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Oak Hills schools discussing 2013 levy

By Monica Boylson

The Oak Hills Local School District discussed the possibility of putting an emergency levy on the ballot as soon as May to combat the district’s shrinking cash balance as a result of appropriations for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarships. The district appropriated $450,000 this year to pay for scholarships of 52 students, only two of which ever attended Oak Hills schools. “Our forecast had been projecting the need for a levy in 2014,

but due to the unexpected significant increase in expenditures from the Peterson scholarship voucher program, we need to reevaluate our cash position and discuss the need for a levy in 2013,” treasurer Ronda Johnson said. She made a financial presentation at the Nov. 5 Oak Hills Local School Board meeting which showed where the district’s cash balance is projected through the next five years. She showed those in attendance that if the district continued to function with their current budget including appropria-

tions, they would need to consider putting a levy on the ballot to maintain a positive cash balance. “The five-year forecast shows that at the end of Johnson the next school year, we project to dip below a 60day cash balance and find ourselves in a cycle of short-term borrowing,” Superintendent Todd Yohey said. “If we do nothing we’ll be in the range, first with fiscal caution and then fiscal watch, within the next two years

particularly with fiscal caution.” When a district is in fiscal caution the Ohio Department of Education and state auditor make financial recommendaYohey tions. Should it fall to improve its budget, the state could create a public commission to assume board powers. “We now find ourselves at a crossroad of continuing to cut programs and staff or asking our community for additional support,” Yohey said. “Due to our

current fiscal health and financial projections, we need to have a discussion about the possibility of placing an operating levy before our community sometime in 2013.” The district has three opportunities to place a levy on the ballot next year: May 7, Aug. 6 and Nov. 5. While actual millage and dollar amount has not been set, Johnson’s presentation showed the possibility of a one- to 10-year 4.9 mill levy to raise $5.2 million. The estimated cost for the owner of See LEVY, Page A2

Seitz returning in 8th Senate District

Price Hill Chili founder is grand marshal in Thanksgiving parade

By Kurt Backscheider

State Sen. William Seitz is heading back to Columbus to serve his final four-year term in the Ohio Senate. According to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Seitz, a Green Township Republican who represents the 8th Senate District, defeated Democratic challenger Richard Luken by a vote of Luken 102,742 to 63,039 on Tuesday, Nov. 6. That’s about 62 percent to 38 percent. “I look forward to my final four years in the Seitz Ohio Senate,” Seitz said. “I was gratified to have support from both the left and the right.” A partner at a regional law firm, Seitz was appointed to the 8th Senate District in 2007, and was elected to the seat in 2008. Prior to serving in the senate, he spent seven years representing the 30th District in the Ohio House of Representatives. He said both the senate and the house will have a Republican majority, and he looks forward to working with Gov. John Kasich to See SENATE, Page A2

ELECTIONEERING Seton senior gets involved. See story, A4

By Kurt Backscheider Sam Beltsos has been known to spend Thanksgiving mornings at his restaurant, preparing breakfast for his grandchildren before they had to take their place in line for the Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year someone will have to make breakfast for him. Beltsos, the founder of Price Hill Chili, will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s parade. “It’s something new for me,” he said. “It was a surprise.” Cindy Armstrong, a West Price Hill Civic Club member who helps organize the annual parade, said Beltsos was named the grand marshal, in part, because his restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. “Sam and his family are a great asset to the community,” Armstrong said. “His business in West Price Hill has been an important part of the neighborhood for 50 years.” Beltsos opened Price Hill Chili in 1962 with the help of his father-in-law, Lazaros Noutsis. The restaurant has become a West Side landmark and a place where generations of families gather for good food and conversa-

tion. “I’m proud to be here 50 years with my family,” Beltsos said. He runs the restaurant with his sons, and he said he initially pushed to have them ride in the parade as the grand marshals. “They said, ‘No, Dad, you have to be the one,’” he said. The Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. It starts at the intersection of Ferguson Road and Glenway Avenue, and makes its way down Glenway to Warsaw Avenue and ends at St. Lawrence Church. Armstrong said families are invited to stop in the St. Lawrence Parish Center after the parade for refreshments and holiday activities. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available, the St. Lawrence choir will perform and children will enjoy the petting zoo, clowns, face painting and pictures with Santa Claus. Beltsos said the parade is a very nice neighborhood event and it demonstrates the family-oriented atmosphere of the West Side. He said he looks forward to taking part in the parade as its grand marshal. “It’s a real honor,” Beltsos said.

Sam Beltsos, proprietor of Price Hill Chili, will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade. Price Hill Chili is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Voters reject Cheviot tax levy By Kurt Backscheider

Members of Cheviot City Council will begin discussing budget cuts, and possibly institute a trash collection fee, in the wake of the city’s failed levy attempt. Cheviot voters defeated the 4-mill operating levy the city had on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6. According to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections,

Issue 3 failed by a vote of 1,832 to 1,561. That’s about 54 percent to 46 percent. “Obviously it’s difficult in these economic times to ask people for additional money,” said Cheviot Mayor Samuel Keller. The levy would have generated $440,000 annually for the city, and the revenue would have gone toward current expenses and used to help the city continue providing its services. It would have cost the owner of a home worth


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$100,000 an additional $118 per year in property taxes. Ward 2 Councilman Dennis DinDinkelacker kelacker, chairman of council’s finance committee, said the city asked for a levy because it is facing a budget shortfall of up to $750,000 for the upcoming year. Elimination of the Ohio estate tax, a decrease in property values and increases in operating, fuel and insurance costs have all contributed to the shortfall.

Even if the levy had been approved, Dinkelacker said city council and the administration Keller planned to make budget cuts. He said they’ve already cut $110,000 from the budget for the fourth quarter of this year, and they’ll begin meeting individually with each department to make additional cuts. Council will also consider charging a fee for trash collection, similar to the fee the city charged in 2009,



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$100,000 home would be $151 per year. “Oak Hills has demonstrated extremely good stewardship of taxpayer monies over the past 16 years,” Yohey said. “Our last levy request for additional revenue was 1997.” The board will discuss the possible levy at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the district office.




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Dinkelacker said. “It’s something council can establish without the public vote,” he said. The fee three years ago was about $10 per month for residential households, and he said it brought in $432,000 for the city – close to what this year’s levy would have generated. Keller said he’ll provide council with his input regarding budget cuts and a trash collection fee, but ultimately it’s council’s decision and he’ll carry out whatever they choose. “There are quite a few options out there, none of which are popular,” he said. “They either involve of strengthening the economy – drawing attention here for something besides a presidential election. Luken, who also lives in Green Township, congratulated Seitz on his reelection. A computer consultant

loss of services or additional taxes. “There is so much up in the air right now, but I think we’ve proven time and time again our city services are much better than what we’d get by contracting them out, and our services are less expensive,” Keller said. Dinkelacker said he was disappointed there was sparse attendance at the five public hearings the city hosted to inform residents about the levy. “It’s a tough thing,” he said. “I wish we could have done more to educate the voters.” and website designer, Luken said he entered the race to give residents in the 8th District a choice on Election Day, and he is grateful to those who voted for him. “I appreciate the people who supported me,” he said.


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Monfort Heights resident Pat Specht, left, and Green Township resident Tim Eagan work the polling location at the Green Township Administration Building on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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There will be a review of the Land Conservancy’s land preservation activities, and election of board members. The featured multimedia presentation – “Secrets of the Streams” – chronicles the ongoing Great Miami River Citizens’ Water Quality Monitoring Program. There will be a colorful

photo journey through the dynamic headwater stream system of western Hamilton County. For three years, citizens have been collecting and analyzing water samples from tributaries to the Great Miami River in the townships of Colerain, Green, Miami, Whitewater, Crosby and Harrison. The data reveal that many streams are

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Seton senior involved in first election Election night was a late one for Seton High School senior Sydney Roll. For her Senior Project, Roll decided to participate in the election process. The Senior Project, a capstone-like final project at Seton, allows students to choose a subject in which they are interested, research it and create a oncein-a-lifetime project-based experience. Roll, who turned 18 in September, was able to vote for the first time this year. “This seemed like the perfect project for me,” said Roll. “I have never been too involved in poli-

tics before, but after this project, I am thinking about studying it in college.” She volunteered for Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign by calling voters and shadowing workers at the campaign office. On Election Day, Roll made calls to voters in Colorado reminding them to visit their polling place. She also found a unique way to involve her peers in the political process. Roll created two surveys that she administered to the student body. “The first survey asked which presidential candidate the students would

vote for,” said Roll. “In the second survey, I asked the students what issues they wanted to learn more about.” With the results from the second survey, Roll held a mock-debate between a student posing as President Barack Obama and one posing as Romney. Following the mock debate, Roll allowed students to cast their vote for president on Election Day. The research paper is a big part of the Senior Project, as it helps the students demonstrate a learning stretch and connect their project to their school-

work. For her research paper, Roll is trying to find out why people do not vote. “I thought of the topic while talking to one of my friends,” she said. “He said he didn’t want to register to vote because he didn’t want to be called for jury duty and I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited to be able to vote for the first time, and I want to know why others don’t feel the same way.” Even though Roll’s candidate did not win, she learned a great deal about the election process and is committed to using this experience to make a difference in her community.

Terhar retains seat as 30th District representative By Kurt Backscheider

State Rep. Lou Terhar will continue representing West Side residents in the Statehouse. According to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections, the Republican incumbent defeated Democratic candidate Steve Newsome on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Terhar, a Green Township resident who represents the 30th District in the Ohio House of Representatives, received 36,911 votes, while Newsome received 16,104 votes – about 70 percent to 30 percent in favor of Ter-

har. “I am pleased and humbled to be selected by the people of the 30th House DisNewsome trict to serve as their surrogate in Columbus for the next two years,” Terhar said. He said his victory would not have been possible without the assistance of the many West Siders who volunteered for his campaign. “I appreciate the help of all the volunteers who worked so hard for me to be elected,” he said. A retired U.S. Navy

commander, Terhar was appointed to the 30th House District seat in September 2011. Terhar He said he visited more than a dozen polling locations on Election Day, and he was glad to see strong voter turnout. It’s important for everyone to vote, and he said he hopes this election served as a major step in getting people into the culture of exercising their voting rights. Newsome, a Green Township resident who

works in marketing, said he enjoyed the race and getting out to talk to people in the district about the direction the state should take. “Even though I didn’t win this one I will still be pushing for the reforms I called for and hope that Mr. Terhar will see the issues I raised in a different light,” Newsome said. “I also will strongly continue to advocate on behalf of our public schools and our neighborhoods.” He said he had many passionate supporters and he was happy to be surrounded by a great team.

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Cleves leaders regroup after tax levy defeat By Kurt Backscheider

Cleves officials will have to regroup and determine how the village is going pay for fire and emergency medical services. Voters turned down Issue 25, the 2.8-mill, five-year operating levy the village had on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6. AccordStacy ing to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections, the levy was defeated by a vote of 873 to 503, which is about 63 percent to 37 percent.

“It went down hard,” said Cleves Mayor Danny Stacy. “I was really surprised.” The tax would have generated about $143,000 each year for the village, with the bulk of the money being used to pay for the fire and EMS contract Cleves has with Miami Township. Levy revenue would have also paid for 911 dispatch fees, street lights, traffic signals and other safety services, Stacy said. The levy would have cost the owner of a home worth $100,000 about $7 per month. Stacy said village officials will now have to make budget cuts. He said the village may have to place the issue on the ballot again.

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‘The Little Princess’ premiers Nov. 16 at McAuley

McAuley High School drama presents “The Little Princess” in the school’s theater Nov. 16-18. During rehearsals for the show, Mr. Carrisford, played by Luke Kindle, and Miss Carmichael, protrayed by Lauren Odisoso, are thrilled to discover that the orphan Sara Crew, played by Nikki Hoffman, has been found. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

McAuley High School Drama presents “The Little Princess” by K.A. Thomas based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Performances are at 7:30 on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17. There is a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. All shows will be presented in the McAuley Performing Arts Center at 6000 Oakwood Ave. It’s a riches-to-rags-toriches story. Young Sara Crewe, left in boarding

Emmy Schwartz as Chrissie, Danielle Mouch as Lizzie, Jenni Chu as Margo, Zachary Nicholas as Captain Crewe, Celina Junker as Miss Minchin, Liz Baxter as Amelia Minchin, Brooke Bigner as Ermegarde, Holly Rack as Becky, Lizzy Lawson as Lavinia. Student tickets are $6 and adult tickets are $8. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at, or by calling 1-866-967-8167.

he was her father’s dearest friend, who has been searching for her since her father’s death. Sara is a pauper no longer, but the heiress of an fortune. The play features scenery on a turntable, revolving to show classrooms, Sara’s attic and streets of London. Director Emily Lafferty said students have worked hard in rehearsal and are ready for the show’s premiere. The cast includes Nikki Hoffman as Sara Crewe,

school while her father seeks his fortune, is fawned over by the school’s headmistress. When he dies, seemingly penniless, Miss Minchin, teachers and some students turn on her and she is sent to the attic to live and must earn her board working in the school. Sara maintains her optimism and generous ways. She makes friends with an Indian gentleman in the neighboring house, and eventually discovers that

Students commit to being drug free By Kurt Backscheider

Students at St. Teresa of Avila School showed they can “outsmart” drug and alcohol abuse. As part of the school’s Red Ribbon Week activities, students gathered in the gymnasium Thursday,

Oct. 25, to face off in a competition similar to the challenges on the television show “Survivor.” The contest was organized by St. Teresa’s intervention specialist Lauren Hope, who said the reality show’s motto is “outwit, outplay, outlast.” She added a fourth term

to the motto, encouraging students to “outsmart” drug and alcohol abuse by saying no. “If we can get just one child to not use alcohol, drugs or tobacco, we’ve won,” Hope said. During the competition, four teams, each of which was comprised of

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students from different grade levels and one teacher, raced to complete an obstacle course and solve a puzzle as the rest of the student body cheered them along. Students had to correctly answer trivia questions about drugs and alcohol in order to obtain the pieces for the puzzle. The winning team received a movie day with popcorn. “It was fun,” Hope said. “They were outsmarting drugs and alcohol today – ‘Survivor’-style.”

St. Teresa of Avila fifth-grader Zach Schmidt does the crab walk as he finishes an obstacle course during a competition between four teams of students in the school gym. Students took part in a contest similar to those on “Survivor” as part of their Red Ribbon Week activities. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Close to 150 people took to the golf course to support Seton High School. The third annual Seton Booster Club Golf Outing was a success thanks to all the participants, the booster club, title sponsor SC Ministry Foundation and corporate sponsors Key Bank, LaRosa’s and Marzetti’s. After a morning of golf, lunch was provided by City Barbeque and awards from BSN Sports were handed out to the winners.

“The Booster Club did a tremendous job organizing this event,” said Athletic Director Janie Shaffer. “The golf outing would not have been possible without the Boosters volunteering countless hours and organizing a great event.” Plans are already underway for the fourth annual Golf Outing on July 22 at Aston Oaks. Sponsorships are now available; contact Shaffer at for more information.

Miami Heights Elementary School Principal Don Larrick received the Distinguished Educator for Art Education award from the Southwest Ohio Art Eduation Association. Shown with him are Sue Diemer, art teacher at Taylor High School, Kelly Burichin, art teacher at C.T. Young Elementary School, and Holly Simms, principal at C.T. Young. PROVIDED

Great Oaks honored by school boards association Several programs, staff rewarded Several Great Oaks Career Campus programs and staff were honored at the fall meeting of the Ohio School Boards Association-Southwest Region. Gateway to Success was chosen as an Outstanding MultiDistrict Impact Program. Even in communities that meet the state’s goal of 95 percent graduation, 5 percent of students do not complete their high school education. In southwest Ohio, that numbers thousands of students each year. The focus of the Gateway to Success program is on those students who have been out of school for three years or less, who are typically still emotionally attached to their high school but don’t wish to remain at the school. The program is located at two area college campuses, Cincinnati State and UC-Clermont, giving students the chance to experience a college atmosphere. Students who complete graduation requirements earn a high school diploma, usually from their original school. Nearly half begin attending college after earning their diploma. Gateway to Success provides computer-based learning, but with the emotional and tutorial support of trained teachers. Students can work at their own pace. Teachers are available for questions and direction. Gateway to Success teachers also keep track of students who stop attending, calling them to learn why they have stopped. In some cases, they have assisted with arranging transportation to the program, listened to personal and family issues, and encouraged students who have become disillusioned with their progress. In just over four years that the program has been in existence, more than 350 students have earned a high school diploma. The Digital Arts and Design program for high school students at Diamond Oaks, Live Oaks and Scarlet Oaks was

Josh Burke, pre-engineering student, puts finishing touches on the pig design by Digital Arts and Design Senior T’Keyah Fambro. PROVIDED

named an Outstanding Ongoing Program. Students come to the Digital Arts and Design (DAAD) programs with a wide range of abilities and interests. The challenge for the Digital Arts instructors is to take those varied interests and show the students what career possibilities lie ahead. What makes the program special is how the instructors take the students’ creative skills and create opportunities for students to connect with the community and showcase their work publicly. For instance: » Live Oaks DAAD instructor Adam Schlosser wanted to further the district’s inclusion efforts using his class as a lab. Partnering with Landor Associates in Cincinnati. Landor designers created five unique billboards, which were posted throughout Cincinnati. » Diamond Oaks DAAD instructor Sandra Ramey saw a chance for students to participate in the Big Pig Gig public art event, and with the assistance of the Auto Collision program, the students created a striking statue that will be featured as part of the 2012 event.

» At Scarlet Oaks, first-year teacher Libby Sillis wanted her students’ work to be seen. Through her efforts, a student exhibition was held at the Art Institute of Cincinnati, and her students developed a variety of logos, posters, and other materials for use at local events and throughout the Great Oaks campuses. Great Oaks/Goshen School Board member Sue Steele was nominated to the All-Ohio School Board. Steele is currently the vice chairwoman of the Great Oaks Board of Directors. Super Service Saturday, an annual event held at the Live Oaks and Laurel Oaks campuses, was honored for being selected to participate in the Student Achievement Fair at November’s OSBA Capital Conference in Columbus. Super Service Saturday, the creation of the business partners on the Live Oaks Business Council, features students spending one April Saturday entertaining, informing, and serving the community. Held on campus at Live Oaks in Milford and Laurel Oaks in Wilmington, the annual event includes hands-on projects for families.

Seton Cross Country team helps out at the third annual golf outing: back row from left, Gabby Hirlinger, Mia Bianco, Lindsey Taylor, Alexis Pessler, Brooke Zentmeyer, Jessica Rieskamp, Maria Torok and Jessica Beeler; from row, Molly Henderson and Maria Visconti. PROVIDED

McAuley scholars excel at Latin convention Six McAuley High School students recently represented the school at the national level. Seniors Sam Nissen and Mollie Effler, juniors Monica Herrmann and Rachel Koize, and sophomores Margaret Kammerer and Mary Dickman participated in the National Latin Convention at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Nissen placed 12th in the Level III academic heptathlon test. Effler placed eighth in the Level III Latin literature test. Effler and Nissen both were on the Ohio Advanced Certamen team that placed seventh overall. Herrmann earned 20th place on the Level II mythology test. Koize placed seventh on the Level II Latin derivatives test and third with her black ink drawing. Kammerer placed 14th on the Level I Greek derivatives test and second in the Olympika swimming 100yard medley Jr. girls competition. Dickman placed seventh on the Level 1/2 and I Latin reading comprehension test and fifth in modern myth.

Pictured clockwise from top right are Sam Nissen, Monica Herrmann, Margaret Kammerer, Mary Dickman, Rachel Koize and Mollie Effler. PROVIDED.


Diamond Oaks senior Eric Cella recently was honored as the Western Hills Exchange Club Student of the Month. Cella received a plaque and check for $250 from club member Bill Robbe. PROVIDED.



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Lanes greased up for bowlers By Tom Skeen

The Elder Panthers bowling team is coming off a trip to the district tournament and returns juniors Patrick Sullivan and Nick Roth, who both averaged more than 185 pins last season. For what will be mostly a young team, the Panthers have only one senior in Andrew Oppenheimer, who was on the all Greater Catholic League alltournament team last season with the junior varsity squad. “Andrew is going to be a role player for us,” coach Dave Sievers said. “He is a great kid and gets along with all the guys. We are counting on him to contribute in a role (player) type of way.” Junior Eddie Sievers – the son of coach Sievers – was the high qualifier with a 195 average during tryouts. Other contributors will be freshman Jake Bailey, junior Josh Guy, who is a two-finger bowler, and sophomore Drew Robb. Robb was the secondhighest qualifier in tryouts and is a two-handed bowler. “I think we will be very competitive toward the end of the year,” Sievers said. “We are young and need to get some experience under our belts. We are going to bowl in some nice tournaments to get our feet wet and by the end of the year, we will be right there with everybody.” The Panthers get things under way Nov. 27 against Fenwick and Badin. At La Salle High School head coach Hollis Haggard and the La Salle Lancers take to the lanes looking to build off last year’s second-place finish in the GCL South. Sophomore Matt Nicholas could be one to watch based upon his stellar play last winter. As a freshman, Nicholas was

sixth in the league with an average of 199.4. He’ll be joined by returning starters Eric Blessing and Will Mullen. Mullen rolled to a 190.4 average, while Blessing was in the mid-180s. Joe Shields should also be a key contributor as the Lancers try and win their first league title since 2006. La Salle opens the season against Chaminade-Julienne and McNicholas at Colerain. At McAuley, the Mohawks and first-year head coach Jenny Poppe return to action in what’s expected to be a tough Girls Greater Cincinnati League conference. Lexi Baker, Jessica Finnen and Miranda Mushrush should be key contributors throughout the season. “We have good talent returning and with some incoming freshman and some JV girls, we should have a very competitive team,” Poppe said by email. “We are going to surprise some people this season.” McAuley opens the season against Ursuline at Brentwood Bowl Nov. 27. The Mother of Mercy Bobcats bring back two bowlers from last season’s team that finished eighth at districts, including junior Sabrina Weibel, who made it to the state tournament as a sophomore. The other bowler back is Sarah Corso, who made it to districts last season and averaged 180. “They are much better bowlers now because they have been bowling all year round,” coach Mike McDonald said. “I call them bowling rats because they are here day-in and day-out, and they want it.” After the graduation of state See BOWLING, Page A9

Elder running back Chris Schroer scores a touchdown against Colerain in overtime as teammate Max Mazza (18) looks on. The Panthers lost to the Cardinals 35-34 in overtime Nov. 10 at Nippert Stadium. Schroer finished with two rushing scores. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Panther senior ‘battlers’ brought team back By Tom Skeen

CLIFTON — In an “instant classic,” the Elder Panthers were on the wrong end of 35-34 overtime loss to Colerain Nov. 10 at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati in the Division I, Region 4 semifinals. After running back Chris Schroer carried multiple times to get the Panthers in the end zone on the opening possession of overtime, kicker Matt Murray missed the point after touchdown and the Panthers led 34-28. Cardinals quarterback L.A. Ramsby rushed for a 20-yard

score, and with the PAT through the uprights, the season was over. “It was a great football game,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “It was a lot of kids making a lot of big plays. Unfortunately they were able to make one more point than us, but our kids battled. It was a classic showdown.” It took late-game heroics for the Panthers to even get the ball game to overtime. Trailing by eight with under 20 seconds remaining and facing a 4th-and-19 from the Cardinal 22, quarterback Josh Moore tossed it up in the end zone for Joe Ramstetter and he was able to haul it on. On the two-point conversion it

was Moore to Ramstetter again to tie the ballgame with 11 seconds remaining. “It was just throw it up and give Joe a chance,” Ramsey said about the fourth-down play. “He’s a great athlete and made a lot of great plays. Josh put it in a spot where he could get it and he went up and got it.” Although the Panthers may not see it this way, all was not lost. The Panthers had their first winning season in two years and were in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009, when they lost to Hilliard Davidson in the state See ELDER, Page A9

Cleves resident propels SCD to state title By Nick Dudukovich

ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

COLUMBUS — “Surreal.”

That’s the way Summit Country Day head coach Barnard Baker described winning the Division III state boys soccer championship. The Silver Knights’ secured its second soccer trophy in school history by shutting out Gates Mills Hawken, 2-0, for the title at Crew Stadium Nov. 10. It’s the Silver Knights’ first boys soccer championship since 1999. Holding the opposition scoreless is nothing to new to the boys of the Summit. The squad didn’t allow a postseason goal despite playing a Murderers’ Row of competition. Five of the schools the Silver Knights had to take down en route to the title were

ranked in the top 10 of the Ohio coaches’ poll. Baker said his program has usually taken an “attack” first mentality — but that changed this season. “From our forwards to our goalie, we had a mantra — defend first,” Baker said. Summit goalie Ryan Hall of Cleves played a big hand in propelling the Knights to a title, despite battling a shoulder injury that nearly kept him out of the state semifinal against Worthington Christian Nov. 7. But the senior persevered, and will leave Summit as the state’s career leader in shutouts with 47. “Ryan’s fearless and he’s tough and you’re never going to get this moment back,” Baker said. “I applaud him immensely.” Hall knows Summit’s defense wouldn’t have been as dominant if it weren’t for the

Summit goalie Ryan Hall reacts during the Silver Knights’ 3-0 win over Worthington Christian in the D-III state semifinals at Centerville Stadium Nov. 7. Hall ended his varsity career with 47 shutouts -- a state record. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

guys who play in front of him. “Shutouts are never just me,” Hall told Gannett News Service. “It’s a team effort. Not giving up a goal in the en-

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tire tournament is unexplainable.” The combination of Jake Rawlings of Loveland, Joey Kunkel of Delhi Township, Jack Meininger of Mariemont and Ben Emery of Hyde Park have formed what Baker believes might be the best back line he’s ever seen during his time at Summit Country Day. “They’re the reason why we are here,” Baker said. GOAL!: Both of Summit’s goals in the state final came off the foot of senior Caelan Hueber of Newtown. The first one came off an unexpected pass from teammate Ben Emery. When Hueber took possession, he knew what to do. No shot: Summit had 20 shots, with eight on goal, while Hawken was held to just five shots and one, respectively.

ROSTER Ryan Hall of Cleves, GK, Sr. David Smith of Newtown, F/M, Sr. Jack Meininger of Mariemont, D, Sr. Ben Emery of Hyde Park, D, Sr. Christian Hay of Mt. Carmel, D, Jr. Mosi Clark-Cobbs of Greenhills, F, Sr. Matt De Jesus of Anderson Township, M/D, Jr. Robby Wellington of Hyde Park, M/D, Sr. Brandon Lorentz of Dent, M, Sr. Charlie Maciejewski of Dent, M, Fr. Jake Rawlings of Loveland, M, Sr. Carlos Garciamendez of Sycamore Township, F/M, Jr. Philip McHugh of Indian Hill, D, So. Austin Smythe of Mariemont, F, So. Isaiah Chapman of Mt. Airy, D/F, Jr. Theo Austin of North College Hill, M, Sr. Joey Kunkel of Delhi Township, D, Sr. Taylor Jones of Goshen, M, Jr. Caelan Hueber of Newtown, F, Sr. Matt Eustace of Hyde Park, D, Jr. Matt Meister of Hyde Park, D/GK, Jr. Brendan Jones of Goshen, M/F, Fr. Alex Fance of Hyde Park, GK, Jr. Varsity staff: Barnard Baker, Dan Cosgrove, Ryan Johnson, Terry Malone and Craig Salvati. Athletic trainer: Amber Gerken



Lancers add lacrosse to sports mix La Salle High School announced it will field a lacrosse team and begin a competitive schedule in spring 2013, and will offer its facilities for use by two competitive youth lacrosse teams. “Adding lacrosse is a perfect complement to our sports programs,” said La Salle Athletic Director Dan Flynn. “The growth of

the sport and the growth of our diverse student population from all across southwest Ohio.” La Salle currently competes in cross country, football, golf and soccer in fall; basketball, bowling, ice hockey, swimming diving and wrestling in winter, and baseball, tennis, track and field and volleyball in spring.

Elder Continued from Page A8

semifinals. Moore, Ramstetter, Max Mazza and Jimmy White are a few names from a senior class that brought the Panthers back to the postseason. Moore tossed three touchdown passes in the game – all to Ramstetter - while Mazza finished second in the Greater Catholic League in receiving yards and set a new school rec-

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bowler Amy Feie and two other seniors, the team has no seniors this season but features five juniors and one sophomore. According to McDonald, all his girls are within 10 pins of one another. Rounding out the team is Rachel Horn, Andrea Sizemore, Maddie Nieman and Mary Bowman. “My team is always pretty good because I have eight girls about 150 (average),” McDonald said. “I never

La Salle 1986 graduate Jim Buttelwerth will serve as president of the Lacrosse Boosters. Joshua Wellen, front runner to be named head lacrosse coach, founded the Westside Wildcats and the Cincinnati Outlaws competitive summer travel team. Most recently, he has been the defensive coordinator for the lacrosse

team at the College of Mount St. Joseph. “The ability to develop lacrosse in conjunction with La Salle for players in grades K to 12 has always been a dream of mine,” Wellen said. “Access to the support at La Salle will enable us to take lacrosse to an even higher level. “We anticipate the beginning of Lancer Youth Lacrosse in

ord for receptions. White not only chalked up 364 rushing yards on the season, but he played quarterback in some pivotal Panther victories, when Moore and backup Nick Peters were injured. “I’m proud of our guys,” Ramsey said. “They brought us back. We struggled the last couple of years and we kind of got back to being a team that people don’t want to play. That’s the thing with these seniors; I will always remember ... they were battlers and they brought us back.”

have the best bowlers in town, but I always have good bowlers.” The Bobcats start their season Nov. 27. Both the Oak Hills boys and girls team’s get their season started Nov. 29 against Princeton. No other information was available before press time. After going 12-10 last season and finishing in third-place in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet Division, the Seton Saints return their entire squad from a year ago. Jordan Schmidt is back for her senior year after be-

the very near future.” Information about the Cincinnati Outlaws is available at the website. Wellen likes the fast pace and physical play lacrosse offers. “It’s very competitive,” he said, adding, “there are different athletic assets you can have on a team.”

After winning a sectional title and missing out on the state tournament by two pins last season, the St. Xavier Bombers return starters Edward Runkel, Ben Weinberger and Jonny McQuity. Runkel and Weinberger are in their third year on the varsity squad. “Both Ben and Eddie are capable of averaging over 200,” coach Alan Runkel said. Senior Joey Francis will provide added depth after making a few appearances with the varsity team last season. His most notable appearance came when

Runkel went down with an ankle injury against Elder and Francis stepped in and bowled a 279. One interesting case is the story of senior Andrew Cousineau. After making the varsity squad as a sophomore, he missed out his junior season but is back as a senior. Jake Murnan, Anthony Hughes and Tucker Stafford will add solid depth. “Jonny averaged190 last season so there is no reason he can’t average 200,” Runkel said. “Off the top we have at least three guys who can average over 200, which is a great nucleus. I

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Registration is under way for a six-week baseball camp at Oak Hills High School starting Jan. 13. Oak Hills head coach Chuck Laumann will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning at a cost of $99 for six weeks. Proceeds from the program benefit amateur baseball in the Oak Hills community. Space is limited. Visit, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.




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Elder wide receiver Joe Ramstetter catches a touchdown pass against Colerain defensive back Jalen Christian in the first quarter of the Panthers’ 35-34 overtime loss Nov. 10 at Nippert Stadium. Ramstetter finished with three touchdown receptions. JOSEPH

ing the lone Saint to qualify for districts last season. Joining her are fellow seniors Molly Piller and Jamie Merz. Juniors Sammie Prager and Lexi Neltner along with sophomores McKenzie Frommeyer and Ashley Hoinke round out the squad for the Saints. “We’ll be much more improved,” coach Jim Robb said. “I’m not saying we will be back to our state status form but hopefully by the end of the year we’ll be able to compete with the teams that go to state.” The Saints get their season under way Nov. 27 against Mercy.

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Voting information: where to find it? I am nearly 70 years old, and I have gone to the polls to vote for as long as I can remember. I have also relied heavily on the League of Women Voters pamphlet “The Who and What of Elections” for clear and objectively presented information for as long as I can remember. Much to my dismay for the election of 2012, while reading through the LWV pamphlet, I discovered that my district for state representatives (District 30) had only personal data for one candidate, namely, Steven Newsome, and nothing for his opponent Lou Terhar. What a disappointment. The League of Women Voters has done an excellent job for many, many years on informing voters on issues and candidates. Candidates are given a perfect opportunity to represent themselves: giving their relevant background and qualifications for the office and explaining what they consider priorities and what they plan to do in office. The information provided in the LWV pamphlet contrasts favorably to the disinformation

presented in a large percentage of television political messages. In my opinion, I have to say, “Shame on Joyce Rogers COMMUNITY PRESS anyone who does not reGUEST COLUMNIST spond to the LWV opportunity to provide solid information about themselves.” Some offices that had only one candidate running for them had complete information about that candidate because he or she cared enough about informing voters about himself or herself. I strongly believe that candidates who ignore such an opportunity to provide information about themselves may not deserve my vote. After all, if I am ignored before they are elected, how much time will they spend on my concerns after they take office? Joyce Rogers lives in Covedale.

Here is a list of government meetings in the Western Hills Press area: » Village of Addyston Council members meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month at the Addyston Municipal Building, 235 Main St. Phone: 941-1313. Mayor: Dan Pillow. » Cheviot City Council members meet at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at city hall, 3814 Harrison Ave. Phone: 661-2700. Mayor: Samuel Keller. President of Council: Deborah M. Slaughter. » Cincinnati City Council meets at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in room 300 at Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St. When there is a Monday holiday, all meetings including committee meetings are pushed back a day. City Manager: Milton Dohoney Jr. Mayor: Mark Mallory. » Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education usually meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 2651 Burnet Ave. Board of Education phone: 4757000. Superintendent: Mary Ronan. Board President: Eve Bolton. » Village of Cleves Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Cleves Municipal Building, 101 North Miami Ave. Phone: 941-5127 for information. Mayor: Danny Stacy. » Green Township Trustees meet at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the administration building, 6303 Harrison Ave. Phone: 574-4848. Administrator: Kevin Celarek. Trustee Chair-

man: David Linnenberg. » Miami Township Board of Trustees at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Miami Township Hall, 122 South Miami Ave. in Cleves. Phone: 941-2466. Board president: Paul Beck. » Village of North Bend Council meets at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the North Bend Municipal Building, 21 Taylor Ave. Phone: 941-0610. Mayor: Doug Sammons. » Oak Hills Local School District Board of Education members meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at various locations within the district. District office: 6325 Rapid Run Road. Phone: 574-3200. Superintendent: Todd Yohey. Board President: Janice Hunter. » Three Rivers Local School District Board of Education members meet the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Taylor High School, 36 S. Harrison Ave. District office: 92 Cleves Ave. Phone: 941-6400. Superintendent: Rhonda Bohannon. Board president: Angela Weisgerber. » Westwood Civic Association members meet the third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave. Phone: 662-9109. Civic Association president: Joel Kimmet. If you would like your meeting to be considered for this, send the information to


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Disappointed with results

I am profoundly disappointed in the end result of this election. My heart is heavy for all who fought for this country, and all who finally hoped for the future. After four miserable years suffering a joke of a “commander in chief,” I, with many, anticipated the return of a strong, admirable nation and president. Instead, we elect four more years of pompous evasion, endless lies, and a piteously crumbling infrastructure. We have a sea of humanity that reflects weakness, greed and ignorance. Over half a population who sadly believe the government owes them assistance simply because they were born. People who believe that over-paid, over-benefited union employment is still needed in this “progressive” society. Scores of misguided females believing freedom of abortion empowers them. I see four years wasn’t enough to awaken the masses to the need for a true heroic leader. I pray that after a second bleak reign, it won’t be too late for America to attempt a return to the former strength and proud nation we once were. Hopefully, the Obama supporters will soon realize that their Robin Hood/fairy tale ideals are killing the true American way. Sadly, that’s the reality of this pathetic administration. God bless America. Mary Luckey Bridgetown



Don’t stop American dream

The article written by Thomas Straus, fiscal officer of Green Township, in the Nov. 7 edition of the Community Press certainly got my attention along with every other hard-working voter I know. The estate tax is legal thievery by the government to inflate its already bloated programs. I’m sure most Ohioans remember the old phrase “no taxation without representation.” Well, it’s hard to be represented when you are already in the grave. A person pays state income tax, state and local sales tax, and property taxes his or her whole life only to be taxed again upon death with the estate tax. Ohio is doing the correct thing beginning in 2013 to eliminate this criminally soulless tax. The federal government needs to follow suit. If Straus wants to maintain money in the local coffers, here is some good advice – start cutting unnecessary programs. Passing on an inheritance to the next generation is part of the American dream and I for one will seek to ouster any elected employee who wishes to confiscate this part of the American dream. Larry Smith Colerain Township

Puzzling vote

It puzzles me that many Catholics believe it is morally correct to vote for Obama considering his stance on abortion. Assuming these Catholics accept the teaching of the church that life begins at conception and killing a human life is evil, the only logical conclusion is that they buy into the “on balance” system of belief. They liken “sanity of life” with “quality of life.” The average family on government assistance receives $63,000 per year. The facts that this brand of welfare is enslaving, not Christian, is another issue, but in no way does it balance out the killing of the unborn. Giving Obama a scond term assures after birth abortion is coming. Women will have the right to kill their newborn for reasons as trivial as color of eyes. The text allowing this has already been written and it is sick. When Obama was asked about an un-wanted pregnancy, he said: “I would not want to punish my daughter with a baby.” Most people my age have faced in their family or know of a family who faced an un-wanted pregnancy. How many agree with Obama their grandchild is a punishment. No wonder God’s blessing on America is vanishing. Al Ostendorf Cheviot

Funding students – not district

In the Oct. 31 article titled “Money for Oak Hills special needs scholarships big budget hit,” the writer presents the issue that state monies through the Peterson scholarship are going to students with special needs who attend private schools. In some ways, it seemed the article pitted the district against the private schools; however, I believe that taxpayers, educators and elected officials all want the same thing, a well-educated population while using resources efficiently. Broadening the choices for the special needs students in a collaborative environment will do just that. The article noted that many of the kids have never been served by the public school before, without noting that it is ultimately the responsibility of the state to educate every student that lives in the district and to provide services for their special needs. The scholarships are for the students, not for the district. All parents in the district, AKA taxpayers, now have the right to choose the best special needs program for their students even if it is not in a public school. It is in the best interest of our elected officials like Mr. Blessing, quoted in the article, to remember all the voting residents of these districts as well as the benefits of the Peterson scholarship program. It is clear that when the

funding is for students – not districts – and choices are made in a competitive yet cooperative environment, the special needs students will benefit. Monfort Heights

Carol Pieper

A freedom cliff

Ann Thompson’s latest letter (Nov. 7) seems to be another selfdescribed “tongue-in-cheek” article as parts of it seem to be about as incoherent as her previous musings. She states “we need not ridicule opposing views” which I take as a reference to previous letters in response to her views. However, those letters are not scribed in ridicule but rather in defense of the Constitution of the United States of America, the very document that governs how we as Americans live and gives us our freedoms. This president who swore to uphold the Constitution has done anything but. From attempting to implement a socialist system (because to him capitalism and free markets are code for economic plunder) to forcing government run health care on us, to trampling on our religious beliefs, to saying he is the defender of women yet has no problem killing little girls as they are born, to as commander-in-chief so weakening our military that capable defense of our borders may now be in question, and then not coming to the defense of our consulate in Benghazi when under attack resulting in the death of our ambassador and Navy Seals then lying to cover up the reasons behind the attack ... speaking out is not ridicule. There is much talk about the coming financial cliff but even more ominous is the upcoming freedom cliff if people do not speak out in defense of what we are having taken away. Dave Sauers Bridgetown

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Quality, affordable housing is the goal of CMHA In July, I joined the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Agency with several goals in mind, including talking with local communities about our programs and continuing CMHA’s drive to be an asset to the community. Combining these two goals will help CMHA achieve its overarching mission to provide quality, affordable housing. To achieve the first goal, CMHA hosted several coffee and conversation meetings with

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work together. During CMHA’s most recent coffeehouse visit at Bilog Coffee, Tea and Gelato, we touched on several thought-provoking points that opened lines of communication. One discussion during our Wyoming visit revolved around the 90,000 Hamilton County residents who live below the poverty line. CMHA provides affordable housing for nearly 40,000 residents, but the gap between people who need assis-

tance and people who have assistance is still very wide. It is important for CMHA to partner with organizations that address the root of the issue. Connecting our clients with community services for education and employment empower CMHA residents to transition out of our programs. The agency has also developed a gold performance standard to hold ourselves accountable for providing quality, affordable housing throughout

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L IFE A thank you to veterans WESTERN HILLS




By Kurt Backscheider

Students and staff at Oak Hills High School came together once again to pay tribute to area veterans and active military servicemen and women. The school hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony Thursday, Nov. 8. More than 100 veterans and active military personnel gathered in the gymnasium for a program in which students and staff thanked them for their service. U.S. Army Capt. Paul Limpert, a West Point graduate who served in Desert Storm and was awarded the Bronze Star, gave the keynote speech. Limpert now teaches business at Oak Hills. Students made signs thanking the veterans, and gave them a standing ovation as they walked into the gym for the ceremony. Several students also worked together to create video montages honoring our military members. The veterans in attendance were treated to a free breakfast before the ceremony and a free lunch when it was over. Some veterans hung around afterward to visit classrooms and share their experiences with students.

Students at Oak Hills High School waved signs and gave a standing ovation to area veterans as they made their way into the gymnasium for the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. More than 100 veterans attended this year’s program, which took place Thursday, Nov. 8. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Green Township residents Garland Bradley, left, and Jack Snyder salute the flag during the national anthem at annual Veterans Day ceremony at Oak Hills High School. Bradley served in the U.S. Army from 1939-1961, and Snyder served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Members of the Ohio Army National Guard served as the color guard for the Veterans Day ceremony at Oak Hills High School on Thursday, Nov. 8. The soldiers are, from left, Sgt. 1st Class Mark Hobbs, Staff Sgt. Nathan Wainscott, Staff Sgt. Michael Miller and Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hance. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Oak Hills High School band members Tanner Wright, left, and Emma McCarthy, both of whom are juniors and play the clarinet, join the band in playing patriotic music at the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Delhi Township residents Don Osterfeld, left, and Charles Kleiner talk with one another during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Oak Hills High School. Osterfeld, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Kleiner, a U.S. Air Force veteran, are both members of the Delhi Veterans Association. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Edward Burke, a Green Township resident who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stands at attention during the playing of taps at the Veterans Day ceremony at Oak Hills High School. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

U.S. Army Capt. Paul Limpert, a West Point graduate and Desert Storm veteran who earned the Bronze Star, addressed students, staff and veterans as the keynote speaker at Oak Hills High School’s Veterans Day ceremony. Limpert is a business teacher at the high school. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, NOV. 15 Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Intense cycling class with boot camp intervals throughout. First class free. Ages 13 and up. $8.50-$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514920. Westwood.

Films TCM Presents: To Kill a Mockingbird, 7-9:30 p.m., Rave Motion Pictures Western Hills 14, 5870 Harrison Ave., In celebration of Universal’s 100-year anniversary. $12.50. 574-4315; Dent. Twilight Saga Marathon, 11:30 a.m., Rave Motion Pictures Western Hills 14, 5870 Harrison Ave., “Twilight” at 11:30 a.m. “New Moon” at 2 p.m. “Eclipse” at 4:45 p.m. “Breaking Dawn Part 1” at 7:15 p.m. “Breaking Dawn Part 2” at 10 p.m. Includes 20-minute intermissions between each film. $25. 574-4315; Dent. Twilight Breaking Dawn Double Feature, 7 p.m., Rave Motion Pictures Western Hills 14, 5870 Harrison Ave., “Breaking Dawn Part 1” at 7:15 p.m. “Breaking Dawn Part 2” at 10 p.m. $15. 574-4315; Dent.

Health / Wellness Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, 3302 Westbourne Drive, In honor of American Diabetes Month, free hearing screenings throughout November for people with diabetes. Weekend appointments available upon request. Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

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

FRIDAY, NOV. 16 Art & Craft Classes Make a Card Class, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Panera BreadWestern Hills, 5555 Glenway Ave., Make a stack of embellished cards. All supplies provided except adhesive. Register by calling 515-9191 or e-mailing $12. Presented by Ink-A-Hoots. 347-6899. Westwood.

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

Craft Shows Ladies of Victory’s Ladies’ Night Out, 7-11 p.m., Our Lady of Victory School, 808 Neeb Road, Convocation Center. Shopping extravaganza. Crafters, artists and vendors. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Ladies of Victory. Presented by Ladies of Victory. 382-5308; Delhi Township.

Exercise Classes FitChixx™, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, 6720 Home City Ave., Full-body workout consisting of weights, cardio and core work. All ages and abilities welcome. $45 per month. Presented by FitChixx™. 205-9772; Sayler Park.

Center, 3620 Epley Road, Workout to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

SATURDAY, NOV. 17 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Green Township.

Craft Shows Craft Fair and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5841 Werk Road, Lunch available with proceeds benefiting the Gloria Dei youth group. Benefits Living Hope Transitional Home. 922-5590; Bridgetown. Oak Hills Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, More than 150 crafters. Concessions available. Benefits Oak Hills Band Association. $2. Presented by Oak Hills Band Association. 941-8342. Green Township.

Exercise Classes Gymbo’s Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Gymbo’s Personal Training and Fitness Center, 6037 Harrison Ave., Aerobic, resistance and plyometric training. All ages and fitness levels welcome. 5058283. Green Township.

Music - Benefits Evening in Vegas with Mike Davis, 5:30-11 p.m., St. Ignatius of Loyola School, 5222 North Bend Road, Includes buffet dinner, drinks and table games. Ages 21 and up. Benefits St. Ignatius of Loyola School building fund. $45, $40 advance. 389-3242, ext. 2436; Monfort Heights.

Music - Blues Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds, 9 p.m., Another Bar, 250 S. Miami Road, Featuring Noah Cave. Ages 18 and up. Free. 378-2961. Cleves.

Reunions Mother of Mercy Class of 1982 Reunion, 7 p.m.-midnight, Holy Grail Tavern & Grille West, 1278 Ebenezer Road, Includes beverages and appetizers. $10. Presented by Mother of Mercy Class of 1982. 941-5555; Delhi Township.

SUNDAY, NOV. 18 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4-5 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Strengthen, stretch and tone with gentle postures that release tension rand support the integrity of the spine. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

MONDAY, NOV. 19 Community Dance

Bob Cushing, 7-9 p.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., Free. 6621222; Cheviot.

Arabian (Belly) Dance, 6:307:30 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., Ballet/Piano room, second floor. Learn foundation steps common in Arab dances throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. Taught by Irene Mirci in classic Egyptian style, also known as Dance Oriental. $40 for four classes. Registration required. 662-9109; search/facility.aspx?id=40. Westwood.

Senior Citizens

Exercise Classes

Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior

Zumba, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Wear comfortable workout attire and gym shoes. Bring water. $5. Presented by Deb’s Fitness Party. 205-5064;

Health / Wellness Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

Music - Acoustic

Green Township. Strengthening, Flexibility and Core Class, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Enter at rear of building. Enhance flexibility and strengthen all major muscle groups and core using bands, balls and weights. $7. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. FitChixx™, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, $45 per month. 205-9772; Sayler Park.

Health / Wellness Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

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

TUESDAY, NOV. 20 Exercise Classes Pilates Mat Class, 11 a.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Taught by Judy Feazell. $15 drop-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Health / Wellness Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Dew Drop Inn, 8956 Harrison Ave., 3531854. Cleves.

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

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21 Dance Classes Dance Class, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Douce Dance Studio, 3772 Shady Lane, Dance instructions. Ages 2 1/2-adult. Tap, ballet, jazz/hiphop, gymnastics, baton twirling. $25 monthly. Registration required. 941-0202. North Bend.

Exercise Classes Women and Weights, 5:15-6 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Program specifically designed for women. Maintain bone density, increase metabolism and discover health benefits of weight training. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4920; Westwood. Power and Pump, 6-7 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Simple, yet challenging cardiovascular and strength training exercises combined for total body workout. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4920; Westwood. Beginners Ashtanga Class, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Practice gentle progression of postures to ease

Alan March and Kris Smith of the Oak Hills Band Association check out the baskets available for fundraising raffles at last year’s Oak Hills Holiday Craft Show. This year’s is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road. Admission is $2. For more information, call 941-8342. FILE PHOTO. into a fulfilling Ashtanga practice. $50 for 10 classes. Reservations required. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township. FitChixx™, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, $45 per month. 205-9772; Sayler Park.

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Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Price Hill Health Center, 2136 W. Eighth St., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 6863310; Price Hill. Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

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

FRIDAY, NOV. 23 Community Dance Butler Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance club open to all experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Miamitown.

Exercise Classes FitChixxTM, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, $45 per month. 205-9772; Sayler Park.

Health / Wellness Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 24 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township.

Exercise Classes Gymbo’s Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Gymbo’s Personal Training and Fitness Center, 505-8283. Green Township.

Nature Jupiter: Second Only to Our Sun, 8-10 p.m., Cincinnati Astronomical Society Observatory, 5274 Zion Road, Information and viewing of Jupiter, the second largest object in our solar system (weather permitting). Free. Presented by Cincinnati Astronomical Society. 941-1981. Cleves.

SUNDAY, NOV. 25 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4-5 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

MONDAY, NOV. 26 Community Dance Arabian (Belly) Dance, 6:307:30 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, $40 for four classes. Registration required. 662-9109; facility.aspx?id=40. Westwood.

Exercise Classes

Zumba, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, $5. 205-5064; Green Township. Strengthening, Flexibility and Core Class, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. FitChixxTM, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, $45 per month. 205-9772; Sayler Park.

Health / Wellness Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

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

TUESDAY, NOV. 27 Exercise Classes Pilates Mat Class, 11 a.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $15 drop-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Health / Wellness Free Diabetes Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Appointment required. 922-0123; Green Township.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Dew Drop Inn, 353-1854. Cleves.

Senior Citizens Quilting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Ceramics, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 385-3780. Green Township. Stability Ball, 9:30-10 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 385-3780. Green Township. Euchre, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Pattern Dancing, 1-2:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.



Brigadeiros double as dessert and as holiday gift When I opened “America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook” ($26.95), I intended to skim through it for a couple of minutes. An hour later I was still reading. This is going to be a book that I turn to again and again. The staffers share their favorite from scratch recipes, so that you can make storeRita bought Heikenfeld staples and RITA’S KITCHEN gourmet faves right in your own kitchen. Oven-dried tomatoes, refrigerator jams, potato chips, pickles, condiments, root beer, salted caramels, even your own harissa and Worcestershire sauces are just a few of the treasures. The recipes have been tested a bunch of times so you know they’ll work for you the first time. Their brigadeiros recipe intrigued me. Doubles as a dessert and gift from the kitchen!


Makes about 30 candies

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fried mush. Remember the big bowls of black olives … Holmes and Kenton County both baked yeast rolls to die for.” I haven’t tried this, but it makes a lot. Freeze after baking.

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Grease 8-inch square baking dish. Combine condensed milk, cocoa and butter in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is very thick and rubber spatula leaves distinct trail when dragged across bottom, 20 to 25 minutes. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and refrigerate until cool, at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours (cover if leaving overnight). Pinch chocolate into approximately 1 tablespoon-size pieces and roll into 1-inch balls. Place desired coatings in small bowls and roll each chocolate until covered. Brigadeiros can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Rita’s white and wild rice dressing with sausage and mushrooms For Erin P. She wrote: “I need a quantity recipe to feed a crowd. We’re making Thanksgiving dinners for the needy and

21⁄2 pounds all-purpose flour ⁄2 cup dry milk 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 11⁄2 tablespoons salt 1 ⁄4 cup instant yeast 3 cups lukewarm water 3 ⁄4 cup melted, cooled butter or shortening 1

Use a bowl to help coat brigadeiros. PHOTO COURTESY OF COOK’S ILLUSTRATED. I’d like a rice side that’s different and holds up well.” This is a class favorite, easily divided in half. 7-8 cups chicken broth 1 cup wild rice 3 cups white rice 2 tablespoons each olive oil and butter 2 cups chopped celery 2 generous cups chopped onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 bay leaf 1 pound Italian sausage, or your favorite 8-10 oz. mixed mushrooms, sliced 1 very generous teaspoon

each dried rosemary and dried thyme, or more to taste Salt and pepper to taste 1 bunch green onions, sliced for garnish

Bring 7 cups broth to a boil. Add wild rice, cover and cook 15 minutes. Add white rice and continue to cook 20 more minutes, or until rice is done. If necessary, add a bit more broth as needed while rice is cooking. Meanwhile, sauté onions, celery, bay leaf and garlic in butter just until crisp tender. Add sausage, mushrooms, rosemary and

thyme. Cook until sausage is done. Drain any grease. Combine sausage mixture with rice. Season to taste. Remove bay leaf. Serve with green onions sprinkled on top. Serves 10-12 generously.

School cafeteria roll recipe

Sift together dry ingredients. Mix well. Add yeast, lukewarm water and cooled melted butter. Beat 15 minutes (important). Let rise until doubled. Roll out to 1⁄2- to 3 ⁄4-inch thick. Cut out rolls with cutter. Place on greased pans. Let rise again. Bake at 350 degrees until done. They should be golden in color and when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, they’re done. Check after 20 minutes. Butter tops. Serves 65.

For Linda J. who wanted Holmes High School hot roll recipe from the 1960s. Sandy Y. shared a link that I didn’t know existed: SVvGo0. Sandy said: “Ahh, Holmes High 1960s cafeteria. My favorite was the

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Lane and Bridgetown Road in Miami Heights and at the corner Miami and State roads in Cleves. The money will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for children of needy Miami Township families.

Oak Hills brings Pooh to life

BRIEFLY Neighbors Who Care

One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. One of our holiday traditions is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. E-mail your nomination to with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include information about how to contact your nominee, a photo if you have one and your name, community and contact information, including a day-time phone

number. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 7. Questions? Call Marc Emral at 513-853-6264.

Work closing West Fork Road

West Fork Road, between North Bend and Shepherd Creek roads in Green Township and Cincinnati, will close beginning Monday, Nov. 26 for road stabilization work. The road is expected to reopen Dec. 14, weather permitting. The work is being performed by DDK Construction. Hamilton County’s detour will be routed over Shepherd Creek Road to Kleeman Road to North

Bend Road and vice versa. Any problems/questions should be directed to either Doug Scheidt with DDK at 513-574-6103 or to Ted Willman with the Hamilton County Engineer at 513-946-8442. For information on other projects, please visit our web site at:

Model train show

For the 20th year, the Green Township Senior Center, will host the Queen City HiRailers Annual Model Train Show from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Drive. The HiRailers display features more than 2,500

feet of track with a “3Track” main line. The display covers more than 900 square feet. This year the HiRailers display is sponsored by a donation from Ohio State Sen. Bill Seitz.

Boot Brigade out in Three Rivers

Plan to be out and about in Miami Township on Saturday morning, Nov. 17? You might want to carry a little extra cash in the spirit of helping local kids this holiday season. The Three Rivers Community Giving Tree group and the Miami Township Fire Department will form a Boot Brigade from 10 a.m.-noon, collecting money at the corner of Shady

“The House At Pooh Corner” will be presented by the Oak Hills High School Drama Club at 7:30 See BRIEFLY, Page B4

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p.m. Nov. 15-18, with a special matinee at 3 p.m. Sundya, Nov. 18, at the high school, There will be a story time with the characters before each presentation. There also will be face painting, photo ops, and a special performance by the Ambassador Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children under 12 and and senior citizens. To reserve tickets or more information, call 513720-5516.

Green Township hosts Cleanup Day

Green Township will host its annual Cleanup Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road. Several trash bins will be available for residents to use for discarding trash, debris and yard waste. Bins for scrap metal will also be available. Items not accepted include tires, latex and oilbased paints, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and appliances containing Fre-

on. No junk haulers or contractors are permitted. The Cleanup Day is open only to Green Township residents. Call the township administration office at 5744848 for more information.

Carolina pending extradition back to Ohio, police said. According to police, the suspects have been linked to other bank robberies in Deer Park, Cincinnati and Cheviot.

Police arrest three suspects robbery

‘Cinderella’ is the holiday show

Detectives with the Green Township Police Department arrested three suspects for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery of the Cheviot Savings Bank. According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Green Township Police Department, detectives arrested Jake Pfalz, 20, Cincinnati, for aggravated robbery Friday, Nov. 2. Police said Pfalz allegedly robbed the Cheviot Savings Bank at 5550 Cheviot Road on Oct. 19. Township detectives also filed complicity to aggravated robbery charges against Jennifer Neitz, 36, and Ahmad Shalash, 39, both of Cincinnati, for their alleged involvement in the robbery. Neitz and Shalash were charged Monday, Nov. 5, and are being held in North

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., presents the holiday production of “Cinderella” from Thursday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 23. The timeless enchantment of this fairy tale is all dressed up on the Covedale stage as a Christmas fantasia, complete with the Prince’s Christmas Ball, Cinderella’s crystalline castle and a holiday romance that begins with a sparkling slipper. This production is the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein version, originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. Shows start at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and the Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. There are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances Saturday, Dec. 15 and Saturday,

Dec. 22. Tickets are $23 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens. For more information, or to by tickets, visit or call the box office at 241-6550.

New traffic patterns for viaduct work

As work continues on the U.S. 50/Sixth St. Expressway, the following traffic patterns are in place to permit demolition operations of the Waldvogel Viaduct to begin. ben» Evans will be closed at US 50; local traffic will have access to Evans from Gest Street. » Southbound State to eastbound River will not be permitted; southbound State to westbound River will be permitted. » Eastbound River to northbound State will not be permitted; westbound River to northbound State will be permitted. » Eastbound and westbound Elberon will have access to US 50/River Road only by way of the new Elberon ramp. » A traffic signal at the intersection of US 50 and the new Elberon ramp will

become operational at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. » Maryland local traffic will have access to and from State Avenue; access to Elberon from Maryland will not be permitted. » Westbound US 50/River Road to Warsaw Avenue will be closed. » Burns, Neave and Church streets will be closed permanently. Arrow boards and signs will be in place prior to the work zone to alert motorists of the upcoming lane closures, and all detour signage will be posted in Lower Price Hill.

Lighting up North Bend for holidays

North Bend’s Beautification Committee invites village residents and the residents of Miami Township, Addyston and Cleves to the inaugural Light Up North Bend celebration. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the corner of Three Rivers Parkway and Miami Avenue. North Bend Mayor Doug Sammons will switch on the lights on an 8-feet tall, live Christmas tree, and Joe Cowan, director of the Music Experience, will

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Coal removal through art

For Land’s Sake: A Multi-Genre Presentation in the Arts will be 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the Recital Hall, College of Mount St. Joseph. Karl Zuelke, of the College of Mount St. Joseph, Michael Henson, local author, musician and activist, and Sherry Cook Stanforth, of Thomas More College, will perform a multi-genre presentation that melds elements of original story, song, poetry, art, and theater as it addresses the issue of mountaintop removal coal mining. The presentation is free.

Memorial Mass

All McAuley High School alumnae and families of alumnae are invited to celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the McAuley Performing Arts Center. The Mass will be celebrated in memory of all the alumnae who were deceased this past year and a candle will be lit for each and presented to family members present. Contact Lisa Starkey at if you would like to attend.

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MORE INFORMATION Cell Phones for Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. The organization was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, with only $21. CPFS relies on generous donors for cash contributions and funds raised by the recycling of used cell phones. In 2011, Cell Phones for Soldiers shared 690,000 communication tools with military families, providing more than 41 million minutes of talk time. The program collected and recycled 1.5 million phones in 2011. Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided more than 168 million minutes of free talk time. Since 2004, more than 10.5 million cell phones have been recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. About 12,000 calling cards are mailed each week. A $5 donation warrants 2.5 hours of talk time; a $100.00 donation gives 50 hours or 3,000 minutes of talk time. There are about 15,000 collection points across the nation.

able to speak each day with my children and tuck them in each night, I know there are thousands of men and women who can’t have that opportunity because of the service they are providing to our country, both domestic and overseas,” said Chad Isenogle, the funeral home’s vice president. “This is the least we can do as a local community business to help impact the total number of collections in the Cincinnati area.” The funeral home enrolled as a partner for Cell Phones for Soldiers and declared their facility as an approved drop-off donation center for the program. “In just one month we have collected about 33 phones that will go toward providing invaluable calling cards and talk time minutes that will connect a lot of our soldiers to their loved ones,’ Isenogle said. Old phones, batteries and charging devices for the phones are all accepted. The funeral home can be contacted for details by calling 513-922-1010 or by visiting them at 2880 Boudinot Ave.

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Mike Davis will take center stage at Saint Ignatius with his award winning Night In Vegas show featuring his salute to Elvis and other Vegas greats Saturday, Nov. 17. Davis is a junior high religion teacher at Saint I’s, a trustee for Delhi Township the past 10 years, and for the past 25 years has been performing his tribute show throughout the country. He will soon be putting


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Mark Koerner, Oak Hills schools teacher, dies at 67 By Monica Boylson

Thank-yous and goodbyes to Mark Koerner are on the marquees at several schools in the Oak Hills Local School District reminding the community that he won’t soon be forgotten. The former C. O. Harrison Elementary principal died on Oct. 31. He was 67. “He was the spirit of C. O. Harrison,” said kindergarten teacher Holly Asman. “He was always someone to look up to.” He served in the school district for 36 years before retiring in 2004. His last 18 years with Oak Hills were spent as the principal of C. O. Harrison Elementary. He lived in Green Township. “This was like his house and when he left it didn’t feel like his house,” kindergarten teacher Donna Steioff said. “He knew every family that came

through these doors and he made sure that he knew you and made you feel like a guest in his home.” Family was important to Mr. Koerner who was a husband, father of two and grandfather of five. But his wife Vicky said that for him family was not as important as God. “He loved God first and his family secKoerner ond,” she said. “His faith was very important to him.” He and his wife attended Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, previously Westwood Cheviot Church of Christ, for 47 years, 35 of which he served as a choir director. Senior minister David Vaughan said Mr. Koerner was an intuitive leader, a people person and an exam-

ple of Christianity. “For Mark his relationship with God was a relationship not a religion. It wasn’t just something he did on Sunday,” Vaughan said. “He was the real deal, no doubt about it.” His character was also evident to those he worked with at Cincinnati Christian University. Mr. Koerner was the director of Alumni Ministries at the college for eight years following his work in the Oak Hills district and he had recently started to work as an executive administrator. “He was an encourager, a wise experienced leader and a big help to all of us,” Cincinnati Christian University President David Faust said. “The big emphasis of Mark’s work was developing the character of the individual and the culture of the work environment.” Faust said the college has developed a Mark Koer-

The marquee at C. O. Harrison Elementary is dedicated to Mark Koerner. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS ner Education Scholarship in his honor. “We will be raising scholarship dollars for others to follow in his footsteps,” he said. Mr. Koerner’s daughter Jenna Pollock of Perrysbuyrg, Ohio, followed in her father’s footsteps working as a public school teacher and now as an instructor at Bowling Green State University. “He was my go-to if I ever had a question, an is-

sue or an idea, I would always call him first about that,” she said. “It was just so helpful to know that I could call him to get advice.” Many staff at C. O. Harrison considered Mr. Koerner to be a mentor and someone to rely on. “His strong character and faith in God was felt here,” 51-year C. O. Harrison music teacher Ruth Schoenhoeft said. “That made us better than ever.

He brought the best out of everyone.” Secretary Debbie Ellis said that his character was one to be emulated. “He was someone to look up to,” she said. “His motto was if you always do a little more than what’s expected you will be successful.” Vicky Koerner said one his greatest successes was showing love to others. “He just loved people in general,” she said. “It was like a party everyday.” Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by his son Jason (Maria) Koerner Of Lexington, Ky.; grandchildren Brooklyn, Emma, Savanah, Jimmy, Trevor. Services have been held. Memorials made be made to Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45204, or Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, State Route 128, Cleves, OH 45002.

DEATHS Loretta Auter Loretta Douglas Auter, 74, Miami Heights, died Nov. 5. She was a medical technologist. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church and

the Miami Center. Survived by husband Paul Auter; son Philip Auter; grandchildren Ariella Robinson, Aisha, Aaron, Aryanna Auter; brother Charles Douglas. Preceded in

death by son Steven Auter, granddaughter Angel Auter, parents Elbert, Dora Douglas, siblings Robert Douglas, Mary Belle Spronk. Services were Nov. 11 at Zion

United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to: Zion United Methodist Church, 4980 Zion Road, Cleves, OH 45002.

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Brian K. Bardonaro, 35, died Nov. 6. He worked in the telemarketing industry. Survived by children Noah, Camryn; the mother of his children, Robin Smith; parents Phyllis, Michael Bardonaro Sr.; brothers Michael, Phil (Genia); stepchildren Ravyn, Ryan, Jadyn; grandfather August Bardonaro; one nephew and three nieces; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the funeral home.

Louis Benevengo Louis P. Benevengo, 89, North Bend, died Nov. 6. He was a carrier for the United States Postal Service.

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Michael Crowe Michael F. Crowe, 70, died Oct. 26. He was coordinator of the National Historic Landmark Program, Federal Property Transfer Program and Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program with the National Park Service, and author of the books “Deco by the Bay” and “San Francisco Art Deco” with Robert Bowen. He was founder and former president of the Art Deco Society of California, president of the California Preservation Foundation and Landmarks Preservation

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Green Township, died Nov. 4. He was a member of Newport Lodge 445 F&AM. Survived by sons Gary (Sarah), Trent (Jacquelin) Hoffman; grandchildren Eric, Troy, Brian, Keith Hoffman, Michelle Kellogg; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Blanche Hoffman, parents George, Alma Hoffman, sister Florence Robinson. Services were Nov. 8 at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Advisory Board of San Francisco, and served on the board of the Oakland Heritage Alliance. He also nominated the Cincinnati Union Terminal to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, avenge it from the wrecking ball. Survived by husband Dan Jepson; sisters Mary (late George) Davidson, Kathleen (Ronald) Sonderman, Caroline (Donald) Lemmink, Mary (Peter) Rebold; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nephews and niece. Preceded in death by parents Thomas, Pauline Crowe. Services were Nov. 11 at Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Art Deco Society of California, 100 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94104.

Theresa LaFleur Theresa Zimmerman LaFleur, 94, died Nov. 3. She worked for Little Sisters of the Poor and was a private domestic caretaker. Survived by sons George Sr. (Rose), Michael LaFleur; daughters-in-law Pat, Mary; grandchildren Maria (Tim) Thacker, Kevin, Jeffrey LaFleur; greatgrandchildren Destinee, Britanee, LaFleur Emilee Thacker, Sierria Arionna LaFleur. Preceded in death by husband Andrew LaFleur, children Andrea, Larry, grandson George Jr. Services were Nov. 9 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincinnati, OH 45220.

Jim Griffiths John J. “Jim” Griffiths, 78, Green Township, died Oct. 31. He was a realtor with Star One and West Shell. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of St. Antoninus Parish. Survived by wife Mary Lou Griffiths; children John (Tina), Dave, Mike, Jay Griffiths, Connie (Rick) Weiskittel; Griffiths grandchildren Sophia, Evan, Brent, Kilee, Cole, Nicole (Tyler) Katon; sisters Jeanne Jaspers, Alice Henkel, Marge (Bill) Kolb. Services were Nov. 3 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 432163549 or Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Tom (Karen) Marchioni; grandchildren Bill (Cindy), Shawn Riley, Bridget (Spencer) RileyGillis, Tim (Ellen), Scott (Becky), Nicholas (Lindsey) Knoll, Theresa (Rick) Rudnick, Ryan Marchioni; brother Bob (Ruth) Marchioni; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Marchioni Preceded in death by wife Jeanne Dewar Marchioni, sisters Lillian (Joe) Mercurio, Mary (Carl) Reinhart, Lee (Perry) Sonenschein. Services were Nov. 10 at St. William. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. William Parish Building Fund, 4108 W. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45205 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Paul Metz Paul Metz, 87, died Nov. 4. He was a World War II veteran and a 25-year member of Men of the Sacred Heart. Survived by wife Jaunita Grieshop Metz; children Sharon Hildebrand, Stephen, Donald (Karen), John (Cindy), James (Cindy), Mark (the late Janis) Metz, Donna (John) Rauf; siblings Katherine Back, Dolores Bosse, Thomas, William Metz, Rosemary Moester, Eunice Miller; 21 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings Rosyln Volk,

Lucille Hilbert, Harry, James, Anthony Metz. Services were Nov. 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Our Lady of Lourdes Tuition Assistance Fund, 2832 Rosebud Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Irvin Miller Irvin Miller, 85, Delhi Township, died Oct. 24. Survived by wife Virginia Lee Miller; son Bruce I. Miller. Services were Nov. 17 at the Liberty Riverview Nursing Home. Memorials to: Old Friends Equine, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324.

Jo Riestenberg Josephine “Jo” Roth Riestenberg, 88, died Nov. 7. Survived by Albert (Barbara), Charles (Linda), Richard (Vicki), Ted (May Kay) Riestenberg, cherished grandmother of Christopher, Brian, April, James, Richard, Susan, Bryan, Michael, Greg, Kate, Max; seven greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Albert Riestenberg. Services were Nov. 12 at Our Lady of Riestenberg Victory. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: DaySTAE, Mercy Franciscan at West Park, 2950 West Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH

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Beverly Iasillo Turner, 72, Green Township, died Oct. 17. Survived by husband Jerome Turner; sons Douglas (Laura), Dennis (Tina), Daniel (Linda), David (Nancy) Turner; grandchildren Eric, Alex, Elise, Matthew, Joseph, Shawna, Trisha Turner; siblings Gail Devlin, Patrick (Aliene) Iasillo. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnett Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229 or Right to Life, 1802 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239.

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Cheviot: Chief Joseph Lally, 661-2700 (days), 825-2280 (evenings) » Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212 » Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 263-8300 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline, 574-5323 » North Bend and Miami Township are patrolled by the Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500 theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., Oct. 23. Jeremy Shield, born 1991, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Oct. 25. Jernatara Loraine Bates, born 1961, disorderly conduct, 2618 Harrison Ave., Oct. 24. John Wilkins, born 1962, violation of a temporary protection order, 2705 East Tower Drive, Oct. 25. Joshua Revels, born 1987, domestic violence, 1913 Wyoming Ave., Oct. 27. Justin E. Burton, born 1990, aggravated arson, 3909 Boudinot Ave., Oct. 24. Kaylea Burdette, born 1990, possession of drug abuse instruments, 3120 Worthington Ave., Oct. 23. Kyarra Allen, born 1992, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., Oct. 26. Larry Mattingly, born 1982, assault, 6001 Glenway Ave., Oct. 25. Lee Suggs, born 1962, theft under $300, 4899 Cleves Warsaw Pike, Oct. 22. Lena Glenn, born 1990, criminal damaging or endangering, 3141 Werk Road, Oct. 27. Margaret J. Jackson, born 1988, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, Oct. 20. Marko Hunter, born 1983, criminal trespass, 2604 Westwood Northern Blvd., Oct. 22. Nina Johnson, born 1961, possession of drugs, 1738 Wyoming Ave., Oct. 19. Rabih Ammar, born 1975, illegal possession of a prescription drug, misdemeanor drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3425 Hazelwood Ave., Oct. 27. Reniah Walker, born 1992, disorderly conduct, prohibition person under 21, 3801 Glenway Ave., Oct. 23. Riccardo Branham, born 1993, aggravated armed robbery, felonious assault, 1258 Beech Ave., Oct. 26. Richard Lewis, born 1982, domestic violence, 3735 Westmont Drive, Oct. 28. Samaiyah Dukes, born 1988, criminal damaging or endangering, 6100 Glenway Ave., Oct. 28.

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Sean A. Kidder, born 1960, criminal trespass, 4201 W. Eighth St., Oct. 22. Shawniece Cavanis, born 1991, robbery, 6150 Glenway Ave., Oct. 25. Tabitha Gribbin, born 1977, theft $300 to $5000, 2322 Ferguson Road, Oct. 24. Thomas Douglas, born 1967, theft, 2371 Harrison Ave., Oct. 23. Timothy J. Duffy, born 1986, theft under $300, 2310 Ferguson Road, Oct. 24. William Alan Tyndall, born 1962, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., Oct. 22.

Incidents/reports Assault 1280 First Ave., Oct. 20. 1734 Ashbrook Drive, Oct. 19. 1905 Wyoming Ave., Oct. 21. 1915 Colony Drive, Oct. 25. 2146 Ferguson Road, Oct. 24. 2703 Powell Drive, Oct. 21. 2851 Shaffer Ave., Oct. 24. 2980 Montana Ave., Oct. 24. 3034 Bracken Woods Lane, Oct. 21. 3080 McHenry Ave., Oct. 19. 3337 Stathem Ave., Oct. 24. 4375 Ridgeview Ave., Oct. 22. 4401 Glenway Ave., Oct. 25. 4441 W. Eighth St., Oct. 23. 4520 W. Eighth St., Oct. 20. 5431 Glenway Ave., Oct. 24. Breaking and entering 2310 Nicholson Ave., Oct. 25. 2384 Harrison Ave., Oct. 24. 2550 Fleetwood Ave., Oct. 24. 3239 Epworth Ave., Oct. 25. 3300 Koenig Ave., Oct. 20. 4946 Western Hills Ave., Oct. 25. Burglary 1014 Covedale Ave., Oct. 19. 1741 Gellenbeck St., Oct. 24. 1913 Westmont Lane, Oct. 25. 2482 Queen City Ave., Oct. 25. 2674 Wendee Drive, Oct. 24. 2690 Lafeuille Ave., Oct. 24. 2710 Lafeuille Ave., Oct. 24. 3032 McHenry Ave., Oct. 21. 3109 Worthington Ave., Oct. 19. 3171 Ferncrest Court, Oct. 19. 3229 Cavanaugh Ave., Oct. 22. 820 Suire Ave., Oct. 22. 865 Academy Ave., Oct. 19. Criminal damaging/endangering 1275 Dewey Ave., Oct. 19. 1740 Minion Ave., Oct. 26. 1905 Wyoming Ave., Oct. 21. 1915 Colony Drive, Oct. 25. 2240 Harrison Ave., Oct. 20. 2298 Harrison Ave., Oct. 21. 2298 Harrison Ave., Oct. 22. 2605 Vienna Woods Drive, Oct. 22. 3046 West Tower Ave., Oct. 24. 3217 Stanhope Ave., Oct. 26. 3745 Westmont Drive, Oct. 24. 850 Hermosa Ave., Oct. 20. 939 Suire Ave., Oct. 22.

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The College of Mount St. Joseph held its 17th annual Leadership in Nursing Awards program Oct. 17, at the Drees Pavilion in Devou Park, Covington. Four Tristate nurses were recognized in the categories as “Distinguished Alumni Nurse Leader,” “Distinguished Nurse Administrator,” “Distinguished Nurse Educator” and “Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Leadership.” Since 1996, 65 nursing leaders, representing more than 28 institutions and agencies, have been honored as recipients of these prestigious awards. This year’s award winners were: » Distinguished Alumni Nurse Leader – Judy Willig Walsh, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed., N.E.-B.C., C.E.N.P., has a nursing career that spans 40 years and currently serves as the director of regulatory compliance/patient safety in patient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also worked to develop and implement a Clinical Ladder program to recognize and reward staff nurses during her time at Middletown Regional Hospital. » Distinguished Nurse Administrator – Kimberly S. Boyer, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.S.A., has been integral in the strategic planning and operations of multiple health care facilities for more than 30 years, promoting a positive work environment through collaboration, respect and support of colleagues. She is currently

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32 graduate from United Way Thirty-two future new board and committee members recently graduated from United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s BOLD (Board Orientation and Leadership Development) class. On hand to present certificates and congratulate each graduate was United Way’s Rob Reifsnyder, president and CEO. Participants in BOLD, a program for people with limited or no board experience, complete six half-day sessions to learn the latest in leadership and business management techniques as well as the core responsibilities of board members. They then select an agency in the community where they can put to use their newly-acquired skills. More than 500 BOLD graduates have served on Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s non-profit boards and

Legal Notice To whom it may concern: In accordance with Section 117.38 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Oak Hills Local School District has completed the GAAP financial statements for the 20112012 fiscal year. These statements are available for public inspection at the office of Ronda Johnson, Treasurer Oak Hills School District. 1001736336

committees. By participating in BOLD and preparing to serve on a board or committee of a local non-profit, community members are helping United Way advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Residents from this area in the class included: » Roger Kramer, Deloitte LLP » Eric Soldano, U.S. Bank » Jonathan Evans, Ernst & Young LLP » Stephanie Cappel, University of Cincinnati Partner for Achieving School Success » Vonetta Wise, Clodfelter & Gutzwiller » Douglas Davis, Messer Construction Company Visit BOLD to learn the benefits to participants and their employers or for application information for future classes.

Outing helps foundation Through the generosity of vendors and local golfers, the first Beacon Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Golf Classic took place Oct. 15 at The Heritage Country Club, raising about $25,000 to support the newly established foundation. “The proceeds of this tournament provide ongoing funds to support the Beacon Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation formed in 2010 as a 501c3 charitable foundation, established for scientific research as well as the education of orthopae-

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Goal: Collect 4,000 winter coats The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and WLWT News 5 is having the 11th annual 5 Cares Coat Drive, which runs through Dec. 1. Coat drive partners are Gold Star Chili, City Dash, Kemba Credit Union, Starr Printing and local fire departments. With dropoff locations

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St. Vincent de Paul distributes winter coats directly to local families, as well as providing them to other local agencies that work with those in need across the Tri-State. The 5 Cares Coat Drive relies on the generosity of Greater Cincinnati residents for the donation of new and gently-used coats towards its goal of 4,000 coats. Along with donating coats or making a financial contribution, you can get involved by volunteering your time. You can help sort, hang or distribute the coats. Simply visit or for more information. "Because need knows no season, we realize that the 5 Cares Coat Drive will continue to be an important service for viewers throughout the Tri-State

again this year,” said Richard Dyer, president and general manager WLWT News 5. “We especially appreciate the work of St. Vincent de Paul to deliver the coats we collect directly to local residents in need.” Participating fire departments serving as drop off points include Green Township, Mount Healthy and Springfield Township. For a complete list of drop off locations, go to or For more information about donating or helping with the drive, please call St. Vincent de Paul at 513562-8841, ext. 217. For information on how to receive a coat, call 513421-0602 or visit or

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