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Oak Hills requests emergency school levy Scholarship payment cited as main reason By Monica Boylson

The Oak Hills Local School District is calling for an $5.2 million emergency levy to be placed on the ballot in May after the Jon Peterson special needs scholarship cost the district $500,000.

Treasurer Ronda Johnson said the district’s fiscal forecast dictated that a levy would be on the ballot in 2014. However, the scholarship – which awards students with disabilities funds from $7,196 to $20,000 to attend the school of their choice – left Oak Hills footing the bill for more than 50 students in the district who never attended Oak Hills schools, a cost they didn’t anticipate. “The bottom line is it’s a

$500,000 expense that hit us this year that we certainly hadn’t planned for and when you extrapolate it out throughout the life of our fiveJohnson year forecast, it takes us below our identified 60day cash balance,” she said to board during a development session Nov. 26. “At the end of

our five-year forecast, in fiscal years 16 and 17, we’re totally out of cash.” She and Superintendent Todd Yohey recommended that the Yohey board pass a resolution to place an emergency levy on the ballot and the board agreed to add a resolution to the January organizational meeting

for a vote. The proposed levy, which could change slightly dependent on what millage the county auditor certifies, is for 4.9 mills over five years to raise $5.2 million for operating expenses. The estimated cost on a $100,000 home is $151 per year. “The additional revenue will let us operate at status quo,” Yohey said. “I think it’s important


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Green Twp. considering athletic field permit fee By Kurt Backscheider

Santa Claus was at this year’s Green Township Family Winterfest, posing for pictures and listening to what children watned. Max Kraemer, 6, was thrilled to meet the jolly old ma.

Green Township may begin charging fees for the use of athletic fields in township parks. Township officials discussed the possibility of establishing athletic field permit fees at the board of trustees meeting Monday, Dec. Boiman 10. The trustees decided to gather feedback on the proposal and tabled the issue until the board’s next meeting, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. “We’re putting some feelers out there and would like to talk to coaches and athletic organizations,” said Trustee Rocky Boiman. “We want to make sure Celarek we’re doing everything right for all those involved.” Green Township has never charged athletic groups or schools for the use of its fields. In the proposal under consideration, teams interested in using fields for baseball, softball, soccer, football and lacrosse would be required to pay a field permit fee.


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teams that practice twice per week. Select teams and independent teams would pay the same rate for a weekday permit as communitybased teams such as SAY soccer, but the select teams would have to pay an additional $125 for a season of weekend games. If a field permit fee is instituted, Green Township Public Services Director Joe Lambing said it would bring in an estimated $20,000 each year for the township. Green Township Administrator Kevin Celarek

said the township is looking into athletic field fees due to constraints on the township budget. The township estimates it will lose about $3 million in revenue in 2013 because of state cuts, he said. The state has cut the local government fund, the tangible personal property tax, the utility tax and the estate tax, he said. “Those four sources combined add up to almost $3 million in revenue,” Celarek said. “That’s more than 50 percent of our general fund.” The township has al-

ready reduced staff through attrition and has placed all employees on a three-year wage freeze, but he said the budget is becoming increasingly tight. “We’re doing everything we can, but we still need to try to cover some of our expenses,” he said. “We think these are modest fees, and they are less than the fees some of our neighbors charge,” he said. Boiman said the permit fees wouldn’t cover all the costs of maintaining the township’s athletic fields,

but they will help in offsetting costs. “We’re not looking at this to be a big-time revenue generator,” he said. He said he hopes athletic organizations understand the fees will help Green Township keep its fields in quality shape. “I’ve driven around to a lot of fields throughout the area and I think our maintenance department does the best job in Hamilton County,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re able to keep that same level of service.”


The district has saved approximately $7 million as a result of $2.7 million of administrative cuts, staffing cuts through attrition and some reduction in force, outsourcing technology and shared services. Despite their own re-

ductions, the district has seen in a decline in state and local revenue over the past five years. “We’ve made expenditure reductions and cost containment initiatives but even those at this point are not enough,” she said. Yohey said he remains

optimistic. “Our community has to remember that we haven’t been on the ballot in 16 years,” he said. “The fact that a district this size has not had to ask for additional revenue in 16 years is a testament to the fiscal responsibility.”

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Caleb Lottman is Elder’s National Merit semifinalist Elder High School senior Caleb Lottman has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship

Program. He is one of 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for scholarships worth more than $32 million. Finalists will be announced beginning in April. Lottman is part of less than 1 percent of American high school seniors who earned the highest scores in each state. He is the son of Frank and Marilyn Lottman. Seniors Drew Dresmann, Blake Hughey and Jacob Lindle received Letters of Commendation naming them Commended

Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Some Commended Students become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Dresmann is the son of Robert and Andrea Dresmann, Hughey is the son of Keith and Heather Hughey and Lindle is the son of Doug and Denise Lindle. All high school students in the United States entered the National Merit Competition by taking the PSAT/ NMSQT.

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Woman celebrates ‘5 minutes of fame’ on TV game show By Leah Fightmaster

Ever since she was a child growing up in Evendale, Jenna Webster always thought it would be cool to be on TV. So when her stepson, Hunter, said she should apply to be on game show “Wheel of Fortune,” she thought she’d give it a try. Turns out, it was a lucrative suggestion. Webster was chosen out of thousands of applications for an audition in Louisville, and she went. Taking her sister along for the ride, the Green Township resident felt the same as she did when she applied – that at least she could say she tried. When she got a call in late August

this year, she had beaten the odds. “About one in 500,000 actually get on the show, so I knew my odds were slim,” she said. “… I didn’t expect to make it all the way.” She packed up quickly and flew out to Los Angeles two weeks later, where she was one of six shows taping that day. Webster recalled being very nervous and overwhelmed at first, after watching four shows tape before hers. “I got to see some other people go first and see what it would be like for me,” she said. “When you’re actually up there, it feels like it takes five minutes.” Webster was the show’s winner, moving on to the final round. Although she

didn’t win the convertible Mini Cooper because she didn’t figure out the final puzzle, she did walk away after winning a cash prize of $24,100. She remembers the word she missed – wheat farm. “I was listening to the Jason Aldean song 'FlyOver States' the other day, and he actually says ‘wheat farm’ in it,” she said. “I thought, ‘Even Jason Aldean knows what a wheat farm is!’” She will have to wait until April to get her prize, but when the show aired Dec. 7, Webster gathered her family and friends to watch it. Her mother, Evendale resident Terri Rasfeld, said she’s proud of her, because she went out there with a

purpose to win money, and she achieved that goal. “Jenna has a lot of personality,” she said. “She has high aspirations, and I feel like she’s waiting to be discovered.” Webster said she plans on using the money to buy her stepson, who just got his driver’s license, his first car. She said they’re also considering a family vacation. She and her husband were married about a year and a half ago, she said, and they’d like to take a family trip. “Growing up I always thought I would love to be on TV, that I would love to be famous,” she said. “It was my little five minutes of fame, and I’m glad I did pretty well.”

Jenna Webster is announced as the winner of the show, moving on to the bonus round. She auditioned for “Wheel of Fortune” in July and flew to Los Angeles to be on the show in September. THANKS TO JENNA WEBSTER

Delhi florist grows poinsettias Owner says it’s full-time job By Monica Boylson

The Christmas season keeps Ron Robben busy.

The third-generation grower owns Robben Florist in Delhi Township and he has been shipping thousands of poinsettias to churches, retail stores and other garden centers. And even though he’s sent nearly 10,000 plants to

others, he has a nice stash in his greenhouse and florist on Pedretti Avenue for customers to pick up for Christmas. “From my childhood on up we’ve been growing poinsettias and the varieties have changed over

the years. There’s a lot of different, new, exciting colors,” the 44-year-old Robben said. “You’re traditional red is still everybody’s favorite, but they like to have something different.” What makes the florist unique is that all of the poinsettias Robben sells are grown in his greenhouse. “Each year it seems like we’re losing people who raise poinsettias because of the market and the cost of heat it takes to produce a nice quality plant,” he said. Poinsettias can be raised from cuttings or pieces of poinsettia that are place in soil or they come pre-finished in pots and the florist continues the growth process. Robben said there was a time they grew poinsettias from cuttings but he receives his poinsettias prefinished. “In the summertime you get them in and you grow them on until

they’re finished,” he said. “We make sure they have 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness and that’s what makes them bloom.” Walking through the rows of poinsettias in the greenhouse, Robben said it was a labor of love. “It’s very time consuming. It’s a seven-day job,” he said. “You really

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3rd-grader brings joy to kids in hospital for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. I wanted to do more for others so I thought about it for a long time and this is what I’ve come up with.” With the help of her grandmother, Debbie Kayse, she knits hats and ski band sets for young girls and their dolls – one hat or ski band for the girl and a matching hat or ski band for her doll. She sells the sets for $10 each, and all the proceeds go toward the purchase of American Girl dolls. “They’re very colorful when they’re done and they’re very, very beautiful,” Ray said of her knit hats and ski bands. “They are awesome and fun to make.” With the money she’s raised so far she’s been

By Kurt Backscheider

Kailey Ray may only be 8 years old, but she fully grasps what it truly means to give back. The spirit of giving has become a way of life for the Holy Family School thirdgrader, so much so that she even started her own business last year to accomplish her selfless goal. She is the founder of Kai’s Love Hats, a venture she uses to help fund her plan to buy 100 American Girl dolls this holiday season for girls at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “It all started when I was little,” said Ray, who is now a seasoned veteran in the business world. “I cut off my ponytail

able to buy a total of 44 dolls for girls in the hospital. Earlier this month she dropped by Cincinnati Children’s to make a delivery of 30 dolls. Kayse, a Green Township resident who serves as the business manager at Holy Family, said she’s incredibly proud of her granddaughter and all she is doing to help others. “She works very hard. Instead of playing, she spends many of her nights knitting,” Kayse said. “She made me the president of production.” Ray, who has several American Girl dolls of her own – she saved up to purchase them herself, said she – loves her dolls and believes every girl should have an American Girl doll. She and her family take

a trip to the American Girl Place store in Chicago each spring so she can buy a new doll, and she said she wants other girls to experience the same joy the dolls bring her. “I know they will love their new dolls as much as I love mine,” Ray said. “Hopefully it makes them feel a little better too. They might need some cheering up.” Kayse said anyone who wants more information or wants to order a hat set, can visit the Kai’s Love Hats page on Facebook or send an email to Ray said she looks forward to the days she gets to deliver dolls to the hospital. “It makes me feel very, very proud and very, very happy,” she said.

Kailey Ray, a third-grader at Holy Family School in East Price Hill, stands beside dozens of American Girl dolls she bought for girls at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Ray makes knit hats and ski bands to raise money to fund her goal of buying 100 dolls for girls in the hospital. THANKS TO DEBBIE KAYSE

Sayler Park pastor tends to flock, community health and I think we do that by adopting our community,” he said. “Let’s adopt our community, let’s adopt our school, let’s be a part of our village council, let’s have our face in Matthews various places throughout this community. If people see us in the right places, they will see God in us in those places and be motivated to be where we are on Sunday morning.” The 40 year old said he

By Monica Boylson

Peter Matthews’ goal is to serve not only Eden Chapel United Methodist Church but the community of Sayler Park. The pastor joined the church in July when former pastor Nancy Ratz retired, and he said he has been motivated to help the church grow and remain and integral part of the community. “The notion of church growth is a myth without having the church be healthy. One of the things I’ve wanted to put a lot of emphasis on is church

hopes his back-door evangelism will make the residents of Sayler Park comfortable with the church and also want to get involved. “We just want to open our doors and open our hearts to the community,” he said. Matthews said the church works with families at Sayler Park School to provide assistance however they can. It has a food pantry on Wednesday nights that serves anywhere from 25 to 35 families. He also talked about wanting to start a Narcotics Anonymous group in January.

“We have to be a church that’s not afraid to get our hands dirty,” he said. “Sometimes you have to take risks to get rewards.” Perhaps the rewards can be seen in the increased number of parishioners at church. “I know for a fact that our Sunday service, the numbers have quadrupled,” he said. “In a place like Sayler Park, the thing that turns people isn’t rhetoric. People need to know that I’m going to be here and invest my time.” Church volunteer and treasurer Karen Young, 51, who lives in Sayler Park, said that since Mat-





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Popcorn and pizza will be served. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. There are only 30 openings, so those interested are asked to sign up soon. For more information, call the library branch at 369-6095.

The Danbarry Cinemas Western Hills, 5190 Glencrossing Way, will be showing a family-friendly film at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, to help support area food banks. Admission is free with a canned/boxed food donation. Children will receive a free popcorn and drink with this show. Call 451-2499 for more details or visit

The Green Township Board of Trustees will have a new chairman in 2013. Board members voted to appoint Trustee Rocky Boiman as the board chairman for 2013. The Boiman board also voted to appoint Trustee Tony Rosiello as the vice chairman.

Wine tasting

The Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants in the White Oak Shopping Center at 5872 Cheviot Road continues to host weekly Friday Night Wine Tasting events. This week, it’s Friday, Dec. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. and you get wine and light hors d’hourvres for $10 per person. Call 513-923-1300 or visit the website at for information.

Christmas Eve service

Velocity Church in Green Township invites community members to its Christmas Eve service, “Behold and Believe,” at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Pastor Steven Staton said the service will feature Christmas music and last about one hour. Christmas refreshments will be served following the service, and free child care for children ages 5 and younger will available during the service. Children who attend will receive a free gift. Staton said the service offers something for the entire family and is open to the community. Velocity Church meets at J.F. Dulles Elementary School, 6481 Bridgetown Road.

Seton uses money for risers

Seton High School recently received a $10,000 music scholarship from Chegg and Taylor Swift – and now the school knows what it will do with the money. Maribeth Samoya, Seton Music Director and Chair of Music Department, plans to use the money to invest in new risers. “The risers are something we’ve needed to update for a long time,” said Samoya. “The new ones are state-of-the-art and will be able to accommodate our large groups much easier.” The new risers will also be simple and safe to set up and help the choirs be more mobile. Samoya said it will make scene changes and group changes during concerts much easier. The risers arrived at Seton High school this week and will be used by students during Seton’s upcoming Christmas concerts on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 17, at 7

Ballet at St. X

The Ballet Theatre Midwest presents the The Nutcracker at St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, in the William C. Deye S.J. Performance Center. The holiday ballet features marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice and the familiar Tchaikovsky score. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for those 11 and under and seniors ages 65 and up. High school and college students with proper ID can purchase $12 tickets for the Friday show only. Call 513-520-2334 or visit for information.

Library hosting teen movie night

Area teenagers are invited to a holiday movie night at the Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road. The program is an exclusive teen-only, after-hours holiday movie premier. It is open to those ages 12 to 18.


McAuley Spa Day

All eighth-grade girls are invited to McAuley’s Day at the Spa from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the school, 6000 Oakwood Ave. Girls are encouraged to bring their friends and/or make some new friends. Admission is free, but registration is required at spa2012. For more information, contact Marie Knecht at 681-1800, ext. 2272, or

Alumnae invited back to Mercy

The Oak Hills Sports Stag this year will feature Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman Monday, Jan. 21, at the Woodlands, 9680 Ciley Road. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, beer, wine and a silent auction. VIP tickets are $125 and includes a private reception with Brennaman and an autograph item. Only 100 VIP tickets are being sold. Tickets are available online at or in the Oak Hills High School athletic office. The stag is expected to sell out early.

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Mother of Mercy High School invites graduates between 2008 and 2012 back to campus for its annual Young Alumnae Raid the Halls Friday, Dec. 21. Alumnae are invited to attend Mercy’s Christmas Prayer Service at 9:15 a.m. in the gymnasium. Following the all-school assembly, alumnae are welcome to “raid the halls” visiting favorite teachers, classrooms and offices. To help plan for seating during the prayer service, alumnae are encouraged to RSVP online at Alumnae who are unable to attend the event are invited to tune into the prayer service, which will be streamed live by Mercy’s Broadcast Department at http://mercy.maximum For questions, contact Lisa Mahon Fluegeman, ‘78, alumnae coordinator, at

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Head of Freestore encourages volunteerism

Seniors at Oak Hills High School had the opportunity to hear from president and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank. Kurt Reiber shared an inspirational video with students detailing the work of the Freestore, presented background information on the food bank and answered questions. While the rest of the high school student body was testing, seniors were divided into two groups.

One group attended Reiber’s presentation and the other half discussed career and college readiness with principals Jeff Brandt and John Stoddard. Reiber’s session covered three major points: facing poverty in Greater Cincinnati, the role of the Freestore Foodbank and opportunities to volunteer for students. He shared how students can do things like donate birthday mon-

ey to the Freestore to help the hungry and volunteer at the Foodbank. Reiber explained that the majority of individuals and families who benefit from the Freestore are considered “the working poor,” meaning they are employed in fulltime jobs. They come to the Freestore an average of five times a year for emergency assistance when they can’t make ends meet to supplement their income.

Most of them are living paycheck to paycheck. In 2011 students at C.O. Harrison, under the direction of Sherry Fuller, raised $370 for the Freestore Foodbank’s Kids Café program. The art department received a great from the Oak Hills Educational Foundation to have families create ceramic bowls to benefit the hungry in the community. Sixty bowls were created and sold with soup.


Kurt Reiber, the president and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank, spoke recently to seniors at Oak Hills High School. THANKS TO JOHN FIRST


The following students earned honors for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.


Seton High School senior Katarina Gay was honored as the Western Hills Exchange Club Student of the Month. Gay received a plaque and check for $250. Also pictured are club members Bill Robbe and Joe Jacobs. The award is sponsored by The Kroger Co. PROVIDED

First honors: Mary Baverman, Olivia Bley, Rachel Brady, Julia Brown, Alexis Carey, Alyssa Coffaro, Caroline Enwright, Ann Fields, Emily Frame, Rachel Freking, Ellen Garbsch, Molly Grayson, Madalyn Hardig, Claire Herzog, Gwendalyne Homan, Indigo Hudepohl, Hannah Kemble, Allyson Klaserner, Andrea Knight, Emily Kuderer, Madison Link, Grace Mazza, Hannah McKenna, Sarah Merz, Morgan Miller, Jennifer Minnelli, Madelynn Owens, Katie Quatman, Gabryel Reinstatler, Samantha Scholl, Katherine Schweinberg, Amanda Scola, Samantha Seger, Abigail Shad, Savannah Siebenburgen, Heidi Sohngen, Megan Spraul, Emily Suder, Ashley Sullivan, Margo Waters, Shelbie Weightman and Claire Zernich. Second honors: Hemen Aklilu, Kathleen Anderson, Madison Boeing, Jenna Byrne, Kaitlyn Cavanaugh, Logan Davis, Sydney Dulle, Colleen Ebert, Madelyn Frimming, Emily Fromhold, Zoey Hacker, Abbey Hammann, Bridget Hellmann, Leah Henkel, Kylie Herzog, Katherine Jackson, Jennifer Kaiser, Kelsea Kinnett, Margaret Kuertz, Allison Laake, Meghan Lanter, Karly Maas, Angela Maurer, Aleah Mersch, Emily Moore, Kiely Muccillo, Abigail Mulligan, Gabrielle Ram, Kaitlyn Reid, Emily Rickett, Danielle Russell, Carly Schnieder, Hailey Siefert, Mikaela Stephan, Kerry Stephens, Emily Sutton, Anna Thorner, Julia Von Allmen, Bailey Wills, Kelly Wilzbach, Kelsey Zahneis and Kaylee Zeller.


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First honors: Jordyn Alexander, Emily Biery, Emma Bley, Mary Bowman, Megan Buse, Kelly Cline, Danielle Diersing, Sarah Doren, Sara Dressman, Kristen Gandenberger, Delaney Greiner, Katelyn Harrell, Margaret Hartmann, Maria Hornsby, Brianna Hughey, Rachel Huhn, Madison Johns, Colleen Kotlas, Bailey Kurtz, Kellie Leonard, Rachel Leonhardt, Marissa Long, Emily Massengale, Abigail McBee, Hannah Muddiman, Nancy Nzobigeza, Rachael Petranek, Emily Ramsey, Rebecca Rhein, Jessica Richter, Abigail Schatzman, Erika Schmitt, Molly Sexton, Madeline Spetz, Nadya Streicher, Maria Vetter, Megan Vormbrock, Bridget Walsh, Audrey Wanstrath, Heather Williams and Ashley Wittrock. Second honors: Brooke Benjamin, Erica Brewer, Abigail Connor, Abigail Cullen, Sarah Davis, Shannon Ferrier, Paige Fischer, Lauren Gallagher, Allison Gay, Kathleen Gibbs, Emily House, Katrina Koch, Lyndsi Kohls, Brooke Leonard, Natalie Luken, Elizabeth Neville, Kathryn Scheurer, Brooke Schierenbeck, Shelby Schmidt, Caroline Schmitz, Andrea Smith, Deanna Smith, Kathryne Smith, Michaela Smith, Amanda St. John, Jillian Stern, Brooklynn Sturwold, Amara Sydnor, Margaret Tegenkamp, Kelly Tieman, Alexis Von Holle, Macara Vonderahe, Lynn Vormbrock, Maria Waters, Amanda Wullenweber, Megan Zeinner and Alexandra Zeller.

Juniors First honors: Victoria Agustin, Madeliene Bell, Dianna Bredestege, Lauren Briede, Grace

Brock, Emily Budde, Erika Burwinkel, Patricia Cavanaugh, Sarah Chiappone, Lauren Cummings, Haley Dannemiller, Alena Flick, Olivia Folzenlogen, Claire Garbsch, Natalie Geraci, Lauren Grosheim, Emma Hatch, Rachel Hautman, Erin Helmers, Julia Heyl, Hannah Jackson, Anna Kessler, Carolyn Kesterman, Kaitlyn Klusman, Catherine Kneip, Lauren Leesman, Jessica Lienesch, Kimberly Lohbeck, Kaitlyn Luckey, Taylor Maas, Olivia Maltry, Sydney Massengale, Katherine Minnelli, Brenna Mueller, Kelly Quatman, Maria Rechtin, Courtney Reder, Megan Ridder, Abigail Rieger, Erin Rudemiller, Mary Rust, Teresa Rust, Olivia Schad, Erin Schapker, Kelly Schmitz, Hannah Siefert, Andrea Sizemore, Hannah Smith, Kathryn Spurlock, Ellen Steinmetz, Erica Stowe, Meggie Strawser, Mikayla Tepe, Abigail Thompson, Maggie Trentman, Tara Vogelpohl, Emily Wagner, Emily Wagner, Savanah Wagner, Victoria Weckenbrock, Holly Willard and Abigail Wocher. Second honors: Allison Adams, Stephanie Alderson, Macey Anderson, Catherine Baugher, Emily Beckmann, Rebecca Bradley, Allison Brewer, Isabella Brunsman, Kimberly Collins, Megan Corso, Lauren Dinkelacker, Katherine Eichhold, Jessica Flamm, Allyson Frame, Emily Havens, Sara Heyd, Rachel Horn, Amanda Huening, Julia Kennedy, Hannah Kern, Julia Key, Carly Linnemann, Samantha Mattlin, Morgan Merritt, Quentaviana Mixon, Nicole Newsom, Elaine Niehauser, Madison Olinger, Anna Petrocelli, Erin Pope, Alexandra Ramsey, Theresa Schill, Rebecca Schmitz, Jamie Seger, Madalyn Sheridan, Corey Specht, Danielle Stahl, Elizabeth Staley, Maria Stevenson, Natalie Storm, Stephanie Tumlin, Megan VanSant, Megan Walz, Rachel Weber, Katherine Wernke and Mckala Will.

Seniors First honors: Melina Artmayer, Sarah Bailey, Haley Baker, Rachel Barkalow, Kristen Bauer, Angela Blake, Ellen Bley, Kristen Brauer, Laura Burkart, Stephanie Cline, Elizabeth David, Abigail Dinkelacker, Amy Dirksing, Gabriela Discepoli, Hannah Donnellon, Maria Finnell, Sara Freking, Erin Glankler, Emily Hartmann, Jamie Heidel, Kelsey Herbers, Therese Herzog, Ashley Humphrey, Molly James, Rebecca Kaiser, Courtney Kurzhals, Katherine Ledermeier, Anna Lynd, Caroline Meyer, Jessica Michael, Megan Mitchell, Rosa Molleran, Kristen O'Conner, Laura Raphael, Kimberly Reynolds, Katherine Ruwe, Christina Schmidt, Zoe Scott, Hanna Smith, Alexandra Souders, Nicole Stephan, Kelsey Stevens, Elizabeth Trentman, Maggie Walsh, Kelsey Watts, Kristen Weber, Kelley Wiegman and Jenna Zappasodi. Second honors: Ashlee Barker, Sarah Bode, Katherine Brossart, Katilynn Brown, Mary Comer, Catherine Cosker, Emily Davis, Kerri Davis, Hannah DeZarn, Emily Friedmann, Katherine Gandenberger, Sarah Hale, Taylor Hayes, Kelly Henderson, Ashley Hessling, Rachael Hester, Chelsea Jansen, Rebecca Klapper, Kelsey Kleiman, Emily Kurzhals, Marissa McPhillips, Nazret Michael, Sydney Otis, Jennifer Peterman, Brianna Sallee-Thomas, Sarah Schmitt, Grace Simpson, Sara Staggs, Katelyn Stapleton, Jordan Stevens, Molly Stowe, Callie Talbot, Samantha Weidner and Arynn Zwergel.



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Purse power!

Seton High School had its third annual Power of the Purse Girls’ Night Out recently. More than 200 women attended to bid on more than 50 new designer purses that were up for auction, with the night including food, musical entertainment, drinks and fun. Proceeds from Power of the Purse benefit mission advancement opportunities, including Right to Life and mission trips and for needbased students at Seton.

Jessica Wuebbolt shows off a purse during the live auction at Seton’s Power of the Purse. THANKS TO ERIN GRADY

Sue Deters, Julie Stock and Donna Hoffmann chat before the live purse auction begins at Seton’s Power of the Purse. THANKS TO ERIN GRADY

Kent, Bridget Kent and Mary Sue Harpenau enjoy each other’s company at Seton’s Power of the Purse. THANKS TO ERIN GRADY

Lynn Butler, Michelle Van De Veldt, Jamie Hughes enjoy cocktails and each other’s company at Seton High School’s Power of the Purse Girls’ Night Out. THANKS TO ERIN GRADY

Nicole Nie and Morgan Doerflein show off the purses auctioned in during the live auction portion of Power of the Purse. THANKS TO ERIN GRADY

The Seton Vocal Ensemble performs at Power of the Purse. THANKS TO ERIN GRADY



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Wiegman playing at the next level

Four-year starter leading the Bobcats By Tom Skeen

WESTWOOD — All you can ask for as a coach is that you see growth in your players. That is exactly what Mercy coach Mary Jo Huismann has seen from senior Kelley Wiegman over the four years she’s coached her. “I think she’s changed a lot the way she plays,” Huismann said, who is in her 40th year coaching. “Some people would look at is as bad, but I look at it as really good because she’s not scoring as many points but she’s definitely leading the team.” The changes in her game were never more evident than in the Bobcats nine-point victory over Girls Greater Cincinnati League rival Seton Dec. 13 when she scored 13 points, dished out nine assists and had three steals. “It’s just something you realize as you get older and come to realize the team aspect and that everybody needs to get involved if you truly are going to go all the

Mercy's Kelley Wiegman tries to break past Princeton’s Kelsey Mitchell during the Bobcats season opener Nov. 24 at Cincinnati State. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

way and win games,” Wiegman said about the way she is playing this season. “You need everybody to win.” Through the first six games of the season the Bobcats are 4-2 and Wiegman is averaging 3.8 assists, the most since her freshmen year when she was averaging more than four a contest. “In other years we weren’t as well-rounded as we are now so we had to rely on her to do every-

thing,” Huismann said. “Now she doesn’t have to do everything. She just has such a sight for the court.” That well roundedness Huismann speaks of is mostly due to the part that Wiegman and teammates Emily Budde, Haley Dannemiller, Rebecca Tumlin and Allie Ramsey have all been playing together for three years with the varsity team. “You can tell when the momentum shifts to the other team and we start falling off a little bit, it seems like with that core group something sparks within us and we kind of bring it back together,” Wiegman said. “We get going and it fires the other girls up that are new and we just gel together a lot better.” While the senior is putting up 13.5 points per game, she could care less about when she is doing individually as long as the team is winning. “Not bad,” Wiegman said about performance this season. “I don’t really look at it from an individual aspect.” With 12 regular season games remaining in her high school caSee LEVEL, Page A9

Mercy senior Kelley Wiegman drives to the hoops against Kings. Wiegman is averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 assists per game this season. It’s the most assists she’s averaged since her freshman year. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Boys basketball

» Gamble Montessori led by 23 at the half and went on to a 69-47 victory over Miami Valley Christian Academy. Senior Christopher Martin led the Gators with 14 points. » Taylor lost to Indian Hill 5535, Dec. 11. Sophomore Sean Engels scored 10 points. » Elder used a third quarter run to beat Oak Hills 54-42, Dec. 11. Taylor Lee led the Panthers with 13 points, while Jake Richmond scored 20 for Oak Hills to lead all scorers. The Panthers lost to St. Xavier 59-40, Dec. 14. Alex Blink scored 15 points for the Bombers, while Thomas Autenrieb led the Panthers with 15. St. Xavier senior goalie Matt Thornley protects the net against Sycamore last season. Thornley has been part of a goalkeeping duo with Zach Thomas that has allowed just eight goals on the season. THANKS TO ST. XAVIER ATHLETICS

Undefeated Bombers icing the competition By Tom Skeen

SPRINGFIELD TWP. — St. Xavier hockey coach Adam Tramonte knew going into the season he would have a good team. What he didn’t know is his Bombers would start 7-0. “It’s great,” Tramonte said. “We figured we would be pretty good. We have a lot of seniors, so there’s good leadership in the program right now.” Goalie Matt Thornley of West Chester has been part of a goalkeeping duo that has allowed just eight goals through seven games, while senior forward Mitch Blank of Cincinnati is getting it done offensively for the Bombers with 17 points through Dec. 7. “(Mitch) has been playing (hockey) for a long time,” Tra-

monte said. “He loves the sport and is really dedicated. He comes from a hockey family… It helps when your whole family is around the sport. He lives it.” Other members of the senior class that are contributing are Robby Thomas of Mount Healthy and Will Rinaldi of Sharonville, who are both team captains along with Blank. Senior defenseman Will Shanley of Madeira and Brett Holding of West Chester are also leaders on the ice for St. X. While Tramonte knew this senior class was going to be special from the time they stepped on the ice as freshmen and sophomores, it’s what the current underclassmen are doing that could make this Bomber squad really special. “We got a good influx of young guys last year,” Tramonte

said. “We knew we would be good, but you don’t know how good until you see those kids on the ice.” Some of the young guys contributing are sophomore Aaron Cramer of Colerain Township – who is currently out with an injury but will be back by Christmas according to Tramonte sophomore Justin LeFevre of West Chester and freshmen Joey Luffy of Loveland and Zach Thomas of Mount Healthy. As a freshman, Thomas is splitting time with Thornley in net, according to Tramonte. “He’s pretty good,” Tramonte said about Thomas. “… It’s nice to see competition at every spot and to see a freshman step-up.” Other boys on the team live in Western Hills, Newtown, Mason, Liberty Township and Pleasant Ridge.

Girls basketball

» Western Hills easily got by Woodward 54-33, Dec. 8. Junior Kamya Thomas led the Lady Mustangs with 15 points. Western Hills dropped to 3-3 on the season after a 59-50 loss to Hughes Dec. 13. Thomas led all scorers with 21 points. » Indian Hill took down Taylor 43-25, Dec. 8. Junior Allie Dolan led the Yellow Jackets with eight points. Taylor jumped out to a 38-8 halftime lead on its way to a 65-22 victory over Finneytown Dec. 12. Sophomore Hannah Meckstroth scored 18 points. » Mercy easily defeated Harrison 57-28, Dec. 11. Junior Holly Willard scored 10 points. The Bobcats beat GGCL rival Seton 53-44, Dec. 13 behind 15 points from Rebecca Tumlin and 13 from Kelley Wiegman. Marisa Meyer led the Saints with 24 points. » Gamble Montessori lost 4522 to Cincinnati Country Day Dec. 12. Senior Daija Taylor scored 13 points and was one of just three Gators to score. » Oak Hills lost to Fairfield 3830, Dec. 12 despite 16 points from Sydney Leitz.

Boys bowling

» Taylor narrowly lost to Lako-

Elder guard Alex Lind (12) shoots over St. Xavier’s Kevin King during their basketball game at The Pit Dec. 14. Lind scored five points in the Panthers’ 59-40 loss. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ta West 2,738-2,605, Dec. 10. The Yellow Jackets handed Deer Park its first loss of the season Dec. 14, 2,654-2,496. Senior Josh Hensley rolled a 452 series. » Elder (2,640) defeated Roger Bacon (2,516) and Chaminade-Julienne (1,929) Dec.11behind Eddie Sievers’ 438 series. St. Xavier narrowly defeated GCL rival Elder 2,862-2,744, Dec. 13. Ben Weinberger led all bowlers with a 471 series, while Nick Roth led the Panthers with a 465. » Oak Hills defeated Sycamore 2,742-2,387, Dec. 11. Dylan Meece rolled a 417 to lead the Highlanders. » La Salle beat Purcell Marian and Fenwick, 2,627-2,273-2,210 Dec.11. Matt Knebel had a high series of 406. The Lancers followed up with a 2,583-2,550 victory over Moeller Dec. 13. Will Mullen posted a high series of 443.

Girls bowling

» Mercy stayed unbeaten after beating Mount Notre Dame 2,4911,878, Dec. 11. Junior Sabrina Weibel rolled a high-series of 400. Mercy moved to 8-0 on the season following a 2,306-1,997 victory over Ursuline Dec. 13. Weibel rolled a 392 series. » Seton defeated Ursuline 2,344-1763, Dec.11behind a 379 series from Jessica Gilmore. See PREPS, Page A9



Panthers slay Highlanders In a match up of West Side schools, Elder defeated Oak Hills 54-42, Dec. 11 at Elder.


where her Bobcat will succeed. “I think the (NKU) coach is really excited,” Huismann said. “... (Plitzuweit) was just so excited about having her because she is just a true basketball player and she always has been since I saw her in the fifth grade. You can tell she is and you don’t get many of those kids.”

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reer, the next stage of growth will come next season when Wiegman suits up for the Northern Kentucky University Norse and coach Dawn Plitzuweit. Huismann believes it will be another platform


» St. Xavier took down Wyoming and Covington Catholic Dec. 8. Senior Ian Wooley won the 100-yard backstroke (53.95) and the 100 butterfly (51.35) events.

Sycamore 40-33, Dec. 8. Junior Joe Heyob won both of his matches. » Elder dominated Oak Hills 64-6, Dec. 8 to remain unbeaten on the year. Senior Tim Fort at 138 pounds won the lone match for the Highlanders. » La Salle beat Milford 43-27 Dec. 8. Joe Kreider (106), Anthony Milano (120), Pierre Hunter (126), Alex Murray (152), Tony Wuestoeld (182), Joe Kreider (195), Gabe Vargas-Maier (220) and Rob Overbeck (285) earned wins.

Girls swimming


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The Saints improved to 4-1 after beating St. Ursula 2,132-1,656, Dec. 13. Molly Piller led the Saints with a 319 series.

Boys swimming

Elder’s Alex Lind (12) boxes out Jake Witsken of Oak Hills on a free throw attempt during the Panthers’ 12-point victory. Lind finished with six points. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Elder junior Devin Pike goes up and over Oak Hills’ Andrew Chisholm for two plus the foul during their contest Dec. 11. Pike recorded five points for the Panthers. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Oak Hills junior Matt Elliot makes a pass to an open teammate while Elder’s Brad Miller (22) plays defense. Elliot had four points, while Miller finished with seven for Elder. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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» Seton won the Best of the West meet Dec. 12 at Gamble Nippert YMCA. Emily Hayhow and Lindsey Niehaus each won two individual events, while the Saints also won the 200yard medley and freestyle relays. » Mercy placed third at the Best of the West meet Dec. 12. Senior Rachael Hester won the 500-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke events. » Oak Hills finished sixth at the Best of the West meet Dec. 12. » Taylor placed ninth at the Best of the West meet Dec. 12.

» Oak Hills placed 12th at the Forest Hills Flip Fest Gymnastics Invitational Dec. 8.

Coming up

The Oak Hills Athletic Booster Sports Stag will take place Jan. 21 at The Woodlands located in Cleves. The guest speaker will be Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, beer, wine and a silent auction. VIP tickets are available for $125 and include a private reception with Mr. Brennaman along with an autographed item. Visit oakhillssports for more information or contact Oak Hills at 922-2300.


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Something they did not do

I am criticized for my perspective on abortion, for calling Vice President Biden a “Good Nazi” and for talking to God. I do talk to God; my regret is that I did not start sooner. I thought saints were given a direct link to God, by God. I now know saints are ordinary people who talk to God every day. He does answer; I believe He revealed to me three things about salvation. I will share one in this letter. Hitler came to power with a message of hope and change. He created class warfare against the Jewish people and he divided the German people through individualism. As the Holocaust unfolded, the German people saw but did not heed because their ears were covered. They heard the cries of the Jewish people but did not see because their eyes were covered. Doing nothing labels them “Good Nazis.” The same is true with the American holocaust. Would partial birth abortion be allowed, would after birth abortion be on the horizon, if Democrats feared a voter backlash? God’s revelation: More people are denied access to Heaven not for something they did, rather for something they did not do.

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Hypocrisy on fiscal cliff is overwhelming We’re all hearing a lot about the upcoming so-called “fiscal cliff.” It consists of two main things. First, automatic cuts in spending coming on Dec. 31 – half in defense, and half in domestic programs. The other part of the cliff is the expiration of the so-called Bush tax cuts on Dec. 31. The battle lines between President Obama and Congressional Democrats on one hand, and Congressional Republicans on the other hand, are the following. Most Republicans believe that the real problem is that Washington is overspending, not that we are undertaxing. Therefore, we should control spending and not raise taxes on anyone, period. (And of course if tax cuts are allowed to expire, that has the same effect as raising taxes.) The Democrats and President Obama say that 98 percent of the Bush tax cuts were good, and we should keep them. (According to them, this is the middle class.) However, the reduced tax rates on the top 2 percent of Americans are bad, and taxes on this group of people should be raised. At least that’s what Democrats say now. But that’s not

what they said when Republicans in Congress and President Bush passed the tax cuts back in 2001 and 2003. Steve Chabot I know. I COMMUNITY PRESS remember. I GUEST COLUMNIST was there. Over and over Democrats would go to the floor of the House to rail against all of the Bush tax cuts. They made the same case through the media. According to Democrats, these tax cuts were only “tax cuts for the rich.” Allegedly, none of the tax cuts went to the middle class. A few examples. Nancy Pelosi was the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. Here’s what she had to say. “I urge my colleagues to reject this reckless, irresponsible Republican tax cut for millionaires that leaves working families out in the cold.” She went on to say, “The Republican tax plan overwhelmingly benefits those who need it least at the expense of the working families of America.” (Now she wants to keep 98

percent of these terribly unfair tax cuts.) Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who was, and still is today, the number two Democrat in the House, said the Republican tax cuts were “extraordinarily unfair to middleincome tax payers while advantaging wealthy people.” (Now he wants to keep 98 percent of these terribly unfair tax cuts.) And New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who was the lead Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee (the tax-writing committee) at the time, said that the Republican tax cut plan amounted to “if you are not rich, you are not

entitled to a tax cut.” He concluded by proclaiming “Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for what they are doing to the good people of the United States of America.” (And Charlie too now wants to keep 98 percent of these terribly unfair tax cuts.) The hypocrisy is overwhelming. A good trial lawyer would ask, “Were they lying then, or are they lying now?” Or both. Steve Chabot represents the 1st District. He can be reached at 441 Vine St., Room 3003, Cincinnati, OH., 45202, phone 513-684-2723; or by email at

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One-day gift is lifetime commitment It is so tempting, I know. Christmas is coming up and what a Hallmark moment it is to see a child or significant other tear off the wrapping to find a wiggling little puppy underneath. However, as an animal lover and Lisa Desatnik positive reinforCOMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST cement dog trainer, I’d like to share some thoughts before you make your purchase. Puppies are not toys. They are living, breathing, chewing, playing, barking, eating, urinating, beings

who will come into your life with a lot of needs. The first six months of your puppy’s life will be critical when it comes to socialization, teaching it all of the many life skills to set it (and you) up for success. As its parents, family, and teachers, you will have a huge role in developing your dog’s lifelong behavior. Do you have the knowledge, the tools and the time to supervise young children around the puppy in order to prevent interaction that may cause tension (that may lead to aggression) and instead foster joy and trust; to teach error-free house training, impulse control, or basic behaviors such as sitting; or to introduce it to many different people and

other puppies? Can you afford a puppy? In its first year alone, you will have veterinary bills including vaccines, spay or neuter or possible illness. You will also need to budget for a dog crate, exercise pen or baby gate, chew toys, an ongoing supply of treats, high quality dog food, a comfy bed, a leash and collar (halter or Martingale or gentle leader), and training. You may need to fence in your yard. Depending on your dog, it may require regular grooming. If you take a vacation, you will need to budget for doggy care. Affording a puppy is not just a measure of money. Ask yourself this, “Realistically, how much time can I give my dog to

Lisa Desatnik and her pet dog, Sam. THANKS TO LISA DESATNIK

exercise it not just now but for a long time to come?” In general, sporting, hounds, herding and terrier breeds will require more daily exercise than guardian or companion breeds. (However, all dogs will benefit from exercise.) If you think that is expensive, consider that

your puppy will grow into adulthood and will more than likely be your responsibility for well over 10 years. Please do not buy a puppy on an impulse or because you saw a breed of dog down the street or in a movie, and you want one just like that. While it is important to choose a dog’s breed (or breeds if it is mixed) with the general characteristics that will fit your lifestyle, remember even among puppies in the same litter there are a wide range of temperaments. There is no such thing as a ready-made, well behaved dog. Once you bring your little guy home, it is your responsibility to teach it so that it can grow to its fullest potential and

adapt successfully to your lifestyle, your family, and your home. You can find a good starter search for breed specific information on the American Kennel Club’s website at If you have considered all of this and you think the time is right to add a new bouncing puppy to your household, how about giving a gift certificate or a gift basket filled with pet toys and supplies instead? Then, when the stress and chaos of the season is over, you can have fun picking out your gift together. Lisa Desatnik is a positive reinforcement dog trainer with So Much PETential. Visit her website at

Maintain strength, flexibility to avoid common injuries Cold temperatures may be keeping us indoors this winter but that is not an excuse to abandon all forms of physical fitness. At Guenthner Physical Therapy, we treat many people who have suffered injuries related to cold weather activities. In colder weather, the decrease in activity and the tendency to sit for longer periods of time may cause our muscles to weaken and stiffen. These are the same muscles you need to haul packages through the mall or shovel your snow-covered driveway. Winter brings falls on ice and sore backs and legs from shov-

eling snow. Some complain that the cold makes achy joints worse. In the talks and presentations we give throughout the Cathy community, we Guenthner COMMUNITY PRESS emphasis things you can GUEST COLUMNIST do in your everyday life to help you take better care of yourself. Here are our top four exercises that you can do in the warmth of your home to keep your muscles



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moving. Try to do them at least three times a week. » Arm and shoulder stretches – Raise one arm up and bend at the elbow so the elbow remains pointed in the air and fingertips toward your back. Use other hand to gently push back on the raised arm. Hold for 30. Switch arms. Repeat. Then, stretch arm out to the side. Bring outstretched arm across chest. Create a hook with other arm and rest outstretched arm in the hook. Feel the stretch in your upper shoulder. Hold 10 then switch arms. Repeat three times.

» Core and back strengthening – Stand with your back flat against a wall. Pull shoulder blades back so they touch the wall while pulling in your stomach. Hold for 5 seconds and release. » Thigh strengthening and balance exercise – Stand at the kitchen sink or hold on to a chair or stable object. Slightly bend knees then straighten. Do not let your knees come over your toes. Keep the weight in your seat. Repeat 20 times and do twice a day. » Hamstring stretch – Lying on bed or floor, bend one knee.

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Place hand behind the opposite leg and try to straighten this leg as much as possible. Hold for two sets of 30 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side. So, while it’s tempting to sit in front of that cozy fire and watch the snowflakes fall, don’t put fitness on the back burner this winter. Remember, spring will be here before you know it. Cathy Guenthner is a physical therapist and the owner of Guenthner Physical Therapy and has been in business for almost 25 years. She has two offices, one in Bridgetown and one in White Oak.

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Family Winterfest set holiday mood in Green Twp. By Kurt Backscheider

Hundreds of area families got in the holiday spirit at the annual Green Township Family Winterfest. This year’s celebration took place Friday, Dec. 7, at the Nathanael Greene Lodge. Children were able to visit with Santa Claus, see Santa’s live reindeer, hear a story from Mrs. Claus, write letters to Santa, watch train displays, decorate cookies and make holiday crafts. Families were also treated to strolling carolers, popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate and light displays. This year’s festivities also featured a coat drive for St. Vincent de Paul, and families could also purchase gift cards to go into stockings for children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Sponsors of the Green Township Family Winterfest included Children’s Hospital, Oak Hills Ki-

wanis Club, Green Township VFW Post 10380, Green Township Branch Library, the Postal Annex and Bob Evans.

Green Township youngster Erin Popejoy, 3, concentrates on her work as she makes a holiday craft at the Green Township Family Winterfest. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Green Township resident Josh Siniawski, 8, took in the sights of the large train display during the Green Township Family Winterfest. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Green Township toddler Ella Frey, 1, had her eyes on the prize as she prepared to bite into a cookie at the Green Township Family Winterfest. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Gabriel Ernst, 4, of Reading, enjoyed watching an electric train make its away around the track at the smaller of two train displays at this year’s Green Township Family Winterfest. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Green Township sisters, from left, Sofia, Jocelyn and Ava Carraher decorate holiday cards for doctors and nurses at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center during the Green Township Family Winterfest. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 20 Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Intense cycling class with boot camp intervals throughout. First class free. Ages 13 and up. $8.50-$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514920. Westwood.

Nature Young Naturalist Camp, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave., Designed to cultivate interest in environmental awareness and develop scientist in all of us. Explore natural cycles and earth’s patterns. Investigate topics such as animal, insect, plant and fungi kingdoms through hikes and hands-on activities. Ages 5-11. $40, $35 members. Registration required. 921-5124; East Price Hill.

On Stage - Theater Cinderella, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Timeless enchantment of magical fairy tale is all dressed as a Christmas fantasia, complete with the Prince’s Christmas Ball, Cinderella’s crystalline castle and a holiday romance that begins with a sparkling slipper. $23, $20 students and seniors. Presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Religious - Community Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ, 7 p.m., Impact Church, 6420 Bridgetown Road, Free. Through Dec. 23. 353-2293; Green Township.

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

Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22 Exercise Classes Gymbo’s Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Gymbo’s Personal Training and Fitness Center, 6037 Harrison Ave., Aerobic, resistance and plyometric training. All ages and fitness levels welcome. 5058283. Green Township.

Films Canned Food Drive Special, 10 a.m., Danbarry Dollar 12 - Western Hills, 5190 Glencrossing Way, Family-friendly movie will play. Free popcorn and drink package for children during the holiday show. Benefits: a local area food pantry. Free admission with canned food donation. 4512300; Westwood.

Holiday - Christmas Easy-to-Make, Last Minute Gift Ideas, 12:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, A different and simple craft idea to take home. Learn to make homemade wrapping paper or gift bags, too. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4472; Monfort Heights.

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

On Stage - Theater Cinderella, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

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Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ, 7 p.m., Impact Church, Free. 353-2293; Green Township.

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

On Stage - Theater Cinderella, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Exercise Classes

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

Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ, 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., Impact Church, Free. 353-2293; Green Township.

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

Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Nature Winter Wilderness Survival Camp, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave., Covers essential life skills during winter: tracking, fire building, shelter making, solar and water systems, archaeological search techniques and map making. Ages 5-11. $40, $35 members. Registration required. 921-5124; East Price Hill.

On Stage - Theater Cinderella, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Through Dec. 28. 385-3780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Workout to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township

MONDAY, DEC. 24 Exercise Classes

Music - Religious Festival of Carols, 11 p.m., St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Choral and instrumental Christmas music performed by 30-voice choir and 15-piece instrumental ensemble. Followed by midnight Mass. Free. 921-0247; West Price Hill.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26 Dance Classes Dance Class, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Douce Dance Studio, 3772 Shady Lane, Dance instructions. Ages 2 1/2-adult. Tap, ballet, jazz/hiphop, gymnastics, baton twirling. $25 monthly. Registration required. 941-0202. North Bend.

Exercise Classes Beginners Ashtanga Class, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Practice gentle progression of postures to ease

St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., presents its annual Festival of Carols beginning at 11 p.m. Christmas Eve. The service features choral and instrumental Christmas music performed by 30-voice choir and 15-piece instrumental ensemble, and is followed by midnight Mass. For more information, call 921-0247 or visit PROVIDED.

into a fulfilling Ashtanga practice. $30 for five-class pass. Presented by Yoga by Marietta. 675-2725; Delhi Township. FitChixx, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, $45 per month. 205-9772; Sayler Park.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dillard’s-Western Hills, 6290 Glenway Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Westwood.

Nature Winter Art Camp, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave., Designed to bridge nature to world of imagination. Practice sculpture, painting, journal writing, discover natural designs and patterns and take hikes. Ages 5-11. $40, $35 members. Registration required. 921-5124; East Price Hill.

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

Support Groups Western Hills Job Search Satellite Group, 9-11 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.

THURSDAY, DEC. 27 Music - Blues Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds, 8-11 p.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., Featuring Noah Cave. Ages 18 and up. $4. 378-2961. Cheviot.

Nature Young Naturalist Camp, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Imago Earth Center, $40, $35 members. Registration required. 921-5124; East Price Hill.

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

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Community Dance Butler Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance club open to all experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Miamitown.

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

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

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Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, $4. 251-7977. Riverside.

Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Poppy’s Tavern, Free. New Year’s Eve celebration. 574-6333. Green Township.

Nature Winter Wilderness Survival Camp, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Imago Earth Center, $40, $35 members. Registration required. 921-5124; East Price Hill.

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 Exercise Classes Gymbo’s Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Gymbo’s Personal Training and Fitness Center, 505-8283. Green Township.

Music - Blues Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., J’s Sports Bar, 4862 Delhi Ave., Free. 244-6111. Delhi Township.

SUNDAY, DEC. 30 MONDAY, DEC. 31 Exercise Classes Strengthening, Flexibility and Core Class, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Holiday - New Year’s BYOB New Year’s Bash, 8 p.m., Riverfront West Pavilion, 7958 Harrison Ave., With Marty Scars. Small bottle and beer permitted. Ages 21 and up. $10 advance. Miamitown.

Music - Rock Christian Rock Fest, 7:30 p.m., Faith Fellowship Church, 6734 Bridgetown Road, Music by Ashes Remain. With DANYA, Josiah Freebourne, K-Drama, David Lessing & the Great Exchange and Lamps & Voids. $15, $12 advance. 800-965-9324; Green Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 1 Exercise Classes Faith-Based Yoga, 6:45-7:45 p.m., Vineyard Westside Church, 3420 Glenmore Ave., Second Floor Green Room. Faith-based yoga class open to all levels. Free, donations requested. 295-5226; Cheviot.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 Dance Classes Dance Class, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Douce Dance Studio, $25 monthly. Registration required. 941-0202. North Bend.

Exercise Classes Beginners Ashtanga Class, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $30 for five-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township. FitChixx, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sayler Park Community Center, $45 per month. 205-9772; Sayler Park.

Support Groups Western Hills Job Search Satellite Group, 9-11 a.m., Westwood First Presbyterian Church, Free. Diane Kinsella will speak on keeping an emotional balance through the job search. 662-1244. Westwood.



Holiday recipes for busy families is 80 years old. The bakery reopens in April and they will be making the cookies then. Nick told me he’d be glad to share the recipe in a couple of months, since he’s away from home right now. Meanwhile, try these. They are a treasured cookie from the family of my daughter-in-law Jessie’s mom, Maggie Hoerst. Jess and her sister, Lottie, make these every year with Maggie. I’m putting in my order now!

The closer we get to Christmas, the busier I get. Sound familiar? Even though I keep reminding myself of the true meaning of this holiday, there are still gifts I need to make. If you’re in the same predicament, here are some “make-and-take” holiday treats from the kitchen.

Thai party snack mix

Really different than the usual Chex mix. A fun appetizer. I change this recipe up depending upon what I have on hand. Here’s the most current verRita Heikenfeld sion: Mix RITA’S KITCHEN together: 2 cups each: corn, wheat and rice Chex cereal (or 3 cups of any two kinds) 2 cups sesame sticks, regular or Cajun 11⁄2 to 2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half, or tiny squares 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup peanuts or mixed nuts

Melt together: 1 stick unsalted butter 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce,

Thai party snack mix is a familiar favorite with a twist. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. regular or low sodium 1 tablespoon plus 11⁄2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoons sugar or substitute Cayenne powder to taste – start with 1⁄8 teaspoon (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Drizzle coating over cereal mixture, tossing well. Spread in sprayed pan. Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and taste. Add a bit more curry powder and/or cayenne if you want. Tip: After baking, add a can of wasabi peas. This is optional, but “delish.” Store: Keep in airtight container one month. Makes 12 cups.

For gift giving: Pack in Chinese “to-go” cartons.

Holiday “no peek” standing rib roast

After reading the recipe for high-heat roast beef, a “loyal reader” asked if I could find a recipe she lost for a standing rib roast. “I need it for Christmas dinner. Meat starts out in hot oven and roasts for an hour, then the oven is turned off and you leave roast in to finish later. I can’t remember the “later part,” she said. This looks just like what she needs. 5 pounds standing rib roast with bone in Seasoning to taste

Let roast sit at room

temperature for a hour or bit more. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season roast and place on rack in pan with rib side down and fat side up. Roast 1 hour. Turn oven off, leave roast in and don’t open door. About an hour and 15 minutes before serving time, finish by turning oven back on to 375 degrees and roast for 30-40 minutes. Remove and tent with foil. Rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Maggie’s gingerbread cutouts

Several readers wanted Mount Washington Bakery’s gingerbread cookie recipe. I talked with Nick, the owner, and he said these heirloom cookies are huge sellers and the recipe

1 cup solid shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup molasses 2 tablespoons white vinegar 5 cups flour 11⁄2 teaspoons baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon powdered ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon powdered cloves

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, molasses and vinegar, beat well. Sift dry ingredients into it and blend. Refrigerate three hours. Roll and cut out. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. To decorate, use favorite frosting or Jessie’s buttercream.

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Greek sweet potato fries: Dave and Eileen Dowler, Batavia, said they use Cavender’s Greek seasoning on their sweet potato fries. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.



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Stargazing when world doesn’t end Much has been written about the supposed end of the world on Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice. Newspapers, TV shows, Internet sites bristling with predictions of super volcanoes, flipping magnetic poles, galactic blacks holes beaming mysterious energies toward our planet and other spectacular fates. An equal amount has been published, posted to websites and beamed across the media by scientist debunking the hysteria of the Mayan calendar ending, rogue planets on collision courses with our planet and solar super storms. So what to do about Dec. 21? Enjoy your favorite hobby. Read a book, go for a walk. Spend time with friends and family. All the things you’ve enjoyed doing every other day of the year. Attend a star party at

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The Christmas Pageant, performed by St. Ignatius fourth graders, has been a tradition at St. I’s for many years.

Over time the format may have changed, but the message is clear: Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. This year,

Ashes Remain, whose latest album included three Top 10 hits on the Billboard chart, will headline a New Year’s Eve concert at Faith Fellowship Church, Bridgetown. PROVIDED

Ashes Remain to headline RockFest on New Year’s Eve or more are $10 each. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 6734 Bridgetown Road across from Kuliga Park. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ashes Remain, based in Baltimore, are riding the success of their 2011 Top 25 Billboard Christian chart album, “What I’ve Become.” Singles include Top 10 hits “Come Alive,” “Unbroken” and “On My Own.” DANYA, based in Nashville, combines driving rock music with passionate worship and bold faith. Following up on the EP “The Fire” last year, with songs such as “Take The World,” “The Fire,” and “Adrenaline,” DANYA released a self-produced demo titled “Fight Song” this year. DANYA recently began a partnership with Rescue 1, an organization that combats human trafficking, focusing on young girls in Asia. Christian DJ Josiah Freebourne, of Seymour,


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Alexis Ferguson and Brian Ridner as Mary and Joseph in St. Ignatius’ Christmas play. PROVIDED


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the fourth-grade rite of passage was performed with smiles and enthusiasm. Children sang and danced and then Mary entered, riding down the aisle on a donkey led by Joseph. Soon Jesus was center stage. As fourth-grader Annie Robb said, “ I think the pageant was a good way to spread joy to our friends and family.” Lauren Schum, also in grade four, said, “I loved the pageant because you learn about the true meaning of Christmas.” The message of the fourth-grade Christmas pageant, titled the “True Meaning of Christmas” never gets old. Said Principal Tim Reilly, “It just another example of how Christ-centered activities are a joyful part of our day to day life at St. Ignatius.”

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DEATHS Shirley Arick Shirley Reuille Arick, 76, died Nov. 27. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and former member of the Green Township Senior Center. Survived by husband Donald Arick; daughters Julie (Don) Hekler, Kathy (Roger) Scherman; sister-inlaw Paula Reuille, nephews Lisa (Bud) Becker, Laura (Carl) Linnemeier, Linda Arick (Rob) Woods; six grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Violet, Robert Reuille, brother Larry “Bud” Reuille. Services were Dec. 1 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Mary Lynn Byrne Mary Lynn Weigand Byrne, 71, died Dec. 7. Survived by husband James Byrne; children Colleen (Steven) Bailey, Christy (Mike) Tiernan, James (Anne-Marie) Byrne Jr., Cathleen (Jim) Bethea; grandchildren Kyle, Patrick, Nicholas, Anna, James III, Maggie; siblings Lois (Robert) Flynn, Ronald (Colette), Thomas Weigand, Judi (Mike) Stallkamp; sister-inlaw Lyvonna Weigand. Preced-

ed in death by brothers Arthur, Robert Weigand. Services were Dec. 11 at Our Lady of the Visitation. Byrne Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Arthur C. James Cancer Foundation, c/o Ohio State University, 300 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.

Barbara Curran Barbara Jean Curran, 74, Westwood, died Dec. 1. She was a supervisor at Western Electric. Survived by sons Greg, Steve, Doug Thomas; daughter-in-law Debbie Thomas; grandchildren Britoni, Stephanie, Jackie, Erick, Brooks, Kara, Katy, Zak, Ty; great-grandchildren Evan, Daeon, Gabriella, Vincent James; brothers Quincy, Carl, Raymond Honaker; cousins Gale Bitter, Linda Kay. Preceded in death by parents James, Bessie Honaker, son Rick Thomas, siblings Mary Bennington, Emma Pfender, Gladys Fishell, Helen Curran, Arlene Duke, Janice Lee, James, Minnie, Paul, Annalee, Stanley Honaker. Services were Dec. 8 at Evans Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249 or Hamilton County Special Olympics, 4790 Red Bank, Suite 206, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

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Doris Ernst Doris Kimmerle Ernst, 96, Western Hills, died Nov. 23. Survived by son George (Mary Anne) Ernest; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; one niece. Preceded in death by husband George Ernst, son Jim (Lori) Ernst Ernst. Services were Nov. 28 at Cheviot United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45211.

Linda Feick Linda Lou Feick, 61, Green Township, died Dec. 12. Survived by companion Michael Marks; many nieces and nephew. Preceded in death by parents Jacob, Hilda Feick. Services were Dec. 14 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Society for the Prevention of

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Paul Gamm Paul Gamm, 88, died Dec. 8. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by children Maribeth (William) Zucker, David (Mary Jo) Gamm; grandchildren Scott (Christian), Gamm Bradley (Kimberly), Kevin Gamm, Christie (Matt) Beverly, Andrew Zucker; sisters Ruth Hautman, Shirley Rost; four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Elizabeth “Bette” Graman Gamm, son Glenn Gamm. Services were Dec. 15 at St. Anthony Friar and Shrine. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Anthony Friar and Shrine, 5000 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223 or Cincinnati Area Senior Services, 2368 Victory Pkwy., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Raymond Gemmell Raymond Nikolas Gemmell, 82, Green Township, died Dec. 8. He was a lieutenant with the Mack Volunteer Fire Department. Survived by children Raymond (Vicki), David (Pam) Gemmell, Peggy (Ken Kitchen) Rack; grandchildren James (Angela) Rack, Nikolas (Shelly), David (Tiffiny), Christopher (Carrie), Jonathan (Heather)

Gemmell, Melissa (Todd) Seal, Amy (Rob) Nixon, Jennifer (Mike) Ratliff; greatgrandchildren Jacob, Rachel Gemmell Rack, Maggie, Leanne, Nikolas, Connor, Aidan, William Gemmell, Landen, Avery Seal, Mallory, Natalie, Mitchell Nixon, McKenzie Ratliff. Preceded in death by wife Rosemary Gemmell, twin brother Frank Gemmell. Services were Dec. 14 at St. Monica St. George Church. Arrangements by NeidhardMinges Funeral Home. Memorials t:o Mack Fire Inc., Box 11268, Cincinnati, OH 45211.

Leonard Harnist Leonard J. Harnist, 90, Green Township, died Dec. 3. Survived by son Gregory Harnist; grandchildren Dawn, Daniel Harnist; great-grandchildren Marissa, Corey Kempf, Kaylee Hegland; nieces and nephew Sandie Gereham, Sister Marjarie, George (Lana) Rudemiller. Preceded in death by wife Alvera “Vera” Harnist. Services were Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Edward Keller Edward Keller, 81, formerly of Western Hills, died Dec. 8. Survived by his children and grandchildren, and many other special friends and family members. Services were Dec. 11 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Hamilton.

Melvin Mergard Sr. Melvin C. Mergard Sr., 93, Green Township, died Dec. 12. He was the former owner/ operator of Mergard’s Bowling


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Anna Mae Meyer Anna Mae Doyle Meyer, 90, formerly of Western Hills, died Dec. 1 in Fort Myers, Fla. Survived by husband Ellsworth Meyer; children Michael (Linda), Anthony (Cristina) Meyer, Mary (Manuel) Andalia; grandchildren Amy, Marc, Julie, Laura, Joe, Mandy, JJ; sister Patricia Gesicki; daughter-inlaw Marion Meyer; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by sons Mark, Gary Meyer, parents Harry, Anna Mae Doyle Sr., siblings Harry, Catherine, Helen, Bob, Jim, Dick, Paul. Services were Dec. 11 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to Catholic Charities or Franciscan Missions of your choice.

Joseph Presnell Joseph Mark Presnell, 52, Sayler Park, died Dec. 11. He was a dishwasher at Chandler’s. Survived by siblings John (Pam), Michael (Hazel) Presnell, Nancy (Skip) Byrd, Karen (Paul) Proctor, Mary (Richard Witt) Byrd; sister-inlaw Sandy Presnell Presnell; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by parents James, Virginia Presnell, brother James Presnell. Services were Dec. 15 at Holy Family. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cincinnati, 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Margaret Reed Margaret Dryer Reed, 89, Green Township, died Dec. 5. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Elaine, Bruce (Sandy), Ronald (Susan), Dennis Reed; sister-in-law Georgiana Reed; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Alvin Reed, daughter Roseanne (J.P. Hines) Reed. Services were Dec. 13 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway

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Charmaine Rothweiler Charmaine Schulz Rothweiler, 82, Colerain Township, died Dec. 7. She was a homemaker. Survived by husband Richard Rothweiler Sr.; children Charmaine “Candy” (Jim) Hensley, Richard Jr. (Debbie), Dennis, Eric (Laurie) Rothweiler, Darlene “Dee” (Rob) King, Renee (Eddie) CipriaRothweiler ni; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many sisters- and brothers-inlaw, nieces and nephews. Services were Dec. 11 at St. Bernard Church. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Douglas Schwalbach Douglas F. Schwalbach, 89, died Dec. 9. He was a carpenter

and cabinet maker. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II who charged on Iwo Jima. Survived by daughters Diane Momberg, Karen (Ken) Fuerst; grandchildren Sarah, Emily Momberg, Kari, Kyle Fuerst; great-grandSchwalbach son Hunter Carel. Preceded in death by wife Shirley Noll Schwalbach. Services were Dec. 14 at Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor's choice.

Janet Seaton Janet L. Seaton, 62, Green Township, died Dec. 4. Survived by children Shannon, John (Julie) Seaton, Kelly (Joe) Wauligman; grandchildren Jake, Grace Wauligman, Zander, Zoey Seaton; mother Mary Lewis; siblings Tom, Mike, John, Mary, Terry, Kate, Pat; aunt Sister Katie Lett. Preceded in death by husband Michael “Whitey” Seaton, father Oliver

Lewis, siblings Jim, Jean. Services were Dec. 11 at St. William. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Verna Smith Verna Adams Smith, Green Township, died Dec. 8. She was a school bus driver for the Oak Hills Local School District. Survived by children Robert (Julieta) Hilton, Melea (Steve) McAdams, Leslie (Tom) Guck; sisters Esther Dick, Doris Schemer; 11 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Smith James Smith, sons Kevin Hilton, parents Norman, Anna Adams, brother Donald Adams. Services were Dec. 13 at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Hospice of Cincinnati.

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Joyce Young Walden, 92, Green Township, died Nov. 23. Survived by husband Robert Walden. Preceded in death by daughter Barbara Gebhardt. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Herbert Thompson Herbert Thompson, 81, West Price Hill, died Dec. 5. He worked for Cincinnati Sheet Metal. Survived by wife Jewell Thompson; children Charlene Fletcher, Herbert (Carla) Jr., Donald (Leslie) Thompson; grandchildren Joshua, Joy Fletcher, Megan, Zachary Thompson; brother Lonnie Thompson. Services were Dec. 8 at Radel Funeral Home.

Lewis Wehmeier Lewis Wehmeier, 86, died Dec. 9. He worked for Cincinnati Bell. Survived by wife Gert Adrian Wehmeier; children Adrienne (Gerald) Bersaglia, Gail (Stan) Niehaus, Amy Kruep, Kenneth (Clarice) Wehmeier, Luann (Joe) Corcoran, Jeanne (Mark) Wehmeier Anderson; 12 grandchildren; many greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Karen Wehmeier, sister Helen Wehmeier Adrian. Services were Dec. 12 at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: West Park DayS-

TAE, 2950 West Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Bill Ziegler Bill Ziegler, 91, Delhi Township, died Dec. 10. He worked in sales. He was a World War II veteran and served as a Boy Scout Cubmaster. Survived by children Terry (Jay) Petersen, Bill (Lisa), Paul (Betty), Tom (Gail) Ziegler, Claire (Fritz) Merkes; brothZiegler er Larry (Mary); 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Mary, siblings Joe, Marie, Ed, Wib, Dot, Harold. Services were Dec. 14 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, attn. Ella’s Allies, 644 Linn St., Suite 1128, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Jack Carmen, 46, 1878 Knox Ave., theft at 3407 Harrison Ave., Nov. 15. Jenayia Shepherd, 30, 3223 Queen City Ave. No. 4, warrant at Filview Circle, Nov. 14. Jeffrey Robinson, 47, 915 Rookwood Drive, warrant at Shepherd Lane, Nov. 14. Gabriel Etter, 28, 926 Hawthorne Ave., theft at 947 Purcell Ave., Nov. 15. Jennifer Lyons, 31, 11600 N. Hogan Road, driving under suspension at 3640 Westwood Northern Blvd., Nov. 18. Kevin Fritzsche, 21, 3949 Brown Farm Road, disorderly conduct at 3631 Woodbine Ave., Nov. 17. Jordon Wells, 20, 178 Citation Circle, warrant at 6280 state Route 128, Nov. 17. Andrew Cain, 18, 2064 Oxford Ave., warrant at 1000 Sycamore St., Nov. 17. Shaun Macke, 26, 3520 Cheviot Ave. No. 2, warrant at 3520 Cheviot Ave., Nov. 18. Stephen Kurzhals, 27, 4134 Homelawn Ave., warrant at 3814 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Arnold Dean, 58, 3589 Carmel Terrace No. 2, driving under suspension at 4018 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Matthew Steuart, 23, 3389 Glenmore Ave. No. 2, warrant at 3814 Harrison Ave., Nov. 19. Savannah Stillwell, 20, 3955 Trevor Ave., warrant at 3955 Trevor Ave., Nov. 19. Jennie Hodges, 52, 261 Goodrich, misuse of credit card at

1000 Sycamore St., Nov. 20. Gregory Palmer, 20, 7008 Ohio Ave., driving under suspension at 3412 Harrison Ave., Nov. 20. Ashley Driehaus, 23, 603 Laurelwood Drive, open container at 3620 Harrison Ave., Nov. 21. Tara Reed, 25, 3803 Dina Terrace No. 10, open container at 3620 Harrison Ave., Nov. 21. Melissa DiGiacomo, 43, 3741 Glenmore Ave., driving under the influence at 3741 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 21. Jason Davis, 31, 8654 Koszo Drive, open container at 3643 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22. Darrell Sexton, 36, 962 Chateau Ave., open container at 3570 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22. Brian Stemler, 26, 4451 Oakville Drive, open container at 3613 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22. Jordan Proffitt, 23, 4119 Locustridge, open container at 3737 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 22. Sean Ashcraft, 22, 3580 Schwartze Ave., open container at 3737 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 22. Matthew Blauvelt, 21, 7791 Jandaracres, open container at 3737 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 22. James Nelson, 27, 6919 Clovernook, disorderly conduct at 3807 North Bend Road, Nov. 22. Edmund Kuderer, 28, 3621 St. Martins Place, disorderly conduct at 3621 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22. David Williams, 26, 5356 Plover Lane, disorderly conduct at 3621 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22. Daniel Johnson, 24, 3832 Ruth Lane, disorderly conduct at 3721 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22. Beverly Beiler, 54, 3723 Dina Ave. No. 2, driving under

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Cheviot: Chief Joseph Lally, 661-2700 (days), 825-2280 (evenings) » Cleves: Chief Bill Renner, 941-1212 » Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 263-8300 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline, 574-5323 » North Bend and Miami Township are patrolled by the Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500

Legal Notice Notice of Public Hearing on the Oak Hills Board of Education Budget (ORC: 5705.30). Notice is hereby given that on the 7th day of January 2013, at 7:00 o’clock PM, a public hearing will be held on the Budget, prepared by the Oak Hills Board of Education of Hamilton County, Ohio, for the next succeeding fiscal year ending June 30th, 2014. Public participation will be permitted on all funds (including IDEA, ESCE, Title I, RttT). Such hearat held be will ing Springmyer Elementary, 4179 Ebenezer Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248. 1001740935

suspension at 3723 Dina Ave., Nov. 22. Justin Smoke, 22, 3725 Boudinot Ave., driving under suspension at Bridgetown Road, Nov. 23. Eriva Frye, 28, 2610 W. Galbraith Road Apt. B7, driving under the influence at North Bend Road, Nov. 24. Lynn Okrzynski, 42, 4121 Lakeman St. No. 1, possessing drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia at 3415 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 26. Willie Williams, 23, 6907 Pin Oak Drive, driving under suspension at 4308 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 27. Kimberly Hill, 24, 3829 Lovell Ave., warrant at 3814 Harrison Ave., Nov. 27. Juvenile, 15, obstructing official business and resisting arrest at Stathem, Nov. 30. Juvenile, 16, obstructing official business and resisting arrest at Stathem, Nov. 30. Laura Striker, 44, 5304 Quailwood Court, driving under suspension at 3401 Applegate Ave., Dec. 1. Adam Thomsson, 31, 5599 Childs Ave., driving under suspension at Harrison Avenue, Dec. 2. Lora Allen, 32, 3725 Dina Ave. No. 10, warrant at 3725 Dina Ave., Dec. 2. Samantha Osborne, 43, 1641 Pasadena No. 1, disorderly conduct at 3929 Delmar Ave., Dec. 2. Bunna Phrom, 21, 3929 Delmar Ave., domestic violence at 3929 Delmar Ave., Dec. 2. Jason Woodrum, 36, no address listed, violating protection order at Interstate 75 and Mitchell Avenue, Dec. 2. Wesley Alcorn, 42, 4123 Superior Ave., passing bad check at Reading Road, Dec. 2. Devontae Harris, 19, 2850 Harrison Ave., warrant at West Galbraith Road, Dec. 3. Donna Marshall, 45, 4734 Chickering Ave., driving under suspension at 3100 Harrison Ave., Dec. 3. Johnny Jones, 68, no address listed, warrant at 1000 Main St., Dec. 4.

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Nov. 14. Money stolen from purse at 4307 Bridgetown Road Room 224, Nov. 15. Gasoline stolen from United Dairy Farmers at 4109 North Bend Road, Nov. 19. Four sets of wireless headphones, Apple iPod, five CDs and a GPS stolen from vehicle at 4304 Grotto Court, Nov. 19. Two toaster ovens stolen from Family Dollar at 3413 Harrison Ave., Nov. 25. Set of golf clubs stolen from vehicle at 4151 Homelawn Ave., Nov. 26. Gasoline stolen from United Dairy Farmers at 4109 North Bend Road, Nov. 30.

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Green Township Arrests/citations Juvenile, 16, falsification at 3710 Monfort Heights Drive, Nov. 16. Charles D. Roberts, 32, 4469 Colerain Ave. No. 3, drug paraphernalia at 2859 Diehl Road, Nov. 17. Kenneth B. Spurgeon, 49, 5529 Raceview, aggravated menacing at 5529 Raceview, Nov. 17. Peter C. Denuzio, 27, 3195 Blue Rock Road, possession of marijuana at 5984 Cheviot Road, Nov. 18. Robert J. Forbes, 62, 3873 Tower, building code violation at 3873 Tower, Nov. 18. Alexandria M. Clayton, 18, 373 Robin Lane, theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., Nov. 19. Delfon Blair, 25, 1417 W. North Bend Road, criminal trespass at 5444 North Bend Road, Nov. 19. Joseph P. Adams, 26, 860 Nebraska, theft at South Cove and South Road, Nov. 20. Daron R. Ard, 45, no address listed, theft at South Cove and South Road, Nov. 20. David Welch, 43, 9522 Woodland Hills, possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia at 6500 Harrison Ave., Nov. 21. Walter D. Hayes, 32, 820 Suire Ave., theft and criminal trespass at 6300 Glenway Ave., Nov. 21. Howard L. Moore, 45, 6712 Harrison Ave., theft at 6550

Harrison Ave., Nov. 22.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim reported being assaulted by five unknown suspects at Surrey Avenue and Glenway Avenue, Nov. 17. Suspect struck victim in the face at 3519 West Fork Road, Nov. 20. Breaking and entering Air conditioner and copper pipes stolen from home at 3976 Race Road, Nov. 17. Restroom ventilation panel damaged, four light globes broken and four patio light fixtures broken at General Custer’s at 3325 Westbourne Drive, Nov. 19. Burglary Two bracelets and prescription medicine stolen from home at 5183 Rybolt Road, Nov. 20. Purse and contents stolen from vehicle parked inside garage at 3166 Lancer Lane, Nov. 21. Criminal damaging Christmas lights cut on home at 2129 Rollingridge, Nov. 18. Delivery truck and exterior wall spray-painted with graffiti at Colerain Furniture at 5915 Colerain Ave., Nov. 18. Rear bumper and hatch door damaged on vehicle at 3382 Moonridge Drive, Nov. 20. Three sections of wooden fence damaged at 5939 Colerain Ave., Nov. 20. Air conditioning unit damaged at vacant business at 6525 Glenway Ave., Nov. 20. Window broken on vehicle at

4417 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 20. Fence line, three light fixtures, two boats, wooden bench, air conditioning unit and concrete statue damaged at General Custer’s at 3325 Westbourne Drive, Nov. 20. Concrete and wooden bench damaged behind home at 3390 Bellehaven, Nov. 21. Rear window broken on vehicle at 5541 Raceview, Nov. 22. Criminal mischief Egg thrown on vehicle at 6062 Benken Lane, Nov. 20. Domestic dispute Argument between spouses at Race Road, Nov. 16. Argument between grandparent and grandchild at Reemelin Road, Nov. 17. Argument between two women at Jessup Road, Nov. 18. Argument between man and woman at Colerain Avenue, Nov. 19. Menacing Suspect threatened to harm victim at North Bend Road and Interstate 74, Nov. 19. Theft Vehicle stolen from home’s driveway at 3849 Ridgecombe Drive, Nov. 15. Two packs of paper towels stolen from Dollar Genera at 5700 Harrison Ave., Nov. 15. Money stolen from vehicle at 2544 Wingham Drive, Nov. 16. GPS stolen from vehicle at 5730 Biscayne, Nov. 16. Laptop computer, video game system, two vehicle tires, two

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B8 sets of keys, 14 ammunition rounds, gun cleaning kit and five pairs of shoes stolen from home at 4351 Race Road, Nov. 16. Comforter stolen from Family Dollar at 5449 North Bend Road, Nov. 16. Suspect attempted to steal a basket full of miscellaneous merchandise from Walgreens at 5508 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 16. Money and a pocket knife stolen from one vehicle; and sunglasses and mace stolen from second vehicle at 5706 Biscayne, Nov. 16. Debit card stolen from vehicle at 4296 Runningfawn, Nov. 18. Three pairs of underwear and four women’s wallets stolen from Dollar General at 5700 Harrison Ave., Nov. 17. Digital camera, money and ashtray stolen from vehicle at 3326 Boca Lane, Nov. 17. Suspect attempted to steal one case of beer and two bottles of wine from Kroger at 3491 North Bend Road, Nov. 17. Money, backpack, assorted fishing equipment and a hammer/drill combination tool stolen from vehicle at 5556 Fairwood Road, Nov. 17. Money stolen from vehicle at 5573 Fairwood Road, Nov. 17. Two packs of T-shirts stolen from Dollar General at 5700 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Suspect attempted to steal a cart filled with toys from Aldi at 5740 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Extension ladder stolen from home’s carport at 1699 Brunnerwood, Nov. 18. Vehicle stolen from in front of home at 5327 Timberchase Court, Nov. 18. Apple iPod and a credit card stolen from vehicle at 4459 Hickory Bark Court, Nov. 18. Groceries, digital camera and money stolen from one vehicle; money and GPS stolen from second vehicle; money, two tarps, assorted hand tools and digital camera stolen from third vehicle; and money, two impact drills, hammer drill, angle drill, circular saw, five batteries,

assorted hand tools and seven tool clips stolen from fourth vehicle at 5486 Whispering Way, Nov. 18. Baby stroller stolen from vehicle at 5400 Douglas Fir, Nov. 18. Money, soccer bag, soccer uniform and assorted soccer equipment stolen from vehicle at 5541 Whispering Way, Nov. 18. GPS stolen from vehicle at 5404 Bluepine Drive, Nov. 18. DVD player stolen from vehicle at 5522 Whispering Way, Nov. 18. Money, two aluminum pans and assorted clothing items stolen from vehicle at 5474 Whispering Way, Nov. 18. Portable video game player stolen from Dollar General at 5700 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Two pairs of sunglasses, phone charger and a sweatshirt stolen from vehicle at 5942 Cedaridge, Nov. 18. Driver’s license and debit card stolen from vehicle at 5318 Timberchase Court, Nov. 18. GPS, Apple iPod, money, driver’s license, two gift cards and an ATM card stolen from vehicle at 5409 Bluepine Drive, Nov. 18. Jacket stolen from vehicle at 5403 Bluepine Drive, Nov. 18. Money, Social Security card and driver’s license stolen from victim’s purse at Speedway at 6537 Glenway Ave., Nov. 19. Pair of glasses and an Apple iPad stolen from vehicle at 5476 Karen Ave., Nov. 19. Money stolen from victim in an online scam at 6228 Cheviot Road No. 4, Nov. 19. GPS stolen from vehicle at 4364 Harrison Ave., Nov. 19. Speaker, amplifier and backpack stolen from one vehicle; and a subwoofer and amplifier stolen from second vehicle at 3713 Meadowview Drive, Nov. 20. Debit card stolen from victim when lost at Rave Motion Pictures at 5870 Harrison Ave., Nov. 20. GPS, tool bag, two electric screwdrivers and 50 assorted hand tools stolen from vehicle at 3759 Meadowview Drive, Nov. 20. Purse and contents stolen from

victim when left behind at McDonald’s at 6590 Harrison Ave., Nov. 21. Two rings and two personal checks stolen from home; and the checks were later forged and cashed at 2243 Sable Drive, Nov. 21. Computer and a chair stolen from home at 5395 Lee’s Crossing Drive No. 2, Nov. 21. Unauthorized use of vehicle Suspect took victim’s vehicle without permission at 2489 Lourdes Lane, Nov. 10 Suspect took victim’s vehicle without permission at 6740 Towering Ridge Way, Nov. 17.

MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Katie Morris, 28, 7330 Pickway, theft at 7330 Pickway Drive, Oct. 18. Nicholas Jaspers, 31, 4288 Schinkal Road, disorderly conduct at 4302 Schinkal Road, Nov. 9. Mark Blackburn, 21, 7060 State Route 128, theft at 4775 E. Miami River Road, Nov. 6.

theft $300 to $5000, 5555 Glenway Ave., Nov. 29. Dylen Gentry, born 1993, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Nov. 26. Ericka Wells, born 1970, theft under $300, 6000 Glenway Ave., Nov. 25. Felicia Hardin, born 1991, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, Nov. 20. Herbert Turner, born 1980, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Nov. 29. James Justice, born 1964, aggravated menacing, 4119 Glenway Ave., Nov. 30. James Price, born 1991, possession of drugs, 3019 Bracken Woods Lane, Nov. 24. Jason E. Davis, born 1981, aggravated armed robbery, 3106 Glenmore Ave., Nov. 27. Jason Lee Woodrum, born 1976, domestic violence, 2375 Montana Ave., Nov. 27.

Jeffrey W. Woltering, born 1972, domestic violence, 4805 Prosperity Place, Nov. 29. Jeremy Gagnon, born 1986, possession of an open flask, 2917 Westknolls Lane, Nov. 29. Jeremy Warman, born 1979, possession of drug abuse instruments, 3431 Hazelwood Ave., Nov. 28. Jessica Ruhstaller, born 1989, theft under $300, 2322 Ferguson Road, Dec. 2. Jimmy Morgan, born 1989, rape under age 13, 1249 Rutledge Ave., Nov. 27. Johnathan Hightower, born 1967, misdemeanor drug possession, 2400 Harrison Ave., Nov. 27. Joseph Lafontaine, born 1987, possession of drugs, 4840 Glenway Ave., Nov. 24. Kurdijah Dukes, born 1993, theft under $300, 6150 Glenway Ave., Dec. 2.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at 7669 Buffalo Ridge, Oct. 12. Theft Ladders, tools valued at $6,060 removed at 4677 E. Miami River Road, Nov. 12.

Cincinnati District 3 Arrests/citations Angela M. Lanter, born 1975, criminal trespassing, theft under $300, 6165 Glenway Ave., Nov. 27. Carl Owens, born 1961, assaulting a law officer, 2586 Lafeuille



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Edward Grout, recipient of the Sister Jeanne Roach Service to Bayley Award, with along with Adrienne Walsh, Bayley president and CEO. THANKS TO DEBORAH KOHL KREMER

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