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Charlie Balz of West Price Hill strains to take a picture of Newt Gingrich from the back of the room at Price Hill Chili.

Who’s running Two candidates are running in the March 6 Republican primary in the newly redrawn 29th District – Louis William Blessing III and Pakkiri Rajagopal. The district now includes most of the West Side. See story, A6


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Cheviot: Purple Heart City

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Jack Snyder, center, of White Oak and VFW 10380, listens during the Cheviot City Council meeting where it was announced that Cheviot is now a Purple Heart City. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE

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Prom help For the fifth straight year, the Taylor High School French teacher Erin Metz is making sure every girl at the school who wants to attend the prom is able to do so. She gladly serves as Taylor’s fairy godmother, helping organize the school’s Cinderella Project. See story A3

Cheviot is the second city in Ohio to declare itself a Purple Heart City. Mayor Samuel Keller issued a proclamation at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, naming Cheviot a Purple Heart City and paying tribute to the nearly 2 million dedicated servicemen and


servicewomen who have been either killed or wounded in combat. “We think it’s a neat thing to be designated a Purple Heart City,” Keller said. “We will do anything we can to support our veterans.” The city designated itself a

Purple Heart City at the request of the West Side’s Purple Heart organization – the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Cheviot Chapter 3620. Newark is the only other Purple Heart City in Ohio. Newark was the first city to declare itself a Purple Heart

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Students in the Advanced Placement Studio Art classes at Oak Hills High School are raising money to purchase two fiberglass pigs for this year's Big Pig Gig. Art students have been collecting money from fellow students and have about $2,000 more to raise. Senior art students Dani Tellez, left, and Kristen Etris, center, hold piggy banks with their art teacher, Jamie Schorsch, as they stand beside the sign students created to show the progress of their fundraising effort. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Students at Oak Hills High School want to buy two pigs. Not the kind of pigs you eat. The kind of pigs you paint. Students in the Advanced Placement Studio Art classes at the high school are raising money to purchase two fiberglass pigs for this year’s Big Pig Gig, an art project sponsored by ArtWorks and C-Change to honor Cincinnati’s “Porkopolis” history. “This is the second time they are doing the Big Pig Gig and ArtWorks is spearheading the project again,” said Oak Hills art teacher Jamie Schorsch.

More than 400 giant fiberglass pigs were created for the first Big Pig Gig in 2000, and the event is being brought back this year to coincide with the annual Flying Pig Marathon as well as this summer’s World Choir Games. Schorsch said the pigs will decorate streets downtown this summer, but when the choir competition is over the pigs Oak Hills students painted will be returned to the school for permanent display. She said painting the pigs is this year’s legacy project for the 40 senior art students. In the past, the senior artists have created murals in the school hallways and last year they painted

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benches in the student courtyard. “They will get to collaborate to design the pigs,” she said. “One pig will be painted to reflect the longstanding traditions of Oak Hills and the other will be a representation of the 21st century Highlander.” Senior art students Kristen Etris and Dani Tellez, both of Green Township, said they are looking forward to the project. “Painting is my favorite medium, so it will be fun,” Tellez said. “I’ve watched the seniors create legacy projects since I was a freshman and I’ve always

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra is putting out a call to area musicians. The orchestra is seeking string players of all types to add to its membership. They’re also looking for an oboe player. An independent, nonprofit organization, the group is comprised of 60 musicians of all ages from throughout Greater Cincinnati. This season marks the group’s 16th year of performing classical and popular music. Upcoming performance dates are March 25, May 1 and at least three concerts in July, August and September. The orchestra also has a new series of concerts in the works. Conducted by Dave Allen, who serves as chairman of the music department at Elder High School and the music director at St. William Church, the orchestra’s home is the Seton Performance Hall,

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The Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, under the direction of Dave Allen, center, is seeking string players of all types to add to its membership. The group also is looking for an oboe player. FILE

Mat news In one of the best seasons in Western Hills High School wrestling history, a lot of it can be attributed to the senior leadership. The Mustangs are 7-5 in dual meets this year, their second-best record in dual meets in 25 years. See story, A7

City. Purple Heart recipients Ed Vlaikov, the chapter’s junior vice commander, and Tony Kohl, who serves as commander of both the Cheviot chapter and the state of Ohio’s Purple Heart organization, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the chapter. “This is a great honor for our organization,” Kohl said. “We’re very, very grateful to the city for doing this.” A U.S. Marine veteran who

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U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot’s 22-year-old son was arrested early Feb. 5 after police said he allegedly broke into the McCullough-Hyde annex building in Oxford and pulled a fire alarm. Brandon Chabot, a student at Miami University, is charged with making a false alarm, breaking and entering – a felony – and disorderly conduct. Police said he appeared intoxicated and reeked of alcohol. Officers arrived at the building about 2:05 a.m. Feb. 5 after a fire alarm went off. Oxford Sgt. Jon Varley

A driver lost control of their vehicle Tuesday morning and slammed into the front of Hatting's Supermarket in Green Township. The accident left a large hole in the front of the store and broke a gas line, but no injuries were reported.

A mechanical problem with a BMW early Tuesday, Feb. 7, led to the vehicle plowing into Hatting’s Supermarket, 6148 Bridgetown Rd., according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported in the 8:20 a.m. incident that also broke a gas main attached to the building. The Green Township grocery store was evacuated for a short time, but reopened for business a few hours later. Damage to the building

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Taylor students benefit from Cinderella Project By Kurt Backscheider

Erin Metz said every girl should have a chance to go to the prom. For the fifth straight year, the French teacher at Taylor High School is making sure every girl at the school who wants to attend the prom is able to do so. She gladly serves as Taylor’s fairy godMetz mother, helping organize the school’s Cinderella Project. The program was started at Harrison High School in 2004 by Anita Greene, youth ministries director at Whitewater Christian Church, and it has since branched out to six high schools in the region. Metz said all the schools share the same dresses and shoes, which are stored at a shop called The Castle in Harrison, but each school is managed separately and funds are raised separately. “Financial reasons shouldn’t keep a girl from attending her big ball,” she said. “They just need a fairy godmother. We take care of everything they need for the prom.” She said 11 girls at Taylor will experience the prom this spring thanks to the project, which, counting this year, has assisted


nearly 70 girls at the school. Dozens of women volunteer their time for months to make the project a success, she said. A few of the volunteers joining Metz this year include Caitlin Rudisell, Sandy Weitz, who started the program at Taylor, and Becky Barnett, who is serving as the project manager. The team of women have been working hard to raise money and collect dresses for the project. Students who want to take part in the program submit an application, and Metz said the students who are chosen work hard to succeed in school and always have positive attitudes despite experiencing hardship. When the girls get on the chartered bus to go to prom they will be wearing loaned dresses and shoes they picked out during a shopping spree at The Castle, their hair will be styled by a professional hairstylist and their makeup will be applied by a professional makeup artist. Taylor’s project team is hosting a fundraiser at the Cleves Skyline from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Skyline will donate a portion of its sales during the fundraiser to the program, and the event will also feature a bake sale, a dress drive and a split-thepot raffle. For more information, or to donate, call Metz at (513) 824-7393.


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The following students earned honors for the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Freshmen First honors: Hannah Ammon, Raina Aull, Megan Awad, Savannah Bacon, Samantha Biggs, Allison Broderick, Cassie Bullock, Katherine Cole, Mary Cecelia DiGiacomo, Gabrielle Doll, Madeline Ernst, Jennifer Fohl, Libby Gramann, Megan Groll, Ashley Grooms, Andrea Hannan, Sydney Haussler, Olivia Hess, Gabriel Hirlinger, Megan Igel, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Isabella Jansen, Shannon Kaine, Allison Kampel, Samantha Kingdom, Caroline Klopp, Emily Klumb, Gabrielle Kraemer, Leigha Kraemer, Kayla Krommer, Abby Lamping, Lindsey Lanzillotta, Lauren Lipps, Krista Murphy, Carly Niehauser, Phuong Phan, Victoria Pollack, Allyson Radziwon, Amy Rapien, Emily Reuss, Jessica Rieskamp, Sydney Riser, Abbigail Sandmann, Allison Schmitt, Suzanne Schultz, Rachel Seaman, Kelly Shields, Haley Sponaugle, Carly Stagge, Maria Torok, Melissa Trentman, Natalie Ulmer, Maggie Walroth and Brooke Zentmeyer.

Second honors: Allison Bailey, Sam Ballachino, Emma Bohan, Courtney Burns, Isabella Burton, Greta Busche, Grace Davis, Maria DiTullio, Shelby Faeth, Faith Flowers, Hannah Fricke, McKenzie Frommeyer, Celia Garnett, Savannah Geiger, Emily Geigle, Cassidy Giglio, Kathryn Grace, Julianna Hagarty, Rachel Hale, Emily Hatting, Molly Henderson, Melissa Henry, Laura Hofmeyer, Ashley Hoinke, Amy Hopkins, Marie Ingguls, Amanda Jacobs, Cassandra Johnson, Kalie Kaimann, Kourtney Keller, Jenna Kohler, Kelsey Kurzhals, Taylor Lane, Jessica Lauber, Natalie Morrison, Madelin Murphy, Megan Nguyen, Laura Nie, Brittany Oestreicher, Anna Ostendorf, Alyse Peck, Alyssa Reiring, Samantha Roth, Rachel Shackelford, Natasha Stalets, Marisa Stavale, Kelsey Stock, Olivia Tepe, Margaret Thiemann, Emma Voss, Hannah Wegman and Abigail Werner.

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Juniors First honors: Lindsey Ackerman, Jessica Anevski, Nicole Behler, Amanda Boeing, Morgan Doerflein, Danielle Drinkuth, Jocelyn Evans, Katarina Gay, McKenzie Grace, Kelsey Groll, Molly Hartig, Emily Hayhow, Emily Heine, Sarah Hilvert, Karly Hyland, Maggie Keyes, Kathleen Koch, Grace Laiveling, Erika LaRosa, Stephanie Little, Jenna Martini, Laura Mersmann, Holly Meyer, Mary Grace Moore, Paige Moorhead, Lindsey Mullen, Kelsey Murphy, Morgan Quatman, Emily Reiring, Samantha Riser, Katelyn Schoster, Christina Schultz, Emily Sedler, Laura Sollmann, Nicole Stemler, Emma Thiemann, Andrea Toth, Morgan Vogel, Sydney Vollmer, Allison Walke, Erin Wanger, Jessica Woeste, Rachel Zieverink and Kourtney Zigelmier. Second honors: Arianna Alonzo, Shelby Ashcraft, Melanie

Autenrieb, Abigail Awad, Jessica Beamer, Ashley Bretnitz, Caitlin Brunton, Maureen Carolin, Kimberly Conrady, McKenzie Davis, Lisa Dlima, Kristin Eversole, Kaitlyn Feeney, Kaitlyn Finfrock, Anna Freudiger, Shelby Fritsch, Carly Gatterdam, Haley Gooderson, Erin Grace, Elizabeth Griswold, Emma Hand, Anna Marie Hetzer, Emily Hofmeyer, Kelli Holwadel, Kara Hunsche, Ashley Jacobs, Erin Kane, Hayley Kirley, Taylor Kuhl, Hannah Lanzillotta, Sidney Lawson, Margaret Leisgang, Julie Lindeman, Adelaide Lottman, Kayla Luckett, Sarah Macke, Cheyenne Martinez, Emilie Mattei, Kathleen McCarthy, Marisa Meyer, Alexandra Moehring, Stephanie Myers, Jennifer Nguyen, Nicole Nie, Emma Nienaber, Colleen O'Brien, Kara Rattermann, Pamela Redden, Kara Ridder, Allison Roell, Haley Rollison, Madison Rosenacker, Christin Rottenberger, Christine Rowland, Jordan Schmidt, Stefanie Schwarm, Jaime Smith, Regina Squeri, Anna Stagge, Rachel Stock, Emma Summers, Elizabeth Sunderhaus, Maria Svec, Ashley Tettenhorst, Christina Torok, Jacqueline Tran and Jaclyn Waller.

Seniors First honors: Lindsey Allgeyer, Alexandra Averbeck, Jessica Bailey, Sarah Banfill, Samantha Beeler, Nicole Bell, Olivia Bernard, Lindsey Berting, Taylor Bittner, Kaitlyn Cappel, Anna Combs,

Alexis Cranley, Erin Davoran, Ashley Eversole, Rebecca Ewald, Jessica Fox, Anne Goettke, Maggie Hauer, Danielle Hoffman, Emily Igel, Alyssa Kaine, Vanessa Klawitter, Jordan Lipps, Kari Lockwood, Maria McDonald, Rebecca Meyer, Brooke Moorhead, Leanne Nieberding, Ashley Niemann, Anne Pace, Noelle Rogers, Natalie Rudolf, Mollie Ruffing, Maria Tepe, Lauren Ulmer, Shelby Wauligman and Alisha Wilk. Second honors: Melissa Alexander, Molly Arnold, Dallas Beardsley, Mariah Becker, Lauren Bihl, Julie Buttelwerth, Olivia Carroll, Victoria Cipriani, Leah Dickman, Emily Doll, Olivia Dulle, Taylor Fricke, Andrea Gau, Jaynee Goines, Carly Graman, Rachel Gregory, Madeline Haney, Bailey Haussler, Emily Henkel, Shanna Hickey, Ally Jasper, Allison Kane, Sarah Kathmann, Olivia Klawitter, Amber Knolle, Abby Langenbrunner, Natalie Lietz, Emma Lindle, Jourdan Lyons, Emily McDonald, Katherine McHale, Rachel Melgard, Andrea Metzger, Lauren Meyer, Cara Mitchell, Jennifer Morand, Jessica Mueller, Alison Norman, Stefanie Nourtsis, Megan Pflum, Alyssa Pohlman, Alexandra Polly, Stacey Radziwon, Jennifer Rodgers, Melissa Schenkel, Kiersten Schratt, Emily Seibel, Kylee Siefke, Allison Smith, Samantha Southard, Emily Stautberg, Lauren Tepe, Rachel Weber, Chelsey Williams, Paige Withers and Cassy Woelfel.

McAuley honors eighth-grade scholarship winners McAuley High School recently recognized more than 50 eighthgrade girls at the annual Catherine McAuley Honoree Dinner, a gala buffet and celebration ceremony. The students all were offered scholarships of varying amounts, ranging from $500 to full tuition, to attend McAuley. The scholarships were offered on the basis of their achievement on the high school entrance test, and/or because of excellence in other areas. The attendees received certif-

icates and Catherine McAuley Honoree pins in recognition of their achievement. The 2012 scholarships recipients are: Karli Auberger, St. Ignatius School; Jenna Averbeck, St. James School; Allison Biedenharn, St. Bernard School; Brandy Browning, St. Boniface School; Aubrey Brunst, St. James; Kayla Chisholm, Cincinnati Country Day School; Kati Cleary, Our Lady of Grace School; Megan Cleary, Our Lady of Grace; Mary Coleman, St. Ignatius; Natalie DeMeo, St. Jude School;

Cara Discepoli, St. James; Gabrielle Draginoff, St. James; Megan Emig, Our Lady of Grace; Elizabeth Farrell, St. Ignatius; Catherine Farwick, St. James; Brianna Fehring, St. John the Baptist School; Jamison Fehring, St. John the Baptist; Nina Fischer, St. Ignatius; Kristina Griffin, Our Lady of Grace; Sydney Hamilton, St. James; Lia Hergenrother, St. James; Emily Hoffman, St. Gabriel Consolidated School; Megan Hudepohl, St. John the Baptist; Elyse Irwin, Sacred Heart School; Hannah Kemble, St. Ignatius;

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High school gets athletic help from ex-Bengal The athletic program at DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Greater Cincinnati’s newest Catholic high school, has received a gift of $5,000 from The Ndukwe Foundation. DePaul Cristo Rey is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and offers underserved students in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky the opportunity for a strong college preparatory education in a Catholic setting. DePaul Cristo Rey is the 24th school in the nationwide Cristo Rey Network which serves 6,900 urban young people who live in communities with limited education options. All

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State rep candidates answer questions By Jennie Key

Two candidates are running in the March 6 Republican primary for the 29th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives: Louis William Blessing III and Pakkiri Rajagopal. The Community Press asked each candidate three questions. Q: With budgets getting tighter, do you see consolidation of services, especially in smaller communities, as being a help? Why? How would you help facilitate that consolidation? Blessing: Absolutely. The tighter the budget the better. This may be facilitated in two ways: technology and an audit of which services should be provided by the local government and which should be delegated to private enterprises. With the advent of many new technologies over the past several decades, many services may be made cheaper simply by utilizing a more efficient technology. Additionally, if a service may be performed more efficiently and at lower cost through a private entity then perhaps the local government should consider paying that entity for the needed services instead of providing them itself. Rajagopal: Yes, because of the reduction of delivery cost. At the state level, I would work to identify and remove any bureaucratic roadblocks that restrict the ability of local governments to work with each other. Consolidation of services is already happening, with school districts sharing administrative professionals,

public works agencies sharing fuel and road salt purchasing and local municipalities sharing joint fire and police services. The best thing Blessing that can be done in Columbus is to allow locally elected and accountable officials do their job without state interference. With the loss of local governRajagopal ment funding from the state, and the elimination of the tangible personal property tax and estate tax, what will you do to help local governments to make up for those loss of funds? Blessing: Instead of looking to make up for a loss of funds, state and local governments will need to work together to find ways to reduce spending. How many programs and services are truly needed? How many are efficient? How many are better left to private enterprise? All of these things need to be considered prior to looking for more funding. Rajagopal: Government spending beyond its means has put us in our current financial mess. As I have stated in the previous question and since the state has no more money to hand out, the best thing that can be done in Columbus is to reduce costly regulations that drive business to neighboring states. While many people bemoan the elimination of the tangible property tax and the estate tax, history has always

BRIEFLY Funny finale

The Sunset Players, the resident community theater group at the Dunham Arts Center, ends its 2011/2012 season with “The Dixie Swim Club,” a hilarious and touching journey of lifelong friendship. The show follows five Southern women, who became friends on their college swim team, as they meet at the same beach club to laugh, relax, catch up and interfere in each other’s lives. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25. All show begin at 8 pm. Performances take place at Midway School, 3156 Glenmore Ave., in Westwood, while renovations of the Dunham Arts Building occur. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $11 for students, senior citizens and groups of 10 or more. Call (513) 588-4988 or visit for ticket information.

Interstate shooting

A 17-year-old male was shot early Sunday morning in what police are calling a road rage incident. Green Township Police Chief Bart West reports that the shooting occurred on eastbound Interstate 74 at the Rybolt Road exit. The teen was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a reported road rage incident that began on I-74 near Ohio 128. He was taken to Good Samaritan Western Ridge Hospital by family members where he was treated and released. The suspect was described as a white male who was driving a red vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 513-825-1500 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

Fashion fundraiser

The Oak Hills High School PTA is hosting a fashion show fundraiser Friday, Feb. 24, at Receptions West, 3302 Westbourne Drive. “Glamour on the Go” is a fun evening complete with dinner and a fashion show. Social hour and registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with a cash bar available and raffle opportunities. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are $35 per person. To make a reservation, contact Robin Creager at (513) 3244685 or Proceeds from the fundraiser go directly toward supporting programs for Oak Hills students.

Monte Carlo at St. Al’s

Black Jack, Big Six, Jumbo Poker, and many more games of chance and skill will be part of St. Al’s Bridgetown Monte Carlo ata 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the school gymnasium at 4390 Bridgetown Road. This event is open to adults over age 21 with all proceeds benefitting St. Aloysius Gonzaga School. The Monte Carlo will have a designated high rollers section as well as a hold ‘em tournament which will pay $1,000 to the winner and cash prizes to the other top nine finishers based on 100 players. Tournament pre-registration is available at Admission to the Monte Carlo is $10 a person or $15 a couple and includes hourly door prizes, music, soft drinks, and a variety of food including sandwiches, shrimp, crab cakes, pizza, hot hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Beer and malt beverages will be available for purchase. For more information on this event and to register for the hold ‘em tournament, go to



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wanted to be a part of one. I’m not leaving the school empty, I’m giving something back in an artistic way,” she said. Etris said painting is her favorite art form as well, and she’s excited to leave her mark on the landscape and have a piece she

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was wounded in the Vietnam War, Kohl said the Cheviot Purple Heart group is comprised of 146 members who do tremendous work for veterans in the Cincinnati area. He said his fellow Purple Heart members volunteer at the VA Hospital, visit schools, take part in parades and assist with area high school ROTC programs. “I’m very proud of our guys, and our ladies auxiliary is terrific as well,” he said. “We work to help all veterans succeed,’’ Kohl said. “We want to provide camaraderie among all

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3901 Glenway Ave. Rehearsals are from 7:309:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The group plays a wide variety of music, including classical concerts and summer “pops” concerts. Its members are very social, too, often gathering at nearby restaurants after rehearsals and concerts. Interested musicians can contact Gail Harmeling, the orchestra’s concertmaster, at 921-4919 for more information. They may also visit

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program that allows for greater school choice. Rajagopal: In the 1997 DeRolph decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that reliance on local property taxes to fund education resulted in unequal funding for school districts and thus inequality in educational opportunity across the state. While the system of locally funded schools still exists 15 years later, Ohio has spent several billion state tax dollars through the Ohio School Facilities Commission rebuilding schools in less affluent districts. Locally, Mount Healthy schools and

Hamilton City Schools have many new buildings that were subsidized through the OSFC program. Other districts, such as Northwest local, are further down the list and it could be years, if ever, that they will benefit from OSFC funds. We cannot spend our way out of our situation; therefore I propose that we continue to reduce costly federal and state mandates. I will support a new system of funding that will spread the cost of funding education across a wider group to reduce the crushing impact of property taxes on homeowners.

can always come back to visit to help her look back on her days in high school. “It’s special,” she said. Schorsch said the Oak Hills Alumni Association and Oak Hills Educational Foundation have generously offered to team up to purchase one pig for the project. She said students have been taking piggy banks around to their peers collecting money and loose change to raise money to buy the

second pig. They’ve raised $1,500 so far, and only have $2,000 more to collect, she said. “Everyone in the school is excited about it,” she said. “I think it’s a pride thing.” Schorsch expects the pigs to arrive at Oak Hills by the end of February. She said students will work on the project in their free time to hopefully finish the pigs by early May.

veterans groups and honor the sacrifices of all the men and women who serve this country.” Keller said becoming a Purple Heart City provides some recognition to the area Purple Heart chapter, but it also means Cheviot is supportive of all military veterans groups. “The Cheviot Purple Heart chapter was one of the first chapters in the state,” he said. “When they approached us about becoming a Purple Heart City, I said, ‘Absolutely.’ “It tickles me to death they felt strongly enough about us to ask us to be a Purple Heart City,” he said. Members of the Cheviot Purple Heart chapter meet monthly at the lodge at Harvest Home

Park. Keller said he’s come to know many of them over the years through their involvement in community events and programs like Honor Flight TriState. In appreciation of the city declaring itself a Purple Heart City, the members of the Cheviot chapter presented plaques to Keller and city council, and gave the city a Purple Heart flag it can fly at City Hall. “We’re extremely, extremely happy,” Kohl said. “Cheviot is the second city in the state of Ohio to become a Purple Heart City.” He said there is legislation pending in Columbus to make Ohio the first Purple Heart State in the country.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH Elder High School senior Kevin Groll has been named Student of the Month by the Western Hills Exchange Club. Groll is pictured reciving a plaque and check from club member Tom Prince. The Student of the Month program by Kroger. PROVIDED.



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» The following Division I and II athletes qualified for the district swimming and diving tournaments, Feb. 13-18. The girls DI lists were not complete by deadline. For a complete list of qualifiers see Division I » Mitch Godar, Elder, 1-meter diving, 346.30 » Jimmy McMahon, LaSalle, 1meter diving, 349.30 » Alec Krummen, Oak Hills, 1-meter diving, 232.55 » Parker Dennis, Oak Hills, 1-meter diving, 229.00 » Taylor Hayes, Mercy, 1-meter diving, 357.15 » Mo Carolin, Seton, 1-meter diving, 318.45 » Samantha Smith, Seton, 1-meter diving, 266.45 » Toni Bluemel, St. Xavier, 1-meter diving, 270.40 » Joe Hayhow, Elder, 50 freestyle, 100 free » Curtis Robinson, Oak Hills, 50 freestyle » Jacob Mueller, Elder, 50 freestyle » Mitchell Marnell, Elder, 100 free » Julian Souder, La Salle, 100 free, 200 free » Brian Walker, Oak Hills, 500 free, 200 IM » Scott Abernathy, Elder, 100 breast » Bradford Johnson, St. Xavier, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke » Matt Kramer, St. Xavier, 50yard freestyle » Teddy Kerr, St. Xavier, 50-and 100-yard freestyle » Alex Burgess, St. Xavier, 50and 100-yard freestyle » Grant Johnson, St. Xavier, 100and 200-yard freestyle » John Galvin, St. Xavier, 100- and 200-yard freestyle » Julian Souder, LaSalle, 100- and 200-yard freestyle » Jack Hendricks, St. Xavier, 200and 500-yard freestyle » Cam Young, St. Xavier, 200- and 500-yard freestyle » James Delgado, St. Xavier, 500yard freestyle, 200-yard IM » Kevin Mosko, St. Xavier, 500yard freestyle » Ian Wooley, St. Xavier, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly » Gray Dennis, St. Xavier, 100yard backstroke, 200-yard IM » Chris Hayes, St. Xavier, 100yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly » Sean Heinsen, St. Xavier, 100yard backstroke » Andrew Brower, St. Xavier, 100yard breaststroke, 200-yard IM » Steve Russo, St. Xavier , 100yard breaststroke » Mitchell Frey, St. Xavier, 100yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly » Gabe Rapp, St. Xavier, 100-yard butterfly » Brian O’Connor, St. Xavier, 200yard IM » 200-yard freestyle relay - St. Xavier, Elder, LaSalle, Oak Hills » 400-yard freestyle relay - St. Xavier, Elder, Oak Hills, LaSalle » 200-yard medley relay - St. Xavier, Elder Division II » Nate Meyer, Taylor, 1-meter diving, 388.85, 100-yard breaststroke Nick Wasserbauer, Taylor, 100yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay - Taylor

Boys basketball

» Princeton defeated Oak Hills 69-42, Feb. 3. Senior Alex Bergen led with 11 points. The Highlanders lost 64-41 to Hamilton Feb. 7. Senior Jack Pflum scored a team-high 13 points. » A bad second half for Elder led to a 58-37 defeat at the hands of La Salle Feb. 3. Panther Thomas Mazza led the way with 12 points. See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A8



Mustangs galloping to success Senior leadership plays key role on wrestling team By Tom Skeen

WESTERN HILLS — In one of the best seasons in Western Hills High School wrestling history, a lot of it can be attributed to the senior leadership. The Mustangs are 7-5 in dual meets this year, their second-best record in dual meets in 25 years (9-3 in 2010). “As a group they are special,” coach Ryan Williams said. “As a whole I have seven or eight seniors, and they have just been great as far as leading by example and working hard.” The season started off on the right foot as the Mustangs won their host tournament. Later in the season the Mustangs went to the Mount Healthy Invitational where they have never finished higher than fifth - and went 4-1 and placed third. Three days later they traveled to the Nor-

Western Hills senior Jordan Buckalew, right, is 22-4 on the season and is one of a group of Mustangs coach Ryan Williams believes can make an impact come the postseason. THANKS TO RYAN WILLIAMS wood Invitational and took home another third-place showing - their best showing ever at Norwood. At the Milford Invitational, with some of the best competition in the city, the Mustangs finished eighth out of 17 teams. “As a whole this has been one of our better seasons,” Williams said. “The seniors have wrestled with me since they were sophomores and they are a combined 23-13

at dual meets in their careers.” One of the strongest members of the team is senior Jordan Buckalew. He is 22-4 with 16 pins and barely broke the varsity lineup as a junior. As a junior, Buckalew had a .500 record and didn’t really turn it on until the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference tournament. “(Jordan) came out of nowhere, I’m not going to lie,” Williams said. “He worked hard this summer, went to all the camps this summer and he’s just got a go-afterthem mentality. He isn’t fancy and doesn’t have all the style and flair, but he has a lot of heart and pride.” Two other seniors having great years are Da’Ron Armstrong and Stoney Sutton. Armstrong is 26-4 this year at the 106pound weight class, while Sutton is 24-4 versus the 119-pounders. “They both have more of the technical skills, the flurry and scrambling being that they are the lighter weights,” Williams said. See WRESTLE, Page A8

Changes lead to success for Elder’s Hardtke

Senior wrestler on track for a deep postseason run By Tom Skeen

PRICE HILL — Elder High School senior wrestler Tyler Hardtke has had an impressive career on the mat. As a freshman at 119 pounds, he was a district qualifier and returned to districts as a sophomore. Last season at 160 pounds, Hardtke got over the district hump and placed fifth at state. This season he sits at 24-1 with 10 pins and is on track to make a return to the state tournament. “He made himself pretty good,” coach Dick McCoy said. “He’s not the most athletic or quickest, and he doesn’t possess the natural things most athletes do. He made himself much stronger through weight training and made himself the kind of wrestler he is. He stepped up his game and will wrestle anywhere and anybody.” Hardtke’s only loss came at the Brecksville Holiday Invitational to Roy Daniels of Olentangy Liberty High School in the semifinals. Hardtke still managed to finish third. The senior won the Southwest Ohio Coaches’ Classic earlier in the season after knocking of Beavercreek’s Nick Corba. Corba finished fourth at the state tournament last season. Another tournament victory came at the Catholic Invitational Tournament Jan. 15 with a victory over Moeller’s Wyatt Wilson. “I’ve wrestled good,” Hardtke said. “I don’t think I’ve peaked yet, and I’m going to peak at the right time and go for a state title.” Hardtke is somewhat of a special case, according to McCoy. A jump from the 119pound weight class as a freshman to 160 as a junior is quite a jump for any wrestler. Most wrestlers will try to cut weight and

Elder senior captain Tyler Hardtke works Moeller’s Jake Brauning on the mat on his way to victory. Hardtke is 24-1 on the season and is looking to best his fifth-place finish at state last season. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS get to a lower weight class and Hardtke did that his first two years at Elder. McCoy told him to take a different approach his junior season. He told him to wrestle what he weighed and not worry about cutting weight. “He kind of had to (wrestle at his weight) with the wrestlers we had at the time,” McCoy said. “Last year was an experiment for him as far as wrestling what he weighs. He got a personal trainer and worked hard with him and got stronger. He grew into the weight class, and the result was fifth place at state.” As far as what it is going to take to get back to where he was last season, Hardtke can rely upon his experience and he knows what it will take.

“Conditioning is important at the end of the year, and staying mentally focused; that is what coach always tells me. He calls it the month of champions,” the Panther said. The mental part of the game is what McCoy believes will be key along with a few other things that need to go your way when it comes to getting back to the state tournament. “Our goal is to be wrestling Saturday night in the finals,” McCoy said. “I think he’s capable. It’s a pretty wide open class and he can compete with any kid. He’s got to get lucky and stay healthy. In his case, he’s got to make sure he keeps himself mentally strong, that is the biggest obstacle to any kid in the postseason.”

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As a freshman, Armstrong recorded just two victories. In the off-season he dedicated himself and improved his record to just under .500. After another off-season filled with hard work, Armstrong finished his junior season 28-12 with 19 pins and was named Most Valuable Player of the Mustang wrestling team. “He just kept working hard,” Williams said. “All of a sudden he worked really hard and just exploded his junior year. He placed at every tournament and was a district qualifier. He probably has grown the most when it comes to being a technical wrestler.” As the postseason begins, Williams knows he has the talent that can make waves and reach the district tournament if not state. “Given that they do what they know how to do and what they have been taught, they can make a run,” Williams said. “We have five or six kids that I have confidence in that will move on. There are four (Buckalew, Sutton, Armstrong and junior Fred Nayou) that I expect to be district qualifiers, if not state. It all comes down to the mental things. I think they will bring their A game and shock the world like I know they can do.”

Elder knocked off McNicholas 53-50, Feb. 7. Senior Danny Murphy led the Panthers with 15 points. » Trailing by six at the half, Western Hills was outscored 30-20 in the second half and suffered a 60-44 loss to Withrow Feb. 3. Junior Marquez Carpentar and senior Darrel Bullock led with 11 points. West High rebounded with a 48-40 win over Hughes Feb. 4. Bullock led the Mustangs with 11 points. The Mustangs handled Lockland 81-65, Feb. 7. Keevin Tyus scored a gamehigh 30 points. » Taylor was defeated by Deer Park 61-33, Feb. 3. Senior Patrick McAdams led the way with 10 points. Madeira knocked off Taylor 71-46, Feb. 7. McAdams led the way with nine points.

Girls basketball

» Oak Hills was defeated by Mason 53-25, Feb. 4. Junior Mackenzie Laumann led with nine points. They lost 46-32 to Harrison Feb. 8. Juniors Olivia Kilgore and Lindsey Eckstein led with eight points each. » Taylor was defeated 4736 by Mariemont Feb. 4. Senior Liz Mooney led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points. Taylor lost 40-27 to Wyoming Feb. 8. Mooney led with 10 points. » Seton fell 51-38 to Mount Notre Dame Feb. 7. Junior Marisa Meyer led with 17 points.



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Boys bowling

» Taylor knocked off St. Xavier’s Blue team 2,534-


2,432, Feb. 3. Senior Zach Lawrence rolled a 476 series for the Yellow Jackets.

Girls bowling

» Oak Hills was defeated by McAuley 2,605-2,055, Feb. 9. Senior Larissa Gooden rolled a 326 series to lead the Highlanders.

Boys swimming

» Oak Hills finished fourth with 166 points at the GMC Championships Feb. 3. Highlander coach Mike Nocheck was named Coach of the Year.

Boys diving

» Oak Hills had three top 10 finishers at the GMC Championships Feb. 3. Freshman Parker Dennis placed fifth with a score of 151.25 while sophomore Mark Venturini was eighth and junior Jeremy Record finished 10th.

Girls swimming

» Oak Hills finished sixth at the GMC Championships Feb. 4 with 143 points.


» Elder fell 52-12 to Moeller Feb. 3. Senior Tyler Hardtke won by pin in the 160-pound weight class. » Oak Hills finished ninth at the GMC Championships Feb. 4.

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For the latest news and scores, follow Tom Skeen on Twitter @PressprepsTom.

On deck

The postseason has arrived. Sectionals are under way in girls basketball, boys and girls swimming, bowling and wrestling. Boys basketball gets under way Feb. 20.

West High had tough stretch By Kevin Flanagan Western Hills Sports Information Director

The Western Hills boys basketball team went into the last few weeks of play with a record of 9-5 (5-4 in the CMAC). On tap was a fourgame stretch where they faced Seven Hills, Withrow, Hughes and Lockland in seven days. They rolled over Seven Hills 7740 Jan. 31. For the game, the Mustangs shot 50 percent from the field and were led by Keevin Tyus’ 17 points and 12 rebounds. Next up the Mustangs played Withrow Feb. 3. Earlier in the season the Mustangs fell to the Tigers 74-49 at Withrow. The Tigers were without leading scorer Devin Williams (21 pts vs. Western Hills the first game) on this night, which gave some relief to the Mustangs. After trailing by six after the first quarter, Lionel Hill and Marquez Carpenter combined to hit three straight three-pointers to start the second quarter. The soldout Western Hills crowd went into a frenzy when Hill hit a deep threepointer from the right wing to put his team up 19-18 with just under six

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minutes left in the second quarter. Withrow ran off eight straight points to start the second half and never looked back. In the 60-44 loss, Darrell Bullock and Marquez Carpenter led Western Hills with 11 points each. At Hughes the next night, the Mustangs got back on track and shut down the Hughes offense for a 48-40 victory. Darrell Bullock’s 11 points and Floyd Lee’s 10 were tops for Western Hills on the night. In a Feb. 7 home contest against the Lockland Panthers, Hill and Tyus got the Mustangs going in the first quarter as they combined for 14 of their team’s 23 as they built a 12point lead after one. Lockland was only able to get as close as 10 points the rest of the game on three separate occasions. Western Hills put up a season-high 81 points in a 16 point victory over the Panthers. Tyus had one of the most memorable nights in Mustang history with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Sitting at 12-6 (6-5 in the CMAC) the Mustangs embarked on a 10-day layoff before they battle Aiken at home Feb. 17.

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Here they come! They’re banging on your door. Banging on your bedroom door. The T-Party Christians are continuing their assault on women’s rights and women’s health only now they have the bishops behind them chanting papal authority; the same papal authority that prohibits the use of condoms in Africa where millions of children are orphaned from aids. The religious right is claiming Obama is trying to destroy religion. History tells us that religion cannot be destroyed from the outside, only from within. When the Komen Foundation quit funding Planned Parenthood’s research program on breast cancer, it was the women who quite emphatically changed their mind for them. If the Catholic women want to send a message to the bishops, I suggest they get together and stay home from mass one Sunday. A dent in the coffers might even catch the eye of the pontiff.

Bob Neal Cheviot

Make a choice

Catholics who attended mass on Jan. 29 heard the reading of a letter by Archbishop Schnurr condemning the latest attack by this administration against the Judeo-Christian values that “were” the basis of a once great nation. I praise Archbishop Schnurr for taking a stand. Unfortunately, the Obamacare assault has just begun. Over my adult lifetime Democrats have continuously attacked our foundational values. At the center of this onslaught is a liberal elitist’s agenda to install a European style socialist government in America. High on their list is the same world population movement that is the root cause of the pending collapse of many countries in Europe. Obama, Pelosi and Reid, through Obamacare, have forced the liberal line of thinking on all Americans. Those that oppose, people of faith, hospitals and doctors no longer have a “choice.” This ambush must stop! If you are Catholic and Democrat it is time for you to make a “choice,” stand up and take your party back or stop calling yourself a Catholic.

Al Ostendorf Cheviot

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Attack on freedom

When the Obama administration’s health care financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions.This has now been proven to be empty rhetoric. Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that under the health care law, private health insurance plans must cover the “full range of FDA approved contraceptions” – in which category HHS explicitly included the abortion-inducing drug Ella. This mandate includes a so-called “religious employer exemption,” yet the exemption is so narrowly defined that most religious schools, colleges, hospitals and charitable organizations serving the public do not quality. Even an expanded definition of “religious employer” would fail to protect non-religiously affiliated organizations, individuals and even religiously affiliated health insurers whose pro-life consciences are nonetheless violated. This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans, eviscerating their freedom of choice to purchase private insurance that does not violate their ethical, moral or religious objections. I hope all readers will contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and voice outrage over this anti-life mandate.

Mrs. Bernard H. Rieskamp Green Township


Werner Coppel, a Holocaust survivor who speaks to groups in collaboration with the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, recently spoke to Elizabeth Lyle's history classes at Western Hills University High School. Coppel gave a moving account of how he survived and escaped Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Pictured, left to right, are Carrissa Clay, Treshaun Henderson, Coppel, John Mills, Ashley Cooper, Terrence Williams and Asiana Knox-Allen. THANKS TO ELIZABETH LYLE



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Dogs are friends - but be careful when near them D ogs are man’s best friend. They are wonderful family companions, and can help teach children about responsibility. But even the sweetest dog can occasionally bite, and several million dog bite injuries occur in this country every year. Children are more often bitten than adults, and most are bitten by a dog they know. Some simple interventions can help prevent these injuries and their Teresa Esterle COMMUNITY PRESS consequences. There are GUEST COLUMNIST many facets to being a responsible pet owner. When choosing a breed of dog, speak with a vet about the right dog for your family and living situation. Some are more likely to bite than others, and should probably not be around very young children. Take your time in getting to know a dog before you select it for your family. Dogs that are healthy, obedience-trained and exercised are less likely to bite. Take your dog to the vet to get the appropriate shots, and to have it spayed or

neutered. License your pet and obey local leash laws. Be alert for any signs of illness or change in behavior. Even if you do not own a dog, it is important to teach your child how to be safe around them. All children should be taught not to approach strange dogs, or to reach through fences to try to pet them. Always ask a pet owner for permission before touching a dog. Let the dog see you and sniff you before petting it. Never tease an animal, and never disturb an animal that is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies. Do not feed an animal with your fingers; instead, keep a treat in your open palm. Never back an animal into a corner. If threatened by a dog, stay still and avoid eye contact. Never run toward or away from a dog. Try to remain calm until the animal leaves. If it attacks, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands. If you or your child is bitten, wash the wounds with soap and water and seek advice from your doctor as soon as possible. Bite victims may need stitches to close the wound, and tetanus boosters as well as medicines to prevent infection. Get as much information as you can about the

dog and its owner. The health department must be notified of all dog bites so that they can ensure the dog has been vaccinated for rabies. If not, the dog must be monitored to determine whether the victim needs rabies shots. If your own dog bites someone, confine the dog immediately. Check with the vet to make sure the dog’s vaccinations are up to date, and ask for advice about the possible cause of the animal’s aggressive behavior. Victims of dog bites can suffer complications of the physical injuries, including fractures and infection. But often overlooked are the emotional wounds left by a dog attack. Many children develop post traumatic stress, anxiety and depression after dog bites, and it is critical to get them help dealing with these emotions so that they can have positive interactions with animals in the future. Spending time with a dog can be a rewarding experience. By following a few simple rules, you can make it a safe one, too! Teresa Esterle, M.D., is a board certified pediatrician at West Side Pediatrics. Esterle is also a member of the medical staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Phone company has long Sayler Park history

Part two. y1905 the telephone company in Sayler Park was growing. A new magneto 200 line switchboard was installed at Walter Strassel’s store. But the space was too small. The Cincinnati and Suburban Bell Telephone Company leased a house owned by Samuel Patterson for five years in1911 with the option to renew for another five years. It was located at 6525 Betty Gracely Drive. Kamuf There were COMMUNITY PRESS 294 subscribers GUEST COLUMNIST from Delhi, Sayler Park, Fernbank, Addyston and Sekitan. The house contained the switchboard on the first floor and chief operator’s quarters on the second floor. Besides the chief operator, there was a day and night operator. Lois Dossman, Amy Hummel and Nellie Kumpf were the operators. Nellie Kumpf resigned to get married and a Mrs. L. Brady took her place. Later Myrtle Hood and Nellie Franks worked there. A year after the start of World War I, the federal government nationalized the telephone industry, for national security. It was returned to the original owners in 1919 and the demand for service soared. AT&T aggressively bought up small independent telephone companies. They eventually owned 22 local companies, but Cincinnati Bell remained independent. In1916 the rotary telephone started appearing. Many versions appeared until the touch tone dial showed up in the late1960s. The customer heard a dial tone starting in the1940s indicating the line was not busy, and then dialed the


This was the office of the Delhi exchange of the Cincinnati & Suburban Telephone Co. at 6525 Lower River Road in 1915 THANKS TO BETTY KAMUF

number themselves. The party line also appeared about that time. Four or more parties shared one telephone line. All parties could listen to others conversations. Operators still connected long distance calls, gave out telephone numbers, and connected to police and fire departments. In1943 the telephone company was located on the second floor of the Post Office at 6625 Gracely Drive. There were operators and bill-paying facilities. Some of the operators were Mary Kottmeyer, Edna Cook, Celia Lowe, Ruth Miller, Barbara Pessler, Carol Colburn, Mary Ann Kuhn, Helen Whitney and Myrtle Hood Kamphaus. In the late1940s the telephone company built a building at 6649 Gracely Drive. And still later built a large commercial building in the 6700 block of Hillside Avenue. After that all the remaining operators went downtown to the Seventh Street office. I worked there as an information operator in the 1960s. In the1960s electronic switching was invented and eventually

5556 Cheviot Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45247 phone: 923-3111 fax: 853-6220 email: web site:

installed in all telephone offices all over the country. My husband, Don Kamuf, worked 34 years installing that equipment. It put the repairmen and operators out of work, because it could diagnosis itself and only needed a few switchmen and frame technicians. Ken Fronk was a typical Cincinnati Bell employee; he started digging holes for telephone poles, and progressed to climbing up the poles to check lines. After being discharged from the Navy, he worked as a switchman, telephone repairman, and was promoted to special circuits. What was once the world’s and best telephone company employed1million people. Six members of my family was part of those1million employees. It was busted up by the courts in1984. The 22 Bell companies were spun off. Bell Labs, whose purpose was do research and development for the Bell system, no longer exists. In its hey day it employed 400 researchers, that received seven Nobel Prizes for their inventions: radio astronomy, the transistor, the laser, information theory, the UNIX operating system, the C programming language and the C++ programming language. Its manufacturing plants closed and telephones manufacturing was outsourced. The company was purchased by SBC Communications and took the name AT&T and offers long distance and cell phone service. Since the bust up Cincinnati Bell started offering cell and home phone, internet, cable television, security, and energy services. Betty Kamuf is a winner of Griffin Yeatman Award for Historical Preservation.ShelivesinSaylerPark.Youcan email her at http://westnews@

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Newt Gingrich speaks to a small crowd of people at Price Hill Chili. CARRIE COCHRAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

West Side hosts a hopeful Newt

Presiential candidate at chili parlor

Ron Paul supporters stand outside of Price Hill Chili after Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke inside. CARRIE COCHRAN/THE COMMUNITY

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WEST PRICE HILL — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich brought his talk of family, jobs and God straight to where he hoped it would resonate – Cincinnati’s West Side. And it did. The popular Price Hill Chili was packed Feb. 7 with 200 people who cheered and clapped as Gingrich promised he’d put people on unemployment into job training and cut corporate taxes. “Large-scale” change is needed, he said, and he’s the man to bring it. “It is fundamentally wrong to give people 99 weeks of money for doing nothing,” he said, prompting the crowd to yell, “Newt! Newt!” Gingrich spoke for 30 minutes. He stood on a platform at one end of the restaurant’s enclosed patio room in front of blue bunting and five flags. The soundtrack before and after was full of country songs about America, with the exception of U2’s “Beautiful Day.” After talking to the crowd, he wound his way over to the few people in the adjoining Golden Fleece Lounge who couldn’t fit into the room where he spoke. That’s when he met David Vondenhuevel of Green Township, who sides with Gingrich because of his stances on abortion and the death penalty. “Abortion kills a person who never did a thing wrong,” Vondenhuevel said later. “It should be linked – if you’re perfectly willing to kill at that point, why keep people alive who are known murderers? That’s just utterly ridiculous.” Gingrich and his wife, Callista, used a blue Sharpie to sign the inside of the brim of Vondenhuevel’s Cincinnati Reds ball cap. He’s in memorabilia sales, but he said he would not sell this cap. Nick Boschert stood in the back holding a sign that said: “I Stand With Newt + The Catholic Church.” His children go to St. Xavier High School and St. Ignatius Elementary School and he’s president of the St. I’s men’s society. “I think (Newt’s) the one who can get things done,” he said.

A supporter holds a "Vote Christian Values" sign up as Newt Gingrich speaks to a small crowd of people at Price Hill Chili. CARRIE COCHRAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Newt Gingrich, Republican Presidential candidate, signs an autograph after speaking to a small crowd of people at Price Hill Chili. CARRIE COCHRAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich at Price Hill Chili holding an honorary gavel during his visit. CARRIE COCHRAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.

Charlie Balz of West Price Hill strains to take a picture of Newt Gingrich from the back of the room at Price Hill Chili. Balz said that he will vote for Gingrich if he is the Republican nominee, but plans to vote for Rick Santorum in the primary. CARRIE COCHRAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Newt Gingrich speaks to Price Hill Chili owner Sam Beltsos after giving a speech at the restaurant. CARRIE COCHRAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Music - Acoustic

Exercise Classes

Charlie Runtz, 6:30-9 p.m., Aroma’s Java and Gelato, 6407 Bridgetown Road, Free. 5743000. Green Township.

Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Cycling combined with boot camp and strength training moves. Ages 14 and up. $8.50-$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514905; Westwood.

Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Featuring the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in 500 years. Exhibit continues through Feb. 26. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by College of Mount St. Joseph. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

Health / Wellness Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, 3302 Westbourne Drive, Free. Reservations required. 922-0123; Green Township.

Music - World Four Shillings Short, 7-9 p.m., Corner BLOC Coffee, 49 S. Miami Ave., Duo performs Celtic, folk and world music. $3-$5 donation, free children. 655-4992; Cleves.

On Stage - Theater Caine Mutiny Court Martial, 8-10 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Young lieutenant has relieved his captain of command in midst of typhoon on grounds that the captain, Queeg, is a psychopath in crisis and would have sent the ship and its crew to their destruction. Ages 18 and up. $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. Through Feb. 28. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, FEB. 17 Benefits Pre-Spring Fling, 7 p.m.-midnight, The Woodlands, 9680 Cilley Road, Split-the-pot, silent auction, Wheelbarrow of Cheer and thousands of dollars in prizes, plus music, dancing and drinks. Benefits Cleves Three Rivers Kiwanis. Ages 21 and up. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Cleves Three Rivers Kiwanis. 824-7348. Whitewater Township.

Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., 662-1222; Cheviot.

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

On Stage - Theater Caine Mutiny Court Martial, 8-10 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill. Dixie Swim Club, 8 p.m., Midway Elementary School, 3156 Glenmore Ave., The show follows five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team as they meet at the same beach to laugh, relax, catch up and interfere in each other’s lives. $12, $11 students, seniors and groups. Presented by Sunset Players Inc. Through Feb. 25. 588-4988; Westwood.

SATURDAY, FEB. 18 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 9-9:30 a.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, 3797 Shady Lane, $2. Through March 31. 467-1189; Miami Heights. Beginners Ashtanga Class, 10-11 a.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Practice gentle progression of postures to ease into a fulfilling Ashtanga practice. $50 for 10 classes. Reservations required. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 1-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

Music - Blues Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Full Moon Saloon, 4862 Delhi Ave., Free. 244-6111. Delhi Township.

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

On Stage - Theater Caine Mutiny Court Martial, 8-10 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill. Dixie Swim Club, 8 p.m., Midway Elementary School, $12, $11 students, seniors and groups. 588-4988; Westwood.

Farmers Market


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


Health / Wellness

Lecture Series, 2 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Boone County’s German Colony: The Early Settlers of Hopeful Lutheran Church with Michael D. Rouse, Boone County historian. Free.

Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Reservations required. 922-0123; Green Township.

The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 1-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.


574-1741; Green Township.

Music - Oldies Cincinnati Oldies and DooWop Association, 1-4 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Presented by Cincinnati Oldies and Doo-Wop Association. 251-7977; Riverside. Mike Davis Show, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Vegas revue with tribute artist. Full dinner menu. $10. Reservations recommended. 251-7977. Riverside.

On Stage - Theater Caine Mutiny Court Martial, 2-4 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Special Events Western Hills Bridal Fair, Noon-4 p.m., The Meadows, 59 E. Main St., Vendors, refreshments and door prizes. Free. 941-7638. Addyston.

MONDAY, FEB. 20 Exercise Classes Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Class, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Rookie introduction of a progression of Pranayanma (Breathing Tech), focus of gaze (Drishti) and Asanas (postures) leading to a unique practice for each participant. $50 for 10 classes. Reservations required. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. Through Feb. 22. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

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

TUESDAY, FEB. 21 Dining Events Italian Night, 5:30-7 p.m., Refuge Coffee Bar, 5010 Glenway Ave., Each meal costs $6 and includes drink. $6. 429-4215; Price Hill.

Exercise Classes Yoga Class, 7-8 p.m., Curves Miami Heights/Cleves, 3797 Shady Lane, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights. Beginners Ashtanga Class, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $50 for 10 classes. Reservations required. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Spinning, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Cycling class. First class free. Ages 14 and up. $8.50-$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside.

Exercise Classes Yoga Class, 1-2 p.m., Curves Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 4671189; Miami Heights. Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Class, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $50 for 10 classes. Reservations required. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes, 5:15-6:30 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Sequence of postures to increase strength, flexibility and allow release of stress. $25 for five classes. Reservations recommended. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

Health / Wellness Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 5-8 p.m., The Full Moon Saloon, 4862 Delhi Ave., With the West Side All-Stars. $2. 244-6111. Delhi Township.


Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 1-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

Music - Oldies


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

Dining Events

On Stage - Theater

Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Fried and baked fish, fried shrimp, crab cakes, pizza, macaroni and cheese and soup. Desserts available inside. Carryout and drive through available. Family friendly. $1-$8. 921-0247. West Price Hill.

Dixie Swim Club, 8 p.m., Midway Elementary School, $12, $11 students, seniors and groups. 588-4988; Westwood.

Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Music - Blues Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., The Dog Haus, 494 Pedretti Ave., Free. 921-2082. Delhi Township.

Religious - Community Dave Ramsey’s Generation Change, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Fellowship Hall. Common sense advice on handling money and living a prosperous life. Ages 13-18. Includes all course materials and light lunch. Registration fee refunded after completion of program. $25. 662-2048; Cheviot.

SUNDAY, FEB. 26 Music - Oldies Lee’s Junction, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.

MONDAY, FEB. 27 Education

Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

On Stage - Theater

Monthly Menu Planning and Dining Out on a Dime, 6:307:30 p.m., Covedale Branch Library, 4980 Glenway Ave., Learn how to menu plan monthly from your stockpile. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4460; West Price Hill.


Music - Oldies

Methodist Church, 3460 Epworth Ave., New members welcome. Family friendly. Presented by Western Hills AARP Chapter 3690. 941-4911. Westwood. Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

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


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.

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Senior Citizens

The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

Health / Wellness


Music - Oldies


Yoga for Healing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., Begin journey of healing physically, mentally and emotionally with certified yoga teacher, Michelle HsinYi, through mixed yoga styles to bring more strength and flexibility to the body and learn various breathing techniques to restore balance in the mind. First class free. $8. Registration required. 662-9109. Westwood.

The Sunset Players present "The Dixie Swim Club" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 25 at Midway Elementary School, 3156 Glenmore Ave. The play follows a group of women who meet on their college swim team abd become lifelong friends. Tickets are $12, $11 for students and seniors. For more information, call 588-4988 or visit PROVIDED.

The Cincinnati Pops will perform Disney in Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. The concert will feature selections from Disney's most popular films, accompanied by excerpts on the big screen. Tickets start at $25. For the Sunday matinee, tickets for children ages 6-17 are $10 with the ourchase of an adult ticket. For more information, visit or call the box office at 381-3300. Pictured is Pops conductor John Morris Russell. PROVIDED.

Do You Have Any Tax or Medicare Questions?, 2:30-4 p.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Steve Schott CPA Firm shares info on taxes, along with Russ Brown Financial Services, who will talk about Medicare and Medicaid. Free. Reservations required. 347-5510. Delhi Township.

Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, $8.50$10 per class. 451-4905; Westwood.

Exhibits The Saint John’s Bible Print Exhibition, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4384. Delhi Township.

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Dixie Swim Club, 8 p.m., Midway Elementary School, $12, $11 students, seniors and groups. 588-4988; Westwood.

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Baby-sitting Class, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Delhi Township Fire Department, 697 Neeb Road, Learn how to be a baby-sitter, what to do in an emergency, plus training in first aid and CPR. Participants must have turned 11 by Sept. 11, 2011. Bring course fee, self-addressed, stamped envelope, and lunch. $25. Registration required. Presented by Delhi Fire Department. Through Oct. 20. 922-2011;, Delhi Township.

Gardening Seminar: What’s Your Garden Style, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Learn about formal, informal, serenity and modern styles. With White Oak Garden Center. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 9-9:30 a.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights. Beginners Ashtanga Class, 10-11 a.m., EarthConnection, $50 for 10 classes. Reservations required. 675-2725; Delhi Town-

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 6-7 p.m., Miami Township Branch Library, 8 N. Miami Ave., Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6050; Cleves.



Rita offers recipes for Mardi Gras, Lent

Rita’s Fat Tuesday chicken gumbo soup

If you are not sure your guests will like okra, serve it alongside.

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs cut into1-inch pieces 2 quarts low sodium chicken broth 1bell pepper, diced

eating seafood for Lent, this is a timely tip.

1generous cup onion, diced 2 large ribs celery, diced 1teaspoon garlic, or more to taste, minced 1teaspoon dried basil 1bay leaf 1cup rice 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes 10 oz. frozen cut okra or 2 cups fresh okra, sliced

Saute chicken in a bit of olive oil with pepper, onion, celery, garlic, basil and bay. Sauté until chicken loses its pink color. Add broth, rice and tomatoes. Cook at a gentle boil until chicken and rice are done, about 20 minutes. Lower to a simmer for a few minutes. While soup is cooking, sauté okra in a bit of olive oil just until crisp/tender and still bright green. Adjust seasonings. Add okra and serve. Serves 12-15. Can be done ahead of time and reheated/kept warm in crock pot.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Use brown rice and add about 20 minutes to the cooking time.

Tom Keegan’s master recipe for perfect sautéed seafood I’m a fan of Tom’s and that’s because he is unerring in bringing fresh, high quality seafood to his

Jane’s black bean soup like Nick & Tom’s

Tom Keegan joined Rita to serve up this seafood medley. THANKS TO JUSTIN HAWTHORNE.

shop in Mount Washington. You’ll pay more at Tom’s but there’ll be no waste. A bonus is that Tom will tell or even show you how to cook whatever you’re buying. He was a guest on my “Love Starts in the Kitchen” cable television show and we had a seafood feast. Check out the photo of all the good food Tom and I cooked together. But whether it was yellowfin tuna belly, shark, scallops (and did you know that in Europe folks eat the whole scallop, not just the center part like we do?) lobster or shrimp, Tom has a cardinal rule: Get the pan very hot, then add a tiny bit of olive oil and butter, and the seafood itself. “When you have the best quality, simple is best so that the personality of the seafood shines,” he told me.

Get free tax help at library The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offers a wide range of resources that can help this tax season. Tax forms can be picked up or accessed online at any of the library’s 41 locations in Hamilton County. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FridaysthroughApril13,volunteers from the American Association for Retired Persons will be in room 2A at the Main Library downtown, 800 Vine St., to help people prepare their 2011 taxes. This service is available by appointment only. Call 369-6900 to schedule. Walk -ins will not be accepted. TheMainLibrary’sInfor-

mation and Reference Department has current copies of many federal individual tax forms, either for free distribution or for photocopying. In addition to federal forms, the department distributes Ohio and Indiana state tax forms, and City of Cincinnati forms are available for customers to photocopy. Most tax forms are for individuals only, but selected forms for corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations are also on hand. During tax season, selected copies of current tax forms are offered for both

reproductionandfreedistribution at all branch libraries. The Library also owns a varietyofresourcestoguide tax planning and tax form preparation, such as the “Ernst & Young Tax Guide,” “J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax” and “Taxes for Dummies.” Customers may also use the free Internet access available at all 41 Library locations throughout HamiltonCountytoaccessfederal, state, and local tax forms and publications online. More tax related resources are available at Or, call 369-6900.

Scouts help at Meals-On-Wheels Four Girl Scout troops and their families served as volunteers at Wesley Community Services Meals-On-Wheels distribution center. The Girl Scouts assembled 1,000 boxes to carry items such as fresh fruit, juice, cookies, crackers, granola bars and cereal for local seniors. The Northstar District Girl Scout troops from Fairfield include: Troop 40288, Maryann Lorenz, Troop Leader; Troop 40630, Amy Scott, Troop Leader; Troop 40667, Patty Allen, Troop Leader; and Troop 48698, Sharon Stacy, Troop Leader. It was the vision of Kristin Lorenz, daughter of Troop Leader Maryann Lorenz, who chose Wesley Community Services as a service project to fulfill her requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. “I decided to pick Wesley Community Services as part of my Girl Scout Gold Award because I can remember a few years ago when my grandmoth-

Kristin Lorenz from Troop 40288 and Elizabeth Allen from Troop 40286 helped at Wesley Community Services. PROVIDED. er was receiving Mealson-Wheels,” she said. “She always looked forward to the people who would come and bring her meals each day and just check up on her. I would be there from time to time when they would come and they were always so nice, and being younger, I would draw them pictures and help them bring things in. I know my grandmother always enjoyed their time with her and their smiling faces each day. What better way to help give back to an organization that helped my Grandmother and so many others across our area.” “Congratulations to Kristin and special

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thanks to all the young adults and troop leaders for lending their time and talent while volunteering at Wesley Community Services,” said Stephen Smookler, executive director, Wesley Community Services.

Scallops are a good example. Don’t turn them until they develop a nice crust. Tom uses a dry white wine to finish the seafood off and a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Since many of us will be

Mix all ingredients in large soup pot; bring to a boil; simmer. Use immersion blender to process until desired texture/smoothness. Serve with dollop of light sour cream, chopped onion and/or grated cheddar.

Once again, a reader to the rescue, this time for a bean soup like Nick & Tom’s restaurant in Bridgetown. Jane and her husband love the soup and she’s adapted it. “Make it with all black beans, or include kidney beans. With the immersion blender, you can either make it all smooth or leave some whole beans – no thickener required,” she said.

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BonBonerie’s butter cutout cookies and clone of Lofthouse cookies are on my blog, Cooking with Rita. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Just a couple of days ago the weather was so warm we transplanted red and black raspberry canes to a larger part of the garden. Yesterday the weather changed to snow so we Rita built a snowHeikenfeld man in the side yard. RITA’S KITCHEN That was in the morning. By early evening, he had diminished quite a bit in size. Today the only thing left of the snowman is a lone carrot in the grass. So as we always say, if you don’t like the weather here, especially in February, stick around – it will change on a dime. And I can hardly believe Mardi Gras is just about here. Check out my blog, Cooking with Rita, for my favorite King cake recipes.



Mercy is in top 20 of health systems Mercy Health is among the top 20 percent of health systems nationwide, according to Thomson Reuters’ Top Health Systems study. Mercy Health is in select company – only 63 other health systems in the country achieved this designation. May Mercy Health’s hospitals include Mount Airy and Western Hills. The company is building a hospital in Monfort Heights that is expected to open in 2013.

Thomson Reuters’ fourth annual study identified the leading U.S. health systems based on balanced system-wide clinical performance and data from more than 300 organizations with more than 2,100 member hospitals. These health systems have the highest achievement on clinical performance, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Among the key findings in the study were that hospitals in the top 20 percent of systems outperform those in the lowest 20 percent in a number of key measures, resulting in the following benefits for patients: » lower mortality rates, » fewer complications,

» better patient safety, » fewer readmissions, » shorter average length of stay, and » higher patient rating of care. “At Mercy Health, our job is to provide care holistically - in body, mind and spirit - and always keep the patient at the center of our work. It’s gratifying when the data shows that we’re succeeding, leading to a terrific honor such as this Top 20 percent designation from Thomson Reuters,” said James May, president and CEO of Mercy Health. “As an organization, we will continue to strive to provide that holistic care for patients

and families each day. We will also continue to listen to our patients and the communities in which we work, expanding our services and our network to meet changing and growing health care needs in Cincinnati.” Thomson Reuters assessed 321 U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals; cardiac and orthopedic hospitals; and critical access hospitals for the study. Researchers looked at eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30day readmission rate, adher-

ence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), and HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals). The study relied on public data from the 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets. Researchers from the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals program have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993.

Delhi woman relies on faith in her battle with Lyme disease By Heidi Fallon

Most people might be frustrated and downright angry. Not Whitney Woodburn. The 23-year-old Delhi Township woman has been battling Lyme disease for the past 13 years, but it was only properly diagnosed three years. The delay in getting a doctor to take her seriously and listen took so long, Woodburn has suffered through several operations, misdiagnoses and taking prescriptions she didn’t need that added to her pain and compromised her health. “They said I had rheumatoid arthritis, then fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue,” Woodburn said while watching her daughter, Reagan – a child doctors told her she could never have. “We finally found a doctor in Connecticut and now I go to a doctor in Indianapolis.” She said Lyme disease is called the great impersonator because its symptoms can be con-

fused with so many other illnesses. A simple blood test is the only way to detect it, but getting it isn’t so simple, Woodburn said. There’s a lab in California that does the test, but it’s expensive and insurance doesn’t cover it. Neither Woodburn nor her parents, Dawn and George Johnston, have any idea when she became infected by a tick bite. “I started feeling bad when I was in the eighth-grade,” she said. “I had pain in my ribs and was exhausted all the time.” Thinking it was most likely growing pains, her mom, a secretary a Delhi Middle School, didn’t get too worried until Woodburn was getting worse, not better. Their family doctor scoffed at the idea of Lyme disease when Mrs. Johnston asked for her daughter to be tested. The family had done a lot of their own research and that seemed a plausible answer. Finally, after getting the diagnosis, Woodburn kept doing her homework and has become an ad-

Deemed a miracle baby, Reagan Woodburn is clearly the center of attention for her mom, Whitney, and grandma, Dawn Johnston. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

vocate for others with the disease. Forget being angry, Woodburn said. That is both a waste of time and energy. The family said it’s their faith in God that’s kept them going. Woodburn and her husband, Paul, live that faith as youth ministers at their Vineyard Westside congregation in Cheviot. The church had a recent fundraiser for Woodburn to help with her staggering medical bills and the family has a fund set up to accept donations.

“I really believe what I’ve gone through and continue to go through is God’s plan,” Woodburn said. “I’m working to reach out to others affected by this disease and help in any way I can. “I concentrate on enjoying all the blessings I’ve been given and not the physical pain.” Her parents admit they have a hard time being as forgiving as their daughter, but agreed their faith has sustained them. Hoping to help his daughter, Mr. Johnston designed and has made lime green bracelets available via Woodburn’s Facebook page accessed by going to LEAP, which stands for Lyme Education Awareness Prevention. Proceeds will go to research and education programs. “We have a lot of good friends and family and that helps a lot,” she said. “Faith is a huge part of our lives.” So, the family says, does Reagan, the baby Woodburn said she’d been told she’d never be able to have.

“There are days when I don’t think I can get out of bed, but there’s Reagan and she gives me a reason to get up and get going,” Woodburn said. “Parenting is the hardest job I think there is, but I thank God every day we have her. She’s a joy.” After graduating from Oak Hills High School, Woodburn had planned a career in nursing, but her illness forced her to drop out of college just a few months short of graduating. She said she’s thought about completing her courses, but finds her mission now is to help others and to get better. She’s determined to beat this disease. With two operations in the last two months, suffering from an infected liver and spleen, and having a procedure to insert an IV line for antibiotics, Woodburn remains hopeful she’ll recover. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the family fund can make a contribution to the Whitney Woodburn Benefit Fund at any Fifth Third Bank branch.

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Oak Hills partners on mental health services A new partnership between the Oak Hills Local School District, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and MindPeace will provide Oak Hills High School students access to high quality mental health services at school to help ensure academic success. Oak Hills is one of the first large suburban districts to attempt this kind of partnership. “It is really important that children and their families have access to mental health services no matter their payer source.

That is why MindPeace was so excited to help create this important partnership,” said Susan Shelton, executive director of MindPeace. Nationally, at least one in five children and adolescents struggle with mental health concerns. Unfortunately, there can be long waiting times for children who need mental health care, especially those with private health insurance. Trained mental health professionals will be on location at the high school, and Cincinnati Children's

will be able to provide onsite services at least three days a week for students and their families. There is no cost to the district as a result of this partnership. Students may choose to access these services or may be referred by staff members or parents. Parents will be notified and will be asked to give permission before any services are provided. Cincinnati Children's is a national leader in graduate medical education, research, and pediatric medical services. MindPeace is

an organization that helps align partners, infrastructure, and processes for children's mental health solutions. Planning for this partnership began in 2010 by the Oak Hills Family Civic Engagement Team after the district received a grant from the American Psychiatric Foundation to raise awareness about mental health concerns. "In many regards this is a match made in heaven – three organizations that care about the achievement and adjustment of

youth working together to improve outcomes for our community," said Mark Winters, special programs principal at the high school. "Mental health concerns are more prevalent than we often think and too many children are underserved. When students don’t have access to mental health services they are prevented from reaching their full potential. In turn, our schools can’t achieve our goal of helping students become career and college ready.” In many cases, children in suburban districts, such

as Oak Hills, are underserved because private insurance coverage has been limited. The three partners are working to create a model where services are available to students no matter their payer source. "This knowledge, coupled with the fact that 90 percent of all people who develop a mental disorder show warning signs during their teen years, make it vital that we increase the mental health services and expertise that we make available to our students," Winters said.

Check helps Salvation Army’s emergency assistance programs The Cincinnati/Dayton Division of Kroger, in partnership with Witron Logistics, a Kroger transport carrier, presented a $10,000 check Dec. 27 to The Salvation Army of Cincinnati as a contribution to their Christmas and Emergency Assistance programs. “Benevolent opportunities available to us through our generous suppliers, such as this one, allow us to offer much needed support to this invaluable organization,” said Rachael Betzler, public relations manager of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division. “The Salvation Army assists more than 65,000 individuals in our

neighborhoods each year. This $10,000 will help ensure the continuation of these programs, which include youth development and child care, senior services, housing programs, and other vital services for our area.” “This contribution is a wonderful blessing to our local assistance programs,” statedMattPearce,divisional development director at The Salvation Army. “Over thepastseveralyears,we’ve continued to experience an elevated level of need in our localcommunity.Manyfamilies are struggling to get by, and need help with basic items, as well as with rent or

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DEATHS Clyde Barlion Clyde A. Barlion, 87, died Feb. 2. He was a meter reader for Cincinnati Gas & Electric. Survived by children Kim (Sharon), Sandy, Jill Barlion, Lisa (Ihor) Melnyk; grandchildren Kristy, Zack, Barlion Lindsay, Ian, Lilly; greatgrandchildren Jordan, Katelyn; siblings Howard Barlion, Grace (Don) Schulten. Preceded in death by wife Dolly Barlion. Services were Feb. 6 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or Hamilton County Special Olympics.

Jack Bauer John “Jack” C. Bauer, 66, died Feb. 5. He was a lawyer on private practice and senior trial counsel for the Hamilton County Public Defender’s office. Survived by wife Meier Holtz Bauer; daughter Kathryn (Jeffery) Jewell; granddaughter Cassandra Jewell. Services were Feb. 11 at Shiloh United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati, 1057 Meta Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45237.

Kenneth Bedinghaus Kenneth U. Bedinghaus, 55, West Price Hill, died Feb. 4. He was a technician with Cincinnati Sub Zero. Survived by wife Carole Bedinghaus; sons Derek, Bedinghaus Brandon Bedinghaus; stepchildren Christina, Michael Barnett; siblings James (Linda), Tom (Linda), Ralph (Nancy), Ruth (Roger) Stewart; sister and brother-in-law Fran Bedinghaus, James Wilcox; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sib-

lings Rose Wilcox, Bobby, Joe Bedinghaus. Services were Feb. 11 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Cincinnati Western Hills.

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James Boeckmann James T. Boeckmann, 79, Green Township, died Feb. 1. He was a banker with Provident Bank. He was an Army veteran of Korea. Survived by children Jim (Rita), Steve (Tracy), Jeff (Tammy), Lisa Boeckmann; grandchildren Zachary, Joshua, Michael, Andrew, Matthew, Bradley, Eric Boeckmann; brother Jack (Elaine) Boeckmann. Preceded in death by wife Marilyn Boeckmann, brother Bill (Dot) Boeckmann. Services were Feb. 6 at St. Joseph Church. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Everett Branaman Everett C. Branaman, 91, Green Township, died Jan. 18. Survived by nephews and nieces Charlie Jung, John, Edwin Jr., Jerry O’Connell, Joni Forrester, Carol Carr. His wife, Helen Branaman, died Jan 24. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Helen Branaman Helen Jung Branaman, 94, Green Township, died Jan. 24. Survived by nephews and nieces Charlie Jung, John, Edwin Jr., Jerry O’Connell, Joni Forrester, Carol Carr. Preceded in death by husband Everett Branaman. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Antoninus School Endowment Fund or St. Antoninus Church.

Paul Braun Paul L. Braun, 88, died Jan. 21. He was a certified public accountant for Barnes and Dennig & Co. He was an Army Air Corps of World War II, treasurer for the Catholic Cemetery Society and a

member of the St. William St. Vincent de Paul Society. Survived by Wife Mary Lois Braun; children Tom (Debbie), Braun Rick (Cyd), Steve (Ghing), Danny, Jim (Becky), Peggy Braun, Terri (Bill) Berding, Sandi (Randy) Emanuel; grandchildren Alison (Brian) Dearborn, Brad (Laura) Berding, Jacqui (Travis) Cupples, Chris (Rebecca), Angela, Aaron (Annika), Kevin, Meghan, Colin, Sara, Kaitlyn Braun; sister Virginia Bradley; eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Mary Lou Braun, great-granddaughter Veronica Dearborn, siblings Catherine Kathman, Ralph, John, George Braun, parents John, Ada Braun. Services were Jan. 26 at St. William Church. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Monsignor Kennedy Scholarship fund, c/o St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Arthur Cherry Jr. Arthur Cherry Jr., 87, died Jan. 29. He was a tool design engineer for General Electric. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by children David (Cindy), Christopher Cherry, Linda (Larry Grubbs) Horn, Cherry Kathy Davis; sister Geneva Dick; grandchildren Robert “Bret,” Brian, Shellie Horn, Anthony, Philip Davis, Jennifer Cherry Hill, Heather, Abigail, Sarahalice Cherry; greatgrandchildren Anna Davis,

Tabitha Hill; sister-in-law Betty Schmidt; brother-in-law William Dick. Preceded in death by wife Minnie Cherry, parents Maude, Arthur Cherry Sr. Services were Feb. 1 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Salvation Army 114 E. Central Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Joseph Cionni Joseph Dominic Cionni, 82, died Feb. 2. He was a physician. He was born in Italy, arriving in the United States in 1947. Survived by wife Peggy; children Anthony (Cathy), Mary Jane, Robert, David (Diane), Sandra, Laura; grandchildren Morgan (Melissa), Joseph, Douglas (Karen), Meghan, Jonah, Christopher, Michael, Steven; greatgrandchild Cionni Harper; siblings Raymond (Donna), Lillian (Tom); stepmother Theresa Cionni. Preceded in death by parents Antonio, Maria, siblings Dominic, Marina. Arrangements by Shorten & Ryan Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Bereavement Fund, ARC of Butler County, c/o Darlene Vincent, 87 Tollbridge Court, West Chester, OH 45069 or Friends of Citizens with Disabilities, Butler County Developmental Disabilities, 1910 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, OH 45011.

Rose Daiber Rose Bishop Daiber, 99, died Feb. 7. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Alta Jones, Anna (Wells) Woodley, Lois (Gary) Heinrich; grandchildren David, Scott (Diane)

Jones, Jennifer (Robert) Scheuering, Lora (Tipton) Ford, Patricia (Dennis) Kolb, Adam Woodley, Douglas (Holly), Reinhart Todd (Jane) Heinrich; 18 great-grandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Albert Daiber, grandson Barry Jones. Services were Feb. 13 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bayley Place, 990 Bayley Place Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45233 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Philip DePaoli Philip L. “Shorty” DePaoli Jr., 86, Green Township, died Jan. 22. Survived by children Patricia (Richard) Pieschel, Philip (Mary Beth), James (Mary) DePaoli; brother Robert (Henrietta) DePaoli; 12 grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Rosemary DePaoli DePaoli, siblings Sis DelGreco, Jack DePaoli, Laura O’Brien. Services were Jan. 27 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter, 4440 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 120, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Bonnie Feeney Bonnie Masters Feeney, 79, died Jan. 26. She was a secretary. Survived by children Colleen (Randy) Baldwin, Kelly (Eric) Kujan, Mark (Lois), Mike (Melissa) Feeney; grandchildren Ben, Emily Baldwin, Lynzey, Colin, Lauren, Paige Kujan, Amy, Katie, Sam, Jake, Maddie Feeney; greatgrandchild Bailey Bristow; siblings Donna (Jim) Baxter, Connie (Mike) Ruebusch, Dean (Connie)

Masters. Preceded in death by husband Elwood Feeney, brother Ray (Betty) Masters. Services were Jan. 31 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Mary Jane Ferguson Mary Jane Jagdfeld Ferguson, 90, Green Township, died Feb. 6. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Kris (Gregg) Wilhelm, Lynne (Gregg) Zapf; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Robert Ferguson. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Antoninus Church, 1500 Linneman Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Phyllis Grow Phyllis Kenyon Grow, 90, died Jan. 28. Survived by children Nancy, Richard, Steven (Lisa) Grow, Sherry Wright, Elana (Jerry) O’Conner; daughter-in-law Patty (John) Young; niece Dana (Pat) Goldschmidt; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Everett “Dick” Grow, son Michael Assimack. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, Western Hills Campus, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Tony Haas Virgil A. “Tony” Haas, 82, Green Township, died Feb. 3. He was a computer technician for the Internal Revenue Service. Survived by Haas wife Ann Haas; children Linda Chastang, Laurie (Dan) Eggemeier, Stephen (Brooke), Robert Haas; grandchildren Dennis Chastang, Zaya Haas; sisters Martha Maher, Ruth Taggart. Services were Feb. 11 at the



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Christopher Hermes Christopher Acker Hermes, 43, Green Township, died Jan. 27. Survived by daughter Jessica Hermes; parents Janet, Ed Hermes; brother Steve (Mary McNeillie) Hermes; friends Terri Hotting, Kelly Wandstradt; aunts and uncles Debbie, Ron Clifton, Ben (Joyce) Hermes. Services were Jan. 31 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Concourse Foundation, 347 Stanley Ave., 1 West, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

Geraldine Huber Geraldine Ahlers Huber, 84, Bridgetown, died Feb. 4. She had worked as a travel consultant with the American Automobile deathsAssociation.

She was a former member of the Our Lady of the Visitation Ladies Sodality and the League of Women Voters. Survived by children Sue Sunberg, Barbara Welch, Michael, George (Kim), John (Vicky), Ray, Jim (Freda), David Huber, Mary (Jon) Loyd; siblings Charlene Katenkamp, George, Joseph, Tom Ahlers, Lavina Krause; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband George Huber, siblings Don, Bob, Bing Ahlers, Audrey Watkeys. Huber Services were Feb. 8 at St. Joseph Church. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Kemper Finer Meats. She was past president of White Oak, Monfort Heights and Oak Hills Kiwanis, a Children’s Hospital volunteer and an airport ambassador at the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport. Survived by wife Ann Schultheis Kemper; son R. Scott (Carole) Kemper; grandchildren Elizabeth (Glenn) Matheson, Doug (Marcie), Pete (Julie), Greg Kemper; great-grandchildren Nicholas, Michael, Gabe, Addison, Lia, Jude; sister Patricia Hart. Preceded in death by son Mark Kemper, brothers Herman Jr., Donald Kemper Sr. Services were Feb. 8 at Bayley Place. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Army veteran of Korea, a volunteer with Bethany House and Meals on Wheels, and a member of AXE (Alumni of Xavier & Elder). Survived by wife Joan Massa; sons Scott, Doug (Mary) Massa; grandchildren Patrick, Michael, Alex, Eric Massa; siblings Rita (late Joe) Neville, Robert (Helen), Arthur (Jean), Roger (Margie), Gordon (late Clare) Massa, Patricia (late Roy) Reeves. Preceded in death by parents Arthur, Marie Massa, brothers Donald (Florence), James (Eileen) Massa. Services were Feb. 11 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to Bethany House Service, Elder High School or St. Antoninus Church.

Shirley Mazzella Shirley Blumberg Mazzella, Westwood, died Feb. 4. She was a registered nurse. Survived by sons Gerald, Vince (Kay), Steve (Terry), Henry (Anne), Danny (Dotsi), David (Jessica) Mazzella; grandchildren Lauren, Jake, Jenny, Alex, Stephanie, Tony, Michael, Dominic, Cate, Jacob, Dave, Andrew, Kayla; brother Andrew Blumberg. Preceded in death by husband Vincent Mazzella, son Daniel Mazzella, sister Adel Blumberg. Services were Feb. 10 at St. Catharine of Siena. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

William Miracle William H. Miracle, 70, Westwood, died Jan. 29. He was a delivery truck driver. He was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. Survived by wife Debbie Miracle; children Celeste, Matthew. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home.

Billie Reinhart Billie Adell Reinhart, 92, died Jan. 26. Survived by son William (Greta Goins) Kennedy; granddaughter Carolyn Blevins; many nieces and nephews. Preceded inn death by husband Jacob Reinhart.


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Alma Krabacher Richardson, 95, died Feb. 8. She was a teacher’s aide and cafeteria manager at St. Leo School. Survived by children Frances (Ray) Alderson, Charles (Mercedes), Marcus (Linda), Edward Richardson, Mary (Earl) Utterback, Alma (Don) Bullock, Margaret (Dana) Jacobs; siblings Harold (Pat) Krabacher, Clara Hockney, Ritamary Frybarger; 17 grandchildren; many great- and greatgreat-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Marcus Richardson, son Harold Richardson, siblings Louis, Ferdinand, Robert, Paul, Bernard, Frances Krabacher. Services were Feb. 11 at St. Leo Church. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Leo Church, 2473 St. Leo Place, Cincinnati, OH 45225 or Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Robert Stidham Robert F. Stidham, 62, West Price Hill, died Jan. 31. He was a machinist for OPW Dover. Survived by children Bobby (Jamie), Toni Stidham; grandchildren Allyssa, Raylynn, “Lil” Bob, Brandon, Scottie, Joey, Destiny; siblings Betty, Bill, Pam. Preceded in death by wife Debra Stidham. Services were Feb. 4 at Radel Funeral Home.

Christopher Weeks Christopher N. Weeks, 70, Green Township, died Jan. 29. Survived by daughter Claudia (Norman) Kearns; granddaughter Lauren Kearns; three siblings. Preceded in death by wife Shirley Weeks, son Thomas Hulett. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

George Weiher George Russell Weiher, 80, Green Township, died Feb. 2. Survived by daughter Stephanie Higgins; grandchildren Jill, Scott Higgins; siblings Myra Nies,

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Irene Wilhelm Irene Nagy Wilhelm, 92, died Feb. 5. Survived by children Mary Kay (John) Tensing, Bob (Laura), Rick (Teri) Wilhelm; grandchildren Mary Lynne (Adam Fischer), Wilhelm Susan (Mark Lander) Tensing, David Wilhelm; great-granddaughters Josie, Lucy, Eva; sister Marie Schumacher; sister–in-law Verna Nagy. Preceded in death by husband Henry “Hank” Wilhelm, granddaughter Carolyn Wilhelm, siblings John, Katherine, Joseph, Michael Nagy, Madge Hayhow, Betty Fischesser, Elsie Gruber. Services were Feb. 11 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Batten Disease Support and Research Association, 166 Humphries Drive, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

Harold Wittrock Harold R. Wittrock, 84, Green Township, died Feb. 4. Survived by wife Helen Plagge Wittrock; children Mary Kay, Mark, Greg (Marie), Gerry Wittrock, Anne (Mike) Kenney, Jeanne (Steve) Leist; grandchildren Lauren, Kristen Kenney, Nick, Ashley, Alyssa Wittrock; sister Peggy Anne Wittrock; several nieces and nephews. Services were Feb. 7 at St. Wittrock Jude Church. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Jude Endowment Fund, 5924 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248.


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Juvenile, 12, disorderly conduct at 4040 Harrison Ave., Feb. 3. Jamie Smith, 38, 4224 Applegate Ave., disorderly conduct at 3828 Applegate Ave., Feb. 4. Jonathan Garvey, 22, 3853 Delmar Ave. No. 7, open container, Feb. 5. Kenneth Schwarz, 45, 7728 Blue Crystal, warrant, Feb. 6. Cecil Bacon, 25, 1412 Walnut St. No. 1, driving under the influence at North Bend Road and Harrison Avenue, Feb. 6. Tamara Myers, 43, 5290 Whitmore Drive, driving under the influence, Jan. 25. Fred Huntley, 45, no address listed, theft, Jan. 25. Joseph Oliver, 28, 4502 Allenham St., drug abuse at Gamble Avenue and Glenmore Avenue, Jan. 26. Martin Buchholz, 48, 3411 Hilda Ave., driving under the influence, Jan. 28. Michael Coy, 60, 3721 Kessen Ave., driving under suspension at Harrison Avenue and Lovell Avenue, Jan. 28. Ronnie Akers, 45, 3422 Hillside Ave., driving under suspension, Jan. 29. Brian Weber, 21, 3298 Camvic Terrace, warrant at 3298 Camvic Terrace, Jan. 29. Scott Higgins, 27, 4709 Guerley Road, warrant, Jan. 29. Bryant Dennis, 49, 3285 Brater Ave., driving under suspension at 4040 Harrison Ave., Jan. 30. Joel Strader, 40, 3126 Westbourne Drive, driving under suspension, Jan. 30.

Incidents/reports Aggravated menacing Suspect threatened to physically harm two victims at 4307 Bridgetown Road, Jan. 27. Burglary Six baseball caps, microphone, DVD player and a television stolen from home at 3613 Everett Ave., Jan. 27. Laptop computer stolen from home at 3715 Wilmar, Feb. 2.

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Brandon Harris, born 1979, violation of a temporary protection order, theft under $300, 3145 Sunshine Ave., Feb. 1. David A. Lewis, born 1970, having a firearm in a motor vehicle, 3290 Werk Road, Feb. 1. Dawan Mumin, born 1989, carrying concealed weapons, having a weapon under disability, 2921 Costello Ave., Feb. 1. Kenny E. McGuire, born 1962, possession of an open flask, 3001 McHenry Ave., Feb. 1. Lawon Washington, born 1993, theft under $300, 935 Rosemont Ave., Feb. 1. Norman Hooker, born 1969, theft under $300, 4109 Glenway Ave., Feb. 1. Ramone Boyce, born 1984, 2914 Queen City Ave., Feb. 1. Amanda M. Jones, born 1985, theft under $300, 4438 Ridgeview Ave., Feb. 2. Detrick Mason, born 1988, obstructing official business, 2618 Harrison Ave., Feb. 2. Maurice Gunn, born 1985, drug abuse, trafficking, 2587 Lafeuille Ave., Feb. 2. Brice Powell, born 1985, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of drug paraphernalia, 2299 Wyoming Ave., Feb. 3. Bryan M. Marcum, born 1988, 5144 Highview Drive, Feb. 3. Chatase Richardson, born 1978, disrupting public utilities, 2240 Harrison Ave., Feb. 3.

Juvenile, 15, drug abuse at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 17, theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., Feb. 3. Jorge A. Gonzalez-Doelter Jr., 18, 7058 Glenmeadow Lane, burglary at 6851 Wesselman Road, Jan. 27. Felix G. Marcano-Doelter, 19, 7052 Glenmeadow Lane, burglary at 6744 Wesselman Road, Jan. 27. Juvenile, 15, burglary at Westin Ridge Drive, Jan. 27. Eric J. Schnurr, 27, 5971 Snyder Road, forgery, theft and possessing criminal tools at 5971 Snyder Road, Jan. 27. Alex Boyd, 18, 28548 Dowevant Drive, drug abuse at 6505 Harrison Ave., Jan. 28. Amanda S. Gellenbeck, 27, 6534 Hearne Road No. 303, obstruct-

ing official business at Sheed Road and Harrison Avenue, Jan. 29. Daniel Brown, 28, 8182 West Mill St. No. 237, theft at 3690 Werk Road, Jan. 30. Rodney Watkins, 44, 7827 Glen Orchard Ave., theft at 5449 North Bend Road, Jan. 30. Jonathon C. Corder, 21, 5755 Eula Ave., possession of drugs

Assault Suspect struck victim in the face at 5870 Harrison Ave., Jan. 28. Breaking and entering Copper piping stolen from home at 5716 Windview Drive, Jan. 27. Copper piping stolen from home at 5333 Sidney Road, Jan. 28. Chainsaw and two socket sets stolen from home's garage at 6059 West Fork Road, Jan. 29. Copper piping stolen from home at 5577 Raceview Ave., Jan. 31. Concrete saw, laser level and weed trimmer stolen from home's shed at 3956 Rybolt Road, Feb. 1. Burglary Camera, video game system, 30 DVDs, assorted CDs, pair of







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boots, guitar, 40 video tapes and a belt stolen from home at 5011 Casa Loma Blvd., Jan. 31. Criminal damaging Vehicle driven through front lawn of home at 5699 Midforest Lane, Jan. 27. Front of home damaged when shot with four paintballs at 2167 Quail Run Farm, Jan. 29. Window broken on home when shot with paintballs at 2720 Topichills, Jan. 29. Rear window broken on vehicle at 3238 Balsamridge, Jan. 29. Criminal mischief Front of home shot with paintballs at 3220 Harmony Lane, Jan. 29. Eggs thrown on vehicle at 3434 Moonridge Drive, Jan. 29. Domestic dispute Argument between siblings at Windview Drive, Jan. 28. Domestic violence Suspect threatened to physically harm victim at Gaines Road, Jan. 29.

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Aggravated menacing 4356 Dunham Lane, Feb. 1. 2888 Harrison Ave., Feb. 1. 2921 Costello Ave., Feb. 1. 3172 McHenry Ave., Feb. 1. Aggravated robbery 2836 Harrison Ave., Jan. 31. 3171 Ferncrest Court, Jan. 31. 3171 Ferncrest Court, Jan. 31. Assault 2120 Ferguson Road, Feb. 2. 1011 Winfield Ave., Jan. 31. 1240 Henkel Drive, Jan. 31. Burglary 3792 Westmont Drive, Feb. 1. 2861 Harrison Ave., Feb. 2. 3332 Gerold Drive, Jan. 31. Criminal damaging/endangering 2908 Fourtowers Drive, Feb. 1. 2291 Wyoming, Feb. 2. 3004 Glenmore Ave., Feb. 2. 3306 Glenmore Ave., Feb. 2. Domestic violence Reported on Queen City Avenue, Feb. 1. Reported on Harrison Avenue, Jan. 30. Felonious assault 3022 Bracken Woods Lane, Feb. 2. Menacing 3211 Westbrook Drive, Feb. 2. Menacing by stalking Reported on Westbrook Drive, Feb. 2. Robbery 4241 Glenway Ave., Jan. 31. Theft 2322 Ferguson Road, Feb. 1. 2322 Ferguson Road, Feb. 1. 2900 Warsaw Ave., Feb. 1. 5800 Glenway Ave., Feb. 1. 4438 Ridgeview Ave., Feb. 2. 4829 Prosperity Place, Feb. 2. 3424 Tinaview Court, Feb. 2. 5800 Glenway Ave., Jan. 30. 6150 Glenway Ave., Jan. 30. 1020 Glenna Drive, Jan. 31. 3963 S. Clerose Circle, Jan. 31. 4127 Francis Ave., Jan. 31. 4901 Glenway Ave., Jan. 31.

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Cheviot: Chief David Voss, 661-2700 (days), 661-2917 (evenings) » Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212 » Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 263-8300 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline, 574-5323 » North Bend and Miami Township are patrolled by the Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500

at 6539 Glenway Ave., Jan. 31. Philip G. Burkhart, 30, 4309 Ebenezer Road, obstructing official business at 6394 Wesselman Road, Jan. 31.






Criminal damaging Sugar poured in gasoline tanks on two vehicles at Kroner Dry Cleaners at 3820 North Bend Road, Jan. 23. Theft Prescription medicine stolen from vehicle at 3502 Mozart Ave., Jan. 24. Video game system and a ring stolen from home at 3700 Woodbine Ave. No. 3, Jan. 25. Victim had their credit card number used to make unauthorized purchases in Michigan at 3913 Smith Road, Jan. 25. Purse and contents stolen from victim at Smokin’ Monkey at 3701 Harrison Ave., Jan. 28. Debit card stolen from victim and later used to make unauthorized purchases at 3615 Herbert Ave., Jan. 31. Brass candlestick and 10 votive cups stolen from Corner BLOC Thrift Store at 3339 Harrison Ave., Feb. 3. Purse and contents stolen from home at 3345 Harrison Ave. No. 1, Feb. 6.

Jenkins Wesley Dillon, born 1961, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Feb. 3. Jeremy J. Hollandsworth, born 1986, drug abuse, 5144 Highview Drive, Feb. 3. Jeremy Pressley, born 1978, 2671 Morningridge Drive, Feb. 3. Charles Arnold James, born 1954, violation of a temporary protection order, 1159 Coronado Ave., Feb. 4. Melvin C. Goodwin, born 1947, improper solicitation, 4212 Glenway Ave., Feb. 4. Michael Hamilton, born 1984, 2414 Queen City Ave., Feb. 4. Phillip Fields, born 1989, 2356 Harrison Ave., Feb. 4. James Heekin, born 1986, disorderly conduct, 3360 Glenmore Ave., Feb. 5. Joseph A. Vega, born 1992, 1244 Gilsey Ave., Feb. 5.

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