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Teams advance

Elder and La Salle are moving on in the Division I baseball tournament. The Panthers are scheduled to play Thursday, May 29, at Dublin Coffman High School, while La Salle plays at May 29 at the University of Cincinnati. – FULL STORY, A8

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Mural, ceremoney honor vets

By Kurt Backscheider

John Wolber said the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Dater High School all started with a painting. The Green Township resident and World War II veteran said a mural of U.S. soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima painted in the lobby at what is now Dater Montessori School in Westwood caught his attention when the principal had it created in 1998. “I was on Iwo Jima,” said Wolber, a Marine veteran. “When we saw the painting we thought it was just outstanding, so a group of us veterans decided we ought to have a dedication of the painting.” More than a decade later, what started as a ceremony to dedicate a painting has evolved into a KURT BACKSCHEIDER/STAFF touching tribute to the men and College Hill resident Bob Brewster, right, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, and Tony Kohl, left, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and commander of women who have given their lives the Cheviot Purple Heart Chapter 3620, salute the flag during the national anthem at the 13th annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Dater High School. for this country. Wolber said Hundreds of there are four or five you can’t done for us and all Americans,” he Read about more the painting has military veter- find,” said Bradley, a member of said. since been “The annual Memorial Day celans from the the Cheviot Purple Heart Chapter Memorial Day events duplicated in a ebration is a special time when our West Side 3620. – See A3 hallway at Dater “Not that you don’t think of campus opens up to our commuturned out to High School, honor their fall- them at other times, but Memorial nity and we share our common directly across from a Hall of en brothers and sisters. Day really makes you think of the bond as Americans.” Honor recognizing all the men and Wolber said he enjoys organizGarland Bradley, a Green ones who didn’t make it back.” women from Hamilton County Township resident and Army vetDater High School Principal ing the event because it allows who have been killed while fight- eran who was wounded while Stephen Sippel expressed heartfelt him to once again share the camaing in World War II, the Korean serving in the Pacific during World gratitude to all the veterans in raderie with fellow veterans and War, the Vietnam War, the Persian War II, said he’s attended the cer- attendance on behalf of the Dater meet the younger veterans comGulf War and the wars in Iraq and emony for several years, and he family, and said the school is priv- ing home from Iraq and Afghanistan. enjoys coming out to catch up ileged to honor those who have Afghanistan. Dater High School’s 13th with friends he hasn’t seen in a given everything for this country. “It all started with that paintannual Memorial Day Ceremony while. “We are free to teach, learn and ing,” he said. took place Wednesday, May 19. “But every time you come prosper because of what you have

Green Twp. buying the K of C ball fields

Northside K of C selling 11 acres for $475,000, including ball park

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Green Township officials have agreed to buy an 11-acre piece of property that includes the Northside Knights of Columbus ball park on Blue Rock Road. Green Township Law Director Frank Hyle said the township and the K of C board have reached an agreement for the ball fields for $475,000. The deal is set to close Oct. 1, so teams currently playing or planning to play this season will not be interrupted. Hyle said the K of C board approached the township and negotiations went on for about a month. Northside K of C Council 1683 treasurer Kevin Holthaus said the council is ready to get out of the ball field business. “We built the complex back in 1978 when we had a lot of mem-


Little League and select teams play at the park. Dante Battle, who coaches the Barracks, a select team for 13-year-olds, says he is hoping teams like his, which have a lot of local athletes on the roster, will still be playing at the park once the township buys the fields. bers,” he said. “We don’t have as many volunteers to run it now, and we see this as a real opportunity to maintain that area as a park forever.” He said the nine-member board voted 7-2 in favor of the sale. Holthaus said the sale of the complex will allow the council to devote resources to its other charitable endeavors. The Northside K of C has about

450 members, and Holthaus said while some are not happy about the sale, the board believes it is the best move for the council and for the property. Holthaus said the council retains possession of its social hall on property to the front of the ball park. Hyle said the deal also allows Green Township to lease an additional 3 acres in the front of the

property for $1 per year for five years with an option to purchase. Director of Public Services Fred Schlimm said the township will come up with a plan once the deal is signed. He said the complex will not be maintained in its current configuration, but it will have athletic fields. He said the acquisition would allow Green Township to expand Blue Rock Park, which abuts the property. “It’s an exciting opportunity for us if it all comes through,” he said. Schlimm said the township will talk with local athletic associations as it comes up with a plan for the new park. “They have their finger on the

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Cleves committees sponsor community spaghetti supper By Jennie Key

There is more than a chance of meatballs in Cleves Saturday, June 5. The Cleves Christmas Committee and the Cleves Fire Department Auxiliary are playing host to what they hope will be an annual community spaghetti dinner. Tiffiney Myers, treasurer of the Cleves Christmas Committee, said partnering with the Cleves Fire Auxiliary was a natural matchup. “We do a lot of activities together,” she said. “We work together on Christmas in the Village, and our Easter Egg Hunt, so we thought we’d work together on a fundraiser, too.” Myers said her group is working with Doug Moore, who heads up the fire auxiliary. “We’ve been working on it for a couple of months,

Stephanie Striet, M.D. and Steven Cooley, M.D. Internal Medicine

and talking about it since about the first of the year.” she said. The proceeds from the dinner will be split between the two organizations. The dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 5, at the Cleves Fire Station on North Miami Avenue next to the Post Office. The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years. The evening will also include a raffle and split the pot. “We thought a spaghetti dinner would be something different to bring to the community,” Myers said. She added that the groups will do it again if it goes well. “We might even think about twice a year,” she said. “We don’t know what to expect, so we’ll just have to wait and see. But if it’s a success, we’ll think about it.”

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CincItalia, The Cincinnati Italian Festival, ended in a slight drizzle May 16 Harvest Home Park in Cheviot. But the fun was had during the weekend, as St. Catharine of Siena hosted the festival. The seventh- and eighthgrade Italian Dancers from St. Catherine performed on May 16. Lucy Milazzo, 10 of Cheviot, dances with her great-great uncle Salvatore Milazzo of Winton Place during CincItalia, the Cincinnati Italian Festival hosted by St. Catharine of Siena in Harvest Home Park.


Ball fields pulse and can be a good resource as we decide what the township needs,” Schlimm said. Green Township Trustee Tony Upton said the land will be a nice addition to Blue Rock Park, noting the township could lengthen the park’s walking trail to

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loop around the K of C property and build soccer fields. “We thought it was a win-win situation,” Upton said. Holthaus said the park will be a legacy from the Knights of Columbus. “It’s fitting,” he said. “We built the park for the

youth of the community and the township will make sure the land remains a park, which will continue to be available to the youth of the community.” – Kurt Backscheider contributed to this report.

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Fallen veterans honored on Memorial Day Post’s Memorial Day schedule

While Memorial Day is thought of by many as summer’s kickoff or the start of picnic season, many groups and organizations are planning events to honor the men and women who died serving their country and protecting its freedom. Norb Meyer, past post commander of the White Oak Woodrow Pies VFW Post 9246, says the post will visit local cemeteries and memorials on Monday, May 31, to pay respect to fellow veterans. The current post commander is Mark Hobbs and senior vice commander is Frank Klensch. The bugler will be La Salle High School junior Zach Dangel. This year, the post members, including the color guard, bugler and rifle squad, are joined by representatives of the Naval

The White Oak Woodward Pies VFW Post 9246 has been conducting Memorial Day ceremonies since 1947. Monday’s schedule includes these stops: • 8 a.m. at Lingo Family Cemetery on North Bend Road west of La Salle High School; • 8:20 a.m. at Asbury Chapel cemetery, Monfort Heights United Methodist Church, 3662 West Fork Road. • 8:45 a.m. at the St. Aloysius memorial ceremony in Bridgetown. The post leads a procession from the church to the cemetery where they will place a poppy cross; • 9:30 a.m. at the St. James

White Oak Cemetery, 3565 Hubble Road, where the rifle squad leads a procession to the cemetery and will place a poppy cross; • 10:15 a.m. at Colerain Memorial Park in Colerain Township, will join the historical society and township officials for ceremonies; • 11 a.m. at the West Fork Road Fire Station memorial, West Fork and Audro roads, Monfort Heights. Post members place flags and fire the honor volley; • 11:30 a.m. the group finishes the day at the Post 9246 memorial at the corner of Cheviot Road and Paramountridge Drive. ies at St. Bernard Church, St. John’s Church and the Dunlap Pioneer Cemetery and other historical cemeteries in the townships. Coleraine Historical Society president Mary Burdette says the group has organized a Memorial Day observance at 10:15 a.m. Mon-

Junior ROTC from Northwest High School for cemetery and memorial visits. Meyer said the VFW post will supply almost 700 flags for cemeteries. Not only will 288 flags be placed at St. Aloysius and 212 at St. James cemeteries, but the post also supplies cemeter-

day, May 31, at Heritage Memorial Park, in front of the Colerain Township Administrative Complex, 4200 Springdale Road. Adjuant Gil Schulte will place a poppy cross at the Vietnam memorial marker and Jim Smith will place the cross at the Desert Storm marker. Township officials will place wreaths at the other monuments there. Crown Hill Memorial Park will honor veterans with a reading, bagpipes, prayers and Taps at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 31, at the cemetery, 11825 Pippin Road. For information, call 851-7170. The Green Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380 will sponsor the 18th annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Flag Raising at 2 p.m. Monday, May 31, at Veterans Park, 6231 Harrison Ave. The ceremony will take place at the park’s Patriotic Plaza. Post members will

More Memorial Day events The Green Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380 will sponsor the 18th annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Flag Raising at 2 p.m. Monday, May 31, at Veterans Park, 6231 Harrison Ave. The ceremony will take place at the park’s Patriotic Plaza. Post members will burn the names of veterans who passed away during the past year. Community members

Harvest Home Park on North Bend Road. A short ceremony will follow the parade. North Bend plans a Memorial Day service at 8 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Harrison’s Tomb. The community is then invited to join the Cleves parade, sponsored by American Legion, Miller Stockum Post 485, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Taylor High School and travels to Maple

also are invited to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and remember those currently serving their country at the Cheviot Memorial Day Parade. The parade, sponsored by the Western Hills Veterans Council, begins at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Bridgetown Road. The parade follows the same route as the Harvest Home Parade, ending at

Grove Cemetery, where there will be a service. This is the 89th year for the parade. The American Legion will sponsor a picnic and cookout with bratts, hot dogs, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese and homemade desserts, at the American Legion Hall, 29 E. State Street, immediately following the ceremony at Maple Grove. The picnic at the Legion Hall begins at 11:30 a.m.

burn the names of veterans who passed away during the past year. Community members also are invited to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and remember those currently serving their country at the Cheviot Memorial Day Parade. The parade, sponsored by the Western Hills Veterans Council, begins at 11 a.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Bridgetown Road. The parade follows the

same route as the Harvest Home Parade, ending at Harvest Home Park on North Bend Road. A short ceremony will follow the parade. To the north, Mount Healthy American Legion Post 513 starts its annual parade at Hastings and Hamilton avenues at 2 p.m. Monday, May 31. The parade moves south on Hamilton Avenue to Kinney Avenue to Perry Street ending at the Veterans Memorial on McMakin Street for a brief service.




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Student wins national art award St. Ursula Academy senior Margaret Goldrainer of Anderson Township and Western Hills has won a National Silver Medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2010. Goldrainer received a silver medal in the Design category for her entry, “1000 Doilies Paperama Dress.” The design was first chosen as a Gold Key winner at the regional level from among 165,000 entries. From there it was considered at the national level and was recently announced as a silvermedal winner. To celebrate her achievement, Goldrainer and her St. Ursula design instructor, Alison Probst, will travel to New York in June to participate in the National Celebration and to accept the award at Carnegie Hall.


St. Ursula Academy senior Margaret Goldrainer has won a National Silver Medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2010. She stands here with her winning piece, “1000 Doilies Paperama Dress”. During the trip, Goldrainer will also meet other young artists and learn about creative career options from leaders in cul-

tural and design fields. “Winning a National Scholastics Award is an incredible achievement,” said Goldrainer. “I am honored to be in the same category as worldrenowned artists whose careers blossomed through recognition from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. I owe a debt of gratitude to my design teacher, Alison Probst. In my four years at Saint Ursula Academy, she has believed in my talents, guided me and continues to inspire me.” According to the competition, students needed originality, technical skill and a personal vision or voice to do well. Judges did not know the identities of students when judging. Goldrainer will attend Rhode Island School of

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Wesley Services Organization, parent company of Wesley Community Services, will dedicate a new home at 2901 Radcliff Drive, Price Hill. The new facility will allow for the consolidation on one site for all of Wesley Community Services programs and services. The two-story building, nearly 25,000 square feet, was purchased and renovated in the fall and early winter to house an expanded Meals-On-Wheels kitchen facility, medical transportation dispatch and scheduling center, homemaker center with a training facility and other amenities. “The new Radcliff facility increases our efficiency and allows us to offer enhanced services to our senior clients” says Stephen Smookler, Wesley Community Services executive

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Elder hosts summer computer classes By Kurt Backscheider

Elder High School will once again open its doors this summer to give children the opportunity to present their talents through creativity and computer education. The school’s Tech-reach program, a technology outreach program housed in the state-of-the-art Schaeper Center, is participating for the fourth straight year in the Council on Alcoholism’s Kuumba Summer Enrichment Program. “They have a wonderful camp for kids in the summer,” said Sister Nancy Kinross, director of Tech-reach. “We have them for two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the kids enjoy it. Some of the kids


Elder High School senior John Nguyen worls on a computer in Elder’s Schaeper Center. The school’s Tech-reach program will host several computer classes in the technology center this summer. like it so much they come back again the following summer.” In the Swahili language, “Kuumba” means creativity. Students in the program take part in arts, crafts,

writing, computer education and athletic activities, as well as alcohol, drugs and violence prevention sessions. Kinross said 20 students are enrolled in this sum-

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Classes for adults In addition to hosting the computer courses for the Kuumba Summer Enrichment Program, Elder High School’s Tech-reach program will also be open in the evenings this summer to provide computer classes for adults. All the classes start at 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in the school’s Schaeper Center. Each course is five-sessions long, and there are courses offered throughout June and July. Courses include Computer Basics I, Computer Basics II, Microsoft Word I, Microsoft Word

mer’s session. They will have classes in the Schaeper Center from June 15 through July 27. She said they will complete courses in Internet basics, Internet safety, computer art and Web page design. Students will also make a movie at the end of the course and create a sign for their bedroom door. “Last year one boy made a sign that said, ‘All women keep out, and this includes you mom,’” Kinross said. “They learn all kinds of fun things.” She said all of the classes are taught by area teachers, and Elder receives grant funding, allowing Tech-

II, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel I, Microsoft Excel II, conversational English (for Hispanics only), Internet Basics and Adobe Photoshop Elements & Image Manipulation. Most courses cost $10. Courses fill up quickly. To assure a seat in the June class session please be sure to pay by Wednesday, June 2, and for a seat in the July class session be sure to register and pay by Wednesday, June 30. For more information, visit or call Tech-reach at 921-3744, extension 3636.

reach to provide the classes at minimal cost to the students. “A lot of the kids do get computer lessons in school,

but this program offers computer enrichment,” she said. “Elder has a great commitment to helping the community.”

St. Xavier football on AM radio Clear Channel Radio has entered into an agreement with St. Xavier High School to broadcast 2010 regular season and post-season football games on WCKYAM Fox Sports 1360. The agreement also includes broadcasting all games on “Building a partnership with Fox Sports 1360 is a great opportunity for the school in general and athletic department in particular,” said John Sullivan, athletic director for St. Xavier. “We have a chance to promote our students and their accomplishments in a unique way with these weekly broadcasts. We have a challenging schedule against some of the top

teams in the city, State, and country and I feel certain sports fans will enjoy the effort and intensity of Bomber football” Besides games against GCL rivals Elder, Moeller, and La Salle, the Steve Specht-coached Bombers will play traditional powerhouses Indianapolis Cathedral, Louisville St. Xavier, Cleveland St. Ignatius.

The longtime Internet voices of the Bombers Tony Schad, who live sin Green Township, and Ralph Nardini will handle the play-byplay and color. “We are proud of our webcasts over the last five football seasons,” said St. X President Father Tim Howe S.J.



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St. Catharine of Siena School celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a prayer service and celebration for Bobbi Ackerman, who is retiring after 30 years at the school. Ackerman, right, participates in a prayer service. Bobbi Ackerman, left, accepts a retirement gift from Philip Bachman, a firstgrader, in honor of her retirement after 30 years of service at the school.


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McAuley is top girls school, third overall at state contest For the fifth consecutive year, McAuley High School was the top all-girls school in the state at the Ohio Junior Classical League State Convention. The school finished third overall, its best finish in school history and ahead of every other parochial high school in Ohio. Senior Megan Whitacre was state champion in Latin academic tests. Whitacre placed first on seven tests. She finished second and third on the other tests, making her the No. 1 Latin academic student out of the 800 at the convention. Kelly L. Schmidt was awarded Best in Show for two-dimensional art based on her pencil drawing of Medusa and her digitallyenhanced photograph of the Pantheon from the McAuley Latin Club trip to Italy last summer. Schmidt also was named Best in Show in three-dimensional art winner for her sculpture of the Nike of Samonthrace. Three McAuley students ranked in the top 10 overall. Schmidt was fourth, Whitacre was fifth and Lauren Schultz was sixth out of the 800 students at the convention for their academic tests and projects combined. The upper level certamen team was declared state champion. Team members are Whitacre, who is team captain, Schmidt, Schultz and Abbey Witzgall. Team alternates are Christine Conway and Ashley Johns. The Latin I certamen team was state runner-up. Team members are Mollie Effler, Nikki Hoffman, Celina Junker and Sam Nissen with alternates Grace Jacobsen and Selah Meyer. The Latin II certamen team was a state semi-finalist, placing in the top nine of 31 schools in the competition. Team members are Katarina Anhofer, Sarah Buescher, Molly Huey and Sarah Pierce. The McAuley Latin Club earned

two gold medals for their club project at Our Lady of Grace and for their club service in the Relay for Life, and at St. Joseph’s Orphanage and the Ronald McDonald House. The McAuley Latin Club skit finished first, earning the girls a trophy and the honor of performing their original play before the entire convention of over 800 delegates. McAuley also was awarded first place in spirit for the girls’ creative Mohawk togas and energetic cheering. Club members won second place in club banner, club publication and club scrapbook. The following students won awards for their scores on academic tests: • Mollie Effler (Latin I) – Fifth place in Roman life, sixth place in Roman history and sight Latin reading, seventh place in academic pentathlon, Latin grammar and vocabulary, and eighth place in mythology, derivatives and Latin reading comprehension. • Courtney Haverbusch (Latin I) – Eighth place in Latin literature. • Nikki Hoffman (Latin I) – Ninth place in mythology and 10th place in academic pentathlon. • Grace Jacobsen (Latin I) – Tied for fifth place in Latin literature, eighth place in academic pentathlon and ninth place in Roman history. • Celina Junker (Latin I) – Fifth place in derivatives, seventh place in Roman life, eighth place in Latin reading comprehension, ninth place in Latin grammar and 10th place in mythology. • Selah Meyer (Latin I) – Tenth place in academic pentathlon. • Samantha Nissen (Latin I) – Second place in Roman life, third place in Latin literature and academic pentathlon, fourth place in Latin grammar, eighth place in Latin reading comprehension, and 10th place in sight Latin reading

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and vocabulary. • Danielle Reynolds (Latin I) – Eighth place in Latin reading comprehension and ninth place in Roman history. • Beth Witzgall (Latin I) – Tied for fifth place in Latin literature and seventh place in Roman history. • Katarina Anhofer (Latin II) – Ninth place in mythology. • Sarah Pierce (Latin II) – Tenth Latin literature. • Christine Conway (Latin III) – Fourth place in mythology, eighth place in Latin reading comprehension, ninth place in derivatives and 10th place in Latin literature. • Ashley Johns (Latin III) – Sixth place in Latin reading comprehension and 10th place in mythology. • Sarah Kaehler (Latin III) – Seventh place in mythology. • Kelly L. Schmidt (AP Latin) – Third place in Roman life, fourth place in mythology, fifth place in Roman history, sixth place in sight Latin reading, and eighth place in derivatives and academic pentathlon. • Lauren Schultz (AP Latin) – Second place in Latin literature, third place in Latin reading comprehension, fourth place in Latin grammar and Roman life, sixth place in mythology, seventh place in Roman history, eighth place in derivatives and academic pentathlon, and ninth place in vocabulary. • Megan Whitacre (AP Latin) – First place in vocabulary, Latin literature, Roman life, mythology, Latin grammar, Latin reading comprehension and Roman history, second place in derivatives, and third place in academic pentathlon and sight Latin reading. • Abbey Witzgall (AP Latin) – Second place in mythology, fifth place in Pentathlon and Roman life, seventh place in Latin literature, eighth place in derivatives and 10th place in Roman history. The following students won

creative and artistic awards: • Katarina Anhofer (Latin I) – Third place in computer-enhanced photography and eighth place in dolls. • Katie Branscum (Latin I) – Fifth place in original Latin game. • Jessica Bushman (Latin I) – Fifth place in couples costumes (Helen and Paris). • Abby Chaulk (Latin I) – 10th place in dolls. • Beth Davish (Latin I) – Fifth place in couples costumes (Helen and Paris) and ninth place in dolls. • Abbie Doyle (Latin I) – Third place in dolls. • Mollie Effler (Latin I) – Fourth place in tile mosaic. • Grace Hoesel (Latin III) – Fourth place in drawn chart. • Grace Jacobsen (Latin I) – First place in oil and acrylic painting and sixth place in pencil drawing. • Selah Meyer (Latin I) – Second place in original Latin game. • Danielle Reynolds (Latin I) – Fifth place in illustrated Latin children’s book. • Olivia Schaefer (Latin I) – Ninth place in illustrated Latin children’s book. • Paula Vogelpohl (Latin I) – 10th place in constructed poster and 10th place in pencil drawing. • Beth Witzgall (Latin I) – 10th place in small model. • Sarah Buescher (Latin II) – Fourth place in constructed chart and eighth place in classical cartoon. • Molly Huey (Latin II) – Fourth place in ink drawing, seventh place in mixed media and ninth place in tile mosaic. • Lizzie Kibbler (Latin II) – Eighth place in drawn chart. • Abby Krabacher (Latin II) – 10th place in small model. • Christy Kristof (Latin II) – Third place in pastel drawing and sixth place in drawn chart. • Ashley Musick (Latin II) – 10th place in dolls.

• Sarah Pierce (Latin II) – Second place in drawn map, third place in drawn chart and sixth place in dolls. • Christine Conway (Latin III) – Ninth place in watercolor and 10th place in oil and acrylic painting. • Morgan Gelhausen (Latin III) – Second place in mixed media and sixth place in pencil drawing. • Anna Herrmann (Latin III) – Second place in illustrated Latin quote and ninth place in oil and acrylic. • Sarah Kist (Latin III) – Third place in colored pencil drawing, eighth place in small model, ninth place in textiles and 10th place in tile mosaic. • Maria Lupp (Latin III) – 10th place in traditional photography. • Alexandra Zimmer (Latin III) – Sixth place in classical jewelry. • Kelly L. Schmidt (AP Latin) – First place in costume (Niobe, Queen of Thebes), modern myth writing, sculpture and pencil drawing, second place in oil and acrylic painting, third place in cartoon and ink drawing, fourth place in computer-enhanced photo, textiles, woodworking and watercolor, sixth place in original poetry and traditional photography, and ninth place in jewelry. • Lauren Schultz (AP Latin) – First place in small model, textiles and traditional photography, fifth place in woodworking, eighth place in ink drawing and ninth place in computer-enhanced photo. • Megan Whitacre (AP Latin) – Second place in dolls, eighth place in dramatic interpretation and ninth place in woodworking. • Abbey Witzgall (AP Latin) – Sixth place in modern myth writing and seventh place in woodworking. In total, 165 ribbons, medals and trophies were earned by members of the McAuley Latin Club, a school record.

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This week in baseball

• Ross beat St. Xavier 7-3, May 18. St. Xavier’s Conor Gilligan hit a double.

This week in tennis

• Sean Bandy and Jay Fovel beat St. X’s Ed Broun and Eric Naugle 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, May 14, in the Division I Sectional Tournament doubles finals. • St. Xavier’s Ryan Bandy beat St. X’s Hirsch Matani 6-1, 6-2 in singles finals of the Division I Sectional Tournament. St. X’s Jay Fovel and Bandy beat Loveland’s Streicker and Stahl 6-0, 6-0 in the second round of Division I Districts, May 20.

This week in lacrosse

• Mercy beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 19-6, May 17, in first round of Division II Sectionals. Mercy’s Chrissy O’Hara scored six goals; Heather Smith scored three goals; Cara O’Conner scored two goals; and Megan Humphrey, Erin McNamara, Melissa Burns, Rachel Glanker, Allie Schneider, Emily Farmer, Caroline Sullivan and Brittney Janszen scored one goal each. Mercy advances to 9-7 with the win. • Seton girls beat Fenwick 22-11 in the first round of the tournament, May 20. Seton’s Becca Meyer and Elyse Brown scored four goals each; Melissa Schenkel, Taylor Fricke and Noelle Rodgers scored three goals each; Sarah Hartmann scored two goals; and Jenna Martini, Julie Buttelworth and Natalie Palmer scored one goal each. Seton’s Mary Zupan made 11 saves.

This week in track

• La Salle boys placed first in the Greater Catholic League South Championship, May 14. La Salle’s Ethan Bokeno won the 800 meter in 1:57.85; Travis Hawes won the 1600 meter in 4:26.29; Ray Claytor won the high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches; Chris Fisbeck won the long jump at 21 feet, 1.75 inches; Rodriguez Coleman won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.84; La Salle won the 4x800 meter relay in 8:00.95; Travis Hawes won the 3,200 meter run in 9:45.64; and Andrew Silber won the pole vault at 15 feet. St. Xavier’s Archbold won the 400 meter in 49.46; Ochs won the 300 meter hurdles in 39.16; and Schneiber won the discus at 144 feet, 11 inches. La Salle boys placed first in the District Meet, May 19. La Salle’s Jesse Back won the discus at 151 feet, 1 inch. • McAuley girls placed first in the district meet, May 19. McAuley won the 4x800 meter relay in 9:44.03, and Lundyn Thompson won the shot put at 39 feet, 9 inches. • For complete tournament results, visit

This week in boys’ volleyball

• La Salle boys beat Oak Hills 25-21, 25-15, 27-25 in the Division I District final, May 19. • Elder defeated LaSalle 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 in the Division I regional final two May 22. • Moeller defeated St. Xavier 25-20, 25-13, 25-18 in the Division I regional final one May 22.

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Elder captures 1st district title since 2007

By Tony Meale

For the first time since 2007, the Elder High School baseball team has won the district championship. Playing in the west-side confines of Western Hills High School May 22, the Panthers defeated Sidney 12-2 in five innings in the Division I district finals. Senior pitcher Matt Pate (7-1) earned the win and had six strikeouts. Elder (25-4), which has won 23 of its last 25 games, advances to the regional semifinals to face the winner of the Upper Arlington/Reynoldsburg game at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 27, Dublin Coffman High School. If victorious, Elder plays in the regional finals at Dublin Coffman May 28. Elder advanced to districts after dispatching No. 2 Lakota East in the sectional finals at Kings May 20. Senior Brian Korte allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings. “Just a bulldog mentality,” Elder head coach Mark Thompson said of Korte. “He went right after guys. I don’t know how many strikeouts he had, but he was just totally dominating the first four or five innings. The only player who could get him was (Lakota East senior Andrew Wills) and Wills – in my mind – is one of the best players in the state.” Korte had nine strikeouts and moved to 7-0 with the


Elder High School senior Brian Korte unwinds against Lakota East during the Division I sectional finals at Mason May 20. Korte allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings. Elder won 4-2. win. Thompson lifted Korte from the game with runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh. “I didn’t want to put him in jeopardy,” Thompson said. “Whenever I see Brian drop his arm a little bit, he’s

susceptible to injury. I know he wanted to stay out there, but his pitch count was too high.” Pate entered the game and got the last out, a dribbler to the mound that he fielded and threw to first. Thompson breathed a sigh of relief.

“We have confidence in Matt, but there’s always doubts,” he said. “(Lakota East was) the 2-seed for a reason. They’re a wellcoached team.” Senior Jeremy White led the way offensively, going 4-4; sophomore lead-off hitter Daniel Schwarz had two

hits, and junior Nick Conner delivered a timely base knock of his own. “We swung the bats well,” Thompson said. Thompson also credited longtime assistant coaches Phil Brown and Tony Hesketh. “Phil prepares our hitters tremendously,” Thompson said. “And with Tony, you can see what kind of staff he’s developed.” While it’s rare to see a match-up between the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds so soon in the playoffs, Thompson wanted to avoid Moeller in the early rounds, play the district final at Western Hills and take the Columbus route through regionals. “Cincinnati teams are generally a little tougher to get through,” he said. Although the Panthers planned to avoid Moeller early, they are confident the third time can be a charm against their conference rival. Moeller smoked Elder 91 in the third game of the season but needed a seventh-inning rally to beat the Panthers May 3. Elder led that game 3-0 after two innings and 3-2 after six, but Moeller scored twice in the seventh for the win. “We took Brian out due to pitch count, and that didn’t work so well,” Thompson said. “They got three straight hits, three bullets, and won. But yeah, we definitely want to see them again.”

Highlanders fall to Lancers at districts

OH captures sectional title before loss

By Anthony Amorini

The district finals marked the end of the road for the Oak Hills’ baseball team in 2010 following a campaign which saw the Highlanders win a Division I sectional title days before its seasonending loss. Oak Hills bested St. Xavier, 7-2, during the Division I Sectional Championship finals Thursday, May 20, before falling to La Salle, 5-3, during the district championships Saturday, May 22. Finishing at 18-12 overall, head coach Chuck Laumann was particularly pleased with his team’s second-place finish in the Greater Miami Conference at 11-7 in the 10-team league, he said. “Our quality starting pitching is the reason behind our success and it kept us in the conference hunt until the end,” Laumann said. “They kept us in a lot of games and we were a couple of hits away from winning a (GMC) championship.” Lakota East (20-7, 153) took first place in the GMC in 2010 with Fairfield


Oak Hills Jay Schunk (10) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a hit by Braden Alcorn in the second inning in a Division I baseball district finals against La Salle at Western Hills High School May 22. La Salle won 5-3. finishing in a second-place tie with Oak Hills. Oak Hill split its twogame series with Lakota East this spring including a 5-1 win and a 6-5 loss. “We had opportunities, but we have been a little inconsistent getting the big hit when we need it,” Laumann said. “It has a lot to do with experience.” Only three players returned with significant varsity experience for Oak Hills this season, including junior Jay Schunk, senior David Farwick and senior Craig Johnson. The experienced trio were the leaders of the Highlanders’ offense alongside senior Jason Handley. Handley, who saw limited action because of a shoulder injury in 2009 which necessitated surgery

in the summer, bounced back in a big way this year. Handley led Oak Hills with 44 hits, seven doubles and his .524 batting average while also contributing 22 RBI, five home runs and 32 runs. Schunk had a team-high 35 RBI and nine home runs while carrying a .356 average with 32 hits. Farwick batted .375 with 24 RBI, five home runs and 30 hits with Johnson batting .350 with 21 hits, six doubles and 10 RBI. “People were pitching around (Schunk) when he was hitting third so we moved Handley (to the No. 3 spot with Schunk hitting fourth) and it worked out well,” Laumann said. Handley started the season leading off for Oak Hills. The Highlanders’ pro-


Oak Hills Jason Handley (8) singles to center field and one run is scored in the third inning of the May 22 game against LaSalle High School. ductive pitching staff was led by seniors Joel Bender, Andrew Bietenduvel and Darrin Vestring and sophomore Austin Kron, Laumann said. Oak Hills posted a team ERA of 3.58 with the talented quartet leading the way. “I think (the 3.58 team ERA) is quite outstanding with the brutal schedule we play,” Laumann said. “There are no breaks at all in our schedule, but I like it when every game is a war.” Bender finished at 5-2 overall with Bietenduvel at 5-1 and Kron at 3-3. Vestring was 1-4 with one save. “Darrin was the unlucky guy this year. Three of his losses were one-run games and he pitched better than

the record indicates,” Laumann said. Bender led the quartet with 63 strikeouts, a 2.05 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched). Bietenduvel finished with a 2.63 ERA. After starting the season at 9-8, Laumann was understandably pleased with the Highlanders’ 9-4 record during the second half of the season. “We were right there all season, so I wouldn’t call it a rally,” Laumann said of his team’s drastically improved record in the second half. “We were able to get timely hits late in the season whereas we were a little more inconsistent at the beginning.”

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Mercy softball falls in sectional finals Mother of Mercy High School softball coach Karen Kron didn’t quite know what to say. “It was hard,” she said. “There’s not much you can say at that moment because everyone is emotional.” That moment was a 2-1, 10-inning loss to Kings in the Division II sectional finals at Lakota East May 18. The Bobcats trailed 1-0 and tied the game before losing in 10 innings. “I thought my kids played excellent, and I thought Kings played excellent,” Kron said. “They got the hits when they needed it, and we didn’t. Those were two evenly matched teams.” Mercy finishes 19-6. The Bobcats ended the regular season 18-5 (8-2) and won the Girls' Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division for the second con-

secutive year. After starting 5-0, they dropped three straight in a two-day span in April before going 14-3 in their final 17 games. Statistically they were led by junior Erika Leonard and sophomores Anna Eggleston and Amy Feie. Leonard led the entire GGCL in average (.543) and home runs (four) and finished fifth in RBIs (23). Eggleston went 12-4 with a 1.07 ERA and had 131 strikeouts in 111.2 innings; she also hit .314 with 17 RBIs. Feie, meanwhile, went 7-1 with a 1.49 ERA and had 59 strikeouts in 42.1 innings; she also led the GGCL in RBI (36) and was fifth in the GGCL-Scarlet in hitting (.430). “It’s nice to have a group with so much experience returning,” Kron said. “They’re all good hitters.” Mercy, however, will graduate a half dozen seniors: Katie Bachus, Hannah Rechel, Maddie Whelan,

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Erin O’Brien, Elizabeth Mahon and Gina Carmosino, who will play for the College of Mount St. Joseph. “I’m very sad to see these six seniors go,” Kron said. Kron credited the defensive play of Bachus, a first baseman. “She made some of the best defensive plays I’ve ever seen at the high-school level against Kings,” Kron said. “Sometimes defense isn’t appreciated and offense is what people pay attention to, but she played great defense.” Bachus hit .430. Other contributors

included junior Mandolin Schreck; sophomores Morgan Fuller, Halle Specht, Nikki Metzner and Abby Rechel; and freshman Nicole Stephan. Mercy opened the postseason with a 9-0 win over McNicholas in the sectional semi-finals before losing to Kings. “I felt it was a case of two good teams meeting early in the tournament,” Kron said of the loss to Kings. “I think they’ll will win their next couple games, and that’s not a slight against their opponents; Kings is just really good.”

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Sports & recreation

May 26, 2010

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La Salle’s recent hot streak continued through the Division I District Championship finals as the Lancers added a district title to go with its sectional crown. Standing at 8-1 since the start of May, La Salle defeated Oak Hills, 5-3, during the Division I District Championship finals Saturday, May 22. The Lancers captured its sectional title Thursday, May 20, with a win over Loveland, 6-1. As one of 16 teams remaining in Ohio’s Division I tournament, La Salle travels to the University of Cincinnati at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 27, for the Division I Regional Championship semi-finals. “Last year we had a down year and that did not sit well with the guys,” head coach Joe Voegele said while referencing La Salle’s 7-12 season in 2009. “(The seniors) have been great, and I think it’s the reason we played so well. “Their leadership is key for us,” Voegele added of his seniors. Though the Lancers remain alive with sectional and district titles in tow, No. 18 Kings gave the Lancers quite a scare during La Salle’s tournament opener Thursday, May 13. Trailing by a score of 3-1 in the seventh inning, La Salle was three outs away from the end of its season when the Lancers rallied, Voegele said. A triple from senior Michael Leytze drove in a run to close the gap to 3-2 for La Salle. Senior T.J. Delaet then pinch hit and drove in Leytze to tie the game at 33. In the 11th inning, La


LaSalle team holds up their District Champion 2010 Division I Baseball trophy after beating Oak Hills in a Division I baseball district finals Western Hills May 22. LaSalle won 5 to 3. Salle plated its fourth run to dispatch Kings, 4-3. Delaet was 2-for-3 on the day and scored La Salle’s game-winning run. “I can’t tell you how many times they have comeback and fought their way back into games,” Voegele said. “They never say die and it was like that the whole year.” A possible rematch with Moeller looms on the Lancers’ tournament schedule with the Greater Catholic League rivals slated to face off Friday, May 28, if both teams win during the regional semi-finals. Moeller bested La Salle twice during the regular season during tight games including a 7-5 loss and a 3-2 loss for the Lancers. “Losing to Moeller twice in those close ones was disappointing because we had opportunities to win both of those games,” Voegele said. “All four teams were solid in the GCL and all the games were tough.” Voegele cited a late-season loss Wednesday, May 28, to Elder, 12-9, as proof of his team’s resiliency. Trailing by a 12-0 early, La Salle plated nine unanswered runs to bring the final score to 12-9. La Salle defeated Elder early in the season, 7-4, which brought the total of its two-game series with La Salle to a combined score of

16-16. The Lancers carried a team batting average of .476 this spring. “We hit pretty well throughout the lineup,” Voegele said of the Lancers’ potent offense. “With our schedule, we play some tough games and we just couldn’t get over the hump in some of those.” Offensively, Leytze and seniors Tyler Seibel and Reid Rizzo were key leaders for La Salle in 2010, Voegele said. Seibel set a La Salle record with 41 RBI while batting .407 including 31 hits and five home runs. Leytze led La Salle with 37 hits and 11 doubles while batting .520 with 40 runs and 21 RBI. Rizzo batted .553 with 32 hits, 30 RBI and 35 runs. Junior Zach Dillman was also a key contributor offensively with 35 hits, 19 RBI and a .586 batting average. From the mound, four Lancers won three games or more in 2010 including Jake Meister (4-1 with 1.07 ERA), Joel Feldkamp (5-1 with 1.34 ERA), Joe Andrews (3-0 with 1.27 ERA) and Drew Campbell (3-1 with 1.43 ERA). Aaron Sparks finished at 2-2 with a 1.55 ERA. La Salle posted a 1.44 team ERA during its 22-6 season so far.

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Donovan scholars

The Mary C. Donovan Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees has announced the recipients of scholarships for the 2009-10 school year at St. Teresa of Avila School. All 10 of Donovan’s students completed their grade-school education at St. Teresa. Scholarship recipients are the students the board feels best exemplify Donovan’s commitment the Catholic faith and education. They were nominated based on their academic records as well as their service at the school and parish. Pictured, from front left, are Kim Lohbeck, Dee Bredestege and Ellie Hahn; second row, William Cavanaugh, former principal, Tricia Cavanaugh, Jason Geis and Andrew Price.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Should a U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee have judicial experience? Why? Why not? “I don’t think that it is absolutely necessary, particularly if they are well schooled in law and understand how the system is designed to work. After all, many thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be a vice president with no experience in Congress.” B.N. “Yes, how do you know if you can handle the pressure if you have never been in a judgmental position. This is a country of 300 million people depending on the thought processes and rulings of nine people.” N.P. “It is not a necessity for a U.S. Supreme Court justice to have judicial experience. Pros and cons of each case are presented to the Supreme Court containing arguments for each side of the equation. Members of the Supreme Court discuss the legalities pro and con regarding each case handled by the court. “After listening to members of the Supreme Court, integrity, common sense, and having a strong sense of right and wrong, is all that is needed to make correct and honorable decisions.” K.K. “Shouldn’t a doctor do a resi-

Next question Does the Reds early-season success make it more likely that you will go to a game, or more games, this season? Why or why not? Every week The Western Hills Press asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to westernhills@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. dency at a hospital before he/she is appointed to a highly skilled surgery team?” C.A.S. “Yes, I would not want a doctor operating on me that had no experience as a surgeon.” L.S. “How can one with no experience be the judge in the highest court in the land? This makes no sense to me whatsoever. Let’s face it – -qualifications are based on politics, not ability.” D.H. “A Supreme Court justice nominee should have judicial experience so they are more familiar with their role and so that those electing them have a good idea regarding their interpretations of our laws. The Supreme Court is the highest in the land and the selection of a justice is so important that this information is imperative – they are in there for life!” D.K.

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My reply to Ann Thompson is abortion is murder. Murder is a crime. What is needed is abstinence education that our president has eliminated. Adoption is a great option for an unwanted pregnancy. The health care bill does not safeguard babies. It does not discourage, but does help, those seeking an abortion. Stupak, Driehaus and their cronies caved on defending these precious little lives. The executive order Obama presented was political cover. Our present national debt is unsustainable. We are heading in the direction of bankrupt Greece. We need health care reform but not dictated by our government and payments made four years in advance. We are robbing future generations of the American dream. Sixty to 70 percent of Americans do not want this health care bill. If we disagree, we are a bigot or an enemy of the state. This is supposed to be the land of the free. We need to be free of excessive government. There is a lack of integrity in Washington. A restoration of honor and of our constitution is in order. Judy Eichhorn Bridgetown Road Miami Heights

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If you don’t want abortion, start supporting the social programs Kudos to Ann Thompson for speaking the truth about how the majority of pro-choice people, including myself, feel about abortion. We may be in debt “up to our eyeballs,” as (Donna) Bruce commented in the last edition of the Western Hills Press, but let’s not forget who was in office for eight years before Obama saved us. Where were you to complain about the deficit when Bush was spending like crazy? Were you enjoying some Kool-Aid? I would like to ask (Al) Ostendorf if he has ever had a gynecological exam. It is easy for you to want to take away women’s

rights, but you have never been pregnant before, worried about finances, an absent father, a possible rape or incest situation, etc. You have never carried a child for nine months and then been asked to give it away. Adoption is not easy. As Thompson said, nobody “likes” the idea of abortion – especially partial birth abortions. But you same people who oppose abortion are the ones who also oppose social programs to support women when they become single mothers. You want the best of both worlds, so to speak, and that’s simply not possible. If you’re going to preach your pro-life principles, then start supporting the programs that help low-income families. Anne Uchtman President Green Township Democratic Club Janward Drive Green Township

Thanks for witnesses

We would like to thank witnesses to an accident on May 5 for being so quick to come forward and staying around for approximately an hour and a half to have statements taken. We especially want to thank the gentleman who saw the accident about to happen and honked his horn repeatedly to try to prevent it from happening. His horn did alert the woman who was about to hit us that the light changed and she was able to veer off to avoid a direct hit to the driver’s door. We were not aware of it, but his statement was not taken. We are very grateful to you, sir. Patricia and Thomas Kiehl South Road Bridgetown

Cheated by Democrats

We are told that Social Security should not be considered our whole retirement. For me, it is not; however, I still feel cheated with the amount I will receive. Through the years, the money taken from our wages has increased to 15 percent. At that rate, we have the right to expect



more. Compared to public school teachers and people working for railroads – both are exempt from Social Security – we get pennies on the dollar. They pay the same amount into their retirement funds and after 25 to 30 years they receive 85 percent to 95 percent of their salary for life. Consider the following: • President Johnson moved Social Security from a trust fund to the general fund. • President Carter added millions of people who never paid into Social Security. • President Clinton said millionaires should pay taxes on Social Security. When it came to a vote in the Senate, 50 Republicans votes against it and 50 Democrats voted for it. Vice president Al Gore cast the tie breaking vote for taxing Social Security. Once passed, the “only millionaires” part was never talked about again. Congress spent our money, much of it through earmarks. If you feel cheated, thank a Democrat. Al Ostendorf Churchview Lane Cheviot

Thank you, Delhi

The Western Wildlife Corridor would like to thank the community of Delhi and all of our friends for coming to our Wildflower Festival on April 9. We had a record-breaking attendance and everyone there, whether young or old, had the opportunity to learn something new about nature and wildflowers. We also appreciate your additional support of our group and our vendors through the purchase of wildflowers and nature items. Finally, we would like to thank the Delhi Press for kindly getting the word out about our festival. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year and if you weren’t able to be there, we hope you will consider joining us for the 2011 Wildflower Festival! Adele Grout Zion Road Cleves

Green Twp. library hosts reading fun It’s show time! The spotlight is on reading this summer as the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County presents Lights, Camera, READ! Our 2010 summer reading program premieres June 1, and runs through July 31. Your entire family (preschoolers, kids, teens, and grown-ups) can play a leading role in the reading scene at the Green Township Branch Library and win prizes, too. Have fun learning together this summer. This year’s program provides great opportunities for parents to help their kids avoid a “summer slide” in their reading skills. Studies show that library summer reading programs can help prevent the loss of reading skills due to time away from school. Plus, by actually participating in summer reading along with their children, parents become reading role models. Research also shows that is one of the best ways to get kids excited about reading. We’ve set the stage for fun

with many programs based on your favorite books turned into movies. There’s enough to make anyone star-struck. Save the dates for Natalie Green these programs Community you won’t want miss at the Press guest to Green Township columnist Branch Library, 6 5 2 5 Bridgetown Road: • Crazy Juggling Show featuring The Amazing Portable Circus o Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m. Ages 4 - 12; • Meet Your Firefighters and learn how to stay safe. o Tuesday, June 22, 11 a.m. Ages 3 - 8. Sign up as a family and log your hours online. Summer Readers of all ages - preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults - can register as individuals, families, or groups. The program officially begins June 1, but you can sign up anytime on our website

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The fun kicks off on Saturday, May 29, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., at all 41 library locations. Kids and their families can decorate a canvascovered book during this official Summer Reading kickoff celebration. Green Township Branch will also host an after-hours kickoff party for teens only on Friday, June 4, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 18. Join us for music, snacks, and fun. And, we’re throwing a kickoff party for grown-ups, too, on Tuesday, June 1, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, a live band, giveaways, and more in the Main Library’s Reading Garden, and share your reading recommendations on-camera. Your segment will become a part of the “60-Second Book Reviews” video on Visit us online at, and have a happy summer of reading. Natalie Fields is the children’s librarian at the Green Township branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She can be reached at 513-369-6095.



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Jenny Smyth of Delhi township, with her dog Sugar, Toni Tedesco and her son Alex Weyler, also of Delhi Township, hang out as Hillenbrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honors the memory of Kristan Strutz by raising money to provide for the future of her four children with a walk/run at Veterans Park in Green Township.

Walk helps fellow employee’s family

Amanda Graber of Hamilton carries her cousin Abigail Strutz, 4, daughter of the Kristan Strutz during the walk/run. Volunteer Luann Gindling of Bridgetown helps prepares for a walk/run by Hillenbrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honoring the memory of Kristan Strutz.

Hillenbrand Nursing & Rehabilitation Center honored the memory of Kristan Strutz by raising money to provide for the future of her four children with a walk/run at Veteran's Park in Green Township earlier this month. Kristan Strutz was an employee of the nursing home. She was killed by her husband John last year. John was sentenced to 26 years to life for the killing by Hamilton County Judge John “Skip” West.

Hillenbrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honors the memory of Kristan Strutz with a walk/run at Veterans Park.

Walkers start out at Veterans Park in Green Township in a fundraiser for the children of Kristan Strutz. The walk was organized by Hillenbrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where Strutz worked.

Bernie and Karen Broering, left and right, parents of Kristan Strutz hold their grandchildren and Kristan children, Arielle, 6, and Aaron, 12. The family was at a walk/run fundraiser organized by Hillenbrand Nursing & Rehabilitation Center where Kristan worked.


Allie Strutz, 6, daughter of the Kristan Strutz releases butterlies as part of a ceremony put on by Hillenbrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center which honored the memory of Allie’s mother.

Jenny Graber, 9, of Hamilton, left, and her cousin Allie Strutz, 6, , daughter of the late Kristan Strutz, stay warm.

Hillenbrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honors the memory of Kristan Strutz by raising money to provide for the future of her four children with a walk/run at Veterans Park.

Volunteer Nichole Hatfield of Green Township tries to keep warm at Veterans Park in Green Township during the fundraiser for Kristan Strutz’ family.

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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; West Price Hill.


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; Green Township.


Hollmeyer Orchards, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hollmeyer Orchards, 3241 Fiddler’s Green Road, Open year round. 5740663. Green Township.


Karaoke, 8 p.m.-midnight, Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, With Ron “Johnny Rocket” Leichman and Leigh Carter. Presented by Jokes and Jazz. 251-7977. Riverside.


Sinatra Night, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, With Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra.” Vegas-style show featuring “The Cincinnati Sinatra” Matt Snow. Songs of the 20th century accompany dining and dancing. Full bar available. Family friendly. $10. Presented by Jim & Jack’s on the River. 251-7977. Riverside.


Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, 6:30 p.m., St. Dominic Church, 4551 Delhi Road, O’Connor Hall. Registration is 5:45-6:15 p.m. 50 percent pay-out. $75, no re-buys. 922-7773. Delhi Township. F R I D A Y, M A Y 2 8


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. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; West Price Hill.


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. 929-2427; Miamitown.


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


St. Dominic Church Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. Dominic Church, 4551 Delhi Road, Bid and buy, raffle, bingo, games for all ages, entertainment and food. Free. 471-7741. Delhi Township.


Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants & Wine Bar - White Oak, 5872 Cheviot Road, Includes light hors d’oeuvres. $10. 923-1300; White Oak.

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


Aja, 8-10 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Steely Dan tribute band. $15. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Cold Smoke, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Presented by Jim & Jack’s on the River. 251-7977. Riverside.


One Nite Stand, 9:30 p.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, 451-1157; Riverside. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 9

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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.


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. Presented by Hamilton County Environmental Services. 946-7755; Green Township.

Sayler Park Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Sayler Park, Parkland Avenue and Monitor Street, Local produce, spices, dips, salad dressings, barbecue sauce, baked goods, ice cream, plants and flowers. Presented by Sayler Park Village Council. 675-0496. Sayler Park.



Hollmeyer Orchards, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.


St. Dominic Church Festival, 5-11 p.m., St. Dominic Church, Free. 471-7741. Delhi Township.


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


Twistlock, 9:30 p.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, $3. 451-1157; Riverside. S U N D A Y, M A Y 3 0


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


Historic 1795 Cabin and Schoolhouse, 2-5 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; North Bend.


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


St. Dominic Church Festival, 3-11 p.m., St. Dominic Church, Free. Chicken dinner 3:307 p.m. 471-7741. Delhi Township. T U E S D A Y, JUNE 1

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; West Price Hill.


Bop Club Dance, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., except last Tuesday of month. $3, free members. Presented by Cincinnati Bop Club. 251-7977; Riverside.

St. Dominic Church kicks off the festival season this weekend. Hours for the St. Dominic Church Festival are 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, May 28; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 29; and 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at the church, 4551 Delhi Road. There will be a chicken dinner served from 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, May 30. For more information, call 471-7741. T H U R S D A Y, J U N E 3



Gamble-Nippert YMCA Traditional Day Camp: Discovery, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., GambleNippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave., Week pro-rated for Memorial Day holiday. $120, $95 members. Daily through June 4. Arts and crafts, swimming, weekly themed activities, field trips and more. Ages 6-12 (age 5 if kindergarten grad). Pre-camps open 6:30 a.m.; post-camps close 6 p.m. $149, $119 members; $10 each weekly pre- or postcamps. Registration required. 661-1105. Westwood.

Intermediate Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, Free. Registration required. 471-4673; West Price Hill.


Karaoke, 8 p.m.-midnight, Jim & Jack’s on the River, 251-7977. Riverside.


Book Club, 7 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Adults. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4472. Monfort Heights.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Scrapbooking, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 4714673; West Price Hill. COMMUNITY DANCE

Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Presented by Jim & Jack’s on the River. 251-7977. Riverside.


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.


Movers and Shakers, 10:30 a.m., Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Ave., Music and movement for toddlers. Ages 12-36 months. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4474. Westwood.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Releaf Sports Bar, 5963 Cheviot Road, 385-5323. White Oak.

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Piecemakers, 2-4 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, Free. 471-4673; West Price Hill.


River Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance and round dance club. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Miamitown.


Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants & Wine Bar - White Oak, $10. 923-1300; White Oak.

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Memoirs Club, 10 a.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Share ideas and techniques. Adults. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4472. Monfort Heights.


Allen J. Singer and Earl W. Clark, 2 p.m., Covedale Branch Library, 4980 Glenway Ave., Co-authors discuss and sign “Beverly Hills Country Club.”. Free. 369-4460; West Price Hill.


BlueStone Ivory, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 251-7977. Riverside. Strange Brew, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 251-7977; Riverside.


Shawnee Lookout Day Hike, 2 p.m. (Miami Fort Trail), 3:30 p.m. (Blue Jacket Trail) and 4:30 p.m. (Little Turtle Trail), Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Trails are unpaved and steep in some areas. No strollers. Participant in one, two or all three hikes. 521-7275; North Bend. S U N D A Y, J U N E 6


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


Historic 1795 Cabin and Schoolhouse, 2-5 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; North Bend.


Elvis Show, 7-9 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, With Paul Halverstadt. $10. Registration recommended. Presented by Jim & Jack’s on the River. 2517977. Riverside.


Tree ID Hike, 2 p.m., Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Naturalist-led hike on the Wood Duck Trail. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Cleves.


Over 55 Dance, 2-5 p.m., Delhi Senior and Community Center, 647 Neeb Road, Nonmembers welcome. Music by Nelson. $5. Presented by Delhi Seniors. 451-3560. Delhi Township. M O N D A Y, J U N E 7


Year-Round Gardening: Plant Killers, 6:307:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Garden rehab for those who over-water, under-water or just don’t know what they’re doing. Learn new ideas for planning and maintaining garden throughout the year. Adults only. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 3853313. Monfort Heights.


BlueStone Ivory, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Presented by Jim & Jack’s on the River. 2517977. Riverside. Strange Brew, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Presented by Jim & Jack’s on the River. 2517977; Riverside. M.A.W.G., 9:30 p.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, $3. 451-1157; Riverside. S A T U R D A Y, J U N E 5


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 9467755; Green Township. Westside Summit: Saving the Heart of the West Side, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Ave., A firstever forum for West Side stakeholders on historic preservation as a revitalization tool. Box lunch included. Free. Registration required, available online. Presented by Cincinnati Preservation Association. 7214506; Westwood.


The newly renovated Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery at the Newport Aquarium will show off some of the strangest marine animals there are, such as a fish that walks and crabs with 10-feet-long legs. Pictured is a Giant Pacific octopus that will be on display in a new multi-dimensional, 360 degree, see-through aquarium. The aquarium begins extended summer hours Friday, May 28, which are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and last until Sept. 4. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $22, $15 for ages 2-12, and free for 2 and under. Visit


Spaghetti Dinner, 4-7 p.m., Cleves Fire Department, 680-700 N. Miami Ave., Plus raffles and split-the-pot. $7, $5 children 9 and under. Presented by Cleves Christmas in the Village Committee. 941-1111. Cleves.


The ASA Action Sports World Tour comes to Kings Island from Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31, with five of the top pro skateboarders and BMX stars from the X Games showcasing their talents with performances each day. Skateboarders Anthony Furlong and Josh Stafford and BMX riders Jay Eggleston, Koji Kraft and Jimmy Walker (pictured) will perform. The shows are free with park admission or a season pass. Visit


Some thoughts on going or not going to church We don’t go to church for God’s sake, we go for ours. Some think when we worship we’re doing God a favor. There’s also the impression we’re gaining points with God or using our attendance as a bargaining chip – “I do this for you, God, now you do something good for me!” Worshipping with those attitudes proves one thing – our spiritual life is in the childish category. God doesn’t need favors, doesn’t keep count, and doesn’t enter into quid pro quo deals, i.e. you scratch my divine back and I’ll scratch yours. God just loves us intensely. Worshipping is just one of many ways that we say with our lives, “And I love you, too!” More than clergy encourage developing the spiritual dimension of a person’s life. Psychiatrist Carl

Jung reached the conclusion that besides sexuality and aggression, there was in us a religious function of the utmost importance which we neglect at our peril. In “Modern Man In Search of a Soul,” Jung wrote: “Among all my patients in the second half of life, that is to say over 35, there has not been one whose problem in the past resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. “It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has really healed who did not regain this religious outlook.” True spiritual health programs psychological health, and vice versa. “True” is italicized because not all organized religions are

healthy. Religion is, ironically, the safest place to hide from God and become spiritually malformed. But in its healthy forms, religion is also one of the best places to find God. So, caveat emptor! Let the buyer (believer) beware. Humans are social beings. Gathering together for a common purpose in a church or temple, listening to the words of scripture, hymns, preaching and prayers gradually forms us. God’s grace is subtly present. If we’re open to it we gain personal insights into the meaning of life itself as well as our own individual lives and relationships. All this engenders understanding, serenity and a courage amidst the storms that often rage outside or inside us. When the spiritual dimension of life is undeveloped, we lack this

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invisible means of support. Lacking faith, the weight of our struggles and sufferings can intensify or overwhelm us. A minister, preaching on the need to grow spiritually, entitled his sermon it: “Faith: you can’t wait ’til you need it.” Some excuses for not attending church are the following. 1. “Look at the news, there’s just a bunch of hypocrites there.” That’s correct. A church or temple is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners. 2. “Organized religion is just a crutch to try and handle life.” Response? “And what makes you think you don’t limp?” 3. “I pray better to God by myself in nature.” That’s wonderful. But we still benefit much from the communal nature of worship. 4. “I don’t get anything out of


the religious service, so who go?” Granted, some places of worship are not in touch with people’s needs today. They offer ill-prepared servFather Lou ices, mediocre Guntzelman music and inadequate preaching. Perspectives If that’s so, try somewhere else. Your spiritual life is too important to abandon. 5. “I’m too busy to attend church services.” Guess whose priorities are out of whack? Yes, life is too busy. But the question Jesus Christ once asked still holds true: “What does it profit you to gain the whole world and lose yourself in the process?” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Selling home might reveal true property value and surrounding area have actually sold for next to nothing recently and she believes its those sales that have adversely affected her home’s value. “We’re definitely finding that values can be lower than the auditor’s assessed value because that value was done a few years ago,” said Guy Wesselkamper, a certified residential appraiser. Wesselkamper, who was

not involved in McGee’s appraisal, said one local survey done by another appraiser found area home values have lost about 10 year’s worth of appreciation. “The median value in 2000 was $129,000. It went up to $133,000, then $138,400, and it kept going up. Then it started going down, and right now we’re at $129,000 again,” he said. McGee said, “I just feel

like there are other people out there that aren’t aware of what’s going on and they need to find out. They may be planning on selling their house expecting to get one amount, and they’re not going to get it.” Fortunately, those buying McGee’s house really wanted it, even though a second appraisal also put the value at $530,000. As a result, they paid additional money to make

the deal work – but McGee said she still lost money. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said he’s not surprised by the drop in the home’s value. He said some prior appraisals had been greatly inflated and now appraisers may actually be deflating values in order to protect the banks. In addition, the county’s last mass appraisal was in 2008 – just before many values dropped. Rhodes

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You could be paying too much in property taxes if the value of your house has dropped significantly. Unfortunately, you may not realize just how much of a drop there’s been until you go to sell it. That’s what an area woman says she’s learned. Mary McGee said she was fine with the county auditor’s value of her Loveland house, which had gone up in value over the six years she’s owned and made improvements to it. McGee says, “When I went to sell the house my expectation was I would be able to sell it for at least what it was appraised for.” The auditor’s website set the value at $630,000. “There was no problem with the buyer, it’s just that when his appraiser came back, (hired by) his mortgage company, the appraisal was so low it just devastated us, devastated everyone,” said McGee. The house was appraised at $530,000, which is $100,000 lower than the value given by the county auditor in his 2008 appraisal. In fact, at that time, the auditor said her home had actually increased in value. “I didn’t do anything but pay more taxes, and then I really didn’t feel the effect of this until I sold my home. I’m wondering about other people, (I’m speaking up) for other people,” she said. McGee said some of the homes in her neighborhood

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We finally got most of the garden in, except for pickling cucumbers, more summer squash a n d pumpkins. O u r corn is up a couple of inches, and the Rita b a c h e l o r uttons Heikenfeld bthat I Rita’s kitchen t r a n s planted from volunteer seeds (they overwintered in the garden) have turned into a 20-foot row of bobbing pink and blue flowers. They make a nice border next to the early greens. And if Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll soon be picking strawberries and gathering in my kitchen to make homemade jams. We like the cooked jam and the recipe is always included in the box of pectin that you buy.

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Try this with other berries and gelatin, as well.

2 cups strawberries 1 cup cold water 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin, sugar free Crush berries in saucepan. Add water and gelatin and mix well. Over medium heat, bring mixture to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer a few minutes. Pour into jars, let set until cool, and then cover. Store in the refrigerator for a week or frozen up to a month or so.

Homemade gourmet strawberry syrup

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4 generous cups ripe strawberries, caps removed 1 cup water Sugar Red food coloring (optional) Line colander or strainer with double layer of damp cheesecloth. Set over bowl. Combine berries and water and bring slowly to boiling point. Reduce heat and cook very slowly for 10 minutes. Pour into lined colander/strainer and let stand, without squeezing, until juice has dripped into bowl. Then gently squeeze pulp to get remaining juice. Measure juice into saucepan. For every cup of juice, add 1 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and syrup comes to a boil. Boil two minutes. Remove from heat, skim off foam and put a few drops of coloring in if you want. Pour into clean jars and cool. Cover and refrigerate up to two months or freeze up to a year. Recipe can be doubled or tripled.

Speed scratch strawberry crisp

Or should I call it strawberry “dump” cake? This uses the same technique for the popular “dump” cakes, where you just “dump” ingredients in a pan, layering as you go. Make this with 2 pounds frozen, unsweetened berries if you can’t get fresh. Try raspberries in here, too. 7-8 cups strawberries, caps removed

1 box, 18.25 oz, plain yellow cake mix 2 sticks butter or margarine, cut into little pieces Whipped cream for garnish Toasted slivered almonds for garnish (optional but good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put berries in bottom of sprayed 13-by-9 baking pan. Cover with half of dry cake mix. Sprinkle half of butter over mix. Cover with rest of mix and sprinkle rest of butter pieces of top. Bake 1 hour or so until golden and crisp on top. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and a sprinkling of the toasted nuts.

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Like Frisch’s tartar sauce: For Eileen Coon, an Erlanger reader. “I’d like a homemade recipe with no preservatives,” she said.

Tips from readers

Cottage cheese pie: This is one popular pie. Most readers, including Joan Daugherty, who baked “Pie No. 3,” said it took a lot longer to bake, up to 11⁄2 hours, though it was delicious. Some of you wanted to know what kind of canned milk is in Mrs. Bauer’s recipe. My thinking is it is evaporated, not condensed. Darker sauerbraten gravy: I’m still getting tips about this, and most, including Marge Thomas of Western Hills, said to either brown it in a dry skillet on top of the stove, or put it in an ovenproof skillet and brown slowly in the oven, stirring occasionally. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is a herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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BRIEFLY The Cleves Christmas Committee and The Cleves Fire Department Auxiliary are hosting a spaghetti dinner 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Cleves Fire Station, next to the Post Office. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverages.

Planning begins

The Three Rivers School District invited residents to the first community engage-

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ment meeting about the design of the new pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school. Anyone in the district who is interested in contributing to or following the planning and design process of the school is welcome at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Taylor High School, 36 Harrison Ave., North Bend. The architects and construction management company – SFA and Turner Construction, respectively – will lead the two-hour meeting. Those who attend can put their name on the list to be


The logo on the sign at Twin Lanterns on Harrison Avenue in Dent contained the Scavenger Hunt clue last week. The readers who called in a correct guess were: Last week’s clue. Randi, Carly and Hannah Schutte, Levi J. Spetz, Zoe Zeszut, Barb Carrelli, Nick M a u r e r, R i c k y, D i a n e , R i k k i and Max Morris, Jane and Don Wright, Cara Gilardi, Sharon A. Lewis, Dave and Mar y Lou Hackman, Cindy Johnson, Bill Dwyer, John Locaputo. Turn to A1 for this week’s clue.

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Town hall discusses employment

State Rep. Denise Driehaus (D–28th District) will have a May Town Hall Meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave. The meeting will bring together state, city, and private entities who help Cincinnatians retrain for a new career, access small business assistance and advice, and successfully transition into employment. Additionally, there will be someone from the Department of Development – Southwest Ohio Workforce Development on hand to discuss the more long-term plans the state has for economic development as well as current initiatives to encourage businesses and industry to come to and thrive in the region. The forum will feature specialists to discuss: training for a new career, starting a small business, navigating unemployment benefits, and maximizing job search potential.

Boomer closing

Boomer Road, between Arrow Avenue and North Bend Road in Green Township, will be close to westbound traffic beginning Wednesday, June 2. The Hamilton County Engineer’s Office announced work being performed by R. B. Jergens is road rebuilding, and is anticipated to last until July 5. Any problems or questions should be directed to Scott Person with R. B. Jergens at (937) 669-9799, or to Tom Gessendorf with the county engineer at 946-8430. The detour will be routed

over North Bend Road to Monfort Heights Drive to Arrow Avenue and vice versa. Eastbound traffic will be maintained. For information on other projects visit the engineer’s website at

Day camps offered

The Hamilton County Park District presents summer day camp for youngsters ages 4 to 17. The day camps will have opportunities to explore nature through hands-on

activities, hikes, games, crafts and much more. A number of camps are offered at various parks this summer. Have a farm adventure at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods by making new barnyard friends and planting crops, or spend the day at Sharon Woods going creeking to discover pond life. There will also be hiking at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve in search of wildlife and their habitats and a camp at Miami Whitewater Forest to see unique places inside the wetlands, woods, fields and

prairies. Adventure Outpost at Winton Woods will offer fishing, boating, hiking and biking, as well as a climbing wall, low ropes and canoeing and Lake Isabella is also a great park where kids can cast a line and learn about fishing biology and conservation. For a full list of summer camps, including dates, age ranges, costs and online registration, visit For additional information, those interested can call 5217275.

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and procession at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 6. The celebration begins at St. Teresa, followed by a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of West Price Hill, ending at St. William. The service concludes with benediction at St. William, followed by an outside reception. The reception will take place in the church undercroft in the event of inclement weather. It is suggested those who attend park at St. William. A shuttle bus will transport people to St. Teresa beginning at 1 p.m. The shuttle bus will be in the procession back to St. William. Visit for information.

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts located, 4990 Glenway Ave., presents a performance by Aja, a Steely Dan tribute band. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday, May 28. The Covedale will turn into “Club Covedale” with great music and a new bar featuring a selection of quality beers, wine and mixed drinks. Aja is a 10-piece ensemble who re-create the sounds of one of rock’s most legendary and enigmatic bands with stunning precision and energy. For tickets call the box office at 241-6550 or visit

Corpus Christi feast

Beverly Hills Club talk to be given at library

St. William and St. Teresa of Avila parishes will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi with a prayer service

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area, the Beverly Hills Country Club put on all of the day’s top entertainers from the 1950s until it was destroyed by fire in 1977. Co-authors of a new book chronicling the club’s history – Allen J. Singer and Earl W. Clark – will present a book talk and signing at the Covedale Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. The library is at 4980 Glenway Ave. The authors will discuss their book “Images of America: Beverly Hills Country Club” that features photos taken by Clark, who played saxophone in the Beverly Hills house band from 1951 to 1962. The book gives readers a look at talented performers as they prepare backstage for their shows, chat with musicians, and strike poses for the camera. For more information, visit

Donations to the St. Ignatius Tuition Fund helps families afford tuition based on their ability to pay. Donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to St. Ignatius Loyola School, 5222 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247.

St. Ignatius School will sponsor iWalk 2010, its first walkathon, to benefit the St. Ignatius Tuition Assistance Fund. On Friday, May 28, students will be walking a continuous one-mile loop on school grounds with fun events planned throughout the mile. There will be a snack station, snow cone treats, and water misters. The day will begin with a pep rally inside the school court yard and then grades kindergarten-3 will walk along with seventh graders. The afternoon will kick off with another pep rally and then grades 4-6 will walk. There will also be entertainment by Ropin’ Rockets, the award-winning jump rope team, throughout the day for the students to enjoy. The school’s goal is to raise $40,000 or $40 per student.

Farmers market opens

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market opens Friday, June 4, at Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, at the corner of North Bend and Kleeman Roads. This market will be open every Friday afternoon through the fall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and will offer locally grown produce, dairy products, honey, meats and breads, as well as locally made craft products. The market is a non-profit organization that was put together by folks who are members of the Monfort Heights/White Oak Civic Association, but it is not sponsored by the association.

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Carolyn Batt

Carolyn Barton Batt, 68, died May 15. She was a teacher in the Cincinnati Public School District. She was a member of Westwood First Presbyterian Church and the Red Hat Society. Survived by son Robert “Happy” (Allison) Batt; grandsons Batt Nicholas, Franklin; brother Tommy (Susan) Barton. Preceded in death by husband Frank Batt, granddaughter Lilly. Services were May 18 at Westwood First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Kenneth Buzek

Kenneth E. Buzek, 68, died May 20. He worked for the Sears Roebuck Corp. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Joan Buzek; children Greg (Michelle), Beth, Mark (Theresa), Scott (Sarah) Buzek, Jill (Jim) Olding; Buzek grandchildren Gabriel, Victoria, Matthew, Mary, Ella, Madelyn Buzek, Daniel, Blake, Mason Olding; siblings Mary Clare Vornhagen, Lois Ann Keller, Jim Buzek, Barbara Leshney. Preceded in death by parents, Cecil, Mark Buzek, sister Kathleen Buzek. Services were May 24 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205, St. Dominic Catholic Church 4551 Delhi Pike, Cincinnati, OH 445238, or Retail Orphans Initiative at The Giving Back Fund, 6033 W. Century Blvd., Suite 350, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Jane Clements

Jane Scearce Clements, 92, Green Township, died May 19. She was a homemaker. She was a 50-year member of the Third Order of St. Francis and St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish. Survived by grandchildren Jay (Tara), Chris (Sheryl) Clements, Marikay (Gene) Wernicke; daughterin-law Mary Alice Clements; 12

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great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Owen Clements, son Gene Clements. Services were May 24 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or St. Ignatius School Tuition Fund.

Marie Fitch

Marie Kleeman Fitch, 87, died May 15. Survived by daughter Linda Conley; son-in-law Richard Conley; granddaughters Charlotte Lauman, Christina Vest; brother Bernard Kleeman. Preceded in death by husband Edward Fitch "Ted" W. Fitch, siblings Hilda Schmidt, Marcella Rombach, Anthony, Eugene, Louis, Clarence, Leo Kleeman. Services were May 19 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Teresa of Avila Church Memorial Fund or Hospice of Cincinnati.

Meg Halvorson

Margaret “Meg” Cottam Halvorson, 60, Green Township, died May 17. She worked in the cafeteria of St. Ignatius School. Survived by husband Andy Halvorson; children Christopher Costanzo, Stasea Costanzo Roselli, Noah, Jonah HalvorHalvorson son; grandchildren Lauren, Trinity, Joey, Tia, Christian Costanzo, Chase Costanzo Roselli; mother Margaret (Jerome) LaPenna; stepfather Paul Monaco; sisters Nancy D'Auria, Laurie, Donna Monaco; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father Edwin Cottam. Services were May 22 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Children International, P.O. Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121.

Mary Kelley

Mary Kelley, 72, Green Township, died May 14. She was an annual

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DEATHS fund specialist for Riverview Nursing Home. Survived by children Louis Jr. (Patricia), Steven, Victoria Miller; grandsons Brian, Nick; niece Tracy (Clay) Bimmerle; nephew Mark (Jackie) Kroger; great-niece and nephew Nicole, Roger Epure. Preceded in death by former husband Louis Miller Sr., siblings Robert, James Kelley, Beverly Kroger. Services were May 21 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or American Cancer Society.

William Kent

William H. Kent, 60, West Harrison, Ind., formerly of Cleves, died May 14. He was a member of Iron Workers Local 44. Survived by wife Peggyann Bowman Kent; son Kevin (Carole) Kent; grandchildren Kyle, Lauren Kent; siblings Donna Kent (the late Jeff) McIntosh, Barbara (the late Tom) Jernigan, Robert (Sharon), Ronnie, Kay, Vicki Kent; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Howard and Betty Jane Kent, brother Barry Kent Services were May 18 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to: C.T. Young Elementary School, 401 N. Miami Ave., Cleves, OH 45002.

Mary Kessen

Mary Wenning Kessen, 96, Cheviot, died May 17. She was a homemaker. Survived by many nieces, nephews, great-, great-great- and great-great-great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Anthony Kessen, son Thomas Kessen, parents Bernard, Emma Wenning, siblings Bertha Heitker, Mildred Easton, Lawrence, William, Harold, Robert Wenning. Services were May 20 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker and Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

William Lindsay

William D. Lindsay, 88, died May 17. Survived by children Jo Ann (Marshall) Payne, Linda Frederick,



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William Jr., Michael, Donna Lindsay, Lori (Randy) Essert; sister Pat (Ralph) Rist; 11 grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Eda Ferry Lindsay. Services were May 19 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Meyer and Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials requested in the form of Masses.

Elmer Morath

Elmer Morath, 81, died May 12. He was a truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Local 100. Survived by wife Shirley Lacey Morath; sons Steven (Ginny), Ricky Morath; brother of Lawrence, Grover Morath; five grandchildren; five greatMorath grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Michael (Jenny) Morath, sisters Ruth Wylds, Florence Bonfield, Esther Loesch Services were May 17 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or Kidney Foundation.

Mary Pearson

Mary Catherine Dailey Pearson, 87, Green Township, died May 15. She was a bookkeeper for the Dailey Floor Company. Survived by children Katherine (Richard) Santangelo, Colleen (Ron) Bircher, Bill (Cathi), Amy Marie Pearson; grandchildren Rick, Maria, Alisa Santangelo, Alex, Adam Pearson; great-grandchildren Gabriella, William; sister Helen (Bill) Barth. Preceded in death by husband William Pearson. Services were May 19 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati Western Hills, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

William Price

William C. Price, 87, Cleves, died May 13. He was a machinist with the Wm. Powell Valve Co. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by daughters Beulah (Ronald) Carroll, Ann (Larry) Pettit, Sue Price (Stewart) Wal-

ters; grandchildren Sherry, Joshua Pettit, Ronald Carroll Jr., Jeffrey Reed II, Greg Smith; 17 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Beulah Roark Price, daughter Alishea (Jeff) Reed, siblings Crimal, Raymond Price, Ophelia Cardello. Services were May 17 at Dennis George Funeral Home.

Dennis Quatkemeyer

Dennis Charles Quatkemeyer, 57, died May 10. He was an electrician. Survived by mother Geneva Quatkemeyer; siblings Donna Estle, Antonia Chisenhall, Denise, John, Orville, Joseph Quatkemeyer; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father John Quatkemeyer, siblings Sandra Kraft, Della, Darlene, Gerald Quatkemeyer. Services were May 13 at Vitt, Stermer and Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Robert Sanders

Robert C. Sanders, Monfort Heights, died May 17. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam. Survived by wife Donna Sanders; children Tom, Ed Sanders, Angie Tietsort; step-children Lisa Engstrom, Kim Pale, Rob, Mark Rolman; grandchildren Alex, Noah, Sam, Danny, Samantha, Adam, Alex, Amanda, Megan, Rachel, Thomas. Services were May 21 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Daniel Seal

Daniel Ray Seal, 60, Cleves, died May 16. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era. Survived by wife Charline; son Brian Yost; siblings Sue (Benny) Price, Ruth (David) Lahey, Kathy (David) Padgett, Barbara Grubbs, Helen (Cal) Young, Johnny Seal; 16 nieces and nephews; 13 greatnieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents John, Cynthia Seal, brothers Jimmy, Joe (Karen), Robert Seal. Services are 6 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Dennis George Funeral Home.

Erma Sembach

Erma Sembach, 94, Green Township, died May 19. She owned CinMade.

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 siblings Mildred Hardway, Paul Sembach, Gertrude Fisher; nieces and nephews Sally (Jon) Anfinsen, Dan Sembach, Fred (Noreen), Sembach Ann Fisher; great-nephew and nieces John, Dierdra Fisher, Sara, Jennifer Anfinsen; friends Norma Wallace, Pat Laker. Preceded in death by parents Fred, Elise Sembach. Services were May 22 at Peace Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Peace Lutheran Church, 1451 Ebenezer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH, 45263-3597.

Kayla Vennemann

Kayla Rose Vennemann, 16, Green Township, died May 14. Survived by parents Greg, Bobbie Vennemann; brother Matt Vennemann; grandparents Richard, MaryLee Vennemann, Robert, Frances Kersey; many aunts, uncles and Vennemann cousins. Services were May 18 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home.

Jerome Zeinner

Jerome H. Zeinner, 72, Green Township, died May 16. Survived by wife Anita Zeinner; daughter Sandy (David) Schutte; grandchildren JD, Ben, Emily, Abby; brothers James, Robert; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son Jerome E. (Theresa) Zeinner. Services were May 21 at Neidhard-Gillen Funeral Home. Memorials to the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg.


Gary Seegers Jr., 28, 7245 Brookcrest Drive, theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., May 8. William M. McGill, 24, 7160 River Road, theft at 5071 Glencrossing Way, May 8. Juvenile, 13, disorderly conduct at 6444 Glenway Ave., May 8. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct at 6444 Glenway Ave., May 8. Nerissa Allphin, 34, 3550 Lakewood Drive, drug paraphernalia at Rybolt Road and Russell Heights Drive, May 9.

Juvenile, 17, assault at 3960 Race Road, May 10. Keith A. Willis, 29, 2625 Fonton Ave., falsification at 6231 Glenway Ave., May 11. Debra Emmons, 33, 1741 West Fork Road, theft at 5750 Harrison Ave., May 11. Earnest Davis, 36, 3486 Alamosa Drive, drug abuse at 1000 Sycamore St., May 11. Nathaniel R. Hester, 33, 616 Roebling, open container at 4391 Harrison Ave., May 12. Schamell A. Douglas, 21, 1190 Tassie Lane, failure to comply, resisting

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PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, June 09, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of Case # Miami 2010-03; (ZVMT201003) requesting the approval of the construction of a deck addition with less side yard setback than required by the Zoning Resolution. Location: 9764 Mt. Nebo Road, Miami Township District: AResidence Plans are on file and open for public inspection in Room 804, County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, during normal business hours. Office hours: M o n d a y thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Office Phone: 513-9464501. 1001561980

Harrison Ave., May 14. Steven Wogenstahl, 30, 1733 Gellenbeck St., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., May 14. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct at 3200 Ebenezer Road, May 13. Jim N. Kokoliares, 37, 7058 Ruwes Oak Drive, theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., May 15. Juvenile, 15, burglary and underage consumption at 4416 Oakville Drive, May 16. Juvenile, 16, burglary and underage consumption at 4416 Oakville Drive, May 16.

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, June 09, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of Case # Green 2010-08 (ZVGT201008) requesting the approval of the construction of an accessory building that exceeds the height and square footage permitted by the Zoning Resolution. Location: 1581 Devil’s Backbone, Green Township District: ASingle Family Residence Plans are on file and open for public inspection in Room 804, County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, during normal business hours. Office hours: M o n d a y thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Office Phone: 513-9464501. 1001561966

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, June 09, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of Case # Green 2010-09 (ZVGT201009) requesting a variance for the construction of a temporary seasonal use of a refrigerated storage trailer and dumpster. Location: 6135 Bridgetown Road, Green Township District: ERetail Plans are on file and open for public inspection in Room 804, County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, during normal business hours. Office hours: M o n d a y thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Office Phone: 513-9464501.1001561975



Two fires intentionally set inside vacant store at 6251 Glenway Ave., May 8.


Oven range stolen from home at 6770 Wesselman Road, May 11.

Criminal damaging

Mailbox post snapped in half at 6154 Ramblingridge Drive, May 9. Paint scratched and tire slashed on vehicle at 6792 Harrison Ave., May 14. Six landscaping lights damaged in home's front yard at 6117 West Fork Road, May 15. Tires slashed on two vehicles at 3924 Florence Ave., May 15. Tire slashed on vehicle at 3897 Florence Ave., May 15. Vehicle driven through home's lawn causing damage to five bushes at 3119 Jessup Road, May 16.

Criminal mischief

Peanut butter, mayonnaise and eggs smeared on vehicle at 4786 Kleeman Green, May 8. Eggs thrown on front entrance to Green Township Branch of the Public Library of Hamilton County at 6525 Bridgetown Road, May 9.

Domestic dispute

Argument between spouses at Eyrich and Northglen, May 11. Argument between spouses at Homelawn Avenue, May 16.


Counterfeit $20 bill issued at Family Dollar at 5449 North Bend Road, May 8. Counterfeit $20 bill issued at Dillard's at 6290 Glenway Ave., May 8. Counterfeit $20 bill issued at White Castle at 6517 Harrison Ave., May 15.

Property damage

Window broken on vehicle by unknown means while traveling at Harrison Avenue and Interstate 74, May 6.


Two suspects threatened to physically harm victim at Harrison Avenue and Interstate 74, April 28.


Two digital cameras stolen from Kohl’s at 6580 Harrison Ave., April 24. Laptop computer stolen from vehicle at 5337 Werk Road, April 25. Two bottles of cologne stolen from one vehicle; and money stolen

from a second vehicle at 3390 Palmhill Lane, April 25. Ring, pair of earrings and two laptops stolen from home at 1821 Leona Drive, April 25. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at St. Ignatius at 5222 North Bend Road, April 24. Wallet and contents stolen from purse in office at Queen City Physicians at 6350 Glenway Ave. Suite 300, April 24. Money stolen from two vehicles, and money and 20 CDs stolen from a third vehicle at 5964 Brierly Ridge Drive, April 26. Thirty CDs stolen from vehicle at 4794 Kleeman Green Drive, April 26. GPS stolen from vehicle at 3311 Hader Ave., April 26. Umbrella, money and two duffle bags full of baseball equipment stolen from vehicle at 3730 Centurion Drive, April 26. Reciprocating saw, meter socket, miscellaneous electrical parts, GPS and money stolen from vehicle at 3340 Hader Ave., April 26. Four Blue Ray discs and 15 DVDs stolen from Toys R Us at 6251 Glenway Ave., April 26. Debit card stolen from home at 1577 Pasadena Ave., April 26. Money, two softball gloves and 10 cassette tapes stolen from vehicle at 1999 Sylved Lane, April 26. Miscellaneous clothing, two tarps and a canvas bag stolen from vehicle at 3511 Centurion Drive, April 26. GPS stolen from vehicle at 1969 Faycrest Drive, April 27. DVD/VCR player stolen from Hoxworth Blood Center at 2041 Anderson Ferry, April 27. Wallet and contents stolen when lost by victim at Speedway at 5387 North Bend Road, April 27. Four hubcaps stolen from vehicle at 6915 Harrison Ave., April 27. Condensing unit stolen from Bridgetown Finer Meats at 6135 Bridgetown Road, April 27. Money stolen from American Mattress at 5744 Harrison Ave., April 27. Television stolen from workout room at Holiday Inn Express at 5505 Rybolt Road, April 28. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 5340 Werk Road, April 28.

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Police reports From B8 GPS stolen from vehicle at 3618 Lakewood Drive, April 28. GPS and money stolen from vehicle at 3547 Neiheisel Ave., April 28. Several tools, money, GPS, two CDs and a cell phone stolen from vehicle at 5713 Eula Ave., April 28. Two spools of electrical wire stolen from Home Depot at 6300 Glenway Ave., April 28. GPS and phone charger stolen from vehicle at 5647 Muddy Creek, April 29. Money, book, scissors and stethoscope stolen from vehicle at 4580 Farcrest Court, April 29. Wallet and contents stolen from locker at Bally’s Fitness at 3694 Werk Road, April 29. Money stolen from register at Subway at 5469 North Bend Road, April 29. Wallet and contents stolen from purse at Bridgetown Middle School at 3900 Race Road, April 29. Medicine stolen from vehicle at 6580 Harrison Ave., April 30.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

Suspect borrowed victim’s vehicle, but did not return it in a timely manner at 5402 Leumas Drive, April 28. MP3 player, GPS and carton of cigarettes stolen from vehicle at 4579 Farcrest Drive, April 29. Purse and contents stolen from vehicle at 5539 Sunnywoods Lane, April 30. Two checks stolen from home’s mailbox at 6250 Berauer, April 30. Vacuum, backpack and pair of jeans stolen from K mart at 5750 Harrison Ave., April 29. Money stolen from wallet at Subway at 5469 North Bend Road, May 1. Credit card, check, cordless drill, weed trimmer, edger, knife and two swords stolen from home at 4336 Simca Lane, May 1. GPS, money and MP3 player stolen from vehicle at 7015 Hearne Road, May 1. Camera, MP3 player and money stolen from one vehicle, and camera, MP3 player, sunglasses and money stolen from second vehicle at 3686 Neiheisel, May 1. Skateboard stolen from behind desk at Scallywag Tag at 5055 Glencrossing Way, May 1. Check book stolen from home at 5778 Breezewood Drive, May 2. Wallet and contents, and purse and contents stolen from vehicle at 5168 Breckenridge Drive, May 2. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at 6537 Hearne Road, May 2. Copper stolen from air conditioning unit at Amend Center for Eye Surgery at 5939 Colerain Ave., May 3. Three extension cords stolen from Rack Co. at 5033 North Bend

Road, May 3. Radar detectors stolen from two vehicles at 3394 Algus Lane, May 3. Debit card belonging to Comp Co.’s Printing was used to make several unauthorized purchases at 6505 Glenway Ave., May 3. Several coins in a coin collection stolen from home at 5253 Arrow Court, May 3. Money and ATM card stolen from gym bag in locker room at Fitworks at 5840 Cheviot Road, May 3. MP3 player and CD stolen from vehicle at 5626 Greenacres Court, May 4. GPS and a check stolen from vehicle at 5917 Lawrence Road, May 4. GPS stolen from vehicle at 3175 Westbourne Drive, May 4. Several CDs stolen from vehicle at 3395 Algus Lane, May 4. Laptop, MP3 player, money, driver’s license, debit card, three check books, duffle bag and miscellaneous receipts stolen from vehicle at 3636 Muddy Creek Road, May 5. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at 5870 Cheviot Road, May 5. Suspect rented a Bobcat bucket from Cincy Tool Rental, but had failed to return it at 6750 Harrison Ave., May 6. Two phone chargers stolen from vehicle at 2032 Beechcroft Court, May 6. Cell phone stolen from vehicle at 7098 Wyandotte Drive, May 6. Vehicle stolen from in front of home at 3323 Glenmont Lane, May 6. Ten bottles of body wash stolen from CVS Pharmacy at 5813 Colerain Ave., May 6. MP3 player stolen from vehicle at 5570 Windridge, May 6. Vehicle stolen from in front of home at 3682 Coral Gables, May 7. DVD player/car stereo stolen from vehicle at 3835 Ebenezer Road, May 7. Purse and contents stolen from victim when left behind at K mart at 5750 Harrison Ave., May 7. GPS stolen from one vehicle, and a cell phone stolen from second vehicle at 5567 Harrison Ave., May 7. MP3 player, car stereo and money stolen from vehicle at 3614 Coral Gables, May 7. Kitchen cabinets, range, microwave, countertops, sink and dishwasher stolen from home at 2019 Faywood Drive, May 8. Car stereo stolen from vehicle at 5220 Leona, May 9. Drill and socket set stolen from one vehicle; and a drill stolen from second vehicle at 6647 Hearne Road, May 9. Assorted meat products stolen from Kroger at 3491 North Bend Road, May 9. Vehicle stolen from driveway of home

at 3025 Crestmoor Lane, May 10. Miscellaneous scrap metal stolen from beside home's garage at 3173 North Bend Road, May 10. Credit card stolen from desk at Fitworks at 5840 Cheviot Road, May 10. Money stolen from vehicle at 3510 Gailynn Drive, May 11. GPS stolen from vehicle at 5812 Cedaridge, May 11. Gasoline siphoned from vehicle at Government Support Agency at 6302 Harrison Ave., May 11. GPS and satellite radio stolen from vehicle at 5944 Harrison Ave., May 11. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at 5601 Sprucewood Drive, May 12. Purse, money and two rings stolen from vehicle at 4448 Homelawn Ave., May 12. Purse and contents stolen from vehicle at 3102 Sunnyhollow Lane, May 12. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at 3754 Starlite Court, May 12. Money stolen from vehicle at 4455 Homelawn Ave., May 12. Tool box and several pieces of security alarm equipment stolen from vehicle at 6604 Hearne Road, May 13. Money stolen from Marcos Pizza at 6701 Ruwes Oak, May 12. Cell phone stolen from desk at Oak Hills High School at 3200 Ebenezer Road, May 13. Laptop computer stolen from vehicle at 5469 Sprucewood, May 13. Money stolen from Speedway in a quick-change scheme at 6537 Glenway Ave., May 13. Vehicle stolen from apartment complex parking lot at 5184 South Eaglesnest Drive, May 13. Pocket knife stolen from vehicle at 6646 Hearne Road, May 13. Aluminum awning stolen from home's side yard at 3173 North Bend Road, May 13. Four packs of women's razors stolen from K mart at 5750 Harrison Ave., May 13. Three bottles of perfume stolen from Walgreens at 5403 North Bend Road, May 14. Vacuum pump, two torch kits and a tool bag with miscellaneous tools stolen from vehicle at 3763 Frondorf Ave., May 14. Money and a car battery stolen from vehicle at 3883 Chatwood Court, May 14. Socket set and money stolen from vehicle at 5539 Antoninus Drive, May 14. Trackhoe bucket stolen from construction site at City Limits Express Laundry at 5260 Crookshank, May 14. Unknown amount of 12 packs of soft drinks stolen from Kroger at 5830 Harrison Ave., May 14. Several pieces of jewelry stolen from home at 5760 Spire Ridge Court,

May 14. Purse and contents stolen from victim during commotion of a fight at 3269 North Bend Road, May 16. Gun, MP3 player, camera and assorted clothing stolen from vehicle at 5375 North Bend Road, May 14.



Residence entered and shotgun and ammunition of unknown value removed at 7800 Surreywood Drive, May 3. Residence entered and computer of unknown value removed at 7363 Bridgetown Road, May 5.

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Victim reported at 2640 Bayhill Court, May 4.


Vehicle entered and sunglasses of unknown value removed at 7457 Fiddlers Trail Drive, May 4. Trailer entered and clothing valued at $200 removed at 9821 Miamiview Rd, May 1. Wiper and gas cap valued at $80 removed at 3534 Chestnut Park Lane, May 7. Battery and radiator valued at $604 removed at 8541 Jordan Road, May 7.



Cerissa Fritsch, 30, 3301 Camvic Terrace No. 8, warrant at 3814 Harrison Ave., May 11. Cristen Lucas, 28, 7790 Sheed Road, theft, May 10. Justin Asher, 18, 3518 Hazel Wood No. 2, disorderly conduct at 3961 North Bend Road, May 15. Matthew Huesman, 20, 7000 Cleves Warsaw, warrant, May 16. Jason Lipps, 30, 260 Ihle Drive, disorderly conduct, May 16. Gregory Chapman, 39, 4311 Hutchinson Road, driving under the influence, May 14. Christopher Clayborne, 28, 5707 Biscayne Drive, driving under suspension, May 12. Jay Dillard, 25, 3802 Dina Terrace No. 5, driving under suspension, May 12. Melissa Holley, 28, 7101 Weiss Road, driving under suspension, May 13. Howard Moore, 43, 2913 Westwood Northern Blvd. No. 1, driving under suspension, May 17. Lars Flowers, 26, 2108 Zoellners Ridge, driving under suspension at North Bend Road and Woodbine Avenue, May 17. Ronnell McPherson, 26, 2364 Brokaw Ave., driving under suspension at St. Martins Place and Carson, May 18.

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About police reports

The Community Press publish the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: • Cheviot: Chief David Voss, 661-2700 (days), 6612917 (evenings). • Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212. • Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Kim Frey, 263-8300. • Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline, 574-5323. • North Bend and Miami Township are patrolled by the Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500. Paul Conway, 41, 6298 Starview Drive, warrant, May 10. Juvenile, 14, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 4040 Harrison Ave., May 19. Steven Wogenstahl, 30, 3416 Mayfair Ave., receiving stolen property, May 19.



Copper piping stolen from home at 4237 Homelawn Ave., May 15.


Purse stolen from Goodwill at 3980 North Bend Road, May 16. Laptop computer stolen from home at 3845 Nolan Ave. No. 5, May 16. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at 3618 Homelawn Ave., May 14. GPS stolen from vehicle at 4040 McFarran Ave., May 13. Car stereo faceplate stolen from vehicle at 3930 School Section Road, May 12. Box of cosmetics stolen from home at 3840 Applegate Ave. No. 302, May 11. Three pairs of shoes stolen from apartment complex hallway at 3840 Applegate Ave. No. 603, May 12.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations

David Richard Hadden, born 1963, criminal trespass, 3131 Queen City Ave., May 10. Delrico Williams, born 1980, trafficking, 2710 Erlene Drive, May 11. Donald Vince Morrison, born 1977,

theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., May 12. Frank Latham, born 1989, violation of temporary protection order, 200 Vienna Woods Drive, May 13. Greg Glaab, born 1979, falsification, 3093 Glenmore Ave., May 15. Greg Tremble, born 1983, domestic violence and unlawful restraint, 2435 Harrison Ave., May 12. John L. Hutchins, born 1965, theft $300 to $5,000, 2790 Shaffer Ave., May 14. Karlows Mann, born 1989, criminal damaging or endangerment and domestic violence, 2712 Erlene Drive, May 11. Kelly R. Rooks, born 1978, drug abuse, 2859 Boudinot Ave., May 10. Lance Fisher, born 1989, disorderly conduct, 3411 Broadwell Ave., May 15. Mark E. Linneman, born 1969, theft under $300, 3131 Queen City Ave., May 10. Mike Bailey, born 1986, theft under $300, 3924 Yearling Court, May 13. Wendell M. Wilson, born 1960, menacing, 3830 Boudinot Ave., May 14. William Kristie, born 1990, domestic violence, 2565 Westwood Northern Blvd., May 15. Kimberley Heugel, born 1981, domestic violence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs, 3448 Boudinot Ave., May 15. Brandi Pope, born 1982, domestic violence, 3032 West Tower Ave., May 13. Charlie V. Holt, born 1975, robbery and resisting arrest, 6165 Glenway Ave., May 10. Alfonzo Bartolon, born 1977, domestic violence, 2806 Robert Ave., May 16. Bobby Schmidt, born 1984, theft under $300, 6200 Glenway Ave., May 13. Bryan A. Mallory, born 1987, assault, 2725 Erlene Drive, May 11. John C Blevins, born 1971, improper solicitation, 6000 Glenway Ave., May 9. Kamiliya Roshonda Ballard, born 1980, complicity to assault, 2725 Erlene Drive, May 11. Keith Fisher, born 1992, disorderly conduct, 3341 Stanhope Ave., May 15. Kevin J. Baxter, born 1974, disorderly conduct, 2322 Ferguson Road, May 3. Kevin J. Carlton, born 1991, trafficking, 2490 Queen City Ave., May 11. Kevin V. Britten, born 1967, obstruction of official business, 2326 Harrison Ave., May 13. Marcella D. Rainey, born 1965, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., May 10. Nicole Sharp, born 1980, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., May 10.


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Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home is one of the oldest and most respected funeral homes in Western Hamilton County and has been privileged to serve its many residents. Our reputation for honesty, fairness and a true concern for those we serve has been a hallmark of our firm for over 150 years. We’re proud to have been a part of this community for so many years and look forward to serving for generations to come.

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