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Springmyer Elementary student Ryan Leonard, 9, stands by as his bother Cory, 7, gets a H1N1 flu vaccination shot Dec. 8 at the school. About 5,500 of the about 7,600 students in the Oak Hills Local School District returned a permission slip to get the vaccine.

Retailers hoping for strong season By Kurt Backscheider

Christmas is right around the corner and locally owned retailers are hopeful this holiday shopping season will not be a disappointment. Karen Doerflein, owner of Inner Blessings Christian Books & Gifts in Cheviot, said business has been slow for her this year, and she hopes Christmas shoppers will help turn that around. “I’m still waiting for the rush of last-minute shoppers, which I hope may be this week or the week of Christmas,” said Doerflein, who opened her shop 11 years ago. “There is always hope.” She said she thinks the economy has hurt her business, plus people don’t seem to be as interested in Christian gifts as they once were. Her shop is filled with books, inspirational paintings, jewelry, mugs and cards with Christian themes, but she said her biggest sellers are newly released books and the merchandise she puts in the 50 percent off display. “People are looking for inexpensive gifts,” she said. Doerflein said despite the rough economy she is not giving up on her business. She said she feels blessed to meet the customers who do walk through her door. “I feel like I’ve been called here,” she said. “I plan on staying here until the Lord tells me different.” While Doerflein is seeing few customers, Rita Brogan is doing better than expected at her Bridgetown shop, Favorite Things. “We’re doing better now than we were earlier in the year,” Brogan said. “Our open house the second week of November was great.” She said there was only one day last week when there was not a steady stream of customers in her store, which specializes in creative gifts and home accessories.


Karen Doerflein, owner of Inner Blessings Christian Books & Gifts, arranges a set of Willow Tree figurines on a shelf in her Cheviot store. She said business has been slow this holiday season, but she’s still hoping for a rush of last-minute shoppers.

“I’m still waiting for the rush of last-minute shoppers, which I hope may be this week or the week of Christmas. There is always hope.”

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Some of the more popular items she has been selling include artistic glass clocks, nativity scenes, candles and hand-crafted wine bottle covers. “It’s been a pretty mixed variety, but we’re selling more gift items than home decor,” Brogan said. “We’ve really been happy with what we’ve done so far. It definitely is looking up.” Kim Bacovin, of Dean R. Bacovin Jewelers in White Oak, said she is hoping for the best as she and her husband swing into their 25th year of ownership of their family business. While weddings, engagements and anniversaries have been a big part of the business, the holiday season is the focal point. “Christmas is our biggest sea-

son,” she said. “The economy hasn’t been good, but it’s getting better. We saw an upswing in November, and people are putting things in layaway, so that’s a good sign.” Seeing the orange traffic cones disappearing from a road project that has tied up traffic on their road for months probably won’t hurt business either. Kim and Dean bought the store 25 years ago and moved it from the White Oak Shopping Center to its present freestanding location across the street about 15 years ago. She said the repair part of the business has remained fairly constant. “People have been getting things repaired or reworked,” she said. “Dean’s been busy in the back.” She said they try to keep the inventory new and fresh and stay positive. “All the news about people shopping and spending money is good news from our standpoint,” she said. “I’m hopeful we will have a good season.” Jennie Key contributed to this story

The election results of the race between Cheviot Ward 3 Councilman James Sunderhaus Jr. and his challenger Jeff Baker are finally official. Sunderhaus, the Democratic incumbent who has served as the Ward 3 representative since 2004, won the Nov. 3 election and will retain his seat. Sunderhaus According to Sally Krisel, director of elections for the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Sunderhaus received 226 votes to Baker’s 219. The race for Baker the city council seat remained up the air immediately following November’s election because Sunderhaus and Baker were both tied with an equal number of votes on election night. Krisel said after the board of elections counted provisional ballots and absentee ballots, and officially certified the election results on Saturday, Nov. 21, Sunderhaus came out ahead by seven votes. The result was further confirmed Thursday, Dec. 3, after a recount requested by Baker was conducted, she said. “There were no changes in the results,” Krisel said. “The numbers were exactly the same after the recount.” Baker said losing the close race is disappointing, but he knew going against Sunderhaus was going to be tough. “You never get into this to lose. I requested the recount because I figured I might as well leave no stone unturned,” Baker said. “I had fun, I learned a lot and I got to meet Jim, he’s a great guy. It was also a good way to get my feet wet in politics.” Sunderhaus said there was a race for a ward seat on council that ended in a tie 10 or 15 years ago. After all the provisional ballots and absentee ballots were tabulated and a recount conducted, it still ended in a tie and the winner was determined by a coin flip, he said. “Apparently this isn’t new to Cheviot politics,” he said. “When you’re in a situation like this, it kind of puts you in limbo, but it does reiterate that every vote does count. This certainly does bring that to the forefront.” Gannett News Service contributed to this story

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The Women’s Connection Las Hispanas program in collaboration with Santa Maria Community Services, the International Welcome Center at Roberts Padeia Academy and the Coalition For The Dignity and Rights of Immigrants, will celebrate Las Posadas, a traditional Mexican Christmas celebration that commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. The event will be at Elder High School’s Schaeper Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. A short presentation on issues related to immigration will be given and light refreshments will be served. Las Hispanas is a group focused on Spanish speaking women that meets the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of each month. Hispanic women have become regular participants in monthly meetings held at the center, where they can experience camaraderie, learning and growth. This has given the women opportunities to step out of isolation, build relationships with each other and become more familiar with the community. Free childcare is also available to the women who attend the program. For more information on Hispanic Outreach programs and services or the Las Hispanas program at The Women’s Connection, contact Katie Sawyer at 4714673, ext. 14, or ksawyer@

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hauled the two containers to Rumpke Sanitary Landfill in Colerain Township for disposal. “The holidays are the perfect time to remember those in need. Rumpke has always been community–minded, helping when possible, but this situation was a little different,” said Amanda Pratt, Rumpke communication manager. “We were given a unique opportunity to help someone who had no where else to turn for support, someone who needed specialized services and we were fortunate that we could make a Christmas wish come true with our clean-up expertise,” she said.

tion and the Price Hill Civic Club have teamed up to offer the Where the Stars Come out at Night ticket giveaway. From December through May, more than 300 tickets will be given away to shows in Price Hill’s four different performance series • Cincinnati Landmark Productions at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts • Sunset Players • Seton and Elder Series at Eight • Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra Witte said businesses throughout the neighborhood have countertop boxes in which people can drop entry forms to be eligible for drawings. He said the merchants association will have a drawing at its meeting each month and will award a pair of tickets to multiple recipients, and the winners can choose which show to attend. “We wanted to come up with a marketing idea that was a little different,” Witte said. “And we have these gems in our neighborhood, so we decided, ‘Why not involve them and showcase them as well?’” He said the promotion is an excellent way to show off both the local merchants and the art scene in the neighborhood. “Price Hill has vibrant small businesses and merchants, and an active performing arts series,” he said. “We think it’s an extra twist that speaks to the vitality of the neighborhood.” Tim Perrino, executive director of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, said the Covedale jumped in with both feet when it heard about the ticket giveaway. “Obviously anything that showcases all the great things we have going on in this area is wonderful,” he said. “I hope a lot of people take advantage of the program. We would like for people to see a show, and hopefully they’ll want to come back and keep spreading the word about all the great things on the west side.” Witte said the merchants association also hopes the giveaway will give people a glimpse of everything Price Hill has to offer, and inspire them to come back again. People can come to Price Hill to enjoy dinner and a show, and a cup of coffee afterward, he said. “It’s a neat little opportunity to win some tickets and a night out,” he said.


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Shiloh adds space, programs, potential

Church hosts financial university By Heidi Fallon


Senior Pastor William Patterson has a bird’s eye view of the new gathering space below from his spot in the Upper Room, both part of the $3.7 million addition to Shiloh United Methodist Church.

The Shiloh United Methodist Church congregation has divine designs for its present and its future. The church is completing a $3.7 million addition that will provide space it needs now and lots of room to grow. Senior Pastor William Patterson said the work, which began last year and should be finished next month, adds 26,000 square feet.

There is a multi-purpose room with six basketball hoops, accommodations for volleyball nets, state-of-theart digital sound system and acoustical tiles on the walls. There is an arts and crafts room still waiting for a kiln; a bright and spacious welcoming area; cozy upper room with Internet access; and lots of new rooms for meetings. “We wanted a way to continue serving the community and add to our number of ministries,” Patterson said. “We’ve been so cramped in the space we had and this will allow us to expand all they we are doing now and

hope to do in the future.” The congregation now has the space to enhance its twice a week programs for middle school age students. “We also are hoping to develop summer programs, offer our facilities to the community and provide a place for study and service projects.” The new space, he said, will be used next month when the church again offers its Financial Peace University series. Patterson said the 13week program teaches people how to handle their finances. “Last year we had a couple who was able to pay off $16,000 in debt using what

they learned,” he said. The course is 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. every Monday starting Jan. 11. It costs $100 per person for the course materials. The 600 member congregation which Patterson has served for 13 years, has donated all the funds for the addition. “We’re hoping to have a grand opening in early February for everyone to come and see what we’ve added and how we can better serve our community and beyond,” Patterson said. For more information about the congregation and its programs, go to or call 451-3600.

Cleves resident wins Jefferson award

The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, a program chairman for each of the last seven Presidents of the United States, as part of the American Institute for Public Service, to be a “Nobel Prize” for public and community service. The awards are presented nationally and locally. National recipients represent a “Who’s Who” of outstanding Americans, such as Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Colin Powell, Bob Hope and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Lee Carter, the former chairman of the board of trustees at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center is on the Jefferson Awards for Public Service Board of Governors, which is selected annually by the Board of Selectors. “Lee Carter proposed the idea of Cincinnati Children’s becoming involved in the Jefferson Awards to me and I enthusiastically embraced the award as an opportunity to recognize employees who are changing the outcome,” said James Anderson, CEO and president, Cincinnati Children’s.

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During October, McAuley High School is hosting four students from the Niels Steensens Gymnasium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Pictured from left are Nickie Heitman Fodge, Cecilie Eltong Mogen, Laura Lauridsen and Sidsel Nielsen.


Apple Day

Ethan Weiherer and Kendall Steinmann celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day in Bettie Reynolds’ kindergarten class at Miami Heights Elementary. They followed a recipe to make an apple treat.

Seven west-siders are among St. Ursula Academy’s 19 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists are among the 16,000 students who will have an opportunity to compete next spring for 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards worth $35 million. Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying Test. Pictured from left are semifinalist Clare Gandenberger of White Oak, semifinalist Amanda Lietz of Miami Township, Commended Student Emily Spade of Monfort Heights, semifinalist Rachel Ahrnsen of Mount Airy, Commended Student Rachel Schwind of Colerain Township, Commended Student Hannah Grievenkamp of White Oak and Commended Student Rachel Tonnis of Colerain Township.

HONOR ROLLS Bridgetown Middle School

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

Sixth grade

Highest honors: Bethany Bennet, Meghan Bruegge, Casey Carter, Cartney Feldkamp, Andrea Gahan, Isabella Golabovski, Noah Gray, Mia Griffin, Brooke Hartman, Reilly Heinrich, Laura Jennrich, Alexis Jent, McKenzie Kidd, Erica Kolianos, Alyssa McCarthy, Tyler McPeek, Alexander Michel, Carolyn Miller, Sydney Montgomery, Rebekah Ray, Taryn Ruebusch, Deidre Schardine, Caroline Schott, Miranda Sexton, Tessa Shaw, Candice Sheehan, Gretchen Smith, Macy Stephenson, Robert Stoffregen, Brandon Stump, Elizabeth Vanderbilt, Grace Weber, Holly Wieman, Elizabeth Wilke and Kacey Williams. High honors: Michael Anderson, Emma Anglavar, Cameron Ball, James Batchelor, Alexandra Biehl, Karly Blust, Alana Bogle, Jonathon Carney, Matthew Christopfel, Jocelyn Davis, Sanjin Dizdaric, James Eppley, Anthony Feucht, Sierra Froman, Joshua Gebing, Haley Girdler, Abigail Hauck, Alexander Hekmatyar, Taylor Helms, Brady Hesse, Nathaniel Hill, Elizabeth Hodges, Nicole Hopkins, Samantha Jostworth, Yasmeen Kalaaji, Orion Kamman, Katelyn Keller, Alexis Kilgore-Barnes, Rebecca Koopman, Maria Kurre, Paige Lee, Michael Lierman, Madelyn Marsh, Elizabeth Martin, Sydney Martinez, Alexandra Mays, Taylor McDonald, Jenna McQueary, Jordan McWilliams, Michael Metzger, Ashley Meyer, Erin Meyer, Jacob Nichols, Mickey Pham, Zachary Pizzo, Austin Rieke, Luke Rogers, Jessica Rohrkasse, Cassandra Rothenbusch, Tyler Sander, Julianna Schnurr, Kaitlyn Schorsch, Kailey Soudrette, Erin Stephenson, Henry Stucke, Rebecca Taphorn, Alexis Toombs, Stefanija Tripunovska, Connor White, Elise Wilcox, Kevin Wirfel, Taylor Woodrum and Justin Woycke. Honors: Laken Allphin, Stacy Almodova, Kevin Baird, Kayla Barrier, Krista Bies, Nicholas Byrd, Nigel Campbell, Tyler Carney, Logan Carroll, Richard Crowell, Paige Danner, John Darenkamp, Justin Doherty, Allison Draggoo, Amanda Durso, Taylor Fronk, Lydia Futrell, Kyndal Gentry, Thomas Gerde, Kirstyn Green, Elizabeth Grigsby, Derek Hahn, Logan Harper, Kaitlyn Herron, Annalisse Hettesheimer, Cheyenne Hill, Christopher Jacobs, Tiffany King, Eric Lang, Jonathan Lewis, Ragan Meadows, Devin Merritt, Nathan Naber, Alec Nerlinger, Savannah O'brien, Nickolas Osterman, Amber Ramsey, Justin Roll, Cory Russell, Tara Sander, Evan Sharp, Hunter Shepherd, Emma Siegel, Hannah Smed, Jillian Smith, Hannah Soudrette, Nickolas Sterneberg, Lindsey Walters, Luke Williams, Madison Zahneis and Alisha Zimmerman.

Seventh grade

Highest honors: Mikaela Acton, Nathaniel Acton, Makenzi Alley, Montell Brown, Allison Bruegge, Samantha Cabe, Steven Campbell, Jonathan Dennis, Rebecca Eubanks, Bayley Feist, Catherine Guy, Chelsea Hauser, Rylan Hixson, Taylor Hoffman, Keegan James, Chloe Kiser, Kelli Knoche, Brooke Lambert, Taylor Lane,

Alexander Lindner, Elizabeth Mazza, Jacob Meiners, Samantha Miller, Emily Netherly, Jillian Newman, Taylor Oaks, Shivani Patel, Olivia Rahm, Anna Richmond, Abigail Ryan, Lillian Sanders, Ashley Schleicher, Emily Sherlock, Vivien Smith, Connor Swanger, Stephanie Tam, Molly Taylor, Evan Vanderpohl, Joshua Wagner, Amanda Yang and Cole Ziegler. High honors: Sierra Abrams, Grace Aufderbeck, Jade Aufderbeck, Marcus Blanton, Nicholas Brems, Omar Brijawi, Cori Byrge, Kali Cain, Kaitlyn Carter, Chloe Caudill, Madeline Climer, Nicole Craig, Brandon Davis, Christopher Davis, Hayley Dozier, Bethani Drew, Jared Drewes, Dayna Duckworth, Olivia Elder, Austin Elliott, Jacob Elsaesser, Lindsay Fowler, Basma Garadah, Ian Grapes, Destiny Green, Nicholas Griffin, Jessica Handley, Connor Holland, Jordan Hurley, Corey Kathmann, Cameron Korb, Alec Krummen, Rachael Lachtrupp, Blake Merwin, Marissa Meyer, Maxwell Naber, Zachary Nose, Seth Parsley, Nathan Sarver, Brittany Seymour, William Shapiro, Katie Shaw, Hannah Sherlock, Brittany Smith, Zachary Smith, Corey Watzek and Colton Wilson. Honors: Brooke Abney, Conor Acus, Nathan Alcorn, Katie Aufderbeck, Jacob Bick, Jacilyn Bratfish, Joshua Chisley, Brandon Combs, Jacob Diehl, Nathan Dring, Savannah Earls, Keegan Evrard, Jordyn Gentry, Michael Gladfelter, Audrey Green, Brandon Hare, Craig Harrison, Tawny Hemmerle, Troy Hicks, Alexis Hughes, Haley Jordan, Megan Krekeler, Kelly Lindsey, Benjamin Livingston, Gregory Makris, Rebecca Miller, Rikki Morris, Taylor Nagel, Collin Neumeister, Jacob Newman, Jacob Nickerson, Tyler Noe, Paul Osadchy, Robert Perry, Johnathan Puening, Madison Rederick, Gary Saulsbury, Joshua Schoonover, Thomas Scott, Valerie Sedler, William Shapiro, Hannah Sherlock, Jacob Sherlock, Samantha Smith, Seger Steele, Kyle Sunderhaus, Taylor Vogel, Haley Wakelam and Colton Wilson.

Eighth grade

Highest honors: Courtney Brown, Shawn Brown, Michelle Bushle, Emily Craft, Austin Dryer, Cole Falco, Lauren Hulette, Kayleigh Hummeldorf, Kacie Ibold, Emily Jaquet, Derek Knabe, David Kuebel, Audrey Laker, Matthew Luczaj, Emma McCarthy, Nicholas McManis, Evan Merk, Sabrina Peters, Eric Schaefer, Daniel Vanderbilt, Anthony Winters, Kayla Marie Wirtz and Kevin Wright. High honors: Hannah Adkins, Matthew Baas, Neil Bechmann, Olivia Bryant, Madalyn Cable, Carissa Craft, Korie Dunaway, Kathryn Dunlay, Jessalyn Fedrick, Benjamin Frazer, Brooke Galbraith, Brett Glass, Jacob Groszek, Cheyenne Hall, Jessica Hamberg, Marcus Heinrich, Jordan Hetrick, Heather Hurley, Kelly Ikert, Samantha Kaetzel, Kaellie Korman, Kennedy Korn, Scott Kruse, Zachary Lambing, Courtney Lee, Alexander Luczaj, Aspasia Makris, Andrew Malone, Deanna Mayfield, Devin McQueary, Delanie Miller, Courtney Neumann, Mariah Peters, Haley Petri, Brandon Phillips, Lorin Rogers, Christopher Schwartz, Rachel Silber, Kaly Snow, Collin Soudrette, Emily Stanberry, Summer Tscheiner, Colleen Wacks, Paige Walicki, Brian Walker, Matthew Warman, Joseph Wermes, Ryan Wimmer and Tanner Wright.

Honors: Devon Armstrong, Brandon Baker, Kayla Blackerby, Matthew Braun, Kyle Broughton, Corrine Cicale, Megan Coyle, Keegan Doyle, Thomas Elder, Jayson Essell, Mitchel Fisher, Trevor Gunn, Adam Haehnle, Ashley Hammons, Alexa Hartsfield, Alexander Hauck, Alexis Hetrick, Sarah Hisle, Gage Jenkins, Joshua Kells, Kayla Kordenbrock, Jeffrey Lanham, Jade Lucas, David Madden, Mackenzie Marsh, Lisa McGimsey, Jacob McWhorter, Karlee Meiman, Audrey Meridieth, Jacob Metz, Tiffany Miller, Michael Nusekabel, Thomas Pace, Christian Pangallo, Ellyse Portune, Ethan Portune, Keith Reynolds, Thomas Rice, Christopher Schaefer, Andrew Schille, Josie Scott, Eric Siegel, Robert Smith, Erin Sommer, Megan Stokes, Lacey Sunderhaus, Kelsey Tegenkamp, Madison Terry, Tam Truong, Brittany Turner, Austin Vail, Jacob Vanderyt, Hannah Wittich, Jason Yee, Sierra Young and Austin Yust.

Rapid Run Middle School

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

Sixth grade

Highest honors: Emma Beckstedt, Daniel Cirkovic, Jennifer Davis, Andrea Deutschle, Sara Dirr, Madison Dorrington, Jenna Duebber, Noah Dupont, Andrew Ehrman, Dylan Feltner, Megan Henson, Hailey Hoover, Cody Hutson, Kasey Johnson, Bridget Kallmeyer, Sydney Kilgore, Bonnie Lagrange, Kaleigh Mccarthy, David Meiners, Ethan Mercurio, Allison Oakes, Alexander Reichling, Elizabeth Reis, Rachel Royer, Marrissa Ryan, Madison Schnell, Elizabeth Spaulding, Samuel Tendam, Michael Vanschoik, Sara Voigt and Alyssa Weber. High honors: Nicholas Aichele, Lindsay Bader, Aaron Bettner, Ryan Bussard, Thomas Cecil, Emma Cliffe, Samantha Crosby, Connor Dace, Daniel Dickerson, John Dinger, Natalie Elchynski, Joseph Fairbanks, Jarod Francis, Andrew Freeman, Breanna Gaddis, Brianna Gall, Keegan Giblin, Kyle Gorman, Hannah Graff, Nicholas Guthier, Noah Hartman, Cade Harvey, Kylie Hayes, Emily Heckman, Valerie Hudepohl, Andrew Hudson, Caleb Hutson, Abigail Jaspers, Thomas Jenkins, Allison Johnson, Justin Klug, Jacob Kresser, Sean Laake, Allison Lamping, Adam Lyons, Brendan Marchetti, Courtney Mauricio, Andrew McCarthy, George McFarren, Benjamin McGinnis, Brendan McWilliams, Sarah Miller, Henry Minning, Deeanna Moehring, Luke Namie, Anthony Papathanas, Austin Papner, Chase Pearson, Jennifer Peters, Sydney Polking, Kaleb Quinlan, David Reddington, Abigail Rembold, Olivia Riley, Kelly Rogers, Anna Sanzere, Samantha Savard, Arin Schatzman, Emily Schutte, Megan Sheridan, Courtney Smith, Mariah Smith, Hunter Steimle, Corissa Sturm, Evan Triplett, Michael Twilling, Alec Uhlhorn, Andrew Vaive, Sydney Vest, Zachary Viox, Alexandra Wall, Gabrielle Waters, Ryan Weber, Kelsey Wessels and Mckenzie Young. Honors: Abigail Bacher, Dacoda Berger, Abbey Buelterman, Dylan Buis, Walter Burkart, Ian Cameron, Lawrence Carolin, Kailey Carter, Jessica Coors, Kristan Dal-

ton, Tyler Day, Austin Deller, Brady Farmer, Amanda Freel, Charles Freudemann, Panagiotis Georgantonis, Austin Gerdes, Alana Gulley, Tyler Hague, Jordan Harbour, Dylan Humbert, Taylor Humphries, Lydia Jedding, Sawyer Klingelhoffer, Rebekah Kohlbrand, Kyle Lemmink, Jordan Malsbary, Gillian Melugin, Kassidy Moore, Ian Mushrush, Kate Nortman, Daniel O'Hearn, Joshua Parsons, Monica Rentz, Alexander Richmond, Lyndsey Roberto, Sarah Savard, Brandon Schirmer, Lauren Stalbaum, Jillian Stange, Nathan Stenger, Kaylee Sturwold, Jacob Tedesco, Austin Tilford, Yahanz Velasquez, Kyle Weisker, Kamilah Williams and Anna Wukusick.

Seventh grade

Highest honors: Joseph Anderson, Mason Bischoff, Brittany Blaney, Samantha Bosse, Lauren Brown, William Brueggemeyer, Marisa Conners, Caleb Cox, Brian Cybulski, Mary Digiacomo, Rebekah Finn, Mia Groeschen, Katelyn Harrell, Rachel Hesse, Rebecca Johnson, Shannon Kaine, Sara King, Mackenzie Knapp, Alyssa Leonardi, Kristen Lippert, Spencer Niehaus, Carter Raleigh, Allie Robertson, Kevin Siemer, Lauren Sprague, Christopher Stinson, Austin Vickrey, Robert Weidner, Brent Wittich and Alyssa Zang. High honors: Lydia Ackermann, Christopher Adelhardt, Derek Allen, Savanna Bachler, Cierra Bazeley, Breanne Bouchard, Allison Burst, Hunter Busken, Anna Camele, Jonathon Deifel, Alexia Deinlein, Parker Dennis, Reed Dittelberger, Brady Donovan, Katelyn Evans, Nathaniel Evans, Megan Fletcher, Michael Fox, Ryan Frondorf, Andrew Gambill, Mason Garrison, Samuel Good, Kyle Goralczyk, Andrew Hackworth, Jacob Hamilton, Audrey Hamilton, Joshua Hamilton, Taylor Haynes, Brandon Heil, Megan Heis, Amy Hetzel, Tori Holtman, Stephanie Jones, Tyler Kallmeyer, Amanda Kamp, Sarah Keethler, Brianna Keeton, Emily Kehling, Jaina Kloepfer, Maria Klumb, Katrina Koch, Brian Kurtz, Austin Lee, Kaylin Lother, Brittany Mahoney, Mariah McCarthy, Dean Mendenhall, Mary Meyer, Carrie Miller, Isaac Moore, Susan Moore, Stephanie Price, Kelsey Rankin, Rachel Reif, Alexander Rielag, Jarred Roland, Melissa Rothert, Trevor Ryan, Mohamad Sabeh-Ayoun, Bradley Schmidt, Adam Schraffenberger, Hannah Schweer, Margaret Schwoeppe, Jared Seaman, Rachel Seaman, Alexander Sexton, Brooke Shad, Thomas Sisson, Richard Slattery, Cassandra Sprague, Dominic Stephens, Madison Thomas, Jessica Wagner, Andrew Wall, Tyler Wernke, Madalyn Wilhoit, Lauren Williams, Jordyn Willwerth, John Wodetzki and Taylor Woodring. Honors: Tyler Amrein, Keleigh Bowman, Elizabeth Brockman, Jacob Brungs, Adam Burbick, Abigail Campbell, Ashley Carter, Katelyn Dole, Megan Ferneding, Christopher Flinchbaugh, Jacob Flynn, Michael Frederick, Tyler Freeman, Allison Grayson, Noah Griffith, Benjamin Gulasy, Douglas Gundrum, Miranda Habig, Indigo Hall, Samantha Hoelmer, Jordan Holt, Alexander Huber, Jacob Hudson, Matthew Hurley, Karlee Keyes, Justin Knott, Jay Macklin, Ryan Martin, Hannah Masminster, Nina Mazza, Marissa McCarthy, Kylie McCarthy, Anthony McCrea, Andrea Moehring, Ryan Noell, Molly O'Hearn, Zachary Otten, Tanner Reynolds, Kristina Rieman, Lara Roberts, Tyler Rupe, Courtney Sanchez,

Timothy Sauer, Michael Savage, Nicholas Schinkal, Mariah Schneider, Camielle Schnur, Brock Schubert, Kieran Schwegman, Jacob Scott, Keith Sebald, Ciara Sexton, Daniel Shepherd, Jessica Spurlock, Blake Sullivan, Shane Temple, Zachary Thomas, Matthew Townsley, Anna Weidner, Brooklynn Wides, Nicholas Willis, Savannah Winchester-Cunningham and Jordan Witsken.

Eighth grade

Highest honors: Kayla Bielefeld, Emily Budde, Michelle Caster, Paige Chesney, Madison Conn, Spencer Dennis, Sara Dillman, Megan Eckstein, Jessica Gourley, Paul Greve, Ashleigh Gross, Ciara Harbour, Samantha Hodges, Anthony Jantzen, Samuel Jerow, Mitchell Kleinholz, Alexandra Klumb, Benjamin Knochel, Abby Kremer, Benjamin Laumann, David Lemmink, Breanne McWilliams, Lindsey Niehaus, John Nurre, Gerald Potavin, Brandon Rebennack, Oscar Ryland, Maria Sams, Timothy Schiller, Samantha Shelby, Jade Sligh, Nolan Sroczynski, Emily Stalbaum, Emily Strochinsky, Cameron Suter, Davis Taske and Rhiannon Zito. High honors: Austin Anderson, Leah Bodenstein, Natalie Boehme, Morgan Bush, Holly Butler, Clare Byrne, Samuel Carroll, Melissa Caster, Tyler Clayton, Alex Cooley, Courtney Cox, Eleanor Cunningham, Brent Daniel, Zachary Dauer, Rebecca Davis, Andrew Dupont, Taylor English, Thomas Faust, Alicia Fieler, Ernest Freudemann, Paige Griffith, Zachary Guthier, Jessica Hein, Gregory Heinrich, Jordan Hettesheimer, Logan Hines, Jacob Hogue, Taylor Hogue, Zachary Hulsman, Nicole James, Zachary Jedding, Timothy Keeton, Adam Keeton, David Klayer, Sarah Klingelhoffer, William Kohlbrand, Anthony Lee, Katherine Lincoln, Anna Makris, Anthony Mangione, Jessica Manley, Nicholas Marcheschi, Katie Marsala, Timothy Martin, Alexandra McFarren, Kyle Miller, Lars Olivan, Kearstin O'Mara, Hayley Pearson, Kyle Peasley, Jacob Roy, Abigail Rubemeyer, Katelyn Scherer, Anna Schneider, Zachary Seibel, Haleigh Shipp, Sara Smiley, Nathan Smith, Stacy Smith, Brett Smith, Rupert Spraul, Breanna Sturm, Jacob Tendam, Kiriakos Triantafilou, Chloe Turner, Austin Vaive, Kelsey Webb, Samuel Webb, Jesse Willis, Matthew Wisnicky and Emma Zimmer. Honors: Ashley Barnett, David Beckstedt, Madeline Brass, Casie Breeden, Caleb Burden, Benjamin Carpenter, Christine Deaton, Justin Evans, Kelsea Fultz, Matthew Gilardi, Madison Grau, Caleb Griffith, Nicholas Hamm, Kory Hammann, Danielle Harsch, Reilly Helsel, Nina Henderson, Abigail Hissett, Brooke Holt, Pierce Hummel, Alexa Johnson, Andrew Kidd, John Kohls, Austin Leuthold, Dustin Lewis, Katherine Malott, Henry Manegold, Chandler Marston, Megan McCarthy, Samuel Meek, Robert Metz, Jonathan Meyer, Joseph Noppert, Kelcy Nordman, Dylan Northcutt, Kyle Orick, Michael Ott, Mackenzie Preston, Kelsey Preston, Cassandra Proud, Allison Reckers, Tyler Reynolds, Emma Ripperger, Kelly Rogers, Daniel Russell, Samantha Sagers, Steven Schnell, Anthony Seal, Jacob Snell, Joshua Sprague, Austin Steimle, Dustin Stein, Joseph Tedesco, Christyna Thompson, Collen Tompkins, Benjamin Voigt, Ashley Walker and Courtney Wiesman.








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Oak Hills works to replace 2009 grads


This week in basketball

• Western Hills High School boys beat Shroder 64-60 in overtime, Dec. 4. Crawford was Western Hills’ high-scorer with 27 points, including two three-pointers. For West High, Denzel Cousett scored eight points, including one threepointer; Daryl Bullock scored two points; Lionel Hill scored four points; Keevin Tyus scored seven, including one three-pointer; Cameron Garnes scored six, Brandon Smith scored two and Zechariah Mustapha scored eight. • La Salle High School boys beat Fairfield High School 59-53, Dec. 4. Brandon Neel was La Salle’s highscorer with 16 points. La Salle’s Josh Lemons scored three 3-pointers; Michael Schmidt scored nine points, including two three-pointers; Trey Casey scored four points, Matt Woeste scored seven and Ryan Fleming scored seven points. • Taylor High School boys beat Harrison High school 5334, Dec. 5. John Greene was Taylor’s top-scorer with 11 points. Taylor’s Jake Fantetti scored eight points; Matt LaKamp scored nine, including three-3 pointers; Ben Sander scored six; Cameron Youngblood scored six; Tim Steele scored five, including one three-pointer; Tyler Kincade scored four and Jordan Blanton scored four. • Oak Hills High School girls beat Sycamore High School 49-44, Dec. 5. Danni Scholl was Oak Hills’ topscorer with 13 points. Oak Hills’ Brittany Siegel scored five points; Brittany Braun scored 11, including one three-pointer; Amanda Baute scored 12 points and Bizz Paff scored eight, including two three-pointers. • La Salle High School boys beat Mason High School 53-35, Dec. 8. Neel was La Salle’s top-scorer with 18 points. La Salle’s Josh Lemons scored one three-pointer; Michael Schmidt scored eight points, including two threepointers; Alex Huesmann scored two; Coleman Rodriquez scored two; Trey Casey scored five, including one three-pointer; Matt Woeste scored four; Ryan Flemming scored 10, including one three-pointer and Keenan Gibbs scored one. • Taylor High School boys beat Oyler High School 63-26, Dec. 8. Cameron Youngblood and John Greene were Taylor’s top-scorers with 12 points each, including two three-pointers from Youngblood. Taylor’s Tim Crofford scored four points, Brad Rapking scored four, Jake Fantetti scored eight, Alex Ober scored two, Matt LaKamp scored three, Ben Sander scored two, Tim Steele scored six, Tyler Kincaide scored two and Jordan Blanton scored eight. • Oak Hills High School girls beat Seton High School 59-43, Dec. 8. Amanda Baute was Oak Hills’ top-scorer with 22 points. Oak Hills’ Brittany Siegel scored four points; Danni Scholl scored eight; Brittany Braun scored nine points, including two threepointers; Amber Porta scored two; Lindsey Eckstein scored four; Sydney Leitz scored two and Bizz Paff scored eight, including one threepointer. • Western Hills High School girls beat Taft High School 52-28, Dec. 8. Ciera Williams was West High’s topscorer with 13 points, including one three-pointer. West High’s Jaida Alston scored four points, Allyandra Dillingham scored nine; Miranda Fleming scored six, Thomas scored two, Danyel Champion scored 11 and Asia Dillingham scored seven.

Western Hills Press

December 16, 2009

Highlanders looking to fill holes in relays By Anthony Amorini


Taking a shot

Oak Hills’ Jeremy Wessels attempts a jump shot in the game between the Oak Hills Highlanders and the Highlands Bluebirds in the Bluegrass-Buckeye Holiday Classic at NKU’s Bank Of Kentucky Center Dec. 12. The Bluebirds took the victory 63-50.

Oak Hills High School’s swim teams start the season on the hunt for several replacements in the lineups of a trio of Highlander relays that ended the season at the state championships last winter. The Highlanders’ top finish at the Division I State Championships came in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the boys took second place at 1:24.55. St. Xavier won the state title in the event at 1:23.61. However, only junior Jared Yeggy and senior Joe Eilerman return for the relay. Jason Schnur and Luke Rhodenbaugh, the Highlanders’ top sprinters last winter, both graduated in 2009. “(The 200 freestyle relay) should be competitive in the area and in the state. It will just be a matter of some of the other kids stepping up,” Oak Hills head

coach Mike Nocheck said of the undetermined lineup for the relay. Eilerman, Yeggy and fellow senior Alex Smith are set to lead the boys’ team this winter. “The seniors are a good group of leaders and they will help the team a lot,” Nocheck said. Kyle Freeman and Mitch Moser are also returning standouts for the Highlander boys. Newcomers Andrew Razcka, Jack Schmidt, John Kearns and Aaron McAfee will also be key contributors. “We are just trying to build up,” Nocheck said. “My goal every year is to send people to the state tournament. And in the (Greater Miami Conference), our goal is always to place in the top half. “It’s a very competitive league meet,” Nocheck added. The Highlander boys took fourth place at the GMC Championships last winter with 273 points while finishing in the top half of the 10-team league. Oak Hills’ girls finished just outside of the top half of the GMC with its sixth-place score of 146.5 points.

Much like the Oak Hills’ boys, the Highlander girls also lost most of the members of its 200 freestyle relay. The Lady Highlanders took 22nd place at state last year in the event with a time of 1:41.51. However, only junior Kristen Hayhow returns to the relay following the graduation of Alexis Kain, Alex Klauke and Leah Bluemel. In addition to relay duties, Kain also took sixth place in the 100 breaststroke at state last winter. “The relay really isn’t that far behind where it was last year. The girls’ team has pretty good depth,” Nocheck said. “We have a lot of girls that are pretty close in regards to times and they will push each other.” Seniors Megan Gladfelter and Abby Nienaber and Hayhow are captains for the Lady Highlanders. Additional returning standouts for the Oak Hills’ girls include Maddie Schmidt, Allie Burke and Alexa Ahern. “The kids are working really hard this year. I’m really proud of that and I’m just hoping they keep pushing and getting fast,” Nocheck said.

Elder, Taylor return district qualifiers The high school swimming season has resumed as local aquatic enthusiasts return to the pool for the winter campaign. Here’s a look at the local teams:


The Elder High School Panthers return a trio of individual district-qualifiers in seniors Adam Monk and Joe Metz and junior Ryan Patty. Monk was a state finalist in the 100 butterfly (53.75), while Metz and Patty were district-qualifiers in the 100 backstroke, recording times of 1:00.98 and 1:07.97, respectively. Monk and Patty – along with graduated swimmers Jacob Hardig and Joe Gattermeyer – were also districtqualifiers in the 200 medley relay (1:44.03). Elder’s top underclassman is sophomore Mitchell Marnell. “(He’s) the tallest swimmer I’ve ever had,” head coach John Book said of the 6-5 Marnell. “He really came on strong at sectionals last year.” At sectionals last February, Marnell finished 13th in 100 fly (59.98) and 21st in the 200 free (2:01.12). Other returners include seniors Alex Schatzman and Tyler Allgeyer, junior Chris Scherer, and sophomore Patrick Bailey and Joe Bedel. Senior diver Chad Thornton, meanwhile, is a returning state finalist; he finished 13th in Canton last season (367.45). “We’ve got a very good senior class (that) will work well with a very young team,” said Book, who enters his 26th year at

Elder. “Although we won’t be very deep in many events, we’ll still field a pretty strong lineup.” The Panthers will perform in the Coaches’ Classic, which will be held at Miami University and St. Xavier High School Jan. 16-17. The Classic should prepare them well for the GCL conference championship, which be held at St. X Feb. 3.

La Salle Lancers

Junior standout Ben Schneider leads a trio of returning state qualifiers back to the pool for La Salle alongside senior Sam Sontag and junior Colton Brauning. Schneider is the only individual state qualifier returning for the Lancers though Brauning and Sontag experienced the event competing with a relay. At the Division I State Championships, La Salle’s 200-yard freestyle relay team finished in 21st place at 1:30.57. The relay consisted of 2009 gradaute Dan Schneider, Brauning, Sontag and Ben. Ben also brought home a pair of 22nd-place finishes from state in the 200 individual medley (2:01.53) and 500 freestyle (4:53.39). Senior Joe Scherpenberg and junior Colton Sayers are both returning district qualifiers. “This year could be one of the best ever for La Salle,” 19th-year La Salle head coach Mike Lienhart said. “The team has put a lot of work in the off-season in the weight room as well as the pool.”

A number of additional swimmers will also be key contributors for the Lancers including senior Ben Rechel, juniors Mark Specker, Drew Lonneman, Evan Berling and Tyler Vidourek and sophomore Dan Laux. “The team has set high goals for this season with the expectation of qualifying three relays and two or three individuals to the state meet in February,” Lienhart said. “This group of young men is one of the most coachable and driven groups that we had had in the last 19 years for La Salle swimming and diving.”


The Mother of Mercy High School Bobcats are fresh off a season in which they finished last in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division and 13th out of 16 teams at the sectional tournament last February. There is, however, reason to believe a turnaround is imminent. Mercy will be led be several seniors, including Beth Heidemann, Rebecca Nocheck and Mary Knight. Heidemann specializes in the 200 freestyle (2:23.23), while Nocheck and Knight excel in the 50 free, having recorded times of 26.86 and 33.57, respectively. Juniors Kara Redder and Sydney Burke also figure into the mix. Redder’s top events include the 200 individual medley (2:45.10) and the 100 fly (1:10.88), while Burke splashes through the 50 free (32.50) and 100 free (1:11.73). Sophomores Melissa Burns and Abi Rebhold, meanwhile, both swim the

100 free and have recorded times of 1:05.57 and 1:06.48, respectively. Burns also participates in the 100 fly (1:17.20), and Rebhold mans the 50 free (28.47). Mercy also hopes to get a boost from newcomer Rachel Hester. “We are looking forward to an exciting year,” said fourth-year head coach Brad Winterhalter. “We have some strong underclassmen who are backed up by some motivated seniors.” The GGCL conference championship will be held Feb. 3 at St. Xavier High School.


The Seton High School swim team should be strong again in 2009-2010, despite losing a considerable amount of talent from 2008-2009 team. Head coach Terri Smith said the Saints will be helped out by some good young talent. “We lost a lot from last year but we have just as much talent coming in,” Smith said. “We have a strong team overall, but it is a bit young.” Seton has five returning district qualifiers to lead the way. Seniors Kelley and Lauren Hayhow, juniors Sarah Kramer and Erin Zimmermann and sophomore Taylor Bittner will be some of the standouts for Seton. Smith is hoping freshmen Emily Hayhow, Ali Moehring, and Mo Carolin also step up. “We have quite a bit of talent in the water, our challenge will be getting them prepared and making them tough mentally,” Smith said.


Head coach Don Rielag enters his second season at Taylor and will lead squads that both finished fifth in the Cincinnati Hills League last year. The girls’ team will be led by several returning district-qualifiers, including junior Ally Mersch and senior Lauren Wood. Mersch qualified in the 200 free (2:08.95) and the 100 backstroke (1:07.77), and Wood qualified in the 50 free (27.32) and 100 free (59.28). “They’ll be looking to step up into big roles as the young team we have progresses,” Rielag said. That duo – along with senior Paige Jones and sophomore Tori Wasserbauer – also swam in the 200 medley relay (2:08.90). Also returning for Taylor is Emily Meyer, Christy Baldwin and Sarasota Proffitt. Leading the boys’ side will be senior Brad Hines, who placed seventh in the 100 fly (52.02) and ninth in the 100 backstroke (53.59) at the Division-II State Meet last February. Hines also led Taylor’s 200 medley relay team that finished fourth at sectionals (1:53.09); he swam with sophomores Nathan Meyer and Jimmy Ruehlman, as well as senior Mike Kolkemeier, who also placed 16th in the 50 free (26.16) and 14th in the 100 free (57.92). Meyer, meanwhile, is a returning state-qualifier in one-meter diving (208.70). “This team will look to (Hines and Meyer) for leadership,” Rielag said.


Western Hills Press

December 16, 2009

Sports & recreation SIDELINES Group fitness

Western Tennis and Fitness Club is starting several new group fitness classes. • Endurance ride spinning – 88:45 a.m., Saturdays. • Strength ride spinning – 12:451:30 p.m., Sundays. • Zumba Zumba Sculpt – 6:30-8 p.m., Thursdays • Beginner Zumba – 10:30-11 a.m., Fridays. • Cardio Tennis – 8-9 a.m., Mondays and 7-8 p.m., Mondays.

Umpires wanted

Knothole umpires are being sought in the Western Hills area. Games are played mostly in the Western Hills area, including Bridgetown and Delhi. Dedicated, responsible persons ages 14 and older interested in baseball and making some extra cash should contact Keith Kesse at 8070640, or e-mail


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Pee-wee basketball

Elder High School senior Brian Korte signed a letter of commitment to play baseball for Indiana University. As a junior, Korte’s record was 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings. He was recognized 1st Team GCL. He will join two other Elder athletes at Indiana, Tim O’Conner and Pete Bachman, who previously committed to play football there. In front is Peg Korte, Brian Korte and Tom Korte. In back is Coach Kevin Espelage and Head Coach Mark Thompson.

Pee-wee basketball is being offered at Western Sports Mall. The season starts Saturday, Jan. 9. The deadline to register is Sunday, Jan. 3. Contact Robert Sagers at 451-4900.

Step for step


Mother of Mercy High School freshman guard Kelly Wiegman, left, shadows Colerain sophomore guard Abby Feuchter during a home game Dec. 8. Wiegman led Mercy with 10 points, but the Bobcats fell 43-36.

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Spring training

Oak Hills High School will conduct a six-week Spring Training 2010 baseball program for players in grades one through 12 from Jan. 31 to March 14. Oak Hills High School head coach Chuck Laumann will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching and catching at a cost as low as $99 for six weeks. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. Visit www.USBaseballAcademy. com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Winter baseball camp

The College of Mount St. Joseph baseball coaching staff will conduct the annual Mount winter baseball camp, Dec. 28-30, for boys ages 814. The camp will run from 9-11:30 a.m. each day in the Mount's Harrington Center. Check in and walk-up registration is 8:30 a.m., Monday Dec. 28. Contact Lions’ Head Coach Chuck Murray at 244-4402.

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Five scholar athletes from Oak Hills High School sign letters of intent to play at the following colleges or universities. From left are Amanda Baute, Tiffin University, basketball; Joel Bender, University of Louisville, baseball; Rebecca Dietrich, Francis Marion University, soccer; Katie Osborn, Georgetown College, soccer and Ryan Quinn, Central Michigan University, wrestling. A signing ceremony and reception for parents and coaches was Nov. 17 at the school.

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Mercy senior center Chelsea Meckstroth shoots a free throw against Colerain. Meckstroth scored seven points and had a team-high nine rebounds.


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Western Sports Mall is presently taking applications for indoor soccer for all ages, 3 to 53, for children’s leagues, high school co-ed, teenage, men, women, and co-ed. Leagues get nine games and the top four play in the tournament. Potential for 11 games for one low price of $595 for the large field (plus ref fees) and $490 for the small field (plus ref fees). We have covenant on line registration. Indoor soccer registration going on now through Dec. 27 for our winter session. Winter session runs Jan. 10 to March 14. Visit, or call 451-4900 or e-mail cmitchell@ for more information.

Sports & recreation

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December 16, 2009



• Elder High School boys beat Princeton High School 110-70, Dec. 5. Elder won the 200-meter relay in 1:51.91; the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:36.90 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:36.36. Elder’s Mitchell Marnell won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.27; Adam Monk won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.89 and Chad Thornton won the 1 meter dive, scoring a 233. • Seton High School girls beat Princeton High School 138-44, Dec. 5. Seton won the 200-meter relay in 2:01.55, the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:49.74 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:01.39. Seton’s Taylor Bittner won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 2:06.51; Ali Moehring won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:33.79; Kelley Hayhow won the 50-meter freestyle relay in 26.76; Lauren Hayhow won the 100-meter flystroke in 1:05.11, and the 100-meter backstroke in 1:09.79; Taylor Bittner won the 500-meter freestyle relay in 5:39.81; Sarah Kramer won the 100meter breaststroke in 1:15.57

• St. Xavier High School boys won the Big Blue Challenge, Dec. 7 with a 3,142. Hamilton was second, La Salle was third, Fairfield was fourth, Elder was fifth, Northwest was sixth, Glen Este was seventh, Monroe was eighth, Lakota West was ninth, Princeton was 10th, Wilmington was 11th, La Salle was 12th and Monroe was 13th. St. X’s Chris Weber bowled a 471; La Salle’s Cameron Wellman bowled a 438. • Oak Hills High School boys beat Sycamore High

to 6-0 with the win. • Mercy beat Goshen High School 2,146-1,569, Dec. 10. Mercy’s Lindsay Doll bowled a 364. Mercy advances to 5-1 with the win. • McAuley High School girls beat North College Hill 2,140-1,264, Dec. 10. McAuley’s Sarah Johansing bowled a 361.

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• Mercy High School girls beat McAuley High School 72-64, Dec. 10. Kelly Wiegman was Mercy’s top-scorer with 24 points, including one three-pointer. Mercy’s Maddie Whelan scored two points; Erin O’Brien scored 13, including three 3-pointers; Amanda Huschart scored 14, including two three-pointers; Anna Maffey scored four; Allie Hart scored eight; Meyer scored three and Chelsea Meckstroth scored four.

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Kaitlyn Cohen, a Seton grad, were named All-Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Kramer posted a 14-3-1 record in goals this season and posted a single-season school record 11 shutouts and had 88 saves, while only allowing 12 goals for a 0.65 goals against average. Cohen had three goals, while helping anchor the Saints' defense that only gave up 13 goals and held their opponents to 188 shots, while the Saints took 368 shots. The Saints finished the season 15-3-1 overall and 6-1 in the PAC and were ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Top25 on the week of Oct. 14 for the first-time in school history.



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Lindsay Ibold, a sophomore at Asbury College in Wilmore Ky., and 2008 graduate of Oak Hills High School, was named Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 5-11. Ibold made 55 kills in 17 games played over 5 matches on the week. Ibold is a 5-foot-11-inchtall middle hitter. She finished the season with a total of 347 kills which puts her atop Asbury in kills for the season. Ibold was announced First-Team All-Conference and awarded a plaque at the KIAC tournament Nov. 14.

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School 3,177 to 2,548, Dec. 8. Oak Hills’ Stephen Kluesener bowled a 502. Oak Hills advances to 1-1- with the win. • St. Xavier beat La Salle High School 2,724-2,504, Dec. 8. St. X’s Chris Weber bowled a 466. St. Xavier advances to 5-0 with the win. • Elder High School boys beat Moeller 2,835-2,577, Dec. 8. Elder’s Busche bowled a 456. Elder advances to 5-0 with the win. • Mercy High School girls beat McAuley High School 2,583-2,157, Dec. 8. Mercy’s Katie Minning bowled a 487. Mercy advances to 4-1 with the win. • Oak Hills boys beat Colerain High School 2,9922,625, Dec. 9. Oak Hills’ Keith Bunke bowled a 525. • Oak Hills girls beat Colerain 2,450-2,132, Dec. 9. Oak Hills’ Amanda Walden bowled a 440. • Elder beat Harrison High School 2,882 to 2,722, Dec. 10. Elder’s Michael Luken bowled a 536. Elder advances


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• Elder High School won all five rounds of the Elder Duals, Dec. 5. In round one, Elder beat Carlisle High School 56-15. In round two, Elder beat Sycamore 62-9. In round three, Elder beat Colerain 67-6. In round four, Elder beat Beavercreek 54-10, In round five, Elder beat Anderson 67-12. • Oak Hills High School took first place in the Spartan Duals, Dec. 5, beating Wyoming High School in round one, 70-6; Norwood High School in round two, 7110; Roger Bacon High School 78-6; in round three and New Richmond in round four, 64-12.

and Eberle won the 1-meter dive in 1:30.95. Seton advances to 4-0 with the win. • Seton High School girls took first at the Best of the West meet, Dec. 8, with a 333 over Oak Hills’ second place 289, Mercy’s 170, McAuley’s 131, Taylor’s 122, Fairfield’s 114, Colerain’s 52 and Cincinnati Christian’s 32. Seton’s Kelly Hayhow won the 50meter freestyle in 26.20.


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Visit from an angel

As I was waiting in the checkout line at Western Hills Kroger on Tuesday, a total stranger came up to me and tried to give me an envelope. He said it was a “gift” and urged me to take it. Rather unwillingly, I took the envelope, and he immediately disappeared. Inside the envelope were five $20 bills, along with a note that said “a gift from Mike J.” You’ll never know how much that surprise gift meant to me. So, whoever you are, I’d like to thank you for being my Christmas angel! Merry Christmas, Mike J! Jean Winter Krierview Drive Green Township

Amazing, thanks

It is absolutely amazing and overwhelming that our local firefighters are making such an impact on the gift giving of the Three Rivers Community Giving Tree! On Saturday, Nov. 21, personnel from the Cleves Fire Department and the young Explorers from the Miami Township Fire Department helped collect more than $1,300 to purchase gifts for the less fortunate children and senior citizens in our neighborhoods! These dedicated people deserve a special thank you: Chief Doug Moore, Greg Weimer, Rodney Riley, John Hauck, and Jason Eckhoff who are all volunteers with the Cleves Fire Department. Also, thanks to Deputy Chief Steve Ober and Explorers Stephen and Aaron Young and Tony Dilley from the Miami Township Fire Department. We are so fortunate to live in such a generous and caring community! Sue McCabe Three Rivers Community Giving Tree Committee Zion Hill Road Miami Township

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

President Obama has called up 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Would you support a “war tax” to pay for this deployment? “No, haven’t we been taxed enough? Are these new recruits or are they soldiers already on the payroll? Are we going to have to pay for more health care and cap and trade? My friends and neighbors are getting laid off and fired everyday, who will be left working to pay for all this? N.P. “No. What about selling war bonds?” C.A.S. “A war tax? As if we need to impose more taxes and cripple the economy even more! Absolutely not! Taxes could do to this country what terrorism has yet to accomplish.” R.R. “No!!”


“I don’t support a War Tax as I hate all kinds of taxes that are supposed to only last for a certain period of time but then seem to go on for ever and ever. I do support paying for the war in the manner we financed World War II by selling war bonds thus the citizens of the






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Remembering Rev. Bertke

The man, the priest, the one who exemplifies the meaning behind “It’s a purple thing,” Bertke Mr. Elder himself. For those who were privileged to have known father Erwin Bertke as a teacher you know what I mean. Father Bertke was a classy person who practiced what he preached, dedicated to his profession. Father had a great teaching style putting together teamwork in his classrooms, stressing his subjects, and if one wasn’t an athlete, you learned what it was like to a fan athlete for the school spirit, win or lose. Yes, for those of us who were touched by his personality, we will always cherish memories of his stylish ways, for making us better people for others. Hail Mary to you Father Bertke. Ad altiora. Bill Keenan Lane

Next question What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? What makes it special? 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. country can invest and get a return on their money, much better than having the Chinese lend the money and get a high return of interest.” L.S. “No. No. No. Cannot afford it – suggest you take money wasted on ACORN.” Another Obama Socialist government joke.” N.W.S. “An emphatic NO! Why doesn’t Obama just print up some more money – he has been doing that since he took office.” M.E.N. “I think most Americans are feeling taxed out. The stimulus helped mostly some big businesses and did very little for individuals. There was supposed to be a tax rebate but that got minimized. I would prefer the U.S. take from the money spent on the UN and on foreign aid to counties who do not support our efforts. The USA helped rebuild Europe, Japan, and China etc. after W.W.II. How about some pay backs. Go figure!” T.D.T.




Life lessons at Mercy Christmas party “This was the best party I have ever been to!” That was a comment from one of my students as she walked out the door with her friends into the cold night air. She was referring to our high school’s recent Christmas party hosted with Starfire, a unique community organization that promotes social interaction of teens with teens with disabilities. Since 1999 Mercy High School has partnered with Starfire to host three to four parties a year as one of the many options for our students to fulfill their community service requirement. This year our parties have expanded to include participants form Catholic Residential Services who operate several group homes in the archdiocese as well. The good thing about the people of Starfire is that they strive to reduce the social isolation of those with disabilities by promoting social events that allow their members to interact with friends their own ages, teaching them important skills to become part of the community. The students of Mercy High School certainly enjoy assisting them in this goal by organizing “killer” parties throughout the year with Christmas being a special highlight. This year’s Christmas celebration

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was especially impressive as our juniors went all out to decorate the school’s large sewing room with a tree and s p a r k l i n g snowflakes, baked enough cookies and treats for an army of elves and lined up games and music for a truly memo-

rable evening. One junior in particular, Nikole Barkalow, amazed everybody with her self-designed “Grinch” beanbag toss, a fishing-for-snowflakes games with brightly colored candy canes and a snowball throw into the belly of a grinning snowman. At first glance, one might think that the giving is all one-sided, where our students are doing all the serving and the guests receive all the service, but this is hardly the case. In fact, it has been a delight to watch the students over the years, especially those who have had little encounter with individuals with disabilities, re-assess their view of those individuals’ true capabilities. Some students have even considered going on to careers in spe-

cial education or occupational therapy. Perhaps the U.S. bishops said it best in their pastoral statement on people with disabilities who “bring with them a special insight into the meaning of life, for they live … in the shadow of the cross and out of their experience they forge virtues such as courage, patience, perseverance, compassion and sensitivity that should serve as an inspiration to all.” What society sees as the limitations of those from Starfire and Catholic Residential Services, they are truly sacraments of God’s grace to us. As St. Augustine reminds us this holiday season, by taking upon Himself the limits of the human condition, Christ gave us everlasting life. “Remaining with his Father, yet is he brought forth by his mother; maker of heaven and earth, yet born under heaven on the earth; unspeakably wise, yet wisely speechless; filling the cosmos, yet confined to his crib; ruling the stars, yet sucking at her breast.” (Augustine, Sermon 187). From all of us at Mother of Mercy High School, have a blessed Christmas. Robert J. Bonnici is the religion department chair at Mother of Mercy High School.

A community in overwhelming need According to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, unemployment in the Greater Cincinnati area is at a 25-year high with 316,000 adults and 167,000 children living in poverty. During home visits to the needy, volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul see first hand the suffering this causes – elderly people who sleep on the floor because they have no bed; children who go to school dirty because the water has been disconnected; families with no heat, facing eviction, or with too little food each day. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I would never have thought such need could be possible here in Cincinnati. But we also see moving examples of the very best the human spirit has to offer. I have seen families who stay strong and faith-filled during times of unbearable hardship. I have seen a young boy who gave up his bed so his little brother would have a place to sleep; parents that go hungry so their children can eat; a man who walks miles to work each day because he doesn’t have bus fare. At the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we receive more than 250 calls

each day from people in desperate need – double the number of calls compared to 2008. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. As the days grow shortLiz Carter er, I am aware virtually Community that every night of the Press guest week, St. Vincent columnist de Paul volunteers are heading out into the cold to meet with a family in need. But it is also a great comfort to know that there are many others in Greater Cincinnati who share our concern for those who are suffering, giving generously of their time and resources to help local neighbors. When we all work together to help one another, incredible things happen. There are ways to help: • Adopt-A-Family: Fulfill a child’s wish list by adopting a family for Christmas. You will receive a wish list of gifts to purchase and may either deliver them to the family or bring them to St. Vincent de Paul for distri-

bution. If you do not have time to shop, a gift of $150 will purchase gifts for a family of four. Contact LaMonica Sherman at 513-2353353 or • Organize a drive: Organize a drive or event at schools, workplaces or churches. Contact Julie Rack at 562-8841, ext. 225, or • Make a financial gift to keep a family from becoming homeless, or toward the purchase a child’s bed, by sending your contribution to 1125 Bank Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45214 or visit As the Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to address the most pressing needs of the poor in our community, I am grateful to every person who gives their time or financial support. And I am honored to be part of such a caring community, working together to provide small acts of kindness and support that go along way during the holiday season. Liz Carter is executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Cincinnati Council. For more information, go to

A dog’s perspective on holidays I am amazed that every year my family continues to put me in situations where I will end up in the dog house. Read on for my top list of holiday hazards. • If I will drink water out of a toilet, I will drink water out of a Christmas tree stand. Please do not place chemicals in tree water. • I love sparkling tinsel and I heard they are a favorite of my feline enemies! Don’t decorate the tree with tinsel or food items! • When my family goes shopping, I get bored. It’s a good idea to secure electrical cords and connections to prevent them from being chewed on. • How am I to know inside stuff like poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe and holly are poisonous? If you don’t want me to eat it, keep it out of reach.

• Discard gift wrappings, especially bows as soon as possible. Ingestion of bows and wrapping can cause intestinal obstruction and Henry choking. • I can smell Community 100 times more Press guest than you! Be sure columnist to secure food in the garbage and close garbage bags tightly. Bones, especially cooked bones, of any kind can easily splinter and damage the throat and intestines. While onions, grapes, and raisins are fun to roll on the floor, they are harmful and not so good for me to eat.

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• Who can resist the smell of chocolate! Unfortunately, it’s quite harmful and can cause serious breathing and heart issues. And finally, yet most important: • Christmas puppies or kittens are simply NOT a good idea. We are not toys! Wrap a bowl or stuffed animal, wait until the holidays are over, then consider a pet. Better yet, make a donation to one of the many shelters or rescue centers where, sadly, many of my counterparts live! Written by Henry with the help of Diane Zdelar-Bush, a registered veterinary technician with Glenway Animal Hospital.



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Rachel Nienaber, 7, works on her entry in the coloring contest at Merrilee's Trustworthy Supply.

After the Christmas parade, the PNC Bank sold tickets for carriage rides, courtesy of Reba and Bonnie, pulling a trolley for Fliehman's Horse and Carriage Rides.

Santa was a big hit with kids along the route of the Cleves Christmas parade.

Cleves was filled with holiday sights including elves. Ashley Proffitt, 13, sported some reindeer antlers for the Christmas celebration.

The Taylor High School marching band participated in the parade.

Cleves Christmas Christmas in the Village is a two-day holiday celebration in Cleves. The tradition includes two days of Christmas festivities including a parade through town.

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Cleves businesses such as Clasico participated in the annual Christmas parade with a float.

Crowds along the parade route gave a warm welcome to Mrs. Claus, Carolyn Huff Gillespie.

Youngsters scrambled to pick up a few final pieces of candy from the floats as the annual Cleves Christmas parade made its way out of the village.

3-year-old Kevin Bolser enjoyed meeting Frosty the Snowman after the Cleves Christmas parade made its way through town. Local Girl Scouts rode on one of the floats in the annual Cleves Christmas parade during Christmas in the Village.

The Dehne family enjoyed a model train set up in the Miami Township Senior Center. From left are Kaitlyn, 5, Emily, 4, dad Charlie holding Rose, 6 months, and Sarah, 2.

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Seminars in a Snap, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Holiday Hostess Gifts. White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road. Free. 385-3313; White Oak.


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Poppy’s Tavern, 5510 Rybolt Road. Free. 574-6333. Green Township.


Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m. Pirate’s Den, 1935 Anderson Ferry Road. 922-3898. Green Township.


Miracle on 34th Street, 8 p.m. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 seniors and students. Reservations recommended. 241-6550; West Price Hill. The Fantastic Toy Shoppe, 11 a.m.-noon, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. Owners of small toy shop struggle to make ends meet and pay rent. Part of the Saturday Morning Children’s Series. Grades K-8. $7, $5 children. Reservations recommended. 241-6550; West Price Hill. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 0


Covedale Center for the Performing Arts is presenting “The Fantastic Toy Shoppe” from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 19, at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., West Price Hill. Owners of a small toy shop struggle to make ends meet and pay rent. The play is part of the Saturday Morning Children’s Series. It is recommended for grades K-8. The cost is $7, $5 children. Reservations are recommended. Call 241-6550 or visit


Hollmeyer Orchards, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.



Spinning, 12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Western Tennis and Fitness Club, $12; free members. Registration required. 451-4233; Green Township.

Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Henke Winery, $5 seven wines; $1 per pour, choose from 15. 6629463; Westwood.


Hollmeyer Orchards, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.


Miracle on 34th Street, 2 p.m. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 seniors and students. Reservations recommended. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Worship Services, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Addyston Baptist Church, 112 Church St. Free. Through Dec. 27. 941-4897. Addyston. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 1

DANCE CLASSES Line Dance Class, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Dunham Recreation Complex, 4356 Dunham Lane. Line dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. West Price Hill. EXERCISE CLASSES

Cardio Tennis Class, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Western Tennis and Fitness Club, 5490 Muddy Creek, Includes warm-up, cardio workout and cool down. No tennis experience required. $15, $12 members. Registration required. 4514233. Green Township.


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Maur’s Happy Hour, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Maury’s Tiny Cove Steak House, 662-2683; Cheviot. Nick & Tom’s Happy Hour, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Nick and Tom’s, 574-4242; Bridgetown.

Intermediate Card-Making Class, 10 a.m.11:30 a.m. Scrap-Ink, 5515 Bridgetown Road. Learn new techniques and intermediate level folds. $8. Registration required. 389-0826; Green Township.


Yoga, 7:10 p.m. Dunham Recreation Complex, 4356 Dunham Lane.Tender yoga plus meditation. $10. 471-7653. West Price Hill.

Open House, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Eighth-graders living in the Oak Hills Local School District can learn more about educational opportunities at the school. Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road. Registration required by Dec. 16. 467-7102. Green Township. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 2


Westwood Concern Meeting, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Midway Elementary School, 3156 Glenmore Ave. Multi-purpose room. Refreshments served. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Westwood Concern. 481-0761. Westwood.



Hollmeyer Orchards, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.


Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Henke Winery, $5 seven wines; $1 per pour, choose from 15. 662-9463; Westwood.


Maur’s Happy Hour, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Maury’s Tiny Cove Steak House, 662-2683; Cheviot. Nick & Tom’s Happy Hour, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Nick and Tom’s, 574-4242; Bridgetown.


Karaoke with Konnann, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The Dog Haus, 494 Pedretti Ave. Free. 9212082. Delhi Township.


Western Hills Job Satellite Group, 9 a.m.10:30 a.m. Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave. Community members welcome to learn from and support each other in job-seeking process. Speakers present valuable content about latest in electronic resumes, LinkedIn, effective networking, interview skills, available funding and community resources. Group members provide support and accountability to one another during this stressful time. Free. 6621244. Westwood.


Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Dunham Recreation Complex, 4356 Dunham Lane. Line dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. West Price Hill.


Pilates/Slim & Sculpt, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave. With Michele Reeves. $6. 238-8816. Westwood. Ashtanga Yoga Level I Classes, 5:45 p.m.-7 p.m. Miami Heights Elementary, 7670 Bridgetown Road. Cafeteria. Classes allow participants to practice developing moving meditation beyond instruction. Ages 18 and up. $8. Presented by Three Rivers Community Education. 675-2725; Miami Township.


Hollmeyer Orchards, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hollmeyer Orchards, 574-0663. Green Township.



The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates Train Weekend Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20. Already hosting Holiday Junction in the history museum, a large collection of model trains in a winter wonderland (through Jan. 3,) Train Weekend celebrates the mode of transportation with an extra focus on the holidays. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a live recreation of a 1940s radio program, is in the Newsreel Theater at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Character interpreter William Turner will offer stories from the Pullman porter days at Union Terminal from the 1940s at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the history museum. For more activities and information, visit or call 513-287-7000.

Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Henke Winery, $5 seven wines; $1 per pour, choose from 15. 662-9463; Westwood. Tableside Pasta Creations, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The Oakleaf Restaurant, One Aston Oaks Drive. Unlimited pasta and gourmet pizza, basket of breadsticks and salad. Includes wine specials. Family friendly. $9.99, $4.95 ages 11 and under. Reservations recommended. Presented by Aston Oaks Golf Club. 467-0070, ext. 3. North Bend.


The Cincinnati Ballet performs its yuletide tradition, “The Nutcracker,” from Thursday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Aronoff Center. The production will feature Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Opening night tickets are $30; remaining performances are $30-$70. There will be Sugar Plum Parades after the 2 p.m. performances Dec. 22 and Dec. 26, in which parents can escort their children across the stage to be greeted by the performers. For tickets and information, visit or call 513-621-5282. Pictured is ballerina Janessa Touchet.


December 16, 2009

Western Hills Press


Messy lives attract a loving God herds, adoring animals, angels heralding on high, and Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus comfortable centerpieces. This warm and fuzzy scenario is more the work of our imagination than reality. That’s all right for celebrations, but we leap over the messiness that can mean so much to the development of our spirituality. We suppose messy lives before God mean unloved souls. Don’t we have to be pure, perfect and eminently prayerful to have God notice us and love us? The universe, the incarnation, and the coming of God to our individual souls are all usually accompanied by less than ideal situations. There is inevitably a complexity and messiness to it. At the first Christmas

there was the anxiety of a man named Joseph, worried about his financée’s unexplained pregnancy and what to do about it. There is Mary his wife, pulled from an ordinary life and confused by sudden events, “How can this be since I do not know man?” A recent law necessitated their travel in the last week of her pregnancy, creating fears of roadside robbers as real as those who rip off people at malls today. Add to this the fact that there was no place to stay, then a begged and borrowed stable for a birthplace, the smell of manure, the effort to find food and medical attention if necessary. Wouldn’t you say there was a certain messiness to it all? A combination of stress, inconvenience, worry and

Vocation week highlights priesthood For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocation Office has produced educational resources to be used by all Catholic grade schools, high schools, home school groups, parishes and family homes for the upcoming Vocation Awareness Week, Jan. 10-16. The materials for this year’s packet follow the theme “You are a priest forever,” from Psalm 110, and focus on the various aspects of the priesthood, including its origin, its importance, the role of the laity in relation to it and the various Catholic teachings sur-

rounding its implementation and practice. Additionally, “one of the goals in creating Schnippel these materials is to encourage and help the average Catholic to grow in appreciation for the priests of the Archdiocese and the world,” says Wayne Topp, Associate Vocation Director. “It really is an all-inclusive program that has tackled as many aspects of the Catholic priesthood that we thought possible in one

week’s worth of lesson plans.” As in previous years, the office has produced lesson plans to cover just about every parish need. The Rev. Kyle Schnippel, director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is satisfied with this year’s product as well. To access these materials, visit the Vocation Office Web site at and click on Vocation Awareness Week. If you do not have internet access and would like any of the materials for this year, call 421-3131, ext. 2860.

puzzlement? The first Christmas was far from pretty. We need to remember this about the coming of God into our lives. It rarely occurs in a milieu of perceived perfection. Doubts, darkness and chaos may not be far away. As a clergyman I have had the privilege of being privy to the inner life of many people. Most of them, and I as well, resonate to the description of messiness being present in our lives. We usually don’t see ourselves as holy specimens that God is proud of and whom he loves to be around. Yet it is stumbling and imperfect people who have taught me the most about the coming of God and his wonderful work of love within us, despite the cluttered messiness we create.

And one characteristic has been made clear to me – the coming of God, whether at the beginning, at the first Christmas, or today to you and me, is achieved because of and in the midst of the messiness of life. God comes close to the woman feeling so abandoned by her husband who has left her for another woman; to a couple who have lost a child; to someone trying to kick the drug habit. God comes along with the sullenness of a lasting depression; along with a suspicious mammogram; a person who lost a job; or a single parent doubting their effectiveness with their children. It may sound contradictory, but about Christmas we know more than we can say. If we have opened our

hearts and Father Lou messiness to God, we Guntzelman know a Perspectives good news t h a t exceeds our ability to spell out what it is. The essence is always more than we can know. Although the lower can acknowledge the higher, it cannot comprehend it. We can only use images, stories and metaphors to try and express the loving God who was willing to become one with us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@ or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

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The scene was messy and scary to say the least. It was dark, turbulent and chaotic – until God began the work of creation. That’s how the JudaicChristian scriptures describe the creation of the world as God began to bring order and beauty out of futile nothingness. Works of grandeur often emerge gradually from chaotic messiness. Many an excellent musical composition is born from a troubled life or tortured mind. Another stupendous God-event we’re about to celebrate, Christmas, follows the same principle. We envision the original Christmas with a certain pious romanticism. Handel’s “Messiah,” crib scenes with sparkles in the straw, wide-eyed shep-

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2 cups crushed peppermint candies 4 cups white chocolate chips 3 ⁄4 teaspoon peppermint extract 2 cups puffed rice cereal or bit more to taste Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Melt white chocolate with extract over low heat or microwave. Be careful. It tends to burn easily. Remove from heat source while there are still some unmelted chips. Stir and the residual heat will melt them. Stir in candies and cereal. Pour onto pan and spread to 1 ⁄4 inch. Chill. Optional but good: After candy has chilled but before breaking into pieces, drizzle melted dark chocolate in a zig-zag pattern on top. Chill again before breaking into pieces.

Mulled cider

This makes about 12 cups. 3 ⁄4 cup each: water and sugar 4 cinnamon sticks, about 2 inches long each 8 each: whole cloves and allspice 1 lemon and one orange, sliced thin 21⁄2 quarts cider Combine everything but cider in pan. Bring to boil, then lower to simmer, covered, for five minutes.


Here, my friend Carol and I “testing” her vodka-infused coffee liqueur. Remove from heat, add cider and stir.

Carol’s coffee-infused vodka liqueur

Best friend Carol Vanover shares this trendy drink. Better and so much less expensive than anything you can buy. The longer it ages, the smoother it gets. 1.75 liter Smirnoff vodka ⁄2 cup good quality coffee beans (Carol uses Colombian), crushed coarsely 4 teaspoons sugar (I told Carol when we tested this with the store bought version that hers was less sweet, so add more if you like). 1

Mix everything together and let infuse at room temperature for 10 to 15 days. The color will darken and flavor will develop.

Mom’s hot chicken salad

For Delhi reader Sydney Davis, who said her mom made this back in the ’60s. “After she died, I found many of her recipes but not this one, which was always one of our favorites. “It was shredded chicken

I could hardly believe my luck when Diane Powell called me with this recipe. For M. Miles and Kim McDonald. Kim wants to make it for her brother, who can only eat very soft foods. A good friend of Diane’s worked at Withrow’s commissary and gave Diane the recipe. Diane said most public schools in the 1960s-70s made this pie. Preheat oven to 350. 1 stick salted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 egg yolks, room temperature, beaten well 2 tablespoons flour with a creamy texture and maybe a touch of lemon and a crunchy topping which was probably potato chips.” This one should work and it’s thanks to Patty Poor, Grant County Extension Agent in Williamstown, Ky. Patty sent me a cookbook from the Grant County Extension Homemakers. It has 1,000 yummy recipes like this and costs $28.95. Contact Patty at or 859824-3355 for a copy. The recipe doesn’t say if the chicken is skinless, but I would assume so. I would also cut up the chicken fairly small and mix it with ingredients as listed below, before pouring into pan. And if the celery is real strong, I might use less. 2 pounds boneless chicken breast 4 cups diced celery

Pinch salt 1 cup evaporated milk (not condensed) 1 regular pie shell Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together. Sift flour and salt together. Combine, add yolks and milk and beat very well, about one to two minutes until well mixed. (Sometimes mixture will look curdled – don’t worry – it will bake just fine). Pour into shell and bake 40 to 45 minutes on cookie sheets. Diane said the butter tends to bubble over and the pie will be a bit shaky in the center but will set nicely as it cools. 1 can cream chicken soup 2 cups mayonnaise 2 cans water chestnuts 1 can mushroom stems and pieces 1 cup slivered almonds 2 tablespoons each: chopped onions and lemon juice 2 teaspoons salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper 2 cups shredded cheese Potato chips Put all ingredients except cheese and chips in sprayed 13-by-9 pan. Sprinkle with cheese and chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@ with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

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Bakeries’ cookies sale go to charities Members of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association make gingerbread men cookies and donate a portion of the sales from these seasonal specialties to help children who have physical problems or emotional concerns due to the loss of someone in their family Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kidding, is the slogan chosen by Tom Davis, of Regina Bakery in North Bend, chairman of this event. The size

and price of these cookies very from bakery to bakery, but the spirit prevails in all as no one wants to see a child hurting. Bakers in the Cincinnati area divide the proceeds from their cookie sale between Kindervelt, which provides state of the art equipment for Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and to Fernside, which has groups all over the city and in schools to help children cope with the loss of a loved

one or another classmate. You can go into any of the following stores through Dec. 31 to purchase the decorated gingerbread kids, or you can order them specially decorated with your child or grandchildren’s name written on them. Graeter’s Bakeries – all locations; Little Dutch Bakery – Mount Healthy; Regina Bakery – North Bend and Cheviot. Servatii Pastry Shop – all

locations; North College Hill Bakery – North College Hill. “I believe it is important that we donate some of our resources to charity, and there is not better way than to help hurting children. “ said Greg Gottenbusch from Servatii Pastry Shop and president of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association. For information contact maryanngcrba@insightbb.c om or call 859-727-4146

Mercy Hospital partners for rehab services Last week’s Scavenger Hunt clue was the two rows of stone on the side of the Western Hills Honda/Yamaha Last week’s clue. on Harrison Avenue in Westwood. Zoe Zeszut is the only reader who called or sent in a correct guess. See if you know this week’s clue and then call in your guess. Turn to A1 for this week’s clue.


Air National Guard Airman Kaitlyn M. Caldwell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Caldwell is the daughter of Basil K. Caldwell and Desiree Diersing of Bridgetown. She is a 2009 graduate of Oak Hills High School. The airman earned distinction as an honor graduate of the course.

Mercy Hospital Mount Airy and Mercy Hospital Western Hills are partnering with RehabCare Group Inc. to enhance the specialized care provided to patients through the inpatient rehabilitation program at each hospital. “This new partnership does not replace our existing services, but will provide a new advantage by teaming with a leading provider of specialized rehabilitation care,” said Jason

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Ryan J. Fern has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year. Fern, a 2009 graduate of Oak Hills High School and will report to Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., for basic training in February 2010. He is the son of Michael Fern of Mack.


Air Force Airman Darren J. Woods graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the grandson of Loretta Woods of Western Hills. Woods is a 2009 graduate of Hughes Center High School.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Calvin Donkor has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Ky. Donkor is the son of Christana Donkor of Grand Concourse, Bronx, N.Y., and brother of Peter Donkor of Western Hills. During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values.

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December 16, 2009

BRIEFLY C.T. Young Elementary School principal Tom Bailey received the Distinguished Educator for Art Education in the Southwest Area. The award goes to an individual in education, not an educator in art education, but an educator who has made a significant contribution to art education. Bailey was nominated by Kelly Burichin, visual arts teacher at C. T. Young, for his work with the Three Rivers Local School District’s fine arts department as an administrative liaison last year, as well as the support he provides now as principal. As an administrative liaison for fine arts meetings, Bailey exhibited various public relations ideas and ways to spread the word out about the fine arts department, which consists of a team of teachers in C.T. Young’s visual arts, music, and drama departments. A musician and former band director, Bailey knows the importance and the power of the arts in a student’s school experience.

Centennial carols

St. William Church will present its Centennial Festival of Carols before Midnight Mass on Thursday, Dec. 24. The hour-long service, under the direction of Music Director David Allen, will feature the 40-member St. William choir, accompanied by an ensemble from the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. The parish invites everyone to join them as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. Those who attend will enjoy an hour of sacred music with traditional carols, orchestral and choral selections.

The Festival of Carols begins at 11 p.m. and will be followed by Midnight Mass celebrated by the Rev. Andrew J. Umberg, St. William’s pastor. Doors to the church, 4108 W. Eighth St., will open at 10:30 p.m. Contact St. William Church at 921-0247 or visit

Nativity musical

The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company is presenting “Black Nativity – A Testimony” from Friday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 20. From the poetry of Langston Hughes, the musical delivers a message of hope and features vibrant costumes, choreographed numbers and heart touching and soulful singing. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Performances are at Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Ave. Tickets are $20. Group rates are available. For ticket information, call 241-6060 or send an e-mail to Information about the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company can be found at

Computer classes

Evening classes are available for December at Elder High School’s Tech-reach lab. Classes include computer basics, Internet basics, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and Word. All classes begin at 6 p.m. and are held on various nights throughout the week. For more information, contact Nancy Kinross at 9213744, ext. 3636.

Two for one

A holiday double feature is being presented by the Seton-Elder Drama Club on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Seton High School. The double feature includes “CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators” and “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown.” Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Seton Commons with a cast meet and greet, followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s theater. All children and grade school students are admitted free. Adult tickets are available at the door for $6.

Helping out

The Cheviot Savings Bank and Delhi Civic Association have teamed up for a food and clothing drive to benefit the Anderson Ferry Food Pantry. Donations needed include food, and new or slightly used clothing items. Drop off items at all Cheviot Savings Bank locations anytime until Dec. 20. Lobby hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit for location address information or call 661.0457.

Dinner for community

Everyone is welcome Friday, Dec. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to a free dinner at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 580 Anderson Ferry Road, across the street from Delhi Middle School. This is open to anyone who would enjoy dining together. Guests are invited to a sit-down dinner served by youth volunteers. Menu this

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month includes a traditional Christmas dinner: ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and homemade desserts. This is a great place to spend a family evening and make new friends. Shiloh offers a community meal the last Friday of each month, but due to holidays it will be one week earlier. To learn more about our ministry and mission, please visit our Web site at

New program for girls

The Girl’s Club and Girl’s Life after school programs offered by The Women’s Connection will collaborate with the Girls Inc. program of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati during the first half of 2010. Girls Inc. will offer two, 11week programs – Dollars, Sense and Me and Will Power/Won’t Power – which will focus on teaching young girls financial literacy skills. In addition to the Girl’s Inc. programs, the girls will participate in activities focusing on diversity, career discovery and exploration and community service. Girl’s Club is for girls ages 8 to 11 and meets on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Girl’s Life is for girls ages 12 to 14 and meets on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:45 p.m.-6 p.m. Both programs include presentations by guest speakers followed by discussions on age-relevant topics. The girls also engage in arts and crafts projects to develop creativity and selfexpression and learn teamwork. They plan and implement community service projects and learn problem solving, decision-making and conflict resolution skills. Occasional field trips provide opportunities for cultural enrichment and recreation.

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In an attempt to keep citizens safe during this holiday season, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Patrol Division will be activating its Special Deputy Unit to provide high visibility patrols at various shopping centers in the county’s unincorporated until Christmas Eve. The patrols will operate in the evening hours each day. The Special Deputy Unit is comprised of dedicated individuals who desire to provide voluntary public service to the Sheriff’s Office. Each Special Deputy has attended and graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and is a certified peace officer with full arrest powers. This is a service the Sheriff’s Office is able to provide citizens without cost to the taxpayers of Hamilton County.


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Juvenile, 16, driving under suspension and possession of drugs, Nov. 26. Jason Johnson, 30, 300 Chetalou Drive, driving under suspension, Dec. 1. Tracie Pfalz, 39, 3726 Robb Ave., child endangering, Nov. 25. Matthew B. Leist, 27, 8325 Cox Road, warrant, possession of drugs and disorderly conduct at 3613 Harrison Ave., Nov. 28. Allen Brown, 23, 1363 Sunset Drive, drug abuse and possessing drug abuse instruments, Dec. 4. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct at 3726 Robb Ave., Nov. 25. Jason Haley, 20, 4104 Francis Ave., possession of drugs at 3961 North Bend Road, Nov. 25. Lauren Streicher, 19, 6711 Summit Lake Drive, disorderly conduct, Nov. 26. Brandon Neely, 24, 6853 Westin Ridge, disorderly conduct at 3710 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 26. Jeffrey Reed, 43, 3914 Taft Ave., disorderly conduct at 3612 Harrison Ave., Nov. 28. Antonio Thomas, 28, 2552 Ring Place, disorderly conduct at 3600 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29. Cheryl Flaherty, 61, 3225 Griest, warrant, Nov. 29. Juvenile, 16, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, curfew violation and underage alcohol possession at 3217 Phoenix Ave., Dec. 1. Juvenile, 16, theft, curfew violation, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and underage alcohol possession at 3217 Phoenix Ave., Dec. 1. Samuel Robinson, 38, 2139 Harrison Ave., warrant, Dec. 1. Juvenile, 13, disorderly conduct and menacing at 4040 Harrison Ave., Dec. 2. Samantha Naegele, 20, 3864 Reily Millville Road, warrant, Dec. 3. Henry Lemons, 21, 8730 Sarahs Bend, unauthorized use of vehicle, Dec. 3. Deonna Ihli, 41, 2232 Center St., warrant, Dec. 4. Adrik Booth, 29, 3885 Westwood Northern Blvd., disorderly conduct, Dec. 5. Brandon Neely, 24, 6853 Westin Ridge, criminal damaging, Dec. 5. Joshua Keininger, 35, 3463 Jane, disorderly conduct at 3725 Dina Ave., Dec. 5. Gregory Noel, 21, 914 Voss St., warrant, Dec. 6. William S. Russell, 29, 4222 Marburg Ave., open container at 3809 North Bend Road, Dec. 6. Juvenile, 12, criminal damaging, Dec. 7. Kathy Rottinghouse, 20, 18333 Keller Road, warrant at 3814 Harrison Ave., Dec. 7.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

2400 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29. 2411 Boudinot Ave., Dec. 2. 2500 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29. 2545 Montana Ave., Dec. 3. 2552 Harrison Ave., Nov. 28.

1000 Vienna Woods Drive, Nov. 27. 2295 Harrison Ave., Dec. 1. 2444 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29. 2570 Harrison Ave., Nov. 30. 2915 Westwood Northern Blvd., Nov. 27. 3011 Westbrook Drive, Nov. 27. 3016 N.s Hegry Circle, Nov. 28. 3051 Montana Ave., Nov. 30. 3117 Harrison Ave., Nov. 30. 3344 Glenmore Ave., Dec. 3. 5450 Glenway Ave., Nov. 29. 6000 Glenway Ave., Dec. 1.


2227 McBreen Ave., Nov. 29. 2519 Orland Ave., Nov. 30. 2679 Montana Ave., Dec. 3. 2724 Erlene Drive, Nov. 28. 2831 Westbrook Drive, Nov. 30. 2926 Aquadale Lane, Dec. 3. 3059 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 30. 3130 Veazey Ave., Nov. 30. 3155 Sunshine Ave., Nov. 26. 3250 Epworth Ave., Nov. 28. 3401 Fyffe Ave., Dec. 3.

Felonious assault

2892 Fischer Place, Nov. 30. 5486 Glenway Ave., Nov. 30.

Grand theft

2322 Ferguson Road, Dec. 1. 2322 Ferguson Road, Dec. 1. 2322 Ferguson Road, Dec. 3. Grand Theft, 2323 Ferguson Road, Dec. 2. 2435 Harrison Ave., Nov. 28. 2715 Erlene Drive, Nov. 25. 3350 Boudinot Ave., Dec. 2. 5116 Crookshank Road, Nov. 25. 5857 Glenway Ave., Nov. 29.

1000 Vienna Woods Drive, Nov. 27. 2251 Harrison Ave., Nov. 26. 2298 Harrison Ave., Dec. 2. 2310 Ferguson Road, Nov. 30. 2322 Ferguson Road, Dec. 1. 2322 Ferguson Road, Dec. 2. 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 27. 2420 Harrison Ave., Dec. 3. 2646 Fenton Ave., Nov. 29. 2714 Queen City Ave., Nov. 28. 2726 Orland Ave., Nov. 29. 2915 Westwood Northern Blvd., Nov. 28. 3093 McHenry Ave., Dec. 2. 5050 Crookshank Road, Dec. 2. 5050 Crookshank Road, Nov. 29. Petit Theft, 6000 Glenway Ave., Nov. 27. 6140 Glenway Ave., Nov. 25. 6140 Glenway Ave., Nov. 28. 6165 Glenway Ave., Dec. 3.


2951 Harrison Ave., Nov. 28. 6000 Glenway Ave., Nov. 27.

Vehicle theft

2232 Moffat Court, Nov. 29. 2400 Harrison Ave., Dec. 4. 2716 Erlene Drive, Dec. 1. 3100 Mayridge Court, Dec. 4. 3344 Boudinot Ave., Nov. 25. 3403 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 28. 6080 Glenway Ave., Dec. 3.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Terri L. Huckaby, 27, 1009 Fisk, theft and criminal trespass at 6580 Harrison Ave., Nov. 23. Karen Moore, 37, 1008 Fisk, theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., Nov. 23. Juvenile, 14, assault at 5400 Edalbert Drive, Nov. 23.

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Juvenile, 17, domestic violence at 1420 Beechmeadow Lane, Nov. 25. Juvenile, 17, theft, Nov. 25. Isaiah L. Thomas, 24, 5208 Holland Ave., obstructing official business and carrying concealed weapon at Colerain Avenue and Blue Rock Road, Nov. 25. Russell J. Poland, 44, 4920 Mount Alverno Road, child endangering and open container at 1871 Anderson Ferry Road, Nov. 26. Eva Raymond, 18, 3056 Hoock Court, underage possession at Eastbound Interstate 74 at mile marker 16, Nov. 26. Theodore Flaig, 19, 5631 Rapid Run, assault at 6383 Glenway Ave., Nov. 27. Robert Blazer, 35, 3272 Alpine Place, domestic violence at 3272 Alpine Place, Nov. 27. Lisa Tyndall, 41, 730 Mount Hope Road, theft and obstructing official business at 1000 Sycamore St., Nov. 28. Ryan T. Gamble, 24, 4332 Glenhaven Road, theft and obstructing official

business at 6620 Harrison Ave., Nov. 27. Melissa J. Taylor, 33, 5465 Childs Ave., failure to confine dog at 5465 Childs Ave., Nov. 27. Brian Bardonaro, 32, 2813 Temple Ave. No. 2, theft at 5750 Harrison Ave., Nov. 27. Ramon P. Schweer, 36, 3605 St. Martins Place, theft at 5750 Harrison Ave., Nov. 27. Deborah Kellam, 51, 5754 Lawrence Road, theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., Nov. 28. Tony Searles Jr., 22, 5860 Ranlyn Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 5860 Ranlyn Ave., Nov. 28. Paul E. McClanahan, 21, 5798 Cleves Warsaw No. 2, domestic violence at 5798 Cleves Warsaw No. 2, Nov. 28. Randall Stone, 41, 7002 Boulder Path Drive, drug abuse instruments and driving under suspension at 6562 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29.

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December 16, 2009

POLICE REPORTS Simca Lane, Nov. 29.

From B7 Jonathan D. Ross, 34, 2029 Madison Ave. No. 2, drug abuse instruments at 6562 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29. Nicole Ross, 31, 2029 Madison Ave. No. 2, drug abuse instruments at 6562 Harrison Ave., Nov. 29. Jacob R. Yeager, 18, 5914 Hickoryknoll Drive, consumption in vehicle at 1568 Sylved Lane, Dec. 1.



Two suspects pulled victim from their bicycle and assaulted them at 3710 Monfort Heights Drive, Nov. 22. Suspect punched victim in the face at 1935 Anderson Ferry Road, Nov. 28.

Breaking and entering

Chainsaw stolen from home’s shed at 4468 Hickory Bark Court, Nov. 24. Lock pried off home’s shed, but nothing found missing at 5300 Timberhollow, Nov. 25. Power washer stolen from home’s shed at 5379 Tall Oak Lane, Nov. 28. Lock broken and speakers stolen from storage unit at 3220 Westbourne Drive, Nov. 30. Lock box, money, check book, identification, credit card and prescription medicine stolen from home at 5477 Edalbert Drive, Nov. 23.


Two televisions, three rings and one necklace stolen from home at 3754 Frondorf, Nov. 24.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle scratched with key at 4713 Greenwald, Nov. 28.

Criminal damaging

Mailbox and post damaged at 6618 Woodcrest Court, Nov. 29. Mailbox knocked from post at 4370

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Domestic dispute

Argument between spouses at Jessup Road, Nov. 23. Argument between man and woman at Alpine Place, Nov. 25.e Argument between parent and child at Ridgedale Drive, Nov. 29.

Domestic violence

Altercation between spouses at Green Oak Drive, Nov. 25.


Pump stand, hydraulic hose control handle, two roller tubes and other assorted tools stolen from construction trailer at 2822 Diehl Road, Nov. 23. Wrench, tube cutter and three vice grips stolen from vehicle at 5721 Snyder Road, Nov. 23. Change cup and money stolen from vehicle at 6135 Gaines Road, Nov. 23. Debit card stolen from victim at 5753 Filview Circle, Nov. 23. Cell phone, two credit cards and a driver’s license stolen from purse at 1935 Anderson Ferry Road, Nov. 23. GPS stolen from vehicle at 6620 Harrison Ave., Nov. 23. Money, CD case and 100 CDs stolen from vehicle at 1935 Anderson Ferry Road, Nov. 24. Twenty assorted tools and a GPS stolen from RPM’s Auto Care at 6289 Glenway Ave., Nov. 14. CD player/car stereo stolen from vehicle at 5308 Timberhollow Drive, Nov. 24. Deposit drop box containing 10 rent

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Copper plumbing of unknown value removed at 9527 Mt. Nebo Road, Oct. 27.


Residence entered and wallet of unknown value removed at 22 Washington Ave., Nov. 10.

Criminal damaging

Windshield damaged at 418 Three Rivers Parkway, Nov. 7. Mailbox and post damaged at 4610 Zion Road, Oct. 31. Mailbox and post damaged at 4595 Zion Road, Oct. 31. Trampoline damaged at 3809 Beaconwoods Drive, Nov. 14. Mailbox damaged at 5014 Zion Road, Nov. 15.


Fuel valued at $15 removed at 7545 Bridgetown, Oct. 27. Check and medication of unknown value removed at 7330 Pickway Drive, Nov. 4. Tree stand valued at $150 removed at 3637 Shady Lane, Nov. 6. Brass vase removed from grave at 9980 Vallet Junction Road, Oct. 29. Copper radiator valued at $300 removed at 9650 Mt. Nebo Road, Nov. 14. Copper of unknown value removed at 7777 Wesselman Road, Nov. 9. Vehicle entered and car stereo valued at $450 removed at 3865 Breman Pass, Nov. 19. Arrows and bows valued at $250 removed at 5444 Cowell Ave., Nov. 22.

MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

George Sladeck, 46, 7760 Southernwood Drive, public indecency, operating vehicle intoxicated, open container at 3783 Shady Lane, Oct. 29. Thomas Long, 18, 7920 Tall Timbers, aggravated menacing at 7920 Tall Timbers Drive, Nov. 1. Craig Herbig, 24, 227 Goodrich Lane, theft, possession on drug abuse

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Georgia E. (Nee Leonard) Clerkin, 65, of Harrison died Dec. 1. Survived by children Steve (Judith) Clerkin and Margaret (William) Grote; siblings Kimberly (Gary) Scholz, Richard (Betty) and William (Barb) Leonard; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous other family and friends. Preceded in death by husband, Peter Clerkin and son, Jeffrey Clerkin. Service were Dec. 5, at St. William Church. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 731231718. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home.

Gerald H. Cook

Gerald H. Cook, 70, of Miami Township, died Dec. 7. survived by wife, Mary F. (nee Barnhorst) Cook; children Dale (Nancy) Cook, Denise (David) Scheidler, Debbie (Ray Lembke) Cook and Douglas (Amy) Cook; grandchildren Stephen, Amanda, Zachary, Alexandra, Madison and Lindsay and sister, Patricia Bierman. Services were Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Visitation Church. Memorials to: Cardio Pulmonary Rehab Fund, Mercy Hospital Western Hills, 3131 Queen City Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238; or Springer School Scholarship Fund, 2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208.

Patricia J. Dinning

Patricia Dinning, 74, formerly of Cedar Lake, Ind., died Dec. 4. She along with her husband owned John’s This and That Shoppe in Lowell, Ind., for more than 20 years and was a volunteer for many years. Survived by her children John Dinning, Christine (Corey) Jacobs; grandchildren Bradley and Sarah. Preceded in death her husband, John. Services were Dec. 11 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Cleves. A Memorial service was Dec. 12 at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Carmel, Ind.. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or UMC Holmes County Long-term Care Center, Durant, MS.

Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 8536262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 2424000 or pricing details. Jacob Bley, Sally Kuhr, Greg Gampfer and Sarah Abbot. Preceded in death by brother, Gary Gampfer; sister, Cathy Bley; parents Gampfer Stanley and Sarah Gampfer. Services are private. Memorials to: St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215; or SPCA, 3949 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223.

Glenn H. Gardner

Glenn H. Gardner, 88, of White Oak died Dec. 10. Survived by wife of 61 years, Catherine “Kate” (nee Classen) Gardner; children Frank Sr. (Tara), Patricia, Dave (Jan) Gardner and Joyce Ellis; grandchildren Sean, Carrie, Nick, Kevin, Adam and Mandy and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 14 at St. James Church, White Oak. Memorials to: Sisters of St. Francis, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560; or Vitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.

Gregory R. Gebhardt

Gregory R. Gebhardt, 55, of Green Township died Dec. 4. He was vice president of Charles Associates. Survived by parents Raymond and Barbara (nee Roush) Gebhardt; children Theresa, Clare and Geoffrey Gebhardt; former wife, Martha (nee Gebhardt Wenstrup); siblings Debbie Gebhardt, Brad (Jenny) Gebhardt and Gretchen (Mark) Terhar and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Services were Dec. 9 at St. Rose Church. Memorials to: US Bank, 7350 Beechmont Ave., 45230, for the Gebhardt Children’s Fund.

Bradford Fullerton, 69, of Naples, Fla. died Nov. 28. He was an engineer and served on the Cincinnati Fire Department for 26 years. Survived by wife, Connie (Newcomb); children Jeanette Altenau and Karen (Tom) Kehling; grandchildren Kristen and Laura Altenau and Elizabeth, Kyle and Jackson Kehling; aunt, Vivian Mitchell and many friends. Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorials to: Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105-3847.

Karen Ann Gampfer

Karen Ann Gampfer, 63, died Dec. 2. Survived by brother, Steve (Linda) Gampfer; nieces and nephews

Carmella Helmes

Carmella Helmes, 65, died Dec. 6. Survived by husband of 46 years, Tony Helmes; children Sharon (Darryl) Gundrum, Tina (Eric) Hoffmeier and Mark Helmes; grandchildren Christopher and Amber Gundrum, Morgan and Braden Helmes and Ruth Hoffmeier; siblings Annette Patneau, Virginia Helmes Pangallo, Anthony Pangallo Jr. and Pam Merz and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Patsy Caito, Jo Ann Wieczorkowski and Joseph Pangallo. Services were Dec. 11 at St. Martin of Tours Church. Memorials to: Children’s Hospital Medical Center, P.O. Box 5202, Cincinnati, OH 45201. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker and Sexton Funeral Home.

Allen W. Krone

Myers, Dick (Shelly), Eileen (Bob), Terry (Debby), Mike (Kathy), Jim (Jan), Tom (Judy), 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Richard G. Jennings; son-inlaw, Butch Myers, siblings Francis, Joseph Rensing, Mary Hurst. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 7 at St. Dominic Church. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Seton High School, Bayley Place or St. Dominic Building Fund.

Allen Krone, 82, of Green Township, died Dec. 2. He was a Realtor. Survived by his wife, Bette Elise Krone: children Jeffery Allen (Nancy) Krone, Kathy Lee (Randy) Deaton; grandchildren Amanda Elise and Patrick Allen Krone. Preceded in death by his brother Robert H. Krone. Services were Dec. 4 at Westwood United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund or the Boy Scouts of America.

Inez M. Kohl

Inez M. Kohl, 89, of Cleves died Dec. 3. Survived by children Darl Jr., Patricia Wesley, Clarence and Jerold; 11 grandchildren and many great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Darl Sr.; and son, James; three brothers and parents Clarence and Elizabeth (nee Kohl Tolle) Smith. Visitation and blessing were Dec. 8 at Dennis George Funeral Home, Cleves.

Mary LaMott

Mary (nee Hall) LaMott, 79, died Dec. 8. She is retired from Stewart’s Irish Pub. Survived by son, Michael LaMott; former daughter-in-law, Joyce LaMott; grandchildren Melissa (Tony) Kemen, Christina (Joe) Taylor-Harbin and Michelle (Scott) Proud; greatgrandchildren Rob Yakimow, Samantha and Stephanie Taylor, MacKenzie, Ethan and Joe Harbin II and Brayden Proud; nephew Don (Judy) Stahmer and many friends and neighbors. Preceded in death by husband, Earl LaMott.

John Howard

John E. Howard, 77, Cleves, died Nov. 7. He worked as an educator and a truck driver. He was a member of the Miami University & Taylor High School Alumni Associations, Cleves-Three Rivers Kiwanis, Airmasters, Boy Scouts of America, Drydrudgers and the Southwest Ohio Beekeepers. Survived by his Leone Mahaney; daughters Susan Springer, Barbara Seibert, Judith Fitz; brothers Bill, Ed, Bob Howard; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Thomas Howard, parents Elmer, Nelly Howard. Services were Nov. 11 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to Miami University Athletics or Taylor High School.


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Catherine Lee, 83, died Dec. 3. She was a packer for the Kroger Co. Survived by her children Kathleen Noble, Marca (John) Erskine, Maxine Solomon, Randy, Roger Lee, Doreene (Joe) Herzner; grandchildren Annette (Sam) Hensley, Kelly, Leslie, Roger, Joey, Katie, Jennifer, Christopher, Courtney, Marcus, Tiffany, Sara, Jeffery, Jessica; greatgrandchildren Ashley, Josh, Jeff; numerous others including nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husbands Marcus Solomon and Homer Lee; in-law Courtney Noble. Services were Dec. 8 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

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Nancy Hamburg, 51, died Nov. 30. She was the owner of Costello’s Bar. Survived by her husband, Robert Hamburg, step-children Katie, Claire, Rob Hamburg; parents Robert and Borghild De Villiers; siblings Pat (Dave) Cundiff, Susan (Don) Mallaghan, Sandy (Tom) Weiss, Terry (Julie) De Villiers, Debbie (Harold) Lida; numerous nieces, nephews, the Hamburg Nation and good friends. Services were Dec. 4 at Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lindner Center of Hope, 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040.

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Gerald C. “Jerry” Eldred, 73, of Western Hills died Dec. 6. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving with the 82nd Airborne and an active member of numerous veterans organizations. Survived by wife, Judy (nee Streicher) Eldred; step-children James G. II (Elizabeth) and Richard P. Jr. Bauer; grandchildren Timothy, Matthew, Holly and James III and numerous Eldred brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents Robert and Alma Eldred and brother, Robert. Services were Dec. 11 at St. Jude Church. Memorials to: Amvets Auxiliary Post 41, P.O. Box 11050, Cincinnati, OH 45211-0050; or Timothy Roos Scholarship Fund at FifthThird Bank. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home.

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Ricke Wayne Bihr, 60, of Cheviot died Dec. 8. He worked as a warehouseman for Vogt Warehouse. Survived by children Emily and Kristen Bihr and Jennifer Kalabins; stepchild, Lorrie Gruber; siblings Linda Kay (Ronnie L.) Eckenroth and Kenneth Jacob (Mary) Bihr and step-granddaughter, Alexis Gruber. Preceded in death by parents Jacob and Esther Louise (nee Clark) Bihr. Visitation is noon until services at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves.


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Paul Robert Lillis

Paul Robert “Bob” Lillis, 78, of Green Township died Dec. 2. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a retired financial planner. He also worked many years in the family meat business, Eckerlin Meats Survived by wife of 56 years, Lillis Marie (nee Rabong) Lillis; children Dave (Charlene), Bruce (Colleen), Keith (Debi), Robert (Christa) and Brian (Staci) Lillis, Beth (Mark) Spurlock and James (Christy) Lillis; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and brother, William Lillis. Visitation and services were Dec. 7, at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home, Westwood. Memorials to: the charity of the donor’s choice.

Lou Lippert

Lou Lippert, 74, of Hooven died Dec. 9. He was a retired union painter, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Hooven United Methodist Church. Survived by children Mindy Lippert Elliott, Rick and Bob; grandchildren Joshua and Jessica Elliott and sister, Sylvia Owens. Preceded in death by wife, Roberta H. Waldon Lippert; son, Mike Lippert; parents Otto and Mary (nee Cooke) Lippert and siblings Vivian Booth, Sis Adams, Ralph, David, Jack, Clarence, Bennie, Leon, Milton, Otto and Calvin Lippert. Memorials to: Hooven United Methodist Church or the American Lung Association, 4050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 402, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

Eugene Lloyd Sr.

Eugene Lloyd Sr., 79, of Cleves died Dec. 3. Survived by children Deborah Young, Theresa Hupp, Vicki Burton and Eugene Lloyd Jr.; 10 grandchildren; several greatgrandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild and the mother of his daughters, Gloria Wells. Preceded in Lloyd

death by husband, Shirley A. Kinnett Lloyd; six siblings and parents Fred and Maudie Lloyd. Visitation and services were Dec. 7 at Dennis George Funeral Home, Cleves.

Rose Mary Meale

Rose Mary Meale, 90, of Green Township, died Dec. 4. She was a seamstress. Survived by her siblings Gilda Locore, Anthony (Lois) Locore; niece and nephew Lisa Weingartner and Martin Locore; two great-nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Meale. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 9. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati.

Kenneth Metz, 66, died Nov. 26. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam and was a physics professor at the Ohio College of Applied Science at University of Cincinnati. He was also a Scout leader for over 20 years, a scuba instructor and cave diver. Survived by his son, John (Jennifer) Metz; dear friend, Lori Allen. Preceded in death by his parents Calmer A. and Estelle Metz. Services were Dec. 2. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Boy Scout Troop 850, c/o St. Ignatius Church, 5222 North Bend Road, 45247 or to the charity of choice.

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Loretta Rehring, 86, died Dec. 2. She was a Registered Nurse. Survived by her children Robert (Eileen), Thomas (Monica), William (Pat) Rehring, Joyce (Tom) Buchman, Janet (Greg) Barker; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Ben Rehring; daughter, Jeanne Gray, son-in-law, Robert Gray; siblings John, Don Hacker, Dorothy Hart, Angie Miller. Services were Dec. 5. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Ignatius Church, 5222 North Bend Road, 452427.

Richard Meyer, 57, of Green Township, died Dec. 6. He was an estimator for the construction industry. Survived by his father, Richard “Dick” Meyer; siblings Barbara Ann (Gil) Sanchez, J. Michael (Linda), Anthony “Tony” (Ingrid) Meyer; nieces and nephews Alan, Paul Sanchez, Michelle, Megan, Krista, Rachael, Becca Meyer. Preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann Meyer. Services were held on Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, 45227.

Mercedes C. Rohe

Mercedes Rohe, 95, died Dec. 6. She was a pharmacist at Deaconess Hospital and was a member of St. Ignatius and St. James Seniors. Survived by her children Ronald (Diane), Daniel (Jackie) Rohe, Maureen (George) Bode, Christine Schear; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, George L. Rohe; daughter Eileen Rohe. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 8 at Our Lady of Visitation Church. Arrangements by

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James Shanks, 50, died Dec. 5. Survived by wife of 29 years, Cynthia Lane Shanks; children Amber Lynette and James Michael Shanks; parents James and Renate shanks; siblings Anna Iker, Wayne Shanks and Patricia Cisco. Services were Dec. 10 at Rebold, Rosenacker and Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Maxine (nee Patton) Quinn, 77, of Westwood died Dec. 3. Survived by husband, John Quinn; children, Anthony (Bonnie) and Damon (Chris) Quinn and numerous other family and friends. Services were Dec. 11 at Radel Funeral Home.

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She was the housekeeper for St. Aloysius Church. Survived by daughter and son-inlaw Julie and Tom Wissel; sister, Mary Margaret (Margie) Huesman; many friends and canine “grandchildren” Francie, Emmie and Maddie. Preceded in death by husband, Julius (Sam) Houston; husband, Norbert Olthaus and parents Grover and Margaret Huesman. Services are 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, Bridgetown. Memorials to: Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, 720 14th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318; or St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 4366 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, OH 45211; or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.


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Walter E. Sloan, 83, of Green Township died Dec. 3. He was the vice president of sales and service for Cincinnati Mine and machinery Co. for 42 years and served in missions in Europe. Survived by wife, June Williamson Sloan; children Mike (Beverly) Sloan, Susan L. (Dennis) Wolfe and Jeffrey J. Sloan Sloan; stepchildren Kenneth E. (Janice) Williamson and Helena Ruth (Terry) Collins; grandchildren Kenny, Kevin and Jeremy Williamson, Tara Ward, Tracy Curtis, David Collins, Steven Sloan, Amy Bass, Christine Richter and Danny Wolfe; sister, Mary Hamner; 15 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife, Anna Jane (nee Zozula) Sloan; granddaughter, Julie Anna Sloan; brother, William E. Sloan and sister, Dorothy Bates. Services were Dec. 6 at Dalbert, Woodruff and Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Shriner’s Burns Institute, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, P.O. Box 643270, Cincinnati, OH 45264-3270; or Westwood United Methodist Church, 3460 Epworth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211.

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William Tyree, 56, of Price Hill, died Dec. 8. He was a welder with the City of Cincinnati for 21 years. Survived by his mother, Patricia Tyree; siblings Sister Patty Tyree,

There is a joke among friends here, “It’s a Phoenix that has risen from the ashes. ”When Charles and Allison Hahn Sobieck purchased the property at 502 North Main Street (in Somerset, Kentucky), there was a lot of work to be done, to say the least. With the vision of a B & B and a home in ruins, there were little choices. The dilapidated structure was removed, then reconstructed as it had been in the 1850’s. It’s a brand new home. A bit of an unusual concept for a bed and breakfast. “We reconstructed the home from scratch. This gave us the benefit of designing every amenity possible along the way, ”said Allison Sobieck, owner. Every room is equipped with many amenities you don’t often find in a traditional bed and breakfast, but rather a fine hotel. Every room has a full sized closet with a pair of micro-fiber robes hanging in them, 400- count Egyptian cotton sheets, cable TV with DVD players, queen sized beds, and a host of other things. For instance, 2 rooms have gas fireplaces and 3 rooms have whirlpool tubs. We even offer many add on amenities such as massage, dinner, flowers, etc…


Florence Ungru, 91, died Dec. 3. She was a homemaker. Survived by her children Marlene (Jack) La Eace, John (Lynn) Ungru, Rosann (Dan) Meyers; grandchildren Shannon, Eric, Greg, Jeff, Amy, Mark, Michael; 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Ungru. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 7. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, 45242.

Pearl E. Willen

Pearl E. Willen, 92, a homemaker from Green Township died Dec. 4. Survived by son, Tom (Linda) Willen; grandchildren Jeffrey, Daniel (Mindy) and Deborah (fiancé Trevor Adelsberger) Willen. Preceded in death by husband George “Bernie” Willen and siblings Helen, Irene, Viola and Ruth. Christian Blessing was Dec. 9. at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice, 11500 North Lake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

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Howard G. “Bill” Wolf, 83, of Whitewater Township died Dec. 3. He was a retired supervisor for Cincinnati Waterworks, a US Army veteran of World War II and past commander of Post 7570 VFW, Harrison. Survived by wife, Alberta M. (nee Rachal) Wolf; a nephew and nieces. Preceded in death by parents Mary Ann (nee Bauer) and George Wolf Sr. two brothers and six sisters. Services were Dec. 7 at Mausoleum Chapel of Arlington Memorial Gardens. Interment with military honors following service. Memorials to: VFW Post 7570, 9061 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, OH 45030.

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GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661

SOUTH CAROLINA CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2br, 2ba Gulf Front condo. Heated pool, balcony. Many up grades. 513-771-1373, 260-3208

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949. Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618


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