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‘Dead Man’ project unites McAuley, Mercy on stage Prejean to speak at both high schools By Jennie Key

Students at Mother of Mercy and McAuley high schools have had a unique opportunity to wrestle with the issue of the death penalty during this school year. It culminates this month with a performance of the powerful “Dead Man Walking.” Students will also have the chance to hear Sister Helen Prejean, the author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” the book on which the play is based, talk about her experiences. Mother of Mercy Theatre Director Lisa Bodollo initiated the collaboration through the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project. The project represents the efforts of Sr. Helen and Tim Robbins, director of the film adaptation of her book and the stage play. Robbins decided to use the play as a tool to create deeper reflection on the death penalty in our nation’s high schools and colleges, according to Mercy spokeswoman Jenny Jackson. As a result, schools wishing to perform “Dead Man Walking” must also involve at least two other academic departments to provide courses


Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,”and human rights activist, will discuss her influence on changing death penalty laws at the College of Mount St. Joseph at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the College Theatre. The talk is free and open to the public.

related to the death penalty and “Dead Man Walking.” “Not only is this a collaboration amongst schools in Cincinnati, but we’ve extended this beyond the theater,” said Bodollo, who has been working on the details of the Cincinnati premier performance since last spring. She met with Mercy’s English, religion and social studies department chairs, along with Elizabeth Barkley, chair of the English department at The College of Mount St. Joseph, and Sister Nancy Bramlage, director of mission and ministry at the Mount, last summer to determine ways to incorporate the issue of capital punishment into the academic curriculum through the school year. Mercy senior Sara Heyd said students read “A Lesson Before Dying” for their One Book, One See PROJECT, Page A2

The parents of a murder victim portrayed by Indigo Hudepohl and Brad Gerhardt, talk with Sister Helen Prejean, portrayed by Danielle Diersing. THANKS TO NIEHAUSER PHOTOGRAPHY



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St. Bernard Catholic School teacher Terri Kersey and La Salle junior Kelly Palmer look over Mount Kilamanjaro in an atlas in the St. Bernard school library. Later this year, they hope to look out from the summit of the mountain in person as they join Climb For EE, an effort to raise awareness of eosiniphilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus from which Palmer suffers. FILE PHOTO

Pair raising money for Mt. Kilimanjaro trip

By Jennie Key


They have a long way to go and a short time to get there. Two area residents have set out to summit Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of eosinophilicesophagitis,anallergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus. 17-year-old La Salle senior Kelly Palmer has the digestive disorder and he and Terri Kersey, a teacher at St. Bernard School, are participating in a unique fundraising opportunity for EE research. An Arizona man started Climb for EE, forming a team of teenage EE patients and others to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, to help build awareness of the disease and fund research to help find a cure. While they are there, they will also serve at a Tanzanian orphanage. Palmer says it’s the ultimate senior trip. He and Kersey are working to be part of that team, raising money for research and the climb to make people more aware of EE. Palmer’s climb will also show that EE doesn’t have to be debilitating. Palmer and Kersey have reached 52 percent of the $17,500 goal and have until April 6 to raise the rest. Kersey says Scott Scherpenberg, a firefighter with the Cheviot Fire Department, and also the owner of The Public

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The Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders says EE is a digestive system disorder in which eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, are found in above-normal amounts in one or more specific places in the digestive system and/or the blood. When the body wants to attack a substance, such as an allergy-triggering food or airborne allergen, eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, respond by moving into the area and releasing a variety of toxins. But when the body produces too many eosinophils, they can cause chronic inflammation, resulting in tissue damage. Many EEs sufferers can only eat a handful of foods, as others cause the body to mistakenly send white blood cells to attack their GI tract.

House has been a huge help, donating 15 percent of the bill for every patron who mentioned The Climb4EE. “The Public House has helped me raise over $2,000 so far, all because Scott is such an amazing thoughtful man,” Kersey said. “He just wants to see people succeed.” This fundraiser continues through April 6 at The Public House, 3807 North Bend Road. Let your waitress know you would like your bill to go to the Climb4EE.

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The newly opened Potbelly Sandwich Works, 9727 Colerain Ave., at Northgate Mall is also lending a hand to the cause. The restaurant donated 25 percent of the proceeds Tuesday, March 11, to Kersey and Palmer’s cause. The money goes to CURED, a tax-exempt, nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for eosinophilic esophagitis and donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit and you can learn about the Climb and how you can help. The team is also participating in the Kroger Plus Community Rewards Card program. Kroger pays up to $1 million on a quarterly basis to participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations. You can register your card by visiting and clicking on “Edit Kroger Community Rewards information.” Complete or update your information. Then enter 83606 or search for CURED NFP – Climbfor EOE from the organization list and click on confirm. You can also donate at Kersey asks that you make a note in the notes section that the donation is “sponsoring Terri Kersey.”

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The “Dead Man Walking” production also uses music and dance to project and represent the characters’ emotions and emotional turmoil. McAuley and Mother of Mercy students are in the dance group. Dancers are Jenna Byrne, Kimberly Collins, Annie Helpling, Sydney Hering, Jenna Lawhorn, Jessica Lienesch, Carly Linneman, Holly Michel, Daniela Mitraud, Krista Rieff, Natalie St. George, Nadya Streicher, and Michaela Smith. Not pictured is Maria Kuhlman. THANKS TO NIEHAUSER PHOTOGRAPHY

Community Project last summer. This is a literary assignment that invites the Mercy community to reflect upon a common book chosen to inspire and influence and integrates themes into various courses over the academic year. “I feel like I have learned a lot about the issue,” she said. Senior seminar and senior contemporary world issues classes at Mercy spent the first semester discussing capital punishment. Seniors

Skyped with Ryan Murphy, organizing coordinator for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, who lobbies for Human Rights at the UN and the Capitol. They also heard Dr. Nancy Schmidtgoessling, a 1969 alumna of the school who is a clinical psychologist. She spoke about the psychological evaluations that take place with those convicted and placed on death row. Mercy senior Danielle Diersing, who portrays Prejean in the play, said the discussions and preparing for the play has, deepened her faith. “It has showed me that anything is possible with God,” she said. “When you

meet obstacles, you can’t just back down. You can’t give up.” At the end of the semester, students presented to their classmates visual representations of the aspects of capital punishment that had the biggest impact on them. There have also been poster contests, and a writing contest surrounding the issue and the vocal ensembles of both Mercy and McAuley will perform in addition to dancers from both schools. The music and dance help project the emotions surrounding the issue of capital punishment as the story of one death row inmate unfolds. Krista Reiff, a McAuley junior dancing in the play said she wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but she feels it brings out the anger, frustration and sorrow in a different way. “This project has created an incredible opportunity for students to learn amongst their peers and from those outside their regular niche,” Bodollo said. “This has been an amazing opportunity to work with our sister school, McAuley, and a college. We have developed such a strong relationship with the Mount over the last several years. They’ve opened their theater to us for our fall musicals and we’ve been lucky to have the talents of several students be part of past performances.” More than 80 students are in the cast, including senior Jacob Hamm from the Mount, as well as the Mount’s chief of police, Tim Carney and history professor Peter Robinson. Additionally, almost 100 students from both Mercy and McAuley make up the

technical crew. Prejean will speak at both Mercy and McAuley March 26 in all-school assemblies. Additionally, the Mount presents Prejean in the school’s theater that evening at 7 p.m. for a speaking event, open to the public. Prior to Prejean’s speaking engagement, attendees will be able to view selected Capital Punishment projects from Mercy’s Senior Seminar and Contemporary World Issues classes. Additionally, winners of the writing contest will perform their piece before Prejean speaks. The event is free and VIP seating will be available to those who show a ticket from either the Tuesday or Thursday performance. For more information, contact Elizabeth Barkley at or call 513-244-4587. “Dead Man Walking” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 27, at the College of Mount St. Joseph Theatre. Tickets for the performances are available for $10 at They will also be sold in Mother of Mercy’s main office and two hours prior to each performance at the Mount’s box office. Students said the play is a chance to share the issue and they hope the performances will push audience members to consider where they stand on the issue of capital punishment. “This is so much more than a show to perform,” Diersing said. “I hope people feel that, and it starts conversations about capital punishment and people really examine where they stand on the issue.”


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BeauVita looks to build upon its success By Kurt Backscheider


BeauVita’s third annual fundraiser runs from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 22, at Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., downtown. The event, which is the largest fundraiser for the organization, will feature music by the Rusty Griswolds, as well as drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, basket raffles and split-the-pot. This year’s hosts are Tedd, Dave and Cheryl Kremer and Jillian and Kerry Daugherty. Sheree Paolello will serve as the emcee. Tickets are $40 per person for admission and cash bar or $75 per person for admission, two drink tickets and VIP seating. Reservations can be made online at All proceeds benefit BeauVita.

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BeauVita, a nonprofit organization founded by a group of West Side parents who have children and young adults with disabilities, opened BeauVita West on North Bend Road this past summer. The center offers a day program for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Four staff members work at BeauVita West, guiding the roughly 20 individuals who participate in the program to initiate and act upon personal choices, she said. The daily activities involve socialization, communication and recreation, and include selfcare and hygiene, meal planning and food preparation, laundry, money management, nutrition, arts, crafts, games, fitness activities, community outings and shopping trips. There is also a quiet room for leisure, an outside garden and a computer area where individuals can use technology and social media, and Ross said the center

hosts a weekend social club every Saturday. The day program started with just a couple of participants, but Ross said more and more people began coming through the doors. “It’s just exploded, we’re moving forward at lightning speed,” she said. “The reason is because we recognize every individual for who and what they are. Everybody has a talent and a gift.” The center is also working to develop an employment training program, she said. Long-term, Ricke said the organization continues striving toward its goal to build a residential community in

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ta is delivering on its mission to provide support for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The nonprofit was founded a few years ago by a group of West Side parents who have children and young adults with disabilities, and this past summer the organization opened BeauVita West at 5195 North Bend Road. The center operates a day program for young adults with disabilities, fulfilling one of the organization’s goals to offer programs and services that allow individuals with disabilities to live full, responsible and productive lives and have opportunities to be a part of a community – the same as adults without disabilities. “The success has been incredible and the need out there remains incredible,” said Green Township resident Michael Ricke, a board member and co-founder of BeauVita. “The goal is to get to the point where individuals with disabilities can live as independently as possible.” Fellow board member and co-founder Carolyn Ross, Green Township, said the day program focuses on life skills and encourages the participants to develop life plans and take steps toward independence.

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Oak Hills robotics team gearing up for competition By Kurt Backscheider

GREEN TWP. — Students at Oak Hills High School are discovering how science and technology can be fun. A group of 33 students has been working since the beginning of the school year to design, engineer, build and program a robot for an upcoming robotics competition at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The students are members of the high school’s robotics team and they compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST is an acronym rep-

resenting “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” Oak Hills senior Rhiannon Zito, Delhi Township, said she and her Scot Bot teammates are preparing for the regional contest March 27-29. “We’re here on the weekends, we’re here early before school and we’re here after school working on our project,” she said. “This year we have high hopes to go to the national championships in St. Louis, Mo.” Dan Boles, Oak Hills engineering teacher and team adviser, said each year FIRST comes up with

Members of the robotics team at Oak Hills High School have been using science, technology, engineering and math to construct a robot for a robotics competition in March. This year’s team is comprised of 33 students.KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

a new task for teams to complete and gives teams a very strict set of rules and parameters to follow when building their robots. “Every team receives the same base parts,” he said. “It’s how you put

those parts together and design your robot that sets you apart.” Zito said this year’s competition is called Aerial Assist, and their task is to build a robot that can pass and catch a 24-inch ball. Their goal during the

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competition is to work with other teams and use the robots to pass the ball and toss it through goals set up at different heights, she said. She plans to study mechanical engineering in college, which is why she joined the team, but she said she also likes the dynamic of the team and working with everyone. “I think I help out by adding a little feminine sass to something mainly guys are interested in,” Zito said. “I like being able to bring organization to the team. “And just getting to see our creation come to life, from seeing it built on the computer to actually seeing the parts in person is awesome.” Oak Hills junior Tyler Kallmeyer, Delhi Township, said this is the third year for the school’s Scot Bot robotics team.

“My older brother started the team and I became interested in it from watching him,” he said. “I like making things, and having the opportunity to solve a complex problem is a lot of fun.” Fun is what Boles said he wants his students to have. “Science and technology can be fun,” he said. “It can be a big challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun.” He also wants them to take away the team-oriented process required to design something complex that has more than one solution and meets a budget, he said. “That’s how firms engineer products,” Boles said. “They work in teams using science and technology and math to develop novel new things that require flexibility, they require dedication and commitment.” The Scot Bot robotics team has to raise money on its own to pay for materials, supplies and competition costs, and relies on donations and sponsorships. Individuals or businesses interested in donating or sponsoring the team can visit or email Boles at for information.




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Ritalin; Over-prescribed and Dangerous


s m a ny a s 1 0 0 % of all children in second through fifth grade have been given prescribed the drug Ritalin, even though many of them probably don’t have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ( A D H D ) . T h a t wa s t h e conclusion of researchers who published their findings in the American Journal of Public Health. Ac c o r d i n g t o D r. LeFever, doctors are over prescribing Ritalin, which is a psychometric drug and a Class II narcotic. “It’s hard to believe this many children have the specif ic

brain-related problem called ADHD,” stated Dr. LeFever, an assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Centre for Pediatric Research. Health care advocates say that doctors are routinely diagnosing children with ADHD even though there are no clinical tests for this condition. Instead, they find it easier to write a prescription for Ritalin than discuss diet or parenting skills with the child’s family. According to Peter R. Breggin, M.D., director of the International Centre for the Study of Psychiatry


and Psychology and faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University, “Ritalin does not correct biochemical imbalances - it causes them.” In his book, “Talking Back to Ritalin,” he notes that there is evidence Ritalin can cause permanent damage to the child’s brain and it’s function. “Pediatricians, parents, and teachers are not aware of these hazards because the ill effects of this drug has been ignored and suppressed in order to encourage the sale of this drug,” Dr. Breggin states. D a m a g i n g e ff e c t s o f Ritalin can include: •Decreased blood flow to the brain, an effect recently shown to be caused by cocaine where it is associated with impaired thinking ability and memory loss... •Disruption of growth hormone, leading to suppression of growth in the body and brain of the Child... •Permanent neurological tics, including Tourette’s Syndrome...

•Addiction and abuse, i n c l u d i n g w i t h d r awa l reactions on a daily basis... •Psychosis (mania), depression, insomnia, agitation, and social withdrawal... • Po s s i bl e s h r i n k a g e (atrophy) or other permanent physical abnormalities in the brain... • Wo r s e n i n g o f t h e very symptoms the drug is supposed to improve including hyperactivity and inattention... •Decreased ability to learn. “Ritalin and other stimulants are cur rently prescribed to millions of children in the hope of improving their supposed hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity,” Breggin warns. He presents evidence that these drugs “work” by producing robotic or zombielike behaviour in children. This enforced docility and obedience can produce a few weeks of subdued behaviour but has no positive effect on academic achievement and

no positive long-term effects at all. Contrary to claims by drug advocates, giving Ritalin to a child does not help to prevent future problems such as school failure or delinquency, he emphasizes. R i t a l i n ’s l a c k o f effectiveness has been proven by hundreds of studies but has not been r eve a l e d t o d o c t o r s , teachers or parents. ”Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug company marketing practices,” says Breggin. “Drug companies have targeted children as the new market”... Breggin does not believe that mind-altering drugs are an appropriate approach to helping our children. Instead, he urges adults to learn to identify and meet the individual needs of the children in their care. Most children receiving Ritalin have been identified for treatment by teachers who

have been misled by Drug Company and government promotional campaigns for Ritalin and other stimulants. “Educate – don’t medicate,” should be the motto of every parent or teacher who is tempted to resort to Ritalin, Breggin urges. We have been able to help many children with ADHD without reliance on Ritalin. If you would like additional information please feel free to call me at 513-4514500 or visit our website at CE-0000586581



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Mary Ann Meyer, a parishoner at St. John the Baptist Harrison, is in critical need of plasma. Below are the list of the blood drives that are on the west side that will have the apheresis machines to collect platelets/ plasma. Mary Ann Meyer’s code is PR 1355. » University of Cincinnati-Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, in the Rec Center. There are many openings available at this point. Donors must schedule an appointment by calling Hoxworth at 451-0910.

chocolate fountain, as well as a fine jewelry raffle, split the pot, live and silent auction, poker, black jack, craps, left right center, and the horse game. Cost is $40 per person and includes commemorative glass and gambling chips. For tickets and information visit, or contact Debbie and Mike Siegert,, CindyOser, cindyoser1970, or Judy Pittman,

Mercy hosts annual Mercy Madness & Monte Carlo fundraiser

Mother of Mercy High School invites the community to its fourth annual Mercy Madness & Monte Carlo event. The fundraiser runs 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 22, in the school’s gymnasium. Presented by Mercy’s Dads Club, the event includes live NCAA second round men’s basketball tournament action shown on multiple televisions, several Monte Carlo games including black See BRIEFLY, Page A6

Guitars for Vets hosts concert

Guitars 4 Vets will host its first anniversary benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Legends Nightclub, 3801 Harrison Ave. Entertainment includes The Sonny Moorman Group with Grammy-winning songwriter Jim McCarty. Advance tickets are $10 and include reserved seating. Order tickets at; $10 at the door.

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jack, poker tables and other games of chance along with basket raffles, plus a basketball square poll that will take place through the entire NCAA basketball tournament. Additionally, Mercy will host a grand prize reverse raffle for a shot at $10,000 or free tuition for the 2014-2015 school year at Mercy. Beer, soft drinks and food prepared by Mercy dads will also be available for purchase. The event supports the Mercy Fund, which includes tuition assistance for many deserving Mercy families. Admission is free. Basketball squares are $20 and reverse raffle tickets are $50 each, both of which can be purchased online in advance. Only 500 reverse raffle tickets will be sold. Every 50 th ticket drawn will win $50. The second last ticket drawn will win $500 and the last ticket drawn will be the grand prize winner of $10,000 or free tuition. For more details, visit .

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Beloved music and television legends Nancy James and Rob Reider return to the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts for an unforgettable concert filled with songs, videos and stories from the “Bob Braun Show” and throughout their individual careers. “Together Again” is at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11. James and Reider will perform personal favorites from the Great American Songbook and Broadway along with humorous and heartwarming duets. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts is at 4990 Glenway Ave. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 513241-6550. For more information, contact the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 513-241-6550.

Egg hunt April 12

The Oak Hills Kiwanis Club will host its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 12. The event begins at 1 p.m. sharp at Green Township’s Veterans

Park, 6231 Harrison Ave. The hunt goes fast. Children who track down certain eggs will win prizes. There are different age categories for the hunt. The free event is intended for children ages 10 and younger. In the event of rain, the hunt will take place at the same time Sunday, April 13.

Grief support group meets March 20

St. James Episcopal Church offers a Comprehensive Grief Support Group, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the church, 3207 Montana Ave., The free group is designed to help people move beyond the pain of any loss and achieve healing. Registration is required. Call 513-786-3781 or visit

Next installment of Westwood First Concert Series features keyboard spectacular

The fourth concert in the 32nd season of the Westwood First Concert Series takes place Sunday, March 23, at Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave. Westwood First keyboardist Heather MacPhail will be joined by pianist Bruce Murray, department of music chair at Miami University, and Bryan Mock, organist at Glendale’s Christ Episcopal Church, for a program of organ and piano duos. Featured will be SaintSaens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” complete with narration, and Gigout’s “Grand Choeur Dialogue.” The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door. For more information, visit or call 661-6846, extension 107.

Covedale theater offering four-show subscription package

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts is offering subscriptions to a special summer classics series. The four-show package includes the following productions, “Hello

Dolly!” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Footloose” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” Shows begin in May and run through the end of August. Tickets for the subscription package are $74. Visit, call the box office at 2416550 or stop by the theater ticket counter, 4990 Glenway Ave., to buy tickets.

St. Teresa open house

St. Teresa of Avila School will host an open house and tour for prospective families at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20. The open house and tour will be cancelled if the Oak Hills Local School District is closed or delayed. RSVP to Lisa at 4714530.

‘Wizard ’ takes stage in Covedale

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts continues its Saturday Morning Children’s Series with a performance by the Frisch Marionette Company. The puppet group will perform “The Wizard of Oz” at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Covedale, 4990 Glenway Ave. Tickets are $6 each. Call the box office at 241-6550 to buy tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater’s ticket counter.

Drama Workshop performing classic courtroom drama

The Drama Workshop in Cheviot is presenting the courtroom drama, “Twelve Angry Men.” Before programs like “Law and Order” became popular, “Twelve Angry Men” took us inside the courtroom, specifically the jury room. Originally aired as a live broadcast in 1954, it was quickly adapted to feature film in 1957, starring Henry Fonda, Jack Warden and Lee J. Cobb. Show dates are March 21 and 22. All shows begin at 8 p.m., at the Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave. There is a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 23. Tickets may be purchased through the The Drama Workshop ticket line at 598-8303. All seats are $15.

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The following students earned honors for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.


St. Ignatius Principal Tim Reilly with the five National Board Certified teachers on his staff. From left: Reilly, Beth Siemer, Vickie Geckle, Angela Hawley, Carolyn Millheim and Assistant Principal Laura Sieve.PROVIDED

St. Ignatius teacher receives elite certification

Vickie Geckle, a teacher at St. Ignatius Loyola School, has earned National Board Certification. The certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a rigorous voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accom-

plished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. As part of the certification process, candidates complete nine assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. Geckle joins her fellow teachers at St. Ignatius, Angela Hawley, Carolyn Milheim, Laura Sieve and Beth Siemer, who also attained this

status. Less than 3 percent of teachers nationwide are board certified. Geckle is a graduate of University of Cincinnati and has been teaching at St. Ignatius for 12 years. “I love teaching, and I love teaching at Saint Ignatius,” Geckle said. “I have so much support at Saint I, both pragmatic and spiritual, that I feel this achievement belongs to the entire community.”


Fifteen St. Dominic School students in third- through fifth-grades participated in the Girls on the Run 5K race at Sawyer Point. The girls prepared for the race by training twice a week for 10 weeks. They also participated in sessions examining peer pressure, bullying and self-esteem, and completed a service project. From left: front, Delaney McCarthy, Maddie Baker, Kendal Hart and Kamara Chowning; second row, Kristin Bizaillon, Shelby Logsdon, Kailee Chowning, Madison Biggs and Alaina Rizzo; third row, Caley Hignite, Clare Ferencak, Rebecca Hater, Clara Gehm, Becky Veid and Cameron Reeves; fourth row, adult mentors Julie Schloemer, Joann Fettig and Shelly Rizzo. PROVIDED.

First honors: Abigail Albrinck, Claire Alverson, McKenna Anderson, Kathryn Bergmann, Janie Burwick, Julia Cardinal, Alexah Chrisman, Olivia Dillman, Grace Dorr, Abigail Ewald, Alexis Fehring, Lynsey Ficker, Emma Fitz, Jennifer Fohl, Meghan Gabriel, Emma Geckle, Sophia Hamilton, Maria Hemmelgarn, Rachel Hinton, Brianne Hoernschemeyer, Maria Huey, Kiersten Hughes, Lauren Humpert, Nicole Kerth, Annie Klein, Abigail Koenig, Ashley Kuchenbuch, Sydney Laug, Abigail Ludwig, Jenna Lustenberger, Grace Mattingly, Emma Meiners, Tiffany Nguyen, Eleanor Nieman, Erin Parsons, Claire Roell, Kathryn Rost, Rachel Seibert, Hannah Smith, Kira Staubach, Audra Stueve, Kristen Stueve, Clare Sunderman, Emma Verkley, Grace Wells and Amanda Wood. Second honors: Nicole Armbruster, Emma Barbee, Samantha Baxter, Eryn Blazer, Shannon Burwinkel, Elizabeth Cohen, Madison Cook, Elicza Day, Katherine Ernst, Casandra Fulks, Kirsten Goldick, Alana Harvey, Emma Hudepohl, Maya Hughes, Bridgette Kahny, Sydney Knecht, Maria Kuhlmann, Juanita Lackey, Carlee Lambert, Allison Logue, Grace Lohman, Sarah Newsom, Kelsey Owens, Marisa Peters, Mia Raleigh, Meghan Reist, Olivia Ritter, Gabrielle Robbins, Holly Ryczek, Josephine Ryczek, Kendall Sabatelli, Annie Schindler, Amber Schmuelling, Abby Schneider, Kasey Siciliano, Lindsey Soto, Hannah Steers, Mirey Taite, Caroline Taphorn, Annabel Thies, Anna Thomas, Jada Thompson, Lucille Torbeck, Brittany Wells and Abigail Ziegler.

Sophomores First honors: Jenna Averbeck, Lauren Barlow, Rosemary Belleman, Allison Biedenharn, Shannon Billinghurst, Mackenzie Black, Brandy Browning, Aubrey Brunst, Anna Cadle, Jennifer Chunguyen, Megan Cleary, Cara Discepoli, Gabrielle Draginoff, Jamison Fehring, Kristina Griffin, Sydney Hamilton, Lia Hergenrother, Chloe Heusmann, Emily Hoffman, Allison Hudepohl, Megan Hudepohl, Meghan Hutchins, Karin Jacobsen, Madison Jones, Melissa Jose, Sydney Kreimer, Blair Lamping, Kendra Lang, Erika Lucas, Claire Lynch, Rachel Moning, Kaitlyn Montgomery, Emily Mormile, Taylor Otting, Emma Papania, Madeline Peters, Alexis Reynolds, Alyssa Rotte, Abigail Sander, Caroline Schaefer, Hanna Scherpenberg, Caroline Schott, Emma Schrand, Emily Schulte, Zandrea Simpson, Emily Smith, Tierney Sunderhaus, Savannah Taylor, Lauren Tebbe, Paige Telles, Emily Tenkman, Grace Weber and Kathryn Witzgall. Second honors: Karli Auberger, Madison Baker, Corrie Bridgeman, Alyssa Burchfield, Jessica Bush, Erin Carmichael, Brigid Casey, Kati Cleary, Jamie Coleman, Ashley Droppelman, Mariah Edwards, Megan Emig, Catherine Farwick, Nina Fischer, Jensen Healey, Madeline Hempel, Elyse Irwin, Kaylee Klug, Carly Kruse, Makayla Larkins, Julie Lasonczyk, Jenna Lawhorn, Carly Licht, Natalie Lienhart, Sylvia Mattingly, Kelly Melvin, Kelsey Mooney, Elizabeth Moore, Megan Myers, Hayley New, Margaret Olding, Brooke Peters, Regina Poynter, Abigail Quinn, Samantha Rauh, Rachel Reeder, Melissa Richter, Rachel Roberts, Frances Salemme, Anna Sontag, Brooke Wendt

and Kendall Wood.

Juniors First honors: Maria Anderson, Morgan Bailey, Martha Bates, Alicia Brill, Gabrielle Brown, Rachel Budke, Sarah Campbell, Ashley Colbert, Malina Creighton, Megan Davish, Janna Deyhle, Mary Dickman, Jodi Duccilli, Frances Dudley, Sarah Erb, Michelle Fohl, Samantha Girdler, Angelique Groh, Morgan Hennard, Monica Hessler, Margaret Kammerer, Maria Koenig, Anna McGhee, Haley Michel, Amanda Ozolins, McKenzie Pfeifer, Emma Pierani, Elaine Platt, Emily Popp, Megan Quattrone, Melissa Rapien, Katherine Rodriguez, Jennifer Roelker, Rachel Rothan, Mallory Schmitt, Lyndsey Schmucker, Elizabeth Schultz, Claire Sillies, Emily Threm, Erika Ventura, Eva Weber, Sharon Witzgall. Second honors: Mackenzie Anderson, Jodie Anneken, Megan Archdeacon, Jessica Arling, Aspen Barbro, Monica Bartler, Emma Bedan, Abigail Benintendi, Christina Blum, Anna Bollin, Alexandra Busker, Caitlin Buttry, Kaitlyn Calder, Nicole Capodagli, Julia Cason, Taylor Courtright, Sarah Crail, Emma Curnutte, Amanda Deller, Sarah Dreyer, Samantha Duwel, Haillie Erhardt, Bailey Ernst, Abigail Evans, Megan Gillespie, Carrie Gordon, Abigail Gourley, Payton Groene, Jessica Gutzwiller, Franki-Cymone Harris, Kayla Hartley, Victoria Hemsath, Maria Hughes, Ariel Johnson, Megan Kerth, Sydney Lambert, Margaret Mahoney, Olivia Masuck, Caitlin McGarvey, Sophie Meyer, Daniela Mitraud, Mary Orth, Krista Reiff, Lauren Roll, Olivia Roll, Allie Schindler, Mallory Telles, Annie Vehr, Jessica Ventura, Emily Vogelpohl, Rachael Waldman, Faith Waters and Morgan Wells.

Seniors First honors: Bradie Anderson, Abigail Ball, Jessica Beal, Emily Benintendi, Hannah Berter, Jessica Bloemer, Sydney Brown, Shannon Bubenhofer, Brianna Burck, Katelyn Burkhart, Kerrie Dailey, Danielle DiLonardo, Annalise Eckhoff, Alyssa Fulks, Hannah Geckle, Taylor Gelhausen, Erin Harrington, Annamarie Helpling, Laura Hils, Olivia Justice, Lindsey Kauffman, Kierra Klein, Emily Klensch, Madison Knecht, Emily Knollman, Mackenzie Koenig, Rachel Koize, Elizabeth Kummer, Mariah Lonneman, Danielle Maraan, Michelle Maraan, Abigail Meeks, Holly Michel, Cara Molulon, Gabrielle Mooney, Megan Mulvaney, Veronica Murray, Erin Nauman, Heather Oberjohann, Leah Obert, Emma O’Connor, Kathryn Olding, Megan Packer, Elaine Parsons, Brianna Poli, Courtney Pomfrey, Holly Rack, Carrie Raterman, Emily Richter, Mariah Robinson, Sydney Rosselot, Lynn Schutte, Paige Scott, Madison Sillies, Meghan Sontag, Carly Speed, Madeline Staubach, Emily Strong, Megan Volker, Madison Woodard and Amanda Ziegler. Second honors: Anee Allen, Kaitlin Baum, Toria Biggs, Brittany Broxterman, Caitlin Camardo, Kristen Clark, Laura Conley, Alycia Cox, Courtney Criswell, Gabrielle Dangel, Madelon Dickerson, Madeline Drexelius, Candisse Fejer, Grace Folz, Courtney Gildea, Julia Hoffmann, Margaret Keller, Clare Knecht, Morgan Listermann, Katlin Lovett, Megan McGraw, Natalie Miranda, Jennifer Moeller, Alison Moore, Julia Newsom, Jenna Pfiester, Alexandra Rauf, Gabrielle Reynolds, Margaret Roettker, Abby Schindler, Madeline Schmidt, Rachel Spade, Kathleen Storer, Ellie Thiemann, Jennifer Towns and Tiffany Turley.



Eighth-graders at St. William School worked on a project with science teacher Kelly Wenzel. They researched an element from the periodic table, then became and elemental superhero or villain for a day. From left: Kaylee “Lithium” Kuhr, Erin “Carbon” Sluss, Carly “Potassium” Smith and Hannah “Silver” Bayless. PROVIDED

St. Catharine of Siena School held a Turkey Contest to raise money for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Students purchased feathers for 50 cents each and put them on the teacher’s turkey picture. The teacher with the most feathers had to wear a turkey costume during a pancake breakfast that raised money for sixth-graders to go to Camp Campbell Gard. Eighth-grade teacher Jerry Metz “won” and is with the eighth-grade class. PROVIDED





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Seton sophomore Carly Stagge (17) gets by a Mother of Mercy defender during their game last season. Stagge led the Saints with 44 goals in 2013.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Seton lacrosse looks to be a force on field in 2014 By Tom Skeen

CINCINNATI — The sticks are out, the pads are on and the lacrosse season beings in just 10 days. Here is a look at how the teams in the Western Hills, Delhi and Price Hill Press are shaping up:

La Salle

La Salle High School enters its second season of lacrosse after posting a 6-9 record in its inaugural season under coach Joshua Wellen. Chris Tankersley anchors

the defense in net, while sophomore Jake Giovanetti and senior Kevin Fox back Tankersley on the defensive end. Senior attacker Trey Prybal is a returning starter along with junior midfielder Joe Schoenling. Watch for senior attackers Michael and Alex Whitaker to make an impact in the scoring column along with senior midfielder Nick Heflin. “We are building on a successful inaugural year,” Wellen said. “This year’s team is stronger and faster, and truly understands the family philoso-

phy that we embraced as a program. We pulled in a great freshmen class and we’re looking forward to seeing the program develop during the second year.” The Lancers open the 2014 season March 24 at home against the Northern Kentucky Club Team.

Mother of Mercy

With 15 freshmen and 12 sophomores owning the majority of the Mother of Mercy lacrosse roster, coach Dave See LACROSSE, Page A9

Gamble’s Groves signs NLI to play volleyball at Indiana Tech By Tom Skeen

CINCINNATI — From small town girl to NAIA college volleyball player; that’s the story of Gamble Montessori senior Brittany Groves. Groves hails from Camden, Ohio, a town 50 miles north of Cincinnati that boasted a population of just 2,011 in 2012. Begrudgingly she made the move south to Cincinnati six years ago with her mother, Paula, to be closer to family. “My aunt wanted us to move down here closer to her and I didn’t want to move in the first place, but we did anyway,” Groves said. “I regretted it at first, but now it’s been a big change.” The reason for the change in heart is the game of volleyball. It’s a game Groves started playing for fun with her friends, but has now evolved into a passion that’s led to her officially

Gamble Montessori senior volleyball player Brittany Groves, right, sits with her mother, Paula, and coach Mark Rave after signing her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the Indiana Institue of Technology next season.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

becoming a college volleyball player after signing with the In-

diana Institute of Technology March 13. “It means a lot,” Groves said, holding back tears after signing her National Letter of Intent. “Going through the past few years, moving from a small town to the big city, it’s been rough. After going through all this; it’s a big day.” It’s a big day for Groves, but it’s also a big day for Gamble. The senior becomes just the second player in school history to sign a NLI and receive scholarship money toward a college education. It’s a feat volleyball coach Mark Rave plans to use as motivation in the future. “I’m very happy,” he said of Groves’ signing. “She’s somebody I can use as an example for my future players. That’s something they can strive for and hopefully work toward. Hopefully this is the first of many volleyball players here at Gamble See GROVES, Page A9

» Seton High School announced Christina Martini as Seton’s new varsity softball coach. Prior to this position, Martini coached the varsity team at St. Ursula Academy for nine seasons. She was named Girls’ Greater Catholic League co-coach of the year in 2008, alongside Seton’s own Mary Agricola. During Martini’s college career at Miami University she received the MVP Award at the UNC-Wilmington Invitational in 2000, was a member of the All-Tournament Team at the Middle Tennessee Invitational in 2000, and received the Most Improved Player Award from Miami University in 2000. Currently she is a Spanish teacher at North College Hill, where she has been for nine years. “I was very blessed to have been offered the position at Seton High School,” Martini said. “The program is very established and competitive and I look forward to reestablishing the GGCL in the softball world with this very talented group of girls!” Martini’s assistant coach is someone she has known all of her life – her dad, Paul Martini. He served as her assistant for the past nine years. Before that, his experience includes coaching both high school and college fastpitch softball. Seton High School Athletic Director Janie Shaffer is looking forward to the season under Martini’s leadership. “I couldn’t be more excited to have Chrissy Martini as the new softball coach at Seton. Chrissy is experienced, knowledgeable and knows how to win,” Shaffer said. “She is going to be a great role model for these girls. We have a tremendous softball program here at Seton and I can’t wait for the season to begin.”

Hall of Fame

» Oak Hills High School recently inducted the following into the Oak Hills Athletic Hall of Fame: Pat Quinn came to Oak Hills in 1977 from McNicholas High School and was the head baseball coach at Oak Hills from1977-1981. With an overall record of 80-34, Pat led the Highlanders to three league championships, two district titles, two regional titles, a state championship in1980 and state runner-up in 1981. In 1982, Pat accepted the head baseball coach position at the University of Cincinnati. After one year at the helm for UC, Pat went on to become the head baseball coach at Ball State until 1995 when he accepted his current position as the associate athletic director at BSU. Jeff Flynn, class of 1985, also known as “Fly,” played basketball at Oak Hills under

coach Hep Cronin from 19821985. During his junior year he led the Highlanders to a perfect 20-0 record, a city championship, and a final ranking of fourth in the state. His senior season began against national powerhouse DeMatha High School and former NBA star Danny Ferry. Although DeMatha won the game, Fly matched Ferry’s 19 points with 18 of his own and went on to lead Oak Hills to their first sectional and district tournament titles. Flynn averaged 20.8 points and 12 rebounds per game his senior season and was selected as the Hamilton County Player of the Year, First-Team All-City and ThirdTeam All-State. Flynn went on to play for Tony Yates at the University of Cincinnati from 1985-1989 and earned a bachelor of science in industrial management. He added a master’s in engineering management from UD in 1998 and currently works at the Armor Group in Mason as a project manager. Tracy (Morgan) Mueller, class of 1999, played soccer, basketball and ran track at Oak Hills from 1995-1998. In her senior year she was selected First-Team All-Conference, First-Team All-District, and First-Team All-City in soccer and basketball and currently holds many records in both sports. She accepted a full academic scholarship to play women’s Division I basketball at UNC-Wilmington from 1999—2004. After missing her first year due to injury, she went on to be a four-year starter and the team’s leading rebounder. She received her marketing/finance degree from UNC-Wilmington and currently works as a senior analyst for Duke Energy. In her spare time she is also the varsity assistant basketball coach for Ursuline Academy. Under Hall of Fame coach Will Rutenschroer, the 1963 football team was the first Oak Hills team to go undefeated with a 10-0 record. Led by allleague running back Ron Ense, the Highlanders won the Hamilton County League Championship in only their fifth year of football at Oak Hills. For their 50th reunion, the team was recognized at this year’s Oak Hills football game against Fairfield. The 1963 football team is the first Oak Hills team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Members of the 1984 undefeated basketball team and the 1980 state baseball champions were also present for the event.


» Below are the results for the 2014 Greater Cincinnati USBC Bowling Association Masters tournament conducted March 9 at Western Bowl. The finals were delayed from See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A9

New Seton High School softball coach is Christina Martini, right, joined by her assistant coach - and father - Paul Martini. THANKS TO SETON HIGH SCHOOL





Oak Hills Youth Wrestling is sending seven wrestlers to the Grade School State Tournament March 15-16. They are, from left, Oak Hills youth wrestlers Carter Colson, Lucas Stoddard, Matthew King, Kohen Kroth, Logan Vickrey, Jake Scherra Kneeling and Luke Conway. Kroth is a kindergartener, home schooled; King is a first-grader, Oakdale Elementary School; Colson is a second-grader, Dulles Elementary School; Conwayis a third-grader, Dulles Elementary School; Lucas Stoddard is a fourth-grader, Dulles Elementary School; Jake Scherra is a sixth-grader. Bridgetown Middle School; Logan Vickrey is a sixth-grader, Rapid Run Middle School.THANKS TO JOHN STODDARD

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Joerger knows what he’s up against this season. “We’re young so I’m getting surprises every day,” the coach said. While some of those underclassmen saw playing time during the Bobcats’ 4-10 run a season ago, Joerger is relying heavily on his 13 juniors and seniors. Seniors Sarah Heyd and Haley Dannemiller are entering their fourth season on the varsity squad and will each provide an anchor on either side of the ball. Heyd was the Bobcats’ second-leading scorer last season with 26 goals to go with her 11 assists. She will float around the offensive side of the field this season. “She’s someone that this year I’m not really going to bounce her around, but she might be playing up (the field) more than an attacker would,” Joerger said. “She’s versatile enough to do that on the offensive end.” Dannemiller, along with senior goalie Taylor Maas, will provide a presence on the defensive end. “She’s our lockdown on defense,” Joerger said of Dannemiller, who is also a four-year varsity basketball player for the Bobcats. “She’s the one that locks down the crease. Most girls don’t want to go around the crease and run into her.” Look for senior attacker Hannah Smith to be a force on offense after scoring nine goals last season. Mercy opens the season on the road March 24 against Division II foe

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.


While losing four offensive weapons to graduation, Drew Burchett’s Seton Saints are stacked on the defensive side of the ball. Senior goalie Morgan Masminister is coming off a season where she was named Division II second-team all-state helping the Saints to a 11-7 record, a second-place finish in the Girls’ Greater Catholic League and a trip to the regional semifinals. “We were joking earlier that she’s in postseason form from day one when she shows up,” Burchett said of his goalkeeper. “She’s going to be very good for us.” Joining Masminister on defense is senior Mikayla Hartoin and sophomore Shannon O’Conner. “(Shannon) played last year and got a decent amount of playing time,” Burchett said. “She’s made a huge step up in the offseason.” Senior mid-fielder Colleen O’Conner, who is coming off an ACL injury and missed the Saints’ postseason run last year, is the heart of the team and anchors an offense led by junior Carly Stagge and seniors Michelle Moehring and Kelly Gallagher. Stagge led the Saints and finished third in the GGCL last season with 44 goals, earning her secondteam all-district honors. “We have a lot of younger girls that are stepping up,” Burchett said. “We won’t score all our goals from the midfield like we did last year. We’ll be much more of an attack oriented offense

this year.” Seton opens the season on the road against GGCL foe McAuley March 25.

St. Xavier

St. Xavier is coming off a 15-5 season and a trip to the Division I regional semifinals where they lost to Moeller. Coach Nate Sprong returns a bevy of weapons on offense, including senior attacker Max McLaughlin who was the team’s second-leading scorer each of the past two seasons. Fellow senior attacker Ben McCormack, a High Point University commit, is also back, along with senior midfielders Jack Caudill, Daniel Carroll, Luke Recker and Ian Sagester. Caudill was a firstteam All-Midwest honoree last season, while Carroll earned Under Armour All-Midwest honors. On the defensive end, seniors Connor Jones – a John Carroll University commit – and Chandler Todd – a Haverford College commit – are ones to keep an eye on. Look for junior attacker/midfielder William Holcomb and sophomore Griffin Buczek to be breakout players for Sprong this season. “This team has bought into the emphasis of playing hard, playing with passion and having a great understanding of all the schemes that we’re utilizing whether it’s offense, defense, riding or clearing,” Sprong said. “With great senior leadership the focus of being unselfish and fundamentally sound while being good communicators is establishing an enthusiastic, team-first concept.”

“What’s exciting as a coach this time of the year is to see the momentum build. This team has set high standards and enjoys the daily grind to meet those goals.” Sprong and his Bombers open the 2014 season March 25 at home against La Salle High School.

Oak Hills

Oak Hills is coached by Michael Cassidy and are coming off an 8-8 season in 2013. The program is in just its third year of existence and begins the 2014 season at home against Springboro.


Tom Nugent is the coach at Elder High School, which is coming off a 10-7 season in 2013. The Panthers open up the 2014 season on the road at Summit Country Day March 28.

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to go on and play in college.” The senior, who was a 2013 Hilltop Press Sportswoman of the Year nominee, has flown way under the radar for what she’s accomplished over the past two seasons. While the Gators’ record may not reflect her stellar play (the team is17-20 over that span), her numbers speak for themselves. She’s led the city in service aces each of the last two years and, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association website, her 162 aces this season should rank fifth all time in the state. “I don’t know, I’m a weakling honestly,” Groves said about what makes her serve so good. “I just have such a powerful serve. Leading the city two years in a row in service aces has just been amazing. It’s been a really long journey.” It’s a journey that’s now come full circle and will land Groves in Fort Wayne, Ind., this summer preparing for her first season of collegiate volleyball. Without the game, Groves isn’t quite sure where she would be today. “It gave me something to relieve my stress, it gave me something to do when I was down and I just love the game so much. It’s just a part of my life now.”

SIDELINES Ladies golf

Ladies Teetimers NineHole Golf League has openings for new members and subs. The league plays Monday mornings, May 5-Sept. 29, at Neumann Golf Course. Contact the league at 574-2080 for details and registration.

Men’s senior golf

A men’s senior golf league needs players for Monday mornings at Neumann Golf Course. For information, call Tom at 385-0410.

Instructional T-ball

Little ones can now play T-ball indoors on turf at Rivers Edge Indoor Sports in Cleves. Sessions will be available for 4 and 5 year olds and will be taught by volunteer parent coaches. Sessions include 15 minutes of practice. Every child will bat twice. Session starts April 4 with a March 26 deadline. Call 264-1775, e-mail, or visit

Soccer registration

Online registration for the fall Oak Hills Youth Soccer season will start April 1. In-person online registration, for anyone who does not have a PC or has questions, will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on both Saturday, April 5, and Saturday, April 12. Oak Hills Youth Athletics has three programs for fall: » Little Kickers program is for players who are ages 4 or 5 as of July 31, 2014. » Regular SAY program is for ages 6 (by Sept. 30, 2014) through 13 (by July 31, 2014); » Minors/Seniors SAY program is for players 14 through 18 (by July 31, 2014). Visit for information and registration.

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March 2 due to the weather. The format was six games of qualifying, which cut the field from 32 to 16. The top 16 then bowled double elimination single game match play. Adam Georg was our champion and won all 5 of his matches, receiving $750 and entry into the 2015 USBC Masters tournament held in New Jersey. Sean Brady bowled a 300 game in qualifying.

1. Adam Georg; 2. David Welage; 3. Jeff Fehr; 4. Sean Brady; 5. Terry Saccone; 6. Duane Hatton; 7. Alan Runkel; 8. Kevin Johnson; 9. Brian Key; 10. Riga Kalfas; 11. Ken Abner; 12. Ryan Jackson; 13. John Pickett III; 14. Randy Smith; 15. Danielle Brady; 16. R.J. Pollard


» Oak Hills announced Jeff Damadeo as the new boys varsity golf coach and Mike Kehling as the

new girls coach. Damadeo is a science teacher at Oak Hills and was previously a coach at Commack High School in New York for seven years where he won three league titles. Dehling moves up to varsity coach after leading the Lady Highlanders’ junior varsity squad the previous three seasons. He played high school golf for Oak Hills before playing at Xavier University.

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Police needed in several places

I would like to comment on the viewpoint from Dan Boller, “Police station needed where it is.” I live in Westwood and I agree with Dan that the police station is definitely needed in Price Hill. Since District 3 is the highest crime area in the city I believe the dollars could be better spent on satellite stations as opposed to building a new place. There are plenty of empty buildings around in District 3 that could be occupied by a satellite station or stations. Have they thought of using one of the empty buildings in Glen Crossing? There is plenty of crime going on in Westwood also. And, what about Fairmount? I’m sure they could use a satellite station there also. Why does everything have to be big and new. It seems to me if the police were spread out around the district they might have a better handle on what is taking place right where they are. Our city is already $18 million (?) in debt. Does City Council ever ask what the people what want or is it only what City Council want? They sure didn’t listen to what the people wanted when it came to the street cars, which is an expense we cannot afford. Marlene Schirmer Westwood

Group wants to rebuild WWII Memorial

The Riverside Veterans Memorial Association was formed in 2012. Our mission is to rebuild a memorial from World War II that was taken down when River Road was widened to a fourlane road. If anyone knows of where this memorial was located in the Riverside community, please contact me, right now we have heard of three different locations as to where it was. On this memorial were the names of 252 veterans. Our goal is to raise money to rebuild this. It is estimated around $50,000. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible, so we are asking your help with this project. Donations can be made payable to Riverside Veterans Memorial Association, C/O Mike Bender, 4618 River Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204. Mike Bender Riverside

ABOUT LETTERS AND COLUMNS We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Western Hills Press. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: westernhills@ Fax: 853-6220 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Western Hills Press may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.


Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134




New trustee sets four priorities for Green Township As a lifelong resident of Green Township, I have a passion for this community. This is the place in which I grew up and plan to raise a family of my own. I want our township to be the preferred choice for people to live and raise families. I will achieve this objective with four areas of focus. » Maintain quality police, fire and EMS services: Our community deserves secure neighborhoods where residents can raise their children and enjoy daily living. Better safety services will always be my priority in Green Township. » Maintain and/or improve property values: 87 percent of the homes in Green Township are owner occupied accord-

ing to the 2010 census. That means that almost every home in Green Township is the most important asset in Triffon Callos COMMUNITY PRESS that family’s portfolio. I GUEST COLUMNIST will protect your property values and try to improve property values by continuing to resurface residential streets, supporting good schools, and encouraging positive commercial developments. » Stimulate economic development: We have been extremely fortunate to have Mercy Health, Christ Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and

Tri-Health invest millions of dollars in new medical office buildings and in a new stateof-the-art hospital. These investments are greater than any other local government in southwestern Ohio has seen over the past six years. Now we must continue to improve specific major roadway intersections and try to attract more desirable restaurants and commercial establishments. I will work hard with the other trustees to incentivize restaurants and other businesses to consider Green Township in their next expansion plans. » Keep real estate taxes low: Green Township already has one of the lowest “effective tax rates” in Hamilton County (8.67 mills in 2013).

My goal is to keep the tax rate low. I will always thoroughly research alternatives to real estate taxes and try to stop the incessant raiding of local government funds by the state. Green Township will lose a minimum of $3 million per year due to changes in state law that created annual reductions in local tax revenues. I will work extremely hard on your behalf to ensure Green Township continues to be one of the best communities in southwestern Ohio. I look forward to serving the residents of this township. Triffon Callos was sworn in as Green Township trustee March 10.

Obama’s military cuts endanger America The Obama Administration plans to shrink our military to levels we haven’t seen since before World War II. So, is the world a safer place? Hardly. Turmoil engulfs much of the world. Syria continues to unravel, threatening vital U.S. interests throughout the region. Iran, the world’s biggest supporter of terrorism, is determined to acquire nuclear weapons, despite the Obama Administration’s naïve plan to slow Iran’s nuclear program by easing sanctions. Iraq is coming apart at the seams. North Korea continues to be a menace, with a madman at the helm. And China, that bastion of freedom and democracy, is engaged in an unprecedented military build-up, which will make their military a direct threat to ours in the very near future. China has had doubledigit growth in military spending every year for the last 25 years!

Recently, in addition to threatening to occupy and confiscate islands from many of their neighbors, China deSteve Chabot COMMUNITY PRESS clared, without a legal GUEST COLUMNIST right to do so, an air-defense zone in the region, demanding aircraft from other countries (including the U.S.) report to China when flying through this zone, or risk being shot down. Based on these actions, it certainly appears that China, like much of the world, sees the Obama Administration as weak, indecisive, and in retreat. Meanwhile, as China aggressively expands its military capabilities, and grows economically and militarily stronger, President Obama proposes to weaken our defense forces.

Anti-idling is the easiest green thing you can do Helping the environment doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. One of the easiest ways to help improve our air quality is to avoid idling your vehicle when parked or not in use. Idling wastes money and natural resources, affects the environment and harms our health. Thirty seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. Not idling a vehicle is a quick and easy way to save money. Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds, all of which at certain levels can harm the environment and our health. Remember to turn your engine off at the ATM, active railroad crossings and while waiting to pick-up friends and family. Children are par-



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ticularly susceptible to emissions from idling vehicles because their respiratory systems are still developing and they breathe at a faster rate than

adults. We can all help to improve the environment, save a little money, and breathe easier by turning off our engines while we wait. To find out more ways to do your share for cleaner air, visit the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency online at Megan Hummel is the public relations coordinator for the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency.

Here are some of the numbers. The Obama Administration has proposed a 13 percent cut in the Army, a 5 percent cut in the Reserve, and the complete elimination of the Air Force’s A-10 “Warthog” tank-killer aircraft as well as our U-2 spy planes. The direction President Obama has set for the Navy is arguably even worse. Whereas Ronald Reagan famously advocated a 600-ship Navy and, as president, increased our number of ships to well over 500, the Obama Administration has us down to 283 ships, and shrinking! He even tried to eliminate one of our 11 aircraft carriers. Fortunately, he has backed off that proposal for now, because every one of our carriers is critical to project American power around the globe. As a member of Congress, and as an American, the thing I find so frustrating about this president is that he’s fine throwing money at bloated

stimulus packages, welfare programs, and the bottomless pit of Obamacare; but when it comes to our one critical government expenditure, our nation’s defense, he grabs a chainsaw and cuts away. It’s wrong-headed, it’s shortsided, and it’s dangerous. The purpose of a strong defense is having it ready if we need it. But even more importantly, a strong defense, ideally, avoids military action altogether, because potential enemies fear the consequences of initiating aggression. Peace through strength. Fortunately, Congress will have to approve President Obama’s proposed defense cuts. He won’t get my vote, but with this president, we have to be prepared for the possibility that he tries to circumvent the law, and the Constitution, and act by executive order. Steve Chabot represent Ohio’s First District in Congress.

CH@TROOM March 12 question Do you agree with the tactics recently used by Greenpeace activists at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Downtown Cincinnati? Why or why not?

“To me the actions of Greenpeace puts them in the same league as the Ku Klux Klan.” R.V.

“Absolutely I agree with Greenpeace activists hanging banners at Procter & Gamble headquarters! Somebody has to step forward to make the world aware of rainforest and endangered animal destruction, and they have the courage and funds to do so when others do not. “I wholeheartedly applaud their successful effort to bring this destruction to light, as certainly Proctor & Gamble was not going to unless they were pushed to the edge. “What are we doing to our earth? Fracking a massive amount of acres, and no place to store the millions of gallons of dangerous chemicals used.

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THIS WEEK’S QUESTION Ohio legislators are considering giving schools more disrection to deal with incidents such as students pointing their fingers as imaginary guns, in effect changing the current “zero tolerance” policy. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to westernhills with Chatroom in the subject line.

Mountain tops disappearing in West Virginia, all to feed excessive energy demands. Coal sludge and chemicals being dumped in our waterways, shutting down entire communities' fresh water supplies. “And yes, rainforests worldwide disappearing at an alarming rate. Everyone should make a concerted effort to use less energy, as every light turned off and furnace turned down makes a difference.”

Western Hills Press Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.







Workers put the finishing touches on the new Crossroads Church in Cleves. PROVIDED

CROSSROADS CHURCH opening West Side location


rossroads’ new West Side campus is opening March 23. Crossroads, an interdenominational church community of about 17,000, has locations in Florence, Mason and Oakley. This fourth and newest West Side location at 8575 Bridgetown Road in Cleves is in the old Three Rivers Middle School. The church, which began in 1995, is a place for people who have given up on church but not on God. It’s focused on creating a welcoming environment for anyone who wants to attend and invite their friends to, regardless of what they believe. Features include free coffee, free Wi-Fi, along with comfortable seating and a space just for kids. “Crossroads coming to the west side means our friends and neighbors are more likely to take us up on an invitation to come to a place that’s changed our lives,” Crossroads West Side Pastor Greg McElfresh, of Cleves, said. “We’re excited to have a Crossroads location that’s more convenient for all of us to hear about Jesus in a language we can understand.”

Crossroads Church in Cleves will have a multi-media setup when it opens March 23. PROVIDED

Crossroads West Side will hold two services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and

The Crossroads Church opening March 23 in Cleves will have a "kids Club" area for children. PROVIDED

11:30 am. Each service will feature live music along with teaching – either a

video from Crossroads’ Oakley campus, or a live message. Kids ages birth through fifth-grade can attend Kids’ Club while parents attend service. It’s a free, immersive experience and it’s created just for them to learn and play with others of the same age. Middle School Ministry (6th-eighthgrade) will be offered at the 11:30 am service. High School Ministry will meet Thursday evenings. The new campus is in the former Three Rivers Middle School. Crossroads purchased the site in the fall of 2013 and renovated parts of the building to include two auditoriums with a total of 700 seats, state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, 13 Kids’ Club rooms and a bright, open atrium. A few photos of the renovations are attached. “I wholeheartedly believe that God has very specific plans for the West Side,” said Phil Rueve of Cleves. “Since being a part of Crossroads’ community, I’ve received incredible blessings in my marriage and my family.” For general information about Crossroads, go to

A look inside one of the room at the Crossroads Church opening March 23 in Cleves. PROVIDED


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 20 Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn to sew in one-on-one class setting making pillow and getting acquainted with sewing machine. All materials provided; call for other available dates. $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Needlefelt Monster Madness, 6-8 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Design and make your own monster needlefelt buddy to put in Easter baskets. All materials provided. Ages 9-99. $20. Registration required. 225-8441; Westwood.

Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Intense cycling class offered on RealRyder “motion” bikes with boot camp intervals throughout. $8.50-$10 per class. 451-4920. Westwood.

On Stage - Theater I Left My Heart, A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, 7:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Score of 40 standards all recorded by Bennett. $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Support Groups Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 2-4 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 3207 Montana Ave., Helps people move beyond pain of any loss and achieve healing. Free. Registration required. 786-3781; Westwood.

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Art & Craft Classes Friday Night Fused Glass Party, 6-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn how to cut and design with glass to make your own fused glass piece of art. All materials provided. $25. Registration required. 225-8441; Westwood. Kids Art Class, 4-5:30 p.m., The Pottery Place, 3616 Jessup Road, Painting cherry blossoms on canvases. Ages 7-12. $10. Registration required. 741-1500; Green Township.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 6:307:30 p.m., Bridge Church, 7963 Wesselman Road, Learn to square dance. $5. 941-1020. Cleves.

Drink Tastings Finally Spring Wine Tasting, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Nature Nook Florist and Wine Shop, 10 S. Miami Ave., Five wine tastings plus light snacks. Ages 21 and up. $6. 467-1988. Cleves.

Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:15 a.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Racquetball Center. Cycling class. First class free. Ages 14 and up. Three classes for $15, $10 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood. Happy Hour/Gentle Vinyasa Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Students practice developing their moving meditation beyond instruction. $10; $45 five-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Fiddler on the Roof, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Student special: $5 bleacher seating. $8-$15. Reservations recommended. 741-2369; Green Township.

On Stage - Theater I Left My Heart, A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

12 Angry Men, 8 p.m., Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave., Classic courtroom drama. $15. Through March 23. 598-8303; Cheviot.


FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Art & Craft Classes Kids Art Class, 4-5:30 p.m., The Pottery Place, 3616 Jessup Road, Painting bunnies. Ages 7-12. $12. Registration required. 741-1500. Green Township.

Support Groups Caregivers Support Group, 9:30-11 a.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Ask at desk for room location. For those responsible for care of elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Delhi Township.

Clubs & Organizations Monfort Heights Garden Club Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Offering Posy Power, flower and vegetable vouchers for Moeller and Northgate Garden and Greenhouse Centers. Ages 21 and up. $15. 6618440. Green Township.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Art & Craft Classes Intro to Abstract Painting, 3-4:30 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Find your own abstract technique with help of local artist CT Rasmuss and create your own masterpiece. All materials provided. For ages 11 and up. $25. Registration required. 225-8441; Westwood.

Benefits Don Taylor Family Benefit, 7 p.m.-midnight, St. Jude Church, 5924 Bridgetown Road, Undercroft. Includes appetizers, beer, wine, gambling and auction items. Benefits the family of Don Taylor, who died in November at 46. $30. 574-1230; Bridgetown.


Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Bridge Church, $5. 9411020. Cleves.

Exercise Classes

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. in West Price Hill, continues the Saturday Morning Children’s Series at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, with “The Wizard of Oz” presented by the Frisch Marionettes. Tickets are $6. For more information, call 241-6550.

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Outsmarting Investment Fraud, 2-3 p.m., Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Relevant not just for seniors but for caregivers, family members and anyone who is interested in keeping their personal information safe. For seniors. Registration recommended. 639-9146; Green Township.

Fiddler on the Roof, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., La Salle High School, $8-$15. Reservations recommended. 741-2369; Green Township.

Garden Clubs

On Stage - Theater

Garden Work Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Hillside Community Garden, 5701 Delhi Road, Help prep, tend and harvest unique garden. Learn about organic gardening and more. Sturdy, no-slip shoes or boots suggested. Free. 5036794; Delhi Township.

I Left My Heart, A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill. 12 Angry Men, 2 p.m., Glenmore Playhouse, $15. 598-8303; Cheviot.

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Wizard of Oz, 11 a.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Presented by Frisch Marionettes. Part of Saturday Morning Children Series. $6. 241-6550. West Price Hill.

On Stage - Student Theater Fiddler on the Roof, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, $8-$15. Reservations recommended. 741-2369; Green Township.

On Stage - Theater I Left My Heart, A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill. 12 Angry Men, 8 p.m., Glenmore Playhouse, $15. 598-8303; Cheviot.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23 Art & Craft Classes Paint a Peace Sign, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Personalize your own sign that helps promote peace and has one-of-akind look. All materials included. $25. 225-8441; Westwood.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Strengthen, stretch and tone with gentle postures that release tension and support the integrity of the spine. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. RealRyder Cycling, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Racquetball Center. Group cycling workout. Ages 14-99. $20 walk-in. 2366136; Westwood.

On Stage - Student Theater

MONDAY, MARCH 24 Art & Craft Classes Stained Glass Make It Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basic skills of glass cutting, foil wrap and soldering while creating one of four available stained glass creations. All materials included. $20-$35. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Crochet, Beyond the Basics, 6:30-8 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Call for supply list. Ages 12-99. $20. Registration required. 225-8441; Westwood.

Exercise Classes Gentle Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Moving meditation, increasing strength and flexibility, allowing for calming of mind and refreshing of spirit. Bring mat. $10 drop-in; $45 five-class pass; $80 10-class pass; $140 20-class pass. 6752725; Delhi Township.

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $20 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Exercise Classes Step & Strength, 6-7 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323

Ferguson Road, Aerobic workout on step or floor while adding intervals of strength exercises. $7.50-$10. 236-6136; Westwood. Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Gentle Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $10 drop-in; $45 five-class pass; $80 10-class pass; $140 20-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Health / Wellness Yoga Back Therapy, 6-6:45 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Gentle yoga postures to soothe the back. Drop-in $10; Five classes $45; 10 classes $75; 20 classes $140. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Religious - Community Free Community Meal, 5:306:30 p.m., Central Church of Christ, 3501 Cheviot Ave., Free. 481-5820; Westwood.

RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:15 a.m., Western Sports Mall, Three classes for $15, $10 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood. Happy Hour/Gentle Vinyasa Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m., EarthConnection, $10; $45 five-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Support Groups Caregivers Support Group, 9:30-11 a.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Delhi Township.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Auditions A Streetcar Named Desire, Noon-3 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Auditionees must have a resume listing theatrical experience in order to audition. A head shot/picture is appreciated but not required. Auditionees will be asked to read from the script. Free. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Garden Clubs Garden Work Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Hillside Community Garden, Free. 503-6794; Delhi Township.

Music - Rock Eleven, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township.


Dining Events

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. RealRyder Cycling, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, $20 walkin. 236-6136; Westwood.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sand Picture, 4 p.m., Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Ave., Make Celtic sand picture to take home. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 369-6015. Cheviot.

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

Support Groups Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 2-4 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, Free. Registration required. 786-3781;

A Streetcar Named Desire, 6-9 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Free. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $20 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Martin of Tours, 3720 St. Martin Place, Father Kotter Library. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; caregivers. Cheviot.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Exercise Classes Step & Strength, 6-7 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $7.50-$10. 236-6136; Westwood. Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Gentle Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $10 drop-in; $45 five-class pass; $80 10-class pass; $140 20-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Health / Wellness Yoga Back Therapy, 6-6:45 p.m., EarthConnection, Drop-in $10; Five classes $45; 10 classes $75; 20 classes $140. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Religious - Community Free Community Meal, 5:306:30 p.m., Central Church of Christ, Free. 481-5820; Westwood.


Exercise Classes

Community Health Fair, 4-7 p.m., Cheviot Elementary, 4040 Harrison Ave., Ear scans, chair massages, spinal flexibility screenings, skin care tips and blood pressure readings. People from Wesley Community Services, Dream Dinners and FORCE: cancer support group. Free. 941-0378. Cheviot.


Art & Craft Classes

Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $8.50-$10 per class. 451-4920. Westwood.

Health / Wellness


No Sew Fabric Angel, 1-3 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Make your own vintage fabric angel to give as a gift or compliment your home decor. All materials provided. $20. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Art & Craft Classes

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Art & Craft Classes

Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, High School Commons. Includes pancakes, sausage, goetta, coffee, milk, tea and orange Juice. Benefits Oak Hills Kiwanis Club. $20 family, $6 single. 325-8038. Green Township.


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MONDAY, MARCH 31 Art & Craft Classes Stained Glass Make It Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $20-$35. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Education Children’s Swimming Lessons, 4-6 p.m. Continues one day a week for six weeks., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Pool. Red Cross swimming lessons. For ages 12 and under. $72. Registration required. 451-3595; Green Township.

Exercise Classes Gentle Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $10 drop-in; $45 five-class pass; $80 10-class pass; $140 20-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $8.50-$10 per class. 451-4920. Westwood.

Health / Wellness UC Health Mobile Diagnostics Mammography Screenings, 8 a.m.-noon, Price Hill Health Center, 2136 W. Eighth St., Cost varies by insurance. Financial assistance available to those who qualify. Registration required. 585-8266. Price Hill.

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

Support Groups Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 2-4 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, Free. Registration required. 786-3781; Westwood.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 6:307:30 p.m., Bridge Church, $5. 941-1020. Cleves.

Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:15 a.m., Western Sports Mall, Three classes for $15, $10 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood. Happy Hour/Gentle Vinyasa Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m., EarthConnection, $10; $45 five-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township.



Ambrosia, cake recipes help welcome spring As I write this column, I can see the field beyond our vegetable garden sowed with winter rye. After it sprouted, it stayed nestled under a blanket of snow until recently. It looks like a pale green carpet. Seeing new Rita growth at Heikenfeld this time of RITA’S KITCHEN year just gives me a bright outlook on my day. My cooking is starting to reflect the change of season, too. I’m thinking way ahead with lighter fare and fun sides and desserts to share for spring.


I can remember exactly when I first tasted this heavenly side dish that goes so well with Easter ham. We were newly married and took a weekend trip to Gatlinburg. One of the restaurants featured ambrosia. I had no idea what it was but it sounded so intriguing that I ordered it. The waiter explained that it was a Southern side dish

made with fruit and cream. I was too shy to ask any more about it, and when it arrived at our table I thought he brought me somebody else’s dessert. Since then I’ve made it many times. My current favorite is this recipe that I adapted from Alton Brown.

3 ⁄4 cup whipping cream 1 generous tablespoon sugar 1 ⁄2 cup sour cream or bit more to taste 3 cups mini marshmallows 1 cup tangerine segments, cut into halves 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained 1 cup coconut 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped coarsely 3 ⁄4 to 1 cup drained maraschino cherry halves

Whip cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Blend in sour cream and then stir in everything else. Chill in refrigerator a couple hours before serving.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

You can sub Mandarin orange segments, drained, for the fresh tangerines.

Donna Goulet’s 7-Up cake

I’ve had this recipe in my file since last summer from Donna and was waiting for the right time to share it. Donna has had this recipe for a long time – she cut it out of the newspaper. Donna said: “It is delicious. A West-sider all my life until recently we moved to Erlanger, Ky. Really enjoy your column and look forward to it every week.” Well, Donna, I enjoy sharing reader’s recipes and this one was a big hit. So nice for springtime entertaining. It stayed moist, covered, at room temperature for several days. The only thing I did different is that I made a simple glaze instead of making the frosting that Donna suggests. If you make her frosting, I would store the cake in the frig. 1 box (two-layer size) yellow cake mix 1 box (four-serving size) instant vanilla or pineapple pudding mix 3 ⁄4 cup cooking oil 4 eggs 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

1 stick butter or margarine 1 can (81⁄4 ounces) crushed pineapple, including juice 1 cup coconut

In heavy-bottomed medium saucepan, cream butter with sugar and eggs. Stir in flour. Add pineapple and juice. Over medium heat, cook mixture, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in coconut. Pour over warm cake.

Note from Rita

Rita used a simple glaze on this reader-submitted cake recipe, but there is a cooked frosting recipe too.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

10 ounces 7-Up

Mix cake mix, instant pudding mix, oil and eggs in large bowl of electric mixer until well blended. Add vanilla, if using it, and the 7-Up. Beat two minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl frequently. Turn into a greased and floured 13 x 9-inch baking pan, or into two nine-inch layer cake

pans. Bake in a pre-heated 350-degree oven 40 to 45 minutes, or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Prepare 7-Up cake frosting and pour cooked mixture over the warm cake.

7-Up cake frosting 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour

I baked mine in a Bundt pan, well greased and floured, and baked it for 50 minutes or so. Bake it until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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My blog will no longer be published on You can always reach me here at the paper.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate culinary professional and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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during Greater Cincinnati Teachers of Excellence Awards Banquet on the campus of Cincinnati Christian University April 10. Greater Cincinnati principals and vice principals from

public, district, private and parochial schools are invited to nominate a Teacher of Excellence from their schools. All 10 chosen Teachers of Excellence for 2014 will receive: » a $500.00 shopping spree at

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Make sure homeowner’s, renter’s insurance has sewer-back-up coverage It’s a problem that’s plagued the Tristate for years – sewers backing up into area homes. Several years ago a federal court ordered the Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer

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mer after a sewer backup at her Alexandria home late last year. “We came home to a weird smell and went downstairs and noticed some puddles,” Kramer said. That’s when Kramer and her husband, Daniel, founded their basement was flooded with several inches of sewer water. “The water was actually gushing up through the sewer,” she said. A plumber was soon able to determine their sewer line to the street was clear; it was the sanitation district’s main line that was clogged up. “There were deep tree roots that had grown through the lines,” Kramer said. In addition to replacing the tile on the basement floor, as well as the carpet, the Kramers had to replace drywall because everything was damaged by that sewer water. Northern Kentucky Sanitation District No. 1, known as SD-1, came out and fixed the sewer line, but won’t pay for the Kramers’ damage. “They came out and said, ‘Yes, it was definitely their fault,’ but since

they didn’t actually know (the blockage) was there they were not at fault,” Kramer Howard said. FortuAin nately, the HEY HOWARD! Kramers have sewer backup insurance as part of their homeowner’s coverage. But they only had $5,000 coverage and the damage to their home and belongings exceeded $12,000. SD-1 Director Dave Rager said that while such backups are unfortunate, they do happen. “It is not uncommon that it happens in our system. We try to keep up with the system but they do happen. That’s part of the reason why so many utilities are owned by the government, the challenge of maintaining systems like this,” Rager said. Rager said the sewer district will be checking the lines in Kramers’ neighborhood every six months to make sure they remain clear. Unlike the

Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District, SD-1’s federal court decree doesn’t require it to pay for undetected sewer line problems. “We have 700 miles of lines. That’s almost enough to go from coast to coast,” Rager said. The Kramers have now increased their sewer back-up insurance and this is something all homeowners should consider – especially those with a finished basement. In addition, those who rent homes should check their renter’s insurance policy. A Forest Park man said although he has renter’s insurance, his policy didn’t cover the recent sewer backup damage to his belongings. So, because many renters’ policies don’t automatically include sewer backup coverage, you need to ask for this protection. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

Learn decorative painting – a retreat for art, artists Decorative painters at all levels, including beginner, have an opportunity to immerse themselves in art classes at a three-day getaway during the annual themed Painting Retreat organized by the Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists. Classes are available in nearly all painting mediums, for all experience and skill levels, and incorporate a wide variety of design styles, from fine art to decorative and whimsical. The retreat is April 4, 5 and 6 at theHigher Ground Conference

Center in West Harrison, IN. Every April, this painting retreat becomes reality thanks to the efforts of GCDA members who carefully plan every detail in order to provide the best learning opportunities for decorative painters. This year’s theme is “Catch Spring Fever,” a most appealing alternative to the never-ending winter, snow and ice. Registration is open to anyone who is interested in decorative art and painting. A catalog of painting classes and reg-

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‘An Evening with Pete Rose’ to benefit Incline Theater Project Get ready for Opening Day in style with a special evening with Western Hills’s favorite son, Pete Rose. On the eve of Cincinnati’s historic Opening Day, hear classic stories from the Hit King’s career, tales of growing up on the west side – including his connection with the Covedale Center building – and more at “An Evening with Pete Rose – A Benefit Fundraiser for the Incline Theater Project.” “I am thrilled to death to be back on the West Side at the Covedale Theater where I have memories of going to the cinema as a kid,” Rose said. “Close to West High and

Price Hill Chili, the Covedale was the place to be on many nights.” So it will be at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, when Rose takes the stage at the Covedale. Attendees will hear Rose speak about his favorite baseball memories, some stories from his days at West Hi and even his thoughts on the 2014 baseball season, just hours before the first pitch of the season. Rose will also take questions from the audience. “An Evening with Pete Rose” is presented by Driehaus Insurance Group, and Doug and Cathie Ridenour. Every attendee will receive an autographed copy of the acclaimed

2010 documentary, “4192: The Crowning of the Hit King.” Three ticket levels are available: » “VIP” tickets – $125 each, includes a seat in the reserved premium section in the first four rows, two drink tickets and admittance to a special preevent meet-and-greet reception with Pete. » “Charlie Hustle” tickets – $80 each, includes two drink tickets and a standard seat in the theater, as well as the autographed DVD. » “Value” tickets – $65 each, includes a seat in the back section of the theater, as well as the autographed DVD. All proceeds from the evening will go toward

Women’s Connection closing The Women’s Connection, a resource center dedicated to empowering and educating women and girls to make positive choices for better lives, will close its doors at 4042 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, Friday, April 30. After months of serious and painstaking discussion and analysis, The Women’s Connection Board of Trustees voted Feb. 27 to take this action. “The Women’s Connection is committed to helping women and girls look at options when faced with life’s many challenges,” Board President Sister Thelma Schlomer, SC, said. “This decision required the members of the board to do the same. Having weighed our op-

tions, we are acting in the best interest of our participants and all who have worked tirelessly at and for The Women’s Connection. Those who are coming to our door will now be directed appropriately during this transition.” Over the past few years, The Women’s Connection has reduced staff and expenses, increased fundraising and explored possible mergers and collaborations that would allow the center to continue to serve the women and girls of Cincinnati’s west side. Like so many nonprofit organizations, the downturn in the economy starting in 2008 seriously affected income. The reality is that The Women’s Connection does not have

the funds to continue, nor are there prospects for incoming monies that would sustain the center beyond a month-to-month existence. The Women’s Connection was founded in 1997 and since that time has served thousands of women and girls, giving them hope and confidence, pointing them toward appropriate resources, guiding them to positive decisions, and offering opportunities for education and socialization. “We are proud of the work The Women’s Connection has accomplished over these 17 years and wish only the best for the women and girls of Cincinnati’s Westside community,” Schlomer said.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ Incline Theater Project. The proposed 220-seat theater and parking garage in the Incline District in East Price Hill is a $5.6 million project with plans of breaking ground later this spring – pending final fundraising. Once open, the Incline Theater would be pro-

grammed year-round by Cincinnati Landmark Productions to create an estimated 112 “show nights” in the new space, including a subscription season designed to complement the season at the Covedale Center, a short “summer fare” season and onenight concerts, comedy events and cabarets.

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Angela “Sandy” Fotos Belivanakis, 65, died Feb. 23. Survived by husband John Belivanakis; sons Michael (Lari), George (Molly) Belivanakis; granddaughters Ashley Belivanakis, Alyssa Mowrer; siblings Aspasia Fotos, Antoinette “Toni” Belivanakis (Kevin) Babbitt; many nieces and nephews. Services were March 2 at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 S. Mayflower Ave., Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016.

Robert Benoit Jr. Robert J. Benoit Jr., 54, Delhi Township, died Feb. 27. He was an air traffic controller. Survived by wife Elizabeth “Lisa” Benoit; children Andrew, Ashley Benoit, Taylor (James) Schroeder; granddaughter Benoit Teagan Schroeder; siblings Rick Doepke, William, Francis “Butch” Benoit, Barb Kovacs, Terri Harris. Preceded in death by parents Robert, Betty Benoit. Services were March 6 at St. Dominic Church. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

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Finis W. “Bud” Blevins Jr., 90, Miami Heights, died Feb. 23. He worked for Kahn’s. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by children Ted (Evie), Dennis (Maria) Blevins, Sue (Roger) Grace, Eleanor “Ellie” (Doug) Lee, Tamme (Ronnie) Smedley; sister Anna McCarty; 22 grandchildren; 28

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 853-6262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 or pricing details. great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Minnie Tamme Blevins, son Blevins William (Tori Blevins Keel) Blevins, parents Sue, Finis Sr. Blevins, siblings Marie Thiess, Robert Blevins. Services were Feb. 27 at the Miami Township Community Center. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to benefit any veterans’ organization.

Ruth Boschert Ruth Sander Boschert, 87, died March 1. Survived by children Linda (Steve) Silverthorn, Joe (Maureen), Lawrence II Boschert; grandchildren Kelly, Sarah, Melissa, Allison, Anthony, Boschert Christopher, Danielle, Christina; great-grandchildren Logan, Tyler, Autumn; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Lawrence Boschert. Services were March 6 at St. Lawrence Church. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Lawrence Church Education Fund or Bayley Benevolent Fund.

grandparents Lois, Richard Loheide, Esther Lawrence. Preceded in death by grandfather John Lawrence. Brooks Services were March 1 at Radel Funeral Home.

Jack Brown Ralph D. “Jack” Brown, 81, died Feb. 22. He was a truck driver. He was a member of New Trenton United Methodist Church. Survived by son Dennis (Charmaine) Brown; grandchildren Jason Penn, Jodi Brown; greatgrandson Luke Penn; sisters Juanita Garrison, Leona Thompson. Preceded in death by wife Helen Lanz Brown, parents Charlie, Mattie Brown. Services were Feb. 27 at Whitewater Crossing Christian Church. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home.

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He was a Coast Guard veteran. Survived by siblings David, Patrice Byard. Preceded in death by parents Robert, Vivian Byard, brother Donald Byard. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to American Cancer Society.

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Thomas Lee Brooks, 28, died Feb. 22. He was a roofer with TME Roofing. Survived by parents Julie (Timothy) Gipson, Garry Brooks; sister Carla (Jamie) Thomas;

Robert W. Chrisman, 69, Miami Heights, died Feb. 22. He was a grocer. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church. Survived by wife Joey Carson

Chrisman; daughters Robin (John), Sheri (Brian) Wall; grandchildren Cory, Bailey, Benton, Gunner, CarChrisman son, Dustin, Grant, Lillian, Margaret, Kevin. Preceded in death by son Darryl (Paula) Hammock, parents William, Melva Chrisman. Services were Feb. 25 at Zion United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Diabetes Association, c/o Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves, OH 45002.

Katherine Cornes Katherine M. Cornes, 66, Price Hill, died Feb. 24. She was an accounting clerk. Survived by husband Stephen Cornes; son Greg Wilson; grandchildren John Jr., Kyle, Cornes Christian Wilson, Mariah Stamper; greatgrandchild Bentley Stamper. Preceded in death by son John (Christine Carter) Wilson Sr. Services were March 1 at Grace Covenant Church. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Claude France Claude J. France, 60, died Feb. 25. Survived by children Shannon (Kenneth) Harrison, Claude (Tashina) Jr., Curtis, France Corey France, Eric Fuqua; brother William France; eight grandchildren. Services were March 3 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

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Donald Green Donald P. Green, 68, died March 2. Survived by siblings Helen “Chris” (the late Fred) Wurzbacher, William Green, Gladys Bowers, Mary (James) Fory (James), Patricia (Richard) Handy; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Raymond (Alfreda) Green. Services were March 7 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Anna Grotjan Anna Haley Grotjan, 95, died Feb. 24. Survived by daughters Kathy (Tom) Spinnenweber, Joan Ammons; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five Grotjan great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Clarence Grotjan, son Clifford Grotjan, brother Bill Haley. Services were March 1 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary Rita Gruener Mary Rita Siener Gruener, 91, died Feb. 23. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Teresa (John) Ditmyer, Pauline (Denny) Hollander; grandchildren Yvette, Keith, Brad, Heather; brother Don Siener; 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Stanely Gruener, brother Paul Siener. Services were Feb. 26 at Mercy Franciscan at West Park. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Joyce Ann Koch, 63, died Feb. 26. She worked for the city of Cincinnati. Survived by children Jennifer (Craig) Zornes, Theresa Bradley, Paul Koch; grandchildren Rebecca (BriKoch an), Alicia, Michael, Charles, Kelsey, Paul, Kyle; father Richard Schweitzer; siblings Virginia (Daniel) Faught, Marilyn (Michael) Thomas, Richard (Sharon) Schweitzer Jr.; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by mother Virginia. Services were March 8 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

Robert Mangold Robert E. Mangold, 92, died March 1. He was a World War II veteran. Survived by sons Raymond (Debra), Robert (Anne Marie) Mangold; grandchildren Mangold Chrissie, Gina, Nathan, Nicholas; six nieces and four nephews. Preceded in death by wife Fay Wetzel. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Dominic Church.

Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Ethel Maushart Ethel Meyers Maushart, 93, Green Township, died Feb. 25. Survived by sons Neil (Karen), Larry (Jodi), Don (Nancy), Dave (Laura) Maushart; grandchildren Michael (Robin), Leslie (Michael II), Maushart Steven, Brad, Laura (Matt) Scott, Jaclyn, Evan; great-grandchildren Addison, Grant, Michael III; brother LeRoy Meyers; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Joseph Maushart Jr., sister Virginia Weber Services were March 1 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Teresa Memorial Fund or in the form of Masses.

Abby LoftusSmith, Joshua, Courtney, Jacob McGimsey; greatgrandchildren Zoe, Gabe, Riley, Chloe, McGimsey Maddie, Paige, Mikayla; friend Brenda McGimsey. Preceded in death by husband Andrew McGimsey, siblings Florence Gibson, Marian, Al Stern, Ruth

cent (Terrie), Rudy (Julia), Alfred (Melvin Arnold) Minniti; brothers-inlaw Rudolph, Salvatore Minniti; six Minniti grandchildren; five greatgranddaughters. Preceded in death by husband Orlando

Irene Minniti Cherubina “Irene” Minniti, 89, died March 5. Survived by children Rosa Marie (Patrick) O’Connor, Vin-

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Continued from Page B7 Minniti, siblings Joseph Oliverio, Antoinette Yarman, sister and brothers-in-law to Shirley Minniti, Yolanda, Howard Wood, Pete Yarman, Edward McDonald. Services were March 8 at St. Monica St. George Church. Arrangements by Dalbert & Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Monica St. George Food Pantry, 328 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Charles Murphy Charles F. Murphy, 87, Green Township, died Feb. 24. He was a supervisor at American Airlines. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Rose Marie Murphy; children Anne (Gene) Daut, Andy (Kim), Dan, Mark (Tracy) Murphy, Jane (Gary)

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Nicole Rahm Nicole Renée Rahm, 41, died March 2.

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Survived by son Keon Rahm; parents Shawn, Denita McGreevy; brothers Christopher Rahm, Ryan Rahm (Ashley) McGreevy; grandparents Irene McGreevy, Edward Rouse; nephew Ryan Jr. Services were March 7 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Keon Rahm Education Fund, c/o Elder High School, Attn: Trina Niemer, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati OH, 45205.

Sylvia Burkhart Simpson Sylvia Vornhagen Burkhart Simpson, 86, died Feb. 28. Survived by children Peggy Barnett, Christine Whitt, Carol Grubbs, Sandra Mergard, Sharon, Simpson Steve, Joe, John Burkhart; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husbands Gerard “Zeke” Burkhart, Clifford Simpson Services were March 6 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066.

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Mary Frances “Frankie” Tepe, 88, died Feb. 28. Survived by husband Robert Tepe; children Lillian Murphy, Joyce (James) Christian, Vernon Lawrence III, Judith Jack; Tepe stepchildren Robert, Richard (Trudy), Arnold, Anthony (Denise) Tepe, Patricia (Jerry), Ann (John) Whittle, Helen (Don) Lewe; sister Georgia Phelps; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Vernon Lawrence Jr., siblings Mabel Moore, Ruth Fogel, Hardin, Tom, Paul Middletown. Services were March 5 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Phillip Weber Phillip E. Weber, 40, Westwood, died March 2. He was an exterminator for Terminix. Survived by wife Angela Weber; children James, Nelda Weber, Crystal Wooley; grandson Edward Post; parents James, Melinda WeWeber ber; siblings Justin Weber, Jamie Hutchinson; nephew Kyle Weber; aunts, uncles and many cousins. Services were March 7 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials may made to the family in care of the funeral home.


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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B8 Hillsun Place No. 2, warrant, Feb. 20. Nathan Bailey, 47, 857 W. North Bend Road, warrant, Feb. 22. Aaron Adams, 39, 1220 E. Henry Clay, theft, Feb. 23. Cherri Woods, 39, 9920 State Route 262 Apt. 54, warrant, Feb. 24.

Incidents/reports Assault Suspect pushed victim and punched victim in the face at 3298 Camvic Terrace, Feb. 17. Criminal damaging Rear door damaged on home at 4111 Homelawn Ave., Feb. 15.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations Dennis Medley, born 1977, possession of drugs, Feb. 13. Joshua Burd, born 1984, theft under $300, Feb. 15. Shawntel Sims, born 1977, consuming liquor in a vehicle, Feb. 15. Antonio Lear, born 1995, receiving a stolen credit card, Feb. 18. Antonio Wright, born 1995, aggravated armed robbery, Feb. 18. Charles Weathers, born 1990, domestic violence, Feb. 18. Demetrius Wright, born 1995, aggravated armed robbery, carrying concealed weapons, having a weapon under disability, robbery, Feb. 18. Katrina Stacey, born 1981, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments, Feb. 18. Tina L. Coker, born 1971, disorderly conduct, Feb. 18. Travis Marcum, born 1995, aggravated menacing, Feb. 18. Ashley E. Holt, born 1983, loitering to solicit, soliciting prostitution, theft under $300, Feb. 19. Glenn E. Denoff, born 1951, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, Feb. 19. James Oldham, born 1993, falsification, misdemeanor drug possession, assault, Feb. 19. Joseph L. Gunter, born 1981, criminal damaging or endangering, Feb. 19. Kenno Robinson, born 1989,

possession of drug paraphernalia, Feb. 19. Michael Garner, born 1986, violation of a temporary protection order, Feb. 19. Rickey Johnson, born 1956, assault, possession of an open flask, Feb. 19. Stanley William Hicks, born 1994, criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, Feb. 19. Gregory S. Crouse, born 1967, violation of a temporary protection order, Feb. 20. Keith Evans, born 1959, assault, Feb. 20. Michael Walters, born 1984, theft under $300, Feb. 20. Rhonda K. Deck, born 1974, possession of drug abuse instruments, Feb. 20. Brent Leisgang, born 1977, possession of a defaced firearm, having a weapon under disability, receiving a stolen firearm, Feb. 21. Donnell Love, born 1969, drug abuse, having a weapon under disability, misdemeanor drug possession, receiving a stolen firearm, tampering with evidence, trafficking, Feb. 21. Fredrick Freeman, born 1979, assault, domestic violence, Feb. 21. Nathan Judkins, born 1965, misuse of credit card, theft under $300, Feb. 21.

Ronnie Bowling, born 1990, drug abuse, theft $300 to $5000, Feb. 21. Shawn Hamilton, born 1994, theft $300 to $5000, Feb. 21. Darrel Erwin Williams, born 1956, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Feb. 22. Durrell Davis, born 1980, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, Feb. 22. Nadine C. Sweet, born 1960, disorderly conduct, Feb. 22. Robert Schmidt, born 1984, obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instruments, Feb. 22. Aaron T. Adams, born 1974, drug abuse, Feb. 23. Mark M. Malloni, born 1969, disorderly conduct, Feb. 23. Samuel Whitt, born 1976, felonious assault, Feb. 23. Zachary Smith, born 1991, criminal trespass, theft under $300, Feb. 23.

2454 Harrison Ave., Feb. 19. 4427 Ridgeview Ave., Feb. 20. 2358 Harrison Ave., Feb. 20. 2600 Bushnell St., Feb. 21. 758 Terry St., Feb. 23. 4914 Relleum Ave., Feb. 23. Breaking and entering 2867 Harrison Ave., Feb. 14. 3409 W. Eighth St., Feb. 22. Burglary 2612 Fenton Ave., Feb. 18. 4132 St. William Ave., Feb. 19. 907 Seton Ave., Feb. 20. 1266 Sliker Ave., Feb. 21.

2326 Harrison Ave., Feb. 21. Criminal damaging/endangering 2940 Dunaway Ave., Feb. 15. 2703 Shaffer Ave., Feb. 17. 1250 Elberon Ave., Feb. 18. 2880 Harrison Ave., Feb. 18. 1237 Iliff Ave., Feb. 19. 2375 Montana Ave., Feb. 20. 3068 Worthington Ave., Feb. 22. 3211 W. Eighth St., Feb. 23. Domestic violence Reported on Minion Ave., Feb. 18.

Reported on Del Monte Place, Feb. 19. Reported on Queen City Ave., Feb. 19. Reported on Beech Ave., Feb. 20. Reported on Bushnell St., Feb. 21. Reported on Montana Ave., Feb. 22. Reported on Gilsey Avenue, Feb. 23. Improperly discharging firearm at/into habitation/school 1244 Gilsey Ave., Feb. 17.

Incidents/reports Aggravated menacing 3021 Warsaw Ave., Feb. 19. 758 Terry St., Feb. 23. Aggravated robbery 3758 Laclede Ave., Feb. 15. 3749 Glenway Ave., Feb. 18. 965 Grand Ave., Feb. 18. 2310 Ferguson Road, Feb. 20. Assault 1180 Kuhlman Ave., Feb. 18.



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