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Nominate a Sportsman The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicked off this week. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as Western Hills Press. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.

Still negotiating Green Township officials are still talking with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office about how many county deputies will patrol in the township after being told it would lose six deputies as part of budget cuts. See story A3

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West Siders volunteer to rescue ‘bully breeds’ Finds homes for dogs with bad rep By Kurt Backscheider

Dan Kaiser is working to change the perception most people have about pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The Green Township resident is a co-founder of Adore-A-Bull Rescue, and for the past three years he’s been focused on rescuing as many “bully breed” dogs as he can from Tristate animal shelters. Because of the negative reputation pit bulls and pit bull mixes have, Kaiser said they are rarely adopted from shelters and the vast majority of them have to be euthanized. “The pit bull is one of the hardest breeds for shelters to adopt out,” he said. “Only one out of 600 will make it out of the shelter.” Kaiser, who has owned a pit bull named Nala for several years, helped get Adore-A-Bull Rescue started in 2009 after he spent time volunteering at area animal shelters. While volunteering he learned about a pit bull named Buster, who was scheduled to be put down in a matter of days because no one had adopted him. Kaiser took Buster in and has been a pit See BULLY, Page A2

Green Township resident Dan Kaiser, left, with his dogs Nala and Maddie, and Miami Township resident Holly Hock, with her dogs Sookie and Tucker, help run a dog rescue organization called Adore-A-Bull Rescue. The group focuses on rescuing dogs categorized as bully breeds, such as pit bulls, from shelters. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Green Twp. fireworks are back on $10,000 donation helps light the fuses By Kurt Backscheider

Green Township will present its annual Independence Day concert and fireworks display after all. Trustee Rocky Boiman announced at the trustees meeting Monday, March 26, that the township has raised private funds to make this year’s Fourth of July celebration possible. About a month ago the board decided to cancel this summer’s fireworks display as a cost savings measure. Boiman said it costs the township about $29,000 to present the holiday fireworks and concert, and with the recent state budget cuts the township has been examining ways to tighten its belt. He said the board wants to ensure funding for police, fire and roads is the township’s first priority.


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“We didn’t think putting on the fireworks this year was a prudent thing to do, it’s basically spending money on a luxury item,” he said. After it was announced the township was canceling this year’s fireworks, township resident Charles Wurster came forward with a $10,000 donation to help keep the tradition

alive. Boiman said Wurster issued the donation as a challenge, prompting him and Trustee Tony Rosiello to set out and raise more money to support this year’s event. “We were reinvigorated to keep this event going,” Boiman said. “It is the signature commu-

nity event in Green Township.” Wurster said he decided to donate the money after seeing a report on the news about the fireworks being cancelled. A lifetime township resident, he said he knew the veterans groups and community organizations who set up booths at the event count on the money they raise from their food and beverage sales at the celebration. "I know a lot of people in Green Township look forward to the event," Wurster said. "I just thought this would be a good thing." Wurster's family is in the construction business and he said they've built more than 500 homes in the township, as well as many commercial properties. He said the donation was made in memory of his late parents, Charles Senior and Erlene, because the community event is something they would have also supported. He spoke with his siblings about making the donation and he said they agreed it would

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be a great tribute to their parents. Rosiello and Boiman gathered pledges and donations from private citizens as well as township businesses, and the township is now able to present the event without spending one dime of township funds. “It will be 100 percent privately funded,” Boiman said. “I think residents will really appreciate the fact we are able to put this on without using their tax dollars.” Rosiello said the township will recognize everyone who contributed donations at the event. “We’ve been really gratified by the number of private citizens and businesses who stepped up to make this happen,” he said. “Everyone has pitched in to help, and it’s put us over the top. We couldn’t be happier about it.” More than 10,000 people typically attend the Fourth of July concert and fireworks, Boiman said. “It really is a great time,” he said.

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bull advocate ever since. “I was totally oblivious as to what happens with pit bulls in shelters,” he said. “I got Buster and I was immediately involved in the rescue world. For the past three years I’ve done nothing but work with pit bulls and learn about pit bulls.” Miami Township resident Holly Hock, who handles marketing and special events for the nonprofit organization, became involved with Adore-A-Bull Rescue in a similar fashion. She said she and her husband had to put down one of their dogs last summer and they set out to find a new companion for their other

dog. They looked into area shelters and adoption, and came across Adore-A-Bull, she said. The adopted a pit bull named Tucker, and eventually adopted a second pit bull named Sookie after fostering her. “I always wanted to be involved in a rescue,” Hock said. “I’ve been around all breeds of dogs growing up and I’ve never been around dogs more affectionate than pit bulls and pit bull mixes.” Kaiser said they are a foster-based rescue, meaning they pull dogs from shelters and place them with foster families before the dogs are adopted into their permanent homes. Kaiser tests the temperament of each dog before rescuing from the shelter to make

sure they are suitable for families. When the organization first started they were rescuing an average of two dogs each month, and now they rescue about 35 dogs per month. “We’ve rescued more than 70 dogs since the beginning of the year,” Hock said. The group hosts adoption events every Saturday throughout the Tristate, and she said they also take part in many of the large pet adoption events sponsored by area shelters and adoption agencies. Kaiser said their goal is to show people that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are good, loving dogs that shouldn’t be prematurely judged as being bullies or vicious. He said much of the breed’s reputation is based on irre-


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sponsible owners who have bred pit bulls for the wrong reasons and didn’t provide the dogs with proper care or training. “A lot of people once wary of the breed now love the breed and are the biggest advocates for the breed,” he said. “We’ll keep educating people one at a time, and saving dogs one at a time.”

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county streets will jeopardize safety. “I don’t like it, but I have been given instructions West from the commissioners,” Leis said. These staffing levels are based on what townships have told the sheriff, he said. Contracts will be signed in the coming weeks. Leis wasn’t sure what’s next for the 22 officers. He hopes he won’t have to lay them off – he does have openings in other divisions – but said, “in all probability I don’t have the funding for most of those officers.” At the meeting, Board of Commissioners President Greg Hartmann asked the sheriff: “Who will the gap be covered by?” The sheriff responded: “I don’t know.” Hartmann is convinced public safety won’t suffer. “I’m not surprised some townships decided to go in a different direction,” Hartmann said. “But every township trustee I’ve talked to said, ‘public safety is a priority.’”

Green Township Trustee Rocky Boiman said the township is still negotiating with the Boiman sheriff’s office, but said the township will make sure there are enough police patrolling the streets. “We’re very confident everything will remain the same in terms of safety for Green Township residents,” Boiman said. The township pays the sheriff’s office $456,000 annually for six deputies, and he said the sheriff provides the township six deputies at no cost. However, he said unfortunately that arrangement is likely a thing of the past. “It’s not really the sheriff’s fault,” Boiman said. “Every entity is examining their budgets and making cuts right now.” Green Township Police Chief Bart West, who oversees a township police force comprised of 33 fulltime officers, said he’s hopeful the township will lose less than six sheriff’s deputies.

Whether the township loses six, four or two deputies, West said the department Sykes JENNIE KEY will have a plan in place for protecting residents. “The public is most concerned with having a quick response from an officer when they pick up the phone and call us,” he said. “We want to make sure our street strength stays strong.” He said he’s considering several options for covering the loss, including reallocating supervisors and investigators to road patrol. “Everyone is under budget constraints,” he said. “We have to figure out how to work a little smarter and stronger.” Miami Township has contracted with the sheriff’s office for years, according to Miami Township Trustee Joe Sykes. He said the township contracted for one car, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and a car shared with North Bend that patrolled

glad to get the issue settled. “It has been difficult because the information keeps changing,” Sykes said. “But we feel the arrangement will provide good police protection for the community.” At the end of last year Leis had about 150 deputies working in 10 townships – 85 that the townships paid for and 65 the county paid for. The county-provided patrols have long been controversial because every taxpayer in Hamilton County chips in for those free patrols, but threefourths of county taxpayers also pay for their own police departments. Surrounding counties and other urban counties across the state have long required townships to pay for patrols. As part of the 2012 county general fund budget, the Board of Commissioners slashed $4 million from the patrol program, dropping funding from $5.5 million to $1.5 million. By 2015, Leis said all county-provided patrols will end.

in Miami Township 40 hours a week. Col. Ray Hoffbauer, road patrol commander for the sheriff’s office, said a new agreement will provide two 24-hour cars, and North Bend and Miami Township will share the cost. Hoffbauer said there are five deputies currently paid for by Miami Township under the old contract, and a sixth deputy whose expense is shared. Adding the hours to the second car will require four more deputies. North Bend and Miami Township will pay for two additional deputies and two will be provided by the sheriff’s office at no additional charge. He said the cost of the deputies would be $69,187 each this year plus the fuel cost for the patrols. That cost increases over a four-year period to $87,054 each. The sheriff’s office will provide and maintain the vehicles used by the deputies. The townships will be responsible to pay for salary increases and will eventually be expected to pay for all four deputies. The new contract takes effect May 1. Sykes was

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Oak Hills freshman assists with tornado cleanup By Kurt Backscheider

Brady Donovan fully appreciates his family and the blessings in his life. The Oak Hills High School freshman saw firsthand what it’s like to lose everything. Donovan, who is a cadet private first class in the U.S. Army Cadet Corps, recently spent a weekend with his military unit helping tornado victims in Menifee County, Ky. “Seeing all the destruction was incredibly sad,” he said. “I can’t really use words to describe the emotion of it.” The Delhi Township teen said he and his fellow

cadets helped a man who lost his wife and his home to the tornado, as well as a woman who lost her husband and her home in the disaster. They helped clean up debris and wreckage and scoured acres of land to help the victims locate valuables like jewelry and sentimental photographs, he said. “It felt great to help the people,” Donovan said. “We were there to help them with anything they needed to be done. “One of the saddest things I did was help the man bury his two dogs,” he said. “When we got there I thought, ‘Oh my God, how would I react if this hap-

pened to us,’” Donovan said. Dan Donovan, Brady’s father, said the opportunity to serve others is one of the reasons he and his wife encouraged their son to get involved with the Army Cadet Corps when he expressed an interest in the military. Mr. Donovan said it was a little scary to know Brady was away at a disaster area for three days, but he’s happy his son experienced it. “You can tell it had an impact on him,” Mr. Donovan said. “I think it’s tremendous. The personal affect it had on him, the real life experience he gained and the service to others are all great.”

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DePaul Cristo Rey receives state charter School is now accepting EdChoice scholarships for class of 2016 DePaul Cristo Rey High has received its official charter from the state of Ohio. The charter is a validation of the school’s academic plan and confirmation that it is meeting all state requirements as a licensed school. The charter makes DPCR eligible for state funds for auxilia-

ry services including reading support, textbooks and science equipment. Most importantly, it allows DPCR to accept EdChoice scholarships from eligible students beginning with the class of 2016. DePaul Cristo Rey is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and offers under-

served students in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky the opportunity for a strong college preparatory education in a Catholic setting. DePaul Cristo Rey is the 24th school in the nationwide Cristo Rey Network which serves 6,900 urban young people who live in communities with limited education options. All DPCR students participate in the Corporate Work Study Program to help finance a portion of their educa-

tion costs. “EdChoice scholarships will have a significant impact on our financial sustainability going forward,” says Sister Jeanne Bessette, school president. “While our Corporate Work Study Program helps make our school affordable, it doesn’t cover all of the costs to educate our students and unlike most private schools, we cannot rely on significant income from family tuition. EdChoice

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Lourdes celebrates Catholic schools For Catholic Schools Week, Our Lady of Lourdes had an allschool assembly which included a “dunking contest” by some of the eighth-graders who were judged by area high school basketball players who are Lourdes alums. (#028). The Archdiocese of Cincinnati seminarians challenged the eighth-graders to a basketball game. The eighth-graders won the close match. The school also recognized the seventh- and eighth-grade soccer team that won the state championship this year. One of the eighth-grade students and a member of the team, Sara Shinn, is currently battling leukemia. The team led the entire assembly in prayer for her continued recovery. Some of the students wore T-shirts supporting Sara.

Principal Aimee Ellmaker and teachers Mary Beth Rieth, Jennifer Ruwe, Sara Lewis, Eileen Bennett accompanied the students with their cheers. THANKS TO SUE BROERMAN.

Our Lady of Lourdes students Mia Burdick, Evan James, and Isaiah Ackerman cheer during an all-school gathering. THANKS TO SUE BROERMAN.

Lizzie Neiheisel had an impressive dunk with the assistance of Zach Rieth. THANKS TO SUE BROERMAN.

Tim Menchen was named to the fall semester dean's list at Eastern Kentucky University. ■ Brad DePaoli, Mariele Fluegeman and Josh Rieskamp were named to the fall term dean’s list at Centre College. ■ Steven Smith was named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Akron. ■ Brandon Kuley and Emily Luken were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Washington University in St. Louis. ■ Matthew Warndorf earned first honors on the Clark University dean’s list for the fall semester. ■ The following students were named to the fall president's list at Miami University: Jacqueline Ehrman, Meagan Fasbinder, April Ferneding, Heather Hoeffer, Alexander Kah, Joshua Kaine, William Price, Charlotte Schaeffer, Andrew Steinmetz and Robert Stinson. The president's list recognizes students who earned a 4.0 gradepoint average. ■ The following students were named to the fall dean's list at Miami University: Stacey Bennet, Erin Bergmann, Matthew Berning, Patrick Berning, Rachel Blake, Leah Bock, Heather Boddy, Gretchen Bohman, Nicholas Brown, Ryan Butler, Kerry Caddell, Hannah Cain, Monica Carson, Gregory Condit, Kelly Conway, Elizabeth Cook, Kathy Cook, Emily Davoran, Carly Deremo, Johnathan Dillon, Jordan Dunnette, Sean Earl, Sebastian Englert, Matthew Fiora, Ashley Frondorf, Tyler Gau, Jennifer Hanson, Sarah Hardtke, Scott Hickey, Zachary Horstman, Monica Hullinger, Matthew Jackson, Laurie Jacob, Kenneth James, Alexander Jester, Trevor Jordan, Kaitlyn Kass, Lindsey Knorr, Emily Kreinest, Josh Kremer, Vincent Kuertz, Alexander Lewis, Samantha Luebbers, Angela Marco, Briana Marsh, Ryan Martini, David Mecher, Michael Mellott, Katherine Moster, Steven Newman, Sara Nienaber, Rachel Nurre, Benjamin Proud, Carrie Ramsaur, Miranda Rice, Mark Ruhe, Madison Sabatelli, Michael Schmees, Michael Schwarz, Alison Stevens, Zachary Stevens, Abigail Sturgill, Alexandria Tensing, Wyatt Thesing, Brian Thomas, Jenna Thompson, Eric Thorman, Devon Tuck, Elizabeth Uchtman, Robert Vitolo, Stephanie Weber, Stephen Weber, Sky Weyer, Tobiah Weyer, Aislyn Wise and Jeremy Yeary. ■ Justin Epure and Philip Patten were named to the fall dean’s list at Tiffin University.

■ Gabriela Carrero, Michael Mazzei and Travis Nieman were named to the spring semester 2011 dean’s list at Marian University. ■ Laura Kempf and Allison Steinbeck were named to the fall dean's list at Taylor University. ■ Steven Smith was named to the fall dean's list at the University of Akron. ■ Eric Taber was named to the fall term dean’s list at Colgate University.


The following students have graduated from Miami University: Jeremy Albers, bachelor of science in business; Marcie Allen, bachelor of science in art; Katlyn Callahan, bachelor of science in education; Samantha Ginter, bachelor of science in education; Brian Hackman, bachelor of science health and sport studies; Jesslyn Harris, bachelor of science in education; Jessie Hatfield, bachelor of science in education; Daniel Lipps, bachelor of science in engineering; Miranda Rice, associate of technical study; and Grant Schiering, bachelor of science in education. ■ Tessa VonderHaar, a 2009 graduate of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, has graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. VonderHaar completed the fouryear program in eight straight semesters. She is the daughter of Susan and Mark VonderHaar of Westwood.


Oak Hills High School senior Alexis Reamer has received a Buschmann Award from Xavier University. Reamer, the daughter of Cammi Short-Campagna, plans to major in psychology. The Buschmann Award is based on a student’s record in high school. Amounts vary. ■ St. Ursula Academy senior Sarah Mazzei has received the Dean's Award from Xavier University. At St. Ursula Academy, she is active in athletics, choir and ministry. The daughter of Kimberly and Frank Mazzei, she plans to major in biology. All incoming first-year students are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and the Dean’s and Schawe Awards. Award levels vary.


Green Township resident Michael Deye was one of four-member team from Xavier University that won the Association for Corporate Growth Cincinnati Cup competition at the University of Cincinnati. ACG Cincinnati established the competition to provide students with real-world experience and insight into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advising and private equity. Deye is pursuing a finance master of business administration degree from Xavier, expecting to graduate in August. He earned a bachelor of science in business administration and marketing from Saint Louis University.





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Tennis teams set to rebuild

A lot of talent primed to take off By Tom Skeen

As spring rolls in, local tennis players are taking to the court. Here is a look at the local boys teams’ prospects:


After a season where three teams qualified for the district tournament, the Elder Panthers is in somewhat of a rebuilding year after graduating eight seniors and five starters. Nathan Walroth is coming off a season where went 19-9 and finished third at sectionals in doubles and was a district qualifier. This season he will take over the

No. 1 singles position. “Nathan showed maturing and leadership in his off-season tennis,” coach Glenn Wauligman said. “It was like a magnet to the rest of the team who followed his off-season devotion to the game.” Sophomore Andrew Cole and senior John Miller will round out the singles positions. “Andrew did very well and is going to be one of our standouts,” Wauligman said. “(Miller) had a great record (last season with junior varsity) and would have been on varsity if it wasn’t for all the seniors we had.” Handling No. 1 doubles will be senior Brandon Alverson and junior Tony Faillace. Coming up from the junior varsity team are sophomores Luke Groene and Josh Patty. “I had to work with them a lot

because I didn’t have a lot of guys come out for the team this year,” Wauligman said. “It’s tough when you lose 10 guys (two other players have other sport obligations). We are going to do the same things we have been doing, but it’s a little bit of a rebuilding year when you lose all that talent.”

La Salle

The Lancers squad opens the 2012 season eager to gain experience, while improving throughout the season, according to head coach Michael Holman. Travis Robertson will be integral for the Lancers at the No. 1 singles spot, while the team of Sam Pieper and Sam Samoya shore up the first doubles court. “Our starting rotation consists of multiple inexperienced players, but each of them wants to im-

prove and contribute in a significant way to the team,” Holman said by email. La Salle started the season ranked 13th in the Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll.

Oak Hills

With just one returning starter from last season - junior Michael Raabe - the Highlanders are in a rebuilding year. Raabe will start the season at No. 1 singles, while Sam Hogue is at No. 2 singles. With such a young team, coach Rob Heuerman is still looking for his No. 3 singles player and his doubles teams. “It’s more of a learn as much as you can season,” he said. “We are trying to build for next year. We are going to be as competitive as we can this year, but it’s a

learning year.” Two others in the mix for the Highlanders are Taylor Brannon and Oscar Ryland.


The Yellow Jackets return a lot of talent from last season’s 4-8 squad. Both Dan and Tim Rapking, who earned All-Cincinnati Hills League Honorable Mention honors last season - are back. Dan - a senior - is at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Tim sits at No. 2. Senior Charlie Glacken will be the Yellow Jackets’ No. 3 singles player. As for doubles, it’s juniors Ryan Salamone and Teddy Graham in the No. 1 position, and senior Nigel Sullivan and junior Alex Engles at No. 2.



Mercy’s Nicole Stephan puts the tag on Colerain’s Bri Colon for an out at second base during their game March 29. Stephan is hitting .429 with three RBI for the 2-0 Bobcats through March 29. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

West-Side girls spring into softball By Tom Skeen

Area girls have started another exciting softball season. Here’s a look at the local teams’ prospects:


After playing in Division II for two seasons, the Mercy Bobcats are back at Division I. While the jump may seem big to some, the Bobcats continued to play DI competition and their Girls Greater Cincinnati League schedule while in DII, the only difference was the postseason. “Other than the last two years, we are used to (Division I),” coach Stef Kathman said. “We still have to step up and adjust. We still have to play the same Mercy ball.” The Bobcats return two of the top pitchers in the city, in seniors Anna Eggleston and Amy Feie. On the mound last season, the two went a combined 20-2 and struck out 245. Feie posted an ERA of 0.39, while Eggleston recorded a 1.11 ERA. “We are blessed to have them both,” Kathman said. “It’s a nice dilemma to have. They have been on varsity since they were freshmen, and they are big leaders and are both team captains.” After graduating just one starter, the Bobcats have the experience and leadership to have a special season. “I feel pretty good,” Kathman said. “Like I said, we have the expe-

rience and talent, but the girls are setting high goals for themselves. We made it to the regional finals last season and they want to go farther. Everybody has to produce and do their job for the whole team to succeed.”

Oak Hills

Last season was a struggle as the Lady Highlanders finished 6-18. It’s not going to get any easier this season with the departure of their top three offensive players. Top returning offensive player is senior Nikki Streder, who hit .271 with 10 RBI last season. The good news is they return their top two pitchers, Katelyn Doran and Lauren Sommer. Doran went 4-9 with 45 strikeouts and a 4.57 ERA in 95 innings. Sommer finished the season 1-7 with 25 strikeouts in 43.2 innings.


It’s a season that could be full of redemption for the Saints. After a 418 record last season and 0-10 in the GGCL, the Saints return a bevy of players. It all starts with senior pitcher Danielle Hoffman, who posted a 3.37 ERA last season, but had little run support and posted a 2-17 record in 21 appearances. Top offensive performer Kari Lockwood is back after a season where she hit .352 with nine doubles. Junior Stephanie Little hit .317 last

» Oak Hills defeated Princeton twice to open the season. Junior Jake Richmond went 4-7 with two RBI in the series. » Taylor improved to 2-0 after a 6-5 win over Reading March 28. Senior Alex Haussler went 2-4 with a double. » Western Hills got its first win with a 13-2 win over Aiken in five innings, March 28. Senior Andre Murray went 2-3 with a double, triple and three RBI. » Elder was all over Moeller with a 12-2 win in six innings, March 28. Senior David Haley went 3-4 with two RBI. Elder improved to 4-1 after a 10-6 win over La Salle March 29. Junior Jimmy White went 2-3 with a triple and two runs scored. » La Salle held off Beechwood for a 6-4 win March 26. Cameron Bouldin had three RBI, while Logan Miller drove in two runs.

season, while junior Anna Hertzer who only appeared in 12 games - hit .333 and drove in nine runs.

Elder’s Jimmie White crosses the plate in the Panthers game against Moeller at the University of Cincinnati as a part of the Reds Futures Showcase event. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Western Hills

Coming off a second-place finish in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference last season, the Lady Mustangs return CMAC Player of the Year Becky Owens and FirstTeam All-CMAC pitcher Courtney Davis. Also back are second-team AllCMAC performers Jasmine Harris and outfielder Angelique Tresenwriter. Juniors DeNesha Bell, RayQel Bradley and Alexis Craig were all named Honorable Mention last season and are back this year. With all their returning talent, the Lady Mustangs could be the favorite to win the CMAC.

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» Elder defeated Princeton 4-1, March 27. Senior Nathan Walroth was victorious in straight sets. The Panthers lost 3-2 to Moeller March 28. Walroth won again in straight sets. » Oak Hills dropped to 0-2 after a 5-0 loss to Fairfield March 28. » La Salle defeated Harrison behind victories from Travis Robertson and Robbie Riesenback at singles. The doubles team of Sam Pieper and Sam Samoya also won its match.



After a 4-14 finish last season, this year is shaping up much better for the Lady Yellow Jackets. With the return of seniors Liz Mooney and Cheyenne Hawk - the top two offensive performers last season - as well as sophomore pitcher Kaylyn Schmitz, they have plenty of experience. Mooney and Hawk combined for 46 hits, 16 RBI, and 21 stolen bases, while both hit over .400. As a freshman, Schmitz went 4-13 with 74 strikeouts and a 4.37 ERA in 105.2 innings.

in six innings March 28. Senior Amy Feie picked up the win and struck out 12. » Seton went down 8-0 to Lakota East March 25. Junior Anna Stagge went 2-3 for the Saints. Seton moved to 3-2 after a 10-0 win over Ross in six innings March 29. Senior Danielle Hoffman is 3-0 on the mound this season. » Western Hills picked up its first win with a 20-2 victory over Aiken in three innings. Senior Becky Owens went 4-4 with three RBI. » Oak Hills dropped to 0-2 after a 4-0 loss to Lakota West March 28. Freshman Bethani Drew went 2-3 with a double.

LaSalle’s Connor Speed makes a diving catch in the outfield against Connor March 27 at LaSalle. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


» Mercy opened its season with a 15-3 win over Roger Bacon March 26. Senior Anna Eggleston picked up the win and struck out 12. The Bobcats defeated Chaminade-Julienne 10-0

» Oak Hills boys finished second at the Wildcat All-Comers Meet, March 24. Kevin Konkoly won the 100, 200 and 400-meter events, while junior Blake Meyer won the 3,200-meter event. Senior Bobby Dennis won the discus event. The girls also finished second. » Taylor boys finished fourth at the Wildcats AllComers Meet March 24. Junior Sam Harper won the high jump, while senior Alec McCoy won the shot put. The girls placed fifth. » Western Hills boys finished second at the CMAC Relays March 24. The Mustangs won the 110meter hurdles and the 1,600 sprint medley events. The girls placed seventh. » Elder was victorious at the Skyline Relays with 123 points, March 24. The Panthers took home titles in the 4x1,600, sprint medley, shuttle hurdles, shot put, discus and the pole vault. Elder won the Dixie See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7



Laney signs on to play college football WESTWOOD — Summit Country Day School Senior LaDon Laney Jr. signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play football with Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College. LaDon, a running back and linebacker from Westwood, rushed for just under 1,500 yards in the 201112 season and had 25 career touchdowns. He was a two-year captain on Summit’s football team and a three-sport athlete as a member of the wrestling and lacrosse teams. He was The Cincinnati Enquirer Division V and VI Football Player of the Year, was named third-team allstate running back and was picked by a coach’s poll to be on the west team in the Ron Woyan East-West AllStar Game. “As a student-athlete, LaDon is a program changer,” Summit head football coach Michael Brown said. “His work ethic and athleticism make him a natural leader and someone who can inspire younger players coming through The


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Height Invitational March 27. The Panthers took home titles in the 400-meter dash, 4x800 relay and the triple jump. » At the GGCL Relays, Seton finished first and Mercy was fourth. The Saints won the 4x400, 4x200, 4x100, and the sprint medley events. The Bobcats took home titles in the shot put and discus.

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Senior LaDon Laney Jr. signs a letter of intent to play football with Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College as his family and school officials watch. Standing, from left, are Athletic Director Greg Dennis, Upper School Director Dr. Terry Malone and head football coach Michael Brown. LaDon is seated with his parents, Tashia and LaDon Laney Sr. THANKS TO DARREN WEIGL Summit Country Day School Football program. Seeing LaDon sign with KWC is exciting for many reasons, especially because it’s great to see an outstanding young man like him work so hard for four years and achieve his goal. I can’t wait to see his development continue at KWC. The entire Summit coaching staff is proud of LaDon and we congratulate the Laney family.” LaDon intends to major

in business at Kentucky Wesleyan. “I have fulfilled one of my major goals, which is to have the opportunity to play football in college,” he said. “It would be great if I played in the NFL but, if I don’t, I will have a degree in business.” La Don says KWC is a good fit for him. “This college met everything I needed academically and athletically,” he said. “Stepping on campus, I felt at home. It felt like Summit.”

female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as the Western Hills Press. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email mlaughman@community with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.

The Seton High School swim team set a new school record during the 2011-2012 season. The 200 Medley Relay team beat the record set in 1987. The team of Taylor Bittner, Emily Hayhow, Kelley Kraemer and Lindsey Niehaus posted a 1:49.70 in the Medley to beat the old record of 1:50.86 set by Tricia Staff, Sharon Wenert, Jodie Monnig and Lisa Kling.

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» Elder got its season off to a great start with four set victories over Lakewood St. Edward and Mt. Vernon, March 24. The Panthers moved to 3-0 after defeating Fenwick in straight sets March 27. » Oak Hills defeated Holy Cross in straight sets to earn a victory in its season opener. The Highlanders lost to McNicholas in four sets March 27. Oak Hills defeated Hamilton in straight sets to move to 2-1 on the season.

The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicked off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/

Girls lacrosse

» Mercy opened the season with a 12-8 win over Lakota East March 29. Senior Melissa Burns scored five goals for the Bobcats.

Tweets from the beat

» @MikeDyer: La Salle senior linebacker Joe Burger considering UC and Ohio State as finalist » @MikeDyer: La Salle coach Tom Grippa says he expects junior CB Jaleel Hytchye will receive a significant amount of offers by summer


O’Hara, a sophomore attacker, had four goals and five assists as the Lions went 1-1. She finished with two goals and three assists in a 15-10 loss to the University of Dallas March 17. O’Hara tallied two goals,

The College of Mount St. Joseph’s Chrissy O’Hara, a Mercy High School graduate, has been named the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

two assists and one ground ball during a 17-10 win over Fontbonne on March 18, the MWLC opener for both teams. She is tied for second on the Mount in goals (five), first in assists (six) and first in points (11) in 2012.


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The Cheviot Branch Library will celebrate a half-century of service to the community in April. Our current building is 50 years old. Check out our display of photos and memorabilia. Help us celebrate by sharing a memory of the Cheviot Library. We also have birthday shapes for children to sign and display in our window. On April 14, library staff will officially mark the branch’s 50th birthday at an Anniversary Open House on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Join in on an afternoon of fun for the entire family – complete with face painting and birthday cake. We will also have a delicious night with our Holy Chow. Ideas for spring and summer programs. This will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. Meet Joanne Giovanna Della Carpini Trimpe, author of “Holy Chow” and a chef at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. Trimpe will share tips on how to stock your pantry to prepare easy, fast, healthy, and economical meals. Enjoy samples of Trimpe's recipes, too. Space is limited for this popular program, so reserve your spot today. April is National Poetry month. Stop by the Cheviot library and vote on the Shel Silverstein poem bracket of the day. Each day will feature two poems going head to head until we have an ultimate

winner. Voters will receive a Shel Silverstein button for voting. Kids can also come to Super Duper Cupcakes program at the Jennifer branch on TuesWeikert COMMUNITY PRESS day, April 17, at 4 p.m. and decoGUEST COLUMNIST rate a cupcake with ideas from the book Super Duper Cupcakes. Due to limited supplies, please register before coming to the program. Teens can celebrate National Poetry month by submitting original poems to our Random Acts Of Poetry contest. The contest runs from April 1-30, and teens aged 12-18 can pick up entry forms at any branch or download them from Teens can also customize blank books to store their ideas, poems, and personal thoughts on Tuesday, April 10, at the Cheviot Library at 4 p.m. Please sign up as space is limited. Jennifer Weikert is the reference librarian, Teen Services, at the Cheviot branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She can be reached at 513-69-6015 or by email Jennifer.weikert@


Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Ave., will celebrate a half century of service to the community in April. Library staff will officially mark the branch’s 50th birthday at an anniversary Open House from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Join in on an afternoon of fun for the entire family – complete with birthday cake. The Cheviot Branch Library staff, from left, Library Services Assistant Susan Vanderbilt, Reference Librarian Jennifer Weikert, Children’s Librarian Lorie Bonapfel, Branch Manager Kathy Taylor, Library Services Assistant Sarah Dole, and Library Services Assistant Jon Barth. PROVIDED.


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Rush Limbaugh utters a degrading remark towards Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke and he is attacked by the liberal media for weeks. Sandra Fluke is showcased on every liberal show in America. President Obama is so worried for her well being that he calls her. Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz tirade towards Laura Ingramhan and saying Dick Cheney’s heart should be ripped out and kicked around like a political football goes unnoticed. Sarah Palin has been targeted by the liberal media from day one. David Letterman even went after her 14year-old daughter, saying that she got knocked up by Alex Rodriguez during a Yankee’s

game. Bill Maher acknowledged his trashy mouth but said it was acceptable for him to put down conservative women because he is a stand-up-comic. Michele Bachmann was introduced on a liberal show with the band playing the song “Lying Bitch.” What would the liberal media do if a conservative made the Letterman remark towards one of Obama’s daughters or if Michelle Obama was introduced with “Lying Bitch?” Palin’s daughter is only 14 and by the way, still waiting for Obama’s phone call. Democrats have no shame and Obama’s selective acts of compassion are phony. Al Ostendorf Cheviot

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Family of ‘community’s child’ says thanks On the morning of Feb. 17 many lives were changed as my grandson, Austin Backscheider, passed away suddenly at the age of 6 years old. Austin was a bright blueeyed boy full of life and his fight being born a preemie, surviving seven surgeries, and battling cerebral palsy will be forever remembered. Although Austin had many surgeries, including a G-tube “feeding button” in his stomach, he was head strong to not let that stop him from doing everything any other 6-year-old boy would do. He was at every football game and wrestling match yelling “get ‘em Nick” to his older brother Nicholas, 7 years old. We had one boy wrestling for a match trophy, and another boy wrestling cerebral palsy for his life. I look at the challenges in my life, and I think about this 6-year-old boy’s drive to overcome his condition and enjoy his journey through life. Then, I feel if children like Austin can do it, we can all do it. No matter what your battles are as you go through life, you have to try your hardest and enjoy the ride. I decided to write this article as a result of my humble heartfelt gratitude to the community of Cleves, the surrounding neighbors of Addys-

ton, Bridgetown and Harrison, Cleves Skyline, Another Bar, Rohrer’s Tavern, the Three Rivers wrestling team, Austin and the Three Backscheider Rivers school district, teachers and parents. I am very proud to live in a community that has shown such an outpouring of support. Immediately following Austin’s death, with only a few days to plan a funeral, I began to worry about where to gather after the funeral and what food should I try to buy to feed the many friends and family after his services, and in the meantime, I was grieving terribly. The family of the Addyston VFW Hall worked with us to provide a place that would hold the many people that attended the funeral. I arrived at the hall after the burial and as I entered the VFW Hall, I saw food from the front door extending all the way to the back wall. The community, along with friends and family, brought food, helped clean up, and joined the family in the celebration of Austin’s life. Several days following the service a benefit was held at the Cleves Skyline, by the

Three Rivers wrestling team, along with a bake sale and silent auction to cover the expense of the funeral. So many people showed up at Skyline that there was a 45 minute wait just to get in the door, baked goods sold out several times, and as people approached me it felt like the whole community was part of our family, and grieving along beside us. There were also other fundraising events that took place at Another Bar, and another sponsored by the Three Rivers wrestling family. In less than a month following Austin’s death, there were so many donations that we were able to cover his funeral costs and order his headstone. This is truly amazing and no words can express our gratitude for every single donation provided. In six short years this young child impacted many lives. Austin was the “community’s child,” and you just don’t get that in the big city. We will be forever grateful for the support of Cleves and Three Rivers. On behalf of the entire Backscheider family, we would like to say thank you. Maria Mundy is the grandmother for Austin Backscheider, who died suddenly on Feb. 17 at the age of 6 years old.

One man, one vote for the CMHA board In 1964 the United States Supreme Court established the idea of “one man, one vote.” In Reynolds vs. Sims, the court determined that state legislative districts had to be roughly equal in population. Before this ruling urban counties were often drastically underrepresented. The idea of equitable representation was favored by progressives at the time to counter balance the dominance of rural and suburban coalitions. Today, two local state legislators are proposing to correct a

similar long standing inequity in the make up of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) board. But now some Dusty Rhodes COMMUNITY PRESS progressive politicians and GUEST COLUMNIST activists are opposing this overdue move to make the CMHA board truly representative of the area it serves, all of Hamilton County



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with the exception of one small portion of Harrison Township. Currently, CMHA’s board includes five appointees. The appointments are made by the Hamilton County Commissioners, the Court of Common Pleas, the Court of Appeals and by the city of Cincinnati city manager. One of the appointments must be a CMHA program participant. Three appointees are selected by public officials representing the entire county (which includes the city of Cincinnati), but two more are exclusively named by

the Cincinnati city manager. State Rep. Louis Terhar’s and State Sen. Bill Seitz’ bill would add two more representatives, one from the county’s suburban municipalities and one from the county’s townships. Why should the city of Cincinnati have disproportionately excessive representation on a board making decisions well beyond their boundaries? Why can’t suburban communities and townships have equal representation on a board making decisions which significantly

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impact them? The current unfairness in CMHA board membership is indefensible. Thanks to Representative Terhar and Senator Seitz for introducing this bill to assure equal representation for all county residents. The inequity the status quo perpetuates by practicing the politics of exclusion must be addressed. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. He lives in Delhi Township.

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Adam French created a solar powered hydro-electric dam, similar to the Hoover Dam. THANKS TO JOHN FIRST.





Anya Terrill created a wind and solar powered house.

Jacob Woycke created a solar powered lawnmower. THANKS



Students invent products running on renewable power Students in Lydia Parker’s sixth-grade science class at Bridgetown Middle School are studying energy and they were given a special project this quarter – to invent a product or technology for the future that is powered 100 percent by renewable energy. Students had to design and build a model of their invention and explain how a renewable resource, of their choice, worked to power this new product. Students attended an energy fair and had to report out on three projects and then choose which new in-

vention they would want to actually own in the future. Some project ideas included homes designed to run on biomass, solar powered GPS devices and ovens, and cars powered by wind, solar, biomass and water. “I was very impressed with their creative ideas,” Parker said. “It was very eye opening to watch them put so much thought into technology of the future and see where their energy concerns lie. With these young inventors at the helm, I feel very hopeful for our energy concerns in the future.”

Lindsey Oaks with her solar and wind powered house.

Jackson Jalovec created a commercial plane to have solar panels and wind turbines to power. THANKS TO JOHN FIRST.

Justin Summers built a solar powered cell phone charger. THANKS TO JOHN FIRST.

Peace Lutheran Church Celebrates the Resurrection of our Savior Maundy Thursday April 5, 7:00 pm / Good Friday April 6, 7:00 pm Easter Egg Hunt April 7, 1:00 pm / Easter Sunday April 8, 10:30 am

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Jordan Robertson created sa olar and wind powered GPS charger. THANKS TO JOHN FIRST.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Cycling combined with boot camp and strength training moves. Ages 14 and up. Family friendly. $8.50$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood.

out to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.


Senior Citizens


Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Green Township.


Holiday - Easter

Dining Events Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Our Lady of Victory School, 808 Neeb Road, Menu: cod, shrimp, fries, coleslaw and pizza. 347-2074. Delhi Township. Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., St. Lawrence Church, 3680 Warsaw Ave., Heritage Hall. Breaded jumbo shrimp, baked salmon, cod (breaded or beer-battered), spaghetti with sauce, grilled cheese, pizza bread, soup, French fries, macaroni and cheese, green beans, garlic bread, baked potato, coleslaw and tossed salad. Soft drinks include pop, bottled water, milk, coffee or tea. Prices range $1 (side only)-$7.50 (dinners). 921-4230. East Price Hill. Fish Fry and Barbecue, 5-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 485, 29 E. State Road, Bose Wave radio raffle. 941-1643. Cleves. Fabulous Fish Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Bridgetown Finer Meats and Catering, 6135 Bridgetown Road, Includes fish sandwich, fries, macaroni and cheese, green beans and fruit salad. Carryout available. $1-$8. 574-3100; Green Township. St. Aloysius Gonzaga School Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Gonzaga School, 4390 Bridgetown Road, School Cafeteria. Fish and shrimp dinners, baked or fried fish sandwiches, pizza, sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout and drive through available. Benefits Parish’s youth athletic programs. $1.50-$10. Presented by St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church. 574-4035; Green Township. Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Visitation School, 3180 South Road, Multipurpose Room. Activities for children. Will-call, drive-thru and shut-in delivery available at 347-2229. Benefits St. Joseph of the Three Rivers Council Knights of Columbus. Presented by St. Joseph of the Three Rivers Council Knights of Columbus. 941-1369; Green Township. St. Antoninus Boy Scout Troop 614 Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Antoninus Parish, 1500 Linneman Road, Grilled salmon, fish, shrimp, pizza, bread sticks, children’s meals, sides and desserts. Dine in, carryout or drive thru. Call ahead for reserved seating or pickup/drive thru orders. Family friendly. Items vary 50 cents to $8. Presented by St. Antoninus Boy Scout Troop 614. 448-9096; Green Township.

Community Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 1451 Ebenezer Road, Free. 941-5177. Green Township.

Lectures TEDxCincinnatiChange, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 2110 Saint Michael St., Exchange of ideas featuring speakers, inspirational videos and conversation. Theme: Big Picture, small details. Presenters share ideas on important issues of “glocal” nature: issues with both global and local impact. $20-$100. Registration required. Presented by TEDxCincinnati. 706-5444; Lower Price Hill.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 10 p.m., Dew Drop Inn, 8956 Harrison Ave., 3531854. Cleves.

Nature Owl Afternoon, 1-3 p.m., Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Cleves.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Community Dance Arabian (Belly) Dance, 6:307:30 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., Ballet/Piano room, second floor. Learn foundation steps common in Arab dances throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. Taught by Irene Mirci in classic Egyptian style, also known as Dance Oriental. $40 for four classes. Registration required. 662-9109; search/facility.aspx?id=40. Westwood.

Senior Citizens Chair Volleyball, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Indoor Cornhole, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Exercise Classes Spinning, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Cycling class. First class free. Ages 14 and up. Family friendly. $8.50-$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood.

Health / Wellness

Health / Wellness

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dillard’s - Western Hills, 6290 Glenway Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Westwood.

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

Music - Blues T & T Blues, 7-9 p.m., Aroma’s Java and Gelato, 6407 Bridgetown Road, Harmonica, guitar and vocals. Family friendly. Free. 574-3000; Green Township.

Senior Citizens Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Work-

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

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Quilting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Make blankets to donate to Project Linus and Children’s Hospital. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Ceramics, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Stability Ball, 9:30-10 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Bring your own stability ball and work on strengthening your core. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Euchre, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Open game. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Pattern Dancing, 1-2:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Learn line dancing and have fun while exercising. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Billiards, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Exercise Classes Women and Weights, 6-7 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Program specifically designed for women. Maintain bone density, increase metabolism and discover health benefits of weight training. Family friendly. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514905; Westwood. Power and Pump, 5:15-6 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Simple, yet challenging cardiovascular and strength training exercises combined for total body workout. Family friendly. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514905; Westwood. Yoga for the Back/Restorative Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, East parking lot near football facility. Students use breath and movement to lengthen and strengthen the back muscles. $8 drop-in, $35 for 5-class pass, $50 for 10-class pass. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Abs Express, 7-7:20 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Racquetball Center. Work core like never before in quick class that will hit entire abdominal area. Free. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514905; Westwood.

Health / Wellness Occupational Therapy Presentation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Brenda Cain, occupational therapist at Mercy Hospital, speaks on “Managing Challenging Behaviors: Commitment to Caring.” Free. Reservations required. Presented by Mercy Hospital Western Hills. 347-5510. Delhi Township.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 5-8 p.m., The Full Moon Saloon, 4862 Delhi Ave., 244-6111. Delhi Township.

Senior Citizens Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Vintage Artist, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Place for artists to paint together. Beginners welcome. Bring own supplies. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Knitting and Crocheting, 10-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Knit or crochet blankets for Project Linus. Yarn provided. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Wood Carving, 1-3 p.m., Green

The 2012 Major League baseball seasons kicks off tomorrow with the 93rd Findlay Market Opening Day Parade beginning at 1 p.m. Former Reds player and ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone is grand marshal. The parade begins at Findlay Market, goes south on Race Street to Fifth Street, then east, passing Fountain Square. The later start time for the parade reflects the 4:10 p.m. start for the season opener against the Marlins. For more information, call 665-4839 or visit For Reds tickets, call 513-381-REDS or go to www. Mr. Redlegs is pictured in last year's parade. ERNEST COLEMAN/STAFF

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Carve with Greenwood Chippers. Many different techniques used: relief carvings, scroll saw, figurines. Bring own tools. For seniors. Free. 3853780. Green Township. Wii Bowling, 2-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $3. 385-3780. Green Township.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Education Girls Night In, 6-8:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4042 Glenway Ave., Prom Princess: Girls can select a prom dress and accessories, and talk about issues commonly associated with prom season. Registration required. Space is limited. For girls ages 13-18. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673, ext. 15; West Price Hill.

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

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

Tours Village Open House, 3-5 p.m., Bayley Place, 990 Bayley Place Drive, Tour village models. Free. 347-5520. Delhi Township.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Festivals Wildflower Festival, 6-9 p.m.,

College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Harrington Center. Children’s activity area, information from environmental organizations, native plant sale, beekeeping display, art and bake sales, and more. Benefits Western Wildlife Corridor. Free. Presented by Western Wildlife Corridor. 859-512-1983; Delhi Township.

Music - Acoustic Charlie Runtz, 7-9 p.m., Aroma’s Java and Gelato, 6407 Bridgetown Road. Family friendly. Free. Through April 27. 5743000; Green Township.

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

On Stage - Theater River Rat and Cat, 7-8 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., Playhouse Off the Hill. Comedy about friendship and cooperation. River Rat and Cat learn they don’t need to be the same or even like the same things in order to be good friends. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 598-8303; Westwood.

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

Health / Wellness Health-A-Fair, 8-11 a.m., Miami Township Senior Center, 8 North Miami Ave., Health screenings, exhibits and learning centers. Ages 18 and up. Registration recommended. Presented by Dearborn County Hospital. 941-2854. Cleves. Health-A-Fair, 8-11 a.m., Miami Township Senior Center, 8 N. Miami Ave., Available tests include a comprehensive blood chemistry test for $30 (12-hour fast required) and prostate specific antigen test for $10. Screenings, exhibits and more. Blood analysis requires 12-hour fast. $30 blood chemistry analysis, $10 prostate specific antigen. 800-676-5572, ext. 8300. Cleves.

Literary - Libraries Cheviot Branch Library 50th Anniversary, 2-4 p.m., Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Ave., Afternoon of fun for the entire family, complete with birthday cake. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6015. Cheviot.

Music - Acoustic Rick Endres, 7-9 p.m., Aroma’s Java and Gelato, 6407 Bridgetown Road, Free. 574-3000; Green Township.

Senior Citizens

Music - Benefits

Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.


WoodyFest - A Celebration of the Songs of Woddy Guthrie, 7-9 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Little Theatre. Observation of the anniversary of the Great Dust Storms and celebration of Oklahoma song-writer named Woody Guthrie. With Jake Speed and other artists. Benefits College of Mount St. Joseph scholarship fund. $10. 244-4351; Delhi Township.


Music - Classic Rock

Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township.

Saffire Express Band, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., $4. 662-1222; Cheviot.




Casserole perfect for Easter breakfast

I’m anxious to get all the window boxes up and planted with spring flowers. I’ll use pansies Rita and violas, Heikenfeld since they RITA’S KITCHEN are both edible, and they add a pop of color to spring salads, drinks and pastries. Creeping thyme and marjoram will be my fillers. Both of these herbs are two of my favorite culinary herbs, and as the thyme grows, it’s so attractive as it tumbles down the front of the boxes. The marjoram is a lighter green making for a pretty contrast among the flowers. The bonus is that as I replace the pansies with heat-tolerant flowers, the herbs don’t need to be replaced and grow happily until the cold weather forces them to shut down.

Slow cooker breakfast casserole

I used bacon and cooked some extra for garnishing. A nice brunch dish for Easter.

2 lbs. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 1 lb. sausage, bacon, ham, etc. cooked plus extra for

garnish, if you like 2 cups shredded cheese, your choice (I used 1½ cups cheddar and ½ cup Parmesan) plus extra for garnishing ½ cup julienned or diced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained 1 bunch green onions, sliced thinly 12 eggs 1 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste

Spray large slow cooker. A 6-quart works well. Layer half the potatoes on bottom. Add half the meat, half cheese, half tomatoes and half onions. Repeat. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over. Cook on low 5-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, or until eggs are cooked. Turn off slow cooker and sprinkle with additional cheese and meat. Put lid on until cheese melts. Serves 8-10.

Dick Bader’s cheesecake

Dick and I struck up a conversation at grandson Will’s basketball game. He makes one awesome cheesecake and was happy to share it. Dick told me: “I’ve been using this recipe for over 15 years and made my wedding cake and two other wedding cakes using it.” He says it’s better than Jerry’s cheesecakes that you buy.

Donna Kluba’s sugar-free banana cake

Wouldn’t this be nice for an Easter buffet? Crust for two cheesecakes:

Donna is my farmer neighbor and is one of the healthiest cooks and bakers I know. Here’s her latest creation:

3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon 2 ⁄3 cup melted butter

Blend together dry ingredients. Add in enough melted butter to lightly coat crumbs and blend. Press into bottom of 9- to 10-inch springform pan. Cover outside bottom of pan with foil to prevent butter from leaking out. Filling: 6 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sour cream 2¼ cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 1 tbsp. vanilla ½ teaspoon salt 2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 18.25 oz. box yellow sugar-free cake mix ¼ cup packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe bananas mashed, a little over 1 cup 1 cup water ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Donna used a bundt pan and heated it to 325. Lightly grease and flour pan or

use cooking spray. Put everything in mixer bowl and mix together. Blend on low for one minute. Scrape sides and beat two minutes, until blended. Pour into pan and place on center rack. Bake 40-50 minutes until lightly browned. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Cool and frost. Donna used a butter cream and walnuts. She says cream cheese frosting would be good, too.

Can you help?

Donna needs a soy- and egg-free cake.

Donna’s Depression cake for wedding

MATZOH CRUNCH CLARIFICATION Recipe included saltines as a substitute for matzoh for those who may not observe Passover, but would like to make the recipe.

Check out my blog for this recipe. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Preheat oven to 300. Cream the cheese, add in sour cream and sugar and blend on low speed until smooth, then add in eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Pour into pan. Bake one hour, then lower heat to 275 and bake another hour. Turn off oven and let cool in oven for an hour. Can be made ahead of time and frozen. Serves 10-12.

Beware of ticket brokers When it comes to buying concert tickets on the Internet, you need to beware of ticket brokers – some of whom are posing as “official” concert websites. That’s what a Cherry Grove woman learned when she went searching for tickets for an upcoming concert at Riverbend. Linda Shrader is a fan of the rock group Radiohead and rushed to the Internet when she heard they were coming to play at Riverbend. She wanted tickets for all four members of her family. “I typed in Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Radiohead June 5. I hit the return button and the search results came up and the very first one said ‘Riverbend Music Center Offical ticket Service Online for Riverbend Music Center,’” Shrader says. Believing that was the

real website for Riverbend, Shrader clicked on it. “It showed a map of Howard Riverbend. Ain The whole thing looked HEY HOWARD! very official. It had the tickets, but the tickets were very expensive … For the area that I was looking at in the pavilion, it was $345 dollars for each ticket,” Shrader says. Later, when she told her sons she had bought the tickets, they told her she paid way too much money. In addition, they told her tickets for the show hadn’t even gone on sale yet at Riverbend. She contacted the website and tried to cancel the purchase but was told she couldn’t. Her

credit card company also refused to cancel the purchase. “They won’t give the tickets yet, they claim they won’t be sent out until May 29, which is just a few days before the concert. So, I’m a little leery about the fact they’re not going to be in my hand,” Shrader says. Shrader complained to the website about its use of the word “official.” She says they told her they also state on the site “We are a resale marketplace, not a box office or venue.” Shrader recently found another website from a ticket broker that clearly states at the top, “No affiliation with official site.” Shrader says she’d like to alert others to be aware of these websites. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints on WKRC-TV Local 12.

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DEATHS Stephanie Alton Stephanie B. Alton, 44, died March 24. She was a homemaker. Survived by husband Louie Rutherford; children Luther (Kristen) Alton, Annie Rutherford; grandson Landon Alton; father Coolidge Alton; siblings Stephen, Christopher Alton, Alton Theresa AltonGregg, Donna Alton-Morgan; parents-in-law Robert Ward, Joyce Ward; nieces, nephew and other in-laws. Preceded in death by mother Irma Alton. Services were March 28 at Holy Family. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Stephanie Alton Memorial, Warsaw Federal Savings & Loan, 3533 Warsaw Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Ronald Blair Ronald Blair, 82, died March 2. He was an Ohio state parole officer. Survived by children David (Karen) Blair, April (Ron) Schachleiter; grandson Joshua (Jennifer); great-grandchildren Alexandria, Joshua Jr., Hayden, Mckenna; siblings Bill, Gene,

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 853-6262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 or pricing details. Leora, Ruby, Pearl, Nella. Services were March 31 at Receptions Banquet & Conference Center. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home.

William Blaurock William “Brud” Blaurock, 91, Dent, died March 25. He worked in the chemical division of Hilton Davis. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by daughter Virginia (Bob) Hanlein; granddaughter Jennifer Cook. Preceded in death by wife Virginia Blaurock, grandson Rob Hanlein. Services were March 29 at St. Jude Church. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Liberty Nursing Center of Riverside, 315 Lilienthal, Cincinnati, OH 45204.

Pat Burke Patricia “Pat” Sperber Burke, 83, died March 22. Survived by children Tim

(Kim), Tom (Kelly) Burke, Kelley (Tim) Wilms; grandchildren Casey, Sydney, Brenden, Riley, Jason, Allie, Macks, Emma; siblings Phyllis (Harry) Nolan, Fred (Kay) Sperber, Mary Chapman; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Robert Burke, sister Janet (William) Buckley. Services were March 26 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bayley Place, 990 Bayley Place Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45233 or Elder High School Scholarship Fund, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Kelly Cundiff Kelly Cundiff, 43, died March 20. Survived by sons Nathan, Jacob, Ryan Cundiff; siblings Tony (April) Cundiff, Shannon (Dallas) Bolton, Tracy (Steve) Kahny. Preceded in death by parents Jimmy, Judith Cundiff. Services were April 3 at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home, 4989 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

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William H. Foote, 81, West Price Hill, died March 22. He was owner of the Bill H. Foote Company. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Dolores Foote; children Pamela Roberts, Greg (Cindy), Tom (Lori) Foote; grandchildren Melissa, Benjamin Foote, Shawn Hettesheimer; siblings Marian, Jim (Mary), Harold Foote, Kate Tepe, Foote Marie Grunkemeyer, Betty (Jim) Olthaus. Preceded in death by brothers Joe, Dick Foote. Services were March 27 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229 or St. Dominic General Fund, 4551 Delhi Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Dorothy Fanning Dorothy Weitzel Fanning, 87, Green Township, died March 23. She was a bookkeeper. Survived by husband Jack Fanning; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister Fanning Shirley “Jake” Weitzel. Services were March 26 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Stray Animal Adoption Program, P.O. Box 72040, Newport, KY 41072.

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DEATHS Mary Knecht Mary Catherine Wernke Knecht, 83, died March 24. She was an active promoter of the Miraculous Medal. Survived by children Terri (Chuck) Buckner, Bruce (Carol), Ken (Gladys), Linda Knecht; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Bruce Knecht Knecht, siblings Leo, Jane Wernke. Services were March 28 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials requested in the form of Masses said for the repose of Mary’s soul.

Alfred Lammers Alfred Lee Lammers, 84, formerly of Bridgetown, died March 23. He was a route inspector for the United States Postal Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Ohio Horsemans Club and a longtime member of the Bridgetown Church of Christ. Survived by wife Marilyn Kleier Lammers; children Sue Ellen (Gary) Simpson, Linda Holt-Hanlon, James (Janie), Lammers David (Terri) Lammers; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Harvey, Marie Lammers, brothers Virgil, Harold, Ray Lammers. Services were March 31 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society, in care of Dennis George Funeral Home.

James Messer James R. Messer, 31, died March 23. He was a cook for Applebee’s. Survived by wife Denise Messer; stepsons Larry, Trenton, Austin Hastings; granddaughter Damia HasMesser tings; mother Emmakay Messer; stepfather Mark Salings; siblings Terry Jr., Louis Messer, Amy Hatton, Nick, Helen, Jessica Brotherton, Brandy Davis; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father Terry Messer, grandparents John, Helen Davis. Services were March 29 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Marian Ott Marian Ott, 91, died March 19. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Mickey (Mack) Vance, Judy (Tom) Simonson, Charlene (Dick) Harris, Peggy (Mel) Curtis, Dottie (Don) Kennedy; Ott grandchildren Michael, Michele, Matthew, Christine, Tom, Patrick, Scott, Brad, Jonathan, Daniel, Rachel, Alex; 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Michael Ott. Services were March 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati-Western Hills or American Diabetes Foundation.

Charles Pataki Charles M. Pataki, 88, Green Township, died March 22. He was a carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a tank commander. Survived by wife Elizabeth Pataki “Betty” Pataki; children Carol (Jim) Greulich, Peggy (Sean) O’Neill, Andy (Mary) Pataki; grandchildren Tim (Larissa), Michael, Dan (Katie) Greulich, Andy (Katie), Sam, Jack O’Neill, Lisa, Jimmy, Tim, Andrew Pataki; siblings Michael (Annetta) Pataki, Helen (late Bill) Hahn, Peggy (late George) Rendish. Preceded in death by six siblings. Services were March 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to Our Lady of Lourdes.

Donald Schulten Donald A. Schulten, 77, Monfort Heights, died March 23. He was a service manager for Xerox. He was a Navy veteran. Survived by wife Grace Schulten; children Cynthia Jacobson, Cathy (Gary) Schulten Liggett, Theresa Seal, Timothy Schulten; brothers Tom, Jim Schulten; brother-in-law Howard Barlion; eight grandchildren; four great-grand-

of Foreign Wars Post 6428, a member of the North Bend Boat Club and a former Addyston volunteer firefighter. Survived by children Allison Bradford, Daniel J., Scott Vaughn; sister Donna Sullivan; 10 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Henry, Edna Vaughn. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home.

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Anthony “Tony” Simpson, 23, died March 20. He was a welder with Simpson & Sons. Survived by parents Ray, Linda Simpson; siblings Raymond, Brian, Jason, Christy, Regina, Shanna, Calib; grandparents Joe, Sharon Simpson, Willard Hoffman, Daniel, Betty Trimpe; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Cody, grandmother Ruby Hoffman. Services were March 27 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to Simpson Crusaders for a Cure, Relay For Life of Harrison – Southwest Local, American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Mary Lou Adams Vitucci, 82, died March 23. Survived by husband August “Gus” Vitucci; children Donna (Fred) Betz, Joe, Gus (Cheryl) Jr., Bill (Nellie) Vitucci, Mary Ann (Rick) Scharff, Sandy Heid, Vitucci Nancy (Kent) Hugentobler; siblings William Adams, Dolores Parman; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Services were March 30 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Association for the Blind, 2045 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Raymond Sohn Raymond M. Sohn, 85, died March 24. He worked for General Electric. He was an Army veteran of World War II, an Air Force veteran of Korea, a member of American Legion Post 888 and Sohn the IAM Union, and was a supporter of God’s Bible School and the Christian Nation Church. Survived by wife Ruby Johnson Sohn; children Ruth Ferguson, Karen (Jack Moore) BishopPotter, Violet (Todd) Lowrey, Janet (John) Hargett, Robert (Merita) Sohn; siblings Christine Armstrong, Esther Saldivar, Phil Sohn; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers Joseph, Eugene Sohn. Services were March 29 at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Edward Webb Edward N. Webb, 93, Green Township, died March 11. Survived by sons Barry (Karen), Terry (Pann) Webb; grandchildren Sarah (Josh) Korth, Tim (Lisa), Katie, Andy Webb, Webb Allison (Greg) Harris, Laura (Nick) McKee; great-grandchildren Maggie, Matthew, Karina, Jacob, Abby, Olivia, Sophie, Frannie. Preceded in death by Margaret Webb. Services were March 18 at St. Peter & St. Paul United Church

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Regina Wuest Regina Hischemiller Wuest, 100, died March 26. Survived by siblings Jerry (Sandy), Barbara Wuest, Carole Bastain, Rosine (Russ) Radcliffe, Kathleen (Mike) Reilly, Mary Wuest (Mark) Theil; 15 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 35 greatgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Edward Wuest, siblings George, John Hischemiller, Margaret Richard, Marian O’Brien. Services were March 30 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Parkinson’s Disease Association, P.O. Box 33077, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincinnati, OH 45220 or Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Douglas Welsh Douglas L. Welsh, 54, died March 11. He worked at Modern Sheet Metal for 34 years. Survived by wife Terrie Welsh; son Jason (Mandy) Welsh; stepdaughter Welsh Trisha (Donald) Uhlenbrock; grandchildren Crystal, Derek, Ashlee Welsh; step-grandchildren Carlee, Allie, Zachary Larsen; mother Erna Welsh; brothers Dale (Joan), Randy Welsh; niece and nephews Patrick, Gwen, Ryan (Aubrie), Craig Welsh. Preceded in death by father Walter Welsh. Services were March 17 at St. Catharine of Siena. Arrangements by NeidhardMinges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincin-

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A special prosecutor has been appointed to oversee the investigation into whether an Addyston police officer broke the law by acting too violent during a traffic stop. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Russell J. Mock signed an order Mach 22 appointing private Columbus attorney Keith W. Schneider special prosecutor into the case of a February traffic stop involving Tiffany Becker, according to a statement from the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Joe Deters indicated his month that he would ask for a special prosecutor if it appeared the officer may have committed a crime to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Becker’s mother works in his office. Schneider, 49, practices both civil and criminal law. He said last week he hasn’t had a chance to review the case. He said he plans to do that early next week. “I do not know what Mr. Schneider may decide af-

ter he reviews all the information on this matter and conducts his investigation, but I thought that it was important to have an attorney from out of town review this matter to make sure the investigation is handled in the fairest possible manner,” Deters said in a statement. “I would expect that it would take Mr. Schneider several weeks to complete his investigation.” At issue: Was Addyston Police Officer Jeremie Keene too violent when he pulled over Becker’s minivan on First Street in Addyston at 8 a.m. on Feb. 10? He accused her of rolling through a stop sign. Footage from his cruiser cam shows Keene approaching the 28-year-old Cherry Grove woman, who denied running the stop sign. A few seconds later, the officer opened the driver’s door and yanked Becker out. As her child and boyfriend watched from inside the van, he threw her to the ground and placed a knee


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POLICE REPORTS GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Chad Brown, 26, 3327 McCleland Ave., receiving stolen property, possessing criminal tools and possession of marijuana at 6300 Harrison Ave., March 14. Richard Sherrill, 32, 1723 Fairmount, possession of marijuana at 6300 Harrison Ave., March 14.

Randal E. Barrett, 49, 2110 Faywood Drive, assault and domestic violence at 2110 Faywood Drive, March 17. Brittany Jackson, 30, 4259 Ferguson Drive, possession of marijuana at Eastbound Interstate 74 at Exit 18, March 17. Rachel E. Benoit, 19, 3714 Woodsong Drive, underage possession of alcohol at Robroy and Audro, March 17. Andrew J. Cribbet, 20, 3651 Ripplegrove Drive, underage possession of alcohol at Robroy

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cuffs and has then told her she's under arrest," said the spokeswoman, Julie Wilson. Addyston’s police chief has declined comment on the case on the advice of the village solicitor. Becker also has not spoken, on her lawyer’s advice. Keene, 37, works parttime for the village, the chief has said, and has not been on the schedule. Keene has not responded to requests for comment. His personnel file shows he worked as auxiliary officer for Arlington Heights police and became a part-time Addyston officer in November 2008. He has received two commendations, in 2010. He uncovered evidence that helped Cleves police arrest an aggravated robbery suspect, and a citizen's family commended him for his "courtesy, professionalism and speed of response" during a difficult incident.The file had no indications of any concerns about job performance or discipline.


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Man sentenced in robberies Gannett News Service After committing a spree of robberies, Jordan Merk boasted he always wanted to be infamous. He’ll be able to revel in his confirmed infamy for 18 years – the prison sentence he was given March 22 by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Beth Myers after Merk robbed four businesses and terrorized the employees last fall. “He said he got a rush from the robberies,” Assistant Prosecutor Seth Tieger said at Merk’s sentencing.

Merk, 22, robbed the Rally’s restaurant in the 6500 block of Glenway Avenue on Oct. 27; LitMerk tle Caesar’s restaurant in the 5500 block of Harrison Avenue on Oct. 31; Subway restaurant in the 5500 block of Harrison Avenue on Nov. 3, and; Dent’s Drive Thru in the 5800 block of Filview Circle on Nov. 6. He also was accused of kidnapping or assaulting

some of the workers at the places he robbed. Merk used a knife to cut the neck of one of the workers at Rally’s where, a witness said March 22, Merk used to work. Merk earlier pleaded guilty to kidnapping and three counts of aggravated robbery in exchange for having 11 other charges dropped. Eric Buis, 19, was convicted for helping Merk in the Oct. 27 Rally’s robbery. Buis was sentenced in February by Myers to four years in prison.


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banks Ave., drug possession and possessing criminal tools at 6580 Harrison Ave., March 19. Robert A. Woods, 47, 1925 Washburn Ave. No. 5, domestic violence at 5648 Cheviot Road, March 20. David J. Franks, 45, 2952 Feltz Ave., aggravated murder, attempted murder and aggravated burglary at 4951 North Arbor Woods Court, March 11. Megan R. Predmore, 18, 4321 Race Road, drug possession at Werk Road and Werkridge, March 21. Shauna Smith, 23, 3973 Yearling Court, theft at 6290 Glenway Ave., March 21.

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Incidents/reports Aggravated robbery Suspect armed with a handgun attempted to rob BP gas station at 3295 North Bend Road, March 21. Assault Suspect assaulted victim, causing scratches, a bruise and a bloody nose at Homelawn Avenue and Raceview Avenue, March 19. Suspect struck victim in the face

Two video game systems, three controllers, one video game and a digital camera stolen from home at 3236 Pegroy Court, March 16. Entry door damaged on condominium door, but entry was not gained at 7781 Skyview Circle, March 19.




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Makeover show filming in Cheviot By Kurt Backscheider

The television show “Bar Rescue” on Spike TV has selected The Black Sheep Restaurant & Lounge in Cheviot as one of the bars it’s making over for its second season. The TV film and makeover crew are on site at the bar on North Bend Road this week, focusing on all aspects of successfully running a bar including menu, music and atmosphere. According to John Kiesewetter’s blog post about the show – read it here – “Bar Rescue” follows restaurant and bar consultant Jon Taffer “giving failing establishments one last chance to succeed. The series delves into every business facet of running a bar from creating a profitable drink/

Crews from the Spike TV show "Bar Rescue" are at The Black Sheep in Cheviot this week filming an episode for the show's second season. The reality show makes over bars and shows them how to be successful. The Black Sheep's neon sign was one of the first things to come down. KURT

Guitar Women appearing at the Mount The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society (GCPAS) will present the Texas Guitar Woman at the College of Mount St. Joseph Theater Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 PM. The show features some of the best in blues and roots music performed by an all-female line up of heavy hitting musicians from Austin, Texas. Tickets for the show are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show and can be purchased by going to The Texas Guitar Women is a virtual powerhouse of talent and energy led by five-time Grammy winning slide and dobro player Cindy Cashdollar. The lineup also includes “Texas Vocalist of the Year”

Shelly King, blues sensation Carolyn Wonderland, Blind Pig recording artist and bassist Sarah Brown and Austin, Texas, standout drummer Lisa Pankratz. This is the fourth consecutive year the women have made the trek to the

Cincinnati area and the show is getting attention. Not only does the Texas Guitar Women impress a wide age demographic, the women also have broad appeal to a broad range of musical tastes. Additional information can be obtained by calling

513-484-0157. The show is part of the 2011-2012 GCPAS concert series which runs through May. The GCPAS is a registered non-profit charity with proceeds supporting Catholic elementary education by means of tuition assistance.


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teer positions will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Summerfair 2012 will feature more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople from around the country exhibiting and selling works ranging from ceramics and sculptures to painting and photography. For more information, call the Summerfair Cincinnati office at 513-5310050, visit Summerfair Cincinnati online at or email http://info@summerfair .org.

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