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Kids, Cops and Firefighters had a chance to shop for Christmas thanks to the Delhi Skirt Game. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Honored principal Terry Chapman, principal of Our Lady of Visitation School in Green Township, has been named a 2012 recipient of the Dr. Robert J. Kealy Distinguished Principal Award. The national award sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association is presented annually to 12 outstanding principals of Catholic elementary schools. “Mr. Chapman is an exceptional Chapman principal who is well deserving of this award,” said Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Jim Rigg. “He has gained great renown for fostering a strong academic and spiritual atmosphere in his schools. Visitation is a highly successful school due to Mr. Chapman’s tremendous leadership. “For years, Visitation has been a training ground for future principals. Mr. Chapman has a gift for training new administrators under his care and then sending them into other Catholic schools,” Rigg said. In addition to serving as principal at Visitation, Chapman is an instructor for the Initiative for Catholic Schools at Xavier University, training principals and teachers in working collaboratively and holding students and educators accountable for learning. Chapman will receive this award at the annual Catholic educational association convention in Boston in April.

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Taylor students experience Iowa caucus By Kurt Backscheider

Taylor High School students can't stay away from Iowa. Four years ago, Taylor history teacher Mandy Bowen and government teacher Mike Voynovich took 19 advanced placement students to Iowa for the 2008 presidential caucuses and a real world learning experience. The trip was a great success, so Bowen and Voynovich organized it again this year. “We have 44 students going this year,” Voynovich said. “It's a big jump from the 19 students who went last time.” The group of juniors and seniors in advanced placement history and advanced placement government boarded a bus bright and early on New Year's Eve and headed west in the hope of repeating the experience their predecessors had four years ago. Students who went in 2008 attended campaign rallies, witnessed a live caucus at a voting precinct and met all of the presidential candidates, including President Barack Obama. “We hope to rekindle some of the magic from 2008,” Voynovich said. “I think it's great for the kids to see.” A handful of parents will help the two teachers chaperone the field trip, which will also include visits to the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines and an Iowa caucus museum. Students will hop on the bus to return home early Wednesday, Jan. 4. Voynovich said the group will attend a caucus on Tuesday, Jan.

A group of students from Taylor High School traveled to Iowa in 2008 for the presidential caucuses and met several candidates, including former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, at center. Taylor is once again sending a group of juniors and seniors to Iowa for the caucuses. Students left Saturday, Dec. 31, and will return Wednesday, Jan. 4. THANKS TO MANDY BOWEN 3, and they hope to meet all the candidates vying for this year's Republican nomination. Even if they can't get close enough to meet the candidates, the teachers said the educational experience alone is worth the trip. “It helps to bring democracy and the voting process to life for them,” Voynovich said. “It's fun to say, 'Here it is, here's a caucus. Let's go see one tonight.' That real life experience is unparalleled by anything they

can get from a textbook or in a classroom.” Bowen said after the trip four years ago it was clearly evident how much more attention students paid to the political process. She said they followed the newspapers, shared and discussed the issues with other students and wanted to learn more. “My favorite part is seeing them become so involved and consumed by the experience,” she said. “We hope it ignites their inter-

est in politics.” Voynovich said as a teacher it's exciting when students ask more questions and want to grasp more. “I think the kids come alive and you feel an energy from them,” he said. He and Bowen thanked the administration and the school board for once again allowing their students an opportunity to experience the Iowa caucus.

hundreds of families who will benefit from the school’s annual Christmas Food & Toy Drive. “This is such a demonstration of how the Elder community gives back,” said Witte, a Price Hill resident who’s been helping organize the drive for the past six years. “It’s amazing.” Roger Auer, Elder’s campus minister and main supervisor of the drive, said the school has been conducting a drive since the 1970s. It started out as a food drive to help those in need in Over-the-Rhine at Christmas. While some packages still go to people downtown, he said now the majority of the boxes of food and toys go to families in the Price Hill area. Nonprofit agencies like Santa Maria Community Services and Holy Family Food Pantry provide the school with referrals, Auer said. This year 260 families will receive packages from the drive, and he said he’s thankful for the way Elder parents and students step up to support the project. Witte said his late mother, Liz Witte, started the toy drive aspect of the project more than 20 years ago. He said she initially or-

ganized a collection of gently used toys to add to the food packages, but as the drive grew she collected money and put together fundraisers so she could go out and buy toys. Miami Heights resident Lynn Sadowski, who has a junior at Elder and one son who already graduated , was among the doz-

ens of Mom’s Club members who volunteered to wrap toys. “It’s nice to know you can do something to make Christmas better for someone, even if it’s something simple like wrapping gifts,” she said. “It feels good to help and give back.”

Elder continues tradition of giving By Kurt Backscheider

Bridgetown resident Julie Balzano and her son, Adam, help wrap gifts for Elder High School's annual Christmas Food & Toy Drive. This year the school delivered food and toys to 260 families in need. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Pete Witte loves taking in the scene inside Elder High School’s wrestling gym a few days before Christmas each year. Members of the Elder Mom’s Club are busy wrapping toys while Elder students are running up and down the bleachers filling boxes with frozen turkeys and food. It’s a well-organized system in which people are hard at work getting packages together for the

Elder High School junior Jacob Lindle, left, a Cleves resident, and senior Anthony Asalon, of Delhi Township, pack boxes of food in the wrestling gym while helping with the school's annual Christmas Food & Toy Drive. Elder has been conducting the drive since the early 1970s. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



BRIEFLY Oak Hills stag features Ken Anderson

The Oak Hills Athletic Boosters annual sports stag is right around the corner and buzz is building for

this year’s keynote speaker, former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson. The sports stag is set for Monday, Jan. 16, at The Woodlands, 9680 Cilley Road in Cleves. Anderson plans to share many stories of his days in the NFL and at Augustana College. Oak Hills Athletic Director Jan Wilking said, “The stag is a great event

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Remembering Beverly Hills

In 1977, at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky., 165 people died in a tragic fire. Covered by news outlets across the country, many still associate tragedy with this popular entertainment destination. The club's legacy, however, stretches back to the 1950s, when it was known as the Beverly Hills Country Club. Earl Clark, a band member at the Supper Club, will share his memories of the Beverly Hills heyday and the tragic fire 35 years ago at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Delhi Park Lodgem 5125 Foley Road. Clark will have copies of his book to sell. The program is sponsored by the Delhi Historical Society. For more information, visit or call 513451-4313.

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Named by Cincinnati Magazine as one of Cincinnati’s Super Lawyers, he is also recognized nationally as one of the top experts in publishing law. Gillen will talk to the workshop participants about contracts and copyrights. Beckman, a resident of Westwood, freelance editor, and author of five nonfiction books, is a frequent speaker on writing and publishing. She says that

Thrift shop benefits BLOC Ministries By Kurt Backscheider

Collin Miller is happy to see quick turnover of merchandise at the Corner BLOC Thrift Shop in Cheviot. The constant coming and going of second-hand

items keeps him busy, and it also helps the nonprofit BLOC Ministries continue its mission of strengthening disadvantaged children and families. “We’re blessed so many people are willing to donate,” said Miller, who manages the thrift shop,

The Corner BLOC Thrift Shop, at the corner of Harrison and Cheviot avenues in Cheviot, has been up and running for a couple of months. The thrift shop offers everything from furniture and dishes to clothes and books. All proceeds from the shop help BLOC Ministries fund its programs and mission of strengthening families. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

3330 Harrison Ave. “We get so much volume in here.” BLOC Ministries opened the shop about two months ago, and Miller said so far there’s been a steady flow of customers who come in to browse through the aisles and find secondhand treasures they can use in their homes. “People show up every day,” he said. “They think it’s a thrill to dig through the boxes and see what they can find.” A steady flow of donations is coming in right on the heels of the customers, he said. As soon as he sells a couch, two more are dropped off. It’s often difficult to keep up with all the donations, but Miller manages to get it organized and sell it right back out the front door. There are only two

pieces still standing in the store from when it originally opened just a few months ago, everything else has come and gone, he said. Stephanie Russo, communications director for BLOC Ministries, said all the proceeds from the thrift shop go toward helping the organization fulfill its mission of serving the community. BLOC operates neighborhood centers and coffee shops in Price Hill and Cleves, and she said the organization offers a variety of programs and activities for children. Corner BLOC Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For more information or to donate, call 291-3304.

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McAuley hosts Women Who Inspire Western McAuley High School’s second annual Women Who Inspire on Oct. 30 proved to be a resounding success again this year. More than 300 women and men were in attendance to hear the challenging yet inspiring stories told by six incredible women from the Cincinnati community: Princess Davis, Sister Susan Frazer, RSM, Kristy Kissell, Melissa Powers, Laurie Stober, and Donna Drury. Five women were nominated by members of the McAuley community to speak, and the sixth, Donna Drury, is a professional motivational speaker who ended the evening with her story and how to find balance in our lives. The women honored at the event ranged from ages 30 to 60, and included three McAuley alumnae: a Sister of Mercy (Sis-

ter Susan Frazer ’66), a judge (Melissa Powers ’79), and a former teacher turned mother (Kristy Kissell ’00). Their stories were of personal triumph, such as raising a child with an incurable disease, finding a new career later in life, and losing a limb, just to name a few. Their stories also included the women who inspired them, and all the narratives made for incredible presentations that touched all in attendance. The evening began with a piano solo by McAuley junior Sydney Jung and ended with desserts donated by local bakers such as Cincy Sweets, Catering by Panache, North College Hill Bakery, A Sweet Life, Sweets from Scratch, and even McAuley’s Creative Cooking class.

Hills woman part of Guatemala mission

Speakers at Women Who Inspire at McAuley High School were, from left, Angela Morrissey, chairperson of the event; Sister Susan Frazer, RSM, director of the St. John Bosco Boys' Home in Jamaica; Laurie Stober, director of Full Circle Therapy; Melissa Powers, Hamilton County Municipal Court judge; Kristy Kissell, advocate for research on Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare skin disease; Princess Davis, a Cincinnati Police Officer and youth mentor; Donna Drury, life coach and keynote speaker; Cheryl Sucher, President of McAuley High School. THANKS TO KATHY DIETRICH

Three Rivers takes fast food challenge

Pictured from left are Paul Baker, Marietta Bucalo, Chris Mear and Patrick Baker. PROVIDED. Three Rivers Middle School seventh-grader Chris Mear won Drs. Paul and Patrick Baker's Freedom From Fast Food Challenge, which asked students to not eat fast food for 30 days. The brothers visited Three Rivers Middle School at the end of last school year to present the challenge. “We asked the students to not eat fast food for 30 days. It takes that long to break a habit,” said Paul. “We want the children to focus on healthy eating and good

choices, not what is thrown in their faces every day.” In all, more than 50 students participated in the challenge, which lasted from May 15 to June 15. Health teacher Marietta Bucalo arranged for the doctors to visit the health classes and explain the importance of proper nutrition. “Three Rivers is fortunate to still have a health class where children can learn the importance of proper nutrition and how

to fuel the body correctly,” said Bucalo. “With so many cuts being made in schools, health and wellness are vital tools to keeping a child engaged, ready, willing and able to learn. We are very proud of our students taking charge of their health.” “My whole family did the challenge with me,” said Mear. “It really made a difference in how I feel, how I pay attention in school and I just do more activities now.” The Bakers visited Mear at school, bringing him brought him

a “Baker-approved lunch” of organic chicken salad on whole wheat, bottled water, fresh fruit and an organic dark chocolate bar, then presented him with a Visa gift card as his prize. “I am going to open a savings account to save for a bike,” said Mear. “I am just more active now.” Each participant in the challenge received a copy of the Bakers' book, “What Did I Just Eat? Surprising Facts About Food.”



Oak Hills High School science teacher Aaron Debbink recently visited Cub Scouts from Oakdale Elementary to teach them about the scientific method. Not only did the visit help the Scouts prepare for the Boy Scout engineer merit badge, but they earned their science belt loop. Over 20 boys peddled a bicycle generator to see if they could produce enough power to turn on light bulbs, a radio, a small television and an alarm clock. Pictured are Oakdale first-grader Aiden Christy and Aaron Debbink. THANKS TO FRANCINE GIBSON.

St. Ignatius School third-grade teacher Angela Hawley has earned National Board Certification, an advanced teaching credential. Teachers earn certification by completing a voluntary assessment progran designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards. Hawley is the school's fourth staff member to earn National Board Certification, joining fellow third-grader teacher Carolyn Milheim, fourth-grade teacher Beth Siemer and assistant principal Laura Sieve. Pictured from left are Carolyn Milheim, Beth Siemer, Angela Hawley, Laura SIeve and Principal Timothy Reilly. PROVIDED.

Twelve Xavier University students, two staff members from the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and four professional are immersing themselves in Mayan culture in Guatemala through Jan. 7. Three medical professionals from Los Angeles – an emergency nurse and a doctor/nurse couple – and Lauri Pramuk, a local pediatrician with Group Health Associates in Kenwood will join the pre-med, nursing and occupational therapy students in the 2012 Interfaith Medical Mission to Guatemala. Jennifer Ledonne from Western Hills will be on the trip. The daughter of Douglas and Sharon Ledonne, she is a junior majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry at Xavier. She graduated from Seton High School in 2009. Although the students will be in a warm, sunny climate, this will be no vacation. Actually, the students will give up a week of their winter break and New Year’s Eve celebrations to serve those in the village of Patanatik in the Solola Lake/mountain region. In addition, each student has committed to volunteer at least 20 hours at a free clinic upon their return. This will be the third such trip for Xavier students under Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of Xavier’s Office for Interfaith Community Engagement. In January 2010, he spearheaded a highly successful interfaith medical mission trip to Jamaica for a similar group. In just over four days, the group saw 511 patients. Despite the tropical location, the volunteers saw a beach for only two hours the entire time. Most days started with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and were spent among old slave huts in remote regions of Steer Town, Jamaica, seeing people who had never received any type of medical care. Six had to be evacuated to a hospital for immediate attention. Last year a planned trip to Haiti had to be canceled because of the political unrest. It was then that the team regrouped and headed for Guatemala. There they found a similar need. They saw 384 people in four days in the clinic and made 75 home visits over two days. “The learning curve, the experiential growth and the community building strengthening of our students’ commitment to the healing professions and service are the hallmarks of this trip” says Ingber. “Our spiritual dimension and the Jesuit values we bring enhance our offering.” By no means is this trip free. Ingber estimates the group needs to raise $50,000 to fly, feed and house 18 people for one week. To help the team reach Guatemala, your help is appreciated. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Xavier University, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, 3800 Victory Parkway ML 2120, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Make checks payable to Xavier University - IFCE. Call 513-745-3569 with questions.



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Two Elder High School graduates make a big impact on the final game "senior day" at Holy Cross' Fitton Field. Senior captain Ricky Otis led the football team to a win over Lafayette with nine tackles, a tackle for a loss and a quarter back hurry, while freshman Ben Caffaro had a game sealing interception in the end zone with seconds left to play. THANKS TO TAMMY OTIS load.” As for his football future, Otis will be heading to a regional combine in New York as well as Boston College’s pro-day in May in hopes that he can catch somebody’s eye and get a tryout in the National Football League. While Otis is finishing his career as a Crusader, Coffaro is just getting his started. Coffaro appeared in 10 games this season at defensive back and on special teams. He finished the season with nine kick returns for 225 yards, averaging 25 yards per kick return.

Area students home for the holidays have elevated their games by leaving their mark on the collegiate sports landscape.

Tiffin. He currently competes on the track and field team, throwing javelin. He is the son of Darren and Mary Orloff.

Kevin Orloff, baseball, Tiffin University

Kenny Orloff, football, Thomas More College Kenny Orloff playes defensive end at Thomas More College and received President Athletic Conference Honorable Mention in the fall 2011. The former Panther is a sophomore at TMC where he is majoring in pre-engi-

After playing baseball at Elder and Tiffin University, Kevin Orloff has moved on to track and field where he throws a javelin. THANKS TO DARREN AND MARY ORLOFF

Kevin Orloff, a senior at Tiffin University double majoring in marketing and business, played baseball for four years at Elder High School and for two years at

On the defensive side of the ball, Coffaro had seven total tackles (six solo), two pass break-ups, one interception and a blocked kick. The two former Panthers made a huge impact in the final home game of the season against Lafayette to lift The Crusaders to their fifth victory of the season. On senior day, Otis totaled nine tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry while the freshmen Coffaro sealed the game with an interception in the end zone with seconds to play, his first interception at Holy Cross.

He added two tackles, a pass break-up and three kickoff returns for 80 yards. Coffaro was named Patriot League Player of the Week for his performance. The following week The Crusaders faced Fordham with their six consecutive winning seasons on the line as they entered the game with a 5-5 record. Otis led all tacklers with 11 and had two sacks, both coming in the second half helping the Crusaders overcome a 21-14 halftime deficit. Coffaro finished with four tackles and a pass break-up.

Sophomore Kenny Orloff is continuing his football career at Thomas More College after playing for Elder High School for four years. THANKS TO DARREN AND


Thanks to Darren and Mary Orloff

Katie Sullivan, volleyball, Thomas More College Katie is a senior at Thomas More College where she played middle hitter for four years at TMC and was a four-time Presidents Athletic Conference AllLeague selection. This season she was named Honorable Mention Great Lakes Region. The 2008 Seton grad leaves Thomas More as the career leader in hitting percentage and fifth in block assists. This season she finished 26th in the nation in hitting percentage. In her career at TMC she was a member of two PAC championships and made two NCAA Tournament appearances. She also received an American Volleyball Coaches’ Academic Award and is on the Athletic Directors Honor Roll. Thanks to Mike and Marianne Sullivan


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The Mercy HealthPlex Sea Cubs provide the transition from swim lessons to swim team. The focus will be on the four

competitive strokes, starts, turns, conditioning and safe diving technique. With a small swimmer to coach ratio, this is the perfect way to prepare for swim team, exercise or just stay conditioned. For registration, call Annie Macke at 389-5498, or e-mail

Indoor soccer leagues

Western Sports Mall is taking applications for indoor soccer for all ages. Available is U-7-through U-18 for boys and girls, high school

Two West-Side natives – Michelle James (Mother of Mercy), Hannah Hedrick (Oak Hills) – teamed up to help Niagara University in New York tie for the winningest season in program history. The team set a single-season record with 23 wins in 2009, then topped that mark with 25 wins in 2010. The Purple Eagles went 25-9 in 2011. James, the 2011MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, first came into contact with Niagara while playing club volleyball in the offseason. She liked the school, the volleyball program, and the coaching staff. Niagara is a Catholic university and it was a smooth transition for the Mercy graduate. “We struggled my first year, but we really came together my sophomore year,” said James, a senior setter who was forced to take a medical redshirt due to an early-season injury. Said senior Hedrick: “We all set out to accomplish what we have accomplished, we just did it a lot quicker than we expected to. All of our preparation throughout each season has really prepared us.” James owns Niagara’s careers assists and single season assists records. Hedrick owns the single-season attacks record. The women have gotten their teammates hooked on Skyline Chili, making it a weekly team meal. They stay true to their roots and have represented the Queen City well in the northeast.

sophomore at Mount St. Joseph, was a member of the 2011 MSJ team that made its first-ever appearance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. On Oct. 11, Shayne scored the game-tying goal against confernce opponent Hanover, a game in which the Mount was victorious 3-2. It was Shayne’s second goal of the season after missing some of the year due to injury. Thanks to Cyndi Riley

Thomas More senior and Seton grad Katie Sullivan left her legacy at TMC as the career leader in hitting percentage. THANKS TO MIKE AND MARIANNE SULLIVAN

Shayne Bateman, soccer, Mount Saint Joseph Shayne Bateman, a 2010 Oak Hills High School graduate and

Mount St. Joseph's Shayne Bateman shakes hands after a preseason game against Grace College. THANKS TO CYNDI RILEY


SIDELINES Mercy HealthPlex Western Hills will offer group swim lessons for ages 6 months to adult starting Jan. 14 and 15 and Tuesday evening, Jan. 17. Private and semi-private lessons are also available by appointment. For registration, call Annie Macke at 389-5498, or e-mail

Locals help Niagara resurgence

Catching up with college athletes

Swim lessons


Panther pride being felt 13 hours away PRICE HILL — Elder Panther pride rides high on the West Side of Cincinnati, but it can also be felt at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Senior Ricky Otis and freshmen Ben Coffaro are busy making plays for The Crusaders on the football field like they did at The Pit. Otis plays linebacker where he was a starter his junior and senior year and a special teams player his freshmen and sophomore seasons. He plans to graduate in May with a degree in economics. In his senior year Otis started all11games and totaled 97 tackles (81 solo and 10 for loss), four sacks, one interception and five pass break-ups. He was named to the All-Patriot League First Team and was selected to play in the Football Championship Subdivision Senior Scout Bowl. “(The Scout Bowl) was a cool experience,” Otis said. “I got to play with a lot of guys I’ve been hearing about and meeting guys from around the country. I became good friends with a guy from Idaho State and got to play with (teammate) C.J. Martin.” For his career, the senior captain finished with 232 tackles, five sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery. Otis takes pride in being an Elder alum, but also attributes a lot of what he did at Holy Cross to his days as a Panther. “Being at Elder helped build my character and maturity to travel 13 hours away from home and go to school,” the 2008 Elder grad said. “The academics at Holy Cross are pretty tough and Elder helped me handle the work


co-ed, men, women, 30-plus co-ed and open co-ed. All teams play eight games and the top four play in the tournament. League fee is $595 for the big field and $495 for the small field (plus ref fees). Registration is available at Indoor soccer registration is going on now through Jan. 15 for the winter session. Call 451-4900 or e-mail for more information.

By Scott Springer

Boys basketball

» Elder got its first win of the season Dec. 23 against Badin, 50-48. Senior Chris James led the Panthers with 13 points. Elder lost to Walnut Hills Dec. 28, 77-49. Thomas Mazza and Thomas Autenrieb had 10 each for the Panthers in the loss.

Girls basketball

» Taylor beat Norwood 25-22 on Dec. 21. Brandy Crouse topped the Lady Jackets with six points. » Mercy beat Harrison 50-32 Dec. 22. Junior Kelly Wiegman had 16 points. At the State Farm Holiday Hoops Tournament in Jefferson City, Mo., Mercy beat Jefferson City on Dec. 28, 47-46. Wiegman again led with 25 points. » Seton defeated Harrison in overtime Dec. 28, 4543. Allie Briede and Marisa Meyer had 15 points each.

Boys swimming

» Oak Hills beat Fairfield 63-39 on Dec. 27. Sophomore Brian Walker won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

Girls swimming

» Oak Hills downed Fairfield Dec. 27, 66-36. Senior Sarah Walker won the 200 and 500 freestyle events.


Editor: Marc Emral,, 853-6264




The effect of new property values on taxes New property values from the just completed county-wide reappraisal will take effect with the first tax bills in January. With a great number of values changing we expect a number of questions, with one of the most often asked being: “If my value went down and taxes are calculated based upon value, how can my taxes go up”? The first reason for higher taxes is any new or increased tax levies approved by voters in your community or school district. The list of levies approved in 2011 can be found on our website under Departments / Real Estate Taxes / 2011Levy Summary.

The second reason is that tax rates for emergency levies for school districts and bond retirement rates are adjusted each year to generate a set level of revenue. As values increase, these levies are often adjusted downward. The reverse is true also. As values decline in a disDusty Rhodes COMMUNITY PRESS trict, these tax rates are adGUEST COLUMNIST justed upward in order to generate a specific amount of revenue.

The third reason is, following each reappraisal, the State Tax Commissioner recalculates what are called “reduction factors” for the voted tax levies. Legislation providing this was passed in the 1970s to prevent taxing entities from receiving windfalls from rapidly rising property values. On most voted levies, if property values go up, the effective taxing rate goes down to keep revenue constant. Now, with values declining in many areas, that same provision can increase the effective millage rates so that the taxing entity does not incur a shortfall. As properties decline, the effective

tax rates will increase in order to keep revenue constant. There is a limit. Effective millage can not be increased to more than the original millage set by voters. So a taxing entity can’t compensate for lost revenue without enacting new taxes or budget cuts. If a property owner believes the value to be too high, the Board of Revision (BOR) exists to provide property owners with an avenue for a formal appeal of their value. BOR complaints can be filed through our office from January 1 to March 31 (April 2 this year because March 31is on a Saturday).

If you file a complaint it is up to you to present evidence supporting your opinion of value. Remember that we work in terms of values, not “taxes.” It is not sufficient to tell the BOR “my taxes are too high”. Information on the BOR process is available on our website:, along with state proscribed forms and instructions. Or we can mail them to you if you call our office at 513946-4000. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. For more information, go to

Moratorium on fracking is needed The Pit is important to Currently the United States Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a study to understand the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. Due to the potential environmental hazards and dangers to Ohio’s land and drinking water, it is vital that we establish a moratorium on the horizontal fracking of oil and gas wells until the U.S. EPA completes this study. Initial research results are expected by the end of 2012 with a goal for a final report in 2014. Denise Once the reDriehaus COMMUNITY PRESS port from that study has been GUEST COLUMNIST published, we will have a better understanding of how fracking affects our drinking water. There are many questions that still need to be answered regarding Ohio residents. I introduced House Bill 345 to establish a moratorium on fracking in Ohio until the EPA releases this study. HB 345 will allow Ohio to make appropriate and responsible decisions to protect our

drinking water resources while learning about fracking procedures and operations. The Safe Drinking Water Act was passed by Congress in1974 to ensure clean drinking water is free from both natural and manmade contaminates. However, in 2005, the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill exempted natural gas drilling from the Safe Drinking Water Act. It exempts companies from disclosing the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. This becomes problematic when water treatment companies do not even know what they are testing for but then release contaminated water into rivers and streams. In July, I hosted a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Gasland.” In it, filmmaker Josh Fox records families from across the country that can light the water from their kitchen faucets on fire, people who suffer from numerous and very hazardous health issues, and contaminated water as a result of nearby fracking. Even in Ohio we are seeing the effects of our neighbors’ drilling. In West Virginia, a plant in Wheeling has been discharging gas-drilling wastewater into the Ohio River. The risks posed by fracking extend across the coun-

Homes should be tested for radon levels Did you know that one in every two homes in Ohio have elevated levels of a dangerous carcinogen that can easily be tested for and remedied if found? Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Exposure to high levels of radon – a colorless, odorless gas found in rock, soil and water naturally through the breakdown of uranium – is the leading cause of 21,000 cases of lung cancer in nonsmokers per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While radon levels pose a low threat to human health outdoors, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels indoors. During the month of January, the EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have partnered with the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals to sponsor National Radon Action Month, urging all homeowners to test their homes for radon concentrations. Testing for radon in a home or business is relatively inexpensive. Radon test kits are available through the Ohio Department of Health, local home improvement stores and by state licensed radon professionals. Radon is measured in picocu-

ries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measure of radioactivity. Know your number! If levels are above 4 pCi/L, mitigation is recommended. A reading of 4.0 pCi/L is equal to the radiation of 200 chest rays per year or 8 cigarettes per day. Radon does not discriminate between old or new homes or those with or without basements, and testing is the only way to know your number. For more information mention the Ohio Department of Health at Tracey www.ohio.raCapuano for low COMMUNITY PRESS cost test kits GUEST COLUMNIST and licensed testers in your area or check with your local county health department for test kit coupons. Tracey Capuano is president of the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals and owner of Radon Protection LLC in West Chester.



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try. In 2009, there were more than 493,000 active natural gas wells in the United States and there is no denying that Ohio is the industry’s next target. However, we cannot sit idly by while our state is contaminated and Ohioans are put at risk. Many other states have not taken the necessary time to consider all the factors regarding the fracking of oil and gas wells and have faced many difficulties protecting their land, water, and citizens. We need to make sure Ohio learns from the situation in other states and considers the findings of the EPA study. If there is a chance that people could become sick or our environment could be contaminated, then the legislature owes it to Ohioans to assess that risk before allowing oil and gas companies to drill. Since July, I have met with many local organizations and constituents that are also concerned about the dangers of fracking. They agree that there are too many safety issues that have been ignored in other states and we cannot afford to allow that in Ohio. Denise Driehaus is state representative for the 31st District.

West Side culture

In the October issue of Cincinnati Magazine Bill Hemmer writes about the “electric atmosphere at The Pit on a Friday night.” No doubt, this is where the Elder spirit is best expressed. But that “Purple Thing” is rooted not in football, but in a culture that created the school itself. During the 1800’s the Price family developed the Hill. And, although they were not of German Catholic decent, they Jm Grawe COMMUNITY PRESS made this segment of society; GUEST COLUMNIST perceived at the time to be the underclass, feel welcomed. Accordingly, the Catholic population within Price Hill grew exponentially. In 1917, The Price Hill Civic Club’s president, and the premiere Covedale advocate, John Prout, petitioned the city for a Public High School. Recognizing that the east side enjoyed the status of four, he demanded “Equal Recognition” for the west side. However, his efforts fell on deaf ears. Price Hill residents

sensed a prejudice; fueled by the city’s anti German posturing during World War I. At the same time prominent Price Hill families, seeking the privilege of higher education for their children, moved to the east side; in neighborhoods designed to appeal to persons of a “high class of citizenship” – void of poor Catholic immigrants. Collectively, these events established the east side/west side cultural battleground, validated our west side underdog mentality, and motivated the building of Elder High School - an achievement of immense pride considering that Western Hills High School opened six long years later. For many, Elder’s cornerstone is the chip on our west side shoulder. We dare others to knock it off by welcoming them to the Pit, where the privileged must compete on a level playing field. To date our underdog identity has served us well. But I wonder. Will the Purple Nation’s next generation be willing to party to the underdog song and dance? Jim Grawe is the co-founder of the Covedale Neighborhood Association.


White Oak resident Mitchell Miller, a senior at La Salle High School, was named WCPO's Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 7. Miller ranks eighth out of 190 students in his class with a 3.898 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been member of the Key Club, band, Spanish Club and vocal ensemble, and an accompanist for the chorus and La Salle/McAuley vocal ensemble. He won first prize in a scholarship competition of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, received a rating of unanimous superior in a Junior Festival competition at the Ohio Music Federation and participated in the Southwest Ohio Catholic Honor Band. Outside of school, Miller has volunteered at Twin Towers, the City Gospel Mission, Mercy Franciscan Terrace and Bethany House, and plays the organ at St. James, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Martin of Tours, St. Bernard and St. Boniface churches. Pictured from left are La Salle band director Brian Fischer, Miller and vocal director Cindy Webb. PROVIDED.

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Skirt Game’s shopping trip a success The Delhi Skirt Game Committee made Christmas a day to remember its Kids, Cops and Firefighters shopping spree Dec. 10. Clyde Kober, committee cochairman, said 53 families and 157 children from seven schools in the Oak Hills district and Delhi Township area were given a much-needed boost this year. The Skirt Game relies on donations and proceeds from the Cindy Roebel Memorial Fund golf outing. Along with local organizations, the Delhi Township seniors donated $5,000 for the shopping day. Skirt Game Committee members, seniors, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association members and business association members teamed up with firefighters and police officers for the morning at the Western Hills Target store. “This is our third year and we’re able to help more people this year,” Kober said. “We couldn’t do it without the donations, the volunteers and Target.” Kathy Boeh, a Delhi Township resident and Target employee, said the store is happy to help. “Target is always willing to help in the communities we serve,” she said. “This is all about helping families.” For a Bridgetown grandfather, the project was a “miracle.” “My daughter told me about it and I came along with her today,” said Jack Grote, helping his daughter, Sara Cook, load gifts into their car. “I was just overwhelmed and we are so grateful. There’s no words to say how thankful we are.” Cook said it’s been a rough year for her and her three children. “The firefighters and police and everyone else who helped us and other families are,” she said fighting back tears, “well, they’re angels. That’s the best word I can think of.” For 11-year-old Jacob Macaluso, it could have been just another Saturday to sleep in. The son of Delhi Township police Lt. Joe Macaluso had other ideas. “I wanted to come and help,” he said. “I think it’s fun.” His father said his son and daughter, Katie, 9, were up and dressed and waiting to tag along with him. “It was their idea, but I think it’s good from them to remember that Christmas isn’t all about getting,” Macaluso said. As families wheeled their carts to the check-out registers, Mary Pat McQuaide and Connie Vanover were ready to help bag up their gifts. Both are Skirt Game Committee members. “It always amazes me that these kids don’t have things on their lists just for them,” Vanover said. “They are buying sheets and pillows, and last year I remember a little boy who bought slippers for his grandmother. “They are thinking about their family and not just themselves.”

Nautica Coyne, 7, checks out the candy cane she received from Santa and his elf helper before she started shopping at the Kids, Cops and Firefighters event Dec. 10 at Target. When Christmas is over, the elf likes to be called Sherri Lewis and Santa goes by Ron Vanover. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Delhi Township firefighter Pete Pritchard got a hug and a homemade thank-you card from Cheyenne Walker, 12, at the end of their morning of shopping at Target with the Kids, Cops and Firefighters Dec. 10. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

It was shopping, fun and games for Delhi Township Police Officer Bill Murphy and Cody Dior, 8, as they take a break from shopping to test out a Lego game. Dior was one of 157 children picked for the Delhi Skirt Game's Kids, Cops and Firefighters shopping event at Target. HEIDI FALLON/THE

Delhi Township Police Chief James Howarth and Lori O'Brien, a Delhi Business Association member, assist Kiva Dior, 10, in making the best T-shirt selection during the Kids, Cops and Firefighters Dec. 10 event at Target. HEIDI



Nick Mathis, 10, said he found police Lt. Jeff Braun, left, and Tom Winkler, Citizens Police Association president, "pretty funny," as they helped him find a gift for his sister during the Dec. 10 Kids, Cops and Firefighters shopping day at Target. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Delhi Township police Cpl. Frank Gentile helps Jamison Humphreys, 7, try on a new pair of shoes as they teamed up for the Kids, Cops and Firefighters shopping day at Target Dec. 10.

Delhi Township firefighter Scott Somers and Lynne Seaburn, police department clerk, make sure Christian Ruschman, 11, is picking out the right size of gloves during the Dec. 10 Kids, Cops and Firefighters shopping at Target.



A'Leah Dior, 7, gives Delhi Township police Lt. Darryl Haussler and Mike Kelsch, a Citizens Police Association member, a lesson on proper table settings during the Dec. 10 Kids, Cops and Firefighters shopping event at Target. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Delhi Township police Lt. Joe Macaulso and his children, Katie, 9, and Jacob, 11, help Brenden Roempp select a toy during the Dec. 10 Kids, Cops and Firefighters shopping day at Target. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition: “Experience the Word Come to Life” College of Mount St. Joseph | Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery | January 17 – February 26, 2012 For more information on The Saint John’s Bible exhibit, visit The exhibition and programming are supported by the Skyler Foundation and the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. Left: Creation, Donald Jackson with contribution by Chris Tomlin, ©2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.



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home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4474; Westwood.

Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7-8 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. Beginner-level dance class open to all capable ages. Wear smooth-soled shoes. With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219; Springfield Township. Two Step Dance Class, 8-9 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. Beginnerlevel dance class is open to all capable ages. Wear smoothsoled shoes.With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Aerobic class works cardiovascular system and includes strength training. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Improve strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Instructor Celine Kirby leads core-strengthening exercises using bands and weights. Bring yoga mat. Ages 18 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

On Stage - Student Theater Sweeney Todd, 8 p.m., La Salle High School, $12. 741-2369; Green Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Karaoke and Open Mic Learn about feeding birds during the winter Sunday, Jan. 8, at noon at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road in Colerain Township, or 3 p.m. at Fernbank Park, 60 Thornton Ave. in Sayler Park. For more information, visit or 521-7275. PROVIDED Literary - Libraries


Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 10-11 a.m., Forest Park Branch Library, 655 Waycross Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4478; Forest Park.

Exercise Classes

On Stage - Student Theater Sweeney Todd, 8 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Black Box Production. Not recommended for children. $12. Presented by La Salle High School Drama. 741-2369; Green Township.

Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Forest Park, 1212 W. Kemper Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Forest Park.

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 10-11 a.m., Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Ave., Learn how to use your

Community Church CE-1001682368-01

NEW- Wednesday night Bible-Study 7pm Starts Jan. 4th Everyone Welcome Sunday Services Traditional: 9:30am, Contemporary: 10:45am

1191 Devils Backbone Rd. 661-8147


“Come Hear The Story of Jesus” 5421 Foley Rd. • 513-922-8363 Rev. Bob Overberg Sunday School..................................10:00a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ..................11:00a.m. Sunday Evening ..................................6:00p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study .........6:00p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DENT 6384 Harrison Ave. - 574-6411 Bible Study ........................... 9:30am Sunday Worship ................. 10:30am Wed. Youth Service .............. 7:00pm Wed.Pray Sevice .................. 7:00pm

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Anderson Ferry & Foley Roads 513-451-3600 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship and Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Praise Celebration and Junior Church nursery provided for both services

PRESBYTERIAN OAK HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6233 Werk Rd. (Enter off Werkridge) 922-5448 Rev. Jerry Hill 10:00 a.m Worship & Sunday School Nursery Care Avail.

Come and worship in a small casual church that emphasizes the fellowship and mission in the community and globally.

Presbyterian USA / U.C.C.

UNITED METHODIST CHEVIOT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3820 Westwood-Northern Blvd. Craig D. Jones, Senior Pastor Lois Schalk-Hartley, Associate Pastor

9:20 a.m. Traditional Worship 10:20 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages 11:20 a.m Contemporary Worship Service 662-2048 NORTH BEND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

123 Symmes Ave. North Bend, OH 45202 One block off Route 50, Phone 941-3061 Small, friendly, casual, blended music, Bible based messages that connect with real life. Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST St. Peter & St. Paul United Church of Christ

3001 Queen City Ave. 513-661-3745 Rev. Martin Westermeyer, Pastor Bible Study: 9am Worship & Church School: 10am Dial-A-Devotion 426-8957

Nature Wilderness Skills, 4 p.m. (Campfire cooking. Learn cooking skills and safety. Warm drinks and treats provided.) and 5:30 p.m. (Orienteering I and Night Navigation. Learn how to use a compass, then practice on a course under moonlight. Beginners welcome.), Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Vehicle permit required. Cost is $6. Registration required online by Jan. 5. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Cleves. Growing Up a Farm Kid, 9:3011 a.m., Parky’s Farm, 10037 Daly Road, Registration required online by Jan. 5. Three-day camp for preschoolers with an adult. Do crafts, meet farm animals and read stories. $12.50 per day, $30 for all three, with one complimentary adult. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-3276, ext. 100; Springfield Township.

borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4454; Colerain Township.

Music - Acoustic Charlie Runtz, 6:30-10 p.m., Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 3807 North Bend Road, With special guest Chad Runtz. Free. Presented by Black Sheep Bar & Grill. 481-6300. Cheviot.

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Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, 1210 Compton Road, Fellowship Hall. Join us for Awana Clubs with game time, memory verses, and bible study in personalized small groups

Growing Up a Farm Kid, 9:3011 a.m., Parky’s Farm, Registration required online by Jan. 5. $12.50 per day, $30 for all three, with one complimentary adult. 521-3276, ext. 100; Springfield Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Sweeney Todd, 8 p.m., La Salle High School, $12. 741-2369; Green Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Health / Wellness Gentle Yoga, 4-5 p.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Ten-week series for beginners. Learn foundational yoga that will strength, stretch and tone. Focus is on alignment, coordinating breath with movement and adapting postures for different body types. Registration required. Through March 11. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.



St. Luke’s

Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., Free. Through Dec. 29. 825-9958. Springfield Township.


Public Notice Cristo The DePaul Rey High School located at 1133 Clifton Hills Ave in Cincinnati, Ohio has adopted the following racial nondiscriminatory policies. The DePaul Cristo Rey High School recruits and admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all its rights, privileges, programs and activities. In addition, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational admissions policies, policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school proadministered grams. The DePaul High Rey Cristo School will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the hiring of its certified or non-certified personnel. Any persons having knowledge of racial discriminatory practices on the basis of race, and color, national ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, adpolicies, missions employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic schoolother and proadministered grams should contact the Ohio Department of Education, Center for Student Support & Education Options, EducaNonpublic tional Options Programs, 25 S. Front Street, MS 309, Columbus, OH 432154183. 1680406

Winter Bird Feeding, 3 p.m., Fernbank Park, 60 Thornton Ave., Fernbank Lodge. Learn about the tools and techniques to draw colorful feathered friends to any yard this winter. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sayler Park. Winter Bird Feeding, Noon, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Learn about the winter needs of birds. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Sweeney Todd, 5 p.m., La Salle High School, $12. 741-2369; Green Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 9 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Gentle yoga designed to improve flexibility, circulation, balance, and overall strength and flexibility. Class combines basic yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Music - Blues Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., With Tri-state blues artists. Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Nature First Full Moon Campfire, 6:30 p.m., Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Pine Grove picnic area. Toast the first full moon of the year with hot chocolate and a campfire, followed by a short hike. Free,

The Winton Woods Riding Center is taking registrations for the 2012 Winter Session, which runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 26. Both Western- and English-style lessons are available. The cost for one-hour group lessons is $175. Registration is available online at or at 931-3057 until the session begins. Space will be limited so that all riders can be accommodated in the indoor riding arena during inclement weather. PROVIDED and interactive large groups. Registration is completed on first night of attendance. Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

Senior Citizens Uphill Gang Luncheon, Noon, Mount Healthy United Methodist Church, 7612 Perry St., Theme: “New Starts and Memories.” $5. 825-1254. Mount Healthy.

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lis Bradshaw, children Wilma (Ernest) Ferguson, Clyde (Arden) Bradshaw. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Council of the Blind, Greater Cincinnati Chapter. Verda Bryant Verda Mitchell Bryant, 77, Westwood, died Dec. 19. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Michael Bryant, Michele (Carmine) DiLonardo; grandchildren Antonio, Anna, Sara DiLonardo; sister Viola Wittberg. Preceded in death by husband James Bryant, sisters Virginia Elsbernd, Verna Lindauer, Vera Maurer. Services were Dec. 23 at St. William. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to Holy Family Church. Ellen Clark Ellen Lyons Clark, 89, Miami Township, died Dec. 23. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the North Bend United Methodist Church. Survived by children Mary Ann Klosterman, Matthew Clark; grandchildren Jennifer Klosterman (Keith) Rielage, John, Brenna Clark; great-grandchildren Josie, Katie Rielage; sisters Katherine Bach, Mildred Baird. Preceded in death by husband Raymond Clark. Services were Dec. 30 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the Miami Township Fire Department or American Cancer Society. Charlie DeZarn

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Home. Elizabeth Lager Elizabeth Steigerwald Lager, 77, Monfort Heights, died Dec. 23. Survived by husband Ludwig Lager; children David (Brenda) Lager, Lisa (Greg) Niehaus, Maria (Jim) Dawes, Carol (Randy) Schauer, Angela (Brian) Rabe, Christal (Mike) Sherron; siblings Martha, Sister Mary Lisa, RSM, David (Joyleen) Steigerwald; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers Danny, Charlie Steigerwald. Services were Dec. 28 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Memorials to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Mel Lorentz Melvin Francis “Mel” Lorentz, 78, Green Township, died Dec. 20. He worked for the Ford Motor Company. Survived by children Denise (Mike) Ball, Tom Lorentz, Lisa (Jerry) Gratsch, Gina (Ronald) Sawma, Sharon (David) Niederbaumer, Christa (Carl) Weber; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many cousins. Preceded in death by wife Eleanor “Ellie” Lorentz.

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Franklin Peter Franklin H. Peter, 84, Green Township, died Dec. 15. He was a salesman. Survived by wife Ardelle Peter; children Deborah McCann, Christina (Cliff) Diersing, Michael (Jon), David (Debbie) Peter, JoAnn (Carlos) Siros, Susan (Bob) Goebel; siblings Lillian Wetzel, Arthur Peter, Martha Janis; 14 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings August, Fred Peter, Frieda Kaelin. Services were Dec. 19 at St. Jude Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Tristen Sanders Tristen Ryan Sanders, 2, Westwood, died Dec. 21. Survived by parents Brandon Sanders, Jessica Ballard. Services were Dec. 28 at Newcomer Funeral Home. Memorials to the Tristen Ryan Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank.

Gregory Ruehlmann Sr. Gregory A. Ruehlmann Sr., 56, Green Township, died Dec. 26. He was an attorney for Squire, Sanders and Dempsey LLP. Survived by wife Jean Ruehlmann; children Gregory Jr. (Diana), Amanda, Keith Ruehlmann, Jennifer Terry; siblings Virginia (David) Wiltse, Pete (Kathy), James (Donna), Mark, Rick (Wendy) Ruehlmann; father Eugene Ruehlmann; friends Adam Ruehlmann, Josh Hogan; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by mother Virginia Ruehlmann. Services were Dec. 30 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Caring Response Madagascar Foundation, 1193 Bal-

Ruth Schenkel Ruth Hoctor Schenkel, 82, died Dec. 21. Survived by children Susan (Mark) Dickey, Steve (Tamy), Mark (Sally), Tim (Jo) Schenkel; grandchildren Christopher, Kyle Dickey, Zach, Keyrstin, Rachel, Kyle, Keith, Melissa, Brian, Andrew, Michael, Kevin, Julie, Marie Schenkel; sisters Mary Ellen Levy, Vivian Groene. Preceded in death by husband Donald Schenkel, granddaughter Anna Schenkel. Services were Dec. 27 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 or Christ Hospital Foundation, 2139 Au-

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Wireless Intensity II™

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Intel® Core i3-2330M Processor 7" Android Media Tablet & Color eReader $ • R70B200

DROID RAZR™ by MOTOROLA • Thinnest 4G LTE smartphone • Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor • 4.3" Super AMOLED display • MOTXT9122Y



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Intel® Core i7-2670QM Processor


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1-No interest if paid in full within 12 or 24 months with your hhgregg card. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance, including optional charges, is not paid in full within 12 or 24 months or if you make a late payment. Minimum Monthly Payments Required. If promo and debt cancellation are not paid in full within 12 or 24 months interest at 29.99% will be assessed from

purchase date. If account goes 60 days past due, promo may be terminated early and accrued interest will be billed. Purchase APR 29.99%; Penalty APR 29.99%. Minimum Interest $2. Subject to credit approval. Excludes air-conditioning, Frigidaire non-stainless steel appliances, Haier & Estate appliances, Hisense, Curtis, Coby & Seiki TVs, Sony camcorders, video game systems & Verizon Wireless phones. 2 - Requires new 2-yr activation or upgrade. Activation fee/line: $35 ($25 for secondary Family SharePlan lines w/ 2 yr Agmts) IMPORTANT CONSUMER INFORMATION: Subject to Customer Agmt, Calling Plan & credit approval. Up to $350 early termination fee & other charges. Offers & coverage, varying by service, not available everywhere. Coverage maps at While supplies last. Shipping charges may apply. BlackBerry®, RIM®, Research In Motion®, SureType®, SurePress™ and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. Used under license. DROID™ is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Cosmos™ is a trademark of Verizon Wireless. © 2012 Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (“Samsung”). Samsung is a trademark of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and/or its related entities. Screen images simulated. © 2012 Verizon Wireless 3-Valid on standard UPS shippable items only. All items in this advertisement are available in limited quantities. Sorry, no rainchecks.

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