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Enter the butterfly photo contest

The Butterfly Show is through June 20 at the Krohn Conservatory. The show and Cincinnati.Com have teamed up for a Butterfly Show Photo Contest. The top three finishers will receive four tickets to the 2010 Butterfly Show, a panoramic photo book from Krohn Conservatory and a “Capture Cincinnati” book from Enquirer Media. To get started go to www. Cincinnati.com/Share and log in or create free account. Click “Publish Photos” then look for the “Butterfly Show Contest” link to upload your photos. Be sure to include your name and the community where you live in the caption.

Who’s top sport?

More than 90,000 votes were cast in last year’s inaugural Community Press and Community Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. Now, it’s time for high school fan bases to rally once again for 2010. For details, see A8

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Pat Thompson said she is pleased with the proposed changes to the Green Township Land Use Plan near her home. “There were very little changes recommended in our neighborhood,” she said. “The one change they are considering is a positive.” Thompson, who lives in Mack, was one of the hundreds of township residents who filtered in and out of an open house the township hosted April 15 to give the public the opportunity to review and comment on proposed changes to the land use plan. She said she was happy with the recommendation to change a Bridgetown Road property near her home now designated for industrial use to a mix of office and residential uses. “The storage of trucks is probably not the best use for that property,” she said. Members of the Green Township Land Use Planning Committee have been working on the five-year update of the land use plan since January. Bryan Snyder, development services administrator for the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, said the land use plan is a document that includes text and maps to guide future development in the township. Changes in the plan guidelines or maps do not change the zoning of property, he said. The purpose of the plan is to provide a framework of considerations and recommendations for future zoning amendments. “If a township has a land use plan, the regional planning commission requires the plan to be reviewed every five years,” Snyder said. Residents who attended the

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Green Township Land Use Planning Committee member Betsy Ryland, left, talks with township resident Deborah Boland about proposed Land Use Plan changes along the Harrison Avenue corridor during an open house where residents could provide input on the proposed updates.

“If a township has a land use plan, the regional planning commission requires the plan to be reviewed every five years.”

Bryan Snyder Development services administrator for the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission

open house were able to speak with members of the township’s land use planning committee and county planning staff, ask questions about the plan and fill out a comment sheet with their thoughts on the proposed changes. “We view the land use plan as a living document,” said Green Township Development Director Adam Goetzman.

He said the changes recommended by the committee were based on development trends, past land use strategies and previous zone change conditions. He said the board of trustees will host a public meeting later this month to consider the recommendations of the land use planning committee as well as comments from the public. The proposed updates will then be sent to the county regional planning commission for ultimate approval. The planning commission, which actually adopts the township’s land use plan as its plan for Green Township, will likely review the plan in June, Goetzman said. Green Township’s land use plan can be found Online at www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/hc rpc/development.asp.

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This is the Land Use Plan map for Green Township. The board of trustees will review the changes recommended in the five-year update of the plan later this month, and the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission has the final say in adopting the updated plan.

Complaint against 3 Rivers dismissed By Kurt Backscheider

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Cleves resident John Janszen said a dismissed complaint isn’t going to stop him from opposing the $37 million bond issue the Three Rivers Local School District is requesting on the May 4 ballot. “I’m going to continue exposing the waste until they stop spending recklessly without regard to the taxpayers,” he said. Janszen filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission on April 6, saying the campaign literature used by the pro-bond group Citizens for Three Rivers was misleading because it said the state’s contribution of $25 million toward the district’s proposed $62 million building plan is guaranteed. He

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Representatives from the environmental consulting firm that conducted soil and ground water studies on the two parcels of property upon which the Three Rivers Local School District is proposing to build a new school presented its findings at the school board meeting Tuesday, April 13. David Shuey, school board president, said Payne Firm Inc. conducted environmental studies of the site at Cooper Road and North Miami Avenue in Cleves in January, and found no major contamination of the properties. “For the most part they gave us a clean bill of health,” Shuey said. He said study results indicate the land compacting was done correctly and there is no evidence of any kind of contamination of the soil or ground water on the Schweitzer parcel, which is the southern parcel and where Wal-Mart

once considered building a store. He said the study results did show minor problems on the Schunk parcel, which is the northern parcel the district would purchase if the May 4 bond issue is approved. Soil staining was found near some above ground fuel tanks on the Schunk property, where fuel had once leaked from the tanks onto the ground. Shuey said the consulting firm determined the leaking did not penetrate deep into the ground, and the impacted area is isolated and can be corrected with minimal excavation. Some trash, such as old appliances, had also once been dumped on the Schunk property, but the study showed nothing dumped there was toxic, Shuey said. He said the property owner has agreed to clean up the trash and

excavate the area where the soil staining was found. “The environmental consultants weren’t worried about either finding,” he said. The study also examined whether the parcels were contaminated by the old Gulf Oil refinery to the north of the property, and Shuey said the firm found no contamination in either the soil or ground water. “They tested the site to the highest standard, which is the standard used for residential development, and it met all the criteria and standards,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the outcome and look forward to the vote on May 4.” Three Rivers has posted the environmental study on its website: www.threeriversschools.org.

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said school supporters should say the state’s money is likely, not guaranteed. “Do citizens deserve the right to know that that money is guaranteed or that the money is highly likely?” he said. “Do they have to … shade the truth by telling a half truth?” The Ohio Elections Commission dismissed Janszen’s complaint Thursday, April 15. Philip Richter, executive director of the commission, said, “There was a motion by the respondents that the complainants had not carried their burden of proof, so they moved to dismiss the case.” Richter said the commission voted 6-0 for dismissal. Janszen said the complaint was tossed out

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Jan Pastrick, co-chair of Citizens for Three Rivers, said Eric Bode, chief financial officer of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, testified at the election commission hearing that if voters pass the May bond issue there is no doubt the district will receive $25 million from the state for a new school. “The funding is state law,” Pastrick said. “If you can’t say that a state law is a guarantee, then I don’t know what is.” Rick Savors, spokesman for the Ohio School Facilities Commission, said if voters approve Issue 9 the money will be available in July. He said the funding, which is part of House Bill 1, may not be available for Three Rivers next summer. Three Rivers School Board President David Shuey said one reason the board voted to place the bond issue on the May ballot instead of in November was because the state could not promise the money in November since it might not be available after the start of the state’s new fiscal year in July. “Our opportunity is May

if we want to be guaranteed the state’s share,” Shuey said. He said it’s difficult to ask taxpayers for more money in this economic climate, but the slow economy also makes it possible for the district to take advantage of low interest rates and low construction costs. “There’s never going to be a cheaper time for the district to do this than now,” he said. Angie Weisgerber, school board vice president, said she thinks building a new school is the most fiscally responsible move for the long-term future of the district. It’s estimated the new building will save taxpayers $3 million each year in operating costs. “Overall, it’s the best decision for our community,” she said. Board member Al Bayes agrees consolidating into one school is the most economical decision. “This is our one-shot opportunity where the state is going to ante up and give us our fair share,” Bayes said. Cincinnati News Service contributed to this story.

Continued from A1 because he couldn’t prove Citizens for Three Rivers maliciously tried to mislead voters. Janszen said he’s concerned if the bond issues passes, and for some reason the Ohio School Facilities Commission decides not give Three Rivers $25 million, the taxpayers will be left paying for a lengthy bond levy that won’t go toward a new school. Three Rivers is asking voters to approve Issue 9, a 4.97-mill, 37-year bond levy that includes 0.5 mills required for building maintenance. The levy would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 about $148 per year in taxes. The district proposed building a new pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school after learning the Ohio School Facilities Commission is offering to pay for half the cost of a new school building because the district was forced to close Meredith Hitchens Elementary School for environmental reasons. The state would contribute $25 million to the project with funds received from tobacco settlements.

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Medals awarded after 60 years By Marc Emral

the medals were finally secured. “After all these years, you knew it was due him, it was worth the fight,” Tyree said. “He always felt he wasn’t worthy of it because of the guys he saw die. “He has a lot of humility.” He wasn’t in Koran long, but he saw a lot of action. After joining the Army in March 1950 – at 17 – it didn’t take long for O’Banion to see action. His 31st Tank Division landed in September and immediately was involved in the battle of Inchon. His tank was hit, and he was struck by shrapnel in the lower leg. He was sent to recuperate, but was back in action two weeks later. In October, he was back in the area of Chosin River, and his tank was hit again. His driver was killed and the tank disabled. He got under the tank, under fire, with just a field jacket on and the tempera-

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It took 60 years for Douglas O’Banion to get the six medals her earned in the Korean War. The Mack resident was given the medals by U. S. Rep. Steven Driehaus at O’Banion’s son’s home on a recent sunny Saturday afternoon. And if it wasn’t for the work his son Gregory Tyree did the past several years, he might still not have the medals. It took this long to receive the medals because, after he was discharged from the Army in 1953 – at age 20 – he was told by the Veterans Administration that he had waited too long. “The VA looked at me like I was a little punk,” O’Banion said. “I got tired of waiting.” After being discharged he became a union painter, retiring after 42 years of

Here is the list of medal Douglas O’Banion recently received” • Purple Heart for being wounded by anti-tank fire after his tank was destroyed. • The Korean Service medal with silver star battle cluster. • The United Nations Service medal. • The National Defense Service medal. • The Army of Occupation medal for Japan. • The Combat infantry Badge painting. But Tyree promised his mother that he would pursue the medals. He first contacted former U.S. Rep Steve Chabot, but Chabot’s office was unable to secure the medals. But after finding paperwork for his dad in Japan, Tyree contact Driehuas’ office a few months ago and

tures below zero. “At dark, I took off,” he said. “I went across a field and crawled through a ditch. “My Boy Scout training came back to me … The only way I could tell which way I was going was seeing tank tracks.” After about eight hours he finally found other American forces. He said he was shelled shocked, so they put him in a school room for a day or two. “It was nice and warm. I got a little chow and then got out of there.” After the rest, he said he mostly walked or hitched a ride on tanks back to his unit. His Army paperwork shows he was involved in five campaigns during his time in North and South Korea. He said he fought through North Korea as far as the Manchurian border. He doesn’t remember all of the places he was during

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Douglas O’Banion. right of Mack, receives the Purple Heart from U.S. Rep. Steve Driehuas. The medal was one of five he earned while fighting in the Korean War in 1950. O’Banion was serving in the 31st Tank Company when his tank was hit by enemy fire. He was hit by shrapnel in the lower left leg as he was exiting the tank. O’Banion’s son Gregory Tyree worked with Driehaus staff to secure the medals. the war. “When you’re in a tank you never know were you are, you get orders and go anywhere.” He left Korea and made it to San Francisco in June 1951. He spent the rest of his Army duty as an instructor at Fort Knox, Ky., being discharged in 1954. Tyree, who is a psychologist, was in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam

War. “I know what how our mind can act as a protection mechanism to suppress things when we observe such horrid acts of war,” he said. The medals mean a lot to O’Banion. “When you have been there and done that,” he said, “you think you deserve it.”

St. Catharine festival offers Italian culture, cuisine By Kurt Backscheider kbackscheider@communitypress.com

St. Catharine of Siena parish isn’t putting on your typical Catholic church festival this year. The Westwood parish’s event will still include games, food and beer, but it will also offer much more of a cultural experience. St. Catharine has teamed up with several Italian societies in Cincinnati to present CincItalia, the inaugural Cincinnati Italian Festival.

The event runs 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 14; 3 p.m.11 p.m. Saturday, May 15; and 1 Ellerhorst p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at Harvest Home Park in Cheviot. “We’re making a very sincere effort to transform our traditional church festival into a cultural festival,” said Gregg Ellerhorst, a St. Catharine parishioner help-

ing organize the festivities. “We want to cover all the Italian cultural aspects.” He said restaurants like Pompilios, Trattoria Roma, Gabby’s Cafe, Noce’s Pizzeria and LaRosa’s will offer Italian cuisine, as will members of the Order Sons of Italy in America, the United Italian Society and La Societa Fuscaldese Femminile. Italian chefs will perform cooking demonstrations, including the West-side’s own Buddy LaRosa. A heritage display of Ital-

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ian history in Cincinnati is a feature of the festival, as well as an Italian car show, Italian dancing, a Bocce court, wine garden and coffee/espresso bar. Red, white and green lights will illuminate the event and meander through the festival booths, which will be set up to simulate a street festival environment, Ellerhorst said. “We’re committed to organizing an event that visually is also kind of special,” he said.

Joe Mastruserio, a St. Catharine parishioner also on the planning committee, said transforming the traditional parish festival into a cultural festival seemed like a good way to offer something new and different and, hopefully, attract more people to the event. “If you miss a church festival this week there’s another one next week,” he said. “We had to think of something else to attract people.” “And St. Catharine is the patron saint of Italy, so it

was a natural choice. It made perfect sense to do an Italian festival.” Ellerhorst said live music includes The Remains, Sal Ventura and Dr. Zoot, the Bill Antoniak Band and Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms. “When we first started discussing this we said, ‘If we’re going to present a cultural festival let’s go all out and do it the right way,’” Ellerhorst said. For more information about the event, visit www.cincitalia.com.

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Township defends controversial hire By Kurt Backscheider kbackscheider@communitypress.com

A question has been raised as to whether Green Township’s new executive assistant to the administrator was hired by township officials for political reasons. Township resident Gary Dressler recently attended two board of trustees’ meetings to express his concerns with the board hiring Jennifer Triantafilou, who was hired as an executive assistant in January to perform a variety of duties, including assisting the township administrator and elected officials, coordinating human resources activities, conducting Drug Free Workplace training, assisting with township publications, media events and handling

special projects. Triantafilou, who is paid $49,938 annually, filled the vacant executive assistant job left open when Sheryl Ross retired Jan. 31 after serving as the executive assistant for about three and a half years. Dressler addressed the board of trustees at their March meetings, and with documents he obtained from the township in hand, contended Triantafilou was not the most qualified candidate who applied for the position and that she was hired for political reasons. She is the wife of Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. She has worked in the health care field since 1991, and her resume stated she has experience in

human resources. “This was a political hiring,” Dressler said. “It’s unethical and it surely gives a bad appearance.” Jennifer Triantafilou declined to comment for this story. Ninety-nine people applied for the position when the township advertised the opening in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. Those 99 applicants were narrowed to a field of 13 finalists, who were interviewed by Green Township Trustee Tony Upton and Administrator Kevin Celarek on Dec. 1, 3 and 4, 2009. In an e-mail Celarek sent the trustees on Dec. 7, he recommended four of the 13 finalists as his top candidates for the position. TriDon’t Move-Improve

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antafilou, though she was one of the 13 finalists, was not among the four Celarek recommended. “Jennifer was in my top five,” Celarek said. “Those were only my recommendations. The trustees are the ones who ultimately make the final decision.” Dressler said Triantafilou’s application should not have even been considered, pointing out her resume was dated Nov. 20, 2009 – 11 days past the Nov. 9 application deadline listed in the township’s advertisement for the job opening. Celarek said the township trustees reserve the right to accept applications at any time. He said Triantafilou’s application was accepted after the deadline because it did not interfere with the interview process. “We went through the full process of interviewing candidates,” Celarek said. “She was not given special consideration. She was evaluated the same way as the 12 other finalists.” Dressler then referred to notes Celarek wrote in his December 2009 calendar, which Dressler said provide further evidence the hiring was political.

On Dec. 8, 2009, C e l a r e k w r o t e , Celarek “David said hire Triantafilou,” and the following day made a note that read, “Tracy – Triantafilou + job, commit political.” Celarek said the Dec. 8 note refers to a conversation he had with Trustee Chairman David Linnenberg, in which Linnenberg said he reviewed the resumes of the 13 finalists and in his opinion Triantafilou was the best fit for the position. Celarek said the note he wrote on Dec. 9 was in regard to a conversation he had with Trustee Tracy Winkler, in which Winkler said there would likely be political ramifications whether the township hired Triantafilou or not. Celarek said he makes brief notes in his personal calendar every day, and uses them as a reference when writing his bi-weekly reports for the trustees. A note written Dec. 22, 2009, shows that Winkler interviewed Triantafilou and another finalist during the second and final round of interviews. Winkler said she voted to hire Triantafilou because

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she didn’t look solely at how candidates’ resumes stacked up against one another. “I was also looking for someone with a personality, a good communicator who could create an effect in the administration office you don’t see on paper,” Winkler said. “We hired the best person who could create that atmosphere.” Linnenberg said Triantafilou was not hired for political reasons, adding that one of the applicants not offered the job was a member of the Green Township Republican Club. He said he reviewed the resumes of the 13 finalists, and he thought Triantafilou’s was as good or even better than all the rest. And when he learned Upton and Winkler thought her personality would fit well with the rest of the staff, he was sold on hiring her. “You hire who you think is the best person for the position,” Linnenberg said. “She has a great work ethic and she’s been fantastic. She’s doing a great job.”

BRIEFLY Showcasing the arts

The Three Rivers Local School District will host its fifth annual Fine Arts Showcase from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Taylor High School, 36 Harrison Ave., North Bend.

The event includes performances by the band, choral groups and drama clubs, along with a display of student artwork from all four of the district’s schools. Allison Pulskamp, an art teacher at Taylor, said every

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tion at 10 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Cocktail reception and awards immediately follow the golf outing. Cost of the outing is $50. “The tournament provides good exposure for what Bayley Place does. We consider it a family event,� Hemmer said. “To be associated with such a fantastic organization fills my family with pride.� Hemmer’s grandparents, George and Helen Knittle, were long time residents of Bayley Place. Many residents and members are no longer able to afford the full cost of their care. Bayley Place lives strongly by the belief that no resident or member shall be asked to leave nor will any facet of his or her care be jeopardized due to a lack of funds. As a result, they provide charitable care assistance, which totals nearly $1.5 million annually and the need continues to grow.

Hemmer, who grew up on Cincinnati’s west side said his family can’t brag enough about Bayley Place. “My grandparents were special. They deserved a special place to call home, and they had it here at Bayley Place. Papa was a special man. He loved people. At the age of 100, he was

still making new friends and new memories,� Hemmer said. “My grandmother had crippling health issues for the last 10 years. At Bayley Place, she experienced love and comfort. “It’s my hope all seniors can have the same quality of care,� said Hemmer. For more information,

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Diane Laake said she plans to continue building on the legacy Sister Nancy Merkle has established at Mother of Mercy High School. Laake, the school’s assistant principal for academics and admissions, has been named Mercy’s new principal effective July 1. She replaces Merkle, who is retiring June 30 after 20 years as the school’s principal. “Mercy is in great shape,” Laake said. “Sister is turning over the reigns of a great school. My goal is to build upon that legacy and continue to articulate the future of

Catholic education for young women.” Laake is no stranger to the Mercy community. She’s served all 31 years of her educational ministry at the school, starting out as a science teacher at Mercy in 1979. She became the assistant principal in 2000. Throughout her career she’s earned teaching awards from Toyota, the Charlotte Schmidlapp Foundation and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She’s a founding member of the Network for Mercy Education, which links all Sisters of Mercy schools throughout the country, as well as the Executive Committee for Franciscans Network, a human rights organization.

She also serves as Mercy’s chairwoman for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Committee. Merkle said she’s confident in Laake’s ability to direct the school. “I’m happy to pass it on to such a wonderful person,” Merkle said. “She’ll be a tremendous leader, and she knows the Mercy spirit really well. It makes it easy to pass it over.” Laake said she is excited about interacting with students in a different way, and working to provide them every opportunity they need to be successful. She said she looks forward to meeting with the faculty and parents to discuss ideas for the future,

while also maintaining Mercy’s core values of excellence, support for one another and Catholic education. “Mercy is the only place I’ve ever imagined myself as being principal,” she said. “I have deepened my love of the teaching profession here.” Laake is the first lay person to be named principal at Mercy, and she said she’s honored to take up that mantle. “Sister (Merkle) comes from a long line of tremendous sisters in leadership,” she said. “It’s been a real honor to work with Sister, and I’m fortunate to have been part of a program the sisters established to train lay people to be leaders.”

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Diane Laake, an assistant principal at Mother of Mercy High School, has been named the school’s next principal. Laake will replace Sister Nancy Merkle, who is retiring after 20 years at the helm. Laake is the first lay person to be named principal at Mercy.

HONOR ROLLS Oak Hills High School

The following students have earned honors for the third quarter of the 2009-2010 school year.

Freshmen

Highest honors: Lora Annis, Kimberly Baker, Christopher Beck, Maria Birri, Mitchell Bischoff, Justin Bishop, Adam Bossman, Brittany Dixon, Lindsey Eckstein, Marissa Fox, Erika Frondorf, Casey Giffin, Brooke Hater, Emily Hinton, Kathleen Licht, Sarah McKeown, Meredith Meyer, Rachel Mistler, Eleni Panagiotopoulou, Thuy Thi Phan, Brady Ramsaur, Kassie Ray, Curtis Robertson, Mark Schramm, Adam Schueler, Lindsay Smith, Jessica Wieman, Mara Witsken, Frankie Wong, Ciera Woycke and Jim Yang. High honors: Aimee Audretch, Corinne Baum, Danielle Bestfelt, Anna Bettner, Justin Biggs, Kameron Bledsoe, Amber Boehm, Brook Brannon, Amanda Braun, Elisabeth Burg, Alexis Crosby, Ian Cundiff, Samantha Davis, Cynthia Depenbrock, Colin Devine, Thomas Dinger, Elizabeth Engleman, Kimberly Fairbanks, Jacob Finkbeiner, Alec Fisher, Emma Fox, Cody Frondorf, Nicholas Grippa, Jenna Haarmeyer, Alexis Hadsell, Chloe Herzog, Kelly Hetzel, Morgan Hetzel, Zachary Higginbotham, Sarah Holtman, Mario Hristovski, Hannah Inman, Madison Jasper, Dakota Kathman, Leah Kathmann, Zachary Keyes, Anna King, Samuel Kisakye, Kevin Konkoly, Daniel Kurtz, Mackenzie Laumann, Allison Lawson, An Hntn Le, Devin Lillis, Kellie Marshall, Nicholas McGinnis, Jacob Mercurio, Brianna Meyers, Sarah Mohr, Mikayla Moore, Joseph Moster, Christine Murphy, Kelley Murray, Amin Musaitif, Ryan Neiheisel, Jessica Niemer, Kaitlin Owens, Mackenzie Parian, Kaitlyn Parnell, Cassandra Penley, Kristen Petronio, Rachel Price, Michael Raabe, Madison Raleigh, Jeremy Record, Danielle Reddington, Andrew Richardson, Krista Rudolph, Jaime Sanzere, Anna Schueler, Sara Sheridan, Jessica Sherlock, Nicole Siciliano, Elizabeth Slattery, Gweneveir Stevens, Tyler Stump, McKalyn Sunderman, Kimberly Taber, Elena Thier, Olivia Thomas, Tanner Viox, Emily Volz, Mariah Vonluehrte, Jacob Wall, Owen Walsh, Katelyn Wauligman, Emma Wilhelmus and Tyler Willig. Honors: Jose Alcala-Hernandez, Ashley Amend, Ethan Anderson, Paul Arelt, Amanda Arnold, Sarah Arnold, Anne Backer, Colan Beare, William Bechard, Morgan Berra, Brandon Besl, Andrew Breiner, Patrick Breitenbach, Rex Brigger, Megan Brodbeck, Cody Bruser, Jacob Buller, Kenneth Burg, Corey Bushle, James Byrnes, Matthew Carey, Caleb Carnes, Dejuan Carr-Davis, Eric Cella, Mariah Childs, Courtney Conrad, Emma Creech, Sydney Creeden, Rebeca Dale, Jeremy Daniels, Shawn Dey, David Didusch, Kelsey Dozier, Ashton Drake, Kelsey Duenhoft, Patricia Duerring, Tyler Duggins, Michael Dwenger, Kristen Edgell, Paul Fieler, Constance Frankenstein, Matthew Freudemann, Ross Frondorf, Jennifer Gabelman, Simon Gamel, Courtney Gilday, Kristen Griffith, Andre Hakim, Victoria Hensley, Bradley Hodges, Matthew Hoendorf, Tanner Howell, Michelle Jennrich, Cody Jent, Lloyd Keith, Trisha Kellogg, David King, Robb Klawitter, Kristen Koopman, Amanda Koppers, Michelle Lam, Justin Lange, Julia Lierman, Bo Lin, Allison Lincoln, Sophainara Long, Kylie Luebbering, Sara Masminster, Emma Matheson, Michael May, Abbey Meszaras, Megan Minning, Alana Murray, Christine Nguyen, Samantha Noble, Nicholas Norman, Lindsay Offill, Michael O’Toole, Jacob Parian, Julie Raabe, Alexandria Ragland, Jacob

Richmond, Emily Rieman, Adam Roddy, Cody Roden, Mary Rosing, Emily Rubush, Katherine Ruwe, Jacob Salzl, Shelby Sargent, Amanda Schirmer, Jack Schmidt, Tanner Segbers, Karli Shackelford, Melanie Shepherd, Alecia Siegel, Isabella Sims, Nicholas Smith, Nicholas Snider, Karley Sommerfield, Kaitlyn Stenger, Brenna Steuart, Randy Stone, Robert Stranzin, Jessica Suhr, Connor Sullivan, Halle Tenhundfeld, Anne Vargas, Kyle Voegele, Michael Warren, Alexander Watzek and Tyler Willenborg.

Sophomores

Highest honors: Maggie Bischoff, Austin Brown, Trenton Bushle, Aaron Cunningham, Duy Thanh Dao, Stephanie Diehl, Derek Dulle, Austin Feller, Felicia Fuller, Kelsey Griffin, Elise Hand, Sarah Harding, Conner Hartman, Stephanie Heinrich, Katherine Herbort, James Jones, Brandon Kamp, Allison Keeton, Matthew Kehling, Kristen Keller, Robbi Kleinholz, Jenna Kremer, Zachary Lecompte, Chelsea Leonardi, Emily Marsala, MacKenzie McCarthy, Elizabeth Meyer, Jessica Meyer, Bradley Miyagawa, Madelyn Nemann, Mary Nguyen, Ashleigh Outt, Allison Papathanas, Lauren Reis, Carly Roden, Dustin Ross, Anne Schneider, Randall Stenken, Nicole Streder, Austin Swanger, Nakai Velasquez, Jacob Wagner, Sarah Walker, Kaitlyn Waters, Kaline Williamson and Kirk Wurzelbacher. High honors: Jaclyn Abernathy, Rahel Admasu, Valerie Ahern, Christina Bauer, Joshua Beltz, Stacey Bennet, Kyle Bielefeld, Taylor Bishop, Shelbey Black, Joel Brisbin, Chandler Campbell, Rebecca Campbell, Rachel Cantrell, Elizabeth Cappel, Kristen Carlton, Katerina Dantsis, Stephanie Davis, Leah Dolch, Jonathan Eckstein, Alexandra Eilers, Michael Emerick, Rachel Frazer, Matthew Funk, Hannah Gaebe, Grace Gordon, Amanda Harper, Zachary Hauer, Nathan Haungs, Benjamin Hess, David Hoang, Anthony Hover, Katie Huber, Benjamin Huizing, Rachel Hussel, Jenna Hutzel, Cassandra Kaufelt, Taylor Keeton, Lukas Kientz, Savanna Kuertz, Rebecca Kuhn, Julie Larbes, Antonio Lassandro, Anthony Loehl, Adrienne Majors, Carissa Maney, Lindsey Massa, Tara Menke, Peter Merz, Nathaniel Meyer, Zachariah Meyer, Austin Mielke, Christina Miller, Emma Moore, Jesse Morgan, Savannah Nagel, C.J. Nuss, Kevin Ou, Zachary Panzeca, Padrick Parnell, Paige Raabe, Katie Rankin, Ellen Rielag, Cody Rogers, Alexander Russo, Rachel Scheidt, Samantha Schloss, Jennifer Schmaltz, Adam Schmitz, Drew Schroeder, Justin Schultz, Austin Schwallie, Megan Sexton, Victoria Shad, Sarah Shappelle, Caitlin Smith, Hailli Smith, Stevie Smith, Emily Spraul, Zachary Staggs, Markus Sullen, Darryl Sumner, Evans Tate, Sydney Trame, Kenneth Truesdell, Thao Truong, Kaitlin Turner, Morgan Voss, Catherine Watson, Abigail White, Kimberly Wilson, Megan Wittich, Darya Wodetzki and Ying Ying Yang. Honors: Eleanor Ackermann, Matthew Albrecht, Jonathan Andres, Cortney Ballard, Lauren Bass, Hollie Becker, Kristen Bell, Gregory Bosse, Gretchen Bosse, Margo Brannen, Jessica Breadon, Jeanne Bredestege, Ryan Bross, Teall Burns, Gabrielle Caldwell, Anthony Cappel, Madeline Carpenter, Kelly Cavanaugh, Stephanie Chisholm, Thomas Connolly, Brooke Cordell, Tyler Crusham, Cara Day, Tyler Delaney, Robert Dennis, Hailey Detore, Stacey Dickerson, Joseph Dull, Andrea Elchynski, Seirria Everetts, Matthew Fadely, Rachel Feldhaus, Peter Foley, William Foster, Jacob Frazer, Danielle Galbraith, Erin Gibbemeyer, Corinne Gilardi, Samantha Gilday, Ashley Goebel, Amy Graman,

Courtney Greene, Sean Groeschen, Leah Grummich, Mitchell Guthrie, Sarah Hail, Amanda Hamlin, Emily Hart, Karley Hausfeld, Emily Helbling, Jaron Hesse, Andrew Hoffman, Emily Holton, Jacob Holton, Corey Hughes, Casey Johnson, Janelle Johnson, Andrew Kallmeyer, Amber Kiley, Katelyn Kingrey, Tyler Kleinholz, Kourtney Koo, Kayla Krekeler, Austin Kron, Nathaniel Lambing, Olivia Lamping, Caleb Lang, Allen Liebing, Marie Lipps, Jessica Lohmann, Bopphanierri Long, Michael Mahan, Eric Mahoney, Garrett Martz, Brooke Mathis, Alyssa McCreadie, Zachary McGimsey, Jesse McWhorter, Katie Meyer, Kelli Meyer, Christopher Moehring, Lisa Moore, Molly Mueller, Karem Musaitif, Nicholas Neidich, Matthew Nguyen, Tyler Nuss, Shaylen Oswald, Amber Porta, Megan Predmore, Ashley Rahm, Alexis Reamer, Cleveland Reese, Jacob Reynolds, Alicia Richter, Kelsie Roberts, Abriana Roell, Laura Rogers, Makalynn Rose, Derrek Ross, Zachary Santen, Kelly Schneider, Timothy Schrenk, McKenzie Schultes, Benjamin Schwartz, Kristen Shari, Nicholas Shelby, Sarah Shoemaker, Thomas Slaughter, Nicholas Smith, Sara Smith, Lauren Sommer, Benjamin Souders, Caleb Stacey, Steven Stenger, Curtis Thomas, Cameron Tuck, Kyle Turner, Kaitlyn Uhrig, Cassandra Walters, Timothy Weber, Hannah Weiskittel, Angel Wells, Olivia Wendling, Michael Werner, Emily Williams, Hannah Winch, Koral Wolff, Rachel Wright and Zachary Yamaguchi.

Juniors

Highest honors: Lindsey Allen, Clinton Backscheider, Paige Bedinghaus, Nicole Bishop, Blake Buschur, James Byrne, Corey Cooper, Nathan Cybulski, Jeremy Day, Candace Dupps, Jacqueline Ehrman, Lauren Heugel, Erin Holtman, Zachary Horstman, Samantha Imfeld, Sidney Jasper, Trevor Jordan, Chelsea Kathman, Kelsey Kolish, Alexander Kroeger, Lauren Lamping, Matthew Maxey, Megan May, Erin Murray, Chrisanne Neumann, Alexander Nurre, Carrie Ramsaur, Brandon Richter, Rachel Ruehl, Michael Schlasinger, Susan Shockey, Nathan Smith, Tanh Truong, Christian Vandewalle and Lindsay Webb. High honors: Gabrielle Abbatiello, Chloe Acus, Samantha Amend, Matthew Arlinghaus, Rachael Asher, Karli Baas, Nicole Beck, Ashley Beckemeyer, Nicole Berry, Ashley Bethel, Leah Binkley, Anthony Birri, Melissa Bishea, Jessica Boston, Kelsey Bratfish, Patrick Brems, Kaila Busken, Amy Campolongo, Jessica Cicale, Caitlin Craft, Deanna Dabbs, Andrew Damcevski, Triet Dao, Amber Davis, Katherine Doherty, Lauren Engleman, Rachel Eubanks, Molly Farrell, Daniel Felix, Michael Fischesser, Alexa Flanigan, Amanda Frederick, Tracy Fultz, Erika Furukubo, Douglas Galbraith, Megan Gilbert, Jacob Gilleo, Catherine Gilliam, Amanda Gratsch, Lauren Griffith, Aleshia Haag, Timothy Hahn, Jordan Hall, Kristen Hayhow, Daniel Honerkamp, Christopher Hudson, Allyson Janson, Sara Jung, Kirsten Knecht, Ashlee Kromski, Jenna Leisure, Sarah Listerman, Kelly Louie, Solida Mao, Amber McRoberts, Brooke Menke, Tyler Merk, Molly Mersmann, Megan Miller, Larry Mitchell, Catherine Moster, Leon Nguyen, Zachary Noble, Miraj Patel, Benjamin Porter, Alyssa Price, Andrew Raczka, Shannon Rothenbusch, Eric Ruffin, Benjamin Russell, Hayes Ryland, Robert Sagers, Shelby Sandlin, Donald Schille, Madison Schmidt, Kyle Siler, Kayleigh Simmons, Krystina Sims, Karlee Smith, Courtney Stafford, Dylan Streibig, Eric Thorman, Travis Troxell, Tiffany True, Jared Vanderpohl, Lauren Weitz, David Westerhaus, Meggan Wilson, Kelsey Wineland, Kaitlyn Yates and Kayla

Zahneis. Honors: Braden Alcorn, Jeffrey Arndt, Angela Backscheider, Aaron Baker, Morgan Beam, Logan Beare, John Bechard, Eric Binder, Jennifer Boehringer, Kyle Bossman, Mackenzie Boyer, Alexis Bunch, Cory Burgin, Sarah Burnhimer, Hannah Burns, Kayla Burress, Ashley Burst, Jacob Cain, Robert Callahan, Christina Campbell, Paige Caudill, Brittany Cella, Christopher Cerimele, Julie Chessey, Kyle Christopfel, Emily Devine, Robert Didusch, Matthew Dietrich, Alexander Dunford, Brittany Duwel, Jacob Elsaesser, Victoria Esterkamp, Justin Evans, Abby Federmann, Alexandria Ferguson, Eric Ferneding, Jennifer Fitz, Grace Freihofer, Jamie Frolicher, Jessica Fuller, Karly Gade, Emily Gallagher, Charles Geluso, Andrew Gerhardt, Mariah Gilkeson, Tyler Grady, Bryan Grote, Max Hamberg, Nicole Handlon, Mason Harrell, Alison Hayfer, Kyle Heinrich, Jennifer Helbling, Eric Hengehold, Rebecca Henry, Jessica Herzner, Charles Hinton, Steven Hoeffer, Kristen Holmes, Scott Howard, Brooke Hutchinson, Logan Johnson, John Katz, Emily Keilholz, Zachary Kelley, Theodore Kempf, James Klein, Allyson Knapp, Alexander Kohake, Brittany Krauk, Adam Krier, Brian Kross, Maxine Lammers, Brandon Langmeier, Kelsey Laumann, Derek Lenz, Nicole Levernier, Russell Ludwig, Michelle Luken, Caroline Maher, Brian Martin, Alexis McMahan, Emily McMahan, Brendyn Melugin, Tyler Merk, Savannah Mertz, Andrew Meyer, Jay Morgan, Michael Morris, Kaitlynn Murphy, Katelin Myers, Kristin Myers, Lucas Neville, Casey Nguyen, Melissa Olberding, Courtney Oldfield, Brittany Perkins, Heather Pfaffinger, Amber Pra, Jacqueline Raabe, Susan Rack, Tia Reid, Megan Reinerman, Simon Rhein, Timothy Rieman, Nathan Rogers, Michael Ronan, Emily Rossi, Elizabeth Rupe, Rachel Salzl, Justin Schaefer, Jamie Schermbeck, Emily Schneider, Reba Scholl, Alexander Sehlhorst, Ryan Shappelle, Nickolas Sims, Brianna Slayback, Brittney Smith, D.J. Smith, David Smith, Edward Smith, Nicholas Smith, Zachary Smith, Andrew Stegman, Allison Steuart, Stephanie Stone, Nicole Sunderhaus, Samantha Tallman, Michael Taylor, Stephanie Taylor, Katelyn Tesla, Jacob Thier, Andrew Thomas, Sara Thomas, Alexia Triantafilou, Amanda Turk, Natalie Vance, Matthew Vennemann, Lindsey Voss, Amanda Walden, Jennifer Wallace, Tyler Walters, Abigail Watson, Alexandria Watson, Rachel Weber, Rebecca Whelen, Nicole Wimmer, Emily Wohlfrom, Kelsey Wright, Brittany Wuestefeld, Anthony Wunder, Katherine Wurster and Rob Zoellner.

Seniors

Highest honors: Karlee Abrams, Allison Ahlers, Amanda Baute, Ashley Berding, Donna Boeshart, Brittany Brauer, Lindsey Brown, Temperance Burden, Adam Coey, Gabrielle Coors, Brendan Elchynski, Angela Evans, Gabrielle Falco, Matthew Froese, Stephanie Fromhold, Evan Frondorf, Emily Gibbemeyer, Katelyn Gilkey, Megan Gladfelter, Brittany Glancy, Nicholas Hellmann, Rebecca Hoff, Sherree Johnson, Megan Keller, Anna Klump, Brian Kuenzler, Sarah Laffey, Michelle Lahue, Rachel Lee, Rebecca Lindner, Julia Mazza, Angela Memory, Taylar Metzger, Kevin Meyer, Jason Morency, Sarah Nickoson, Elizabeth Paff, Emily Phillips, Sarah Reiners, Melanie Rickett, Maranda Sanders, Sean Schatzman, Angela Scudder, Derek Seymour, Floyd Smith, Megan Stepp, Cara Sumner, Hillary Tate, Theresa Tschofen, Marsha Wall, Grace Waters, Sarah Welling and Samantha Wilson. High honors: Danielle Abbott, Jennifer Abrams, Jennifer Adkins, Norit Admasu, Alexa Ahern, Andrew Alexander, Kathyrn

Amann, Maria Amann, Samantha Anderson, Bradley Baas, Emily Barsch, Kayla Bauer, Maxwell Bischoff, Rachel Blake, Robert Boehl, Abraham Boyles, Kristina Brodbeck, Caitlin Bruder, Abigail Brueggemeyer, Carrie Buchert, Alexandra Burke, Jacob Campbell, Elizabeth Cappel, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Krista Cebulskie, Sara Cope, Kelsey Coyle, Peter Dantsis, Alexander Davis, Holli Deems, Ashley Eilers, Jeremy Ernst, David Farwick, Kelsie Fieler, Bryan Frederick, Brian Gilbert, Jenny Giovis, Joshuah Habig, Jessica Hall, Jason Handley, Kianna Hardebeck, Alaina Hartman, Paige Hater, Joseph Hedrick, Margaret Heithaus, Sophia Herrmann, Emily Hill, Samantha Hinds, Tanner Hinds, Ryan Howell, Joshua Huesman, Jamie Jackson, Krystal Kaiser, Abby Kampel, Riley Kilgore, Thomas King, Stephen Kluesener, Kurt Kolish, Mark Krug, Amanda Krzynowek, Samuel Kuenneke, Morgan Laumann, Timothy Lee, Ashley Leinen, Bryan Lubbers, Emily Lyons, Yianni Makris, Hanna Mattlin, Emily McNamara, Timothy Menchen, Alexander Mergard, Travis Meyer, Benjamin Mueller, Erin Naberhaus, Peter Namie, Abigail Nienaber, Natalie Nuss, Ashley Olinger, Emily Ossing, Shelby Oswald, Michael Otten, Loren Papin, Kirstin Parker, Sara Peasley, Ryan Quinn, Brandon Raabe, Chelsea Raleigh, Emily Reddington, Emily Reis, Brad Renken, Melissa Rohr, Kristin Schute, Haitham Shalash, Blake Siebenburgen, Alexander Smith, Nicole Smith, Tara Smith, Ashleyanne Spriggs, Brooke Sroczynski, Carson Taylor, Kaylyn Tully, Richard Uhlenbrock, Kristine Uhlhorn, Rio Vanrisseghem, Kaitlyn Wagner, Sadie Wagner, Whitney Weber, Tyler Weiskittel, Brian Willis, Thomas Witterstaetter, Lauren Wolf, Jared Yeggy and Brittany Zinser. Honors: Jessica Baker, Tyler Baker, Samantha Becker, Joshua Berg, David Bosse, Casey Brannon, Brittany Braun, Eden Brennan, Samuel Burton, Vincent Bushle, Corie Cartmell, Sujal Chokshi, Megan Clem, Jessica Cook, Sandra Craft, Lauren Crain, Ashlee Daniel, Danielle Davidson, Tarra Dirkes, John Dotson, Olivia Eckstein, Dominique Elie, Joshua Ellis, Spencer Ellis, Cassandra Engel, Taylor Feist, Clarissa Fenbers, Elisabeth Ficker, Robert Frank, Angela Fuller, Steven Gebing, Sophia Gilardi, Matthew Gum, Brendan Haehnle, Katheryn Haller, Allison Hauer, Colleen Hayes, Michael Hertsenberg, Jacob Hildreth, Alexander Hilton, Jacob Hornback, Joshua Horner, Kelsey Howard, Chase Huesman, Hannah Hutchinson, Garrard Karnes, Michael Kessler, Tami Kishigawa, Julia Klayer, Emily Klingenbeck, Robert Klotz, Breann Krier, Maribeth Kuenneke, Khang Le, Giacomo Luca, Robert Maltry, Briana Marsh, Curtis McCarthy, Rachel McHugh, Danielle Miller, Steven Mills, Daniel Mogos, Charles Montgomery, Mitchell Moser, Megan Murray, Katlyn Neack, Kali Newman, Kaitlyn Osborn, Allison Owen, Mackenzie Owens, Tiffany Patterson, Samuel Peter, Brandon Petrillo, Kory Phelps, Meghan Pollock, Molly Quast, Cody Reinshagen, Maura Roberto, Jacqueline Root, Jacob Scarlato, Erik Schloss, Benjamin Schmidt, Samuel Shea, Daniel Shepherd, Hope Sherman, Sarah Shipman, Brittany Siegel, Amber Simpson, Elva Smiley, Amanda Smith, Chad Smith, Emily Smith, Maxwell Smith, Sarah Smith, Jacob Spangler, Jessica Stadtmiller, Reid Stock, Kelli Stockelman, Mikka Szary, Andrew Taske, Katelynn Taylor, Maria Tedesco, Linzee Tomlin, Hathaichanok Tonsungwon, Elizabeth Uchtman, Shawn Vallandingham, Izak Velasquez, Dominic Walicki, Kaitlyn Ward, Ashley Werner, Thomas Wiggermann, Kayla Williams, Alexandra Wolfert, Jessica York and Sarah Zimmer.

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• Taylor High School beat Winton Woods High School 13-6, April 8. Taylor’s Jordan Blanton was the winning pitcher; John Greene went 34 and scored a homerun. • Elder High School beat Eisenhower Mich. 13-3 in six innings, April 8. Elder’s Keith Burns was the winning pitcher; Tim O’Conner had two basehits and scored two runs. • Elder beat Fenwick 23-9 in five innings, April 9. Elder’s Kyle Ulmer was the winning pitcher; Jeremy White was 44 and scored a homerun.

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• Elder beat Colerain 5-0, April 8. Elder’s Drew Schroeder beat Osburg 6-2, 6-1; Blake Wauligman beat Fitzgerald 61, 6-1; Greg Konerman beat Wilcox 6-0, 6-1; Evan Smith abd Ryan Patty beat McPheeders and Whissel 6-4, 6-0; Brent Zeiser and Justin Cova beat Heintz and Sheline 6-0, 6-1. Elder advances to 32 with the win. • La Salle beat Dayton Carroll 3-2, April 9. La Salle’s Anthony Heckle beat Romero 6-4, 6-0; Josh Moellman beat S. Dull 6-2, 6-0; Alex Breen beat Webb 6-0, 6-0. La Salle advances to 3-1 with the win.

• La Salle placed third with a score of 58.5 in the Coaches Classic at Winton Woods, April 9. Elder placed seventh with a 36.33; Oak Hills placed ninth with a score of 30. Oak Hills’ Cody Lacewell won the 800 meter in 1:58.90. • Oak Hills placed first with a score of 144 in the Coaches Classic Ross preliminaries, April 9. Elder placed third with a 124. Oak Hills’ Corie Cartmell won the long jump at 19 feet, 9 inches; Izak Valesquez won the 3200 meter run in 10:01.87 and Alex Adams won the pole vault at 10 feet, 6 inches. Elder’s Butler won the 200 meter in 22.36; Grimme won the 400 meter in 53.03; Elder won the 4x100 meter relay in 43.73, and Elder won the 4x200 meter relay in 1:32.44. • Western Hills placed first with a score of 36 in the Early Bird Invite Division I, April 9. West High’s Whitson won the 200 meter in 23.2; Antevin Brown won the 800 meter in 2:15; Kemper won the long jump in 16 feet, 11 inches; Sparks won the shot put at 40 feet, 8 inches. • Oak Hills girls placed 21st iwth a score of 11.5 in the Coaches Classic at Winton Woods, April 9. • Mercy girls placed first in the Run Em All at Anderson, April 10. Seton placed sixth at 56.5 points. Mercy’s Lauren Seibert won the long jump at 15 feet, 6 inches; Mercy won the 4x800 meter relay in 10:43.8, Anna Ahlrichs won the 3200 meter run in 12:15.7, Cosker won the shot put at 32 feet, 8.25 inches and Rachel Baker won the discus at 94 feet.

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• Mariemont girls beat Seton 22-8. Seton falls to 0-3 with the loss. • St. Xavier boys beat Dublin Scioto 16-4, April 10. St. X’s Round scored five goals, Busick scored three goals; Sabert and Whitaker scored two goals each and Carroll and Hubbard scored one goal each. St. X advances to 3-0 with the win.

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April 21, 2010

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Oak Hills senior Tim Menchen returns a shot Tuesday, April 13, during a Highlander loss on the road to Sycamore.

Fourth-year starter Tim Menchen returns to lead Oak Hills’ boys volleyball team with the Highlanders aiming to finish near the top of the Greater Miami Conference standings in 2010. Last spring, Oak Hills finished at 12-12 overall with a league record of 5-3 while taking fourth place in the GMC. Lakota West (20-3, 8-0) won the GMC title followed by Sycamore (19-7, 7-1) and Lakota East (10-8, 62) in 2009. However, fifth-year head coach Chris Morman believes his Highlanders

have a real chance at finding additional GMC success in 2010, the coach said. “We have the potential to be a sleeper in the GMC,” Morman said. “We have a good mix of veteran experience - and arguably the best player in the city in Menchen - along with many aggressive new players.” Oak Hills last won the GMC title in 2008 with an 8-0 league record and an overall mark of 17-5. Menchen, an outside hitter, was named Honorable Mention All State as a junior. He was also named Second-Team All-South Region and First-Team All GMC in 2009. Menchen finished second in the nine-team GMC last spring with 274 kills. Alongside Menchen, a trio of starters return for Morman including senior Brian Willis (outside hitter)

and junior James Luebbe (middle blocker). Luebbe was 10th in the GMC with 143 kills as a sophomore. Three new additions will also be key contributors for Oak Hills including juniors Ryan Moorman (middle blocker), T.J. Wagner (opposite hitter) and David Boehnlein (setter). “The team will continue to improve as the season moves on and the chemistry improves with increased team confidence,” Morman said. “We could certainly surprise some people as the year progresses.” Through five games this spring, Oak Hills stood at 23 including a 1-2 record in GMC. Menchen was sixth in the GMC through the 2-3 start with 52 kills. Willis had 32 kills through the same span with Moorman close behind at 22 kills.

Panthers push for 4th straight state final By Tony Meale tmeale@communitypress.com

If the Elder High School volleyball team advances to the state final for the fourth straight year, it’ll be due in large part to the contributions of senior captains Steven Kent, Matt Harpenau and John Lucas. “They’re all very mature and talented players,” head coach Sean Tierney said. Kent, a setter, played for Elder when it won the state championship in 2008 and finished runner-up in 2009. “He has the most experience out of anyone on the team,” Tierney said. Lucas and Harpenau, a pair of hitters, stand 6-7 and 6-8, respectively. “They’re very tall, very talented individuals,” Tierney said. “They have the ability to get a big kill in pressure situations and give our team confidence. They have great qualities as leaders.”

This senior trio has led Elder to a 7-1 start (as of April 15). The Panthers opened the season March 27 with the St. Charles Tournament in Columbus, where they advanced to the final before falling 2-0 to St. Xavier (23-25, 18-25). “I think we got the jitters,” Tierney said. “We were still coming together as a team, and I think we were playing not to lose as opposed to playing to win.” The Panthers, however, returned home four days later and beat the Bombers 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) in a rematch. “The second match was in the friendly confines of The Pit, and that’s always very helpful; we were lucky to draw a big crowd,” Tierney said. “We have a very aggressive serving game and that got St. X out of their passing game.” Elder followed with 3-0 victories over Oak Hills,

Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon before fending off a feisty La Salle squad 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 2527, 15-13) April 15. Aside from his senior captains, Tierney has been particularly impressed with the play of juniors Matt Moehring and Andrew Barnette. “Matt is the only player we have who plays all the way around the lineup; he’s got a very well-rounded game,” Tierney said. “And Andrew has been working tirelessly and growing leaps and bounds.” Other contributors include seniors Chad Thornton, Alex Redrow, Tyler Hoffman, Nick Boeing and C.J. Zureick, as well as juniors Anthony Monk, Chad Kunze, Ryan Welch, Bryan Coorey and Andrew Burkhart. Tierney said his team needs improve its blocking, ball control and servereceive.

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Elder High School head volleyball coach Sean Tierney, left, seeks clarification from an official during a match at La Salle April 15. Elder held on for a 3-2 win. “We’re a very tall team, but we need to do the technical things to make us more consistent,” he said. The Panthers have certainly been consistent in recent years with three straight trips to the state final. They finished runner-

up to Moeller in 2007 and 2009 and won state titles in 1999, 2000 and 2008. Tierney praised Panthers past and present for their hard work. “Unless the kids are willing to put forth that work, the success won’t be there,” he said. Playing in the GCL has prepared Elder for several stellar postseason runs dating back to the mid-90s. Elder, St. X or Moeller has won the state volleyball title 11 of the previous 13 years, including every year since 2003. “It’s one of the toughest leagues to play in for any sport; we’re schools who are dedicated to not only getting the best out of the kids academically, but also physically,” Tierney said. “When you play against good quality athletes, your program is bound to get better. Our goal is to be playing our best volleyball by the end of the season.”

Lancers await late-season GCL rematches

La Salle volleyball starts season at 2-3 By Anthony Amorini aamorini@communitypress.com

A trio of third-year varsity starters returning for La Salle’s boys’ volleyball team aim to end their careers at the 2010 state tournament, following their trip to the regional finals in 2009. Despite a 2-3 start this season, the Lancers maintain high expectations for the 2010 season led by senior tri-captains Nick Bosch (outside hitter), Kirby Johanson (outside hitter) and Matt Ketzer (libero). All three have been starting since their sophomore seasons. “I believe that his could

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La Salle High School senior outside hitter Nic Bosch, middle, fires a kill against Elder defenders Matt Moehring (8) and Andrew Barnette (7) during a home match April 15. The Lancers fell 3-2. be one of the best teams La Salle ever had,” Lancer head coach Brian Meyer said. In 2009, La Salle ended its 14-11 season with a loss to Moeller during the Division I Regional Champi-

onship finals. Johanson was one of only two juniors named All Greater Catholic League South Division last year alongside 10 seniors. Bosch is committed to the collegiate program at the

College of Mt. St. Joseph. Junior Luke Eschenbach, a setter and opposite hitter, returns as a second-year starter for La Salle. A trio of additional Lancers will also be key contributors including juniors Ben Moeller (middle hitter), Zach Sanders (setter) and Tyler Celek (opposite hitter). “They have to be able to beat the other GCL schools to have a shot, but if they play their best, they have a shot to win the GCL and make it to state,” Meyer said. “Our goal as a team is to make it to state,” Meyer added. Through its 2-3 start, La Salle was 0-2 in GCL South Division play including a pair of close conference losses to St. Xavier and Moeller. After starting at 1-0, La Salle fell to St. Xavier, 2-0

(26-24, 28-26), March 27 despite keeping the games close. La Salle extended its losing streak to three matches March 30 while falling to 13 with its four-game loss to Moeller, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-23). The Lancers snapped the losing streak April 6 while improving to 2-3 with a win over Kentucky’s St. Xavier, 3-1 (25-21, 30-28, 18-25, 25-11). As for rematches against Moeller and St. Xavier, La Salle ends its season with a trio of contests against its GCL South Division rivals. The Lancers host Moeller at 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, before traveling to face Elder at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. La Salle concludes its season with a home match against St. Xavier at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14.


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scored a homerun and had two RBIs. • Western Hills beat Withrow 8-4, April 12. Western Hills’ Aaron Ernst was the winning pitcher, and Ethan Hurston was 2-4 with two RBIs. • Elder beat St. Xavier 5-4, April 13. Elder’s Brian Korte was the winning pitcher, and Selby Chidemo had three basehits. St. X’s Conor Gilligan had two basehits. • La Salle beat Roger Bacon 12-8, April 14. La Salle’s Joe Andrews was the winning pitcher, and Reid Rizzo was 4-4 with five basehits and two RBIs. • Taylor beat Madeira 7-6, April 14. Taylor’s Zach Brisker was the winning pitcher, and Matt Lakamp was 2-3 with two basehits. • Elder beat Purcell Marian 17-1, in five innings, April 14. Elder’s Tim Baldrick was the winning pitcher, and Nick Helmers scored three runs, had two basehits and an RBI. • Western Hills beat Taft 72, April 14. West High’s Alex Lawson pitched 10 strikeouts, and Chris Harris had three basehits and two RBIs. • St. Xavier beat Alter 107, April 14. St. X’s Chris Rutz was the winning pitcher, and Conor Gilligan was 2-4 with a homerun, two basehits, two

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• McAuley beat Mercy 4-3, April 9. Mercy’s Amy Feie was 3-3. • Western Hills beat Woodward 21-0 in five innings, April 9. West High’s Tabathia Beebe pitched seven strikeouts; Micalah Sims was 4-4, scored a homerun with five RBIs. • Mount Notre Dame beat Seton 5-1, April 9. • Loveland beat Taylor 9-3, April 9. Taylor’s Chrissy Hodges had two basehits. • St. Ursula Academy beat Ursuline Academy 4-0, April 9. St. Ursula’s Megan Flenniken pitched 17 strikeouts; Katie Hulsman had two basehits. • Milford beat Seton 15-0, then 4-0 in a double-header, April 10. • Reading beat Taylor 3-1, April 12. Taylor’s Angela Marco had two basehits. • McAuley beat Seton 2-1, April 12. Seton’s Kari Lockwood was 2-3. • Western Hills beat Withrow 13-1, April 12. West High’s Tabathia Beebe pitched 14 strikeouts, and was 3-4, scored a homerun and had three RBIs. • Mercy beat Ursuline 101, April 12. Mercy’s Anna Eggleston pitched 11 strikeouts, and Maddie Whelan had two basehits and three RBIs. • St. Ursula beat Fenwick 6-1, April 13. St. Ursula’s Katie Hulsman pitched 12 strikeouts, and Hannah Raulston had two basehits. • Mercy beat Harrison 7-1, April 13. Mercy’s Amy Feie was the winning pitcher, and was 2-4 with four basehits and four RBIs. • Mercy beat Seton 10-0 in five innings, April 14. Mercy’s Anna Eggleston pitched seven strikeouts, and Erika Leonard was 2-3 with three basehits and an RBI. Seton’s

Sarah Hensley had two basehits. • St. Ursula beat McAuley 5-0, April 14. St. Ursula’s Megan Flenniken pitched 16 strikeouts, and Rachel VonLuehrte was 2-3 with an RBI. • Western Hills beat Taft 13-0 in five innings, April 14. West High’s Tabathia Beebe pitched 11 strikeouts, was 34, scored a homerun and had five RBIs. • Madeira beat Taylor 4-1, April 14. Taylor’s Angela Marco was 2-3. • McAuley beat Badin 100, April 15. McAuley’s Jamie Ertle was the winning pitcher, and Melissa Kolb was 3-4 with two basehits and a run. • Madeira beat Taylor 4-2, April 15. • St. Ursula beat Mercy 20, April 15. St. Ursula’s Megan Flenniken pitched 10 strikeouts. • Seton beat Alter 7-0, April 15. Seton’s Sarah Hensley was the winning pitcher, and Morgan Pennekamp had two basehits. • Ross beat Oak Hills 11-3, April 15. Oak Hills’ Ashley Berding had two basehits.

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To (John) Janszen, here are some guarantees: An anti-tax nut will distort the facts in order to support their position. Mr. Janszen would vote no regardless of a guarantee. It will cost more to renovate the buildings that the state classifies as unsalvageable and the state will not give the district any money to do this. If the voters let this once-in-a-lifetime offer go by, another school district will gladly take it. Those that claim the district needs to look into new ways to cut costs are now criticizing them for doing this. Someone will vote based on a rumor instead of attending a school board meeting. Here’s a final guarantee – the voters will pay over $3 million more a year to keep the current buildings open instead of consolidating into one if this opportunity is lost, and this district will never be able to build a new school. Tom Coombs Laurelwood Drive Cleves

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Steve Driehaus deplores on the radio and in the press about death threats he has received. Yet has no problem voting for a bill that is a death threat to the life of every child conceived and a death sentence to many of those lives. The irony is Mr. Driehaus can speak about his circumstances. Whereas those in the womb may never be heard because Mr. Driehaus has denied them their inalienable constitutional right to life. The same constitutional right to life he has been blessed with. Dave Sauers Green Acres Court Bridgetown

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Yes on Issue 9

I’m a newcomer to politics, and I’ll admit, maybe more than a little naïve. When I learned of the opportunity that we have in Three Rivers school district to receive $25 million to build a new K-12 school, I was determined to get involved in spreading the word. So, along with many, many other hard-working people, I have sought to bring the facts to as many people as possible. I have been appalled at the tactics that those who oppose this issue have taken. I have seen blatant untruths, ridiculous assertions and outright bullying to prevent the dissemination of information. What is so frightening about Issue 9 that it is worth tearing apart this west-side community? Why is there such fear and hatred over the proposed construction of a new school? How you vote on any issue is a very personal decision. I would just hope that each person is open-minded enough to look at the facts. As members of this community, we each bear responsibility for supporting our schools. The opportunity to build a new school with help from the state will save the district millions, and in the not-too-distant future. The long-term cost savings of this plan make any other way, quite simply, irresponsible. Stephanie Gerth Greenbelt Drive Miami Heights

Be responsible

The proliferation of poverty by taking away the responsibilities of adulthood are in conflict with biblical teachings. As a Christian woman, I do not believe that God intends for us to look to government when in our greatest times of need. Besides, when did Jesus act in collusion with the Romans to steal money from the people in order to give it to the poor? Susan Cassidy Shady Lane North Bend

about the Monroe school district. But, we still struggled with the decision. We were worried and unsettled about the fact Amie Earls that our young (one of Community children them being a Press guest kindergartner at columnist the time) would be in the same building with seniors in high school. We had seen building plans and pictures, but we were still not convinced. It was not until we scheduled a visit to the school, that we had complete and total

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It may seem to Three Rivers residents that we’ve struggled with more than our share of challenges over the last few years: unrealized economic development, industrial pollutants endangering our families and property values, and all this on top of the difficult financial issues we share with the rest of the country. However, we now have a unique opportunity to take control of our own fate and begin to shape a new future for ourselves and our children. This opportunity comes in the form of $25 million from the state of Ohio to build a state-of-the-art pre-K through 12 multi-wing school that would replace the district’s outdated structures. This school would not only give our children access to superior educational capabilities, especially in the areas of science and technology, but also be a giant step toward stabilizing and ultimately improving property values for area homes. This money is not from the taxpayers’ coffers, but rather part of a legal settlement the state received from giant tobacco companies. It is not, however, an award without stipulations. If voters don’t pass Issue 9 on May 4,

the $25 million goes away, most likely forever. Issue 9, a 4.97 mill bond issue and levy that will cost owners of a $100,000 home David Shuey $148 a year, Community must pass in to receive Press guest order the $25 million columnist from Ohio. The bond money will be used to complete the project. Issue 9 has bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats alike, who see both the rare nature of the opportunity and the urgency with which action must be taken. Independent studies show that building this school will cost significantly less than renovating our existing structures, and save taxpayers $3 million a year in operating expenses. The enhanced educational opportunities will allow the children of Three Rivers to prepare for 21st century life in a way that is impossible with our current deteriorating, outdated buildings. There are detractors who insist that any new tax is a bad tax. They attempt to cloud the issue by

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suggesting that Three Rivers has not operated in a fiscally conservative manner, or imply that we are spending outside the boundaries of similar school districts. To be clear, none of these claims is true: Three Rivers has always operated within conservative margins to provide the best possible education for our students at cost that is in line with similarly-sized communities (see www.citizensforthreerivers.com for details). The arguments are as irrelevant as they are off-point – this is not an operating levy; it is a bond issue that will in fact save the taxpayers huge amounts over the next five years and will lower the cost of future levies. Three Rivers is a community of great courage. We are at a crossroads and must take action to chart the course of our own future. Without such action, we resign ourselves to a future of declining property values and limited educational opportunities for years to come. Choose to be a part of a bright future-support Issue 9 on May 4. This was submitted by Three Rivers Local School District board of education president David Shuey and by vice president Angie Weisgerber, and members Al Bayes and Tim Wagner.

Proposed school site land is safe As a concerned citizen, longtime resident and Three Rivers graduate, I am excited about the opportunity we have to obtain $25 million from Ohio to build a new pre-K through 12 school. One concern I have heard expressed by community members is potential contamination of the site. T his concern, however, is based on misinformation or misunderstanding, not on the facts. As a registered professional engineer, I have studied the available information, and would like to share the facts. In January 2010, the Payne Firm completed a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment. This preliminary study, found: 1) Fill material from an unknown source and quantity, 2) Four above ground storage tanks, with minor staining beneath the tanks indicating potential petroleum in the area. These findings led the district to hire the Payne Firm to conduct a Phase II investigation to evaluate the soil by performing borings between 9 and 15 feet below ground surface. Locations of the borings included likely impacted areas including the area adjacent

peace about our children attending school on such a campus. I still remember the day we drove up the hill to the K-12 campus, I immediately felt nervous and had a hard time picturing my little kindergartner attending such a massive school. But, once inside, my mind changed instantly. A secretary, in an open and bright entry, that was safe and secure, welcomed me. Walking down the hallway to the kindergarten rooms, the building felt quaint and charming. The natural light that flooded the hallways, the student artwork that hung on the walls and the sounds of happy “little” voices was the comfort that I needed. But being a skeptic, I was looking, searching like a detective for

to the tanks, and fill material beneath the proposed school. The results of the analysis were: 1) According to the samples Garyne Evans taken by the Community storage tanks is evidence Press guest there of impacted soil. columnist However, the area of impact is isolated and manageable. The identified area would require limited excavation of the soil (1 to 3 feet in depth), confirmatory sampling, and disposal. When representatives from the Payne firm presented findings at the April 13 board meeting, it was discussed that this work is minimal, routine and would take perhaps two to three days. 2) No concentrations of any hazardous materials were detected in the soil samples obtained from the footprint of the proposed school. In addition to the Phase I and Phase II results, ground water monitoring at the former well field for the Cleves Water Works was

performed from 1950 up through 2001. The data from the monitoring indicates that the ground water beneath the well field was not impacted by the operations of the Chevron refinery that closed in 1986. Nonetheless, Cleves Water Works opted to move their well field in 2001 due to concerns about limitations for future expansion. Again, according to the results of the Phase II investigation, none of the soil samples indicated pollutants that would arise from problems with ground water contamination. I understand that this is technical information and difficult to present in a letter. However it is important for everyone to know the truth about the environmental conditions at the proposed school location from someone who understands the science and jargon used in the reports. As a parent of a child that begins kindergarten in the district next year, I would not endorse this levy if I did not believe the property is 100 percent safe and suitable for construction of the school. Garyne Evans is a professional engineer who lives on Mount Nebo Road in North Bend.

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‘What high school kids?’ My name is Amie Earls. I live in Monroe, Ohio, and have three small children. I am writing to share my perspective on the upcoming Three Rivers school district levy, Issue 9. I have nothing at stake with your upcoming levy and no connections to the school district, but as a parent of school-age children, I felt the need to shed some light on what it is really like to have small children attending a K-12 campus setting. In 2006, my husband and I struggled with the decision on whether or not to move to Monroe from our hometown of Middletown. We really wanted to come to Monroe because of the wonderful things we had heard and discovered through extensive research

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sure that a lot of the younger children don’t even realize that they share their building with older students. When thinking about writing this letter, I consulted my thirdgrader. I asked “What do you think about the high school kids at your school?” She responded, “What high school kids?” I hope our perspective helps! The Earls family lives in Monroe.

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Ginger Echert participates in the fashion show at Western Hills Country Club to benefit the auxiliary of Mercy Hospital Western Hills.

Elegance of spring

Ruth Griggs walks by fashion show emcee Bob Herzog.

Darlene Springman participates in the fashion show to benefit auxiliary of Mercy Hospital Western Hills.

Mercy Hospital Western Hills Auxiliary had its annual luncheon and fashion show recently. The theme – Springtime Elegance – fit nicely with the spring-like weather the west side has been enjoying. Guests dined and watched the fashion show at the Western Hills Country Club.

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Modeling at the Mercy Hospital Western Hills Springtime Elegance luncheon and fashion show is Fran Kokaliaris.

Marianne Rodenscheimer participates in the fashion show.

Event chair, Susan Greiner, along with Mike Wilson and Joan McLean mix up the names that will be drawn for cash prizes at the “Springtime Elegance” luncheon and fashion show, a benefit for Mercy Hospital Western Hills Auxiliary.

Diane Luebbe participates in the fashion show at Western Hills Country Club to benefit Mercy Hospital Western Hills Auxiliary.

Vivian Wilson participates in the fashion show at Western Hills Country Club.

Pam Kimmel models at the Western Hills Country Club.

Janice Brinkmiller participates in the fashion show to benefit the Mercy Hospital Western Hills Auxiliary.

Jinny Brunsman walks through the guests modeling during the fashion show.

Emcee and WKRC-TV Local 12 traffic reporter Bob Herzog, with help from Leslie Nahigyan, demonstrates his on-air dance moves to the audience gathered Springtime Elegance.


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 2 2

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

Intermediate Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave. Child care available. Classes offered on a six-week rotating schedule. Participants must have completed beginner classes. Free. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Restore the Core, 6:30-7:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, 3707 Edgewood Drive. Get ready for summer and bathing suit season. First class is free. $10. Presented by StrollerFit Inc. 205-9772; www.strollerfit.com. Green Township.

HOLIDAY - EARTH DAY

Players for the Planet Recycling Event, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Kroger, 6165 Glenway Ave. Recycle your electronic waste: TVs, radios, computer monitors, hard drives and more. Reds players will be on hand to help collect items, sign autographs and provided information on the environmental changes that can be made at home, work and school. Raffle. $5 donation per vehicle. Presented by Players for the Planet. 859-494-4264; www.playersfortheplanet.org. Westwood.

ON STAGE - STUDENT THEATER

Beauty and the Beast Jr., 7 p.m., Our Lady of Victory School, 808 Neeb Road, Convocation Center. Rendition of the Disney classic performed by Our Lady of Victory students. $8. 247-2072. Delhi Township. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 2 3

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

Beginner Card-Making Class, 10-11 a.m., Scrap-Ink, 5515 Bridgetown Road. All supplies provided. Bring adhesive. Family friendly. $8. Reservations required. 503-1042. Green Township. Piecemakers, 2-4 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave. Quilters and sewers create projects to benefit the community. Child care available. Free. 471-4673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill.

ART OPENINGS

Senior Thesis II, 6-9 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road. Interior Design and Fine Arts. Exhibit continues through May 9. Works by senior students. Free. Presented by College of Mount St. Joseph. 244-4314; www.msj.edu. Delhi Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Butler Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128. Plus-level square dance club open to all experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 10. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Miamitown.

EXERCISE CLASSES

StrollerFit, 9:40-10:40 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, 6720 Home City Ave. Crosstraining class for moms of all ages. Bring child in stroller. Bring water and mat for core work. $10. Presented by StrollerFit Inc. 2059772; www.strollerfit.com. Sayler Park.

FARMERS MARKET

Hollmeyer Orchards, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.

FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Bigg’s, 5025 Delhi Road. Earth Day wines. Three samples with snacks. $2. 354-1700. Delhi Township.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com.

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Jim Gillum, 9:30 p.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road. 451-1157; www.drewsontheriver.com. Riverside.

MUSIC - BENEFITS

WoodyFest at the Mount, 7-9 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, College Theatre. Jake Speed and special guest The Tillers honor American legend Woody Guthrie. Benefits College of Mount St. Joseph scholarship fund. $10. 244-4351; www.msj.edu. Delhi Township.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK BlueStone Ivory, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road. $5. 251-7977. Riverside.

ON STAGE - STUDENT THEATER

Beauty and the Beast Jr., 7 p.m., Our Lady of Victory School, $8. 247-2072. Delhi Township.

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Taylor Farley, center, and his band Blue Rock will perform at the Mini-Appalachian Festival Saturday, April 24, at St. Michael Community Hall, 2104 St. Michael St. The free festival is noon to 6 p.m. There will be food, games, storytelling and music from the Rabbit Hash String Band, Roscoe Morgan Jr., Dave Pinson and Green Willow. For more information, call 471-1071 or 519-7328.

LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Yu-Gi-Oh, 2-4 p.m., Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Ave. Bring cards to duel. Ages 12-18. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4490. East Price Hill.

Bakugan Club, 3-5 p.m., Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Ave. Play an anime card game and make new friends. Ages 1218. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. Through April 30. 3694490. East Price Hill.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY

Centennial Celebration, 8:30 a.m., St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St. Continuous prayer for 40 hours concludes with 11 a.m. Mass April 25. Free. 921-0247. West Price Hill. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2 4

ART EXHIBITS

Senior Thesis II, 1-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road. Interior Design and Fine Arts. Works of senior art students. Free. Presented by College of Mount St. Joseph. 244-4314; www.msj.edu. Delhi Township.

CIVIC

Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road. Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate in this program. Free. 946-7755; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Green Township.

EDUCATION

Get Energy Smart, 2 p.m., Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations to learn about energy and energy efficiency. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6095. Green Township.

FESTIVALS

Mini-Appalachian Festival, Noon-6 p.m., St. Michael Community Hall, 2104 St. Michael St. Food, games, music, storytelling and more. Music by Rabbit Hash String Band, Roscoe Morgan Jr., Taylor Farley & Blue Rock, Dave Pinson and Green Willow. Family friendly. Free. 471-1071 or 519-7328. Price Hill.

Hollmeyer Orchards, 1-5 p.m., Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.

MUSIC - CONCERTS

BlueStone Ivory, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $5., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 251-7977. Riverside. English Channel Band, 9:30 p.m., Dew Drop Inn, 8956 Harrison Ave. 353-1854; www.englishchannelband.com. Cleves.

Mount Community Band, 2 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, College Theatre. Kenny Bierschenk, conductor. Debut of newly composed piece by Julie Giroux that celebrates history of Ohio. Variety of music from marches and ragtime to big band and Dixieland. Free. 244-4863; www.msj.edu. Delhi Township.

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RECREATION

FARMERS MARKET

Flower-A-Thon, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Embshoff Woods, 4050 Paul Road. Breakfast, 7-9 a.m. Day-long competition to locate and identify wildflowers, followed by awards dinner at Earth Connection. All experience levels. Benefits Western Wildlife Corridor. $10. Registration required. Presented by Western Wildlife Corridor. 922-2104; www.westernwildlifecorridor.org. Delhi Township. Migrants Among Us, 9 a.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road. Naturalist-led hike along Little Turtle Trail to learn tips and techniques in identifying local birds. Binoculars welcome. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Miami Township. Local Wildlife, 1-3 p.m., Fernbank Park, 60 Thornton Ave. Playground. Meet and greet local animals. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Sayler Park.

ON STAGE - STUDENT THEATER

Beauty and the Beast Jr., 7 p.m., Our Lady of Victory School, $8. 247-2072. Delhi Township.

RECREATION

The Amazing Portable Circus, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road. Two strolling fire jugglers. Free. Presented by The Amazing Portable Circus. 921-5454; www.amazingportablecircus.com. Green Township.

VOLUNTEER EVENTS

Great American Cleanup, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Elberon United Methodist Church, 704 Elberon Ave. National day of service with nearly two and a half million volunteers throughout the country cleaning up their communities. Volunteers pick up litter as well as improve neighborhoods by planting flowers and trees, cleaning riverbanks, collecting tires, painting facades, fences and fire hydrants, landscaping, street-sweeping, power washing windows, distributing recycling bins and removing gum and graffiti. Free. Presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. 352-4380; keepcincinnatibeautiful.org. East Price Hill. Great American Cleanup, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Delhi Township Park Lodge, 5125 Foley Road. National day of service with nearly two and a half million volunteers throughout the country cleaning up their communities. Volunteers pick up litter as well as improve neighborhoods by planting flowers and trees, cleaning riverbanks, collecting tires, painting facades, fences and fire hydrants, landscaping, street-sweeping, power washing windows, distributing recycling bins and removing gum and graffiti. Free. Presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. 352-4380; keepcincinnatibeautiful.org. Delhi Township.

Lee’s Junction, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road. 251-7977; www.jimandjacks.net. Riverside.

TOURS

Westwood Home Tour, 1-6 p.m., Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road. Selfguided tour through selection of late 19thcentury and early 20th-century homes in Westwood. $12, $10 advance by April 24. Tickets available at Henke Winery and U.S. Bank Westwood Cheviot branch. Presented by Westwood Historical Society. 533-6760; www.westwoodhistorical.org. Westwood. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 2 6

ART EXHIBITS

Senior Thesis II, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Interior Design and Fine Arts., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Free. 244-4314; www.msj.edu. Delhi Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

StrollerFit, 9:40-10:40 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, $10. 205-9772; www.strollerfit.com. Sayler Park. Restore the Core, 6:30-7:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, $10. 205-9772; www.strollerfit.com. Green Township.

FARMERS MARKET

Hollmeyer Orchards, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY

Faith’s Response to Mental Illness, 7 p.m., Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave. Speaker is Steve Struhlreyer, social worker, pastor and founder of Hands of Hope Ministries. Learn about the mentally ill, how they live and are helped by their families and social service agencies. 661-6846. Westwood.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Beginner Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave. Child care available. Classes offered on a six-week rotating schedule. Free. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 4714673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill. ART EXHIBITS

MUSIC - CLASSICAL

College of Mount St. Joseph Chamber Music, 7:30 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, College Theatre. Richard Elliott, band and percussion director. Recital featuring works for marimba and winds. Jennifer Elliott, flute, Jennifer Grantham, saxophone; Tiffany Owens, vocals. Music by composers Andrew Beall, David Gillingham and Akira Yuyama. Free. 244-4863. Delhi Township. W E D N E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 8

Senior Thesis II, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Interior Design and Fine Arts. Free. 244-4314; www.msj.edu. Delhi Township.

AUDITIONS

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COMMUNITY DANCE

The Nerd, 7-10 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. Four men and two women age 18 and up; one boy ages 811. Cold readings from script. Performance resume required. Production dates: Aug. 4-22. Presented by Showboat Majestic. Through April 28. 241-6550. West Price Hill.

DANCE CLASSES

Line Dance Class, 10-11 a.m., Dunham Recreation Complex, 4356 Dunham Lane, Line dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. West Price Hill.

EDUCATION

Choose Courage, Not Fear, 7-9 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, College Theatre. Self-defense in three words with “courage coaches” Debbie and Mike Gardner. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Bayley Place Community Wellness Center. 347-1400. Delhi Township.

The Nerd, 7-10 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 241-6550. West Price Hill. Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road. 251-7977. Riverside.

DANCE CLASSES

Square Dance Class, 10-11:30 a.m., Dunham Recreation Complex, 4356 Dunham Lane, Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. West Price Hill.

FOOD & DRINK

Cincinnati E.A.T.S. at Primavista, 7-10 p.m., Primavista, 810 Matson Place. Socializing and music by DJ Casey Coston. Dinner seating at 8 p.m. with three-course menu and optional wine pairing for additional charge. Bring canned goods. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. $38. Presented by Cincinnati E.A.T.S. www.cincinnatieats.org. Price Hill.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Western Hills Job Satellite Group, 9-10:30 a.m., Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave. Community members welcome to learn from and support each other in job-seeking process. Free. 6621244. Westwood.

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ART EXHIBITS PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Flower Show blooms in Symmes Township Park, 11600 Lebanon Road, Symmes Township, through Sunday, April 25. The show offers hundreds of landscapers, growers, floral designers and artists, fine and casual dining and teas. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 23-25, is Small Wonders Children’s Weekend, an international celebration exploring crafts, foods and holidays. Saturday is Fairies and Frogs Day, with costumes encouraged. Hours are: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $20, $15 advance; $2 ages 3-15, free ages 2 and under. Parking: $8 valet, $4.

Senior Thesis II, 1-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Interior Design and Fine Arts. Free. 244-4314; www.msj.edu. Delhi Township.

CIVIC

Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park. Free. 9467755; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Green Township.

PROVIDED

The American Girl Fashion Show will be Friday-Sunday, April 23-25, at Music Hall. For girls 4-13, their families and dolls, the event provides a light meal and presentation of contemporary and historical fashions by local girls. The weekend is in support of the Aubrey Rose Foundation, which helps critically ill children. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $35 per person. Purchase tickets at www.aubreyrose.org. Pictured is model Nicole Sweet from Mount Washington showcasing Cincinnati’s very own American Girl Doll Kit Kittredge on the runway last year.


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The diminishing supply of trust ment officials and politicians whose chief goal is self-aggrandizement rather than the common good; celebrities who can’t trust in the marriage vows their spouses make, etc. Almost every sector of society seems to have more than its ordinary supply of untrustworthy members. An atmosphere of distrust or betrayal breeds more. If so many people are untrustworthy and if it’s “just the way human nature is,” then we’re tempted to ask, “Why should I be any different, I’m not as bad as they are?” Eventually we find it more and more difficult to trust anyone: “In God we trust, all others pay cash!” Psychological professionals, such as Erik Erick-

Life’s a pit of insecurity and paranoia without trust. A sense of trust is crucial for both every healthy person and for every thriving society. Yet, bearing in mind the information each day’s news brings, does it not seem trust is eroding? Who do we trust today? There are some athletes who drug-up or fail their spouses, fans, and falsify their records; financial advisors who milk their investors in Ponzi schemes; banks that go down through greed or mismanagement; churches have some pedophile clergy in their ranks or authorities worried about institutional image rather than God’s little ones. There are also govern-

son, consider the development of trust as extremely important. Erickson placed basic trust first on his famous list of necessary components for developing a healthy personality. We do not grow well unless we receive it from others, and we are not grown up unless we can give it to others. Trust is an act of faith. It engenders a firm belief and confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability and justice of another person. In a relationship, trusting the other means we believe we can be open, unguarded and undefended before them. When we trust another we believe in the truth of what that person says and does. We believe he or she would never purposely hurt

us, gossip about us, nor reject us when we’re down and vulnerable. “You can count on me!” states their coat-of-arms. The opposite of trust is betrayal, and we know how much betrayal can hurt. After a serious or series of betrayals, we distrust the betrayer and often others as well. We don’t want to experience the pain of betrayal over again. One man recalled often how he felt the day his mother walked away from him forever. Though later he married a wonderful woman deeply devoted to him, he could never quite trust his wife. He saw in the smallest evidences imagined signs of a coming betrayal. Eventually, he drove his wife away

and alienated his children by his suspicions – and then used their going as examples of why no one is trustworthy. Distrust can distort our hearts and minds. Trust is not a fixed or unchanging entity any more than life is. It can be given, taken back, diminished or lost – or it can be rebuilt anew. Time is usually involved in building or losing trust. Trust keeps asking something from us long after it begins. It’s an ongoing process, not a one-time payment. At times there can be so many lies, so many cruelties, so much uncaring, that the wisest thing to do is to stop trusting another. The other person has proven him or herself totally

untrustFather Lou worthy. To still mainGuntzelman tain trust Perspectives would be disrespecting ourselves. At other times we must move on in our efforts to rebuild trust. Doing so requires risk and courage. It also increases mental and emotional health, as well as our soul’s desire to love and be loved. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community press.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

ArtWorks starts apprentice campaign The ArtWorks Summer Program hires teens, aged 14 - 19, and pairs them with professional artists to create innovative, public art to enrich Greater Cincinnati. The program is unique to Cincinnati because it offers job experience, professional development, and a chance

ArtWorks kicked off its annual Adopt-an-Apprentice campaign April 12 with a goal to raise $50,000. The campaign runs through May 7 and is designed to raise money for ArtWorks’ Summer Program, scheduled to run June 14 through July 23.

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April 21, 2010

Everything’s coming up violets this spring

One good turn deserves another. You’ve heard that time and again. But this week it’s really true in my little corner of the world. Frank, my husband, plowed several of our neighbors’ gardens, including the Caudills’ garden. A few days later some of the Caudill kids stopped me as I was walking past their home with grandson, Jack. They ran out to the road and gifted me with several packed baggies of violets, completely stemmed. Now, I don’t know if they did that in reciprocation for Frank plowing their garden, but regardless, their effort far outweighed Frank’s. If you’ve ever plucked tiny vio-

lets from a thick carpet of s p r i n g grass you k n o w what I mean. Rita r Tomoro w Heikenfeld t h e y ’ r e Rita’s kitchen c o m i n g over to make violet jams, jellies and vinegars. If we have time, we’ll pick redbud flowers from the trees and make jelly from those, as well. Redbud jelly doesn’t have the beautiful color that violet does, but it’s a delicious jelly. Redbud flowers make a beautiful garnish on

salads and desserts. You can also eat the seed pods that form. I like to pick them when they’re real slender and young and sauté in a bit of garlic and butter. Just make sure the edible flowers, etc., you ingest have not been sprayed.

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Directions: Put 3⁄4 cup water and the violet blossoms in a blender and blend well. Add the lemon juice and notice how the violet paste turns a richer purple as soon as the lemon juice hits the dull purple paste. Add the sugar and blend again to dissolve. Next, stir the package of pectin into the second 3⁄4 cup water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, continuing to boil hard for 1 minute. Pour the hot pectin into the blender with the violet paste. Blend again and pour into jars or small storage containers. Let cool, then cover with lids and store in the freezer. The jam will turn a deeper purple as it sets up. You can dip out the jam whenever you want some. Check out our Web version at www.communitypress.com for violet jelly and vinegar recipes.

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April 21, 2010

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Alice Barkley

Alice Meyer Barkley, 86, died April 9. Survived by children George (Sarah) Jr., David (Sue) Barkley, Mary (Clarence) Williams; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband George Barkley. Services were April 14 at St. John the Baptist, Harrison. Arrangements by Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association.

Marlene Cinnamon

Marlene Cherrington Cinnamon, 72, Green Township, died April 10. She was office manager for Muenchen's Furniture Store. Survived by children Pam (Jerry) Grove, Debbie (Jim) Davis, Shirley Cinnamon; 12 grandchildren; seven greatCinnamon grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Paul Cinnamon. Services were April 14 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Vera Feldman

Vera Feldman died March 29 at Mercy Hospital-Western Hills. Survived by sister Ruth (Elmer) Tentler; nephew and niece Bill and Sandy Hostler and many nieces and nephews; in-laws Rich Feldman, Marjorie and Bill Price. Preceded in death by son Kenneth Paseley, husbands Thomas Feldman, Ray Paseley, sister Joyce (John) Paseley. Services were April 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 4831 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

Jeanne Fischer

Jeanne Donnellon Fischer, 87, Western Hills, died April 7. She was a bookkeeper at Schoch Tile. Survived by daughter Kathleen (Kenneth) Reupert; siblings William Donnellon, Betty Sanker; grandsons Rodney (Kelly), Randy (Andrea) Reupert; great-grandchildren Patrick, Connor, Devin, Charlie, Abigail, Jeanne, Gabriel; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Robert Donnellon. Services were April 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Grace Hospice, 2100 Sherman Ave., Suite 103 Cincinnati, OH 45212.

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 8536262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 2424000 or pricing details. Survived by children Ellen (Steve) Little, Eric (Kelli), Kirk (Kendal) Kessler; grandchildren Brittany, Mallory, Brendan, Matthew, Brian, Lauren, ChrisKessler tine, Michael, David, Madison, Keira, Jack; greatgrandchildren Aubryanna, Camryn; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Patricia Kessler. Services were April 14 at St. Xavier Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials requested as Mass cards or donation to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Edwin Lake

Edwin Lake, 69, died April 12. He was on the board of directors for Sharefax Credit Union. Survived by wife Janet Vornhagen Lake; children Bob Lake, Cindy (Jay) Parks; grandchildren Alex, Lynzie, Matthew, Kayla; siblings Daniel (Janet), Gary Lake, Karen (Jerry) Walker; brother-in-law William (Mary Claire) Vornhagen. Services were April 17 at St. Simon the Apostle. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Juvenile Diabetes, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236 or Down Syndrome Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 408, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Marilyn Ann McAfee, 58, Green Township, died April 10. She was an administrator for Procter & Gamble.

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Ruth Mock

Ruth Gries Mock, 96, North Bend, died April 10. She worked in sales at Kresge’s. Survived by children Henry (Anna), Carl G. (Dorothy), William (Sandra), Jan (Jolene) Mock; sister Virginia Ballard; 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; six great-greatMock grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Carl H. Mock. Services were April 14 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Paul Nesselhuf

Paul E. Nesselhuf, 64, Green Township, died April 11. Survived by wife Gayle Nesselhuf; daughter Debra (Rob) Lemmons; grandchildren Katherine, Alec, Julia Lemmons; sisters Carol (Kenneth) Rohrig, Rosemary Nesselhuf; Nesselhuf brothers- and sisters-in-law John (Linda), Michael (Bobbie), Ronald (Tracey) Becker, Linda (William) Diggins, Karen (Robert) O'Sullivan, Teresa (Gregory) Brown; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents

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Emerson Rainey

Emerson Anthony Rainey, 52, Green Township, died March 27. He worked for the United States Postal Service. Survived by wife Marissa Rainey; daughter Christina Rainey; father James W. Rainey; siblings Ernette (Tom) Cosco, James H. (Kate), Dan Rainey (Vicky) Rainey; in-laws Michele, Mark, Chris Schneider; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by mother Pauline Rainey, mother-in-law Ethel Schneider. Services were April 1 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Alice (Paul) Oliver; grandchildren Christopher, Michael, Nicholas, Brian, Matthew, Joseph, Jeffrey, Jamie, Carrie, Corey, Jodie Weimer, Amie, Weimer Joshua Fox, Amber, Holly, Brandon, Teresa Oliver; great grandchildren Ethen Weimer, Serenity Fox; siblings sister of Joseph Jr., Sister Mary, Thomas, Dan, Don, Bill Robers, Ann Thompson, Lois Shipp, Sue Bucheit. Preceded in death by son Lawrence Weimer, siblings Betty Stalford, Bob, Gary Robers. Services were April 16 at St. John the Baptist, Harrison. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or

Ted Ruwe

Theodore P. “Ted” Ruwe, 78, Green Township, died April 10. He was a salesman. Survived by wife Patricia Ruwe; children Theresa "Terri," Michael (Diane) Ruwe, Theodore (Heather) Ruwe, Elizabeth (Toby) Marx, Chris (Bob) Froehle, Patricia (Jeff) Sheeler; siblings Mary Ann Beetz, Thomas (Jean) Ruwe; brother-in-law Ernie Spencer; 11 grandchildren. Services were April 14 at St. Bernard Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home, 7043 Harrison Pike. Memorials to St. Bernard Church.

Ginny Weimer

Virginia “Ginny” Robers Weimer, 71, died April 11. Survived by husband Edward Weimer; children Pamela (Michael) Fox, Philip (Donna), Jerome (Patricia), Leonard (Michelle) Weimer,

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Earl Wuerth

Earl Charles Wuerth, 62, died April 9. He worked for the United States Postal Service. Survived by daughters Amber (Jason Jeannet), Ashley Wuerth; grandchildren Zachary, Nathan, Dylan; brother Robert Wuerth (Lisa Biedenbach) Wuerth. Services were April 13 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

Wally Zapf

Walter Rudolph “Wally” Zapf, 73, Green Township, died April 2. He worked for Procter & Gamble. He was a Navy veteran. Survived by children Jonathan (Lisa) Zapf, Heidi (Ed) Kurzhal; grandchildren Kathryn, Rachel Zapf, Nicholas, Leslie, Lynsey Kurzhals; sister Florence (the late Joseph) Faigle. Preceded in death by brother Joe Zapf. Services were April 6 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Freestore Foodbank, 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Anne Wetterich, 24, 1012 Lusitania Ave., theft, April 8. Steven Wogenstahl, 30, 1733 Gellenbeck St., drug possession, April 8. Joshua Keininger, 35, 3061 Glenmore Ave. Apt. D, warrant, April 5. John Ramsey, 28, 1830 Ashbrook Drive, disorderly conduct at Mozart Avenue and Everett Avenue, April 6. Daniel G. Wolfer, 35, 8004 St. Peters Road, operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of drugs at 4002 Harrison Ave., April 9. Paula Sayre, 45, 4300 St. Martins Place, operating a vehicle under the influence and driving under suspension, April 10. Jennifer Hasselbusch, 51, 4003 St. Martins Place, driving under suspension, April 5. Matthew Hale, 29, 615 Fairbanks Ave., driving under suspension at Applegate Avenue and Mayfair Avenue, April 6. Jeffery McCollum, 52, 10317 Hawkhurst Drive, driving under suspension, April 8. Inetta Bryer, 27, 2272 City View, driving under suspension, April 10. Virginia Matose, 46, 4134 St. Martins Place, driving under suspension, April 11. Danielle Marcum, 22, 2184 Clara St., criminal damaging at 3814 Harrison Ave., April 6. Wendell Wilson, 50, 3820 Boudinot

Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 3610 Woodbine Ave., April 7. Juvenile, 13, criminal damaging, April 8. Juvenile, 14, criminal damaging, April 8. Larry Smith, 38, 3507 Wayne Ave., possession of drugs at 3101 Glenmore Ave., April 8. Juvenile, 17, curfew violation at 3634 Glenmore Ave., April 11. Christopher L. Sims, 23, 5038 Troubador Court, open container at 3634 Glenmore Ave., April 11. Jeffrey Montgomery, 26, 5308 Briar Hill, open container, April 11. Brian V. McGeever, 41, 3835 Glenmore Ave., obstructing official business at 3835 Glenmore Ave., April 11. Corey Black, 31, 3806 Dina Terrace No. 4, obstructing official business at 3418 Mayfair Ave., April 12.

Assault

Incidents

Suspect punched victim in the head at 4017 Carrie Ave. No. 1, April 4.

Breaking and entering

Guitar, amplifier, television and bed stolen from home at 3803 Dina Terrace No. 10, March 31.

Burglary

Television, video game system, 300 CDs, 10 video games, baseball card collection, 30 baseball hats, money and prescription medicine stolen from home at 3838 Washington Ave. No. 16, April 8.

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Theft

A vehicle was stolen at 3911 Delmar Ave., April 9. Bicycle stolen from home’s porch at 3836 Delmar Ave., April 9. Four hanging baskets, landscape lighting and a propane tank stolen from home at 3433 Miami Court, April 8. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 3600 Westwood Northern Blvd. No. 81, April 7. Wallet and contents stolen from counter at Back Street Studio at 3720 Woodbine Ave., April 6. Check book, GPS and a pair of pants stolen from home at 3805 Kenker Place No. 1, April 2. Car stereo stolen from vehicle at 3640 Westwood Northern Blvd., April 2. Two baskets filled with candy and other unknown merchandise stolen from CVS at 4110 Harrison Ave., March 31. Credit card and Social Security card stolen from home at 4022 Walter Ave., March 31.

Cincinnati District 3 Arrests/citations

Arsenio Tooles, born 1989, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., April 9. Courtney Loven Terrell, born 1986, aggravated menacing, 2667 Cora Ave., April 6. Emmit Davis, born 1970, criminal damaging or endangerment, 3315 Cavanaugh Ave., April 7. Frederick L. Oneal, born 1987, falsification, 2971 Montana Ave., April 8. Patricia K. Perry, born 1972, disorderly conduct, 3627 Boudinot Ave., April 7. Robert Lee Middlebrooks, born 1961, possession of open flask, 3000 McHenry Ave., April 2. Rodney W. Lee, born 1964, theft under

$300, 6165 Glenway Ave., April 6. Shienia Boyd, born 1988, forgery, 2435 Harrison Ave., April 8. Terrance Lee Hardin, born 1984, theft under $300, 6140 Glenway Ave., April 10. Victor S. Taylor, born 1960, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, April 10. Victor S. Taylor, born 1960, theft under $300, 3131 Queen City Ave., April 10. Kareem Morgan, born 1983, assault, 2552 Harrison Ave., April 8. Tarell Fowler, born 1990, menacing, 3275 Pickbury Drive, April 5. Paul Busch, born 1978, burglary, 3314 Queen City Ave., April 11. Tavontae Mitchem, born 1991, gambling and possession of drugs, 3344 Stathem Ave., April 9. Agcenia Campus, born 1982, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., April 6. Cassius Strickland, born 1964, drug abuse, 2680 Wendee Drive, April 8. Clara Humphries, born 1990, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., April 6. Dominique Wagner, born 1991, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., April 5. Felicia Moore, born 1965, disorderly conduct, 2520 Harrison Ave., April 6. Frank Deters, born 1978, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., April 7. Harold Leon Bailey, born 1958, theft $300 to $5,000, 2736 Queen City Ave., April 9. Joshua Lee Duncan, born 1988, felonious assault, 3154 Gobel Ave., April 6. Lawrence Rutledge, born 1988, criminal damaging or endangerment, 2667 Cora Ave., April 6. Nicole L. Duncan, born 1979, receiving stolen property, 3266 Montana Ave., April 7.

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Incidents Aggravated robbery 2373 Harrison Ave., April 8. 3360 Glenmore Ave., April 6.

Breaking and entering

2913 Ratterman Ave., April 6. 3201 Queen City Ave., April 8. 3311 Cavanaugh Ave., April 6. 3603 Schwartze Ave., April 4.

Burglary

2643 Thomasville Drive, April 9. 2656 Fenton Ave., April 4. 2706 Erlene Drive, April 3. 2850 Harrison Ave., April 8. 3144 West Tower Ave., April 5. 3179 Ferncrest Court, April 2. 3185 Ferncrest Court, April 8. 3321 Cheviot Ave., April 3. 3324 Hanna Ave., April 3. 3411 Broadwell Ave., April 6. 3411 Broadwell Ave., April 6. 3411 Broadwell Ave., April 6. 3411 Broadwell Ave., April 6.

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Grand theft

2322 Ferguson Road, April 5. 2375 Montana Ave., April 3. 2488 Queen City Ave., April 2. 2752 Queen City Ave., April 2.

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2310 Ferguson Road, April 6. Petit Theft, 2322 Ferguson Road, April 3. 2358 Harrison Ave., April 5. 2655 Harrison Ave., April 6. 3136 Harrison Ave., April 5. 3248 Werk Road, April 6. 3339 Epworth Ave., April 2. 5092 Glencrossing Way, April 3. 5100 Glencrossing Way, April 3. 6000 Glenway Ave., April 7. 6165 Glenway Ave., April 6. 6165 Glenway Ave., April 6. 6165 Glenway Ave., April 6. 6243 Glenway Ave., April 6.

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REAL ESTATE Addyston

138 Second St.: Bridges, Herstle to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; $32,000. 266 Sekitan Ave.: Meansco Investments LLC to Merchants Bank and Trust Co.; $24,000. 310 Oak St.: Clayton, Rodney to Dressman, James; $17,000.

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3228 Phoenix Ave.: Foster, Lori to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; $60,000. 3512 Mozart Ave.: J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. to Armstrong Properties Ltd.; $29,700. 4241 St. Martin’s Place: Neiheisel, Douglas J. 7 to Falk, Emily; $70,000. 4342 Marlin Ave.: Dixon, Bryan T. and Adrienne Haggis to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; $54,000.

3464 Tangent Drive: Ortiz, Maximino & Sulema Y. to Miken Enterprises LLC; $60,100. 3843 North Bend Road: Graichen, David S. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $46,000. 3927 Davis Ave.: American General Finance Inc. to Greve, Patrick M.; $23,000.

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20 Timberline Court: Double Down Development LLC to Wesbanco Bank Inc.; $56,000. Skidmore Avenue: JMEC Properties LLC to Murphy, Jenny; $92,000. 110 Elliott St.: JMEC Properties LLC to Murphy, Jenny; $92,000. 114 Scott St.: Steinriede, James J. & Keriann C. Rack to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; $74,000. 16 Timberline Court: Blankenship, Brian W. & Lori A. Horrocks to

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2340 Brokaw Ave.: HLB Investments LLC to Central Mortgage Company; $24,000. 2291 Baltimore Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr. to Lockett, Wyman; $9,000. 2340 Brokaw Ave.: Central Mortgage Company to Renaissance Men Properties LLC; $12,000.

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site or call toll free: 800-845-0077.

HILTON HEAD Sea Pines Upgraded & very nicely appointed 3 BR, 3½ BA townhome on golf course & near beach. Reduced rates. Rented only by the owners. 513-874-5927 N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit www.coastalcondos.com

GATLINBURG. Choose a 2 or 3 BR chalet, conveniently located, richly appointed and meticulously main tained. Pet friendly. 877-215-3335 or visit www.marysescape.com

Norris Lake ∂ Indian River Marina Floating houses, rental houses and pontoon boats. Call for summer specials, 877-302-8987 www.indianrivermarina.net.

NEW YORK MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit: www.riversidetowerhotel.com

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699. smokymtncrossrdrentals.com

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617 www.oceancreek.net SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949. www.seabrookexclusives.com

Many Thanks To Our Fine Sponsors: Cagney, Weisker & Associates Rick and Holly Finn of Coldwell Banker West Shell Henke Winery Hoeting Realtors George Keller Woodworking Pete and Mark Minges of Neidhard Minges Funeral Homes Player Piano Shop Adam Sanregret of Huff Realty Westwood Concern / Westwood Citizens on Patrol.

Sunday, April 25 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission $12 (Day of Tour) Advance Tickets $10 For more information: 513.533.6760 or visit www.westwoodhistorical.org

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Advance tickets available after April 1 at: Henke Winery, 3077 Harrison Ave. US Bank Westwood-Cheviot Office, 3168 Harrison Ave.

Tour Starts At Mother of Mercy High School 3036 Werk Road (Epworth Ave. entrance near Werk Rd.)

Presenting Sponsor and the Westwood Historical Society


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