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Local schools find ways to make up snow days By Jennie Key jkey@communitypress.com

Local schools are looking for ways to make up for lost time. A hard winter resulted in most schools in the area exceeding the five alloted calamity days given to schools each year. On March 26, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law Amended Substitute House Bill 416, which requires the Ohio Department of Education to waive up to four additional days a school is closed due to a public calamity, such as hazardous weather conditions, for the 2013-2014 school year. This applies to a school district, STEM school, or chartered nonpublic school, as long as the district or school has invoked its contingency plan to make up five unwaived calamity days. That will help districts with more than 10 days off, but doesn’t help most schools in Southwest Ohio. They have to make up five unwaived calamity days before the additional days given by legislators can be used. Local schools are getting their plans in place.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools missed a total of eight school days because of inclement weather, spokeswoman Janet Walsh said. One day was made up Feb. 10 by converting a professional development day, when students originally were scheduled off, to a school day, she said. The district made up the remaining two days by using the blizzard bag

This stretch of West Fork Road in Green Township is part of a $1 million resurfacing contract by the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office. Concrete work is set to begin April 7 and the project should be complete by the end of June. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

So-called blizzard bags, assignments to help students make up instructional time lost due to winter weather will be or have been sent home by some area school districts.KELLY

Daly, West Fork to be resurfaced

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option for online or take-home assignments, she said. Cincinnati Public has one blizzard bag day remaining it could use, if necessary, to make up another day before the school year ends, Walsh said. “Missing this much instructional time is never good, but this has been an unusual winter and we are all having to make the best of it,” she said.

just more than three miles of county roads in Cincinnati and Springfield, Green, Columbia and Symmes townships, and will include curb, gutter and catch basin work where it already exists. Streets included in the project are: Bilamy Court from Winton Road to the dead end; Camargo Road from the Cincinnati corporation line to the Madeira corporation line; Daly Road from North Bend Road to the Cincinnati corporation line; Rich Road from Fallis

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Some residents yearning for spring will see a sure sign in their neighborhoods in coming days. Orange barrels, the official flower of road crews everwhere will begin blooming along Daly and West Fork roads as crews begin doing concrete work as part of a $1.1million resurfacing project by the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office. The project will resurface

Elder High School

JP Owens, director of admissions and marketing for Elder, said students do not have to make up any calamity days. Although Elder called 10 snow days this winter, he said See SCHOOLS, Page A2

Road to Brentmour, and West Fork Road from North Bend Road to Gaines Road. Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard said the county has several resurfacing project planned. For example Race Road is on the list, as is a section of Pippin Road. “We have a lot of streets that need attention,” Hubbard said. “But it costs money. We are only able to do so much at a time. He’d like to work on the See ROADS, Page A2

Local issues to be decided on May 6 ballot By Jennie Key

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The May 6 primary election is almost here, and voters in Hamilton County will have the opportunity to begin voting this month to nominate party candidates for statewide and judicial offices to appear on the ballot Nov. 4. Early voting begins in Hamilton County Tuesday, April 1, and early votes may be cast in person or by mail. In addition to candidates, the ballot will have statewide and countywide issues. Party candidates for state central and county central committees will also be elected. Sally Krisel, deputy director

You must be registered to vote by Monday, April 7, to cast a ballot in the May 6 primary election.LEIGH TAYLOR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, says the voter registration deadline for this primary is Monday, April 7, and

the board office at 824 Broadway will remain open until 9 p.m. to accept registration forms.

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Seton, Elder students perform ‘Shrek’ on stage

Softball teams ready to make their pitch See Sports, A6

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the correct precinct. Voters can use the Ohio Secretary of State’s Online Change of Registration service and/or access voter registration forms from the county board of election’s website at www.votehamiltoncounty.org. Voters who want to vote by mail must send in an application form, which is available at the board office or online. Absentee applications are also available on the website. Forms require an actual signature, so they may be downloaded and completed; they cannot be completed online, Krisel said. Voters must first choose which ballot they want. The balSee BALLOT, Page A2 Vol. 86 No. 20 © 2014 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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northern portion of Daly; he says Meredith is in great need and there are also other sections of Winton Road that need work. The problem is money. “These projects are outrageously expensive,” Hubbard said. “But we have a lot of streets that need attention this year and we have to do what we can so we don’t fall too far behind.”

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school leaders build a few extra days into the calendar each year in the event school has to be canceled. To avoid making up days at the end of the school year, he said Elder also rearranged its calendar to have school on a couple of days students were previously scheduled to have off days. For instance, he said March 28

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This project is being paid for through the engineer’s office permissive auto tax, but Hubbard said the Ohio Public Works Commission issue on the May ballot is important to communities like Hamilton County because the State Capital Improvement grants and loans that come from it help the county repair local streets. “We need that to pass,” he said. Chief Deputy Engineer Tim Gilday was at a preconstruction meeting for

the West Fork/Daly project March 27. He said the contract was awarded to Barrett Paving Materials and the concrete work will begin on the west side roads April 7 with the asphalt work scheduled to begin in early May. The engineer’s office is trying to delay the Rich Road portion of the project near Loveland High School until after school is over. Gilday says the work should be finished by the end of June, weather permitting.

was a scheduled in-service day, but it was changed to a regular school day instead.

McAuley President Cheryl Sucher says students are having three online days to make up the classroom time lost because of snow. They completed two over the Presidents Day weekend and will have their final online day April 25, during their spring break. “This is a continuation of whatever’s going on in the classroom,” Sucher said. “Students are required to be at their computers at 8:10 a.m. and faculty are online. They can communicate back and forth and this has proved very effective.” Sucher said students who were not at their computers at the appointed class time received calls from faculty asking where they were. Sucher said the school wanted to make sure students were well prepared for upcoming Advanced Placement tests and did not want add days at the

La Salle High School

Director of Community Development Greg Tankersley said two snow events occured on days when students were already off school. Officials decided to have online makeup days just to make sure the school met its required number of days.

McAuley High School

McAuley made buying a computer notebook a requirement for its students six years ago, and the notebook program has been central to the school’s plan to make up calamity days this year. Students and their families pay for the notebooks as part of the school tuition and fees.

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Readin’, Ritin’, and Ritalin

t has been called by many as “Teacher’s Little Helper.” I’m referring to the popular drug Ritalin which is widely prescribed to “treat” the condition ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), commonly referred to as simply “hyperactivity.” The number of children given this drug has risen by hundreds of percent in the last ten years or so, much to the delight of the shareholders of Ciba-Geigy, the drug’s manufacturer. The US and Canada are leading the parade in Ritalin use, while European countries are far down the list. Maybe children across the ocean are different? Could it be marketing? Please read on. It seems as if every child today is being labelled with ADHD. It seems to be a catch-all name given to kids who don’t fit into someone’s definition of how a child “should” behave. The criteria used to make this diagnosis fits almost every

child encountered in practice. According to Dr. Peter Breggin in his book The War on Children, ADHD tends to be a middle class diagnosis. So let’s look at the factors that would label a child as having ADHD; 1. Often fidgets and squirms in his/ her seat. 2. Has difficulty remaining seated when required. 3. Is easily distracted. 4. Often blurts out answers to questions before they have been completed. 5. Has difficulty awaiting his/her turn during games. 6 . H a s d i ff i c u l t y f o l l ow i n g instructions. 7. Jumps from one thing to another. 8. Often talks excessively. 9. Interrupts others. 10. Often loses things. 11. Does not seem to listen. 12. Has difficulty playing quietly. If your child displays at least 8 of these

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This stretch of Daly Road in Springfield Township is part of a $1 million resurfacing contract by the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office. Concrete work is set to begin April 7 and the project should be complete by the end of June.

end of the year, when they would not be as effective.

Oak Hills Local School District

Oak Hills will make up snow days June 5, 6 and 9. These are the same days that were approved by the Oak Hills School Board prior to the 2013-2014 school year. The last day of school for seniors is June 3. June 9 is the last day of school for students in grades PreK through 11. Morning kindergarten students will attend one full day of school. That day will be determined by each elementary school and parents will be notified of the date.

Mother of Mercy High School

Mercy does not have to make up any calamity days this school year, spokeswoman Jenny Kroner-Jackson said. She said Mercy typical-

Blackboard and make themselves available to students via email. Mercy called six snow days, but the sixth one was used as an online learning day, she said.

ly calls snow days and delays when the Oak Hills Local School District does, but this year school leaders made a decision to call their own snow days. She said Mercy recognized the fact Oak Hills had to call several snow days when the temperatures were bitterly cold because the district has young students who walk to school or have to wait for buses. Kroner-Jackson said Mercy doesn’t have as many students who walk to school or ride the bus so they were able to have class on those days. For students who ride the Metro, she said Mercy’s principal and a faculty member provided transportation to and from the Metro bus stop on the cold days. She said the school was granted permission to offer three online learning days in which teachers post assignments for students on the school’s

St. Xavier High School

Becky Schulte, director of communications and marketing, said students have no time to make up, thanks to a combination of good timing and online class opportunities. “Two days were already scheduled off days,” she said. “And we were able to do online class, so students have no days to make up at this time.” St. Xavier launched a program that requires students to have iPads beginning with this year’s freshman class. Kurt Backscheider contributed

ISSUE 10 - DELHI TOWNSHIP POLICE LEVY What it’s about: This is a 2.49-mill, continuing tax levy for the operation of the Delhi Township Police Department. What it would do: Allow the police department to maintain its existing level of service with 29 police officers. How things are now: The department’s roughly $4 million annual budget is derived solely from levy funds and is not supported by the township’s general fund. The previous police levy, a five-year levy passed in 2005, is now in its ninth year as a result of township frugality. If a new levy is not implemented, the police fund will run out of money by April 2016. How much it would cost: If passed, the levy would generate about $1.16 annually for the police department. It would cost the owner of a home worth $100,000 an additional $87 per year. Arguments for it: Trustee Cheryl Sieve said without an increase in revenue through a new levy the township would have to deficit spend and support the police department with general fund money, which the township cannot afford. Proponents also site how the township has made the previous five-year levy last nine years by being fiscally conservative. The police department also needs to maintain its staffing levels because crime in the township has increased each year since 2005. Arguments against it: The levy will raise taxes for township residents. Who’s for it: Delhi Township Trustees voted unanimously to place the levy on the ballot. Who’s against it: There is no organized opposition to the police levy at this time. Website for more information: www.delhi.oh.us/admin/levy.html

lot choices for this election are: Democratic party candidates and issues ballot, Green Party candidates and issues ballot, Libertarian candidates and issues ballot, Republican Party candidates and issues ballot, or an issues only ballot. In-office voting hours at 824 Broadway are: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, April l-April 11; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 14May 2, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May, 3. There will be no absentee voting Monday, May 5, and only voters with a change of address may vote at the board of elections on Election Day, which is Tuesday, May 6, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Absentee ballots will begin to be mailed and inoffice voting begins Tuesday, April 1, and the final day to request a ballot is Saturday, May 3. For questions on voter

criteria, he is a candidate for the ADHD diagnosis. (All of a sudden I’m very concerned about myself and most of my friends and colleagues!). These criteria sound like a normal, healthy, exuberant, bored, child. Many authorities feel that these children are actually quite gifted and are very right-brained, i.e., creative. These children function with two speeds; hyperdrive and collapse. There is no inbetween. They are also highly visual and non-sequential processors. In other words, they learn by pictures in a non-traditional manner. These children, many feel, are “scanners”; they scan life and the world around them in the same manner as they scan a computer screen. Some authorities also feel that they are a product of our fast-paced, overstimulated culture. To that end, I must applaud Waldorf schools and their founder, Rudolf Steiner, who frown on the use of computers in their teaching methods. To make my point clearer, allow me to ask you the question, “what if Einstein and Edison were on Ritalin?” If they were born today, they would surely have been labelled ADHD; both had been expelled from school for disruptive behavior. Most parents do not realize that there are no laboratory tests for ADHD; that this “diagnosis” is made purely on observation and is most often initiated by a teacher who is having difficulty controlling the behavior of a certain child. I am emphatic when I stress that this is NOT an attack

on teachers; rather it is an observation. It is interesting to note that “good” teachers have very few ADHD children in their class while others have quite a few. These children need a different teaching method, which is difficult as schools demand obedience and conformity in most cases. Rather than use the term ADHD, Dr. Breggin, is his studies on this phenomenon, called it DADD - Dad Attention Deficit Disorder. He feels that a lack of parental attention and lack of discipline very often leads to the diagnosis of ADHD. I agree. Other health professionals feel ADHD is caused by a lack of certain minerals and neurochemicals in the body. The late Dr. Robert Mendelson, M.D., one of the most respected pediatricians in North America, and a self-proclaimed medical “heretic” once told me that it is our perception which may be at fault. “Is it the child who is hyperactive,” he asked, “or is it that the average earthling is no longer excited about life?” Interesting thought! To treat this “affliction” children are placed on the drug Ritalin, classed as a Class II narcotic. To bring this into perspective, Class I narcotics are those substances for which there is no legitimate use. Substances that even a licenced physician can’t prescribe, e.g., heroin, etc. Class II are those substances that are also addictive but have limited medical value, e.g., Ritalin, Cocaine, etc. Class III and IV are

registration, call 513-6327000; for questions about absentee or in-office voting, call 513-632-7039. Krisel says there is a secure, 24-hour drop box available for submitting substances which have the potential for abuse, such as Valium and other barbiturates. Most parents may not realize that Ritalin is highly addictive and is placed in the same class as Cocaine and opium. Ritalin is a psychotropic drug; it alters behavior and a child’s perception of the world. The purpose of this drug is to force the child to obey! I feel it robs children of their individuality and I wonder if we are not turning our children into robots! This drug is so popular that toddlers are the new market! As a matter of fact, other drug companies, in their quest for a share of the market, are now suggesting that children be placed on Prozac. This is not OK! There have been few conclusive research studies done on the long-term effects of Ritalin. However, Johnson and Stewart found that: 83% of children had trouble with frequent lying 60% of children were still overactive and rebellious 59% had contact with police 52% were destructive 34% threatened to kill their parents 15% contemplated suicide Definitely not popular side-effects! There has to be a better way! Chiropractic doctors have been successfully helping ADHD children for years. We often find that an interference to the function of the nervous system, caused

registration forms, absentee ballot requests and voters’ returned absentee ballots at the front of the board of elections office at 824 Broadway in downtown Cincinnati.

by a vertebral subluxation in the spine, is at the heart of the matter. These vertebral subluxations are often the result of a difficult birth and interfere with normal nervous system function. A vertebral subluxation is an irritant to the nervous system. It is similar to having a pebble placed in your shoe that you can’t get rid of! Chiropractic care is directed at correcting these subluxations thereby making the child’s nervous system function normally. It’s that simple. If your child has been labelled ADHD or is in the process of being labelled, my suggestion would be to consult a pediatric chiropractor without delay. I f y o u w o u l d l i k e a d d i t i o n al information please feel free to call me at 513.451.4500 or visit our website at www. reinshagenchiro.com.

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Founders of the Monfort Heights Garden Club planted great seeds when they met for the first time 85 years ago. The club was organized, and officers were elected on March 28, 1929, when a small group of Monfort Heights residents gathered on Boomer Road at the home of Daisy Jones, who was the gardening editor of the Cincinnati Times Star. The club’s members didn’t waste time, and rolled up their sleeves for their first project later that first year with foundation plantings at the Monfort Heights Public School. Club member Ginny Clark says from the beginning, both service and education has been a focal point of the organization. As one of the oldest garden clubs in the greater Cincinnati area, Monfort Heights Garden Club planned to celebrate its 85th anniversary March 26, with a luncheon and program of Design Techniques by Dale Kabbes. With “Reflections” as the theme of the celebration, the club planned to have reminders of its history on display and guests from neighboring garden clubs were invited to share in the celebration. Clark says the group once a month the garden club arranges flowers, plant seeds and flowers and coordinate artistic crafts with the residents at Llanfair Retirement Center as a part of garden therapy. The group also plants and maintains the flower beds in the spring and summer of the Monfort Heights Firehouse, the Cincinnati Branch Library, St. Joseph’s Orphanage and West Fork Park. Also during the summer months, the group bus tour places and gardens of interest in Ohio. Neighboring gar-

den clubs are invited to join in the outing where we draw inspiration and enjoyment from our surroundings. For the last several years during the school year at Monfort Heights Elementary, first- and third-grade children learn how plants grow by growing the seed and planting their plants in the Monet Gardens project on school grounds. There is also a Scent Garden which is filled with long lasting perennials and is both enjoyed for the scent and visual beauty by students, teachers and parents. This program is headed by club members Peggy Lopez and Jackie Golay. Several garden club members assist with the program as well. The project of Monet and Scent Gardens was featured in an issue of Horticulture magazine and received awards from Garden Club of Ohio Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. of which we are members. Also, in past years, $500 in scholarships has been awarded to high school students pursuing studies in horticultural related studies. Of our membership we have two honorary members, Dottie Monroe and Marge Ranz, who have a combined total of 102 years of participation and service. As a whole, we continue to have a very active garden club with many ongoing projects within the community. Recently, Monfort Heights Garden Club was presented with a plaque from Green Township honoring the club for “Dedicated Service to the Residents of the Green Township.” The plaque was accepted by club President Joyce Mohaupt; co-president Joan Willey, was un-

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BRIEFLY TUKANDO cyclists meet April 5

Cyclists and friends are invited to the TUKANDU Cycling Club pre-season planning meeting and dinner, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at LaRosa‘s, 2411 Boudinot Ave. TUKANDU is a tandem cycling club in which visually impaired riders, “stokers,” partner with sighted riders, “captains,” to enjoy the challenge and camaraderie of tandem cycling, Saturdays on the Loveland bike trail. According to the pleasure and fitness of a captain and stoker, the team can ride 10, 20, even 50 miles and up to the 20 mph speed limit on a Saturday morning. If you plan to attend, let them know ahead of time because places are limited. To learn more, visit www.tukandu.org.

Pitch, Hit, Run in Delhi

J.B. Yeager baseball will be hosting a Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run event at Delhi Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, on Field 1. This is open to boys and girls age 7-14 (age as of July 17) and is free of charge. Winnerswill move on to compete at the sectional level with the possibility of competing at the 2014 AllStar game. More information and registration can be done at www.mlb.com/phr You can also find out more by emailing Tony Cappel at mc62homers@fuse.net.

Lunch with the bunny

Join the Easter Bunny for lunch Saturday, April 5, at Cheviot Eagles Hall, 3911 Glenmore Ave. Doors open at 10.30 a.m. Egg hunt starts promptly at 11 a.m.. There will be an egg hunt, lunch, a chance to talk to the Easter Bunny, raffle and a lot of fun. Call 661-5795 for information.

Cheviot tax office open late this month

The Cheviot tax office is offering extended hours in April to accommodate the city’s working taxpayers. Cheviot Auditor Theresa Ciolino-Klein said the tax office, 3814 Harrison Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15, for residents who want to stop in and pay their city taxes. Any questions about city taxes can be directed to Ciolino-Klein at 6612700.

Enquirer topic of next Westwood Historical Society meeting

It is sometimes hard to remember that everyone depended on printed newspapers for their news before the age of television and the Internet. The first issue of Cincinnati’s sole surviving daily paper, The Cincinnati Enquirer, was printed 173 years ago on April 10, 1841. At the April 9 meeting of the Westwood Historical Society, Jeff Suess of The

Cincinnati Enquirer will discuss the history of the paper and how the story of Cincinnati newspapers overlaps with the history of the city of Cincinnati. Suess, whose articles on local history often appear in The Cincinnati Enquirer, is the Enquirer librarian. He will also discuss resources available for doing research. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave. All who are interested are welcome to attend.

Three Rivers Woman’s Club offers scholarship

Once again the Three Rivers Woman’s Club offers a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving woman who is pursuing a college education. The recipient must be a resident of Miami Township, Hamilton County. Applications are now available from Karen Dowling, 513-941-2411 and must be completed by April 15. For more information about club activities and membership contact Bev Meyers, 513-941-3744.

St. Catharine of Siena in Westwood presents CincItalia

Celebrating five years as Cincinnati’s true celebration of Italian heritage, CincItalia continues to showcase Italian culture never before experienced at a Cincinnati festival. The festival is Friday, May 16, 6 p.m. to midnight (adults only); Saturday, May 17, 3 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m. to midnight, at Harvest

Home Park Fairgrounds, 3961 North Bend Road in Cheviot.

Westwood Town Hall Great American Cleanup

The annual Spring Cleanup at the Westwood Town Hall is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14. Volunteers will clean the garden beds, add new mulch, thin perennials, pick up sticks, litter and other jobs. Remember to wear appropriate weather gear and bring gloves. If you have a shovel or heavy rake bring it along too. (Please mark your name on your tools). Refreshments for volunteers are planned 11:45 a.m.

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For more information and to purchase your block, contact Jim Olthaus at 513-368-1216 or Jeff Tuttle at tuttle87@fuse.net.

Beer garden popping up in Westwood

‘Final Four’ party at St. William

Westwood Works will host its first Pop Up Beer Garden from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. James Episcopal Church, 3207 Montana Ave. This event will feature Moerlein beers, the Urban Grill Food Truck, a DJ, and several activities including cornhole and giant Jenga for attendees to enjoy on the front lawn of St.James Episcopal Church. Admission is free for this event, and beer and food will be available for purchase. Westwood’s Pop Up Beer Garden has been coordinated by the Westwood Works.

St. William Parish in West Price Hill will host a “Final Four” Party at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the church undercroft, at 4108 W. Eighth St. Proceeds from this event will benefit St. William School and the Young Engineers program. $35 gets your name on both game boards, draft beer, soft drinks, setups, plus your first round of St. William’s famous chicken wings and fries. Only 100 block will be available for purchase. Game board payoffs will be $250 at halftime and $500 at the end of each semi final game. Split-the-pot, poker, basket raffles and card games will also be available. Don’t want to buy a block? $20 admission includes draft beer, soft drinks, setups and special prices on food.

8th annual Wildflower Festival

Western Wildlife Corridor is hosting its eighth annual Wildflower Festival Friday, April11. Admission

to this family-friendly event is free. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the College of Mount St. Joseph’s Harrington Center, 5701 Delhi Road. Western Wildlife Corridor is still accepting vendors and exhibitors for the festival. Vendors should have a green or natural product or something nature oriented. Fees are $25 for exhibitors (non-vendors). To sign up as an exhibitor or vendor contact Joan at jrkey@fuse.net. For more information about the Wildflower Festival, contact Rebecca Sisson at 859-512-1983 or rsisson654@zoomtown.com.

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 free event is intended for children ages10 and younger. In the event of rain, the hunt will take place at the same time April 13.

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SCHOOL NOTES Diamond Oaks

Five Diamond Oaks students from Oak Hills High School will compete in the state SkillsUSA competition after winning medals locally and regionally. They are: » Nick Ayers, chef training, was chosen locally to compete in the culinary event. » Roman Calderon, pre-engineering, competing in the welding sculpture event. » Jordan Goodin, HVAC, was chosen locally to compete in the HVAC sheet metal event. » Justin Evans, commercial/ residential electricity, in the industrial motor control event. He won third place in regional competition at the Greene County Career Center. » Mark Venturi, HVAC, was chosen locally to compete in the HVAC event. The SkillsUSA competition gives students in career-technical high school programs the chance to test their skills and be judged by professionals in their field. The events being held are as varied as the career-technical programs that the students are in. Health technology students and practical nursing students show their knowledge of medical terminology and patient care. Pre-engineering students perform precision machining, while cosmetology students paint elaborate fingernail designs and style hair. In one room, teams of law enforcement students may gather evidence from parked cars. » Oak Hills High School junior Courtney Smith took silver in the Teacher Resource Kit competition at the regional Family, Career and Community Leaders of America contest. Smith is a student in the Early Childhood Education program at the Diamond Oaks Career Campus. FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.

Elder High School

The Mathematics Department of Elder High School will offer an Honors Algebra 1 course to gifted mathematics students who will be in the eighth-grade during the 20142015 school year. This course may enable students to take both advanced placement calculus AB and advanced placement BC during their upper class years at Elder. Students could also earn college credit for one full year of college calculus by passing the advanced placement calculus exams that accompany the advanced placement calculus courses. Upon successful completion of the course and an endof-course algebra 1 test, students will earn high school cred-

Three Elder art students won at the regional level this year of the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. Those students were Jake Bono 15, Alex Mastruserio 16 and Patrick O'Connor 15. THANKS TO JONATHON P. OWENS

it for honors algebra 1 if attending Elder. To apply for the program, send a completed application form and a copy of your student’s math grades from grades six and seven and standardized test scores from grades six and seven. Deadline for the application is Wednesday, May 7. Letters for notification of acceptance into the program will be mailed out Monday, May 12. Please note that the class meets before school from 7-7:45 a.m. at Elder four times a week. Cost for the program is $450. An informational meeting will be Monday, May 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Elder High School in the Schaeper Center. It is recommended that you and your child attend this meeting in order to fully understand the scope and commitment to the program. The class will be limited to 30 students. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Patrick Tucker at Elder at 513921-3744 ext. 3882 or at tuckerpc@elderhs.net. » The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of the talented young people in the state of Ohio. The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education. The process of selecting artworks for the state exhibition begins on a regional level. The state is divided into 15 regional locations, with high school students in each region invited to enter work in that regional judging. Three Elder art students had their work win at the regional level this year. Those students were Jake Bono ‘15, Alex Mastruserio ‘16 and Patrick O’Connor ‘15. From the 12,000 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition. The exhibition opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol in Columbus, April 13 and runs through May

Oak Hills High School student Josh Kells and studio art AP student/student aide Rose Sweeney. THANKS TO EMILY BUCKLEY

15. The exhibition is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. » Elder is offering a oneweek course to prepare eighthgrade boys for the high school placement test. Session one is July 29-Aug. 1, and session two is Aug. 5-8. This class is taught by teachers who are proficient in their respective fields. Each session can accommodate 30 students. The cost per student is $75. The class will run Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each student will be given the practice test at the beginning of the week and then a follow up test at the end of the week. Results, comments and recommendations will be returned to each student during the week. Approximately two hours on each of the days will be spent learning test taking skills and reviewing the math and language portions of the HSPT. The balance of the morning will be spent giving the participants the opportunity to experience Elder with current Elder students. For more information, contact JP Owens, director of admissions, at owensjp@elderhs.net.

McAuley High School

McAuley’s spring musical production this year is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Performing Arts Center at the school, 6000 Oakwood Ave. Get reserved seats up until the day before the show online at showtix4u.com or purchase them at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. There will be a children’s and adult basket raffled the weekend of the show. A special Grade School Night will be held on opening night, April 11. Girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades are invited to come to the show dressed in their grade school spirit wear, which will earn them a halfprice ticket. They will have to

ST. THERESA OF AVILA SCHOOL HONOR ROLLS ST. TERESA OF AVILA SCHOOL

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

Fourth-grade First honors: Nick Brockmann, Sam Dudley, Riley Fitzpatrick, Ellie Knight, Jacob McCoy, Sydney Roberts, Morgan Schwarz and Bella Seuberling. Second honors: Juan Cheugan, Josh Goins, Collin Gossett, Brooklynn Meyer and Zack Sargent.

Fifth-grade First honors: Mariah Briggs, Jordan Darnell, Jaiden Knecht, Braeden Price, Logan Schneider and Aidan Williams. Second honors: Brendan Brogan, Molly Collins, Brad Eichelberger, Daphne Glazer, Jacob Ramstetter, Linus Sinnard, Josie Timmers and Libby Vale.

purchase their $4 tickets at the door to receive this discount. After the curtain call, the young girls are invited to stay for a backstage tour of McAuley’s Performing Arts Center. A Cinderella Tea Party will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in McAuley’s cafeteria. Admission price is $10 for mother and daughter, and $5 for additional child, and the little girls will get to learn a dance from the show. Tea Party tickets can also be purchased at showtix4u.com, but they must be secured prior to the tea party, by April 5. Questions about the Tea Party can be directed to Assistant Principal Rebecca Moore at mooreb@live.mcauleyhs.net.

Oak Hills High School

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. Oak Hills students Cameron Suter, Jackie Switzer and Josh Kells were selected to submit work for the first round of the competition.

Seton High School

Seton senior Kendall Cappel was honored as the Western Hills Community Service Club Student of the Month in March. The award, which is given to students based on their academics, extracurricular activities and community service, was awarded to Cappel during a recognition breakfast at National Green Lodge. Kendall is the daughter of Tom and Janet Cappel of Delhi Township.

Seton guidance counselor Kelly Fitz also attended the breakfast and said Cappel is very deserving of this award. “Kendall was an excellent choice for the Western Hills Community Service Club Student of the Month,” Fitz said. “She is an outstanding student who has made service and helping others a priority in her life. She is a leader at Seton and a wonderful role model for our younger students. Kendall is highly deserving of this award and has worked hard for her many accomplishments.” Cappel is ranked at the top of her class and serves as the president of the National Honor Society and the president of the Seton Spanish Club. She works as a mentor for grade school students as part of the Leadership Scholars program. She is also a four-year member of Seton Student Ambassadors as well as a leader in Campus Ministry and a member of the varsity volleyball team. Cappel participated in a mission trip to the Franciscans for the Poor Tau Community House this past summer; and she volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and the Dragonfly Foundation. She has also served at the Ronald McDonald House. “Service has always been a big part of Kendall’s life,” Janet Cappel said. “She has a sincere passion to be a part of something that is bigger than her, and yet keeps a humbleness about her that makes her dad and me so proud.”

Taylor High School

Three Taylor High School/ Great Oaks students earned the right to go to national business competition this spring in Indianapolis after finishing in the top three statewide in their events at Business Professionals of America competition. Going to nationals are: First place - Mark Murphy and Ryan Sandling, presentation management team. Third-place Andrew Branch, fundamental word processing. Other students finished in the top 10 statewide: Fifth place - Ashley Proffitt, admin support research individual; Emily Oldfield, prepared speech; Sarah Coffey and Thomas Wermuth, economic research team. Sixth place - Kelly Bernhardt, database applications; Ryan Bundy and Allan Henle, small business management team. Seventh place - Quinncey Bird, fundamental desktop publishing; Sarah Fellinger and Lindsey Greene, global marketing team. The students are enrolled in the business management program, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses held at Taylor High School. Matt Haws is the instructor.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Sixth-grade First honors: Megan Bihl, Mary Cavanaugh, : Eli Darnell, Julia Lindenschmidt, Vince Nicolaci, Abby Simon Second honors: Jessica Brumfield, Lily Bryant, Cassie James, Jenna Kiely, Grace Martin, Hailie Morgan, Caleb Price and Zach Schmidt.

Seventh-grade First honors: Ben Dudley, Lucy Knight, Jarod Timmers and Max Vale. Second honors: Catherine Brogan, Alyssa Feldkamp, Caitlin Glenn, Alexa Ramstetter and Nina Williams.

Eighth-grade First honors: Sophie Barsan, Maura Goins, Quinn James, Emily Schmitz, Kara Siemer, Alexandra Vale and Morgan Weast. Second honors: Margo Morgan and Gabrielle Zaccaria.

Oak Hills High School senior Jake Nurre was named Student of the Month by The Western Hills Community Service Club. Nurre received a plaque and a check for $250. From left: Kyna Southworth, Oak Hills High School counselor; Bill Robbe, club member; Nurre; and John Stoddard, Oak Hills High School. principal. The award is sponsored by Kroger.PROVIDED


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Without Slatten, young Oak Hills softball team preaches defense By Tom Skeen

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Despite many coaches feeling frustration with the weather, softball season is finally here. Take a closer look at how the teams in the Western Hills Press are looking in 2014:

Mother of Mercy

Gina Carmosino takes over on the bench for the Bobcats after coaching the junior varsity team last season. The Bobcats return seven of their nine starters after going 317 last season. Seniors Corey Specht, Savanah Wagner (2B), Hannah Jackson and Maddie Bell headline the roster, along with Jessica Richter. Other returning starters include seniors Lauren Briede, Hannah Siefert and Erin Helmers. “The team has a lot of enthusiasm going into this season,” Carmosino said. “They have also been very eager to learn. The upperclassmen have really taken it upon themselves to be leaders, which is going to be a major factor on the field this season.” Mercy opens the season at Oak Hills March 29.

Taylor High School’s Kaylyn Schmitz struck out 101 batters and posted a 2.80 ERA in 107 innings last season for the Yellow Jackets.THANKS TO TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL

Oak Hills

Coming off its first Greater Miami Conference title in school history, a different philosophy is in place for 2014. Pitcher Lauren Slatten is now at the University of Texas and was one of seven seniors to graduate from last season’s squad. Junior Brooke Shad moves from the infield to the mound. It’s a move she’s known was coming for some time now. “She’s been training hard since last year because she knew she was going to move into the spot,” coach Jackie Cornelius-Bedel said. “She got a new pitching coach and she’s really working hard. My catcher (junior Bethani Drew) does a really nice job with her, so the two of them together really prepared themselves for opening day.” With the change on the mound comes a change on defense. With Slatten piling up 711 strikeouts the past two seasons,

Oak Hills shortstop Brooke Shad (3) catches the throw from the catcher as Lakota East’s Payton Callihan is safe at second base during their softball game last season. Shad will make the move from shortstop to pitcher in 2014.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

the defense hasn’t been forced to field their positions regularly. That will change this season. “We have a really good defense behind (Shad), although again, they’re young,” Cornelius-Bedel said. “Our goal this season is when they put the ball in play, to make the plays. Our defense hasn’t had to make a lot of plays the last couple of years, so we’ve put more pressure on our defense this year.” The Lady Highlanders’ roster features seven freshmen or sophomores, including outfielder Taylor Wilp, who returns as the team’s top hitter after swinging it at a .405 clip last season with 14 RBI, producing a team-leading six doubles and being third on the team with 30 hits en route to second-team All-

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Price Hill Oldtimers

» The 62nd annual Price Hill Baseball Oldtimers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place May 7 at The Farm, Delhi Township. Former Cincinnati Reds player and 1974 Withrow High School graduate Ron Oester will be the guest speaker. Eight new members will be inducted and three student-athletes will be honored and granted scholarships towards their college education. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are available for $30. For more information contact Dick Kuehn at 484-2496.

Evans Scholars

» Local athletes were among those who interviewed for the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship – a full, four-year housing and tuition college scholarship

awarded to golf caddies - on Dec. 4 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati. Eighteen received the scholarship and will begin college this fall. Local recipients include: Richard Johnson of St. Xavier High School, Maketewah Country Club; Holden Kelley of Elder High School, Western Hills Country Club; and Samuel Maciejewski, of Elder High School, Maketewah Country Club. Evans Scholars are chosen based on demonstrating a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. The scholarship is valued at more than $70,000 over four years. Selected students will attend a school where the Foundation owns and operates an Evans Scholarship House, including The Ohio State University in Columbus and Miami University in Oxford.

GMC honors. Senior Sammy Sagers – a Thomas More commit – also earned second-team all-conference honors after hitting .351 with 13 RBI. Some newcomers to keep an eye on are sophomore Val Hudepohl and junior first baseman Bekah Finn. Oak Hills opens the season at home March 29 against Mercy.

Seton

Christina Martini takes over as coach of the Saints after spending the last nine seasons as coach at St. Ursula Academy. Five Saints return from last season’s district final team, led by senior Chelsea Zang, who will control the top spot on the pitching mound this season af-

ter hurling 91.2 innings last season en route to an 8-4 record and an impressive 1.07 ERA. Junior Abby Lamping is back after hitting .338 last season with 19 RBI and a team-leading 13 doubles. Other returners include junior Lindsey Hubbard, senior Alyssa Lyons and Hannah Wegman. Junior centerfielder Jalee Conner and sophomore second baseman Jessica Beeler are two players to keep your eye on. “These girls seem to have a real desire to learn the strategy of the game,” Martini said. “Physically, I love how aggressive the girls are at the plate; their offense is powerful.” Seton opens the 2014 season March 31 at home against St.

Seton High School’s Chelsea Zang, pitches for the Saints during their sectional win over Turpin last season. Zang posted a 1.07 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 91.2 innings last season.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Henry (Kentucky).

Taylor

The Yellow Jackets enter 2014 with a lot of experience both in the field and on the mound. Seniors Kaylyn Schmitz, Caitlyn Bowman, Emma Nienaber and Caitlyn Doyle, along with junior Sarah Fellinger, have at least two years of varsity experience entering the season. Schmitz and Fellinger control the mound for coach John Schablein. Schmitz tossed 107.2 See SOFTBALL, Page A7

FUSION FINALISTS

The CWSC Redhawks team is a finalist in the Fall Fusion Classic Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. In front are Abi Clayton, Anna Stoeckle, Syni Yoe, Ashlee Fortner and Courtney Doerflein. In middle are Olivia Clayton, Brooke Chaille, Olivia Young, Sydney Haney, Katlynn Pristas and Leah Lindemann. In back are Khendra Lochard, Katie Essen, Audrey Griffin, Kelsey Osterman, Rachel Hardtke. Coaches are Jeff Essen, Lea Osterman and Darren Lochard. THANKS TO JEFF ESSEN


SPORTS & RECREATION CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES Eschenbach is player of week

Mount St. Joseph’s Luke Eschenbach, a setter from La Salle High School, was recently named Continental Volleyball Conference Player of the Week is College Eschenbach had a record setting performance last week in recording 123 assists in just two matches. Against Eastern Mennonite he recorded 60 assists in a 3-2 win, adding 11 digs and one service ace. He followed with 63 assists in a close five set loss to Thiel, adding 14 digs and two service aces. Eschenbach finished the week averaging 12.3 assists per set and currently leads the CVC in assists per set.

SIDELINES Walk club

Exercise with others in a safe, friendly environment in the Great Parks by joining Walk Club, open to adults 50 and up who want to get moving and stay motivated with new friends in Great Parks of Hamilton County. Led by Great Parks volunteers, this free group is an opportunity for fitness and fun in the great outdoors. Walk Club groups meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. March 5-Nov. 12, at five different parks: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Fernbank Park, Miami Whitewater Forest, Sharon Woods and Winton Woods. Members can choose where, when and how often they want to walk. Members can also attend exclusive, members-only nature hikes, health programs and brown-bag luncheons hosted by Great Parks every month during the Walk Club Season. For a registration form and full list of activities, call 521-7275, ext. 240, or visit greatparks.org. For additional information, please visit greatparks.org or call 521-7275.

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innings in 2013, striking out 101 and recording a 2.80 ERA. Fellinger threw 54 innings and posted a 4.80 ERA and 57 strikeouts. Bowman will lock down the hot corner at third base and looks to improve upon her .203 batting average a season ago. Nienaber committed just one error in centerfield last season and was second on the team with a .284 average. Doyle will control the pitching staff from behind the plate. Taylor opens up the 2014 season March 29 against Anderson at New Richmond.

Western Hills

Amanda Carpenter enters her first season as coach of the Lady Mustangs, who are coming off a 3-12 campaign in 2013. West High opens its season April 7 at home against Taft. No other information was available before press deadline.

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Experience on Elder’s side as the Panthers volley into tennis season By Tom Skeen tskeen@communitypress.com

The nets are pulled tight as the high school tennis season is upon us. Here’s a look at how the teams of the Western Hills Press are shaping up:

Elder

Glenn Wauligman returns four of his top five players from a season ago. Seniors Andrew Cole and Luke Groene along with junior Drew Lovell are back to occupy the three singles positions after going a combined 3835 last season. Sophomore Bryce Wauligman – Glenn’s son – moves up from second doubles to No. 1 doubles where he will get help from a bevy of players including junior Nick Rolfes and/or sophomores Ryan Sullivan and Antonio Dilonardo. The Panthers begin the season March 31 at home against Summit Country Day.

La Salle

Mike Holman enters is 14th season as coach of the Lancers. La Salle is set to open the season March 31 at home against Talawanda. No other information was available before press deadline.

Oak Hills

Jeremy Miller enters his first season as coach of the Highlanders and is looking to snap a streak of five consecutive losing seasons. Senior Oscar Ryland returns, along with fellow senior Taylor Brannon and sophomore Daniel Cirkovic. Miller makes his Oak Hills coaching debut April 1 at home against Taylor.

Elder’ Luke Groene slaps a return over the net during during his match at the GCTCA Coaches Classic at Fairfield High School last season. Groene will control the No. 2 singles position for the Panthers in 2014.TOM

St. Xavier freshman Andrew Niehaus hits a return during his match against Adam Brown of Walnut Hills at the Division I sectional tournament last season. Niehaus will take over the No. 1 singles position in 2014.TOM

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St. Xavier

Russ King returns for his 31st year coaching at the Bombers and boasts an astounding career record of 739-96. Sophomore Andrew Niehaus takes over the first singles position after going unbeaten at No. 3 singles last season. The team of Jay Shanahan and Matt Momper – a Bellarmine University signee - will occupy the top doubles team. Shanahan had success at No. 2 doubles last season going 7-1 with then partner Elliot Bostick. Junior Connor Aronoff

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Oak Hills High School tennis player Taylor Brannon, center, was on break during an April 10 match against Ross. With him, from left, were then seniors Connor Sullivan and Sam Hogue. FILE PHOTO

is likely to see time in singles action, while Neil Bostick will contribute as well. “They are young and really ready (to) learn and

improve,” King said. “I look forward to working with them.” The Bombers begin the quest for their 36th consecutive Greater Catholic

League title April 1 at home against Milford.

Taylor

The Yellow Jackets are coached by Travis Glack-

en. No other information was available before press deadline.

The eighth-grade girls volleyball team from St. William School in West Price Hill finishes its season undefeated. Pictured are team members Hannah Bayless, Anna Broderick, Michelle Bruce, Emily Giglio, Margaret Lange, Reece Pierce, Liz Schoenfeld, and Madie Werner as well as coaches Teresa Couch and Sandy Lee. THANKS TO TINA GEERS


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Our esteemed Congressman has done it again. He wrote in this space “Obama’s Military Cuts Endanger America.” In his cries of doom, he listed virtually every country in the world that he felt could attack us yet he never mentioned why any country would want to commit suicide on such a grand scale. Surely he knows, as those countries he mentioned know, that we have those 50-plus nuclear submarines silently cruising the oceans just waiting for a retaliatory strike order. I think we all understand the necessity of having a strong military, but there’s an interesting report available, “The Department of Defense Priorities And Choices For Fiscal Year 2014.”

Instead of reading Republican talking points, I wish our congressman would have read this report: here are a few interesting points: “In FY2014, the Department continued to shift to a smaller, leaner force that is agile, flexible, and ready to deploy quickly. In keeping with the 2012 defense strategic guidance, DoD is no longer sizing U.S. forces for prolonged, large-scale stability operations. The DoD continued its planned drawdown of ground forces, reducing force structure in areas of lower risk to sustain other, higher priority capabilities. “A high quality all volunteer force continues to be the foundation of our military. “But the cost of military personnel has grown at an

Do you know about all the resources, programs Price Hill Branch Library offers you? Have you checked out lately all that the Price Hill Branch Library has to offer? Not only are we the place to go for the latest DVDs and CDs, but we also have Playaways and magazines to check out. What is a Playaway you ask? They’re these handy little devices that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and go anywhere you do. You don’t need a separate player to listen to an audiobook and you don’t have to worry about keeping track of several CDs or cassettes – just press play! There are also many magazines to choose from our periodicals section. Some of the titles we carry are Ebony, Rolling Stone, Jet, Time and the Food Network magazine. Or read a magazine on the go with Zinio, which allows library cardholders to download issues to a computer, tablet or smartphone. Publications available through the Library include Rolling Stone, O: The Oprah Magazine, US Weekly and a wide variety of special interest magazines about fitness, food and hobbies. Unsure about how to use a computer, but you need to get online to print out your W2 or fill out an application? We now offer one-on-one assistance. Call and schedule an appointment today and we’ll help you get on your way. Looking for something to do? Come to the library as a family! We have programs for children, teens, and adults. On the last Monday of the month, adults can learn how to crochet and knit or work on a project they’ve already started. The second Tuesday of the month is when teens get to play Wii games. Every Wednesday morning there is a story time for children ages 3-6. If your children like to create art, there’s a program for that too, on the third Thursday of every month.

Does your child need help with homework? The Price Hill Branch offers free assistance 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. MonElisa Gallon COMMUNITY PRESS day through Thursday. GUEST COLUMNIST Homework Helpers are on-hand to help students with assignments and to build skills in a variety of subjects. There’s also online assistance available at Homework HelpNow. Go to www.cincinnatilibrary.org/ services/askalibrarian.asp and click on the “Homework HelpNow” link to get connect with tutors 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday. So come in and explore all the Price Hill Branch Library offers. We hope to see you soon! Elisa Gallon is the children’s librarian at the Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Avenue. Call 513-369-4490.

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unsustainable rate over the last decade. Including wartime funding, military personnel costs have Paul nearly douAshworth bled since COMMUNITY PRESS 2001, or about GUEST COLUMNIST 35 percent above inflation, while the number of full time military personnel, including activated reserves, increased by less than 2 percent during the same time period. “Trimming force structure that is excess to strategic requirements will free up funds to ensure a ready, modernized, and well equipped military. The end strength

cuts discussed here are driven by the defense strategy, which de-emphasizes large, protracted, and manpower intensive stability operations.” Reading the full report and it becomes increasingly apparent that we can no longer afford to be the policemen of the world. I would like our congressman to answer a couple questions that have long bothered me: Why do we maintain military bases in virtually all the countries on planet earth? Why do we have some 73,000 troops in Germany where they have their own military capable of defending themselves? Why does he feel we need 11 Aircraft Carriers, and four

more in construction, when all those other countries have just ONE between them? Actually, England sold that one to China because the Brits said they couldn’t afford it. And, according to the DoD Web site, we have 761 active military bases abroad. Why do we find it necessary to garrison the globe while preaching the only way to balance the Federal budget is to reduce social programs of the vast majority of the families (taxpayers) here at home? Mr. Congressman, isn’t it time to start looking at the defense budget in more realistic terms where proposed spending cuts are not viewed as doomsday scenarios?

Paul Ashworth is a resident of Delhi Township.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Race Road needs repair

As a Monfort Heights resident who frequently drives the steep hill on Race Road between West Fork and Boomer, I am amazed that this road, full of potholes and ruts, remains untouched by the county, whose job it is to keep this county road safe and passable.

So I am publicly going to ask Hamilton County; please send a road crew over there, and do something with it! It literally is almost unusable, and reminds me of the worst kind of road you would see in a third world country. Thank you. Christopher Heather Green Township

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CH@TROOM March 26 question Do you think economic sanctions against Russian banks and officials will prevent Russia from annexing the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine? Why or why not?

“Unlike most of my classmates I excelled in history. Many of the boys complained saying, ‘Why do we have to learn so much about something that will do us no good in real life?’ The teacher replied, ‘Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it’ and she wasn’t referring to our grades. “The scene in present-day Europe is chillingly similar to the 1930s when Hitler was implementing plans to take over any nation he pleased. I cannot believe our president, and especially European leaders, are so feckless. “All the world needs to complete this pathetic scenario is for one of those leaders to wave a piece of paper proclaiming it guarantees ‘Peace in our time.’ Putin, like Hitler, will only respond to force.”

show of strength will deter Mr. Putin.”

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION

T.G.

There is a campaign both locally and nationally to make baseball’s Opening Day an official holiday. Do you think this is 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@communitypress.com with Ch@troom in the subject line.

R.V.

“It's a done deal. This area was Russian for centuries till 55 years ago. The majority of people have spoken. This area has been fought over time and time again. Read history about the Crimean wars. “We have more pressing problems in Syria and Africa where blood is shed each day.” Walter

“No i think that is a done deal and only a real and credible

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“Sanctions are only punitive and will not stop the new Russian Czar from doing what he wants. He thinks he is the new savior of the Russian Federation. “However, sanctions may hurt both the Russian economy and their standing in the international community. That is about all anyone (except maybe the sabre rattler, McCain) can hope to accomplish. It may also give Putin pause to think what his next move may do. “Right now the Obama administration and the Euro zone nations are doing what is proper and prudent. The last thing this country or Western Europe needs is another Iron Curtain going up. But the right wing probably would love to get back to the good old days when we knew who the enemy really was.”

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

J.Z.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

LIFE

WESTERN HILLS

PRESS

PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES

Cast members rehearse one of the numbers for "Shrek - The Musical" being performed by the Seton Elder Performaing Arts Series. THANKS TO TAYLOR HIRTH

Seton Elder Performing Arts Series presents

‘SHREK THE MUSICAL’

G

et ready for some ogresized family fun! This isn’t your average fairy tale, but that’s OK, because this isn’t your average cast. The Seton Elder Performing Arts Series present for the first time, “Shrek the Musical.” While the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film may have started all of the hype, “Shrek the Musical” brings everyone’s favorite oversized ogre, donkey, dragon, princess-turned-ogre, and more than 50 townspeople and fairy tale misfits to life on stage. This talented cast includes 65 actors and actresses and 10 stage crew members. This is the first time that this has been performed by the Seton Elder Performing Arts Series. It was decided last year that “Shrek the Musical” was going to be this year’s performance. Seton Music Director Maribeth Samoya had seen Shrek the Musical twice at the Aronoff when it was in town, and knew that as soon as the rights were released it would be a must. “I loved it and talked it up so much,” Samoya said. “We listened to the recording and read the script and everyone was on board.” In addition to Samoya, the codirectors also include Elder Choral Director Dave Allen and Elder assistant Choral Director Jordan Shad. “This show will definitely be enjoyed by all ages,” Seton Music Department assistant Mary Sunderhaus said. “Children will love all the characters, but the adults will understand all the humor. The acting, singing and dancing is really wonderful.” “We are also having two character lunches for the little ones – Snacks with Shrek – that will take place before the Saturday and Sunday matinée shows,” Sunderhaus said. “Memorabilia, lunch, drinks and desserts with the characters from the show will make this a special event children will love to be a part of. Tickets are sold separately from the musical.”

First and Finest

Since this is the first time “Shrek the Musical” has been performed by the Seton Elder Performing Arts Series, the cast

March 2014: Seton and Elder students rehearse for "Shrek - The Musical." THANKS TO TAYLOR HIRTH

has been committed to making it spectacular. “We all want this show to reach its absolute potential and then some,” said Feldman Seton senior Olivia Wall, who is playing the part of Momma Bear. “This cast has put everything they have into it from the beginning. Performing ‘Shrek’ for the first time is a little daunting because there is nothing to base it off of other than the Broadway show,” she added. “But our directors have done an excellent job and I’m so exQuitter cited for audiences to see our debut.” Having to cancel some rehearsals due the harsh winter weather may have been a slight obstacle, but the actors each had their own personal challenges they’ve had to work on so that they could perform at their best. For sophomore Anthony Ciarla, who plays Shrek, his personal challenge has been with the music and singing. “I sing as a baritone and Shrek is a tenor, so I have had to keep attempting to hit the really high notes,” Ciarla said. “I’ve

worked with a vocal coach that has been helping me to train my voice since the very beginning. All of the directors constantly push me to just go for Hirth those notes as well, and that has helped me tremendously.” Elder senior Jay Quitter said that playing Donkey, a character who was so funny in the movie, is challenging because he wants to deliver the comedy that the audience will expect but also make the character his own. Wall “Having Mr. Allen, Ms. Samoya and Ms. Shad as mentors has been a complete privilege for me as an actor and as a student.” Elder junior Nicholas Gibbs plays the part of Peter Pan and is in the Fairytale Chorus. He is looking forward to the audiences reactions. “It’s an entertaining story that any child would love to watch on stage, and there are many jokes in this play that the adults in the audience will get some great laughs at,” Gibbs said. Another thing that is sure to

catch the audience’s attention is Lord Farquaad, played by Elder senior Sean Feldman. “Since the character’s short height is essential to the plot Kaimann I’ve had to learn how to perform the whole show while on my knees. All of my movements have been well thought out because if I’m not careful the illusion will be ruined,” Feldman said. “The character is absolutely hysterical! I still catch myself chuckling at my own lines and lyrics.” There is talent and passion in all Watkins areas that go into making this production a success, said Seton junior Cierra Watkins, who plays the part of Dragon. “It’s something new and we’ve definitely made the absolute best of it,” she said. “We have had awesome support and have an amazing orchestra, choreographers, directors and stage crew.”

History

It’s been 45 years since a group of teachers from Seton and Elder came together to form the Eight ‘Clock Series,

now known as the Seton Elder Performing Arts Series. The brainchild of Allen, this unique partnership offers the student performers much more than just a theatrical experience. These young actors and actresses, who affectionately nicknamed themselves “Selder” – a blend of Seton and Elder – have gained immeasurable acting skills as well as built lifelong friendships. “Because only Seton and Elder students are involved in these performances, there is a sense of family when joining the cast,” said Seton senior Taylor Hirth, who plays the part of a Duloc Greeter in the musical. Quitter has seen many benefits of this partnership. “We are two separate schools, but when it comes to these performances, we are one cast,” he said. “I think that says a lot about our unique program. It is where I have met most of my friends and it has played a huge role in how I’ve grown in my high school career.” Seton junior Kalie Kaimann, who plays the part of Fiona, is enjoying being a part of the Performing Arts Series for the second year. “I love my ‘Selder’ family. I think the partnership and team work that we share is amazing,” Kaimann said. “We put our many strong talents together and make magic on stage.” “The show is going to be an instant classic,” Gibbs said. “Make sure you get your tickets for this unforgettable musical!” “Shrek the Musical” performances are: Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. (tickets are $8 and general admission seating.), Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.; Saturday matinee, April 12, 2 p.m., and Sunday matinee, April 13, 3 p.m. (tickets for Thursday-Sunday are $10 and seats are reserved.) Snacks with Shrek luncheons will take place on Saturday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday, April 13, at noon. Tickets are $10 for kids (ages 2-12) and $12 for adults. Information and tickets for the musical and the luncheons can be purchased online at www.setoncincinnati.org or by contacting Mary Sunderhaus at 513-471-2600 ext. 132.


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 3 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.

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.

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.

Music - World German Show, 5:30-11 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Music by group of German singers and bands. Birgit Langer, Willy Seitz, Kay Dorfel and Die Waldspitzbuben. $15. 451-6452; www.donauschwaben.com. Colerain Township.

Schools CUMC Preschool Tours, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Free. Reservations required. Through May 15. 662-2048. Cheviot.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; www.guenthnerpt.com. 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; www.crossroadshospice.com. Westwood.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Benefits One Hope One Heart Volleyball Challenge, 6-8:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, T-shirts available plus raffles, face painting and split-the-pot. Benefits district families who have experienced hardships. $10 per family, $5 per adult, $3 middle school students and older. 922-2300. 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 No Foolin’ Wine Tastin’, 5:307:30 p.m., Nature Nook Florist and Wine Shop, 10 S. Miami Ave., Taste five wines with light snacks and conversation. 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; www.rydecincinnati.com. 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; www.yogabymarietta.com. Delhi Township. Yoga, 7-8:15 p.m., Little BrothersFriends of the Elderly, 5530 Colerain Ave., Learn principles of yoga and then engage in physical practice of yoga. For ages 13 and up. Benefits Marjorie Book Continuing Education. Free. 328-6300; www.marjoriebook.com. Colerain Township.

applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; www.e-mercy.com. Colerain Township.

11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; www.guenthnerpt.com. Monfort Heights.

On Stage - Student Theater

Support Groups

Our Town, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, $10. 741-2369; lasallehs.net. Green Township.

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

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. Through Nov. 28. 929-4483. Delhi Township.

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; www.broadhopeartcollective.com. Westwood.

Craft Shows Craft Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oak Hills United Methodist Church, 6069 Bridgetown Road, Handmade crafts from wide variety of vendors. Lunch available for purchase. Free admission. 5741131. Bridgetown.

Exercise Classes Aqua Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, With Deb Yaeger. $10. 451-3595; ohlsd.us/ community-education. Green Township.

Garden Clubs 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. 503-6794; www.hillsidegardendelhi.com. Delhi Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Our Town, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, $10. 741-2369; lasallehs.net. Green Township.

Shopping Rummage and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Peace Lutheran Church, 1451 Ebenezer Road, 941-5177. Green Township.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 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; www.guenthnerpt.com. 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; www.rydecincinnati.com. Westwood.

On Stage - Student Theater Our Town, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., La Salle High School, $10. 741-2369; lasallehs.net. Green Township.

Senior Citizens Over 55 Dance, 2-5 p.m., Delhi Senior and Community Center, 647 Neeb Road, Non-members welcome. Music by Nelson. $6. 451-3560. Delhi Township.

Enjoy an evening with Jim LaBarbara from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Price Hill Chili, 4920 Glenway Ave. LaBarbara, music professor and legendary disk jockey, will talk about the making of ‘50s and ‘60s music. There is no admission, but registration is required. Call 478-4523.

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Health / Wellness Diabetic Management Class, 10 a.m., Triple Creek Retirement Community, 11230 Pippin Road, Villa Clubhouse. Learn to manage your symptoms. Free. Reservations required. 923-4466; www.myy.org. Colerain Township.

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Knitting, 6:30-8 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basics of knitting and more. Ages 10-99. $20. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Exercise Classes

Exercise Classes

On Stage - Theater

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

Gypsy, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. West Price Hill.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Art & Craft Classes

Clubs & Organizations Monfort Heights-White Oak Community Association Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Cover topics from road repairs and traffic problems to community beautification. Free. 661-8446; mhwoca.weebly.com. Green Township.

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; www.spinfitcincinnati.com. Westwood. Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in;

Nature Western Wildlife Corridor Wildflower Festival, 6-9 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Harrington Student Center. Includes local nature organizations, vendors of native plants, nature art, pottery, jewelry and activities for children. Free. 859-512-1983. Delhi Township.

Stained Glass Make It Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $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; broadhopeartcollective.com. Westwood.

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; www.yogabymarietta.com. Delhi Township.

On Stage - Theater

Senior Citizens

Gypsy, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. West Price Hill.

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

Support Groups

TUESDAY, APRIL 15

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

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

Stained Glass Make It Take It, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $20-$35. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Passion Play, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Free. 741-3000; www.lasallehs.net. Green Township.

Religious - Community

Exercise Classes

Free Community Meal, 5:306:30 p.m., Central Church of Christ, 3501 Cheviot Ave., Free. 481-5820; www.centralchurchofchrist1.com. Westwood.

Aqua Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Oak Hills High School, $10. 451-3595; ohlsd.us/communityeducation. Green Township.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16

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

OH K-12 Math & Science Open House, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, The public is invited to watch presentations on new math and science materials being considered by the district. 598-3412; www.oakhills.k12.oh.us. Green Township.

Heffron Brothers, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; www.clubtriolounge.com. Colerain Township.

Art & Craft Classes

On Stage - Student Theater

Singer, Songwriter and Music Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; clubtriolounge.com. Colerain Township.

An Evening with Jim LaBarbara the Music Professor, 6:308:30 p.m., Price Hill Chili, 4920 Glenway Ave, Join Jim LaBarbara, music professor and legendary disk jockey, to learn about making of ‘50s and ‘60s music. Free. Registration required. 478-4523; empoweruohio.org. Price Hill.

Schools

Music - Classic Rock

MONDAY, APRIL 14

Art & Craft Classes

Karaoke and Open Mic

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. 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

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; www.yogabymarietta.com. Delhi Township.

Music Education

Art & Craft Classes

Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Northgate, 9690 Colerain Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified

Health / Wellness

THURSDAY, APRIL 10

MONDAY, APRIL 7

Exercise Classes

$120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; www.guenthnerpt.com. 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; www.yogabymarietta.com. Delhi Township.

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

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

Health / Wellness

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

Dance Classes

Art & Craft Classes

Literary - Signings Desperate Deeds: Book Launch, 1-3 p.m., Higher Ground Coffee House, 3721 Harrison Ave., Patricia Gligor selling and signing copies of “Desperate Deeds,” third novel in Malone mystery series, which takes place in Cincinnati. Cheviot.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

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

Education Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, 7-9 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Recital Hall. Unique documentary series for community to learn about civil rights struggles. Rick Momeyer, retired professor of philosophy at Miami University, and Allan Winkler, professor of history at Miami University, speak on topic, “Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement.” Clips of film, “Freedom Riders.“ Free. 2444200. Delhi Township.

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

On Stage - Theater Gypsy, 7:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. $24, $21 seniors and students. Through May 4. 241-6550; www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. West Price Hill.

Schools CUMC Preschool Tours, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. Reservations required. 662-2048. Cheviot.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors,

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

Museums Coleraine Historical Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coleraine Historical Museum, 4725 Springdale Road, Museum open to public second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Rotating monthly displays. Archives available for research. Free. 385-7566; colerainehistorical-oh.org. Colerain Township.

Nature Eggsceptional Eggstravaganza, 1-2:30 p.m., Wilson Commons Park, 2951 Bodley Ave., Learn about eggs and play a game or two. Ages 3-10. Reservations required. 861-3435; www.cincinnatiparks.com. East Price Hill.

On Stage - Theater Gypsy, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. West Price Hill.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Benefits Kiwanis Club of Cleves Three Rivers Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Miami Township Community Center, 3780 Shady Lane, $6, $3 ages 8 and younger. 941-2466. Miami Township.

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; www.spinfitcincinnati.com. Westwood. Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; www.guenthnerpt.com. 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; www.yogabymarietta.com. 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; www.yogabymarietta.com. Delhi Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Singer, Songwriter and Music Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Club Trio, Free. 385-1005; clubtriolounge.com. Colerain Township.

Religious - Community Free Community Meal, 5:306:30 p.m., Central Church of Christ, Free. 481-5820; www.centralchurchofchrist1.com. Westwood.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17

Community Dance

Art & Craft Classes

Lakeridge Funfest, 1-5 p.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Music by DJ Larry Robers. Photos, soda, beer, snacks and door prizes. Ages 50 and up. $10. Reservations accepted. 521-1112; www.lakeridgehall.com. Colerain Township.

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

Exercise Classes

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


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Lentil and rice dish perfect for Lent I’ve already gone through one batch of my homemade yogurt and have another batch “cultivating” on my counter. We eat yogurt year ‘round, but especially during Lent, when Rita it tops my Heikenfeld vegetarian RITA’S KITCHEN lentils and rice. The yogurt recipe is too long to include here, but you’ll find it, with step-by-step photos, at Abouteating.com. The recipe I’m sharing today may be an unusual recipe to some of you. Called mujadarah, it’s a dish we grew up with that evokes fond memories of my mom wrapping her jar of homemade yogurt in towels to keep it warm enough to inoculate.

Mujadarah/Lentils with rice and cumin Go to taste on sea-

sonings. Some people like to stir in some of the cooked onions into the lentils and rice. 3 very large yellow onions ⁄3 cup olive oil 1 cup whole brown lentils 11⁄2 cups long grain rice 5 cups water 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin Salt and pepper to taste Plain yogurt or tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt salad) Chopped greens (optional) Sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)

Lentils help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and contain protein and B vitamins.

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Slice onions and cook, covered, over medium heat, in oil until caramelized/dark brown. You’ll start out with a lot but they will cook down considerably. What happens is the onions’ natural sugars come to the surface and create a caramelization, making them taste sweet. Combine lentils, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt and water in pan. Cover, bring to boil and cook over medium heat, covered, until lentils are half

Tzatziki or plain yogurt can top this spiced lentil-and-rice dish.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

cooked, about 10 minutes. Add rice and simmer, covered, until rice is cooked, about 20 minutes. Water should be absorbed but, if not, drain off. Adjust seasonings. To serve, put onions over mujadarah and garnish with yogurt and greens.

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If using brown rice, check package directions for liquid and time needed.

No dry mustard? Leave it out. Go lightly when you sprinkle salt and pepper on. Turn this on before bed and it will be ready to eat Easter morning. I like to thaw the hash browns a bit, but the Eastern Hills reader who shared the original recipe said he “just pours them straight from the bag.” Here’s my adaptation. 2 pounds frozen shredded hash browns 1 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled 1 bunch green onions, finely sliced, both white and green parts 1 pound shredded cheese 12 eggs 1 ⁄3 cup milk 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard

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Spray 6-quart slow cooker/crockpot. Layer 1⁄3 potatoes on bottom, sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with 1⁄3 sausage, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add 1⁄3 onions and cheese, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat layers two more times, ending with cheese. Whisk eggs, milk, garlic powder and mustard. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-5.

From readers’ kitchens

Bridgetown Finer Meats turkey salad. I enjoy chatting with Richard Hoehn and Brian Brogran about their famous turkey salad. For years, readers have asked me for a clone. And for years, I get the same answer: a chuckled “no.” I respect that this recipe is proprietary but a while back, a reader wanted it to send to her daughter in the Navy, hoping the chef there

could recreate what was her favorite turkey salad from home. Bridgetown softened up and gave me ingredients, but no amounts. They sell a whopping 300 pounds of it a week and make it several times so it’s always at the peak of freshness. I sent the information to Embeth B., who then sent it to her daughter. The reply I got was this: “With your help, a recipe for a ‘close second’ was created and our daughter in the Navy says to her ‘it tastes like something from home’!” Of course it’s not the real deal, but close enough for her daughter to enjoy a taste of the West Side a long way from home. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Abouteating.com. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Great Parks taking part in Taking Root

Great Parks has pledged to support Taking Root, which plans to plant 2 million trees by 2020, by planting 60,000 trees by 2016. The Taking Root campaign was created by a group of environmental partners to build awareness about replanting in the region’s forests. Be-

cause of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian long-horned beetle (ALB), as well as non-native plants such as bush honeysuckle, the forests are in peril. It is important that steps be taken now to make sure the region has a healthy forest system for generations to come.

Community involvement is needed to help Great Parks achieve its goal. Volunteers are invited to help with several reforestation projects taking place throughout Great Parks. Opportunities include: » Take Root With Great Parks - Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mitchell Me-

morial Forest (Tall Pines picnic area), 5401 Zion Road, Cleves. Volunteers will plant, stake and protect 1,000 tree seedlings. Lunch and drinks will be provided by event cosponsor REI. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. » Reforest Miami Whitewater Forest - Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m,

Miami Whitewater Forest (Big Sycamore shelter), 9001 Mt. Hope RoadCrosby. Volunteers will plant more than 1,200 trees to create a buffer that will reduce erosion and protect Dry Fork Creek. This project is made possible in part by funding from event co-sponsor Hamilton County Soil and Water

Conservation District. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Online registration is open for these opportunities at www.greatparks.org/volunteer, then click on “one-time volunteer.” Learn about Taking Root at www.greatparks.org/conservation/ taking-root.

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States investigating student loan complaints

A multi-state investigation is now underway into the practices of the student loan servicing firm SLM Corp., also known as Sallie Mae. This comes after numerous complaints have been filed with state attorneys general around the country. Complaints are com-

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received 57 complaints about Sallie Mae since 2012. Nationwide, the federal Howard Consumer Ain Financial HEY HOWARD! Protection Bureau reports almost half the 3,800 student loan servicer complaints it’s received are against Sallie Mae. It says the most common complaints concern inaccurate payment processing and an inability to modify loans. One complaint on file with the Ohio Attorney General reads, “On the 18th of January, I ‘paid off’ one of the loans, but they have no record of it! Key Bank has repeatedly

sent them verification, and they refuse to acknowledge that they ‘received the electronically sent payment’! I am beyond what to do!” Another complaint filed with the Ohio Attorney General reads, “Sallie Mae continues to change the way they have done business which changes the original agreement when the loan was made. Further investigation is needed into the Sallie Mae practices.” A spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General said, “We’re looking into the increasing reports of abusive servicing practices involving consumers who have taken on considerable student debt loans.” Congress created the

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010 as part of the DoddFrank law in an effort to watch over banks and student loans. The law encourages state attorneys general to take more of an interest in complaints against student lenders. Sallie Mae is the nation’s largest student loan provider and had set aside $70 million to help resolve enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. 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 heyhoward@local12.com.

‘Gypsy’ on stage in Covedale April 10 Covedale Center for the Performing Arts presents “Gypsy,” the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics include: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You'll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything's Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick” and “Together Wherever

We Go.” Ed Cohen and Dee Ann Bryll are co-directors; Steve Goers is music director; Dee Ann Bryll is choreographer, and Erin Meyer is production stage manager. The cast includes: Sherry McCamley (Mama Rose), Allison Edwards (Baby June), Catherine Voorhees (Baby Louise), Taylor Alexander (June), Brianna Barnes (Louise), John Langley (Herbie), Nick Pelaccio (Tulsa), Anthony Giver (L.A.), Brandon Huber (Yonkers), Cameron Nalley (Angie), Lydia Yax (Dolores), Savannah Slaby (Thelma), Margot Groom (Gail), Katie McCarthy (Marjorie May), Marvel Gentry Davis (Tessie Tura), Jules Shumate (Mazappa), Angela Nalley (Miss Cratchitt), Julie Pergrem (Electra) Joel Lind and Arny Stoller. The Children’s Ensemble includes: Elizabeth Cain, Lexie Kemble and Evgenia Sias, Joel Linda, Arny Stoller, Alex Mullins, Nathan Rudnick and Josh Rudnick » Performance dates: Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, Saturday,

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DEATHS William Abel William M. Abel, 87, Green Township, died March 12. He was a tool design engineer for General Electric. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by children Roger Abel (Beverly), Dennis (Vivian) Abel, Donna Murray; brother Henry (Helen) Abel; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by wife Ruth Abel, children Patricia, Mark (Rebecca) Abel, brother Richard (Helen) Abel. Services were March 18 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Mary Armstrong Mary Leibrook Armstrong, 76, Cleves, died March 7. She was a registered nurse. Survived by husband Thomas Armstrong; children Jeff (Sue) Armstrong, Susan (Steve) Armstrong Coley; grand-

children Kenny, Daniel Armstrong, Jennifer Teeters; brother Gene Leibrook. Services were March 16 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or Pilgrim United Church of Christ.

Sister Mary Josephine Bensman Sister Mary Josephine Bensman, 94, born Elizabeth Bensman, died March 11 at Mother Margaret Hall. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 74 years. She ministered in nutrition, including at Little Flower Convent and the MotherBensman house. Survived by siblings Sister Joseph Maria, the Rev. John Bensman, CPPS; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Juliana Bergman, Sister Mary Edmond, Herbert, Norman, Victor, Joseph Bensman. Services were March 14 in the Motherhouse chapel. Memorials to: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.

Darlene Brengle Darlene Roll Brengle, 70, Monfort Heights, died March 12. Survived by husband Quine Brengle; sons Ted, Tim Brengle; brother Kenneth (Carol) Roll; niece Karen Roll. Services were March 15 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.

Debbie Coffman Debbie Coffman, 59, Price Hill, died March 13. Survived by husband Bobby Coffman; daughters Lisa (Wayne) Dixon, Kim Coffman; grandchildren Sean, Brian, Kylie, Kierra; great-granddaughter Leah; Coffman father Rex; sisters Linda, Cathy. Preceded in death by grandson Jason. Services were March 18 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

was an executive with Federated Department Stores. Hank was an Army veteran of World War Hank II. Survived by Drescher children Steven (Deborah), Rick (Cathy) Drescher, Kathy Ann (Kurt) Schibler; grandchildren Laura (Nick)

Carpentieri, Steven (Aimee), Daniel, Rick (Abby), Brian, Alex Drescher, Mark (Shelly), Janet, Brett Schibler; Janet great-grandchildren GabriDrescher ella Carpentieri, Emma, Caden Drescher; Hank’s brother Joseph Drescher and Janet’s brothers Edwin

Hank Drescher Janet Drescher Henry “Hank” Drescher, 87, and Janet Schneider Drescher, 82, formerly of Delhi Township, died March 9. Hank was a homicide detective with the Cincinnati Police Department. Janet

Christopher Jason Fuerst, born 1977, theft under $300, March 5. Karrington Forte, born 1992, possession of drugs, March 5. Kenneth L. Robinson, born 1962, consuming liquor in vehicle, March 5. Torniesha S. Hemphill, born 1988, possession of drugs, March 5. Anna Britten, born 1978, criminal damaging or endangering, March 6. Donnie L. Osborne, born 1985, possession of drug paraphernalia, March 6. Keith Stowers, born 1987, disorderly conduct, March 6. Michael Tucker, born 1982, possession of drugs, March 6. Nellie Jolley, born 1987, theft, March 6. Connie A. Cadigan, born 1962, possession of an open flask, March 7. Brandon Domineack, born 1987, disorderly conduct, March 8. London Hazley, born 1992, disorderly conduct, March 8. Tamiaka R. Love, born 1982, possession of an open flask, March 8. Briyanna Smith, born 1994, possession of drugs, March 9. Adrian White, born 1986, obstructing official business, possession of a dangerous drug, trafficking, March 10. Danarius Wilson, born 1995, aggravated riot, March 10. Dontae Walker, born 1989, possession of drugs, March 10.

Jasmen L. Larkin, born 1981, theft $300 to $5000, March 10. Lerin M. Dixon, born 1981, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, March 10. Robert W. Clem, born 1968, theft under $300, March 10. Bryana Lee Daniels, born 1994, theft under $300, March 11. Christian Clark, born 1986, domestic violence, March 11. Kelly R. Rooks, born 1978, theft under $300, March 11. Lavonda Davis, born 1980, domestic violence, March 11. Makonnen Rowland, born 1985, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging or endangering, discharging firearms, March 11. Azariah Davis, born 1974, domestic violence, menacing, unlawful restraint, March 12. Frankie Taylor, born 1980, aggravated menacing, March 12. Kathryn E. Heinlein, born 1991, theft firearm, March 12. Milford Hicks, born 1967, falsification, March 12. Vincent E. Benjamin, born 1965, domestic violence, March 12. Bianca Carter, born 1988, theft under $300, March 13. David J. Collins, born 1969, carrying concealed weapons, having a weapon under disability, trafficking, March 13. Kaitlyn Riley, born 1991, criminal trespass, March 13. Ravea Barron, born 1991, felonious assault, having a weapon under disability, receiving a stolen firearm, March 13. Amanda L. Fletcher, born 1984, possession of drug parapherna-

lia, theft under $300, March 14. Gordon E. Lacey, born 1953, breaking and entering, March 14. Belizario Gonzalez, born 1982, domestic violence, March 15. Demetrius Myatt, born 1989, drug abuse, March 15. Eric E. Ewing, born 1985, menacing, March 15. Jason Schloemer, born 1983, drug abuse, falsification, possession of drug abuse instruments, March 15. Joseph Wimmer, born 1990, theft under $300, March 15. Narciso Aguilar, born 1964, sexual imposition, March 15. Paula Lynn Barnes, born 1977, theft under $300, March 15. Steven Busch, born 1987, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments, March 15. Christopher Stacey, born 1994, criminal trespass, March 16.

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William Ferris Sr. William J. Ferris Sr., 52, Green Township, died March 6. He was a metal finisher for Cincinnati Plating and Repair. Survived by children William Jr., Maria (William Banks), Stacy Ferris, Brittany (Jeremiah) Ferris Iames; friend Angie Anderson; siblings Tommy, Anna Ferris, Mary Hust; one grandchild. Preceded in death by parents Thomas, Amanda Ferris. Services were March 15 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

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Norma Schoettinger Fitch, 91, died March 5. She was a bookkeeper for Wright Aeronautical. Survived by children Jim, Don Fitch, Loraine (Brian) Plagge; grandchildren Jennifer, Joseph, Jay Plagge; nine great-grandFitch children. Preceded in death by husband George Fitch, brother Albert Schoettinger Jr. Services were March 9 at St. Peter and St. Paul United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Peter and St. Paul United Church of Christ, 3001 Queen City Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Missy Gill Melissa “Missy” Gill, Green Township, died March 13, her 39th birthday. Survived by daughters Carlie Mesa, Kylie, Kenslie, Caylie Gill; parents Pamela, Bob Grayson; husband Jeff Gill; friend Gill Gerry Koch; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by grandparents Viola, Frank Wingert, Helen Grayson.

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Terrence “Terry” Glenn, 74, died March 18. He was retired vice president emeritus from Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. He was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and Purcell Council Knights of Columbus. Glenn Survived by wife Dianne Nicholas Glenn; children Terry (Wendi), Tim (Jenny) Glenn, Julie (Tim) Doran; grandchildren Caroline, Caitlin, Timmy, Maggie; siblings Jim (Mary) Glenn, Betty (Dick) Becconsall, Tom (Blanche) Glenn; brothers and sisters-in-law Jerry (Teresa) Nicholas, Mary Ann (Jerry) Blose, Bob Fischer; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister Kathy Fischer. Services were March 22 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 4366 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, OH 45211 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Donald Groger Donald Ray Groger, 69, died March 12. He was a computer programmer for Procter & Gamble. He was a Navy veteran of Vietnam. Survived by wife Carolyn Groger; chilGroger dren Trisha (Keith) Buddelmeyer, Lori (DJ Baumbarger), Kevin (Kristy) Groger; grandchildren Josie, Jake Buddelmeyer, Audrey Groger; siblings Diane (Paul) Ritter, Anthony (Brenda) Groger, Wayne (Karen) Cutebirth; brother-in-law Barry (Alice) Frank. Services were March 17 at Bayley Place. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter, 4440 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 120, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Clyde E. “Gus” Gutzwiller, 82, did March 11. He was a retired Brigadier General from the Army/Ohio National Guard, where he served for over 45 years. He was a former president of the Ohio National Guard Veterans. Gutzwiller Survived by sister Bettie Collins; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Pearl Martini, Paul Gutzwiller. Services were March 17 at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, Hilliard. Arrangements by Neidhgard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 4475 Dublin Road, Hilliard, OH 43026 or Alzheimer's Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026 Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Loretta Harmeling Loretta Kuhl Harmeling, 97, Green Township, died March 5. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Janet (the late Joseph) Ventura, Ann (Anthony) Baum; 11 grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by Harmeling husband Bernard Harmeling, daughter Carol Ransick, brother Harry Kuhl. Services were March 7 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2832 Rosebud Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Mary Jane Hoernschemeyer Mary Jane Lambert Hoernschemeyer, 89, died March 12. Survived by children Bill (Charlotte), Jim (Kathy) Hoernschmeyer, Mary Jo (the late Denny) Betz, Sue (Tim) Roedersheimer, Beth (Erik) Bush; siblings Walter Lambert, Patricia Biggs; 17 Hoernschemeyer grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband William Hoernschemeyer, daughter Sharon (Dick) Nordman, brother Don Lambert. Services were March 17 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Shirley Hooker Shirley Smith Hooker, 81, died March 14. She was a resident of Monfort Heights for 51 years. Survived by husband Donald Hooker; children Donald II (Marianne), Sharon Hooker Kathleen Paul, Patricia (MiHooker chael) Noakes, Suzanne Poulin, Kimberley (Jeffrey) Gray; grandchildren Kyle, Hillary Hooker, Michelle, Kiersten Paul, Mary, Amy, Sara Noakes, Nicole Clay, Danielle, Aimee Poulin, Evan, Leah Gray; siblings Dolores Leigh, Thomas (Julie) Smith. Services were March 20 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker

Elmer Kareth Elmer L. Kareth, 92, Green Township, died March 16. Survived by children Lynn Smith, Kim (Wendy) Kareth, Jane (James) Lammers; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Jeanne Kareth, sister Clara Fuss. Services were March 21 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Robert Lanier Robert H. Lanier, 77, Green Township, died March 15. Survived by wife Mary Lanier; children Crissi, Guy Lanier, Kim Houchen; brother Todd Betz. Services Lainer were March 19 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Kidney Foundation, 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Opal Leicht Opal Wesson Leicht, 94, Price Hill, died March 6. Survived by Dorothy (Don) Murphy, Carlene (late Joseph) Plasek, Martina Almy, Patty Ann Vechery, Robert (Debbie) Jr., Sandra Leicht, Brenda (James Sr.) Vanderpool; grandchildren, Leicht great- and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Robert Leicht, sons Joseph Leicht, Carl, Ray Spriggs. Services were March 14 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Charles Mahoney Charles William Mahoney, 85, died March 3. He was a court bailiff for Hamilton County. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by children MiMahoney chael (Brenda), Dennis (Kim), Coleen Mahoney, Maureen (Chet) Brinson; seven grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings Raymond Mahoney, Catherine Miller. Services were March 8 at St.

Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Fraternal Order of Police No. 84, 3814 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Gary May Gary A. May, 68, died March 11. He was a salesman for Firestone. Survived by children Brenda (Brian) Patton, Kelli (Bruce) Metzger, Mike, Marc May; siblings Patti (Gordon) May McKeon, Jim (Leslie) May; former wife Linda May; 16 grandchildren. Services were March 14 at St. Simon the Apostle. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

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Survived by wife Carol; sons Brian (Margie), Kevin (Holly), Patrick (Dana), Michael (Ashleigh); grandchildren Kyle, Moira, Chloe, Kayla, Nathan, Aidan, Brayden, Giselle, Carly, Ethan; siblings Robert, James, Eugene, Terrance, Jacqueline, Cheryl, Tammy, Sonya, Michael, Kenneth, Jennifer, Michelle. Services were March 6 at at St.

Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Hodapp Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Wade Muncy Marvin Wade Muncy, 50, Cleves, died March 13. He was an educator with a degree in history and also worked at Brossart Pharmacy. Survived by aunts Martha Campbell, Thelma Bowling,

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James McDonald James L. McDonald, 85, Green Township, died March 11. He was an engineer for Powell Valve. Survived by wife Helen McDonald; children Daniel (Barbara Shubert) McDonald, Eileen (Joseph) Sheppard; granddaughters Anna, Teresa; many nieces and nephews. Services were March 15 at St. Antoninus Church. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Parkinson’s Wellness, 260 Stetson St., Suite 2300, Cincinnati, OH 45219 or Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, 644 Linn St., Suite 1128, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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orah) Neumeister, Janet (Ted) Mitchel, Paula (Wayne) Wauligman; siblings Lawrence Neumeister, Ann Marie Neumeister Schardt, Antoinette Lauderbach; six grandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings Anthony Neumeister, Helen Zernich.

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Paul Neumeister Paul George Neumeister, 92, Green Township, died Feb. 26. He was a project engineer for EW Buschmann. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Wilma Neumeister; children Joseph (Deb-

Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

Jeffery O’Brien Jeffery Harry “Red” O’Brien, 56, died March 13. He was a printer at Model Graphics. Survived by wife Theresa O’Brien; siblings Michael (Michele), Robin, Susan (Jim) O’Brien; many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by brother David (Pamela) O’Brien. Services were March 19 at Gump-Holt O’Brien Funeral Home. Memorials to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Services were March 13 at St. James Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Smith Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter.

Robert Sprague Robert Henry Sprague, 85, Bridgetown, died March 14. He taught and coached at Colerain High School for 30 years. Survived by children Robert (Cheri), Victor (Debra), Russell (Amy) Sprague, Catherine (James) Klein, Sprague Mary (Hans) VandenNoort; siblings Frances Wolfe, Margaret Greve, Lucy (Lloyd) Snyder, Leon Sprague; sister-in-law Irene (Charley) Wagner; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Valerie Sprague, siblings Byron, Richard, James Sprague, Dorothy Cosby, Laura Ross. Services were March 23 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to Queen City Hospice or the Lupus Foundation, Ohio Chapter.

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Billie Artman Sellers, 75, Goshen, died March 11. He worked for Champion Windows. He was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. Survived by wife Barbara Combs; daughter Tamela Dickert; grandchildren Shane Shockley, Jeremy Dickert, Michelle Amann; siblings Anna Gibson, Robert, Vola, Bernie, Jim Sellers. Services were March 18 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Essie Siekbert Essie Abner Siekbert, 97, Green Township, died March 7. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Mona Buckley, Eileen Hall, Sandra Cobb; many grandchildren. Preceded in death by Siekbert husband John Siekbert, four siblings. Services were March 10 at Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Harry Steinriede Harry Steinriede Jr., 66, Covedale, died March 15. Survived by siblings Ron (JoAnn), Dave (Linda) Steinriede, Patty (Tom) Williams, Pam Nakaso, Linda (Ken) Ruppert; sisterand brother-inlaw Sue SteinSteinriede riede, Jim Burkett; lifelong friend Denny (Denise) Gardner; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents Harry, Marcella Steinriede, siblings Bill Steinriede, Diane Burkett.

Jean Smith Jean Ahrens Smith, 87, Delhi Township, died March 7. Survived by sons Boyd III (Michelle LePage), Greg (Sherry Sandusky) Smith; grandchildren Cody Smith, Brandon (Arriene) Sandusky; great-grandchildren Bella, Cali Sandusky. Preceded in death by husband Willis Boyd Smith Jr.

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Jack Sunday Jack S. Sunday, 88, Monfort Heights, died March 17. Survived by sisters Sylvia Starks, Carol (Elliot) Marcus, Charlotte (Fred) Land; friends Rita and Mike Wood; several nieces and nephews. Services were March 21 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Richard Trotta Richard C. Trotta, 63, died March 17. Survived by siblings Edmond (Barbara) Trotta Jr., Angela (Franklin) Brester; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Edmond, Verna Trotta. Services were March 22 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Lawrence Memorial Fund, 3680 Warsaw Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Barbara Weinberg Brabara Weinberg, 86, Delhi Township, died March 11. Survived by children Mary Savage, Sandra Creech, Linda Pierce, Diane Weeks, Paul, Charles Weinberg; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandson. Preceded in death by Weinberg husband Edward Weinberg Sr., sons Edward Jr., Timothy Weinberg, siblings Edward Brueggemann, Hazel Rodler. Services were March 18 at St. Peter & St. Paul United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

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