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New administrator at home at 3 Rivers

Patty Blake said she wants to work hard for the Three Rivers Local School District because she has a vested interest in the community. Blake, the district’s new assistant superintendent, lives in the district, her children attend Three Rivers’ schools and her husband, Jeff, is a second-grade teacher at C.T. Young Elementary School. -FULL STORY, A6

By Kurt Backscheider

Columnists switch pages

To make room for our high school football preview this week we moved the columns by Father Lou Guntzelman and Rita Heikenfeld. You can find them starting on page A10 this week.

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First glance at football

Elder High School football’s Ryan Buller, Ben Gramke and Josh Monk take part in a scrimmage against Fairfield High School Aug. 14. To read more about the Panthers and other area football teams, check out the Western Hills Press football section, B1.

Good Sam gets finishing touches By Kurt Backscheider

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Construction of the new Good Samaritan Medical Center at Western Ridge in Green Township is now finished. The new medical facility, located just north of the Interstate 74 interchange on Harrison Avenue, is scheduled to open Tuesday, Sept. 7. “We are ready,” said Steve Mombach, vice president of ambulatory services and senior health for TriHealth. “The campus is looking great and all the landscaping has been installed. We truly are down to the final touches.” The 47,000-square-foot center will provide the same services and care as a full-scale hospital. In addition to the 24-hour emergency department with ambulance access and helipad, the center also offers access to X-ray imaging, CT scans, a 24-hour lab and physician offices. Future service expansions will add MRI and mammography. Primary care and specialist physician offices will also be available in the new medical center. Lisa Owendoff, spokeswoman for TriHealth, said the medical group built the center in Green

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TriHealth is hosting a community open house from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at Good Samaritan Medical Center at Western Ridge in Green Township. The new medical facility is located off Harrison Avenue, just north of the Interstate 74 interchange. A free event to all the facility’s West Side neighbors, the open house will feature live music by The Whammies, a cookout, health screenings, children’s Township because patients have requested greater convenience and an expansion of Good Samaritan services on the West Side for several years. “This facility is really designed with the patient in mind,” she said. Primary care and specialist physician offices will also be available in the new medical center, occupying offices in the 25,000-square-feet of space on the building’s second floor. Some of the medical services that will be available include allergy/immunology, dermatology, diabetes treatments, reconstructive surgery, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics/ gynecology, orthopedic surgery,

activities, a tour of the new emergency department and medical center and a free gift for each family who attends. To attend the community celebration and open house, park at the Kohl’s or Meijer on Harrison Avenue and catch one of the shuttles that will be running continuously. Parking at the new facility is reserved for handicapped only. Any questions can be e-mailed to

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Pete Minges said the Harvest Home Fair is probably the one event to which everyone on the West Side has some type of connection. Whether they’ve volunteered at the fair, walked in the parade or entered a painting in the art show, he said most true West Siders have had some affiliation with the annual September extravaganza. “I still remember walking in the parade when I was in the sixthgrade,” said Minges, a Green Township resident and CheviotWestwood Kiwanis Club member who is serving his third and final year as chairman of the annual “biggest little fair in Ohio.” “It’s the glue that keeps the whole West Side together, and the support it receives from the community year after year is what makes it so successful.” This year’s fair kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, with the annual Harvest Home Parade. The 151st edition of the Harvest Home Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 12. While the fair will include all the traditional attractions West Siders have come to love, such as the livestock exhibits, art show, horse show, rides and stage shows, Minges said this year’s event will also feature a few new additions. Gamblers will be able to place bets in a variety of new games like 21-card stud and Texas Hold’em Poker, he said. Young girls will enjoy the American Girl doll show set for Friday night, and the Kiwanis kitchen will prepare a chicken dinner on Sunday, he said. Minges said Chick-fil-A has joined as a major sponsor and they will have a booth selling chicken sandwiches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “We’re very happy to have them on board,” he said. “They’ve been great.” Live music is back again this year, and fair organizers hope to draw large crowds with a Friday night concert, when local favorite The Rusty Griswolds take the stage at 7 p.m. The Menus, another popular band on the West Side, will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday. All the money the Kiwanis Club raises at the Harvest Home Fair goes directly back to the community in the form of scholarships, building projects and charitable giving. Throughout the years, proceeds from the fair have helped women’s shelters, area schools, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, local parks and recreation fields.


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Oktoberfest time in Colerain Aug. 27-29 By Jennie Key

nia Society Oktoberfest is Friday through Sunday at Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road. According to Germania spokesman Ernst Schwab, there will be German music, food, beer, dance groups, games, rides, contests and prizes, plus special entertainment for small children. Schwab said the Germania Society is the area’s original Oktoberfest. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 28, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. Admission is $3, free for children 11 and younger. In addition to parking at Germania Park, free shuttle bus parking is available at Pleasant Run Elementary School, 11765 Hamilton Ave., Pleasant Run Middle School, 11770 Pippin Road, and the Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Old Colerain Ave. Once you get to the park, there’s nonstop entertainment. On Friday, the Pavilion Stage is filled all night. The Alpen Echoes perform from 7 p.m. to midnight, the

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enjoy music and dancing with the Polka Dots. Saturday’s entertainment includes the Alte Kameraden band from 2-5:15 p.m. in the Pavilion, and an opening ceremony from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Germania Schuhplattlers perform from 6:457:15 p.m., the band Pros’t performs from 7 p.m. to midnight and there will be a


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The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., will host auditions for “A Christmas Story” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Auditions are noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29, at the theater. Both casts include many roles for men and women, as well as roles for children. For both productions, those auditioning should be prepared to read from the

script. Everyone who auditions should have a performance resume listing theatrical experience. The Covedale will present “A Christmas Story” from Dec. 2-22; and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” will take the stage Jan. 20 through Feb. 6, 2011. All roles are paid positions. For more information, contact the theater at 2416550 or visit

Military photos wanted

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There will be dinner in The Klubhaus from 6 p.m.9 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Carry-out dinners are available and the pastry shop is open during the entire event. Information about the bands, food and parking is posted on For more information, call 742-0060.

Veterans Day celebration. Photos may also be emailed to Copies of photos are strongly encouraged, as photos sent to the school cannot be returned. Call 922-1485 or 316-4563 for information.

Blood drive

Saturday, Sept. 25, has been set for the third annual Brian Schira Memorial blood drive. Sponsored by the Delhi Civic Association, the blood drive will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Neeb Road fire station, 697 Neeb Road. Donors must be 17 years of age, in good health and at least 110 pounds. Along with giving blood, those participating also will get a mini-physical including heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The association named the blood drive in honor of Brian Schira, who died two years ago fighting a fire in Colerain Township. He served both the Colerain and Delhi fire departments.

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This year, you can vote for the celebrity burgermeister who will tap the first keg on Saturday, Aug. 28. The nominees include Tricia Macke, Sheila Gray or Steve Horstmeyer from WXIX-TV, Channel 19; Tim Hedrick from WKRC-TV (Channel 12); Keith Mitchell and Ron Schumacher from WGRR-FM (105.3); Grover Collins from WUBE-FM (B105.1) and former Channel 19 meteorologists Paul Horton and Rich Apuzzo. Horton, now working at KPHO-TV in Phoenix, will attend the parade with the other nominees at 5 p.m. Aug. 28, at Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township. Online voting is underway at to determine which one of nine previous burgermeisters will do the honors. Online voting closes Aug. 28. You may vote as often as you like.


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performance by the Enzian Dancers from 9:15 p.m.-10 p.m. On the playground, there will be a magic show from 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. In the Klubhaus on Saturday, Verein Musikanten performs from 2 p.m.-4:45 p.m., followed by Steve Hegadoes from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and the Polka Dots from 9 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday, there will be a tug-of-war contest at 3 p.m., with a parade beginning at 2:30 p.m. Schwab says there are 10 teams competing for the title. Defending champion team is the Germania team. Contact Steve Hamilton 314-724-8889 to register a team in the event. Sunday’s entertainment includes Pros’t on the Pavilion Stage from noon to 5 p.m., the Donauschwaben Dancers from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. and the Klaberheads from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. There will be a magic show on the playground from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. In the Klubhaus, Ron Lumme performs from 1-5 p.m. and Dave Hughes plays from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. If all that singing and dancing makes you hungry, there’s lots of food, wine and German beer.

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


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Volunteer work helps BLOC Ministries By Melisa Cole

Even during an economic crisis, some companies are still able to give back to the community. On Aug. 11, Doug Corn presented Dwight Young, founder of BLOC (Believing and Living One Christ) Ministries, with a check for $10,000 on behalf of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. “I’m so appreciative that Northwestern Mutual appreciates and honors the work of its employees and shows it by giving money away,” Corn said.

Corn was awarded the money in July after being nominated for his volunteer work. He first started working with BLOC 10 years ago and has been on its board since. “I’m so happy for BLOC. They can really use the money. It gets me excited,” Corn said. Corn’s main duty with BLOC is to help raise money for the organization. A lot of this is done through his clientele with Northwest Mutual. He was selected as one of 25 agents out of 10,000 throughout the country to

receive the award. Every year a committee from Northwest Mutual chooses the agents they think are most impacting their community. BLOC was founded in 1998. The organization seeks to help children in the community that have a struggling family structure. “$10,000 will have an unbelievable amount of impact. This grant from Northwestern Mutual will help us take care of our entire clientele, about 1,500 people, for at least a month,” said Young. BLOC provides services such as counseling, tutor-

ing, mentoring, and prayer groups to junior high and high school aged students. The organization purchases dilapidated corners of the community and turns them into BLOC houses which serve as an alternative to keep teenagers off the streets. “BLOC is always looking for funds. They are very appreciative. It’s so hard to fundraise in an economic downturn,” Corn said. BLOC has four locations on the West Side – Price Hill, Westwood, Harrison, and Cleves. The organization plans to organize a father-daugh-

Price Hill celebrating cultural heritage By Kurt Backscheider

Price Hill residents are invited to celebrate their neighborhood at a day filled with arts, culture and community spirit. The intersection of St. Lawrence and Warsaw avenues will be the scene for the inaugural Price Hill Cultural Heritage Fest, set to run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at St. Lawrence Corner. Price Hill Will has teamed up with the East Price Hill Business Association to present the festival, which is free to the public. “We’re geared up for it,” said Kara Ray, director of community engagement for Price Hill Will. “It’s the biggest event we’ve ever done.” She said the festival will include live music through-


The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars will be among the lineup of performers at the Price Hill Cultural Heritage Fest. out the day, food, activities for children and more than 15 artists displaying and selling their work. The artists offer a wide

variety of works, she said. Pieces will include paintings, jewelry, abstract, watercolor, folk art, photography, mixed media, digital

and fashion. Beer and wine tastings will also be a feature of the event, Ray said. “It’s an event designed to celebrate arts, culture and community spirit while featuring the different traditions of our neighborhood,” she said. “You name it, it’s going to be there.” Western Hills resident Jennifer Bilodeau, owner of Paper & Twine Crafty Design, is one of the artists setting up shop at the festival. A transplant from Arizona, Bilodeau said she wanted to be a part of the event because she enjoys the community-oriented feel on the West Side and she thought it would be a great way to get more involved in the community. “I like to participate in the local community events that support the arts and


Doug Corn, right, of Northwestern Mutual, presents a check for $10,000.00 from BLOC Ministries founder Dwight Young. ter weekend camping trip. The trip will be the first time many of the dads have been away with their daughters. “This trip will really help strengthen the relationships for many dads with their

daughters,” Corn said. The money donated by Northwestern Mutual will help BLOC continue their mission of uniting the community and strengthening families.

Live music

Five different musical acts are scheduled to take the stage Saturday, Aug. 28, at the inaugural Price Hill Cultural Heritage Fest. The lineup of performers is listed below. • Poco Loco – noon to 12:45 p.m. • Silver Arm – 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. • Blues in the Schools – 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. • Comet Bluegrass All-Stars – 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.; and • K-Drama – 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Sponsors of the festival are Warsaw Federal Savings and Loan, Kroger, Cincinnati Federal Savings and Loan, Primavista, Price Hill Chili, Hart Pharmacy and Trinity Church Supply. allow me to meet people,” she said. Bilodeau designs colorful, re-fashioned, hand-decorated, one-of-a-kind denim clothing items for girls of all ages. She said she recycles and re-uses ribbons, lace and gems and uses fabric paint to create jeans, denim shorts, mini-skirts, jumpers and overalls that are wearable pieces of art. She also makes barrettes, jewelry and greeting cards, she said. “It’s going to be a really

fun event,” she said. “I’m looking forward to meeting more of the families who live in this area.” Ray said the festival is all about celebrating the traditions in Price Hill, while also blending with some of the neighborhood’s new immigrant families to show how diverse Price Hill is and how the neighborhood should embrace its cultural diversity to bring the community together. “We’re super excited,” she said.

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Retiree opens Caribbean restaurant By Kurt Backscheider

Basil Balian always wanted to open his own restaurant, but he never had the time while he was working. The Price Hill resident is now retired and he’s launching a business venture he first dreamed up about 20 years ago. Balian, a retired engineer, recently opened Caribe, a carryout restaurant at the corner of Rulison Avenue and Cleves Warsaw in Price Hill. “It’s given me a very nice business hobby,” he said.

Caribe sells a variety of Spanish-style dishes popular in the Caribbean islands. Balian’s menu offers beef, pork and vegetarian empanadas; black beans and rice; vegetarian black beans and rice; citrus chicken and rice; coconut chicken and rice; and fried plantains. “In the Caribbean there is both Spanish and English food, and this is the Spanish type food you will find in Puerto Rico and Cuba,” Balian said. “I’ve kept my eye on this type of food for 20 to 30 years, and unless you go down to Miami you can’t find this anywhere

around here.” He said he learned to make empanadas and chicken stews from his exwife, who is of Puerto Rican heritage. “I loved her food,” he said. Balian’s neighbor, Carole Dahlquist, signed on as his business partner and helps him run the restaurant. “I thought the idea was great,” Dahlquist said. “Basil always makes the food for our dinner parties and all of his dishes are delicious.” Dahlquist said Balian makes all the food himself

by hand each day. “It’s all fresh,” she said. Balian said he hopes to expand his menu in two or three months, after he gets the restaurant off the ground and running. He said he would also like to someday open a second location on the West Side if he’s able to make the business a success. “People are looking for something different than McDonald’s and Pizza Hut,” Balian said. Caribe is open 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


Price Hill residents Carole Dahlquist, left, and Basil Balian have teamed up to open a new carryout restaurant in the neighborhood. Caribe is located at the corner of Rulison Avenue and Cleves Warsaw, and offers a menu of Spanish-style food from the Caribbean.

Delhi studio dances to national championship By Heidi Fallon

They’re running out of room to store trophies at Miracle Dance Theatre in Delhi Township. Jeffrey Pitzer, dance studio co-owner and business manager, is trying to find space for a large, silver trophy for being named Super Star Studio Grand Champion. Pitzer said dancers racked up top scores in national competition in Nashville to earn the championship title. Those winning groups of 45 dancers ranged from teams of teens to 7-yearolds. “We compete in nationals every other year,” Pitzer said. “We’ve won national titles every time we’ve competed. “It’s a prestigious honor not only for our individual dancers and our teams, but for our instructors.” While Pitzer handles the business affairs, his partner, Timothy Miracle, is an


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for competitions, Pitzer said. Opening in 1994, the studio has an estimated 500 students from throughout the Tristate. “I pass several other studios on my way here,” said Marti Shoemaker, who lives in White Oak. Her daughter, Natalie, 15, has been a Miracle student for the past four years. “She’s been dancing since she was 3 and we really like the environment here and I appreciate their coaching and teaching philosophy,” Shoemaker said. “I feel like I belong here,” Natalie said. Ashleigh Outt, a 16year-old Oak Hills High School student and Bridgetown resident, said she also feels at home at the studio. “I’ve been with other places, but here is the best,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of great friends and had some wonderful teachers.” While not every student is going to help bring home a trophy, Pitzer said winning isn’t the aim.


Relaxing before a class at Miracle Dance Theatre are, seated, Scott Neal, Rachel Hube and Madeleine Burgoon; standing from left, Ashleigh Outt, Brittany Kane, Natalie Shoemaker and Natalie Papania. “Our goal is to give students the opportunity to achieve coordination, poise, grace and self-confidence no matter their age or skill level,” he said.

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Seton students help renovate Hindman homes

By Kurt Backscheider

Laura Mersmann said she jokes with her father that she can now repair the roof or build a deck if he ever has home improvement projects he needs completed. Mersmann of Delhi Township was among the 23 Seton High School students who recently spent six days on a mission trip to Hindman, Ky., volunteering to help rehabilitate homes through a program called Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP). “I didn’t want to leave at the end because there are so many people who need help down there,” she said. “It was a major growing experience for me, and they were the most gracious people. They had some of the kindest, warmest and giving spirits I’ve ever seen.” Mersmann, who is entering her sophomore year at Seton, said she and her fellow Saints helped install roofing gables, put roofs on trailers, built a deck, hung vinyl siding, cut wood, put up drywall and worked on a ramp. The students, along with one alumnae and five chaperones, stayed at the United Methodist Church and worked at various location throughout the town renovating homes. Senior Sarah Kramer said she was surprised at how thankful the families were. “They did not have very much, but what they did have they were very proud of it,” she said. “It made all of us appreciate what we have.” At the start of each day the families, Seton students and

SWAP hosts would gather in a prayer circle. Kramer said it was a moving experience, as two different cultures and religions came together to thank God for all his blessings. Mersmann said in addition to helping people get back on their feet, the trip also gave the students an opportunity to grow in their faith and grow as a sisterhood. “I always wanted to go on a mission trip because I wanted to get out of Cincinnati and try something different,” she said. “Volunteering means a lot to me, and working hard and sweating through my shirt to help others helps me feel closer to God.” After a day of working on the houses the girls enjoyed different activities each night. Some nights the families would sing the students their favorite songs or play guitar. Other nights the SWAP hosts would take the students around to show them their hometown. On the final night the students invited the families to dinner at the church. After dinner, they went around the room and everyone said their highs and lows for the week. The students were touched that the families all said they had no lows because everything was exciting to them, and they were appreciative to the volunteers for everything they did. “After this mission trip I became closer with my friends, classmates and with God,” junior Sarah Kathmann said. “I thank Seton High School and the SWAP program for giving me this opportunity to help others and know that I made a difference.”


From left, Seton High School students Sarah Kramer, Lexi Cranley and alumna Megan McDonald proudly show a resident of Hindman, Ky., the progress on his new roof. The students participated in a mission trip this summer, volunteering to renovate homes for the Sharing With Appalachian People program.


The Seton students who spent six days on a service mission trip to Hindman, Ky., were, left to right, back row, Sarah Kramer, Julie Buttelwerth, Lindsey Allgeyer, Rachel Weber, Hannah Lanzillotta, Nikki Bell, Laura Mersmann, Shelby Ashcraft, Sara Schwierjohann, Anna Combs, Lexi Cranley, Kate McHale and Mary Leisgang; front row, Sarah Kathmann, Sam Beeler, Emma Lindle , Melissa Schenkel, Sarah Clark, Emily McDonald, Jourdan Lyons, Anne Pace and Emily Stautberg; and Akayla Floyd, center front.

New administrator at home in 3 Rivers

By Kurt Backscheider


New teachers

Pamela Terwilleger, left, and Angela Ross are new to the faculty at McAuley High School. Terwilleger holds two degrees from the College of Mount St. Joseph: a bachelor’s degree in math and business administration and a master’s degree in math education. She’s teaching Algebra II and Geometry. Ross joins the guidance department as a counselor. Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from Xavier University and just completed a master’s degree in school counseling at the University of Cincinnati.

Patty Blake said she wants to work hard for the Three Rivers Local School District because she has a vested interest in the community. Blake, the district’s new assistant superintendent, lives in the district, her children attend Three Rivers’ schools and her husband, Jeff, is a second-grade teacher at C.T. Young Elementary School. “I’ve always been very excited about the Three Rivers district because it has that close-knit community feeling, and it’s also a very innovative and progressive district,” she said. “This is an amazing opportunity for me.” Blake comes to Three Rivers after serving as a middle school principal in the Hamilton City School District for five years. Prior to that she was an assistant principal at Oak Hills High School for five years.

A Seton High School graduate, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education/English from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a Blake master’s degree in educational administration from Xavier University, where she also works as an adjunct professor. “I enjoy teaching at Xavier because it allows me to continue researching and it keeps me very current on educational practices,” she said. Blake, who is the daughter of Jeanne and the late Ed Thompson of Delhi Township, said she chose a career in education because it runs in the family. She said her sister and two of her nieces are also educators. “We’re all just born teachers in our family,” she said. The desire to serve her commu-

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August 25, 2010

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August 25, 2010

Taylor High School honors students at Awards Day Taylor High School students were honored in a variety of ways at the school’s annual Awards Day.

Academic Letters

Students receiving highest honors earned a 4.0 grade-point average for the three quarters leading up to awards day. Students received high honors earned between a 3.5 and 3.9 GPA.


Highest honors: Jamie Weimer. High honors: Lance Craig, Spencer Craig, Braden Crouse, Danielle Hale, Joshua Hensley, Gretchen Kolkmeier, Elizabeth Larkins, Mitchell Martini, Tyler Martini, Kameron Penn, Elizabeth Puck, Braden Sullivan, Austin Wanek and David Webb.


Highest honors: Matthew Murphy, Daniel Rapking and Kaleb Sisson. High honors: Cammy Abel, Joshua Allen, Miranda Bechtol, Travis Creemer, Brandy Crouse, Mark Ellsberry, Olivia Hardtke, Cheyenne Hawk, Paige Hedrick, Evan Koons, Rebecca Kreimer, Trent Lammers, Nichole Lay, Nathan Meyer, Elizabeth Mooney, Amber Popplewell, Sarasota Proffitt, Emily Russo, Rachel Schatzman, Anna Sullivan, Nigel Sullivan, Camerin Tucker and Joshua Williams.


Highest honors: Michael Chapman, Muirisha

Lavender and Justin Rueve. High honors: Jeremiah Alejandro, Samantha Bernhardt, Tara Campisano, Ines Crnkovic, Joella Fantetti, Brian Henle, Laura Kempf, Alison Krebs, Philip Krinsky, Emily Lakamp, Allisin Mersch, Emily Meyer, Jacob Miller, Amanda Nienaber, Nicole Nuss, Patrick Pennington, Krista Pohlmeyer, Jacob Proffitt, Benjamin Sander, Jason Sauer, Benjamin Webb, Sean Weisgerber and Lauren Wood.


High honors: Kenneth Addison, James Clark, Ryan Deffinger, Lindsey Derstadt, Karen Getz, Andrew Harvey, Bradley Hines, Stacy Johnston, Christopher Klaine, Sabrina Lemmink, Kayla McCarthy, Kevin Penn, Douglass Rouster, Ian Sander, Jordan Sandling, Kristin Sauer, Rebecca Schmidt, Mary Stafford, Samantha Williams and Steven Wise.

Departmental awards

Art: Mary Stafford. English: Kristin Sauer. Foreign language: Aislyn Wise. Mathematics and science: Steven Wise. Music: Kyle Todd. Science: Steven Wise. Social studies: Angela Marco. Theater arts: Lindsey Derstadt.

CAP Leadership Awards

Foundation Award: Karen Getz and Elizabeth Laake

Medallion Award: Cammy Abel, Olivia Hardtke, Stacy Johnston, Laura Kempf, Muirisha Lavender, Ally Mersch, Justin Merz, Matthew Murphy, Erica Oldfield, Bess Oppenheimer, Brad Rapking, Danny Rapking, Serenity Strull and Wendy Woodmansee. Pinnacle Award: Ian Sander Certificate of Recognition: Stephanie Bates, Christina Dilley, Shayna Drake, Tyler Hafer, Tara Joseph, Michael Kolkmeier, Allie Litmer, Angela Marco, Jake Proffitt, Justin Rueve, Anna Sullivan, Nigel Sullivan and Ben Webb.

National School Choral Award Jonathan Ingle.

Theater Arts Awards

Taylor received Cappies – Critics and Awards Program – nominations for Best Musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and Best Song, “Great Big Stuff.” The Cappies is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write and publish reviews. The following students earned individual or group nominations: Best Choreography: Tara Campisano and Allie Litmer. Best Comic Actor: Rob Chapman. Best Comic Actress: Kristin Sauer. Best Costumes: Jordan


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Scholastic Art Awards

Seven Taylor students won regional awards in the national program. Gold Key: Jon Nickoson and Ian Sander. Silver Key: Josh Allen, Stephanie Bates and Ryan Wilburn. Honorable mention: Muirisha Lavender and Valerie Rheaume.

Business Awards

Elizabeth McCafferty was recognized as a top 10 qualifier for the national Business Professionals of America. Kayla McCarthy and Rebecca Schmidt also were recognized for qualifying for the national BPA contest.

Yearbook Awards

Elizabeth McCafferty and Alison Krebs

Buckeye Boys and Girls State

Jacob Proffitt and Bradley Rapking attended Buckeye Boys State, and Laura Kempf and Muirisha Lavender attended Buckeye Girls State. The programs, sponsored by the Ohio American Legion and the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary, designed to educate young people in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award

Matthew Murphy, Branden Strochinsky and Ryan Strochinsky. Juniors: Matthew Acey, Travis Holtman and Erica Oldfield. Seniors: Andrew Harvey, Matthew Lakamp and Mary Stafford.

Student Council

The following Student Council leaders were recognized for their service: Student body president: Timmy Crofford. Senior class president: Mary Stafford. Junior class president: Jason Sauer. Sophomore class president: Sara Proffitt. Freshman class president: Shayna Drake.

Creative Writing Awards

Excellence in Creative Writing: Hannah Acree, Sarah Urmston and Samantha Williams. Excellence in News Writing: Timmy Crofford, Amanda Nienaber and Samantha Williams.

Multimedia Awards

Outstanding Multimedia Student: Michael Harvey. Student Technology Administrator: Brandon Oliver.

Foreign Language Awards

Outstanding French II students: Cammy Abel, Paige Hedrick, Nathan Meyer, Sara Proffitt and Kaleb Sisson. Outstanding French III students: Ines Crnkovic, Joella Fantetti, Alison Krebs and Emily Meyer. Outstanding Spanish I students: Patrick Clark and Jamie Weimer. Outstanding Spanish II students: Ryan Deffinger, Felecia Patrick and Wendy Woodmansee. Outstanding Spanish III students: Elizabeth Laake and Emily Lakamp. Outstanding Spanish IV students: Jonathan Ingle, Angela Marco and Jordan Sandling.

Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete

Lainey Holbrock and Ian Sander.

Marine Corps Awards for Olivia Hardtke and Evan Distinguished Students


Perfect Attendance

The following students were recignized for perfect attendance for the 20092010 school year: Freshmen: Jerry Gillespie, Connor Grout, Kyle Isaacs, Tyler Martini and Austin Wanek. Sophomores: Jessica Creech, Eric Hale, Paige Hedrick, Mitchell Kleimeyer,

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Winners of the following scholarships were announced. National Honor Society Scholarship: Lindsey Derstadt and Karen Getz. A. Pulskamp/B. Albright Scholarship: Lindsey Derstadt and Kristin Sauer. Taylor High School PTSA Scholarship: Lainey Holbrock and Samantha Williams. Hamilton County PTA Scholarship: Lindsey Derstadt. Meredith Hitchens Scholarship: Andrew Harvey. Three Rivers Education Association Scholarship: Lindsey Derstadt and Kristin Sauer. Three Rivers Association of Support Personnel Scholarship: Paige Jones. Key Club Scholarship: Angela Marco. Cleves-Three Rivers Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Matthew Lakamp, Elizabeth McCafferty, Mary Stafford and Samantha Williams. Three Rivers Boosters Scholarship: Timmy Crofford, Tara Joseph, Matthew Lakamp and Ian Sander. Three Rivers Athletic Association Scholarship: Angela Marco. Greg Jaeger-Founder’s Award: Ian Sander. Three Rivers Women’s Club Scholarship: Lindsey Derstadt. Albert J. Anne & Anne Xonia Rodenberg Foundation Scholarship: Lindsey Derstadt and Brad Hines. Ruth Siles Memorial Scholarship: Tyler Kincade and Kevin Penn. Esther Harlow Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey Holbrock. Gary Vaughn Memorial Scholarship: Brad Hines and Tara Joseph. Daniel P. Heinrich Memorial Scholarship: Mary Stafford. William D. Scholl Memorial Scholarship: Jared Lee. Charles & JoAnn Lucas Memorial Music Scholarship: Kristen Sauer. William Loughrey Memorial Scholarship: Jordan Sandling. Cheviot Savings Bank Scholarship: Karen Getz, Kayla McCarthy, Kevin Penn and Rebecca Schmidt. Brannon/Dreyer Scholarship: Lindsey Derstadt. Taylor Alumni Association Scholarship: Ian Sander and Steven Wise. Marshall Brumback Scholarship: Angela Marco. Harold “Dutch” Peak Scholarship: Timmy Crofford. Mrs. Harold R. Peak Scholarship: Aislyn Wise. Mike Peak in Honor of Randy Mecklenborg Scholarship: Courtney Adams. Montgomery GI Bill Scholarship: Tyler Beasley.


August 25, 2010

Western Hills Press



The following students have graduated from the University of Cincinnati: Alexander Ahlers, master of education; Andrew Ahr, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; April Ahr, master of social work; Norah Alaraifi Softic, juris doctor; Alex Albuquerque, doctor of medicine; Michael Allgeyer, bachelor of business administration; Faris Alqadah, doctor of philosophy; Kimberly Anderson, bachelor of science; Akiko Appling, bachelor of science in nursing; David Arey, bachelor of business administration; Aaron Aspinwall, bachelor of arts; Jonathan Babel, bachelor of business administration; Ryan Ball, bachelor of science in architecture; Eric Bambach, bachelor of science; Teresa Bamberger, juris doctor; Hayes Banschbach, master of arts; Thomas Baudendistel, bachelor of business administration; Steven Baum, doctor of pharmacy; Ashley Bedel, doctor of pharmacy; Alan Bedinghaus, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Amy Bedinghaus, bachelor of arts; Alison Begley, bachelor of science in chemical technology; Christopher Bender, bachelor of science in civil engineering; Nicole Bendin, doctor of medicine; Brian Berling, bachelor of science in education; Jason Berling, bachelor of science; David Berninger, bachelor of fine arts; Kelsay Berra, undergraduate certificate; Sara Birkofer, undergraduate certificate; Harold Bishop, undergraduate certificate; Benjamin Blue, bachelor of science in nursing; Sarah Bolger, bachelor of arts; Jessica Bolton, bachelor of science in nursing; Lindsey Boyle, bachelor of science; Elizabeth Brinkmoeller, bachelor of business administration; Celeste Brott, bachelor of arts; Robert Bruns, bachelor of arts; Alexander Bubenhofer, associate of applied science; Ashley Bunger, bachelor of arts; John Burger, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Amy Burgess, master of community planning; Elizabeth Burlage, doctor of audiology; Angela Callahan, bachelor of science in nursing; Jade Carey, bachelor of science; Rebecca Carr, doctor of pharmacy; Megan Carroll, bachelor of science in nursing; Jenna Catanzaro, bachelor of science in civil engineering; James Chamberlain, bachelor of science in civil engineering; Allison Chaney, bachelor of science in nursing; Steven Chenault, bachelor of science in chemical engineering; Heather Cherry, bachelor of science in education; Michele Cobb, associate of applied science; Bettina Coleman, associate of applied science; Alicia Collins, associate of applied science; Stephanie Collins, bachelor of arts; Michael Connelly, doctor of philosophy; Julie Cook, associate of applied business;

Lori Costa, bachelor of science in nursing; Caitlin Craddock, bachelor of science; Eileen Cremering, doctor of audiology; Kevin Crowley, bachelor of business administration; Michael Crusham, bachelor of arts; Matthew Cummings, bachelor of business administration; Joy Cunningham, doctor of pharmacy; Christopher Darbie, bachelor of business administration; Eugenia Davis, bachelor of science; Elise Demitrack, doctor of philosophy; Theodota Denas, associate of applied business; Kelly Dietrich, master of arts; Allison Dinkelacker, bachelor of business administration; Katherine Dopieralski, bachelor of science in nursing; Kelly Dorsey, bachelor of science in education; Mary Margaret Doyle, bachelor of fine arts; Laura Droba, bachelor of arts; Maria Dunaway, associate of applied science; Lauren DuPont, bachelor of science in nursing; Elizabeth Duquette, bachelor of fine arts; Erin Durkin, bachelor of arts; Stephanie Eckert, doctor of pharmacy; Christine Egner, associate of applied science; Nichole Elawady, associate of applied business; Brittney Ellert, associate of applied science; Kristy Essen, bachelor of science in nursing; Paul Eubanks, bachelor of fine arts; Jonathan Fessel, bachelor of arts; Hilary Fischesser, bachelor of arts; Sarah Flohn, bachelor of social work; Paul Foster, bachelor of science; Kari Frampton, bachelor of science; Jennifer Frank, bachelor of science in design; Zach Franke, bachelor of business administration; Kathryn Frantz, bachelor of science; Elizabeth Freeman, bachelor of science in education; Jessica Frost, bachelor of music; Monica Fussinger, post-baccalaureate certificate; Kelly Gadd, bachelor of arts; Kelly Gade, master of arts; Julie Gadzinski, bachelor of science in design; Michael Galvin, bachelor of science; Courtney Gay, doctor of medicine; Kurt Gee, juris doctor; Marie Geiman, bachelor of science in nursing; Brett Geiser, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; James Gentry, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Lange Gilby, bachelor of science in education; Martha Goodfriend, master of education; Jaimie Grace, bachelor of science in nursing; Lauren Gramke, bachelor of arts; Kali Gravett, bachelor of arts; Amanda Green, bachelor of business administration; Sandra Greer, master of science in nursing; Timothy Gregg, bachelor of science in computer engineering technology; Kelly Griffin, bachelor of science in education; Kevin Griffin, bachelor of arts; Kristen Grove, bachelor of science in nursing; Kapila Gunasekera, master of science;

Megan Gunther, bachelor of arts; Patrick Haas, doctor of medicine; Travis Haehnle, bachelor of science in civil engineering; Nicholas Hafele, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Emily Hahn, bachelor of science in nursing; Juwana Hall, master of social work; Scott Hampton, bachelor of business administration; David Harris, doctor of pharmacy; Nick Harter, associate of applied science; Kristina Hatfield, bachelor of science in education; Lindsey Hawthorne, bachelor of science in education; Robert Hayes, doctor of pharmacy; Stephanie Heil, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Elizabeth Hemme, associate of applied science; Timothy Henninger, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology; Clay Herbert, bachelor of business administration; Phyllis Herring, associate of applied science; Edward Herrmann, master of science; Amanda Hester, bachelor of arts; Alex Hickey, bachelor of science in design; Robert Hickey, bachelor of arts; Aliecia Hochhausler, doctor of medicine; Bradley Hoeweler, bachelor of business administration; Margaret Hoffman, master of social work; Daniel Holthaus, bachelor of business administration; Emily Huser, bachelor of arts; Christine Huston, bachelor of science in education; Jennifer Hyde, bachelor of science in health sciences; Angela Iacobucci, bachelor of science in design; Lindsey Irvin, bachelor of science in education; Michael Issler, bachelor of science in education; Lauren Johnson, bachelor of science in nursing; Amy Jones, bachelor of arts; Jamie Judd, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology; Susan Kayser, bachelor of business administration; Bradley King, bachelor of science in biomedical engineering; Richard King, bachelor of science in biomedical engineering; Nichole Klein, bachelor of science; Erica Klekamp, bachelor of arts; Lisa Klotz, bachelor of science; Kara Koch, bachelor of science in design; Lauren Koch, bachelor of science in design; Doug Krach, bachelor of science in information technology; Robyn Kraft, master of arts; Jon Krumpelbeck, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Lindsey Laine, bachelor of arts; Andrea Lalley, bachelor of science in biomedical engineering; Melissa Laug, bachelor of business administration;

Candice Leavell, doctor of pharmacy; Jessica Leedy, bachelor of science in nursing; Evan Leon, bachelor of arts; Frances Letton, bachelor of arts; Tommie Lipps, bachelor of business administration; Mary Littelmann, bachelor of science in nursing; Amy Locaputo, doctor of audiology; Amy Lovett, bachelor of science in design; Christy Luckey, associate of applied science; Kathryn Macke, bachelor of science; Nicholas Mackey, bachelor of business administration; Katrina Malone, bachelor of social work; Thomas Maloney, master of science; Jasmine Maric, bachelor of science in nursing; Melanie Mason, artist diploma, College-Conservatory of Music; Nicholas Mathews, bachelor of science in construction management; Sarah Mattfeld, master of education; Emily Mayhaus, bachelor of science in nursing; Sean McBee, juris doctor; Melanie McBroom, educational specialist in school psychology; Kevin McCabe, doctor of pharmacy; Bridget McDermott, bachelor of arts; Eric Meister, bachelor of science in nursing; Bradley Mercer, bachelor of science; Marianne Mertz, bachelor of science in nursing; Michael Merz, master of engineering; Robert Metzner, bachelor of science in design; Jonathan Meyer, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology; Kathleen Meyer, bachelor of social work; Andrew Miller, bachelor of science in education; Jay Miller, bachelor of science in chemical engineering; Matthew Miller, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Megan Miller, bachelor of arts; Bradley Moerlein, bachelor of science; Rokaia Mohamed, undergraduate certificate; Lindsay Moody, master of science; Ebonne Morrison, bachelor of science; Adam Muddiman, bachelor of business administration; Brian Mueller, bachelor of science in electrical engineering; Joshua Murphy, bachelor of arts; Georgiana Murray, master of science in nursing; Trisha Myers, bachelor of science; Leah Naseef, master of social work; Craig Neiheisel, juris doctor; Dessalegn Nemera, bachelor of science; Melissa Nicholas, bachelor of science; Kristine Niehe, bachelor of science in nursing; Patrick Niemeyer, bachelor of urban planning; Elizabeth Nocheck, bachelor of urban planning; Amanda Nurre, bachelor of arts; Lawrence Nurre, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology;

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August 25, 2010

Silence frightens but has so much to say

“The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me.” So stated Blaise Pascal, famed philosopher, scientist, mathematician and writer about the vastness of the universe. Notice it was not the sheer size of “these infinite

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quality of the silence changes. Father Lou In this Guntzelman m o r e peaceful Perspectives place we are mostly with our self, and with God. This apparently empty space of silence is actually indescribably full. Then it is that we discover that eloquent silence is not an absence, but a presence; not boring but refreshing; not stressful but serene. Author Pico Iyer describes this serenity found in silence: “Eloquent silence is that enchanted place where space is cleared, time subsides, and the horizon expands. “In silence, we often say, we can hear ourselves think; but what is truer to say is that in silence we can hear ourselves not think, and so sink below our selves into a place far deeper than mere thought allows. In silence, we might better say, we can hear someone else think.” As the heat and humidity moderate in late summer and autumn, nature calls us more insistently to come away for awhile from expressways, malls and crowds – and like the great host that she is – invites us to revel in her silence. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

The gaping stillness of a night sky can remind us of our human solitude. For so many, noise and busyness are familiar; solitude and silence frighten us. capable of communicating with us … Meeting them would give us company and diminish our terrifying isolation.” He could have a point. Our fear of silence and solitude is confirmed when we recall how even early Greeks and Romans populated the distant skies with spirits, deities and astrological animals. Horoscope readers today find solace in the belief that the stars and planets are really entities concerned about us and our fate. Why do we dislike silence so much? One reason is we fear looking at all that is within us. We’re masters at avoiding confrontation with who we really are and what’s going on in our depths. True, our advances in technology can be extremely helpful in conversing with another and transacting our businesses. But at other times technology is like the Trojan horse that delivered a hidden enemy within the camp. Technology has already given us multiple ways to avoid silence: radio, TV, computers, cell phones, internet, games, e-mails, text-messaging, etc.

We can go to bed with music or TV and awake to the same. Want to avoid silence? There’s an app for that. An old paradoxical saying claims that the cure for loneliness is solitude. For when we have conquered solitude’s fear, we discover we are not alone. Bringing a temporary halt to our hurrying and doing permits us to tap into our conversations with ourselves within. Dr. James Hollis notes, “The chief pathology of our time is the capacity of the world to distract us from this conversation.” Psychological observations have proven that the three places we can come to know ourselves the best are marriage, psychotherapy and silence. Our first tries at bringing more silence into our lives can be agitating. We become anxious, feeling weird at doing this, and checking the time to see when our time is up so we can get on to better things. Actually, we have to go through the frightening silence to come to the eloquent silence. After working our way through the scary part of silence, we come to an inner place where the

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Western Hills Press

August 25, 2010


Save some summer vegetables for autumn soups There are certain soups that transcend trendy and become real heirloom favorites. The soup recipes I’m sharing today fit those criteria. They are the ones that are my most popular. Now I know it may be too hot to make them now, but tuck these jewels away – autumn isn’t far away!

Rita’s 30-minute vegetable soup

One of my most requested recipes, this is a favorite with kids and adults. Also, throw in any stray vegetables lurking in the fridge. Ditto with extra cooked pasta or rice. And if your family doesn’t like spicy soup, use regular canned diced tomatoes. Pass plenty of cheddar or Parmesan. l pound lean ground beef: sirloin or ground round 1 generous cup chopped onion 1 teaspoon garlic 1 jar, 20-30 oz. chunky garden style pasta sauce 2 cans beef broth Water to taste (start with 1 soup can of water and go from there)

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

1 can, 10 oz., chopped tomatoes and chilies 1 pound or so frozen m i x e d vegetab l e s , thawed if you have

time Several handfuls any fresh greens (opt.) Cheddar or Parmesan for garnish

Sauté meat, onion and garlic together in large stockpot. “Sauté” simply means browning the meat with the onion and garlic. Drain any fat. Now add everything else but the greens. If you have the 30 oz. jar of pasta sauce, add almost all but taste before adding the rest. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes or until veggies are tender. Toss in greens and cook until just wilted, about a minute more.

Tony ’s version of Frisch’s vegetable soup

“A result of over a dozen

attempts, and I think it is very close to Frisch’s,” wrote Tony Palazzolo, an Anderson Township reader. The last time I made this, I used about a pound of frozen mixed vegetables for the peas, corn, beans and lima beans. I also omitted the fresh carrots, since carrots were included in the frozen mixed vegetables. I used quick cooking barley and brown rice, as well. 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup onion, diced 1 ⁄2 cup each diced: carrots, celery 1 ⁄2 cup each frozen vegetables: peas, corn, cut green beans, baby lima beans (can use canned baby limas) 1 can, 14.5 oz, diced tomatoes with juice 2 quarts beef broth 1 quart water 1 ⁄2 teaspoon each thyme, garlic powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup potato, diced 1 ⁄4 cup pearl barley 1 ⁄4 cup long grain rice Salt to taste

Add rest of ingredients except potato, rice and barley. Bring to boil and lower to simmer partially covered for 30 to 45 minutes. Add potato, rice and barley, bring back to boil, lower to simmer, partially covered, for another 30 minutes or until potato, rice and barley are done. Add salt and pepper.

Amy Tobin’s Italian wedding soup

inch strips 11⁄2 large carrots, chopped 12 cups chicken stock 4 ounces ditalini or tubetti, or other small pasta Freshly grated Parmesan Meatballs* 1 ⁄2 pound ground veal or beef 1 ⁄2 cup plain breadcrumbs 1 ⁄2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 ⁄4 cup grated onion 1 large egg 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste

*To make the meatballs: Combine ground meat, breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, egg, salt and pepper. Shape into tiny balls, less than 1 inch in diameter. When the escarole is almost tender, stir in the pasta and return the soup to the simmer. Drop the meatballs into the soup. Cook over low heat, stirring gently, until the meatballs and pasta are cooked, about 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Serve hot with cheese.

4 cups escarole, cleaned and cut crosswise into 1-

Combine the escarole, carrots, and stock in a large pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until the escarole is almost tender, about 30 minutes.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Western Hills Press

August 25, 2010


By the late 1800s two rapid transit streetcars provided service to Price Hill, according to the Cincinnati Street Railway’s book, “Cincinnati by Trolley: The Elberon Avenue and the Warsaw Avenue Lines.” No longer was the area considered a “sparsely settled territory” as it had been described in a Cincinnati Commercial Gazette article September 29, 1893. In the Feb. 6, 190,2 Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, we learn that on the day before, a section and a half (960 acres) of Delhi Township had been annexed to the city of Cincinnati. Two Cincinnati Commercial Tribune articles published on March 2, 1913, were a harbinger of things to come. One told that the John A. Kreis mansion at Glenway Avenue and Rapid Run Pike was to be demolished to make way for a subdivision. The other article told of “hundreds of acres” in the community being prepared for similar construction that summer. Two subdivisions which were developed during this time period in Price Hill’s newly annexed western section. Last week I wrote about Western View. Today it’s the Overlook.

The Overlook subdivisions

Hiram Rulison had enjoyed a career as a lawyer and, according to county records, served as the Hamilton County prosecuting attorney from 1904 -1909 before he became the developer behind the Overlook subdivisions at about age 60. Overlook was so named because, according to Rulison’s promotional booklet, Beauty Spots In and About Glenway, Elberon Heights – which is what the subdivision was going to be called-visitors there could see “20 miles in every direction.” Rulison bought the about 45acre Joseph Hamilton estate from Hamilton’s heirs for a sum of $43,580 in 1912, deeds in the Hamilton County Recorder’s Office show. The recorder’s maps show that the Overlook Subdivision of Joseph Hamilton’s Estate, which included lots on Overlook and Glenway avenues and Rapid Run Road, was received for record in September 1913. Included was a 16.4 acre lot (Lot 53) where the Elberon Country Club stood. The club had a lease to operate a golf course there through Dec. 31, 1912. When that lease expired, Lot 53 was subdivided and became H. M. Rulison’s Overlook Subdivision of Lot 53, received by the recorder in May 1914. Included in this subdivision was part of Coronado Avenue from Zula Avenue to Rapid Run Road and lots on Over-

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look’s west side between Zula and Rapid Run. A May 17, Karen R. 1914, ad which Arbogast Rulison placed in The Cincinnati Community E n q u i r e r Press guest announced an columnist auction of some of his Overlook holdings. The ad invited those wanting to live there to “pick out your lot and get ready to bid, buy and build.” Overlook Avenue lots would be sold for $30 per foot; while those on Rapid Run would be let go for half that, read the ad. The Rulison Avenue lots, which ran “through the center of the Schaefer homestead” -- which Rulison bought at a sheriff’s auction for $10,525 about a month earlier, according to an April 21, 1914. Cincinnati Enquirer story -- were selling for $10 per foot, as were those on Coronado Avenue. Later, H. M. Rulison’s subdivision, consisting of unsold lots from previously mentioned subdivisions and additions, was filed with the Recorder in 1917. Rulison’s work as a developer of Price Hill property didn’t stop with these three subdivisions. According to advertising placed in The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 14, 1922, by John D. Prout – with whom Rulison eventually affiliated himself as an agent and “subdivision expert” -- there were nine Overlook subdivisions in all. Some of them (as listed in the Hamilton County Recorder’s 6th Series Subdivision Index (19181927) are: North Overlook, including Prosperity Place. In a Cincinnati Enquirer ad placed May 20, 1917, Rulison advertised 50 foot by 100 to 700 foot “Baby Farm” lots for sale there. East Overlook. The Hamilton County auditor’s webpage shows that some addresses on Highridge and Dale Avenues are part of this subdivision. New Overlook by William and C. Ford, which is sometimes called Kellywood -- possibly named after John Kelly who owned 20 acres where Guerley Road, Warsaw Road (Glenway Avenue) and Warsaw and Cleves Pike met, according to an 1884 Hamilton County Moessinger Atlas of Delhi. New Overlook was heavily promoted throughout 1922 to 1924. New Overlook would, however, be Rulison’s last subdivision venture. For Hiram Rulison, the lawyerturned-developer who left his mark forever on the “Western Hills Beautiful” which he loved so dearly – and marketed so superbly –died the evening of Aug. 30, 1924. He was 72. Karen R. Arbogast lives on Leona Drive.

This week’s question

Tri-County Mall has joined Newport on the Levee and is now requiring teens to have an adult escort after 4 p.m. on weekends. Do you support the idea? Why or why not? Every week the Western Hills Press asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. think this is great. It puts us on the NASCAR map and will give a boost to the economy. It’s so exciting.” C.S.





A recent commercial for Children’s Hospital shared the touching story of a mother whose daughter was born 15 weeks prematurely and the miraculous recovery of the healthy daughter who is now 21⁄2 years of age. And yet in our society, should that mother choose not to carry her child full-term, she could get an abortion. With the ongoing political debate, our society has lost touch with what you’re actually voting for – you’re voting for or against life. Steve Driehaus supported taxpayers funding for Planned Parenthood in 2009 by voting against the Pence amendment. If his true intention was to keep abortion out of health care, the language would have been changed – versus the so-called administrative order – abortion is considered part of reproductive care. There are several websites where women openly discuss their personal experiences with Planned Parenthood, experience of having worked at Planned Parenthood, their personal experiences of abortion and offers support to anyone who has had an abortion or who is considering an abortion. Before you vote, please visit the websites: www.priestsforlife. com, Theresa Czyzyk Lakefront Drive, Green Township

Response to Neal

“Thanks for … Good for … Driehaus RTL supporter … ” (Aug. 18 Letters) and please allow me to throw in the Tea Party misrepresentation to boot. Good gracious Western Hills Press, let me attempt to balance the reader editorial score here. I believe most of your readers agree with me. Steve Driehaus supports funding Planned Parenthood – enough said. No matter how you might want to dress this pig up, it is what it is: The largest single purveyor of infanticide.

The Tea Party has millions of followers and Mr. Bob Neal chooses the one page out of the extreme liberal playbook. You’ll have to do better than that, Bob. “Taxed Enough Already” people are gentle, kind and, quite frankly, fed up. We are your neighbor, your friend. C’mon over, freedom awaits you. Mark S. McCloy Sunburstridge Lane, Green Township

Well-defined boundaries needed

In his letter, “Unity, not separation” from Aug. 18, Don Huber suggests that “the community would be better served by eliminating the various divisions and regarding the community as one.” I assume that his idea is to consolidate the three Price Hill community councils in order to speak with one voice. However, political scientists Sidney Verba and Norman Nie believe the opposite, saying “residents of well defined and bounded communities are much more likely to be involved in local affairs.” The idea of again recognizing Covedale and re-establishing the Covedale boundaries certainly compliments this thinking. When achieved, this foundation for progress will better serve both West Price Hill and Covedale. Jim Grawe Sidney Road, Covedale

More about civility

Some of your letter writers still want to defend the incivility that I witnessed at WestFest. They seem to want to take the “Well, Mikey did it” position. My firsthand account is fact and not unfounded. I was there when the rude and shocking intimidations were spewed. I’m sure that most Republicans are civil and reasonable people, but this is a frightening sign of what’s to come in future generations. We can’t control what the Justice Department decides about some Black Panthers, but we can control the example we set for our children. We all know that people on

both sides of the political spectrum use ballistic language when their emotions rage. We have all witnessed tasteless, obnoxious signage and vitriolic campaign ads. That should not excuse anyone from being civil. Still, Cheney’s mean and dirty politics is rearing its ugly head again this year. There seems to be a trend in this country to disrespect authority, unleash anger at those who don’t look and act like us, and question the integrity and patriotism of those who do not agree on issues. It is disconcerting that more and more people cannot just agree to disagree. I’m sorry that the last administration brought this country to its knees and some don’t like the cure that is in progress, but we the people voted for people over profit. A party should be able to win by giving us some positives, not through fear and hateful rhetoric. Ann Thompson Robers Avenue, Green Township

Offended by letter

I am responding to Bob Neal’s letter in last week’s Viewpoints where Bob enlightened all of us with his image of the Tea Party. Bob, “My image of you” is that you don’t take time to learn the facts. You jump to conclusions based on emotions instead of knowledge. And finally, even when you know you’re wrong, you will refuse to admit it … True? I guess the reality is that it doesn’t matter if it’s true. I read something you wrote and I drew my conclusions without taking the time to learn anything else about you. The irony is that you did the exact same thing to the Tea Party. You read some articles, heard a couple news stories and came to a conclusion that insulted me and millions of other hard-working Americans. What gives you the right to do that? I guess the same right that I have to write my letter. Difference is, more people will agree with me. Greg Strochinsky Country Walk Drive, Green Township

Schools adds much to community My grandchildren started back to school this week. Our 40th St. Teresa reunion is in October, and it caused me to think about how different the learning experience is for them. The Cincinnati Public Schools have cut back on bus service this year for budget reasons. I remember walking the mile to and from school every day. Even when I attended Seton I usually walked the four miles home. So, I don’t think it is unreasonable to reduce the service area by a quarter of a mile. Reduced lunch prices have been available for lower income students for some time. Again, I remember our 25 cent lunches, same menu every week – hamburgers on Mondays and Wednesday, barbecue on Tuesday, hot dogs on Thursday, and fish on Friday, and sometimes running the mile each way to eat lunch at home. Now, free breakfast is offered to all CPS students, elementary and high school. While I agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and students need to be able to focus on their studies, once again a basic family responsibility

Deborah McKinney Community Press guest columnist

is being delegated to a third party. CPS contends that the food service is a self sufficient operation, and that the cost does not come out of the general fund. However, nothing is free. Part of the food service is federally subsidized (read taxes), and the rest is paid for by the lunch purchase price paid by the other students. It is not really free, it is being paid by all taxpayers and self-supporting families. Finally, did you know that, in conjunction with the renovation of Cheviot Elementary, space in the school was to be designated for a community learning center to strengthen the link between the school and the neighborhood? The possibilities are endless for the types of recreational, educational and cultural programs we can have there. Caroline Statkus, our economic development director, is working with the Community Learning Center Institute to jump-start the program, but we need your input. Please contact Caroline or me with your ideas.

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I remember walking the mile to and from school every day. Even when I attended Seton I usually walked the four miles home. So, I don’t think it is unreasonable to reduce the service area by a quarter of a mile. Take advantage of our small town and sense of community. Please join us at the next council meeting or check the website for committee meetings which may interest you. The public is always invited to express their opinion on agenda items or any other city related issue. If you are unable to attend the meetings, feel free to e-mail any member of council or the administration with your concerns. The links can be found on the city website Deborah McKinney is the president of Cheviot City Council.



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Highlanders aims to turn the corner By Anthony Amorini

A trio of fourth-year starters including Thomas Konkoly, Jay Schunk and Thomas Reuss aim to turn things around for the High-

landers this year in regards to the win-loss column. On the heels of a 3-7 season, fifth-year head coach Kurry Commins is optimistic this particular Highlander squad will be the Oak Hills’ team that

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allows the program to “turn the corner,” he said. “We’ve come so far as a program Commins in the last four year, and I think this is the season we will see more wins on Friday night,” Commins said. “We have a lot of experience in some key areas and our kids are determined to get over the hump.” Though Oak Hills only recorded three wins in 2009, it’s worth noting the Highlanders lost four games by 10 points or less including a one-point loss to Princeton (21-20), a threepoint loss to Fairfield (10-7) and a four-point loss to La Salle (7-3). “It was really tough for the team to lose so many close games but these guys learned from it,” Commins said. Konkoly, standing at 6foot-2 and weighing in at 205 pounds, headlines the Highlanders’ offense after rushing for 417 yards and four touchdowns on 95 carries in 2009. Additional returning starters on the offense include senior Jake Allison (RB), junior Caleb Stacey


Oak Hills High School running back Cory Burgin tries to shed a tackle by La Salle junior Zak Cox in a 2009 game. Burgin returns for the Highlanders in 2010.

OAK HILLS HIGH SCHOOL (OT), junior Chris Hilton (C), senior Dylan Simpkin (WR) and junior Brandon Kamp (TE).

“(Konkoly) will be our work-horse and he’s very solid,” Commins said. “He’s our go-to guy.” Senior Cory Burgin, who rushed for 332 yards and two touchdowns on 95 carries, will switch to defense for the 2010 season. Defensively, Schunk returns as a safety with Reuss resuming his role as a linebacker. Additional returning

Oak Hills game days

Aug. 27 @ Anderson Sept. 3 Harrison Sept. 10 @ Loveland Sept. 17 @ Hamilton Sept. 24 Sycamore Oct. 1 @ Mason Oct. 15 @ Lakota East Oct. 22 Princeton Oct. 29 @ Colerain All games are 7:30 p.m. starters for the Highlander defensive unit include seniors Ben Russell (LB), Logan Androit (DL) and Alex Saulsbury (CB) and Kamp (LB). “This could really be a special team for Oak Hills if we stay healthy,” Commins said. Oak Hills starts its season with an extremely challenging opponent in the Anderson Redskins. Anderson went 12-1 in 2009 including Division I playoff wins over the Greater Miami Conference powers from Lakota West (9-2, 7-0) and Middletown (10-2, 6-1). Lakota West, the cochampions of the Highlanders’ GMC in 2009, and Middletown are neither on the Oak Hills’ football schedule this fall. Oak Hills and Anderson play at Nippert Stadium in week one at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. Oak Hills hosts Harrison for its home opener in week two at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

Running game key for Panthers’ season By Jake Meyer

The 2008 and 2009 seasons may make up the second best two-year run in Elder High School’s football history, perhaps only behind the back-to-back state championship years of 2002 and 2003. Now Elder faces the difficult task of replacing most of that team as the 2010 Elder Panthers return just six starters from last season’s squad, which lost in the state semifinals to Hilliard Davidson. Just two starters return on offense, one of whom is senior running back Ben Coffaro, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. Coffaro’s presence should ease the transition at the quarterback position as junior Ben Gramke takes the reigns of the offense following the graduation of twoyear starter and two-time Enquirer Division I Player of the Year Mark Miller. Citing Gramke’s ability to throw and run, Elder head coach Doug Ramsey compares him to former Panthers’ quarterback Keith Bolger, who guided the 2001 team to the regional finals. Gramke will play behind a rebuilt offensive line that will feature four juniors. However, Ramsey believes it is the running game that will lead this


Elder’s Jake Lindsey, underneath; Bobby Grogan, No. 69; and Alec Niehauser, lunge in during a scrimmage against Fairfield High School Aug. 14.

Elder game days

Aug. 27 Winton Woods – 8:15 p.m. at Nippert Stadium Sept. 3 @ Colerain Sept. 10 @ Trinity, Ky. Sept. 17 Bishop Chatard, Ind. Sept. 25 St. Edward – 7 p.m. Oct. 1 St. Xavier Oct. 8 @ Moeller Oct. 23 Carmel Catholic, Ill. Oct. 29 La Salle All games at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. team to success. “I think our biggest strength will be the ability to run the ball,” Ramsey said. “With Coffaro and (senior fullback) Josh Friedel, we should be able to run the ball and kill the clock.” On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers return four starters, including senior linebacker Jake Lindsey, who played in 12 of the Panthers’ 13 games last season. Lindsey has already received several scholarship

ELDER HIGH SCHOOL offers from Mid-American Conference schools. Joining Lindsey are junior defensive lineman Rakim Johnson and senior linebacker Kevin Hyland. Elder’s inexperience coming into 2010 makes Ramsey believe that his team is a little behind the rest of the GCL, but with Moeller and St. Xavier also suffering significant losses, the GCL title is still very much within Elder’s grasp. Standing in the Panther’s way is a daunting ninegame schedule that features home games against St.

Xavier Oct. 1 and Ramsey’s pick to win the GCL, La Salle, Oct. 29 and a game at Moeller Oct. 8. Not only is the GCL schedule challenging for the Panthers, but the non-conference schedule features some of the best teams in the city, the state, and even the country. “We play a lot of really strong out-of-town teams that we don’t know too much about and a game at Colerain, who might be the best team in the city,” Ramsey said. The Panthers and Cardinals meet up Sept. 3, one week after Elder opens its season against the defending Division II state champions Winton Woods in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at UC’s Nippert Stadium. Elder also faces Louisville Trinity, Lakewood St. Edward and Carmel Catholic High School from Illinois, a triple-option team who finished 7-3 last season. The Panthers’ youth will play a definite factor, especially early in the season, Ramsey said. “We have so many that will play for the first time against Winton Woods, and that’s scary because you don’t know what will happen when the lights come on,” Ramsey said. While that inexperience may slow Elder down early, Ramsey expects that as the season wears on and the

players become more comfortable, the team will improve and the wins will come in bunches. “We’re so young and inexperienced,” Ramsey said. “We want to get better as the season progresses, finish strong, and squeak into the playoffs. By the end of the year, we could be pretty good.”


Elder High School coach Doug Ramsey raises his hands after Elder stopped Colerain on fourth down in 2009. Elder won 20-7.

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Tim Schroer Autrie Burdine Rahkim Johnson Zack Coon Phil Hofmeyer Trevor Ginn Zac Franco Rob Fuhr Jake Moore Nick Bailey Stephen Butler Josh Wernke John Breidenstein Brad Jordan Joe Hageman Tyler Weber Nick Nusekabel Jake Taylor Rya Krallman Josh Monk Matt Hughes Bobby Grogan Andrew Ison Matt Gatherwright Jake Hilvert Nick Custer Nathan Merschbach Ryan Buller T.C. Klusman Ryan Stenken Ben Woeste Mike Paff Alex Viox Tim Weil Joe Ramstetter Joey Hayhow Stephen Robben Alex Riestenberg Marc McGeorge Patrick Reed Andrew Burkhart

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Football preview

August 25, 2010

Yellowjackets hopes experience key to winning By Marc Emral

Taylor High School football coach Dave Huffman is looking for leaders. He thinks he has at least 10 – the senior Yellowjackets, most who have played together since they were third-graders. And he’s thinking those seniors, and a few other players, will step up after going through a leadership program. “After my first year we started a leadership program. I felt in past the guys haven’t seen good leadership and they don’t understand what good leadership is,” Huffman said. “We

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL started meeting with guys, 10 to 15 guys, on a weekly basis who wanted to learn about leadership and wanted to better football players and better men and that has had a huge impact on where we are at as a team. “Football does a great job in learning life skills. We want to develop leaders of men through their pursuits




Ober Proffitt of football. I think this will help us turn around the program that’s been struggling and have an impact on Friday nights.”

On the Yellowjackets No. Name 1 2 4 5 7 8 9 11 14 15 16 19 20 21 22 24 25

Jason Sauer A.J Urmston R.J. Meckstroth Trey Neyer Kyle Schultes Patrick McAdams Brad Young Jake Proffitt Alex Ober Josh Allen L.J. Rice Cole Evans Alex Haussler Tanner Lemeix Donnie Jesse Kyle Lane Matt Nash

Year Pos. 12 10 11 10 10 11 11 12 12 11 9 10 11 12 12 12 10


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Tyler Mayes Kenny Smith Jacob Hines Tag Drahman Devin Noel Joe Trent Travis Lambert Korey Hawk Jacob Saylor Sean Weisgerber Jacob Blanton Alec McCoy Andy Neumeister Rickey Allen Austin Lamkin Devon Sutton Matt Hamilton Brian Weisgerber Max Stanley

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Evan Koons Tim Gargan Ryan Bundy Sean Lewis Devin Reaves Tim Dole Kevin Rader Ryan Lysaght Adam French Stephen Middendorf Branden Redden Ben Ashcraft Auggie Ashcraft Doug Reaves Aaron Rice Kendrick McCloud Rob Glick Gage Adrien

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Sauer Trent His hope is that they will lead the team to the school’s first winning season in about 20 years. Last year’s record was 3-7 (1-6 in the Cincinnati Hills League). “It’s time for us to make a step. We want to have winning record this year. That’s where we want to go. “It’s been a while,” he said. “When you have a struggling program, you get into a lot of bad habits. We’ll go as far as our senior leaders will take us.” One of the players who will be a leader is senior quarterback Jason Sauer, who will start for the second year. He thinks one of the reasons his Yellowjackets will be better is the offensive line. “Last year … I scrambled

early,” Sauer said. “I think I won’t have as big a problem with that as they are giving me more Lemieux time back there.” The experience of having six returning starters will help Sauer. “(RunWeisgerber ning) routes is all about trusting the receivers … and the line,” he said. “I think I can do that finally; trust them to be where they need to be so I can throw the ball to a spot and not a receiver. It helps me out.” Huffman, who has been a Taylor coach for 15 years with this being his third year as head coach, said four lineman will be two- or three-year starters. Overall, there are six returning starters on offense and six on defense. Senior running back Jake Proffitt said he is looking forward the hard work the team has put in. “I’m looking for the products of the hard work and changes we made … to

Taylor game days

Aug. 27 Ludlow Sept. 1 Dayton Sept. 10 @ Cincinnati Country Day Sept. 17 @ Mariemont Sept. 24 @ Deer Park Oct. 1 Reading Oct. 8 @ Madeira Oct. 15 @ Indian Hill Oct. 22 Wyoming Oct. 29 Finneytown All games are 7:30 p.m. see the progress we’ve made since last season,” he said. Offensively, the Yellowjackets will run from multiple formations, depending on the personnel the field. “We’ll figure out what formation will be best depending on what personnel we have,” Huffman said. On defense, the Yellowjackets will line up in a 5-3. “We have experience coming back on both sides of the ball, which I like. The good thing about that experience is that it allowed us to get stronger faster from the previous year. “We’ll go as far as our experience will take us. “I’m looking forward to see how our seniors are going to respond to the opportunity for them to leave a legacy for the program. See if they are going to live up the challenge and go after it.”

BRIEFLY This week in OH sports

• The Oak Hills boys’ golf team lost to Mason’s green team 155-170, Aug. 17. • The girls’ golf team finished 17th with a 404 in the Fairfield Invitational, Aug. 17. On Aug. 18, the girls lost to Fairfield 169-188. • In girls’ tennis, Oak Hills beat Milford 3-2, Aug. 17. Oak Hills’ Emma Wilhelmus beat Laskarzewski 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Maddie Bieber beat Glancy 75, 6-0; and Katie Huber and Megan Wittich beat FaccioloMaehouse 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Oak Hills beat Ross 4-1, Aug. 18. Oak Hills’ Wilhelmus beat Powell 6-1, 6-0; Jackie Ehrman beat T. Nastoff 6-0, 60; Bieber beat A. Nastoff 6-0, 6-3; Huber and Wittich beat Spoerl and Schroder 6-2, 7-6.

SIDELINES Swim lessons

Mercy HealthPlex will offer group swim lessons for all ages starting Sept. 19 through Oct. 24 and Oct. 30 through Dec. 12. Private and semiprivate lessons are also available by appointment. For registration and information, call Annie at 389-5498, or e-mail

Baseball tryouts

The Cincinnati West Stars U12 American baseball team will be having tryouts from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, at Delhi Park Field No. 4. Contact Jeff Watson at 460-2836.

Girls’ basketball tryout

Midwest Lady Knights (formerly Kentucky Elite) has openings for fourth-grade girls who want to play on an AAU team. The Knights will play in fall and winter leagues to get ready for AAU spring season. The team teaches girls the fundamentals to take them to the next level. The coaches have coached basketball for more than 20 years in all levels. Call Dave Brock at 859-609-7111 or 513460-2867.

Baseball tryouts


The Cincinnati Sharks baseball organization is preparing to conduct player evaluations for the multiple age groups for the 2009 season. The Sharks are recognized as a Program of Excellence and have teams in most age groups in the National and American divisions of the SWOL. Coaches are looking for a few highskill and character players with a passion for the game for the 2010 season. The organization has an emphasis on developing players for longterm success. Call 623-4171 for U16, AND 256-7265 for U13.

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Western Hills Press

August 25, 2010


Young Mustangs rebuild in 2010 By Jake Meyer


Wide receiver Josh Smith looks to pull in a pass during a recent Western Hills High School football practice.

2010 is a rebuilding year for the Western Hills High School football team, as the Mustangs try to build on last season’s 3-7 Jenne record. The Mustangs feature a very young squad, returning nine starters from 2009, with underclassmen making up most of the expected contributors. Among those contributors is sophomore quarterback Cameron Washington. Washington will benefit from having a talented wide receiver to throw to in junior Josh Smith.

Western Hills game days

Aug. 27 @ Richmond, Ind. Sept. 3 Walnut Hills Sept. 10 @ Roger Bacon Sept. 18 @ Shroder Sept. 23 Woodward – 7 p.m. Oct. 2 @ Aiken – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 Hughes Oct. 15 @ Withrow Oct. 22 Taft Oct. 30 Amelia – 1:30 p.m. All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. On defense, the Mustangs feature a couple of senior leaders in linebacker Tyrie Lovett and safety Ivan Dunn. Those two are joined by junior linebacker Dion Dawson and junior cornerback Tywaun Black. Head coach Paul Jenne won’t be measuring this team’s success in terms of wins and losses, but in the


WESTERN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL improvement his squad makes over the course of the season. “We don’t look at it as a whole,” Jenne said. “We’re happy with the effort through the summer and the heat and we have high expectations.” Jenne has already seen an improvement in one area of his football team: Pure numbers. The Mustangs have struggled for years with small rosters, but that is beginning to change this year. “We have better numbers, so very few guys are playing both ways,” said Jenne, who’s in his second year at the helm of the Mustangs. The Mustangs open the season at Richmond, Ind., and also feature games against Walnut Hills, Roger Bacon, Taft, and Withrow. Jenne feels that every game this season will be a challenge for his team. Jenne also faces the task of teaching his players how to deal with the challenges and adversity that playing high school football causes. “Our kids are still learning how to overcome adversity on the football field,” Jenne said.


Western Hills’ Andre Murray works a balance act during practice stretch drills for the Mustangs.

On the Mustangs No. Name

2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 37 41 42

Donte Caldwell Darius Baker Ivan Dunn Tyrie Lovett Tyler Jones Cameron Washington Jordan Saunders Stoney Sutton Joseph Burll Omar Ward Earl Danzy Josh Smith Marquise Brooks Maurice Vasser Tywuan Black Nash Robinson Tyrell Wiggins Tyler Taylor Roderick Garrett Jesse Minter David Faulk Dion Dawson Kendall Brumfield Michael Dukes Eric Wiles Kevin Lawson Jereau Conyers D’Auntae Roberts

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Eugene Minter Eric Sims Jacob West Carlos Loveltt Santino Jones Jimmy Stewart Marland Lattimore Jacob Mills Jarius Cobb Roy Johnson Michael Hunt DeShawnta Goodson Isaiah Walker Brendon Froehle William Batchelor Joe West Asante Knight Ed Harris Aliou Diouf Billy Kilgore Ray Kilburn Ryan Wilhite Andre Murray Charles Clark George Lundy Darrick Candler Aramis Brabham Brady Hobbs Evan Doebrich

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Lancers to set pace with explosive offense By Anthony Amorini

An experienced core of third-year starters led by quarterback Andrew Kummer set the stage for what La Salle head coach Tom Grippa hopes will be an explosive, productive Lancer offense in 2010. Following a 5-5 season in 2009, Grippa and the senior-heavy Lancers are hoping for big things, starting with an improved record, this fall. “I like my team this year and I like our schedule,” Grippa said. “It’s tough but it could be a good Harbin (Rating) year for us.” Ohio’s Harbin Ratings is a computer rating system used to determine playoff qualifiers and seeds for the postseason. La Salle’s difficult schedule starts with a serious test in week one with a home game at noon Saturday, Aug. 28, against Lakota West (9-2, 7-0). Lakota West was a Division I playoff team in 2009 and are the defending cochampions of the Greater Miami Conference alongside Colerain (8-2, 7-0) “We will find out how good we are real quick,” Grippa said. However, Grippa is expecting to see fireworks from the start from his experienced offense, he said. Kummer led the Greater Catholic League with 1,863 yards as a junior while completing 153-of-298 passes with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Standing at 6foot-3, Kummer also rushed for 204 yards on 87 carries while scoring four touchdowns on the ground. “Drew has really

La Salle game days

On the Lancers

No. Name

Aug. 28 Lakota West – noon Sept. 3 Covington Catholic Sept. 9 @ Lakota East Sept. 17 Northwest, Ind. Sept. 24 @ Lima Senior Oct. 1 Walsh Jesuit Oct. 8 St. Xavier Oct. 15 Moeller Oct. 22 @ St. Francis De Sales Oct. 29 @ Elder All games at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL improved a lot and he’s grown up quite a bit. He is way better than he was last year,” Grippa said of Kummer. “We have a senior quarterback and that’s always a good place to start for leadership. “We have a very good receiving corps, and I’m excited because all those guys are great athletes,” Grippa added. La Salle’s receiving corps is led by senior receivers Matt Woeste and Rodriguez Coleman and tight end Brett Wiebell. Woeste hauled in 35 receptions for 634 yards and five touchdowns as a junior with Coleman close behind at 30 receptions, 466 yards and six touchdowns. Also returning on offense are third-year starting seniors Matt Farrell, a running back, and Jessie Back, a guard. Back is verbally committed to Buffalo with

Brandon Irby Tyler Juenke Daniel Isfort Marcus Greene Devon Steagall Drew Kummer Jordan Bueter Dominic Capano Matthew McGlasson Joe Pfiester Jimmy Powers Tyler Papania Zack Cox Ben Ingle Daniel Scott Alex Lohbeck Tyrin Nelson Max Barlag Antonio Nelson Matt Farrell Jake Rack Cameron Jones Jake Ventura Joe Burger Jayson Bresnen Andrew Brown Corey Shields Anthony Brewster George Welling Jordan Claytor Brandon Saho Gus Welling Elliott Crowley Jessie Back Will Wietmarschen Collin Boschert Jacob Vulhop Connor Schmidt David Zumvorde Abe Biellauskas Joe Calardo Mike Chadwick Jacob McBee Nick Fritz Ryan Leahy Kyle Herth Kyle Hill Jonas Biellauskas Daniel Heahy Kyle Seigel Matthew Woeste Logan Miller Michael Bernecker Thomas Roelker Tyler Vogelpohl Rodriguez Coleman Brett Wiebell Alex Merk Linnie Ayoki Alex Schuster Matt Watters Christopher Greene

Year Pos. 11 12 11 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11 11 12 11 12 12 11 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 12 12 11



Senior Ben Ingle practices the morning of July 26 in preparation for La Salle’s upcoming football season.


Senior Drew Kummer returns to the quarterback position for the Lancers in 2010.

Kummer verbally committed to Miami University. “Our offense has been looking sharp early,” Grippa said. “We struggled on offense the last few years but now those kids are seniors and they are ready to go.” Defensively, senior leaders Ben Ingle (SS/OLB) and Jayson Bresnen (MLB) are joined by fellow returning seniors Kyle Herth (DE), Andy Brown (MLB) and Zack Cox (CB). Ingle is verbally committed to Ball State.

“They have a lot of emotion and fire. It’s the right attitude to play defense at La Salle,” Grippa said. “They are always prepared and we have a lot of tough kids on defense this year.” As for the always tough GCL South Division, three of La Salle’s final four games this fall are against St. Xavier (Oct. 8), Moeller (Oct. 15) and Elder (Oct. 29). All three of La Salle’s GCL South Division rivals made the playoffs in 2009

including St. Xavier (9-3, 3 - 0 ) , Moeller (92, 2-1) and the 10-3 Elder squad which made a run to the Grippa Division I state semi-finals. “All four teams are pretty tough again. Moeller has a lot of talent coming back, St. X has some great linebackers and Elder is a little young but they have a huge

Back Bresnen offensive line,” Grippa said. “Matching up against those teams for us is going to be about our athletes versus their size. “I think we will have a real chance. This is a special group and I really love these seniors. They have paid the price to be champions,” Grippa added.

BRIEFLY This week in Taylor sports This week in Mercy sports

• Taylor boys’ golf team beat Fenwick 164-179, Aug. 17. Taylor’s Matt Nickoson shot 2 over par 36 on the back nine at Shawnee Lookout. On Aug. 18, the boys placed second with a 313 in the Second Annual Badin Bash Invitational at Sharon Woods. Taylor’s Danny Rapking shot a 73. • The girls’ golf team beat Mariemont 201-223, Aug. 17. Taylor’s Sara Reatherford shot a 14 over 48 on the front nine at Shawnee Lookout.

This week in Seton sports


• Seton’s girls’ golf team placed 11th with a 369 in the Fairfield Invitational, Aug. 17. • In girls’ tennis, Seton beat Turpin 3-2, Aug. 18. Seton’s Kelly Simpkins beat Francis 6-3, 6-3; Cathie Bisher and Ellie Cook beat A. Shim and C. Shim 6-3, 6-2; Leanne Bleh and Shelby Wauligman beat Patty and Horn 7-5, 6-1.

• Mercy’s girls’ golf team beat Indian Hill 204-213, Aug. 17. On Aug. 18, Mercy beat Carroll 202-215. Mercy’s Taylor Reilly medaled, shooting an 8 over par 39 on the front nine at Kitty Hawk.

This week in McAuley sports

• The girls’ tennis team beat Talawanda 3-2, Aug. 17. McAuley’s Maria Lupp beat Wespiser 6-1, 6-2; Zoe Widmer beat Alishio-Caballero 60, 6-4; Jennifer Rosenacker and Nikki Emig beat Morton and Crist 7-6, 7-6.

This week in St. Xavier sports

• St. Xavier boys’ golf team placed third in the second-annual Badin Bash Invitational, Aug. 18. The boys’ silver team beat Elder 150-164, Aug. 18. St. X’s Austin Dittrich shot an even par 35 on the front nine at Kenview.

August 25, 2010

Western Hills Press

Bombers’ strong defense to lead team By Jake Meyer

In 2009, the St. Xavier Bombers were Greater Catholic League South division champions, boasting a 3-0 conference record, but fell short of winning a state title, losing to Elder in the second round of the playoffs. Now, just a few years removed from an undefeated 2007 state championship season, the Bombers are hoping that a wide-open Greater Catholic League will lead them to a second consecutive conference title and a trip to Canton for the title game. The Bombers, who were 9-3 overall last season, return 10 starters from last year’s team, six of whom

ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL play defense. It’s the defense, led by senior linebackers Steven Daniels and Sean Duggan, that will carry this team, according to head coach Steve Specht. “With four linebackers returning, the middle of our defense is strong,” Specht said. “Those guys proved last year that they can play football.” Daniels and Duggan, who have both received


Steve Specht, center, head football coach at St. Xavier High School talks with Jack Woodall, left, and Steven Daniels right during practice. numerous scholarship offers from schools around the country, are joined on defense by fellow linebackers Jake Rumpke, a senior, and Nathan Gerbus, a junior, as well as senior defen-

On the Bombers No. Name

2 3 3 4 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 15 16 16 17 17 18 19 20 20 21 21 22 23 23 24 25 26 27

Jake Brodbeck Chris Gradone Seth Scherer Conor Hundley Bryson Albright David Braswell Jake Rumpke Marcus Hughes Steven Daniels Ian Rothan Sean Duggan Jack Frey Alexander Cussen Dylan Ellis Max James Nicholas Sullivan Nick Albers Thomas Klenk Ryan Kampbel Griffin Dolle Robert Doerger Alex Zuboski George Long Joe Mezher Nicholas Roemer Max Longi Timothy Mahoney Trey Sherman Sam Egbers George Thacker Kyle Millard Nicholas Barnett Daniel Braswell Christian Wojtaszek Samuel Burchenal Isaiah Waldon Spencer Stroube

Year Pos. 12 DB 12 WR/P 11 QB 11 RB 11 DE/LB 11 RB 12 DL 12 DB 12 LB/RB 12 DB 12 LB 11 WR 11 WR 12 NG 12 QB/WR 11 QB 12 QB 12 DB 12 WR 11 QB 12 WR 11 WR 11 WR 12 WR 11 DB/PK 11 DB 11 DB 12 WR 12 DB 11 DB 12 DB 12 RB 12 RB 12 DB 11 DB 11 WR 11 DB

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Alex Caudill Jalyn Sutton-Jackson Sean Ahern Andy Dorger Garrett Gilpin C.J. Hilliard Connor Buczek Kevin Bertelsen Jacob Sander Mark Williams Joe Neiser Kevin Reilly Will Washburn Brian Hawking Brian Daugherty Samuel Kissinger Trey Kilgore Max Danenhauer Conor Long Brian Douglas Tywn Wade Zachary Fleming Connor McCurren Braden Miller Michael Bossart Matt Kasson Andrew Westerbeck Michael Ziegler Nathaniel Gerbus Evan Prophit Xavier French Stephenson Swan E.J. Parchment Joseph Metz Patrick Barrett Lati Secker Gordon Marshall Alex Breen William Miller

11 DB/PK 11 DB 11 DB 12 DB 12 LB 9 WR/RB 12 DB 11 RB 11 DB 11 DB 12 TE 11 DB 12 FB 12 DB 11 WR 11 WR 10 WR 12 FB 11 DB 11 FB 11 RB 12 LB/LS 12 LB 11 WR 11 FB 12 DB 11 DB 11 TE 11 LB 12 LB 12 NG 11 OL 11 DE 11 DL 12 DE 12 DE/NG 11 NG 11 OL 11 OL

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Lucas Kasson Patrick Ahern Jacob Martin Joseph Payton Cecil Walker Patrick Foy J.R. Sandhas Daniel DeTellem Brandyn Cook Daniel McCuen Will Piening Matthew Blevins Jonathan Cole Steven Smith Ryan Schneiber James Stall Bradley Mercer Jack Woodall Steven Siebert Nicholas Heflin Tom Spraul Kevin Milligan Ryan Brady Kyle Hartmann Evan Ballinger Neal Eckstein Michael Allen William Thurner Hank Rumpke Nick Ruch Leland Askew Alexander Jacob Robert Dorger David Becker Albert Powell Michael McIntyre John Schulcz Andrew Elsen Jeff Kuley

11 OL 12 OL 11 OL 11 OL 12 OL 11 DE 12 OL 11 DE 11 OL 12 DE 11 OL 12 OL 11 OL 12 OL 12 OL 11 OL 11 OL 12 OL 12 WR 11 WR 12 WR 10 WR 12 WR 12 WR 11 WR 12 WR 11 WR 11 TE 11 TE 12 DE/NG 12 DE 11 DB 11 TE 11 DE 12 LB 12 NG 11 TE 11 LB 11 LB

First-year coach brings new culture to Aiken By Nick Dudukovich

Aiken High School football coach Keith Rucker and his staff have a lot to do to turn the program around, but the group is up to the challenge. Rucker and company take the helm of a team that finished 0-10 in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference last season and ended the season with 18 players after beginning the year with 40. Rucker, who has played in the NFL with the Redskins, Cardinals and Bengals, isn’t thinking about what happened in the past. Instead, the first-year Aiken coach is focused on laying the groundwork for a competitive football program. Heading into the season, Rucker is staying positive and setting goals that some might think are attainable for the program. “I would like to go 5-5 this season,” he said. “Some people look at that as a huge feat, but I don’t.” There are a number of players on the Aiken roster who haven’t played football before. Rucker believes with the proper instruction, the Falcons can attain the goal.

AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL “We’ve got a lot of teaching to do,” Rucker said. “There are a lot of bad habits that were built over the years that we need to tear down so we can build some new, good habits.” Teaching fundamentals and a strong work ethic is where Rucker is getting started. “We’re trying to put a blueprint down for what it takes to win, and we’ve got some pretty harsh consequences for guys who can’t commit to (the team),” he said. Six players have already been dismissed this season, leaving Aiken with 25 kids on its roster. “In order to do what we want to do, we need to have kids we can count on,” Rucker said. Rucker believes those players exist and that many of the remaining players make for a solid team core. One of those players is

James Brown. Described as “Mr. Versatile” by Rucker, Brown will see action at quarterback, wide receiver and running back in Aiken’s spread offense this season. “He’s one of those guys who has the ability to do all the things we’re asking of him,” Rucker said. “He’s a strong leader, if he works to reach his potential, he could play at the next level.” At 6-feet-tall, Brown brings good form and fundamentals to the team, according to Rucker. When Brown is busy making plays at the other skill positions, Brandon Williams will be taking the snaps at quarterback. Williams, who is only a sophomore, needs to improve his decision making, according to Rucker. “He’s showed some good signs, but he makes bad decision here and there,” Rucker said. “He needs to minimize (the errors he makes).” The Falcons should also get contributions from Kionta Early at wide receiver, as well as his younger brother, Deonte. Deonte could get significant time at the running back position as a freshman in addition to action in the secondary on defense.

sive back C o n n o r Buczek. However, the offensive side of the ball has a few question Woodall marks as the Bombers must break in a new quarterback this season, replacing the graduated Luke Massa. That job falls to senior Nick Albers. Albers, a 6-foot-4 pocket passer, served as Massa’s backup in 2009 and, according to Specht, has separated himself from his competition in practice. Albers will be helped by a strong running back in junior Conor Hundley. Hundley led the GCL in rushing yardage as a sophomore in 2009, racking up more than 1,000 yards. The top receiving threat for St. Xavier is expected to be sophomore Kevin Milligan. Milligan caught nine passes for 136 yards as a freshman and will see much increased playing time this

season. The Bombers are not alone in having some uncertainties heading into the 2010 season, as every GCL team has suffered significant losses from last season, including both Elder and Moeller who must also break in new quarterbacks. This uncertainty has lead to a wide-open race for the GCL title, and Specht is unsure who the favorite is to win the league. “I really don’t know (how the standings will look),” Specht said. “I think there are so many unknowns, you can take all four teams, put them in a hat and draw them and that could be how the GCL standings end up.” One thing is certain for the Bombers, and that is a very, very tough schedule. St. X opens us against Our Lady of Good Counsel from Washington, D.C., who finished 11-1 last season, in a game televised nationally by ESPN. In addition to the Bombers’ GCL opponents, St. X also plays two perennial powerhouses from Louisville, Trinity and St.


St. Xavier game days

Sept. 3 Indianapolis Cathedral, Ind. Sept. 10 St. Xavier, Ky. Sept. 17 @ Trinity Sept. 24 Moeller Oct. 1 @ Elder Oct. 8 @ La Salle Oct. 16 @ St. Edward – 2 p.m. Oct. 23 St. Ignatius – 2 p.m. All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Xavier, as well as two of the best teams northern Ohio has to offer, in Lakewood St. Edward and Cleveland St. Ignatius. “We play a brutal schedule,” Specht said. “I tell the kids that the toughest team we play is the next team on the schedule.” For Specht, the expectations for the season deal not with wins and losses, but in less tangible goals like character, teamwork and effort. Specht said his biggest challenge is teaching his players how to work hard and transcend what they think they are capable of. “High school kids need to learn what hard work is,” Specht said. “Once that’s done, it’s about teaching them to break the glass ceiling and go above and beyond where they think they can go.”


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Farm Market of College Hill, 3-6:30 p.m., College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., Parking Lot. Local produce and home-produced food. Presented by College Hill Gardeners. 542-0007; College Hill.


Zumba Gold Classes, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Total body workout for active older adult featuring Latin dance movements of salsa, cha cha, meringue and more. Help improve strength and flexibility. Mary Beth Nishime, instructor. Ages 55 and up. $5. 741-8802. Colerain Township. F R I D A Y, A U G . 2 7


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


Exhibition of Mount Student Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 2444314. Delhi Township. Photography Exhibit by Joyce Tripoli, 3-11 p.m., Henke Winery, Free. 662-9463; Westwood.


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.


Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 6624569. Monfort Heights.


Germania Society Oktoberfest, 6 p.m.-midnight, Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Pavilion Stage: Music by Alpen Echos 7 p.m.-midnight and Germania Schuhplattlers 8-8:30 p.m. Klubhaus: Polka Dots 8 p.m.-midnight. Celebrating 40th anniversary. German food, music, entertainment, dance groups and biergarten; games, rides, contests, prizes, children’s entertainment and raffle. Magic shows at the playground daily. Free shuttles: Pleasant Run elementary and middle schools and Vinoklet Winery. $3, free ages 11 and under. 7420060; Colerain Township.


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


Stand Up Comedians Contest, 9-11 p.m., The Dog Haus, 494 Pedretti Ave., Winner awarded cash, prizes and feature spot in future show. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Nella Productions. 300-3865. Delhi Township. S A T U R D A Y, A U G . 2 8


Exhibition of Mount Student Art, 1-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314. Delhi Township. Final Saturday Local Artist Art Exhibit, 6-9 p.m., Midwest Art Center, 8021 West Mill St., Works in varying media: photography, stone sculpture, quilting, watercolor painting, oil painting, acrylic painting and pen & ink drawings. Free. Through Sept. 25. 7081339; Miamitown. Photography Exhibit by Joyce Tripoli, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Henke Winery, Free. 6629463; Westwood.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road, Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate in this program. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Environmental Services. 946-7755; Colerain Township.


Skirts and Shirts Square Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1927 W. Kemper Road, One of Cincinnati’s oldest square dance clubs. Formerly Hayloft Club. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Springfield Township.


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


Germania Society Oktoberfest, 2 p.m.-midnight, Germania Society of Cincinnati, Pavilion Stage: Alte Kamaraden 2-5:15 p.m., Opening Ceremony 5:30-6:30 p.m., Germania Schuhplattlers 6:45-7:15 p.m., Prost 7 p.m.-midnight, Enzian Dancers 9:15-10 p.m. Klubhaus: Verein Musikanten 2-4:45 p.m., Steve Hegadoes 5-8:30 p.m., Polka Dots 9 p.m.-midnight $3, free ages 11 and under. 742-0060; Colerain Township.


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

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Exhibition of Mount Student Art, 1-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314. Delhi Township.



A Christmas Story, Noon-4:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Boys and girls stage ages 8-12 must be able to read well. Prepare one minute or less monologue. Stage ages 17 and up and adults. Theatrical performance resume required and cold readings from script required of all. All roles are paid. Performance dates: Dec. 2-22. Through Aug. 29. 241-6550; West Price Hill. Brighton Beach Memoirs, Noon-4:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Boys stage ages 14-15 and girls ages 12 and up. Prepare a one minute or less monologue. Stage ages 17 and up and adults. Theatrical performance resumes and cold readings from script required for all. All roles are paid. Performance dates: Jan. 20-Feb. 6. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


The Germania Society is celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Oktoberfest this weekend. The festival features German food, music, entertainment, dance groups and a biergarten. There also will be games, rides, contests, prizes, children’s entertainment and a raffle. Oktoberfest is 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Aug. 28, and noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 W. Kemper Road. Admission is $3, free for children 11 and younger. For more information, call 742-0060 or visit Pictured dancing at last year’s Oktoberfest are Gloria and Bob South.

Price Hill Cultural Heritage Fest, Noon-6 p.m., Price Hill Will, 3208 Warsaw Ave., St. Lawrence and Enright avenues. Music by Poco Loco, Silver Arm, Blues in the Schools, K-Drama and Comet Bluegrass All-stars. Food, Local artists share their work, sample international beer and local wine while children enjoy face painting and games. Free. 251-3800; East Price Hill.


Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, 7-9 p.m., Gazebo Park, 7700 Perry St., With Roadie LaPew, the fiddling Polecat. Bring seating. Free. 931-8840; Mount Healthy.


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


K-Drama CD Release, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Soulja K, Nue Creed, Lesun, Deacon Das, BC and others. Christian rappers. $10, $7 advance. 825-8200; Forest Park.

A Christmas Story, Noon-4:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 241-6550; West Price Hill. Brighton Beach Memoirs, Noon-4:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 241-6550; West Price Hill.


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


Germania Society Oktoberfest, Noon-10 p.m., Germania Society of Cincinnati, Pavilion Stage: Prost Noon-5 p.m., Tug-O-War 34:30 p.m. (Register: 314-724-8889), Donauschwaben Dancers 5-6 p.m., Klaberheads 6-10 p.m. Klubhaus: Ron Lumme 1-5 p.m., Dave Hughes 6-10 p.m. Tug-o-War parade 2:30 p.m. $3, free ages 11 and under. 742-0060; Colerain Township.


German Heritage Museum, 1-5 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Two-story 1830 log house furnished with German immigrant memorabilia. Free, donations accepted. 598-5732; Green Township.

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


The Denise Driehaus Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m., Price Hill Chili, 4920 Glenway Ave., Presented by Hamilton County Democratic Party. Price Hill.


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


Zumba Fitness Classes, 7-8 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves creates dynamic workout. Ages 55 and up. $5. 7418802. Colerain Township.

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

Chris Monzel for Commissioner Fundraiser: End of Summer Bash, 6-9 p.m., Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, 11069 Colerain Ave., Featuring Brad Wenstrup. Social hour 6-7 p.m. Event begins 7 p.m. $25. Presented by Hamilton County Republican Party. 543-2723; Colerain Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Price Hill Historical Society Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Price Hill Historical Society Museum, 3640 Warsaw Ave. 251-2888; East Price Hill.

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Exhibition of Mount Student Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 2444314. Delhi Township. Photography Exhibit by Joyce Tripoli, 5-9 p.m., Henke Winery, Free. 662-9463; Westwood.


Girls Club, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Field trips on Wednesdays. Ages 8-10. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. Through Dec. 15. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill. Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 810 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced western style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Mount Healthy.



The American Idol Live! Tour 2010, featuring season nine top 10 contestants, including winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox, comes to Riverbend Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30. Tickets are $26, $50.50, $70.50 and for a lawn four-pack, $79. For tickets, visit or call 800-745-3000. Also pictured, and performing at the concert, are: Didi Benami, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus, Katie Stevens and Tim Urban.

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


Work by James Presley “J.P.” Ball, a 19th century African-American photographer and abolitionist, who lived in Cincinnati, is on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center through October. The 900-square-foot free exhibit, “An American Journey: The Life and Photography of James Presley Ball,” features 60 original images of famous figures such as Frederick Douglass, pictured. Visit or call 513-287-7000.


August 25, 2010

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Princeton High School Class of 1965 – is having its 45th reunion Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11. For details, e-mail Sue at Amelia High School Class of 1980 – is having its 30-year reunion from 7:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at Holiday Inn Eastgate. Cost is $35 per person. Contact Amy Grethel O’Leary at 752-0424, Barb Ramsey Merchant at 4743685 or Robin Ladrigan Iredale at 607-7071. Check out “1980 Amelia High School” on Facebook for more information. Mercy Hospital Alumnae and the Butler County Nurses – are having the annual Mass at St. Julie Billart Church at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19. A breakfast honoring the Class of 1960 will follow at Ryan’s Tavern. Cost is $17 a person. To reserve your spot send a check to Mary Jo Shannon at 784 Millikin St., Hamilton, OH 45013 by Sept. 1. Please include year of graduation. Goshen High School Class of 1980 – is having its 30th year reunion from 7-11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at Receptions in Loveland. Contact Tina Creekmore Wiley at Twiley88@cinci.rr.con or by calling 265-0165 for more information and to purchase tickets. Deer Park High School Class of 1960 – is having its 50th reunion Sept. 24 and 25. Friday night is the homecoming football game. Alumni can tour the building and attend the game. At. 6 p.m. Saturday, dinner is planned at Double Tree Guest Suites, 6300 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville. For more information, contact Sharon Ellis Neu at, or call 336-7850. Western Hills High school Class of 1970 – is looking for missing classmates. Classmates should sent contact information to: Bill Rothan or Sue Wilson at, or call 2872341. The reunion is planned for early October of this year. Hospice of the Miami Valley – is having a reunion for former staff members from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Partners in Prime Hamilton Center, 140 Ross Ave., Hamilton. From 1981 to 1995, the Hospice of the Miami Valley served thousands of patients and families in the Cincinnati area. Former staff members who are interested in attending, contact Patty Day at 504-8090, or Our Lady of Angels – Class of 1980 will celebrate its 30th Reunion at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, at a casual gathering at the Century Inn in Woodlawn. E-mail or see the OLA Facebook page for more information.

The Woodward High School Class of 1960 will celebrate its 50th Reunion in early October. Classmates, or those who know 1960 graduates, please contact Bill Miller at Reading High School – Class of 1970, is having another reunion on Saturday, Nov. 13. The group is trying to find current information on: Glen Bain, Mike Benz, Mary Ann (Burden) Boso, Debbie Decker, Fred Deranger, Donald Friend, Carol Gusse, Rose Higgins, Tim King, Debbie Montgomery, John Nelson, Steve Norman, Karen Pace, Donna Ponchot, Rufus Runyan, Patti (Sand) Payne, Dan Stephens, Barb (Thieman) Stall, John Ross Thomas, and Cathy

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Turpin High School class of 1980 – is having its 30-year reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 4, at Royal Oak Country Club. Visit for more information.

The Central Baptist High School Class of 2000 – is planning a reunion for late summer or early fall this year. The group is looking for the following missing classmates: Roger Brinson, Nick Risch, Jessica Havlick, Penny Major and Abby Morgan. Anyone who knows how to get in touch with these classmates, please e-mail, or visit the class Facebook group titled “Central Baptist Class of 2000 Reunion HQ.” More details about the reunion are forthcoming.


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August 25, 2010

Fall physicals important for students

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Terrie and Tom James were one of the many visitors to Greg and Rose Altenau’s pond in North Bend. The pond was featured in the Meyer Aquascapes’ Pondarama 2010.

This is the time of year when children are returning to school and a yearly ritual for students and families is about to commence again – not the practice of buying school supplies or creating schedules, but the annual sports physical for young athletes. Even those who do not play fall sports often receive their physicals in early autumn.

“While the physical generally entails a complete exam, the most important parts of the participation exam are those that are most vital – heart issues, asthma, concussions, and event specific musculoskeletal issues,” said Paul Nugent, D.O., Mercy Medical Associates-North Bend Family Medicine. “The scariest cardiac issue for young athletes involves a ventricular abnormality known as IHSS, which has claimed the lives of a number of young athletes. It is sometimes

subtle but can be often found on a good history and physical.” There is currently a debate whether every young athlete whose sport involves running should have a more thorough workup, such as an EKG and ultrasound. Asthma, especially exercise induced asthma, is obviously a problem for athletes of all ages and can be managed easily for most. There has been a realization that concussions cause repetitive injuries and this information might serve to

help protect students from significant brain injury in collision sports. There are some sports, where a specific musculoskeletal injury may preclude participation, in order to protect against further injury. “In addition, the sports participation exam serves as a chance for adolescents to interact with physicians at a time when it is difficult to get teens to see their doctors, and concerns over other medical, social or peer issues can be addressed,” Nugent said.

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State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg (R–30th District), along with Kim Fender, executive director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, met at the Green Township Branch Library to congratulate several of the nearly 30,000 children and teens throughout Hamilton County who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Program. Pictured from the left are Simeon Cox, Fender, Mecklenborg, Hannah Cox, Chuyun Liang, and McKenzie Dailey.


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Person assaulted by unknown suspects at 3055 Blue Rock Road, July 29.

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Three all-terrain vehicles and three ATV helmets taken from home’s garage at 5702 Sprucewood, July 29. Table, computer, assorted power tools, lawn mower, set of solar landscaping lights and a vehicle taken from home at 6103 Sheed Road, Aug. 2. Knife, MP3 player and laptop computer taken from home at 5375 Lee’s Crossing Drive No. 2, Aug. 8.

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Window shot with BB gun at White Oak Middle School at 3130 Jessup Road, July 30. Mailbox and post damaged at 2390 South Road, Aug. 1. Marker used to write graffiti in baseball dugouts at La Salle High School at 3091 North Bend Road, Aug. 1. Metal fence and large section of lawn damaged in home’s yard at 2933 Jessup Road, Aug. 3. Beer bottle thrown through vehicle’s rear window at Greenway and Joey Terrace, Aug. 5. Paint scratched on vehicle at 3746 Monfort Heights Drive, Aug. 6. Table and lawn chairs thrown into swimming pool at 3553 Country Walk Drive, Aug. 6. Patio chair broken at Terri’s Café at 5610 Cheviot Road, Aug. 6. Playground equipment spray-painted with graffiti at St. James Church at 3571 Hubble Road, Aug. 7.

Eggs thrown on home at 5578 Sidney Road, Aug. 6.

Suspect entered property without permission and left seven cats on the porch at 6866 Taylor Road, Aug. 5.

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Cell phone and MP3 player taken from home at 3594 Neiheisel Ave., July 29. MP3 player taken from vehicle at 5601 Sunny Woods Lane, July 30. Three checks taken and later forged and cashed at 3158 Dickinson Road, July 30. Wallet and contents taken from vehicle at 5436 Douglas Fir Court, July 30. Money and gift card taken from office at Green Township Fire Station at 5911 Bridgetown Road, July 30. Anvil and anvil stand taken from home’s yard at 6425 Muddy Creek, July 30. GPS, MP3 player and purse and contents taken from vehicle at 5918 Cedaridge Drive, July 30. Two bread racks taken from Bigg’s at 5071 Glencrossing Way, July 30. Bicycle taken from home’s driveway at 2937 Bailey Ave., July 31.

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Oak Drive, underage consumption at 6991 Ruwe’s Oak Drive, Aug. 7. Jacqueline E. Root, 18, 3983 Drew Ave., domestic violence at 3983 Drew Ave., Aug. 6. Eric T. Huskey, 39, 3777 Moonridge Drive, domestic violence at 3777 Moonridge Drive, Aug. 5. Daniel Johnson, 22, 2735 Harris Ave. No. 1, receiving stolen property at Werk Road and Bailey Avenue, Aug. 6. Jeremy Shield, 19, 3324 Hanna Ave. No. 4, receiving stolen property at 3600 Werk Road, Aug. 6. Audrey Phillips, 33, 4879 Race Road, failure to confine dog at 4879 Race Road, Aug. 6. Steven Wogenstahl, 31, 1733 Gellenbeck St., open container at 5150 North Bend Road, Aug. 6. Pamela A. Lacock, 49, 3539 Rickshire Drive, failure to confine dog at 3539 Rickshire Drive, Aug. 7. Gloria Wolfe, 26, 4039 Drew Ave., drug possession at Westwood Northern Boulevard and Harrison Avenue, Aug. 8. Donald L. Kyle, 18, 8113 W. Mill St. No. 31, possession of drugs at 7130 Harrison Ave., Aug. 8.




Leibel Road: Robinson, Kenneth to Harrison, Paul A. & Christina; $86,500. 1704 Doresa Place: Coffaro, Paschal D. Tr. to Billups, Kimberly A.; $105,000. 2225 Beechcreek Lane: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr. to Wilson, Michael J.; $185,001. 2742 Country Woods Lane: Raabe, Austin B. to Gibbons, James C. & Joanne M.; $250,000. 3511 Sandal Lane: VCA 1 Holdings LLC to Conover, James & Patricia; $134,900.

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Car stereo taken from vehicle at 5878 Valleyway Court, July 31. Prescription medicine taken from home at 6224 Cheviot Road No. 3, Aug. 1. Briefcase taken from vehicle at 3115 Diehl Road, Aug. 2. Money and nine pairs of shoes taken from home at 2980 North Bend Road, Aug. 3. Wallet and contents taken from purse at Meijer at 6550 Harrison Ave., Aug. 3. GPS, radar detector, money and cell phone holder taken from vehicle at 5221 Leona Drive, Aug. 3. Check taken and later forged and deposited at 6955 Taylor Road, Aug. 5. Roll of fencing taken from home’s yard at 3261 Alpine Place, Aug. 5. Vehicle taken from parking lot at 5385 Lee’s Crossing Drive, Aug. 5. Money and a knife taken from vehicle at 3021 Carroll Ave., Aug. 6. GPS taken from vehicle at 2961 Carroll Ave., Aug. 6. Two cell phones taken at Mazzaro’s at 4108 North Bend Road, Aug. 7.

Vehicle taken from lot at Martini Service Center at 4417 Bridgetown Road, Aug. 6. Catalytic converter taken from vehicle at Professional Auto Service at 4525 Bridgetown Road, Aug. 6. Five solar-powered landscaping lights taken from home’s yard at 5507 Siesta Drive, Aug. 6. Prescription medicine and gum taken from purse at 6080 Colerain Ave., Aug. 6. Eleven gift cards taken from vehicle at 6715 Powner Farm, Aug. 7. Four power tool combination kits taken from Home Depot at 6300 Glenway Ave., Aug. 7. Catalytic converter taken from vehicle at 3853 Race Road, Aug. 8. Vehicle taken from in front of home at 2961 Carroll Ave., Aug. 8.

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Vehicle windshield damaged when struck by an unknown object while traveling at Harrison Avenue and Raceview Avenue, Aug. 5. Vehicle quarter panel damaged when shot by a BB gun while traveling at 5700 block Sheed Road, Aug. 8.

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DEATHS Ruth Lipps Gates, 84, died July 31. She was a homemaker Survived by children John (Lori), Thomas (Cathie), Joseph (Malloy), Mark (Christine) Gates, Debora (Joseph) Schultz, Peggy (Paul) Schenke, Jean (Scott) Simpkins; sister Rose Stadtmiller; 19 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; many nieces and Gates nephews. Preceded in death by husband Joseph Gates, parents Frank, Rose Lipps, siblings Catherine Backscheider, Sister Marie, RSM, Sister Agnes, RSM, Henry, Paul Lipps, Ethel Loze. Services were Aug. 3 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Dominic Education Fund or Hospice of Cincinnati.

LEGAL NOTICE There will be a public hearing held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of The City of Cheviot, Ohio. Said meeting will take place on Wednesday September 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers at Cheviot City Hall, 3814 Harrison Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to consider a request for a variance. Mr. Mike Siemer, 3738 Bank Court wishes to construct a garage behind his house. Zoning Section 150.11(0) allows a minimum of 16 feet, 8 inches of rear yard. There is not enough space. Mr. Siemer is asking for a variance for less yard space.1584225 PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Hamilton County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, September 08, 2010, in Room 805, County Administration Building at 1:00 P.M. for the purpose of: Case Number: Green 2 0 1 0 - 1 6 (ZVGT201016) Subject Property: 6414 Werk Road, Green Township (Book 0550, Page 0251, Parcel 0030) Ap plicant: Shane Adamson, appellant and owner Request: For the approval of a variance for the construction of a new single family residence with less front and rear yard setback than required by the Zoning Resolution. Plans are on file and open for public inspection in Room 804, County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, during normal business hours. Office hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Office Phone: 513-9464550.1001584221

Dorothy Gibson

Dorothy Hasselbeck Gibson, 95, Green Township, died Aug. 10. She was a secretary for a brewing company. Survived by brother-in-law Fred Fischer; nieces and nephew Kay Fischer (Ted) Meiners, Kurt (Karen) Meiners, Karen Fischer (Ken) Meiners; great-nieces and nephews Tim, Pam, Tina, Benjamin, Joshua, Chandra, David; great-great-nieces Kiersten, Emma. Preceded in death by husbands Charles Post, Earl Gibson, siblings Robert (Alvira) Hasselbeck, Ruth Fischer. Services were Aug. 13 at Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood-Northern Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45211.

John Gruen

John W. Gruen, 81, died Aug. 18. He was an electrician with Western Electric for over 40 years. He was a Navy veteran of Korea. Survived by wife Joyce Gruen; children John J., Richard Gruen, Theresa (Michael) Fitzgerald, Sharon (VinGruen cent) Roberto; siblings Ernestine Smith; Fred, Robert Gruen; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings Martha Green, Joseph, Daniel, Charles Gruen. Services were Aug. 21 at St. William. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Agnes Harrell

Agnes Mirizzi Harrell, 77, Green Township, died Aug. 18. She was a pastry chef. Survived by husband Lawrence Harrell; children Karen (Steve) Thompson, Tina (Don) Robinson, Greg, Mike (Mary) Harrell; grandchildren Caitlin, Jenna Thompson, Lauren, Kristin Harrell; siblings Sam (Dolores), Joe (Joyce) Mirizzi; broth-

er-in-law James Harrell. Preceded in death by sister-in-law Agnes Ellis Harrell. Services were Aug. 21 at St. Catharine. Harrell Arrangements by NeidhardMinges Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Catharine of Siena Church, 28489 Fischer Place, Cincinnati, OH 45211 or Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation College of Nursing Scholarship Fund, 375 Dixmyth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220.

Mary Beth Kaplan

Mary Beth Huebner Kaplan, 62, died July 14. She was a swimming instructor at the Gamble-Nippert YMCA. Survived by husband Donald Kaplan; children Brian, Douglas Kaplan, Cynthia (Randy) Shepherd; grandson William Shepherd; mother Kaplan Ruth Richard Huebner; siblings Carol, Susan, Richard, Janet, David, Martha, Steven. Preceded in death by father Richard Huebner. Services were July 26 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hamilton County Special Olympics, 4777 Red Bank Expressway, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or The Wellness Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Robert Lameier

Robert A. Lameier, 94, Green Township, died Aug. 18. He owned the Phoenix Cafe for 65 years. Survived by children Mary Ellen (Ted) Buse, Robert T. (Marilyn) Lameier; Lameier grandchildren

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Joe (Jen), Katie Buse, Cyndi Geier, Emily (Coy) Baker, Alyson (Shawn) Walker, Molly (Kyle) Bowser, Elizabeth Lameier; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Lillian “Sis” Lameier. Services were Aug. 20 at St. Simon the Apostle. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Autism Speaks “Walking with Robbie Geier,” P.O. Box 40, Miamitown, OH 45041.

Ronald Lauch

Ronald Walter Lauch, 72, Green Township, died July 31. Survived by wife Joyce Lauch; sons Walter (Michelle), Scott (Jennie) Lauch; grandchildren Jordan, Jacob, Zachary, Logan, Shannen, Isabella Lauch; mother-in-law Charlotte Macht. Services were Aug. 5 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Ignatius Tuition Fund or Shriners Hospital.

John Laumann

John B. Laumann, 81, Cheviot, died Aug. 17. He was a postal worker. Survived by son J. Michael (Deb) Laumann; granddaughter Courtney Laumann. Services were Aug. 23 at St. Francis Seraph. Arrangements by Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Laumann Memorials to: Cheviot Shade Tree Trust, 3814 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211 or St. Francis Ministries, 1615 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Doris Mink

Doris V. Mink, 82, died Aug. 12. She was a 41-year employee of the city of Cincinnati. Survived by siblings Blanche Dehaven, Glenn Mink; three nieces, four nephews, two great-nieces and four great-nephews. Preceded in death by parents John, Mary Mink, sisters Mary Rose Thomas, Ann Pike. Services were Aug. 18 at the Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to the Church of the Nazarene or Hospice of Cincinnati

Dorothy Monahan

Dorothy Conway Monahan, died Aug. 12. She was the development director at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Survived by children Terry (Maureen) Monahan, Coleen (Joel) Korelitz, Missy (Mike) McMullen; grandchildren Terry Jr. (Marlo), Ryan, Tim, Sean, Allison Monahan, Lauren (Jeff) Papania, Kelly (Chris) Parker, Dan (Jamie) Korelitz, Ryan, Maggie, Kelsey McMullen; great-grandsons Drew, Nick, Evan; siblings Eileen, Robert (Ruth), Paul (Martha) Conway, Maureen Lorenz. Preceded in death by husband William Monahan,

son Kevin Monahan, sisters Marjorie Miller, Jeanne Conway. Services were Aug. 16 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Monahan Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Margaret D. Conway Scholarship Fund, c/o College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233.

United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Mercy Franciscan at Schloss West Park Angel Fund, 2950 West Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45238 or St. Peter & St. Paul Church, 3001 Queen City Ave.., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

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Joseph P. Nerlinger, 82, Westwood, died Aug. 12. He worked in the meat business. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, and participated in atomic bomb testing in the Marshall Islands. Survived by children Joseph, John, Paul, Melissa; grandchildren Joseph "Joey" Nerlinger, Amy Marquette, Ross Roark, Savonna, Dree Nerlinger; great-grandson Tyler Nerlinger. Preceded in death by siblings Marie, Anthony, John. Services were Aug. 20 at the Dayton National Cemetery. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home.

Cecilia Owen

Holly Walter Schmitz, 46, Cleves, died Aug. 9. Survived by husband Guy Schmitz; daughter Kaylyn Schmitz; sister Debbie (Ken) Romp; mother in-law Cerena Schmitz; in-laws Paula, Don Powell, Barb, Allan Cawood, Charles, Cindy Bailey; niece and nephews Ryan (Tiffiny), Jeremy, Jenna Romp; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Preceded in death by parents Howard, Jean Walter. Services were Aug. 13 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the Holly Schmitz Fund, c/o Fifth Third Bank, Cleves branch.

Carolyn Seamon

Cecilia Owen, 70, Green Township, died Aug. 15. She was an administrative assistant for Meyer Vogelpohl. Survived by husband William Owen; daughters Deborah Cline, Karen (William) Seale; grandchildren Ronald, Katie Cline, Emily and Owen LiAnn Seale; great-grandchildren Julia Bast, Jeramy Tzeirankis; siblings Val, Joe, Margaret. Preceded in death by grandson Jeramy Cline, brother Bobby. Services were Aug. 18 at St. Therese Little Flower. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Carolyn Mauldin Seamon, 74, died Aug. 11. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Beverly Nichols, Melody (Randy) Losey, Cynthia Seamon Chism; brother Anthony Mauldin; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Edward Seamon, parents William, Meathel Mauldin, siblings Michael Erskin, Phyllis Mauldin. Services were Aug. 16 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: First Baptist Church of Harrison, Missions, P.O. Box 201, Harrison, OH 45030.

Dottie Schloss

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Dorothy “Dottie” Gudgeon Schloss, 82, died Aug. 16. She was a member of the St. Peter & St. Paul Mission Sewing Group, St. Peter & St. Paul M&Ms, Green Township Senior Citizens and Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary. Survived by children Kathy Preuth, Ann (John) Goebel, Bob (Sue) Schloss; grandchildren Cara (Brian) Whitehill, Ian (Kelly) Preuth, Andrew, Tyler, Erik, Samantha Schloss, Jonathan, Zakary Goebel, Charlie, Sydney Montgomery; greatgrandson Logan Preuth. Preceded in death by husband Marty “George” Schloss, son David (Jan) Schloss, brother Kenny (Ruby) Gudgeon. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at St. Peter & St. Paul

Gene Alan Stagnaro, 50, died Aug. 8. He was an attorney. Survived by wife Michaela Stagnaro; children Lauren, Christopher Stagnaro; parents Eugene Jr., Carol Stagnaro; siblings Linda, Brent (Marjorie) Stagnaro; niece Lindsey Stagnaro; in-laws Carl, Margaret Meyer. Stagnaro Services were Aug. 17 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Clermont County Humane Society, 4025 Filager Road, Batavia, OH 45103.

Oak Hills implements virtual technology When Oak Hills High School students and teachers return to school Wednesday, Aug. 25, they will be learning and teaching anywhere and anytime as the district implements technology changes in line with its vision for Oak Hills 2020. Virtual desktops will be accessible to teachers and students providing 24/7 access to systems and applications that typically could only be accessed while in class. Students will now use thin client laptops and desktops at school. Each resembles a typical laptop or desktop computer, but will provide Oak Hills more flexibility and offer greater cost savings and efficiencies for the district. Also, beginning in the second quarter, students will have the opportunity to use personal laptops and other technology devices during class to support their classroom learning. “It will allow them to have information at their fingertips and that informa-

Virtual desktops will be accessible to teachers and students providing 24/7 access to systems and applications that typically could only be accessed while in class. tion will be processed almost immediately,” said Oak Hills Principal Jeff Brandt. “Teachers and students will be expanding critical thinking, researched-based learning and teamwork and problem-based learning skills in the process.” Dave Kearns, the district’s instructional support administrator, said there are many benefits to moving to a virtualization infrastructure. The district can run multiple operating systems, customize applications for students and teachers, and will reduce capital costs by increasing energy efficiency while requiring less hardware, he said. It will also

provide a more efficient use of technology resources – especially those used for equipment maintenance and repair. “This will streamline the management end of the system, and we’ll be able to move resources from the front end to the back end,” Kearns said. “If there is a problem, it can be repaired or rebuilt from our data center. We will not have to physically touch each computer.” More time will then be devoted to keeping pace with advances in other technological areas, he said. In preparation for this change, Oak Hills visited and researched other universities and schools in the state that have successfully implemented desktop virtualization. “This will allow Oak Hills to continually support our students’ ever-changing technology needs,” Kearns said. “Everyone is trying to do more with less and desktop virtualization provides us this opportunity.”


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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County received a $161,852 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant that provided much-needed funds to upgrade and purchase additional computer equipment for 17 of the Library's 40 branches. The grant-funded computers offer several new features including sound, video, USB ports, and Microsoft Office 2007 software (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). There are also scanners and a touch screen

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