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The eighth-graders who corresponded with soldiers in Iraq got a glimpse of what life is like at a military base overseas.This is a photo from inside the work site at an air defense station in Basra, Iraq.

By Kurt Backscheider

Staff Sgt. Nathan Wainscott told the eighthgraders at Three Rivers Middle School that they have no idea how much their letters meant to him and his fellow soldiers in Iraq. Wainscott, a Delhi Township native who serves in the Ohio Army National Guard, recently expressed his gratitude to the students in a letter he wrote to them in response to the hundreds of letters he and his Army buddies received from the students. Wainscott serves in a radar unit with the 174th Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Basra, Iraq. “Every card that I read was amazing, to say the least,” he wrote. “I could tell how much you cared about writing to us because of how much time and dedication the cards displayed. I simply cannot thank you enough, not only for the cards, but for caring.” Three Rivers Middle School teacher Bryan Kestner asked the students in his eighth-grade social studies classes to write letters to the soldiers as a homework assignment around Veterans Day. Kestner is a close friend of Wainscott’s, and the two graduated from Oak Hills High School together. The students wrote to Wainscott and three other soldiers he serves with in Iraq, as well as a Marine in Afghanistan who Kestner lived with in college. Kestner said he only asked his students to write to one or two of the soldiers, but many of them wrote to all five. “I always like to do something special for Veterans Day,” Kestner said. “I talked it up big time and told the kids this is the most important homework assignment of the year.” He said he knows how much the soldiers appreciate receiving letters from home, and he wanted his students to see how important it is to support the men and women who stand up


Eighth-graders in Bryan Kestner’s social studies classes at Three Rivers Middle School recently corresponded with five U.S. Army soldiers stationed in Iraq. Three of the soldiers are, from left, Sgt. James Foraker, Sgt. Colin Rice and Staff Sgt. Nathan Wainscott, who is a Delhi Township native. The soldiers serve with a radar unit in the Army Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Basra, Iraq. for this country. He said out of the roughly 120 eighthgraders at the middle school, there were only a few who didn’t write to the soldiers. “I was overwhelmed by the effort these kids put forth,” Kestner said. “The letters they sent thanking the soldiers for their bravery were phenomenal. It blew me away.” He sent all the letters, along with some cans of Skyline chili and other goodies from home, overseas near the end of November, but he said he never asked the soldiers to write back. The students’ words must have had an impact – all five of the soldiers wrote letters back to Kestner’s classes shortly before Christmas. “The kids were ecstatic,” he said. One of the soldiers who wrote back specifically pointed out eighth-grader Amanda Bow-

man, thanking her for the poem she wrote and encouraging Kestner to give her some extra credit. “I still have the letter,” Bowman said. “I had it framed and put it in my room.” She said she felt an emotional connection to the soldiers because several members of her family have served in the military. “They deserve our thanks,” she said. “I was happy to write to them and let them know how thankful we are that they are protecting us.” Bowman said she hopes all the soldiers return home safely. Kestner said his students truly impressed him. “I put it into their hands and they ran with it,” he said. “I’m proud of these kids.”

Snow wreaks havoc on school calamity days By Kurt Backscheider

Hopefully area students enjoyed sled riding and building snowmen during their snow days because they might be making up for it later this year. Winter snowstorms have forced schools to cancel classes several times this year, putting many schools at, and in some cases above, the limit for calamity days. Ohio allows districts three calamity without requiring students to make up that instructional time. The state used to allow five days, but former Gov. Ted Strickland reduced the number last year. Gov. John Kasich said he wants the five days restored. A bill introduced recently in the Ohio House would restore the number of days to five. “While we do believe that being in school is important, due to the unusual winter weather we would appreciate having the calamity days returned to their previous number,” said Jenny Kroner-Jackson, spokeswoman for Mother of Mercy High School. She said Mercy has used four calamity days so far this school

“We know there’s a long history of weatherrelated closures in Cincinnati. The extra days are simply insurance.”

Tom Otten Elder High School principal

year, exceeding the limit by one. Mercy will make up that day on April 27, which is the school’s last day of spring break. Jackson said additional makeup days are set for March 25, April 21 and June 6 and 7 if they are needed. Mercy follows the Oak Hills Local School District when it comes to school closings and delays. Gina Gentry-Fletcher, the communications coordinator for Oak Hills, said the district has used all three of its calamity days. She said Oak Hills also canceled a teacher in-service day and transportation for parochial schools Friday, Jan. 21, but that

doesn’t count as a calamity day against the district since students were already scheduled to be off for the in-service day. If more calamity days are needed, Fletcher said the board of education has approved March 28 and June 6-9 as contingency days. Seton High School also follows the Oak Hills district when determining delays or cancellations. Seton spokeswoman Erin Grady said the high school has called three snow days so far. She said Seton will wait to see if additional days are needed before scheduling any makeup days. “We are supportive of increasing the calamity days to five,” Grady said. Elder High School Principal Tom Otten said he would like to see a return to five calamity days as well, even though Elder still has all three of its calamity days intact and available. He said four extra instructional days were built into the calendar for the 2010-2011 school year, and so far Elder has had to cancel class four times. If nothing else cancels classes from this point on, Otten said Elder will end the school year with 178 days of instruction plus three in-service days and two parent

conference days. “We build extra days into our calendar because we believe we have an obligation to make an honest attempt to fulfill our end of the deal – to provide the 178 days of instruction required by Ohio,” he said. “We know there’s a long history of weather-related closures in Cincinnati. The extra days are simply insurance.” Students in the Three Rivers Local School District will be going to school in June if the state does not restore the number of calamity days to five. The district has canceled school four times so far due to snow. The board of education has scheduled June 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 as contingency days. Three Rivers’ students will be in class on June 2, if nothing changes between now and the end of the school year. Cincinnati Public Schools have used all three calamity days so far. No makeup up days have been scheduled yet, but according to the policy Cincinnati Public has posted on its website the district may designate days during spring recess as needed, or weekdays immediately following the end of the school year as needed.


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Harrison birthday ceremonies are Saturday North Bend, Miami Township, and the Harrison-Symmes Memorial Foundation present the annual William Henry Harrison Birthday Memorial Ceremony Saturday, Feb. 5. North Bend Mayor Terry Simpson said the ceremony marks the 238th anniversary of the birthday of the nation’s ninth president, William Henry Harrison, who was born Feb. 9, 1773, in Charles City County, Va. The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. with the annual Tribute Walk

to Harrison’s burial site. This is a short walk, about four blocks. Anyone wishing to participate in the Tribute Walk should assemble at the North Bend Administration Building, 21 Taylor Ave., no later than 10:30 am. Simpson says those who prefer to join the group only for the memorial ceremony should meet the group at Harrison’s Tomb at the corner of Brower and Cliff roads. The ceremony is set to begin at 11 a.m. The ceremony lasts about one-half hour. Simpson said Brigadier General

Frank Cipolla has been designated by the White House to be President Barack Obama’s personal representative at the ceremony. Cipolla will be the featured speaker and will present a wreath from the president. The mayor suggests attendees dress warmly, and bring an umbrella just in case, as the event is conducted outdoors. No American president served less time in office – Harrison died about a month after being sworn in as president. He was living in western Hamilton County when elected,

settling there after his glory days as a hero of the War of 1812. Today he rests in the crypt of a granite tomb in North Bend overlooking the Ohio River. Entombed with him are his wife, Anna, and their son, John Harrison, who has the unique status of being the son of one president and the father of another – Benjamin Harrison. North Bend is one of only two communities in the United States that can claim two presidents; William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.


There will be a ceremony to commemorate the birthday of our ninth president, William Henry Harrison, at the Harrison Tomb in North Bend on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Champions Grille reopens in new Werk Road location By Kurt Backscheider

One of the West Side’s most popular hangouts is ready for business again. Champions Grille opened Wednesday, Jan. 19, with a soft opening to celebrate the return of the restaurant and bar. Champions is now open in the Cincinnati Marketplace retail center on Werk Road in Green Township, the same center that houses the new Pirates Den bar,

“It took a little longer than we anticipated, but we also wanted to do it right.”

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Bally’s Fitness and Big Lots. The sports-themed bar used to be on Crookshank Road, but closed there in April 2010 when its lease was up. Bill O’Conner, a West Side dentist who co-owns Champions, said they hosted soft openings on Jan. 19

and Jan. 20, and opened to the public on the weekend. He said there were a couple projects to finish in the kitchen before they could serve food, but the kitchen was expected to be fully operational by Wednesday, Jan. 26. He said many people

have been anxiously waiting for the restaurant to reopen in a new location since it closed nine months ago. “It took a little longer than we anticipated, but we also wanted to do it right,” he said. “We’re really excited. We put a lot of money and time into making it a great space, and we think we have one of the best sports bars on this side of town, if not the city.” The new space is smaller

than the old location, but O’Conner said it is still filled with plenty of televisions for watching the big games, as well as all the familiar sports memorabilia from area high schools and Cincinnati’s professional teams. He said the favorites on the restaurant menu return, along with all the quality ingredients used to make the dishes. There are also a few new items featured on the menu, including a build-

your-own burger. The new Champions will offer several new craft beers, or microbrews, as well, which O’Conner said helps them stand out from most bars in the area. He said about 20 different beers will be available on tap. “It’s a great space in a great location with plenty of parking,” he said. “It’s going to be a very nice, family-oriented sports bar. Bring the kids and bring the team in after a game.”

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Mercy alumna enjoys working for Chabot By Kurt Backscheider


Alyssa Polewski, a Mother of Mercy High School graduate from North Bend, stands in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R–1st District). Polewski works as the congressman’s scheduler ad office manager.

Alyssa Polewski said she’s heard that you either love living and working in Washington, D.C., or you hate it. The North Bend native falls into the category of those who love the nation’s capital. “I absolutely love it,” she said. “ Polewski, a 2006 Mother of Mercy High School graduate, works for U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R–1st District) in his office inside the Rayburn building in Washington, D.C. She serves as the congressman’s scheduler and office manager. She said some of her responsibilities include making all Chabot’s travel arrangements, briefing him on his scheduled activities for each day, scheduling interviews with the media, coordinating his schedules in both D.C. and Cincinnati, supervising the office staff in D.C., making sure office policies and procedures are followed and handling payroll and benefits. “I’ve been very busy, but it’s been

“I have a great deal of respect for him, and my personal views are very in line with his.”

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really good,” said Polewski, who graduated from Bellarmine University in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice. She said she moved to Washington, D.C., shortly after Christmas, and has been hard at work since Jan. 3, helping with Chabot’s transition and return to Congress. “I was able to go to the swearing-in ceremony of the 112th Congress,” Polewski said. “It was a great experience to be able to witness history in the making.” She said she’s always been interested in politics because her family has always been involved in politics. She said she volunteered for many political campaigns while she was a student at Mercy, and she joined the Republican Club at Bellarmine and enrolled in sev-

Seton students embrace technology By Kurt Backscheider

Seton High School students are using technology in their English classes to make modern day connections to classic works of literature. Every student at Seton has a Tablet PC laptop computer, allowing them to always be engaged in the learning process. The English department is putting the computers to work, not only to focus on developing strong readers and writers, but to also develop students who are information literate. Anna Downey, chair of Seton’s English department, said whether they are reading a text, highlighting unknown words and looking up definitions with a simple click of a button or actively participating in the writing process, students are using technology as a learning tool. She said this year students are completing projects that require them to conduct research, develop a web page and use a variety of software programs to create a video. “Project based learning enables students to understand the learning process,” she said. “Learning is demonstrated throughout the process, as students inquire, design, reflect and produce. By participating in projects which require technology, students are able to make real-life connections and the material stays relevant.” As an example, she noted how freshmen recently read “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. Students were asked to read the book and examine the social issues presented in the classic novel. Downey said they then wrote journal entries on their laptops about the social issues and thought about social issues in our world today. She said after much exploration, both as individuals and in groups, students were asked to come up with a research question linking a social issue today with one present in the 1800s. She said students then used Online research databases to find information to help them answer their question. “Research is an important part of Seton’s English curriculum,” she said. “We want students, as young as


Seton High School sophomores, from left, Kayla Reuss, Morgan Doll and Sarah Doyle compare notes while working on their laptop computers in English class. Seton students are using technology to create web pages and videos to coincide with the classic literature they are studying. freshmen, to understand there is more to research than searching in Google. We want our students to be

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eral political science classes. After college, she said she came back home, contacted the Hamilton County Republican Party and started volunteering for Chabot’s campaign to win back his seat from Steve Driehaus. “I’ve always been very impressed by Congressman Chabot’s honesty and integrity. He’s always had rocksolid convictions,” Polewski said. “I have a great deal of respect for him, and my personal views are very in line with his.” She said Chabot is one of the nicest people she’s ever met and it’s a pleasure working for him. She said she’s looking forward to the end of this harsh winter in Washington, and getting out to enjoy the cherry blossoms this spring in her neighborhood near the Eastern Market and making time to explore more of the city. She said she has visited some of the monuments, and her favorite so far was getting to tour the dome in the U.S. Capitol. “That was really neat,” Polewski said. “You get a beautiful view of the city.”

Ohio Healthcare Association, the state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities, has honored Cincinnati, Ohio Food Service Manager, Christina Osie, employee of Hillebrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, as its January 2011 “Hero of Long Term Care”. The organization chooses one long-term care employee each month to honor for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community. Christina Osie, Food Service Manager at Hillebrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Cincinnati, was selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for the month of January, 2011. Osie will be honored at theAssociation’s 2011Annual Convention in Columbus, and will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of January. Dan Suer, LNHA, Administrator at Hillebrand, says that Osie is passionate about serving the company’s residents and the facility. “Tina is dedicated to satisfying her residents and providing comfort with food,” said Suer. “In addition, she conveys this passion to her many long term staff, and it is reflected in their care and our residents’ satisfaction.” “She is here every holiday ensuring our residents and guests have a fantastic meal and their guests witness her excellence in quality food.” Osie has worked at Hillebrand for more than 21 years, starting as a Dietary Aide and quickly moving through the department until taking the manager’s position in 2000. “We have been extremely lucky to have her in that position ever since,” said Rhonda Souders, Staff Development Coordinator at Hillebrand. Osie helped develop the facility’s “select menu” program in the early 1990s, and has been a part of its improvement over the years. She initiated a “Themed Meals” program, as well as a program to provide centerpieces in the resident dining areas at Hillebrand She serves on the Open Dining Program Committee, and is invited to attend every Resident Council Meeting. In addition to her work at Hillebrand, Osie is in charge of menu preparation at her Green Township hometown Senior Citizen’s Club; she also assists with her church spaghetti dinners and as a fund raiser for a local Girl Scout Troop. She participates in preparing meals for local first responders, and for needy families during holidays and festivals. Osie is instrumental to the success of the facility Holiday Open House, family picnic and other special occasions, where she is viewed as a culinary artist. “Tina is especially well-loved at Hillebrand by staff and residents alike,” said Souders. We are proud to nominate her for this award, and she is truly our Hero of Long-Term Care for not just stepping up to the plate, but going beyond!” The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 700 nursing homes, assisted living residences, and facilities for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, representing 64,000 individuals. It is the largest long-term care association in the states, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities nationwide. Hillebrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 4320 Bridgetown Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45211 CE-0000444188

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Five years ago, McAuley High School initiated the Sophomore Pinning Ceremony was to celebrate sophomores, who often can feel overlooked when attention is given to the oldest, seniors and juniors, as well as freshmen. Following Mass to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the entire school participated in the most recent pinning ceremony. As a community, the pins were blessed and blessings asked for the sophomores. Each girl received her pin from a senior “sister” in her family homeroom as her name was announced. The pin is crafted in the shape of the school crest, embossed with the school motto, representing, among other things, the light of education, the wheat of the farmer’s college once located in College Hill, the Irish background of the school and the Sisters of Mercy, who opened McAuley in 1960. Pictured from left are sophomores Hannah Toberman, Claire Tonnis and Andrea Trach. PROVIDED


It started with a nod between two coaches. Two local elementary schools, St. Ignatius and Our Lady of Visitation, were battling out a fourth-grade basketball game when a time out was called and Ethan Ernst, a St. I’s student with Down Syndrome, was placed in the game. As the opposing team cooperated, the ball was bounce-passed to Ethan who made the shot just as the buzzer went off. Ethan pictured: Ethan Ernst with St. I principal Tim Reilly shakes Ethan’s hand.


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The fine arts department presents its winter play, “Our Miss Brooks,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30. “Our Miss Brooks” is a comedy in three acts by Christopher Sergel, adapted from the original work of R.J. Mann. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and senior citizens. Reserve tickets by calling director Alecia Lewkowich at 681-1800, ext. 2276, or online at

Oak Hills High School

The Oak Hills High School PTA fundraising dinner and fashion show is Friday, Feb. 25, at Receptions West, 3302 Westbourne Ave. Social hour, raffles and registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., followed by an auction. Order tickets through or by contacting Tina LaScalea at 309-3470 or Proceeds benefit Oak Hills students.

Seton High School

Sophomores Lindsey Ackerman, Katarina Gay and Sydney Vollmer have been chosen to be student ambassadors at the 2011 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. They wrote essays explaining the most rewarding and challenging aspects of being a leader, and those essays were judged by a panel of Seton teachers and staff. The students will visit Wright State University June 16 through June 19 to engage in community service and develop leadership skills. The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference was founded in 1958 to help young people develop leadership and community service skills. The conference is held throughout the United States each year.

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Holly Wanek, a sixth-grade Academic Program for the Talented student, won first place in the local Patriot’s Pen essay contest sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Wanek had to answer the question, “Does Patriotism Still Matter?” She received a savings bond.


Shopping for a cause


Bridgetown Middle School sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders raised $700 in a Penny Wars fundraiser to buy holiday toys for patients at the Shriners Hospital. Pictured with some of their purchases are, from left, Alison Schaefer, Rachel Lachtrupp, Becca Koopman, Lorraine Lowrey, Ashley Schleicher, Maddie Climer, Katie Carter, Savannah O’Brien and Annie Smith.

Top speller

Fifth-grader Jessica Morgan is the spelling bee champion at Oakdale Elementary School. Runners-up included second-place finisher Erin Zoric, and Karli Gaskins and Zoey Orlet, who tied for third place. All in the runner-up also are in fifth grade.

Girls on the Run


Participants in Dater Montessori’s Girls on the Run program ran in the program’s fall 5k in honor of Isabella Battle, who is fighting acute myelogenous leukemia. Girls on the Run is a character development program that teaches life lessons and fitness skills to help girls navigate through their challenging pre-teen years, provide the tools and set a solid foundation for a positive teenage life and beyond. Pictured from front left are Elizabeth Allen, Jayda Norris, Olivia Reilmann, Isabella Battle and Camille Pasley; second row, Cierra Carter, Abby Hutzel, Kortne McCoy, Malak Alawi, Chloe Guthrie, Mirical Knight, Jamela Johnson and Charlie Waddle.


Jayda Norris and her dad, Jason Kelly, cross the finish line.


Showing off their medals are, from left, Olivia Reilmann, Chloe Guthrie, and Abby, Madeline and Jessica Hutzel.

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Opera singer in ‘ground-breaking event’ Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory, came to B-W with a solid musical background. She began studying voice at the age of 13 with Melody Wallace in the College Conservatory of Music preparatory department. She continued with Wallace and also began study with Paul McCready at the Cincinnati Music Academy in her sophomore year. “Paul was a huge influence and great teacher,” Waddle said. “I still consider him my most important mentor.” Her first exposure to

opera came through participation in the May Festival Youth Chorus as well as attending Cincinnati Opera productions. “I was able to perform large choral works under significant conductors such as Robert Porco, James Bagwell and James Conlon. It also was a special experience to meet other high school musicians who shared my musical aspirations,” she said. In addition she was a member of a select vocal ensemble at her high school, St. Ursula Academy. At B-W, her roles have included Mrs.

BRIEFLY Oak Hills fashion show

The Oak Hills High School PTA invites community members to an evening of fun, food and fashions. The organization’s 2011 Fashion Show and fundraiser dinner is set for Friday, Feb. 25, at Receptions West, 3302 Westbourne Ave. Social hour, raffles and registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m., followed by an auction. Tickets are $35 per person, which includes dinner. Proceeds help support the six scholarships the PTA underwrites each year for Oak Hills High School seniors. Order tickets through, or contact Tina LaScalea at 309-3470 or

Elder sports stag

The 35th annual Elder Alumni Sports Stag is set for Tuesday, Feb. 15. This year’s featured speaker is University of Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones. Tickets are $50 per person, or $125 for a special cocktail party with Jones and other celebrities. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The program begins at 8 p.m., and social follows until 11 p.m. For more information, visit or contact the Elder alumni/development office at 921-3744.

Musical trio

The Westwood First Concert Series presents a concert by the group Miami3 on Sunday, Feb. 20. Miami3 is a trio consisting of Miami University music faculty members Michele Gingras, clarinet; Harvey Thurmer, violin; and Heather MacPhail, piano. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave. For more information, call 661-6846 or visit

McAuley auditions

McAuley High School’s drama group will conduct auditions for seventh and eighth girls and boys to be part of the chorus for the spring production of “The Sound of Music.” The auditions will be from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Room 7 at the high school, 6000 Oakwood Drive. Dance auditions will be 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Everyone who auditions for the chorus should attend dance auditions. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute song that shows off their vocal ranges. The song should be memorized. The show dates are Friday, April. 8, through Sunday, April 10. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thurs-

days, and some Mondays and will run from 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The director says some rehearsals may run until 7 or 8 p.m. Set construction dates will be on Saturdays Call director Alecia Lewkowich at 681-1800, ext. 2268 or e-mail her at

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Valentine’s dance

A Valentine Dinner Dance, sponsored by The United Italian Society and featuring the Peter Wagner Band, will be 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 12, at Shriner Hall, 217 William Howard Taft Road. Tickets are $35 per person, with beer, wine and setups provided. For ticket information and order form visit our website or call Gina Onorini at 513-662-2529.

PTA presidents wanted

Were you ever a PTA president in the Oak Hills Local School District, or do you know someone who was? The district would like to interview past PTA presidents for an upcoming podcast recognizing PTA Founder’s Month during the month of February. Contact Gina Gentry-Fletcher at 598-3412, or gentry-fletcher_g@oakhills.

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Double Dutch jumping is back at Gamble Nippert YMCA. Kids are hoping their way into shape at the YMCA’s Westwood branch, which has restarted its double Dutch jump-roping program for boys and girls in first- through eighth-grade. The sport has developed into a popular program at YMCA branches. Double Dutch instills positive character values, strong work ethics, a sense of teamwork and

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Winter symphony

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra will present its winter concert, “Symphonic Virtuosity,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, Seton Performance Hall, 3901 Glenway Ave. This performance will feature violinist Jin Hee Kim, who will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Kim has performed solo concerto and chamber music concerts in Europe, Canada, Korea and in the United States. She is the violin professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Other selections will include Beethoven’s “Coriolanus” Overture, “Les Preludes” by Lizst and selections from Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. After the concert, patrons can enjoy an Italian dinner sponsored by the Elder High School Glee Club. Visit, or call the orchestra hotline at 941-8956 for information.

YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave. Cost is $10 per month, per child. To learn more or register, call the branch at 6611105.

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The week at Oak Hills

• The Oak Hills girls basketball team lost 44-42 to Hamilton, Jan. 22. Oak Hills’ top-scorer was Danni Scholl with 14 points. Princeton beat Oak Hills 50-29, Jan. 26. Mackenzie Laumann led Oak Hills with 11 points. • In boys swimming, Oak Hills lost to Lakota East 248217, Jan. 22. Oak Hills won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1:35.39; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3:31.95; Andrew Raczke won the 50 meter freestyle in 22.77. On Jan. 27, Oak Hills beat Walnut Hills 61-40. Oak Hills won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1:39.37 and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3:40.54; Oak Hills’ Kyle Freeman won the 200 meter freestyle in 1:59.32; Brian Walker won the 200 meter individual medley in 2:14.32; Andrew Raczka won the 40 meter freestyle in 22.42; Walker won the 100 meter flystroke in 1:4.98; Raczka won the 100 meter freestyle in 51.30; and Preston Meyer won the 1 meter dive with a score of 146.

The week at Elder

• The Elder wrestling team beat St. Xavier 55-11, Jan. 22. Elder’s Hicks and Daniels both won by forfeit; Sam Meyer beat Arnold in a 16-3 major decision; Tyler Waite beat Castellini 2-1; Matt Sandmann beat Huskey in a 17-1 technical fall; Tyler Hardtke beat Hughes in a 15-2 major decision; Robbie Fuhr beat Reilly in a 10-3 decision; Ian Korb pinned McCurren in 1:19; Kevin Hyland beat Danenhauer in a 16-0 technical fall; Rakim Johnson beat Gerbus 84; and Nick Nusekabel pinned Volck in 2:45. • In basketball, Elder beat Fenwich 60-49 in overtime, Jan. 25. Elder’s top-scorer was Corey Cason with 22 points. • In bowling, Elder beat Moeller 2,867-2,776, Jan. 25. Elder’s Patrick Busche bowled a 433. On Jan. 27, Elder beat St. Xavier. Elder’s Ben Brauch bowled a 437. • In diving, Elder’s Godar was first among the 6-Dive Top Finishers with a score of 198.05 in the UC Invitational, Jan. 26. Elder’s Luke Moore placed third in the same category with a score of 122.20. • In swimming, St. Xavier beat Moeller’s 88 and Elder’s 57 with a score of 160, Jan. 27.

The week at La Salle

• The La Salle wrestling team finished 21st with a score of 42 in the Maumee Bay Classic at Oregon Clay HighSchool, Jan. 22. La Salle’s Byrd beat Lima Shawnee’s Croft in a 16-0 technical fall. • In basketball, La Salle beat Chaminade-Julienne 65-34, Jan. 25. La Salle’s top-scorer was Ryan Fleming with 15 points. • In swimming on Jan. 25, Anderson beat La Salle 119-67. La Salle’s Brauning won the 100 meter freestyle in 5:05.97; and Brauning won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:10.86. • In diving, La Salle’ Jimmy McHahon placed first with a score of 318.50, and Kyle Sterwerf placed second with a 162.05 in the 11-Dive Top Finishers at the UC Invitational, Jan. 26. La Salle’s McMahon finished second in the 6-dive top-finishers. • In bowling on Jan. 27, Moeller beat La Salle, 2,5912,280. La Salle’s Travis Nieman bowled a 358.

Athlete of the Week

Sara Dillman, a freshman cheerleader, is the Oak Hills High School Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 24. Dillman is a member of Oak Hills High School Cheer.

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Oak Hills’ bowler Gourley achieves perfection – again

By Tony Meale

In the moments after Oak Hills High School junior bowler Ben Gourley achieved perfection, his teammates all echoed a similar message of congratulations. “They all told me ‘Good job,’” Gourley said. “And then they all said they hated me.” Gourley’s teammates were joking, of course, but given the circumstances, a little good-natured ribbing was justified. After all, this was the third time Gourley had recorded a 300 game. One came in a sanctioned junior-varsity match as a freshman, one came in practice and the latest came

Jan. 12 at Western Bowl against Mason. “I felt like it was going to be a good day,” said Gourley, who also boasts a sanctioned 299. “I saw a friend (senior teammate Zach Horstman) earlier that day, and he told me how well we were going to do. He kind of pumped me up early.” The adrenaline carried over to the match, as Gourley bowled a 244 in the first game against Mason – one of his best totals of the season. Five throws into the second match, he was perfect, a quintet of pin-busters having whirled from his fingertips. “The first five are kind of a breeze; you don’t really think about it,” Gourley

said. “But with the sixth frame, you’re halfway there. That’s when nerves start to kick in.” Gourley kept his composure through frames six and seven. Then came eight. “That was the one I threw pretty poorly,” Gourley said. “I thought I threw it too far inside.” Nope. The toss was true. The remaining frames passed accordingly, and Gourley joined Lakota West freshman Malik Grove as the only bowlers in the Greater Miami Conference to hurl a perfect game this season. The Highlander also leads the GMC in average (224.7) and series high (544) and is one of five GMC bowlers to post a

series above 500 this year. Gourley, who models his game after PBA champion Chris Barnes and throws a bigger hook than the average bowler, hopes to finish the season with the highest average in the league. He expects his stiffest competition to come from Fairfield senior Gregg Jordan, who is fourth in the GMC with a 217.8. “He has a nice game,” Gourley said. A Stump’s Lanes and Western Hills Bowl regular, Gourley credited head coaches Terry Saccone and Don Scudder for his development. Gourley hopes to receive a full or partial scholarship to bowl in college and would like to give the PBA a


Oak Hills High School junior Ben Gourley bowled a perfect game Jan. 12 against Mason. It was the third perfect game of his career and his second in a sanctioned match. crack. With two sanctioned 300 games under his belt, he may be well on his way. When asked which perfect game meant more to him, Gourley wasn’t sure. “It’s hard to say,” he said. “Bowling a 300 as a freshman was one of my most memorable bowling moments. I just wanted to do it again.”

Another key injury has Taylor reeling By Tony Meale

As if losing point guard Ben Sander before the season wasn’t bad enough, the Taylor High School boys basketball team will also be without senior forward Jordan Blanton for the next few weeks. Sander, who suffered a torn ACL last summer, has had to miss his senior sea-

Sander progressing nicely

Taylor senior Ben Sander is recovering well from the season-ending torn ACL he sustained last summer. Sander, who had cadaver surgery in December, remains on crutches but recently started using a stationary bike. He has been accepted to the University of Arizona and is set to serve as a team manager on the men’s basketball team. “It’s an exciting time for him,” Wentz said. “It’s just a shame he’s not playing basketball, too.”

son, and now Blanton, who sprained his MCL against Indian Hill Jan. 21, will have to miss some of his. The loss is a crushing blow for the Yellow Jackets; Blanton is second in the Cincinnati Hills League in scoring (18.3 points) and fourth in rebounds (7.8). “He’s our No. 1 scoring option and our No. 1 rebounder by far,” Taylor head coach Kevin Wentz said. “When we need a basket, we go to him. We’re a different team without him, that’s for sure.” In their first game sans Blanton, the Yellow Jackets (4-9, 0-7 entering play Jan. 26) scored just six baskets in a 50-23 loss at Reading Jan. 26. Taylor didn’t score a single point in the second quarter. “Our shooters have struggled the last few weeks,” Wentz said. “That’s been out focus in practice – put the ball in the basket.” Taylor new No. 1 option is senior guard Brad Rapking, who is second on the team in scoring (8.9

Yellow Jackets girls team struggling too The Taylor girls basketball team has taken a similar path as that of the boys. The Lady Yellow Jackets started the year 2-0 with wins over New Miami and Lawrenceburg but then hit a rough patch, losing four straight and 12 of 13. Taylor (3-12, 0-9 entering play Jan. 28) is last in the CHL in scoring (34.9) – nearly 30 points behind Indian Hill (64.7), which is first. The defense, however, has been stellar. The girls have allowed 35 points or fewer in four of their last five games, but they’ve mustered 21 points or points), third in rebounding (4.2) and first in assists (2.6) and free-throw shooting (90.5 percent). Taylor hopes to get increased production from a junior class that has been dubbed the “Fab Five” – Josh Byess, Dylan Lee, Matt Williams, Matt O’Hara and Alex Haussler. Byess and Lee are averaging around five points per game, while

fewer in three of them. Taylor hasn’t reached the 50-point mark since beating Lawrenceburg 54-52 Dec. 2. Sophomore center Christina Dilley leads the team with 11.3 points per game, while junior guard Liz Mooney is second with 8.9. Junior guard Brandy Crouse and junior forward Katy Espich are hovering around 5.0 points per game, while no one else on the team averages above 2.8. Taylor has road games against Wyoming (Feb. 2), Madeira (Feb. 5) and Deer Park (Feb. 8) before closing the regular season with Senior Night against Mariemont Feb. 11. senior forward Alex Ober averages 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. The Yellow Jackets opened the season with decisive wins over Norwood (61-40) and Oyler (83-59) but then lost four straight and five of six. Eight of Taylor’s nine losses have been by double-digits. “It’s going to be a struggle without Jordan,” Wentz

said. “I’ve only got about eight varsity guys, so we’ll have to use our timeouts strategically to give guys a breather.” Blanton’s potential return, however, could be just what the doctor ordered for a team that went 1-1 in the playoffs last year. Blanton has reached the 20point mark five times this season and scored a careerhigh 26 in a 71-40 loss to Mariemont Jan. 15. He is getting looks from several colleges, including Urbana and Mount St. Joseph. “He’s definitely D-III, but we’re hoping D-II,” Wentz said. Meantime, Taylor closes the regular season with six conference games between Feb. 1 and Feb. 18. “We’re going to keep practicing hard and playing hard,” Wentz said. “I haven’t been mad at the guys at all. They’re giving me all they’ve got. If we start shooting better and get Jordan back, we might be OK. We could win a game or two in the tournament.”

Diabetes doesn’t get the best of Elder’s Luken By Tony Meale

Michael Luken was behind the wheel of his father’s 1999 white GMC truck when he regained consciousness. It was Feb. 16, 2009, and Luken, then a sophomore, had turned on to Genebill Drive off Foley Road in Delhi Township. The rest is a blur. “I blacked out,” the Elder High School senior bowler said. “I woke up and we had hit a car.” Luken, who was driving a friend home, totaled his father’s truck – not to mention a parked van. He was taken to Children’s Hospital Medical Center, underwent a few tests and stayed the night. The next day, he bowled in a match against St. Xavier. All appeared fine. After the match, though, he complained of stomach


Elder High School senior Michael Luken hasn’t let diabetes get in the way of his passion – and talent – for bowling. pains. “He had seat belt marks across his chest and stomach, so we thought maybe it was that,” said Luken’s mother, Michele. Turns out it wasn’t. The next day, Luken returned to Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His pancreas had stopped producing insulin. “Type 1 is more serious

than Type 2,” Michele said. “With Type 2, you can take steps to control your blood sugar. But Michael will have this forever.” Luken wears an insulin pump on the side of his torso, which makes bowling a tad difficult. So Luken, who is right-handed, usually removes the pump before a match. “I can be without it for a few hours at a time,” he said. “I can usually tell if something is wrong or if I need something.” So can his mother and coach. “He has to make sure he eats well before matches,” Elder bowling coach Dave Sievers said. “Otherwise he just isn’t right.” Luken drinks plenty of Gatorade before and during matches. In some instances – like the Greater Catholic League Tournament Jan. 17 – he has to eat snacks intermittently throughout the

competition. “We were at the tournament for about nine hours, and we had a bunch of snacks there,” Michele said. “There were times when he’d say he wasn’t hungry, but I told him, ‘You have to eat. You don’t have much of a choice.’ Food is energy for him. How he bowls depends on how he feels.” Luken, who was firstteam all-league as a junior, helped the Panthers to a second-place finish at the GCL Tournament and is averaging a 195.5 for Elder, which is 9-2 entering play Jan. 25. “Everything starts with Michael,” Sievers said. “He’s struggling this year by his standards, but it’s a truly inspiring thing for him to be bowling at a high level.” Luckily for Luken, he did not lose his license in the wake of the accident. He is, however, required to test his


Luken is one of seven Panthers averaging above a 190 this season. blood sugar before getting behind the wheel of a car. “He’s still learning to live with it,” Sievers said. Yet diabetes, it seems, isn’t going to stop Luken from trying to bowl in college. He plans to attend Bowling Green University, major in physical therapy and hopefully join the team. Meantime, Luken hopes to lead Elder to league and state titles.

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BRIEFLY The week at Seton

• The Seton basketball team beat Roger Bacon 6763, Jan. 22. Seton’s top-scorer was Katie Phillips with 26 points. On Jan. 25, Seton beat Mercy 51-43. Seton’s topscorer was Katie Phillips with 24 points. Mercy’s top-scorer was Kelly Wiegman with 12 points. St. Ursula beat Seton 7054, Jan. 27. Seton’s Marisa Meyer was the team’s topscorer with 15 points. • In bowling, Seton beat Ursuline 2,419-2,386, Jan. 24. Seton’s Alyssa Merz bowled a 411. On Jan. 25, Seton beat McAuley 2,528-2,501. Seton’s Alyssa Merz bowled a 431.

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The Neel Deal

La Salle High School senior Brandon Neel collects two of his gamehigh 26 points during a road game against St. Xavier Jan. 28. Neel shot 12-of-18 from the floor en route to leading the Lancers to a 46-31 win. The 26 points were the second-highest total of his career and the most he’s ever scored against a league rival; no one else on either team reached double figures. The win pushed La Salle’s record to 142, while St. X fell to 7-8.

• In girls swimming, Oak Hills lost 307-194 to Lakota East, Jan. 22. Oak Hills won the 200 meter medley relay in 1:57.60. Oak Hills’ Maddie Schmidt won the 200 meter individual medley in 2:19.09; won the 50 meter freestyle in 25.75; Kristen Hayhow won the 100 meter backstroke in 1:6.34; and Schmidt won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:11.42. On Jan. 27, Oak Hills beat Walnut Hills 57-44. Oak Hills won the 200 meter medley relay in 2:5.05; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3:57.07. Oak Hills’ Sara Walker won the 200 meter individual medley in 2:31.45; Bass won the 50 meter freestyle in 25.75; Kristen Hayhow won the 100 meter flystroke in 1:7.41; Ikert won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:20.91; and Nicole Lacey won the 1 meter dive with a score of 112.20. • The Oak Hills boys basketball team beat Hamilton 45-42, Jan. 25. Oak Hills was led by Jack Pflum with 11 points.

Jan. 25. St. X’s Edward Runkel bowled a 405. La Salle’s Travis Nieman bowled a 370. On Jan. 27, Elder beat St. Xavier. St. X’s Bryan Walsh bowled a 478. • In swimming, St. Xavier beat Moeller’s 88 and Elder’s 57 with a score of 160, Jan. 27. St. Xavier won the 200 meter medley relay in 1:40.32; the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1:29.94; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3:17.70. St. X’s Andrew Brower won the 200 meter freestyle in 1:46.86; Ryan Haas won the 200 meter individual medley in 2:1.94; Matt Montague won the 50 meter freestyle in 22.89; Gabriel Baumgartner won the 100 meter flystroke in 54.70; Jack Hendricks won the 100 meter freestyle in 48.95; Brower won the 500 meter freestyle in 4:50.17; and Hendricks won the 100 meter backstroke in 57.57.

The week at Taylor

• The Taylor girls basketball team lost to Reading 3433, Jan. 25. Taylor’s top-scorers were Brandy Crouse and Christina Dilley with 10 points each. • In boys basketball, Taylor lost to reading 50-23, Jan. 26. Taylor’s top-scorer was Alex Ober with 11 points.

The week at Mercy

• In swimming, Walnut Hills placed first with a score of 68 against McAuley’s 53 and Mercy’s 49, Jan. 22. Mercy’s Rachael Hester won the 200 meter individual medley in 2:20.81; Meghan Pope won the 100 meter backstroke in 1:8.25; and Hester won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:13.92. • In bowling, Mercy beat Harrison 2,292-1,628, Jan. 24. Mercy’s Katie Minning bowled a 341. On Jan. 25, Mercy beat St. Ursula 2,392-1,950. Mercy’s Katie Minning bowled a 421. On Jan. 27, Mercy beat McAuley 2,640-2,512. Mercy’s Amy Feie bowled a 411. • The Mercy basketball team beat Mount Notre Dame 68-56, Jan. 27. Mercy’s topscorer was Emily Budde with 16 points.

Freshman of the year

Transylvania University’s Kyle Smith, a La Salle High School graduate, has been selected as the 2010 HCAC Co-Freshmen of the Year. Smith, a midfielder for the Pioneers men’s soccer team, ranks third on the team with five goals and 14 points scored this season.

Smith was also named first-team, All-HCAC. Transylvania was HCAC Conference Champs and also won the conference tournament to secure an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They lost in the first round to Lynchburg 3-1. Smith got the only goal in the game.

Conference honors

The following soccer players at Cincinnati Christian University recently earned conference accolades: • Jackie Esterkamp, a sophomore midfielder from Oak Hills High School and Abby Waid, a senior defender from Seton High School were named first-team, all-conference in the NAIA Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC): • Amber Oliver, a senior defender from Taylor High School, was named secondteam, all-conference in the NAIA Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).

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Daniel Lusheck of Westwood, a football player for Ashland University, was recently named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. He is the son of Joseph and Brenda Lusheck and is majoring in political science.

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The week at St. Xavier


La Salle senior Ryan Fleming, left, guards St. Xavier senior Brian Robben. Fleming finished with five points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

• The Elder wrestling team beat St. Xavier 55-11, Jan. 22. St. X’s Gordon beat Rieth in a 23-10 major decision; Joe Heyob beat Morgan 8-0; and Neil Schmidt beat Owensby 8-2. • In basketball, St. Xavier lost 43-33 to Alter, Jan. 25. St. X’s Zacc Yauss was the team’s top-scorer with 12 points. • In bowling, St. Xavier beat La Salle 2,662-2,496,

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SIDELINES Pitching clinic

Western Sports Mall and Elder High School’s Mark Thompson and his coaching staff will be at Western Sports Mall pitching clinic. The camp will run from 10-11:30 a.m., Feb. 13, 20, 27 for ages 8-14 for $75. Pitching mechanics will be improved, velocity will be increased and control will be improved. Players will also work on pick-offs, fielding, arm strengthening and injury preven-

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Fielding/baserunning camp

Oak Hills High School will have a one-day fielding and baserunning camp Sunday, March 20 for players in first through 12th grades. Oak Hills High School head coach

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Voters scammed

What happened to the transparency we all called for last election? Our new dictator governor Kasich has created his own private government entity with his old Lehman Brothers buddy, Mark Kvamme from Silicon Valley. With Ohio taxpayer money, he says we can’t know what he is doing until next year, after they have set their plan into action and then only subject to public record request. No other government agency can even hold private meetings, let alone spend taxpayer dollars under cover of secrecy. These guys are asking the voters of Ohio to hand over our money and not expect an answer on how it’s spent.

Ohio should not be run like Lehman Brothers. We saw what they did to our 401K retirement money. Now they want the state tax money. We must demand accountability from all levels of our government. Privatization cannot be private with tax dollars. Why is it that Republicans always find a way to skirt the law? We dealt with Coingate. Now this! Tell your representatives that we voted for transparency. Ann Thompson, Green Township

Three Rivers response

A few clarifications based on (Timothy) Iori’s letter regarding Three Rivers: Yes, Three Rivers will save mil-

lions by closing all the schools and opening one new school. However, those savings will not begin until after the new school opens in fall 2013. The levy that passed in May was for the new school only, not current daily operations. The current operating levy expires the end of this year. The operating levy on the ballot this November is a renewal, which means no new taxes. It will not raise your taxes. The school district is tightening its belt like the rest of us by cutting at least $1 million each year for the next three years (that’s a 5 percent reduction annually). The school board is being proactive by making reductions in the budget to work within the amount the

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district currently receives from taxpayers. They’re not asking for more money from taxpayers, despite receiving less money from the state and Duke Energy. Cutting at least $1 million each year from the budget means that no additional taxpayer money will be needed with the upcoming operating levy. State of Ohio budget cuts and the loss of Duke Energy tax money, combined with unfunded state mandates, require the renewal of this “no new taxes” operating levy in November. I urge anyone with questions to come to a school board meeting or contact a school board member directly. Jan Pastrick, Cleves


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Four Cincinnati Police Officers in District 3 were named employee of the month at the December meeting of the District 3 Police Community Relations and Resource Committee. District 3 Capt. Russ Neville selected the officers to receive the recognition because of their commitment to District 3, the Cincinnati Police Department and the neighborhoods served by District 3. They were also honored because of the exemplary quality of their work. Pictured, left to right, are Lt. Tim Brown, Sgt. Mark Hunley, Officer Carrie Higgins, Officer Leanne Branno and Capt. Neville.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

What grade would you give President Barack Obama for his first two years in office? Do you plan to vote for him in 2012? “C –, because I don’t want to bash him too badly. For the past two years, he keeps telling us about helping the economy and growing jobs, but all he did was shove a health care bill at us, worry about gays in the military, be an embarrassment to this great country at every chance when dealing with a foreign leader, and spend more money. All his speeches and good intentions sound like campaign hogwash, telling people what they want to hear. I am fed up. Can you tell that I won’t be voting for him? Never did, never will.” C.A.S. “B+ and yes.”


“I fear that awarding President Obama a letter grade could damage his self-esteem and cause him to question both his worth as a human being as well as his ability to walk on water. I would suggest a friendship bracket trophy similar to the one my child received after losing a soccer game by the score of 31 to 0.” B.P. “I would not give him to high of a rating, maybe a D+. He does a lot of talking but very little substantive action. All efforts went to

Next question Hamilton County Public Health is organizing Student Wellness Action Teams to assess the food served at local schools. The initiative is part of Senate Bill 210 – also called Healthy Choices for Healthy Children, which set up specific nutrition guidelines for food served in schools. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? What do you remember about the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003? Every week The Western Hills Press asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to westernhills@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. passing the health bill which in the end will be declared unconstitutional. No way will I be voting for him come 2012.” L.S. “F – and no!”


“He gets an F – the man is a hypocrite. Talks about working together but rammed health care through against the wishes of the majority of Americans. There are many other examples also. Plan to vote for him? Are you kidding?” D.H. “F –. No.”

I’m one of those “Covedale people.” For some the, Is it Price Hill or is it Covedale? debate has released pent-up frustrations and evoked childhood memories. Recently, at Price Hill Chili, a lady sitting with her children overheard me talking. Obviously upset she said, “Excuse me. You must be one of those Covedale people. You know, Covedale is just a Realtors’ term used by people like you who think they’re too good to live in Price Hill. I feel sorry for Price Hill.” Intrigued by her comments I encouraged her to elaborate. “I grew up in Price Hill”, she huffed, “St. William parish. And my father grew up in Holy Family – family of eight. But they made due. That’s when neighbors looked out for each other!” Her anger subsided as she began to reminisce. “You know, we had fun growing up. We walked to the corner stores – and Phillips! And we walked to school, even high school – Seton. And my brother walked to Elder. I miss walking – where we live now most streets don’t have sidewalks. And everything is so far away. My

kids need to be escorted – everywhere! I remember our big front porch,” she continued. “It was the neighborhood gathering place! Where we Jim Grawe live now you Community don’t find those of porches. Press guest kinds And boy did we columnist play. All day long we’d run the neighborhood, hoping we wouldn’t forget to come home for dinner. Kids don’t seem to do that any more. Where we live now there aren’t any playgrounds for kids to walk to. Every activity seems to be an organized sport.” My smile broke her thought. “I also grew up in St. William. You’re preaching to the choir,” I said. “But don’t feel sorry for the old neighborhood. The sidewalks are still there. And so are the front porches. And my 93-year-old mother still lives there, because all of her neighbors look out for her. She never did drive, but until recently she walked to the corner store.”

One year after earthquake, we see hope This coming Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti – a day likely all of us remember, whether we saw it on TV or lived through it in Port-au-Prince. It is painful to revisit those images and we are all remembering friends and family and children we have lost. As the media come to take stock of what has changed since last January, it is disconcerting to hear the reports that nearly 365 days later there has been little progress. I want to tell you that there has been progress in Haiti – and you have played a key role in impacting many lives in a positive way. I see progress every day in the faces of our staff who are giving so much of themselves to be creative and smart and tenacious in helping their country find hope. I see it every day in the stories about children who have been living in servitude and who are now increasingly finding joy and freedom despite the chaos around

them. Do not lose faith in Haiti. There is progress and there is hope and hope looks like ... • Hope looks like Oscar, Joan Conn who packed his Community backpack full of and walked Press guest food for hours in the columnist mountains to look for children in our advocacy program and deliver food to those who needed it. • Hope looks like Dr. Glaud, who leaves Les Cayes every Friday night and takes a five-hour bus ride to Carrefour Feuilles to give free medical care to people who line up outside our clinic starting at 4 a.m. • Hope looks like five girls moving out of abusive homes and into our transitional home and hearing them laugh and play hide and seek after school.


• Hope looks like 426 children in restavek going to school and learning to read and write and 130 adult women also learning to write their names for the first time through our literacy program. • Hope looks like every one of you – every school, church, restaurant, company, group of friends, or individual – who decided not to stand on the sidelines, but to actively help people in need. There is no denying that there is still tremendous need in Haiti, but please know that every single gift that was intended to help the people of Haiti after the earthquake has been deployed and children, families, and communities have benefitted from your generosity. Please know that your contributions have brought much encouragement to people in Haiti and to me. Joan Conn is executive director Restavek Freedom Foundation, founded by Madeira resident JeanRobert Cadet.

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We continued talking, and I assured her that Covedale is more than a catchy name. That its history debunks it’s presumed elitist origin. That it’s a real neighborhood that at one time was recognized by the city. Together we paid our checks. In the parking lot was her beautiful Cadillac Escalade. “By the way, where do you live now?” I asked. “In Visitation parish!” her little girl volunteered. “On a private drive!” her sibling quickly added. Acknowledging the “Visi Mom” sticker on her car window I replied, “Of course you do.” As we shook hands I felt comfortable exposing the irony of her living arrangements. Pretending to be serious I added, “I don’t mean to be condescending, but, perhaps being a Visi Mom would be a little easier if you lived in Price Hill.” Laughing, we parted ways. As I headed for the sidewalk she called out, “Are you walking home Jim?” Then, answering her own question she chuckled while saying, “Of course you are. You’re one of those Covedale people!” Jim Grawe is the co-founder of the Covedale Neighborhood Association

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Mercy sophomore Kelley Wiegman his this free-throw attempt to complete a three-point play in the second quarter. She finished with a team-high 12 points.



Seton head coach Mike Gleason encourages his team from the sideline during the first half.

Seton High School senior Katie Phillips drilled this three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Mother of Mercy senior Allie Hart during the third quarter of a home win for the Saints Jan. 25. Phillips, the lone Saint to reach double figures, finished with a game-high 24 points in the 51-43 victory. The loss aveneged a 58-51 loss at Mercy Dec. 9.


Seton senior Katie Phillips, left, and Mercy senior Allie Hart battle for a rebound off a missed free throw. Phillips grabbed the board and got the lay-in. Hart finished with seven points.


Mercy sophomore Kelley Wiegman gets fouled while making a lay-up during the first half against Seton.

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FARMERS MARKET College Hill Winter Farm Market, 3-5:30 p.m., College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, 6128 Hamilton Ave., Includes farm fresh eggs, produce and baked goods from Vernon Yoder, Shadeau Bread and honey from Bee Haven on Grey Road from Gary Stitt, David Rosenberg’s organic micro-greens, local seasonal produce and greens from Billy Davis and Mazie Booth, Urban Farmers and more. Presented by College Hill Gardeners. 542-2739; College Hill. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Family-to-Family Course, 6-8:30 p.m., Westwood United Methodist Church, 3460 Epworth Ave., Thursdays through April 21. For family and friends of individuals diagnosed with mental illness to share experiences and connect with others, learn how to provide support and to develop better understanding of mental illness. Registration required. 458-6673. Westwood.


Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, African-American artist celebrates life by creating positive images to convey the human spirit. Family friendly. Free. 5217003; Springfield Township.


Karaoke with Mean Jean, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio Lounge, 5744 Springdale Road, Karaoke and dance music. Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township.


Elvis Show, 7-9 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, With Paul Halverstadt. $10. Registration recommended. 2517977. Riverside.


Brighton Beach Memoirs, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Comedy. First play in Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy. $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Thursday Lecture Series, Noon, North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., Ohio Extension. 521-3462. North College Hill.


Holistic Health and Wellness Group, 7-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Learn simple and effective self-care techniques from wisdom of the centuries and our contemporaries to improve body, mind and spirit connections for overall health. Family friendly. Free. 931-5777. Finneytown. F R I D A Y, F E B . 4


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


Wine Tasting, 4-7 p.m., Bridgetown Finer Meats Wine Shop, 6139 Bridgetown Road, $10. 574-3900; Bridgetown. Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., bigg’s Delhi, 5025 Delhi Road, Three samples with snacks from the deli and fresh meat counter. $2. 3541700. Delhi Township.


Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, 9-11 a.m., Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., Hader Room. Weekly through March 25. Ages 50 and up. $48 for series. Reservations required. 853-4100; College Hill.


Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 5217003; Springfield Township.

MUSIC - BLUES Ricky Nye, 6:30-9:30 p.m., VanZandt, 1810 W. Galbraith Road, Free. 407-6418. North College Hill. MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK

DeJaVu, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


Brighton Beach Memoirs, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 2416550; West Price Hill. Dis/Troy, 7 p.m., Springfield Township Civic Center, 9150 Winton Road, Part of Playhouse Off the Hill series, prices vary by location. Adaptation by Yokanaan Kerns, based on Homer’s “The Iliad.” Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 345-2242; Finneytown. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 5


Northminster Fine Arts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, More than 45 artists showcasing fine artwork including oil paintings, pencil sketches, watercolors, pottery, wood turning, photography, fabric art and jewelry. Pottery, watercolors and weaving for children. Music by more than 200 local musicians. Benefits City Gospel Mission. Free. 931-0243; Finneytown.


William Henry Harrison Birthday Memorial Ceremony, 11 a.m., William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial, 1 Cliff Road, Tribute Walk begins 10:45 a.m. from the North Bend Administration Building, 21 Taylor Ave. Ceremony begins 11 a.m. at tomb. Luncheon at Miami Township hall follows. Luncheon reservations to required. Presented by Village of North Bend. 941-0610; North Bend.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Brighton Beach Memoirs, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 2416550; West Price Hill.


Ladies Game Night, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, St. John Neumann Church, 12191 Mill Road, Friendly competition with your own games. Raffle baskets, piñata with mystery treat and split-the-pot. Benefits St. John Neumann Women’s Organization. Ages 21 and up. $10. 674-7456. Springfield Township.


Star 64 at the Movies Auditions, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Northgate Mall, 9501 Colerain Ave., Open auditions to replace Jennifer Hartig and appear with Storm Bennett hosting weekend afternoon movies and at events around town. Ages 18 and up. Applications available at mall customer service desk. Presented by WSTR-TV. Colerain Township. S U N D A Y, F E B . 6


All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 8:30-11:30 a.m., American Legion Post 513, 7947 Hamilton Ave., Eggs, omelets, bacon, goetta, ham, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, fruit and muffins. $8, free ages 6 and under. Through April 3. 729-0061. Mount Healthy.


Coping with Depression: Strategies that Work, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Educational group provides proven and easily learned strategies for coping with depression. For those with mild depression and their family members who want to understand depression. Led by Dr. Nancy Panganamala, Dr. Debjani Sinha and others who have experience with depression. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Shamrock Tavern, 251 Main St., 941-8277. Addyston.


A Night of Worship with Ronnie Freeman, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Etta Avenue, New Royal and ONE38. Doors open 6:30 p.m. 825-8200; Forest Park.


Murder Mystery Dinners, 7 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, “Magical Mystery Murder.” Cash bar. Audience participation. Adults. Dinner at 7 p.m. Show starts 8 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $34 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. 521-7275; Springfield Township.


Caregivers Support Group, 3:30-5 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, For those who care for or supervise the frail, elderly or disabled. Free. 931-5777. Finneytown. M O N D A Y, F E B . 7


West Hills Music Club Meeting, 1 p.m., Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, A Window on the Past: Music and academic education in Antebellum America. Performers are Jewel Smith and Tami Morris. Guests welcome. Refreshments. Free. Presented by West Hills Music Club. 481-3376. Green Township. Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, Mount Healthy Historical Society, 1546 McMakin Ave., Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc.. 923-1985; Mount Healthy.



Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-noon, Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 521-7003; Springfield Township.


The Avenues perform Saturday, Feb. 5, at Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road. The show begins at 9 p.m. For more information, call 251-7977.


Challenging Performances Series, 3 p.m., Northern Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 460 Fleming Road, With Mark Tollefson, pianist. Reception follows concert. $10, free for children and student musicians with ID. Presented by Challenging Performances. 984-8320; Springfield Township.

Wilton Cake Decorating Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Michaels-Colerain Township, 9490 Colerain Ave., Decorating Basics: How to bake a great cake, see how to make and color icing and learn the best way to ice the cake. Also practice the three fundamentals of decorating. Fifty percent discount on class fees for January and February classes. Registration required. 741-4710; Colerain Township.

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Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 5217003; Springfield Township.


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


Bop Club Dance, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., except last Tuesday of month. $3, free members. Presented by Cincinnati Bop Club. 251-7977; Riverside.


Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 521-7003; Springfield Township.



Brighton Beach Memoirs, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 2416550; West Price Hill.



Cincinnati Parks: Past, Present and Future, 3-4 p.m., Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., The Centennial Master Plan: The Future of Cincinnati Parks. Michael George, park naturalist and Nature Center director for Cincinnati Parks, presents the history, current status and what we can expect in the future for local parks. Ages 50 and up. $20 for series, $4 per class. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 853-4100. College Hill.

Over 55 Dance, 2-5 p.m., Delhi Senior and Community Center, 647 Neeb Road, Nonmembers welcome. Music by Nelson. $5. Presented by Delhi Seniors. Through June 5. 451-3560. Delhi Township.

Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Weekly speakers advise job seekers on how to conduct an effective job search. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown. The History of Christianity, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., Hader Room. Historian Robert Howe details major events throughout history of Christian religion. Ages 50 and up. Free. 853-4100. College Hill.

Income Tax Help, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., Bring 1099s, W-2s and any other tax forms and last year’s tax returns. Free. Registration required. 521-3462. North College Hill. Poker Tournament, 1-3 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., Play for cash prizes and trophy. Chips provided. $2. 521-3462. North College Hill. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 9

COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside. COOKING EVENTS

Wilton Cake Decorating Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Michaels-Colerain Township, Flowers and Cake Design: Build on skills you learned in the Decorating Basics Course. Includes creating icing flowers such as pansies, lilies and roses, arranging and framing with a border treatment or basketweave design. Registration required. 741-4710; Colerain Township.


Year-Round Gardening, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Rain Gardens: solutions to aid in storm water management. Learn new ideas for planning and maintaining garden throughout the year. Adults only. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.



Board Game Night, 6-10 p.m., Yottaquest, 7607 Hamilton Ave., Bring your own board games, other games also provided. Play games from all genres and eras. Free. 9231985; Mount Healthy.


Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 5217003; Springfield Township.


Trees After Work, 5:15 p.m., Fernbank Park, 60 Thornton Ave., Walk makes stops to identify 10 kinds of trees. Meet at playground. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sayler Park. Recycling and Landfill Tour, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Learn recycling, composting and ways to save resources and landfill space. Hike to observe nature’s recycling, educational games and simulation of water cycle as a water drop. For home school families. Ages 8-11. $5. Registration required by Feb. 4. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 542-2909. College Hill.

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North College Hill Community Concerns Meeting, 7 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., All residents welcome. Presented by North College Hill Community Concerns Group. 521-3462. North College Hill. Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Mount Healthy Historical Society, 923-1985; Mount Healthy.


Wine Dinner, 7 p.m., Maury’s Tiny Cove Steak House, 3908 Harrison Ave., Special Valentine’s dinner menu. All inclusive. $45. Reservations required. 662-2683; Cheviot.


Find artwork relating to the themes of evolution, metamorphosis and change that celebrate the life and work of Charles Darwin in the Cincinnati Museum Center's new exhibit, "Form from Form: Art from Discovery." Paintings, ceramics, sculptures and mixed media are all inspired by Darwin. It is through March 13 in the John A. Ruthven Gallery. Pictured is "Metamorphosis No. 56," by January Marx Knoop. For information, call 800-733-2077 or visit

The Basics of Memory Loss, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., The Montgomery Room. Information about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. 853-4100; College Hill.


International performing artist Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron, pictured, comes to the Aronoff Center for the Arts Jarson-Kaplan Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, for the musical "My Perfectly Beautiful Life." It is the story of four women in search of balance and self discovery. Cameron wrote the music and lyrics. It is directed by Caitlin A. Kane and presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative. Tickets are $7; $4, students. Call 513-621-2787 or visit


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February 2, 2011


All some people need is just a good listening to really listening to Hearing and listening are another, he or she may two entirely different things. at times lean a little We all hear way too much toward them in consound as noise. centration to catch Hearing occurs when every word. sounds and words are physDeep listening is an ically received by our ears. If art to be cultivated. we’re engaged in a converNot many people are sation, we hear the other’s Father Lou accomplished at words, interpret what they Guntzelman engaging in it. probably mean, and then In fact, it would be fashion a response. Perspectives interesting to ask ourOrdinarily, we spend selves the question, “In most of our lives engaged in conversations of this sort – not my lifetime, name at least five great substance but informational people I found I could turn to and polite, like a veneer on wood. when I needed them to be a good Listening goes deeper than listener to me.” True listening, empathic listenhearing. It’s interesting to note the etymology of the word “listen.” It ing, is essential. It’s one of the comes from the Anglo-Saxon root main reasons we go to counselors word meaning to list, i.e. to tilt as and even pay them. It’s to have a ship lists to one side. It leans a someone listen to the story of our life, take us seriously in a nonlittle. The word arose from the obser- judgmental way, and understand. How heartwarming when we vation that when one person is

find such a person. That doesn’t mean they agree or disagree, but that they grasp what we’re going through inwardly. Our deepest inner experiences can only make their appearance in the world – and eventually be accepted by us – when someone else glimpses them and understands. By doing this, another person validates our own experience of ourselves. Listening is not only hearing words, but “hearing the speaker’s feelings” along with the words. Hearing only a flow of words is like hearing the words of a song but not the music that enhances them. When we actually listen, we grasp the music as well. To be a good listener we need compassion and empathy. What happens if any one of us tries to be a good listener when someone asks us to be?

It means I will pick up much more than the words they say. I will detect unspoken aspects such as the emotions that vibrate in their voice. I’ll note their body language, eyes and facial expressions as well as the speed that accompanies their words. I’ll call to mind as much as I know of their life experiences. I won’t be focused mentally on my own responses but on them as I trustingly look them in the eye. I won’t always have something clever to say, but I will respond to them honestly with respect and confidentiality. An adolescent undergoing the turmoil of their changing world is usually depicted as the typical example of someone not being listened to. That’s often true. But the truth is that every stage of life looks for a genuine listener. Consider the aged. Consider spouses. Consider

yourself. So here we are in the Age of Information. Look at all those people on cell phones: tweeting, textmessaging, fingering thousands of apps. Think of all the conversations today and tonight on computers and telephones. Imagine all the words that flow back and forth. See Dick. See Dick talk. Talk, Dick, talk! But what good is all the talk if no one really listens? Our hearts experience the failure to be listened to as an absence of concern. It implies that no one is interested in walking over the bridge between us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

What are your rights when you get a repair? Do you know your rights when a serviceman comes to your house to repair or service something? Unfortunately, all too often consumers learn the price after the work has already been done and it’s time to pay the bill. Laverne Wilson of Batavia said she had no idea what the final bill would be when her recliner chair stopped working after three years. “The back wouldn’t go back – some days it would and some days it wouldn’t. So, in December I called the manufacturer and they said the warranty had ended,”

Wilson said. Wilson agreed to pay $120 for a serviceman to come to her home Howard Ain to see if it Hey Howard! could be fixed. “He came out and looked at the chair. He turned it over and said, ‘I don’t think we can get the parts for that anymore.’ But he said, ‘I just happen to have a kit with me. Some lady ordered the parts and decided not to have the chair fixed, so I

just happen to have it.’ ” Wilson said she agreed to have the repairman use the kit. She said he had to cut the massage and heat sections of the chair to get the back working – and promised to return with more parts. “He never said a word about it costing more. So, I thought it was just $120,” she said. Wilson said the manufacturer called a few days later to tell her, “ ‘Before we order the parts we want you to understand it’s going to be $250 for what he’s already done.’ I said, ‘Oh my goodness. I wouldn’t have had it

Unfortunately consumers learn the price after the work has already been done and it’s time to pay the bill. done had I known it was going to cost that.’ ” Wilson said she told the repair company not to charge her for the repair because she didn’t approve, but was told she would be charged because the work had already been done. Ohio consumer law says you must get an estimate

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for any repair or service costing more than $25. In fact, you must sign a contract stating what type of estimate you want: oral, written or no estimate at all. “I didn’t sign anything,” said Wilson. “He didn’t tell me anything. I didn’t see (any) papers. I wondered about that because even the warranties I’ve had on other appliances and things, you signed something when they came.” Wilson said she’s now disputing the charge with her credit card company. The company does have a right to come back and

take off the repair kit, but it will have to return the chair to the condition it was in – with the massage and heat sections working. Kentucky does not have such an estimate law. Therefore, it’s important to remember, no matter where you live, always ask up front what the cost will be before agreeing to any repair or service. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


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February 2, 2011

Go for the extra point with these gameday goodies Whether you’re for the Steelers or the Packers, you’ll need lots of good party food for keeping your energy up during all the cheering (hopefully) and gametime frenzy. W e usually h a v e appetizers, pizza and Rita my husHeikenfeld b a n d Rita’s kitchen F r a n k ’ s Caesar salad. For dessert, I always make homemade glazed doughnuts. Here’s some really good appetizer recipes to get you in the “Go team!” mood.

Buddy Boy pizza

I’ve shared a Big Boy pizza recipe in the past, and this one is just as good. 1 Boboli pizza shell Frisch’s tartar sauce

Hamburger dill pickles Shaved ham Grated Swiss cheese Spread a nice layer of tartar sauce on the shell. Add pickles, ham and Swiss. Bake at 375 degrees until cheese melts, about 10 minutes or so.

Texas caviar

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powder to taste: start with 1⁄2 teaspoon 1 teaspoon dry oregano 2 teaspoons cumin Mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate anywhere from a couple of hours to a day. Before serving, adjust seasonings. I like to add extra vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve with favorite chips.

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Guests can’t get enough of this. 1 pouch taco seasoning 1 can, approximately 16 oz., refried beans 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 2 cups sour cream 16-oz. jar salsa 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 bunch green onions, sliced Iceberg lettuce, shredded 6-oz. can sliced black olives, drained

8 oz. shredded Mexican blend or Cheddar cheese, or more to taste Mix taco seasoning and beans. Spread onto platter. Mix sour cream and cream cheese. Spread over beans. Top with salsa, tomatoes, peppers, onions and lettuce. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with olives. Serve with chips.

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These are spicy, sweet and sticky. Have plenty of napkins! Go to taste on the sauce. 3 pounds chicken wings, patted dry with wing tips cut off and each wing cut at the joint to make two Salt and pepper 11⁄2 to 2 cups favorite barbecue sauce 1 ⁄3 cup honey 2 teaspoons each: mustard and Worcestershire Tabasco to taste (opt.) Season wings and run under broiler until nicely

browned on each side. Put into sprayed crockpot. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover. Cook on low for four hours or on high for two hours.

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Boone County reader Virginia Langsdale shares this popular recipe. “Very similar to Seven Hills sloppy joes. Found it in a Florence Christian Church cookbook published way back in 1969. It was sent in by Kay Garnett who said she fixed it often for her family. It is so good,” said Virginia. 1 pound ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 2 tablespoons sugar 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup ketchup

Mix everything together. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes. I told Virginia you could serve on buns with slaw, if you like, or with a dollop of Cheez Whiz on top, with an onion bun.

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Notes from our readers

Cheryl Raine made my chicken chili for her Mount Healthy United Methodist Church’s annual chili cookoff and won first place. She added a “healthy dose of Jamaican jerk seasoning (at least 2 tablespoons).” Now that’s what I like to hear. Taking my recipe and making it better. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Resident Home obtains accreditation The Resident Home Corp. has been accredited for a period of three years for its behavioral and respite services with children and adolescents programs. CARF International made the announcement. This is the first accreditation the accrediting body has awarded to RHC.

RHC is a nonprofit organization with offices at 3030 West Fork Road in Monfort Heights. It has been providing support for children and adults with developmental disabilities in Southwest Ohio since 1963. This is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded

to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a threeyear accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an onsite visit that its programs and

services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the per-

sons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumerfocused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Sienna concert featuring songs, sonatas The third installment in St. Catharine of Siena Church’s Siena Concert Series will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the parish church, 2848 Fischer Place, Westwood. This year’s annual McMackin Memorial Chamber Concert will feature Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra associate principal bass player James Lambert, playing violone, along with Jennifer Roig-Francoli and Christine Hauptly Annin, violins, and Rodney Stucky,

The concert is called “Songs and Sonatas, Bergamasca and Battles.” archlute, in music of Italian baroque. Lambert is calling concert “Songs Sonatas, Bergamasca

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Hamilton County Judge of Probate Court James Cissell appoints new Joseph C. Seta as a Hamilton County Park District commissioner.

West Sider on park district board Joseph C. Seta as the newest member of the Board of Park Commissioners. Seta, of Green Township, served as the president and CEO of Seta, Appleman & Showell, an advertising and graphic design firm, for 22 years. He has served on the advisory board for the College of Mount Saint Joseph and was a board member for the Central Academy of Commercial Art. He attend-

ed Xavier University and the Central Academy of Commercial Art. Seta joins current commissioners Robert A. Goering Sr. who has served since 1994, and John T. Reis, who joined the board in January 2010. As established by state law, the Board of Park Commissioners is appointed by the Hamilton County Judge of Probate Court, currently James Cissell.

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Thomas Sander, 58, co-owned Ford dealer Mr. Sander – who had an independent streak – bucked his family’s Elder High School legacy and went to St. Xavier High School. He was the school’s first “Bennie the Bomber” cheerleader, firing up fans before the teams came out of the locker room. Mr. Sander graduated high school in 1971, going on to take classes at Xavier University . Later he was regular at most home basketball games. “Attending the game with Tom was like spending time with The Godfather,” said his friend, Kenny Harmeyer. “(His) friends in the

Mr. Sander’s father, Woody Sander, started the dealership in 1962. When he died four years later, his wife Ruth Sander took over. Sander Mr. Sander, then 14, found that washing cars took his mind off his father’s death. And he learned the business from the bottom up. Mr. Sander was the kind owner who if he sold you one car, you bought cars from him for life, his nephew said.

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Kenneth B. Beard, 69, died Jan. 22. He was an Addyston police officer. He was a member of H.K. Eversull Lodge 754 F&AM. Survived by wife Nancy HuberThompson Beard; sons Kenneth Jr., David Beard; stepdaughter Catherine Holcomb; grandchildren Eric, Morgan Meadows; brothers Albert Jr., Harry, Robert Beard; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters Charlene Donnelly, Rosemma Brielmeier, Services were Jan. 28 at St. Lawrence Church. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Bill Bettner

George W. “Bill” Bettner, 77, died Jan. 16. Survived by brother-in-law Walter Kruer; nieces and nephews Debbie (Gary) Wuest, Beth (Steve) Coyle, Mike, Walter “Willie” (Eileen) Kruer. Preceded in death by parents George, Henrietta Bettner, sister Kathryn Kruer. Services were Jan. 21 at St. Simon the Apostle. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials may be to a local animal shelter.

Sandra Daniels Bishop, 51, died Jan. 14. She was a banquet server for the Hyatt Regency Survived by husband Morgan Bishop Jr.; children James, Larry, Roger, Michael, Sharmel Brown. Preceded in Bishop death by parents Earl, Reba Daniels. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Edward Bossman

Edward L. Bossman, 82, Green Township, died Jan. 22. He was a mechanic for Cincinnati Gas & Electric. He was an Army veteran of Korea and recipient of the Bronze Star. Survived by wife Jeannine Bossman; sons Terrence (Frances), Jeffery (Virginia), Robin Bossman; siblings



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John and Larry Bossman, Rosemary Robben, Margie Berger; grandchildren Catherine, Alan Bossman. Services were Jan. 27 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095.

Twila Brewer

Twila Valentine Brewer, 92, died Jan. 18. Survived by daughters Sharon Martinez, Marilyn Brewer; son-in-law Benjamin Martinez; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband William Brewer. Services were Jan. 24 at Oak Hills United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home.

Gayle Brooks

Gayle Mulcahy Brooks, 71, died Jan. 23. Survived by husband Roy Brooks; daughters Vickie (Jeff) Holocher, Pam (Bill) Moorhead, Lisa (Jeff) Hayek; grandchildren Tony Niehaus, Ryan, Luke Holocher, Brooke, Paige, Mitch Moorhead, Haley, Connor, Zachary Hayek; brother Michael (Rita) Mulcahy. Services were Jan. 26 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2880 Boudinot Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238 or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Robert Daffin

Robert Wayne Daffin, 82, died Jan. 27. He was a technical illustrator for General Electric. Survived by wife Mildred Daffin; daughters Brenda (Russ) Trupp, Barbara Wright, Beverly (the late Ed) Geckle; grandchildren Sonya, Marta, Meghan, Morgan. Services were Jan. 31 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45243-3107.

Mark Dickerson

Mark Paul Dickerson, 55, died Jan. 22. He was a heavy equipment operator for Gradient. Survived by wife Paula Dickerson; daughters Ambrosia Dickerson, Michelle Middleton. Preceded in death by parents Charles E., Mildred Dickerson, brothers Gary (Kathy), Charles L. (Sandy), Lawrence (Margie) Dickerson. Services were Jan. 26 at Radel Funeral Home.

Richard England

Richard G. England II, 55, died Jan. 20. Survived by sisters Sandra Heady, Karen (Joseph) Burnett; brother-inlaw Ralph Weis; nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister Cheryl England Weis. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Nancy Evans

Nancy DeKaney Evans, 68, Westwood, died Jan. 24. She was a registered nurse. Survived by husband Robert "Pete" Evans; children Lisa (Robert) Witschger, Scott (Laura), Robbie Evans; grandchildren Ashley, Ryan, Dante. Preceded in death by parents Andrew, Hazel DeKaney. Services were Jan. 29 at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Associa-

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Eugene Freienstein

Eugene Freienstein, 85, Western Hills, died Jan. 20. He worked as a consultant for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by children Gene Feeman, Mary Lynn Lofgren; niece and nephews Christine Wright, James, Mark Cleary; two grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Mary Freienstein. A memorial Mass will be 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home.

Elzie Gibbs

Elzie C. Gibbs, 78, died Jan. 26. He worked as a welder in the scrap metal industry. He was an Army veteran of Korea, a member of Bible Baptist Church and a former volunteer and chief with the Whitewater Gibbs Township Fire Department. Survived by wife Thelma Gibbs; children Larry, Shirley, Marvin (Joanie) Gibbs; siblings Geneva Morgan, Lloyd Gibbs, June Gray; seven grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren. Services were Jan. 29 at Dennis George Funeral Home.

John Griffis

AJ “John” Griffis, 70, died Jan. 20. He was a printer for Brinker Inc. He was a Vietnam era Army veteran. Survived by children Connie (Paul) Lloyd, Catherine (Art) Kennedy, Sharon Richmond, Karen Griffis Putteet, Charlene Wells, James J. Griffis; grandchildren Brandy, Bruce, Troy, Teaionna, Kevin, Sarah, Bryan, Tiffany, Daniel Jr., Stephany, Justin; brothers R.L., Cordell Griffis; former wife Caroldeen Cobb; nine great grandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings Ward, Otis, J.B., Dewitt, Homer, Willard, Ogalee Griffis. Services were Jan. 25 at Ralph Meyer and Deters Funeral Home.

Lucas Harmon

Lucas Columbus Harmon, 90, died Jan. 22. He was a machinist with International Nickel. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by daughters Trena Harmon, Rita Weisman; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandHarmon children; 14 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Ada Harmon, daughters Roma Crump, Norma Hale, sisters Ellen Sirader, Cleo Blankenship. Services were Jan. 26 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

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Deaths Dottie Hollenkamp

Dorohy “Dottie” Krebs Hollenkamp, 83, died Jan. 26. Survived by son Jerry (Nancy) Hollenkamp Jr.; grandchildren Carly, Spencer Hollenkamp. Preceded in death by husband Jerry HolHollenkamp lenkamp Sr., granddaughter Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp, sister Mary (Bob) Oker. Services are 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Aubrey Rose Foundation, 7805 Affinity Place, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

Helen Hood

Helen Mulzer Hood, 91, Westwood, died Jan. 22. She was a gift wrapper for Pogue’s Department Store. She a member of Grace Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Survived by daughters BarHood bara (Alan) Letts, Billie (Rick) McKee; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Bryan (Emily) Minnick and Jack; Amber (Nathan) Hannon and Alexis; Jennifer (Blaine) Edmonds, Ari and Delaney; Lisa (Matt) Wellage, Ava and Evan; Kory Letts, Christopher Minnick; sister Viola Mulzer; niece Karen Chamberlain; nephew Daryl Schafer. Preceded in death by husband Thomas Hood, brother Norwin Mulzer. Services were Jan. 25 at Grace Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati or Grace Lutheran Church.

Lucille Jones

Lucille Stephens Jones, 82, died Jan. 27. She was an apartment manager. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survived by sons John (Constance), Michael (Marsha) Jones; grandchildren Douglas Keller, Melissa Cowles, Beth Baumeister, Rachael, Emily, Michael, Taylor Jones, Steven Kirby; siblings Helen Williams, Marvin Stephens; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Paul Jones, daughters Wanda Jones, brother Darrel Stephens. Services were Feb. 1 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Luella Loesch

Luella Kirby Loesch, 94, North Bend, died Jan. 17. She was a clerk at a bakery. Survived by children John (Geraldine) Loesch, Mary (the late William) Doepker; grandchildren Kathleen (Henry) Strong, Michael (Carol) Loesch, Lisa Tharpe, Karen (Mick) Feldmeyer, William (Deana) Doepker, Amy (Tony) Oliver; sister-in-law Lucille (the late Thomas) Kirby; 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband John Loesch. Services were Jan. 22 at Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association.

David Messerle

David W. Messerle, 48, West Price Hill, died Jan. 20. He was a carrier for the United States Postal Service. Survived by mother Carole Messerle; siblings Richard A. (Donna), Chuck Messerle, Tricia (Eric) Bowling; Messerle nieces and nephews Keith, Rachel Messerle, Caroline, Will Bowling. Preceded in death by wife Tracy Messerle, father Richard E. Messerle. Services were Jan. 29 at St. William. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Msgr. Kennedy Scholarship Fund, c/o St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45205 or Elder High School Scholarship Fund, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Marlene O’Brien

Marlene Mayhaus O’Brien, 73, Green Township, died Jan. 22. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Greg, Dan (Kellie) O’Brien, Pam (Tim) Peters; grandchildren Kevin, Kelly, Erin, Ashley, Austin, Jake O’Brien, Bryan, Nick, Matt Peters; siblings Chuck, Jane


Mayhaus, Carol Manning, Marjo, Rick O’Brien. Preceded in death by husband Jack O’Brien. Services were Jan. 26 at Our Lady of the Visitation. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

Anthony Pagano

J. Anthony Pagano, 66, Cleves, died Jan. 21. He was a vice president with Macy’s. Survived by wife Mary Pagano; children Debbie (Greg) Luebbering, John (Maria) Pagano, Kim (Eric) Poff; Pagano grandchildren Eric, Allie, Libby, Lucy Luebbering, Lauren, Carmela, Anthony Pagano, Brandon, Marisa, Audrey Poff. Services were Jan. 24 at St. Joseph Church. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Elder High School Scholarship Fund, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

John Robards

John Walton Robards, 80, died Jan. 13. He worked for the Ford Motor Company. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Janet Carrol Robards; sons John, Dennis (George), Kevin (Carol) Robards; sister Eva Jean Turley; grandchildren Susan, Sarah, Daniel, Josh, Evie, Alison, Ashley; five great-grandchildren. Services are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Dent Baptist Church. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Theresa Schneider

Theresa Juengling Schneider, 85, Green Township, died Jan. 23. She was machine operator for Jergens. Survived by daughters Victoria (Steven) Midkiff, Mary Ann Schneider; grandchildren Anthony Schneider Samuelson, Jessica Dillon, David Midkiff; sister-inlaw La Verne Juengling; six greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Victor Schneider, grandson Andrew Midkiff, siblings Anthony, Lawrence, Jerome, Margie, Eleanor, Rita Juengling. Services were Jan. 29 at St. Jude Church.

Donald Strasser

Donald P. Strasser, Green Township, died Jan. 19. He was a selfemployed general contractor. He was an Army veteran of Korea. Survived by children Michael, Todd (Deborah), Dawn Strasser.

Preceded in death by wife Gloria. Services were Jan. 27 at the Arlington Memorial Garden Cemetery Chapel. Arrangements Strasser by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, c/o Development Department, 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Thomas Stratmann

Thomas B. “Strat” Stratmann, 66, Bridgetown, died Jan. 21. He was an inspector for Cincinnati Gas & Electric. He was a football coach at St. William and West Side Soccer, and was a coach and booster at St. Stratmann Jude. Survived by wife Miriam Jones Stratmann; children Brett (Maria), Tim (Ellen) Stratmann, Shannon (Mike) Brogan; grandchildren Aidan, Ava, Abby, Natalie, Bella; in-laws Alan, Linda, Chris (late Jack) Jones. Preceded in death by parents Bernard, Rosemary Stratmann, brother Timothy Stratmann, in-laws Roger, Jinny, Greg, Mary Ann Jones. Services were at St. Joseph Church. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Bernice Tenbrink

Bernice Waechter Tenbrink, 87, Green Township, died Jan. 25. She was a homemaker. Survived by children James (Deborah) Tenbrink, Peggy (late Gerald) Kleiner, Connie (William) Mohr; grandchildren Tenbrink Eric (Sarah) Kleiner, Kari (Brad) Raisor, Jodie (Paul) Cherwick, Jeff (Felicia), Jon (Angela) Mohr, Kelly (Ana Lisa), Shawn, Patrick Tenbrink; sister Audrey (Dick) Reardon; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Harry Tenbrink, brother Robert Waechter. Services were Jan. 28 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 5530 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Adamidis; grandchildren Gus Jr., Olivia; sister Nicki Niarchos. Preceded in death by husband Jack Thomas, sister Gloria Lambrou. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

Lawrence Walters

Lawrence David Walters, 52, Green Township, died Jan. 21. He was a mechanic for a concrete company. Survived by wife Elizabeth Walters; children Kenny, Jennifer, Larry, Angie (Matt); grandchildren Allison, Ethan, Austin, Chasiti, Isabell; mother Virginia Walters; siblings Kathy (Barry) Maxwell, Sue (Debt) Wyenandt, Carol (David) Bussberg, Tina (Dennis) Bell, John (Lisa), Kim Walters; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father Howard Walters. Services were Jan. 26 at Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to the Larry Walters Memorial Fund in care of ant Fifth Third Bank.

Jack Wittwer

John N. “Jack” Wittwer, 78, Green Township, died Jan. 18. He was a tool and die maker for Heekin Can. Survived by siblings Ronald (Marlene) Witter, Janet Hansjergen, June (the late Charles) Lack; many Wittwer nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters Laverne Haberthier, Deanne Wittwer, niece Joyce Hansjergen. Services were Jan. 22 at St. William. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45205, Hospice of Cincinnati, Mercy Hospital-Western Hills, 3131 Queen City Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238 or American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

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Anthony Zimmermann, siblings Leo, Peter, Joseph, Matthew Focht, Marie Neely, Margaret Mueller. Services were Jan. 12 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Seton High School Swim Team, 3901 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 or Disabled American Veterans, ATTN: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Teresa Zimmermann

Teresa Focht Zimmermann, 89, died Jan. 7. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Roger (Susan), Deanne Zimmermann, Roxanne (Jay) Ingram; sisters Katherine Ferris, Anna Flick; five grandchildren; many nieces Zimmermann and nephews. Preceded in death by husband

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February 2, 2011



Joseph Kaminsky, 25, 3734 Shady Lane, theft at 3734 Shady Lane, Dec. 30. Joseph Villegas, 24, 2747 Town Terrace, forgery of cards, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 2747 Town Terrace, Dec. 26.

Brian Baker, 19, 3802 West Liberty, warrant, Jan. 19. Joseph Guthrie, 38, no address listed, domestic violence, Jan. 19. James Sweet, 43, 473 Considine Ave., warrant, Jan. 20. Robert Doyle, 19, 9265 Mount Tabor Road, warrant at 3814 Harrison Ave., Jan. 21. Allyson Long, 19, 126 Harrison Ave., warrant, Jan. 21. Steven Senteney, 22, 1161 Hermosa, receiving stolen property, Jan. 22. Kymonti McDowell, 37, 1666 Glen Parker, driving under suspension, Jan. 22. Shawn O’Brien, 24, 5290 Palm Lane, warrant, Jan. 23. Samuel Fields, 47, 6501 Simpson Ave. No. 1, warrant, Jan. 24. Stephanie Kendrick, 23, 3951 West Eighth St., warrant, Jan. 24.


Incidents Breaking and entering

Box of unknown value removed at 3683 Shady Lane, Dec. 30. Garage entered at 3659 Shady Lane, Dec. 24.


Residence entered and TV, jewelry valued at $2180 removed at 7871 Buffalo Ridge, Nov. 4. Residence entered at 7920 Rio Grande Drive, Dec. 21.

Criminal damaging

Window damaged at 4997 East Miami River Road, Dec. 28.

Misuse of credit card

Victim reported at 4727 East Miami River Road, Jan. 6.


Chain link, aluminum ladder, cast iron gate of unknown value removed at 7388 Silver Creek Road, Nov. 3. Battery and box of unknown value removed at 4176 East Miami River Road, Jan. 5. Legos, DS game cases of unknown value removed at 7960 Woodruff Road, Jan. 3. Mailbox valued at $150 removed at 7373 Wesselman, Dec. 30. Controllers, Ipod valued at $140 removed at 3640 Shady Lane, Dec. 24.


Incidents Breaking and entering

Rifle, reciprocating saw, hammer drill, welder, two vehicle transmissions, assorted hand tools, torch set and miscellaneous car parts stolen from home’s garage at 4111 St. Martins Place, Jan. 18. Copper piping stolen from home at 3725 Applegate Ave., Jan. 18. Copper piping stolen from home at 4136 St. Martins Place, Jan. 23.

Criminal damaging

Glass window broken on door to Keller’s Café at 3737 Glenmore Ave., Jan. 23.

Criminal trespass

Suspect entered victim’s back yard

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Copper lines stolen from home’s air conditioning unit at 3909 Darwin Ave., Jan. 19. Wedding band stolen from victim at Terrace View Gardens at 3904 North Bend Road, Jan. 11. Prescription medicine stolen from home at 3861 North Bend Road No. 1, Jan. 21. Gasoline stolen from United Dairy Farmers at 4109 North Bend Road, Jan. 21. Lock box stolen from front of residence at 4124 St. Martins Place, Jan. 23.


Pool house and storage building at Cheviot Municipal Pool spraypainted with graffiti at 3959 North Bend Road, Jan. 22.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations

Annette R. Long, born 1971, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Jan. 11. Daron Jones, born 1971, unlawful use of vehicle joyriding, 3319 Felicity Drive, Jan. 22. Gary Wayne Ellison, born 1981, theft $300 to $5,000 and breaking and entering, 3200 Epworth Ave., Jan. 18. Marius Jennings, born 1958, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., Jan. 8. Rick Goodwin, born 1978, rape drugging victim, domestic violence and felonious assault, 3128 Wooster Place, Jan. 22. Jamie B. Valentine, born 1972, grand theft auto, 3014 Ferguson Road, Jan. 23. Danielle Nicole Jones, born 1988, breaking and entering and theft S$300 to $5,000, 3180 Epworth Ave., Jan. 18. Scott E. Hartkemeyer, born 1970, theft under $300, 5906 Glenway Ave., Jan. 15. Eddie L. Jones, born 1987, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., Jan. 21. Holly Graber, born 1992, disorderly conduct, 3338 Gerold Drive, Jan. 1. Jeffery Lee Hackle, born 1961, domestic violence, 2883 Harrison Ave., Jan. 25. Leedale Anderson, born 1988, domestic violence, 2469 Westwood Northern Blvd., Jan. 13. Michael D. Washington, born 1981, having weapon with drug conviction, firearm in motor vehicle, obstruction of official business and using or carrying firearm while intoxicated, 3118 Ruth Ave., Jan. 13. Rashad Muhummed, born 1987, criminal damming or endangering, phone coarse language, telephone harassment and menacing, 6140 Glenway Ave., Jan. 12. Eric Bradfield, born 1987, disorderly conduct, Jan. 1.

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5928 Glenway Ave., Jan. 14. Theft, 5953 Glenway Ave., Jan. 3. 5984 Glenway Ave., Jan. 5. 6000 Glenway Ave., Jan. 15. 6028 Glenway Ave., Jan. 6. 6140 Glenway Ave., Jan. 18. 6150 Glenway Ave., Jan. 3. 6165 Glenway Ave., Jan. 13. 6165 Glenway Ave., Jan. 15. 6165 Glenway Ave., Jan. 3. 6249 Glenway Ave., Jan. 19.

Breaking and entering

3268 Brater Ave., Jan. 5. 3319 Felicity Drive, Jan. 15.

Aggravated robbery

2702 E Tower Drive, Jan. 18. 2759 Powell Drive, Jan. 19. 3182 McHenry Ave., Jan. 19. 2322 Ferguson Road, Jan. 18. 2465 Westwood Northern Blvd., Jan. 6. 2805 Shaffer Ave., Jan. 5. 3099 McHenry Ave., Jan. 14. 3131 Queen City Ave., Jan. 6. 3148 Gobel Ave., Jan. 13. 2380 Harrison Ave., Jan. 15. 2441 Westwood Northern Blvd., Jan. 13. 2852 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 17. 3172 Mozart Ave., Jan. 19. 3180 Epworth Ave., Jan. 18. 3200 Epworth Ave., Jan. 18. 3338 Gerold Drive, Jan. 17. 3534 Werk Road, Jan. 14. 5110 Crookshank Road, Jan. 17. 5906 Glenway Ave., Jan. 15.


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Criminal damaging/endangering

2323 Ferguson Road, Jan. 5. 2789 Montana Ave., Jan. 17. 3035 Westbrook Ave., Jan. 15. 3115 Bracken Woods Lane, No. B, Jan. 5. 3115 Bracken Woods Lane, No. 3, Jan. 6. 3211 And 3219 Westbrook Drive, Jan. 3. 3389 Glenmore Ave., Jan. 4.

Domestic violence

Reported on Queen City Ave., Jan. 18. Reported on Four Towers Drive., No. 6, Jan. 13. Reported on Boudinot Ave., Jan. 15. Reported on McHenry Ave., 16, Jan. 6. Reported on Westbrook Drive., B, Jan. 4. Reported on Mayridge Court, No. 9, Jan. 12. Reported on Werk Road, Jan. 15.

Menacing by stalking

3131 Queen City Ave., Jan. 6.


2373 Harrison Ave., Jan. 17. 3360 Glenmore Ave., Jan. 16.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

Violate protection order/consent agreement

2674 Wendee Drive., 2341, Jan. 3.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jacob T. Butsch, 19, 4191 Angie Court, drug possession at 3406 Marcella, Jan. 15. Scott P. Pumpple, 25, 5706 Signal Pointe Drive, disorderly conduct at Pinnacle Drive and Harrison Avenue, Jan. 16. Rocco J. Belcamino, 33, 6555 Hearne Road No. 1210, domestic violence at 6555 Hearne Road No. 1210, Jan. 18. Jennifer Taylor, 37, 5484 Audro, assault at 5484 Audro, Jan. 19. Juvenile, 10, assault at 3490 North Bend Road, Jan. 19. Denis B. Bubolu, 27, 7093 Hunters Moon, theft at 6150 Harrison Ave., Jan. 20. Arthur L. McGowan, 32, 3547 Neiheisel Ave., domestic violence at 3547 Neiheisel Ave., Jan. 21. Billy Hall, 23, 4310 Hamilton Ave., criminal trespass at 3491 North Bend Road, Jan. 22. Tanya Jenkins, 45, 2928 Banning Road, fleeing and eluding at 2928 Banning Road, Jan. 22. Mark Linneman, 41, 4310 Fehr Road, theft at 5071 Glencrossing Way, Jan. 22. Juvenile, 14, theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., Jan. 22. Alex Pietrosky, 18, 4281 Pictureview Lane, drug abuse at 5168 Castlebrook Court, Jan. 23.



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Anthony Cornist, born 1959, possession of open flask, Jan. 20. Crystal Jones, born 1982, assault, 2692 Lafeuille Circle, Jan. 25. Eric White, born 1990, possession of drugs, Jan. 18. Jackie R. Bess, born 1951, assault, 3201 Gobel Ave., Jan. 23. Virgil J. Drinks, born 1971, receiving stolen motor vehicle, 2200 Montana Ave., Jan. 20.

2322 Ferguson Road, Jan. 15. 2368 Montana Ave., Jan. 14. 2454 Harrison Ave., Jan. 12. 2478 Queen City Ave., No. 11, Jan. 19. 2488 Queen City Ave., Jan. 19. 2601 Westwood Northern Blvd., Jan. 13. 2814 Harrison Ave., 3, Jan. 13. 2852 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 15. 2859 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 17. 2891 Ferguson Road, Jan. 3. 2913 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 14. 2913 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 15. 2963 Westridge Ave., No. 1, Jan. 16. 2981 Werk Road, Jan. 13. 3001 Westwood Northern Blvd., Jan. 14. 3014 Ferguson Road, Jan. 20. 3031 Werk Road, Jan. 18. 3035 Westbrook Ave., Jan. 15. 3039 Irvella Place, Jan. 5. 3159 Sunshine Ave., Jan. 5. 3171 Westwood Northern Blvd., Jan. 14. 3215 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 15. 3363 Parkcrest Lane, Jan. 17. 3402 Tina View Court, Jan. 19. 3502 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 4. 3957 Yearling Court, Jan. 3. 5044 Glencrossing Way, Jan. 4. 5060 Crookshank Road, Jan. 3. 5070 Glencrossing Way, Jan. 6. 5150 Glencrossing Way, Jan. 6. 5580 Glenway Ave., Jan. 17. 5800 Glenway Ave., Jan. 13. 5800 Glenway Ave., Jan. 18.

Breaking and entering

Door damaged on home’s garage during break in attempt, but no entry was made at 1706 Neeb Road, Jan. 17. Chain saw, combination wrench, power drill, socket set and tool bag with miscellaneous tools stolen from home’s garage at 2849 Carroll Ave., Jan. 20.


Twenty-five bracelets, 12 rings, wedding ring and two necklaces stolen from home at 5343 Rybolt Road, Jan. 19. Window opened on home during attempted break in, but entry was not gained at 5660 Scarborough Drive, Jan. 20.

Criminal damaging

Section of chain link fence damaged at 5784 Biscayne Ave., Jan. 17. Window broken on vehicle at 5241 Sidney Road, Jan. 17. Rear window broken on vehicle at 5206 Sidney Road, Jan. 17. Exterior light broken outside home at 5220 Valley Ridge Road, Jan. 17. Window shutter damaged on home at 4466 Harrison Ave., Jan. 17. Glass door to stereo cabinet broken and a closet door damaged at 4347 Hutchinson Road, Jan. 18.

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Domestic dispute

Argument between spouses at Topichills Drive, Jan. 23. Domestic violence Physical altercation between former spouses at Ruebel Place, Jan. 21.

Property damage

Bullet shot through vehicle’s hood at 5260 Sunnywoods Lane, Jan. 19.


Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 6252 Glenway Ave., Jan. 7. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 6318 Glenway Ave., Jan. 7. Prescription medicine stolen from home at 5227 Parkview Ave., Jan. 7. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 3694 Werk Road, Jan. 8. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 3694 Werk Road, Jan. 9. Cell phone stolen from victim at Western Bowl at 6383 Glenway Ave., Jan. 9. Tools and socket set stolen from one vehicle; money stolen from second vehicle; money and a lighter stolen from third vehicle; and money and miscellaneous paperwork stolen from fourth vehicle at 5609 Bridgetown Road, Jan. 10. Two copper down spouts stolen from home at 4444 Raceview Ave., Jan. 10. Vehicle stolen from lot of Biederman Education Center at 3274 Westbourne Drive, Jan. 10. Pair of shoes stolen from vehicle at 3445 Westport Court, Jan. 10. Two walkie-talkies stolen from Toys R Us at 6251 Glenway Ave., Jan. 10. Laptop computer stolen from Diamond Oaks at 6375 Harrison Ave., Dec. 20. Two suspects left without paying for food and service at Cancun Restaurant at 6383 Glenway Ave., Jan. 8. Cell phone stolen from victim while they were playing pool at Western Bowl at 6383 Glenway Ave., Jan. 12. GPS and money stolen from vehicle at 5650 Midforest Lane, Jan. 13. Cell phone and satellite radio stolen from vehicle at 2901 Carroll Ave., Jan. 13. Copper piping stolen from 16 air conditioning units at condominium complex at 3935 School Section Road, Jan. 14. Copper piping stolen from eight air conditioning units at condominium complex at 4235 Victorian Green, Jan. 14. Eight feet of copper down spout stolen from home at 4444 Raceview Ave., Jan. 14. Three slate tiles stolen from Home Depot at 6300 Glenway Ave., Jan. 6. Beer, pet food and laundry detergent stolen from Meijer at 6550 Harrison Ave., Jan. 15. Canvas bag, Social Security card, birth certificate, two credit cards, assorted jewelry and medicine stolen from vehicle at 6550 Harrison Ave., Jan. 15. Purse and contents stolen from vehicle at 6957 Harrison Ave., Jan. 15. Circular saw and hammer drill stolen from vehicle at 5252 Sidney Road, Jan. 17. Copper lines stolen from home’s air conditioning unit at 4260 Victorian Green Drive, Jan. 17. Copper lines stolen from three air conditioning units at 4211 Victorian Green Drive, Jan. 17. Five DVD movies stolen from Dollar General at 5795 Cheviot Road, Jan. 18. Cell phone stolen from purse at Oak Hills High School at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Jan. 18. Two copper down spouts stolen from home at 3416 Ridgewood Ave., Jan. 19. Copper piping stolen from air conditioning unit at Cincinnati Word of Faith at 4289 Westwood Northern Blvd., Jan. 19. Two Leatherman tools stolen from vehicle at 3943 School Section Road, Jan. 19. Reciprocating saw stolen from home at 3445 Westport Court, Jan. 19. Drill stolen from vehicle at 1505 Jacks Way, Jan. 20. Four extension cords and 325 feet of copper wire stolen from vehicle at 5700 Cheviot Road, Jan. 20. Vehicle stolen from home’s driveway at 2901 Carroll Ave., Jan. 20. Drill kit stolen from Home Depot at 6300 Glenway Ave., Jan. 21. Eleven DVDs stolen from Blockbuster at 3485 North Bend Road, Jan. 23.


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