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Christmas Walk 2013 Saturday Decemer 7th New Events (see inside)

Fall/Winter 2013

City Calender of Events

Charlie Deters An Independence Mainstay

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Dominach’s Taekwondo An Asset to the Community


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city news

Independence Senior Center

Amphitheater happeningss I would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2013 amphitheater event sponsors. Without their continued generosity and support the concerts, movies, magic and puppet shows would not have been possible. Our 2013 sponsors were: Gold Sponsors - Jude’s Custom Exhaust & Auto Repair, The Deters Company – Blue Pantry, ShellWendy’s- Snappy Tomato; Silver Sponsors- Cherokee Drug Shoppe, Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy, and Cornerstone Family Chiropractic. Thank you for your community spirit and continued support of our amphitheater events. We are kicking off the annual sponsorship drive for the 2014 event season. If you know of a business or individual that might be interested in becoming a sponsor please have them contact Nita Brake at 363-2934. All performances and events at the amphitheater are funded strictly by private donations.

Do you need a place to meet or have a party? The Independence Senior & Community Center is available for rental to the public for parties, meetings, showers, graduations, etc. The cost will vary according to which hall you rent for your event. Hall A accommodates up to 60 people; Hall B accommodates up to 90 people and Hall C is a combination of both halls and accommodates 150 people. Rentals are handled on a first come first served basis. We accept check, money orders, credit cards and cash. Please call Nita Brake at 363-2934 for more information or to book your event.




Contents November 2013 Maga


Christma s Walk 201 3 Saturday Decemer New Even 7th ts (see

Mayor’s Letter Letter from Mayor Donna Yeager addresses the residents of Independence. page






City Calen der of Events

Deters Independence Mainstay / Page 10 2013 Christmas Walk/ Page 20 Charlie

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Nita Brake Calendar of Events. / Page 16




Dominach’s Taekwondo / Page 18

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An Asset

Our Schools

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On the cover

Beechgrove a quality school

Council Members

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Our Churches


Mt. Zion Baptist

20 2013 Christmas Walk

Bill Aseere, Carol Franzen, Mike Little, Chris Reinersman, Jim Bushong and Tom Brinker

2013 Christmas Walk is Saturday December 7th. Events happen at Downtown/Courthouse and Municipal Square.


23 Adopt a Healthy Household

Local Dentist Gives Back

Dr. Tara Dallman and staff give local resident a full dental makeover. See the results inside.

Tips to help keep our water clean and free from pollution.

14 NKY Hates

23 Building & Zoning Permits

Local group fights back against heroin epidemic in the NKY area.

Information from the Building and Zoning Department: How to obtain the proper permits.

15 Senior Center Happenings

26 Free Property Inventory System

Check out all the events that are happening with the seniors of Independence. If you’re not involved consider joining.

The Independence Police Department is offering FREE, to Independence residents, a property inventory system. See article for details. See page 31 for valuable Coupons!



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Rumpke Leaf and Yard Waste Policies

With the season changing and leaves

Independence First Newsletter

falling, Rumpke would like to offer the following helpful reminders:

In 1992 Mayor James D. Ellison and staff put out the first newsletter. It circulated to 3500 Independence residents and was a 1-page black and white publication. The city was celebrating it’s 150th birthday. Over time the newsletter grew to 4 pages then 8 pages and now to it’s present 32-page 4-color glossy magazine mailed twice yearly to over 9800 homes. Independence has come a long way.


Leaves and yard waste may be

placed into Rumpke-provided carts year round for disposal without special arrangements (75 pound maximum capacity). * Extra bags of leaves or bundles of yard waste may be scheduled on the regular service day during these weeks for an additional charge of $1 per bag/bundle

Welcome to Independence, Kentucky The City of Independence is located in the “Heart” of Kenton County. Independence is located about 15 minutes south of Cincinnati, Ohio and offers a unique lifestyle different from neighboring towns because we are able to offer urban ameni-

ties in a rural setting. Independence is one of the fastest growing cities in the Commonwealth and was recently ranked as the 99th fastest growing city in the nation. We encourage you to visit Independence and see why so many are quickly making us the place they call home.

($5 minimum). *

Customers are reminded to call

ahead and arrange for pickup of any debris that will not fit inside the Rumpke-provided carts. * As a reminder, residents may request additional carts for just $1 per month ($12 minimum charge, billed annually).

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A Message From

Publisher Local Directories

Our Mayor …..

EDITOR- IN - CHIEF Heather Walsh CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Patricia A. Scheyer Donna Yeager Heather Walsh Don Hubbard City of Independence 5409 Madison Pike Independence, KY 41051 Mayor Donna Yeager - 859-363-2940 Dan Groth, City Administrator - 859-363-2933 Patricia Taney, City Clerk - 859-363-2937 Annie Wuestefeld, Zoning Administrator 859-363-2948 Nita Brake, Recreation Director - 859-363-2934 Dan Koch, Public Services Director 859-363-2949 Kevin Barbian, Building Inspector 859-363-2947 Shawn Butler, Police Chief - 859-356-2697 Personal Property Tax 0.656/$100 of assessed value Real Estate Tax 0.237/$100 of assessed value Occupational Tax on Gross Receipts .075% of Gross Earnings Payroll Tax 1.25% of Gross Earnings The City Offices are open daily from 8:00 am until 4:30 p.m.City Offices are closed on the following observed holidays: New Years Day President’s Day Good Friday Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Day after Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Eve (close at noon) The personnel policy states that if any holiday listed above falls on a Saturday the preceding business day shall be considered the holiday and when any holiday falls on a Sunday, the following business day shall be considered the holiday.

Reach us Phone (859) 957-3547 Fax (859) 495-0437 eMail The Journal News, all rights reserved. Comments should be sent to Heather Walsh, The Journal News, 5294 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051 or call 859-957-3547. All copy and advertising are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced.

Dear Friends, Having been your Mayor for the past five months, I hope you continue to be satisfied with city services. We are proud when we tell people that we are from Independence, the second largest city in Northern Kentucky, but maintaining our rural atmosphere. Much has happened already since I became Mayor: we opened our new Kroger Store (the largest in the tri-state area); St. Elizabeth is about to open a new, 12,000 square foot medical building located at the intersection of McCullum Pike and the new KY 17; and we even have our first frozen yogurt store, YoYo’s Yogurt, located in the Independence Town Centre. In the past two months, I created a new Parks and Recreation Board, designed to bring our six parks to even higher levels. What an impressive Board, and we are looking for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with our various park programs throughout the year. Our annual Christmas Walk continues to grow impressively each year, with free fun activities for the entire family. This year the Christmas Walk will be held on Saturday, December 7th. See complete details elsewhere in this magazine, located in the Recreation section. As we enter our late fall and winter seasons, I hope all of our residents can enjoy the falling leaves and even the falling snow. Please be careful and watch out for each other. That’s what makes Independence so special, it’s our people who care and love our community, as I do. On behalf of myself, your City Council Members, and City Staff, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

Donna Yeager City of Independence, Mayor



2013 City Council Members

Bill Aseere

Bill Aseere was appointed to City Council in 2013 and has been a resident of Independence since 2005. He graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2004 and earned a Bachelor‘s degree in Political Science with an area of concentration in Criminal Justice. He has been the General Manager of LaRosa‘s Pizzeria in Independence since 2005, as well as a high school sports journalist for three years. Bill and his wife Sara are members of St. Cecilia church and have three children (Caitlyn, Brooke and Bryson).

Carol Franzen

Carol Franzen has been a resident of Independence since 1997 and was first elected to City Council in 2002. Carol is currently serving her fifth term on council. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1993 and earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science with an area of concentration in Public Administration. Her two oldest sons attend Simon Kenton High School and my youngest son attends Summit View Middle School where she has been an assistant middle school football coach for the last four seasons. I have been active member of Independence Christian Church for thirteen years where I have served as board chair and am currently serving as Treasurer and Elder.

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Mike Little

Mike is a 1980 graduate of Scott High School and has an Associate Degree in Business Management from Thomas More College and is currently attending there in pursuit of a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He has been employed at CSX Transportation for 30 years and is currently the Staff Engineer of the Louisville Division in the Engineering Department. Mike attends the Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle Church with his wife Loretta of 23 years and their twin nine year old daughters Chelsea and Megan.

Independence Chris Reinersman

Chris Reinersman was first elected to City Council in 2010. Chris, his wife Jeanette, and their three children moved to Independence after purchasing and rehabbing on old Victorian home in the downtown Courthouse Square area in 2001. Chris attended Northern Kentucky University and has worked as a commercial real estate appraiser for more than twenty years. In 2002, he left US Bank after 13 years as an Assistant Vice President and Senior Commercial Appraiser. He formed The Reinersman Company, Commercial Real Estate Appraisal and Construction Draw Inspections, and has been an Independence business owner since.

Jim Bushong

Jim Bushong is serving in his fifth term on Council. He has really enjoyed this ten years of working with the Mayor and his fellow councilmen. He and Kathy have lived in the Beechgrove subdivision for 27 years and is retired after being in business for 35 years. His two daughters and son all attended Simon Kenton. He attended the basic and advanced Citizens Police Academy and he started the alumni association in 2000. They attend and are very active in Faith Community United Methodist Church.

Tom Brinker

Tom Brinker was re-elected to Independence City Council for 2010. Tom and his wife Patty of 24 years moved to Independence in 1995. Tom and Patty have two daughters that attend Summit View Elementary. Both daughters are involved in many activities with the school and local sports. Tom is employed by Bertke Electric, Cincinnati as a Journeyman electrician. (Working in this field for more than 25 years). Tom is President of the Independence Citizens Police Academy. The academy is very involved with the Independence Police Department and the City of Independence.



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“Local Dentist Gives Back” Dr. Tara Dallmann and her team are so excited because, earlier in the year, Gentle Dental Care sponsored a GENTLE DENTAL GIVES BACK contest. Over 50 people entered the contest by writing an essay explaining their situation and how dental work could change their life for the better. Dr. Dallmann and her fantastic team spent many hours reading the heartfelt letters and getting to know the contes-

tants’ stories. Week after week they would eat their lunch and cry as the different stories touched their hearts. It was so hard to choose a winner when so many people were in need. Gentle Dental Care was looking for someone who didn’t qualify for most programs, worked hard, and basically put everyone ahead of themselves. Dr. Dallmann feels that these people often fall through the cracks. “I just wanted to

help someone that had a slim chance of being helped anywhere else,” said Dr. Dallmann. Sharon Shirley’s life has certainly been changed throughout this process. “When I saw the article in the paper I considered not writing a letter. To be honest I did not believe there was hope for me. I had all but given up on a beautiful smile years ago when someone said I could use my teeth as a rake. I used to look at people with a nice smile and cry because I wanted a beautiful smile too. Dr. Dallmann and her team were amazing! They gave me a life and a smile I never had. So many doors have opened for me. With my new smile I did something I had never done before. I initiated a conversation. I had never done that before.”

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Mt. Zion Baptist


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About churches

It is easy to join Mt Zion Baptist in Independence, or to just visit and see what it is all about. The church is located across the street from the Independence courthouse, in a building that formerly housed Ponzer’s Tavern restaurant.

By Patricia A. Scheyer “I wasn’t on a very good path,” he admitted. “One night I was working on my pick up truck and I started listening to Pastor Smith out of Mt. Orab. It was an amazing lecture, and it started me thinking. His lecture was based on the bible, I was so intrigued, that I went out and bought a children’s bible and started reading it. Shortly after that, I experienced an epiphany of sorts and dedicated myself to God.” Gentry became a Baptist minister, and started his church in this area, with the help of his wife Bonnie. They located the fledgling church at Cookies Diner on Mt Zion Road, and shortly after, moved to Independence. “We always offer a message of salvation,” said Gentry. “Knowing about Jesus changed my life. When I was lost, I prayed and asked for help. I felt a difference right away. The main message we give here is that Jesus died on the cross and rose on the third day. I believe if you keep that in your mind every day, it makes a difference as to your day to day actions.” Gentry says his services always have music. He plays the guitar himself, and he has taught his son, Harley, how to play. Each service starts with music, and then the children are dismissed to children’s church. The adults

About Mt.Zion

“We have been here in Independence for six or seven years, but four years at this location,” said Pastor James Gentry. “Our congregation numbers about 240 people, although not all of them are regular every week. We have

Pastor James Gentry Gentry and his wife Bonnie have six children, Makayla, 15, Harley, 13, Lillie, 6, Serenity, 5, Steven, 4, and Elijah, 8 months. The family lives in Taylor Mill. Gentry says they pay close attention to the schooling given to the children, and will home school their children if they feel it is necessary, because they are old school in their belief system.

stay to hear a message from the bible, and then they are invited to pray at the altar. At the end, there is more music and hymns.“We also take part in the Christmas Walk activities,” Gentry said. “We like being part of the community. Everyone is welcome at our church. You just have to show up and come on in.”

Sunday school at 10 am on Sunday, followed by regular services at 11 am. We also have Sunday evening services at 6 pm, and Wednesday evening prayer meeting at 6:30 pm.” James Gentry hails from Claryville, Kentucky, where his mom was Catholic and his dad converted. Gentry tells about his childhood in a small town where his parents worked as bartenders, and he himself played guitar in a country-western band.




Charlie Deters Independence Mainstay Still going strong after all these years!

went to school at St Cecelia’s in Independence. He went to Latin School in sixth grade, which allowed him to graduate at age 16, and then he attended Villa Madonna college, or Thomas More, as it is called now. Charlie decided he wanted to be a lawyer, so he went on to the University of Cincinnati, and graduated in 1953.


Charlie stands underneath huge pictures of himself and his wife and both sets of parents at his home. Right image

Charlie and one of his horses, Fergie’s Folly. Little know facts: Deters donated 26 acres for Memorial Park & 2 acres to Independence Fire District. Also a regular Independence Celebration and Amphitheather sponsor.

By Patricia A. Scheyer Charlie Deters is a busy man. At age 83, Charlie doesn’t practice law anymore, but nothing has slowed him down. With all the interests he has, he figures he works about 10 to 12 hours a day.“Every day is full of activities,” said Deters. “I am always doing something. I own five service stations, five Wendy’s, three car washes and two liquor stores. I live on a working farm with about 250 Angus and

35 thoroughbred horses, and we raise some crops. I have three houses and 11 barns, and I am Chairman of the Board of Snappy Tomato, and Director of a bank in Florida.” He laughed. “There is always something I can find to do.” Charlie Deters grew up in Covington, where he was born at home, and

Charlie went into the service, traveling to Germany to spend the better part of his two year stint. He came home to marry Mary Sue, whom he met at college, and they settled down to have and raise an astounding 11 children, 4 girls and 7 boys.“We now have 37 grandchildren, and 13 greatgrandchildren,” Charlie said proudly. “At Christmas time we hang up 62 stockings. Mary Sue and I have lived here 50 years, and all the children grew up here. We didn’t start out with as much land as we have now, but I built the house, and have acquired the land as we went along. It’s probably too big a house for us now, but I’m not going anywhere. He owns the Town Center



where the new Kroger store So I got a friend of mine remembered. “My mom lived is located, and sold the to help me at the auction, to 90 years old. I visited developers 12 acres to build and I bought two pregnant her when she was 90 one the new store. His children females, one who had a colt day and asked her, how all went to St Cecilia school and one a filly. Suddenly are you feeling? She told and Charlie and Mary Sue I was in the racehorse me, I’m still signing my own still belong to the parish.“My business. checks! ”Charlie himself is daughter Celia is a teacher in great health and takes there,” he explained. “I Charlie realizes his life up no medicine. He doesn’t will always relate to really have a bucket list, “They were selling horses about but after thinking a bit, he Independence.”In a minute and a half apiece, and said he would like to win 1973 Charlie bought each one was selling for the his first thoroughbred the Kentucky Derby at amount of all the calves I sold ” horse.“I went down least once. Charlie thinks to Lexington to sell he will probably live to about 60 to 70 calves, and to now has been a success, be 100. The most important I stopped in at Keeneland,” and he attributes his success thing in his life is his family, Charlie remembered. “They to hard work. However, he without question. But as far were selling horses about gives his mom and dad as what else he would like to a minute and a half apiece, credit for their examples.“My do, he doesn’t have anything and each one was selling for mom always told all of us in particular in mind. “I just the amount of all the calves that we could do anything want to be able to continue I sold. I thought to myself, we wanted to do,” he said doing what I am doing” he here I am in the racehorse with a chuckle. “She said stated. “I love my life and capital of the world, and we could write our own meal there is no where in the I don’t have any horses. ticket.” He smiled while he world I’d rather be”.

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Charlie and the love of his life, Mary Sue. Left image

Charlie Deters shows how 62 stockings fit under his mantel at Christmas. Right image

Charlie and the tractor he uses to work his farm still today.



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Our Schools

The attitude throughout the school is encouraging and upbeat, and it is clear the teachers and the students enjoy being there. Carol Willson, who is due to retire, isn’t entirely happy about leaving the school and the students. Beechgrove school has been around a long time, since 1968, in fact, with an addition put on in 1986 and another constructed nine years ago. The 650 students that attend the pre-kindergarten through fifth grade school on Turkeyfoot Road in Independence come from Independence, anywhere from Industrial Road down to the junction of 536 and Mt Zion road and all parts in between. “Enrollment has been steady and increasing slightly most years,” said Kathy Saunders, who is in her second year as principal of the school. “Last year was a little less, but on the whole it is pretty steady, with a transient population.” Even though the school was originally built in 1968, the building is beautiful, bright and airy, the walls festooned with artwork and projects by the students. Also in plain sight are pictures of beehives, because the students represent the Beechgrove Bees.




Beechgrove Elementary Students Earn B-Bucks for Good Behavior! “Children are reminded that their behavior has to be good all over school, in the classroom, the hallways and the bathrooms,” said Saunders. “We also have rules, Be safe, be respectful and responsible, and be a

learner, which are posted at different areas to remind the children.” Students can also earn B-Bucks for their good behavior. The program of having B-Bucks was instituted several years ago by the PTO, but abandoned, then revived. There is a room called the B-store where the children can redeem their B-Bucks.

“Be safe, Be respectful and Be responsible” said Kathy Saunders

»» The motto of the school

is ‘preparing lifelong learners who are productive, responsible citizens in our society. All children will have an equitable education in a safe, positive learning environment that focuses on instruction.’ Under the motto, which is prominently displayed in the front hall, are children’s handprints, imprinted with the children’s reasons why they are special. All over the school are inspirational posters and students’ handiwork that confirms to the children that this is their school.

»» The school is now in

their fifth year of a program called Born Learning Academy, which targets preschool children and their families by offering tools to help the children succeed in kindergarten and throughout their scholastic career. The amount of families participating has increased from 15 to 30, and each session offers a nutritional meal which teaches the importance of nutrition, as well as educational crafts that help children make connections. Participants learn to help their children eat better, and read better, and they cite a more positive home environment which encourages the children to learn more.



page 14 Local group ramping up efforts to fight drug epidemic.

for this fight by creating a website and It’s no secret that heroin has bevowing to eradicate heroin through come an epidemic in Northern Kencommunity awareness. tucky. The Specht family knows about provides herothis epidemic all too well. Eric and in addiction resources for both addicts Holly Specht lost their son to an acand the loved ones of addicts. This cidental heroin overdose last month. website, along with help from civic Nicholas Specht, 30, of Fort Thomas, leaders, churches, schools and fellow had battled on and off with heroin for citizens, is meant to bring resources, about a year and a half. He was doing knowledge and awareness to the pretty good after his fourth rehab stint growing heroin problem we are facand had been clean a few months. ing. After only a week, the website had But after a really hard day, Nicholas over 1000 hits and 2800 page views. couldn’t fight the Dozens of people urge any longer and The family has been devastated but decided they need sent notes asking lost his fight on Auto be part of the fight against heroin. The Specht fam- how they can help gust 8, 2013. ily, along with brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews and shared their own stories during that and friends, have come together for this fight awareThe family has first week. The fambeen devastated but decided they brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, neph- ily knew then they were providing a need to be part of the fight against ews and friends, have come together resource that people needed. heroin. The Specht family, along with



Headline for these page “Nicholas was a sweet and wonderful man who would do anything for anyone,” says Nick Stegner, Nicholas’s uncle. “Family was the most important thing in his life and it showed in the way he interacted with all of us. He was happiest when surrounded by those that he loved. We could just walk away from the battle against heroin but decided we need to educate the community and help anyway we can.” NKY Hates Heroin has also created a Facebook page: NKYHatesHeroin?fref=ts. It has 2600 fans. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, NKYHatesHeroin.Com has also been able to print flyers, posters and banners. The materials have already been seen throughout Northern Kentucky at events like the Taste of Campbell County, the Merchants and Music Festival, the Rally for Recovery at Devou Park, town hall meetings and more. NKY Hates Heroin will partner with PAR on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. to host a Heroin Awareness Town Hall meeting at First Christian Church in Fort Thomas. Other upcoming events can be seen at: To honor Nicholas, the family is selling rubber bracelets with the website and his name for $3 each. The proceeds from the bracelets are being used to offset Nicholas’ funeral expenses. The family is also honoring Nicholas with Pennies for Pickle (read the story at: http:// The money collected from this will be donated to the Droege House in Dayton, Kentucky. NKY Hates Heroin T-shirts can also be

purchased from the website or at the Town Hall meeting. Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so at the Bank of Kentucky. The account is called NKYHatesHeroin.Com. Funds will be used for heroin awareness and education. Visit the website for more information.

Senior Center Happenings Once again our Senior Center is asking members to purchase their 2014 yearly memberships. Still a reasonable $15.00 per year, the cost includes all activities 9am-3pm. Monday thru Thursday a $6.00 HOT LUNCH most Thursdays (includes entree, side dish, salad, dessert and drink) we also provide special Holiday lunches. Come and enjoy the conversations, assorted card games, euchre, bingo, Wii bowling, choir, line dancing, corn hole, art guild, garden club and chair volleyball. Your old friends are here and your new friends are waiting to meet you. Come join the fun!! Come join our Senior Center!!

Senior Center

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SPRING BALL-FIELD PERMITS The Parks & Recreation Department will be accepting spring ball-field permits starting February 3rd through March 14th. The city has assessed a user fee for the field permit. A lottery will be held on Thursday, March 20th at the Independence Senior & Community Center to determine your day and time slot. Baseball and softball coaches if you are interested in obtaining a field usage permit for Sterling Staggs ball-fields please contact Nita Brake at 363-2934. You must have a permit to insure use of the fields.

NKY SENIOR GAMES WINTER EDITION Everyone age 50 and older is invited to participate in the Northern Kentucky Senior Games - Winter Edition on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Fort Thomas Armory gymnasium. Scheduled events include snow skittles, shuffleboard, snowflake toss, hockey shot, snowman toss, freezebee toss, billiards, snow golf, basketball spot shooting, snow ball toss, pop-a-shot, cup stacking and much more. Come and join us for a little friendly competition. For more information call 859-781-1700.




web page as it becomes

december 2013 3rd – Fitness Open House at Senior Center

available) 27th – Winter Fitness II classes end


april 2014

question & answer)

12th – Easter Egg

7th - Christmas Walk – Parade 5:30pm – Walk is from 6 to 9 p.m. 14th – Breakfast with Blitzen – 10 a.m. –

Hunt – in Memorial Park at noon 14th – Spring Fitness

Pitch, Hit & Run Competition 4 to 7 p.m. at

6th – Accepting

Pioneer Park

6th – Winter Fitness I classes begin 7th – Christmas tree

may 2014 12th to 21st – Northern Kentucky Senior Games – Spring Edition 14th – Registra-

recycling - Drop-off

tion for summer youth

your trees at Memorial

programs – forms are

Park on or before Janu-

available at the city’s

ary 6th.

web site

16th – Winter Senior Games- at Fort Thomas Armory gymnasium in Tower Park

february 2014 3rd – Accepting applications for spring ball-field permits 13th – Winter Fitness I classes end 17th – Winter Fitness II classes begin 24th – City of

22nd – Spring Fitness Classes end 26th – Memorial Day – Parade 28th – Applications available for 4th of July parade TBA – Summer FitTBA – Madcap Puppet Show 14th – Flag disposal


Staggs Park

14th – Deadline for plications 20th – Ball-field permit lottery 22nd – Family

Recycle Christmas Trees

ness Classes

ceremony at Sterling

spring ball-field ap-

Join Santa’s reindeer Blitzen for the annual pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday, December 14th at 10 a.m. at the Independence Senior Citizens and Community Center. Cost is $7 per adult and $5 per child and is on a first come first served basis with space limited to 100 people. Each child will receive a Christmas ornament and goody bag filled with candy and other items. Walgreens will be there to take pictures of your child/children with Blitzen. Please call Nita Brake at 859-363-2934 for tickets or more information.


Independence’s 172nd

march 2014

lot behind the Senior Center by the shelter as the designated drop off site.

15th - MLB/Aquafina

january 2014


Breakfast with


reservations required

shelter reservations for

Calendar of Events 2013-14

submitted by Nita Brake

TBA – Movie in Memorial Park 23rd to 26th - Basketball Camp –tentative dates (depends on school snow days) 27th – Deadline for

Health & Fitness Fair

4th of July parade ap-

(will post info on city’s


Do you recycle your Christmas trees? If so, drop off your Christmas tree at Memorial Park by Monday, January 6th. The trees will be ground up into mulch. Please use the small parking

Winter Fitness Classes

Are you interested in getting fit for 2014? If so we have just the classes for you. Join the City of Independence and Heather Arlinghaus, a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and former Army captain for the six week Winter Fitness I and/or Winter Fitness II classes. Winter Fitness I classes start on Monday, January 6th through Wednesday, February 12th. Winter Fitness II classes start on Monday, February 17th through Wednesday, March 26th. An informational open house is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3rd from 6 to 7 pm at the Independence Senior & Community Center. All classes are at the center. The following seven classes are being offered for Winter Fitness I and Winter Fitness II:


independence Boot Camp $48; Ultimate ABS $25; Yoga $36; Tabata $40; Barre, Balls & Bands $36; Kettle Works $48; and Barre Fusion $36. The cost will vary depending on which class/classes you take. Multi-class discounts are given. Space is limited! Visit the city’s web page www. or visit for more detailed information on classes or come to the Fitness Open House on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Class availability questions may be directed to Nita Brake at 859-363-2934.

Ditch the workout & join the party! Stefanie Miller-Colwell a certified Zumba instructor will be teaching our Zumba class at the Independence Senior Citizens & Community Center. Stefanie is offering a six week session for $30 or drop in rate of $7 per class. Classes will start on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30 to 7:20 pm. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-tofollow dance moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow

rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got Zumba class! Zumba is suitable for most fitness levels and ages. No dance experience is necessary. Men and women are welcome. For a registration form visit the city’s web page

Stefanie Miller-Colwell a certified R.I.P.P.E.D. instructor will be teaching this class. What is R.I.P.P.E.D.? That is the question everyone is asking. It is an acronym for: Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet. A better way to describe it is “It’s a pre-choreographed, athletic based workout that incorporates weights and cardio and is set to some awesome music.” Stephanie is offering a six week session for $30 or drop in rate of $7 per class. Classes will start on Thursday, January 9th from 7:30 to 8:20 pm at the Independence Senior Citizens & Community Center. Please bring a yoga mat, weights and water. Visit the city’s web page www. for a registration form.

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Recreation Roundup

Shelter-House Reservations 2014 The City of Independence Parks & Recreation Department will be accepting applications for shelter reservations at Sterling Staggs Park and Memorial Park beginning Monday, January 6th for the 2014 season. Our three shelters are available by advance reservation and payment of a non-refundable permit fee. We accept personal checks, money orders, credit cards and cash. A permit entitles you to exclusive use of the shelterhouse from dawn until dusk. You may make shelter-house reservations by stopping by the municipal center located at 5409 Madison Pike between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Remember to get your reservations in early because all reservations are handled on a first come first served basis. Please call Nita Brake at 859-363-2934 to check shelter availability.


This is what’s happening in Independence over the coming months. Check back via our website and facebook page for updates throughout the year.



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About business


Owner Mike Dominach photo by Patricia A. Scheyer

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“This city has passion and excitement. It is the type of place you want to be a part of.” ...Mike Dominach By Patricia A. Scheyer

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that combines combat and self defense with sport and exercise. ‘Tae’ means to strike or break with a foot, ‘kwon’ means to strike or break with a fist, and ‘do’ means path or method. Dominach said the main difference between Karate and Taekwondo is the country of origin, since Karate is Japanese in origin and Taekwondo is Korean. There is apparently also slightly more kicking in Taekwondo. When Mike Dominach moved to Independence from Westerville, Ohio, he was determined to start his own Taekwondo studio, but he wasn’t sure what he would find here. What he found six years ago was a charming little city just emerging from being mostly rural to a nice mix of rural and urban. It reminded me of home,” Dominach said. “It was great. There was a Kroger, a McDonalds and a Fifth Third right in the shopping center I was looking at, just like in Westerville. My Taekwondo Academy belongs to the Taekwondo of America, and this was Independence and Declaration Drive. Little things, but I felt right at home.” As he settled in, Dominach realized that Independence has so much potential. “This is a smaller community at heart,” he explained. “This city has passion and excitement. It is the type of place you want to be a part of.” “My parents had put me in various activities, and I wasn’t that good at sports,” Dominach said. “When they put me in Taekwondo, I really liked it, and my parents were relieved that I found something I liked. As a matter of fact, if I did something wrong at home, the worst thing my mom could say to me was that she was going to tell my teacher.”

230 Students and Counting

Confidence is Necessary

“We now have about 230 students, from age three up, and we have over thirty instructors, including myself and my wife, Vicky,” said Dominach. “Vicky has a fifth degree black belt and I have a sixth degree black belt, and my goal is to have all my instructors teach as good as Vicky and I.”The youngest class at Dominach’s Taekwondo, made up of three, four and five-year-olds are playfully called the knuckleheads, and Dominach says that class works primarily on focusing, not wiggling, and having an energy outlet. For the six to eleven-year-olds, the whole goal is to teach confidence, structure, and discipline.

“Sometimes this is an age where bullying can occur, and I know because I encountered bullying in my childhood, so confidence is necessary,” stated Dominach. “We also stress short term goals, because you have to be able to accomplish short term goals in order to deal with long term goals.” With teens, self image is important. Teens are trying to find their place in the world, and they need role models.“Teenagers don’t know how to relate to people sometimes,” said Dominach. “They are terrified of interaction. We help them to step away from electronics---they are not permitted in the gym--- and learn to step forward and shake hands and introduce themselves.”

photo by Patricia Scheyer “This is what I love to do,” Dominach concluded. “Kids need discipline, but they need to be able to trust their teacher, so I always have to build that trust. Also, I need to know the students well enough to know what they need on a daily basis. All kids want attention, but if you give them too much sometimes it can turn negative. Basically, I want to pass on what I know, what I have gone through, and help people through my experiences”.



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Independence Christmas Walk 2013

Municipal Square

Santa Claus

Masonic Lodge. Live NativityPetting Zoo (Chambers & Grubbs) Municipal Building, Santa & Mrs. Claus. (sponsor Jude’s Towing & Auto). St. Patrick’s Choir “Joyful Noise 6:15 to 8 – Jason the Great with strolling magic – refreshmentsdoor prizes.

Jason the Great

Sugarfoot Cloggers

Fire Station #1 Sugarfoot Cloggers 6 to 7 – River Valley Wood Carvers 7 to 9 –Hot Chocolate – Fire juggling elf (on lawn)

Senior & Community Center Kid’s Zone -Face painting – games – door prizes – photo booth, Costume characters (i.e. Minnie Mouse, Blitzen, Chilly Willie etc.) - Refreshments - Chili provided by Wendy’s & Hot dogs provided by Latonia Social Club

Camel Rides (a walk favorite) Senior Center East Parking Lot Camel rides (2 camels) – Horse drawn wagon rides to Cemetery for Star gazing.


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Independence Christian Church Frisch Marionette per-

Independence Christian Swindler & Currin Funeral Home Hickory Grove Celebration Choir (outside)

Deters Law Office Boy Scouts Tent

Dance Center Dance Recital (performances every 10 to 15 minutes)

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Open House/ Holiday Jam Session. Gailen Bridges Law Office (empty lot)Independence Army –Costume Character- Grinch US Bank Open House





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Photo Stands/ Tree Lighting (outside) Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers (inside) & Community Bible Courthouse Lot Food Vendors

Universal Underwriters Bldg. (outside)Costume Char-

5290 Office Building Open House

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

5294 Office Building Journal News Open House/ Paul Milazzo (music)

Live Nativity Scene – Open House Century 21Model Train Display/Carter’s Chapel Hand-bell Choir

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ST. BARBARA CHURCH Rev. John Sterling, Pastor

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Glad to Support and be a part of the Independence Community Hours: Monday: 8-1230 & 2-5 Tuesday: 2-7 - Wednesday: 8-1230 & 2-5 - Thursday: 2-7 Friday: 8-1230 - Saturday: BY appointment

Dr. Dierdra Robison, D.C.

“Where People are Saints and Sinners� Deacon Bernie Kaiser

Deacon Chuck Melville

Deacon Marvin Holstein visit us at 4042 Turkeyfoot Road/ Erlanger, Ky 41018


IBA Leads Way in Independence for Small Business The acronym IBA stands for INFORMING, its members about the city, its events, and items of interest to the business community. BUILDING, personal and professional relationships with fellow business and community leaders. ACTIVE, in our community, striving to enhance it through service, sponsorship and participation. Founded in 2008 by business owner John

Richardson to provide a means for small business to communicate and grow. The membership has done just that and more. IBA and its members are often called on by local city officials to help lead the way to find solutions and offer support for community wide events such as the highly successful annual Christmas Walk. In 2013 IBA divided duties to lessen the load being carried by Richardson, by electing 10 officers. The following is the list of 2013 Elected Officers: President - Dianna Kloeker Vice-President - Mark Kiser Recording Secretary - Dr. Dierdra Robison Treasurer - Katie Norman Events/Public Relations- Tom Collins Education Coordinator- Mike Dominach Membership- Dave Chadwick City/IBA Liaison - Chris Reinersman IBA Christmas Walk Coordinator- Doug Garner Webpage- John Richardson



Adopt a Healthy Household Tips to keep your water clean When rain falls to the ground, it flows over driveways, lawns and sidewalks, picking up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. This polluted storm water runoff flows untreated down a local storm drain or directly into streams that our communities use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. SD1’s responsibility is to find cost-effective solutions that help minimize rain water pollution.

We continuously monitor water quality in local streams because polluted storm water has health and safety impacts on our entire region. Our goal is to prevent waterborne disease, keep our natural areas visually pleasing and make sure that we don’t pollute the waterways from which we get our drinking water. Provided below is a list

of common residential pollution and ways you can prevent this pollution from entering our streams.


Construction tools and containers should be washed out on an unpaved surface and never in a catch basin. Debris, such as concrete and mortar should be disposed of properly.

BUILDING/ZONING PERMITS We are entering winter and it’s time for those inside projects such as finished basements or remodeling. Don’t forget to stop in for your permit. WHY GET A PERMIT? -its state law -assurance your project is done safely -protect your liability if someone gets hurt on your

property -assure you don’t accidentally build in an incorrect location and ultimately have to move your project -and many more… PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR… -decks, sheds, pools, fences, finished basements, retaining walls and more PERMITS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR… -shingling a roof, painting,

replacing windows or siding you can contact us at 859-363-2947, stop by our offices at 5409 Madison Pike between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm, or visit our website at for all the information you need to complete your project. Also, don’t forget those spring projects such as decks, sheds, fences or pools. Get your application in early to beat the spring rush and assure there is no delay of your project.

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Vehicle, Garage & Pet Care Wash your car on your lawn or another unpaved surface, or visit a commercial carwash facility to reduce the amount of dirty, soapy water flowing into the storm drains. Check your car, boat, motorcycle, machinery and other equipment for leaks and spills often and make repairs immediately. Clean up any spills with an absorbent material like kitty litter or sand, and don’t rinse spills into a nearby storm drain. If you change the oil in your vehicle at home, recycle the used oil at participating service stations. NEVER dump used oil or other fluids down a storm drain or dispose of them in your trash. Bacteria from pet and animal waste constitute a major pollutant of concern in Northern Kentucky’s waterways. While we cannot control the waste that comes from wildlife, we can control the environmental impact of our pet waste. When walking your pet, remember to pick up waste and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.



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New Kroger Opens for Business by Patricia A. Scheyer

The Only Place You Need

The people of Independence received a very valuable gift this year--the largest Kroger store in the state of Kentucky. The much anticipated store did not disappoint customers. They are the first store in Kentucky to have an apparel section, complete with Levi’s jeans and Carhart coats, and everything in between. There is an entire baby section, and a home department. Store manager Jim Betas says there will be a bridal and a baby registry in the future.” “This store replaced the old store, and we tried to make it the best store we could for Independence,” said Betas, who started as manager in March of this year after five years as manager of the Kroger store in Walton. “The old store was 48,000 square feet and the new one is 133,000 feet. The main

complaint we heard about the old store was that it was always too crowded and too busy. I think we took care of that.” One of the most community minded features instituted in the store is the Veterans’ wall in the front foyer of the main entrance. Pictures of all the people in Independence who have served in any branch of the military, current or past. “One of the best things the Kroger store has done for Independence is provide 200 new jobs,” Betas said proudly. “We kept the previous employees and hired more to staff the store. The only thing we don’t have yet is gas pumps, and we are working on getting that. So the people of Independence no longer have to go ‘down the hill’, or out to Florence. There is not much they can’t get right here. We are happy with our store.”

2012 Miss Independence

The lovely Taylor Reynolds, last year’s Miss Independence winner is now a student at NKU. She is a drama major and used last years winnings to cover book cost. She has represented the city well this past year.

2013 Contest Friday Dec. 6th. Miss Independence is looking for girls with beauty, poise, stage presence and personality. A girl that is interested to give back to the community and a role model to younger girls. This is the 3rd year for the competition and winner will receive, scholarship monies, cash awards and a photo shoot valued at $250. The Pageant also awards to the 1st runnerup, 2nd runnerup, Miss Congeniality which is chosen by the contestants, Miss Photogenic chose by All Pro Images. Best Smile chosen by Dr. Dallmann at Gentle Dental and includes a whitening pkg.



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Snowfall Preparations

FREE Citizen Property Inventory System Available to Independence Residents

The Independence Police Department has teamed up with Leads On Line to provide a FREE property inventory control system to you! One of the biggest challenges Police Officers face in recovering stolen property is locating the owners. Citizens can greatly increase the chances of their property being recovered and returned with only a few simple steps. Record the make, model and serial number of any electronics, GPS’s, firearms, motorized vehicles, power tools and similar items. (If unsure of where a serial

Officers from the Independence Police Department will be participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 13th 2013 until January 1st 2014. Please don’t drink and drive!

number is listed, contact the manufacturer.) Take a clear picture of any other items of value that don’t have serial numbers such as jewelry and paintings. Update the list as you buy and sell items. With the Report It system, you can store that valuable information in a secure online location. You can even upload pictures of your valuables. If you ever suffer a loss such as a theft or fire, all your in-

formation is immediately available for you. Try it for yourself at www.reportit. Also, the Independence Police Department reminds you not to leave valuables in your vehicle, especially during the holiday season. Other crime prevention tips can be found on the City of Independence website: www. Click on the Police tab under departments and follow the links.

The Independence Police Department congratulates Officer Andrew Kenner for being selected for the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award. Officer Kenner is receiving the award for his hard work in removing impaired drivers from city roadways. Chief Shawn Butler and the rest of the Independence Police Department wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

The City of Independence Public Service is now preparing for the winter snowfall and the cooperation of the residents will lead to our success. Please be aware that a snow emergency will be declared whenever there is an accumulation of 2 or more inches of snow or severe icing, at which no parking is permitted on City streets. Failure to comply can result in ticketing or towing of vehicles. Please follow the tips below to help us do a more effective job on your streets. -Don’t park on streets in a snow storm. This prevents us from doing an effective job of clearing the streets. -Do not push snow into the street. If you must push or shovel snow into the street, keep it in the curb line and place it to the left of your driveway as you are facing your home. As we plow, it will not be pushed right back onto your driveway. -Remove basketball goals, they are not permitted in right of ways. The City is not responsible for incidental contact with the goals. -Don’t plant trees between the street and sidewalk, they are not permitted. Most trees are not a hindrance when they are planted, but as they grow, they interfere with operability of the trucks. -Check your mailbox. We are not responsible for mailbox damage unless we hit it with a truck. Heavy snow thrown from plows will break weak mailboxes and rotted posts; you are responsible for these repairs.



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A Short History of Independence The City of Independence can trace its roots back to the early 19th century. We were not always known as Independence. Independence was originally named Crewitts Creek on November 20, 1837. On April 30, 1840 Campbell County split thus creating Kenton County. This “independence” from Campbell County resulted in the city we now call Independence. Independence was officially named on October 7, 1840. In 1842, the town of Independence, Kentucky was incorporated, encompassing the “block” surrounding the Kenton County Courthouse located on Madison Pike. Over 150 years later the City of Independence is one of the largest cities, by land area, comprising over 23 square miles. Independence grew significantly as a result of annexing enormous plats of land in surrounding areas from 1960 to 1984. The section of the city known as Cherokee was annexed into the city in the 1960’s. This brought large portions of Taylor Mill Road (KY 16) into the boundaries of the city.

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Independence then expanded towards the west, annexing the Beechgrove area in the early to mid 1970’s. In 1981, the city continued westward to the Boone County line, annexing all of the area from Turkeyfoot Road to the railroad over pass on Industrial Road. The three major thoroughfares through the City are Taylor Mill Road (KY 16), Madison Pike (KY 17) and Richardson Road (KY 1829).



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Featured in this is issue are

Shaw Estates A Unique Part of Independence

the homes and neighborhood of Shaw Estates. Established in 1998 the subdivision now has over 55 homes with more planned in 2013.ea.

By Patricia A. Scheyer The Independence subdivision known as Shaw Estates is a private neighborhood of chiefly custom designed homes. The center road, Millhouse, runs down through the center, and side roads complete circles so that visitors can always find their way back to Millhouse. Shaw Estates was built about 15 years ago, and the plan was to build designer homes in three phases. Unfortunately, the real estate market bottomed out in 2009, and the builders did not complete the plan. “There are approximately 55 homes in this subdivision, and they range anywhere from 6,000 square feet to 11,000 square feet,” said Doug Emerson, President of the Homeowners Association. “Recently Arlinghaus bought the remaining 11 lots, and they have promised that they would have those lots sold and closed in two years.” The lots in Shaw Estates are all at least a half acre, and some of them are larger. There is a scenic lake in the subdivision, taking up about 1 acres of space. Approximately five homeowners surround the lake, and their property borders extend to the center of the lake. “The houses are 75 percent brick, and they are expected to have certain amount of square footage, the lawns are gorgeous--they are so green and thick they look like carpets. Man, are they nice!”



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“There are approximately 55 homes in this subdivision, and they range anywhere from 6,000 square feet to 11,000 square feet,” said Doug Emerson, President of the Homeowners Association. The subdivision is approximately seven miles down Ky 16 from the I-275 exit, and the land gently rolls from the entrance all the way to rear of the subdivision. Many of the houses are ranch style houses; in fact there are very few houses with wood decks, and most of the houses have poured patios. However, these are homes with upwards of four bathrooms. Some of the houses have at least six bathrooms, and four bedrooms. Spacious and grand, the original houses are all different and unique and have to be seen to be appreciated. “I bought the second lot in the subdivision, and it was open to builders---one builder didn’t build them all,” said Mike Little, who serves on the Independence Council. “I know that when I bought mine, I signed a paper to promise to keep to the high standards.” “I think it is unique because it is still rural, but it is close to the amenities,” explained Little. “It is only 25 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.

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