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Cemetery rehab

Eagle Scout Travis Nieman was looking for a project. He ended up directing an extensive refurbishing of the Cheviot Cemetery. – FULL STORY, A3

Walking away

Oak Hills teacher and assistant football coach Kyle Ralph was drafted into the NFL. After a series of misadventures, he decided pro football was not for him. – FULL STORY, A7

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In the 10 years the Nathanael Greene Lodge has been open it has cost Green Township more money to operate the facility than the lodge has generated in revenue. The expenses to run the lodge have outweighed its revenue by a little more than $2 million since Celarek 2000, the first year the facility was fully operational after opening in November 1999. Green Township officials aren’t surprised by the gap Upton between expenses and revenue. “The Nathanael Greene Lodge was never intended to be a profit generator for the township,” said Green Township Administrator Kevin Celarek. “The lodge was intended to provide a service to the citizens of Green Township.” Trustee Tony Upton, the only member of the board of trustees who was on the board when the facility opened, said the lodge is part of the park system, and one of the main reasons it was built was to give township veterans groups and civic organizations a place to meet. Prior to the lodge opening, groups like the Oak Hills Kiwanis Club, Green Township Civic Association, Western Hills Exchange Club and Green Township VFW

The Nathanael Greene Lodge is an event and reception center Green Township operates on Wesselman Road. The facility is part of the township’s park system.

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Revenue: 2000 – $66,587 2001 – $96,169 2002 – $117,037 2003 – $160,820 2004 – $250,210 2005 – $283,887 2006 – $213,367 2007 – $258,192 2008 – $302,954 2009 – $318,477

Expenses: 2000 – $248,087 2001 – $375,754 2002 – $330,622 2003 – $347,458 2004 – $444,932 2005 – $452,561 2006 – $443,260 2007 – $453,732 2008 – $504,288 2009 – $474,668

Post 10380 were meeting in halls and facilities outside the township, he said. “Most of them were meeting in Cheviot,” Upton said. Celarek said the lodge hosted 510 events in 2009, and 40 percent of those events were for nonprofit community groups. Township-sponsored events, such as the Bicentennial Ball and large public meetings, represented 15 percent of the events; weddings and social events made up 25 percent of the events; church rentals represented 12 percent; and business meetings and condominium association meetings totaled 8 percent of the events the lodge hosted. He said the lodge could make much more money, but the township charges the community

Difference 2000 – $181,500 2001 – $279,585 2002 – $213,585 2003 – $186,638 2004 – $194,722 2005 – $168,674 2006 – $229,893 2007 – $195,540 2008 – $201,334 2009 – $156,191

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groups and churches a “very fair rate” for use of the lodge. “We do not want to make money off the backs of these nonprofit groups,” he said. Although the facility was never intended to generate revenue, Jill Jones, who co-manages the lodge with Allison Detzel, said she and her colleague have implemented strategies to hopefully help the lodge at least break even. “We have done quite a few things to increase the revenue at the lodge,” Jones said. She said they installed a permanent outside wedding pergola, which has increased wedding ceremonies at the lodge by 90 percent. From April to October 2009 the facility hosted 10 wedding ceremonies. From April to October 2010 the lodge will host 19 cere-

Total – $2,000,762 Average over 10 years – $200,662 Source: Green Township monies, bringing in an additional $7,825 in revenue, she said. Detzel said they’ve also marketed to and booked businesses like Merchants Bank, Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy and Western & Southern, and have created a daytime business meeting rate at the lodge. “And we are hitting the pavement to reach local businesses and inform them of the lodge’s services,” she said. Jones said they’ve streamlined rates and added rates that did not previously exist, for instance rates for events like weekday business meetings, indoor ceremonies and wakes. The lodge also now offers clients chair covers and sashes for

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3 Rivers to review treasurer candidates By Kurt Backscheider kbackscheider@communitypress.com

Three Rivers Local School District officials are working to set up interviews with candidates interested in the district’s treasurer position. School board member Al Bayes said the board plans to set up interviews with two finalists within the next week or so. The two candidates the board will interview are Tammy Emrick, treasurer for the Fairborn City School District, and Tracy Jarvis, former treasurer and chief financial officer for the Princeton City School District. Bayes said the district received nine applications for the position, and Emrick and Jarvis were the strongest candidates. Three Rivers began the search for a new treasurer after former Treasurer John Wilkinson resigned

in June to accept an assistant treasurer position with the Lakota Local School District. Cary Furniss, the treasurer at Reading ComBayes munity City School District, is filling in as Three Rivers’ interim treasurer until the school board hires a permanent replacement. Three Rivers Superintendent Rhonda Bohannon said Furniss has extensive experience as a school treasurer and has been helping the district as needed. “We’re just really fortunate to have someone with his experience and expertise,” Bohannon said. Bayes said because the district has been able to rely on the assistance of a knowledgeable interim treasurer, the board has been in no

rush to hire a permanent treasurer. He said the board can take its time to evaluate the candidates for the position and Bohannon make the best decision for the district. He said the board is looking for someone who is an experienced treasurer, and specifically a treasurer who has experience working with construction projects. Three Rivers is in the planning stages of designing and constructing a new preschool through 12th-grade school building in Cleves. “We feel we’re at a point where we need someone with the experience to help us through the construction of the new school,” Bayes said.

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John Ruthven judging Harvest Home art Internationally acclaimed artist John Ruthven will be judging this year’s Harvest Home Fair Art Show. The fair will be Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 9-12 at Harvest Home Park in Cheviot. Ruthven, who has received recognition and awards for his mastery of wildlife art, will be at the art show to judge entries and award cash prizes. Ruthven has often been called the 20th Century Audubon because of his impeccably accurate wildlife art. He uses the same techniques as his predecessor, thoroughly studying and researching his subjects, sketching to rigid specifications, and then painstaking-

ly rendering original paintings with beautiful detail. Because of his community service record, business and civic accomplishments, and concern for others, Ruthven has been named a Great Living Cincinnatian. “We are honored to have John Ruthven attend the art show and judge our entries this year,” said Sharon Christopherson, co-chair of the Harvest Home Fair Art Show. “We hope that he will help attract more submissions and, in turn, provide broader recognition for local artists,” she said, noting that the quality of entries is amazingly high. “We are expecting about 40,000 visitors to the fair

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this year, and I am excited about the broad exposure we can provide for up-andcoming artists, art students, and established artists,” said John Williams, co-chair of the show. Works submitted for judging will be displayed in a secure building and may be priced and sold by the artist. Entries are $10 each, with a limit of two. For more information on how to submit artwork, crafts, and general exhibits, visit www.harvesthomefair.com or call 662-0524 and leave a message. The Art Show is part of the Harvest Home Fair put on by the Kiwanis Club of Cheviot-Westwood. Kiwanis is an international community service organization with a special focus on helping children. So far this year, 52 local organizations that serve children and teens have benefited from donations from the proceeds of last year’s fair.

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events, simple upgrades for which the township can charge and make a profit, she said. Detzel said they’ve conducted an in-depth cost analysis to ensure the lodge continues shrinking the difference between expenses and revenue. Jones said in 2009 the lodge lost the least amount of money it has ever lost since opening. Last year expenses outweighed revenue by $156,191. The figure was $201,334 in 2008. Upton said the township brings in as much money as possible with the lodge, but the lodge’s role is not a money maker. “It’s a service to the township residents,” he said. “The lodge is a central point of the township. Our residents can be proud of it because it’s a tremendous facility and it really is a great place for people to gather.”

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He was dubbed the bicycle burglar, but now Larry Hamilton, 48, is behind bars. Delhi Township Police Lt. Joe Macaluso said a tip from a Rapid Run Road resident led to Hamilton being nabbed July 8. “We were called by a Rapid Run Road man who thought he saw a man trying to break into a home,” Macaluso said. Last seen pedaling toward Hillside Avenue,

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police said Hamilton ditched his bike when he spotted police and started running along River Road. He was quickly apprehended and ultimately admitted to several burglaries and attempted break-ins, Macaluso said. Delhi Township wasn’t alone. Macaluso said police in Green Township, Cincinnati, Covington and Fort Thomas cleared several of their cases with Hamilton’s arrest. “He would ride his bike up to homes, knock on the door to see if anyone was home,” Macaluso said.

“If someone answered, he told them he was looking for his dog. If no one was home, he would look for an unlocked door (or) to break a window. He would steal small items, like jewelry and money, that he could carry while riding his bike,” Macaluso said. “He would pawn or sell items as quickly as he could.” Apparently homeless, Hamilton’s last address was Travelodge Motel in Newport, police said. Police Chief Mike Daly said he sold the stolen items to support his drug habit.

“He also told us that at some of the houses he went to, people had left their doors unlocked and didn’t have their alarms set,” Daly said. “We always try to get the word out to residents to make sure they always lock their doors.” Daly said some of the stolen items were recovered from the suspect and the department is investigating local pawn shops to look for the other items. Hamilton will face the burglary charges in Ohio, then Fort Thomas will bring charges against him.

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Little relief in Duke agreement A decision by Duke Energy to pay a larger share of personal property taxes this year has done little to ease the concerns of school districts and local governments in Hamilton County. Duke announced July 14 it reached an agreement with the Ohio Department of Taxation to pay 90 percent of the full-year 2009 tax assessment while it appeals the way its personal property is valued. The utility already paid the first half of its 2009 taxes in the first quarter of 2010. But Duke said in June it would withhold a portion of the last half of the payments during the appeals process. The latest agreement cuts in half the amount Duke planned to withhold. The agreement affects only the taxes to be paid this year, said Pat Hoffmann, Duke’s regional communications manager. The appeal process with the Ohio Department of Taxation will continue. “We hope to have a hearing this summer,” she said. Northwest Local School District Superintendent Rick Glatfelter said the district is still gathering information about upcoming federal and state budgets, so it’s a little to early to know exactly how the Duke change will affect the district. Northwest stands to lose an estimated $700,000 annually if the Duke appeal is wholly successful. Glatfelter said the change will have little effect immediately. “ODE sent its budget out this week, and if it goes through as they have requested, we will see cuts a little larger than the Duke situation has given us,” he said. “We will continue to make the cost containment cuts we deemed necessary and wait and see what happens.” Mount Healthy City School District Superintendent David Horine said his district will likely continue as if there has been no

change, as well. “The bottom line is that if Duke is successful, districts will have to give it all back,” he said. “No one wants to get caught with their proverbial pants down, so I see no choice but to move ahead as if we expect the appeal to be successful.” Mount Healthy stands to lose about $320,000 annually if the appeal is successful. Colerain Township Assistant Administrator Frank Birkenhauer said the change in the amount Duke is willing to continue paying during its appeal is not the issue. He says the appeal itself means no tax district can count on receiving the money in the future and to do so would be irresponsible. Green Township Administrator Kevin Celarek said the township will now lose about $80,000. “That will still have a significant impact on us,” he said. Right now it’s not clear how the township would make up for the loss, but he said the township would not be able to generate any new revenue to cover it. “We would simply have to absorb it or make cuts in other places,” Celarek said. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes cautioned that local taxing authorities should be cautious in spending these funds. “I am just a little concerned,” he said. “If Duke is successful in its appeal, this money would have to be refunded, with interest, from each taxing authority in Hamilton County.” The amount of any refunds will be based on the values determined through the appeal. Rhodes says spending the money now could create significant shortfalls in future years. Rhodes says because of the timing of the additional payment, it will not be settled until the first half real property tax settlement in April 2011. To help offset the impact on

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current budgets, the funds will be available for advances through the auditor’s office to those districts that request them. In Cincinnati, the city may save up to $10 million this year and next in a new deal with Duke Energy that allows the city to pay cheaper rates. Most of the savings, however, will not apply to the 2011 deficit, projected to be $50 million. Only about $280,000 of the savings – for the reduced cost of operating street and traffic lights – applies to the city’s operating fund. The deal was a renegotiation of a 2004 agreement with Duke predecessor Cinergy Corp. It allows the city to buy energy at below-market rates, something the previous contract didn’t do, adds a 10 percent discount off those rates and extends the contract from 2010 to 2013. Duke also waived a $2 million penalty for renegotiating early – the contract wasn’t set to expire until Dec. 31. “The administration and Duke did a very good job of looking for savings,” said Meg Olberding, spokeswoman for City Manager Milton Dohoney. Among the ways the city estimates the new deal will save: • $1 million this year and almost $3 million next by Greater Cincinnati Water Works, in part because the utility can set its utility usage at times that are offpeak for other Duke customers. • $75,000 in usage this year on traffic and street lights, plus more than $201,000 next year. That money would have come out of the city’s Department of Transportation and Engineering budget. • $20,000 this year on the convention center’s electric bill, plus more than $61,000 next year. Jennie Key, Heidi Fallon, Kurt Backscheider and Gannett News Service contributed to this report.

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Green Township resident Travis Nieman recently received the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. To earn this rank Nieman completed an extensive service project at the Cheviot cemetery. “I couldn’t get over what a wonderful job he did,” Cheviot mayor Samuel Keller said. His initial plan was to refurbish the cemetery at his church St. Aloysius Gonzaga where his troop, Boy Scout Troop 465, is based. When plans there could not be worked out, he decided to work on the abandoned Cheviot cemetery on Harrison Avenue. Nieman was required to plan, organize, manage and lead the project, which meant his first step would be to contact Keller. The first contact took place in January 2008. Nieman then began planning and collecting donations through October. “I would like to think he learned a lot about leadership,” Travis' mother Barb Nieman said. The first day of work at the cemetery took place on Oct., 12, 2008. Nieman had 29 volunteers that day. The main job on day one was to clear brush that nearly filled the parking lot sitting behind the cemetery. “We called in every family and friend favor we could,” Barb said. The work done to the cemetery includes new benches built by Nieman, construction of a mulch path, a new entrance gate and fencing in the front, removal of five trees, trimming of remaining trees, and the addition of several plants. “At first I thought he would clear a few weeds and vines,” Keller said. “I had no idea the depths and breadths of the project. It is incredible.” The Cheviot Westwood Community Association provided $30,000. Nieman was able to gather an additional $25,000 in

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Green Township resident Travis Nieman sits in the refurbished Cheviot Cemetery, which was his Eagle Scout project.

donated labor and material. Over the next year 54 volunteers spent 1,769 hours cleaning up and restoring the cemetery. Nieman himself logged 335 hours between labor and planning. The project was finalized by the board of review on April 13 2010 officially making Nieman an Eagle Scout. “I had a lot of fun. It's a long term goal I set for myself since first grade,” Nieman said. Nieman owes a lot of support to the local community. Several neighboring businesses donated lunches and the use of their facilities for the volunteers. “There was lots of appreciation from the community. People would stop and watch what we were doing. One woman sat and watched us every day that we worked,” Nieman said. Cheviot plans to maintain the upkeep of the cemetery. “It’s a beautiful site now. Before it was an eyesore,” Keller said. Nieman will be a senior at La Salle High School this fall. He plans to attend college, but is undecided about where he will go.

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Speeding in Cleves pulls in petition By Melisa Cole mcole@communitypress.com

Residents concerned with speeding in Cleves say they want more patrol and citations, especially in the 600 Block of North Miami Avenue. Cleves resident John Eagle presented a petition to Cleves City Council Wednesday, July 14. The petition stated that there was a lack of traffic control on the north end of North Miami Ave. “I’ve lived in Cleves 36 years and I’ve had three vehicles hit personally,” Eagle said. He also noted a concern for children who play in the area. Another resident stated that she fears an excessive speeder may not see

bers of council, “People aren’t scared of getting a ticket on this street.” He suggested a second speed limit sign be posted near the post office. The current one, just beyond the post office, increases the speed limit. Renner agreed that people need to feel safe and his department would continue to patrol and take suggestions and recommendations for the betterment of the community. “Speeding happens everywhere. The officers can’t be everywhere all the time.” Mayor Shawn Sutton requested that Renner maintain the current patrol of the area and keep his office informed and requested the same of the residents.

Police Chief Bill Renner agreed that speeding is a problem in that area and told council his officers indicate they are doing all they can to control the problem. He provided copies of several tickets that had been written for speeding along that stretch of roadway. the many deer in that area and will not be able to control their car. She said her children ride their bikes on the sidewalk and she fears for their safety. Police Chief Bill Renner agreed that speeding is a problem in that area and told council his officers indicate they are doing all they can to control the problem. He provided copies of several tickets that had been written for speeding along that stretch of roadway. Renner

had six tickets written by one officer during July. “The police make an effort to catch speeders,” said Renner as he held up copies of the tickets. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Many of the tickets were for speeders going 35-45. Eagle claimed he has seen cars going 6070 in the area. Eagle offered the use of his driveway as a spot for police to use as a speed trap and told the chief and mem-

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with the players arriving at the field and introduced at 6 p.m. Prior to the first pitch, past recipients and the recipients for this year will be introduced. “Not all of the recipients for this year have been approved at this time,” Kober said. “We are in the process of doing interviews and making the final recommendations.” Anyone who wants to nominate someone as a Skirt Game recipient can do so by writing a letter and sending it to The Delhi Skirt Game, c/o The Delhi Police Department, 934 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233 or they can e-mail the information to recipient@delhiskirtgame.org. After the game, there will be the traditional sports memorabilia auction followed by music by Hardwick Productions. The evening concludes with fireworks by Dave Klawitter and Queen City Pyro Productions. “We have been promised that this fireworks display will surpass any of those done in the previous 32 Skirt Games,” Kober said. Calling the action again will be Oak Hills High School graduate and WKRC traffic reporter Bob Herzog. “Folks might want to tune in or set their DVR for Herzog’s Friday Dance Party at around 6:45 a.m. on channel 12,” Kober said. “They might see someone from Delhi that they recognize the day of the Skirt Game.” Since the 2009 Skirt Game, the committee has helped 15 families in Delhi Township with more than $50,000 in cash and needed items. “This included helping folks avoid the loss of their homes, the loss of their utilities and, in some cases, providing food,” Kober said. “In addition, the Skirt Game worked with the Delhi Township fire and police departments for our initial Kids, Cops and Firefighters event. “We helped 84 kids in 23 different families have a better Christmas by letting them go on a shopping spree at the Western Hills Target. “With the help of the township Bigg’s, one of the Skirt Games major sponsors, the police and fire departments delivered a food basket to each of these 23 families to make sure they had a decent meal at Christmas time.” For more information about the Delhi Skirt Game, go to the committee website at www.delhiskirtgame.org, or e-mail info@delhiskirt game.org, or call 451-1197. Donations of either cash or items for the game raffle can be mailed to, delivered to or dropped off at the Delhi Township Police Department, 934 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233. Checks can be made out to The Delhi Skirt Game.


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July 21, 2010

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• Capstone activities and projects that culminate students’ high school learning experiences; and • Flexible credit options, which provide alternate ways for high school students to earn credit outside the classroom. As a result, students will graduate from Oak Hills prepared to stand above the competition by having more marketable skills for future

Incoming Taylor frosh invited to orientation By Kurt Backscheider kbackscheider@communitypress.com

Freshmen beginning their high school careers at Taylor High School this fall will get a preview of things to come at the annual Yellow Jacket kickoff. The high school, along with support from the PTSA, athletic boosters and Taylor Alumni Association, is hosting the freshmen orientation event for the eighth straight year. The kickoff is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the high school, 36 E. Harrison Ave., in North Bend. Susan DeGroot, a Taylor science teacher who helps organize the kickoff each year, said the event is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to learn about the culture at Taylor and get off to a positive start. “It’s a great way to help the transition of eighthgraders as they become freshmen at the high school,” she said. “This is a way to make

their very first day at Taylor not so scary, and help them feel like they belong before they ever enter the building on the first day of school.” Taylor students and teachers lead the orientation, in which incoming freshmen receive their schedules, locker assignments, tour the building and learn about the school’s extracurricular activities. DeGroot said the students will also meet their peer mentors in the upper classes, play games to get to know one another and take part in a scavenger hunt throughout the school. The students have lunch and leave with a school spirit pack filled with a Tshirt, carabineer key chain and backpack. “It’s been a really positive event,” DeGroot said. “The students leave pretty happy about coming back. “It’s a really fun day and we have a great time,” she said. Parents are also encouraged to attend an orienta-

tion session from 9-10:30 a.m. in the high school auditorium. Parents will tour the building and hear from the administrators, secretaries, nurse, counselors and special education coordinators about parent concerns, issues and procedures at Taylor. DeGroot said research has shown students who take part in orientation programs earn higher grades, are more likely to get involved in extracurricular activities, have fewer disciplinary concerns and are less likely to drop out of school than students who do not participate. She said the premise of the orientation kickoff is based upon the phrase “the end depends on the beginning.” “Giving the students a good start helps to alleviate a lot of issues,” she said. The event is $6 per student. Call Taylor at 4673200 or visit www.threeriversschools.org for more information about registering.

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“It is good that the district is willing to include the community and the students in these discussions.” Lesa Carpenter, an Oak Hills parent and school volunteer, said she thinks it’s an exciting time to be an Oak Hills student and embraces the move forward. Her youngest son, Ben, will be a freshman this year. Her older children, Josh and Katie, graduated in 2009

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July 21, 2010

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

Freshmen

First honors: Bailey Abbatiello, Eric Bachus, David Baumer, Patrick Bellman, Tyler Blanck, Eric Bodkin, Jacob Brabender, Ben Bradley, Blake Brauning, James Breen, Michael Buckley, Brad Burkhart, Jonathan Campbell, Alexander Carroll, Adam Cassedy, Jack Crable, Sam Cranor, Spencer Dangel, Alexander Drees, Nicholas Frantz, Tyler Fuerbacher, Joseph Geiger, Jeffrey Goldschmidt, Jonathan Grayson, Myron Hampton, Tyler Haubner, Matthew Henkes, Samuel Herbers, Trenton Hudepohl, Samuel Humphries, Eric Kahny, Daniel Keller, Matthew Kroeger, Travis Kroner, Mark Kuhn, Alexander Kurzhals, Peter Leonhardt, Royce Louden, Chad Loveless, Brandon Luipold, Gabriel Martini, James McMahon, Charles Miller, Jacob Miller, Sheridan Murphy, Adam Quinn, Samuel Rees, Alec Reynolds, David Sacha, Nicholas Saho, Joshua Schneider, Bradley Schultz, Henry Severding, Collin Spangler, Nathan Sparks, Michael Spears, Connor Speed, Nicholas Stockhauser, Joseph Stoner, Zack Stross, Alexander Suder, Jesse Tenkman, Erik Toelke, Alex Trippel, John Volmer, Aaron Westermeyer, Matthew Wetterich, Lemuel Weyer, Gage Wiethorn and Andrew Yauch. Second honors: Jacob Averbeck, Bradley Berrens, Blake Bischoff, Cody Gum, Adam Hambrick, Tyler Harris, Christopher Helmers, Michael Hess, Kyle Klug, David Koenig, Jon Leonard, Andrew Mahon, Paul-Michael Martin, Derek McKinley, Steven Meinken, Joseph Metzner, Anthony Milano, Joseph Millard, Alexander Murray, Eric Neiheisel, Jonathan Norman, Robert Rapien, Nicholas Rees, John Reverman, Nicholas Taylor, Brennen Walsh and Anthony Wuestefeld.

Sophomores

First honors: Bryan Allaben, Joseph Anneken, Andrew Bahrs, Tyler Berrens, Samuel Brickweg, Augustus Brock, Joseph Burger, Matthew Burwinkel, Joseph Calardo, Dominic Capano, Tyler Carroll, Jordan Claytor, Thomas Cowie, Samuel Cramer, Michael Creutzinger, Brandon Ellis, Samuel Fronk, Samuel Geiger, Evan Ginn, Daniel Goodman, Alex Haarmeyer, Derek Harper, Brandon Henderson, Robert Herbert, Daniel Isfort, McCoy Lambing, Daniel Leahy, Alexander Lohbeck, Steven Looby, Steven Loukinas, Robert McGlasson, Alexander Merk, Andrew Michel, Mitchell Miller, D. Jeremy Murdock, Zachary Obert, Gabriel Perkins, Ethan Porter, Macklin Robinson, Luke Roell, Christopher Rolfes, Andrew Rost, David Ruhe, Connor Schmidt, Matthew Schroeck, Cody Shields, Eric Smith, Joshua Streicher, Benjamin Vidourek, Jacob Wethington and Michael Witzgall. Second honors: Matthew Amend, Alexander Buchholz, Maxwell Byrd, Brett Campbell, Daniel Carrier, Eric Conradi, Timothy David, Alexander Downs, Andrew Erb, Nicholas Fritz, Christopher Greene, Joseph Grippa, Brandon Heflin, Andrew Hessler, Nicholas Hinton, James Hunsche, Thomas Jaeger, Austin Kennedy, Gregory Koenig, Ryan Leahy, Joshua Lemons, Tanner Luggen, Benjamin Mercer, Brandon Merz, Marc Nie, Joseph Pfiester, Alexander Poston, Tyler Quattrone, Patrick Rebsch, Thomas Roelker, Joshua Schmitz, Ryan Schoenung, Kyle Seigel, Lucas Stark, Anthony Stenger, Austin Tebelman, Ethan Udry, Tyler Vogelpohl and Devon Wing.

Juniors

First honors: Jessie Back, R. Shane Barnes, Evan Berling, Jonas Bieliauskas, Vincent Brickweg, Zachary Bryant, Andrew Campbell, Trey Casey, Jacob Cole, Alexander Cornelius, Andrew Damon, Zachary Dangel, Zachary Dillman, Matthew Farrell, David Hebeler, Kyle Herth, John Hoeweler, Michael Holt, Ryan Holter, Eric Hummeldorf, Kyle Jacob, Ryan Johns, Alexander Kah, Joseph Keckeis, Isaac Kerr, Zachary Klensch, Kevin Kluesener, Andrew Kummer, Brian Lester, Andrew Lonneman, Alan Luken, Benjamin Moeller, Robert Moore, Tyrin Nelson, Travis Nieman, Andrew Otten, Kole Porter, Jimmy Powers, Theodore Ruwe, Michael Schmidt, Andrew Silber, Mark Specker, Zachary Starkey, Andrew Steinmetz, Kyle Sterwerf, Nicholas Taylor, Adam Tullius, Joseph Ulm, Tristan VandeRyt, Thomas Volker, Michael Volpe, Matthew Vormbrock, Jacob Vulhop, Gregory Walden, Samuel Wanstrath, Samuel Wenke, Matthew Westermeyer, Tobiah Weyer and Matthew Woeste. Second honors: Randal Baker, Jason Berling, Ethan Bokeno, Colton Brauning, Alexander Brill, Tyler Celek, Zachary Clements, Kyle Comer, Christopher Davey, Ryan Fleming, Matthew Frede, Kyle Gallivan, John Garrity, Ryan Gundlach, Patrick Hebauf, Anthony Heckle, James Hill, Ryan Jesse, Alex Kerth, Jay Louden, Joshua Ludwig, Anthony Maccarone, Jacob McBee, Randall Meiners, Vincent Milano, Nathaniel Morabito, Jacob Rack, Kristopher Richmond, Eric Roetting, Evan Samad, Colton Sayers, Stephen Schwetschenau, Joshua Sengewald, Logan Sillies, Jeremy Swafford, Matthew Turner, Tyler Vidourek, Matthew Watters, George Welling, Brett Wiebell and Michael Wilder.

Seniors

First honors: Michael Averbeck, Patrick Bachman, Timothy Baker, Michael Berling, Dylan Berryhill, Matthew Blackwell, Jacob Bradley, Anthony Cimino, Raymond Claytor, Hunter Clements, Alexander Collins, Alex Cox, Christopher Davis, Tyler DeLaet, William Enderle, Andrew Engel, Andrew Finke, Michael Frerick, Evan Geiser, Shawn Gillispie, Timothy Gory, James Grippa, Marshall Grosardt, Jacob Hartmann, Alexander Healey, Kevin Jelen, Andrew Kolb, Kevin Kroeger, Kevin Lohbeck, Gregory Luncan, Ryan Matthews, Neal McDonough, Timothy McMahon, Jacob Mercer, Joshua Moellman, Alex Moore, Jared Noyes, Justin Pichichero, Dennis Rapien, William Rapien, Jacob Reynolds, Robert Ripperger, Reid Rizzo, Erik Saleh, Benjamin Schneider, Jeremy Smith, Michael Soward, Matthew Stiens, Mitchell Trotta, Garrett Webb, Jonathan Webster, Jeffrey Weierman, Andrew Weisbach, Lewis Wellman, David Wetterich and Peter Wietmarschen. Second honors: Anthony Appiarius, Joel Baumer, Nicholas Breyley, Benjamin Childs, Justin Cole, Anthony Erb, Jonathan Feuchter, Samuel Francis, Alexander Fuerbacher, Andrew Gallagher, Joseph Giesting, Daniel Gilkey, Zachary Havens, Alexander Heusmann, Dwight Hill, Paul Hill, Ross Houston, Joseph Jackson, Timothy Keller, Kevin Klensch, William Lyons, Thomas Mette, Justin Paulinelli, Logan Phelps, Benjamin Rechel, Richard Reitenbach, Nolan Rensing, Christopher Roginski, Jonathan Scheidt, Joseph Scherpenberg, Alec Schmidt, Eric Senft, Adam Sheehan, Kyle Smith, Samuel Sontag, Aaron Sparks, Alexander Steiner, Tyler Ward, Jacob Wethington, Brennan Woytsek.

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Students in the Key Club service group at St. Aloysius Gonzaga continue to support the victims of the Haitian earthquake. They recently presented a check for $109 to support the work of the Jean R. Cadet Restavek Foundation to help children in Haiti. Club members organized a dessert raffle. By selling chances, they raised the funds for the foundation and 14 winners received homemade cakes, cookies and brownies. The students first learned of the foundation when Cincinnatian Jean Robert Cadet visited last fall to share with students his experiences as a child slave in Haiti and his ongoing efforts to assist the current restaveks, or slaves, still in that country. Pictured from front left are Mark Waters, Maria Waters, Abbey Stahl, Mandy Heckman and Teresa Schill; second row, Hollie Westendorf, Natalie Rhein, Rachael Gamel, Josie Fieger, foundation representative Elizabeth Hendel, Tim Laib, Max Schoenung, Nicole Turner, Claire Garbsch and Courtney Ransick.

St. Ursula Academy

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

Freshmen

First honors: Ashley Bisher, Lauren Boeckermann, Lauren Carroll, Anne Dixon, Megan Ireland, Grace Liesch, Maria Moore, Priya Mullen, Christina Spears, Julia Springer and Alexandra Stevens. Second honors: Danielle Chin, Megan Gulasy, Alyssa Hussong and Megan Martin.

Sophomores

First honors: Micaela Bresler, Kathleen Byrne, Megan Devoto, Natalie Frizzell, Leah Gagnon, Carly Hube, Chloe Pfander, Samantha Ramstetter, Annie Reilly, Tayler Richter and Sarah Tapogna. Second honors: Alexis Corn, Olivia Eckstein, Elizabeth Froese, Anna Heinrich, Annie Minges, Maria Napolitano and Monica Sunderhaus.

Juniors

First honors: Eryn Ahlers, Samantha Beltsos, Brittany Doyle, Rachel Hube, Giovanna Kimberly, Lindsey Mueller, Colleen Reilly and Leslie Stegeman. Second honors: Courtney Dryer, Maddie Earley, Megan Lyons, Olivia Reilly, Alex Tensing and Abby Wilkymacky.

Seniors

First honors: Hannah Karches, Amanda Lietz, Emily Papania and Emily Spade. Second honors: Megan Carroll, Hayley Geiler, Blair Harrington, Taylor Hudepohl, Kathleen Leisring, Leah Schiller, Sarah Spohr, Teresa Thaler and Molly Young.

Elder High School has announce the newest inductees into the honors program, which focuses on academic excellence, leadership development, team building and community outreach. Students are selected through an application process. The 25 incoming freshmen inducted are: Kyle Berndsen from St. Dominic; J.T. Boiman, Joshua Byrne, Tim Kramer, Ryan Murray, Matthew Nortmann, Kyle Rickett and Tyler Rickett, all from St. Jude; Kyle Buschle from Our Lady of Lourdes; Christopher Collins, Lucas Feist and Noah Mastruserio, all from St. Catharine of Siena; Sean Conway from St. William; Daniel Fishburn, Jack James and Michael Murphy, all from St. Antoninus; Jason Geis from St. Teresa of Avila; Michael Griswold, Nathan Herdeman and J.T. Williams, all from Our Lady of Victory; Michael Kay from St. Aloysius-on-theOhio; Sam Maciejewski from Sunman-Dearborn; and Nicholas Roth, Christopher Schroer and Austin Walsh from Our Lady of Visitation.

Winning student

Moeller High School

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

Katherine Rust, a third grader at St. Martin of Tours in Cheviot, recently won $5,000 for her school from Clever Crazes.

Freshmen

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Second honors: Alexander Meloy.

Sophomores

First honors: Eric Lalley.

Seniors

First honors: Jeffrey Rogers.

Westside Montessori School

The following local students earned honors for the fourth quarter of the 2009-2010 school year.

Seventh grade

A Average: Jana Twitty. B Average: Ciera Hansen and Jessica Hart.

Eighth grade

A Average: Jaila Lawrence. B Average: Jonathan Baggett, Cheyenne Campbell and Ciara Sims.

Freshmen

A Honors: Jawaun Strover. A Average: Patrick Sonderman and Diamond Webb. B Average: Jehad Aboud, Shamiyah Hood and Christopher Martin.

Sopohmores

A Average: Briana Collins. B Average: Gabrielle Allen, Jenelle Belcher, Jazmin Lane, Laukita Mathews, Sadie Patton and Matthew Quinn.

Juniors

B Average: Holly Appling, Chelsey Brock and Saloum Camara.

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Ralph walks away from NFL run-around When the final fleeting grains of sand slipped through the hour glass of his collegiate career, Kyle Ralph had collected enough hardware to fill a Home Depot. A virtual four-year starter. All-ACC awards. Third-team All-American. Top 10 guard in the country. One sack allowed – and none since his freshman year. The list Reporter’s goes on. There Notebook are“very few Tony Meale guys I’ve represented as technically sound as Kyle,” said Ralph’s former agent Brian Redden, a St. Xavier grad who has worked in the NFL since 1999. “You could’ve filmed him in college and made a how-to manual for offensive linemen.” Midway through Ralph’s senior year, University of North Carolina offensive line coach Hal Hunter, having spoken to numerous NFL scouts, projected Ralph as a third- or fourth-round pick in the upcoming 2006 NFL Draft. Everything was coming together for the boy from Bridgetown. And that’s when it all fell apart. “That whole experience was one of those things,” Ralph said, “where everything aligned the wrong way.” Ralph’s unraveling began that January, when Hunter bolted Chapel Hill for a job opening with the San Diego Chargers. “When Hal left, there was nobody to speak (to scouts) for Kyle and hype him up,” Ralph’s father, Tim, said. “When that happens, scouts move on.” Ralph still had several coaches in his corner, including head coach John Bunting and strength coach Jeff Connors, but it wasn’t enough. Scouts want to talk to a player’s position coach, and Ralph was without representation. “Basically,” Ralph said, “the (Oakland) Raiders aren’t going to call the Chargers and ask them how good I am.” When the NFL Combine rolled around, Ralph fell two votes short of an invitation. “We’re disappointed that Hal didn’t take more of an interest in promoting Kyle,” Tim said. “But at the same time, he has a life and a family, and he was in the process of moving them to San Diego. We don’t have any bad feelings toward him.” Ralph’s lone chance to impress scouts before the draft was at UNC’s Pro Day.

He ran a 5.18 in the 40yard dash and recorded a vertical leap of 29 inches. Solid numbers, especially for a 310-pounder. In the 225-pound bench press, however, he faltered. Ralph had been consistently breaking the 30-rep barrier and maxed out at 33. But at Pro Day, when it mattered most, he mustered only 27. “That really bothered me,” Ralph said. “I got so jacked up in the moment that I went too quick, too hard and too fast and burned myself out.” All Ralph could do now was wait. Despite losing his position coach and being shunned by the Combine, Ralph’s draft stock was not altogether gone. He was still projected as a second-day pick. On Draft Day, Ralph gathered with friends and family, eagerly awaiting the announcement that would change his life. “The first day wasn’t so bad because I figured I wasn’t going in the first two rounds,” Ralph said. “It was me just watching for fun and seeing the guys I played against get drafted.” And then came day two. The third round went by. So did the fourth. And the fifth. Nothing. “You sit there with your cell phone and house phone waiting for someone to call,” Ralph said. “It was agonizing.” The sixth round came and went. Nada. “It sounds stupid – and I didn’t believe it until I started feeling it – but you get to a point in the seventh round where you actually hope you don’t get drafted,” Ralph said. “At that point, teams are picking (basically anyone). If you’re a free agent, at least you get to kind of choose where you get to go.” A handful of teams contacted Ralph toward the end of the draft to tell him he was on their radar, but nothing materialized. “I just sat there,” Ralph said. “I just sat there and watched. Didn’t really show any emotion. My girlfriend (Ashley), who is now my wife, sat on the couch with me and watched the whole thing and just held my hand.” As soon as the final pick was announced, Ralph’s phone rang. Several teams wanted him, including the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, which were coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Steelers. The Seahawks made the best offer. Three years, close to a million dollars. Ralph flew to Seattle and signed the contract. He was one of eight guards at the Seahawks’ mini-camp, but he worked his way to second

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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 third installment in a four-part series that details the ups and downs of Ralph’s football career. The first three parts 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 hotbutton issues facing high school football today. Ralph, 25, lives in White Oak with his wife, Ashley, and fourmonth-old son, Kaeden.

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Passing over the bluebloods... After Kyle Ralph was passed over in the 2006 NFL Draft, he and his father, Tim, wondered what would’ve happened had Ralph played college football at a traditional powerhouse. Ralph had scholarship offers from a whole host of schools, including Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida. Had Ralph gone to Ohio State, he could’ve won a national championship as a freshman. Had he gone to Oklahoma, he

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Kyle Ralph, then a freshman, returns to the sideline following a Tar Heel touchdown. on the depth chart. After the last drill, an assistant coach asked Ralph how many years he’d been in the league. Ralph explained that he was an undrafted rookie. “He didn’t believe me,” Ralph said. Things were looking up. Ralph returned to Cincinnati before heading to Chapel Hill for two weeks to work out. He decided to participate in the Seahawks’ voluntary summer workouts. “I’m a rookie,” he said. “I need to earn my keep.” Ralph was driving home to Cincinnati to catch a plane to Seattle when he got the call. “This is something I’ll never forget,” he said. “When you’re going out of North Carolina and into Virginia, there’s a stretch of highway that goes up on a bridge into the mountains, and I always lose (cell phone) reception there. Seattle called me when I was at the base of the bridge, and before I lost reception, they had cut me and the phone had been hung up. The conversation was that short.” There was no explanation. Ralph was out of a job, out of a contract and out of a million bucks. Sorry. Redden ascertained

Ralph was cut for financial reasons. Seattle wanted to keep its veterans and didn’t want to pay a rookie. “That was kind of my first look at the NFL,” Ralph said. “Seventy percent of it is how much money you’ll make, and that bothered me. I went up there and outperformed people who were supposed to be better than I was, and they cut me for it – just because they didn’t want to pay me.” The Carolina Panthers called Ralph a few days later. He reported to their mini-camp and was paid on a daily basis for nearly a month. He memorized the playbook in one weekend, while other linemen who had been there for weeks hadn’t retained a thing. Ralph returned home to Cincinnati once more. As he was about to leave for twoa-days in Spartanburg, S.C., the Panthers called and cut him. He had lost his spot to a player from NFL Europe, which was disbanding – yet another outside factor Ralph had going against him. “Teams were flooded with NFL Europe guys that were veterans, that knew an NFL system and that had played against that type of competition,” Ralph said. “I didn’t care enough to find out who I was cut for. Carolina kept calling him ‘The

Guy from Minnesota.’” Ralph was jobless again. Then, well, along came the Atlanta Falcons. Ralph and Ashley were driving home from a Northern Indiana wedding one summer day in 2006 when a Falcons representative called and invited Ralph to camp. There was only one catch. Ralph, who was four hours from home, had to be on a plane leaving Cincinnati at 4:15 p.m.; it was already past noon. Ralph’s request for a later flight was denied. Make the plane, or you aren’t playing for the Falcons. “That’s the way the business is,” Ralph said. “They’re holding all the chips, and you’re praying you can get some of them.” Ralph called his parents, who packed him a bag and met him at the airport. Ashley sped to Cincinnati. Ralph sprinted to his terminal, barely making his flight. It was past midnight by the time he arrived in his Atlanta hotel, and he had to be up at 5:30 a.m. for a fullmorning physical. The next afternoon, Ralph met with a Falcons rep and was told he had to return to Cincinnati. A bewildered Ralph asked if he failed his physical. No, everything read perfectly. Did I do something wrong? No, we brought two guys down here today, and you were No. 2 on our list; if the first guy failed his physical, we were going to go with you. But he passed. Well, what about the tryout? Oh, we weren’t going to actually have that; we just said that to get you guys down here. “I wish I could say that

could’ve played in the national title game as a sophomore and junior. And had he gone to Florida, he could’ve won a national championship as a redshirt senior. “Obviously playing at a big program helps,” Ralph said. “But if you’re good enough, they’ll find you. Plus, I knew if I didn’t go to UNC, then I’d be sitting here kicking myself for not living out a childhood dream.” type of thing is uncommon,” Redden said. “But the NFL is a business. It’s not a game anymore.” Ralph was irate at the ruse: “I looked right at the guy and said, ‘Get me out of here. I want a plane ticket out of Atlanta. Now.’ And he said, ‘Excuse me?’ I said, ‘Plane ticket. Out of Atlanta. Directly to Cincinnati. Now. You have inconvenienced me, my family, (Ashley) – everybody. And I want to go home.’ And he just stared at me.” Ralph’s demand was ignored. He sat alone in the room for four hours. He took it upon himself to tour the facility before Atlanta finally got him a plane ride home. “They didn’t care,” Ralph said. “I was an afterthought by then.” Ralph, at the pinnacle of frustration, decided he was done with the NFL. Days later, both Seattle and Carolina called. Said they’d made a mistake. Seattle wanted Ralph for its practice squad and offered him 80 grand. Carolina, meanwhile, was in a bind. The Guy from Minnesota flaked out. Never even showed up for camp. Ralph turned both teams down cold. Seattle hounded Redden every day for a week. Ralph stood firm. “I don’t tolerate disrespect,” Ralph said. “I’m a very forgiving person, but when I feel like I have been directly disrespected – and especially under a lot of false pretenses when you’re pulling the strings behind the scenes and you’re not upfront and you’re not honest and you’re deceitful – I don’t feel like I owe you anything.” And that was it. Ralph walked away. “I’ll be honest,” Tim said. “It was a great disappointment for me that he didn’t pursue it. I felt he needed to give it another chance.” Maybe Ralph joins Seattle’s practice squad, earns a roster spot and has a prom-

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The Cincinnati Steam summer baseball team had a solid start to the season, going 12-10 through the first half of the season, and manager Joe Regruth thinks the squad is poised for a strong finish. “We’re at fifth-place in the league, but we are just starting to gel and come together. It’s taken a little longer than last year because we have a lot of new players, but they are starting to find their comfort level with each other so I anticipate good play through the end of the season,” he said. Regruth said the quality and depth of the pitching staff has been a big strength to the team. “In this league, it takes the hitters awhile to get reaccustomed to using the wood bats. They are usually behind the pitching, but they have been better lately,” Regruth said. The team is led by a pair of pitchers that made the league All-Star game, Nathan Smith and Sam Dawes (Furman, Princeton High School). Both have ERAs under 1.5. The Steam also had a pair of pitchers selected in the MLB draft. Mike Jefferson (Louisiana Tech, Clermont Northeastern High School) was drafted by the New York Mets and Steve Matre (College of Mount St. Joseph, Purcell Marian High School) was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jefferson is fourth in the league in strikeouts with 24. “We have a number of guys who have put together impressive numbers through the first half,” Regruth said. In terms of position players, Tim Issler (Ball State, St. Xavier High School), Mike Morris (Tennessee Tech, Sycamore High School) and Jordan Keur also made the All-Star game. Ben Thomas leads the team in hitting with a .356 batting average and Cory Farris (Kentucky, Boone County High School) and Zach Isler (Cincinnati, Covington Catholic) were also selected to participate in the All-Star day workouts for the professional scouts. “We had about 29 pro scouts at the All-Star day and that’s huge for the guys because they have to get on the radar, so to speak, of the

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Cincinnati Steam players Sam Dawes (Miami University), left, Tim Issler (Ball State University), center, and Michael Morris (Tennessee Tech) pose before the 2010 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star Game at Western Hills High School July 14.

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Tim Issler, a St. Xavier product who now plays at Ball State, was selected as one of the All-Stars for the Cincinnati Steam this summer. Issler has a .333 batting average and has started every game he’s played in for the Steam. He has 17 hits and 8 RBI on the season and has been one of the most consistent offensive threats for the Steam. Issler will be a junior at Ball State in the fall. pro scouts by showing their abilities in the summer league. That lets them follow you in the fall and spring when you’re really in game-shape and hopefully leads to an opportunity to carve out a pro career,” Regruth said. Regruth said the team’s goal is to win but is also to develop players and to send them back to their college teams as better players. “That’s been a very positive aspect of what we’re about and we get calls from college coaches asking us to take players because of that,” he said. Regruth, who coaches Mariemont’s baseball team, said working with college players again helps him as a high school coach as well.

“No matter what level it is you work on improving the fundamentals of the game but I get the best of both worlds. I have an opportunity to work with guys at the high school level that aspire to be college guys and all the fun things that entails and in the summer I get to work with a more finished product,” Regruth said. “The lessons I learn by seeing the finished product allow me to maybe speed the development of some of the high school guys.” The Steam have games through the end of July and then the playoffs are the first week of August. Regruth said the Steam create a fun environment for fans and that other teams in the league love playing in front of their crowds. “Cincinnati is a great baseball town and the west side is a great baseball area. Our fans are knowledgeable , enthusiastic and big. The organization handles the games like minor league games, so there’s betweeninning entertainment and things like that throughout the night,” Regruth said. “We put a good product on the field but fans will have a good time in the stands.”

Steam roster Mike Morris, Tennessee Tech, Sycamore Bryan Rose, Northern Kentucky University Ryan Hopkins, Tennessee Tech, Western Brown Jake Proctor, University of Cincinnati, Oak Hills J.R. Reynolds, Ohio University, Moeller Jon Edgington, Miami University, Wyoming Jordan Keur, Michigan State University Noah Zipko, Campbell University, Tallawanda Michael Basil, Indiana University, St. Xavier Walker Stadler, Indiana University Ryan Bellamy, Xavier University, Northwest Paul Uhl, Thomas More, McNicholas Tyler Hollestegge, UNC Greensboro, St. Xavier Brad Gschwind, Miami University, Lakota West Markus Kuykendall, Xavier University, Harrison Tim Issler, Ball State University, St. Xavier

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Dad’s love for daughter tumbles out The battle cry in our house is … “Fire in your belly.” My kids know what that means; it’s the Tim Tebow promise, Herb Brooks’ great moments are born from great opportunity, and Knute Rockne’s Gipper all rolled into one. It’s the burning desire, to outwork, outplay, outthink, and outhustle everyone. My daughter Kiki is a gymnast whose goal was to qualify for the “state meet.” Not an easy task considering the coaches considered not letting her compete in two events because she just wasn’t ready. She was basically the Jamaican bobsled team. Before a midseason meet Kiki and I talked about “fire in your belly.” I explained to

Ralph Continued from A7 ising career. Maybe he gets cut after three weeks. No one knows. That chapter never played out. “I look back at this situation,” Redden said, “and for me – as someone who represented Kyle and guided him through the process – I’d describe my feelings as one of disappointment. “Not in Kyle, but in the way he was treated and dealt with. I’ve always regarded him as one of the best people “I’ve been involved with in the NFL. He had the talent – if teams took the time to really look at him and give him a shot – to have a 10-year career and be a staple of some community, somewhere.” Ralph wanted a sense of belonging, a sense of family. He wanted stability. He wanted things the NFL couldn’t offer. “In college,” Tim said, “you play because you love the game. You play hurt because you don’t want to let your team down. In the NFL, you play hurt because if you don’t, you won’t get paid. There’s no camaraderie.” So Ralph moved on. He has a home, a wife, a son. He teaches. He coaches. He inspires. “I’m damn proud of him,” said Tim, who in time better understood why his son did what he did. “There’s a tremendous amount he’ll give back to these kids, imparting in them what is correct and what is not correct. If that’s what he got out of all this, how can you be disappointed?” There are still those among Ralph who call him crazy. Walk away from football? From potential millions? “I know a lot of people who chase the dream,” he said. “But 50 years from now, I’ll look back on this and know one thing is certain: I stood by my morals. And that’s all that matters to me.” Ralph still watches the NFL, still plays fantasy football, still gets the urge to throw on the pads and get out there. But his playing days are past. He has no regrets. He wrote his own chapter. And he’s happy. Tony Meale is a sports reporter for The Community Press. You can reach him at tmeale@ communitypress.com or 853-6271.

her the “Be somebody” story that my football team rallied around a few years earlier on their way to winning the title. Kiki had the meet of her life and qualified. We were very disappointed when the state meet fell on our twin daughters’ First Communion. We knew there was almost zero chance of her making the podium, yet alone medaling. We were worried she would be disappointed with her performance and cellular minutes just don’t replace a parent’s shoulder when things don’t go your way. I dropped a letter into her

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gym bag as she left Friday. Kiki, There is an important job to do today. This is your chance to “Be somebody!” You hear me talk about “fire in your belly,” that something special that drives someone to accomplish the unthinkable. That hunger, to be and do what others think you can’t. That drive to overcome the pain and work that much harder than the person next to you. That passion that makes somebody want something so bad that they are willing to set aside all of their fears to reach out and take it! For the past 365 days you have had that hunger. For the past 12 months you have had that drive. For the

past 52 weeks you have had that passion. It’s time to show everybody that “fire in your belly!” Show them all that you belong. Be that somebody! I love you, Dad Ohio State Vault Champion was unthinkable, beyond her wildest dreams, yet there she stood with a gold medal around her neck as flash bulbs popped and her teammates cheered. Saturday was Kiki’s miracle. Reaching the podium and finishing eighth in the overall was the icing on a cake of magical disbelief. Kiki came home late Saturday night and I was already asleep. She came into the room and whispered in my ear

something that I will never forget. A moment frozen in time, “Daddy, I was that somebody today. Thank you for being there.” We hugged. I didn’t open my eyes. Ten-year-old girls

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coaches at the event. Fuller Ford, an Oak Hills corporate sponsor, is helping to raise funds for the Highlanders by raffling of a car. Tickets for the car raffle can be purchased now at www.ohathleticboosters.org.

The Westside Rebels 13U baseball team will conduct tryouts for the 2011 season from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, July 25; Sunday, Aug. 15; and Sunday, Aug. 29, all at Delhi Park Field No. 5. Registration will be from 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. prior to each tryout. Eligible players cannot turn 14 prior to May 1 of next year. Contact Lou Martini at 646-3185 for details. The Westside Rebels is a SWOL/Continental league team. Most of the team’s in-season practices are at Delhi Park and Riverside Park.

Western Sports Mall is now taking applications for the fall session scheduled to begin Aug. 5. They have men’s leagues that play on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday. Fee is $280 (plus ref fee) for eight weeks and the top four go onto play in a tournament. Registration is going on now through Aug. 1. Visit westernsportsmall.com or email: rsagers@fuse.net for more info.

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The Oak Hills Athletic Boosters will have its first “Highlander Fest” from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., on Aug. 20, at Nathaniel Greene Lodge. The event will include a Monte Carlo, poker, split the pot, food, drinks, car raffle and a “meet the coaches” reception. Tickets are $25 (pre-sale) and $35 (at the door). Tickets include one car raffle ticket, drinks and appetizers. All proceeds will go directly towards supporting high school and middle school athletics. “This event was developed to bring together Oak Hills supporters prior to the student athletes beginning competition,” said Mike Hilton, Oak Hills Athletic Booster president. Parents and fans will have the chance to meet the Oak Hills varsity

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Cincinnati West Soccer Club and Western Sports Mall are providing players an opportunity to get special training to prepare for the fall season. Training is being conducted by CWSC Director of Coaching, Bill Spraul, and the CWSC Training staff. This camp is designed to provide an overview of the critical technical skills that will help players of any age and skill level be more successful for the upcoming fall outdoor season. The sessions will focus on the technical areas of passing, receiving, and maintaining possession.

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In response to Ann Thompson’s guest column about the lack of respect shown between Democrats and Republicans: She is right, there is little respect between the two. It comes from being discouraged. We are living through a psychosis that is costing our grandchildren the American dream. I do take exception when Ann includes Tea Party members as being disrespectful. Tea Party members go out of their way to show respect. By the way, the number of Democratic members is growing. Remember the funeral for the widow of Martin Luther King? Out of respect, both George H.W. and George W. Bush attended. Many

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prominent Democrats spoke. Most, instead of showing respect for Mrs. King, spent their time bashing Bush. When it comes to being disrespectful, Democrats have set the bar low. We are paying China over $100 million per day in interest. Consider this scenario: the situation with North Korea deteriorates and they form an alliance with China. On the side of the missiles coming our way are the words: “Paid for by the American Debt.” With all respect to Ann, can we agree that going in debt $194 million per hour is not George W. Bush’s fault? Al Ostendorf Churchview Lane Cheviot

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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? “It seems reasonable but why don’t they just go ahead and make it a half-a-buck and be done with it for while.” W.H. “Hard to say, not knowing the details of the Postal Service budget, but I do know this: When you consider the logistics of getting a single piece of mail from one location to another in a timely manner and knowing how well they get it done, it sometimes seems as if $10 would be a bargain.” M.S. “At first it seems like a lot. However, when you consider that you can write a personal letter to a friend in California and have it hand delivered to the chosen address in 3-5 days, it’s really very reasonable.” B.N. “Reasonable, do I have a choice? Sure I would like it to go back to half the cost but people in hell want ice water. I love sending cards to people, and the price isn’t going to deter me. It’s far too pricey to send something FedEx or UPS.” C.A.S. “To me it appears the more the post office raises rates the less efficient the service becomes. Case in point: As I went to purchase some stamps last week about eight people were waiting in line (and) two clerks were attending to customers needs, suddenly one clerk decided to close her station and as we could see was not doing much

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This week’s question: Should Congress extend unemployment benefits? Why or why not? For how long? Every week The Western Hills Press asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to westernhills@community press.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. that could not have been put off til later. The wait to purchase a book of stamps took approximately 15 minutes. As one customer walked out he made the remark “and to think they are going to take over health care.” L.S. “A raise in the cost of postage was inevitable, understandable, and needed. In this computer age the Internet is being used to pay bills and send birthday wishes, etc. Fewer stamps are being used which is the major source of income for the post office. “An efficient, workable post office is needed for items that are not computer friendly. In addition, there is nothing like getting a letter or card in the mail, knowing someone took the time to buy the card, write a note, and physically send a card letting you know they were thinking about you. “Complaints about the rising cost of postage will happen, however, if you think about it everyone is sending less ‘snail mail’ via the post office so the cost is negligible. “Hats off to the post office for doing a great job!” K.K. “I think it’s too much since they just went up. Passport fees also increased. I thought the Postal Service was going to reduce expenses by reducing deliveries to five days a week.” N.P.

learned exactly what her position was at the Mount, but she soon told me that she had hiked up a number of mountains when she lived Joyce Rogers in Colorado. Community Both of us havhad experiPress guest ing ence in hiking columnist up mountains, we began learning that we seemed to have more than a few interests in common. Best of all for us, she and I became good friends and avid walking

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As the summer season heats up and thousands of children and teens celebrate vacations from school, many others are spending their days missing out on the fun as they rehab from sports-related injuries. In the United States, more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive treatment for sportsrelated injuries and nearly half of those are overuse injuries, often leading to “burn out” and the loss of desire to play at all. We (physicians, parents and coaches) must take safety into account when dealing with youth sports leagues. When we look at causative factors for the trends cited above, specialization and overuse are leading the pack. In conjunction with several other societies, the American Othopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has founded STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Protection) sports injuries. The goal is not to reduce sports participation, but rather to encourage safe participation. Sports are a fantastic way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, improve mental and physical health, and build camaraderie and self-esteem. Unfortunately, the immature body is not ready to handle the constant repetition and impact that comes with early specialization. In today’s world, many youth athletes are asked to play on school teams, club teams, travel

teams and in the off-season, and are then invited to showcase events and “camps” to impress scouts. This practice overstresses Matthew L. immature joints Busam and muscles, to pain. Community leading Proper mechanPress guest ics and form get columnist altered and even more serious injuries then can occur. Playing through pain is not a good thing for a child, rather it is a sign from the body that something is wrong. In the office, I routinely remind parents and coaches that professional athletes have disabled lists and often times miss games and practices. We must have an understanding that injuries take time to heal, and missing a few practices or games is better than missing an entire season (or career). Often, rest or short periods of immobilization take care of the problem. Other times, proper supervised physical therapy is needed to correct the muscle weakness or inflexibility that led to the problem. Surgery is usually a last resort, but the longer pain persists without treatment, the greater the risk that surgery will be needed. Adults must take responsibility and must stop plac-

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ing undue pressure on children to participate despite pain or injuries. Participation in youth sports drops dramatically after age 13. Seventy percent of children stop playing at that age and cite adults, coaches and parents are the top three reasons. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, only 3 to 6 percent of high school football, basketball, baseball or soccer athletes play in college and only 0.03 percent to 0.44 percent play professionally. Compare that to the fact that 32.7 percent of U.S. adults are overweight, 34.3 percent are obese and 5.9 percent are extremely obese. We must therefore encourage safe participation in youth sports so as to enable our young athletes to maintain a long-term active lifestyle. Encourage your child to play multiple sports, have fun and develop a lifelong love of fitness. Remember that pain is never normal. Limping, difficulty sleeping, swollen joints or muscles, and pain that persists despite rest require evaluation. For acute care contact your pediatrician, family physician or a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. Visit www.stopsportsinjuries.org for more information and sports-specific tips. Dr. Matthew L. Busam, a Green Township resident, is team physician for Elder High School and a practicing sports medicine orthopedic surgeon.

Parks initiate aquaculture program As many people already know, fishing is a great way to spend time with friends and family. Per the most recent national survey of fishing, hunting and wildlife-associated recreation, 40 percent of those that fish do so for that very reason. However, getting youth involved in this healthful outdoor activity has been getting tougher. With over-scheduled lives and competition from cable television and video games, watching a bobber that doesn't move quickly becomes difficult to keep interesting. The Hamilton County Park District is working to change that scenario through a recently initiated long-term program in aquaculture. Using an in-house construction crew, three half-acre fish rearing ponds were constructed last fall at Miami Whitewater Forest. The species targeted for production is the hybrid bluegill, actually a cross between two native species: green sunfish and northern bluegill. According to Bret Henninger, park district stewardship crew leader, these panfish are hardy, aggressively take bait and provide an exciting battle for their

size. Though not sterile, the hybrids are overwhelming male and will not become a threat to overpopulate a body of water. Jim Rahtz Compared to Community purchasing adult Press guest fish, the project enable fish columnist will to be stocked at 25 percent of the cost. Production can be achieved with such savings partly due to donated labor feeding and caring for the fish by the park district’s volunteers. A second reason is the savings in transportation cost. Purchasing small fish then growing them locally saves shipping cost and reduces fossil fuel usage. This spring, 2,500 three-inch fingerlings arrived at the ponds. After two years of care and feeding, the final product will be ready for stocking in park district lakes in 2012. Once adults, the hybrids have a reputation for tolerating catch and release well, returning to the bite quickly. And if the situ-

ation calls for catch and cook, it is hard to beat any variation of bluegills for taste. One of the first locations for stocking the hybrids will be Lake Isabella Family Fishing Center near Loveland. The park has been transformed over the past several years from a typical pay lake to a location that caters to new anglers. Kids and seniors fish for free every day, fish-attracting structure has been added and the stocking program has been changed to add more kid-sized fish. In addition, activities from beginner fishing clinics to a series of adult/child fishing tournaments are being offered. Providing a more affordable source of kidfriendly fish will allow stocking to increase, making trips to the lake even more likely to be successful and fun. Although this project will take a couple years to start paying benefits, quality family memories and increased time in the outdoors by local kids are dividends that are worth the effort. Colerain Township resident Jim Rahtz is former deputy director of the Hamilton County Park District.

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Delhi Township residents Paul and Lorraine Ashworth joined daughter and son-inlaw Donna and Chad Steioff and their sons Ben and Will for a trip to Chicago. They are pictured at the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millenioum Park.

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Miracle Dance Theatre of Delhi Township took the Press along on their trip to Columbus to compete in the Star Systems dance competition. The group took first place overall and the highest score of the day for age 12 and under with a routine called "Ghost of Corporate Future," choreographed by Amy Vandergriff. Pictured are Lexie Carey, Jacquelyn Dove, Emily Egner, Kami Fleming, Maria Kuhlmann, Maddie O'Shaughnessy, Emily Shad, Samantha Siegel and Elizabeth Voss.

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Green Township residents Mike and Carol Haskell, left, celebrated the marriage of their daughter Lori to Edward Garber, holding the Western Hills Press, with Jodie Haskell Binning and her family on a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. The PROVIDED. newlyweds live in Charlotte, N.C. Mack residents Terry and Carol Hayms, left, and North Bend residents Phil and Pam Berninger enjoyed the Western Hills Press in Las Vegas. Also on the trip were Clarke and Jerry Giebel of West Chester.

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

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

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

FARMERS MARKET

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. 6624569. Monfort Heights.

FESTIVALS

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Festival, 6-11 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes School, 5835 Glenway Ave., Games of all ages, food vendors, raffles and split-the-pot. Beer garden, alcohol with ID and wristband. Through July 25. 922-0715. Westwood.

FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., bigg’s Delhi, 5025 Delhi Road, An evening with Pat from StoneBrook Winery. Three samples with snacks from the deli and fresh meat counter. $2. 354-1700. Delhi Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

The Cincinnati 912 Project, 7-9 p.m., Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Discuss constitutional matters, current events and avenues of citizen activism. Group’s goal is to educate public about Constitution, government and impact of government policies on lives of citizens. Free. Presented by Cincinnati 912 Project. 598-5856. Green Township.

EDUCATION

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; www.wincincy.org. West Price Hill.

MUSIC - CONCERTS

Summer Concert on the Lawn, 7 p.m., Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave., Front lawn. Free Music by University of Cincinnati Alumni Community Band. Food provided by Sam’s Chili. 251-3800, ext. 101. West Price Hill. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 2 3

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

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

ART 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.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Butler Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance club open to all experienced dancers. $5. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Miamitown.

EDUCATION

Digging Up the Past Archaeology and Excavation Program, 8 a.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, “Fabulous Flint and Lythics.” Work with archaeologists and University of Cincinnati students to search for evidence of prehistoric cultures in the middle Ohio Valley.Ages 12 and up and adults. $20 with lunch at golf course clubhouse; $15 without lunch. Registration required. 521-7275, ext. 240; www.greatparks.org. North Bend.

MUSIC - OLDIES

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

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MUSIC - RELIGIOUS

Pastor Isaac Dudley True Divine Worship Ministry, 7 p.m., Refuge Coffee Bar, 5010 Glenway Ave., 429-4215. Price Hill.

NATURE

Get a Glimpse of a Goldfinch, 10 a.m., Fernbank Park, 60 Thornton Ave., Goldfinches nest late in the season after the thistles bloom, eating seeds and using the down for a nest lining. Meet at the playground. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Sayler Park. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 2 5

MUSIC - ROCK

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

ON STAGE - THEATER

Les Miserables, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Epic story recounts struggle against adversity in 19th century France. $20 Golden Seats; $14, $12 seniors and college students; $10 children and high school students. Presented by Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre. 241-6550; www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. West Price Hill. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 2 4

BENEFITS

Rollin’ on the River Car Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fernbank Park, 60 Thornton Ave., Classic and antique cars, music and refreshments. Car registration, 9 a.m.-noon. $15 registration fee per car; free for spectators; vehicle permit required. Presented by Kiwanis Club of Riverview-Delhi Hills. 941-7700. Sayler Park.

CIVIC

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

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St. Teresa Bruins Golf Outing, 12:30-10 p.m., Pebble Creek Golf Course, 9799 Prechtel Road, Scramble with shotgun start. Includes dinner, drinks and prizes, split the pot. Mulligans available for $5 (one per golfer). Ages 18 and up. Benefits sports programs of St. Teresa Athletic Association. $80. Registration required. 921-1013; www.stteresaathletics.com. Colerain 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; www.greatparks.org. North Bend.

CIVIC

Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate in this program. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Environmental Services. Through Nov. 21. 946-7755; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Green Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

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

FESTIVALS

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Festival, 5-11 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes School, 9220715. Westwood.

MUSIC - BLUES

Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m., Poppy’s Tavern, 5510 Rybolt Road, Free. 574-6333. Green Township.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK

Barney and the Holers, 9:30 p.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, $3. 451-1157. Riverside.

FESTIVALS

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Festival, 4-10 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes School, Dinner specials available. 922-0715. Westwood.

HISTORIC SITES

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. 598-5732; www.gacl.org/museum.html. Green Township.

MUSIC - OLDIES

Blair Carmin and the Bellview Boys, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, “The rockinest piano in the Midwest.”. $10. Reservations recommended. 2517977; www.jimandjacks.net. Riverside.

NATURE

Whoooo Flies by Night?, 1 p.m., Embshoff Woods, 4050 Paul Road, River Mount Pavilion. Owls. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Delhi Township. Whoooo Flies by Night?, 3:30 p.m., Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Stone Shelter. Owls. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Cleves.

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The Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre presents “Les Misérables” beginning Friday at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, July 23, through Sunday, July 25, and Wednesday, July 28, through Sunday, Aug. 1, plus a 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 1. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and college students, $10 for high school students and younger, or $20 for gold seats. For more information, call 241-6550 or visit www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. Pictured are cast members Ria Villaver, left, as Eponine and Lindsey Mullen as adult Cosette.

SUMMER CAMP SPORTS

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 29. 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: Soccer, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or 1-4 p.m., Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave., Daily through July 30. Half-day participants do not swim. Drills, skill development learn the rules of the game, swimming and take a lunch break. Financial assistance available. Ages 612. $164, $124 members; half day: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 6611105. Westwood.

SUMMER CAMP YMCA

Gamble-Nippert YMCA Traditional Day Camp: Y Arts Adventures, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave., Daily through July 30. Arts and crafts, swimming, weekly themed activities, field trips and more. Ages 6-12 (age 5 if kindergarten grad). Pre-camps open 6:30 a.m.; postcamps close 6 p.m. $149, $119 members; $10 each weekly pre- or post-camps. Registration required. 661-1105. Westwood. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 2 7

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

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

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FARMERS MARKET

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.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

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. W E D N E S D A Y, J U L Y 2 8

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Scrapbooking, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. Through Dec. 29. 471-4673; www.thewomensconnection.org. West Price Hill.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Beacon Orthopaedics Pre-participation Physicals, 6-8:30 p.m., Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine-West, 6480 Harrison Ave., Pre-participation physicals for student-athletes entering grades 7-12. Each physical costs $20 via cash or check (made payable to Beacon). $10 of this will go back to the athletic department at each student’s school. Athletes need to provide an Ohio Physical form signed by a parent or guardian to receive a physical. (Downloadable at www.ohsaa.org) Insurance plans are not accepted. Athletes need to wear shorts. Ages 7-12. $20. 354-3700; www.beaconortho.com. Green Township.

NATURE

Summer Library Programs, 2-3 p.m., Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Ave., “Local Fossils.” With Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Ages 4-8. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 369-4490; www.hcswcd.org. East Price Hill.

ON STAGE - THEATER

Hamlet, 7-9 p.m., Mount Echo Park, 381 Elberon Ave., Part of Shakespeare in the Park Summer Tour. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 3524080; www.cincyshakes.com. Price Hill.

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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.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center Taekwondo, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Youth) and 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Adults and family), Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., With Mark Stacey, six-degree black belt. Ongoing classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays. Family rates available. Ages 3 and up. $40 uniform fee; $35 per month. Registration required. Through Dec. 22. 662-9109; www.cincyrec.org. Westwood. 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. 369-4490. East Price Hill.

SUMMER CAMP - ARTS PROVIDED

John Mayer performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Riverbend Music Center. Train also performs. Tickets are $105 four-pack, $69.50, $49.50, $36 lawn. Call 800745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

TheatreWorks, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road, Daily through July 30. For boys and girls, ages 614. $130. Registration required. 661-2740; www.motherofmercy.org/summercamps. Westwood.

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

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

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. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill. Girls Life, 3-4:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Field trips on Wednesdays. Ages 11-13. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.

PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “Blithe Spirit,” a romantic comedy of the supernatural, though Aug. 8, at 719 Race St., downtown. Pictured is Annie Fitzpatrick as Madame Arcati, who holds a séance, in which a lost love comes back to haunt another character. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. ThursdaysSaturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 513-381-2273 or visit www.cincyshakes.com.


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There is a reason why grace is called amazing There’s something peculiar about the appeal of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” It’s a religious song, yet popular in a secular age. Its language expresses human powerlessness during an era of technological genius and human success. Its theme is even about a subject that can’t be accurately defined or scientifically scrutinized. Why its popularity? Why is it sung with such gusto? On an unconscious level it lets us acknowledge a truth we count on dearly – the help of God as we live out our lives. In his book, “The Magnificent Defeat,” Frederick Buechner writes, “For what we need to know is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the stars there is a cosmic intelligence of some kind that keeps the whole show going, but that there is a God right here

in the thick of our day-by-day lives. … It is not objective proof of God’s existence what we want but the experience of God’s presence.” Father Lou And that’s Guntzelman exactly the truth Perspectives “amazing” that the hymn professes. Many of us come to a point where we can look back and recognize certain accomplishments we’ve experienced exceeded our own strength. The word “grace” has as its root the Latin word gratis, for “gift.” We get grace all mixed up with good fortune. Grace teaches us the opposite. When I am lying flat on my face in the dark and someone hands me a lit candle, that is God’s grace. And when I am flying high

enjoying my own success and powers and I run into a flock of geese, that is God’s grace too. If God is God, then grace is active just as much in the things that threaten and humble me as in the events that help me endure or lift me up on eagles’ wings. It is God’s presence that makes grace, whatever the circumstances. As Barbara Brown Taylor states, “With grace my spiritual math collapses. One plus one does not equal two but at least three and perhaps 3,000.” We are offered more of everything than our own notions of ourselves can hold. Again, Taylor writes, “To give into grace is to surrender our ideas about who God should be in order to embrace God’s idea of who we are and to have the good sense to say ‘Thank you.’ ” Interestingly, we may approach the notion of God’s presence in

our lives with ambiguous sentiments. Certainly we want God’s help in life. Yet … we’re somewhat afraid of losing our human individuality and freedom. In a sense, a person may fear God “messing around with my life.” If that’s the case, we might benefit from knowing something else about grace. Its purpose is not to stifle our humanity but intensify it. Grace is an awesome partnership in which God remains utterly sovereign and we become authentically free. God contributes all that God can and we can open and contribute (if we so choose) all that we can. Grace is God’s self-gift, our response is our self freely unwrapping and accepting the gift. Yet, paradoxically, the ability to open the gift (our freedom) is God-given too. It came when we were created. Sound complicated? What do

we expect when dealing with mystery, free will, and a God beyond all our words? Theologian Karl Rahner wrote, “It is clear from the nature of God’s self offer that the initiative (of grace) must lie with God. But we are not thereby condemned to passivity. A ‘salvation’ that did that would hardly be salvific. Still, the fulfillment of our openness is also something which we receive as a gift, not a product of our own making. ‘We love, because he first loved us’ (1 John 4:19).” It is always emphasized in discussing grace, that no human being can be saved as a result of his or her own goodness, virtue, success or religious practice or belief; we can only be saved by God’s grace. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community press.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Always get used car inspection before purchase Used car sales are up these days as buyers look to save money during this recession. But, before you buy a used car, there are certain things you need to do to make sure you don’t buy what had been someone else’s headache. Most people realize they need to take a used car for a test drive, but during that drive be sure you take it on the highway as well as local roads. That’s important so you get a chance to see how well it accelerates, and how smoothly is handles at high speeds. But a test drive is only the beginning. Unless you’re a trained auto mechanic it’s important to get the vehicle checked out by an ASE certified mechanic. If the seller won’t let you take it to be inspected, walk away and do business elsewhere. Sharon Hines of Delhi Township learned the importance of such an

inspection. “There was no warranty. I paid $4,400 – $4,977, with taxes Howard Ain and fees,” Hey Howard! she said. “I love the car. It needed an oxygen sensor and our salesman said other than that it had no mechanical problems.” Unfortunately, when the used car dealer sent the car for the repair, a great many more problems developed. The repair shop kept the car for more than two weeks. “They wouldn’t give me a loaner, so for 16 days I had to find a way to work and a way home,” said Hines. Once she got the car back she found it still had problems and returned it for more repairs. “I had the car for 28 days and they had it for 25,” Hines said. But, she said, the mechanics at the repair shop

were never able to fix it. “Never – and until I contacted you they weren’t going to fix it. They wanted me to pay and that’s why I contacted you,” she said. I suggested Hines take the car to an independent ASE certified mechanic to try to diagnose the problems. She did and, working with the dealer and that repair shop, Hine’s certified mechanic was able to fix a lot of things. The dealer who sold the car has agreed to pay for all the repairs – which so far come to more than $3,300. Hines said she’s learned a valuable lesson. “Get a used car inspected before you buy. It’s a lifelesson learned – big time,” she said. Such an inspection will cost about $100, but it is well worth it if it can keep you from spending thousands of dollars on a vehicle that will give you nothing but headaches. It’s important to get such an inspection whether the

Time to ask: What’s the story? Got a question about something happening in our community? Perhaps it’s that row of bulldozers lined up at the corner. Or the story behind a building that’s been vacant far too long. Maybe it’s an update you need on a local government or school story.

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Welcome guests with pineapple dishes My husband, Frank, is anxiously awaiting the first of the corn. I’m anxiously awaiting ripe elderberries for jelly. Doesn’t take much to please either of us, does it?

Mary Carol Cox’s special occasion pineapple cake

I know this talented Kenwood reader as “MC,” my dear friend Joanie Manzo’s sister. This has been in my file a while, and it dawned on me the other day that the cake and icing that readers have been requesting may just be this one, since the pineapple icing was a cooked one that they requested. 1 package yellow cake mix 1 can, 30 oz., crushed pineapple, undrained 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup cornstarch Dash salt 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups whipping cream

Prepare m i x according to directions and bake in two layers. Cool Rita on racks, Heikenfeld split laycreatRita’s kitchen ers, ing four total layers. Combine pineapple, sugar, cornstarch and salt in pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until clear and thick. Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Cool. Whip cream and spread each layer with about half cup of cream; then spread each layer with pineapple filling. Stack layers and spread with rest of whipped cream. Chill until ready to serve.

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Marinated grilled shrimp recipe made by Robin Maynard. cook. Her original name for this recipe was “marinated grilled shrimp.” I think it goes way beyond that, so I’ve renamed it. She told me, “I love to create recipes. Many times I’ll eat at a restaurant and then go home and try to recreate the dish.” Her co-workers are guinea pigs (lucky them) and she recently enrolled in the Midwest Culinary’s program for pastry arts. Her goal? “To own a restaurant or bakery some day.” I think Robin’s on her way. 20 each shrimp, medium, uncooked, peeled and deveined 1 ⁄2 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons butter,

melted 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 2 tablespoons cilantro 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄8 teaspoon pepper 4 each bamboo skewers pinch cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Place shrimp in a gallon Ziploc bag and add mixture. Shake to evenly coat shrimp and marinate in refrigerator for one hour. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes so they won’t burn on the grill. Remove shrimp from bag, discard remaining liquid. Slide 5 shrimp on each skewer. Place a sheet of foil on grill grate and heat grill on medium. Place skewers on foil and cook for five minutes. Turn shrimp and cook another five minutes or until shrimp is done and golden brown. Serves four.

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Readers’ comments

Hot slaw like Heritage Restaurant: David Waters, a reader who used to live in Mariemont and loved the hot slaw served at the Heritage, asked me for a recipe. I sent him one that I’ve published here before and he said, “The slaw was delicious and so reminiscent of what the Melvins served at The Heritage; our favorite dining spot during the 23 years in Mariemont.” (I can vouch for the popularity of this restaurant and its good food, as well, since my husband was their general manager. It closed several years ago). David said after retiring from P&G, they moved south and now live in Chapel Hill, N.C. David served it with a pork loin that he rubbed with pepper, salt and a bit of thyme. Yum.

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Robin’s Hawaiian teriyaki chicken recipe is on my online column as well. If you don’t have Internet access, call 513591-6163 to have my editor Lisa mail you a copy. Buffet bread & butter pickles a hit: Jean Heenan made these and said “they are amazing.” She wanted to know if the brine could be used again since “the pickles won’t last long.” No, it cannot but it makes a nice marinade for fresh cukes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

REUNIONS Talawanda High School classes of 1964 and 1965 – are having a 45th reunion for 1965 and 46th reunion for 1964, July 23, 24 and 25, in Oxford. Contact Alice Anderson Wedding at aj2mydad@yahoo.com, on facebook.com, or at 831-0336. Anyone is welcome to help plan. Deluxe Check Printers employees – are having a reunion July 24. Email deluxe2010reunion@ yahoo.com for more information,

or call Rodney Lee at 205-1136. The 133rd Whitacre Reunion – will be Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Sugar Run family grounds on RoachesterOsceola Road in Morrow. All descendants of Martin and Mary Howard Whitacre are encouraged to attend. Plan to gather at the family grounds around 12:30 p.m. with a picnic lunch to share. Lunch begins promptly at 1 p.m. Questions can be directed to either Kathy Whitacre at

kathyjwhitacre@yahoo.com, or 877-2731; or Karyn Forman at karynforman@msn.com, or 6779979. The Taylor High School Class of 1990 is having its reunion at 7-11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, at The Mariner's Inn. The cost per person is $35. For more information, contact, Michelle (Holtman) Cordy at 2267609 or mahpac@hotmail.com.

Clermont Northeastern All Alumni Weekend – is scheduled for Aug. 13-14. The weekend activities include a drink with classmates Friday, Aug. 13, at Quaker Steak and Lube, 590 Chamber Drive, Milford, for classes 1958-1969; at Putters, 5723 Signal Hill Court for 1970-1979; at Greenies, 1148 state Route 28, for 1980-1989; at Buffalo Harry’s 1001 Lila Ave. for 1990-1999 and at Buffalo Wild wings, 175 Rivers Edge Drive for 2000-2010. Saturday, Aug. 14,

classmates can socialize and enjoy a catered dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Fastiques on the Clermont County fairgrounds. Cost is $17 per person. Registration and payment deadline is July 31. Any form received after July 31 will be returned. Contact Andy Seals of the CNE alumni committee at seals_a@cneschools.org for a registration form. Sycamore High School Class of 1990 – 20-Year Reunion will be Satur-

day evening, Aug. 14 at the Oasis in Loveland. For more information and/or tickets please contact Betsy Warzon Rinehart at betsyrinehart@cinci.rr.com. Oak Hills High School Class of 1975 – is having its 35-year reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Sept. 3, at Aston Oaks Golf Club. Contact Chuck Eckert at caeckert3@aol.com for more information.

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Flying, golf on Great Park Club’s August agenda Adults are invited to join the Hamilton County Park District Great Parks Club. The club includes various programs that entertain and educate visitors about the parks and other fun recreational activities. This next few programs include the Flight Tour on Thursday, Aug. 19, and the Golfing Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Aug., 26. August is not only known as the dog days of summer, it's also recog-

nized as National Aviation Month. Club members will discover the wonders of flight with a trip to Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum in Dayton. Bus will leave at 8 a.m. from Sharon Woods and return at 5 p.m. Cost is $60 per person and registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 12. The Great Parks Club will be swinging into summer with a little help from the pros. The Golfing Lunch & Learn includes tips and

lessons from golf professionals at the Mill Course in Winton Woods beginning at 9:30 a.m. and nine holes of golf. Lunch will be served at the Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods that will include a program on the history of golf. The day will wrap up at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person and registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 19. Adults age 55 and over can register for these programs at GreatParks.org or by sending their name,

address, daytime phone number and the appropriate fee to Great Parks Club, Hamilton County Park District, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Make checks payable to the Hamilton County Park District. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual; $2 daily) is required to enter the parks. For additional information, call 513-521-PARK (7275) or visit GreatParks.org.

Peak 10 partnership give students real-world view Peak 10 Inc. has partnered with the College of Mount St. Joseph to mentor students in the college’s Computer Information Systems Department. Peak 10, with offices on Muhlhauser Road in West Chester, is a managed services company with data centers. David Heberling, the director of operations and engineering at Peak 10 Cincinnati, recently gave a presentation to students in the college’s Systems Architecture class, providing the students a real-world,

hands-on approach to understanding the operations of a data center. “Individuals interested in pursuing careers in the IT industry may not be familiar with the inner workings of a data center and the types of jobs that are involved in its everyday maintenance,” Heberling said. “Therefore, I was excited to explain the multi-faceted aspects of Peak 10 Cincinnati, and what makes our seasoned team successful.” Professor Mary Jean Blink, chair of the Computer

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unknown period of time. CPR was administered, and the Miami Township Life Squad transported the child to Mercy Western Hills Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m. The drowning appears to be accidental and therefore no charges are likely, said Steve Barnett, spokesman for Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis.

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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 tournament is $20 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. For more information contact Bobbie (Miller) King at kking1@zoomtown.com, or Krista (Espelage) Miller at k.miller@zoomtown.com.

Benefit for Shelly

A benefit for Shelly Askbrook will be noon to midnight Saturday, July 24, at Front Porch Coffeehouse, 5245 Glenway Ave. Askbrook was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November. She is undergoing chemotherapy treatments and awaiting a stem cell transplant. She has had this procedure scheduled three times previously but had set backs. Since November she has been hospitalized eight times and even when not in the hospital, her treatments and doctor visits keep her going daily to Jewish Hospital in Kenwood. This disease has not only

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Kemba Credit Union and WLWT-TV are hosting three free shred events on Saturday, July 24, all from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Powered by Cintas Corp., one the these events will be at the credit union at 5844 Bridgetown Road. Local credit union members and community members are encouraged to bring any confidential documents containing personal information such as their name, Social Security number or financial information, to be securely destroyed by Cintas. Anyone can bring their documents and have them shredded by an on-site, certified Cintas employee. For more information go to https://web.kembacu.org/shr edday.

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joining the organization’s board in 2004 and Kathi continuing to share her talents as a volunteer. The East Walnut Hills couple still support Bayley Place through annual contributions and special events; however, they felt a planned gift is a crucial way to ensure its success and permanence in the community. Bayley Place provides a continuum of care for older

adults and their families in Greater Cincinnati’s western region, and also a full spectrum of services through its Community Wellness Center. “Kathi and Kinny have always been responsive to our needs. We are so pleased that they have chosen to include Bayley Place in their estate. Their gifts will help us become stronger and more viable; and will also inspire others

to become involved in supporting our mission so that future generations of older adults and their families in Greater Cincinnati will benefit from the compassion and care provided here,” wrote Alice Rogers Uhl, Bayley Place vice president of development and marketing, in her nomination. For more information about planned gifts, go to www.gcpgc.org or call 513554-3071.

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Cordell; sons Richard, Greg (Jennifer), Jeffery (Christine) Cordell; grandchildren Courtney, David, Brooke, Alyssa, Kaitlin, Gavin, Brody, Lillian; siblings Ray (Terry) Cordell, Jean (Johnny) Noel; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother George Cordell. Services were July 14 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Make-A-Wish Foundation, 10260 Alliance Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Diana (Glenn) Branam, Kathy (Vernon) Hettesheimer; siblings Christina Liggett, Jewel Yeary, George, Dan Elliott; eight grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husbands Luther Douglas Jr., Ralph Radcliffe, son Michael Douglas. Services were July 17 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2806 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

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Robert Kirk

Robert W. Kirk, Green Township, died July 9. He was a truck driver with the Teamsters Local 100. He was an Army veteran. Survived by wife Patricia Kirk. Services were July 13 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Kirk Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., Fifth Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Rita Espelage

Rita Meirose Espelage, 90, died July 9. She was a homemaker. Survived by children William (Mary Kay), Thomas (Denise), Sylvia Espelage, Barbara (Dick) Horton, Rita (Bob) Dirksing, Donna (Dennis) Seyferth; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death Espelage by husband Wilbert “Wilb” Espelage, siblings Dorothy Boehmer, Elvera Beischel, Leo Meirose. Services were July 13 at Bayley Place. Arrangements by NeidhardMinges Funeral Home. Memorials to the Bayley Place Benevolent Fund.

Rose Kremer

Rose Budacsik Kremer, 97, Cheviot, died July 10. She was a technician for the Environmental Protection Agency. Survived by children Jerry (Linda), Paul (Rose), George, Christine Kremer, Sandy (Bill) Halm; grandchildren Michael, Kevin, Natalie, Josh, Kremer, Kimberly Hodge, Sean Harris, Benjamin Stenger; 11 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Carol Ann Kremer Stenger, brothers John, Peter Budacsik. Services were July 15 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to Vitas Hospice or the Lupus Foundation.

Joey Martini

Joey Martini, 3, Miami Township, died July 11. Survived by parents Greg, Lori Martini; brothers Robby, Tony Martini; grandparents Roger, Judy Ortwein, Elmer (Lucy) Martini; greatgrandmother Mary Ortwein; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by grandmother Alberta Martini. Services were July 16 at St.

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Thomas A. Dahle, 75, died July 11. He worked for Taft Broadcasting. Survived by wife Jane Taphorn Dahle; sister-in-law Rosane Dahle; nephew David (Beth) Dahle; greatnieces Becca, Emma Dahle. Preceded in death by brother Ken Dahle. Services were July 17 at Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Elaine Robinson Blake, 85, died , July 7. She was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church. Survived by children Sharon, Blake Paul (Julie) Blake; grandchildren Lauren, Ryan, Justin, Austin, Madelyn Blake; sister Margaret (Robert) Farnung; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Richard Blake, in-laws Jean, Bill Bradburn, Evelyn, George Hartleben. Services were July 10 at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Christ Hospital Auxiliary, 2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219.

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Eleanor “Ella” Holtzacker Milazzo, 99, Green Township, died July 10. She was a homemaker. Survived by sons Frank (Charlotte), Bill (Monie), Charles (Connie) Milazzo; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, greatgreat-grandchilMilazzo dren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Frank “Lefty” Milazzo, grandson Joey Milazzo, sisters Rose Ventre, Marie Dirr. Services were July 14 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by NeidhardMinges Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Monabelle Miller

Monabelle Clark Miller, 91, died July 6. Survived by daughters Julie, Lynn, Meredith Miller; sister Marcia Cross; five grandchildren; three Miller great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Roger Miller. Services were July 17 at Twin Lakes Chapel. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

Maureen Morris

Maureen Wessa Morris, 71, Westwood, died July 5. She was a nurse. Survived by husband William Morris Sr.; children Melissa (the late Phil) Moll, Becky (Tom) Dietrich, William (Holly) Morris Jr.; grandchildren Maddie Moll, Ariana, Aiden, Kai Dietrich; brother Claude “Sonny” Burke. Services were July 9 at Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Pascal Nutter

Pascal D. Nutter Jr., 82, died July 13. He retired from the United States Air Force as a senior master sergeant. Survived by wife Martha Nutter; children Jean (Paul) Calme, Jerry (Gwen), Mark (Christy), Michael (Linda ) Nutter; grandchildren Andy (Kristina), Chris, Adam, Levine, Ebonique (Willie), Hannah, Ann, Sam, Jim, Jon, Ben, Abby, Mady; great-grandchildren Marcus, Terrell, Solei, Willie, Lucas; siblings Zelda Groves, Donald Nutter. Preceded in death by daughter Judith Nutter, grandson Robert Nutter, parents Pascal Sr., Rebecca Nutter, sister Alberta Nutter. Services were July 16 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Dominic Education Fund, 4551 Delhi Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Buddy Roberto

Emil R. “Buddy” Roberto, 61, West Price Hill, died July 14. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam. Survived by wife Denise “Denny” Doll Roberto; children Brittany Roberto (Jeff) Slayback, Tony Roberto; sibling Toni Roberto; mother-in-law Shirley Doll. Preceded in death by parents Emil C., Kunigunda Roberto, father-in-law Bill Doll. Services were July 19 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vietnam Veterans, 8418 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Anna Marie Schneider

Anna Marie Dreyer Schneider, 90, died July 9. Survived by husband Charles Schneider Sr.; children Charles (Peggy) Jr., William (Dianne), Joseph (Patsy), Richard (Teresa), Thomas (Jenalyn) Schneider, Mary Ann (Dino) DiStasi; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings John, Robert, Elizabeth Dreyer, Ethel Luken. Services were July 15 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by

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Rosella Schwing

Rosella Funk Schwing, 97, died July 10. She was a homemaker. Survived by grandsons Craig, Michael Schwing; sisters Irene Bauer, Eleanor Dangel. Preceded in death by husband Elmer Schwing Sr., son Elmer Schwing Jr., siblings Dorothea Hoerst, Margaret Fink, George Funk. Services were July 15 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lil Singler

Elizabeth “Lil” Grimes Singler, 79, Green Township, died July 13. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Gail (Jeff) Beaty, Rob (Tina) III, Doug (Cheryl), Jeff (Jamie) Singler, Diane (Tom) Farfsing; sister Nancy Hall; 16 grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Robert Singler, 20 siblings. Singler Services were July 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597 or The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714.

Carolyn Spitznagel

Carolyn Munz Spitznagel, 94, died July 10. She was a long-time member of and volunteer for St. Leo and St. Ignatius parishes. Survived by children Ron (Connie) Spitznagel, Elaine (Sam) McNeill; grandchildren John (Lenore), Thomas (Dianna), Elizabeth, David Spitznagel, Tracy (Carlos) Castillo, Mary Beth (Jeff) Bock, Andrew (Sheri), Douglas McNeill, Kathleen (Christopher) Taylor; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Lewis Spitznagel, sons Thomas, Louis “Jack” Spitznagel, siblings George, Joseph, John Munz, Elizabeth Robinson. Services were July 17 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. At Carolyn’s request, memorials should be donations to St. Vincent de Paul or canned goods for St. Leo Church.

Marie Stoffel

Marie E. Stoffel, 77, died July 14. She a secretary. Survived by children Mark (Robin), Deborah, Brett (Judy), Joseph, Bill, Keith Stoffel, Karen (Ricci) Ward, Patricia (Bill) Paskal; siblings Virginia (Robert) Stewart, Kathy (Ed) Reynolds, John Zeiser, Joan (late Dale) Pessler, Ruth (Tom) Reif; 28 grandchildren; 37 greatgrandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband John T. Stoffel, children John E., Linda Stoffel, parents Elmer, Marie Zeiser, brother Dave (Ellen) Zeiser. Services were July 19 at Holy Family Church. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Steve Terry

Jon Stephen “Steve” Terry, 67, Green Township, died July 5. He was a sales representative for a toy train company. Survived by wife Judy Terry; son John Terry II; siblings Janet (Reg) Tennant, Douglas (Susan) Terry, John Terry. Preceded in death by brother James (Sandy) Terry II. Services were July 10 at Westwood United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to My Neighbor’s Place, c/o Westwood United Methodist Church, or the Hospice of Cincinnati.

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Arrests/citations

Lee Williams, 31, 4424 Homelawn Ave., driving under suspension, July 6. Demetrious Kokaliaks, 37, 7058 Ruwes Oak, drug abuse, July 9. Daniel Garvey, 28, 3871 North Bend Road, warrant, July 9. James Haynes, 23, 3515 Woodbine Ave., warrant, July 9. Anthony Camarca, 21, 3726 Harding Ave., disorderly conduct at 3726 Harding Ave., July 10. William Poole, 40, 3831 Carrie Ave., driving under suspension, July 10. Marc Brogden, 20, 8200 Vadith Drive, driving under suspension at 4100 block Harrison Avenue, July 11. Christopher Trentman, 23, 3714 Darwin Ave. No. 2, driving under suspension, July 11. Keith Neuman, 42, 3998 School Section Road, failure to confine dog at 3998 School Section Road, July 11. Jacob Haslerig, 55, 3345 Harrison Ave., disorderly conduct at 3961 North Bend Road, July 11. Jacob Wood, 20, 3746 Glenmore Ave. No. 5, warrant at 4109 North Bend Road, July 12.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

Suspect armed with handgun robbed victim of money, cell phone, wallet and video game system at 3840 Applegate Ave. No. 103, July 12.

Theft

Six checks stolen from home at 3983 Carrie Ave., July 12. Two bicycles stolen from home’s garage at 3983 Glenmore Ave., July 10.,

Criminal damaging

Paint scratched with key, bumper ripped off and fender dented on vehicle at 3321 Camvic Terrace No. 3, July 3. Money stolen from vehicle at 3624 Westwood Northern Blvd. No. 41, June 28., Purse and contents stolen from vehicle at United Dairy Farmers at 4109 North Bend Road, June 27. Amplifier stolen from vehicle at 3311 Phoenix Ave., July 5.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations

Alonzo Brown, born 1984, possession of drugs, 2217 Harrison Ave., July 3. Andrew Harvey, born 1984, criminal trespass, 2400 Harrison Ave., July 4. Brian J. Meyers, born 1976, breaking and entering, drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drugs, 3313 Glenmore Ave., July 4. Gerald Sanders, born 1982, posses-

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Evelyn Walters

Evelyn Overberg Walters, 92, Green Township, died July 9. Walters Survived by sons Michael (Pamela), Thomas (Suzanne), Bruce Walters; grandchildren Roxanne (Mark) Bain, Kimberly (Joe) Dwyer, Natalie, Joshua Walters; great-grandchildren Tyler, Gabriella Bain. Preceded in death by husband Clinton Walters, brother Robert Overberg. Services were July 12 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Rebold Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: United Cerebral Palsy , 3601 Victory Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45229 or Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 895 Central Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

sion of open flask, 2500 Harrison Ave., July 1. Harold Combs, born 1942, assault, 3139 Mozart St., July 10. James Earls, born 1983, theft under $300, 5092 Glencrossing Way, July 3. Lance Fisher, born 1989, disorderly conduct, 3095 Glenmore Ave., July 2. Nathan W. Thomas, born 1979, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, July 3. Reginald Strickland, born 1966, theft under $300, 6028 Glenway Ave., July 2. Samuel Snodgrass, born 1970, breaking and entering, 3313 Glenmore Ave., July 4. Terry McConnell, born 1966, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., July 2. Travis Smith, born 1980, possession of drugs, 2454 Harrison Ave., July 1. Jessica Carnes, born 1981, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, July 3. Juanotis D. Warren, born 1966, assault, 2767 Faber Ave., July 2. David Taylor, born 1984, tampering with evidence and aggravated robbery armed, 2320 Boudinot Ave., July 6. Barbara Jean Chandler, born 1968, drug abuse, 2310 Ferguson Road, July 4. Jasmine Depriest, born 1991, domestic violence, 2735 Queen City Ave., July 10. Jonathon Williams, born 1991, city or local ordinance violation, 2913 Queen City Ave., July 1. Angelica Dorsey, born 1986, trafficking and drug abuse, 2400 Harrison Ave., July 2. Brandy Elaine Jeffreys, born 1981, felonious assault, 2457 Westwood Northland Blvd., July 5. Candice E. Greene, born 1982, assault, 3433 McFadden Ave., July 4. Christopher O. O’Neal, born 1988, domestic violence, 2761 Queen City Ave., July 8. Dawn Caldwell, born 1977, theft under $300, 2435 Harrison Ave., July 2. Debbie Gill, born 1962, domestic violence, 2913 Boudinot Ave., July 8. Donte M. Lynch, born 1980, possession of drugs, 5988 Glenway Ave., July 8. Jacqueline Foggie, born 1952, simple assault, 3139 Mozart St., July 10. Jasmine Williams, born 1992, menacing, 2420 Harrison Ave., July 11. Jonathan Andre Williams, born 1991, city or local ordinance violation, 2913 Queen City Ave., July 1. Leonard Levy, born 1960, drug abuse, trafficking and obstruction of official business, 3319 Boudinot Ave., July 2. Markel Reed, born 1987, assault,

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2457 Westwood Northland Blvd., July 5. Raymond Line, born 1970, domestic violence, 2941 Montana Ave., July 10. Ricardo L. Gordon, born 1968, criminal damaging or endangerment, 2829 Queen City Ave., July 12. Shawntay Sheress Watson, born 1981, domestic violence, and aggravated menacing 2720 Lafeuille Circle, July 8.

Incidents Breaking and entering

2938 Wardall Ave., June 16. 3131 Queen City Ave., June 22. 3131 Queen City Ave., June 23. 5984 Glenway Ave., June 17.

Burglary

2432 Mustang Drive, June 25. 2865 Fischer Place, June 23.

Felonious assault

2662 Cora Ave., June 15. 3015 Bracken Woods Lane, June 19.

Grand theft

2301 Ferguson Road, June 30. 2310 Ferguson Road, June 29. 2583 Lafeuille Ave., June 25. 2619 Anderson Ferry Road, June 24. 2706 Erlene Drive, June 17. 2823 Harrison Ave., June 16. 2910 Four Towers Drive, June 22. 3131 Queen City Ave., June 22. 3146 Montana Ave., June 25. 3161 Daytona Ave., June 15. 3245 Hanna Ave., June 24.

Petit theft

2450 Mustang Drive, June 24. 2708 Anderson Ferry Road, June 20. 2712 Lafeuille Ave., June 16. 2798 Temple Ave., June 25. 2900 Fischer Place, June 17. 2950 West Park Drive, June 25. 2956 Feltz Ave., June 21. 2961 Harrison Ave., June 22. 3100 Glenmore Ave., June 24. 3146 Daytona Ave., June 25. 3200 Vittmer Ave., June 29. 3345 Epworth Ave., June 29. 3568 Epworth Ave., June 30. 5400 Glenway Ave., June 17. 5555 Glenway Ave., June 28. 6165 Glenway Ave., June 29.

crossing Way, July 1. Stephen Colina, 23, 3921 Durango Green, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and open container at 3694 Neiheisel, July 2. Corey M. Medlock, 21, 5602 Lawrence Road, drug abuse at 5798 Windview Drive, July 3. Juvenile, 16, theft at 5071 Glencrossing Way, July 3. John F. Abney, 49, 3542 Jessup Road No. 1, unlawful possession of fireworks and disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 3542 Jessup Road, July 4. John Cornell, 56, 6553 Hearne Road No. 1104, disorderly conduct at 6550 Harrison Ave., July 4. Jesse Ball, 21, 1938 Catalina Ave., disorderly conduct at 6550 Harrison Ave., July 4. Michael P. Madix, 31, 6289 Berauer Road, receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools at Aurora Avenue & Surrey Avenue, July 4. Scott F. Gerdes, 49, 3624 Westwood Northern Blvd., abusing harmful intoxicants at 5750 Harrison Ave., July 4. David J. Wissman, 40, 3478 Tallahassee Drive, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 3478 Tallahassee Drive, July 5. Garret T. Hebenstreit, 38, 3748 West Fork Road, assault at 3673 Boomer Road, July 5. Juvenile, 15, drug paraphernalia at 5649 Eula Ave., July 7. Christian Jones, 19, 5613 Samver Road, domestic violence at 5613 Samver Road, July 7. Eric Smyth, 28, 3008 Carroll Ave., possession of marijuana at Westbourne Drive & Muddy Creek, July 8.

Incidents Aggravated menacing

Suspect threatened to physically harm victim at 6011 Wilmer, July 1.

Arson

Paper set on fire in men’s bathroom

Tampering with coin machines

at Blue Rock Park at 3114 Blue Rock Road, July 7.

Assault

Suspect pulled victim’s hair and struck them in the face at 5433 Blue Sky Drive No. 4, July 7.

Breaking and entering

Chainsaw, electric sander, copper pipes and fittings, PVC piping, three ball valves, cleaner and cement stolen from home at 5396 Race Road, July 1. Five extension cords, miter saw, weed trimmer, drill, lawn mower, air compressor, stereo, pressure washer and paint sprayer stolen from home’s garage at 3974 Ebenezer Road, July 6. Hedge trimmer, leaf blower and a grinder stolen from shed at Wilde Nursery at 3956 Rybolt Road, July 7.

Burglary

Two doors damaged on home during burglary attempt, but no entry was gained at 6020 Musketeer Drive, July 3. Home entered, but nothing was stolen at 5554 Childs Ave., July 6. Handgun, three ammunition rounds and unknown number of DVDs stolen from home at 4331 Regency Ridge Court No. 205, July 6.

Criminal damaging

Window broken on vehicle at 3425 North Bend Road, June 30. Door frame and window damaged on vehicle at 7020 Pickway Drive, June 30. Shingles torn off and hole smashed in roof of storage shed at La Salle High School at 3091 North Bend Road, July 1. Windshield broken on vehicle at 5415 Lee’s Crossing Drive, July 2. Vehicle paint scratched with key at 4258 Harrison Ave., July 2. Vehicle driven through home’s front yard at 3553 Countrywalk Drive, July 2. Two tires slashed on vehicle at 3073 Brookview Drive, July 7.

Western Hills Press

About police reports The Community Press publish the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: • Cheviot: Chief David Voss, 661-2700 (days), 6612917 (evenings). • Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212. • Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 2638300. • 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.

Criminal mischief

Mail removed from mailbox and opened, but nothing was stolen at 3332 Emerald Lakes, June 26. Two sinks, two urinals and one toilet filled with newspapers and shredded paper in bathroom at Blue Rock Park at 3010 Blue Rock Road, June 27. Vehicle windows written on with bar of soap at 6754 Menz Lane, July 7.

Domestic dispute

Argument between man and woman at Raceview Avenue, June 29. Argument between parent and child at W. North Bend Road, June 30. Argument between parent and child at Harrison Avenue, July 2. Argument between spouses at Stroschen Drive, July 2. Argument between man and woman at Cheviot Road, July 2.

2705 East Tower Drive, June 29. 2710 East Tower Drive, June 29. Theft of license plate 3511 Boudinot Ave., June 16.

Vehicle theft

2701 East Tower Drive, June 17. 3200 Vittmer Ave., June 29.

Green Township

Arrests/Citations

Tasha D. Crouse, 31, 2005 West Fork Road, theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., June 30. Christopher F. Meyer, 21, 3984 Glenmore Ave., theft at 5071 Glencrossing Way, June 30. Elizabeth Schweinefus, 21, 3075 Percy Ave., theft at 5071 Glen-

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REAL ESTATE CHEVIOT

3426 Orchard Court: Schmidt, Charleen L. to Hale, Jeanne A. and Meredith L.; $89,000. 3471 Mayfair Ave.: Smith, Daniel R. and David W. Schroeder to Lariccia, Casey R. and Caitlin L.; $92,000. 3922 Taft Ave.: Pulskamp, Barry K. to Pulskamp, Barry E. and Pamela J.; $97,000. 3943 Roswell Ave.: Fischer, Rene E. and Stephen M. to Bollmer, Jacquelyn P.; $104,900. 3968 Delmar Ave.: Linz, Robert A. Tr. and Mary R. Tr. to Bush, John R.; $65,000. 4116 St. Martin’s Place: Ahlers, Susan R. to Schneider, Kari M.; $99,800. 4121 Lora Ave.: Reichardt, Barbara A. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr.; $48,000. 4163 Homelawn Ave.: Foreclosure Rescue Group LLC to Monhollon,

Jeffrey N.; $117,500. 4333 St. Martin’s Place: Murphy, Nicholas R. to Flagg, Stephanie N.; $118,500.

3679 Fyffe Ave.: Nassau Investments LLC to Boggan, Robert; $15,000.

CLEVES

5184 Eaglesnest Drive: Williams, Mary M. to Chase Home Finance LLC; $50,000. 5186 Leona Drive: Schlotthauer, Eugene G. to Pykosz, Jamie L.; $83,150. 5396 Race Road: Wallace, Margaret A. to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $82,000. 5405 Cherrybend Drive: Siereveld, Linda S. to Siereveld, Ryan C.; $130,000. 5446 Romilda Drive: Spraul, Mary C. to Jones, Kathleen M.; $134,900. 5537 Fairwood Road: Weikert, Jonathan N. and Laura M. Ludwig to Schmidt, Cynthia and Brandon Saylor Jr.; $141,000. 5786 Spire Ridge Court: Schloss, Lindsey A. to O’Reilly, Michele M.; $144,000. 6603 Hearne Road: Huber, Kelley to Zillig, David E. Tr.; $24,500. 6716 Kelsey’s Oak Court: Hesketh, Timothy A. to Heil, Philip J. and Kathleen M.; $103,000. Address not availble: Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Fehr, Stacey L.; $125,930. Jennifer Lynn Drive: Lintz, Robert C. II to Miller, Matthew S.; $307,000. Vista View Court: M/I Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Schopin, Joseph E. and Jennifer L.; $225,660. 1855 Ballymore Lane: Amon, Ruth A. Tr. to Cox, Dawn M. and Brett M.; $279,000. 1890 Linneman Road: Goodyear, Maria A. to Tyahur, Nathan; $131,000. 2072 Faycrest Drive: Holscher, Lauren E. to McGeehan, Conor B. and Maria L. Tieman; $105,000. 2535 Van Blaricum Road: Newkirk, Ryan D. to Rusin, Mark A. and Ann T.; $191,975. 2773 Falconbridge Drive: Jones, Kathleen M. to Kelsey, Michael and Katherine; $225,000. 2860 Ebenezer Road: Berger, Timothy C. and Christine M. to Young, Gregory J.; $225,000. 3007 Limestone Circle: Sphax, Barbara F. to Erickson, Susan R.; $185,000. 3314 Glenmont Lane: Lemmink, Donald J. and Martha C. to Flower,

20 Markland St.: Means, Chad H. and Dwayne H. to Eagle Savings Bank; $64,000. 47 Wamsley Ave.: Hines, James to Rebound Properties LLC; $220,000. 637 Miami Ave.: Henson, Ronald to Chase Home Finance LLC; $46,000.

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About real estate transfers

Liverpool Lane: Fox Hills Development LLC to Chacon, Jose R. and Tamara P. Bisher; $286,000. 3334 Cherryview Lane: Hunsicker, Betty Tr. to Schaefer, Robert M. Sr. and Eileen M. Jennings; $309,975. 3784 Quintet Drive: Brown, Edward T. to Laine, Jerad M. and Alicia C. Krummen; $143,000. 7391 Pickway Drive: Ciresi, Samuel D. and Ronda L. to Vollmer, John A. Jr. and Stella M.; $187,000. 7822 Anson Lane: Guardian Savings Bank FSB to Theilman, Justin; $90,000. 7841 Surreywood Drive: Dowdy, Brett A. and Anna J. to Vaughn, George M. and Julie M.; $261,500. Address not available: TDGGC LLC to Wolfe, Cheryl L.; $131,000. Address not available: TDGGC LLC to Wolfe, Cheryl L.; $131,000. Chance Drive: JNB Custom Homes LLC to Western Homes LLC; $71,500. 3824 Durango Green Drive: Heiland, Robert and Mary Beth to Engelhardt, Katherine A.; $235,000. 7521 Zion Hill Road: Burke, Patrick T. and Brenda to Hauser, Shelley L. and Robert L.; $145,000. 7680 Dog Trot Road: Hammons, Kenneth R. to Hehman, Joshua and Brittney Cassell; $157,000. 7790 Chance Drive: Western Homes LLC to Schmid, Andrew J. and Catherine V.; $322,317. 7888 Surreywood Drive: Webb, Alexander J. and Christina L. to Rieskamp, Jason and Elizabeth; $249,000. 7973 Hawkhurst Court: Kohnke, Frederick L. and Martha L. to Mullen, Martin J. and Carol A.; $500,000.

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. 3215 Hildreth Ave.: Ebens, Christen L. to Richter, Robert P.; $129,500. 3232 Stanhope Ave.: Huff, Susan E. to Norris, Adrienne A.; $91,500. 3262 Hanna Ave.: IL Bridge Fund LLC to STM Real Estate Investors LLC; $50,349. 3350 McFadden Ave.: Tristate Holdings LLC to Midwest Equity Holdings; $47,000. 3402 Bighorn Court: Elohim LLC to Wilbon, Clifford L.; $28,000. 3428 Belltone Ave.: Perry, Carl D. and Katherine to Urban Plunge Properties; $40,000. 2310 Dautel Ave.: JPL Properties LLC to Murphy, Larry and Mildred; $45,000. 2743 Werkastle Lane: Bolda, Mark J. and Tara to Schramm, Stephen and Shawntee Stallworth; $113,500. 2789 Montana Ave.: Troy Capital LLC to Blackburn, Jennifer M. and Larry W.; $56,600. 2801 Shaffer Ave.: Swann, Markia M. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr.; $40,000. 2804 Shaffer Ave.: Homesales Inc. to EBM Holdings LLC; $7,500. 2822 Montana Ave.: Wimmer, Robert J. and Theresa to Citimortgage Inc.; $32,000. 2859 Harrison Ave.: Hicks, Jerry L. and Wanda W. to Guardian Savings Bank; $66,000. 3035 Temple Ave.: Greenbriar Homes LLC to Sublett, Troy W.; $102,500. 3049 Bracken Woods Lane: Wheeler, Martha I. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; $24,000. 3065 Hegry Circle: Shattuck, Jason W. and Kellie A. to Fuhrman, Eric T. and Bridget M. Fay; $94,500. 3123 Wooster Place: Postell, Michael R. to J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA; $57,066. 3312 Stanhope Ave.: Hines, James to Rebound Properties LLC; $220,000. 3350 McFadden Ave.: Wells Fargo Bank NA Tr. to Tristate Holdings LLC; $45,000. 3434 Locust Lane: O’Conner, Betty A. to Niemeyer, Andrew K.; $81,000. 3651 Boudinot Ave.: Hunter, Ronald D. and Kathy L. to Foundation Bank; $54,000. 3667 Allview Circle: Craig, Jason M. and & Melissa L. Coby to Walker, Mark Jr. and Amanda; $108,500.

WESTWOOD

2391 Harrison Ave.: Cliett, Carolyn and Vincent R. Wilson to Aurora Loan Services LLC; $54,000. 2616 Fenton Ave.: Federal National Mortgage Association to Hamlet, John D.; $22,500. 2632 Cora Ave.: U.S. Bank NA Tr. to Malone, Kevin; $12,500. 2715 Anderson Ferry Road: Schroth, James D. Trs. and Paul G. Sittenfeld Trs. to Wallace, Daniel G. Jr.; $90,000. 2836 McFarlan Park Drive: Hauser, Christina and David M. to Choate, Tracey A. and Charles S.; $137,900. 2913 Feltz Ave.: Luken, Jacqueline J. to Ryan, Christina M.; $74,900. 2938 Veazey Ave.: Snyder, Rebecca A. to Miller, Sabrina L.; $86,850. 2972 Werk Road: Koehler, Edith L. to Albright, J. Mark; $85,000. 3053 Percy Ave.: Grow Rich Properties LLC to Shinohara, Yuji; $24,500.

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