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Elijah Crow, 3, of Cheviot, reaches out with a hand full of grass to feed Bo Jack, a donkey from the Honey Hill Farm Petting Zoo at the Cheviot branch of the public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The petting zoo was set up for children ages 2-12.

Couple win award for ministry By Kurt Backscheider

Gordon and Lynda Hone consider the people at My Neighbor’s Place family. It’s why they are so dedicated to helping others and working hard to make the community development organization even more successful. The efforts of the Green Township couple have not gone unnoticed. The Urban Network recently honored the Hones with the Merill E. Nelson-Alice Dickerson Urban Ministry Award at the annual West Ohio Conference of Methodist churches. “I was pleasantly surprised, although never expecting such a thing,” said Gordon Hone, who has been a member of Westwood United Methodist Church with his

wife since 1974. “We don’t do this for awards, we do it because we enjoy it,” he said. The Hones helped establish My Neighbor’s Place in April 2007. The organization occupies the former masonic lodge at 3150 Harrison Ave., in Westwood. My Neighbor’s Place provides a place of worship, hospitality, a free store, community support and a food pantry to engage the changing community and give members of Westwood United Methodist Church and other churches the chance to meet new people. The center is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, offering a clothing closet, food pantry, worship, community gathering, Bible study and coaching. It’s also open from 9 a.m. to


Westwood United Methodist Church members Gordon and Lynda Hone recently received the Urban Ministry Award for their work with My Neighbor’s Place in Westwood. The couple helped establish the community development organization three years ago.

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Community members in the Oak Hills Local School District have another new outlet for keeping abreast of news across the district. Oak Hills recently launched a social networking video channel through Vimeo, a video-centric website that was started in November 2004. “Vimeo is a video hosting site that provides a quick and easy way for the district to post videos for public viewing, and serve as the host site for our district podcast, ‘ H i g h l a n d e r Yohey Connection,’” said Oak Hills Superintendent Todd Yohey. “Besides hosting ‘Highlander Connection,’ we hope to post other informational videos to expand our methods of communicating with stakeholders.” District residents can access the site by visiting channels/ohlsd. Gina Gentry-Fletcher, Oak Hills’ spokeswoman, said the Vimeo website supports embedding, sharing and video storage, and it allows users to comment on each video page. She said 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,” Gentry-Fletcher said. “Vimeo presents another opportunity for Oak Hills to communicate with our stakeholders in a timely manner.” Yohey said new episodes of “Highlander Connection” will be posted on the site about every two weeks during the school year, and other videos will be posted as they are produced. “Vimeo allows us to use a 21st century web tool to communicate with stakeholders,” he said. “Rather than just reading about Oak Hills Local Schools, viewers will be able to hear and see stories. “As we say at the end of each ‘Highlander Connection’ podcast, ‘Thank you for staying connected,’” he said.

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Seniors, children share in bingo fun By Kurt Backscheider m

Barbara Kaiser said playing bingo with the children who attend Dunham Recreation Center’s summer day camp helps her recall fond

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memories of playing games with her own grandchildren. The Green Township resident was one of several Dunham Senior Center members who recently sat down to a morning game of bingo with about 20 children from the recreation center’s summer camp. “My grandchildren are all grown,” Kaiser said. “The thing I enjoy most about this is that it takes me back to those days when I would play with my grandchildren.” Connie Ober, the senior center’s director, said the seniors invite children from the recreation center’s day camps to play bingo three times each year – in the fall, spring and summer. The senior citizens and children spend some time getting to know each other, and then break out the bingo cards and examine the numbers as Ober calls them out. Winners get to choose from a variety of age appropriate prizes. The prizes for senior citizens occupy one half of the prize table, and the children’s prizes take up

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Kaylie Watters, right, of Green Township, covers a number on her bingo card as Shirley Federmann, of Delhi Township, looks on to make sure her playing buddy is keeping track of the game. Members of the Dunham Senior Center invited children from Dunham’s summer day camp to play a few rounds of bingo with them. children want to spend time playing bingo with the senior citizens, especially in the summer when the children could be in the pool instead. “They’re so happy when they win,” she said. “We thoroughly enjoy it.” Delhi Township resident Jake Lane, who attends the recreation center’s summer

the other half. Ober said after the bingo games are finished, the senior citizens and children enjoy a grill out lunch complete with hot dogs, chips and drinks. “They all love it,” she said. Kaiser said she takes it as a compliment that the

Ministry Lynda Hone said they also organize several women’s socials and men’s socials throughout the year, and they also host a free community dinner each month and an annual health fair. She said they’ve had family movie nights at the center, and even hosted a wedding once. “One of the neighbors who comes here asked if she could have her wedding here because she considers My Neighbor’s Place her family,” she said. “It was a neat wedding.” Mr. Hone said the community development organ-

Delhi Township resident Laynie Rippy does a celebratory “bingo dance” after successfully filling her bingo card during a game with members of the Dunham Senior Center. camp, said this summer was the second time he signed up to play bingo with the senior citizens. He said he likes talking to the seniors about his summer activities, and the prizes aren’t bad either. He picked up some silly putty when he filled a horizontal line on the card in the first game. “I like getting the numbers on my board called,” Lane said. “It’s fun beating the seniors.”

Continued from A1 ization, which is supported by Westwood United Methodist Church, Westwood First Presbyterian Church and St. James Episcopal Church, has successfully built relationships with people in the Westwood and Cheviot area during the past three years. More than 800 families have been served by the organization since it opened. “We have built some pretty strong relationships with the people we’ve met here,” Mr. Hone said. “The relationships are what matter most.” Mrs. Hone said receiving

the award was great, but the real reward comes every Tuesday when they open the doors to the building and all the volunteers and neighbors file in. “We get back more than the neighbors who come,” she said. “I feel we’re a family. I really do.” She said she and her husband accepted the award on behalf of the entire organization. The award truly belongs to all the volunteers who’ve helped the center succeed, she said. “Two people can’t make My Neighbor’s Place what it is today,” she said.

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Victims reclaiming items from thefts By Jennie Key


Green Township resident Thomas Wehner has opened a new business catering to home brewers. Table Top Brewing sells all the supplies, ingredients and equipment people need to brew their own beer, wine and tea.

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The Colerain Township Police Department became a popular place this week. The phone rang off the hook, and the department’s website had more than 16,000 hits in a seven-day period. Most of that, says Lt. Mark Denney, is people perusing the items seized from the Ohio Trade Co. last week to see if anything belongs to them. Police seized items valued at more than $300,000 from the Colerain Avenue business. Now they are trying to determine how much of it is stolen and how stolen items can be returned

to their rightful owners. They are using the items to find owners where possible. “The GPS units can sometimes tell us where home is,” Denney said. Officers have been scrounging phone chargers for the various brands of phones found at the business. “When we can get in, we look for ‘mom,’ and it’s almost always there,” Denney said. “Then we call. People are surprised to hear from us.” Colerain Township Police Chief Dan Meloy says he values that kind of initiative in his police officers. Police determined that some of the property stolen in area thefts and burglaries was being “fenced” at the Ohio Trade Company, 8325 Colerain Ave. They arrested the store’s owner,

Tyler Young, and his employee, Joey Kist, charging them with receiving stolen property. Using the records seized last week, police are now looking to charge some of those who sold to the store. Denney said about 16 people have been able to recover property taken in crimes and sold to the business. “One lady had her car broken into on Christmas Eve,” Denney said. “It was nice to see her get her things back.” Photos of the items taken from the shop are posted on the township’s website at If someone sees an item they believe is theirs, they should call the township police at 385-7504 and make an appointment to come see the item.

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bread machine,” Wehner said. “I’m an inventor. People Thomas Wehner has tell me I’m out of my mind, turned his passion for brew- but in 2007 I had an idea.” ing beer into a new business He said it took about two venture. years to develop the The Green Township res- machine, and he received ident recently opened Table his patent for it in July Top Brewing, a store cater- 2009. ing to home brewers. Wehner said he’s devel“I used to work as a oping a bigger version of process control manager for the machine he hopes to Samuel Adams,” Wehner have ready by late summer. said. The bigger “They got brewer can me into the produce up T h o m a s W e h n e r is love of brewto five galhosting a grand lons, and ing my own beer.” opening celebration will brew His shop, both tea from noon to 4 p.m. and beer, he at 4312 Harrison Ave. in Saturday, July 17. He said. Green TownT h e said the event will table top ship, sells all the supplies, feature a cookout with brewer sells ingredients about his business neighbor, for and equip$325. ment home “I still Wassler Meats. brewers need build them to brew their by hand, own beer, wine or tea. one by one,” Wehner said. Wehner, an electrical “But that will change in engineer by trade, vacuum the near future. Who knows seals all the ingredient what this will balloon into.” packages himself, and he He said he opened a also pre-crushes all the store on the West Side grains he sells. because there aren’t many “That’s a benefit the places on this side of town other guys don’t do,” he to get ingredients for home said. brewing. The other guys also He said he was frequentdon’t offer a special brewing ing shops on the East Side machine Wehner sells. He’s of town, and grew tired of the one who invented the driving over there. machine. Wehner is hosting a “I call it the nano brew- grand opening celebration ing machine,” he said. from noon to 4 p.m. Satur“I’m sure there’s a better day, July 17. name for it, but I don’t have He said the event will one yet.” feature a cookout with his His machine, which fits business neighbor, Wassler on a table top, automatical- Meats. ly brews beer. Table Top Brewing is It cooks, cools, filters and open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 pumps the wort to the fer- p.m. Tuesday through Frimentation vessel, and the day, and from 10 a.m. to machine can produce a 12- 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. pack of beer. Visit www.tabletopbrew“It works just like a for more details.


Green Township resident Thomas Wehner invented, and holds a patent on, this nano brewing machine that can brew a 12-pack of beer. Wehner recently opened Table Top Brewing, a business selling supplies and equipment people need to brew their own beer, wine and tea. His nano brewing machine is one of the business’s featured products.


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Yacob Beyene, 6, left, and Leah Bereket, both of Westwood, learn some Haitian-African dance moves at the Covedale branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library.

Vihaan Vulpala, 5, of Westwood learns some Haitian-African dance moves at the Covedale branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library.


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Flag replacement is Eagle Scout project

Curtis Watkins completed his Eagle Scout service project at Talbert House Mount Airy Center by replacing two flag posts and flags along with dedicating two plaques. “Curtis has always had an interest in flags and veterans,” said the scout’s father James Watkins. Talbert House works with homeless men who have substance abuse problems and mental health issues. Curtis, who lives in Price Hill, chose the project after discovering that a large percentage of the center’s residents were veterans. “I wanted to do someMELISA COLE/STAFF thing to honor the veterans Curtis Watkins replaced the flag poles and flags at the Talbert House Mount Airy that live here,” he said. Center as his Eagle Scout project. The project was approved in January. Curtis the posts and plaques. A Memorial Day to retire the Watkins oversaw the pur- special ceremony, organized old flags and dedicate the chase and replacement of by Watkins, was held on new ones.


Each pole at the Talbert House Mount Airy Center was dedicated to a veteran during Curtis Watkins’ Eagle Scout project. “I took a leadership role. There was plenty of things to learn about leading younger people,” Curtis Watkins said. “Mention food and they come running.” The posts were dedicated to two World War II veterans: U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Howard L. Gould and U.S. Army Spc. Tech 5 Ralph Foster. Foster was at the ceremony. Twenty-three scouts helped Watkins retire the

flags which involved “properly and respectfully” dismantling the colors from one another followed by burning the colors and burying the ashes. “I learned a lot about flag etiquette,” said Curtis’ mother Joenett Watkins. All Boy Scouts are required to complete yearly service projects with their final one being the Eagle Scout project. Watkins will go through an Eagle Scout review in August once all of his paperwork is finished. After the review he will have a private court promoting him an Eagle Scout. He joined the Cub Scouts in first grade, followed by the Boy Scouts at the end of fifth grade. “He’s my second Eagle Scout. I’m very proud of him,” Joenett Watkins said. Watkins’ older brother Nicholas, 21, earned the rank in 2004 after building

Group tackles crime one street at a time By Forrest Sellers

For Brian Lee crime prevention is a neighborly affair. Lee, who is an attorney, has organized a Westwood group for Good Guy Loitering. “Good Guy Loitering is a bunch of neighbors who get together and sit on a street corner known for bad behavior,” said Lee, who is a resident of Westwood. Working with Madisonville resident Kathy Keeney, Lee is hoping to get

a Good Guy Loitering group started in Madisonville. Lee also recently spoke to the Oakley Community Council about starting a group there as well. “It is a small commitment where a lot of people can get involved,” Keeney said. “I see it also as community building. “It’s a ‘take back your street’ kind of thing, but also a family (friendly) event.” Although the gathering is kept informal with lawn chairs and neighbors interacting, a goal is to deter

crime in the various neighborhoods. “It’s basically a block party that makes a difference,” Lee said. Good Guy Loitering groups usually meet twice a week during the summer, generally from April through October. Lee said the groups usually target dangerous intersections where crimes such as drug dealing and prostitution occur, but the groups also will set up on streets where crimes may potentially develop. “I think we’ve seen suc-

cess in a number of ways,” Lee said. He said the Westwood group has grown from 10 to about 30 people with a mailing list of about 100 people. Additionally, Lee said police have told him they

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The Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association’s 12th annual Garden Tour went off without a hitch despite rain early June 19. Garden tourists enjoyed the five gardens on the tour and took advantage of a plant and yard art sale. The tour is the community association’s major annual fundraiser. Becky McGeorge looks over plants and garden decorations at the sale.

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Peggy Theilman, Nancy Chadwick and Becky Betsch enjoyed the lanai at Steve and Meg Jung’s home on Mallard Cove. The trumpet vine growing on the roof and eaves is about 4 years old.

The Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association's 12th annual Garden Tour went off without a hitch despite rain early June 19. Garden tourists enjoyed the five gardens on the tour and took advantage of a plant and yard art sale. The tour is the community association's major annual fundraiser.

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THIS SUNDAY Fred and Mary Ugrund used fencing to give dimension to this part of their Jessup Road yard, as well as provide screening.

Behind the floral planters, visitors see that the Johnsons grow tomatoes and herbs in pots on the deck to complement the flowers and hostas in the back yard of their Squirrelwood Court home.



Shirley Noggler and Ginny Kissel check out the vegetable plot at the bottom of the Jessup Road garden.

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William Clark and Brittany Jones received the Miami University President’s Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented to 21 graduating seniors at a ceremony held in April.

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Jennifer Dattilo, Kevin Hartoin, Lauren Kilian, Heather Kunze, Lindsay Vogel, Benjamin Vulhop and Brandon Wood were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Dominican University. • Melissa Buschmann was named to the winter quarter dean’s list at Otterbein College. • Nicole Dawson was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Loyola University Chicago. • The following students were named to the fall semester academic honors list at Owens Community College: Adam Bender, Joseph Bethel, Brian Caproni, Sean Cobb, Jeffrey Corbett, Marcus Delfendahl, Nick Kenkel, Christian Kleinholz, David Kreutzer, Robert Lindeman, Matthew McFadden, Dave Niehoff, Timothy Reilly, Benjamin Scott, Kurtis Tenhundfeld and Kevin Williams. • Nicholas Meyer was named to the winter term dean’s list at Ohio Northern University. Meyer, a sophomore, is a civil engineering major. • David McGinnis was named to the winter quarter dean’s list at the Rose-Hulman Institiute of Technology. • The following students were named to the winter dean’s list at Ohio University: Alison Bartish, Laura Bengel, Kyla Boertlein, Andy Brown, Katie Burkhart, Lisa Candelaresi, Ellie Carpenter, Kyle Clausing, Kelly Deiters, Aaron Diebold, Robert Doll, Matthew Earls, Erin English, Joseph Gattermeyer, Courtney Geiger, Britney Grimmelsman, Sarah Grothjan, Robert Hartoin, Mary Hautman, Ellen Heidemann, Katie Holthaus, Arianna Iliff, Lauren Jackson, Rebecca Jackson, Stephanie Kollmann, Adrienne Krueger, Alexander Kummer, Bradley Kummer, Sara Lorenz, Emily Luken, Andrea Mallory, Shannon Miranda, Emma Morehart, Alex Mouch, Justine Niemer, Molly Nocheck, Jonathan Nutter, Rebecca Otten, Samantha Proctor, Rebecca Reif, Morgan Sander, Christy Schaible, Maria Schulte, Kathryn Seitz, Kristen Smith, Emily Stowe, Frank Trotta, Timothy Vogelsang, Justin Williams, Patrick Wright and Alyse Zimmer. • Melissa Staubach was named to the winter quarter dean’s list at the University of Cincinnati. • Sara Grogan, Kristin Hamrick, Nicholas Holmes, Abigail Jung, Alyssa Polewski and Maggie Schad were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Bellarmine University.

The following students graduated from Ohio University following the winter quarter: Christopher Chaney, bachelor of science in journalism; Gregory Conklin, magna cum laude, bachelor of business administration in finance and bachelor of science in math for actuarial sciences; Jill Eichelberger, cum laude, bachelor of science in hearing, speech and language sciences; Zach Kummer, cum laude, bachelor of business administration in management and strategic leadership and marketing; Erin Murphy, cum laude, bachelor of science in hearing, speech and language sciences; Philip Paff, bachelor of business administration in accounting and management information systems. • David Brinker has earned a master of arts in pastoral studies from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Brinker currently serves as the assistant director of Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary art that engages religious and spiritual themes. He is the son of Lea and Steve Brinker of Green Township. • Geoffrey Joseph has graduated magna cum laude from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor of science in sports business with a minor in business administration. While at NKU, Joseph was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key international honor societies. The 2006 Oak Hills High School graduate is the son of Guy and Ann Joseph of Bridgetown. • Addyston resident Audrey Dunlap has graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in psychology. Dunlap received the President’s Award for Academic Achievement, which recognizes students with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. She had perfect 4.0 GPA. • Emily Harding has graduated from Marietta College with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. • Sarah Hettesheimer has graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a bachelor of science degree.


The following students have received scholarships from Xavier University: Oak Hills High School senior Steven Argentiero has accepted a Trustee Scholarship. The son of Kim and Don Argentiero of Green Township, he plans to major in business. Elder High School senior Eric Ellerhorst has accepted a Buschmann Award. He is the son of Jennifer and D. Peter Ellerhorst. The Buschmann Award is based on a student’s record in high school. Mother of Mercy High School senior Kristen Gallagher has accepted a Trustee Scholarship. The daughter of Mary Theresa and Brian Gallagher,

she plans to major in communications. Carli Kahny has accepted an Honor Award. The daughter of Sue and Jack Kahny, she plans to major in biology. La Salle High School senior Kevin Kroeger has accepted a Presidential Scholarship. The son of Theresa and Scott Kroeger of Green Township, he plans to major in applied chemistry. Elder High School senior Tyler Skeens has accepted a Buschmann Award. The son of Maureen and Troy Skeens of Green Township, he plans to major in sports administration. Oak Hills High School senior Megan Stepp has accepted an Honor Award. Stepp, the daughter of Kim and Barry Stepp, plans to major in Spanish education. St. Ursula Academy senior Teresa Anna Thaler has accepted an Honor Award The daughter of Joy and Robert Thaler of Green Township, she plans to major in either Montessori education or social work. All incoming freshmen are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships, and the Honor and Schawe Awards. The Buschmann Award is based on a student’s record in high school. Award levels vary. • Elder High School senior Richard Smithmeyer has received an Archbishop Karl J. Alter Scholarship Grant Award from the Office of African American Catholic Ministries, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The son of Joseph Smithmeyer, he will attend the University of LoyolaChicago to pursue a degree in biology and pre-med. The scholarship – a four-year grant worth $1,000 per year – was created to promote African American Catholic leadership among high school seniors who pursue higher education. • Taylor High School senior and class valedictorian Ian Sander has received an Access UVa Scholarship valued at $28,400 from the University of Virginia. Sander was one of only 3,240 students accepted from the 22,400 students who applied for admission to UVa. In addition to his academic achievements, Sander also was a member of the Key Club and played tennis, finishing 17-3 in singles during his senior season. Sander also received Certificate of Meritorious Achievement recognizing his accomplishments at the 55th annual Kiwanis Student Recognition Day.


Laura Zenni is one of 13 Miami University dietetics students who will move on to internships across the United States after May commencement. Zenni, a dietetics and exercise science double major from Cleves, will start an internship at Emory University after graduation. Nationally, 50 percent of students who apply for internship positions are successful. At Miami, 86 percent of the students who applied have received a position.


New inductees

Nine new members recently were inducted into the National Honor Society at Roger Bacon High School. Inductees must demonstrate scholarship, leadership, service and character. Chinese foreign exchange student Garvin Yu was inducted as an honorary member to recognize his participation in student life at the school. Yu has been part of the band, choir, robotics and both plays, and recently was crowned prom king. New members are Michelle Angel, Sarah Asebrook, Kelsey Bickel, Tommy Foertmeyer, Courtney Gilbert, Taylor Gruenwald, Tara Handley, Nick Luken and Darci Meiners. Pictured from front left are NHS members Tara Handley, Darci Meiners, Kelsey Bickel, Taylor Gruenwald. Amanda Ferguson, Sara Vice, Ben Rumpke, Nick Wilking, Jessica Hoffman, Lynde Devlin and Katie Groh; second row, Michelle Angel, Eric Brunner, Briagenn Adams, Helen Cappannelli, Kelly Uetrecht, Frank Kolis, David Luken, Sarah Asebrook and Courtney Gilbert; third row, Nick Luken, Tommy Foertmeyer, Ashley Corbett, Annie Foertmeyer, Garvin Yu, Carmen Nemore and advisor Mellen Moors-Dressing.

Merit scholars

Of 1.5 million students across the country who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), only 50,000 meet the requirements to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. Mother of Mercy High School has four of its students who are part of this 50,000 for the 2010 program – Katie Deitsch of Covedale, Mariele Fluegeman of Westwood, Elizabeth Ruwe of Green Township and Taylor Sturwold of Green Township.



Memorial scholarships

Franciscan Medial Group & Associates have presented the 12th annual Henry Clay Beekley M.D. Memorial Scholarships to five local student pursuing a career in the health care field. The $5,000 scholarships are presented to students on the basis of an application, grade-point average, SAT or ACT scores, community service and school activities. Pictured from left are Grace Waters, Oak Hills High School; Amanda Huschart and Elaine Simpson, Mother of Mercy High School; and Daniel Frondorf and Adam Coey, Oak Hills High School.

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Six Diamond Oaks students recently flew to San Diego to compete in the National High School Physical Fitness Championship at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot. Elicia Lipps earned a silver medal and Amber Hall earned a bronze medal in the championship. The students, members of the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, were the top team in the 13-state region in qualifying for the national championship. The day-long competition included a variety of strenuous physical exercises, runs and fitness tests. The program is sponsored by the United States Marine Youth Foundation. Pictured from left are Cadet Amber Hall, a student in the cosmetology program from Oak Hills High School; Cadet Christina Broyles, biotechnology, Taylor High School; Cadet Abigail Gober, cosmetology, Oak Hills; Master Gunnery Sergeant W.K. Croxton; Cadet Misty Engel, interactive media, Mount Healthy High School; Cadet Angelica Upshaw, business management and administrative services program, Mount Healthy; and Cadet Elicia Lipps, equine management, Oak Hills. PROVIDED.

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Intervention specialist Loretta Boyne was among 21 educators recognized at the fourth annual Celebrating Excellence breakfast, sponsored by the Hamilton County Education Foundation. The Hamilton County Education Foundation established the breakfast in 2006 to honor teacher excellence and support its scholarship program, which helps address the national shortage of special education teachers.

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La Salle High School

Jacob Hartmann, a 2010 graduate, received the school’s Otto J. Bissmeyer Award in recognition of his performances during his four years in the school band.

Our Lady of Lourdes School

The following Lourdes seventh-grade students have been Hartmann selected for publication in the book, A Celebration of Poets, published by Matthew Balzano, Nicholas Boyle, Lois Breidenstein, Sean Brown, John Capannari, Logan Chowning, Natalie Danenhauer, Erin Donovan, Sarah Doren, Noah Drake, Maddie Ernst, Lindsey Herbers, Joseph Hingsbergen, Logan Hutzel, Luke Liesch, Hunter Meltebrink, Jonathon Morris, Arlie Mullaney, Maria Nakata, MacKenzie Petit, Noah Poland, Caroline Schmitz, Jake Sena, Molly Sexton, Kelly Tieman, Brett Tierney, Melissa Trentman, Claudia Uchtman,

Claudia Vollman, Zachary Vorherr, Jason Walters, McKenzie Warman and Alex Wittich. Sarah Lewis is their language arts teacher. • Students and faculty raised $10,654 through Trek for Tech, a fundraiser to update the school’s computer lab. Following a circus theme, several clowns (portrayed by eighth-grade students) greeted the all-school assembly during an opening ceremony in the new gym. All students and faculty participated in the two-hour walk around campus with pit stops along the way to re-energize with circus treats such as popcorn, ice balls and candy. There was a face painting booth, dancing and a special guest from Kings Island, Snoopy.

Seton High School

Juniors Michelle Mugwambi and

Lindsey Thompson recently received awards from Leadership Scholars. Both are mentors in the program, which Thompson provides innercity elementary students with the skills and experiences to become leaders. Mugwambi received the Esprit de Corps Award in recognition of her abiliMugwambi ty to work with the other members of the team. Winners of the award are people who lead by example, motivate others and ensure that their entire team is advancing through their active participation.

Thompson received the Game Changer Award, given to a student who is recognized for participation in all Leadership Scholars activities as well as the energy and enthusiasm that they generate while present.

St. Ursula Academy

Craig Maliborski will join SUA as assistant principal for the 2010-2011 school year. Maliborski currently is assistant principal for student affairs and discipline at St. Xavier High School, where he has been a mathematics Maliborski teacher, and Faculty Association vice president and president. He lives in Green Township with his wife Amy, and three daughters.

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Copter visit

Members of the Oakdale Elementary School Youth Power Club recently got a lesson on crime fighting, when Roger Hinkle, pilot for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department landed his helicopter on school grounds. The after-school program, formerly known as Just Say No, provides activities that are drug-free and held in a safe environment. Members pledge to be drug-free and to make positive life choices. Pictured from front left are Rachel Stergiopoulos, Emily Kelly, Will Baker, Allison Schaefer, Zoe Orlet and Kayla Black; second row, Tyler Dunn, Andrew Lambrinides, Alessandra Cuzzone, Ben Kidd and Allyson Keller; third row, Ashley Schaefer, advisor Jessica Bauer, Erikka Sutton, Joselin Cruz, Jacob Woycke, Kalvin Sithideth, Sam Lalosh, Griffin Kain, Max Scherra, Pilot Roger Hinkle, Tyler Lohmiller, Penelope Sheehan, Aaron Back, Spencer Clingerman, Michael Fritts, Mackenzie Haders, Julia Adams, Olivia Ziegler, Faith Parsley, Amanda Ramey and Alexis Jordan. Not pictured is advisor Amy Grayson.

Young potter

McAuley High School art teacher Jane Kramig recently hosted 18 fifthgraders from St. Bernard School for a pottery field trip. The students had read “A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park, a novel about a master potter set in 13th century Korea, and wanted to gibe it a try. They spent a morning in McAuley’s art room making clay pinch pots to be fired in the school’s kilns. Pictured working on her clay pot is Megan Ross. PROVIDED.


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Lasting lessons guide Ralph at UNC Kyle Ralph learned to be an offensive lineman long before he stepped on a football field. He learned it not by reading blitzes or mastering blocking patterns, nor by growing to be 6 feet 4 inches and working his way to 300 pounds. He learned it through his nononsense upbringing, under the roof of Tim and Janice Ralph. Born in Evansville, Ind., and raised in Sidney, Ohio, Tim Ralph didn’t care much for ego or mefirst attitudes. He had small-town roots and a discipline-trumps-all mindset, a Bobby Knight and Dean Smith kind of guy. “Bobby Knight just fits into my dad’s mold,” Ralph said. “That was one of the times you were quiet in the living room – when IU (Indiana University) basketball was on. And if it wasn’t IU, it was UNC (University of North Carolina).” Ralph and his younger brother, Brad, were held to high standards, especially when it came to youth sports. When Ralph decided he wanted to be a pitcher, Tim crouched down and made his son pitch to him every day. It was a way of testing his desire. “If this is what you want to do, I’ll do everything in my power to help get you there,” Tim said. “But if not, I’m not going to waste my time.” This is how Kyle Ralph was raised. Work hard. Don’t make excuses. Get the job done. You’re no better than anyone else. When Ralph took up football, it was only fitting he play offensive line – and not just because of sheer size or strength. “To play O-line, you got to be a unique person,” Ralph said, “because no one cares who you are, no one knows who you are, no one’s watching you; you’re the

unknowns out there. You don’t do it for yourself. You do it for the guys around you. You do it for the team. That’s why I was a good player – Reporter’s because my parNotebook ents instilled all those good Tony Meale things in me.” By the time Ralph was a senior at St. Xavier High School, he was ranked among the top 25 offensive linemen in the country by several analysts. Ohio State University, University of Oklahoma, Florida University and others came calling. So did UNC, the school Ralph idolized growing up and whose wallpaper plastered his boyhood bedroom. “I had never been to North Carolina, I had never seen the campus, and I couldn’t have told you where Chapel Hill was located geographically inside the state,” Ralph said. ‘But I knew I wanted to be there.” Ralph dreamt of playing basketball for Dean Smith and winning a national championship, but at 6 feet 4 inches and 300 pounds, he didn’t quite fit the post-player prototype. Still, when the hardwood-crazed lineman went on a football visit to UNC, he was wooed at – of all places – a basketball game. “It was the first time I had ever been in the state of North Carolina, and within five hours I’m sitting at a basketball game in the Dean Dome,” Ralph said. “They played Virginia and lost, and I didn’t even care. I was just so excited to be there.” Ralph had found his school. And it was at this school that he learned how to lose.

The Ralph family from left to right: Tim, Kyle, Janice and Brad.


Maintaining his weight Kyle Ralph was one lucky offensive lineman. He never struggled to put on weight. When Ralph met with a Cincinnati Bengals nutritionist after college, he learned that he needed to consume 6,000 to 6,500 calories a day just to maintain his normal body weight. “If I ate less than that, my lifts and muscle mass would decline,” Ralph said. “I ate six meals a day and wasn’t gaining any weight. I was dropping body fat and putting on muscle. I felt like I was stuffing myself, but I always had enough energy to do what I needed to do.” For some of Ralph’s Tar Heel teammates, however, it wasn’t so easy. His former roommate, Chris Woods, had his meals monitored. Someone would come to his room, prepare his plate and watch him eat until he finished every bite. Several times a week during the

offseason, another teammate, Willie McNeil, would eat an entire large pizza and wash it down with a 12-pack of beer. The coaching staff, of course, had other ways for offensive linemen to put on weight. They hosted pasta parties and devised special shakes comprised of 2 percent milk, ice cream and cake batter. “We’d have to drink that in the middle of a lift,” Ralph said. “Then we had to eat a cup of rice when we were done.” Ralph said no player ever refused to follow an eating order. “You just did it,” he said. “The whole thing about college, you’re kind of programmed. You become very robotic. It’s an I’ll-do-anything-for-the-team-tobe-successful mindset. It’s not like you would (have lost your starting job) if you said no, but if you did, I’m sure they’d make your life a nightmare in the weight room.”


Kyle Ralph sits alone on the UNC bench after allowing a sack in a game against Clemson during his freshman year in 2002. Ralph’s father, Tim, took this photo to remind his son of how bad Ralph felt in that moment. Ralph didn’t allow another sack the rest of his career.


St. Xavier High School alumnus Kyle Ralph (2002) poses as an offensive lineman for the University of North Carolina. He graduated from UNC in 2006.

THE EVOLUTION In his first season, Ralph was one of seven true freshmen at UNC to see action. He didn’t play a snap through the first seven games but started the last five, making his debut on the road against Wake Forest in October 2002. Ralph, who hadn’t played an organized game since losing in the state final to Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, trotted onto the field for the first play of his collegiate career. And that’s when it happened. “I don’t know how or why – because I didn’t know where they were sitting – but I looked up in the stands and saw my parents in plain sight, and they were standing there and waving at me,” Ralph said. “And I thought, ‘OK, I can do this.’ It was comforting.” UNC lost 31-0. Ralph, however, played well, a trend that would continue throughout his career. But UNC finished 3-9 that year. It was the first time in Ralph’s life that he was on a losing team. Heck, even his intramural squads at St. X won. “When you come from a program that’s accustomed to winning like St. X, it’s impossible to accept defeat,” Tim said. “It was hard on him.” Before Ralph’s sophomore season, he lost his starting job to Jupiter Wilson, the same player he had taken it from as a freshman. Ralph was the first guard off the bench and still averaged 39 snaps a game, but inside he was angry. “I played as much as Jupiter – maybe even more,” Ralph said. “But not walking out on the field first really ate me up.” UNC finished 2-10 and lost to Duke in the last game of the year on Senior Day. “That might’ve been as bad as I’ve ever felt after a football game,” Ralph said. “I looked up to (then-senior) Jeb Terry big time. He took me under his wing when I got there. He was No. 77, and I was 78. Our lockers were right next to each other. That was his last college game. To send him out like that – that’s probably the worst I felt.”

After that season, Ralph did some soul searching. He had lost his starting job. He had lost to Duke. And two years into his career, UNC had gone 5-19. “I think losing for the first time in my life was beneficial,” Ralph said. “Knowing that I played as hard as I could, and now you’re 39 and 2-10 – you have to gutcheck yourself and ask, ‘Why am I doing this?’ Because this is not fun.” Something needed to change. For Ralph, there was only one solution. “I became completely engrossed in football,” he said. “I watched film like it was a religion. I knew everything about every person I was playing against.” It showed. Ralph, who won back his starting job, was named First-Team All-ACC by The Tar Heels finished second in the league in total offense and yards per carry. They beat North Carolina State University and Miami (Fla.) University at home. And UNC, for the first – and only – time in Ralph’s career, finished with a non-losing record. They went 6-6. Even more impressive, Ralph played the second half of that year on a broken ankle, an injury he sustained in a game at University of Utah. “That thing got stepped on and rolled up so many times,” said Ralph, who could barely walk, let alone play football. “But there was no way I was going to sit out and let everybody down.” During Ralph’s senior year, UNC was 5-5 entering its final game. The team traveled to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech on ESPN during Thanksgiving weekend. For an ACC boy, it doesn’t get much better than that. UNC, which trailed just 6-3 at halftime, lost 30-3. But for Ralph, this was one of a handful of football games in his life that really wasn’t about football. “That was the first Thanksgiving I spent away from my family since I was born,” he said. “But the team becomes your family away from family. Sitting down to eat dinner with the offensive line one last time – that was probably one of my finest moments.” North Carolina finished 5-6. Ralph was a unanimous FirstTeam All-ACC selection – in fact, he was the only O-line selection from a losing team – and was named a third-team All-American by The Sporting News ranked him among the top 10 offensive guards in the country. He graduated with a 16-31 career record. “I don’t care about wins and losses,” Ralph said. “Fifty years from now, if I’m still alive, I won’t care about wins and losses. What I learned when I was down there will matter the most.” Nothing mattered more, perhaps, than the lesson Ralph learned following a 42-12 home loss to Clemson in 2002.

About this series Kyle Ralph, who graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2002, was among the most-prized offensive line recruits in the country as a senior. He starred at the University of North Carolina and garnered interest from several NFL teams before walking away from the game in 2006. This is the second in a four-part series that details the ups and downs of Ralph’s football career. The first three parts will focus on his high school, collegiate and professional experiences, respectively. The fourth part will be a question-and-answer segment in which Ralph, who teaches history and is an assistant football coach at Oak Hills, offers his candid opinions regarding several hot-button issues facing high school football today. Ralph, 25, lives in White Oak with his wife, Ashley, and 4-month-old son, Kaeden. During a passing play, Ralph, then a freshman, was supposed to go left and block. He went right. Then he heard the whistle. UNC’s quarterback, C.J. Stephens, was on his back, laid out by Clemson defensive lineman Donnell Washington. “(Washington) destroyed the quarterback,” Tim said. “He hit him so hard, you’d think he killed him.” After that series, Ralph returned to the sideline, where he was greeted by seething offensive line coach Hal Hunter. “He laid into me on the bench, left, came back, chewed me out a second time, left, and came back to chew me out again,” Ralph said. “I felt like I let the whole team down.” Then Ralph, alone on the bench, did something he won’t ever forget. “I sat there and hung my head,” he said. Tim, sitting near the sideline, saw the entire exchange. He pulled out his camera, and – unbeknownst to Ralph – snapped a shot of his son. Before the next game, Tim and Janice walked with Ralph to the stadium. Janice hugged and kissed him and wished him luck. Tim pulled out the photo and gave it to his son. “Dad hands me this picture,” Ralph said, “and it’s me, on the bench, with my head down, alone. And he looks at me and says, ‘This is to remind you to never do that again.’” Ralph didn’t allow another sack the rest of his career. He hung the photo in his locker to serve as a reminder. Three years. More than 1,000 snaps. Zero sacks. And Kyle Ralph, who learned to be an offensive lineman long before he stepped on a football field, never hung his head again. Tony Meale is a sports reporter for The Community Press. You can reach him at or 853-6271.

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Cincinnati Steam baseball season heats up By Jake Meyer

The college baseball season may have come to a close last week, but for 33 college ballplayers with Major League dreams, the season is just beginning. Those ballplayers make up the roster of the Cincinnati Steam, which is beginning its fifth season of play in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The GLSCL is made up of


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teams from Ohio and Indiana and is one of several summer, wooden bat leagues sponsored by Major League Baseball. For those players, who are mostly from Ohio, the Steam offers a chance to hone their skills, make the adjustment from metal to wood bats, and ultimately to show off for scouts, in the hopes of being drafted by a major league club. The Steam began play in 2006, in partnership with

that at least four or five other players have a good chance of being drafted and maybe one day making it to the Majors. But for right now the players goal is to improve their abilities before returning to their collegiate teams and also to win games, something the Steam has done a lot of the past two years. The Steam’s 40game 2010 season opened June 11 and follows backto-back GLSCL championship seasons. Beyond trying to win games, Regruth does not focus on teaching the players new skills, but rather

augmenting the skills they already possess. “In the short summer season, there’s not a whole lot of teaching,” Regruth said. “It’s more about college teams and what they want the players to work on. We do everything we can to further their development based on what their college coaches want.” The most difficult part of managing a roster full of college kids, Regruth said, is managing their playing time. “It’s hard knowing you can only put nine guys on the field with a roster of good baseball players,”

Regruth said. “I try to keep guys busy enough to keep them developing.” For baseball fans, the Steam offers a chance to watch good baseball in a family setting, at family prices. Tickets for the team’s home games, which are played at Western Hills High School, cost just $5. Thursday, July 1, the Steam defeated Grand Lake to even its record at 7-7 on the season. They return home for three games beginning July 8 and remain home until the GLSCL All-star Game July 14, also at Western Hills High School.

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Known affectionately by locals as The Metro, the 58th installment of Cincinnati’s large-scale softball tournament hosted annually by Rumpke Ballpark begins open division play Thursday, July 29. The 2010 event is officially dubbed the 58th Annual EMR Group/Ohio Army National Guard Amateur Softball Association Cincinnati Metro Championship. Cincinnati’s Metro has the impressive distinction of being the largest ASA Metro Tournament in the nation for 25 years.

The Metro includes more than 300 teams competing in 11 divisions of play. Referred to as the City Tournament, the bulk of tournament play begins Thursday, July 29, with the start of competition for nine open divisions including Men’s Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V and Level VI and Women’s C and D, and Co-Ed. Registration for the nine open divisions closes at noon Sunday, July 24, with the draw taking place Tuesday, July 26th. The open divisions conclude play Wednesday, Aug. 11. The final divisions – the Men’s 35-over, 40-over, Modified and 16-inch divisions – begin tournament play Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 14 and 15. The Metro’s two largest divisions, Men’s Level IV and Level V, will continue using Dual and Quad formats with American and National brackets for Level IV and American, National, East and West divisions for Level V.

Metro schedule Cincinnati’s 58th Annual Metro Softball Tournament will be at Rumpke Ballpark, 10400 state Route 128, in Harrison. The schedule for the Amateur Softball Association Metro Championship events: • July 10, 11: Men’s B and C Industrial Metro • July 29 to Aug. 11: City Championships for Men’s Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V and Level VI and Women’s C and D • Aug. 14, 15: Men’s 35over, 40-over, Modified and 16-inch The winner of each division will advance to a double-elimination tournament to determine a champion. ASA Cincinnati Metro Commissioner Danney Saylor is once again at the helm of the event for the summer of 2010. Rumpke Ballpark is at 10400 state Route 128 in Harrison. For additional information, visit or call the office at 738-2646.

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Thanks for students

To the students and staff of Oak Hills High School: We would like to take this opportunity to thank you publicly for allowing us to share, along with Delhi Senior Citizens and Relay for Life, in the profits of your 50th Anniversary Walk held April 1. It was so generous of you to remember our organization. We have already used a portion of the funds to purchase moveable poles for our chair volleyball group and are preparing to purchase a new computer for use in the office. The remainder has been set aside in a “new projects” account so we will be able to always be aware of the purchases made with this money. Again, we thank you for remembering us with this donation. Many of us were thinking of you on April 1, and recalling our own school days and the fun those “off-the-schedule” events were. How wonderful that you were able to benefit three great organizations while enjoying your walk and getting exercise at the same time. Mary Flannery, president, and the board of directors of Green Township Senior Citizens Inc.


After reading Ann Thompson’s column, “Civility missing at event,” concerning the behavior of conservative miscreants at WestFest, I was compelled to dig a little deeper. Following a cursory check of the Hamilton County Republican Party platform I was shocked to find “Be rude to Ann Thompson” sandwiched between “Criticize

public school teachers whenever possible” and “Drill baby drill.” Dumpster diving at Tea Party headquarters revealed this early draft of their mission statement: “Promote fiscal responsibility, limited government, free markets and rude behavior toward Ann Thompson.” I then checked the Web site for the George Bush Presidential Library and there it was buried deep in the archives: “Threaten, intimidate and be rude to A.T. at W.F.” Indisputably, Ann is the primary target of the vast right-wing conspiracy. What’s next, bearded gun nuts in black berets, dark sunglasses, black leather jackets, black jeans and boots waving large wooden sticks in front of Ann’s booth at Gravelrama? Bob Polewski Surreywood Drive North Bend

Don’t be duped

After reading the Press last week I should probably go directly to the nearest church and light a candle signaling the sainthood of Denise Driehaus. As a lifetime West Sider, and a devoted member of several westside organizations, I seem a little amazed reading the letters criticizing (Bill) Seitz for just reporting the truth. Driehaus stated she voted for the state budget; she had to, as she stated. Why? Washington didn’t vote on one and they are run by the Dems? Well, she comes back after realizing her mistake and flips by stating she now is working for the catholic schools. Whoopee. A typical politician covering their collective butts. I

want a rep who has the guts to stand up for what is right the first time, not backpedal after being found out. I mean, the public school system has been sucking the public trough for decades, she promised to change that. Well, Denise, you rode in on your brothers coat tails, should have used your married name. Your opponent, Mike Robinson, is also a unknown, but listening to him gives hope – heard that one before somewhere – but at least he doesn’t dupe us with his wife’s name. Jim Kiefer Overlook Avenue West Price Hill

Who’s to blame?

My, (Ann) Thompson sure knows what buttons to push. She got me all fired up with her blaming west-sider Republicans for causing all her problems at the WestFest. I’m sorry she had problems and people should be respectful, but how does she know its Republicans or even Tea Party people. Did she have to call the police? I didn’t see anything on the news. To broad brush a whole group of people just because she had a bad time at WestFest sounds like sour grapes to me. How does she know this “bad” group of people wasn’t from West Chester or Northside or maybe they were bussed-in ACORN people. Maybe they were Democrats or independents. I found Ms. Thompson’s column a waste of time after I realized she was just rambling. There are bad people out there but, gee, I didn’t know they were all Republicans and Tea Party people.

This should make it easier for the police. Donna Bruce Legendary Ridge Lane Cleves

Response to column

I would like to respond to the letter written by Ann Thompson concerning the lack of civility she says took place at WestFest. Since Thompson likes to use the Press as a political venue, I would like to ask her opinion on a political topic. Headline, Department of Justice drops obvious case of voter intimidation against two Black Panthers in Philadelphia. Does this bother you? You cite an example of three clowns acting like idiots (I assume) and all hell breaks loose. If this is so disturbing to you, do not go near the men’s room at a Bengals game. It’s hypocrites like you and many more in your party that are pulling out all the stops to avoid the disaster which will beset your party in November. Failure by the current administration to enforce laws, stop spending, take immediate action on the spill in the gulf and in general do the job they were elected to do has put more than half the population on alert. Go ahead with your political snipe hunting. You have 114 days left. Tim Seurkamp Race Road Monfort Heights


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Hospital tax bill is a job killer for state of Ohio Ohio’s hospitals play a vital role in the health of not only our citizens, but also our economy and job market. Hospitals consistently rank as one of the top employers in Ohio. In 2009, seven of Ohio’s top 25 employers were in the health sector, with these companies alone employing more than 150,000 Ohioans. In a time of economic downturn and uncertainty, health care had been one of the few growing sectors in the state. With nearly 11 percent of Ohioans currently unemployed, I am concerned that the new hospital tax imposed by Gov. (Ted) Strickland and the House Democrats will greatly deteriorate the jobs in our health care sector and diminish the vital services hospitals provide to our

communities. This hospital franchise fee was included in House Bill 1 and levies a $150 million tax increase on Ohio’s hospiRobert tals. As a result, Mecklenborg we are already suffering the Community c o n s e q u e n c e s Press guest as hospitals are columnist being forced by financial necessity to cut jobs, reduce their services and delay expansion projects. The shortsighted and misguided budget championed by Ohio’s Democrats to increase state spending and balance their unsustainable budget has put one

of the most important sectors of Ohio’s economy in jeopardy. Why would anyone want to diminish a beacon of economic success in such a financially trying time? I would have to refer you to the House Democrats for a halfcooked answer to this question. The House Republican Caucus has continued to offer viable solutions to this fiscal mess created by the Governor and his friends in the House majority. Our cost-saving proposals to reduce government waste and inefficiency, had they been enacted, would have negated the temptation to raise taxes on our state’s largest employment sector. But because none of these government efficiency bills have received a vote in committee or on the House floor, our caucus

introduced a measure to directly address this damaging hospital tax in order to save health care jobs. According to the budget’s provisions, hospitals are taxed for the free services they provide, like Medicare, Medicaid and other uncompensated care services. Representatives (Terry) Boose (RNorwalk) and (Troy) Balderson (R- Zanesville) introduced House Bill 497 to reduce the current hospital franchise fee, as well as subtract the cost of uncompensated care from the tax base. If enacted, this legislation will alleviate some of the pressure that Ohio’s hospitals are feeling as a result of this tax, while safeguarding thousands of jobs and vital services. As an Ohioan, I am disheartened to see how detrimental this

hospital tax has already been to Ohio’s job market and how damaging it is to the high-quality health care within our state. We have some of the most outstanding health care institutions in the entire nation, but this ill-advised tax damages the health of our families and the success of our economy. As your state representative, I am dedicated to ensuring that our hospitals retain their economic vigor, as this strength is essential for the success of Ohio’s economy as a whole. Bob Mecklenborg represents the 30th House district which covers parts of Delhi and Green townships and part of Miami Township. You can reach him at 614-466-8258 or by mail at 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6111.

Oh, the places you’ll go and the things you will see I grew up with Dr. Seuss books, read them at hilarious breakneck pace to the kids I babysat and shared many of them with my children. I totally missed the last book published before his death. It was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” It is perhaps best known for the line, “Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98 3/4 percent guaranteed.)” The book sure did succeed without my purchase or promotion. While I wasn’t looking, it sold more than 8.5 million copies. Where was I? Pictures of beaming graduates heading out into the world have been splashed across the evening news, Facebook photos galleries, and digital family albums these past few weeks. If you read the marketing pitches, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” has become a

popular gift for graduates of all ages – from preschool to high school to college and beyond In whimsical Dr. Seuss style, it inspires those heading out into new territory. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Indeed, the lucky ones have “places to go” in the form of an acceptance to further education they can afford or a job waiting for them. But not every graduate is so well focused. While some may have a plan, others may find themselves still wandering in the vocational wilderness at 22 or 32 or pitched out into the job market at 52 with no idea how to retool

for the second decade of this 21st century. Read farther on and you will find Dr. Seuss’ reality-check as well. “Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t … You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win? … You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place.” Dr. Seuss knew from his life

experience that there would be Waiting places as well as Lonely Games “you’ll play against you.” “When you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.” Lonely Games compound the anxiety in “Waiting places” and make them a lot more scary. Seeking out practical support such as a local Job Search Group can bolster the attitude as well as provide job seeking skills, networking opportunities, and a rhythm to a week that is suddenly adrift without a clock or calendar to anchor it in reality. Reaching out to a pastor, coach, or accountability partner will bring some per-

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Taylor High School graduate Mike Harper, right, receives his diploma from Three Rivers School Board President David Shuey. PROVIDED


Taylor High School graduates Margot Johnson, left, and Yashina Williams are all smiles before receiving their diplomas.

Newest graduates

Taylor High School’s seniors were graduated June 3 from the Aronoff Center Center for the Arts downtown.


Taylor High School graduate Doug Rouster, left, makes sure the tassel is secured on classmate Karen Getz’s cap.


From left, Taylor High School graduates Alex Heflin, Kaitlyn Hensler, Alicia Taylor and Christina Broyles gather for a group shot prior to their commencement ceremony.

From left, Taylor High School graduates Nicole Grigsby, Justin Merz and Stephanie Redding were happy to celebrate the end of their high school careers.



Taylor High School graduates Andrew Harvey, left, and Brady Corcoran pause for a quick photo before receiving their diplomas. Taylor High School graduate Kelsey Holbrock, right, celebrates her graduation with Taylor secretary Kim Kurzhals, left.



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


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.


The Drama Workshop 2010-11 Season, 79:30 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., Production: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Feb. 18-26. Men and women stage ages mid-20s-60s. One woman stage age 18. Cold readings from script. Head shots and resumes encouraged. Bring schedule conflicts. Technical help also needed. Presented by The Drama Workshop. 662-9109; Westwood.


First-Time Homebuyers Class, 6-9 p.m., Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Learn about mortgages, credit, how to apply for loan, home inspection, working with realtors and more. Breakfast provided for Saturday classes. To earn certificate to qualify for grants and incentive programs, must attend a full-day Saturday or three weekday classes in one month. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration recommended. Presented by Working In Neighborhoods. 541-4109; West Price Hill.


Summer Library Programs, 2-3 p.m., Delhi Township Branch Library, 5095 Foley Road, “Local Fossils.” With Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Ages 4-8. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 369-6019. Delhi Township.


Coupon Club, 10 a.m.-noon, The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Learn how to lower your grocery bill, get discounted cosmetics and toiletries, and organize coupons. Child care available upon request. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673, ext. 17. West Price Hill. River Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance and round dance club. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Miamitown.


Digging Up the Past Archaeology and Excavation Program, 8 a.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, “Mastodons and Mammoths.” 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. $20 with lunch at golf course clubhouse; $15 without lunch. Registration required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 5217275, ext. 240; North Bend.



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


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.


St. Joseph Festival, 5:30-11:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Music by Brower 9-11 p.m. 941-3661. North Bend. St. Simon the Apostle Parish Festival, 5:3011 p.m., St. Simon the Apostle Parish, 825 Pontius Road, Booths, games, rides, food and entertainment. Beer with identification. Through July 18. 941-3656. Cheviot.



The Apprentice, 7 p.m., Refuge Coffee Bar, 5010 Glenway Ave., Indie/acoustic/folk music. 429-4215; Price Hill.






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Kids Club Krafts at the Clubhouse, 1-3 p.m., Scrap-Ink, 5515 Bridgetown Road, Children learn basic elements of art, design and style. Ages 4-12. New projects monthly. $10. Registration required. 389-0826; Green Township.


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 Avenues, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


Twistlock, 9:30 p.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, $3. 451-1157; Riverside. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 8


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


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


German Heritage Museum, 1-5 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 1 9


Humana Healthy Kids Zone, 3 p.m., Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw 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. Through July 26. 369-4490. East Price Hill.


Year-Round Gardening: 101 Common Garden Mistakes, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Learn how to avoid common and notso-common mistakes. Learn new ideas for planning and maintaining garden throughout the year. Adults only. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313. Monfort Heights.


Pictured is Rebecca Denison, founder of WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease). The print is part of the Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit, “The Art of Caring: A Look at Life Through Photography,” on display through Sept. 19. It features more than 200 works portraying human emotion and the cycle of life. It is included with admission, $8.50; $7.50, 60 and up; $6.50 ages 3-12. Call 513-287-7000 or visit


St. Joseph Festival, 3-10 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Chicken dinner available. 4-7 p.m. $7, $5 children. Discounted ride pricing 3-5 p.m. Music by Country Step Cloggers, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band and Tommy and Hub. 9413661. North Bend. St. Simon the Apostle Parish Festival, 510:30 p.m., St. Simon the Apostle Parish, 941-3656. Cheviot.

Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m., J’s Sports Bar, 4862 Delhi Ave., Free. 2446611. Delhi Township. Ralph & The Rhythm Hounds, 9 p.m.-midnight, The Dog Haus, 494 Pedretti Ave., Free. 921-2082. Delhi Township.

Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., bigg’s Delhi, 5025 Delhi Road, Red wine blind tasting. Three samples with snacks from the deli and fresh meat counter. $2. 354-1700. Delhi Township.


Kelly Thomas and Ryan Malott will perform at 10 p.m. Friday, July 16, at Rohrer’s Tavern, 418 Three Rivers Parkway in North Bend. The show is open to adults 21 and older. For more information, call 941-4266 or visit

Junior Golf Camp, 9-10:30 a.m., Neumann Golf Course, 7215 Bridgetown Road, Arrive 8:45 am for registration on first day. Daily through July 22. 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. Gamble-Nippert YMCA Sports Camps: Baseball, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or 1-4 p.m., Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave., Daily through July 23. Halfday participants do not swim. 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. Volleyball Camp III, 1-4 p.m., Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road, Gym. Daily through July 22. For girls in grades 57. $60. Registration required. 661-2740; Westwood. Volleyball Camp IV, 9 a.m.-noon, Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road, Gym. Daily through July 22. For girls in grades 89. $60. Registration required. 661-2740; Westwood. Girls Basketball Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Daily through July 22. Campers will focus on fundamentals. With Melanee Atkinson, College of Mount St. Joseph head coach of women’s basketball. Free parking on campus available. Ages 3-12. $100. Registration required. 244-4590; Delhi Township.

St. Joseph Festival, 6-11:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 25 E. Harrison Ave., Music by Gallagher’s Ramble 8-9:30 p.m. Games for children and adults, rides, raffle, music and food. Alcohol with ID. 941-3661. North Bend.

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

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



Cruise-In, 6-9 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Custom cars welcome. Awards and door prizes. Value menu. Free. 251-7977. Riverside.


Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 662-4569. Monfort Heights.

Ryan Malott and Kelly Thomas, 10 p.m., Rohrer’s Tavern, 418 Three Rivers Parkway, Ages 21 and up. 941-4266; North Bend.


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Lose The Training Wheels, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Camp provides experience in bicycling for children with special needs, using specially designed equipment and teaching methods. $150. Registration required. Presented by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. 761-5400. Delhi Township.

Gamble-Nippert YMCA Traditional Day Camp: Wild ‘N Crazy Kids, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave., Daily through July 23. Arts and crafts, swimming, weekly themed activities, field trips and more. Ages 6-12 (age 5 if kindergarten grad). Pre-camps open 6:30 a.m.; post-camps close 6 p.m. $149, $119 members; $10 each weekly pre- or post-camps. Registration required. 661-1105. Westwood.

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


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


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. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4474. Westwood.

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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.


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.


Green Township Democratic Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Nathanael Greene Lodge, 6394 Wesselman Road, Friendly, progressive discussion of current issues. Split the pot. Includes refreshments. New members welcome. Free. 574-4308. Green Township.


Pioneer Antique and Hobby Club Monthly Meeting, 6 p.m., Nathanael Greene Lodge, 6394 Wesselman Road, Mulberry Room. Picnic and mini-auction. $3. Bring a covered dish to share and an item for the auction. Guests welcome. Registration required. Presented by Pioneer Antique and Hobby Club. 451-4822. Green Township.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Beginner Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Classes offered on a six-week rotating schedule. Free. Registration required. 4714673; West Price Hill. Two Dollar Tuesdays, Noon-4 p.m., ScrapInk, 5515 Bridgetown Road, Children encouraged to express their creativity through stamping and scrapbooking at Scrap-Ink. Ages 4-15. $10 day pass, $2. 389-0826; Green Township. ART EXHIBITS

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, 1:30-3 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. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill. Girls Life, 3-4:30 p.m., The Women’s Connec-


An Evening with Sting is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave. The concer features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with Steven Mercurio, conductor. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit


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Some factors involved in becoming mature Consider, “If you find that your challenges balloon out when you think they should be diminishing; if you feel too tired to get up again but realize that life never lets you down very long; if life is even less fair than they warned you it would be; well, you are probably quite healthy and normal.” So writes psychologist Dr. Eugene Kennedy. What he’s expressing are some of the elements involved in becoming mature. When we’re young we think that becoming mature means that troubles level off and we’re more in control of life. The truth is that the difference between an adolescent and a mature adult is not that the adult

has fewer problems. Rather, it’s because the adult – if he or she is actually becoming more mature – becomes more accomplished in coping. Coping means figuring out healthy ways of dealing with the problems of life rather than seeking escapes from them. Mature adults come to realize, at least in some subtle way, that how we handle our problems and pressures is what brings about maturation. It may sound paradoxical, but Carl Jung said, “Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” The Aztecs had a saying: “A boy remains a boy until there is need of a man.”

The same for all of us. The vexation and pain of our own problems powerfully show us the need for a mature man or woman to be standing in our shoes. If we’re courageous, we rise to the occasion. If we’re wimpy we opt out with some excuse, get high, or get lost in the world of technology. The contradictions, pressures and inconsistencies of life are the midwives that give birth to many precious human qualities. Jung also noted, “The serious problems of life are never solved, and if they seem to have been solved, something humanly important has been lost.” Another important factor

Library introduces ‘Book Club to Go’ Book clubs will find all of the essentials for a thoughtful and hearty book discussion with Book Club to Go (BC2G), a new service from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Each thick-strapped, canvas bag includes 15 copies of the same title, a book summary and review, the author’s biography and list of published titles, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and a customizable poster to display at the library or wherever the book club meets. “It’s designed to be a very easy and no cost way for book clubs, whether library-sponsored or in the

community, to have access to a set of books to read and discuss,” said Angela Farmer, manager of the information and reference department and a member of the BC2G Planning Team. “The books are either repurposed from library initiatives like the Featured Book of the Month and On the Same Page Cincinnati, or they’re used books donated by the friends.” Twenty different titles are available, and an entire kit can be checked out to a single library card. The BC2G bag also includes an inventory sheet that makes it easy to keep track of everything and return the complete kit to

any library location. There are no late fees or fines charged to the book club member who checks out a kit, but he or she may receive a reminder phone call from the library if the kit has not been returned after four weeks. The library plans to regularly add new titles to the list of available kits. Request a BC2G bag from the Main Library or your neighborhood branch for your next book club meeting. Visit a library local near you or call 369-6900 for more information. For more information, visit www.cincinnatilibray. org/news/2010/bookclub2go. html.

in becoming mature is learning how to balance. To be mature is not a matter of getting 100 on some kind of Life Test. It is rather a balancing of the demands of life so that A equals B equals C. These alphabet letters, of course, represent various ingredients of a healthy life which have to be integrated in a reasonably harmonious balance. What are the ingredients that need balancing? Aspects such as self and others, gratification and discipline, bodily needs and spiritual needs, intellect and emotions, action and reflection, self-assertion and respect for others and the demands of relationships.

The over-riding goal is to become more human. Do the young have a more rugged road? Is it more difficult for most people to mature today? Author Joseph Gallagher thinks so. He writes; “The pressure problem of many people today is the problem of toomuch-ness… Too much noise, too much news, too many distractions, too many meetings, too many memos, too many social obligations, too many expectations, etc.” These make it more difficult to cope in a healthy way. Some of us opt out of maturing by adopting the pose of a martyr. We shirk our responsibilities, claim we haven’t had

the right breaks, and say Father Lou that our Guntzelman problems are always Perspectives someone else’s fault. We need to roll up our sleeves and struggle with the inconsistencies of life, and listen to the advice of coach philosopher Lou Holtz: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Zucchini: The other green summertime vegetable Last week it was all about pickling cucumbers. This week the requests are pouring in for zucchini bread recipes. The ones I’m sharing today are in my “Recipe Hall of Fame.” These are the most requested, especially this time of year. The zucchini, like everything else in my garden, is a couple weeks early and I’m already picking every day. With county fairs coming up, I’ve had lots of requests for zucchini bread recipes that, as one reader said, “will win me that elusive ribbon.” One of the recipes I’m sharing today did just that: It won a blue ribbon for Susan Zugohoer, a Northern Kentucky reader. She shared her recipe several years ago and it’s a popular one. How’s that for a testimonial?

Susan’s blue ribbon zucchini bread

3 cups finely grated zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring)

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

3 cups sugar 1 1⁄ 2 cups vegetable oil 4 eggs 3 cups flour 11⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons

baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts

Grease and flour 9-by-13 pan or 3 loaf pans. Mix zucchini, sugar, oil and eggs. Beat two minutes. Combine dry ingredients. Add to mixture and blend well. Add nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour or until done. If desired, frost with cream cheese icing.

Chocolate zucchini bread/cake

It’s a cross between a bread and a cake, so either name is appropriate. This has become a favorite of

pudding mix 1 cup nuts, raisins or other dried fruit

everyone who has made it. 11⁄2 cups shredded zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 1 cup flour 1 ⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon allspice 1 ⁄2 cup canola oil 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄2 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 ⁄4 to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chips are nice) Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9-by-5 loaf pan. Set aside shredded zucchini. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside. Beat oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until well blended, and fold in zucchini. Add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake until toothpick inserted in center

Editor Lisa Mauch’s version of the recipe for chocolate zucchini bread/cake. comes out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool 10 minutes, then remove and finish cooling. Variation: These also are good made as muffins/cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Check after 20 minutes.

Butterscotch zucchini bread

Don’t take it out of the oven too soon. I baked one pan for 50 minutes – it looked great coming out of the oven, but it sunk in the middle when it cooled, a

sure indication of underbaking. 3 eggs 1 cup oil 2 teaspoons vanilla (I used 1 tablespoon) 2 cups sugar 2 cups grated zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used 2) 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ginger 1 ⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 ⁄2 cup rolled oats 1 package (3.4-ounce size) instant butterscotch

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together well. Add zucchini. Then mix the flour and the rest of the dry ingredients together and then add to the egg mixture, blending well. Pour into two greased, floured, wax paper lined pans. Bake one hour at 350 degrees or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Lemon frosting

Mix and spread on bread after it cools. 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 tablespoons butter, softened 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.

REUNIONS Milford Class of 1970 – is having its 40th reunion, including classes of 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972. An informal gathering is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 16, at Milford American Legion’s sheltered pavilion. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 17, a golf scramble is planned at Deer Track Golf Course., The main event is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, July 17, at St. Andrew Parish Center. Contact Gary Landis at or

831-4722, Judy Culbertson Smyth at or 8318215; or Daryl Zomes at or 561-3189. Woodward High School Class of 1970 – is having its 40th Anniversary bash on the weekend of July 16-17. The theme is “The Men of Woodward and the Ladies who learned to love ’em.” A meet-andgreet is scheduled for 5 p.m. until midnight, Friday, July 16, followed by a Class Mixer at the Embassy

Suites Hotel in Blue Ash. Saturday, July 17 features a picnic in French Park and high school “Invitational” to other schools who were longtime rivals in PHSL sports. There will be lots of food, fun, music and laughter in French Park as Woodward grads challenge old foes and new for fun in flag football, Scrabble, corn hole and spades. There will be family sack races, board games, dodge ball and more. Attendees must register to attend. The cost is $10 per event for all

guests. The picnic cost is $19.70 for families. Call 981-8500 or go online at, Woodward Class of 1970 Events or email the class captain, Gilda Jones Bailey at Cincispectours@ Western Hills High School classes of the late 1970s, early 1980s – are having a casual, no reservationrequired gathering at Take 5 on Harrison Avenue at 7 p.m., Friday, July 16. There will be birthday

cake to celebrate the 50th birthdays of the Class of 1978 . Other food and drink can be ordered from the menu and bar. Any questions can be directed to Milford High School Classes of 19791990 – are having a class reunion from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, July 17, at Miami Boat Club, 6071 Second St., Miamiville. Cost is $30 per person in advances, and $40 per person at the door. Teachers

from the 1970s and 1980s are free. Attire is casual. Beer truck and wine is provided. Local vendors will have food booths open at minimal cost. Entertainment includes Milford Grad Bands and Midnight on Vine (Dave Ramos, Class of 1979) with special guest appearances by other grads. Checks can be made payable to Miami Boat Club, Mary Anne Will, 2902 Traverse Creek Drive, Milford, OH 45150. Enjoy this Healthy Reward offer in July from the Kroger Dairy:

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BRIEFLY 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.

Hall of Famer

The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators recently presented Miami Heights Elementary School with its 2010 Hall of Fame School Recognition Award. The faculty and staff were presented the award during the association’s annual conference. The group recognized five Hall of Fame schools during the awards luncheon. Finalists were selected from nominations from across the state. The school staff submitted extensive written documentation substantiating the quality of their educational program in the following areas: Instructional system, student achievement, student development, personnel, administration, school management and community. Winners were chosen by two committees of active principals. One committee read and scored the applications and the other conducted on-site evaluations of the schools.

County parks sponsor July concert series

The Hamilton County Parks District has a concert series at Winton Woods Park. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Winton Woods Harbor, 10245 Winton Road. Performing Saturday, July 17, Six Pac, an all-American country band takes the stage. Visit their website at On Saturday, July 24, enjoy the bluegrass/Americana acoustic sounds of Hickory Robot. You can check them out at www.myspace. com\hickoryrobot. Rounding out the July concerts will be a show Saturday, July 31, from The Infinity Ball, a rock group. Visit its website at

Fundraiser, cornhole

Family and friends of 1995 Taylor High School graduate Jennifer (Hudson) Block are hosting a fundraiser for her from 2-9 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Big Sycamore Shelter in Miami Whitewater Park. Block was diagnosed with colorectal cancer just two months after her husband, Steve, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Although they are facing difficult times they continue to stay positive and raise their four young children. The event will feature door prizes, raffles, split-the-pot and a cornhole tournament. Food will be served, but guests are asked to bring their own drinks. Alcohol is permitted. Tickets are $15. The price to enter the cornhole tourna-

ment is $20 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. For more information contact Bobbie (Miller) King at, or Krista (Espelage) Miller at

Registration slated

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 the district administrative office, 6325 Rapid Run Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Registration requires a child’s birth certificate, Social Security card or number, parent driver’s license and proof of residency. Call 574-3200 to schedule an appointment.

It’s magic

The Monfort Heights branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County presents a Magic Show with Terry Francis, Purveyor of Magic and Mystery. The program, appropriate for all ages, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Monfort Heights branch library, 3825 West Fork Road. Call 369-4472.

Annual arts fair

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., will host its ninth annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 Sixty artists will be on hand to display and sell their original works. Mixed media will include pottery, jewelry, enamel painted iron tiles, woodworks, oils, water colors, graphic art, fiber art, acrylics, photography, ceramics and more. The fair is a free-to-thepublic event, held every year at the end of the summer. Musical artists of various styles will provide the atmosphere, while artists and crafts persons will display and sell their wares outside the building, throughout the lobby, inside the theater auditorium and on stage. For more information, call 241-6550 or visit m.

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Beer tasting

The Pebble Creek Pub presents a beer tasting with beers from Goose Island Brewery with food pairings. The tasting is from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 17 in the Pebble Creek Golf Course Restaurant and Event Center, 9799 Prechtel Road. Cost is $20 per person and reservations are required. Call 385-4442, ext. 7. For information about the Pebble Creek Golf Course, visit the website at

Teen Night

The Monfort Heights branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County presents Teen Night, which features snacks, music and gaming for youths 12 to 18. The program will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 16, at the Monfort Heights branch library, 3825 West Fork Road. Call 369-4472.

Become a tutor

Did you know that one in five adults cannot perform the basic literacy requirements of a typical job? In fact, it’s estimated more than 200,000 adults in Greater Cincinnati need help with basic literacy skills. The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati champions the development of literacy efforts. Once a month the organization hosts a Saturday training session for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor. Upcoming training dates are Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 621-7323 or visit

Free Fridays

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is setting aside one Friday afternoon each month for free admission. Thanks to private donations, the Free Fridays program waives the normal $8.50 admission fees to all three museums from 4-8 p.m. Free Friday are set for the following Fridays: July 30, Aug. 27 and Sept. 17. Call 287-7000 or visit for additional information.


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The building at the intersection of Glenmore and Harrison avenues – with Kessen above the front door – was last week’s Scavenger Hunt clue. The readers who had a correct answer are: Levi J. Spetz, Zoe Zeszut, Jane and Don Wright, Eileen Bohnert, Rich Fuller, Jo Miller, Phil Reed, Carol Wegman, Carol De Armond, Lori Conners, the Amend fa m i l y, Mike Jackson, Ruth Ruberg, George Bauer, Dave and Mar y Lou Hackman, Mike Wright and Sharon A. Lewis. The following readers had the correct answer for the previous Scavenger Hunt, but missed our early holiday deadline: J a c k i e H u m m e l , L i n d a S c h l o e m e r, L o r i C o n n e r s , a n d C h a r l i e a n d C h r i s R u n t z . This week’s clue is on A1.

Salvation Army offers West Side its support The Salvation Army has decentralized its local Social Services staff to get social workers closer to those seeking help. The social services agency now offers support at each of its six area community centers, including the on the West Side at 3503 Warsaw Ave., phone 513-251-1424. Social Services workers are instrumental in the process of providing emergency assistance and counseling to those in need. “We’re pleased to make this change to better meet

the needs of our clients,” said Capt. Faith Miller, divisional program secretary at The Salvation Army. “Our clients, particularly in Cincinnati, have generally commuted to our downtown Cincinnati Family Service Bureau for assistance. Now, those in outlying neighborhoods can seek assistance closer to home.” With this change, social workers are now available

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Esther Price in Bridgetown to host the Jelly Belly bus The Jelly Belly touring bus is making a special appearance at Esther Price in Bridgetown at 5500 Harrison Ave. (corner of Harrison Avenue and Race Road) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 17. Green Township Police

and Fire Department will also be on hand to present safety tips to kids that every parent will want their kids to hear. Little Caesars and Sibcy Cline are donating free food and bottled water and Envy Salon will be face painting.

The day will include: • Jelly Belly will offer tastes of its newest jelly bean flavors, and invite the more daring to take the challenge to taste BeanBoozled, the wacky line of weird and wild flavors from skunk spray and pencil

shaving beans. There will be opportunities for prizes and for children to get their picture taken with the Jelly Belly. • Esther Price will show how Jelly Bellies are made on a big screen TV. • Little Caesars will be

giving away free Crazy Bread throughout the event. • Sibcy Cline will be handing out balloons and free bottled water. • Face painting by Envy Salon. • Presentations by Green Township Fire Department

on fire safety; its fire truck and ambulance will also be on hand for tours. • 10:30 - 11:00 am: Presentations by Green Township Police will give demonstrations on Stranger, Danger and Bike Safety from 10:30-11 a.m.

Mow, water your way to a happier summer lawn grass blades mean less stress on the turf, the crowns are shaded and protected from the heat of the sun, grass roots should grow deeper, and your turf will do much nicer during the summer than the lawns mowed close and stressed. 3) Change your mowing pattern each time you mow. Mow east to west one week, then north to south the next. Then take it diagonally. Just like the golf course pros do! This encourages

The summer season can be a very trying time for homeowners and their lawns. So, here are a few general tips to help keep your lawn looking its best this summer. 1) Keep mowing on a regular basis. Never remove more than 1/3 of the height of the grass blades each time you mow. 2) Mow at a higher mowing height. Keep your mowing height at least 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. Longer

your grass to grow upright, rather than laying down (being mowed one direction all the time) and definitely creates a happier lawn! 4) Throw those clippings back into the turf. Returning those clippings is like one additional fertilizing each year. Grass clippings are 75 to 85 percent water, decompose quickly, and do not create thatch problems. 5) Have those mowers blades sharpened on a regular basis, which means at

least three to four times throughout the mowing season. Dull blades shred rather than cut, which will give your lawn a yellowed look, and will make the grass more susceptible to disease. 6) Be sure to clean out under the mower deck when you’re finished mowing. It’s important to remove that grass build up, especially if you have an under the deck exhaust. It also helps the mower deck to

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NEWSMAKERS Executive volunteers

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What does patriotism mean to you? Who is the most patriotic person you know? Why? “I think the most ‘patriotic person’ cannot be a single individual. It is the men and women of the U.S. military who have perished in defense of this country.” B.L. “Loving your country, knowing that the U.S.A. is special, and understanding why our founding fathers fought for our freedom. “My brother is the most patriotic person I know.” C.A.S. “It’s simple. It’s loving your country, for all its good and its bad, and a willingness to stick out your neck and defend it when necessary. Some people make it out to be a bad quality, but it isn’t. Patriotism is what makes any nation, ours included, what it is. “The most patriotic person I know is me. I’m the type of person who sings the National Anthem at ball games, salutes the flag whenever I ride by it, and love being a citizen of the United States of America.” C.J.G. “Patriotism means to me being proud of the country we live in, doing little things like displaying the American Flag each day, serving your country in the military when called to do so, casting your ballot thus insuring good politicians to protect our freedom. “As to the most patriotic person I know, I guess it would have to be some of the veterans I run into from time to time who have lost a limb or the like or the widow whose husband was killed many years ago while serving his country.” L.S.

“Being patriotic is doing what is right for your country, not the popular thing. Too many groups and individuals wrap themselves in the flag and think they are patriots. “Real patriotism does not include the mindless parroting of the ultra-right wing. A true patriot does not need to yell epitaphs at our president because he is not ultraconservative. “A true patriot needs to think and a lot of the flag wavers do it by rote. People who do not use cognitive reasoning are just puppets. “That does not mean we all should come to the same conclusions, only that Fox News and the pundits are a poor source for a thinking person. “Think. Then wave the flag.” J.Z.

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Do you think weather warning sirens are effective? Why or why not? What changes would you make to the warning system? “Yes, I think they can be effective in saving lives. However, I think there needs to be consistency across the board as to when they will be blown and what the warning means. Then, and only then, will we all be on the same page as to what precautions to take.” B.N. “Weather warning sirens are effective but they have their limitations. Because sirens may be hard to hear, a weather radio is often the best choice for early warnings. People who ignore warnings because it is ‘just a thunderstorm’ do so at their

The Post Office has announced plans to raise its price for a first class stamp from 44 cents to 46 cents, effective in January. Do you think this increase is reasonable? Why or why not? Every week The Western Hills Press asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to westernhills@ with “chatroom” in the subject line. own peril and are ignorant of the power thunderstorms can wield. Severe thunderstorms can and do produce straight line winds to 150 mph, equivalent to a moderate tornado. “They can and do kill people. Long time West Side residents saw first hand the power of an F5 tornado in 1974 in Sayler Park, an F4 tornado in Harrison/Bright in the early 1990s, a 150 mph straight line wind storm which killed one in the mid1990s, leaving a path of destruction from Cheviot through Mount Airy Forest and Spring Grove Cemetery to Norwood, and the 1999 storm which caused damage in Addyston and killed three with an F4 tornado in Blue Ash/Montgomery. “Current Doppler radar technology is very good and helps greatly in allowing individuals to understand where the greatest threat is located when the sirens sound. Take warnings seriously and, at the least, tune in to local media to find out what and where the threat is when sirens sound.” R.E.R.


State champs

The 52nd team of the Oak Hills Oakettes were named the 2010 Ohio state champions in the senior high AAA (large) kick category at the Showcase America Unlimited state/national competition. Nationally, they were second in kick, third in jazz, third in pom and fifth in hip hop. Pictured are captain Natalie Nuss, first lieutenant Sandra Craft, Angela Evans, Alexa Flanigan, Erin Holtman, Kelsey Wineland, Lauren Lamping, Jenna Lindsey, Ally Essell, Allison Steuart, Emily Gooch, Christina Besl, Randi Swisshelm, Ashley Rahm, Rachel Cantrell, Sarah Flanigan, Cara Krabbe, Sarah Shoemaker, Miranda Henry-Newman, Olivia Lamping and Hailli Smith. The Oakettes are coached by Heather McGowan and Kelly Martin.


Cincinnati Park Board – is partnering with Disney to provide service projects to the community. Disney is promoting community service in 2010. Volunteering in a park for a day will earn volunteers a one-day pass to either Disney World or Disneyland. Visit to register for the “Give a Day Get a Disney Day” program by searching on the Web site for Cincinnati Parks. Sign up for an opportunity and serve six hours in a neighborhood park, nature center of greenspace. Then, give a day of service to Cincinnati Parks by volunteering for one of the approved opportunities. Up to eight passes will be given per family, an $80 value per person. Ticket must be used by Dec. 15. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to spe-

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Meyer Aquascapes hosts Pondarama Meyer Aquascapes is hosting its ninth annual Pondarama featuring 32 beautiful water features where homeowners are opening their piece of paradise so visitors can experience the joys and beauty of water gardening. Water features are located in Bridgetown, Colerain, Delhi, Green Township, North Bend and in Reading, West Chester Township, Anderson Township, Amberley Village, Blue Ash, Evendale, Liberty Township, Loveland, Morrow, Middletown, and Whitewater Township; and in Kentucky in Boone County, Cold Spring, Alexandria, Covington, Fort Thomas and Taylor Mill. It is a two-day, self-guided tour of water gardens that display ecologically balanced ponds of various sizes and shapes and Pondless waterfalls and streams. PROVIDED. All water features are This large pondless feature at Aston Oaks Golf Course is behind the clubhouse for viewing by the patrons in the restaurant, wedding parties, and golfers. unique and built exclusively for the homeowner. This tour is divided into four locations at Meyer Aquas- Meyer Aquascapes, has been is the largest garden tour in areas around Cincinnati to capes Headquarters, 11011 installing custom Aquascape West-Side ponds the Cincinnati area. The tour make viewing the water Sand Run Road, in White- products since 1998. He is a Here are the ponds in the Meyer Aquascapes 2010 Pondarama in is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat- gardens convenient and water Township. This is a certified contractor with the Western Hills area. For more information, call 941-8500 or go to great place to begin the Tour Aquascape Inc. and is an urday, July 17, and Sunday, easy. Admission to the Pon- with Meyer’s beautiful 60- affiliated member of the BetJuly 18, rain or shine. Selected water features will darama 2010 Water Garden by-30 water garden that fea- ter Business Bureau. Greg and Rose Altenau, 16 Turnberry, North Bend. For further information is free. Visit tures an island, stone bridge be open Saturday evening Tour The pondless waterfall in the Altenaus front was installed in the and and three waterfalls. Free about the Aquascapes for a special night tour. spring of 2008. Recently re-landscaped, the 10-foot stream is Seven new additions to click on the Pondarama icon pond literature will be avail- Water Features or to downsurrounded by weathered limestone rock creating a dramatic the tour this year. There is to download the Pondarama able at this location as well load the tour locations, visit entrance to this Aston Oaks home. something for everybody. brochure and map of ponds. as the friendly staff of Meyer click Aston Oaks Golf clubhouse, One Aston Oaks Drive, North Bend. on Pondarama, or call 941On Saturday and Sunday Aquascapes. There are nine pondless The large pondless feature is behind the clubhouse for viewing by Dan Meyer, owner of 8500. waterfalls with streams you can pick up the tour the patrons in the restaurant, wedding parties, and golfers. ranging from 10 feet to 55 Susan Hensley, 1346 Castlebridge Court, Delhi Township. A beautiful heart-shaped 14 foot by 16 foot pond features a feet, 23 ponds and a few waterfall flowing over a built in stone wall. Shade gardens surround bubbling rocks. the waterfall and wall for a pleasing backdrop to the pond. The pond tour includes Terri Kluesener and Julie Fatora, 6000 Cleves Warsaw Pike, waterfalls, streams with Delhi Township. cascading water and many A smaller pond here is an example of how a pond can bring fish, water plants and flowpeace and serenity into a backyard. ers. The scenic landscaped Marathon station at 6094 Bridgetown Road, the corner of gardens compliment these Ebenezer and Bridgetown roads, Green Township. water features. Sit on the Here there is a large pondless waterfall with three powerful benches and watch the waterfalls. Two of the waterfalls face the street and one faces the gas dragonflies, frogs, and fish station. and view the beautiful lilies Bill Bross and Susan Auel, 2232 South Road, Green Township. blooming in the afternoon. This well established 11 foot by 16 foot pond has a 20-foot Folks are encouraged to stream and two waterfalls. PROVIDED. Russ and Donna Welty, 8183 Jordan Road, Cleves. bring their cameras and This spectacular 28 foot by 65 foot pond gives a magnificent just enjoy a relaxing day in The pondless waterfall in the front of the Altenaus in North Bend was installed in the spring of 2008. Recently re-landscaped, view from all rooms facing the pond, decks and patios. someone’s paradise. The the 10-foot stream is surrounded by weathered limestone rock creating a dramatic entrance to this Aston Oaks home.

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Brenda Anderson

Brenda Hall Anderson, 62, died June 30. Survived by husband Charles Anderson; children Ricky Hall, Kristina (Mike) Hall, Cynthia (Zac) Taylor, Lynda (Charles) Hansel; siblings David (Carol), Lonnie (Wanda) Hall, Diane (Dick) Anderson Cordell, Sherry (Ron) Schmid; mother-in-law Dorothy Anderson; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son George Anderson, parents Elmer, Peggy Hall. Services were July 6 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Hugh Burger

Hubert “Hugh” Burger, 75, Green Township, died July 2. He was with the Cincinnati Police Department, retiring as a lieutenant. Survived by wife Janet Burger; children Bob (Debra), Greg, David (Jenny), Daniel (Tammy), Burger Kevin (Keri) Burger, Donna (Doug) Scheidt, Ginny (Rick) Otto, Beth (Aaron) Phillips; grandchildren Ryan, Christine, Tom, Jonathan, Katie, Joey, Anna, Brandon, Jessica, Ciara, Danielle, Olivia, Nicole, Ricky; great-grandchildren Brian, Aaliyah, Gage, Ashton; sisters Sister Ann Paulette Burger SC, Phyllis (Bill) Lunnemann, Joyce (Leonard) Scharringhausen, Lois (Ted) Enzweiler; brother-in-law George (Judy) Conroy. Preceded in death by grandchildren Lexi, Cole, Cade, siblings Paul (Helen) Burger, Virginia, Ed Jacobs. Services were July 7 at St. Antoninus. Memorials to: Elder High School 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 or The SHIELD Inc., 7149 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237.

Alma Enneking

Alma Enneking, 95, died July 2. She worked for Geiler Plumbing. Survived by many nieces and nephews, great-, great-great- and great-greatgreat-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters Jo, Helen Enneking, Enneking Betty Osterhues, Marie Wolf. Services were July 6 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Amanda Ferris

Amanda Simpson Ferris, 84, died June 30. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Thomas (Joyce), William, Anna Ferris, Mary (Ralph) Hust; sister June Marker; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two Ferris great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Thomas Ferris Sr., siblings Andy, Earl, Doodle, Jane Simpson, Martha Hunt, Bess Napier. Services were July 3 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

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Ruth Gerhardt

Ruth Moak Gerhardt, 81, formerly of Westwood, died July 7. She was a teacher and a homemaker. She attended Evangelical Community Church. Survived by husband William Gerhardt; sons Gerhardt David (Jody), Richard (Dawn), Timothy (Annamarie Borich) Gerhardt; grandchildren Braden (Kasi), Andrew, Nathan, Jasper, Aurora, Willow Gerhardt; niece and nephews Dan (Jennifer) Moak, Jill (Peter) Orobello, John (Monica) Gerhardt. Preceded in death by parents Paul, Ethel Moak, brother Donald (JoAnn) Moak, niece Carrie Clement. Services were July 10 in the Wilson Chapel of Twin Towers. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to: Evangelical Community Church, 2192 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

Jane Hartig

Jane Lattarulo Hartig, 67, died June 29. Survived by husband William Hartig; children Michael (Kimberly), Bill (Karen), David Hartig, Elana (Justin) Schaffer; grandchildren Justin, Molly, Ashley, Hartig Sarah, Michael, Gracie; siblings John (Carol), Tom (Joanne), Billy (Donna), Mary Jo Lattarulo, Pam (Nick) Perry; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Dennis Lattarulo. Services were July 2 at the Bayley Place Enrichment Center. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the ALS Association or Cincinnati Ballet.

Mildred Held

Mildred Schuh Held, 90, died July 7. She was a vice president of the Preferred Credit Corp. Survived by children Greg (Debbie Steuer) Held, Jenny (Mike) Chasteen; grandchildren Nick, Leslie Chasteen; brothHeld ers Richard (Blanche), Earl (Mary Ann) Schuh; 42 nieces and nephews; 101 great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Lester Held, siblings Arthur Schuh, Rosemary Beiting. Services were July 12 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2300 Wall St., Suite H, Cincinnati, OH 45212 or Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

DEATHS Donald (Lois) Giltner, John Dennis. Preceded in death by father Ralph Herrman. Services were July 12 at Cheviot United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Herrman Home. Memorials to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Survived by children Pat (Jerry) Hudepohl, Kathleen (Carl) Bain, Mimi Wright, Don (Jean), Robert Jr. (Joyce), Bill (Jana), Mike (Francesca), Terry (Kathy) McElroy; brothers Elden (Joyce); 26 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Robert McElroy Sr., siblings Zita, Dan (Cathy) Bagot, June Smith, Mag Schwarte, Jo Ann Stacey. Services were July 7 at St. James Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the American Diabetes Association.

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Ruth Schalk Hines, 71, Green Township, died July 6. Survived by husband Dale Hines; children Rosa (Gary) Smith, Ginny (Randy) Hartman, Rick (Pam), Tony Hines; sisters Evelyn Fieglein, Ethel Wright; grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Dale Hines Jr., siblings Alberta Weber, Thomas Schalk. Arrangements by Gwen Mooney Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Ann Kopp

Ann Schulte Kopp, 65, Green Township, died July 4. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Michael (Susan), Teresa Kopp; granddaughter Emily Kopp. Services were July 8 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home.

Thomas Lind

Thomas George Lind, 71, Cleves, died July 6. He was a certified public accountant and bank auditor. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam, and a member of Miller Stockum Post 485, North Bend Lodge 346 F&AM and the Scottish Rite. Survived by wife Marlene Krueger Lind; sons Thomas, William Lind; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers Harry, Fred Lind. Services were July 9 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the Cleves Life Squad.

Harleen McBride

Harleen J. McBride, 59, Westwood, died July 3. She was a homemaker. Survived by sons Anthony, Michael, Joseph Moore; grandchildren AaLiyah, Dackota Moore; siblings Rita Hughes, Bonnie Dickman, Irma Frommel, Gary, Albert, Dana Anderson. Preceded in death by husband Ernest McBride. Services were July 10 at Maple Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home.

Audrey McElroy

Audrey Bagot McElroy, 93, Green Township, died July 3. She was a homemaker.

Phyllis Herrman

Phyllis L. Herrman, 65, Green Township, died July 7. She was a secretary for SuperX Drug Stores. She was a Navy veteran. Survived by mother Bertha Herrman; sister Pat (Bob) Sandhas; nephews Chad (Max), Brian (Emily) Sandhas; great-nephews Colton, Keller, Cooper Sandhas; uncles



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George “Don” Miller, 81, West Price Hill, died July 5. Survived by wife Ruth Miller; children Donald G. Miller, Lynn (Ed) Herman, Diane (Barry) Rankin; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Services were July 8 at St. William. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249 or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Vasil Ognenoff

Vasil D. Ognenoff, 85, Green Township, died July 5. He was a commercial real estate agent. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the American Legion, Oak Hills Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oak Hills Kiwanis and several Masonic organizations. Survived by wife Pat Ognenoff; in-laws Marion Miller, Wendell Miller; three nieces. Services were July 10 at St. James Church Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

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June, John, Rodney Roberts, Toni Whitener, Karen McNeese, Kay Compton; siblings Martha Benjamin, Kenneth Taylor; 18 grandchildren; many greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Harold Roberts Roberts Sr., son Michael Roberts, siblings Donald Taylor, Rose Cottingham. Services were July 7 at Addyston Baptist Church. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to: Heartland Hospice, 3800 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

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. Silbernagel, Madge (late Arthur) Dickman, Tony (Bep) DeLuco; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Amelia Silbernagel. Services were July 14 at St. Silbernagel Antoninus. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597 or Elder High School Scholarship Fund, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Al Sellers

Elbert “Al” Sellers, 85, died July 1. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. Survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Preceded in death by wife Mary Lou Sellers. Services were July 6 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to Shriners Hospital.

Helen Themare

Helen Weber Themare, 89, Green Township, died July 4. She was a homemaker She was a member of the Donauschwaben Society and Green Township Senior Center. Survived by husband Karl Themare Themare; children Eva

Jack Silbernagel

John R. “Jack” Silbernagel, 91, died July 3. He owned Silbernagel Contractors. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Delhi-Riverview Kiwanis and the Price Hill Old Timers Hall of Fame. Survived by daughters Jill (Gary) Meyer, Karen (Clark) Brittain; grandchildren Evan, Elise, Justin, Marisa Meyer; sister Elaine (late Tony) Schneider; in-laws Mary (late Ray)

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Florence Schick Henderson, 85, died July 3. Survived by husband Paul Henderson; children David (Pat) Henderson, Paulette (Bob) Bien; grandchildren Jeff (Becky), John (Catey) HenderHenderson son, Jason (Kelly) Bien, Shannon (Rob) Dunham; great-grandsons Nate Henderson, Kyle Bien; niece Donna Soldano. Preceded in death by aunt Vera Landon. Services were July 6 at St. Simon the Apostle. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 11500 Northlake Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

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Robert George Gates, 90, Green Township, died June 28. He was a World War II veteran. Survived by wife Rita Milar Gates; children Stephen (Nancy) Gates, Timothy (Nancy) Gates, Paul (Deb) Gates Gates, Karen (Mike) Hartoin, Mary (Mike) Antone; stepchildren Melissa, David (Ellen) Milar, Nancy (Pete) Tsivitse; grandchildren Andy, Allison, Brian, Krista (Kevin), Lauren (Brian), Craig (Nancy), Leah, Erin (Aaron), Adam, Alex, Kyle, Nathan, Marisa, Mikayla, Ryan, Nick, Josh; great-grandchildren Ben, Anna, Timmy, Jack, Grant; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Frieda Feist Gates, daughter Barbara Gates, siblings Betty Dumont, William, Joseph, Howard Gates. Services were July 1 at St.





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From B9 (Andras) Csicsai, Karl (Lynn) Themare, Helen (Thomas) Little; grandchildren Margaret (Scott) Murphy, Gizela Csicsai, David Themare, Amanda (Ryan) Wood, Matthew Little; great-grandson Keith Murphy; many cousins. Services were July 8 at St. Catharine of Siena. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Commissioners on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in Room 603 of the County Administration Building at 10:00 A.M. for the purpose of Case # Miami 2002-03; Rudisell Rader PUD (Legendary Ridge) to appeal the May 20th, 2010 decision of the Hamilton County Rural Zoning Commission to approve a Major Adjustment in an existing "A PUD" Residence-P lanned Unit Development. 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. 1001573825




Christine Sowders Welch, 76, Cleves, died July 1. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Kingdom Hall. Survived by children Debbie (Wayne) Orosz, Jeff Welch, Lisa (Mike) Billman, Diana (Gary) BackSimpson; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Kyle Welch. Services were July 6 at the Kingdom Hall. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home.

Shane Mead, 24, 4481 Colerain Ave., warrant, July 2. Daniel Kelley, 22, 3608 Westwood Northern Blvd. No. 66, obstructing official business at 4109 North Bend Road, June 29. Edward Walters, 58, 4211 Fearman, disorderly conduct, July 1. Joshua Jessee, 22, 3409 Comfort St., driving under suspension, July 2. Tom Hilvers, 24, 3804 Dina Terrace, disorderly conduct, July 3. Clarence Johnson, 51, 2775 Thomasville No. 1309, driving under suspension, July 3. Nicole Rahm, 37, 3836 Ruth Lane No. 3, felonious assault, July 3. Mitchell Greve, 18, 3927 Davis Ave., possession of drugs, July 3. Patrick Greve, 22, 3927 Davis Ave., open container, July 3. Alex McVicker, 22, 3298 Camvic Terrace No. 1, endangering children at 3298 Camvic Terrace No. 1, July 4. Daniel Kelley, 22, 3608 Westwood Northern Blvd. No. 66, theft, July 4. Russell Bell, 37, 5130 North Bend Road, warrant, July 4. Juvenile, 16, obstructing justice, July 4. Chanel Gore, 21, 1998 Millvale Court, warrant, July 5. Juvenile, 16, felonious assault, July 5. Juvenile, 16, complicity to felonious assault, July 5. Sean Lunsford, 20, no address listed, felonious assault, July 5. Sean France, 20, 2596 Westwood Northern Blvd., warrant, July 6. Norbert Stacey, 23, 3737 Lovell Ave., disorderly conduct at 3737 Lovell Ave., June 27.


3449 Camellia Court: Hahn, Linda L. to Wells Fargo Bank NA Tr.; $90,000. 3709 Frances Ave.: Cheviot Savings Bank to Cassaro, Joseph N.; $45,000. 3931 Lovell Ave.: Union Savings Bank to Union Savings Bank; $27,500.


513 Laurelwood Drive: Bebla, Yolanda to Federal National Mortgage Association; $240,000.


Fox Ridge Court: Fox Ridge of Cincy LLC to Yeager, Michael R. and Dawn M.; $109,000. 1588 Devils Backbone Road: Miller, Charmaine I. to Schwertman, Michael W. and Vicki I.; $220,000. 2830 Country Woods Lane: Brickner, Lisa M. Tr. to Martin, Donald R. and Nanette Chastain; $232,000. 2853 Welge Lane: Corcoran, Christopher to Bank of New York Tr.; $96,000. 3256 Tallahassee Drive: Schmitz, Christopher J. and Kimberly A. to Roman, Michael E. and Laura K.; $150,000. 3474 Tallahassee Drive: Keinath, Dea to Taylor, Mark R.; $90,000. 3669 Edgebrook Drive: Linneman, Mary and Lawrence Wentz to Giovanetti, Paul A.; $127,000. 5161 Scarsdale Cove: Hohnstein, Carolyn R. to Brown, Edward T. and Carol A.; $138,000.



Two laptop computers, shotgun, wedding ring, GPS, binoculars and digital camera stolen from home at 4145 Janward Drive, July 2.


Vehicle stolen from in front of home at 4129 North Bend Road, June 30. MP3 player stolen from vehicle at 3502 Bruestle Ave., June 29. Amplifier, car stereo, two MP3 players and pair of subwoofers stolen from vehicle at 3958 North Bend Road, July 1. Money stolen from two vehicles at 3923 Taft Ave., July 5. Amplifier stolen from vehicle at 3311 Phoenix Ave., July 5.

drug abuse on premise, 3155 Mozart St., June 28. Dameon Thompkins, born 1979, criminal trespass and obstruction of official business, 3324 Meyer Place, June 29. John Ungerbuhler, born 1977, possession of drugs, 3201 Boudinot Ave., June 24. Sean Merker, born 1979, drug abuse and burglary, 2911 Kling Ave., June 29. Tiffany L. Dorsey, born 1984, criminal damaging or endangerment, 3000 Queen City Ave., June 22. Benjamin F. Patterson, born 1989, domestic violence and assault, 2424 Ferguson Road, June 29. Aaron Chambliss, born 1980, domestic violence, 5645 Glenway Ave., July 1. Brian R. Walker, born 1986, disorderly conduct, 2400 Harrison Ave., June 29. Saiha Born, born 1984, possession of drugs, 3324 Hanna Ave., June 30. Anthony C. Davis, born 1976, excessive sound in motor vehicle and disorderly conduct, 2400 Harrison Ave., June 29. Cynthia Milton, born 1979, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3177 Ferncrest Court, June 23. Darrell Edmonds, born 1988, possession of drugs, 2880 Harrison Ave., July 1. John A. Rogers, born 1918, board of health violation, 2664 Montana Ave., June 24. Jonathon Williams, born 1991, disorderly conduct, 2913 Boudinot Ave., July 1. Joshua Newman, born 1978, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3177 Ferncrest Court, June 23. Terry Emanuel West, born 1956, unlawful use of vehicle joyriding, 2400 Harrison Ave., July 2.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

Petit theft

3191 Ferncrest Court, June 27. 6150 Glenway Ave., June 26.

Aggravated robbery

Reported on Westridge Avenue, June 28.

Theft of license plate

3148 McHenry Ave., June 28.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jesse D. Eve, 18, 3434 Moonridge Drive, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, underage consumption and menacing at 3400 Eyrich Road, June 22. Paul I. Karnes, 35, 1833 Leona Ave., criminal damaging at 1833 Leona Ave., June 24. Sammika M. Lane, 20, 1201 Broadway St., disorderly conduct at 6383 Glenway Ave., June 26. Thomas S. Coates, 19, 2710 Westbrook Drive, disorderly conduct at 6383 Glenway Ave., June 26. Vincent F. Carraher, 29, 3372 Linsan Drive, disorderly conduct at 5790 Cheviot Road, June 27. Corey Black, 33, 2908 Costello Ave., drug abuse at North Bend Road and Cheviot Road, June 27. Daniel E. Young, 27, 5511 Muddy Creek, theft, resisting arrest and obstructing official business at 1000 Sycamore St., June 29. Brandon Helton, 38, 5235 Valleyridge Court, drug paraphernalia and open container at North Bend Road and Interstate 74, June 28. Stephanie Kaylor, 32, 6740 Perinwood, possession of drug abuse instruments at 6602 Hearne Road No. 45, June 23.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

Breaking and entering

3050 Harrison Ave., June 29.

Riding mower and ladder stolen from home’s garage at 2060 Southacres Drive, June 29.

Breaking and entering

2576 Queen City Ave., June 27. 2602 Montana Ave., June 28. 2602 Montana Ave., June 28. 3130 Montana Ave., June 28. 3355 Queen City Ave., June 30.

The Community Press publish the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: • Cheviot: Chief David Voss, 661-2700 (days), 6612917 (evenings). • Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212. • Cincinnati District 3: Capt. 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.


Suspect armed with gun robbed cash registers of money at BP Express at 3295 North Bend Road, June 28.

2982 Montana Ave., June 28.


Front door damaged during burglary

attempt, but no entry was gained at 6362 Werk Road, June 28. Medicine, concrete saw and chainsaw stolen from home at 3776 Jessup Road, June 30.

Criminal damaging

Outside mirror broken on vehicle at 5832 Childs Ave., June 22. Tree cut down in home’s back yard at 2854 Springwood, June 26. Mailbox damaged with unknown object at 5091 Rybolt Road, June 27. Metal picnic table bent at Margaret B. Rost School at 5858 Bridgetown Road, June 28. Condensers damaged on air conditioning unit at First Pentecostal Church at 2965 Blue Rock Road, June 28. Door handle damaged on vehicle at 5553 Westwood Northern Blvd., June 28. Unknown substance poured inside vehicle, staining the interior at 4142 Runningfawn Drive, June 28. Outside mirror broken on vehicle at 5771 Brandtmanor, June 29.



2400 Harrison Ave., June 29. 2457 Westwood Northern Blvd., June 30. 2712 East Tower Drive, June 29. 2824 Westknolls Lane, June 28. 2962 Wardell Ave., June 27. 3054 West Tower Ave., June 29. 3068 Lischer Ave., June 28.

Crystal Corso, born 1987, permitting

2322 Ferguson Road, June 27.


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Readers on vacation

It’s that’s time of the year when everyone needs a vacation. And if you go away, take a Western Hills Press and send us a photo showing you enjoying your time away. These readers took their Community Press newspaper on vacation and then e-mailed us a photo to On your next trip, snap a photo and e-mail it in.

The Hughes family traveled to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, to welcome son Lance Cpl. Ray Hughes home from Afghanistan after a six-month deployment. He has been a Marine for three years. This was his second deployment. From left is Ray Hughes, his wife Liz, father Ray Hughes Sr. and mother Sherry Hughes.

Jim and Patt Sayer of North Bend spend their 49th wedding anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is the southernmost point of the entire United States. (Key West is the southernmost point of the Continental United States) “Southpoint” is a very rough road and rugged coastal point, south of KailuaKona.

Friends and family celebrate Rick and Sandy Poland’s 10th wedding anniversary on St. Pete Beach, Fla., where they were married. Pictured from front left are Jeanne Shannon, Cathy Misch, Sandy Poland, Ashlyn and Raelyn Tiberio, and Amy Elliott; second row, Harry Clark, Bev Poland, Rick Poland, Ruth Branigan, Anna Tiberio and Barb Branigan; third row, Tom Misch, John Waymeyer, Dennis Poland, Nick Tiberio, Lori Morgan, Kathy Foegle, Mary Adams, and Mary and Eddie Glacken.

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Tom and Vickie Gildea and Frank Luckey and Mary Seiter, all from the West Side, went to Gatlinburg for the New Year’s Celebration and took along a Western Hills Press.

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