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St. Aloysius Gonzaga seventh-grader Jessica McElwee helps second-grader Jacob Sweigard set up a T-shirt to paint during an activity at the school’s annual summer Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme was “High Seas Expedition.”

School doesn’t resume for another couple of months, but the cafeteria and undercroft at St. Aloysius Gonzaga School were packed with children eager to build friendships and learn about their faith. Nearly 200 children from ages 3 to 16 took part in the parish’s annual summer Vacation Bible School from June 21-25. About 110 children in preschool through fifth-grade participated in the program, and 60 junior high and high school students volunteered to help run the program. There were also 30 adult volunteers on hand to keep an eye on all the youngsters. St. Aloysius parishioner Kim Goedde, director of the program, said High Seas Expedition was the theme of this year’s Bible school, which focused on a different Bible story each day. A variety of games, crafts, snacks and songs were planned each day to coincide with the specific Bible story, and the activities took place in the church undercroft, which was transformed into a high seas setting, the school cafeteria, gymnasium and even the back parking lot for games and activities involving water. “All the games are team build-

Although each day does involve a Bible story, the program is more about building faith than teaching religion. ing games,” Goedde said. “This week is all about faith and friendship and building relationships.” She said her favorite aspect of the program is watching the older children interact with and help the younger students. Although each day does involve a Bible story, she said the program is more about building faith than teaching religion. “It’s a great way for the older kids to share their faith with the younger kids,” Goedde said. St. Aloysius seventh-grader Jarrod Lange said this was his second straight summer volunteering at the Bible school. He said he volunteers to help the younger students because it’s a fun way to earn community service hours for his confirmation. “I like helping the kids learn about God and spending time with all my friends,” Lange said. “The kids can be very playful, but it’s very rewarding.” He said he definitely plans to volunteer again next summer.

Braun settled in as safety service director By Kurt Backscheider

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Tom Braun said people have had a difficult time recognizing him ever since he’s taken over as Cheviot’s safety service director. He’s no longer seen wearing his familiar Cheviot ball cap. “I run into people all the time who tell me they didn’t recognize me because I’m not wearing a hat,” said Braun, who took over the safety service director position April 1, after Steve Neal retired. Braun put away the hat when he was promoted from his position as public works superintendent, a post he held for 16 of his 30 years working for the city. He said it was a big change going from a job in which he was outside most of the time to a job in which a majority of his time is spent inside an office at City Hall. “I was shell shocked a little at first,” he said. “But it’s getting better every day, and everything is going all right.” Even if the transition hadn’t gone smoothly, Braun didn’t have much time to stress about starting a new role with the city. He took over the safety service position at a busy time of year, when preparations were being made for the summer street construction projects, the opening of


Tom Braun, Cheviot’s safety service director, completes paperwork in his office at City Hall. Braun, who has worked for the city for 30 years, said it was strange at first to transition from a job in the public works department where he was outside most of the day to an office job inside City Hall, but he’s gradually made the adjustment. the city’s pool at Harvest Home Park was just around the corner and organizers were getting ready for the annual WestFest celebration along Harrison Avenue. “I knew it was going to be a big responsibility,” he said. Fortunately Braun worked

directly under Neal for the past 16 years and is well-versed in the workings of the city. Braun started his career with the city in June 1980. He said he worked part-time at first, and has held every position in the public works department.

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“I started out part-time, then I was a garbage man, a maintenance man and then the public works superintendent,” he said. “That’s what you call truly starting at the bottom.” Neal, who was Braun’s boss for many of those years, said Braun was the clear choice to succeed him as safety service director. “Tom will be as good a safety service director as I was,” Neal said. “If not I’ll hunt him down.” Braun, who grew up in Cheviot, said it’s been great to serve the community that helped shape him and contribute to the continued success of the neighborhood his mother still calls home. “My goals are to try to keep the city going, try to be fiscally responsible and to work well with everyone, the police chief, the fire chief and city council,” he said. Being conservative with the taxpayers’ money is one job he’s confident he’ll carry out. “I’m a cheapskate,” he said. “I wheel and deal for everything. “Even for something as simple as Christmas lights. If they wanted 99 cents for a four-pack of lights, I’d be asking for 89 cents,” he said. Cheviot through and through.


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West Siders have new spot to get coffee By Kurt Backscheider

Price Hill has a new coffee shop where folks can gather to share a drink, socialize and enjoy the arts while also giving back to the community. Refuge Coffee Bar recently celebrated its grand opening at 5010 Glenway Ave., at the corner of Glenway

Avenue and Ferguson Road. “This is a place for the community to meet, where people can experience music, poetry, art and culture and enjoy high quality coffee products,” said Rob Hoos, a barista who runs the coffee bar with Nate Reed. “We’re trying to offer the best coffee we think is available.”

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Hoos said the driving force behind the coffee bar is Dave Zuber, owner of Zuber Security in Delhi Township and an active member of the Vineyard Westside Church. While Refuge Coffee Bar is not a Christian coffee house, Hoos said the members of Vineyard Westside helped get the business off the ground as a way to give back to the community. He said the idea behind the coffee bar is to provide a safe and relaxing space for West Siders to engage in communication and experience the arts. And the coffee, tea, smoothies, frappes, milkshakes and food the coffee bar serves add to the experience. All the money the coffee bar earns above and beyond the cost to stay open will be reinvested into the community through partnerships with neighborhood organizations, causes and projects, Hoos said. “All of us here are local Price Hill people and we want to do whatever we can to help this community flourish,” he said. “We want to be a part of it.”



Volunteer workers spent about two years transforming a vacant bar on Glenway Avenue into the new Refuge Coffee Bar. The welcoming new coffee shop plans to reinvest into the community all the money it earns above and beyond the cost to stay open. Area artists are invited to display their pieces inside the bar, and Refuge books live entertainment for every Friday and Saturday night. “We want to embrace all art forms, anything that is about human expression,” Hoos said. Those who are environmentally-friendly will enjoy the coffee bar. All the drinks are fair trade and organic, the paper cups are made from recycled materials and the unused coffee grounds

are sprinkled around as fertilizer in the yard and garden adjacent to the bar’s backyard patio. Hoos said the coffee bar, which occupies the space of a former nightclub, was completely renovated by volunteers who donated labor and materials. He said it took about two years to renovate the space, a reason he thinks the grand opening of the coffee bar June 4 was such a hit. “We had a packed

Rob Hoos, a barista at Refuge Coffee Bar, performs “latte art” by pouring milk into a cup of espresso to make a flower design. Hoos is one of two baristas at the new Price Hill coffee shop, which plans to reinvest into the community all the money it earns above and beyond the cost to stay open. house,” he said. “A lot of people are excited about it. “I’ve worked in a lot of coffee bars, but this is my favorite,” he said. Refuge Coffee Bar is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 2-7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

Sayler Park set for Village Run July 10 By Heidi Fallon

Avid runners and casual joggers will take to the streets of Sayler Park for the 15th annual Village Run Saturday, July 10. Sponsored by the Sayler Park Recreation Center, the run draws 200-300 participants, according to


center director Terry Mongenas. “It’s always a lot of fun and a way to raise money for our programs,” Mongenas said. New this year will be a 1-mile Kids Run starting at 10 a.m. There is no fee for the youngsters, but the Village Run costs $8 for pre-registration and $10 the day of the race. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

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Clovernook center camp takes discovery trek By Heidi Fallon


Kyle Weisker, 11, Bridgetown, and art camp volunteer Joseph Rosario collaborate on creating a laughing dog origami. It was just one of the works of art completed during the first of a series of summer camps at Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in North College Hill

Their travel itinerary was daunting. Within a week’s time, campers attending the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired summer Youth Discovery Camp, visited Mexico, Italy and China. “Our theme is faraway places,” said Kyle Weisker, 11, Bridgetown. “I think I like China the best. The Great Wall is really long.” While they didn’t require luggage for their

The art camp was the first of several camps designed for ages 8 to 22 who have visual impairments. travels, the dozen or so campers and volunteers did need to bring their imaginations. The art camp was the first of several camps designed for ages 8 to 22 who have visual impairments, said Karen Schoenharl, youth program coordinator for Clovernook. “It’s a virtual trip every-

MSJ library director is distinguished scholar Paul Jenkins, MLS, director of library services for the College of Mount St. Joseph, was recently honored with the 2010 Distinguished Scholar Award. Presented each year to an associate or full professor, the award recognizes the skills and contributions of an established scholar who has been nationally and/or internationally recognized for scholarly achievement. Jenkins believes that being an active scholar helps him win respect from the faculty with whom he

works. His first book, “Faculty Librarian Relations h i p s , ” explored the importance Jenkins of cooperation between the two groups. In 2006 Jenkins was named one of three academic librarians of the year by the New York Times for his work and vision in the field. A prolific writer, his biography of legendary folk singer Richard Dyer-Bennet,

“Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel,” was published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2009. His colleagues recognize him for scholarship that is “exceptional in both its depth and breadth.” In addition to his position as library director, Jenkins team-teaches a course titled “History of American Protest Music,” a popular class with students. A devout music fan, he is a member of the local musical group The Blarnacles. He holds a Master of Library Science degree from the

Red Cross opens new home By Chuck Gibson

Cincinnati Region American Red Cross opened its headquarters/disaster operations center at Dana Avenue and Interstate 71 June 21. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new facility lasted less than an hour, but included all the usual pomp and circumstance of welcomes, recognition, thanks and speeches. Joe Becker, senior vice president, disaster services, from the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross joined Brian Keating, board chairman for the Cincinnati Chapter, and Sara Peller, CEO of the Cincinnati Region American Red Cross, on the podium. U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R–2nd Disrict) was among

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Cincinnati and 25 surrounding counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana, is clearly visible from I-71 at Dana Avenue. It features critical disaster response technology upgrades over the previous home of your Cincinnati Region Red Cross. The technology, functionality and flexibility designed into the building mean faster more efficient and effective preparedness and response when disaster strikes locally or nationally. The building was designed and built to meet and exceed “green” specifications for LEED certification. Only capital campaign funds donated specifically for the building were used for the building project. No disaster relief donations were used for the building project.

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Mercy student receives Lewis scholarship

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund has awarded Kristen Kayse of Mother of Mercy High School with the Sharon Thomas Memorial Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 scholarship. Kayse will further her education at the College of Mount St. Joseph majoring in pediatric nursing. She was in the French and drama clubs for three years and assisted in the scenic designs for the musicals and plays for three years. She was a Freshman Focus Leader her senior year and during her junior and senior years, Kayse was involved with Campus Ministry where she was a Eucharistic minister, served on the board and assisted with chapel prayer. She was named to the honor roll all four years, keeping a GPA above 4.0 on a weighted scale. Kayse was a Patient Ambassador Volunteer at Mercy Hospital her

senior year and Hillenbrand Nursing Home her sophomore and junior years of high school. Kayse was awarded the scholarship on May 23 at the Marvin Lewis Golf Classic presented by Cincinnati Bell. The Sharon Thomas Memorial Scholarship was created to honor Sharon Thomas, the late Executive Director of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund who passed away in 2009 due to complications with breast cancer. Scholarships recipients must have a 2.25 GPA and a varsity letter in a sport or organization. Students receiving the scholarship come from a single-parent home or have a mother or caretaker affected by breast cancer. Funds for these scholarships were raised during the spring Pink Out at Paul Brown Stadium event.


Kristen Kayse, center, of Mother of Mercy High School was presented the Sharon Thomas Memorial Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 scholarship, from the Marvin Lewis Community Fund. Presenting the scholarship are Miriam Pollin, left, and Cincinnati Bengal head coach Marvin Lewis.

Lourdes kindergartners honor moms Kindergartners from Our Lady of Lourdes School recently celebrated their moms at a Mother’s Tea. The students made corsages and a picture frame, sang songs

and served ice cream treats with the tea. A souvenir “cookbook” with their favorite recipes also was presented to the moms.

Preston Hardy and his mother, Karin Hardy, read the souvenir cookbook.



Helper Rick, Tara and Thomas Blessing stop to pose for a family portrait.

Rodney and Sally Adkins enjoy their treats.


Sara Dilonardo and mom Michele Dilonardo enjoy their ice cream.


Students Sam Smith, Pailey Peters, Paige Brandstetter, Annmarie Groh, Alex Witsken, Chris Kammerer, Jon Lienesch, Connor Woods, Jonathan Henderson, Claire Meyer, Yacob Beyene, Charlotte Maliborski and Sydney Taylor join Principal Aimee Ellmaker at her first Mother’s Tea.



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‘Cappies’ awarded in high school theater

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St. Teresa of Avila’s kindergarten students each received a caterpillar on April 7, like this one that Isabella Seuberling has on her hand. Over the next two weeks the students watched as the caterpillars spun cocoons and eventually hatched, emerging as beautiful butterflies. On Earth Day, April 22, all 27 butterflies were released.

It’s the biggest night of the year for high school theatre - the annual Cappies Awards, applauding the best theater on high school stages this academic year. Shows by more than two dozen schools are judged by their peers. Sunday night at the Aronoff Center, Anderson High School’s “Blood Brothers” was named best musical, Mount Notre Dame High School’s “Steel Magnolias” won best play and

Three McAuley High School seniors in Lynne Heile’s creative writing class swept all awards for the second consecutive year in an annual poetry contest sponsored by Raymond Walters College to celebrate National Poetry Month. The contest was open to all high school students in the greater Cincinnati area. Submissions are judged on the quality of the writing, use of poetic techniques and interesting and vivid language. Pictured from left are Laura Yoder, who finished second with her poem, “Soup Song;” Alexis Barnhart, who won first place for her poem, “Raspberries;” and Gabrielle Hemple, who finished third with her poem, “Horn Rimmed Sugar Sweet Beautiful.”

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James remembered as special talent By Tony Meale

Matt James, like the rest of us, wasn’t perfect. On the football field, the former St. Xavier High School student was in a class that many aspire toward, but few reach. “ M a t t was a pretty special kid,” St. X head football coach Steve Specht said. “When you have a kid with his talent – that big, that agile… He worked harder than everybody and represented his team and his family with class.” A USA Today First-Team All-American, James was set to star under Brian Kelly at the University of Notre Dame. But while on spring break in Panama City April

2, the blue-chip pro prospect fell from a fifthfloor balcony at a Days Inn Hotel and died upon impact. A few days shy of his 18th birthday, James had been drinking and, according to toxicology reports, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19, nearly two-and-ahalf times the legal limit. “We all make mistakes; adults make mistakes, kids make mist a k e s , ” Specht said. “The Matt I knew was fallible. He was lovable. He cared about people. He was as good a human being as I’ve known.” And for that, James, the son of Jerry and Peggy James, was named the Western Hills Press coSportsman of the Year, as

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Former St. Xavier High School student Matt James was named a co-Sportsman of the Year. James, who died on spring break in April, had accepted a scholarship offer to play football for the University of Notre Dame. voted by fans. At 6-7 and 290 pounds, James towered over opponents and teammates alike. He anchored the Bombers’ offensive line and as a senior helped his team to league and city championships and a No. 4 state ranking in the final Division I poll. He was presented

with the Anthony Munoz Offensive Lineman of the Year award in February, and as a sophomore, was a member of St. X’s 2007 state championship team. Former teammates, such as junior-to-be Brandyn Cook, noted that James never flaunted his status as one of the nation’s most-

• First-team All-GCL as a junior and senior • USA Today First-Team All-American as senior • Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a senior • Presented with the Anthony Munoz Offensive Lineman of the Year award in February • Member of St. Xavier’s 2007 state championship team • Had numerous scholarship offers, including Ohio State, Michigan, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and North Carolina • Accepted athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Notre Dame prized recruits. Others, like senior-to-be Max Danenhauer, marveled at James’ toughness on the field and his kindness off it. James, who attended Our Lady of Visitation, was described by many as a

Hines laps up the spirit of competition By Chris Vogt


Taylor High School senior Brad Hines swims in the final of the 200 butterfly, finishing seventh in a time of 2:02.06 during a January meet. Hines is the Western Hills Press Sportsman of the Year.


Taylor High School senior Brad Hines accepts his medal as the state champion in 100 meter backstroke.

Every lap has some form of meaning to Brad Hines, and his senior year at Taylor High School was proof. Hines, an avid swimmer since age 6, had everything come together during the Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. The University of Tampa-bound prospect captured the state championship in the 100 backstroke this past February, undoubtedly dubbing him one of the most dominant prep swimmers in the area. “It has been a lot of hard work, and it has taken up a lot of time,” said Hines, who also competes in the freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly. “But all the practice was worth it and has put me where I am today.” It put him in position to win the Western Hills Press co-Sportsman of the Year.

“It is a great honor, especially coming from a little school,” said the Cleves resident. Swimming became a necessity for Hines growing up. He was a member of the Three Rivers Swim Club, was coached under Ralph Brodbeck at the Oak Hills swim team, competed for the Cincinnati Marlins and, most recently, was coached under Taylor’s Don Rielag. “That really helped him stick with swimming this long,” said Gina Hines, Brad’s mother. Said his father, Michael Hines, “Competition pushes you to get better.”

And it was competition, indeed, that played the biggest role. Hines met older — and more experienced — swimmers prior to entering high school. That made him goal-driven. “He was watching these kids and saw them win medals at these regional meets when they were little,” his father said. “He saw them being successful. That’s what he wanted to do.” Brad Hines said he’s improved a lot since then. “One thing I wanted to do was win a high school state meet,” he said. Check. Now entering the collegiate level, he’s upped the ante. “Eventually I want to win my league championship in college and an NCAA Division II championship.” Motivation won’t be an issue. Hines idolizes the

giant teddy bear, one who reveled in snowball fights and earned the adoration of kids who barely came up to his knee brace. “If Matt were here today and had a message for me,” Specht said, “it’d be, ‘I’m in a better place, Coach. Don’t worry about me. Just keep working hard and getting better.’” In the wake of James’ death, thousands of people across the city, state and country offered prayers and condolences to James’ family and the St. Xavier community; support ranged from attending vigils and visitations to joining Facebook groups dedicated to the fallen student and football player. “He’s always going to be a part of who I am and what my program is all about,” Specht said. “As long as I’m the coach here, Matt will never be forgotten.”

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• Continuing swimming career with University of Tampa • Won state title in Division II backstroke during senior season • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 for the 2010 Taylor High School graduate • Does community service at Ronald McDonald House and the FreestoreFoodbank • Member of the Key Club right individuals. “My influences are mostly my parents,” said Hines, who has met U.S. Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Aaron Peirsol. “My coaches are also a big influence on me as well.” Said his father, “Those people kept raising his goals. He’s set little goals along the way.” Hard work and dedication has led Hines to success, and he hopes that will push him to the next level. But according to Hines, the important thing “is winning.” He’s doing just that.

Mercy’s Amy Feie a 2-sport dynamo on diamond, lanes By Tony Meale

Whether it’s bowling pins or opposing hitters, Mother of Mercy High School junior-to-be Amy Feie is pretty good at mowing them down. In bowling, Feie finished eighth in average (179.2) in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division; in softball, she went 7-1 with 59 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. “I’m just proud of how the teams came together,” said Feie, whose unassuming personality is likely one reason she was named the Sportswoman of the Year, as voted by fans. “We’re very proud of her,” said Feie’s mother, Kathy, referring to her and her husband, Gregg. “She works very hard at sports and in school. She’s a terrific kid.” Feie helped the bowling team to a 20-3 record and an appearance at the state tour-

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• Bowls and plays softball for Mercy • Had one of the top 10 bowling averages (179.2) in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League • Led the GGCL in RBI (37) as a sophomore • Has a 4.0 • Is a member of the National Honor Society and French Club • Volunteers at Bethany House nament, while the softball team went 19-6 and won its second straight league title. Feie, who pitched and played right field, led the entire


Mother of Mercy High School junior-tobe Amy Feie was named the Sportswoman of the Year. This past year, she was among the top 10 bowlers in the GGCL and led the entire conference in RBI. GGCL in RBI (37) and finished third on her team in average (.422), second in OBP (.451) and first in doubles (12).

“Amy is a really hardworking, humble kid who would do anything asked of her,” Mercy softball coach Karen Kron said. Feie attributed her success to the camaraderie and talent of her teammates, as well as the support and help of her coaches – Kron, softball assistant Stefanie Kathman and bowling coach Mike McDonald, all of whom gave her the confidence and opportunity to make an impact. “We’re just amazed that she seems naturally gifted at sports and works hard on top of that,” Kathy said. “If she says she’s going to do something, she does it.” Feie has also worked hard in school (she carries a weighted GPA of 4.0) and in the community. She is a member of the National Honor Society and French Club and volunteers at Bethany House, a home for disadvantaged women and children. “I don’t know how she does it all,” Kathy said.

The Feie family, from left, are Kathy, Brian, Amy and Gregg. Feie, 16, said she is undecided on a career path but would be open to playing softball in college. “When it comes to academics and athletics, she’s always dedicated to what she does,” Kathy said. “She’s competitive, but she takes it in stride; she has fun with it.” With two more years to go, Feie has a chance to lead the bowling team back to state and the softball


team to its first-ever state championship. “Amy is a fine two-sport athlete and has contributed to the great success of (the bowling and softball) programs,” Assistant Athletic Director Denise Harvey said. “She has poise and a positive spirit. Mercy is proud of her and her accomplishments.” Said Feie, “I just want to keep doing my best and help the team win.”

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Taylor High School senior Tara Joseph signs with Georgetown College to play soccer on an athletic/academic scholarship. From left are Michelle Joseph, Coach Mercer, Tara Joseph, Coach Castleman and Barney Joseph. Joseph is an honor student with a 3.84 GPA, was senior team captain and MVP and the leading scorer for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. She was also named First team All City and First team All CHL League 2009 season, was selected to Cincinnati Enquirer Honorable Mention Team 2009 and the Division II team for All Star Game 2009 season. Joseph scored the lone goal for Division II in All Star Game vs. Division I

Clear Channel Radio recently entered into an agreement with St. Xavier High School to broadcast the upcoming regular season and post-season football games on Fox Sports 1360. The agreement also includes broadcasting all games world wide 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 LaSalle, the Steve Specht coached Bombers will play traditional powerhouses Indianapolis Cathedral, Louisville St. Xavier, Cleveland St. Ignatius. The long-time Internet voices of the Bombers Tony Schad and Ralph Nardini will handle the play-by-play and color. Fox Sports 1360 is the home of the Dan Patrick and Jim Rome shows as well as NFL Sunday Night and Monday Night Football and NCAA March Madness.


College of Mount St. Joseph senior second baseman Matt Flamm, a La Salle High School graduate and junior outfielder Trace Norton have been named to the AllHeartland Collegiate Athletic

Conference Second Team. Flamm, who led the team in numerous offensive categories this season, batted .409 in conference games this season. Flamm was named All-HCAC Honorable Mention in 2008, while Norton was an Honorable Mention All-HCAC honoree last season.

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The Thomas More College men’s golf team shot a fourthround 301 May 14, for a final total of 1,237 (322-304-310301) to finish tied for 22nd at the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at Hershey Links in Hershey, Pa. The Saints were led by senior Joe Ruzick, a LaSalle High School graduate, who finished tied for tied for 46th with a 303 (81-72-77-73). Junior Brandon Dulle, a St. Xavier High School graduate, finished tied for 64th with a 307 (78-77-75-77).


Thomas More College senior softball centerfielder Stephanie Stadtmiller, an Oak Hills High School graduate, was recently named to the First Team All-PAC. Stadtmiller batted .343 as she was 49-for-143 with 10 RBI and 28 runs scored and was 31-for-32 in stolen base attempts. Senior third baseman Lisa Wiesman, a McAuley High School graduate, was named second team All-PAC as she was 43-for-129 at the plate for a .333 batting average with 10 doubles, one triple, one homerun, 35 RBI and 20 runs scored.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR During the Great Depression Congress spent a large amount of money trying to create jobs and in the process passed the Wagner Act. The Wagner Act set wages artificially high for the economic environment. Those that found a government-created job or lucky enough to work for a company that could pass the cost of the Wagner Act on to consumers,

were paid a good wage. However, most companies were living from payroll to payroll and could not take on the additional cost. For every government job created, two in the private sector were lost. Recently, the Treasury Department set our deficit at $19.5 trillion by 2015. That's five years sooner than the $20 trillion published by the Congressional Bud-

get Office just a few months ago. Add to that the cost of socialized medicine and the coming energy bill; unemployment will remain high. Congress, take an extended vacation for you are destroying this nation. Al Ostendorf Churchview Lane Cheviot

Cars, Fourth hazardous to pet’s health It seems that in spite of repeated warnings, peeps are still leaving dogs (and kids) in their cars. When the outdoor temperature is in the low 70s the temperature inside of a car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees within 30 minutes time. This is with the windows down and the car in the shade! The most often heard excuse is. “But Fifi loves to go in the car and pouts when I don’t take her.” What Fifi doesn’t realize is she only sweats through her paws (and a little through her nose) and humidity affects her ability to regulate her body temperature. Leaving her inside a car, even with the windows down, is like putting her in an oven. Once a dog has entered heatstroke, it can die within 20 minutes and it is not a pleasant way to go. Internal organs shut down, there is often bleeding through the nose and mouth, fluid seeps from the body, and the list goes on. So that’s the ugly truth folks – leave your dog at home, not in the car. A dog doesn’t have to be locked in a car to suffer from heatstroke. A dog who is outside for during the heat of the day or even confined in a warm house can develop heatstroke. Signs of heat

What Fifi doesn’t realize is she only sweats through her paws (and a little through her nose) and humidity affects her ability to regulate her body temperature. stroke in dogs include but are Diane not limited to: panting, hyperZdelar-Bush ventilation (deep Community breathing), saliearly Press guest vation then dry gums, columnist warm, dry skin, high fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes bleeding, and collapse. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, immediately see your veterinarian. Soak towels in cool water to cover him during the car ride there. In addition to heatstroke symptoms, the following signs often require an immediate trip to your veterinarian: bleeding, difficulty breathing, burns, cuts and gashes, enlarged abdomen, paralysis, ingestion of foreign items or substances, profuse vomiting or diarrhea, seizures, straining to urinate, and any kind of trauma (falling, hit by car, etc.). Always call you veterinarian for instruc-

tions when your pet has any of these symptoms or is simply not acting ‘normal’ to you. Fourth of July anxiety. The Internet provides some pretty sad stories of pets who have been lost or seriously injured during Fourth of July celebrations, from dogs who have been terrified all their lives of fireworks or thunderstorms to older dogs who have simply “freaked out” after years of not being bothered by them. The rules are pretty basic for keeping your pet safe during Fourth celebrations: 1. Do not take your pet to fireworks displays. 2. Do not leave your pet in the car. 3. Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. 4. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th. Your veterinarian can prescribe medications and assist you in behavior modification to help alleviate fear and anxiety.

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We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Western Hills Press. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: Fax: 853-6220 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Western Hills Press may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. 5. Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. 6. Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Diane Zdelar-Bush is a registered veterinary technician at Glenway Animal Hospital.

Summer a good time to get involved in neighborhood School is out and along with the joy and freedom of the children come additional vigilance and responsibility for the adults. Be aware of children chasing balls into the street, riding bicycles, and darting across the traffic. We have had numerous complaints about speeding in the residential areas. After monitoring it, we have found that most speeders are Cheviot residents, some even from that very street. Slow down to 25 mph and protect our children. Summer is also a good time to

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get out and meet your neighbors. Cheviot and its adjoining communities have a long history of looking out for each other and caring for them and their children. In these busy times we often forget to take the time to get to know those people we

In these busy times we often forget to take the time to get to know those people we see every day as we run to yet another appointment. see every day as we run to yet another appointment. If you think about it, who knows better when there is a strange car or person in the area? If your instincts tell you that something is amiss, let the police know. The police may not make it to a non-emergency situation for

awhile, but they can make a report and be on the lookout. Be the eyes and ears for the police and your neighbors. Some neighborhoods have formed Block Watches, Citizens on Patrol, and Good Guy Loitering. Would you and your neighbors be interested? Take advantage of our small town

and sense of community. Please join us at the next council meeting or check the website for committee meetings which may interest you. The public is always invited to express their opinion on agenda items or any other city related issue. If you are unable to attend the meetings, feel free to e-mail any member of council or the administration with your concerns. The links can be found on the city website Deborah McKinney is the President of Cheviot City Council.

Cincinnati Water Works meets state, federal standards How many times in a day do you use water? What would you do if you turned on the faucet and nothing came out? At the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, our mission is to provide a plentiful supply of the highest quality drinking water and outstanding services to our customers. Our employees work each and every day to provide you with dependable, high quality water each and every time you need it. We are proud to report that our water met or exceeded all state and federal health standards in 2009, as it always has. To ensure we deliver the highest quality water possible, our water quality experts, engineers

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Our Richard Miller Treatment Plant, located on the East Side of Cincinnati, treats water from the Ohio River. It is one of only a few water treatment plants in the nation that uses granular-activated carbon with on-site re-activation. GAC is cited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as one of the best available treatment technologies to remove impurities such as pharmaceuticals during drinking water treatment. This year, GCWW will begin a major construction project to install ultraviolet disinfection treatment technology at the Miller Plant. UV disinfection is able to remove contaminants such as cryptosporidium. Together, these

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Waiting patiently at the end of the graduates’ line were, from left, Hannah Zimmerman, Molly Kollmann, Mallory Workman, Alexandria Davis, Emily Meyer, Sarah Witsken, Mary Knight, Mary Rose Leisring and Chelsea Meckstroth. Mother of Mercy High School proudly welcomed the class of 2010 as graduates on June 1, with commencement ceremonies in the school’s gymnasium.

Mercy’s salutatorian this year was Elaine Simpson, left, and the valedictorian was Adrienne Bussard, right.

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From left, Mercy graduates Tori Koopman, Becky Riegler, Megan Brandt, Elizabeth Mahon and Katie Jauch were excited to enter the commencement procession.


Mother of Mercy High School proudly welcomed the class of 2010 as graduates on June 1, with commencement ceremonies in the school’s gymnasium. This year’s class was comprised of 132 graduates, 100 percent of whom will continue on to higher education.

The seniors at Mother of Mercy High School became graduates June 1 at commencement in the school’s gymnasium. The 132 graduates all will continue their education this fall.

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Phil and Danny, 7 p.m. Refuge Coffee Bar, 5010 Glenway Ave. Acoustic rock music. 429-4215; Price Hill.


Alumni Excellence Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Six to eight works of Mount alumni from each decade, 1960s through 2000s. Presented by College of Mount St. Joseph. 244-4314. Delhi Township.


Spintensity, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Paramount Fitness, 5130 Crookshank Road, Aerobics Room. Intense cycling class with Bootcamp intervals throughout. First class free. Ages 13 and up. $6-$10 per class. Reservations recommended. 451-6509; Westwood. Aerobic class, 7:30 p.m. Westside Boxing and Fitness Club Inc. 3428 Warsaw Ave. Bring own mat. Ages 18 and up. $20 for five classes; $5 per class. 314-7315. East Price Hill.


The Lonetones, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Harvey’s, 4520 W. Eighth St. Appalachian, roots-based folk rock. 827-6059. Delhi Township.


Western Hills La Leche League, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Breastfeeding support and information. Free. Presented by Western Hills La Leche League. 348-6337; Green Township. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 2

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Piecemakers, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave. Quilters and sewers create projects to benefit the community. Child care available. Free. 471-4673; West Price Hill.

Bad Habit, 9:30 p.m. Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, $3. 451-1157; Riverside.


The Dukes, 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.


R.O.C.K. the Community, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Monfort Heights United Methodist Church, 3682 West Fork Road, Christian family event. Free food, games and concert by local Christian artists and “Price Hill,” a high-energy, power-packed worship band from Austin, Texas. Bring canned good or other non-perishable food item for local food pantries and World Vision. Free. 481-8699; Green Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 3


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.


The Dukes, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jim & Jack’s on the River, 251-7977. Riverside.


Robert Gee, 7 p.m. Refuge Coffee Bar, 5010 Glenway Ave. 429-4215; Price Hill.


Alumni Excellence Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 244-4314. Delhi Township.

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


German Heritage Museum, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Two-story 1830 log house furnished with German immigrant memorabilia. Free, donations accepted. Presented by GermanAmerican Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. 598-5732; Green Township. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 5


Alumni Excellence Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 244-4314. Delhi Township.


Year-Round Gardening, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Gardening with Pets: Create outdoor space and/or garden that is pet friendly/pet proof. Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Learn new ideas for planning and maintaining garden throughout the year. Adults only. With White Oak Garden Center staff. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. Through Aug. 16. 385-3313. Monfort Heights.


Gamble-Nippert YMCA Sports Camps, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sports of All Sorts. Daily through July 9. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sports of All Sorts. Daily through July 9. Half-day participants do not swim. Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave. Drills, skill development learn the rules of the game, swimming and take a lunch break. Financial assistance available. Ages 6-12. $164, $124 members; half day: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 661-1105. Westwood. Lacrosse Camp, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Daily through July 8. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road, Learn lacrosse and improve your skills. Girls only. Includes stick and ball. Grades 5-12. $75 with stick and ball, $50. Registration required. 661-2740; Westwood.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS River Squares, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance and round dance club. $5. 929-2427; Miamitown.



Digging Up the Past Archaeology and Excavation Program, 8 a.m. “Context Conversation.”, Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Work with archaeologists and University of Cincinnati students to search for evidence of prehistoric cultures in the middle Ohio Valley. Difficult hiking on undeveloped land. Optional hike to end the day. Limited to 11 participants for each date. Ages 12 and up and adults. For Ages 12 and older. $20 with lunch at golf course clubhouse; $15 without lunch. Registration required. 521-7275, ext. 240; North Bend.

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Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Benefits Cincinnati’s Young People’s Theatre’s production of “Les Miserables.” Booth space, $20. Register by June 28. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. Parking lot. 2416550; West Price Hill.

Gamble-Nippert YMCA Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Junkyard Inventions. Daily through July 9. Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave. 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.; postcamps close 6 p.m. $149, $119 members; $10 each weekly pre- or post-camps. Registration required. 661-1105. Westwood.


The Alumni Excellence Exhibition at the Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, continues through July 31. The exhibit showcases work by one Mount alumni from each decade from the 1960s through the 2000s. The gallery’s summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pictured is “Homeland” by artist M. Katherine Hurley, class of 1974. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 6


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. Two Dollar Tuesdays, noon-4 p.m. Scrap-Ink, 5515 Bridgetown Road, Children encouraged to express their creativity through stamping and scrapbooking at Scrap-Ink. Parents, grandparents, aunts and friends welcome. Ages 4-15. $10 day pass, $2. 389-0826; Green Township.

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Bop Club Dance, 7 p.m.-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.






Alumni Excellence Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 244-4314. Delhi Township. Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Presented by Jim & Jack’s on the River. Through Aug. 25. 251-7977. Riverside.

Alumni Excellence Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 244-4314. Delhi Township.

Girls Club, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave. Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Field trips on Wednesdays. Ages 8-10. Registration required. Through July 27. 4714673, ext. 15. West Price Hill. Girls Life, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave. Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Field trips on Wednesdays. Ages 11-13. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill. Westside Neighborhood 912 Meeting, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Discuss constitutional matters, current events and avenues of citizen activism. Group’s goal is to educate public about Constitution, government and impact of government policies on lives of citizens. Free. Presented by Cincinnati 912 Project. 477-2398; Green Township.



Junior Golf Camp, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Arrive 8:45 am for registration on first day. Daily through July 9. Neumann Golf Course, 7215 Bridgetown Road, Daily skills instruction. Equipment provided. Ages 7 and under with parental supervision. Shotgun scramble pizza party at Dunham Golf Course on Guerley Road on day four. Ages 5-13. $45, $40 two or more family; more discounts available. Registration required. 574-1320. Miami Township. W E D N E S D A Y, J U L Y 7

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.

Square Dance Class, 10 a.m.-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. Aerobic class, 7:30 p.m. Westside Boxing and Fitness Club Inc. $20 for five classes; $5 per class. 314-7315. East Price Hill.


Humana Healthy Kids Zone, 10:30 a.m. Covedale Branch Library, 4980 Glenway Ave. Learn about health, nutrition and fitness. Includes yoga programs for children, African/Haitian dance lessons and more. Includes healthy snack. Ages 5-12. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4460. West Price Hill.

Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-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.


Empowering You - Your life is in Your Hands, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Mercy Franciscan at West Park, 2950 West Park Drive, Community Room. Guest speaker Bobby Smith, from the Cincinnati Fire Department, Environmental and Safety Services Bureau, addresses what happens when 911 is dialed and other topics of interest. Free. 451-8900. Western Hills.


Sayler Park Farmers Market, 4 p.m.-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.675-0496. Sayler Park.


Coney Island is hosting the Coney Island Balloon Glow from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 3, on the banks of Lake Como at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. The event includes music, entertainment, more than 20 glowing hot air balloons and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display. The glow is free, but pool and ride pricing applies; $10 parking after 4 p.m. Call 513-232-8230 or visit Pictured are some glowing balloons from last year’s event.

Humana Healthy Kids Zone, 2 p.m. Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Ave. Learn about health, nutrition and fitness. Includes yoga programs for children, African/Haitian dance lessons and more. Includes healthy snack. Ages 5-12. 3694474. Westwood.


The Cincinnati Museum Center OMNIMAX Theater will offer a double feature of “Mysteries of the Great Lakes,” and “Legends of Flight,” beginning July 2. “Mysteries” takes the viewer through the freshwater ecosystem with the lake sturgeon fish, pictured, as a guide. “Flight” zooms you through the sky and shows movie-goers aviation history and technology. Films will run through midNovember. Single film ticket prices are $7.50; $6.50 ages 60 and up; and $5.50 ages 3-12. Tickets to both films are $13, $11 and $9. Call 513-287-7000 or visit


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June 30, 2010


Some basic considerations about freedom

Most Fourth of July holidays come and go casually. It’s good to get off work, take in a game, have a cookout, watch a parade or fireworks. To be honest, however, very little or no time is spent thinking about the blessings of freedom. During the last decade, the collective life of our country has been undergoing change and freedom threatened. The World Trade Towers destruction, the shoe and underwear bombers, the SUV packed with explosives left in Times Square on a Saturday night, the prediction that more such attempts are coming, etc. – keep us looking over our shoulders. There are enemies who don’t understand what true freedom nor our respect of it. Add to this the catastrophic spill of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the staggering debt of $13 trillion, the immigration issue – and a mood develops that waits for

another tragic shoe to drop. English historian Arnold Toynbee noted all the major civilizations that have come and gone or diminFather Lou ished over the Guntzelman centuries. For a few Perspectives their diminishment was due to conquest from without. But most of the civilizations declined because of deterioration from within. He also theorized that as new civilizations arose they tended to be located in a westerly direction from the previous one. If he’s correct, we may wonder, is China the next major civilization that will rise to great power and prestige we as decline? America is and has been a great country because of our dedication to individual rights and a

commitment to freedom. We could question if China, which curtails individual rights and restricts freedom, could rise to world power status. Yet, it’s been done before. That’s why our ancestors came to America in the first place – to escape such governments and rulers. To keep our freedom pure and effective, we must learn what freedom means today and what it demands of us. For too long we have equated freedom with license – and many have paid the price for that misconception. Many arrogantly claim, “This is a free country, I can do what I want!” Accepting this concept as true has led us to push the envelope too far, generated a coarse incivility, immodesty, narcissism, violence and the slow erosion of our morals. Freedom does not mean the ability to do anything I want. Freedom means the ability to do

what I ought. License means doing whatever I want, irrespective of the consequences or harm to self or others. American Baptist minister and Harvard chaplain Peter Gomes explains, “Freedom’s only virtue is that it enables us to pursue that which God desires for us and which we, in our heart of hearts, desire for ourselves.” (italics mine) Freedom requires reflective choices about the purpose of life. Our Declaration of Independence is actually a Declaration of Dependence. The Constitution of the United States makes its citizens independent of kings, dictators, parliaments and even majorities as regards to basic rights and liberties. But our dependence is grounded on “the Creator,” who “has endowed man with certain inalienable rights among which are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

If our freedom came from a king or the government, then that king or government could take it away. It is only because our freedom comes from God that it is called “inalienable,” i.e. it cannot be taken away. If we enslave ourselves to ego, power, government, drugs, prejudice or religious fanaticism, we’re not free. God wants none of these for us. Paul writes, “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for selfindulgence, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Galatians 5:13-14) Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Presidential Pathways receive grant The Ohio Humanities Council recently awarded the Presidential Pathways Scenic Byway a grant of $2,000 to interpret the byway to local residents and travelers. The Presidential Pathways Scenic Byway extends from Hueston Woods State Park to the Ohio River in North Bend. It tells the story

of two presidents: William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. It combines historical sites, parks and cultural organizations so that travelers visiting the area can plan additional activities and perhaps extend their visit to our region. The grant from the Ohio Humanities Council will

support the creation of a professional website for the byway as well as the research and preparation of interpretive pieces about the many sites along the byway. These written, audio and video pieces will help travelers understand the persons, places and events along the byway. The grant will also assist in the publi-

cation of a brochure that will point out sites along the Presidential Pathways. The brochures are also partially funded by the Butler Rural Electric Community Connection. Interested local historians and writers, thinking of submitting one page essays, audio pieces or brief video pieces (under 10 minutes)

about the people, places and events of this region during the 1800's should contact Bonita Porter at with their ideas, written essays, etc. Information about the Presidential Pathways Scenic Byway is currently available at the temporary website www.users.muo- The website includes site descriptions as well as suggestions for places of interest nearby. The Ohio Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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June 30, 2010

Take a bite out of summer fruit, veggies

Last week we were picking black raspberries from my bushes. This week I went with daughterin-law Jessie and grandkids Luke, Will and Jack t o Rouster’s u-pick Rita blueberry Heikenfeld farm in Rita’s kitchen C l e r m o n t County. The blueberries, like everything else, are a couple weeks early this year. They were beautiful and we left with loaded buckets of blueberries. Jess freezes most of hers for pancakes; I freeze some and make jam, as well. You’ll find a recipe in the box of pectin.

Lemon parfait with fresh berries

This is a very soft-set parfait, perfect for layering with seasonal fruits. I made it mostly with blueberries. All berries have lots of vitamin C and are full of fiber, so eat up! 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 3 ⁄4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 cups fresh berries

Combine cream cheese and sugar. Beat on low speed until smooth. Add cream and beat until smooth. Increase speed to medium high and beat until cream is billowy – it won’t hold stiff peaks. Add lemon juice and stir briefly just to blend. Line up four parfait or wineglasses. Beginning with berries, evenly layer berries and cream. Garnish with mint sprig. Can be made three hours before serving. Serves four.

Love at First Bite’s yellow squash and tomato parmesan

Thank God I have a young editor, Lisa Mauch, who turned me on to this cookbook. It’s inspired by the four hugely popular vampire-based fantasy romance “Twilight” novels by Stephenie Meyer. The novels chart a period in the life of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Wash., and falls in love with a 104year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The series is told primarily from Bella’s point of view. Book No. 3, “Eclipse,” is coming out as a movie and opens June 30. The cookbook, “Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook” by Gina

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“Love at First Bite” is a cookbook written by Gina Meyers based on the “Twilight” series of books and movies. Meyers, is a fun read, plus the recipes look pretty darn good. Here’s one I’m going to try, since my squash is already bearing abundantly. The recipe wasn’t clear – it didn’t tell what to do with the other half of the veggies, etc. so I am assuming the whole dish is a layered one. 2 yellow crookneck squash, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices (I’ll be using zucchini) 2 large tomatoes, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices 1 ⁄2 cup grated Parmesan, divided 1 tablespoon dried oregano (I’ll be using 2 tablespoons fresh) 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted (I’d use a bit more)

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Rita and grandsons Luke, Will and Jack at Rouster’s blueberry field. In an 8-by-8-inch bak- heat; stir in lemon juice, ing dish, layer half the extract and food coloring. squash and tomatoes on the Fold in cherries; cool slightbottom. ly and spoon into pie shell. Sprinkle half the cheese Place second shell over and half the oregano. Driz- filling and make slits in top. zle with half the butter. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or Make more layers, topping until crust is nice and golden. with cheese and oregano. Cover edges with foil to Serves six. prevent overbrowning, if And here’s the quote at necessary. Cool an hour the end: “What if I’m not before setting up. the hero? What if I’m the bad guy?” - Edward.

Quick pickled beets

Cherry pie with Splenda

For Helen Kane, who wanted a sugar-free pie with canned cherries. 2 cans, 14.5 oz. each, pitted tart red cherries 3 ⁄4 cup Splenda granulated 1 ⁄4 cup cornstarch 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 ⁄4 teaspoon almond extract Few drops red food coloring if you want Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain cherries, reserving 1 cup juice. Combine Splenda and cornstarch in saucepan and stir in reserved juice. Cook until mixture begins to boil. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from

We should all be eating more beets. They help prevent cancer and birth defects. For Laura, a Northern Kentucky reader. No real recipe, but here’s how I do it: drain a can of sliced or small whole beets. Slice a medium onion thinly and add to beets. In a saucepan, bring to a boil a cup of cider vinegar, sugar to taste (start with about 1⁄3 cup) and a dash or two of salt. Pour this over beets. Some people add a dash or two of allspice or cloves. Cool and chill. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an 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 Fourth festivities

Green Township sponsors its Fourth of July celebration with a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road. Music is by Sullivan and Janszen, followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. Bus service starts at 5:30 p.m. from J. F. Dulles Elementary, 6481 Bridgetown Road and Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, and at 6:30 p.m. from Our Lady of Visitation School, 3180 South Road. There will be additional parking at Faith Fellowship Church, 6734 Bridgetown Road. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Aloha at the luau

Seton and Elder high schools invite all incoming seventh- and eighth-graders to the annual Seton & Elder Luau. The party is set for 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the gym and commons area at Seton, 3901 Glenway Ave. Students are encouraged to put on their favorite Hawaiian gear and get ready for a great time. Students can only be admitted with a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Visit to download a permission slip. The event is free.

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French yard sale

The third annual yard sale to benefit the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre’s production of “Les Miserables” will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3, in the parking lot of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. You can still purchase booth space for $20 by calling the box office at 241-6550, or in person 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Monday through Friday. Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre provides a summer of great experience for young performers and techies alike. Many members are now professional actors, singers, dancers, technicians and musicians. To date, more than 2,100 teens have been a part of CYPT. The 2010 performances of Les Miserables are July 23-25 and July 28 through Aug. 1.

Tune in

Visit the new Video Announcements channel created especially for the Oak Hills community on Vimeo. The school district will post brief, in-house produced video clips and other projects to keep the community informed about news across the district.

Vimeo is a video-centric social networking site that launched in November 2004. The site supports embedding, sharing, video storage and allows user comments on each video page. Viewers can subscribe to receive an alert when a new announcement is posted. “The new Vimeo channel is similar to the channel we use to broadcast the monthly district podcast series, The Highlander Connection,” said Gina Gentry-Fletcher, district spokeswoman. “Vimeo presents another opportunity for Oak Hills to communicate with our stakeholders in a timely manner.” Go to hlsd.

150 Years Since 1860

The Vogues!

Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:00PM

The Vogues created a unique sound that left an unforgettable mark in the world of popular music. The Vogues recorded countless blockbuster hits throughout the 60’s such as: 5 O’Clock World, Special Angel, You’re The One, and Turn Around Look At Me. These music icons continue to mesmerize audiences featuring original lead Bill Burkette and original tenor Hugh Geyer! Plus... The Shades of Blue, known across the world for their blockbuster hit, “Oh How Happy”! They will take you back in time as they perform all the Motown, Doo Wop and Rock N’ Roll hits from the 50’s and 60’s.

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The Oak Hills Local School District will begin registration for students new to the district Aug. 2. Registrations must be completed by Aug. 17 to start school on Aug. 25. Centralized registration will be at Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., week days except Friday. Registration also will be at

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Farmer’s market

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market is open from 3-7 p.m. Fridays at Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road. The market offers locally grown produce, dairy products, honey, meats and breads, as well as locally made craft products. The market is a nonprofit organization that was put together by members of the Monfort Height/White Oak Community Association.


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Library, at 4980 Glenway Ave., here are ways to beat the summertime blues: For adults, Thursday July 8, at 7 p.m. Book Discussion (call branch for title), Friday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. senior movie, and Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. Author J.T. Townsend will be at the branch to discuss his book Queen City Gothic: “Discovering Cincinnati’s Infamous Unsolved Murders.” For teens: Wednesday, July 7, Tween Game Break for ages 8-12; Wednesday, July 14, at 4 p.m. Teen Taste-a Thon; and Friday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. Play Live Clue. For children: Friday, July 9, at 11 a.m. Wiggly Squiggly Worms for ages 6-10; Monday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. Magic Workshop by Amazing Portable Circus; and every Wednesday in July at 10:30 a.m. is a Humana Healthy Kids Zone program with a snack and fun activity. We have storytime every Tuesday at 10 or 11:30 a.m. for ages 35 and every Thursday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. for ages 1-3 with an adult. We will have a baby storytime for infants up to one year on Friday, July 2, at 10 a.m. Our read-to-reel themed


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program will give your family something fun (and free) to do together this summer, and by actually participating in summer reading with your children, you’ll become a reading role model. Research suggests that is one of the best ways to inspire your children to read, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. The library makes it easy with lots of great books and reading suggestions. Visit the library’s Summer Reading website mmerread/ to get some great titles for your children and teens, and some fun beach books for you. Everyday activities provide opportunities to read together, too. Use every opportunity to read. Read food labels, road signs, maps, menus, magazines, and comic books. Let your child help you cook. Let him or her read the recipe and help gather ingredients. The possibilities are endless, just make it enjoyable! The important thing is to keep children reading so their brains stay sharp, and they won’t suffer from a “summer learning loss” in the fall. For more practical ways to develop your children’s reading skills, check out our 8 Tips for 8 Weeks of Summer Reading at ultsummerreading. Visit to register and start reading together today. Bill Hamrick is the manager of the Green Township branch and Eileen Mallory is the manager of the Covedale branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.



Tucker-Lea Sarah H. Lea of Burlington, KY and Thomas H. Tucker of Loveland, OH were married in Covington, KY at the Madison Event Center on November 21, 2009. Maid of Honor was her sister, Heather S. Lea and Best Man was Chris Nusbaum of Savannah, Georgia. Sarah is a 2006 graduate of Conner High School and Thomas is a 2002 graduate of Loveland High School. Sarah is the daughter of Martin & Dianna Steinbach of Burlington, KY and Jack & Alice Lea of Cincinnati, OH. Thomas’ mother is Bobbie Bowman of Loveland, OH. The couple will reside in Amelia, OH.

Mr. & Mrs. Martin & Dianna Steinbach of Burlington, KY are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Victoria Widner to Mr. Michael David McGrath of Alexandria, KY. Michael’s parents are David & Suzanne McGrath of Alexandria. Miss Widner is a 2003 graduate of Seton High School and Mr.McGrath is a 2002 graduate of Bishop Brossart High School. A July 30, 2010 wedding is planned at the Wiedemann Hill Mansion in Newport, KY.


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Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Ave., 369-6015 • Honey Hill Farm Petting Zoo, Thursday, July 1, 1-2 p.m. The animals of Honey Hill Farm come to you as they bring their mobile petting zoo to the library for an afternoon of farm fun. Ages 2-12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. • Cookie Mining, Thursday, July 8, 1 p.m. Students use a cookie to mine chips as natural resources and will learn about the value of the Earth’s natural resources and how we can protect them with Gwen Roth from the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District. Ages 8-12. Registration is required. • Lego Club, Tuesday, July 13, 1 p.m. Build your own masterpiece and meet new friends. All you need is your own imagination. Ages 6-12. Registration is required. • Hero’s Day, Wednesday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. Meet the Cheviot Police, Fire and Maintenance Departments and see their vehicles. This year we will have. a special visit from the Cheviot K9 officer and police dog Charlie. Ages 3-12. Puppet Show with the Storybook Puppeteers., Thursday, July 22, 10:30 a.m. All ages. • Lights, Camera, Read Bingo., Thursday, July 29, 1 p.m. Play bingo with a summer reading twist, instead of numbers will play with popular book and movie characters. Ages 6-12. Registration is required. Miami Township Branch Library, 8 North Miami Ave.., 369-6050 • An Afternoon at the Movies, Thursday, July 1, 23:30 p.m. Join the library as we watch a classic book on the big screen. All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library & the Kersten Fund • Wii Gaming, Tuesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. Think you’re the best of the best at Wii games? Join us to show off your best moves. Ages 6-12. Registration is recommended. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. • Lego Club, Saturday, July 10, 11 a.m. Join us for Lego time where we will be creative and make awesome Lego Creations. Ages 6-12. Registration is recommended. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library & the Kersten Fund. • Kids Craft Club, Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. Join us for some crafty time and make an awesome item to take home. Ages 6-12. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library & the Kersten Fund • Puppet Show with the Storybook Puppeteers., Thursday, July 15, 2 p.m. All ages. Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Rd., 369-4472 • Make It and Take It: Flubber., Thursday, July 1, 2 p.m. You saw the movie, now learn how to make oooey, gooey flubber. Ages 8-12. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Kersten Fund. • Mechanical Mysteries, Tuesday, July 6, 2-4 p.m. Take machines apart to learn how they work. Ages 812. Registration is required. • Midweek Matinee, Wednesdays: July 7, 14, 21, & 28. 12-4 p.m. Come in from the heat, two movies a week. All ages. – July 7: Wall-E (G) and The Love Bug (not rated).

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“A Garden Wedding” planners include (left to right) Jeri Timon, Sherry Goodson, Nancy Fenton, Mary Ann Ryan and Kathy Weber.

Club stages ‘garden wedding’

Western Hills Garden Club invites the public to a very special program, at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at Aston Oaks Golf Club, in North Bend. Highlight of the day will be a standard flower show: A Garden Wedding. Entries in the categories of horticulture and artistic design are open to members of Garden Club of Ohio and Federated Garden Clubs. A short program, A Labor of Love, on the lower level side porch – in which participants will learn how

to create a wedding bouquet from a professional florist – follows the 10 a.m. business meeting. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. The flower show will open at noon after judging has taken place. A special wedding-themed lunch will also be served. Along with the flowers and artistic designs, all on a garden wedding and romance theme, there will also be several unique displays, including Romances Remembered. This exhibit showcases two of the wed-

ding gowns of former Ohio First Ladies, which have been recreated and will be displayed on an old fashioned bisque doll and an American Girl doll. Other highlights include an exhibit on the history of Tussie Mussies, the traditional nosegays historically part of weddings of old. Several club members have also loaned their own wedding gowns to the event for display and one member is creating an exquisite garden wedding buffet table. Cost of the entire A Gar-

den Wedding is $20, including the morning program, flower show, displays and the luncheon. Call Kathleen Weber at 922-9190 if you'd like to attend this Western Hills Garden Club program, which begins at 10 a.m. There is no charge to attend the public viewing of A Garden Wedding, open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. All are invited.

– July 14: Air Bud: World Pup (G) and Air Buddies (PG). – July 21: Iron Will (PG) and Cool Runnings (PG). – July 28: The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG) and Planet 51 (PG). • Puppet Show with the Storybook Puppeteers., Thursday, July 8, 1:30 p.m. All ages. • Soccer with Curtis, Thursday, July 15, 2-4 p.m. Learn some new soccer moves and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza. Beginners welcome. Ages 4-7. Registration is required. • Magic Show with Terry Francis, Purveyor of Magic & Mystery, Saturday, July 17, 2 p.m. All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Ave.., 369-4474 • Puppet Show with the Storybook Puppeteers., Wednesday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. All ages. Student Summer Showcase, Wednesday, July 7, 3:30 p.m. • Piano, Flute & Shakespeare with student shelver Mariele Fluegeman and Noelle Hingsbergen. All ages.

• Wii and More for Tweens, Monday, July 12, 2 p.m. Join your friends this summer and play your favorite video games. Ages 8-12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library and the Kersten Fund. • Read to Reel Movie., Wednesday, July 21, 3:30 p.m. 101 Dalmatians starring Glenn Close (Rated G). All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library and the Kersten Fund. • Read to Reel Bingo., Thursday, July 22, 3 p.m. A very special Bingo celebrating “Lights, Camera, Read.” Play trivia about your favorite books and movies for fabulous prizes. Ages 6-12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. • The Magic of Tom Bemmes, Tuesday, July 27, 6:30 p.m. All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. • Rate Your Rivers With Critters, Thursday, July 29, 2 p.m. Heather Mayfield from the Foundation for River Education talks about macroinvertebrates and how they affect the health of our rivers, ponds, and streams. Ages 6-12. Registration is required.

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Sandy Baldock

Sandra “Sandy” A. Baldock, 58, of Colerain Township died June 21. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband Frank F. Baldock; sons Chris (Jennifer) and Drew; grandchildren Brady and Carson Baldock; siblings Jerry (Carole) Abbatiello, Debbie (John) Stanchek, Mike (Patty) Abbatiello, and Pat (Tina) Abbatiello; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Jerome and JoAnn Abbatiello. Visitation is 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, June 25, at Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home, 3700 Glenmore Ave. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Friday, June 25, at St. Martin of Tours Church.

Walter Barhorst

Walter Barhorst, 86, died June 20. He was a B17 turret gunner for the Air Force in World War II and a linemen for 40 years for CG&E. He is survived by his wife Helen E. (Geiss) Barhorst; children Ken

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(Diana), Nancy (Barhorst) Cooper, Dan (Betty), Kathy (Barhorst) Harmeyer, Matt (Jamie) Barhorst; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchilBarhorst dren, 21 nieces and nephews; sisters Jean (Bob deceased) Kessler, the late Marilyn Michel, and Ethel (Justin) Gutting. Visitation is 10 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Our Lady of Lourdes Gathering Space, 2832 Rosebud Drive. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Pedretti and West Eighth streets, Price Hill. There will be a gathering after services at Nathaniel Greene Lodge 6394 Wesselman Road. Memorial may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, 45242, or Parkinson's Foundation, 165 W. Galbraith 218, 45216. Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home handled arrangements.

was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband Leonard C. Brown, son Allen (Donna) Brown, grandchildren Ashley and Katilynn Brown, siblings Danny Ramey, Tommy (Joyce) Ramey, Louise Bledsoe and Fay (Norman) Taylor, and by her many

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DEATHS nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 4 siblings. Visitation is 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami Ave., Cleves, with interment following in Glen Haven Cemetery, Harrison. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 11117 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH., 45242.

‘Deacon Mike’ Davenport

“Deacon Mike” Davenport, 62, of Price Hill, died June 23. He is survived by his wife Cathy Davenport; mother Melva; children Lynn and Eric (Michelle) Davenport; granddaughter Paige Davenport; siblings Patricia, Jen, Maureen, Lori, Tom, Jeff, Paul and Kelly; and many Davenport nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Donald Davenport and sister Linda. Visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, until Mass of Christian Burial at noon at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1175 Overlook Ave. Memorials may be made to the Deacon Memorial Fund, c/o Diaconate Office, 100 E. Eighth St.,

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Barbara Dick

Barbara Helen Dick, 85, of Cheviot died June 21. She was surgical nurse. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert (Dorothy) Dick. She is survived by nephews Robert (Igne) and Michael (Irene) Dick and Susan (Jerry) Tumey; eight greatnieces and nephews, and 10 greatgreat nieces and nephews. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Gump-Holt Funeral Home, 3440 Glenway Ave., Cheviot. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 522 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Suite C281, Cincinnati, 45240, or donor's Choice.

Randall Ellis

Randall D. “Jack” Ellis, Jr., 88, of Western Hills, died June 17. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Ellis. He is survived by daughters Sandra Ellis and Carole (Michael) Arra; grandchildren David and Christopher Webb; great-grandchildren Benjamin and David Jacob; brothers Albert and Eddie Ellis; and companion Verline Hawley. He was also preceded in death by his brother Bud Ellis. Services were June 21 at Meyer Funeral Home, 5864 Bridgetown Road. Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20006-3517.

Ralph Green

Ralph D., Green, 82, of Western Hills, died June 19. He was a Cincinnati firefighter. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou (nee Wyder); children Ken Green and Kristina (Allen) Losey; grandchildren Jessica, Erica and Amanda; siblings Green James and Jerome. He was preceded in death by his siblings Roy, Richard, Eileen and Dolores. Services were June 22 at the Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home, 2880 Boudinot Ave.

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Mary L. Grinstead, 80, of Cheviot, died June 14. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband William Grinstead and her son John R. Lawson. She is survived by her children Nancy Lawson and Grinstead Mark W. Lawson; and sister Janet Fohl five grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Lavern Prost, Betty Jane Bill and Jack Stetter.

Services were June 22 at Chapel at St. Joseph New Cemetery. Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Dr. William Heil

Dr. William Edward Heil, of Western Hills, died June 6. He was a Navy corpsman with Sixth Marine Division and was in Okinawa and Guadalcanal; was graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, on the staff of St. FranHeil cis/St. George Hospital and briefly at UC Medical Center. He practiced medicine on Glenway Avenue for 44 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorathy J. Heil. He is survived by his children Steven (Susan) Heil, Barbara Ferguson and David Heil; grandchildren Hannah and Rachel Heil, Michael G. and W. Chase Ferguson, Amanda (John) Hodapp and Dr. Jason William Heil. Services have been held. Memorials may be made to Tri-State Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter, 4 Triangle Park Drive, Suite 404, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246. Hodapp Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mary E. Heverin

Mary E. Heverin, 100, died June 24. She was a longtime member of St. Cecilia and the St. Ann Society of St. Cecilia. She was preceded in death by her husband William Joseph Heverin. She is survived by children Maureen Heverin S.C., Bridie (Bill) Brose and John Heverin (Cheryl) Heverin; grandchildren Robert (Janis) Fathman, Chris (Todd) Ventrola, Sean (Amy) Fathman, Teresa (Glenn) Carpenter, Shannon Bray, Michael (Vera) Heverin; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Patrick Cunningham, Tom Cunningham and Bridget Finn. Visitation will be 9 a.m. Monday, June 28, at Bayley Place Enrichment Center, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to Bayley Place, 990 Bayley Place Drive, 45233. Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Sister Michaeleen Keane

Sister Michaeleen Keane, RSM, 91, died June 23. She was the long-time McAuley High School librarian worked nearly every afternoon in the school library which bears her name. Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Michaeleen will be Tuesday, June 29, at McAuley High School. Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Bur-

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 8536262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 2424000 or pricing details. ial will begin at 7:30 p.m. A reception in the cafeteria will follow the Mass. There will also be an earlier visitation from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the McAuley Convent, next to the high school at 1768 Cedar Ave. Sister Michaeleen’s burial procession will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, leaving from the McAuley Convent and traveling to St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sister Michaeleen Keane Celebration of Life Scholarship Fund, c/o McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH., 45224.

Eula Meeks

Eula M. Meeks, 88, of Cleves, died June 23. She was a beautician. She is survived sister Frances Meeks; her niece Barbara Duncan (Bob), and many other nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday, ,June 26, with services at 10 a.m. at the Dennis George Funeral Home, Cleves, with interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cleves.

Janet Jennison

Janet L. Jennison, 65, of Green Township, died June 20. She was a 20 year employee of the Western Hills Retirement Village. She is survived by her husband Gary L. Jennison Sr.; son Gary L. Jennison Jr. (Teresa); grandson Dylan C. Jennison; siblings Joan Craig, Donna (Gary) Grazanke, Dennis (Donna) and Joseph Michels (the late Tammy), and by her many nieces and nephews. Services were June 24 at the Dennis George Funeral Home, Cleves. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Shirley Sander

Shirley M. Sander, 87, died June 22. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death buy her husband Arthur C. Sander. She is survived by her children Greg (Cathy) Sander, Chris (Tom) Rothan, Holly (Mike) Mullin, Matt Sander and Sander Kathy Sander; 11 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren; and brother James Smith. She was also preceded in death by Mark Sander. Visitation is 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Meyer Funeral Home, 5864 Bridgetown Road. Mass of Christian Burial is 11{30 a.m. Saturday, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2832 Rosebud Drive Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati Inc., c/o Bethesda Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 633597 Cincinnati, OH., 45263-3597.

Michael Trimpe

Michael T. Trimpe, 37, died June 20. He was a Cleves firefighter, member of Plumber Local 392 and an Eagle Scout. He is survived by his children Amber, Cheyenne and Michael Trimpe; parents Terry and Vicky Hildebrand Trimpe; siblings Michele (Logan) Zanitsch Trimpe and Melissa Trimpe and her fiancé Amir; nephews Joseph and Jacob Zanitsh; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation is Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home, 4989 Glenway Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 25, at St. Antoninus Church, 1500 Linneman Road. Memorial may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, 45242 or ALS, 1170 Old Henderson Road, Suite 221, Columbus, OH 43220.

Joan Walsh

Joan M. Walsh Green Township died June 22. She is survived by her children James Patrick (Barbara) Walsh, Kathleen (Chris) Boland, Eileen (Bill) Birk; grandchildren Steven and

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June 30, 2010

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POLICE REPORTS About police reports


James Raike, 24, 5178 Sidney Road, possession of drugs, June 14. Milford Hicks, 20, 512 Virgil Road, possession of drugs, June 14. Derek Landers, 47, 529 Liberty Hill St., assault at 1000 Sycamore St., June 18. Justin Hensley, 32, 3975 Glenmore Ave., warrant, June 19. Joseph Phillips, 28, 3057 N. Hegry Circle, warrant, June 21. Joel Thorpe, 25, 2236 Wheeler St. No. 3, driving under the influence, June 17. Sharon Curtis, 47, 3162 Sunshine, driving under suspension at Glenmore Avenue and Harrison Avenue, June 16. Gerald Sanders, 28, 1928 Westwood Northern Blvd., driving under suspension at Smith Avenue and Washington Avenue, June 17. Gary Finn, 64, 2311 Grand Ave., driving under suspension, June 19. Edward Pursell, 37, 3836 Ruth Lane No. 5, disorderly conduct and possession of drugs at 3853 North Bend Road, June 12. Corry L. Morris, 22, 3082 Veazey No. 2, open container at 3700 Harrison Ave., June 6.



Video game system stolen from home at 4143 St. Martins Place, June 11. Two video game systems, gaming accessories and 24 video games stolen from home at 3437 Jane Ave., June 11. Two video game systems, three rings, scooter, tent, 30 CDs, 75 DVDs and 30 video games stolen from home at 4345 St. Martins Place, June 1.

Criminal damaging

Rear window broken on vehicle at 3675 Herbert Ave., June 13. One window broken and three windows damaged on vehicle at 4029 Harrison Ave., June 11. Window broken on home at 3838 Washington Ave. No. 9, June 11.

Criminal mischief

Sugar substance poured into vehicle’s gas tank at 3298 Camvic Terrace, June 16.

Domestic violence

Physical altercation between siblings at Harrison Avenue, June 18.


Two suspects left without paying for food and services at Frisch’s at 4227 Bridgetown Road, June 18. Set of golf clubs, pair of eyeglasses

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), 661-2917 (evenings). and pair of golf shoes stolen from Professional Awards at 3901 North Bend Road, June 17. Two decorative statues stolen from home’s front garden at 3235 Wardall Ave., June 19. Four copper down spouts stolen from St. Martin Church at 3720 St. Martins Place, June 8. Miscellaneous clothing items and a duffel bag stolen from apartment building laundry room at 3840 Applegate Ave., June 2. Handgun stolen from desk at 3351 Harrison Ave., June 21.

Cincinnati District 3 Arrests/citations

Arlene Smith, born 1961, theft under $300, 6028 Glenway Ave., June 14. Chanae Luther, born 1987, trafficking, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia, 2627 Montana Ave., June 14. Craig A. Prophett, born 1955, explosives possession, having weapon with drug conviction and possession of drug paraphernalia, 2481 Ferguson Road, June 15. David Clark, born 1966, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., June 18. Jerome Black, born 1966, drug abuse and theft under $300, 2913 Boudinot Ave., June 18. Julie L. McDaniel, born 1981, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments, 2915 Boudinot Ave., June 14. Larry J. Evans, born 1952, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, June 16. Michael W. Wiebking, born 1966, theft under $300, 6140 Glenway Ave., June 19. Reginal Massey, born 1967, felonious assault, 2456 Harrison Ave., June 15.

• Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212. • Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 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. Richard L. Peppers, born 1971, disorderly conduct, 2936 Harrison Ave., June 16. Riyon Wilkinson, born 1980, domestic violence, endangering child neglect ad burglary, 2930 Harrison Ave., June 20. Ronald Oder, born 1973, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., June 16. Amanda Swisshelm, born 1991, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., June 18. Brandy Michele Spurling, born 1981, theft under $300, 6100 Glenway Ave., June 16. Candelario Lascano, born 1976, domestic violence, 3456 Craig Ave., June 16. Cathy Heard, born 1961, domestic violence, 2400 Harrison Ave., June 18. Joshua C. Doherty, born 1974, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., June 14. Monsanna Torbert, born 1989, trafficking, 2257 Harrison Ave., June 14. Tyrone J. Morgan, born 1975, trafficking and drug abuse, 6000 Glenway Ave., June 17.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

3360 Glenmore Ave., June 13.

Breaking and entering

2321 Dautel Ave., June 10. 3018 Harrison Ave., June 13. 3080 McHenry Ave., June 12. 3139 Bracken Woods Lane, June 15. 3197 Harrison Ave., June 13. 3333 Epworth Ave., June 13.


100 Vienna Woods Drive, June 11. 1904 Vienna Woods Drive, June 10. 2731 East Tower Drive, June 16. 2818 Allview Circle, June 11. 2911 Kling Ave., June 11. 3164 Bracken Woods Lane, June 13. 3611 Schwartze Ave., June 11.

Grand theft

2431 Ferguson Road, June 14. 2720 Queen City Ave., June 11. 3031 Westwood Northern Blvd., June 14.

Petit theft

2160 Karla Drive, June 11. 2160 Karla Drive, June 17. 2165 Karla Drive, June 11. 2292 Queen City Ave., June 15. 2322 Ferguson Road, June 11. 2322 Ferguson Road, June 13. 2322 Ferguson Road, June 13. 2322 Ferguson Road, June 16. 2455 Harrison Ave., June 10. 2586 Lafeuille Ave., June 11. 2657 Thomasville Drive, June 12. 2662 Montana Ave., June 14. 2701 East Tower Drive, June 11. 2800 Allview Circle, June 11. 3324 Ferncroft Drive, June 10. 3333 Epworth Ave., June 15. 3360 Glenmore Ave., June 10. 6000 Glenway Ave., June 13. 6028 Glenway Ave., June 14. 6100 Glenway Ave., June 16. 6150 Glenway Ave., June 10. 6165 Glenway Ave., June 13. 6165 Glenway Ave., June 14. 6165 Glenway Ave., June 16.

Daniel Borzone, Libby and Eddie Birk; siblings Carol (Ed) Hare, Edward (Irene), Robert (Sandra) and the late Jack and Betty Wubbolding. Services were June 25 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Memorials Walsh may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati or St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Vitt, Stermer and Anderson Funeral Home Handled arrangements.

2455 Harrison Ave., June 16.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle 2680 Wendee Drive, June 15.

Unauthorized use of property

2431 Mustang Drive, June 15.

Vehicle theft

2403 Montana Ave., June 15. 2645 Thomasville Drive, June 10. 3168 Westbrook Drive, June 10.

Green Township

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Clara M. Williams, 71, of Crestview Hills, Ky., died June 7. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Williams; children Pamela Knopf, Debbie A. Hotel, Joe Heyl and Roger Reed; 10 grandchildren; WIlliams siblings June Ann Packwood, James, Robert and Rodney Harding. She was preceded in death by Jimmy and Joe Harding. Services were June 12 at St. William Church. Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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Robert Wilzbach

Robert C. Wilzbach, 74, of Green Township, died June 18 He was a vice president for Western-Southern Insurance Co. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Wilzbach (nee Welti); children Kevin (Annemarie) and Todd (Jennifer) Wilzbach; grandchildren Lauren (Charlie) Hunt, Wilzbach Kristen (Billy) Cantley, Eric and Kelly Wilzbach and Sydney and Melanie Wilzbach; greatgrandchildren Zachary and Abigail Hunt; brother David Wilzbach. Services wee June 22 at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Chapel, 2145 Compton Road.

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Roll of toilet paper set on fire in restroom at Blue Rock Park at 3014 Blue Rock Road, June 12.

Breaking and entering

Wrench set, two impact wrenches, socket and three drills stolen from home’s garage at 2337 South Road, June 13. Lock cut on home’s shed, but nothing was found missing at 3268 South Road, June 14.

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Tampering with coin machines

Memorial may be made to the Parkinson's Wellness Chapter, 4 Triangle Park Drive, Suite 404, Cincinnati, OH., 45246, or the American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH., 45227. Neidhard Minges Funeral Home handled arrangements.



3200 Harrison Ave., June 15. 5092 Glencrossing Way, June 14.

Jerade L. Fugate, 23, 2312 Judd Drive, theft at 6850 Harrison Ave., June 11. Thomas Stephenson II, 38, 1268 Henkel, possession of drugs at 2022 Sylved Lane, June 11. Barbara J. Humphries, 42, 1258 Bates Ave., receiving stolen property and forgery at 5071 Glencrossing Way, June 12. Thomas A. Hendrickson, 19, 1663 Harrison Ave., receiving stolen property at 2500 Ebenezer Road, June 14. Michael Abrams, 31, 3368 Deshler, obstructing official business at 2714 North Bend Road, June 12. Janie D. Kinzer, 51, 7878 Bridge Point Drive, misconduct at an

5529 Windridge, June 16. Juvenile, 15, burglary and vandalism at 3000 block Wardall Avenue, June 16. Juvenile, 15, underage consumption, June 17.




emergency at 7024 Harrison Ave., June 12. Richard A. Kief, 35, 9711 Dunraven, possession of drugs at 5233 North Bend Road, June 12. Juvenile, 14, criminal damaging and criminal trespass at 5859 Bridgetown Road, June 14. Juvenile, 14, criminal trespass at 3863 Church Lane, June 14. Todd M. Rudler, 19, 5315 Pinecliff Lane, operating vehicle under the influence, underage consumption, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at 5428 Audro Drive, June 15. Brian Weber, 19, 6302 Shearwater, drug abuse at 3312 North Bend Road, June 15. Thomas R. Bohl, 55, 5529 Windridge, building code violations at

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PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Rural Zoning Commission on Thursday, July 15, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of hearing Case Number: Green 2010-02; Blue Sky & Harrison Subject Property: Green Township: On the northeast corner of the Harrison Avenue & Blue Sky Drive intersection, south of Northcrest Lane (Book 0550, Page 0220, Parcels 11,13,314,999,1030 & 1059) Applicant: Steven A. Geluso, CSG Enterprises LLC, (applicant & owner) Application: Approval of a Major Revision to cases Green 80-04 & Green 88-04 AND FROM: E Retail and DD Planned Multiple Residence TO: EE Planned Retail & E Retail Plan Summary: To construct a 2 story bank building on property currently zoned for a planned apartment complex and revise existing private streets and an adjacent office parking lot to allow for the construction bank with 57 parking spaces and one access drive onto Blue Sky Drive 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. 1001570680

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of Case # Green 201012(ZVGT201012) requesting a variance for the construction of an above the ground pool to be located partially in the front yard of property. Location: 6991 Sandal Court, Green 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. 1001570638

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of Case # Green 201011(ZVGT201011) requesting a variance for the construction of a residential room addition with less rear yard setback than required by the Zoning Resolution. Location: 4083 Rybolt Road, Green Township District: AResidence Plans are on file and open for public inspection in Room 804, County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, during normal If you’re looking for business hours. Ofbuyers, you’re in fice hours: M o n d a y the right neighborhood. thru Friday 8:00 A.M. Call Community Classified to 4:00 P.M. Office Phone: 513-946513.242.4000 4501.1001570652

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, July 14 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of Case # Miami 2010-04; (ZVMT201004) requesting a variance to construct a single family residence with less front yard setback than required by the Zoning Resolution. Location: 3747 Bremen Pass, Miami Township District: A-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: Monday thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Office Phone: 513-9464501 1001570655 PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of Case # Green 2010-10 (ZVGT201010) requesting a variance for the construction of a detached garage to be partially located in the side yard of property. Location: 5792 Luclare Drive, Green Township District: A-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: Monday thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Office Phone: 513-9464501.1001570647


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On the record REAL ESTATE


3943 Carrie Ave.: Kron, Richard A. Jr. 4 to Riley, Beau J.; $74,000. 3956 Trevor Ave.: Hrezo, Andrew to Federal National Mortgage Association; $40,000. 3308 Gamble Ave.: Hines, Keith and Melissa Broermann to Black, Sean R.; $91,000. 3632 Westwood Northern Blvd.: Federal National Mortgage Association to Eversole, Frank; $16,000. 3709 Frances Ave.: Bleh, Daniel T. and Sandy L. to Cheviot Savings Bank; $48,000. 3969 Davis Ave.: Equity Trust Custodian FBO Gordon Bashford to Chadwick, Stephanie; $94,899. 3972 Kenkel Ave.: Hanauer, Joshua R. and Julia R. to Schoenfeld, Nicholas B. and Sean P. McKenna; $125,500.


101 Western Hill Drive: Lamb, Scott C. and Michelle L. Gilbert to Martini, Jennifer B.; $118,000. 215 State Road: Likens, David L. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; $32,000. 309 Porter St.: Bank of Kentucky Inc. to Jump, Debra; $55,900. 558 Aston View Lane: Havens, Angie to McCandless, Susanne W.; $250,000.

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Tressel Wood Drive: Grand Communities Ltd. to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC; $63,414. 1578 Gables Court: HSBC Bank USA NA Tr. to Gay, Robert; $40,100. 2755 Roseann Lane: Hall, Margaret to U.S. Bank NA; $64,000. 2775 Orchardpark Drive: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr. to Spitznagel, Dennis A. Jr. and Jennifer M.; $164,000. 3065 Carroll Ave.: Jessup, Michael E. Jr. to Lupp, Edward A. and Bridget K. Moran; $67,500. 3201 Deborah Lane: Flynn, Michael J. and Deborah to Sanders, Brooke E.; $129,500. 3236 Parkhill Drive: Ludwig, Edith M. and James H. to Nickerson, James A. III and Amy G.; $202,000. 3310 Van Zandt Drive: Weisman, Alicia T. to Rothan, Erica L.; $114,900. 3383 Emerald Lakes Drive: Cheviot Savings Bank to Palanci, Jean A.; $105,000. 3522 Eyrich Road: Dragan, Gregory C. and Clara E. Hetisimer to Blevins, Sarah; $84,000. 3674 Edgebrook Drive: Pace, Eleanor A. to Wiggershaus, Benjamin and Amanda; $92,000. 3784 Reemelin Road: Ludwig, Gary Philip Tr. to Porter, Marisa; $105,000. 5125 Carriage Hill: Adelsperger, Carol S. to Page, Linda K.; $145,000. 5200 Ralph Ave.: HSBC Bank USA NA Tr. to Bricks and Mortar Rental Properties LLC; $58,300. 5248 Valley Ridge Road: Paul Sillis Construction LLC to Hoekstra, Maria C.; $107,000. 5563 Edger Drive: Biederman, Robert P.

Jr. to Grace, Steven M.; $115,900. 5634 Breezewood Drive: Blankenship, Raymond M. and Phyllis I. to Jones, Michelle R. and Larry B.; $197,000. 5648 Wynnburne Ave.: Ahern, Mark J. and Laura R. to Sullivan, Robert L. and Monica K.; $310,000. 5805 Childs Ave.: Keller, Brian C. to Rothan, Shannon E.; $120,000. 6491 Visitation Drive: Knapke, John R. and Mary Lou to Connely, Aric B. and Stephanie A.; $212,000. 6530 Sherrybrook Drive: Duwell, David E. and Vana L. to Thompson, Erin; $234,000. 6565 Chesapeake Run: Gebhardt, Jenny Tr. to Wellbrock, Stanley C. and Joan M.; $129,000. 7133 Tressel Wood Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Schlomer, Michael B. and Lisa M.; $320,200. 7507 Bridge Point Pass: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Herr, Tina M. and Adam J.; $300,000. Address not available: Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Alexander, Frank C. and Wanda C.; $187,550. Harrison Ave.: Ameritek Custom Homes Inc. to CTB Properties IX LLC; $624,000. 1806 Forest View Lane: Bedinghaus, Lawrence E. and Tina O. to Boc Enterprises Inc.; $140,000. 1806 Forest View Lane: Boc Enterprises Inc. to Kecskes, David A. and Gina M.; $204,900. 2900 Carroll Ave.: Matson, Jason T. to Derrenkamp, Elizabeth D.; $92,500. 2974 North Bend Road: Sheridan, Elmer A. and Diane M. to Willis, Kenneth J.; $106,100. 3185 Greenway Ave.: Holtman, Christopher J. and Donna J. to Smith, Karen M.; $122,000.



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3221 Deborah Lane: Yager, Donna 4 to Napp Investments LLC; $70,000. 3383 Emerald Lakes Drive: Cheviot Savings Bank to Adams, Michael J.; $110,000. 3541 Jessup Road: Gorbett, Charles L. to Wettig, David A. Jr.; $77,500. 3545 Jessup Road: Schmidt, Dorothy H. to Mitchell, Mallory R.; $70,000. 3561 Lakewood Drive: Holmes, Shiela A. to Hamill, Sherry F.; $114,000. 3591 Krierview Drive: Menkhaus, Kathryn J. to Campbell, Bradley E.; $133,000. 3665 Moonridge Drive: Ross, Melissa M. to Self-Help Venture Fund; $74,000. 3905 Florence Ave.: Barnes, Megan E. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $60,000. 4262 West Fork Road: Criswell, Richard A. and Maude S. to Cinfed Employees Federal Credit Union; $155,000. 4318 Ebenezer Road: Double Down Development to Guardian Savings Bank FSB; $50,000. 4320 Regency Ridge Court: Morr, Fred E. to Mendoza, Stephen R. and Sandra A. Mendoza Hautme; $105,000. 5222 Eaglesnest Drive: Rotundo, Beverly A. to Rueve, Philip J. and Michele A.; $105,000. 5231 Ralph Ave.: Burgasser, Ted to Hayden, David T.; $93,000. 5245 Ralph Ave.: Gipson, Jason T. and Karie S. to Fannie Mae; $139,895. 5388 Jamie’s Oak Court: Elwer, Matthew T. and Deven D. Demoret to Streitmarter, Michael and Alyssa Shafer; $215,000. 5461 Michelle’s Oak Court: Herr, Adam J. and Tina M. Herrmann to Shepard, Brittany J.; $102,000. 5475 Sprucewood Drive: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Knapp, Keith E. and Julianne Hoekzema; $169,500. 5483 Mallard Drive: Girten, Robert H. Sr. to Krauser, Dova L.; $45,000. 5515 Windridge Drive: Hartig, William C. and Jane A. to Daniels, Melodie and David C.; $95,000. 5598 Childs Ave.: Brinkman, Thomas E. to Haarmeyer, Kristina; $104,000. 5653 Hickory Ridge Lane: Prybal, Frances G. Tr. to Franklin, Angela M.; $133,000. 5712 Eula Ave.: Burch, Herbert to Becker, Jonathan D.; $103,000. 5724 Lauderdale Drive: Wright, Justin K and Jessica L. Duff to Merz, Renee C.; $137,000. 5744 Nickview Drive: Plummer, Todd W. 4 to Steele, Paula A. and Thomas J. Plummer; $77,000. 5744 Nickview Drive: Steele, Paula A. and Thomas J. Plummer to Weidner, Andrew D.; $77,000. 5819 Lawrence Road: Hirt, Harlan P. and Peggy R. to Snell, Jeremy M.; $125,000.

5855 Giffindale Drive: Koester, Jeffrey F. to Stenten, Marilyn; $78,000. 6140 Jessup Road: Fuerbacher, Jason P. and Denise L. to Cinfed Federal Credit Union; $56,000. 6178 Charity Drive: Johnson, Kathleen Mary Tr. to Back, Thomas; $157,000. 6413 Werk Road: Fairway View Estates LLC to Wurster, Charles E. and Linda S.; $250,000. 6525 Schweitzerhoff Road: Torrence, Paul D. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; $90,000. 6615 Hearne Road: Green, Lucille M. to Destiny Development X LLC; $35,000. 6980 Aspen Point Court: Ameritek Custom Homes Inc. to CTB Properties IX LLC; $624,000. 6982 Aspen Point Court: Ameritek Custom Homes Inc. to CTB Properties IX LLC; $624,000. 6984 Aspen Point Court: Ameritek Custom Homes Inc. to CTB Properties IX LLC; $624,000. 6986 Aspen Point Court: Ameritek Custom Homes Inc. to CTB Properties IX LLC; $624,000. 7621 Skyview Circle: Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Alexander, Frank C. and Wanda C.; $187,550. 7631 Skyview Circle: Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Dietrich, Cliff A.; $136,230.

Miami Township

3038 Fiddlers Green Drive: Buckhead Homes Inc. to Ludwig, James H. and Edith M.; $329,784. 3179 Citation Lane: Frey, Gary A. and Elizabeth D. to Lamb, Scott C. and Michelle L.; $205,000. 3501 Buckey Tr.: TDGGC LLC to Knapke John R. and Mary Lou; $153,500. 3541 Buckeye Tr.: TDGGC LLC to Bedinghaus, Katie L.; $128,550. 3884 Bremen Pass: Toms, Nicole C. Tr. and Michael C. Tr. to Voelkering, Thomas H. and Mary A.; $305,000. 4387 Zion Road: Kuntz, Katherine to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $60,000. 5572 Gum Run Road: Lammers, David T. and Teresa to Casper, Tana J.; $207,000. 9544 Mount Nebo Road: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Rudisell, Everett L.; $83,155. 7822 Anson Lane: Double Down Development LLC to Guardian Savings Bank FSB; $56,000.

North Bend

St. Andrews Drive: Niehaus, Thomas J. Tr. to Dulaney, Jack C. and Pamela R.; $100,000.

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.


2667 Westbrook Drive: Wells Fargo Bank NA Tr. to Habtyes, Ketema; $60,000. 2679 Westbrook Drive: Putman, Betty to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr.; $48,000. 2680 Shaffer Ave.: Foster, Ronald S. to Elam, Gregory E.; $5,000. 2715 Robert Ave.: Reynolds, Joyce A. Tr. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $20,000. 2717 Robert Ave.: Reynolds, Joyce A. Tr. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $20,000. 2777 Montana Ave.: Marsh, Liddell A. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $26,000. 2872 McKinley Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr. to Penklor Properties LLC; $49,000. 3019 Bracken Woods Lane: StormsHerring, Pauline to Wells Fargo Bank NA; $15,000. 3019 Ferguson Road: Yanzito, Tom to F6 Holdings LLC; $96,000. 3316 Brodbeck Place: EMC Mortgage Corporation to Lee, Orlando V.; $97,500. 3402 Bighorn Court: Troupe, Shawntay to Elohim LLC; $34,000. 3471 Boudinot Ave.: Melillo, Benjamin to Short, Michael D.; $127,500. 2500 Deercove Court: Roth, Thomas H. and Cathy A. to Jackson, Tracey A.; $174,000. 2517 Foxcove Court: BMF 99 LLC to Steiner, Roger L. and Mary H.; $196,499. 2616 Fenton Ave.: Warrington, Diane G. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $30,000. 2652 Queen City Ave.: Klaene, Mark B. and David Owens to Owens, David M.; $38,045. 2735 Faber Ave.: Commercial Re Holdings LLC to Chitwood, Richard Jr.; $149,150. 2741 Faber Ave.: Jordan, Andre M. to PHH Mortgage Corporation; $26,000. 2930 Eggers Place: Rothan, Jason A. to Gay, Richard M.; $89,000. 2939 Lischer Ave.: Jarrett, Jennifer A. to Cammerer, Katherine E. and Warren D.; $80,000. 3118 Urwiler Ave.: Sheehan, Angela M. to Pardi, Thomas; $80,000.

Some ‘yardening’ tips to get you through midsummer Is it just me, or have we been getting hit with some fairly powerful, quick, passthrough storms, more than ever? A couple of things to consider when these come through: 1.) How much rain has your yard actually received? Some have been absolute downpours while others are quick and spotty. Make sure you have a rain gauge in your yard so that you know exactly how much rainfall your yard gets each week. That way you’ll know if you need to water or not, based on the old rule of 1 inch rainfall every 10 days or so for optimum plant growth. 2.) With severe storms, lightning and high winds, there is usually a good chance for breakage / limb damages to your trees. After these storms blow through, be sure to walk around the yard and examine each tree looking for broken or cracked limbs. If you see something, or are not quite sure, call in a certified arborist to evaluate the situation and then correct the problem. To find a certified arborist in your area, ask your local independent garden store or local landscape firm for referrals, or visit As we cruise into the month of July, here are a few timely “yardening” tips: Keep watering as needed – As a general rule of thumb, for optimum growing conditions, established plants (and turf)

would like about an inch of rainfall every 10 days to 2 weeks. If M o t h e r Nature doesRon Wilson n’t come In the t h r o u g h your garden (check rain gauge – you do have a rain gauge, right?), then you need to supplement as needed. For established trees, evergreens and shrubs, try using a Ross root feeder. For landscape beds, stationary sprinklers or soaker hoses work great. And don’t forget “GatorBags” (like the Treegator brand) for watering newly planted trees (up to 3-4 inch diameter). Remember to water deeply and thoroughly each time you water. Pinch mums and asters for the last time by no later than July 15. Keep deadheading those spent flowers on annuals and perennials to encourage more new growth and more flowers. Cut back leggy annuals to rejuvenate the plants. Keep planting fresh annuals for great summer colors, as well as blooming perennials. Apply grub preventers to the lawn if needed. Late July and August are the perfect times for digging, dividing and moving iris and peonies. Be sure to feed roses, perennials, annuals, veggies, etc. as needed. Keep fluffing the mulch

to prevent crusting of the top layer. Mulch helps to prevent weeds, control soil temperatures and helps maintain soil moisture. Watch for infestations of Japanese beetles. Hosing off the early scouts and females may help keep them moving on. Spraying insecticides is limiting in controls - be sure to spray when bees are not present. Hand pick beetles, or knock them off into a bucket of soapy water. Temporary covering of plants with cheesecloth may also help. If you have potted plants, going away for a few days can be a problem. Who’s going to water the plants? Here are a few tips to help: • Group pots together in the shade • Use Soil Moist in the soil • Water plants just before you leave • This may be one time you can use saucers underneath your potted plants to hold extra water • Use “AquaCones” or something similar to help drip water while you’re away. Practice before you leave to see how long these procedures will last. Talk to you next time, in the “yarden”! Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Inc. Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. You can reach him at m


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