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WWII veteran receives prestigious honor Presented French Legion of Honor

By Kurt Backscheider

Edward Burke earned dozens of medals and commendations for his service in World War II. Now the U.S. Army veteran has one more medal to add to the collection he proudly displays in his Green Township home. The 92-year-old was recently awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal by the French government in appreciation of his efforts to help liberate France during the war. “The French Legion of Honor is the highest military award that can be given to a soldier who is not a member of the French Republic,” Burke said. “It was an honor I never in the world expected.” The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by people of exceptional merit. In a letter Burke received from Graham Paul, the Consul General of France here in the U.S., Paul wrote that the award is a tribute to the service members who did so much for France and Western Europe. “More than 65 years ago, you gave your youth to France and the French people. Many of your fellow soldiers did not return home, but they remain in our hearts,” Paul wrote. “Thanks to the courage of these soldiers, to our American friends and allies, France has been living in peace for the past six decades. They saved us and we will never forget. I want you to know that for us, the French people, they are heroes. “You, Major Burke, are among those heroes,” the letter states. An Army Officer Burke grew up near Mount Echo Park in Price Hill, and said he attended Mother of Mercy Academy, which later became Mother of Mercy High School. He then attended St. Xavier High School, when it was located in downtown Cincinnati, and graduated from there in 1938. “The world was a mess when I graduated from high school,” Burke said. The U.S. was reeling from the Great Depression, and Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany had entered into an alliance with Japan. Fearing an uncertain future, Burke entered the Army ROTC program at Xavier University and began work on his bachelor’s of arts degree. He said he knew he wanted to go to law school after college and become an attorney, but he also wanted to make sure that if he ended up in the military he’d have a more favorable position. “I knew I’d much rather go in as an officer,” he said. As it turned out, he said the U.S. entered World War II his senior year of college. Burke earned his bachelor’s from Xavier University on May 24, 1942, and reported for active duty the very next day.

Green Township resident Edward Burke reported for active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army on May 25, 1942, one day after he graduated from Xavier University. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Green Township resident Edward Burke, a U.S. Army veteran who served as a commanding officer and landed at Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion in World War II, was recently named a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French Republic for his actions during the war. The Legion of Honor is the highest military award France can bestow to a serviceman who is not a member of the French Republic. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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Skirt game raises $55K Nearly 10,000 attend charity softball game By Monica Boylson

Nearly10,000 people packed into Delhi Park Friday, Aug. 3, to attend the Delhi Skirt Game, a West Side tradition for 35 years. Men dressed as their favorite Disney and Warner Brothers characters played softball to help raise money for charity to help Delhi families in need. The game was hosted by Local 12’s John Gumm and Bob Herzog. The skirt game and other fundraisers including the Delhi Rising Star singing competition, tailgate party, auction and various donations totaled more than $55,000. “This was the best Skirt Game we’ve had,” skirt game co-chair Clyde Kober said. “Paired with the tailgate party, this was our best weekend financially.” Skirt game co-chair Marty Smith said they didn’t have expectations for the amount of money raised. “You never expect it but you always hope for it,” Smith said. “It’s amazing that that many people get together for the cause.”

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Thousands of people attended the Delhi Skirt Game Aug. 3 to raise money for charity, at Delhi Park. Little Mermaid WKRC-TV Local 12 meteorologist John Gumm, from left, skirt game co-chair Clyde Kober and Mary Poppins WKRC-TV Local 12 news anchor Bob Herzog get ready for the game. MONICA

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ny A, in the 129th Tank Destroyer Battalion. “The fella who was in line to be the company commander failed his physical, so they gave me the honor of commanding the unit,” he said with a smile. He’d later learn what an “honor” it was to command a tank company, as he’d discover how sorely he misjudged the role of an artillery unit in war. Burke said he was stationed at Camp Hood for about one year, before being transferred to Camp Rucker in Alabama and then on to Camp Breckenridge in Kentucky, where he joined the 821st Tank Destroyer Battalion. His battalion was sent overseas from Camp Miles Standish in Boston, and in February 1944 they landed at Cardiff, Wales, to train for a landing at a place called Omaha Beach. He said the reason he chose artillery as his specialty is because he thought the artillery lined up miles away from the

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Artillery Expert As a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Burke enrolled in the battery officer course in field artillery at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and then graduated to advanced artillery school at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He said he was then transferred to Camp Hood in Texas to complete more training, and it was there he was promoted to first lieutenant and then captain. From December 1942 to October 1943, he served as the commander of Compa-

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Dear Community Members, It is my privilege to provide you with the latest update regarding Mercy Health’s strategy to bring a network of the finest medical care and service to you, our west neighbors. I’m pleased to share that Mercy Health – West Hospital has reached several construction milestones within the past few weeks. Late June, the final steel beams were put into place. This is known in the construction industry as the “Topping Out.” For us, this was an opportunity to honor the men and women who are helping us bring comprehensive medical care and compassion to the people of western Cincinnati.

Education has scheduled a special board meeting for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Board members will participate in a school board leadership retreat facilitated by Kathy LaSota, direc-

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battle, providing mortar support. “How wrong I was,” Burke said. “The artillery doesn’t line up 4,000 miles away. They’re in the thick of it.” D-Day Upon arriving in the United Kingdom, Burke’s tank battalion was attached to the Army’s 29th Infantry Division. The division was among the 160,000 Allied troops who invaded a 50-mile stretch of beaches in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. Burke still vividly remembers the brutal invasion, which cost more than 9,000 men their lives. He was in the division’s 116th Regiment, and he gets choked up recounting a story about a company in the regiment’s first battalion. “They were the boys on the first two boats into Normandy,” Burke said, tears welling. “There was a group of 37 boys from a little town called Bedford, Va., on those boats. “Within five minutes of the invasion, half of those boys were killed,” he said. Burke’s own company saw loss as well. “Ten of my guys were killed coming into Normandy,” he said. The toll was high, but by the end of the battle the Allies had gained a foothold in Normandy. More than 100,000 troops began a march across Europe to destroy Hitler. Decorated Soldier After securing the beaches in Normandy, Burke helped lead the 821st Tank Destroyer Battalion through northern France, taking back the cities of St. Lo, Vire and Brest from the Germans. He received the Army’s Bronze Star for meritorious service in Normandy and the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star for his actions in the battle for Vire. His battalion continued

fighting across France, Belgium, Holland and Germany with the 29th Infantry, winning battles for Julich on the Roer River and liberating the German cities of Aachen and Munchen-Gladbach, he said. Burke was awarded the Army’s Silver Star for gallantry in action at the battle on the Roer River. The Bronze Star and Silver Star are among some of the highest honors the Army awards. “These are combat medals,” Burke said. “You get these from Uncle Sam when people shoot at you.” While he takes pride in his medals, presidential unit citations and decorations, he recognizes he’s fortunate to have returned home and he never forgets the men who made the ultimate sacrifice. He belongs to a military group called the Band of Brothers, and he said he’s visited France four times to pay his respects at the cemeteries there. “We lost a lot of men there,” he said. “The 29th Infantry had more casualties than any other division in northern Europe – more than 21,000 casualties.” Back Home By the time the war was over, Burke had been promoted from a company commander in charge of 12 tanks to a battalion commander in charge of 36 tanks, and he’d earned the rank of an Army Major. He returned to Cincinnati, and he said five days after he got back he married his sweetheart, Betty Lou Hudepohl. Staying true to his goal of becoming an attorney, he earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati’s law school and worked for many years as a real estate attorney. He and his late wife settled in Green Township and raised five children, and he now enjoys spending time with his 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

We also saw the dismantling of the two large cranes, marking another significant construction milestone. These highly-visible structures, first installed in September 2011 at a height of approximately 160 feet, have come to symbolize the arrival of advanced medical care to residents of the west. On August 15, we broke ground on the Medical Office Building that will be located on the grounds of the new hospital. It will house numerous specialist physicians and services. Our plan to increase access to physicians continues as Mercy Health Physicians recently welcomed three new doctors to the west. New to Mercy Health Physicians is Dr. Vikas Kashyap, a primary care physician at our Delhi Internal Medicine location, Dr. Jeffrey Striet, a cardiologist with The Heart Institute at our Mt. Airy Hospital, and Dr. James Muth, a cardiovascular and electrophysiology specialist with The Heart Institute at our Western Hills Hospital.

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Pavey is chamber leadership graduate Head of county DD services lives in Green Township Alice Pavey, superintendent of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities (DD) Services, of Green Township recently graduated from the Greater Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Program along with 56 other local leaders. This program gives participants a broad view of civic leadership through direct contact with many Cincinnati institutions and people. A

Matt Pohlkamp grew up in Delhi Township won the 2011 world title for the Master Pro class in BMX racing. THANKS TO JOAN POHLKAMP

Pohlkamp rides to top of BMX racing By Amanda Hopkins

Matt Pohlkamp started his racing career at Riverstar BMX track near Coney Island. Now the 36-year-old is ranked No. 2 in the world in the sport of BMX racing. Pohlkamp, who graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1994, picked up BMX racing around age 10. “There was an older kid in my neighborhood, Keith Gardner, who raced BMX and I always looked up to him,” the Delhi Township native said. For those unfamiliar, Pohlkamp describes BMX racing as “a cycling sprint race on a man-made dirt track with big jumps and banked turns. Eight racers compete at a time. A typical lap takes about one minute to complete.” Getting to the top in the world of BMX racing hasn’t come without its share of injuries, though Pohlkamp said he’s been lucky. He’s suffered a broken leg, broken fingers and a separated shoulder among a few of the injuries.

“My favorite injury was a torn hamstring which was how I met my wife,” Pohlkamp said. “She was my physical therapist.” Pohlkamp and his wife Jessica live in Santa Monica, Calif. “(She) is my rock and has my back, always,” Pohlkamp said. Besides being ranked No. 2 in the world for 2012 and winning the 2011 world title for the Master Pro class, Pohlkamp has also had a few spots in feature films, short films and commercials though he said it is not his best accomplishment. “I think what I’m most proud about is literally taking something I just plain loved as a 10 year old and turning it into a career,” Pohlkamp said. He said his parents have supported him from the very beginning, despite the risks of BMX racing “I would not have come close to accomplishing anything without their support and faith in me,” Matt said. “(And) my brothers and sister have always been my heroes and exam-

ples of the kind of people I hoped to be.” Matt is the youngest of the five Pohlkamp children which include Mike, Mark, Shauna and Sheila. His family is pretty proud of him, too. “We’re the tops with him and he’s the tops with us,” said mom, JoAnn Pohlkamp. “He’s so down-toearth and so kind.” JoAnn and her husband Jack live in Delhi. She describes Matt as humble and focused. “He’s a good example for people he trains,” JoAnn said. When he is not training for the top spot in the world, Matt helps younger athletes at camps and clinics around the country. He says he tries to encourage young people to follow their passion, whatever it may be. “If a 10-year-old kid jumping curbs and riding wheelies through Delhi Park can become a world champ on a BMX champ, anything is possible,” Matt said.

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Thieves break into Madcap Theatre vans By Kurt Backscheider

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ance agency to determine how much will be covered. In the meantime, he said he and his staff are regrouping and preparing for their upcoming fall performance season. He said they’ll continue striving to enrich the lives of young audiences, and they’ll make sure they won’t disappoint the audiences at the schools and other venues in which they’re scheduled to perform. “We’re a children’s theater,” he said. “This isn’t going to stop us. We have to get ready, and we’re going to do it.”

The Delhi Seniors 5th annual Auction committee has been preparing baskets for the silent auction and auction that will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Vicki Steinmann, left, Russ Brose and Bert Brothers with a sampling of what will be at the auction. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS




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Citizens Center. Committee members have been gathering donations for the auction and putting together baskets for a silent auction “It’s a lot of work,” auction committee member Vicki Steinmann said. Proceeds from the event will help fund transportation to the center, at 647 Neeb Road. “We need $5,000 per year to pay for the bus service to pick up the seniors on Wednesdays,” auction chairman Russ Brose said. There will be a traditional auction and a silent

auction with more than 100 baskets with items ranging from high school spirit wear to Reds and Bengals tickets. Items to bid on in the traditional auction include a trip for two to the Smokey Mountains and a piano among other things. There will also be a raffle for a 39inch LCD TV. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Auction items have been donated by seniors attending the center as well as various local businesses. “There’s stuff for all ages,” Brose said.









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The following students were named to the spring dean’s list at the University of Cincinnati: Mallorie Agin, Leah Aho, Jennifer Amato, Catherine Asebrook, Affonso Barolo, Angelica Blue, Mary Boeddeker, Toni Brock, Churee Brown, Michelle Carter, Julianne Castle, Megan Chapman, Charity Combs, Casey Croslin, Krystal Dove, Kimberly Dudley, Trisha Durham, Jeanette Eder, Bradley Epperson, Jasmine Essex, David Evers, Jake Fabrey, Stuart Ficke, Caleb Fleischer, Rachel Fleischer, Christy Frazier, Ashleigh Friason, Timothy Gory, Amy Grider, Patrick Hasler, William Hayes, Anthony Hoke, Whitney Holtgrefe, Kaitlyn Igel, Mindi Johnson, Abigail Jung, Valrie Kelly, Kevin Koch, Amanda Kunkel, Binh Le, Moustapha Lo, Catherine Lockerd, Connie Lunsford, Richard Lupp, Keevan Marion, Aviance McBride, Jonathan McDaniel, Donald Morgan, Inga Mukha, Elizabeth Mutters, Courtney Myrick, Sara Neel, Diana Nguyen, Andrew Nichols, Thomas Niehaus, Nicole Oehler, Johnathen Pegram, Kendall Peterson, Shania Powell, Elizabeth Reed, Sarah Reinhart, Nicole Roehrich, Kayla Roush, Sara Ruffner, Stephen Russo, Anne Schmitt, Nichole Schupp, Amanda Shaw, Donnie Shive, Mandy Sparks, Joseph Sparough, Juanita Stallings, Maria Sunderhaus, Dezaree Sweeten, Karen Thoma, Joanna Tidwell, Andrea Trachsel, Terrance Truitt, Amy Tucker, Tiara Turner, Stephanie Viola, Kristen Vogt, Anne Vollman, Akshata Wadekar, Rachell Wagers, James Walker, Rachael Wermuth, Steven Whalen, Coleman Williams and Susan Wolterman. ■ Michael Chapman, Emily Davoran, Carly Deremo, Sebastian Englert, Joshua Kaine, William Price and Devon Tuck were named to the second semester president’s list at Miami University. The president’s list honors

students who earned a 4.0 grade-point average. ■ David Berger was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Villanova University. ■ Rachel Baker and Kaitlynn Murphy were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Morehead State University. ■ Maureen Ray and Gina Shinn were named to the fall quarter dean’s list at DePaul University. ■ Matthew Brems was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Franklin College.


The following students have graduated from the University of Cincinnati. Becuase of space considerations, some names will be published next week. Kelsey Abel, bachelor of science; Danielle Adams, bachelor of music; Emily Addison, bachelor of science in nursing; Keith Adkins, bachelor of science in civil engineering; Dawit Alemayehu, doctor of philosophy; Anna Alexander, doctor of pharmacy; Barbara Alexander, master of science; Felicia Anderson, master of arts; Natalee Atkins, associate of applied science; Carl Ausdenmoore, bachelor of science; Charles Balcom, bachelor of arts; Ryan Ball, master of architecture; Lisa Bambach, bachelor of science in design; Elizabeth Bareswilt, master of education; Alexandra Bauer, bachelor of science in nursing; Ashley Beck, associate of applied science; Daniel Beck, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering;

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McAuley students receive ‘McEmmys’ As part of the annual McEmmys Awards Assembly at McAuley High School, members of the class of 2012 whose weighted grade-point averages were in the top 20 percent of the class were invited to an academic signing ceremony in front of the entire McAuley community. Other awards and recognitions given at the assembly included students on the honor roll, students with perfect attendance and National Latin Exam award winners. The Simon Lazarus Jr. Human Relations Awards were given to junior Megan Dollenmeyer and senior

Leah Schmidt. The University of Rochester Institute of Technology honored two juniors with awards: Kelly Neeb received the Bausch and Lomb Science Award and Samantha Nissen received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award. Junior Cara Walden received the St. Michael’s College Book Award, and Emmy Schwartz, also a junior, was given the University of Notre Dame Book Award. Members of the class of 2012 earned over $6 million dollars in college scholarships.

Members of the McAuley class of 2012 who graduated in the top 20 percent of their class were honored at an assembly. Pictured from left are Gabrielle Bolin, who will attend the University of Cincinnati and major in special education; Cayla Brakers, Miami University, zoology; Stephanie Dailey, Miami, athletic training; Kelsey Gibboney, UC, mechanical engineering; Erin Hennard, UC, nursing; Sara Krueger, Miami, psychology/bio-chemistry; Kayla Orso, Ohio State University, bio-chemistry. PROVIDED.

Members of the McAuley class of 2012 who graduated in the top 20 percent of their class were honored at an assembly. Pictured from left are Abby Osborne, who will attend Thomas More College and major in pre-med/biology; Kelly O’Shaughnessy, University of Cincinnati, engineering; Danielle Pfeifer, University of Michigan, nursing; Sarah Pierce, UC, chemical engineering; Samantha Rack, University of Notre Dame, Spanish/pre-med; Samantha Reid, UC, fine arts; and Brooke Sabatelli, Miami University, chemical engineering. PROVIDED.

Members of the McAuley class of 2012 who graduated in the top 20 percent of their class were honored at an assembly. Pictured from left are Sidney Stacy, who will attend the University of Cincinnati and major in bio-medical engineering; Jenna Taylor, bio-medical science; Abigail Thiemann, Ohio State University, speech and hearing science; Karlie Torok, UC, pharmacy; Hannah Ungruhe, UC, communications science and disorders; Megan Williams, OSU, chemical engineering; Sarah Workman, Xavier University, marketing and finance; and Dorsey Ziller, Point Park University, musical theater. PROVIDED.

SCHOOL NOTES Saint Michael’s College Book Award

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sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities. Winners were presented the book “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael’s College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. The book is an autobiographical account, from a child’s perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. CE-0000522601



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PTAs name top educators The following educators have received the honor of “Educator of the Year” for the 2011-2012 school year from their respective PTAs.

Oak Hills High School: Shannon Murray

Murray has been a social studies teacher for Oak Hills High School for the last 12 years. Actively supporting the PTA, Murray has organized student volunteers for the After Prom for the last eight years and has worked closely with the Oak Hills Veteran’s Day Program for the last four years. His involvement with the community includes being an active volunteer in the Butler County Food Bank and other local charities and serving as a local 4-H leader. While at Oak Hills, Murray has received several Teacher of the Month awards and has been designated a Partner with PTA for his work with the Veteran’s Day Program.

Bridgetown Middle School: Debra Tullius

Tullius has worked for the Oak Hills Local School district for the last 24 years. For the last five years, she’s been teaching seventh grade social studies at Bridgetown Middle School. Her PTA involvement Tullius includes acting as the PTA Reflections liaison at Oakdale for several years and serving as the PTA teacher-liai-

son at Bridgewater Middle School for two years. Some of her awards include the Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award in 1998 and serving on the National Board of Professional Teachers in 2002. In the community, Tullius has been an active leader of the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Verein Youth Group since 1985.

Delhi Middle School: Susan Lawrence

Lawrence has worked for Delhi Middle School for 32 years. Currently she is a visual art specialist for grades six through eight. During her time at Delhi, she has prepared and coordinated the student visual art submissions for Lawrence the PTA Reflections contest and assisted the Delhi PTA for events such as the Family Fun Nights and school dances. This will be the third time Lawrence has received the Teacher of the Year award. Some of her other awards include the 1999 OAEA Western Region Middle School Art Teacher of the Year, the 1998 OAEA Middle School Art Teacher of the Year, and a three-time winner of the PTA’s Friend of Children Award. She achieved National Board Certification in 2003. In 2011, she was recognized as a nominee for the Ohio Art Educator of the Year Award. An active member in the community, Lawrence has been a member of the Ohio Art Educa-

tion Association since 1980. This year she was selected as the district’s Educator of the Year.

Rapid Run Middle School: Jarryd Tribble

Tribble has worked as an eighth-grade intervention specialist at Rapid Run Middle School for the last three years. Involved with his school, Tribble has aided in the PTA Cookie Dough Sale, school events, and the “Willy Wonka Jr.” school musical. He also coordinates the programs for the Dad and Donuts and Moms with Muffins events. He is a color commentator on Oak Hills Local Sports Radio for football and basketball. Tribble was the recipient of the 2009 Friend of the Students Award. In the community, he serves as the seventhgrade boys basketball coach, the girls and boys track and field coach, and acts as a public address announcer for the boys and girls basketball, volleyball, and football teams.

C.O. Harrison Elementary: Diane Burke

Burke has been teaching kindergarten at C.O. Harrison Elementary for 26 years. Over the years, Burke has been an active member of the PTA and has helped promote the association to the parents of her Burke students showing that it’s never too early in their children’s education to become


involved. She also coauthored the Phonic Program taught in the Oak Hills Local School District as well as other districts.

Oakdale Elementary: Jeff Hemberger

Hemberger has been teaching physical education for Oakdale Elementary for the last seven years. Throughout his years at Oakdale, he has been an active member of the PTA volunteering at Winterfest, carnivals, and Breakfast with Santa. Some of the programs started by Hemberger have Hemberger included the Wall of Fame recognizing fitness achievements, the Oakdale walking club, and the Fitness Student of the Month Award. In 2007, Hemberger was recognized for his hard work with a PTA Outstanding Teacher Award. In the community, he has coached youth athletics for over 20 years including a number of basketball, baseball, and football teams in Bridgetown and the Cincinnati area.

J.F. Dulles Elementary: Kellie O’Brien

O’Brien has been teaching in the Oak Hills Local School District for the last 21 years. She has been a kindergarten teacher at J.F. Dulles for the last four years. Over her 21 years with the district, O’Brien has volunteered in a number of PTA events such as

the Winter Wonderland for Dulles and the Delshire Fall Festival. Some of O’Brien’s previous awards include a three-time winner of the O’Brien Friend of Children PTA award, a two-time participant in the Teacher Mentor Program, and the 2004 We Are Family Award. An active member in the community, she organized a canned food drive with her students for a local food pantry in 2012.

Delshire Elementary: Sarah Bertke

Bertke has been with the Oak Hills Local School District for five years. For the last two years she has been a third grade language arts and writing teacher for Delshire Elementary. Bertke has been an active member Bertke of the PTA for the last three years by recruiting volunteers for Winterfest and helping with other PTA sponsored events. In 2009, she co-founded the Community OutReach team. This outreach program has sponsored programs such as the Delshire Talent Show, Family Movie Night, and the College Speaker Night in 2011.

Seton students join Leadership Scholars

The Mother of Mercy High School vocal ensemble won the women’s choir category at the Kings Island Music Showcase Festival for the 10th consecutive year. Pictured from front left are Kate Gandenberger and Kelsey Niehauser; second row, Holly Reckers, Emily Diersing, Meggie Strawser and Bernadette DiStasi; third row, Megan Pekel, Jenn Drout and Kerri Davis; fourth row, Erin Kissinger and Emily Schroer; fifth row, Kayla Grossheim, Grace Jung and Allison Brewer; sixth row, Julia Heyl.

This spring, 21 Seton High School students were honored for their commitment to the Leadership Scholars program. This nonprofit organization pairs high school seniors and juniors with inner-city seventh and eighth grade students to share information about college, communication and leadership while providing emotional support. Student leaders are required to make a twoyear commitment to the Leadership Scholars program. This year, the following Seton students were honored for the time they committed to the organization: » Melissa Alexander, » Julie Buttlewerth,

» Sarah Clark, » Anna Combs, » Emma Lindle, » Mollie Ruffing, » Kylee Siefke, » Lindsey Ackerman, » Hannah Beckman, » Danielle Drinkuth, » Katie Finfrock, » Morgan Hughes, » Taylor Kuhl, » Thandy Mamutse, » Marisa Meyer, » Ali Moehring, » Kara Rattermann, » Helena Sabato, » Maggie Sollmann, » Jocelyn Evans, » Anna Stagge and » Andrea Toth.

Six win Westwood leadership award

The Westwood Civic Association presented the Wayne Brinkman Student of the Year Civic Leadership Awards to six distinguished Westwood students at its meting in May at Westwood Town Hall. Recipients from Westwood schools were those students who have exhibited exemplary civic spirit and leadership, through community involvement and/or volunteerism in civic minded endeavors. The winners were: » Ashley Cox from Gamble Montessori, » Abbey Hammann from St.

Catharine of Siena School, » Tess Grant from Dater Montessori, » Kathleen Anderson from Our Lady of Lourdes School, » Emma Hauer from Mother of Mercy High School, and » Malik Harris from Westwood School. Nominations were open to all first- through 12-grade students attending a Westwood school and were submitted by teachers, counselors and principals. The awards were presented by Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Smitherman.

The winners of the Westwood Civic Association presented the Wayne Brinkman Student of the Year Civic Leadership Awards were, from left, Westwood Civic Assn President Joel Kimmet; Ashley Cox from Gamble Montessori; Abbey Hammann from St. Catharine of Siena School; Tess Grant from Dater Montessori; Kathleen Anderson from Our Lady of Lourdes School; Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Smitherman; in back row are Emma Hauer from Mother of Mercy High School and Malik Harris from Westwood School. PROVIDED.




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Girls lace up their cleats

Mercy, Oak Hills to lead locals By Tom Skeen

The girls soccer season is right around the corner. Here is a look at what the area teams are expected to bring to the pitch in 2012.

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Oak Hills’ Cody Frondorf, right, advances upfield in their July 14 game at Heritage Oak Park, as part of the 2012 Mason Pre-season High School Classic tournament. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Area teams optimistic about upcoming seasons By Tom Skeen

The boys soccer season is right around the corner. Here is a look at what area teams are expected to bring to the pitch in 2012.

Oak Hills


The Panthers finished 2011 in last place in the Greater Catholic League South Division and finished the season at 5-9-4 overall. Coach Dave Ruehl is in his first year and takes over a team that graduated just six. The regular season begins for the Panthers Aug. 21 when they travel to Sycamore.

La Salle

For the La Salle High School soccer team, the future is now. Four returning starters who are entering their third year at the varsity level lead the Lancers. While going through the growing pains of being underclassmen, those players, who are now seniors, could be poised to have the Lancers build off last fall’s third-place league finish. “This season as seniors they are more physically mature and capable of competing at a high level,” said head coach Steve Schulten by email. “This team’s size, speed, quickness and experience should have them in the mix for the GCL.” Senior midfielders C.J. Seig, Jake Eisenacher, Andrew Wood are set to return, while junior Jacob Whyle returns at forward. Seig was seventh in the GCL South with 14 points coming off six goals and two assists a season ago, according to Defensively, the Lancers will count on Alex Murray and Matt Henkes to shore up a defense that lost all-league goalie, Mack Robinson, to graduation.

Bobcats coach Mike Rust has 12 seniors on his 2012 roster – the most he’s had since taking over at Mercy. Leading that bunch will be seniors Nicole Stephan and Becca Tumlin, along with junior Emily Budde. In addition, senior Tess Herzog will play varsity for the first time in her career. Rust believes she might be the fastest kid he has coached. When it comes to defense, the Bobcats will run out junior Sam Mattlin, who was first-team AllGirls Great Catholic League and first-team All-City last season, along with senior Liz Trentman and junior Macey Anderson. With all that experience and maturity, needless to say, Rust likes his team. “They have a chance to be very, very good this year,” he said. “We have the talent to be good.” The Bobcats beat Lakota West, tied Mason and lost by one to St. Ursula in scrimmage action this year. They get to the regular season Aug. 22 when they travel to Carroll.

Oak Hills High School senior Aaron Willis, left, prepares to receive the ball in a preseason tournament at Heritage Oak Park July 14. Willis finished 2011 with four goals and will be counted on for more in 2012. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS The Lancers kick off the 2012 campaign at home against Kings Aug. 21.

Oak Hills

The Highlanders graduated nine seniors from its 5-11-1 team in 2011, but coach John Mirizzi returns seven with varsity experience and will run out 12 seniors in 2012. Leading the group will be seniors Nick Norman, Aaron Willis, Kevin Sattler, Adam Schueler and twin brothers Jordan and Jeremy Cain. Another senior is goalkeeper Brandon Scott. Scott transferred from Kentucky at the beginning of last season, but was injured for most of the season and played behind two senior keepers. “I’m looking forward to sticking him in goal for a full season,” Mirizzi said, “and see what we can get out of him.” The season gets underway for the Highlanders Aug. 20 at home against Walnut Hills.

St. Xavier After graduating 14 seniors, the St. Xavier Bombers will look to make up for their lack of experience with their team speed, athleticism and high work rate, according to coach Henry Ahrens. Key returners are seniors John Broderick (midfield), Josh Melrose (defense) and Micah Bledsoe (goalkeeper). In addition, junior midfielder Austin Harrell will add key depth. Senior midfielder Myles Beresford, who played junior varsity last season recovering from injury, will add experience to the varsity squad in 2012. Junior defenders David Elsen and Matthew Locaputo will help on the backside. One disadvantage the Bombers will encounter is their tough schedule, which will make for a learning-on-the-fly experience for the newcomers. They open the season against Loveland, See BOYS, Page A11

The Lady Highlanders bring some youth to the table in 2012, as they will start the season with at least nine freshmen and sophomores on the squad. Luckily for coach Chuck Laumann, the team returns four-year starter Olivia Kilgore, who will make the move to defense this season, and three-year starter Sam Davis. Perhaps the two players who could provide the biggest impact are sophomore midfielders Bailey Feist and Katie Murray. Both were second-team All-Greater Miami Conference players in 2011 and Feist finished the season with five goals and three assists. “We are overall young with a good mixture of upperclassmen,” Laumann said, who is in his 21st season as coach. “The youth gives us energy, which is good for competition.” The team will have to find its rhythm early as they open the season Aug. 23 against Turpin, who finished third in the Fort An-

cient Valley Conference in 2011, and follow that up two days later with a matchup against Walnut Hills, who finished second in the FAVC. “We are looking forward to the challenge,” Laumann said, “and want to see where we can end up when it is all finished.”


After a 4-11-2 record and a lastplace finish in the GGCL Scarlet Division in 2011, coach Ron Quinn is optimistic about the 2012 season with his mix of returning talent and young players. Leading the Saints will be senior Erika LaRosa, who was firstteam All-GGCL and first-team All-City last season. Also back, are second-teamer’s Jessica Woeste and Allie Luebbering. Joining the goalkeeper Luebbering on the defensive side of the ball is senior defender Emily Gramke. Quinn, who is in his third year leading the Saints, knows no matter how good his team is, the girls still have to fight through a tough schedule. “We play in one of the strongest conferences in the state,” he said, “so that means every year we are going to have a competitive schedule. This year is no different, we have a very competitive schedule.” The Saints begin that tough schedule Aug. 21 against Lakota East. Their next two games are against Fairfield and Mason, who finished first and second, respectively, in the GMC last season.


The Yellow Jackets and coach Jim Mercer are coming off a 611-1 season in 2011. While coach Mercer couldn’t be reached by deadline, according to the 2012 roster, the team will run out five seniors, including goalkeeper Brooke Heflin. Things get underway for the Yellow Jackets Aug. 21 at home against St. Bernard.

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First year coach Jordan Harris didn’t have the roster filled out for the Lady Mustangs by deadline. Harris, who has played soccer his whole life and is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Seven Hills, is looking forward to the 2012 season and his first year of coaching. The ladies get their season started Aug. 27 when they face Mount Healthy. Oak Hills’ Sam Davis runs down the ball during a scrimmage against McAuley Aug. 7. Davis, a three-year starter for the Lady Highlanders, will provide key leadership for coach Chuck Laumann and the team. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Kings team finishes 2nd in nation

By James Weber

Kings Soccer Academy came up just short on their quest for a national championship title July 28. The girls U15 Kings Gold G96 team lost 1-0 to Legends FC from California in the final game of the US Youth Soccer National Champi-

onships in the U15 division in Rock Hill, S.C. Legends’ Ashlee Smith sent a lofted ball into the box that found the head of Peyton Perea. Her effort was deflected, by Kings Keeper Abby Stevens, but it bounced back to Perea who knocked it home for the game and national

championship winner. The title was one of 12 (by age group, gender) decided in South Carolina last week. KSA had two shots on goal to four for the Legends. KSA was 2-0-1 in pool play, with the tie coming 0-0 to Legends FC. KSA beat a team from Pennsylvania 4-2, with Kelly Polacek scoring twice, Bayley

Feist once and Katie Murray once. KSA then beat a team from Texas 2-1. Incoming Dixie Heights sophomore Lauren Nemeroff scored the equalizer in the second half, and Feist won it late in the second half. Most of the players are entering their sophomore seasons in high school this

fall. Players are (schools listed if known): Payton Atkins (Turpin), Madison Baumgardner (Colerain), Haley Best, Kaitlyn Bigner (Colerain), Bayley Feist (Oak Hills), Sydney Goins (St. Dominic), Brittany Mahoney (Oak Hills), Meghan Martella (McNicholas), Katie Murray (Oak Hills), Lauren Neme-

roff (Dixie Heights), Kelly Polacek (Anderson), Brooklynn Rivers, Abby Stevens (Princeton), Marissa Stone (Amelia), Maryellen Tully (Turpin), Michelle Washburn, Camille Williams and Emily Wiser (Summit Country Day). Head coach is Jon Pickup.

CUP team makes national tournament By Scott Springer


The team roster and some high schools represented are: Charlie Byers (Sycamore), Luke Treadway (Scott), Brandin Ward (Cincinnati Country Day), Will Cohen (CCD), Luke Deimer (CCD), Nate Gibson (CCD), Drew Eagan (St. Xavier), Alex Besl (St. Xavier), Christian Lytle (Lakota West), Dave Jeffries (Waynesville), Luke Thomas (Centerville), Dan Schleitweiler (Lakota East), Mohamed Elmardi (Lakota East), J.J. Iroh (Mason), Brady Daulton (Mason), Peter Cinibulk (Bellbrook), Logan Wiedmann (Walnut Hills), Lucas Andrew (Fenwick) and Noah Griffith (Oak Hills).


2012 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships were July 24-29 representing the nation’s top six team. Locally, the Cincinnati United Premier U15 team became the first area boys team to make it there, according to coach Terry Nicholl. (Crew Juniors U19, which won a national title at its age group, is an OhioSouth team based in Columbus comprised of about 1/3 Cincinnati athletes.) “We qualified on two fronts, Nationals in Vegas and winning the region in Saginaw, Mich. (in June),” Nicholl said. “We were fantastic in that week scoring 19 goals and giving zero away. In Nationals, we won 20 and gave three goals against in seven games.” At the championships in Rock Hill, S.C., they tied Manhattan Paris-St. Germain out of New York, 0-0, lost to the Chicago Magic 3-2 and lost to the Fullerton (CA) Rangers 2-0. “We got a little surprised frankly,” Nicholl said. “On Wednesday (July 25) we played the No. 4 team in the country, on Thursday we played the No. 2 team and on Friday we played the No. 1 team in the country. We had to win at least two of those games to go on.” With Nicholl being from

The Cincinnati United Premier U15 boys team won the U.S. Youth Soccer National League in Las Vegas in June, which qualified them for the U.S. Youth Soccer championships in Rock Hill, S.C. in July. From left, they are: Front, Charlie Byers, Alex Besl, Luke Treadway, Brandin Ward, David Jeffries, and Drew Eagan; middle, Christian Lytle, Luke Thomas, Brady Daulton, Dan Schleitweiler, Lucas Andrew, Mohamed Elmardi, and Luke Deimer; back, coach Terry Nicholl, J.J. Iroh, Will Cohen, Peter Cinibulk, Logan Wiedmann, Nate Gibson and coach Bobby Puppione. THANKS TO BOBBY PUPPIONE outside of Manchester, England, he described the CUP competition accordingly. “It would be like playing Chelsea Wednesday, Manchester City on Thursday and Manchester United on Friday,” he said. “We came up a little short, but we learned a lot.” Nicholl, who coaches Seven Hills during the school season, headed up players who will soon be dribbling for the likes of Sycamore, Cincinnati Country Day, Lakota East, Lakota West. St. Xavier,

Mason, Walnut Hills and Oak Hills among others. “Every member of our club will be a factor in high school soccer even though they’re only sophomores,” Nicholl said. “I’m looking for great seasons for all of these lads.” While the crew came away winless, they played courageously according to the former English pro. Their first loss to the Chicago team could’ve been a blowout. “The second game, they controlled the first half and had a 3-nil lead,” Nicholl

said. “We fought back and showed great pride in the second half. We got two goals and missed a penalty kick. That was a team we

John Glaser, St. Xavier High School class of 2008, was captain and Offensive Most Valuable Player of The Christopher Newport University Captains lacrosse team this year. He set the record for the overall points scored at CNU with 118 points. He recorded 85 goals and 33 assists during his four years of play as a NCAA Division III athlete.

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who was 11-7 last season, then head to the Ohio Jesuit Cup where they face Toledo St. John’s and then either Cleveland St. Ignatius or Walsh Jesuit. “I am confident in the abilities of our players,” Ahrens said, “but many players will need to adjust to the varsity level of play for us to get off to a fast start.”


Coming of a 2-13-2 season in 2011, second-year coach Gerd Hildebrandt expects more from his Yellow Jackets in 2012. The team returns seniors Jake Webb - who was

Conference accolades

Six Thomas More College baseball student-athletes have been named to the 2012 All-Presidents' Athletic Conference baseball teams by the conference's head coaches. Among those honored was sophomore outfielder Cody Makin, an Elder High School graduate, who earned a honorable mention. Makin batted .368 as he honorable mention All-Cincinnati Hills League last year - Teddy Graham and Jake Schneider. “Last year they did pretty good,” Hildebrandt said. “This year they are my leaders. I have a young team, mostly freshmen and sophomores, so that kind of helps us a little bit.” Two of those talented freshmen are Daniel Blake and Jackson Budke. Blake will start at midfield to begin the season and Hildebrandt says he will bring Budke, who will play both varsity and junior varsity, off the bench. The Yellow Jackets get things going when they travel to Cincinnati Christian Aug. 20.

was 49-of-133 with a home run, a triple, eight doubles, 27 runs scored and 21 RBI for a .466 slugging percentage. In the field he had 65 putouts and six assists. The Saints ended the season at 25-16 overall and a 13-11 mark in the PAC to finish third during the regular season. If you would like to submit news of your college athlete, send it to

Western Hills The Mustangs are under the direction of new coach Jordan Harris. While the final rosters are yet to be set, one impressive story to watch is that of goalkeeper Tony Tucker. Tucker missed much of last season, on and off the pitch, due to health problems and coach Tucker says he is on top of everything as they prepare for the 2012 season. “He is an impressive kid,” Harris said. “He is really a miracle with all the health issues he had last year.” Another player to watch is center midfielder Damon Jung. The Mustangs start the season Aug. 25 against Belmont.

needed a week off,” Nicholl said. “We were playing in 105-degree temperatures against three of the top four teams in the country. We were asking players to run marathons in 100-degree temperatures.” Early indications are Nicholl will coach the same group again and he hopes the experience pays off. “It’s fantastic when you qualify for anything that’s top six in the country,” Nicholl said. “Getting there’s fantastic (but) we needed to be fantastic when we got there. The teams we played had all been there.”

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Thanks to the many who help Skirt Game ers for those on the committee who are approaching 60 and beyond who cannot perform physical work the way we used to. Clyde E. Without them it Kobner COMMUNITY PRESS is hard telling how we would GUEST COLUMNIST pull this off. This is really a great group of young men. There are also a lot of groups in Delhi who help with this event. Starting with Remke/ Biggs who provides food for our food booths and people to help cook and serve the food. The Civic Association who runs our split the pot booth. The Delhi Business Association who provides the bouncy house and the people to run it for the kids. The Delhi Township Veterans Association who ran a booth and donated all proceeds to the Skirt Game. The Delhi Fire Department (all off duty) take care of the pop booth. The Delhi Police Department works security on a voluntary basis and also provides us with an umpire on the field. The Delhi Citizens Police Association runs a booth and is responsible for parking cars at the event. Their president also umpires. Delhi Athletic Association provides a lot of the players for the game and the third umpire. LaRosa’s provides the pizza and has done so for the entire time I have been involved with the Skirt Game. Duebber’s Auto-

motive provides all of our ice for the game. Rick from the Delhi Township Park Depatment works all day at the park, then volunteers and works the Skirt Game. These are just folks who love Delhi and are working to make it a better place to live. And the list is much longer than this if I include financial donations, major award prizes and many, many other things that are donated to the cause by businesses as well as individuals. I want to take this time to thank all of the above who helped us this year and have helped us many years in the past. But I also want to thank all of you who are reading this who attended the game and purchased a beer and a brat. This money goes directly to help your neighbor in need. For you see, because of all of the help we receive, there is very little overhead and all profits go to those in need. If you want to become involved in the community and want to help with next year’s game, give me a call (513-4511197). We will add you to our email list and you can start attending our meetings and become involved in what has developed into a great organization of people who do good in the community. Ask around. You will probably find someone who has been touched by the Delhi Skirt Game. We are a group of neighbors helping neighbors. Clyde E. Kober is vice president of the Delhi Skirt Game Committee.

Livebold support appreciated On behalf of my family, and all of those who worked so tirelessly on the “Livebold” campaign, I want to offer a huge “thank you” to everyone for your tremendous support. We raised over $42,000 during the 2012 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man/ Woman of the Year Campaign, which is incredible. This means thousands of dollars for cancer research. We could not be prouder of our efforts and this result. As many of you know, I was nominated for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign in memory of my loving husband, Emmett Bold Sr., who lost his battle with MDS due to complications from a stem cell transplant. Through all of your help and efforts, I was named the runner up for the campaign. Katie Youngblood was named Woman of the Year and John Bowman was named Man of the Year. And we had another West Sider as runner up on the men’s side, Paul Garrett. They all did a fantastic job. The entire campaign, with all the candidates, raised over $300,000 for cancer research. So thank you all so much for everything you did. Thank you for attending all those great fundraisers: Logan’s Bold lemonade stand; the car wash; drinks at the Dog Haus; and Livebold day at Phillips Swim Club. Thank you for the donations, and for reaching out to friends, co-workers, neighbors and family members to let them


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Again this year, I want to thank those in Delhi and the West Side of Cincinnati for another successful Delhi Skirt Game. With the growth of the second annual tailgate party and the Delhi Rising Star contest, coupled with the huge crowd we had at the Skirt Game, this will go down as the best financial weekend the Skirt Game has ever had, by far. And we owe it to all of the support that we received from the entire community and from those who work so hard to pull this off. The first Skirt Game was 35 years ago and has now grown into a two-day event at two different venues. We now support people throughout the year who need help, instead of a few people after the Skirt Game. We support and organize Kid, Cops ‘n Firefighters where we help kids at Christmas time have a better Christmas by allowing them to shop with a cop or firefighter at Target. This event last year gave 155 kids from 55 families this opportunity. But as a committee of about 30 to 40 people, we cannot pull this off ourselves. On the night of the game, about 250 volunteers show up to make this happen. These are just common folks from Delhi as well as not so common folks like Judge Pat Dinkelacker, Bob Herzog and John Gumm. Boy Scout Troop 350 from Shiloh Church provided us with a massive amount of help with teardown the night of the event and anything else that we needed help with. Doug Galbraith and his troop are lifesav-


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Seniors say thanks

An open letter to the students and staff of Oak Hills High School: We would again like to take this opportunity to thank you publicly for allowing us to share in the profits of the “walk” you held last spring. When you initiated the walk in 2010 we assumed that it was a one-time event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oak Hills School District. When our president was contacted this year to come receive another check we were pleasantly surprised. It is so generous of you to remember our organization. We want you to be aware that we have set up a special projects savings account for these funds. It will only be used for capital purchases, not ongoing expenses. We currently are purchasing items that will be used as we start new activities here at the senior center.

Lynne Case, president and the Board of Directors Green Township Senior Citizens Inc.

Do not forget facts

Concerning the letter to the editor “Forgotten Facts” where Ann Thompson is chastised for her support of the Affordable Care Act, I would agree that we should not forget some facts. For instance, the United States pays twice a much for health care as most other nations and we get less in return. In the 10 years before passage of the ACA, insurance premiums doubled for individuals and businesses ( In my pediatric practice I have seen families lose their health insurance through no fault of their own and thanks to Medicaid and the SCHIPPS program, a lot of them were able to continue receiving care. These reasons and many more are why we need health care reform. Ernest Ciambarella MD Miami Township

Upholding rights

Dusty Rhodes’s response that President Obama is at war with the church and that he is not going to vote for him reflects a man of character who upholds our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The church has not made this political the president has with misleading the church about their intention to uphold conscience rights and enforce abortion on demand within the health care bill and secondly

Emmett and Christina Bold know about the campaign. Thank you for your endless show of support, words of encouragement, and so many prayers for our Emmett Bold family. I believe that by sharing our family’s tragedy and keeping Emmett’s memory alive, we have truly made a difference. This campaign was really the culmination of the two years of support that so many of you provided to our family during Emmett’s battle with this disease. It has been such a challenge to live with his absence, which means living without such an amazing husband and father. We feel that absence every day. But while the cancer may have taken Emmett’s body, it will



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never take away the love he showed us, our memories of him, or his amazing legacy to this community. And to make his legacy even stronger, John (Man of the Year) and Michelle Bowman raised our total fundraising amount to $50,000, which allows me to name the cancer research after Emmett. I am so thankful for their kindness and compassion in helping us continue research in Emmett’s memory. Our family’s story continues on I’d love for you to check in on us, as I will continue to work to raise awareness of this disease for LLS. Like Emmett, I will never give up the fight. Christina Bold lives in Delhi Township.

with redefining the definition of the church; in that they can only help or hire those of the same religion. They’re attempt to bring down the largest Christian-nonprofit organization of helping millions to enforce their agenda of population control and abortion at tax payers cost. The church placing signs are not political, it is to bring awareness to the reality of threat upon religious freedom. There are some within our society who stands by their party regardless of moral demise and overall catastrophic damage that is taking place and there are many who are seeing this for what it is with government attempt to control, massive taxes and bringing down America. This is not between the parties – it is about upholding the constitutional rights of American’s. Joseph Czyzyk Sr. Bridgetown

Look for taxes

My wife and I have lived and enjoyable but frugal life. We had wanted to be mortgage free upon retirement. We have achieved that goal. But now I notice it is costing us $224 per month to live in our mortgage free home. About 75 percent-80 percent of these tax dollars are going to the Three Rivers School district. I wonder if other people have taken the time to look at their semi-annual tax bill which they paid a couple of months ago. Or if the bank pays it as a part of your mortgage loan, do you look at the break down? Jim Howell Miami Township

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MEETINGS Here is a list of government meetings in the Western Hills Press area: » Village of North Bend Council meets at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the North Bend Municipal Building, 21 Taylor Ave. Phone: 941-0610. Mayor: Doug Sammons. » Oak Hills Local School District Board of Education members meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at various locations within the district. District office: 6325 Rapid Run Road. Phone: 574-3200. Superintendent: Todd Yohey. Board President: Janice Hunter. » Three Rivers Local School District Board of Education members meet the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Taylor High School, 36 S. Harrison Ave. District office: 92 Cleves Ave. Phone: 941-6400. Superintendent: Rhonda Bohannon. Board president: Angela Weisgerber. » Westwood Civic Association

5556 Cheviot Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45247 phone: 923-3111 fax: 853-6220 email: web site:

members meet the third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave. Phone: 662-9109. Civic Association president: Joel Kimmet. Hamilton County » Board of County Commissioners meet at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Room 603 of the County Administration Building, 138 E. Court St., downtown. Call 946-4400 for information. » Educational Service Center Governing Board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 11083 Hamilton Ave. Call 672-4200 for information. If you would like your meeting to be considered for this, send the information to

Western Hills Press Editor Marc Emral, 853-6264 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.







he Cleves Skate Park was officially open last month, and skaters wasted no time in trying out the park. Councilwoman Jan Pastrick helped cut the ribbon to open the park, at the corner of Miami Avenue and West Howell Street, that was paid for with “We Thrive” grant from the Hamilton County Public Health department. The Cleves Skate Park was built by volunteers and is open to the public, free of charge. At the opening, donations by Skyline, BlackList Skateboards, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, city of Cleves and volunteers provided for the helmets, painting, food and skateboards.

Jake Brown enjoys skate time at the new park. BECKY BUTTS/CONTRIBUTOR

Jake Bonfield enjoys skate time at the new park. BECKY BUTTS/CONTRIBUTOR

Six new skateboards were raffled off to lucky kids during the opening. BECKY BUTTS/CONTRIBUTOR Cleves Mayor Danny Stacy, Dr. Robert Rolf of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Scott Becker of Cleves Skyline, and Councilwoman Jan Pastrick at the city’s skate park opening. Donations by Skyline, BlackList Skateboards, and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, city of Cleves and volunteers provided for the helmets, painting, food and skateboards. BECKY BUTTS/CONTRIBUTOR

Tyler Maddux demonstrates his skill with a board at the opening of the Cleves Skate park at the corner of Miami Avenue and West Howell Street. BECKY BUTTS/CONTRIBUTOR

Leigh and Ron Hodgeman enjoyed the opening festivities of the skate park with their sons Jax and Cole. BECKY BUTTS/CONTRIBUTOR


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, AUG. 16 Art Exhibits Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Exhibit showcases student work from the 2011-2012 school year. Free. Presented by College of Mount St. Joseph. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

Exercise Classes Gentle Beginners Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Gentle progression of postures to ease into a fulfilling Ashtanga practice. Each class engaging in a flow of asanas, creating a moving meditation of energy and heat. Family friendly. $7 drop-in, $30 for five-class pass, $49 for 10-class pass, $85 for 20-class pass. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Boot Camp, 7-8 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Combination of strength training and conditioning that will help you improve strength, lower body fat, improve body composition and improve aerobic and anaerobic capacity. $10. 451-4905. Westwood. Zumba/Yoga Fusion, 7-8 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $7; $90 for 15-class pass. 923-1700. Monfort Heights.

The Hanky Panks, 8 p.m.midnight, Cabana on the River, 7445 Forbes Road, Free. 9417442; Sayler Park.

Schools Yellowjacket Kick-Off: Class of 2016, 9 a.m.-noon, Taylor High School, 36 E. Harrison Ave., Orientation camp for incoming freshman. Students receive class schedules, find lockers, learn about extracurriculars, meet peers and hear from upperclassmen, teachers, administrators and counselors. $6. Registration required. 467-3200. North Bend. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Workout to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.


Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, 3302 Westbourne Drive, Evening appointments available by request. Free. Reservations required. 922-0123; Green Township.

Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Green Township.

Senior Citizens Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

FRIDAY, AUG. 17 Art Exhibits Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

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

Exercise Classes Tone and Strength, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Combination of upper body, lower body and core strengthening exercises mixed in with light conditioning and stretching. $10. 451-4905. Westwood.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Festivals St. William Parish Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Adults only on Friday with music by the Rusty Griswolds. Food specials include fish, barbecue and chicken. Bid and Buy all weekend. 921-0247; West Price Hill.

Health / Wellness Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Reservations

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 7 p.m., Top Shelf Grille, 6507 Harrison Ave., 574-5600; Green Township.

Recreation Thursday Night Lightz, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Edgewater Sports Park, $10; $15 to race, requirements available online. 874-2508; ThursdayNightLightz. Cleves.

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Thursday Night Lightz, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Edgewater Sports Park, 4819 E. Miami River Road, Heads-up car and motorcycle drag racing, burnout competition, music, food and $1 beers. Gates open 6 p.m. $5 off at participating sponsors. $10; $15 to race, requirements available online. Presented by Thursday Night Lightz. 874-2508; Cleves.

Gentle Beginners Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $7 drop-in, $30 for five-class pass, $49 for 10-class pass, $85 for 20-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Boot Camp, 7-8 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $10. 451-4905. Westwood.

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required. 922-0123; Green Township.

Craft Shows Covedale Performing and Fine Arts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Show and sale of pottery, jewelry, enamel painted iron tiles, woodworks, oils, water colors, graphic art, fiber art, acrylics, photography, ceramics and more. Free. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Exercise Classes Gentle Beginners Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga, 9-10 a.m., EarthConnection, $7 drop-in, $30 for five-class pass, $49 for 10-class pass, $85 for 20-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Fitness, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Practice ancient styles and modern mix of vinyasa flows, with integrated music. $10, free for members. 451-4900. Westwood. Boot Camp, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, $10. 451-4905. Westwood.

Festivals St. William Parish Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. William Church, Music by Excalibur.921-0247; West Price Hill.

Music - Blues Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Another Bar, 250 S. Miami Road, 8348275; Cleves.

Music - Classic Rock Woodwind Steel, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, $3. 451-1157; Riverside.

SUNDAY, AUG. 19 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township.

Education Historic 1795 Cabin and Schoolhouse, 2-5 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Free, vehicle

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market is open from 3-7 p.m. Friday. Earlier this year, Jenny Kettering, 61, Monfort Heights, points out different pie flavors to Ruth Haneberg, 61, Western Hills. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; North Bend.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4-5 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Strengthen, stretch and tone with gentle postures that release tension rand support the integrity of the spine. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Zumba, 10-11 a.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Latin dance-inspired fitness program combines dance and aerobic elements to create fun and challenging workout. $10. 451-4905. Westwood.

Festivals St. William Parish Festival, 5-10 p.m., St. William Church, Music by Elder Glee Club. 9210247; West Price Hill.

MONDAY, AUG. 20 Art Exhibits Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

Exercise Classes Gentle Beginners Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $7 drop-in, $30 for five-class pass, $49 for 10-class pass, $85 for 20-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Yoga for Rookies: An Introduction, 5:45-6:45 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, For participants who have never tried yoga. Class introduces each practitioner to a progression of pranayama (breathing techniques), focus of gaze and asanas (postures) leading to a unique practice for each participant. Family friendly. $7 drop-in, $30 for five-class pass, $49 for 10-class pass, $85 for 20-class pass. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Zumba, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Wear comfortable workout attire and gym shoes. Bring water. $5. Presented by Deb’s Fitness Party. 205-5064; Green Township. Total Joint Class, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Designed for people who have finished physical therapy after joint replacement surgery but are looking to improve upon the progress they’ve made leading to a better quality of life. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $90 for 15 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Tone and Strength, 9-10 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $10. 451-4905. Westwood.

Home & Garden Gardening Seminar: Shining Stars of Fall: Trees and Shrubs, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Learn which plants make a stunning statement in the landscape. With White Oak Garden Center. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.

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Senior Citizens Chair Volleyball, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Indoor Cornhole, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township.

TUESDAY, AUG. 21 Art Exhibits Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

Exercise Classes Pilates Mat Class, 11 a.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Taught by Judy Feazell. $15 drop-in; $120 for 10 classes. Through Nov. 27. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Body Sculpt, 6-7 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Divided into 15 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of upper body toning, 15 minutes of core/ab toning and 15 minutes of leg toning. $10. 451-4905; Westwood. Boot Camp, 6-7 a.m., Western Sports Mall, $10. 451-4905. Westwood. TRX Training, 7-8 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Consists of body-weight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. $10. 451-4905. Westwood.

Farmers Market Sayler Park Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Sayler Park, Parkland Avenue and Monitor Street, Farmers Market with homegrown items like fruits, vegetables, desserts, salsas, relishes, jam and olive oil. Presented by Sayler Park Village Council. 675-0496. Sayler Park.

Senior Citizens Quilting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Make blankets to donate to Project Linus and Children’s Hospital. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Ceramics, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Stability Ball, 9:30-10 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Bring your own stability ball and work on strengthening your core. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Euchre, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Open game. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Pattern Dancing, 1-2:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Learn line

dancing and have fun while exercising. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Billiards, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22 Art Exhibits Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

Exercise Classes Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes, 5:30-6:45 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Sequence of postures to increase strength, flexibility and allow release of stress. Family friendly. $7 drop-in, $30 for five-class pass, $49 for 10-class pass, $85 for 20-class pass. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Yoga for the Back, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Students use breath and movement to lengthen and strengthen the back muscles. Family friendly. $7 drop-in, $30 for five-class pass, $49 for 10class pass, $85 for 20-class pass. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Vintage Artist, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Place for artists to paint together. Beginners welcome. Bring own supplies. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Knitting and Crocheting, 10-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Knit or crochet blankets for Project Linus. Yarn provided. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Wood Carving, 1-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Carve with Greenwood Chippers. Many different techniques used: relief carvings, scroll saw, figurines. Bring own tools. For seniors. Free. 3853780. Green Township. Wii Bowling, 2-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Modified Zumba for seniors with standing and chair participation. For seniors. $3, $25 for 10 classes. 205-5064; Green Township.

THURSDAY, AUG. 23 Art Exhibits Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

Senior Citizens Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

FRIDAY, AUG. 24 Art Exhibits Exhibition of Mount Student Art & Design, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

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

Exercise Classes Tone and Strength, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, $10. 4514905. Westwood.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Harvest Home Park, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Festivals St. Ignatius Loyola Church Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Road, Prizes, games, entertainment, rides, miniature golf and food. Beer with wristband and ID. 661-6565. Monfort Heights.

Health / Wellness Summer Blood Drive Tour, Noon-3 p.m., Hoxworth Blood Center Western Hills, 2041 Anderson Ferry Road, Hoxworth Bloodmobile accepts blood donations. Donors receive free Gold Star cheese coney and Summer Blood Drive T-shirt. Double Red donors receive coupon for free Double Decker Sandwich. Free. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 4510320. Western Hills.

Music - Blues Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Full Moon Saloon, 4862 Delhi Ave., Free. 244-6111. Delhi Township.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25 Art & Craft Classes Books Alive! for Kids, Noon, Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Ave., Interactive program combines sight, sound and touch by presenting a book, engaging children in a performance and providing a handson, make-it-and-take-it craft. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4490; East Price Hill.

Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township.



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Update on Silverglade’s chicken salad clone As mentioned previously, Annie Hoffman’s recipe for chicken salad (her version of this popular salad) is not the recipe that Silverglade’s makes and sells. Their recipe is proprietary and Mike Silverglade said Annie’s recipe is not even close to his recipe. To get the “real deal,” stop by Silverglades at their Findlay Market location or their deli at Eighth and Sycamore streets in downtown Cincinnati.

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The last couple of years, my grandsons Luke, Will and Jack have submitted items to the junior division at our Clermont County Fair. This year they made fudge,

some water clinging to the leaves), chopped if necessary, 2-3 teaspoons garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until spinach wilts.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat everything except bananas and nuts until well blended. Add bananas and nuts and mix just until blended. Pour into loaf pans and bake 30-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Reader Eileen Bittman sent this to me. “Bernice, my friend, said this was a great recipe,” Eileen said. I like that it makes five mini loaves, plenty to share.

Rita’s Tuscan pork chop kebabs feature a citrus marinade. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. cinnamon spirals and decorated cupcakes. They were so excited, as usual. I brought their ofRita ferings in, Heikenfeld but I was a RITA’S KITCHEN bit late in getting them there, so their items couldn’t be judged. They did get ribbons for participation and I learned a valuable lesson. This fudge recipe is easy and really good, an excellent starter recipe for kids wanting to learn to cook. 1 14 oz. can condensed milk (not evaporated milk) 3 cups chocolate chips 1 cup butterscotch chips 2 teaspoons vanilla Handful of mini marshmallows 1 cup mixed nuts (optional)

Line an 8-inch by 8-inch pan with foil, letting foil hang over sides, and spray the foil. Bring milk to a boil. Add chips and cook on low until melted. Add everything else. Mix. Pour into pan. Chill until hard and cut into shapes.

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Sisters celebrate the Civil War The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati celebrated the Memorial Day weekend by honoring their sisters who served in the American Civil War 150 years ago. Sisters, associates and friends of the community gathered at the Mount St. Joseph cemetery to acknowledge the places served and to honor the individual sisters who were called upon through the duration of the war. More than 40 Sisters of Charity were recognized during the program. Representatives from the College of Mount St. Joseph Nursing Department and the Battle of Richmond Association presented grave site wreaths; a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln was read. In addition, music was provided by the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers and a performance of “Taps” by Peter Sturdevant, a native of Cincinnati and assistant state director for Bugles Across America. “The reading from the sister nurses’ journals was inspirational,” said Sister Mary Kathryn McFerrin, one of the Sisters of Charity in attendance. “Realizing the hardships that our early members faced and the courage they had to go onto the battlefields to

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with sides of corn on the cob and sautéed spinach. About 2 lbs. pork tenderloin, trimmed ¼ cup olive oil or bit more Zest and juice of one large lemon (2 tablespoons juice) or more to taste Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2-3 bell peppers: Use your favorite. I like a combo of red, yellow and orange, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 large red onion, cut up to fit on skewers

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of what you like if necessary. Add pork and marinate at room temperature about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or up to a couple hours in the refrigerator. Thread pork, peppers and onions alternately onto skewers. Grill 10 minutes or until pork is done, turning occasionally. Be careful here as pork cooks quickly.

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Sister Georgia Kitt places a decorated ribbon on the gravesite of S. Anthony O’Connell during the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Civil War Memorial Day commemoration. Sister Anthony was known as The Angel of the Battlefield, a true heroine of the Civil War and praised by President Lincoln. PROVIDED nurse and attend to the wounded makes me very proud. More than half of the early Community served the soldiers in some capacity – what a legacy we have.” For additional information on the event or the history of the sisters’ service in the Civil War, contact Sister Judith Metz at 513347-4058 or

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We are down to the last row of corn, so I’ve been blanching and freezing it. I like to blanch the whole ears and then take the kernels off. I put the whole ear into the center hole of an angel food pan and it keeps it stable so the corn kernels don’t fly everywhere. I am always amazed at how many ears of corn it takes to fill a pint jar, at least three. And if you’re growing flowers like petunias and they are looking leggy, go ahead and pinch them back. It will take a couple of weeks but you’ll get a new flush of blooms. I like to give them a light dose of fertilizer, too. My zinnias and marigolds are starting to go to seed and I’m going to save seeds for next year. Think about doing that yourself. It’s a lot less expensive than store-bought seeds and a good lesson for the kids to be stewards of their environment.

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Green has new bank Merchants Bank & Trust had a groundbreaking recently at its new location at Harrison Avenue and Belclare Point in Green Township, across from the Green Township Administration Building. There are six Merchants Bank & Trust locations

and this new location will open this fall. There was about 30 at the groundbreaking. Guest Speakers included Donald A. W. Patterson, CEO and president at Merchants Bank & Trust, and Green Township Trustee Tony Rosiello.

Patterson drove a mini excavator to begin the work for the new free standing bank. Others from company got their “dig” in too. This new building is being built by Cincinnati Commercial Contracting LLC, a 32year old firm.


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You may not know it, but tires can wear out – even if there’s plenty of tread left on them. In some instances, even the car tires you buy new may be too old. That’s what a College Hill woman learned. Kathleen Metzger bought four new tires earlier this year and, after a few months, she started noticing problems. “It felt like it was out of alignment really bad. You had to have your hands on the wheel pretty firm in order to keep it corrected,” Metzger said. Metzger’s husband Ken put on a spare tire and, as he did, he saw the problem with the recently purchased tire. “I saw you could see the belt right at the end of the tire. These tires are falling apart. There are all these microcracks and fissures in the tires. I knew that was probably what the problem was,” he said. They went back to the store that had sold the tires, but were told they were only able to get a warranty based on the

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Arts society slates seven-concert season Blues, bluegrass, rock, Celtic music all on schedule

The popular Riders in the Sky will perform as part of the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society concert series at Harrison High School on Saturday, April 6. PROVIDED inent musicians throughout the Tristate. The series will kick off Sunday Sept. 9 with the Tommy Emmanuel at the McAuley Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the show. Sara Watkins, formerly of the multi-Grammy award winning group Nickel Creek, will perform at the St. Xavier Performance Center Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Watkins has just released her second solo effort, “Sun Midnight Sun,” to critical acclaim and is currently opening for Jackson Browne. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the performance. Blues singer Ruthie Foster will appear at the Martin Marietta Theater at Harrison High School, Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m..

Foster is a two-time Grammy nominee and released her latest effort, “Let It Burn,” in January. This is Ruthie’s sixth CD effort and is rapidly gaining traction in the Blues and Roots genre. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show. In January, two-time Grammy nominated Bluegrass group Blue Highway will hit the stage at the St. Xavier Performance Center. Blue Highway has been a force in the bluegrass scene for 17 years and released its 10th CD in 2011. The show will take place Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the show. Saturday, March 2, will feature Celtic Crossroads, a touring group form Ireland, which celebrates traditional Celtic music, song and dance. The show is ac-

claimed as one of Ireland’s best stage music shows. It is an explosion of youthful energy and dazzling musicianship. The performance will take place at the McAuley Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $35 in ad-

recordings they have all been a part of. Tickets for the show are $35 in advance $40 the day of the concert. While the GCPAS has been busy putting together their concert series over the last five years, there is more to the organization than just great music. The GCPAS is a registered nonprofit charity that supports local Catholic elementary schools. Season ticket packages and patron ticket packages are available as well as four packs . For tickets and information on the series, go to or call 513-484-0157.

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Harry Kaiser recently celebrated his 90th birthday with the Senior Tennis Players at Kuliga Park in Bridgetown. For over 20 years, this group has met for friendship, gossip,and fierce competition. Kaiser is the one who obtains permits from Green Township to use the courts at specified times. “We play at1:30 p.m. in the spring. Starting in June, we move it up to 8:30 a.m. to beat the heat,” he said. Ed Walter, who live near the courts, sweeps off the rain if the courts are wet. In warm weather, he sets up a tarp along the fence to provide shade for waiting players. One of the first members to play when the league began is Mary Reiner. More significantly, she continues to play today. Harry Kaiser says,

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Air Force Airman Alex E. Kerth graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas on March 9th, 2012. The airman completed an intensive eight week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Kerth is the son of Jeanne and John Kerth, he is a 2011 graduate of La Salle High School.

Air Force Airman Joseph P. McArthur graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. McArthur earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Bruce McArthur. The airman is a 2006 graduate of Taylor High School.

Means Navy Fireman Apprentice Chad H. Means resident of Cleves, son of Cindy S. Hinkel and Dwayne H. Means, is currently deployed. Means along with fellow Sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and Carrier Strike Group are conducting training and promoting the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign throughout the month of April. Enterprise Sailors are focusing on the awareness and prevention of sexual assault in support of the overall DoD theme, “Hurts One, Affects All.” SAAM initiative is to ensure each and every Sailor and Marine aboard the Enterprise completely understands that the prevention of sexual

Army Reserve Pvt. David C. Matheis has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics. Matheis is the son of Lori Lockaby. The private is a 2011

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Sandman Navy Seaman Matthew R. Sandman, son of Bobbi L. and Mike P. Sandman of Cincinnati, Ohio, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Sandman completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on

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Slayback Air Force Airman Brianna H. Slayback graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Slayback earned distinction as an honor graduate, she is the daughter of Scottie Slayback.

Stephens Navy Seaman Kyle T. Stephens, son of Diana L. Mueller, and Zindell L. Stephens, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. with honors. Stephens is a 2004 graduate of Colerain High School.

West Army National Guard Pvt. Nathan T. West has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. West is the son of Christina West.

Doctor known for treating limiting hand conditions Craig B. Willis, M.D., is the new medical director of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery for Mercy Health Physicians. Willis has been in practice for 12 years, treating patients of all ages for conditions affecting everything from the fingertips to the elbow, including trauma, overuse and work-related injuries, nerve conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis of the wrist and hand, trigger fingers, fractures and lacerations. “We’re delighted that Dr. Willis has agreed to serve as medical director of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery for Mercy Health,” said Dan Roth, M.D., president of Mercy Health Physicians. “He’s truly an expert in his field with a history of bringing the latest techniques and

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DEATHS Rowena “Roe” Sprang Clark, 95, died Aug. 3. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Carolyn Caudill, Lois (William) Beiting, Patricia (James) Peaker, Kathy Jones, Richard Clark; siblings Helen Rohe, Albert Sprang; Clark sister-in-law Doris Anne Flower; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Homer Clark, sister Marcella Manne. Services were Aug. 10 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Dominic Education Fund or American Heart Association.

Carole Dressman Carole Bruening Dressman, 73, died Aug. 5. She was a lifelong member of St. William Parish, serving as a teacher in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine program, bereavement minister, sacristan and lay distributor of the Eucharist. Survived by husband Ron; sons Douglas (Lorie), Thomas (Lisa), Joseph Dressman (Pete), John (Marianne); grandchildren Nicolas, Lindsey, McCoy, Bowen, Jake, Roan, Kyle, Lauren; siblings Barb, Wini, Paul (Mary Ellen), Bill Bruening; nephews and nieces Christopher, Michael (Jennifer), Jenny, Willie, Sean, Katie, Maggie; greatnephew Maximus. Services were Aug. 13 at St. William. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to St. William Church.

Lisa Hasting Lisa Marie Hasting, 22, died July 18. She was an emergency medical technician. Survived by parents Karen, Leonard; brother Ryan; boyfriend Ethan; uncles and cousins. Hasting Preceded in death by brother Eric Schott. Services were July 22 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cincinnati.

Pat Haverland Patricia “Pat” Hensler Haverland, 86, died Aug. 5. She was a member of the Our Lady of Victory Parish Council, PTA, Rosary Altar Society, Meals


on Wheels and Pregnancy Center West. Survived by husband Herbert “Pat” Haverland; children R. Haverland Bruce (Kathleen), James (Nancy), Patrick (Sarah), John (Betsy) Conly, Connie (John) Burns, Ceci (Tom) Wille, Mary (Bob) Morrissey; step-children Rick (Diane), Randy (the late Nancy), Rex, Rod (Cindy), Russ (Mary) Haverland, Cindy (Curt) McLane; sisters Mary (Mike) Heroux, Marge (Jerry) Bleh, Virginia (Stan) Farquer; sister and brother-in-law Betty Bischak, Herman Haverland; former daughters-in-law Joyce, Teri Conly; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; 14 step-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by first husband Robert Conly, children Brian (Cheryl) Conly, Christine (Richard) Stegmaier, brothers George (Dottie), Paul (Wilma), Dan (Pat) Hensler. Services were Aug. 13 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Pregnancy Center West, 4900 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Marcia Hutzel Marcia Hill Hutzel, 66, Cheviot, died July 23. She was a licensed practical nurse. Survived by sons Kevin (Tam-

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Frank Kramer Frank J. Kramer, 85, died Aug. 3. He was an electrical engineer. Survived by children Steven (Jane), Michael (Mary), Stan (Barb) Kramer, Karen (John) Oberschlake; siblings Richard Kramer, Ruth Kramer Mees; 12 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Patricia Kramer. Services were Aug. 11 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Gary Kuhn Gary I. Kuhn, 59, Green Township, died Aug. 5. Survived by children Kyle, Ryan, Lacy Kuhn; parents Irwin, Audrey Kuhn; sisters Shirley (David) Klingenberg, Sharon (Richard) Scarborough; many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials

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Ronald Liebau Ronald Liebau, 59, died Aug. 6. He was an online news editor with the Cincinnati Enquirer Survived by wife Linda Liebau; son Ronald Paul Liebau; mother Hilde Liebau; mother-in-law Lucija Bruzgulis; brother Walter (Linda) Liebau; sister-in-law Liebau Loretta (John Bugg) Bruzgulis; nephews Matthew, Kurt Liebau; many aunts, uncles and cousins in Germany, Spain and Sweden. Preceded in death by father Karl Liebau, father-in-law Ralfs Bruzgulis Services were Aug. 13 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to his son’s


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Tracy Mays Tracy N. Mays, 29, died July 22. Survived by mother Rhonda Mays; brother Steven Mays. Preceded in death by father Steven Mays. Services Mays were July 30 at St. William. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Andrew Meyer Andrew Edward Meyer, 88, Green Township, died Aug. 1. He worked for Queensgate Press. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Meyer Survived by

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Mary Riehle Sailer, 91, Green Township, died Aug. 3. Survived by children James (Anne Marie), Steven Sailer, Rosalie (Michael) Gramaglia; grandchildren Lisa (Chris), Crista, Michael (Paige), Jim, Tara (Chris), Micah; great-grandchildren Nicole, Tyler, Joshua, Zachary, Jake, Grace, Evan; siblings Madalyn Brennan, James Riehle; daughter-inlaw Joyce Sailer. Preceded in death by husband James Sailer. Sailer Services were Aug. 10 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincin-

Giorgio “George” Pacitti, 83, Westwood, died Aug. 2. He was a professional singer. He was a member of the Germania Society and the Sons of Italy. Survived by wife Brigitte Pacitti; daughters Demetria (Peter) Werner, Nicola Maxey; brothers Romano, Victor Pacitti; grandchildren Sophia, Alex, Anthony. Services were Aug. 9th at St.



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Babe Schlomer Florence “Babe” Fisher Schlomer, 82, died July 23. She was a homemaker. Survived by by sons Greg (Peggy), Joe (Kathy), Jerome Schlomer; grandchildren Jerome (Amy), Tim, Emily, Brian Schlomer, Jennifer (Brandon) Huffman; great-grandmother Judaia; sister Ruth (Jack) Kemper. Preceded in death by husband Jerome “Skip” Schlomer. Services were July 26 at St. Joseph (New) Cemetery. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Chuck Seitz Charles L. “Chuck” Seitz, 93, died Aug. 8. He worked for the RCA-Nashville Recording Studios. Survived by wife Lucille Traylor Seitz; sons Lewis, Robert (Kelli) Seitz; sisters


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Dorothy Vonderhaar Speckert, 85, died Aug. 4. She was a cafeteria manager. Survived by son Jeffrey (Mary Kay) Speckert; grandchildren Nicholas, Jessica Speckert. Preceded in death by husband Martin Speckert, sister Betty Cunningham. Services were Aug. 8 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to Speckert the Hospice of Cincinnati or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Assault Suspect struck victim in head with metal object at 3830 Olivette, July 27. Burglary Prescription medicine and money stolen from home at 3316 Augusta Ave., Aug. 1. Copper piping stolen from home at 3847 Glenmore Ave., Aug. 1. Laptop computer, computer case and bag filled with children’s clothes stolen from home at 3339 Harrison Ave. No. 2, Aug. 6. Criminal damaging Window broken on home at 3803 Dina Terrace No. 3, July 28. Passing bad checks Check written on account with insufficient funds passed at Taste of Class Catering at 3415 Glenmore Ave., Aug. 6. Theft Wallet and bank card stolen from victim’s purse at 3837 Applegate Ave. No. 8, July 28. Credit card stolen from victim at 3620 Harrison Ave., July 28. Cell phone stolen from vehicle at 3620 Harrison Ave., July 30. Gasoline stolen from United Dairy Farmers at 4109 North Bend Road, July 30. Two sets of Cleveland Browns season tickets stolen from victim’s mail at 3467 Alta Vista Ave., July 30. Speaker box, two subwoofers and an amplifier stolen from vehicle at 3537 Darwin Ave., Aug. 1.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations Charles Masur, born 1991, theft

under $300, 1175 Overlook Ave., Aug. 3. Christopher Hill, born 1989, falsification, obstructing official business, 4130 Talbert Ave., Aug. 6. Craig Rice, born 1988, domestic violence, 841 Delehanty Court, Aug. 4. Glenn Nuckles, born 1988, receiving stolen property, 4438 Ridgeview Ave., Aug. 1. Helena J. Warner, born 1969, disorderly conduct, 1911 Wyoming Ave., Aug. 4. Richey Mullins, born 1982, menacing, 4369 W. Eighth St., Aug. 5. Thomas Dillingham, born 1988, possession of an open flask, 1601 Wyoming Ave., Aug. 1. Yolanda T. Ligon, born 1969, disorderly conduct, 1907 Wyoming Ave., Aug. 4. Alycia L. Hahn, born 1989, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Aug. 1. Brandon Anthony Meddings, born 1986, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, Aug. 4. Elias Reeves, born 1984, breaking and entering, drug abuse, misdemeanor drug possession, possession of criminal tools, 2932 Westknolls Lane, Aug. 3. Gregory Gibson, born 1969, receiving stolen property, 2809 Montana Ave., Aug. 3. James Edward Able, born 1960, assault, 3263 Lakeview Ave., Aug. 6. Jason E. Davis, born 1981, possession of drug abuse instruments, theft under $300, 2310 Ferguson Road, Aug. 2. Jeremy Johnson, born 1987, domestic violence, 2787 Queen City Ave., Aug. 3. John G. Deloney, born 1985, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, 3280 Montana Ave., Aug. 2.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes 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 Joseph Lally, 661-2700 (days), 825-2280 (evenings) » Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212 » Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 263-8300 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline, 574-5323 » North Bend and Miami Township are patrolled by the Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500 Kanesaty Smith, born 1988, city or local ordinance violation, disorderly conduct, possession of an open flask, 2186 Queen City Ave., Aug. 2. Phillip Cortney Jones, born 1979, assault, criminal trespassing, 2322 Ferguson Road, Aug. 5. Reginal Massey, born 1967, aggravated menacing, assault, menacing, 2399 Harrison Ave., Aug. 1. Tyrone D. Walton, born 1975, receiving stolen property, 2809 Montana Ave., Aug. 3.

Incidents/reports Aggravated burglary 2459 Montana Ave., Aug. 1. Aggravated menacing 2400 Harrison Ave., Aug. 1. Assault 1214 Gilsey Ave., Aug. 2. 3792 Westmont Drive, Aug. 2. 4017 Jamestown St., July 31. Breaking and entering 2848 Montana Ave., July 31.

2973 Veazey Ave., Aug. 1. 4036 St. Lawrence Ave., July 31. 503 S. Delridge Drive, Aug. 1. 935 Rosemont Ave., July 31. Burglary 1646 Rosemont Ave., July 31. 2459 Montana Ave., Aug. 1. 3316 Werk Road, Aug. 1. Criminal damaging/endangering 3017 Temple Ave., Aug. 3. 3241 Vittmer Ave., Aug. 2. 3410 Belltone Ave., July 31. 3731 Westmont Drive, Aug. 2. 6165 Glenway Ave., July 31. Domestic violence Reported on Queen City Avenue, Aug. 1. Reported on Ruth Avenue, July 31. Theft 1240 Henkel Drive, Aug. 1. 2310 Ferguson Road, Aug. 2. 2322 Ferguson Road, Aug. 2. 2322 Ferguson Road, Aug. 2. 2322 Ferguson Road, July 31. 2762 Faber Ave., Aug. 2.

2940 Westbrook Drive, Aug. 1. 2954 Westridge Ave., Aug. 1. 3067 Glenmore Ave., July 31. 3341 Stanhope Ave., Aug. 2. 4221 Glenway Ave., Aug. 2. 5223 Glenway Ave., Aug. 1. 6150 Glenway Ave., Aug. 1. 6150 Glenway Ave., July 31. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle 2880 Harrison Ave., Aug. 1.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Anthony W. Asher, 37, 1224 Dewey Ave., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., July 23. Spencer D. King, 18, 5777 Woodhaven, possession of controlled substance at 4426 Raceview Ave., July 24. Jeremy L. Bines, 31, 5836 Viewpoint Drive, disorderly conduct at 5885 Harrison Ave., July 24. Nathaniel J. Roush, 21, 5737 Windview Drive, possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments at 5587 Harrison Ave., July 24. Rebecca D. Combs, 23, 7034 Mesa Lane, theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., July 24. Timothy O. Morsch, 18, 3409 Mayfair Ave., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., July 25. Nikki F. Linville, 29, 1664 Gellenbeck Drive, theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., July 25. Edward Carter, 45, 2715 East Tower Drive, possession of marijuana at Shepherd Creek and Blue Spruce, July 25. Zachary Yauss, 19, 9115 Brehm

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Fritz Wurzbacher Frederick Paul “Fritz” Wurzbacher, 85, died Aug. 3. He was a truck driver for Coca Cola. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Helen Green Wurzbacher; children Frederick

Jr., Donald, Richard Wurzbacher, Kathleen (Mike) Halpin; grandchildren Michael (April) Jr., Anthony (Simone), John, Matthew Halpin, Elizabeth (Mark) McDermott; great-grandchildren Lexi, Mattie, Eli, Asher Halpin, James McDermott; siblings Frank, Edward (Mary Rae), Joseph (Debbie) Wurzbacher, Roselyn Van Lue; brothers- and sisters-in-law William, Alfreda, Donald Green, Gladys Bowers, Mary Joyce, James Foy, Patricia, Richard Handy, Jim McBride;

many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Fred, Frances Wurzbacher, siblings Jack, William Wurzbacher, Mary Lou (the late Bob) Davis, Frances (the late Charlie) Kirkland, Margaret McBride, sister-in-law Margie Wurzbacher, brother-in-law Raymond Green. Services were Aug. 7 at Holy Family. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association.

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B9

Stephen T. Balderos, 29, 2578 Mustang Drive, drug abuse at 1000 Sycamore St., July 28. Spencer D. McAminch, 40, 2216 Vine St., forgery at 1000 Sycamore St., July 28. George M. Thomas, 23, 2657 Thomasville Drive, possession of drugs at 3670 Werk Road, July 29. Jason C. Murphy, 34, 2240 North Bosart Drive, falsification at 5387 North Bend Road, July 29. Floyd N. Nelson, 54, no address listed, obstructing official business at 5387 North Bend Road, July 29. Christopher Bowden, 18, 3682 Hader Ave., domestic violence and criminal damaging at 3682 Hader Ave., July 29. Kenya Simes, 31, 4127 President Drive, theft at 5750 Harrison Ave., July 29.

Road, obstructing official business at 5425 Julmar Drive, July 26. Greg Niehaus, 19, 5357 Manor Tree Court, assault at Faywood and Woodmere, July 26. Tyler King, 19, 2682 Darke Court, assault and obstructing official business at 5425 Julmar Drive, July 26. Hudson Klauke, 19, 3627 Chadwell Springs, assault and obstructing official business at 5425 Julmar Drive, July 26. Alex P. Riestenberg, 18, 5114 Deerview Woods Drive, misrepresentation by minor at 3217 Westbourne Drive, July 27. Jeffrey J. Garrett, 32, 8111 West Mill St. No. 23, disorderly conduct at 5425 North Bend Road, July 28.

Ciara Hatfield, 20, 4093 President Drive, theft at 5750 Harrison Ave., July 29. Eric Phillips, 28, 2229 Symmes St., theft and obstructing official business at 6260 Colerain Ave., July 30. Roger Zurborg, 29, 430 East Eighth St., drug possession at 4364 Harrison Ave., July 31. Tyler D. Crusham, 18, 6787 Perinwood Drive, theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., July 31. Juvenile, 14, domestic violence at Hearne Road, Aug. 1. Mark Schaffer Jr., 36, 4881 North Overlook, possession of marijuana at Muddy Creek and Beechcreek, Aug. 1. Juvenile, 16, resisting arrest, falsification and warrant at Moonridge Drive and Surrey Avenue, Aug. 1. Rebecca D. Combs, 23, 7034 Mesa Lane, forgery at 7034 Mesa Lane, Aug. 2. Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia at Billowcrest Drive and Robinhill Drive, Aug. 2.



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front yard at 3961 Harvestridge, July 22. Window broken on vehicle at 6640 Hearne Road, July 23. Unknown substance poured into front door lock and window brackets removed from screen door at home at 5792 Childs Ave., July 26. Window broken on vehicle at 5544 Reemelin Road, July 27. Garden hose place between home’s storm door and front door, and then turned on, causing water damage to flooring, carpet and basement ceiling at 5880 Devon Court, July 29. Rock thrown through window on home at 3359 Greencrest Court, July 30. Wrought iron patio table and seven landscaping lights thrown into home’s pool, damaging the solar cover at 4131 Angie Court, July 30. Door and lock damaged on home at 6226 Cheviot Road No. 6, Aug. 2. Criminal trespass Eight juvenile suspects jumped fence to swim in victim’s pool at 5476 Eula Ave., July 25. Domestic dispute Argument between man and woman at Towering Ridge Way, July 17. Argument between spouses at Robroy Drive, July 21. Argument between parent and child at Homelawn Avenue, July 22. Argument between parent and child at Lee Court, July 23. Argument between man and woman at Roseann Lane, July 25. Argument between parent and child at West Fork Road, July 27. Argument between two juveniles at Harrison Avenue, July 30. Argument between spouses at Willow Oak Drive, Aug. 2. Theft Washer kits, brass fittings, copper fittings, two GPS units, camera, drill, reciprocating saw, two pipe threading kits, caulk gun, two sewer machines,

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3434 Alta Vista Ave.: Rosing, Sandra S. to Scales, Nancy S.; $74,900. 3976 Trevor Ave.: Huth, Elizabeth to Sanctuary Holding Group LLC; $19,000. 203 Main St.: Kennedy, Rose M. and Terrance Patrick Kennedy to Crum, Kenneth; $55,000. 3931 Davis Ave.: Tyree, William Melvin and Patricia W. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Association; $42,000.


2084 Faraday Road: Niederman, Joseph to Cincy Urban-Ridgeway LLC; $20,000. 3616 Fyffe Ave.: Niederman, Joseph to Cincy Urban-Ridgeway LLC; $20,000. 2411 Kremer Ave.: Niederman, Joseph to Cincy Urban-Ridgeway LLC; $20,000. 2413 Kremer Ave.: Niederman, Joseph to Cincy Urban-Ridgeway LLC; $20,000. 2415 Kremer Ave.: Niederman, Joseph to Cincy Urban-Ridge-


1781 Anderson Ferry Road: Bryson, Roger B. to Kreiner, Cathy and Nick; $212,000. 6972 Aspen Point Court: Davis, Ann D. to Willis, Janet M.; $140,000. 5334 Chatelaine Court: Ruehlmann, Jean Lynn to Dabbelt, Timothy P.; $220,000. 5441 Childs Ave.: Streicher, Thomas H. to Eagle Savings Bank; $54,000. 5992 Childs Ave.: Lauterwasser, Nancy Lee to Walsh, Robert E. and Adrienne A.; $85,000. 5575 Harrison Ave.: Mihou, Demetrios T. to Mays, Susan Marie; $50,000. 5692 Haubner Road: Blank, Kenneth R. and Stephanie L. Schaefer-Blank to Blank, Kenneth R. and Stephanie L. Schaefer-Bl; $154,000. 5694 Haubner Road: Blank, Kenneth R. and Stephanie L. Schaefer-Blank to Blank, Kenneth R. and Stephanie L. Schaefer-Bl; $154,000.

5397 Karen Ave.: A&A Properties Ltd. to Eagle Savings Bank; $42,000. 5449 Michelles Oak Court: Wittwer, John N. to Forte, Nicholas A.; $80,000. 3357 Palmhill Lane: Race, Shirley R. to Doss, Jesse J. and Sara N.; $118,000. 4552 Rybolt Road: Boenning, Richard A. to Siefke, Mark and Ronda; $153,400. 3698 Sandal Lane: King, Cody to Russo, Dominic J.; $129,000. 3324 Stevie Lane: Seta, Salvatore G. to Yeazell Properties LLC; $63,000. 4150 Turf Lane: Schulte, Ernst J. to Mejia, Jason and Amanda M.; $137,000. 5157 Valley Ridge Road: Lack, Gary to Blevins, Jeffery; $107,000. 3938 Virginia Court: Faselt, Timothy L. and Deborah J. to Melchiorre, Kristina N.; $77,000. 3145 Apple Orchard Lane: McDonald, Timothy J. and Elizabeth A. to Ciamarra, Julio G. Jr. and Patricia J.; $382,500. 5444 Bluesky Drive: Nolte, Bryan

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B10 cordless drill, assorted hand tools and two cordless kits stolen from vehicle; and a weed trimmer stolen from shed at 4128 Clearpoint Drive, July 17. Laptop computer, GPS, radar detector and cell phone stolen from vehicle at 6150 Harrison Ave., July 17. Money and unknown amount of soft drink bottles stolen from soft drink vending machine at Oak Hills High School at 3200 Ebenezer Road, July 17. Cell phone stolen from victim at Sports Depot at 6701 Ruwe’s Oak Drive, July 18. Fishing pole and money stolen from vehicle at 6538 Hearne Road, July 18. Catalytic converter stolen from auto driveway at 5840 Cheviot Road, July 19. Two pairs of sunglasses, tool case, miscellaneous tools, CD case, 20 CDs and money stolen from vehicle at 5205 Leona Drive, July 19. Hammer drill, reciprocating saw, two brad nailers, framing nailer, jigsaw, level, bag of electrical tools and two extension cords stolen from vehicle at 5111 Leona Drive, July 19. Catalytic converters stolen from two vehicles at 6004 Harrison Ave., July 19. Debit card and credit card stolen from victim’s purse at Beacon Orthopedics at 6480 Harrison Ave., July 20. Cell phone stolen from victim’s purse at Monfort Heights Branch Library at 3825 West Fork Road, July 21. Wallet and contents stolen from victim when dropped in parking lot at 6525 Bridgetown Road, July 21. Dirt bike stolen from home’s shed at 5458 Rybolt Road, July 22. Rifle, scope and cell phone stolen from home at 4586 Ebenezer Road, July 21. Cell phone stolen from vehicle at St. Ignatius Church at 5222

North Bend Road, July 23. Two hub caps stolen from vehicle at 6553 Hearne Road No. 1104, July 24. Video game stolen from home at 2742 Jessup Road, July 24. Wallet and contents stolen from victim’s shopping cart at Kroger at 3491 North Bend Road, July 24. Window broken and door frame damaged on vehicle during attempted theft, but nothing found missing at 5505 Rybolt Road, July 25. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at 6905 Harrison Ave., July 25. Vehicle stolen from home’s driveway at 5240 Ralph Ave., July 26. Two softball uniforms and a batting tee stolen at 5876 Ranlyn Drive, July 26. Briefcase stolen from vehicle at 5413 Bluesky Drive, July 27. Cell phone and checkbook stolen from vehicle at 5560 Bridgetown Road, July 27. Copper wire, 70 pounds of copper pieces and 225 pounds of insulated wire stolen from home’s shed at 5394 Haft Road, July 27. Apple iPad stolen from home at 4629 Hampton Pointe Drive, July 28. Two lawn mowers stolen from truck at 6318 Glenway Ave., July 28. Lawn mower stolen from home’s back yard at 3897 Race Road, July 29. Tote bag, cosmetics, money, employee badge and cell phone stolen from vehicle at 5228 Ralph Ave., July 29. Bottle of baby oil and three shirts stolen from Dollar General at 5700 Harrison Ave., July 29. Money stolen from vehicle at 5177 Ralph Ave., July 29. Several T-shirts and socks stolen from Gabriel Brothers at 5750 Harrison Ave., July 24. Car stereo faceplate stolen from vehicle at Leders Lane and Ralph Avenue, July 29. Vehicle stolen from home’s

driveway at 5575 Windridge Drive, July 30. Prescription medicine and 10 CDs stolen from vehicle at 2320 Townhill Drive, July 30. Victim paid suspect for a transmission repair kit, but the suspect never gave the victim the kit at 5675 Harrison Ave., July 30. Money stolen from votive candle prayer stand at St. Jude Church at 5924 Bridgetown Road, July 30. Bicycle stolen from home’s front yard at 5516 Windridge Drive, July 30. Speakers and an amplifier stolen from vehicle at 4292 Boudinot Ave., July 31. Digital camcorder stolen from vehicle at 6605 Powner Farm Road, July 31. Three concrete lawn statues stolen from home’s front yard at 6065 Benken Lane, July 31. License plate stolen from vehicle at 8050 Bridgepoint Drive, Aug. 1. Stop sign stolen from pole at Bridgetown Middle School at 3900 Race Road, Aug. 1. Wallet and contents stolen from victim’s purse inside office at Hillebrand nursing home at 4320 Bridgetown Road, Aug. 1. Cell phone, necklace and several collectible currency notes stolen from home at 5126 Michael Anthony, Aug. 2. Batteries stolen from two construction vehicles at Rack Co. at 5033 North Bend Road, Aug. 2. Unauthorized use of vehicle Suspect took victim’s vehicle without permission at 7142 Liebel Road, July 29. Vehicular vandalism Window broken on one vehicle; and door dented on second vehicle when struck with unknown object while traveling at Boomer Road and Laurelridge, July 27.

MIAMI TOWNSHIP Incidents/citations Theft $38 in gas not pumped at 7545

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NORTH BEND Arrests/citations Walter Barker, 27, 6917 Mullen Road, criminal trespassing at 154 Miami Ave., July 18. Amanda Davis, 28, 6917 Mullen Road, criminal trespassing at 154 Miami Ave., July 18.

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Graffiti damages park By Jennifer Edwards Baker

GREEN TWP. — A bra-

zen vandal spray painted graffiti throughout a veterans park located next to the Green Township Police Department this week. “This guy has no regard for property and no regard for some of the symbolism the property represents and the history behind it,” said Green Township Police Lt. Jim Vetter. “They don’t have any appreciation for the sacrifice our veterans made.” A man using the walking trails at the 25-acre park that features veterans memorials and plaques at 6231 Harrison Ave. spotted a suspiciouslooking male teenager spray painting the handball courts about 6 a.m. Aug. 8, a police report shows. The man yelled to the teen, who ran off into the woods and disappeared. He reported the incident to police, but a search of the area proved futile.

Green Township Park Services supervisor Glenn Caminiti shows where they tried to remove graffiti from the Time Capsule Monument at Green Township Veterans Park Aug. 9. All police found was anti-authority-themed graffiti sprayed throughout the park. Some of the graffiti was offensive and insulting toward police. Some of the veterans memorial plaques were spray painted with an anarchy symbol. A damage estimate is not yet available, but it is expected to be thousands of dollars. “There were quite a few of the bathrooms that

were spray painted, so the damage was quite extensive,” Vetter said. “Our maintenance crew has been working diligently to get the paint off, and they still are working to do that. We think we will be able to get everything off, but it will be quite a bit of work and expense.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Green Township police, 513-574-0007, or Crime Stoppers, 513-352-3040.

Bethany House begins fundraising campaign Since its founding in 1985, Bethany House Services (BHS) has provided case management, comprehensive emergency shelter services, life skills training, family stabilization, education and employment referrals, transitional and permanent housing to more than 50,000 homeless women and children. Funding for these essential and supportive services has historically been a mixture of government, corporate and individual contributions. Changes in the form of a more challenging profile of homeless women and children have given BHS new barriers to address. Bethany House Services has a community building in Westwood and other houses in Fairmount. For this reason, Bethany House Services has embarked on a Comprehensive Campaign to raise $1.4 million for long-term needs of the organization. “As we envision our future, we recognize that we have a great many needs.

The board and leadership of BHS have identified program expansion to meet the serious mental, physical and developmental health issues in those we serve, an upgrade of facilities and a more substantial Endowment Fund as essential to the future of our mission,” says Robert Heidt, Jr., M.D., board member and campaign chair. “For this reason, we have begun the Comprehensive Campaign. This initiative will address current needs and provide essential resources to prevent, respond to and decrease family homelessness.” To date, BHS has received gifts and pledges totaling nearly $900,000. All board members and all employees of Bethany House Services have made pledges to the campaign, as have some major donors. BHS is now reaching out to all individuals concerned about family homelessness in the community to ask them to support the work. One priority area identified for the campaign is maintenance and facility

improvements. “Our 100-year-old facilities offer a homelike, therapeutic atmosphere for housing, client services, outdoor activities and work space for 30-40 women and children daily,” said Sister Mary Stanton, executive director of BHS. The age and use of these buildings require considerable attention to safety, lighting, parking and ongoing internal and external upkeep.” Examples of renovations needed at Bethany House Emergency Shelter include expansion of dining space, sleeping and storage space, as well as children’s indoor recreational/homework areas. Remodeling needs also exist at the BHS Social Services Center and Administrative Center. BHS has plans to focus on creating and partnering with programs for affordable housing, education and employment. For more information or to make a campaign donation, call Bethany House Services at 513-921-1131, ext. 102.

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