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Neighbors Who Care Maybe they delivered a home-cooked meal when you were under the weather, or helped you with yard work. They are “Neighbors Who Care,” and we think they deserve recognition. Again this year, Western Hills Press will devote one of our holiday issues to honoring those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better. No deed is too small (or too large). If you know a Neighbor Who Cares, tell us about them. You can nominate by sending an e-mail to memral@, or by regular mail to Western Hills Press, Neighbors Who Care, 5556 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247. Include your name, address and phone number, as well as theirs.

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Have you put up a neat Christmas lights display? Do you know where one is? Let us know and we’ll publish a list each week until Christmas. E-mail the information to, or mail it to Lights, 5556 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247.

Photography students at Oak Hills High School are displaying their works in an exhibit this month – and hopefully selling the pieces as well. The Oak Hills Student Photography Exhibit is open now and will run until a few days after Christmas at Aroma’s Java & Gelato, 6407 Bridgetown Road, in Green Township. The show marks the fifth time students in Steve Groh’s photography classes are exhibiting their pieces at Aroma’s. “I think it’s a really cool, real world exhibit for the students,” Groh said. “We usually have a very good turnout for the opening.” He said he approached Aroma’s owners, Gretta and Rick Blankenship, a couple of years ago to inquire about holding an art show at the cafe. They agreed and open their shop for Oak Hills exhibits twice each year, hosting shows in December and May. Groh said most art exhibits available to high school students are run through scholastic organizations, and the pieces selected for the shows have been nominated by teachers. He said this show is different because the students choose what works they want to display, and it’s also a neighborhood show that is more accessible to the students’ friends and families. “This is more meaningful to the students,” he said. “And when they sell a piece to


From left, Oak Hills High School senior photography students Mark Funk, Becky Henry, Mike Schlasinger and Samantha Brockman look through a collection of photos students are going to have on exhibit throughout December at Aroma’s Java & Gelato in Bridgetown. someone other than their mom it’s really exciting for them. “It gives students the feeling of what it’s like to be a real artist or photographer and actually sell your work,” he said. Oak Hills senior Maddy Schmidt said she’s looking forward to showing her work in the exhibit because she plans to pursue a career in photojournalism. “For students who are considering going into art, this gives you a firsthand experience of what it will be like,” she said. Senior Susie Rack said she wants a career in art as well, and the show will help her know what

to expect when preparing for future exhibits. It’s also an exhibit she’ll be able to say she participated in and list on her resume, she said. Senior Michelle Luken said in addition to helping students get ready for an art career, the show is also a great way of showing the community what students are in Oak Hills art classes. Groh said the show highlights the best work students in Photo II have developed and printed over the past 10 weeks. There are also a few images from students in Photo I, he said. All of the photographs in the

show will be available for purchase, and he said most of the pieces are on sale for $20. Students get to keep all of the money they earn from selling their photographs. “These kids do an incredible job,” he said. “There will definitely be some pieces that sell.” An opening reception for the exhibit was set to take place Friday, Dec. 3, in which those in attendance had a chance to meet the student artists. For more about your community, visit

Firefighters pull worker from trench By Kurt Backscheider

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A construction worker Green Township firefighters pulled from a 12-foot trench did not survive the medical emergency that caused him to collapse on the job site. Green Township Police Chief Bart West said Anthony Augustine, a 46-year-old subcontractor for Labor Ready, was pronounced dead by doctors at Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy shortly after noon on Monday, Nov. 29. Augustine collapsed while working in a large pipe at the bottom of a 12-foot trench at the site of a future nursing home in the 3200 block of West Fork Road. Lt. Michael Nie, spokesman for the Green Township Department of Fire & EMS, said firefighters were called to the construction site at 9:37 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, after a worker noticed Augustine hadn’t been seen for some time and found him lying unconscious in a 6foot diameter drainage pipe. Nie said there is no indication the medical emergency was connected in any way with an accident at the site. He said it appears the patient’s medical issue just happened to occur inside the pipe. West said, “Apparently it was just a medical

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He said fortunately the department had some firefighters on duty who have been specially trained for these types of rescues, and the rope and ladder system firefighters employed to get Augustine out of the trench went smoothly. “I was impressed with how quickly the guys got everything set up,” he said. “They did everything by the book. It was no small chore and they acted very quickly.” He said the muddy construction site made getting equipment to the patient difficult, but firefighters arrived on the scene at 9:45 a.m., rescued the patient from the trench and had him in an ambulance en route to the hospital by 10:18 a.m. Nie said two fire engines, one ladder truck, an ambulance and an assortment of smaller vehicles responded to the scene. He said about 16 firefighters were involved in the rescue effort. He said he expects the Hamilton County coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Richard Gilgrist, director of the Cincinnati office of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said their will be an investigation of the incident. Gannett News Service contributed to this story.


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Group eying site for residential campus By Kurt Backscheider

Carolyn Ross said she’s excited a dream she shares with several other West Side families is coming closer to becoming reality. “We’re getting there,” she said.

“I believe it’s going to happen.” The Green Township mother is referring to BeauVita, a proposed residential community for adults with developmental disabilities. Ross, her husband, Barry, and three other families who have children with

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special needs teamed up to establish a nonprofit organization focused on building a community in which people with developmental disabilities can live independently and reach their maximum potential. The goal of BeauVita, which means beautiful life, is to provide adults with disabilities a choice when it comes to where and with whom they want to live. “All of us have children or young adults who are developmentally disabled. We all got together a couple of years ago and decided something needs to be done for our family members,” said Michael Ricke, a BeauVita board member and Green Township resident who has a developmentally disabled daughter. He said the plan is to construct a cluster of residential buildings each housing efficiency-style residences with shared living rooms, dining rooms and kitchen areas. Each resident would be maintain their own private bedroom and bathroom space, and they could work together on the upkeep of the common areas. The group has been raising money, and has roughly 3 acres of property off North

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upon reviewing preliminary plans Thursday, Dec. 2. Green Township trustees are expected to review the proposal at their meeting Monday, Dec. 13, and the Hamilton County Rural Zoning Commission is scheduled to review it Thursday, Dec. 16. Ross said if everything goes smoothly the project could be approved by the county the second or third week of February.

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Barb and Mike Ricke and their daughter Julia, 27, who has Down Syndrome have banded together with some other families to build BeauVita, a residential community for developmentally disabled adults.

“We’ve talked with all the neighbors and there was no opposition to our proposal,” she said. Plans call for constructing a campus consisting of six separate buildings that would each contain six apartments for developmentally disabled adults and one full-time staff member per building. Ross said it’s important for the housing to be in a small community setting where the residents can socialize, interact and depend on one another. “We want to create a community within a community,” Ross said. She said construction of the residences will depend on how much funding the organization has. She said she would like to have the first building completed by 2012. BeauVita’s residential support services staff will work with residents to help identify their needs and fashion a plan to help them reach their own personal goals. For more information about BeauVita, or to to donate or get involved, visit For more about your community, visit www.cincinnati. com/greentownship.




kicking off its 86th year of community involvement with its a n n u a l membership drive. Kroner Ray Kroner, president of the association, said the group’s goal is to get 100 members this year. As part of this year’s membership drive, the association is also launching a new website, Kroner said. Under the direction of association member Kevin Leidecker, owner of NYPD Pizza, is a website that promotes a buy local campaign. Kroner said all the businesses in the Cheviot and Westwood area will be included on the site, which will serve as an interactive community calendar as well. “A lot of times we hear, ‘What can the association do for the businesses?’” he said. “This year we have a more definitive answer.”

Along with the new website, the association is also preparing for its 47th annual Outstanding Young Citizens banquet and the 10th annual Westfest summer street festival. Kroner said longtime Westfest co-chairs Chris Baker and Peggy Sullivan are stepping down this year, and Bonnie Perrino-Bandinghaus will continue in her position as chairperson. “Whereas we’ll miss the leadership of Peggy and Chris this is an opportunity for new members to step up and be a part of this West Side tradition,” Kroner said. “We hope to retain Chris and Peggy as consultants – their experience is invaluable.” In addition to the young citizens banquet and Westfest, the community association also sponsors the Party at the House concert each fall at the Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse and the annual Cheviot nativity scene. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Kroner said the meeting location will move, as the association wants to embrace the whole community. “We see other communities with multiple splintered groups and that seems cumbersome,” he said. “Our goal is to get residents and businesses together under one tent for the betterment of the community. This is a great networking opportunity for all.” For information about membership, visit or, or call Kroner at 661-1400. For more about your community, visit

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The Cheviot Fireman’s Association, Cheviot Police Association and city of Cheviot are hosting the Cheviot Kids Christmas Fair from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. The event will take place at the Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse on Robb Avenue. Activities include a model train display, face painting, games and prizes, snacks, popcorn, soft drinks and a split-the-pot raffle. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance to meet the children.

Raising some dough

The Three Rivers Middle School Choral Boosters is selling Panera Dough Strips for $14, redeemable at any Panera Breads with no purchase necessary. Coupon strips available: one, six-coupon bagel strip that features three bagels per coupon; and one, six-coupon strip that features a variety of baked goods including a sourdough baguette, an Asiago cheese demi, a focaccia round, three bagels, two cookies and a brownie slice. The sale benefits the middle school choir, including the eighth-grade choir students’ trip to perform at Music in the Parks at Kings Island in April. The strips have been preordered and are ready to be delivered.

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A fundraiser for Jeff and Joyce Kendrick will be 7 p.m.midnight Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18, at Refuge Coffee Bar at 5010 Glenway Ave. Jeff was scheduled to have spinal fusion surgery Dec. 3 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The couple needs help with medical bills and other expenses An account at Fifth Third Bank – Jeff & Joyce Kendrick Benefit Fund – has been set up. For donation of service gift cards or items to raffle at the fundraiser, call Cecelia Barker at 513-387-9861.

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Cheviot’s taverns and cafess are offering the opportunity to lend a hand while hoisting a mug of holiday cheer. Several neighborhood bars and establishments including Babes, Black Sheep Bar & Grill, Cheviot Eagles, Cheviot Sports Tavern, Fogerty’s, Keller’s, Maury’s Tiny Cove, Rooties, Second Street Saloon and Skins have “purchased” last year’s remaining Westfest mugs to offer as a special to their patrons

through the holiday season. A portion of each mug sale will go to assist those in need in the community. The fundraiser continues through the end of the year. Proceeds will help the Cheviot Fire Association, Cheviot Police Association and Cheviot Westwood Community Association buy food baskets for area families. Scott Scherpenberg of the Black Sheep said, “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be involved with helping the less fortunate due to the downturn in the economy.”

Perfect score

Elder senior Josh Rieskamp received a perfect score – 800 – on the critical reading portion of the SAT. A perfect score is a rare occurrence. According to Elder spokeswoman Maureen Regan, less than 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who take the test achieve a perfect score on the critical reading portion of the exam. Rieskamp also earned AP Scholars with Honors recognition from the College Board for his work on the Advance Placement exams this past spring. 2010 Elder graduates John Alexander and William Voellmecke earned AP Scholars with Honors as well. Robert Kessler, Jacob

Meyer, Kevin O’Brien, Ryan Priestle, Alex Redrow and Mark Roser, all of whom are 2010 graduates, earned AP Scholars recognition from the College Board.

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Thinking of buying a Nook or Sony Reader for the book lover on your holiday shopping list? You aren’t alone – eReaders are expected to be the hot gift of the holiday season. If you’ve been considering the idea of buying an eeReader, stop by the Groesbeck branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, to learn more about them, try them out and find out how they are compatible with library materials. The branch is at 2994 W. Galbraith Road. Call 369-4454 for more information. Find out more about eReaders with the library’s online guide about eReaders for the holidays at

Man shot in face during robbery

A man was shot in the face during a home invasion robbery early Nov. 30, according to Cincinnati police. The victim was taken to University Hospital. He is expected to recover, police

said. Officers were called to the Montana Valley Apartment complex off Vienna Woods Drive about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 30 after receiving a report of a shooting. The gunman remains at large, but police did take into custody several neighbors in an apartment above the unit where the crime occurred. Their names and charges were not released. Police have not said what, if anything, was taken during the burglary.

Benefit concert

Alumni of the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre will gather for the second annual Reunion Benefit Concert on Sunday, Dec. 26, at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, to celebrate 30 years of the organization. Since 1982, the theater group has mounted more than 50 productions between its summer program, holiday productions and co-productions with other theater troupes. More than 2,000 actors, dancers, stage managers, technical staff and musicians proudly call themselves CYPT alumni. Many have gone on to great careers on Broadway, in National tours, at regional theaters across the country, on original cast recordings, on television and in film. The benefit concert will

bring back talent from all the eras of the program to perform a selection of showstoppers and CYPT favorites. All proceeds of the evening benefit CYPT and will keep the program going and growing. The pre-show happy hour runs from 5:30-7 p.m.; the performance runs 7-9 p.m.; and the after hours cast party is 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets for the concert are $15. Add-on tickets for the happy hour are $10 and include two drink tickets and light appetizers in the theater before the show. Call the box office at 2416550 for ticket information.

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A Green Township man was charged with receiving stolen property after the victim of a stolen car discovered the car parts for sale on the website Craigslist. Jackie L. Sanders, 39, had bond of $10,000 set. He was arrested in the 4300 block of Hutchinson Road in Green Township. The theft victim discovered the Craigslist ad for car parts and contacted Sanders, the seller, to view the property, according to court documents. The victim identified them as parts taken from his 1994 Honda. The parts are valued at $1,200.

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Lights have been on for 5 years By Marc Emral


Standing atop Martini Service Center on Bridgetown Road, next to part of the business's Christmas decorations, are, from left, Jeff Tullius, Mike Tullius, Doug Hayes and Steve Martini. This is their 25th year of Christmas decorations. year,” said Tullius, who seems to be the idea man. “But we used the last five amps. We’ll upgrade for next year.” Martini lives in Miami Heights, but grew up behind the his shop. Tullius and his brother, Mike, who has

top the addition to the old building. Next to it is the manger scene. And they might have put up more lights but they maxed out the electric needed. “I have some ideas for added features for next

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worked at Martini’s for almost 29 years, and another worker Doug Hayes, put up this year’s lights in a day. And while the lights went up the Saturday before Thanksgiving, they were not turned on until the Friday after Thanksgiving. “We’re traditional,” Martini said. And if a light goes out? No problems. Martini says a customer will call and tell them. And if you think they take their decorations home with them, well, they don’t. Martini doesn’t go all out in his decorations. Jeff Tullius

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The Oak Hills Local School District is now accepting nominations for its Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Staff and Hall of Honor awards. Presented by the Oak Hills Business Advisory Council in partnership with the Oak Hills Educational Foundation, the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Staff awards are given to those who “demonstrate excellence in career, show dedication with exemplary service to the Oak Hills educational and/or business community or nationally; and serve as exemplary models for students of the Oak Hills schools because of significant accomplishments, efforts and contributions to the school or community.” Hall of Honor honorees are those who “work above and beyond normal expectations for his/her job or volunteer position, and has done so for at least five years.” Employees, volunteers, friends of the district or financial contributors, living or deceased, are eligible. Nominations are due by noon on Friday, Feb. 4. Winners will be recognized at the Oak Hills Educational Foundation scholarship and awards dinner on May 4. For more information, or to obtain a nomination form, visit or contact Gina GentryFletcher at 513-598-3412 or Gentry-Fletcher_G@oakhills

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What started as two strands of Christmas lights 25 years ago is now a yearly tradition in Bridgetown. Martini Service Center, 4417 Bridgetown Road, has its decorations up and turned on, and for one simple – but common – reason. “I Love Christmas, I love the traditions,” said owner Steve Martini. And since he started putting up the lights 25 years ago, homes around his place started decorating also. Martini moved into an old gas station with two bays 29 years ago. His friend Jeff Tullius was in on the first hanging on the lights and is the one who comes up with different ideas. The latest? Two years ago they erected the world



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First honors: William Angel, Nicholas Antone, Thomas Autenrieb, Anthony Bauer, Zachary Bauer, Brandon Bell, Kyle Berndsen, Nathaniel Bischoff, Jonathan Boiman, Noah Burbrink, Kyle Buschle, Joshua Byrne, Michael Caldwell, Austin Cipriani, Andrew Cole, Christopher Collins, Jacob Conners, Sean Conway, Lucas Deters, Collin Dugan, Michael Eilerman, Dominic Faillace, Eavan Feldman, Sean Feldman, Daniel Fishburn, Benjamin Flick, Gunnar Fox, Jason Geis, Bradley Gerhardt, Austin Gleckler, Michael Griswold, Brian Guck, Nicholas Harp, Kevin Haws, Benjamin Hayhow, Nathaniel Herdeman, Jacob Hoferer, Jack James, Michael Kay, Holden Kelley, Brian Kelly, Benjamin Klenk, Kyle Koppenhoefer, Timothy Kramer, Adam Kroeger, Nicholas Kroger, Carl Lengerich, Tyler Leppert, Matthew Listermann, Jacob Luebbe, Noah Mastruserio, Jacob McSwigan, Matthew Medberry, Tyler Metzner, Matthew Meyer, Joseph Middendorf, David Miller, Michael Murphy, Matthew Murray, Bradley Newell, Matthew Nortmann, Ryan Ostertag, Nicholas Peters, Austin Porta, Andrew Price, Joseph Ratterman, Jonathan Reiter, Kyle Rickett, Tyler Rickett, Nicholas Roth, Francesco Sabato, Gian Salamone, Dominic Scarlato, Timothy Schiller, Alec Schramm, Christopher Schroer, Thomas Schulz, Christopher Smedley, Andrew Sportsman, Kyle Stadtmiller, Christian Steege, Patrick Sullivan, Graham Swink, Austin Timmers, Michael Tomlinson, Austin Walsh, Tyler Warner, David Wehner, Austin Wessels and Jonathan Williams. Second honors: Michael Bailey, Anthony Behler, Andrew Berger, Jared Brown, Nicholas Carnevale, Ross Combs, Bryan Cullen, Zachary Deters, James Dirr, Joseph Dunajcik, Lucas Feist, Luke Groene, Joseph Grove, David Harbin, John Hautz, Jaquon James, Curtis Johnson, Malik Johnson, Timothy Kemen, Austin Koch, Adam Laub, Taylor Lee, Benjamin Macaluso, Samuel Maciejewski, Steven Maurer, Jacob Meyer, Evan Morgan, Ryan Murray, Drew Paolercio, Gerald Quitter, Montana Ramsey, James Riegler, Christopher Schweer, Nicholas Siegmundt, Benjamin Smith, Shane Smith, Nicholas Taylor and Connor Walsh.


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First honors: Christopher Alderson, Alexander Anderson, Nicholas Beiler, Benjamin Bell, Christopher Branigan, Andrew Burkhart, Keith Burns, Kevin Butler, Stephen Butler, Jeffrey Caminiti, Timothy Cappel, Benjamin Coffaro, Brent Cole, Patrick Cole, Justin Cova, Bradley DePaoli, Nicholas Duwell, Ross Eppensteiner, Scott Essen, Joseph Gamble, Matthew Gatherwright, Paul George, Zachary Gorman, Timothy Gruber, Kevin Haas, Jacob Herdeman, Jackson Hilvers, Philip Hofmeyer, Kevin Hyland, Daniel James, Mario Jansen, Nicholas Koch, Nicholas Lehan, Thomas Liauba, Robert Macke, Kenneth Maret, Andrew Martini, Zachary McCoy, Christopher McGowan, Michael McManus, David Mecher, Joseph Meisberger, Michael Mellott, Lincoln Meltebrink, Scott Menne, Joel Meyer, Nicholas Miller, Anthony Monk, Luke Moore, John Na, Jared Niehauser, Michael O'Connell, Craig Olding, Jarred Perrmann, Cody Phillips, Thomas Pritchard, Patrick Reed, Allen Riegler, Joshua Rieskamp, James Schottelkotte, Michael Schwarz, Nathan Sexton, Guy Adam Sprecker, Matthew Stalf, Ryan Stenken, Zachary Stevens, Kyle Ulmer, Alexander Viox, Richard Vogel, Collin Vorbroker, Stephen Weber, Timothy Weil, Ryan Welch, Christopher Wiegman, Benjamin Woeste, Benjamin Woestman and Corey Zielinski. Second honors: Timothy Baldrick, David Bley, John Breidenstein, Corey Cason, Nicholas Connor, Patrick Finn, Robert Fuhr, Joseph Fulton, Alexander Gardner, Robert Gavin, Dylan Graham, Robert Grogan, Joseph Hageman, Kevin Huschart, Jacob Jasper, Donald Kay, Tyler King, Ian Korb, Jacob Kunkel, Chad Kunze, Cory Lape, Joshua Makin, Maxwell Martini, Dylan McLaughlin, Joel Mercurio, Matthew Moehring, Joshua Monk, Tyler Pate, Ryan Patty, James Rider, Cory Roettker, Marc Ryan, Matthew Sandman, Nicholas Schaiper, Adam Schramm, Emory Smith, Jacob Spurlock, Nicholas Stange, Andrew Stautberg, Matthew Stautberg, Rob Stewart, Joseph Sweeney, Eric Toepfer, Joshua Wernke, Andrew Wetsch and Brian Zieverink.

Five from Xavier University on medical mission A 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed about 230,000 people in Haiti Jan. 12, 2010, and left millions homeless. One year later, from Jan. 2-9, 13 Xavier University pre-med students, two staff members from Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and four medical professionals will commemorate this anniversary by traveling to Haiti under the medical auspices of Heart to Heart

International (H2H). Five Cincinnati-area Xavier students are among those chosen to participate in the trip. They are: Jonathan Kuhl of Hamilton, a sophomore majoring in natural sciences with a minor in peace studies; Eli Marr of Williamsburg, a junior natural sciences major; Angie Horner of Hyde Park, a senior occupational therapy major; Kathy Moebius of Sharonville, a senior biology

major; and Julie Krechting of Green Township, a sophomore majoring in occupational therapy with a minor in psychology. H2H is a faith-based initiative which has had teams in Haiti since the day after the quake. The Xavier group will live outside Port-au-Prince and commute into the city to H2H’s large primary care facility. Smaller teams will venture into the more remote areas during the

week. H2H will find lodging, two meals a day, translators, security and transportation in Haiti. The medical directors on site are a husband and wife, assisted by some Haitian nurses and other medical professionals. While all of this is located for the Xavier group, it is not free. Rabbi Abie Ingber, the founding director of Xavier’s Office for Interfaith Community Engage-

ment, estimates that the group needs to find $50,000 to fly, feed and house 19 people for one week. Ingber said tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Xavier University, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, 3800 Victory Parkway ML 2120, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Checks can be made payable to Xavier University IFCE. For more information, call 745-3569.

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The week at Oak Hills

• The McAuley girls basketball team beat Oak Hills 52-33, Nov. 27. Oak Hills’ topscorer was Danni Scholl with 23 points. On Nov. 30, Oak Hills lost 53-44 to Harrison. Oak Hills’ top-scorer was Danni Scholl with 15 points. • In boys bowling, Oak Hills beat Wyoming 2,9742,321, Nov. 29. Oak Hills’ Zach Horstman bowled a 481. On Dec. 2, Oak Hills beat Sycamore 2,857-2,337. Oak Hills’ Ben Gourley bowled a 446. • In girls bowling, Oak Hills beat Wyoming 2,202-1,276, Nov. 29. Oak Hills’ Wilson bowled a 481. On Dec. 2, the Oak Hills girls beat Sycamore 2,5012091. Oak Hills’ Wilson bowled a 416. • The Oak Hills boys swimming team beat Colerain 7717, Dec. 2. Oak Hills won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute, 51.87 seconds, the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 37.65 seconds and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 42.23 seconds. • In girls swimming, Oak Hills beat Colerain 87-15, Dec. 2. Oak Hills won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute, 59.46 seconds, the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 50.95 seconds, and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 4 minutes, 25.73 seconds.

The week at Taylor

• The Taylor girls basketball team beat New Miami 60-42, Nov. 30. Taylor’s top-scorer was Kara Gillespie with 16 points. On Dec. 2, the girls beat Lawrenceburg 54-52 in overtime. Taylor’s top-scorer was Christina Dilley with 28 points. • In boys swimming, Taylor placed second with a score of 91 against La Salle’s first place 104 and Winton Woods’ 7, Nov. 30. On Dec. 2, Taylor beat Walnut Hills 48-46. Taylor won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute, 59.66 seconds, the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 46.5 seconds. • The Taylor girls swim team placed first with a score of 104 against’ McAuley’s 88 and Winton Woods’ 8, Nov. 30. Taylor won the 300 meter relay in 2 minutes, 5.91 seconds, and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 4 minutes, 19.81 seconds. • The Walnut Hills girls swim team beat Taylor 55-38, Dec. 2, but not before Taylor’s Mersch broke a school record in the 100 meter backstroke at 1 minute, 7.63 seconds. Taylor won the 200 meter medley relay in 2 minutes. 8.25 seconds, and the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 52.87 seconds.

The week at Mercy

• The Mercy girls bowling team beat McAuley 2,3932,150, Nov. 30. Mercy’s Amy Feie bowled a 390. McAuley’s Alyssa Estep bowled a 366. On Dec. 2, Mercy A placed first with a score of 2,446 against Mercy B’s 1,999 and St. Ursula’s 1,679. Mercy’s Feie bowled a 421 for team A and Corso bowled a 202 for team B.

The week at La Salle

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West Side bowling among city’s best

By Tony Meale

Several area teams are ranked in the top 10 in the city, including Oak Hills (first for both boys and girls), St. Xavier (fourth), Elder (fifth), Mother of Mercy (second), Seton (fifth) and La Salle (12th). Here is a look at those squads as they enter the 2010-11 campaign.


The Mother of Mercy High School bowling team has the talent to produce yet another 20-win season. Among the varsity members (from left to right): Sarah Schwab, Gabby Discepoli, Katie Minning, Kelsey Schaible, Amber Volmer, Monica Murphy (crouching), Amy Feie, Sarah Tebelman and Susan Geers.


Second-year head coach Dave Sievers returns two starters – senior Michael Luken and junior Ben Brauch – from a team that finished 13-7 overall last year and third in the Greater Catholic League South division with a 10-4 record. Luken was a first-team, all-league performer, while Brauch earned second-team honors. Both were among the top eight bowlers in the GCL-South, with Luken averaging 196.2 and Brauch averaging 198.3. Assuming expanded roles will be senior Aaron Vest and junior Mark Adkins, who last season averaged 164.6 and 170.6, respectively. Sophomore Joe Giovanetti will also be in the mix. “This year we should be very competitive,” Sievers said. “Our guys have been competing and practicing all summer. We graduated a very good leader in our captain Bobby Busche, so it will be interesting to see who steps into that role this year.” Early January figures to be a busy time for the Panthers’ program. Elder is hosting a grade school night Jan. 2 at Western Bowl and has matches slated with La Salle (Jan. 4) and St. Xavier (Jan. 6). Both matches will be at Western Bowl at 7 p.m. Upcoming tournament include the Bearcat Classic Jan. 14 at Western Bowl and the Ohio High School Classic Jan. 15 at Northwest Lanes. The GCL Tournament is slated for Jan. 17 at Colerain Bowl. “I think our depth this year will be a factor in our success,” Sievers said. Elder (26) is ranked fifth in the city behind Oak Hills (44), Fairfield (38), Glen Este (35) and St. Xavier (33).

La Salle

The Lancers, which finished 13-5 overall last season and second to St. Xavier in the Greater Catholic League South division, graduated a trio of secondteam, all-league performers in T.J DeLaet, Andrew Leon and Kyle Smith. This season, La Salle will rely on seniors Jake Huber and Travis Nieman, as well


The La Salle High School bowling team finished second in the GCL-South last season. Pictured (back row, left to right): Head coach Hollis Haggard, Mike Frankl, Travis Nieman, Austin Tebelman and coach Bobby Wingerberg. Front row, left to right: Tim Elder, Jeff Nader, Jacob Huber and Matthew Nichols.


The St. Xavier High School bowling team has won three straight GCL-South titles, but the Bombers graduated their entire starting lineup from last season. Hoping to carry on the tradition will be (back row, left to right): Head coach Al Runkel, Eddie Runkel, Chris Hecht, Matt Huber, coach James Kasee and (front row, left to right) Ben Weinberger, Bryan Walsh, Tim Sause and Joey Bruns. as juniors Mike Frankl, Jeff Nadar and Gabe Perkins. Huber averaged a 167.7 in limited action last year but in the early season is hovering in the 230s. Nieman is at 212, while Frankl, Nadar and Perkins have been in the 160s-170s range. La Salle, ranked 12th in the city, takes on topranked Oak Hills Dec. 8 at Western Bowl. The Lancers also face Elder Dec. 16 at Colerain Bowl before participating in the Holiday Baker Marathon Dec. 18 at Columbus Bowling Palace and the New Year’s Tournament Dec. 28 at Eastern Lanes. They open the new year with league matches against Elder (Jan. 4) and Moeller (Jan. 6) with the GCL Tournament slated for Jan. 17 at Colerain Bowl.

Mother of Mercy

The Bobcats return five starters from a team that has posted consecutive 20win seasons. Among the potent pinkillers are seniors Katie Minning and Kelsey Schaible. Both were all-conference performers in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division last season. Schaible averaged 185.8, while Minning averaged 185.1. “They could be the best bowlers in Cincinnati this year,” Mercy head coach Mike McDonald said. Other returning starters

include senior Sarah Tebelman (170.9) and junior Amy Feie (179.2). Mercy, which is ranked second in the city behind Oak Hills, has 19 bowlers on its roster. “They’re just too good to cut,” McDonald said. “Our depth is our strength.” The Bobcats finished 203 last season and second to Seton in the GGCL-Scarlet with a 12-3 record. They finished third at the GGCL Tournament but won sectional and district titles last en route to placing 12th at the state tournament. McDonald said the goals this year are to reclaim the conference title and return to state. Mercy faces Seton Dec. 16 at Western Bowl and Jan. 6 at Stumps Lanes. Upcoming tournaments include the Bearcat Classic Jan. 14 at Western Bowl and the GGCL Tournament Jan. 17 at Brentwood Bowl. The state bowling championships will be March 4 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.

Oak Hills

Both Highlander squads enter the season ranked No. 1 in the city. The boys team graduated an all-senior starting lineup that won the Greater Miami Conference and finished sixth at the state tournament last year. Among those starters were Stephen Kluesener, Tyler Hagemann, Ryan Burger, Keith Bunke,

Gary Ostrowski and Bryan Lubbers; all earned allleague honors. This season, the Highlanders lane an inexperienced yet talented squad led by senior Zach Horstman, juniors Ben Gourley and Jaron Hesse, and freshman Kyle Helmes. In their first match, each of those four averaged over 200, with Horstman topping the bunch at 240.5. Seniors Andy Stegman, Bobby Seitz and Aaron Baker will also play crucial roles this season. "The competition for the starting five positions should be very competitive," Oak Hills head coach Bonnie Hutchinson said. The Lady Scots, meanwhile, finished third in the GMC last season but return first-team, all-league seniors Amanda Walden and Mollie Wilson, who averaged 186.2 and 180.3, respectively. Other key performers will be seniors Brittany Wuestefeld, Meggan Wilson and Jennifer Boehringer, as well as junior Kristee Hartung. Both squads will participate in the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 at Western Bowl, which is also the site of the Bearcat High School Classic Jan. 14.


The Saints had a stellar 09-10 campaign in which they won the GGCL-Scarlet and finished fourth at the state tournament. Seton, however, graduated five of its top seven bowlers, including Nicole Kettler and Pam Kettler, who finished first and second, respectively, in the GGCL-Scarlet with averages of 201.6 and 190.6. Nicole was also Enquirer Bowler of the Year. Top returners for the Saints include seniors Alyssa Merz and Lori Piller, both of whom bring statetournament experience. Also returning is Sam Barnes, who sat out last season but has returned for her senior year. “Our strength is our seniors,” Seton head coach Jim Robb said. “We hope they will be able to compete with some of the top bowlers in our league, but that will be a hard road to climb. The teams in out league are very tough and are returning a lot of veteran bowlers, so we will be depending on our newcomers to catch up fast for us to compete.” Among those new bowlers are junior Maddy Haney and sophomores Molly Piller and Jordan Schmidt. Seton (17) is ranked fifth in the city behind Oak Hills (32), Mercy (29), Northwest @6) and Glen Este (18). The Saints face Mercy Dec. 16 at Western Bowl


Elder High School senior bowler Michael Luken leads the Panthers this season. and Jan. 6 at Stumps Lanes. The GGCL Tournament will be held Jan. 17 at Brentwood Bowl. “We are expecting our young team to improve throughout the year and be able to compete with the top teams in our area and at the state level,” Robb said. “Our returners are working hard, and we feel they can achieve their goals.” The State Bowling Championships will be March 4 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus. “Our goal,” Robb said, “is to get back to that level.”

St. Xavier

The Bombers graduated their entire starting lineup from last season, including Chris Weber, an Enquirer Bowler of the Year and Dexter USBC High School AllAmerican who now bowls for Ohio State. St. X reloads with a group headlined by seniors Tim Sause and Bryan Walsh. “Both are capable of averaging over 200,” St. X head coach Al Runkel said. Runkel also expects junior Joey Bruns and sophomore Eddie Runkel to average over 200, while Ben Weinberger is the top freshman. “Overall, our talent is good, and we’re deep,” Runkel said. St. X has won the Greater Catholic League South division three years in a row and is the two-time defending GCL Tournament champion. Despite a plethora of new faces, the Bombers expect to compete for league honors once again and qualify for the state tournament, which they last did in 2009. “We need experience, which can be gained only by bowling matches and tournaments,” Runkel said. “We also need to improve our spare shooting.” The Bombers, ranked fourth in the city, are 2-0 entering play Dec. 2. Upcoming tournaments include the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 and the New Year’s Tournament Dec. 28. The GCL Tournament is Jan. 17 at Colerain Bowl, while the State Bowling Championships will be held March 5 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.

• The La Salle boys swim team beat Taylor and Winton Woods with a score of 104, Nov. 30. Taylor scored 91 and Winton Woods scored a 7.

The week at Elder

• The Elder boys bowling team beat Roger Bacon 29,17-2,895, Nov. 30. Elder’s Ben Brauch bowled a 506. On Dec. 2, Elder placed first with a score of 2,430 against Carroll’s 2,377 and Purcell Marian’s 2,320. Elder’s Mark Adkins bowled a 314.


Among the members of the Oak Hills girls bowling team (front row, left to right): Dani Bestfelt, Kristen Pertonio, Emily Rieman, Larissa Goodin, Amanda Wilder and Katie Rankin. Back row, left to right: Jennifer Boehringer, Amanda Walden, Mollie Wilson, Miranda Wingard, Meggan Wilson, Brittany Wuestefeld and Kristee Hartung.


Among the members of the Oak Hills boys bowling team (front row, left to right): Ben Knochel, Cole Weisbrod, Cody Weisbrod, Nathan Boehringer, Justin Lange, Kyle Dring, Cody Fletcher and Jordan Goodin. Back row, left to right: Aaron Baker, Zach Horstman, Ben Gourley, Bobby Seitz, Kyle Helmes, Andy Stegman and Jordan Hesse.

Sports & recreation By Tony Meale

With 24 wins last year, Moeller may boast the top hockey program in the GCLSouth. But the rest of the league is trying to catch up. Take La Salle. The Lancers have come a long way since their inaugural 017-2 season in 2002-03. They won nine games or more five years in a row from 2004-05 to 2008-09 before finishing 7-19-1 last season. Head coach Ken Handley returns five seniors from that seven-win team; among them are Nick Rumpke, Jon Miller, Gus Welling, George Welling and Jake Ventura. The future of the program, however, lies in a stable of underclassmen: Justin Blust, Tim David, Jeremy Murdock, Eric Conradi, Ben Heyob, Tyler Quattrone and Nick Benson.

La Salle (1-7-1 entering play Dec. 4) started 0-6-1 before beating Elder 5-3 Nov. 21. Ventura netted all five goals for the Lancers, with three assists coming from Miller. Murdock and David split time in goal and snared 30 saves combined. “Offensively, we will be a more high-scoring team this season,” Handley said. “And the two freshmen defensemen – Justin Ross and Garrett Liette – will be very fun to watch.” La Salle has a rematch with Elder Dec. 17 at Cincinnati Gardens. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 1-6 entering play Dec. 3. They opened the year with a 7-4 win over Dayton – in which Dominic Marsala netted two goals for Elder – but have lost six straight entering play Dec. 3. Elder has mustered just one goal in each of its last four losses and was outscored 30-4.

Still, there have been bright spots. Senior captain Nathan Sexton has scored or assisted in all but one game this season. Other offensive threats include Brit Doerflein, Nick Kollman, Robert Gavin, Charles Squeri, Jared Niehauser, Paul George, Mike Kollman, Jordan Sommer, Joel Martini, Adam Sponaugle and the aforementioned Marsala, who has also spent time in goal. In a 5-1 loss to Worthington Kilbourne Nov. 27, Marsala saved 37 of 42 shots for an 88 percent save percentage. Elder will face St. Xavier Dec. 27 at Cincinnati Gardens. As for the Bombers, they return almost every player from last season. They’re led by senior captains Will Ellerhorst, Ryan Donnelly, Scott Rousseau and Jack Doyle. “They have plenty of experience,” St. X head

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The Bluegrass-Buckeye Holiday Charity Classic returns to The Bank of Kentucky Center Dec. 11-12. There will be six games between top boys’ high school basketball programs from Kentucky and Ohio, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Neediest Kids of All and Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund. The schedule of games (Kentucky vs. Ohio): Saturday, Dec. 11 5:30 p.m. Dixie Heights High School vs. Colerain High School; 7 p.m. Holmes High School vs. Aiken High School; and 8:30 p.m. Louisville Male High School vs. Taft High School. Sunday, Dec. 12 1 p.m. Ryle High School vs. Oak Hills High School; 2:30 p.m. Mason County High School vs. Princeton High School; and 4 p.m. Covington Catholic High School vs. St. Xavier High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for ages six and under. Tickets can be purchased at participating high schools, The Bank of Kentucky Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, online at or by phone at 1-800-7453000. For details visit the event’s page at www. bluegrassbuckeye.asp.


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La Salle would like to thank the local communities for their generous donations to La Salle’s Truck Full of Love Canned Food Drive. La Salle student volunteers collected over 40,000 pounds of canned and dried goods from the local communities. This generosi-

ty will benefit the following charities: the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paul at St. Ann Parish, St. Monica Food Pantry, St. George Food Pantry, Be Concerned Food Pantry, and St. Leo’s Food Pantry. David Jacob La Salle High School

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How much do you plan to spend for Christmas or holiday gifts this year? How does that compare to last year? Every week The Western Hills Press asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to westernhills@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. most want to be. She is plucky, loves to read and became a teacher. She had a certain joy for life that was inspiring.” K.S. “’The Invisible Man.’ I could go into dangerous places and situations, and not fear being discovered and probably killed. “And I could learn the truth about things that divide people, and be able to expose liars for what they are.” B.B. “Federal agent Elliot Ness … old-fashioned crime fighting where the constitutional rights didn’t play a huge part on investigations and apprehensions.” O.H.R.


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Pet not a good holiday gift idea ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … wait, what’s that? A puppy in a box? Wrapped in bows like a gift? No, it couldn’t be! Doesn’t everyone know that giving live pets as gifts is never a good idea, unless the recipient of the “gift” has participated in all aspects of preparing their homes and hearts and wallets for the responsibility of having a pet? It can send a message that trivializes what should be a major decision to share your life with a pet; one that is very personal and not to be taken lightly. If not well thought out, often these pets given as gifts (puppies and kittens at Christmas, rabbits at Easter) end up like the rest of the holiday hype once the season is over or the “kids outgrow it” – neglected, discarded or dumped at a secondhand store. Because of this, many animal rescues will not adopt to anyone seeking to use the adopted pet as a gift. Rather, “Promise Certificates” can be purchased, so that if the recipient of the gift so chooses,

they may go and meet, greet and select their own pet when the time is right, if they choose to do so. Here are some gift ideas Diana for pets and pet Dornbusch lovers alike that Cron are more practical and safer for Community the pets in quesPress guest tion: columnist • Gift certificates for doggie day care and/or a pet-sitting service. Both of these can make your pet happy by having care/activities/attention when you are working long hours or out of town. • Gift certificate for veterinary services – The gift of good preventive health can not be underestimated. • Foster or sponsor a pet in a shelter – Not sure if you want the full-time responsibility of a pet 24/7/365? Consider brightening the holiday season (and likely your own) of a homeless pet from many local shelters. Visit www.petfinder. com to find a list of local shelters

Doesn’t everyone know that giving live pets as gifts is never a good idea, unless the recipient of the “gift” has participated in all aspects of preparing their homes and hearts and wallets for the responsibility of having a pet? and available animals. • Grooming certificates or supplies – Pets like to be pampered too! The Furminator and Pedipaws are two newer popular grooming tools. • Enrichment tools and “bling” for pets – Humans and their pet owners love innovative toys, gadgets, condos, beds, climbing trees, flashy collars, bandanas, carriers, ID tags. One favorite: • Media about/for pets – Training videos, books, games: Dr. Diana Dornbusch Cron is a veterinarian and co-owner of Glenway Animal Hospital.

What I am thankful for I am thankful for traveling to visit family and friends and new places like Schaumburg, Ill., where I spent time with Jurgen, my 9year-old grandson, at Legoland; and traveling to Washington, Mass., where I attended the wedding of Patrick, my youngest son, and Carrie, now my daughter-inlaw. After traveling, I am thankful for returning home to my comfortable and familiar surroundings. I am thankful for the glorious adventure of walking around my neighborhood with friends and wallowing in the wonder of the day. I am thankful for the numerous walks I took this year with friends like Debbie, Donna, Mary Lou, Sue, and Danielle at Fernbank

Park. I am thankful for the several bike rides that I took this year on the Loveland trail. We had so many sunny and cool mornings, just perfect for riding a bike. I am thankful for sitting at breakfast with my husband each day and enjoying conversations that are forever filled with fun and interesting happenings, thoughts, and feelings to share. I am thankful for the moments my husband and I shared this year with my brothers and their wives like having breakfast at Cracker Barrel and doing a little Christmas shopping for my two grandchildren. I am forever thankful for having work to do that I consider

important. I am thankful for a walk my husband and I took on Nov. 21 on the Loveland Joyce Rogers trail with our Community special friends Press guest Mike and Ella. columnist I am thankful for having Thanksgiving dinner with my oldest son, Greg, who is a wonderful cook, in spite of or because of his mother? I am forever thankful for my parents, Helen and Frank, who taught me that God loves me with an infinite love. Can life get any better than this! Joyce Rogers lives in Covedale.

WeTHRIVE! puts kids, communities ahead of game With the recent passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and release of the nation’s Healthy People 2020 goals, schools and communities around the country are asking the question, “What do we have to do?” Thanks to the collaborative community program WeTHRIVE!, Hamilton County can proudly proclaim, “Look what we’ve already begun!” The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act calls for stronger school nutrition standards, encourages the use of local foods and promotes school gardens. WeTHRIVE! began work on these issues in 2008, bringing parents, teachers and community members together to create

schools where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Early success stories include a school garden at Lincoln Heights Elementary Stacy Wegley School and Community implementation nutrition stanPress guest of dards for school columnist foods and beverages by the Lockland School District. Last June, when the state of Ohio passed similar school nutrition legislation, WeTHRIVE! had the tools in place to guide local school districts through the

process. By August, Cincinnati Public Schools adopted new nutrition guidelines for the district’s 57 schools. Norwood City Schools stopped selling soda and junk food in the high school’s “Snack Shack” during lunchtime and, like other local districts, is working with WeTHRIVE! to set improved nutrition standards. Healthy People 2020 – the federal government’s 10-year plan to improve the nation’s health – takes a different approach from the past. The plan calls on communities, not just individuals, to play a role in creating environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice. Hamilton County is ahead of

the game with the WeTHRIVE! program providing communities the tools and resources to confront and overcome barriers to wellness. Last spring, residents broke ground on nine community gardens in Lincoln Heights, Woodlawn and Lockland to help bring healthier food to their neighborhoods. More gardens are set to open throughout the county next spring. WeTHRIVE! continues to help build a healthier Hamilton County by supporting policy, systems and environmental changes that fight obesity. Things like creating “shared use” agreements to open school and church gyms and playgrounds to residents for physical activity and supporting Safe

Routes to School (SRTS), which uses federal funds to promote walking and biking to school. Thanks to WeTHRIVE!, Hamilton County schools have a head start on making sure that all students have access to healthy food and beverage choices. Our communities are ahead of the game in creating environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. While much has been done, we still have work to do. Get involved – for yourself, your school or your community. Visit to join the WeTHRIVE! movement today. Stacy Wegley is director of health promotion and education for Hamilton County Public Health.

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The 30th District includes Green, Miami and Delhi townships. • 31st District – Denise Driehaus (D) In Columbus, write to: 77 S. High St., 13th Floor, Columbus, OH., 43215-6111 or call 614-466-5786; fax 614-719-3585 E-mail: The 31st District includes Westwood, Price Hill, Sayler Park, Cheviot, Addyston, Cleves and North Bend.

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


Springfield Township Democratic Club, 7 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Presented by Springfield Township. 218-9980; Springfield Township.

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



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.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS EDUCATION Girls Life, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Ages 11-13. Registration required. 4714673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.


Hot and Spicy Latin Thursdays, 9 p.m., Metropolis, 125 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Reggaeton, merengue, salsa and more. Music by DJ Tavo and DJ Chalino. Dress code enforced. Ages 18 and up. After midnight: $7 ages 21 and under, $5 ages 21 and up; women free until midnight. 671-2881; Forest Park.

Seven Point Mind Training (Lojong), 7 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Training done to develop equanimity between oneself and others while developing the wish to achieve enlightenment for the sake of all beings. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $10 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116;, Colerain Township.


Senior Yoga Class, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for 6 classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


German Christmas Concert, 7:30-11 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, German recording artists and instrumentalists perform holiday favorites. Music by Patrizius, Vivian Lindt, Jessica-Sarah and Gletscherfetzer. $15. Reservations required. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 4516452. Colerain Township.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Holiday play by Philip Grecian based on “A Christmas Story” movie. $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Bingo, 1-4 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road. 825-0900. Greenhills. Senior Fit Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, With Kiyoshi Nishime, martial arts teacher. Wear workout clothes and bring water. Ages 55 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

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Christmas Tea, 1:30-3 p.m., Bayley Place Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, $15, $12 members. Reservations required. 347-5510. Delhi Township.


Bingo, 7-10 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 825-0900. Greenhills. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 1


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


Teachings on Cittamani Tara Practice and Meditation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Cittamani, or Green, Tara gives what is needed to accomplish wishes. Tea and lunch provided. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $35 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116. Colerain Township.


Lights for LIFE, 6-10 p.m., St. James the Greater - White Oak, 3565 Hubble Road, Blessing of the candles follows 4:30 p.m. Mass. Visitors invited to join for refreshments and live nativity scene following blessing. Luminary display with over 2,000 lights as a pro-life witness to the community. Presented by St. James LIFE! Ministry. 741-5300. White Oak.

Holiday Music, 7 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Music by Cincinnati Dulcimer Society and Colerain High School Cardinal String Project. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.


The Juice, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Poppy’s Tavern, 5510 Rybolt Road, Formerly known as II Juicy. Free. 574-6333. Green Township.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Holiday Make and Take: Create a Conversation Piece, 11 a.m.-noon, White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road, Turn ordinary centerpiece into conversation piece. Includes all supplies and refreshments. $35. Registration required. 385-3313. White Oak.


Starry Night Hike, 6 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Meet at the Parcours Trail. Look for night critters and use all your senses, plus stargazing with astronomers from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

ON STAGE - CHILDREN’S THEATER Saturday Morning Children’s Series, 11 a.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Wayne Martin Puppets – Santa’s North Pole Express. Complete with a cast of costumed large-scale hand puppets and marionettes. Wayne Martin uses parody, mime, dance, mask and musical theater. $7, $5 children. Presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions. 2416550; West Price Hill.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Pilgrim Christmas Kitchen, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road, Cookies, candy and bread. Free. 574-4208; Bridgetown. S U N D A Y, D E C . 1 2


“Nativity The Pop Opera” will run Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 16-19 at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, with seven shows. The light-hearted pop opera commemorates the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of the angels. J. Todd Anderson, movie industry veteran and storyboard artist to the Coen Brothers, George Clooney and more, wrote the lyrics and music for the show. Ticket proceeds will be donated to 'Njoy-it-all Camp, a camp for children with cancer and blood diseases operated by Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, and Thursday- Sunday, Dec. 16-19; additional 2 p.m. matinee is Saturday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $20; $15, groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets call 859957-1940 or visit


Lee’s Junction, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


Sounds of Christmas, 7:30 p.m., McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave., Features McAuley’s chorus, orchestra and vocal ensemble. $5. 681-1800, ext. 2228. College Hill.



The Corner Cats, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


The Sunset Players present the children’s show “Humpty Dumpty Is Missing (or the Mysterious Case of the Fallen Egg)” by award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette through Dec. 12 at the Dunham Recreation Center, 1945 Dunham Way. The final show times are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12. The show is a spoof of “private eye” thrillers of the 1940s and ‘50s. Tickets are $4. Pictured rehearsing a scene are Ryan Barnes, Kelly Chessey and Billy Canary.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS Kids Christmas Fair, 1-3 p.m., Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse, 3729 Robb Ave., Model train display, face painting, games, prizes, snacks, popcorn drinks, split-the-pot and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Presented by Cheviot Police Association. 574-9828. Cheviot. MUSIC - CONCERTS

Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Music inspired by folk melodies and Festive Sounds of Hanukkah and A Christmas Festival. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. 861-9978; Springfield Township.

Cabin Fever Reliever, 1 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Get moving on the Little Turtle Trail. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; North Bend. Wilderness Skills: Winter Survival, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Ages 8 and older. $5. Registration required online by Dec. 9. Vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Handcrafted Greeting Cards Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Holiday theme. All ages. $15, $10 township residents. Registration required. Presented by Springfield Township. 385-1637;; Springfield Township.

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Scrapbooking, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 4714673; West Price Hill.


A Christmas Story, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Mary Is Expecting, Are You?, 1:30-4 p.m., Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, 5900 Delhi Road, Emmaus Room. Consider Mary’s and our invitation to welcome God more deeply into our lives. Led by Mary Ann Humbert. $30. Registration required. 347-5449. Delhi Township. M O N D A Y, D E C . 1 3


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


Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Just One More, 7511 Hamilton Ave., Free. 923-1985. Mount Healthy.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Girls Life, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, Registration required. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.

A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Teen Mom’s Support Group, 6-8 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., For pregnant teens and teen mothers. Ages 14-19. Free child care available upon request. Registration required. . 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.

BUSINESS MEETINGS Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, First Financial Bank, 7522 Hamilton Ave., Free. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 923-1985. Mount Healthy. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

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


Vajrasattva Initiation, 7 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Vajrasattva is known as the Buddha of purification. He helps practitioners purify their negative karma. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $10 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116. Colerain Township.


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Kids can take a trip to the North Pole with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s “Holiday Follies 2: A Trip to the North Pole.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10; and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Taft Theatre. It is a celebration of the holidays for children of all ages. Tickets are $20, $18, and $7. Call 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or visit There is also a Brunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. For the breakfast only, tickets are $25; for breakfast and the show, $40. Call 513-5698080 ext. 13 for reservations. Children and adults are encouraged to bring new and unwrapped items to the Taft lobby prior to shows, collected for St. Joseph Orphanage. For holiday item requests, visit


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Why does Christmas cause us a certain uneasiness? much more we could There’s an aspect of the be involved in the lives coming of Christmas that of our kids or our rattles us. church. We attribute it to our We notice other peobusyness, the expectations, ple who really have to and the expenses incurred. struggle with life Partly true. But a reflective because of impoverishwisdom suggests something ment, unemployment else lies unrecognized in us Father Lou or illness and think, “I at this time of year. Guntzelman ought to help them Psychologists and spiritual directors remind us that Perspectives more.� Christmas is the no human is all-good or allbad. Each of us is a mixture of a time we more readily admit to spiritual realities, go to church and bright side and a dark side. We have the potential of per- desire to live better. But here’s where a deeper forming noble altruistic deeds. Or, we can direct our inner energies dynamic comes into play. The toward the darker elements of life. same experts that point out the Any of us can go either way and mixture of good and evil in every person also divulge a strange be more the sinner or the saint. The Christmas atmosphere and human trait. We are frightened of its meaning nudges us toward our the potential for good in ourbright side. The songs, lights and selves. It is much easier, they say, to efforts to help others all tug at our hearts. Higher aspirations come to get people to eventually admit to the skeletons in their closet than mind. We look at our spouse and to admit to the bright side dormant wonder why we don’t love her within them. Strange dynamic, even more than we do; or how isn’t it?

Christmas time disrupts this dynamic. It not only reminds us of how much we’re really loved and treasured by God, but it also reminds us how much we can love and positively affect the lives of others. And that’s disturbing. It clashes with our ego, selfishness and darker side. “I wouldn’t want to try and do this good stuff all year long,� we quietly admit, “I’d be walked on, taken advantage of, and it’d be such a struggle. I feel I wouldn’t be myself.� The resolution of this call to altruism then becomes: “It’s better to say I’m really not much, just an average and struggling worldly person – so don’t expect a lot of good from me.� Perhaps this kind of thinking reveals why we’re so obsessed with the scandals and sins of others; why the dirt in the lives of the rich and famous fascinates us; why we look backwards in history and write expose books about statesmen and people who are admired.

We have the potential of performing noble altruistic deeds. Or, we can direct our inner energies toward the darker elements of life. Any of us can go either way and be more the sinner or the saint. We’re eager to find blemishes and secret sins. It’s not just to make us look good, but to cynically make us all look bad and hopelessly weak. Then we can excuse ourselves from rising higher. “Look at them! So, do you expect differently from people like us?â€? we rationalize. When Jesus Christ, the one whose birth we celebrate on Christmas, walked among us, there was an occasion when he looked us in the eye and said in so many words, “You are the salt of the earth, ‌ if you don’t flavor it with good, who will?â€? Similarly, in his inauguration address in 1994, Nelson Mandela referred to our tendency to hide our potential for good. He said: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our

deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. “We ask ourselves, who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be? “We are a child of God. Our playing small doesn’t serve the world‌ We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is in everyone! “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.â€? Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Too good of a deal online might lead to counterfeit wares Although most holiday shoppers still like to go to the stores to pick out gifts, a good many are taking to the Internet. Sales are up dramatically but, if you’re not careful, you could end up spending your money on illegal counterfeit goods and copyrighted material. The government just closed 82 websites where sellers were attempting to sell illegal products. But more websites are still operating, so you need to beware. That’s what Joyce Shelton has learned firsthand. She and her daughter wanted to buy some Coach handbags and decided to see what they could find online. “I started online searching outlets just to see if we could find something. From one website to another web-

site this link had popped up,� Shelton said. It was from a website c a l l e d Howard Ain “ C o a c h Hey Howard! BagShow. Com.� “We surfed the site probably 15 to 20 times before we picked out two bags. They were an excellent price. I thought I had come across a genuine Coach outlet,� said Shelton. In order to make certain, she called the woman at the website and says she was assured these are genuine Coach items. Then she ordered the purses, paying $59 dollars for each of them. Shelton said she thought she was

getting a great deal, adding, “A bag like this you would probably find for $198 and up on the average.� Soon after the handbags arrived Shelton started to notice the stitching on her bag was falling apart. In addition, the snap inside the bag was now just dangling. So, despite the Coach emblem on the bag and the name on the buttons, zippers and rings, Shelton is convinced it’s just a knockoff. Shelton sent an e-mail to the website asking for a refund, but didn’t get it. The company said she could return the bags but warns if she did the bags would probably be confiscated by customs officials. In that case, she wouldn’t get a refund. So, how did the purses get past customs when

shipped to Shelton? A close look at the shipping label from China shows it says the contents are just Tshirts, not purses. “I always make sure I buy good quality bags and that they are genuine. That’s why I was so offended when I found out they were not original,� Shelton said. She’s not the only one. Robin Stith of Delhi Township wrote to me that she had ordered from a different website and said her

“Coach� handbag packing slip claimed it was shoes, not purses, inside. She said she thought the handbags were so cheap because they were discontinued, not because they were counterfeit. So, play it safe when shopping online. Check out the websites selling items, and beware if the price seems too good – because they could be selling counterfeits. Don’t use search engines looking for special deals.

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Gourmet clones save money, come from the heart It’s a good thing I’ve kicked up my exercise routine. Otherwise, I wouldn’t fit in any of my clothes by Christmas. I ’ m having Rita fun testing Heikenfeld r e c i p e s of Rita’s kitchen and, course, tasting the results. Here are some recent successes.

Gourmet chocolate peppermint fudge sauce

I’m working on a true clone of Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint fudge sauce, which is made by cooking cream, butter, corn syrup, etc. down and then adding chocolate and peppermint oil. My first attempt is what I’m sharing today. It’s a super-easy version that is fool-proof. My tasters loved it. When I refine the true fudge sauce version, I’ll share that, too. 1 cup whipping cream, unwhipped 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon plus 1 tea-

spoon light corn syrup 2 cups high quality chocolate chips (I used Kroger private selection 43 percent cacao semi-sweet) 11⁄2 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract Bring cream to a boil in large saucepan. Remove from heat, whisk in butter and corn syrup. Whisk in chips. Mixture will look runny at first but keep whisking and it will get smooth and silky. Stir in extract. Cool and store in fridge. Warm before serving to make it pourable.

I like to give this with a loaf of Italian bread or crackers.

Diabetic celery seed dressing for slaw

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Antipasto in a jar makes a great gift. out meat for a vegetarian version.

Mix together:

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Check out my blog on for peppermint bark like WilliamsSonoma. You’ll save lots of cash by making your own, and I think it’s just as good as the gourmet bark you buy (which is now over $25 a pound!). See a photo of the bark on my website

Antipasto in a jar

Go to taste on the herbs and spices. Use your favorite veggies and cheeses, as well. A little more or less of any ingredient is OK. Leave

Mozzarella balls – a dozen or so mini balls 8 oz. or so cheddar cheese cubes or cheese of your choice 1 bell pepper, chunked up 4 oz. small whole mushrooms, or large ones sliced 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered Handful of shredded or sliced carrots 1 cup or so olives 2 celery ribs sliced into 1 ⁄2-inch pieces 1 cup pepperoni sticks, salami, etc. (opt.) 1 teaspoon or so dry onion flakes or 2 table-


spoons chopped onion Italian seasoning to taste, start with 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon powdered garlic or up to 1 tablespoon fresh chopped 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (opt. but good)

Pour over to coat:

Favorite bottled Italian, Greek or vinegar and oil dressing, or homemade. When ready to give, pour into pretty jar, and add more dressing to cover if necessary. Make up the gift and give within a couple of days, and note on the gift tag that the antipasto should be kept in the refrigerator.

⁄2 cup vinegar – cider or clear 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup water 1 ⁄2 cup Splenda or less to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt or substitute 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon celery seed Squirt of Dijon mustard or 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard Combine everything in pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Great over chopped slaw mix (about 4 cups). Can marinate up to a day.

To make dressing for greens:

Add several tablespoons Canola for a salad dressing for mixed greens, spinach, etc.

Blue ribbon chili con carne

A version of this won a blue ribbon years ago at River Downs. For Janet. 2 lbs. ground chuck 1 large onion, diced

1 teaspoon garlic, minced 46 oz. tomato juice 1 pound can spicy chili beans, undrained 1 tablespoon chili powder or more to taste Crushed red pepper to taste Salt to taste 1 ⁄2 cup uncooked macaroni, added during the last 20 minutes (opt) Fry meat, onion and garlic and drain. Add all ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce and simmer uncovered at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with shredded cheddar.

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Go to my online column for Ruth Ann Rooks’ chili con carne recipe. Ruth Ann, a Clermont County reader, found this in her mother’s recipe book “made in the 1920s from newspaper clippings.” Ruth Ann makes this recipe for her family today. You’ll also find diabetic salad dressings, sides and sweets. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.





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Betty Tilley, sales associate from Western Hills Sibcy Cline Realtors, was recently awarded the Sibcy Relocation Specialist (SRS) designation. S i b c y Cline Realtors, in compliance with the high standards set forth by Tilley the National Association of Realtors, has created this designation to honor those Realtors who demonstrate the knowledge, experience and professionalism needed when working with relocating clients moving into and out of the area. The requirements for this designation include a comprehensive three-day course in relocation and a written examination on outgoing and incoming referrals, as well as corporate and advanced marketing. Tilley is a member of the Cincinnati Board of Realtors as well as the Ohio and National Associations of Realtors.

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DunnhumbyUSA has promoted Jeff Lambert as director of the Data Solutions Group. He will be responsible for delivering data driven insights for The Kroger Co. Previously an associate director, Lambert earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and information systems and a Master of Business Administration in operations management from the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Green Township.

of Women Council of Realtors. Patricia Zirkelbach is the new president. Susan Rose Zirkelbach is the new president elect. Both are with Sibcy Cline Realtors Western Hills Office. Stefanie Rose Bogetto with Sibcy Cline Mortgage Western Hills Office will be Treasurer. Women Council of Bogetto Realtors is a national organization which is a network of successful Realtors empowering women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders.


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Cheviot bank helps senior housing facilities Cheviot Savings Bankwill fund the nationally-acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers Program at Hillebrand Nursing Home and Mercy Franciscan Terrace Nursing Home, both on the West Side of Cincinnati. The Senior Crimestoppers Program works much like a neighborhood watch where senior facilities with a strong commitment to crime prevention implement increased awareness and a zero tolerance policy. The program will provide on-going crime prevention programs to these facilities designed to deter incidents of crime in long-term care and senior housing facilities. Benefits of the program include: • personal lock boxes provided for use by residents and/or family members of a resident; • cash rewards paid for anonymous information about crime incidents; • 24/7 call center tips line; and • ongoing education promoting zero tolerance to crime “Cheviot Savings Bank is pleased to partner with The

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Cheviot Savings Bank will fund the nationally acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers Program at Hillebrand Nursing Home and Mercy Franciscan Terrace Nursing Home. Form left are; George Clinard, Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation; Annie Iverson, Cheviot Savings Bank; Michael Baker, Ohio Bankers League; Tom Linneman, Cheviot Savings Bank; and Daniel Suer, Hillebrand Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.


beck is a member of Cincinnati Catholic Women as well as a volunteer for Mother of HingerMercy High Odenbeck School and St. Ignatius of Loyola Church. Hinger-Odenbeck holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from the College of Mount St. Joseph and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in organizational leadership at the Mount. Hinger-Odenbeck lilves in Monfort Heights with her husband, Ron, and two daughters, Kate and Libby.

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Mount students hold boot drive The College of Mount St. Joseph Veterans in Communities student organization held a boot drive fundraiser at the MSJ Lions football game against Manchester College Oct. 30. The generosity of the home and visiting teams’ fans was overwhelming. The donations, which totaled more than $700, covered the cost of postage for care packages that have been sent to troops overseas. Non-perishable items for the packages and letters of well wishes were provided by Mount students, faculty and staff. Jessica Trevithick, a student veteran who served in

The donations, which totaled more than $700, covered the cost of postage for care packages that have been sent to troops overseas. the Marine Corps and the Army, said, “We want to thank everyone who donated because we have been able to support the troops overseas. The care packages are about giving back to our own.” When asked what getting a care package means, James Webb, president of

VIC and former Marine Corps infantryman, said, “When I was in Iraq during the invasion and battle of Fallujah, we didn’t get mail much. So getting a care package was like being a kid on Christmas.” The student-veteran population at the Mount has been increasing in the last few years, and is comprised of veterans with service ranging from recent conflicts to the Vietnam War. VIC embraces anyone interested in assisting with outreach to veterans and current military personnel. The Mount is recognized as a Military Friendly School in G.I. Jobs magazine.


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Help raise money for the program, by bidding on some great prizes, purchasing commemorative CYPT merchandise and even contributing a song on stage. Tickets for the concert are $15. Add-on tickets for the pre-show happy hour are $10 and include two drink tickets and light appetizers in the theater before the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Covedale Box Office at 513241-6550.



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Florence Meyer was funeral home owner Gannett News Service Florence Meyer liked to say that helping the family business was the main reason she made so many friends and joined so many community groups. But it wasn’t the only reason. “She loved doing it,” said her daughter, Marian Koester. “Her friends meant a lot to her.” Mrs. Meyer, the co-owner of B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home, died Dec. 2 with many of those friends at her side. She was 96. Her daughter said Mrs. Meyer, of Green Township, knew strong ties to the community were important to any small business, including the one her family has operat-

ed for about 100 years on the West Side. So the informal role of social director was one she embraced soon after marrying Vincent Meyer. Meyer Lucky for her, she was a natural. She always had enjoyed being socially active, whether it was in the Theta Phi Alpha Sorority at the University of Cincinnati as a college student or as president of the Delhi Hills Community Council. Her daughter said she never missed a chance to make more friends. “She was a social person,” said

Koester, of Green Township. “She accumulated so many friends, dear friends. She even kept up with her kindergarten friends. “She was very giving and outgoing.” Mrs. Meyer also had strong faith and strong opinions. She was a devoted Catholic who was active at St. Antoninus Church, and she was a regular contributor to the letters pages of local newspapers. She wrote often as “F.B. Meyer” to The Enquirer, The Delhi Press and The Catholic Telegraph about issues close to her heart, from her opposition to abortion to her dedication to the Republican Party. Sometimes, those opinions rubbed folks the wrong way.

Her daughter said her mom once got a letter from an irate reader that featured a drawing of the rear end of a horse. “It said, ‘This is what I think of your letter,’” Koester recalled. “She laughed about that one.” Despite her busy social calendar and many interests, which included golf, bridge and bowling, Mrs. Meyer made plenty of time for her husband and four children. “She was involved in a lot of things and yet she was home all the time. I don’t know how she did it,” Koester said. “When I got home from school, she was there. She was all about family. “Our family is very close, and that’s because of her.”

Other survivors include three sons, Roger, of Newport, Ky., Allan, of Green Township, and Greg, of Green Township; two sisters, Mary Ann Northrop, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Jane Favret, of Pepper Pike, Ohio; a brother, Harry Bohmer, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren. Services were Dec. 6 at St. Antoninus Church. Memorials may be made to Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, 1802 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, 45239, or to the Vincent J. Meyer Scholarship Fund, c/o Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205-1699.

DEATHS Florence Boerio

Florence Dix Boerio, 95, West Price Hill, died Nov. 28. She was a homemaker. Survived by sons Rudy (Paula), Henry (Gladys) Boerio; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husBoerio band Rudolph Boerio, siblings Jessie, Henry, Edward, Howard Dix.

Services were Dec. 1 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati East, 7691 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Patricia Brinker

Patricia Ryan Brinker, 69, died Nov. 30. Survived by children Thomas (Theresa), James (Judy), Kenneth (Annette) Duerring, Julie (Mark) Green; grandchildren Brian, Tricia, Patrick, Kimberly, Ryan, Samantha, Amanda, Robbie, Chris, Andrea, Dee Anna, Justin, Daniel, Drew,

Matthew; greatgranddaughter Aleya; sister of Maureen (Ron) Markgraff. Services were Dec. 3 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Meyer & Brinker Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Kelly O'Leary Center, P.O. Box 5202, Cincinnati, OH 45201.

Sister Mary Declan Browne

Sister Mary Declan Browne, 86, born Elizabeth Jeanne Browne, died Nov. 27. She was a Sister of Charity for 55 years. Browne spent many years working at the College of Mount St. Joseph, including in the registrar's office, and as director of admissions, director of alumnae affairs and director of planned giving. She also worked in the in the community relations department at Seton High School, where she also served as director of planned giving and as liaison for older and housebound Seton alumnae. Survived by brother Joseph Browne; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Dillon, Charles Browne, Alice McCullough, Margaret Nicholson. Services were Dec. 3 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Motherhouse. Memorials to: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.

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Phyllis Garrison

Phyllis Perkins Garrison, 69, died Nov. 30. She was a homemaker. Survived by children John, David, Kim Garrison; grandchildren Amber Etzel; sisters Freda, Betty, Connie, Sarah; in-law Yotz Purtell. PrecedGarrison ed in death by husband John B. Garrison, daughter Deborah Garrison, brother J.D. Perkins. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Dorothy Grimm

Dorothy Spitznagel Grimm, 86, died Nov. 26. She worked for Hasbro Toys. Survived by daughters Vikki Grimm, Jo (Robert) Gallagher; brother Arthur Spitznagel; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by husband Leonard Grimm, son Gregory Grimm. Services were Dec. 2 at Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincin-

George Grosser Sr.

George G. Grosser Sr., 84, Mount Healthy, died Nov. 25. He was a veteran of Korea and a member of the Mount Healthy Eagles. Survived by son George (Connie) Grosser Jr.; granddaughters Tiffany, Trisha, Kristi, Karen, Tara; greatgrandchildren Caitlyn, Jacob, Adrienne, Alaina, Isiah, Tamia; brother Paul Grosser. Preceded in death by wives Rosella, Penny, children Cindy Rice, Steven Grosser, brothers Albert, Ernie, Charles Grosser. Services were Dec. 1 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Ruth Harnist

Ruth Bruewer Harnist, 82, died Nov. 24. She worked in food service. Survived by husband Albert “Bud” Harnist; children Ellen (Don) Demaree, Debbie (John) Cook, Jenny (Milt) Barnes, Greg (Mary Padur), Doug (Terri), Ken (Jennifer Pettit) Harnist; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 29 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St. Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Emma Kammer

Emma Cassini Kammer, 94, Delhi Township, died Nov. 28. Survived by daughters Linda Schill, Karen Kammer, Joan (Tom) Mattei; grandchildren John Schill Jr., Andy, Matt, Emilie Mattei; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husKammer band Joseph Kammer, siblings Tina Benvenuti, Lydia Jung, John Cassini. Services were Dec. 4 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Dominic Education Fund or Delhi Fire Department Museum.

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Rhonda Kyde

Rhonda Hatton Kyde, 64, formerly of Miami Heights, died Nov. 28. She was a homemaker. Survived by husband William Kyde; children James (Renea) Ashcraft, Michael (Kelly), Timothy Kyde, Victoria (Paul) Ruhe; grandchildren Josh, Curtis, Marissa, Luke, Tyler, Jacob; great-grandson Bradley; siblings Kyde Paul, Gene, Conley. Preceded in death by grandson Tony, siblings Doyle, Sonna. Services were Dec. 3 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Jeanette Landenwitsch

Jeanette Caposela Landenwitsch, formerly of Green Township, died Nov. 24 in Homestead, Fla. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughter-in-law Joyce Landenwitsch; granddaughters Julie (Max) Wagner, Carie Landenwitsch; great-granddaughter Brittany Wagner. Preceded in death by husband Robert W. Landenwitsch, son Robert M. Landenwitsch. Services were Dec. 3 at the West Chester Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Carol McCarthy

Carol Millerhaus McCarthy, 70, died Nov. 30. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Kelly (Dave) Heileman, Peggy Wittich, Keri (Tom) Parker, Dan (Kathy), Steve (Debbie), Kevin, Keith (Marla), Mike (Leslie), Mark (Gina) McCarthy; grandchildren Andrea, Todd, Alivia, Josh, James, Cami, Eric, Erin (Brian), Kristin (Ryan), Kelsey, Kayla, Trisha, Alayna, Braylan, Kylie, Ethan, Courtney, Alex, Lauren, Marissa, Drew; greatgrandchildren Tyler, Gracie, Carter, Brady, Liam; sister Vickie (the late Yogi) Berra; stepsister Lexie McCarthy (Gale) Murray; brother-in-law Bill (the late May); relative Sue Moehring; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Jim McCarthy, sister-inlaw Mary Kay. Services were Dec. 4 at St. Simon the Apostle. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Oncology Department, P.O. Box 5202, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202.

Allee Meckstroth

Alberta “Allee” Koch Meckstroth, 82, Green Township, died Nov. 24. Survived by husband Ralph

Meckstroth; children Pamela (Michael) Greenwell-Rodgers, Susan Lyon, Ralph (Becky) III, Greg (Polly) Meckstroth; sister Betty Koch (late Edward) Weber; 13 grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren. Services were Nov. 29 at the Bayley Place Meckstroth Chapel. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to Bayley Place or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jeannette Menchen

Jeannette Cuozzo Menchen, 95, died Nov. 27. Survived by daughter Marlene Menchen; sisters Laura Dolan, Rose Brunner, Mary Barbieux, Angela Costello; niece Debbie Wright and other nieces Menchen and nephews; brother-in-law Jack Wilburn. Preceded in death by husband Raymond Menchen, siblings Joseph Cuozzo, Carol Wilburn, Grace Richter. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincinnati, OH 45220.

Vera Morgan

Vera Miller Morgan, 88, died Nov. 17. Survived by children Donald (Barbara Jean), James (Barbara) Morgan, Mary Ann (Ken) Harman, Annette (Jeff) Georgin, Eileen (Tim) Hof, Jean (Wayne) Blevins, Jackie (Steve) Newsom; brother Ed Miller; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband CleMorgan tus Morgan, siblings Robert Miller, Martha Arnold, Ruth Rohr, Vi Merringer. Services were Nov. 23 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or Bayley Place Pastoral Care.

Gertrude Neumeister

Gertrude Bollmer Neumeister, 91, Westwood, died Nov. 24. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Mercy HospitalWestern Hills Neumeister auxiliary. Survived by daughters Judith (Stephen) Gerstner, Helen (Donald) Levengood, Carol (William) Engel, Sue (Timothy) Janson; sisters

Jacob R. Nickell, 20, 3979 Ruth Lane, driving under the influence and drug possession at 3979 Ruth Lane, Nov. 28. Eric Thomas, 39, 6875 Corkwood Lane, aggravated burglary, Nov. 29. Matthew Huesman, 20, 7000 Cleves Warsaw, criminal trespass, Nov. 24. Randell Johnson, 29, 3348 Hader Ave., drug abuse at 3723 Harrison Ave., Nov. 24. Conner Casey, 29, 3535 Mozart Ave., disorderly conduct, Nov. 24. Julie Rose, 23, 1336 Thomwood, disorderly conduct, Nov. 24. Michael Helmes, 25, 6644 Hearne Road, disorderly conduct at Davis Avenue and Gamble Avenue, Nov. 25. Brandon McFarland, 27, 5296 Serenade, disorderly conduct, Nov. 25. Andrew Yauch, 26, 3779 Starlite Court, disorderly conduct at 3613 Harrison Ave., Nov. 25. Victoria Hartigan, 24, 5979 Wind St., open container, Nov. 25. Todd Bischoff, 41, 25897 Carr Road, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business at 3721 Harrison Ave., Nov. 25. Cody Reardon, 19, 3321 Camvic Terrace, warrant, Nov. 27. Tyler Moore, 22, 3306 Camvic Terrace, warrant, Nov. 27. Jesse Clinkenbeard, 33, 3653 Boudinot Ave., aggravated menacing, Nov. 28. Adrian Armstead, 40, 1837 Wynnewood, warrant at Harrison Avenue and Boudinot Avenue, Nov. 28. Travis Minter, 28, 1532 W. North Bend Road, warrant, Nov. 29. Brian Baker, 19, 3802 W. Liberty, warrant, Nov. 29.



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Digital camera, pocket knife, homemade knife, money, Social Security card, two video games and a medallion stolen from Crow Clan Jewelry at 3630 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29. Air compressor, tool box, three ratchets, bench saw, leaf blower and a drill stolen from home at 4135 St. Martins Place, Nov. 23. Miter saw stolen from home’s garage at 4114 Harding Ave., Nov. 23. Three portable DVD players stolen from CVS Pharmacy at 4110 Harrison Ave., Nov. 23. Ten DVDs and 21 video games stolen from home at 3440 Tangent Drive, Nov. 18. Money stolen from victim at 3300 block Harrison Avenue, Nov. 18. Portable television stolen from CVS Pharmacy at 4110 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22.

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Bianca Collins, born 1991, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Nov. 22. Brittany Jackson, born 1990, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Nov. 22. Bruce Branch, born 1986, falsification, 2078 Sunset Ave., Nov. 29. Donnell Lowe, born 1973, assault, 3080 McHenry Ave., Nov. 27.

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Roger Wehking

Roger E. Wehking, 68, Cleves, died Nov. 25. He was a pressman for S. Rosenthal. Survived by wife Donna Wehking; children Brian (Nicole) Wehking, Jennifer (Sagar) Kakani; grandchildren Sam, Ryan Wehking Wehking, Ashton, Aiden, Addison Kakani; siblings Jean (Bob) Brames, Lois (J) Sweet; many nieces and nephews. Services were Dec. 1 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

James Robertson

James W. Robertson, 89, Miami Township, died Nov. 23. He was an engineer. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church. Survived by wife Margaret Proctor Robertson; children James (Arlene) Robertson Jr., Jorjene Gillespie; granddaughters Jennifer McNutt, Jenell Fitzgerald, Jenalee Gillespie; great-grandchildren Jackson, Carson. Preceded in death by parents Irving, Edith Robertson, brother John Robertson. Services were Dec. 5 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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Eric Harris, born 1982, possession of drugs, 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 27. Howard Dickey, born 1949, possession of open flask, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, 6030 Glenway Ave., Nov. 25. Jerry Monhollen, born 1967, robbery, 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 26. Joseph Harper, born 1962, receiving stolen motor vehicle and carrying concealed weapon, 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 28. Larry J. Smith, born 1981, receiving stolen checks, 5535 Glenway Ave., Nov. 22. Paul Rodgers, born 1960, disorderly conduct, 2913 Boudinot Ave., Nov. 27. Paul W. Young, born 1964, domestic violence, 2872 Montana Ave., Nov. 26. Robert Houston, born 1966, possession of open flask, 5470 Glenway Ave., Nov. 26. William Kristie, born 1990, domestic violence and criminal damaging or endangering, 2565 Westwood Northland Blvd., Nov. 24. Olivia Fields, born 1972, domestic violence, 2872 Montana Ave., Nov. 26. Chris James, born 1983, assault, 2749 Harrison Ave., Nov. 25. Jamie B Valentine, born 1972, disorderly conduct, 3014 Ferguson Road, Nov. 26. Jessica Marie Brumley, born 1984, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 24. Mathew I. Graves, born 1982, domestic violence, 2785 Thomasville Drive, Nov. 27. Nikki F. Linville, born 1983, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 24. Andrew J. Day, born 1985, drug abuse, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, 2314 Nicholson Ave., Nov. 27. Dearris Brumfield, born 1982, possession of open flask, 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 27. Jerald Marshall, born 1989, possession of drugs, 3340 Wunder Ave., Nov. 18. Kelli Renee Ackerson, born 1974, illegal possession of prescription drug and drug abuse, 2375 Montana Ave., Nov. 29. Raymond Turner, born 1962, telecommunication harassment, 3039 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 22. Tanika Lanay Shields, born 1981, criminal damaging or endangering, 3097 Westwood Northland Blvd., Nov. 20.

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The Community Press publish the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: • Cheviot: Chief David Voss, 661-2700 (days), 6612917 (evenings). • Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212. • Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 2638300. • Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline, 574-5323. • North Bend and Miami Township are patrolled by the Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500.

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A celebration of the holidays for children of all ages, this spectacular production highlights even more of your yuletide favorites from this special time of year. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Single tickets for each production are $20, $18, and $7 and are available by calling The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Box Office at 513-569-8080, ext. 10, or by visiting or calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-7453000. And don’t miss Brunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $40 including a ticket to the show, or $25 for breakfast only. Seating is

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Deondra Kamau Means of Roselawn plays Jimmy and a caroler and Jerome Doerger of White Oak plays Stan and a caroler in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “Holiday Follies 2: A Trip to the North Pole.”

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