementary School. Denny Taylor has contributed a beautiful poem that provides a most meanRuth ingful Meadows expression WALTON NEWS for us all. Pray for the children. Pray for their souls. Think of a child every time a bell tolls. Their parents have now lost the ones they adored, But the children are safe now, at home with the Lord. Pray for the parents. Pray for relief. Pray that the Lord somehow eases their grief. Pray that the pain they are feeling soon heals, And that none of us ever finds out how that feels. Pray for America, family and friends and pray that this madness we’re seeing soon ends. Pray for an answer to come from above that will somehow transform all this hate into love. Pray that the much needed healing will start, and the pain will be taken away from each heart,




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DEATHS Anthony Browning Anthony “Tony” Lee Browning, 63, of Covington died Dec. 6, 2012, at the University of Cincinnati. He enjoyed sports and collecting baseball cards and coins. His father, Joe Browning, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Doris Browning of Erlanger; son, Nicholas Browning; and fiancee, Elizabeth Bornhorst of Fort Mitchell; brothers, Joseph “Bud” Browning of Burlington, Steven Browning of Covington, and Randy Browning of Hebron; sister, JoEllen Hankins of Naples, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Chambers and Grubbs in memory of Anthony Browning.

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Howard Dunwoody Howard Lee Dunwoody, 87, of Union, died Dec. 9, 2012, at his residence. He was a Marine veteran of World War II, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of the Fort Mitchell Boonies Club, and enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting and playing softball. His wife, Mary Maloney Dunwoody, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Donna Clark and Luann Schulkers, both of Erlanger; sons, Thomas Dunwoody of Union and Jeffrey Dunwoody of Covington; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kentucky School for the Blind, 1867 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY.

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James Hendren James Marshall “Bo” Hendren, 28, of Florence, died Dec. 9, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a tattoo artist for Studio 2 Tattoo and enjoyed building low-riders. His grandparents, James and Sue Hendren, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Elijah and Cameron Hendren; wife, Deaza Hendren; mother, Ramona Hendren of Erlanger; stepfather, Skip Eubanks of Erlanger; grandparents, James and Minnie Sharp of Winchester; and sister, Whitney Hunt of Erlanger.

Robert Hopper Robert “Bobby” A. Hopper, 39, of Union formerly of Corbin, died Dec. 11, 2012. He was a sales representative for B&B Transportation Inc., and enjoyed playing the guitar and fishing Survivors include his son, Noah Alexander Hopper of Corbin; daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth Hopper of Corbin; parents, Paul David and Linda Hopper of Union; brothers, David Hopper of LaGrange; and Michael Hopper of Corbin. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: donor’s choice.

Betty Jones Betty Jean “Skipper” Jones, 87, of Florence, died Dec. 7, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a switchboard operator for Taft, Stettinius and Holister Law Firm, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pohlmann

Linnemann Auxiliary and Red Hat Society. Her husband, Donald J. Jones; brother, Fred Coghill; and sister, Mary Louise Cottrill, died previously. Survivors include her stepdaughters, Gloria Marqua of Independence, Sandy Dishon of Independence, Donna Henn of Covington and Teresa Wolfe of Morning view; stepsons; Ronnie Jones of Alexandria, Dale Jones of Florence, Rodney Jones of Cincinnati; brother, Bill Coghill of Palm Bay, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Mausoleum in Erlanger. Memorials: donor’s choice.

David Mosmeier David Harris Mosmeier, 61 of Richwood, died Dec. 7, 2012. He was a retired social worker for the State of Kentucky, and a member and elder of Richwood Presbyterian Church, a volunteer for United Way, past director of Maplewood Children’s Home, former director of Boone County Human Services, a University of Kentucky graduate, and enjoyed watching the Wildcats and golfing. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Houston Mosmeier; daughter, Amanda Branscum of Verona; son, David Michael Mosmeier of Burlington; sister, Mary Conrad of Georgia; brothers, Robert Mosmeier of Sandy, Ore., and Roy Mosmeier of Sunman, Ind.; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Richwood Church Cemetery. Memorials: donor’s choice.

Patricia Reis Patricia Johnson Reis, 74, of Newport, died Dec. 12, 2012, at Highlandspring of Fort Thomas. She was in the first graduating class at Bishop Brossart High School, a legal secretary for Taft-Stettinius-Hollister in Cincinnati, coached softball, and enjoyed movies, music and reading. Her husband, Kenneth Leo Reis, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Denise Engelhardt of Cold Spring and Susan Lohstroh of Fort Thomas; sons, Stephen Reis of Fort Thomas and Gene Reis of Florence; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Johns Hill Cemetery in Wilder. Memorials: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Stanley Ryan Stanley “Pete” “Coot” Ryan, 62, of Verona, died Dec. 9, 2012, at his residence. He was a park ranger at the Big Bone Lick State Park, and a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church and the Catmax Catfishing Association. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; sons, Stanley Allen Ryan Jr. and Ernie Ryan, both of Verona; brothers, Paul Ryan of Batavia, Ohio, Wayne Ryan, Dale Ryan, Kelly Ryan and Kevin Ryan, all of Verona; sisters, Joan Willett of Walton and Betty Johnson of Russellville; and a grandchild. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery in Verona.

James Schneider James “Skeeter” Edward Schneider Sr., 83, died Dec. 7, 2012, in Florence. He was a toolmaker for General Electric, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His wife, Shirley Schneider, and son, James E. Schneider Jr., died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Judy Tanner of Erlanger, Nancy Graff of Pensacola, Fla., and Karen Harmon of Florence; and a grandchild. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: National Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Agnes Streine Agnes A. Streine, 92, of Walton, died Dec. 9, 2012. She was an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Homemakers and Wilmington Baptist Church. Her husband, Willis Robert Streine, died previously. Survivors include her children, Robert “Butch” Streine of Union, Carol McClane of Newport, Jim Streine of Walton, Gloria Webster of Fiskburg, Kathy Bowman- Crittenden and David Streine of Taylor Mill; sister, Ruth Sandsburg of Friendship, Wisc.; brother, Robert Redlin of Silverlake, Wisc.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three greatgreat-grandchildren. Interment was at Butler Cemetery in Pendleton County. Memorials: Walton Christian Church, 50 South Main St., Walton KY, 41094 or Crittenden Senior Citizen Center, 4285 Gardnersville Road, Crittenden, KY 41030.

Roger Sullivan Roger H. Sullivan, 82, of Burlington, died Dec. 9, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a supervisor in construction, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Burlington and served in the Army. His brother, Alfred Sullivan, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Rachel A. Sullivan of Burlington; stepson, Fred Judd of Louisville; stepdaughters, Pam Judd of San Francisco, Calif., Melinda Philips of Round Hill, Va.; two stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Edgewood or Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

John Townsend John K. Townsend, 79, of Verona, died Dec. 8, 2012, at Gallatin Health Care in Warsaw. He was a retired insurance agent with Commonwealth Life Insurance Co. and had worked at Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. He enjoyed gardening and raising his animals on the farm, and was a Marine Corps. veteran of the Korean conflict. Survivors include his wife, Betty A. Townsend of Verona; daughter, Scarlet Hudson of Dillsboro, Ind.; sons, Michael Townsend of Cleveland, Kenneth Townsend of Verona, and Steve Townsend of Verona; brother, Bob Townsend of Latonia; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: Wounded Warrior Project at

Ann Wharton Ann Pennington Wharton, 76, of Edgewood, KY, died Dec. 9, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a graduate of The Emma Willard School and the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was a retired executive for the Girl Scouts of America, a member of the Lexington Junior League in her youth, and enjoyed reading and sewing. Survivors include her sons, Bill Wharton of Florence and Haydon Wharton of Union; sister, Nancy Pennington of Seattle, Wash.; and four grandchildren. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Holiday Closing Dates Both branches of the Boone County Clerk’s Office will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas. The offices will also be closed Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st for the New Year observance. The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) will be shut down statewide on those days. Kenny Brown Boone County Clerk CE-0000536059




POLICE REPORTS BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Craig Prowant, 45, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, DUI at 1914 Florence Pk., Aug. 2. Erin E. Wade, 31, trafficking in marijuana (more than five pounds) at 1059 Stallion Way, Sept. 21. Emily W. Ray, 29, trafficking in marijuana (eight ounces to five pounds) at 9013 Crimson Oak Dr., Sept. 20. Bryan P. Berry, 33, trafficking in marijuana (eight ounces to five pounds) at 9013 Crimson Oak Dr., Sept. 20. Kevin J. Reinhart, 29, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 18. Nana Ng, 26, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), third-degree possession of a controlled substance at 7 Youell St., Sept. 18. Tre T. Drake, 19, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 17. James E. Van Winkle, 33, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Sept. 17. Nicholas D. Spare, 20, DUI at I-75 southbound, Sept. 17. Suhrob A. Abdusalomov, 45, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, DUI at U.S. 42, Sept. 17. Janson M. Wade, 33, trafficking in marijuana at Chambers Rd., Sept. 20. Casey Marino, 52, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 7413 Turfway Rd., Sept. 19. Christopher T. Burton, 32, theft-shoplifting at Houston

Rd., Sept. 20. William D. Clifton, 37, reckless driving, license to be in possession DUI at Interstate 75, Sept. 20. Justin B. Leake, 24, theftshoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 20. Shirley D. Hughes, 26, public intoxication-controlled substance at U.S. 42, Sept. 21. Kaleb N. Taylor, 26, theft of controlled substance at 34 Rio Grande Cir., No. 6, Sept. 21. Kevin M. Thompson, 27, leaving scene of accident, tampering with physical evidence, alcohol intoxication in a public place. at Burlington Pike, Sept. 21. Andrew B. Reaves, 37, DUI, reckless driving, failure to produce insurance card, failure to, improper signals at Interstate 75, Sept. 21. Arnold Hampton, 47, reckless driving, DUI at U.S. 42, Sept. 22. Benjamin R. Shaw, 24, failure to illuminate headlamps, DUI at Ewing Blvd., Sept. 22. Samuel J. Menke, 25, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 29 Wallace Ave., Sept. 22. Regina K. Lawter, 30, theftshoplifting at Mall Circle Rd., Sept. 22. Christopher C. Fieger, 21, two charges of possession of controlled substance at 6923 Oakwood Dr., Sept. 23.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Victim assaulted by known subject at 7000 block of E. Bend Rd., Aug. 1.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 6475420.

Fourth degree, minor injury at 8075 Steilen Dr., Sept. 22. Burglary Jewelry stolen from residence at 1209 Citation Dr., Aug. 1. Residence broken into and items taken at 734 Ridgeview Dr., Aug. 1. Tools stolen from business at 1290 Aviation Blvd., Aug. 1. Residence broken into and items taken at 8515 Pheasant Dr., Sept. 19. Residence broken into and items taken at 1155 Fairman Way, Sept. 19. TV, DVD player stolen at 7755 Plantation Dr., No. 7, Sept. 20. TV stolen at 7100 Shenandoah Dr., Sept. 21. Playstation 3 stolen at 34 Alan Ct., No. 333, Sept. 22. Firearms, Playstation 3 stolen at

9 Scott Dr., Sept. 22. Criminal mischief Vehicle vandalized at 1336 Hansel Ave., Sept. 19. Vehicles vandalized at 7420 Fair Ct., Sept. 19. Vehicles vandalized at 430 Meijer Dr., Sept. 18. Vehicles vandalized at 7650 Turfway Rd., Sept. 17. Vehicles vandalized at Original Mattress Factory at 7630 Mall Rd., Sept. 17. Vehicles vandalized at 21 Claiborne Ct., Sept. 16. Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 7383 Turfway Rd., Sept. 20. Front door destroyed/damaged/ vandalized. at 6770 Shenandoah Dr., Sept. 20. Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 7205 Houston Rd., Sept. 20. Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 6907 Burlington Pk., Sept. 21. Fraud Victim’s identity stolen at 7416 Big Horn Ct., Aug. 1. Victim’s identity stolen at 4051 Nelson Ln., Aug. 1. Victim’s credit card stolen and used at multiple locations at 8470 St. Louis Blvd., Sept. 17. Fraudulent use of credit Money stolen at 6761 Parkland Pl., No. 86, Sept. 22. Incident reports Officers discovered three subjects in possession of large quantities of marijuana at 9013 Crimson Oak Dr., Sept. 19. Actions of subject endangered the lives of others at 7100 Shenandoah Dr., Sept. 18.

Subject found to be in possession of stolen property at 167 Lloyd Ave., Sept. 11. Stolen property recovered at 8075 Steilen Dr., Sept. 17. Leaving scene of accident, alcohol intoxication on a public place, tampering with physical evidence Reported at Burlington Pike, Sept. 21. Narcotics Subject found to be in possession of heroin at 7 Youell St., Sept. 18. Shoplifting Subject tried to steal goods from Kroger at 635 Chestnut Dr., Aug. 1. Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 18. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Ollie’s Bargain Outlet at 7864 Connector Dr., Sept. 18. Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 17. Subject tried to steal goods from Meijer at 4900 Houston Rd., Sept. 17. Theft Computer equipment taken from residence at 7255 Turfway Rd., July 13. Purse stolen from customer at Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., July 17. Registration plate stolen from vehicle at 12 Alan Ct., July 17. Golf bag stolen from vehicle at 7800 Connector Dr., July 17. Freon stolen from victim at 1090 Tamarack Cir., July 17.

Air conditioning unit stolen from Kentucky Farm Bureau at 957 Weaver Rd., July 16. Registration plate stolen from vehicle at 6908 Oakwood Dr., July 15. Jewelry stolen from business at 3010 Mall Rd., July 24. DVD’s stolen from residence at 7 Sanders Dr., July 23. Merchandise stolen from Thornton’s at 7601 Industrial Rd., July 22. Money stolen from residence at N. Bend Rd., Aug. 2. Jewelry stolen from residence at Jonathan Dr., Aug. 2. Phone stolen out of vehicle at Central Park at Camp Ernst Rd., Aug. 2. Money stolen from residence at 5523 Scott St., Aug. 1. Debit card lost or stolen at convenience store at 2075 Litton Ln., Aug. 1. Fuel stolen from convenience store at 2075 Litton Ln., Aug. 1. Items stolen from Jim’s Farm & Machinery Repair at 11139 Dixie Hwy., Aug. 1.

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