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Union hears results of focus group study By Stephanie Salmons

Shelley Payne of Verona gathers food at the FreestoreFoodbank Mobile Pantry in the parking lot of the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RE

Library reaches out to feed hungry

By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Shelley Payne of Verona smiles as she reaches for a box of cereal. It’s a little cool on a Thursday December morning in the parking lot of the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library. Payne, however, doesn’t have the luxury of pulling a box of cereal from the shelf of a grocery store. That’s why she was at the library Dec. 19 for the FreestoreFoodbank Mobile Pantry. Her household was one of 150 that received tickets to the pantry,

sponsored by an anonymous donor. “I’ve been out of work for 2 1⁄2 years,” she said. “I have no income coming in whatsoever. To have this help is fantastic.” Since last year, the library has partnered with the FreestoreFoodbank to distribute food to those who are food insecure – not knowing where you will get your next meal, said Melanie Sperling, outreach manager of the Boone County Library. Through monetary contributions made by organizations including The Boone County Extension Homemakers and The Florence Woman’s Club and

various individuals, the FreestoreFoodbank Mobile Food Pantry has allowed the library to distribute food to needy families. Since January 2013, the library has helped distribute 60,000 pounds of food and one box truck of personal care items to 1,292 households. The effort started in last year, Sperling said, when a group of Boone County residents gathered to look at ways to help the homeless and working poor. The library, she explained, was the only organizaSee HUNGRY, Page A2

UNION — City leaders learned the results of recent focus group sessions during a special meeting Friday, Dec. 13. The purpose of the groups was to hear directly from a cross section and representative sample of Union’s population, said moderator and Union resident Larry Solomon. Solomon, who highlighted the results and his assessments, worked in marketing and research department for Valvoline for more than two decades. He volunteered his consulting and moderating services for this project. Participants of the focus groups were randomly selected. According to information provided by Solomon to city leaders, issues covered in the sessions included vision for Union in the next five years, awareness of the Union town plan, a presentation of the plan after which participants were asked their reaction, forms of communication, a view of city taxes and other issues. “The purpose of conducting the session was to build awareness and reaction to the proposed Union (town) plan, to develop a communication strategy to bet-

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ter target residents through segmentation,” he said. According to Solomon’s presentation, “key behavior segments” include: » unique haven seekers, or people who want Union to be unique from other nearby cities who are, or would be, a participant to complete the town plan; » country-city residents, who like Union because “it has a lot of country and has a little city”; and » traditionalists, who want the “spirit of old Union” to remain as the city grows. After being informed about the town plan, Solomon said response was positive. “Stick to the plan. Keep the balance of green and growth together. No compromises ... One of the key drivers of the plan was that it be unique,” he said. “The plan needs to be unique.” Among other highlights in his presentation, Solomon said the city needs to set up an active communication strategy and create a face of Union to residents. “That’s extremely important,” he said. “You guys are at a fork in the road right now, as I see it. It’s time to decide – do you want to continue to be a small See FOCUS, Page A2

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County sheriff’s budget OK’d; has increase of less than $1 million By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — The Boone County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the Boone County Sheriff Department’s 2014 budget Tuesday, Dec. 17. Sheriff Deputy Robert Reuthe told the Boone County Fiscal Court the department anticipates ending the current year about $863,000, or 5.25 percent, under budget. “Now, what you have before you is Sheriff (Michael) Hel-

mig’s 2014 budget,” he said. “This budget contains our best estimate of the cost to operate the sheriff’s office for the upcoming calendar year.” The budget revenues and expenditures are Helmig estimated at $17.61 million, an increase from $16.44 million budgeted in 2013. “The proposed 2014 budget

will be met with the same focus and discipline we have displayed in the past,” reads a memo from Helmig to the fiscal court. Outside of a 3 percent performance raise for eligible employees and end-of-term cost, the fiscal court’s contribution will decrease in 2014, said Reuthe. County Administrator Jeff Earlywine said end-of-term costs come at the end of the term of an elected official, like the sheriff, and provides for the potential “that there could be a



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change in the statutory office.” “This would provide just a little (flexibility) to ensure there wouldn’t be any disruption in service if there were changes in the office,” Earlywine explained. “Speaking of the court’s contribution, I think it’s important to note that the contribution we propose in 2014 is, in fact, less than it was in 2007,” Reuthe said. The budget anticipates receiving 10.7 million from the fiscal court. According to Reuthe, the de-

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partment is anticipating a 5 percent increase in health care premiums while contributions to the state retirement system will decrease by 1.22 percent for non-hazardous employees and 1.39 percent for hazardous employees. The department anticipates not buying new patrol vehicles in 2014 since the fiscal court ahs been updating the fleet with more modern vehicles over the last two years. See BUDGET, Page A2 Vol. 3 No. 6 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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tion in the county with the volunteer manpower to move the effort forward. “So we took it on,” Sperling said. “When you look at the hierarchy of needs ... how do you teach a child to read if he or she is hungry? How can anyone be their best self if they are hungry? This tells people, we care for you and the library.” According to Sperling this helps build a relationship with library and patrons who are in need. She said with a relationship established, the library can further help these individuals. The library offers free comput-

er classes and Internet use for job searching, for example. Sperling said they can also help the individuals learn and connect with other helpful agencies within the county. “At the Florence branch, we know the homeless population well,” she said. “They come in to read and use the computers to search for jobs.” Sperling said these resources are of value and are making a difference. “There was one man who came in to use the computers and he worked so hard on his resume and job search,” she said. “He was at it every day. When he got a job, he brought in his family to tell us thank you.” FreestoreFoodbank’s




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community partnership manager for Kentucky Sarah Celenza said the library has been a great partner. “Melanie of the Boone County Library understands that many members of her library’s community need much more than books and she has done an amazing job at garnering support from volunteers, staff and donors,” Celenza. “We are thrilled to partner in the network she’s built, getting nutritious food quickly to people who need it most. In a county where there aren’t a lot of organizations in place to meet the basic needs of struggling families, the library is an important and accessible community hub.” According to the FreestoreFoodbank, there are 13,330 food insecure individuals in Boone County. Of that number, 4,430 are children. Bianca Scott’s 5-yearold son and 4-year-old

cousin are among those children in need. Scott, of Florence, is a single mom, raising both children. She’s working and going to school, but money is tight. “I’m doing it by myself,” she said. “My aunt doesn’t help, my son’s dad doesn’t help. I don’t get food stamps. I have a job but there are still a lot of bills and things like food are hard to buy. This helps a lot.” She said knowing that others in the community care and are willing to lend a hand makes her “happy.” “There’s no cost for the food, that’s money I can save for other things. I appreciate the help.” Sperling said in addition to donors, the outreach would not be possible without volunteers. The library is always looking for more people who want to help. And, it’s a worthwhile project that makes you feel good, she said.


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city (or) do you want to plan for growth? If you want to plan for growth, you create a growth strategy, create an infrastructure for growth. Hire smartly. Create positions to meet agreed upon needs. Set measurable objectives and evaluate them to see if they’re met.” Solomon also said the city has to be be staffed to grow. “I think the first step, and it took me going through the data to come to this conclusion, you have to hire a city administrator,” he said. “You really do. And I think he needs to act as a city manager.” An administrator could be a part-time employee, but could help better communicate, build the city and run the administration, said Solo-

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The department, said Reuthe, went exclusively with the Ford police Interceptor vehicles, “and that model has shown to be a true workhorse over the last two

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mon. Mayor Don Kirby said “nothing really surprised me” about the results, though a couple of things did stand out. “As a city we need to communicate more effectively with our citizen and do so in formats that will reach everyone,” Kirby said, including social media, newspapers, newsletters, emails and websites. “People, for the most part, appreciate the job the officials and staff are doing to run the city efficiently and effectively,” he added. Residents who know about city events love them, Kirby said, “but we need to get more people involved.” The results will be presented again at the city’s regular January meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @SSalmonsNKY

years, saving us money in fuel and maintenance costs.” Because the new models are anticipated to last longer, Reuthe said the department anticipates “maybe skipping every other year to get vehicles or maybe cutting down to six to 10 each year as opposed to the 20 we’ve been doing.” The budget can be viewed by visiting the the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, 3000 Conrad Lane, Burlington, or the Fiscal Court offices, 2950 Washington St., Burlington.

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Boone County Rotary hosts author of book on courts The Boone County Rotary Club Dec. 9 hosted Boone and Gallatin counties Chief Circuit Court Judge Anthony W. Frohlich who gave a presentation on his latest book, “A Kentucky Court.” Frohlich was born and raised in Boone County. He attended Northern Kentucky University where he graduated summa cum laude and received the Outstanding Student in History Award. He graduated first in his class from Salmon P.

Chase College of Law where he was named Outstanding Student in the History of Anglo-AmeriFrohlich can Law. He served as the assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Boone and Gallatin counties from 1980 to 1989 and as the Boone County master commissioner from 1989 to 2004 when he began his judgeship.

Frohlich was awarded the Anne W. Fitzgerald Research Award by the Boone County Preservation Review Board for his lifetime work in local history. He has authored numerous publications in the areas of law and history. He has been married to the former Candy Robbins since 1975 and they have two children, Ken and Matt. His latest book, “A Kentucky Court” provides a history of the court system from the

creation of the state, focusing on Boone County, which at one time or another shared a court system with 14 other counties. It provides valuable information on the Circuit Court, District Court, Family Court, Drug Court, Court of Quarter Sessions, Court of Oyer

and Terminer, County Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, commonwealth attorneys, county attorneys, circuit clerks, county clerks, county clerks, master commissioners and domestic relations commissioners. The book has the history and photographs of the court-

houses as well as a history of the hanging tree and mob lynchings. The book is inclusive from the formation of Boone County in 1798 up through 2012 with biographies of its 157 court officials. The book includes 137 photographs.

BRIEFLY Christmas tree recycling offered

Boone County Public Works and Florence Public Services will offer Christmas tree recycling pickup and drop-off. The crews will run their snow routes to pick up Christmas trees curbside 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Trees should be set out no later than 7 a.m. If crews must run snow routes to treat roads that day, then tree pickup will occur the day after. For those wishing to drop trees off, they must be delivered before 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at one of the following locations: » Farmer’s market on Ky 18 and Camp Ernst » Stringtown Park » Ryle High School behind the stadium » Walton Park near the back ball field » Old Flicks parking lot at Tanner’s Station and

North Bend roads. Bring a bag if you would like to take mulch with you. For more information for Boone County, call Kelly or Melissa at 859334-3151; for Florence, call Jeremy at 859-6475416.

Deadline to change party affiliation

The deadline to change party affiliations for the May 20 Kentucky primary election is Tuesday, Dec. 31. Those interested in changing political parties can do so by visiting their county clerk’s office or by mail. To submit by mail, download a new registration card at Click on the “Register to Vote” tab. All voter registrations sent via mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

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FLORENCE — City council reappointed the following residents to the Boone County Planning Commission: Janet Kegley, Charlie Rolfsen and Lisa Reeves. The term is for four years. For more information, visit

PVA inspections set

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Orleans subdivision, farms and new construction throughout Boone County Dec. 26-Jan 1. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. For information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arling .


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grade service project the school has performed for the last several years. The students, she said, “basically visit people who need some Christmas cheer in some way.” It’s her favorite field trip. Some students hear about the caroling from their older siblings and come in “expecting it to be a really fun day,” Rademacher said. But what they find is “they really provide a neat service to the people.” Fellow teacher Kelly Wagner said students “get a sense of service, that they’re doing something helpful.” The group visits every year with Garrett, Wag-

ner’s grandmother-in-law. “They’re wonderful,” said Garrett. This morning, Garrett said she had two other things to do but “this came first.” Sixth-grader Patrick Goodwin, 12, said the trip was “a lot more fun than I expected.” “It brings cheer to everybody, not just the people we do it for,” he said. Classmate Kelly Goetz, 11, said the first woman the group visited cried. Doing this for the community, she said, “makes me feel really good inside.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @SSalmonsNKY

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Four win in Transportation Cabinet’s poster contest Tena Reed Kelly, a student at Kelly Elementary School, took a first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2013 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest. “The purpose of the contest is to increase environmental awareness among children,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We hope to educate our young people about the damaging effects of litter, and to change attitudes and behaviors about littering.” The first-place winner in each of four categories receives a $100 gift card, while second-and third-place winners each receive a $50 gift card. All the winners receive framed prints of their posters. Awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. The winners from Northern Kentucky were: » 6-8 age category First place Tena Reed, Kelly Elementary, Boone County, and third place Aly Cain, St. Joseph Academy, Boone County » 9-11 age category Third place Yessenia Chapeta, Caywood Elementary, Kenton County » 15-17 age category Third place Jessica Dunham, Randall K. Cooper High School, Boone County The Transportation Cabinet received 1,340 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest entries from students throughout the Commonwealth. Calendars featuring the winners’ posters will be provided to all the winners and their classrooms. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet urges students and teachers to get an early start on the 2014 poster contest. The cabinet will begin accepting entries March 1. The entries will close on Sept. 30.

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RECORDER Cooper’s Jessica Koors gets a base hit during the Jaguars softball game against Campbell County March 30. She was named the Florence/Union Recorder Sportswoman of the Year.FILE PHOTO

Ryle senior Tyler Lonnemann, 4, jumps on the Raider pile after the game as they celebrate their regional title. Ryle beat Dixie Heights 4-0 in the 9th Region championship game May 30 at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium in Florence. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Reflecting on the 2013 sports scene

Cooper junior Sharli Brady swims to a state title in the 200 individual medley Feb. 23 at the University of Louisville. She also won the 2013 Boone County/Boone Community Recorder Sportswoman of the Year.JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY

Trevor Thompson of Conner, top, won his quarterfinal match at 195 in the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 16 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY



As 2013 comes to a close, the Recorder takes a photographic look at athletic accomplishments of Boone County area high schools. See 2013, Page A7

Boone County’s girls basketball teams celebrates winning the 33rd District against Ryle Feb. 21. Boone County won 55-54.JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Walton-Verona senior Chris Latimore, 39, and fellow senior Josh Martin, 75 left, make a tackle in the Oc t. 18 game against Trimble County. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

The St. Henry girls cross country team poses with its state championship trophy Nov. 9 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Cooper sophomore Mitchell Greenhalgh won the regional title in the 1,600. The 3A regional track meet was May 11 at Dixie Heights HS. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Walton-Verona senior Lane Jones won his match in the quarterfinals. The KHSAA state wrestling meet took place Feb. 16 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ryle’s Nadine Innes putts during the girls regional golf tournament. The junior tied for 26th at state.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cooper’s Kaity Smith (7) spikes the ball against Boone County’s Alli Borders (3) in 33rd District volleyball semifinals at Cooper High School Oct. 22. Cooper won 25-21, 25-9, and 25-22 over Boone County.JOSEPH FUQUA/FOR THE

Conner all-tournament mem bers Alexia Snalbaker, left, and Sydney Himes were recognized after Notre Dame beat Conner 3-2 in the Ninth Region softball final June 2 at NKU. JAMES



Ryle placed fourth at state in Bowling Green this week. From left are Zach Adams, Austin Squires, Austin Zapp, Davis McNichol, Logan Gam and coach Jonat han Ehlen. THANKS TO RHONDA SQUIRES

Boone County girls team celebrates its regional title. The Region 6 team bowling championship was Jan. 30 at Super Bowl Bellewood in Newport. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER





» The Cooper JV Wrestling Team finished second at the JV Ryle Raider Rumble Friday, Dec. 13. Mike Davis was second at 126, Jordan Kidwell was the champion at 138, Zack McKinley was second at 145, Alex Lake was third at 145, Alex Simpson was second at 220, Andy Wagers was third at 220 and Aust Miller was second at heavyweight. The varsity wrestling team finished seventh out of 16 teams at the Capital City Duals at Franklin County High School. The Cooper wrestlers beat Anderson County 48-24, Paul Dunbar 60-18 and Dixie Heights 33-30. Cooper lost to North Oldham 40-31 and Fern Creek 55-18. The Jaguar wrestling team is currently 7-3 on the season. Individual Records: Andrew Bailey 10-0, Hunter Bailey 9-1, Kyle Hensley 9-1, Cody Huston 8-2, Kevin Flaherty 5-0, Jordan Monroe 5-1, Mike Davis

4-0, Colt Hatridge 4-2, Zack McKinley 4-3 and Jordan Kidwell 3-1.

Coaching news

» Brad Gough has resigned after three seasons as head girls’ soccer coach at Bishop Brossart to become the head women’s coach at Cincinnati Christian University. Gough compiled a 47-16-2 record in his three seasons at Brossart and led the team to the 10th Region championship in each of the last two seasons. Those interested in the position should contact Brossart athletic director Mel Webster at mwebster@ or 859609-6937. » Notre Dame Academy is accepting resumes through Jan. 6 for the varsity volleyball coaching position for the 2014 season to replace Andrea Lanham, who resigned from the position a couple of weeks ago. Interested candidates can send their resume to athletic director Kim Gunning at


» St. Henry senior guard Nick Rechtin has battled back problems throughout his high school career, but he had a moment he’ll never forget on Saturday night. That’s when Rechtin caught an almost lengthof-the-court pass from sophomore Paul Wallenhorst, took one dribble and drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give St. Henry a 63-61 win over Harrison County. Harrison County had taken a 61-60 lead on a 3pointer with 1.2 seconds left. “I had two players going toward the basket and I told them they will have enough time to gather it, square up and shoot it and that’s what Nick did,” said veteran St. Henry coach Dave Faust. “I’ve been coaching for a long time and never been involved in something like that. I’m really happy for Nick. He fights through it with his back every day. We actually shut him down for a few

days in early November, but he wants to play so bad and Saturday made it worth it for sure.”

Lloyd Invitational

» The Lloyd Memorial Invitational boys basketball tournament opens Dec. 26 in Erlanger for the seventh year. This year’s tournament will run Dec. 26-28 and feature 14 teams and 25 games. The games will be played at two adjacent locations in the ErlangerElsmere Schools District: Scheben Gymnasium at Lloyd Memorial High School, 450 Bartlett Ave.; and James Molley Gymnasium at Tichenor Middle School, 305 Bartlett Ave. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students per six- or seven-game session, with $1 of ticket cost going to team of fan’s choice. Tournament passes are $20. First-round matchups are Dec. 26 at Scheben: Boone County v. South Dearborn, 2 p.m; Scott v. Ludlow, 3:30 p.m.; Holy Cross v. Collins, 5 p.m.; Cooper v. Bourbon, 6:30

p.m.; Lloyd v. Shelby County, 8 p.m., Walton v. Conner, 9:30 p.m.; Bullit East and Madisonville North Hopkins, first round bye.

Barker finalist

» Conner senior quarterback Drew Barker has been selected as one of four finalists for Kentucky Mr. Football. The award will voted on by statewide media and the announcement of the winner has been tentatively set between Dec. 26-31. The other finalists are Bowling Green wide receiver Nacarius Fant, John Hardin lineman Matt Elam and Scott County wide receiver Scott Daniel. Barker, who has committed to the University of Kentucky and is enrolling there in January after graduating high school early, completed195 of 270 passes for 2,702 yards and 34 touchdowns this season, and was also Conner’s leading rusher with 849 yards and nine touchdowns on 154 carries.


NKU notes

» The Great Lakes Valley Conference’s Class of 2014 inductees include retired Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Nancy Winstel. The GLVC Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be honored at the Enterprise Rent-a-Car/GLVC Spring Awards Banquet at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis Tuesday, May 20. Nancy Winstel led Northern Kentucky to the 2000 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, which was also the GLVC’s first-ever national title in women’s sports. She followed with another national championship in 2008 and finished her career with the Norse with a record of 636-214. A six-time GLVC Coach of the Year, Winstel was named the WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year in 1999-2000 after leading NKU to its first national title.

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General Assembly shows reasons for optimism Gridlock in Washington, D.C., has often caused the business community to wonder if we could ever see progress on issues that could help our businesses or communities move forward. Increasing our energy independence, immigration reform, and tax reform need to be in the debate. Unfortunately, we wonder if our federal officials could agree that the sky is blue. There is no willingness to collaborate to reach meaningful solution – just a digging in of heels. Frankfort, however, is not Washington. As we head into the 2014 General Assembly and we have reasons for optimism. Last year’s General Assembly saw lawmakers come together to solve some of the most pressing issues facing

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Thanks for giving

The Yealey Elementary Family Resource Center and the families assisted during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following for their generous giving spirit Mr. and Mrs. Carter with the Salvation Army; Employees of Prism Title and Closings; Employees of Dynatec Machine; Members of Florence United Methodist Church; Colonial Heights and Gardens Residents and Staff; Yealey Elementary Teachers and Staff; City Barbeque; Florence Police Department; Potter’s Ranch; and the community members who fulfilled our giving tree tag requests. You have made the holiday season extra special this year! Thank you so very much. I sincerely appreciate all your efforts and support throughout the year and I hope your holiday season is bright and blessed. Thank you again for your time.

Cheryl A. Burns-Kraft A. M. Yealey Elementary Family Resource Center Coordinator

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Kentucky’s future. Our schools don’t receive enough funds to buy textbooks for students; our roads and Steve bridges are Stevens deteriorating and critical COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST public investCOLUMNIST ments needs are unable to be met. More than $30 billion in unfunded liability to the public pension system limits the state from meeting many of these obligations. If this were Washington, there would no doubt have been a breakdown along political party lines and no resolutions. But Frankfort is not Washington and the Gener-

al Assembly worked with Gov. Beshear to make progress on the pension issue. Although the issue still needs some work, we are much closer than ever before to a sustainable fix. What the 2013 General Assembly showed was that elected officials could come together to be problem solvers. It’s what we should all expect. Seeing this collaboration gives us confidence that Frankfort will come together again in 2014. For our businesses and communities in Northern Kentucky, the following issues need to be addressed: » The Bridge. We’ve seen unprecedented collaboration between governors Beshear and Kasich, and look to our N.Ky. caucus to work to develop a fair financing plan.

Enough talk. The time is now to move forward for the safety of our residents, health of our businesses and the region’s competitiveness. » Tax modernization. To attract new jobs and retain existing ones, the Commonwealth must put into place a tax code that reflects a 21st century economy. Many good recommendations are on the table so it’s time to act. » New revenue through expanding gaming. Gaming is already here. For Northern Kentucky gaming is as close as one mile across the Ohio River. Give people the chance to vote on whether we keep our dollars here or send them to neighboring states to pave their roads and build their schools. Being a legislator is hard

work. Unlike Washington, it’s a part-time job. Legislators have full-time jobs back home with other responsibilities, but give those up each January to represent us in Frankfort. Leading into this session, let’s take a minute to recognize that Frankfort is not D.C. In Frankfort, our legislature has learned the benefits of working together rather than have partisan debates that only harm constituents. If you see a legislator, thank them for their service, and tell them you look forward to seeing the same level of cooperation with more results in 2014. Steve Stevens is the president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Coming together to reduce the impact of heroin

What often sets the Northern Kentucky region apart is our willingness to collaborate to solve common problems. When the region was faced with an astounding rise in the number of people addicted to heroin, we came together once again. The result was the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact response group’s plan, “Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic,” released in mid-November. The plan was the product of more than a year of work by the heroin impact group. We brought together experts from law enforcement, local government, mental health/substance abuse providers, health care and the business community. The group pulled together data on the impact of heroin abuse. We saw how drug overdose deaths in Kentucky quadrupled between 1999 and 2013. The estimated economic impact of heroin abuse in our state is $6 billion each year. Northern Kentucky’s rate of hepatitis C, a common disease among IV drug users, is twice that of the state and 24 times that of the United States. Then, we researched solutions to the problem. We gath-

ered information from across the country, analyzed it and brought forth recommendations for what we think can Lynne work in NorthSaddler ern Kentucky. COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Those strateCOLUMNIST gies are spelled out in the plan, which can be downloaded at The plan outlines five areas of response. Think of these as pieces of one big pie – all are necessary to successfully address heroin abuse in Northern Kentucky. First, we must reduce supply. Under the leadership of the N.Ky. Drug Strike Force and local law enforcement, we need to decrease the availability of heroin and other drugs on our streets. To reduce the demand for heroin, we need to focus on prevention, treatment and support in recovery. We need programs that promote social and emotional health. We need to learn how to use prescription drugs wisely, so their use

doesn’t lead to heroin abuse. We must expand and improve treatment options for people who are addicted. This includes long-term residential treatment for adults and teens, as well as outpatient programs. When a person is undergoing treatment, we need wraparound services, like housing and job programs, to help individuals focus on lifelong recovery. Until people with heroin addiction obtain treatment for their condition, we must decrease the risk of transmitting diseases and prevent them from dying from an overdose. We need to keep used needles and syringes from our streets, parking lots, and other places in the community and be able to help people with heroin addiction stop sharing their devices and get in to treatment. We must make the medication naloxone more widely available so that overdoses can be quickly reversed and lives saved. Fourth, we must advocate for changes in legislation, education and programs that will enable Northern Kentucky to effectively banish heroin from our neighborhoods and communities and care for our

friends and family members living with addiction. Lastly, we must have the capacity to manage the change we seek. We need to build on the work of the heroin impact response group with the infrastructure needed to move the plan forward, implement strategies, ensure accountability and measure progress. There is no turning back – this problem will not go away on its own and we cannot afford to stay as we are. We have a plan now and we must continue to move forward to carry it out. For the sake of our children, our families, our neighborhoods, our businesses and our communities, we must succeed. And we must do this work together. Accomplishing these tasks will not be easy, and will require numerous resources. But, our communities will be better, stronger and healthier if we can get those in need back on track and on a healthier, productive path. All of us benefit. Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, is the district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Holiday lessons of gratitude from Dmitriy My 13-year-old daughter Lauren and I rushed to the La Guardia airport after being interviewed on “Fox and Friends” – our 15 minutes (actually 5 minutes) of fame. The book we wrote together about capitalism for students started as a summer project and ended up in commerce on Fox News – strong proof that capitalism lives in America. To boot, it happened at Christmas. New York City knows how to deck the halls. I admit, I sat next to the gate feeling proud, maybe even a little smug. However, in my experience God has a way of humbling us, sometimes when we need it the most. Humility came in the form a burly man with a Russian accent. Dmitriy approached me and announced, “Thank you for



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doing a book to teach capitalism. What are people doing to America?” I asked him what he meant. Dmitriy lit up Rob at the invitaHudson tion to discuss capitalism, COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST explaining that COLUMNIST his family “fled” the Soviet Union to escape of government control. He described government mandated wages and benefits as robbing the human spirit. He then began asking me a series of questions. Dmitriy – What do you say to people who think capitalism is all about greed? Rob – I’m concerned about

greed. I’m not sure capitalism works well when greed is the primary motivation. Dmitriy – There are greedy people in any economic system. I lived in it in the Soviet Union. Greed does not go away with communism or socialism, trust me. Dmitriy – It’s far worse than that. If you move to socialism or communism, things happen through a series of government favors and pay-offs. Graft becomes the currency of commerce, not freedom and merit. Dmitriy – There are haves and have nots, far worse than in America. When it’s all about who you know, hard work and education don’t matter much. Eventually, it ends up bringing the country down. Dmitriy – I’m a software

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engineer and executive in New York. What do you think my co-workers think of me? Rob - If you’re this vocal, I bet it’s tough. Dmitriy – The young workers think I’m stupid. I lived in the world they want and I thank God every day that we escaped it. I earned three degrees here and lived the American dream. Yet I’m the stupid one. Most of us in America have so much about which to be thankful and to celebrate, particularly at the holidays. Maybe it takes a person from the former Soviet Union to fully understand all of our country’s many blessings. Rob Hudson, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Florence.

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Snow didn’t delay Point’s fun evening

The 43rd annual Joy to the World benefit of The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky was unprecedented. Expecting the second largest crowd ever – in excess of 800 people – the Dec. 6 fundraiser at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati was directly impacted by an uninvited guest. Mother Nature pounded the area with snow and paralyzed local traffic for hours. Even so, more than 400 supporters braved the elements and helped raise more than $100,000 for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. Those able to attend enjoyed a holiday evening, which included welcoming Sinatra songs from Don Fangman, dinner, and the auctioning and raffling of more than 200 items. Sheree Paolello of WLWT-TV news again served as master of ceremonies, and was able to keep things on schedule despite the delayed arrival of many guests due to the snow. A highlight of the evening was the presence of Teddy Kremer, the Reds’ honorary batboy whose story appeared on ESPN’s “E:60” show after being

Teddy Kremer, honorary batboy of the Cincinnati Reds, and Judi Gerding, president of The Point were at the Joy to the World benefit.PROVIDED

featured in an Enquirer story. After working at Redsfest, Teddy was one of the few celebrity auctioneers able to make that eveing. Teddy and Sheree auctioned off his limited edition Topps baseball card, given to The Point by Teddy’s parents, and generated $900. “While the snow storm prevented us from having a full house,” said Judi Gerding, The Point’s president. “Thanks to the support of our sponsors, guests, and volunteers, The Point was still dealt a winning hand.”

Mike Wong of Oriental Wok and Aimee Pelletier, member of Joy’s event committee, at Joy to the World.PROVIDED Attending the Joy to the World benefit of The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky were, from left, Joe and Linda Egbers, Lynn Noble, Steve and Lisa Egbers, Skip and Marty Egbers, Sue and Tim Finke. PROVIDED

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Diane Banks of Independence wraps a gift for a senior at Home Instead Senior Care’s wrapping party Dec. 18 in Florence. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Kelli Cernetisch of Florence wraps a gift for a senior at Home Instead Senior Care’s wrapping party Dec. 18 in Florence. Every year volunteers gather at Home Instead to wrap gifts donated through the Be a Santa to a Senior program that benefits older adults throughout Northern Kentucky. MELISSA

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 27 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; 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; 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 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; 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; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 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, 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; 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. 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; Newport.

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 Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union.

Oval Opus plays the Madison Theater, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. $15, $13 advance; $25 VIP, includes appetizers and acoustic performance. 859-491-2444; PHOTO


Recreation 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. 859-371-5227. Florence.




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SUNDAY, DEC. 29 MONDAY, DEC. 30 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, Latininspired dance-fitness program. $25 per month. 859-334-2117. Union.


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, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

New Year’s Eve at Newport Syndicate, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Champagne toast at midnight. Music by the Rusty Griswolds and others. Dinner buffet and open bar in Grand Ballroom at 8 p.m. Dinner buffet, open bar and music by DJ Mark McFadden of Q102-FM in Ambassador Room at 8:30 p.m., $80. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar open and music by pianists at 9 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Piano Package $75, Premium $100, VIP $125, Best Seat in the House $150. Reservations required. 859-491-8000; . Newport. Track Bash New Year’s Eve Party, 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Music by Doghouse. Live racing begins 6:15 p.m. $2.50 bottled domestic beer and $3.50 well drinks all night; $2 Champagne 11 p.m.midnight. Homestretch package: deluxe buffet, beer/wine/mixed drinks, party favors and Champagne toast: $75. Third Floor:


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Mackey and the Big Mac Band and karaoke with Wanda Kay and Friends. $10 ages 18-20, free ages 21 and up. 859-431-5588; Wilder. New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Includes special three-entree buffet, entertainment, split of Champagne at midnight, late night snack buffet and party favors. $102. Reservations required. 859-2618500; Newport.

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Eggplant casserole good for entertaining I’m going to have to make sure I put makeup on before going out to the grocery or retail store. The past couple of times I was at these places, readers stopped me to chat. Both times I was planning on running in and out quickly so I didn’t Rita bother Heikenfeld with makeRITA’S KITCHEN up, only a bit of lipstick. Well, I had to laugh afterward at my vanity. (Why did I think no one would recognize me “au naturel”?) It’s times like those that keep me humble! I wanted to let each of you know how much I’ve appreciated the caring and sharing that happens each week through this column. Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings many blessings to your home.

Bob and John’s eggplant casserole

Reader John Pancoast sent this, which is now a favorite for entertaining at his and wife Priscilla’s home. “From friend Bob Martin of Loveland,” John said. John added fresh, coarse dried breadcrumbs on top for extra crunchiness. I’m looking forward to making this myself. John said if you use a 9-inch by 13-inch pan, you’ll get more crunchy top surface area.

Sprinkle crackers on top. Pour in cream and add cheese. Stir until blended. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until it starts to brown on top and gets a little crusty around edges.

drizzle on top of salad made with mixed greens. This can be made several days ahead. If you have some fresh parsley, toss a bit in. Taste before adding salt and pepper. Whisk together:

your favorite, cooked 3 cups frozen hash browns, thawed completely 12 oz. shredded cheddar 12 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups 2 percent milk or whatever you have Salt and pepper

Priscilla Pancoast’s easy corn pudding

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place hash browns in sprayed 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Top with sausage and cheese. Whisk eggs milk and seasonings and pour on top. Bake 50-60 minutes until somewhat puffed and golden. Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean.

Another Pancoast favorite. Let me know if you want this recipe. “Everyone who tastes it wants the recipe,” Priscilla told me.

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John Pancoast displays his eggplant casserole.THANKS TO JOHN PANCOAST.

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out the larger branch or trunk below it. » When mulching around trees, I will mulch only three inches deep, and I will never let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree, and certainly I will never do “volcano mulching,” piling the mulch high up on the tree trunk, since this causes the tree bark and trunk to rot slowly, since the mulch traps and holds too much moisture during the wet seasons, and it also encourages moles and field mice to chew off the bark of the tree trunk, killing the tree. » I will always obtain

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Winter snowed out Walton’s Christmas festivites Mother Nature canceled our Christmas On Main due to the beautiful snow. We will have to wait until December 2014 again to enjoy all the city’s Christmas festivities. Although, we can enjoy the art work and decorations on the “old Ruth garage.” Meadows Thanks to WALTON NEWS Margie Stewart for painting the special snowman and trees. Thanks to other council members and our

» First Place – Wolfe Family at 545 Panzaretta Drive Second Place – Brandenburg Family at 104 South Main and » Third Place – Bobby Denney at 109 South Main St. ■ The Walton Senior Center is a day activity center for seniors 50 years old and older. The center is not a live-in facility. Christine Miskell is the manager. Various activities are offered daily such as bridge, dominos, art, bingo, euchre tournaments, and yoga. Beginning Jan. 8,

city employees for all their work. I have never heard anyone say our garage looked beautiful before now. Hope you can drive around to see all homes that were decorated. The winners of the 2013 Christmas Home Decorating Contest in North Walton were: » First Place – Charles Gillum at 241 University Drive » Second Place – Rick and Susan Miller at 252 University Drive » Third Place – Matthew Bolte at 94 Brookwood. South Walton winners were:

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DEATHS Timothy Alexander Sr. Timothy Irwin Alexander Sr., 69, of Union, died Dec. 11, at his home. He was the pastor emeritus of Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion, leading the congregation through its growth from a smaller church building in the center of Florence to today’s on “top-of-a-mount” building on Mount Zion Road. His sister, Sandy Vesser, died previously. Survivors include his wife, George Ann Alexander; son, Tim Alexander Jr. of Walton; daughters, Aminda Ann Powell of Knoxville, Tenn., and Molly Senger and Julianna Shehan, both of Union; brothers, Michael Alexander and Tommy Alexander, both of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; sister, Anita Eslinger, of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; and 14 grandchildren. Burial was at Trentville Cemetery in Strawberry Plains, Tenn. Memorials: Hope Ministries at Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion, 642 Mount Zion Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Georgia Ash Georgia Pauline Ash, 92, of Burlington, died Dec. 13, at St. Elizabeth Florence. Survivors include her daughters, Cheryl F. Wilson and Linda G. Walker, both of Burlington; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Dorothy Battaglia Dorothy Aline Battaglia, 93, of Union, formerly of Erlanger and Covington, died Dec. 14. She retired from the Internal Revenue Service in Covington, also worked at the Northern Kentucky Visitors Bureau, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, the Captain John Lillard Chapter and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her husband, Joseph A. Battaglia, died previously. Survivors include her son, Joseph Battaglia; brother, Jim Wood of Naples, Fla.; sisters, Sandy Musick of Wellston, Ohio, and Faye McCartney and Susie Johnny Campbell, both of Jackson, Ohio; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother Of God Cemetery.

Mattie McWilliams Mattie “Joan” McWilliams, 78, of Union, died Dec. 12, at home. She was born in Mount Sterling, Ky., and moved to Newport at age 9, attended Newport and Holmes high schools, and was a longtime employee of Boone County High School. Her husband, Charles McWilliams, and daughter, Karen McWilliams Verst, died previously. Survivors include her children, Pam Doellman, Audie McWilliams, Michael McWilliams and David McWilliams; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorials: Hephzibah Children’s Home, 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220.

Betty Millay Betty Millay, 87, of Erlanger, died Dec. 13, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired cook at Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Her husband, Charles Millay, died previously. Survivors include her sons, James Millay of Worthville, and Charles Millay of Burlington; daughter, Linda Jones of Erlanger; brother, Tucker Kordenbrock of Fairview; sister, Mary Margaret Lauer of Alexandria; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: the charity of donor’s choice.

Patricia Mullins Patricia Ann Mullins, 66, of Taylor Mill, died Dec. 12, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her son, Brian Roberts, died

previously. Survivors include her husband, Randy Mullins of Taylor Mill; children, Melissa Holt of Independence, Michael Moore of Florence, Steven Moore of Florence, Jeffrey Moore of Dry Ridge, and Ricky Mullins of Florence; mother, Geneva Thompson of Taylor Mill; brothers, Conley Thompson of Edgewood, and Tony Thompson of Morning View; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Ronald Panko Ronald D. Panko, 74, of Florence, died Dec. 15, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Ronald was a longtime machinist for Boston Gear, member of St. Henry Church, and an Army veteran. His wife, Frances Panko, died previously. Survivors include his children, Raymond, Steven and Crystal Panko; brothers, Richard and Robert Panko; and seven grandchildren. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wilder. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Bruce Pfetzer Bruce A. Pfetzer, 62, of Villa Hills, died Dec. 4, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a registered nurse promoted to a regional manager for Oak Pavilion Nursing Homes where he retired, and was a member of Crescent Springs Baptist Church where he was a deacon and taught Sunday school. His parents, Charles and Dolores Pfetzer, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Steve Pfetzer of Villa Hills, Tom Pfetzer of Erlanger, Kevin Pfetzer of Port St. Joe, Fla., and Dan Pfetzer of Fort Thomas; sisters, Lucinda Purdy of Union, and Jeannine Cook of Richmond, Ky.; many nieces and nephews. Interment was at Highland

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Burial was at Corinth Cemetery in Corbin.

Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Ed Roberts Ed Roberts, 93, of Verona, died Dec. 15. He was a farmer and retired maintenance worker. His wife, daughter an son, died previously. Survivors include his friend, Horace Rison of Verona. Burial was at Glencoe Cemetery.

Monas Roden Monas “Larry” Roden, 63, of Florence, died Dec. 13, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He worked for Palm Beach for 35 years, and worked for Perfetti Van Melle Co. His son, James Klette, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Kim Roden; sons, Bradley Klette, Michael Klette and Matthew Klette; daughters, Angel Brown and Elizabeth Klette; brothers, Steve Roden and Stanley Roden; sisters, Bertie Vanarsdall, Faye Saylor and Loretta Shaffer; 14 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

POLICE REPORTS Survivors include her sister-inlaw, Joyce Zwick of Erlanger; nieces, Kim Zwick Rice of Erlanger, Cindy Gilbreath of Cedar Grove, Ind., and Doris Nunn of California; and nephews, Keith Isaack of Cincinnati, Tom Zwick of Union, and Michael Zwick of Erlanger. Memorials: VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Cincinnati, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Betty J. Roth, 84, of Burlington, died Dec. 12, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, IHM Seniors, Bingo and Festival Committees, the Boone County Democratic Women’s Club, Yearlings and Bean Bash. Her husband, Milton J. Roth, and son, Rick Roth, died previously. Survivors include her children, Deby Doughman of Paris, Ky., Terry Roth of Florence, and Karen Gutzeit of Burlington; 11 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: Immaculate Heart of Mary Youth Group, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005; or BAWAC Bean Bash, 7970 Kentucky Drive, Florence, KY 41042.

BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF Arrests/citations Lavina A. Williams, 29, DUI, Nov. 16. Cory M. Wood, 27, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Nov. 16. Hilario Palacios-Chagoya, 45, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Nov. 17. Maganda A. Reynoso-Perez, 25, falsely reporting an incident,

Nov. 21. Bobby D. Collins, 39, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Nov. 17. Kurtis A. Ely-Thacker, 23, prescription of a controlled substance not in its proper container, second-degree disorderly conduct, thirddegree possession of a controlled substance, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Nov. 17. Jacob M. Stover, 25, second-

degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Nov. 17. Kevin C. Neal, 34, fraudulent use of a credit card, Nov. 17. Gaile D. Hawkins, 61, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI, Nov. 18. Taylor N. Ratliff, 20, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, Nov. 18. Jamel Cutright, 19, possession of marijuana, Nov. 18.

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Jeanette Zwick Jeannette M. Zwick, 95, of Cincinnati, died Dec. 15, at the Hillebrand Nursing Home in Cincinnati. She was a retired accountant and bookkeeper with Macy’s.

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