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S UBURBAN L IFE S UBURBAN L IFE NORTHEAST 75¢ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Your Community Press newspaper serving Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township Vol. 50 No. 39 © 2013 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED News .......................... 248-8600 Retail advertising .............. 768-8404 Classified advertising ......... 242-4000 Delivery ........................ 576-8240 See page A2 for additional information Contact us READY TO ... FLY? A9 High school swimmers back in the water BLUE CHRISTMAS Recipes for a cheesy holiday See Rita Heikenfeld’s column, B3 GOOD AS GOLD Pride, tradition and brother- hood. As Moeller High School’s football team headed off to the state championship game against Mentor High School, those tied to the school’s com- munity are feeling a sense of ex- citement. It was Moeller’s sec- ond trip in a row to the champi- onship, and many are crediting not only the team’s hard work, but the support they receive all around. Madeira resident Dan Rag- land teaches math at Moeller and is senior quarterback Gus Ragland’s father. As someone who fills both school staff and parent roles, Ragland said their success not only brings the school itself together, but also anyone associated with Moeller. “It’s a sign of pride,” he said. Defensive back Sam Hub- bard of Montgomery said the players and students who at- tended and played for Moeller before him give him a sense of pride, because their trips to the playoffs and state champion- ship games now are a continua- tion of what alumni started years before. “We’re giving everyone who came before us and set the stan- dard for success pride,” he said. “It makes them proud we’re continuing it and feel a sense of accomplishment.” Along with that pride comes tradition. As Hubbard said, past Moeller students and players set a successful standard that the current team and students feel the need to continue. Coach John Rodenberg said several members of his coach- ing staff played on previous Moeller teams, some of which won state championships as well, and he hears stories of past successes. He said that those teams “created something spe- cial,” and they look for that tra- dition to endure. Although a lot of the focus both internally and from the out- side is on athletics at Moeller, Principal Blaine Collison said that the school’s success both in and out of the sports realm is a testament to that tradition of ex- cellence that Moeller students hope to continue each year with their own class. “It’s a credit to our coaches and teachers who strive for ex- cellence, and it reflects as part of the institution,” he said. Moeller students and players don’t achieve success on their own. Behind them they have scores of alumni, family, friends, faculty, fans and staff who are there for them along the way. And of course, they have each other. Rodenberg calls it the “broth- erhood of excellence,” the sup- port system of students and alumni who have attended or are currently attending Moeller and have that connection as a man of Moeller. They hold each other up for their successes, but also hold them accountable when they slip. “It’s the strongest brother- hood I’ve seen,” Rodenberg said. “It’s the identity of Moeller football.” Moeller fans span far and wide, according to Athletic Di- rector Mike Asbeck. He said that as the school’s website fol- lowed the last playoff game live, 20,000 people tuned in from 32 states. “Even though men graduate, they never leave,” he said. That statement holds true for alumnus and Sycamore Town- ship Trustee Denny Connor. A graduate of Moeller’s third sen- ior class in 1966, he still proudly shows off his alma mater. He said that football was one of the first things that put Moeller on the map – during Connor’s sen- ior year, the school logged its first undefeated season. “Everywhere I’ve gone as I’ve traveled professionally, whenever you say Cincinnati, people say Moeller,” he said. “The name is known nation- wide.” Whether it’s for football or something else, the name is rec- ognizable. Gus Ragland said that when he’s left Cincinnati and worn something Moeller, people see and respect it for the institution it is. “It says a lot about the school and how special of a place Moell- er is,” he said. The school’s success wouldn’t be what it is without the fan base. Moeller has a strong fan following, and play- ers are well known. Hubbard said that the student support and spirit brings the whole school to life. Ragland said that bringing the Moeller communi- ty together is “the coolest thing” about it. To student and school captain Kyle Zimmerman of Mason, these guys aren’t celebrities. They’re his classmates and friends. “These guys are making up the best team in the state, and it’s a funny idea that you get to see your friends do so well,” he said. “As a fan and student sup- porter, it’s great.” » For more from the game, see Sports, A7. Want to know more about what’s going on at Moeller? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFight- master. By Leah Fightmaster [email protected] Will Mercurio (8) celebrates with teammates after Moeller beat Mentor in the Division I state Championship game.JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Moeller continues proud tradition of football excellence Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland runs for Moeller's last touchdown against Mentor in the Division I state championship game. Moeller won 55 to 52 over Mentor High School.JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS GOT MOELLER PRIDE? Share your Crusader spirit and tell us why you love Moeller. Send your thoughts to [email protected]. CRUSADERS ON THE WEB Want to relive Moeller’s second straight Division I state champi- onship? You can find these stories at Adjustments send Moeller back to state title game Moeller’s success starts with big O-line Speaker of the House has Moeller on mind Moeller’s Ragland leads to riches in Canton Moeller wins a thriller to claim back-to-back state championships

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Your Community Press newspaper serving Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township

Vol. 50 No. 39© 2013 The Community Press

ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDNews ..........................248-8600Retail advertising ..............768-8404Classified advertising .........242-4000Delivery ........................576-8240

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Contact usREADY TO ...FLY? A9High schoolswimmers back inthe water

BLUECHRISTMASRecipes for a cheesyholidaySee Rita Heikenfeld’scolumn, B3

GOODAS GOLDPride, tradition and brother-

hood.As Moeller High School’s

football team headed off to thestate championship gameagainst Mentor High School,those tied to the school’s com-munityare feelinga senseof ex-citement. It was Moeller’s sec-ond trip in a row to the champi-onship, and many are creditingnot only the team’s hard work,but the support they receive allaround.

Madeira resident Dan Rag-land teaches math at Moellerand is senior quarterback GusRagland’s father. As someonewho fills both school staff andparent roles, Ragland said theirsuccess not only brings theschool itself together, but alsoanyone associatedwithMoeller.

“It’s a sign of pride,” he said.Defensive back Sam Hub-

bard of Montgomery said theplayers and students who at-tended and played for Moellerbefore him give him a sense ofpride, because their trips to theplayoffs and state champion-ship games now are a continua-tion of what alumni startedyears before.

“We’re giving everyone whocame before us and set the stan-dard for success pride,” he said.“It makes them proud we’recontinuing it and feel a sense ofaccomplishment.”

Along with that pride comestradition. AsHubbard said, pastMoeller students and playersset a successful standard thatthe current team and studentsfeel the need to continue.

Coach John Rodenberg saidseveral members of his coach-ing staff played on previousMoeller teams, some of whichwon state championships aswell, andhehears storiesofpastsuccesses. He said that thoseteams “created something spe-cial,” and they look for that tra-dition to endure.

Although a lot of the focusboth internallyandfromtheout-side is on athletics at Moeller,Principal Blaine Collison saidthat the school’s success both inand out of the sports realm is atestament to that traditionof ex-cellence that Moeller studentshope to continue each year withtheir own class.

“It’s a credit to our coachesand teachers who strive for ex-cellence, and it reflects as partof the institution,” he said.

Moeller students andplayersdon’t achieve success on theirown. Behind them they havescores of alumni, family,friends, faculty, fans and staffwhoaretherefor themalongtheway. And of course, they haveeach other.

Rodenbergcalls it the“broth-

erhood of excellence,” the sup-port system of students andalumni who have attended orare currently attendingMoellerand have that connection as aman of Moeller. They hold eachother up for their successes, butalso hold them accountablewhen they slip.

“It’s the strongest brother-hood I’ve seen,” Rodenbergsaid. “It’s the identity ofMoellerfootball.”

Moeller fans span far and

wide, according to Athletic Di-rector Mike Asbeck. He saidthat as the school’s website fol-lowed the lastplayoffgame live,20,000 people tuned in from 32states.

“Even though men graduate,they never leave,” he said.

That statementholds true foralumnus and Sycamore Town-ship Trustee Denny Connor. Agraduate of Moeller’s third sen-ior class in 1966, he still proudlyshows off his alma mater. He

said that football was one of thefirst things that put Moeller onthe map – during Connor’s sen-ior year, the school logged itsfirst undefeated season.

“Everywhere I’ve gone asI’ve traveled professionally,whenever you say Cincinnati,people say Moeller,” he said.“The name is known nation-wide.”

Whether it’s for football orsomething else, the name is rec-ognizable. Gus Ragland saidthat when he’s left Cincinnatiand worn something Moeller,people see and respect it for theinstitution it is.

“It says a lot about the schoolandhowspecialofaplaceMoell-er is,” he said.

The school’s successwouldn’t be what it is withoutthe fan base. Moeller has astrong fan following, and play-

ers are well known. Hubbardsaid that the student supportand spirit brings the wholeschool to life. Ragland said thatbringing the Moeller communi-ty together is “thecoolest thing”about it.

Tostudentandschool captainKyle Zimmerman of Mason,these guys aren’t celebrities.They’re his classmates andfriends.

“These guys are making upthe best team in the state, andit’s a funny idea that you get tosee your friends do so well,” hesaid. “As a fan and student sup-porter, it’s great.”

» For more from the game,see Sports, A7.

Want to knowmore about what’sgoing on at Moeller? Follow LeahFightmaster on Twitter: @LCFight-master.

By Leah [email protected]

Will Mercurio (8) celebrates with teammates after Moeller beat Mentor in the Division I state Championship game.JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller continuesproud tradition offootball excellence

Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland runs for Moeller's last touchdownagainst Mentor in the Division I state championship game. Moellerwon 55 to 52 over Mentor High School.JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

GOTMOELLER PRIDE?Share your Crusader spirit and tell us why you love Moeller. Send your

thoughts to [email protected].

CRUSADERS ON THEWEBWant to relive Moeller’s second straight Division I state champi-onship? You can find these stories send Moeller back to state title gameMoeller’s success starts with big O-lineSpeaker of the House has Moeller on mindMoeller’s Ragland leads to riches in CantonMoeller wins a thriller to claim back-to-back state championships

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Montgomery CityCouncil swore in fourcouncil members and vot-ed on the mayor and vicemayorpositionsat thecer-emonyandmeetingDec. 4at Montgomery City Hall.

Councilmembers ChrisDobrozsi (second term),Lynda Roesch (fourthterm) and Ken Suer(fourth term) were re-elected Nov. 5 to serve onthe Montgomery CityCouncil for a four-yeartermeach. CouncilwomanAnnCombswas elected toher first term. Council-man Barry Joffe retired.

Hamilton CountyMunicipal Court JudgeBradleyGreenberg sworein these four Councilmembers requiring themto“uphold theconstitutionand laws of the UnitedStates and Ohio, the char-ter and laws of the City ofMontgomery, and fairlyandfaithfullyperformtheduties of their office.”

The seven seatedMontgomery City Councilmembers elected ToddSteinbrink to serve asmayor andChrisDobrozsito serve as vice mayor.Steinbrink has served onCity Council since 2005and as vice mayor since

2011.“I am honored to be

elected bymy city councilpeers to serve asmayor ofthe city of Montgomery,”Steinbrink said. “This is a

great community I amproud to call home and Iintend tocontinue toservethe residents of Montgo-mery to ensure that itstays awonderful place to

live,workand raise a fam-ily.”

Dobrozsi is a graduateof the Montgomery Citi-zens’ Leadership Acad-emy and has served on

city council since 2009.“I also thankmy fellow

councilmembers for theirvote of confidence. I lookforward to serving Mont-gomery as the vicemayor

and in working with myfellow city council mem-bers, city staff and mem-bers of our community torealize our vision forMontgomery.”

Steinbrink new Montgomery mayor

Montgomery Law Director Terry Donnellon watches as Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg swears in Mayor Todd Steinbrink andVice Mayor Chris Dobrozsi. THANKS TO FAITH LYNCH

the St. Vincent de Paulfood pantry was low onfood, so they organized afood drive to bring in$1,000 worth of non-per-ishable food items, as

Cincinnati Hills Chris-tian Academy studentsEllie Vanderkolk of Mor-row, Morgan Avery ofMason and Katie Koop-man of Loveland heard

well as matching dona-tions from two compa-nies. They used a spiritcompetition betweengrades at the high schoolto motivate their peers.Both food and the checkswere delivered on Nov.19.

On Nov. 19, after orga-nizing a spirit competi-tion at the high school toraise $1,000worth of non-perishable food itemsand gain two matchingdonations from compa-nies, Cincinnati HillsChristian Academy stu-dents Ellie Vanderkolk ofMorrow, Morgan AveryofMasonandKatieKoop-man of Loveland took thedonations to St. Vincentde Paul's food pantry.

CHCA gives back

On Nov. 19, after organizing a spirit competition at the high school to raise $1,000 worthof non-perishable food items and gain two matching donations from companies,Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy students Ellie Vanderkolk of Morrow, Morgan Avery ofMason and Katie Koopman of Loveland took the donations to St. Vincent de Paul's foodpantry. THANKS TO JENNIFER MURPHY

Cincinnati Hills ChristianAcademy students EllieVanderkolk of Morrow,Morgan Avery of Mason andKatie Koopman of Lovelandheard the St. Vincent de Paulfood pantry was low on food,so they organized a food driveto bring in $1,000 worth ofnon-perishable food items, aswell as matching donationsfrom two companies. Theyused a spirit competitionbetween grades at the highschool to motivate their peers.Both food and the checks weredelivered on Nov. 19. THANKS TOJENNIFER MURPHY

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The Indian Hill Ex-empted Village SchoolDistrict is moving for-ward with several ener-gy-saving initiatives.

The school board re-cently approved seekingbids for a central utilityplant, which would con-

sist of aboiler andchiller.

Theboard hasalso ap-provedseekingbids fordrilling

geothermal wells.Board member Erik

Lutz, whoheads thedistrict’sOperationsCommit-tee, saidthe IndianHill Plan-ning Com-missionap-

proved preliminarydrawings for the central

plant during its Novem-ber meeting.

Dave Couch, assistantcity manager for IndianHill, said the centralplantwasapprovedunan-imously by the PlanningCommission, under thecondition that it not ex-ceed certain noise levelsat the property line.

“We are moving for-ward with final plans anddrawings for the centralutility plantwhichwill goout for bid in late Decem-ber,” said Lutz.

“We expect to award acontract in late January.”

Set up of the centralplant, whichwill be locat-ed at the high school andmiddle school campus,

will be implemented inphases.

The first phase will in-volve setting up the cen-tral plant and connectingthe piping to the middleschool. The next phasewill involve connectingpiping to the auditoriumin three to four years.The final phase will in-volve connecting pipingto the high school withinthe next decade.

Treasurer Julia Tothsaid the estimated costfor the utility plant is $1.1million to $1.4 million.

Lutz said funding forthis project would comefrom the district’s per-manent improvementfund since it would be a

capital project.He said the central

plant will save about$80,000 annually in gas,electric andmaintenancecosts.

The school board hasalso approved investigat-ing costs associated witha geothermal system thatwould involve drillingwells.

A well was dug nearthe middle school park-ing lot in the fall foracon-ductivity test to deter-mine if the wells were aviable option.

“The results of theconductivity test showpromise that the wellsmight be financially fea-sible,” said Lutz.

The geothermal pro-ject,whichwould involvedigging an unspecifiednumber of wells, couldcost roughly anywherefrom $800,000 to $1.3mil-lion, according to Lutz.

However, Lutz said,anticipated savings witha geothermal systemcould range from $70,000to $90,000 a year.

“I think it is definitelya good idea,” said boardmember Elizabeth John-ston.

“We have a paybackfor the investment.”

Johnston said a geo-thermal system wouldhave “recognizable sav-ings” over a period oftime.

Typical geothermalsystems use pipes buriedunderground to recircu-late air or liquid from theconstant year-round tem-perature of about 50 de-grees Fahrenheit be-neath the surface intobuildings.

District moves forward on energy projectsBy Forrest [email protected]

Johnston Lutz

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NORTHEASTSUBURBAN LIFEEditor: Dick Maloney, [email protected], 248-7134

CincinnatiCountryDaySchool’s second-graders recentlyhadaballatShawFarmnearMilford,wheretheywentonahayride,followed by a quick lesson on how pumpkins, squash and soy-

beans grow. They also spent time on the farm’s “playground”where they climbed in and on structures, including wagons and ateepee, and got to pet or observe farm animals. Each child got tochoose a pumpkin to take home.

CincinnatiCountry Daysecond-graderschoose apumpkin to takehome at the endof their field tripto Shaw Farmnear Milford.Selectingpumpkins are,from left,CarolineRamirez ofIndian Hill, StoryRufener of Mt.Washington,Parker Corbin ofLoveland andJalen Dandridgeof West ChesterTownship.THANKS TO CINDY



Leo Joffe, left, and Alex Riemann,both of Indian Hill, decide whichpumpkins to take home after theirCincinnati Country Day field trip toShaw Farm. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Yahna Yihad of Madeira, a Cincinnati Country Day second-grader, restson a wagon "driven" by Raggedy Ann and Andy. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Ethan Boswell of Maineville reacts to the Tin Man in a Wizardof Oz display at Shaw Farm near Milford on a CincinnatiCountry Day second-grade field trip. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Cincinnati Country Day second-grader Luke Heekin of Hyde Park smilesas he spends time behind bars in the "Jail" at Shaw Farm. THANKS TOCINDY KRANZ

Giovanna Bortolon of Madeira, left, and Izzy Ramirez of Indian Hill, both CincinnatiCountry Day students, have fun climbing on a wagon. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

Cincinnati Country Day second-graders checking out gourds are, from left, Parker Corbin of Loveland,Ethan Bourque of Sycamore Township, Maddy Ross of Union Township and Emma Schnieber of WestChester Township. THANKS TO CINDY KRANZ

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CANTON— It would be easy tooverlook Moeller High School’sreturn to theDivisionIstate foot-ball finals with, “Oh, they’re al-ways there.”

While that might be the im-pression to an outsider, Crusaderfansknow that 2012’s state cham-pionshipwas the first since1985.For perspective, 72-year-oldReds legend Pete Rose had justbroken Ty Cobb’s all-time base-ball hit record that year.

In Moeller’s “heyday,” coachGerry Faust won back-to-back-to-back state titles between1975-77. Before leaving for NotreDame, he won again in consecu-tive years in 1979-80. After that,coach Steve Klonne won titles in1982 and 1985.

This year, again with Klonneonhisstaffof talentedassistants,coach John Rodenberg joinedFaust as the only Moeller coachtomake two straight title games.

Rodenberg’s Crusaders heldoff Mentor 55-52 to travel southwith their second state trophy inas many years.

“I don’t even worry aboutthings like that,” Rodenbergsaid. “I just think our kids didsuch a great job. It’s all about thekids. It’s a special group.”

The blue and gold nevertrailedafter jumpingout toa13-0lead on first quarter deepballs tosenior Isaiah Gentry and juniorChase Pankey from senior quar-terback Gus Ragland.

Mentor cut it to three twice asquarterback and UC commitConner Krizancic led the Cardi-nals on scoring drives with hispassing and scrambling. Howev-er, Moeller’s Ragland was equal-ly as talented with his arm andfeet as the Crusaders answeredbackwitheitherNo.14scoringorfinding Kent State commit Gen-try alone again (naturally).

Krizancic cut it to three for afinal timewith :44remaining,hit-tingEddieDaugherty fromthreeyards out for his second touch-down toss of the game.

At 55-52, Mentor then at-tempted an onside kick thatwentout of bounds, allowing Moellerto knee the ball out for the vic-tory.

Both signal callers lived up totheir billing. Krizancic ran for102 yards and three scores andwas 36-55 passing for 419 yardsand two scores.

Ragland had the game of alifetime with 189 yards rushingfor five touchdowns to go alongwith a12-13 passing night for 273yards and three scores.

“I owe it all to the guys upfront,” Ragland said. “Theyplayed a great game and our re-ceivers did their jobs. I had eighttouchdownsbuteveryoneputmein position to be successful.”

There’snotmuchrest forRag-landahead.CarlKremer’sMoell-er basketball team will use himand they play Dec. 13 at Taft.Come March, the redheadchucks the small ball from themound for the defending statechampions of TimHeld.

“Every team has a Gus Rag-land,” Rodenberg said. “Gus wasthere for us tonight and got somebig plays. I’m proud of the wholeteam.”


Moeller’s Ragland leads to riches in CantonCrusaders bringhome back-to-backstate title trophiesBy Scott [email protected]

Moeller DB Sam Hubbard and RB Jack Gruber (2) hold up the championship trophy as they celebrate with teammates after Moeller beat MentorDec. 7. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland (14) ran for a touchdown againstMentor by Kiyah Powell (6) in the second quarter. Ragland ran for fivetouchdowns and passed for three more as Moeller got by Mentor 55-52for a second straight title Dec. 7.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller receiver Isaiah Gentry (7)hauls in a long touchdown passagainst Mentor in the Crusaders’55-52 title win Dec. 7. Moeller seta state championship record formost touchdowns by a teamwith8. Gentry had two, Gus Raglandfive and Chase Pankey one.JOSEPH


Mentor quarterback and University of Cincinnati commit ConnerKrizancic (5) keeps and runs the ball against Moeller defensive backChristian Wersel (19). Moeller held off Mentor 55-52. Krizancic threwfor 419 yards and two scores and ran for 102 yards and threetouchdowns.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

THE CRUSADE TO STATEFriday, Aug. 30 - Indianapolis Pike W 37 - 33Saturday, Sept. 7 - at Covington Catholic W 45 - 7Saturday, Sept. 14 - Toronto St. Michael College W 64 - 13Friday, Sept. 20 - Louisville St. Xavier W 24 - 12Friday, Sept. 27 - St. Xavier W 20 - 17Saturday, Oct. 5 - La Salle W 31 - 28Friday, Oct. 11 - at Elder W 35 - 14Friday, Oct. 18 Indianapolis Cathedral W 35 - 14Sat. Oct. 26 - at Lakewood St. Edward L 45 - 42Friday, Nov. 1 - at Louisville Trinity W 42 - 14Saturday, Nov. 9 - St. Xavier W 42 - 17 postseasonSaturday, Nov. 16 - Elder W 24 - 0 postseasonSat. Nov. 23 - Colerain W 35 - 26 postseasonSaturday, Nov. 30 - at Hilliard Davidson W13 - 11 postseasonSaturday, Dec. 7 - at Mentor W 55-52 postseason Canton Fawcett


ONLINE EXTRASFor video of Moeller’s DivisionI championship finale over

Mentor go to

Moeller receiver Chase Pankey(4) celebrates with Isaiah Gentry(7) after Pankey caught a longtouchdown pass againstMentor in the first quarter oftheir Division I title game.JOSEPH



NORTHEASTSUBURBAN LIFEEditor: Melanie Laughman, [email protected], 513-248-7573

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Football» Sycamore’s Tinashe

Bere made Division I All-Ohio special mention.

»Moeller’s Gus Rag-land was named the Divi-sion I Co-Offensive Play-erof theYearwithConnorKrizancic ofMentor. Join-ing Ragland on first teamwas defensive linemanChalmer Frueauf and de-

fensive back Sam Hub-bard. Receiver IsaiahGentry, offensive line-man Jared Jacon-Duffyand kicker Matt Coghlinearned special mention.

Girls basketball» Cincinnati Country

Day lost for the first timethis season, falling 42-23Dec. 2 against Marie-mont. The Indiansbouncedbackwith a 46-43win at Seven Hills to im-prove to 4-1.

» Indian Hill beat Go-shen 44-33 on Dec. 2. Jes-

sicaArington led theLadyBraves with 13 points.

» CHCA beat Lockland60-30 Dec. 4 to improve to2-2 on the season.

»Ursuline Academywon43-25atKingsNov.30before dropping a 38-34decision at Mercy Dec. 5to move to 2-1 on the sea-son.

»Mount Notre Damebeat Seton 64-30 on Dec. 5as junior Naomi Daven-port had 20 points.

Boys basketball» Cincinnati Country

Day started the seasonwith a 51-43win at Bethel-Tate Nov. 29. The Indiansfollowed it upwith a 44-40win at Cincinnati Chris-tian Dec. 4 to go 2-0.

» Indian Hill beat Nor-wood69-36 onDec. 3.KarlKoster led the Braveswith 18 points.

» CHCA started theseason 2-0 with a 73-30win over Cincinnati Col-legePrepNov. 30anda77-30 win over New MiamiDec. 3.

Last chance forCatching up

The Community Press& Recorder, along, wouldlike to give readers overthe holidays the ability tocatch up with local highschool stars doing well incollege athletics.

In what has become anannual readership pro-ject, parents/friends ofcollege athletes are wel-come to send a photo andbrief description of theircollege athletes’ accom-

plishments over the lastcalendar year [email protected] the names of thepeople in thephotoas theyare shown, the collegename and sport, parents’names, where the athletelives, what weekly news-paper they get at homeand their accomplish-ments by Friday, Dec. 13.

Photos will run in printJan.1and be used in a cin-cinnati.comphoto gallery.

Questions can be di-rected to [email protected].


By Scott SpringerandMark [email protected]

SYCAMORE TWP. —Meets are underway asthe high school swim sea-sonhasbegun.Thefollow-ing is a rundown of thechlorinated competitorsintheNortheastSuburbanLife coverage area.

Cincinnati HillsChristian Academy

The Eagles increasedtheir total number ofswimmers from 24 to 35and have a record nineboyson the squad this sea-son.

Head coach Gary Ton-er hopes the improvednumbers will bring someimproved results, too.

“We’ve got 21 kids inour junior high program,too,” he said. “It looksgood for us for the nextcouple of years becausewe’re still kind of youngon the high school team.”

There is some experi-ence - and quality experi-ence at that - in returningsenior statequalifierKen-dall Hart. She swims thefreestyle sprints and thebutterfly. Unfortunatelyfor CHCA, she will missthe early part of the sea-son after sustaining someinjuries in an auto acci-dent. She should be in sol-id shape by the CoachesClassic meet in mid Janu-ary.

A group of six fresh-men should help fill outthe relay teams.

On the boys’ side, topreturnees include broth-ers Joe and J.P. Panciolli.Joe, a junior, swims free-style sprints. So doessophomore J.P., but healso stretches out to takeon the 500 free.

Tonerhashelp fromhisassistant coachwife, SuzyToner, as well as formerUrsuline Academy andUniversity of Evansvilleswimmer Emily Fergu-son.

“I think they bring a lotto the team,” he said. “Thekids get some very goodinstruction and they areready to race.”

Toner tabbed Cincin-nati Country Day as theteam to beat in the MiamiValley Conference.

CHCA swimsmostly atthe Five Seasons, but doesonedayaweekat theBlueAsh YMCA to work onblock starts and relay ex-changes.

Sycamore»Aquatic coaching

veteran Dr. Dan Carl re-turns with more power-house pool pupils for the

upcoming season as Syca-more’sboysaredefendingGreater Miami Confer-ence Champions and com-ing off an eighth place fin-ish in the 2013 state meetin Canton.

The achievements gar-nered Carl Co-Coach ofthe Year honors in theGMC with Mason’s MarkSullivan.

“The boys team lostnine seniors to graduationand were four-time GMCchamps,” Carl said. “It’stoo much to replace, butwe will be more competi-tive than we thought. Wehaveagreatgroupofsolidtalent and are looking fortwoormore to stepupandget us on the podium atDistricts and State.”

Junior Mark Hancherreturns in the 100 butter-fly and the sprint free-styles after scoring inthree state events lastwinter. Also back are ju-nior state relay scorerIsaac Goldstein and sen-ior Max Cappel who fin-ished strong last season.

On the horizon is fresh-man JiHoChoiwhomCarlthinks might be a yearaway but is looking good.

Sycamore’s girls weresecond in the GMC lastwinter and 10th at thestate meet thanks to Co-SwimmeroftheYearCaraNorris who shared honorswith Mason’s MaddieSewell.

The juniorNorris is thereturning state runner-upin the 100 butterfly andwas third in the 200 free-style. Carl sees her as amajor Division I prospectand thinks she can scorein many events.

Sophomores Mary Fry,Priscilla Wu, Annie More-no and Jory Gould are allreturningstaterelayscor-ers and will also competein individual events. Thefreshman Lady Aves arealso talented and shouldhelp in terms of sheernumbers.

“The girls team shouldbe as competitive from adepth standpoint as we’vehadinmy10yearsatSyca-more,” Carl said. “It willbe very competitive tofindaspot inour line-up insome events. Hopefully,internal competition willprovide the drive andmo-tivation to carry usthrough a successful Dis-trict and State meet.”

The Lady Aves alsohave returning state div-ing scorer Andi DiMassoas a Division I prospect.

Up ahead for Syca-more is a tri-meet withTurpin and St. Ursula atTurpin High School Dec.17.

Ursuline AcademyTheLionswontheDivi-

sion I state championshiplast season, ending athree-year streak as staterunners-up to that otherUA – Upper Arlington -from the Columbus area.

Head coach Brad Ish-am graduated nine sen-iors, but has three return-ing senior state qualifiersaround whom he hopes tobuild another successfulsquad.

Senior Emily Slabe –who signed with the Uni-versity of North Carolinanext season – leads the re-turnees and swims thebackstroke and butterfly.Classmates Temarie Tom-ley in the freestyle sprintsand Alisabeth Marstellerin the individual medleyand freestyle bring addi-tional state experience.

A trio of juniors inAllieWade (breaststroke, dis-tance freestyle), AbbyPitner (backstroke andfreestyle sprints) andDaytonOakwood transferSydneyLofquist (distancefree) bring additional ex-perience.

Freshmen Julia Mor-gan (sprints) and RollieGrinder (distance freeand butterfly) shouldhave an immediate im-pact.

“What we’re going toneed (is) that balance andthat depth,” Isham said.“We’re going to need ev-eryone to step up and im-prove through the seasonfor us to compete in Can-ton again this year.”

Isham said the GirlsGreater Catholic Leaguewill go a long way towardpreparing his team.

“It’s going to be verystrong,” he said. “Thedepth in the league willreally push us. We willhave to work hard everymeet.”

Indian HillTaking over the pro-

gram as head coach thisseason is Emily Hardy, afour-year collegiateswimmer at Xavier. She’llbe assisted by veterancoachHolly Rice and divecoach Lori Rapp.

Hardy will be helpedby the return of severalIndian Hill state competi-tors.On thegirls side, sen-

iors Cassie Wegryn andjunior Katherine Arnoldhave state experience indiving. Seniors DelaneySmith, Sarah Vester andRachel McGoff; juniorGrace Stimson and sopho-mores Elizabeth Drerupand Devin Landstra haveall made waves in thestate pool.

“Our team looks to bepretty strong again thisyear,” Hardy said. “Wehave five of our sevenstate qualifiers on thegirls team returning, aswell as all four state quali-fiers on the boys team.”

McGoff and Smith arepart of Indian Hill’s rec-ord-setting200medleyre-lay, while McGoff joinedDrerup and Landstra on asuccessful 200 freestyle

relay. Landstra and Smithare also associated withthe school 400 freestylerelay record.

McGoff, Drerup, Land-stra, and Arnold were allCincinnati Hills Leaguefirst team selections lastwinter. Bridget Pavlick,Wegryn, Stimson, andKatherine Anning madesecond team, with KaraKorengel and Smith tak-ing honorable mention.

For the male Braves,seniors Noah Brackenbu-ry and Will Dowling andjuniors Sam Vester andJack Dowling all swam inCanton. Those four holdthe school record in the200 medley relay and allmade CHL first team inthe event. Vester was alsofirst team in the 100 free-

style.“We do have some new

faces on the boys side, sohopefully we will bestronger just based onnumbers alone,” Hardysaid.

Next up for Indian Hillis a quad meet at WrightState hosted by CarrollHigh School Dec. 14. Div-ers Arnold, Wegryn, Ko-rengel and DanielleFaulkner will participatethat same day in ameet atthe University of Cincin-nati Rec Center.

IndianHill’s next homemeet is at CincinnatiCountry Day High SchoolDec. 21.

MoellerThe Crusaders had a

historic 2012-2013 seasonand look to rewrite therecord books again thisseason. Last year’s squadset a school record bysending nine qualifiers tothe state meet. Seven ofthe nine are back thisyear,boostedbyatalentedgroup of underclassmen.Senior Greg Nymberg, anOhio State commit, leadsthe team. Seniors ChrisAsgian (Providence com-mit), Charlie Braun, ToryWorobetz, Fritz Joseph-son, and Kyle Smith giveMoelleroneof itsmost tal-ented and experiencedclasses.

“This season, Moellerwill be led by a very expe-rienced senior class,” saidassistant coach Matt Har-rison. “There is a lot ofhype surrounding Moell-er this year, andwith goodreason.”

Nymberg, junior Kev-inGeorge, and sophomoreCooperHodge earnedAll-American accolades lastseason. Junior Noah Wo-robetz and sophomore Ja-cob Peloquin, both return-ingstatequalifiers,willbecounted on to score sig-nificant points, said Har-rison.

After consecutiveeighth-place finishes atthe Division I state meet,the Crusaders are expect-ing to crack the top five.Nymberg (100 fly) andGeorge (500 free) will tryto defend their individualdistrict championshipswhile helping lead relayteams to the podium. TheCrusaders have talent, ex-perience, and depth, withthe largest roster in pro-gramhistory,accordingtoHarrison.

Mount Notre DameNew head coach Jim

Barbiere brings a statechampionship pedigree tothe Cougars. The formerSt. Xavier swimmer wonOhio state championshipsin high school and quali-fied for the 2012 OlympicTrials, placing 25th in the200 freestyle.

Now, the 2013 IndianaUniversity graduate

Sycamore swimming aims for state again

By Scott Springer andMark [email protected]

Sycamore’s Mark Hancher has moved from water polo to swimming for the Aves thiswinter.THANKS TO TERRENCE HUGE

Ursuline out todefend itsDivision I Ohiochampionship

Winning Swimmer of the Year honors in the Greater MiamiConference for Sycamore last season were Cara Norris andCharlie Fry. Fry has graduated, but Norris returns for herjunior season.THANKS TO SUSAN IOAS

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Ursuline Academy senior Emily Slabe - a University ofNorth Carolina swimming recruit - works on her butterflystroke during a Dec. 5 Lions practice. MARK D. MOTZ/THE


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HAMILTON CO. — The“Game with a Cop” pro-gram is off to one heck ofa start.

The Bengals and Redsteamed up with the Ham-ilton County Sheriff’s Of-fice to send 12 studentsfrom Cincinnati’s North-west Local School Dis-trict, two unpaid volun-teer police officers andtwo volunteers from theschool to the HamiltonCounty suite at PaulBrown Stadium to watchthe Bengals’ 49-9 disman-tling of theNewYork JetsOct. 27.

Sheriff Jim Neil, alongwith the architect of theprogram, Chief DeputyMark Schoonover, intro-duced the program at aNov.4pressconferenceatPBS. Reds COO Phil Cas-tellini, Bengals directorof business developmentBob Bedinghaus, North-westLocalSchoolDistrictSuperintendent MarkFarmer and ColerainHighSchoolstudentsDes-tyne Watson and MaiyaHarrell joined the offi-

cers at the press confer-ence.

“It was a very fun ex-perience getting to meetthe police officers,” Har-rell said. “Before I was al-ways scared to talk tothem,butnowIknowtheyare just people like us.”

It was the first time ei-ther Harrell or Watsonhad been to a Bengalsgame.

The idea stemmedfrom the “Shop with a

Cop”program,whereeco-nomically challengedchildren from all over thecounty have the opportu-nity to shop at a local de-partment storewith a uni-formed officer aroundChristmas time.

“Itwas just averygoodexperience all they wayround and it’s very impor-tant for thesheriffandI tofoster relationships be-tween the sheriff’s officeand the communities in

Hamilton County and Ithink this is onegreatwayto do that,” Schoonoversaid, who spent roughly ahalf hour at the Oct. 27contest along with Neil.

Over the final four reg-ular season games (andpossibly a home playoffgame or two) at PBS, stu-dents fromWintonWoods,Deer Park, MountHealthy and Norwoodhigh schools will attendgames in the suite.

“We love having thesefolks down here,” Beding-haus said. “Wehave an ex-cellent working relation-ship with the sheriff’s of-ficeand theCincinnatiPo-lice Department and theopportunity to bring somekidsdownhere thatwouldotherwise not have an op-portunity to come to ourgame, much less have anopportunity to enjoy thegame from a suite, issomething that we em-

braced right away.”When April rolls

around, the “Game with aCop” program will pro-vide tickets forroughly40of the Reds’ 81 homegames.

“Really for us this wasa no-brainer in terms of aprogram to get involved,”Castellini said. “…It’s justone of the many thingswe’redoinginthecommu-nity thatwe’reproud tobeinvolved with, especiallywith the underprivilegedkids.”

While the full programplans are yet to laid on pa-per in terms of moreschools being involved,this is just the beginningfor a programwith a verybright future.

“This is an importantprogram to use in thesheriff’s office and it’salso important to theyouth of Hamilton Coun-ty,”Neil said. “…Thiswillgrowcountywide, region-al wide and it will involvea number of school dis-tricts as well as a numberof police departments andit’s going to be a win-winfor our region.”

Sheriff’s office hits home run with ‘Game with a Cop’By Tom [email protected]

From left are Northwest Local School District Superintendent Mark Farmer, Colerain High School students Maiya Harrelland Destyne Watson, Cincinnati Reds COO Phil Castellini, mascot Mr. Red Legs, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil, ChiefDeputy Mark Schoonover, mascot Who Dey and Bengals director of business development Bob Bedinghaus at the “Gamewith a Cop” press conference Nov. 4 at Paul Brown Stadium.THANKS TO THE CINCINNATI REDS COMMUNITY FUND

brings his knowledge andexperience to Mount No-tre Dame. The Cougarswill be led by Graci Doll,Katie Kruspe, LindsayScott, Anna Lucas, andGrace Adkins. The swim-mers have quickly adapt-ed to their new coach andhave shown that they arewilling to put in the work

tomake their ownmark atthe state meet in Febru-ary.

“The girls come intopractice with the passionand desire in order tomake our team get bet-ter,” said Barbiere.

The Cougars open theseason on Dec. 13 at theBlue Ash YMCA againstLoveland andMadeira.

CincinnatiCountry Day

The Indians won theSouthwest Ohio SwimLeague and the MiamiValley Conference lastseason. Second-year headcoach Benson Spurlinghas improved overallnumbers and solid experi-ence heading into the newcampaign.

“We’ve got 10 morekids out this year than wehad last year,” Spurlingsaid. “We’re ahead ofwhere we were this timelast year. My expectation

is thatwe’ll keep building,keep growing and keepgetting better. We defi-nitely want to have morepeople at state this year.”

JuniorAllieWoodenre-turns for the girls afterbreaking five school rec-ordsandplacingsecond inthe state in the 200 free-style as a sophomore.

Seniors Susan Brown-stein, Hannah Gottschalkand Annalise Tereckserve as team captains,while classmate Kira

Hughes swims the indi-vidualmedley and breast-stroke. Junior Celia Ma-crae swims the freestylesprints.

Freshmen Holly Ja-cobs (backstroke andfree) and Dee Mohan(breaststroke) should besolid contributors rightaway.

On the boys’ side, soph-omore Malcom Doepke isthe top returnee, swim-ming in the 200 and 500free. Junior twinsAlexan-

der and Taylor Maier re-turn to compete in thefreestyle sprints and but-terfly. Freshman CharlieSachs will be a factor inthe sprints as well.

Spurling has assistantcoaches Matt Dahl andRebecca Nocheck at hisside and hopes they willhelp his team fend off thelikes of New Richmond inthe SWOSL and SevenHills in the MVC to retaintheir league crowns.

SwimContinued from Page A8

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NORTHEASTSUBURBAN LIFEEditor: Dick Maloney, [email protected], 248-7134


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Single payer is a monopolyMany people are calling for

a government-run single payertype of health insurance. Howmany of those people wouldcall for it if it were run by abusiness?

We should take some time tolook at reality. The plain truthis that either would be bad.Let’s look at the facts. I am nota fan of anything run by thegovernment due to the normalinefficiencies of limited fi-nancial and ethical controls.Reality tells us that govern-ment control means payoffs topolitical donors. It also meanslittle financial control due tothe false premise that anythingthe government runs is donefor the benefit of all citizens. Itreally means that it is done to

create votingblocs to per-manently se-cure positionsfor politicians.

Enough ofthe failures ofgovernment.Let’s look atthe problemsof a corporatemonopoly in

the same position. And, let usassume that the corporateentity is totally honest, at leastto begin with. How long willthat honesty stand the pres-sures of the incentives of prof-its, payments to providers,legal claims, threats from com-promised elected persons tocreate competition, pleas for

vital and/or questionable re-search and demands fromsuppliers for preferences orhigher prices? That solution isalso not in our interest.

The obvious answer is tocreate a competitive system. Iam in the situation where Ihave changed an insuranceprovider. This is because one ofmy preferred doctors will notbe covered in my former plan.My new provider has offeredeverything I want in a plan thatfits my needs andmy budget.It is with a company that manyof my friends have and arevery pleased with. I can bereasonably sure that they willwant to keep me as a customer.

As a former businessman, Iamwell aware that competition

creates efficiencies and cus-tomer satisfaction. There is noquestion that a competitivesystem generates choices andcontrol of costs that are notfound in either a governmentor private monopoly.

When we apply for a lifeinsurance policy, our accep-tance and rates are based onour age and condition. Theseare factors that should alsoapply to health insurance. Peo-ple who have poor health habitsshould be made responsible fortheir poor choices. That wouldcause a healthier populationand lower costs.

Pre-existing conditionsshould be covered by insurancepurchased prior to birth, pref-erably at conception. The cost

would be very small and han-dled by special firms that cov-er it in perpetuity. It shouldremain in effect when the cov-ered person purchases a per-sonal policy.

While the conditions mayrequire some consideration, atransfer of the small amount onthe original policy would elim-inate political arguing. This is acost that the public shouldwillingly accept. My sugges-tion is that the cost would becovered by a tax on politicaladvertisements. How is thatfor creating honesty and effi-ciency?

Edward Levy is a resident of Montgo-mery.


Cincinnati remains the 10thpoorest city in the country,according to the U.S. CensusBureau.

Carla, a Cincinnati residentwho works 10-hour days, sixdays a week, while taking careof eight great-nieces and neph-ews counts on the extra helpshe receives from the Fre-estore Foodbank to care forand put food on the table forher family.

“It’s a great help. It means alot to me. It helps to stretchthe rest of the food. The Fre-estore Foodbank means every-thing to me. It’s part of mysurvival,” she said.

The holiday season is uponus, and our city must continuesupporting those in need nowand year-round. I am proud tolive in Cincinnati and havemuch gratitude towards thoseorganizations that devote theirtime, energy, and livelihood to

help individ-uals and fam-ilies in ourcity, especiallythe FreestoreFoodbank.

The poorand the strug-gling are ourneighbors,Carla is ourneighbor. Peo-ple in our com-

munity must face the harshreality of hunger and foodscarcity daily. Even those thatare fortunate enough to havejobs still struggle to makeends meet as the cost of foodand expenses continue to in-crease.

My family, our teammem-bers, and our guests havegrown up in this community.To look at our neighborhoods –in our backyards, and see thestruggles families have to face

in order to make ends meet, isdisconcerting. It is our respon-sibility to come together tohelp those in need. We as acommunity can work as a teamto fight hunger.

I regularly visit our 63 piz-zerias, from our BoudinotAvenue location to Price Hillto Anderson Township to For-est Park, to meet with guestsand teammembers, to listen totheir stories about their fam-ilies, their interests, their suc-cesses and sometimes, theirhardships. While many fam-ilies who frequent our pizze-rias can afford a hot meal, Ihave heard of challengingtimes when putting food on thetable was a struggle for them,their families or friends.

During this holiday season,LaRosa’s is once again proudto support the Freestore Food-bank of Cincinnati to fighthunger right here in our own

backyard. Serving more than300,000 people annually in 20counties across Ohio, Ken-tucky and Indiana.

The Freestore Foodbank isthe Tristate’s largest foodbankdistributing more that 19 mil-lion meals annually. The or-ganization provides emergen-cy food assistance to mre than7,200 individuals per monthfrom its Customer ConnectionCenter in Over-the-Rhinealone.

Each of our pizzerias arselling Buddy Cards (our two-for-one pizza discount card)for the benefit of the FreestoreFoodbank. We will donate $5from the sale of every $10Buddy Card directly to theFreestore Foodbank and thenourishment and comfort theyprovide to those who trulyneed help in our community.

Ultimately, our contributionwill help support the Freestore

Foodbank’s annual goal todistribute 16.2 million poundsof food to meet our region’sgrowing demand. We hopeyou’ll join us in our efforts tosurpass our 2012 effort of7,000 cards sold for Cincinnati.

Here’s how you can help:» Buy a LaRosa’s Buddy

Card by Dec. 31. For a full listof locations,

»Donate to the FreestoreFoodbank of Cincinnati. orwww.thefoodbankdayton.

Food brings people togetherand can build a community. Nochild, person or family shouldgo hungry. Please join me andthe LaRosa’s family in thefight against hunger. Togetherwe can feed our neighbors inneed.

Michael T. LaRosa is chief executiveofficer of LaRosa’s Inc.

LaRosa’s dedicated to making a difference in community


Tea party not theproblem

Did I miss something?WhendidBruceHealeystart

writing under the pen nameJames Baker? The Baker col-umn of Nov. 27 could only havebeen written by someone notfrom this country, who pre-tends to know American histo-ry.

The article starts off with a“moronic ” rambling compar-

ing the tea party to the “Tali-ban.” I think he sides with theTaliban as being the better ofthe two. However, the tea partydoesn’t need it’s version of theFounding Fathers, it needs onlythe Constitution. This govern-mentwasn’tbasedonhowmuchthe federal government givesthe people. It was quite the op-posite. The founders thoughtthe federal government shouldbe limited. In fact, to summa-rize the 10th Amendment …

“The powers not delegatedto the United States by the Con-stitution… are reserved to thestates, or the people.”

Obamacare must be in hisConstitution.

Mr. Baker states his grand-father assured him that any-thingcouldbe fixed. Iwonder ifhis grandfather was familiarwith Neville Chamberlain(Bruce’s countryman)? Did heagree this is what we have to dofor “peace in our time”? I doubtit. Or in this situation for fairand good health care.

Finally, he says the real Re-publicans (known as RINOs bytea partiers) should throw thebumsout.Well 5million conser-vatives didn’t vote in the lastelection. How did you do?

So Mr. Baker you don’t haveto throw them out, they alreadyleft.

John DawsonMontgomery


Dec. 4 questionWhat is your favorite Christ-

mas/holiday song, TV show,movie or performance? Why doyou like it?

“My favorite Christmassong is a combination of ‘Peaceon Earth’ and ‘Little DrummerBoy.’ It was a duet done by aunique collaboration of BingCrosby and David Bowie.

“My favorite movie has tobe ‘A Christmas Story’ as it istimeless although set in the1940s. It is repeated every yearand watched by a new genera-tion annually. Go figure!”


“’The Little Drummer Boy’is a favorite because he hadn’tanymaterial thing togive toJe-sus, so he played for him, giv-ing what he could give. The pa-rum-pa-pum-pum is also agreat onomatopoeia”


“‘White Christmas’ and ‘It’sa Wonderful Life’ are my twofavorite Christmas classicmovies, but nothing is betterthan singing ‘Silent Night’ atthe end of our candlelight ser-vice at church on ChristmasEve. Merry Christmas, every-one!”


Nov. 27 questionThe Ohio House has passed a

bill which would redefine self-defense and circumstanceswhere the use of force trumpsthe duty to retreat to public set-tings, such as stores and streets.Under current law, residentsneed not retreat before usingforce if they are lawfully in theirhomes, vehicles or the vehicle ofan immediate family member. Isthis good legislation? Why orwhy not?

“98 out of every 100 gundeaths are not caused by rob-bers, rapists and murderers?Wow, I’d like to know wherethose numbers came from.

“As to armed guards not be-ing in schools? Didn’t work outinSandyHookoranyothergunfree zone did it. Theater in Col-orado ring a bell?

“And white people being

paranoid and prejudiced?Everhear of theknockout game? It’swhen you sucker punch someunsuspecting victim whenthey’re not looking to try andknockthemoutwithonepunch.It’s resulted in a few deathsalso. One of the latest victimswas an elderly white grand-mother. It’s also called polarbear hunting. Why you mayask?Because the vastmajorityof perpetrators are black andtheir victims are white. Trylooking ituponYoutube, seemsthe thugs like to film their ac-tivities. You only get the re-spect you earn, not the respectyou demand or think you areentitled to.

“No one is forcing you tobuy, have, or carry a gun forprotection. What gives you theright to take away or restrictmy decision/right to protectmy life?

“No this bill doesn’t go farenough. It needs to exempt youfrom being sued in civil courtby an ambulance chasing vul-ture If you are charged andfound not guilty or not chargedforprotectingyourselforsomeother person’s life.

“Guns save as well as takelives. Just as locksonlykeepanhonest person honest. And badguys aren’t going to pay atten-tion to anygun laws, now, in thefuture or ever.”



NEXT QUESTIONDo you think Ohio legislatorsshould approve a bill to allowback-to-school shoppers to buycertain items free of state andlocal sales taxes? Why or whynot?

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Tree farms are a growingbusiness as families renew theirholiday traditions of choosingand cutting their own Christmastrees.

Whileyoumayhave todriveabit to find them these tree farmsare worth the trip to put you inthe holiday spirit.


Scott Graves, owner of EverGreen Acres, said his tree farmoffers customers a familyatmosphere. “We’re a home-town, family-oriented treefarm,”hesaid,notingheruns thefarmwith hiswife, Lauren, theirtwo children, Kristine and Kev-in, and their grandson, Elliott.

Established in 2005, Gravessaid Ever Green Acres offerscustomers the choice of cuttingtheir own tree or picking from aselection of pre-cut trees. Thefarm also offers balled and bur-lap trees for those who want toplant their tree after Christmas.Types of trees include Canaan,DouglasandFraser firsandNor-way and Colorado spruce. Treessell for $6 per foot.

Graves and his family willbail treesandassistcustomers intying them to their cars. Afterfinding your tree, stop in theChristmas shop to browse thewreaths, grab a free hot choco-late and cookies and sit down bythe wood stove.

Ever Green Acres is open 10a.m. to5p.m.everySaturdayandSunday through Dec. 22.

– Kurt Backscheider/TheCommunity Press


This tree farm has been inbusiness since 1955. Situated on100 acres at 1651Bolender Road,Hamersville, owner SheldonCorsi’s farm offers about 50,000cut-your-own Christmas trees.Yep, that’s 50 – as in thousand!

Customerswalkup, downandaround the gently rolling hills ofthe farm along gravel roads car-ryingasawprovidedbythebusi-ness.

Trees range in height from 3feet to16feetandnomatterwhatsizebluespruce,Norwayspruce,white pine, Scotch pine, balsamfir or concolor fir tree a custom-er chooses to cut down forChristmas theprice is the same–$42 with tax included.

The tree farm also includes a2,500-square-foot Christmasshop with tree ornaments andgifts, an indoor petting zoo,homemadeItalianchili,hotdogs,metts, and hot and cold drinks.

Call 937-379-9200 or go online formore information.

– Eric Spangler/The Commu-nity Press

Dirr NurseriesGOSHEN

Tom Dirr has been growingtrees since 1960 on his 115-acrefarm on 6066 Goshen Road. Cus-tomers drive through a .75-milegravel road system to choosetheir tree, which costs $45 foranysize.Customerscancut theirown white pine, balsam fir, Ca-naan fir, Scotch pine and Colora-do spruce trees.

Saws are provided and treeshaking and netting is available.Workers help secure the trees tothe customer’s car.

ButasDirrsays, “We’re in theentertainment business, not theChristmas tree business.” Socheckout the farm’s nativity dis-play or get pictures on Santa’ssleigh while sipping hot cocoa.Then take the kids to the pettingzoo, where Schnitzel the goattakes center stage. Schnitzel hasled the Bockfest parade in Over-the-Rhineforthepastfouryears,pulling the ceremonial first kegof bock beer. For more informa-tion about the farm call 513-625-2000

–KeithBieryGolick/TheCom-munity Press

Big Tree PlantationMORROW

With an estimated 45,000trees situated on more than 60acres, Big Tree Plantation is oneof the largest cut-your-own treefarms in Ohio. The family-runfarm, which is owned by BryanKeeton, is locatedat2544S.Way-nesville Road. Trees range inprice from$45fora6-foot tree to$400 for an 18-foot tree and in-clude Canaan firs, Scotch pine,white pine and blue spruce.

“Our mission here is to pro-

videaplaceforfamiliestocreatememories and traditions,” saidKeeton. Customers are taken bytractor to the trees and providedwith a saw and sled to transportthem.

Big Tree Plantation has a giftbarn, Nativity, and “WinterWon-derland” where children canmake a craft, visit with SantaClaus and see live animals. Ad-mission to the Winter Wonder-land is $5 per child. The farmalso has a cafeteria.

For information, call 513-836-0975 or go online to

– Forrest Sellers/The Commu-nity Press

John T. NiemanNurseryROSS

JohnT.NiemanNursery, 3215HamiltonNewLondonRoad, hasbeen inoperation since1962with125 acres, growing about 70,000trees of various varieties.

Customers looking for theperfect tree can wind their waythrough rows to cut a tree downthemselves with their own saw,borrow one or ask an employee(or grandchild) to cut it. Theywillalso loadthetreeontothecaras well, and if you need a stand,they sell four sizes of stands thatthey’ll cut your tree to fit. If youbuy one, bring it back next yearand they’ll fit it for free.Tree va-rieties include blue spruce, Ca-naan fir, white pine and Norwayspruce thatvary inheight from2to 16 feet. Trees that are balledand wrapped in burlap can bebought to plant after Christmasas well.

Trees are pre-priced andrange fromabout $15 to $300, de-

pending on size and variety. Thenursery also has a Christmasstore with that Nieman’s latewifeMarilynstarted,wheretheysell their in-house live wreaths,swagsandotherdecorations thatcan either be bought as decorat-ed or be made-to-order. Open 10a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday throughSaturday and10 a.m. to 6 p.m. onSunday. Fields with trees areopen until dark. 3215 HamiltonNew London Road, Call 513-738-1012 or go online towww.johnniemannursery.comfor more information.

“The difference in trees de-pends on what you prefer, likeodor, long-lasting and color,”says owner JohnT.Nieman. “Wedon’t have a petting zoo or any-thing like that. People comeherefor a nice tree.”

– Leah Fightmaster/The Com-munity Press

Koch ChristmasTreesREILY TOWNSHIP

This family-owned farm inReilyTownshiphasbeen inoper-ation since 2001. The trees are ashort distance from the parkinglotat this farm,a fewmilessouthof Oxford, at 6232 Hamilton-Scipio Road.

Farmworkerswill help to cutthe tree if requested, and handsaws are available for use. thetreewill be shaken to removede-bris, then properly fit by drillingthe cut end of the tree for a treestand. The tree will be wrapped,free of charge, and help is avail-able to load the trees on the car.

What kind of trees? Scotchpine, eastern white pine, Canaanfir, blue spruce.

Price range: $35 to $100. Freetreats and hot chocolate areavailable, and tree stands areavailableforsale.Becausethis isa small family farm, Koch isopen on weekends betweenThanksgiving and Christmasfrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and willtakerequests tomeetat thefarm

on other days by calling 756-1998. Directions to the tree farmcan be found on the Koch web-site,

Nana and Papa’sChristmas TreeFarmFELICITY

This farm overlooking theconfluence of Bullskin Creekand the Ohio River just north ofU.S. Route 52 has been in busi-ness since 1833. Owner TimBroadwell’s farm, situated on130 acres at 108 state Route 133,Felicity, offers 5 acres of cut-your-own Scotch pine or Canaanfir trees. Scotch pine trees cost$25 andCanaan fir trees cost $32for any size.

Newthisyearisahayridethatcustomers can take from theparking lot to the trees andback.Sawsareprovidedandtreeshak-ing and netting is available. Freecoffee and hot chocolate are alsoprovided.

The hayride travels part ofthe trail that was once known asthe Bullskin Trail, BullskinTrace, Xenia Trail or XeniaTrace. The trail, created initiallyby the thundering hooves ofmil-lions of migrating buffalo andother animals traveling to thesalt licks in Kentucky, was alsoused as a major travel route byNativeAmericans. Legendhas itthat Daniel Boone used the trailthrough this farm in1778 duringhis escape from Shawnee Indi-ans, Broadwell said. The trailwas also a major UndergroundRailroad route. For more infor-mation about the farm call 513-507-1456.

– Eric Spangler/The Commu-nity Press

Timberwind TreeFarmLEBANON

At Timberwind Tree Farm,every treehasastory.Locatedat1566W.PekinRoad,TimberwindTree Farm is eight acres withabout 400 trees. The family-runbusiness has been in operationfor 25 years.

Owner Jim Luers said lastyear he and his family beganplacing name tags on the treesgiving each an individual story.For example, Tammy is the“Miss America Tree” becauseshe is “tall, well rounded with aperfect figure.” This year stu-dents from St. Susanna Schoolwill help write the name tags.

For information, call 937-746-5027 or go online to

– Forrest Sellers/The Commu-nity Press

Sheldon Corsi, owner of Corsi Tree Farm 1651 BolenderRoad, Hamersville. The farm, which was started in 1955,features blue spruce, Norway spruce, white pine, Scotchpine, balsam fir and concolor fir on nearly 100 acres.ERICSPANGLER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Making the (holidays) cut

Tom Dirr has been growing trees since 1960 on his115-acre farm on 6066 Goshen Road. KEITHBIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“The difference in trees depends on what you prefer,like odor, long-lasting and color,” says owner John T.Nieman.LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“Our mission here is to provide a place for families tocreate memories and traditions,” Big Tree Plantationowner Bryan Keeton said.FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Timberwind Tree Farm owner Jim Luers said last year heand his family began placing name tags on the trees givingeach an individual story. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

PINING FORMORE?Find more Christmastree farms online at

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THURSDAY, DEC. 12Art ExhibitsSmall Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,Woman’s Art Club CulturalCenter, 6980 Cambridge Ave.,The Barn. Show and sale ofsmall artwork, no larger than8-by-10 inches. Original works inoil and watercolor by activemembers of the Woman’s ArtClub of Cincinnati. Free. 272-3700;

EducationToastmasters: Improve YourCommunication and Leader-ship Skills, Noon-1 p.m., BlueAsh Technical Center, 11450Grooms Road, Conference RoomNo. 2. Practice skills by speaking,organizing and conductingmeetings and motivating others.Ages 18 and up. Free. Reserva-tions required. Through Dec. 19.387-7030; Blue Ash.

Exercise ClassesZumba Class, 7-8 p.m., HartzellUnited Methodist Church, 8999Applewood Drive, $5. 917-7475.Blue Ash.

Health / WellnessWellness Myths andMisun-derstandings, 7-8 p.m., FITMontgomery, 9030 Montgo-mery Road, Suite 18, Topic: GuiltFree Holiday Treats. Coordinateddiscussion group to explorehealth and wellness discoveriesfound in latest peer-reviewedmedical journals. Ages 18 andup. $5. 823-2025; Township.

Holiday - ChristmasVictorian Holiday Village,6-8:30 p.m., Ohio NationalFinancial Services, One FinancialWay, Greater Cincinnati tradi-tion features variety of holidayactivities. New houses decoratedwith holiday scenes, thousandsof lights and free family enter-tainment. Free. 794-6100;’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m.,Santa’s Workshop, 6940 Madi-sonville Road, Historic Shillito’sElves have moved to Mariemontand are opening workshop forpublic tours. Bring letters to mailto Santa. Pictures with Santaavailable on Saturdays andSundays. Benefits Ronald Mc-Donald House. $4, free ages 3and under. Presented by Marie-mont Inn. 620-4353;

NatureFossils and Geology, 3:15-4:15p.m., Deer Park Branch Library,3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learnabout rock formation, soil types,weathering and Cincinnati’sfamous fossils. Ages 5-12. Free.369-4450. Deer Park.

On Stage - ComedyDrew Hastings, 8 p.m., GoBananas Comedy Club, 8410Market Place Lane, $12-$18.Reservations required. 984-9288;

Support GroupsCodependents Anonymous,7-8 p.m., The Community of theGood Shepherd, 8815 E. KemperRoad, Room 31. Literaturediscussion group. Free, dona-tions accepted. Through Jan. 30.800-0164.Montgomery.Codependents Anonymous,Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presby-terian Church, 4309 CooperRoad, Youth room. Big book/discussion meeting. Brown baglunch optional. Open to every-one who desires healthy lovingrelationships. Donations accept-ed. 673-0174; Ash.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13Art ExhibitsSmall Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,Woman’s Art Club CulturalCenter, Free. 272-3700;

Holiday - ChristmasVictorian Holiday Village,6-8:30 p.m., Ohio NationalFinancial Services, Free. 794-6100;’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m.,Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages3 and under. 620-4353;

Music - Religious

Delta Kings Holiday Concert,7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Commu-nity United Methodist Church,8221Miami Road, Sanctuary.Cincinnati’s original barbershopchorus. Christmas melodies.With Rusty Pipes quartet. Bene-fits WCET Action Auction. Free.891-8181;

On Stage - ComedyDrew Hastings, 8 p.m. and 10:30p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club,$12-$18. Reservations required.984-9288;

ShoppingHoliday Open House, 5-8 p.m.,Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119Harrison St., Locally madepottery, conversation, food andwine. Artists answer questionsand take special orders. Freeadmission. 683-2529; Loveland.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14Art & Craft ClassesTeen Craft, 2 p.m., LovelandBranch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Make a fleecescarf. Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4476.Loveland.

Art EventsHoliday Raku Firing, 4-9 p.m.,Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119Harrison St., Paint compli-mentary train ornament andwatch as it comes out of theraku kiln. Learn about rakuglazes and raku process, talkwith local potters and sit bybonfire to warm up. Free.683-2529; Loveland.

Business SeminarsSo YouWant To Start YourOwn Business, 8:30 a.m.-noon,CMC Office Center Blue Ash,10945 Reed Hartman Highway,Seminar to provide you withbasics to start your own busi-ness, including how to findresources to evaluate yourbusiness idea and bring it toreality. Ages 21 and up. $10, $5advance. 684-2812; Blue Ash.

Craft ShowsMarielders Senior CenterCraft Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,Mariemont Elementary School,6750 Wooster Pike, Free admis-sion. Presented by MARIELDERS,INC. 271-5588; [email protected].

Dining EventsMetropolitan Opera LiveBroadcast of Verdi’s “Fal-staff” and Dinner with Cin-cinnati Opera Guild, 5:30-8p.m., Trio Bistro, 7565 KenwoodRoad, Prices vary. 768-5513.Kenwood.

Drink TastingsWinter WINEderland, 3-7 p.m.,Meier’s Wine Cellars, 6955Plainfield Road, Includes fivetasting tickets to be used onchoice of 1-1.5 ounce samples ofwine. Non-alcoholic juices alsoavailable. Ages 21 and up. $10.891-2900. Silverton.

Holiday - ChristmasChristmas in Loveland, 4-9p.m., Downtown Loveland, WestLoveland Avenue, Carriage ridescrafts, Santa at Loveland Canoeand Kayak, caroling, shopping,bonfire, children and adultchoirs, and more. Free. Present-ed by City of Loveland. 293-8254; Loveland.Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, freeages 3 and under. 620-4353;

Literary - LibrariesTeen Advisory Board, 2-3 p.m.,Deer Park Branch Library, 3970E. Galbraith Road, Motivatedteens discuss means for makinglibrary’s programs and materialsto be most in tune with theirneeds. Ages 13-19. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Music - JazzThe Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight,Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110Montgomery Road, Free. 677-1993; Symmes Township.

On Stage - ComedyDrew Hastings, 8 p.m. and 10:30p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club,$12-$18. Reservations required.984-9288;

On Stage - Student DanceThe Nutcracker, 2 p.m. and 7:30p.m., Cincinnati Country DaySchool, 6905 Given Road, $10, $5children and students. Presentedby SCPA Dance Department.238-5240. Indian Hill.

On Stage - TheaterTis the Season ChristmasShow, 5-5:30 p.m., 6-6:30 p.m.and 7-7:30 p.m., Loveland StageCompany Theatre, 111 S. SecondSt., Directed by Tom Cavano.Continues tradition of songsfrom popular carols. WithLoveland Stage Company Danc-ers. Free. 683-1713; Loveland.

RecreationParents Night Out: Santa’sWorkshop, 5-9:30 p.m., Tri-Health Fitness and Health Pavil-ion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Ages 3and up. Activities include pot-tery painting, story time, cookiedecoration and visit from Santa.Pack bag dinner (no peanuts).$30. 985-0900.Montgomery.

ShoppingOhio Camera Swap, 10 a.m.-3p.m., Embassy Suites Blue Ash,4554 Lake Forest Drive, Featur-ing 20-plus dealers. Buying andselling everything photography-related. New and used equip-ment. Bring equipment to tradeor sell. $5, $3 students, free ages11 and under; free parking.614-352-4110; Blue Ash.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15Art ExhibitsSmall Treasures, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,Woman’s Art Club CulturalCenter, Free. 272-3700;

Holiday - ChristmasSanta’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, freeages 3 and under. 620-4353;’s North Pole-ooza, 2-4p.m., Kids First Sports Center,7900 E. Kemper Road, Playing inthe gym, inflatable slide, openfamily swim, Santa, Mrs. Claus,Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch,cookie decorating, holidaydance performance and toycollection. Benefits Toys for Totsand the Dragonfly Foundation.$10 per child age 3 and up.489-7575; Sycamore Township.

Music - ClassicalCarillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., MaryM. Emery Carillon, PleasantStreet, Open air concert. Caril-lonneur plays bells using key-board in upper tower. Tours oftower available; playground,

restroom and shelter house onsite. Free. Presented by Villageof Mariemont. 271-8519; Junior Strings 35thAnniversary Concert, 3-4:30p.m., UC Blue Ash CollegeMuntz Theater, 9555 PlainfieldRoad, Winter concert celebratesDr. Jerry Doan’s 35 years ofservice as CJS director. CJSalumni join current students inperformance of “Intermezzo.”Free. 556-2595. Blue Ash.

On Stage - ComedyDrew Hastings, 8 p.m., GoBananas Comedy Club, $12-$18.Reservations required. 984-9288;

MONDAY, DEC. 16Exercise ClassesZumba Fitness Classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lu-theran Church, 101 S. LebanonRoad, Parish Life Center. Freewill donation at door. For ages12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland.

Music - BenefitsMichael Stephen Chertock, 7p.m., Sycamore PresbyterianChurch, 11800 Mason Road,Cincinnati Symphony Orchestrapianist with Maria BobbittChertock, guest soloist, perform-ing Christmas favorites. BenefitsThe Center for Respite Care.Free; donations accepted.683-0254; Symmes Township.

Volunteer EventsThe L.I.F.E. Giving Shoppe GiftDrop-off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., TheCharles Brigham Jr. MasonicLodge, 11665 Lebanon Road,Auditorium. Donate new,unwrapped gifts. Family friend-ly. Free. Presented by L.I.F.E.Loveland Interfaith Effort.583-8222; Loveland.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17Art & Craft ClassesArt with Friends, 6 p.m., DeerPark Branch Library, 3970 E.Galbraith Road, Stress-free spaceto explore your creativity.Beginners and experiencedartists welcome. Ages 18 and up.Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.Botanica Monthly Classes, 6-8p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields ErtelRoad, Design class. Stay after tocreate your own arrangementwith help of instructor 7-8 p.m.Free. Registration required.697-9484; Loveland.

Art ExhibitsSmall Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,Woman’s Art Club CulturalCenter, Free. 272-3700;

Business ClassesBlast Toastmasters Club,Noon-1 p.m., Kroger KP-1 Build-ing, 11300 Cornell Park Drive,Fifth Floor. Develop and practicespeaking, organizing and con-ducting meetings. Ages 18 andup. Free. Reservations required.387-1324. Blue Ash.

Exercise ClassesZumba Class, 7-8 p.m., HartzellUnited Methodist Church, $5.917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers MarketLoveland Farmers Market, 4-6p.m., Grailville Retreat andProgram Center, 932 O’Bannon-ville Road, Presented by Love-land Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Love-land.

Literary - Story TimesPreschool Story Time, 10:30-11a.m., Deer Park Branch Library,3970 E. Galbraith Road, Books,songs, activities and more, whilebuilding early literacy skills. Forpreschoolers and their care-givers. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450.Deer Park.Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., DeerPark Branch Library, 3970 E.Galbraith Road, Children’slibrarian reads aloud from somefavorite books. Make craft totake home. Ages 3-6. Free.369-4450. Deer Park.

Volunteer EventsThe L.I.F.E. Giving Shoppe GiftDrop-off, 9 a.m.-noon, TheCharles Brigham Jr. MasonicLodge, Free. 583-8222; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18Art & Craft ClassesKnitting, Crochet and Needle-craft Class, 7-8 p.m., MilfordHeights Church of Christ, 1646Ohio 28, Basic handwork tech-niques and fresh ideas in knit-ting, crochet and other handi-crafts along with short devo-tional time. Free. 575-1874.Milford.

Art ExhibitsSmall Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,Woman’s Art Club CulturalCenter, Free. 272-3700;

Business ClassesT.A.L.K. Toastmasters of Mil-ford, 7-8:30 p.m., St. AndrewChurch, 552 Main St., Discoverhowmembership in Toastmas-ters will improve your speakingskills, increase your thinkingpower and build your self-confidence. Meets first and thirdWednesdays of every month.Free. Presented by MilfordT.A.L.K. Toastmasters. 831-3833;

Holiday - ChristmasSanta’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m.,Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages3 and under. 620-4353;

RecreationMagic the Gathering, 6-8 p.m.,Deer Park Branch Library, 3970E. Galbraith Road, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Support GroupsCaregivers Support Group,12:30-2 p.m., The Community ofthe Good Shepherd, 8815 E.Kemper Road, Room 25. Tosupport caregivers of elderly ordisabled parents (relatives).Ages 18 and up. Free. Regis-tration required. 929-4483.Montgomery.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19Art & Craft ClassesLadies Night, 7-9 p.m., Cheersto Art!, 7700 Camargo Road,Wine specials, 20 percent off allboutique items, light snacks anddrawing for free session. Forages 16 and up. $30. Reserva-tions required. 271-2793;

Inbetween Club, 4 p.m., Marie-mont Branch Library, 3810Pocahontas Ave., Make gift andwrap it. Includes holiday treats.Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4467.Mariemont.

Art ExhibitsSmall Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,Woman’s Art Club CulturalCenter, Free. 272-3700;

EducationToastmasters: Improve YourCommunication and Leader-ship Skills, Noon-1 p.m., BlueAsh Technical Center, Free.Reservations required. 387-7030; BlueAsh.

Exercise ClassesZumba Class, 7-8 p.m., HartzellUnited Methodist Church, $5.917-7475. Blue Ash.

Holiday - ChristmasSanta’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m.,Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages3 and under. 620-4353;

Literary - LibrariesLego Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., DeerPark Branch Library, 3970 E.Galbraith Road, Design andbuild creations with providedLegos. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450.Deer Park.

Support GroupsMotherless Daughters Sup-port Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Mont-gomery Community Church,11251Montgomery Road, Foradult women who have lost ormiss nurturing care of theirmother. Free. 489-0892.Mont-gomery.Codependents Anonymous,7-8 p.m., The Community of theGood Shepherd, Free, donationsaccepted. 800-0164.Montgo-mery.Codependents Anonymous,Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presby-terian Church, Donations accept-ed. 673-0174; Ash.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20Art ExhibitsSmall Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,Woman’s Art Club CulturalCenter, Free. 272-3700;

Holiday - ChristmasSanta’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m.,Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages3 and under. 620-4353;

SATURDAY, DEC. 21Art & Craft ClassesSpecial Family Holiday Ses-sion, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers toArt!, 7700 Camargo Road, Paintornament. Personalize withnames and dates and decorate.For ages 6 and up. $25. Reserva-tions required. 271-2793;

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The historic Delta Kings Chorus will stage a holiday concert of Christmas favorites at St. Paul Community United Methodist Church of Madeira at 7:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Cincinnati's 30-member original barbershop chorus will deliver an evening of close-harmony Christmas music in a concert the groupdonated to help WCET's Action Auction. A St. Paul group submitted the winning bid for the concert, which will be staged in the sanctuary; there will beno charge for admission. Many of the chorus' concerts during the year benefit various local charities. The 30 minute concert in the church, at 8221MiamiRoad in Madeira, will feature numbers from the whole chorus and from a barbershop quartet within the larger group.

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Our little patch ofheaven looks quite fes-tive. The lights arestrung on the pine trees

andwreathsare hungon thehouse,garage andouthouse.This week-end we goto Corsi’stree farmwith all thekids to cut

down our Christmastrees. The most fun forme is taking photos ofthe little ones in the backof the pickup with theirSanta hats askew ontheir heads and hot choc-olate mustaches on theirsmiling faces. A simplecountry pleasure!

Boursin cheesepotatoes

Yummy alongside theholiday ham or roast. Idon’t make these oftenbut it is one of my favor-ite ways to cook pota-toes.

3 pounds potatoes, eitherYukon gold or red

2 cups whipping cream5 oz. pkg. Boursin cheese (Ilike the garlic and herbblend)

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350degrees. Spray a 9-inchby 13-inch pan. Slicepotatoes into 1⁄4-inchslices and sprinkle withsalt and pepper. Heatcream and cheese to-gether, and whisk untilcheese is melted. Layerhalf the potatoes in pan.Pour half cheese mixtureover. Repeat and bake,

covered, for 1 hour oruntil potatoes are tender.

Chewy cocoabrownies

St. Xavier HighSchool Mothers’ Club“Food for the Journey”cookbook is differentfrom the usual communi-ty cookbooks. It hasmouth-watering recipes,including “date-worthyfare,” heart-healthytailgate recipes and fam-ily favorites. It also con-tains original artwork bystudents, along withschool history and sto-ries of faith and wisdom.I couldn’t put the bookdown! Here’s an adapta-tion of a brownie reciperequested by severalreaders. The book isavailable in the St. Xavi-er’s Spirit shop for $25.

1 cup butter or margarine2 cups sugar2 teaspoons vanilla4 large eggs3⁄4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa1 cup flour1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder1⁄4 teaspoon salt1 cup chopped nuts(optional)

Heat oven to 350.Spray a 9-inch by 13-inchpan.

Microwave butter inlarge bowl on mediumpower until melted. Stirin sugar and vanilla. Addeggs, one at a time, beat-ing well after each addi-tion. Add cocoa; beatuntil blended. Add flour,baking powder and salt;beat well. Stir in nuts.Pour batter into pan.Bake 30 to 35 minutes oruntil brownies begin topull away from sides ofpan. Don’t overbake.

Creamy browniefrosting

Check out my blog forthis recipe.

Nell Wilson’shomemade bluecheesedressing/veggie dip

I was a guest, along

with Joe Boggs, Hamil-ton County Extension, onRon Wilson’s annualThanksgiving radio showon 55WKRC. We sharedour holiday memoriesand favorite recipes. Rontold us about the bluecheese dressing from hismom, Nell. I told him Ihad to have it for myreaders. “She makes

quarts and quarts of thisto give away,” he toldme. Nell is special to mefor many reasons, one ofwhich is how generousshe is in sharing hergood recipes. Nell saysyou can eat this rightaway “but it’s betterafter 24 hours.” For giftgiving, pour into a prettyjar suitable for the re-

frigerator.In a large bowl, com-

bine the following ingre-dients:

2 cups Hellman’sMayonnaise

1⁄2cup sour cream1⁄4 cup white vinegar1 heaping tablespoonminced garlic

1 tablespoon sugar1 to 11⁄2 cups blue cheesecrumbles

Cinnamonmochamix for giving

Give with a couple ofholiday mugs. Go to tasteon ingredients.

Combine and store incovered container atroom temperature:

16 oz. non-dairy powderedcreamer

16 oz. chocolate mix for milk1 pound confectioners’sugar

6 cups dry milk powder3⁄4 to 1 cup cocoa powder1⁄2cup instant coffee1 tablespoon cinnamon

Gift tag: Pour 6 oz. hotwater over 3 heapingtablespoons mix; stir.

Can you help?Pia’s chicken salad

for Mindy Seibert. “Myhusband and I were re-cently in Mount Adamsand would love to findthe recipe for Pia’s won-derful chicken salad. Wereally enjoy the old foodplaces up on “the hill.”’

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is anherbalist, educator and au-thor. Find her blog online atCincinnati.Com/blogs. Emailher at [email protected] with “Rita’skitchen” in the subject line.Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Cheesy potatoes make great holiday side dish

RitaHeikenfeldRITA’S KITCHEN

This potato dish baked with Boursin cheese is one of Rita’s favorite potato recipes.THANKSTO RITA HEIKENFELD


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Summer reading winners recently claimedtheir prizes at the Loveland and Symmes Town-ship branch libraries.


Lily Vanover gets hersummer reading prize atthe Loveland BranchLibrary. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Alberta Negri wins a GoldStar gift card from summerreading at the SymmesTownship Branch Library.THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Vikrant Yadav right, withShreyans Yadav, picks uphis tablet, a prize he wonduring summer reading atthe Symmes TownshipBranch Library. THANKS TOLISA MAUCH

Morgan Schneider claimsher summer reading prizeat the Symmes TownshipBranch Library. THANKS TOLISA MAUCH

For the second straightyear, Bethesda NorthHospital in Montgomeryhasbeennamedoneof thenation’s 50TopCardiovas-cularHospitals byTruvenHealth Analytics. Thisyear’s winners are beingannounced in the Novem-ber edition of ModernHealthcare magazine.

The Truven Health 50Top Cardiovascular Hos-pitalsstudyevaluatesper-formance in key areas:risk-adjusted mortality,risk-adjusted complica-tions, core measures (agroup of measures thatassess process of care),percentage of coronarybypass patients with in-ternal mammary arteryuse, 30-day mortalityrates, 30-day readmission

rates, severity-adjustedaverage length of stay,and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.This is the seventh timeBethesda North Hospitalhas been recognized withthis honor.

“Once again BethesdaNorth has been honoredas one of the best hospi-tals in the country,” saidJohn Prout, TriHealthPresident & CEO. “Beingnamed a 50 Top Cardio-vascular Hospital by Tru-ven Health Analytics is atestament to theeffortputin by a committed teamofour doctors and staff. Wearegrateful for the recog-nition and look forward tocontinuing to set the qual-ity standard in healthcarefor our community.”

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Corps Health Clinic.The event will be 8

a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday,Dec.15, in theVeterinaryTechnology building onthe UC Blue Ash Collegecampus, 9555 PlainfieldRoad in Blue Ash.

More than 50 workingcanines from law en-forcement and searchand rescue agencies

throughout the area willbe treated at the clinic.The preventive care in-cludes a general physicalexam, as well as a thor-ough orthopedic examperformed by an ortho-pedic specialist. Otherveterinary specialistswill assess the canineshearing, eyesight, dentalhealth, and skin health.

The dogs will also re-ceive cardiac and ab-dominal ultrasounds aspart of the screeningtests. Idexx will donatethe lab services for theevent. The total value forthese services and ex-aminations approaches$1,500 per dog.

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tions include severalgeneral practitioners aswell as board-certifiedspecialists in surgery,cardiology, internalmedicine, ophthalmolo-gy, dermatology, dentis-try and audiology.

Students and facultyfrom the University ofCincinnati FETCHLAB(Facility for Education

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Celebrate CincinnatiBallet’s 50thanniversaryseason with Frisch’s pre-sents “The Nutcracker”from Dec. 20 throughDec. 29 at the AronoffCenter for the Arts.

This whimsical pro-duction featuresacast ofmore than 150 childrenfrom the Tristate areathat brings energy andenthusiasm to the classicholiday tale. The chil-dren’s cast has the dis-tinct opportunity todance alongside Cincin-nati Ballet’s professional

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ented dance studentshave been hard at worksince their August audi-tions. A select few havebeen cast as main char-acters including theroles of Clara and herNutcracker Prince.

For tickets, call 513-621-5282, visit or visit the Cincin-nati Ballet Box Office at1555 Central Parkway.Tickets start at $32.

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There is a reason forthe Christmas season –and Darrel Geis wants toencourage Cincinnatiansto embrace the joy of Je-sus Christ’s birth.

Geis, president of theChristian Blue Pages, aSharonville-based print,web and mobile networkof Christian-owned andoperated businesses, islooking for greater Cin-cinnatianswhowant toex-press the spirit of Christ-mas by joining the fourthannual Carol Cincinnati,to be held the weekend ofDec. 13-15.

People of all faith de-nominations are encour-aged togather friendsandfamily, choose a nightwhich works best, andhead to their local neigh-borhood from 7 p.m. to 9p.m. the weekend of Dec.13 toDec.15 tosingChrist-mas carols. Carol Cincin-nati’s goal is to share thegood news in song on10,000 doorsteps greaterCincinnati doorsteps.

The event is simple,free, and great prizes areavailable for those who

register on the event webpage, Geis said. Website in-structions provide infor-mation on how to form acaroling group, where tocarol and how to carol.

To register a carolinggroup, receive guidelinesor download a songbook,go

Fourth annual CarolCincinnati Dec. 13-15

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Cincinnaty Symphony Orchestra pianist MichaelStephen Chertock will perform at SycamorePresbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec 16. Hisdaughter, Maria Bobbitt Chertock will appear as guestsoloist in this evening of festive music and Christmascheer. The concert is free. Donations will be acceptedto benefit the Center for Respite Care. The church is at11800 Mason Montgomery Road, Symmes Township,683-0254;

20, at St. Barnabas Episcopalchurch, 10345 MontgomeryRoad.The children’s Christmas pageant,“The King’s Birthday,”will bepresented at the 11 a.m. Sunday,Dec. 22, worship service.Young New York City virtuosopianist David Mamedov will playa concert at Ascension at 7:30p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Mame-dov competes and plays world-wide. The concert is free andopen to the public.On Sunday, Dec. 29 there will beone worship service at 10 a.m.Ascension is at 7333 PfeifferRoad, Montgomery, Ohio45242;; 793-3288.

Bethel BaptistTempleThe children’s Christmas programis 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.AWANA children’s Bible clubs areoffered for children ages 2through high school from 7 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays duringthe school year. The club willresume Jan. 8. Each club meet-ing features council time, whichincludes flag ceremony, musicand Bible lesson; handbooktime, in which clubbers earnawards through memorizationand handbook completion; andgame time. Contact the churchfor information, or visit theAWANA page on Facebook:search for “Bethel BaptistAWANA.”The adult, teen and children’sSunday School classes cometogether for an hour of skitsfrom the drama team, children’ssongs, games, penny wars andmore during Round Up Sunday,offered during Sunday Schoolhour on the first Sunday of eachmonth.The church offers a low-key,come-as-you-are women’sfellowship about once a month.Small group Bible studies areofferedWednesday evenings atthe church at 7:30 p.m.Sunday School classes for all agesare 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11a.m. Kings Kids, a children’sworship service, is offeredduring the 11 a.m. service.The church is at 8501 PlainfieldRoad, Sycamore Township;891-2221;

Blue AshPresbyterian ChurchT.W.O Annual Holiday Luncheonwill be 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at ParkersGrill.The church is at 4309 CooperRoad; 791-1153;

Brecon UnitedMethodist ChurchThe church offers worship ser-vices on Sundays at 8:30 a.m.and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School isat 9:30 a.m. Sundays.Samaritan Closet hours are 10a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursdayand Saturday. Samaritan Closetoffers clothing and food topeople with demonstratedneeds. Bread from Panera isavailable on Thursdays andSaturdays.The church is at 7388 E. KemperRoad, Sycamore Township;

Ascension LutheranChurchThe congregation will help makeChristmas special this year forchildren served by the Deer ParkClothes Closet. Clothing, toysand books will be delivered tothe Clothes Closet in time for“shopping day.” Community

residents who are interested inhelping may call the churchoffice at 793-3288 for moreinformation.The narthex Christmas tree willbe decorated with mittens,gloves, scarves, hats and socks.The items will be given to “OurLord’s Rose Garden,” a children’sministry in Sharonville that caresfor children in need.The OWLS (older wiser Luther-ans) will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday,

Dec. 15, at the church to deco-rate the sanctuary and sharehors d’oeuvres, dessert and a$10 gift exchange.Ascension is partnering with St.Barnabas Episcopal Church andMontgomery PresbyterianChurch for a Blue ChristmasWorship Service. Christmas canbe a difficult time for manypeople, particularly thoseexperiencing loss and grief. The6:30 p.m. service is Friday, Dec.



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“For Unto Us a Child is Born”

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Loveland UMC!

Three candlelight services from which to choose!

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St. BarnabasEpiscopal ChurchService times are 8 a.m. and 10a.m.The church is adopting FindlayStreet (west end of Cincinnati)families. Collection of food andgifts is Sunday, Dec. 22. Dona-tions accepted. Call the churchoffice for details and to donate.Christmas Eve services are at 5p.m.with child care and 10:30a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Noservices will be conducted onChristmas Day.Special Festival of Advent Lessonsand Carols service will be heldSunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. All arewelcome.St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is norequirement other than awilling heart and a desire toserve.The St. Barnabas Youth Choirrehearses after the 10 a.m.service Sunday. Children insecond-grade and older areinvited to come and sing.Calling all acolytes. If you arefourth-grade or older, pleasecall or email the church office tohelp serve during the services.An Intercessory Healing Prayer

Service is held the first Mondayof each month at 7 p.m.The Order of St. Luke, Hands ofHope chapter, meets the secondWednesday of each month at7:15 p.m. in the library.A Men’s Breakfast group meetsonWednesday mornings at 8:30a.m. at Steak N Shake in Mont-gomery.Ladies Fellowship/Religious StudyGroup meets on Tuesday morn-ings at 10 a.m. at the church.The group is discussing “Desireof the Everlasting Hills” byThomas Cahill.Friends in Fellowship meets thesecond Tuesday of each monthat 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinnerat the church.Ladies Bridge meets the first andthird Thursdays of the month.Contact the church office forfurther information.A Bereavement Support Groupfor widows and widowers meetsthe second and fourth Saturdaysfrom10 a.m. to 11 a.m.The church is at 10345 Montgo-mery Road, Montgomery;984-8401.

SycamorePresbyterian ChurchCome visit the church Sundaymornings in its new sanctuary at9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Child-care is available in the nursery

during both services for infantsthrough age 2.The next Fx! (Family Experience!)is Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Cha-pel. Enjoy an evening of music,worship, praise, and fun. Title:Born in the H.A.Y. Theme: JoyPrime Timers’ Christmas Lunchwill feature a BarbershopQuartet. Event will be Thursday,Dec. 19, noon-1:30 p.m. inFellowship Hall. Please reserve aspace by Dec. 15. Cost is $10 per

person for lunch and show.Advent Small Group Study:Sunday classes offered throughDec. 22 . Text: “Finding Bethle-hem in the Midst of Bedlam” (at 10:45 a.m. only).Coffee and Conversation, 9:30-11a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Fellow-ship Hall, features MamieJohnson, author of When GodDoesn’t Stop the Rain, present-ing “The Pathway to a New Youin the New Year.”

Eunice Circle is collecting layette/newborn through size 6 cloth-ing for Sunset Gap CommunityThrift Store. Place donations inthe Sunset Gap collection box(Adult Ministries) in the Nar-thex.Dinners for 6, 7 & 8 begins inJanuary and runs through April.Participants will meet at adesignated host’s homemonthlyfor dinner and fellowship.Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace

University will be offered inJanuary. Learn how to beatdebt and build wealth in thisnine-week program. Register atthe Adult Ministries Table in theNarthex.Sunday School classes for pre-schoolers through grade 12 areoffered at 10:45 a.m. service.The church is at 11800 Mason-Montgomery Road, SymmesTownship; 683-0254;


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BLUE ASHArrests/citationsMichael M. Maloney, 24, 2471Galvin Ave., felony warrant,possessing drug abuse in-struments, illegal use or pos-session of drug paraphernalia,Dec. 1.Sarah E. Elza, 25, 511 Fifth St.,misdemeanor warrant, drugparahernalia, misdemeanorwarrant, Dec. 1.Yiping Sun, 25, 3512 York Lane,failure to comply with order/signal of officer, Nov. 27.Dominique A. Walker, 24, 6116Plainfield Road, traffic warrant,possession of marijuana, Nov.29.Patricia R. Nardini, 52, 3829Gardner Ave., petty theft,possession or use of a controlledsubstance, Nov. 28.Juvenile, 15, petty theft, Nov. 29.Juvenile, 14, petty theft, Nov. 29.

Brandy G. Harper, 38, 27 Chest-nut Ave., misdemeanor warrant,felony warrant, receiving stolenproperty, criminal trespass,obstructing official business,forgery, petty theft, misde-meanor warrant, misdemeanorwarrant, misdemeanor warrant,Dec. 2.

Incidents/investigationsCriminal mischiefAman aid someone drove avehicle through his front yard at45 Carpenter’s Run Drive, Dec. 2.A woman said someone dam-aged lawn/yard/garden equip-ment, $30 damage at 10350Ryan’s Way, Nov. 30.Petty theftAwoman said someone took agreen change purse, value $5,and $800 cash from Great Clipsat 4130 Hunt Road, Nov. 26.Tamperingwith evidenceAt 10500 Montgomery Road,

Nov. 26.

MONTGOMERYArrests/citationsGansharajah Navadeepan, 39, 4Bellbrook Court Apartment C,operating vehicle impaired(under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), failure to com-ply with order/signal of officiers,driving upon sidewalk area,

Nov. 29.Christopher P. Galinari, 42, 8941Lyncris Drive, use, possess or saleof drug paraphernalia, Nov. 28.Larry L. Choice Jr., 37, 6145Samstone Court, use, possess orsale of drug paraphernalia, Nov.26.Andrew C. Tracy, 19, 1415 South-wind Drive, drug abuse, Nov. 27.Shawn P. Donnellon, 24, 7735Kennedy Lane, disorderly con-

duct, Nov. 24.Rita M. Frazier, 50, 4884 HuntRoad, open container, Nov. 23.Juvenile, 12, carrying concealedweapon, Nov. 14.Eleazar Moreno, 35, 2575W.Galbraith Road, forgery, Nov.25.

Incidents/investigationsTheftSomeone took a container ofelectronic cigarettes, value $120,from United Dairy Farmers at9759 Montgomery Road, Nov.29.A man said someone took twocredit cards from his truck at6200 Pfeiffer Road, Nov. 21.At 9730 Montgomery Road, Nov.21.Vandalism/criminal damagingSomeone spraypainted an “X”on the stone Tanager Woodssign on the entrance off WellerRoad, $500 damage at 8783

Tanagerwoods Drive, Nov. 24.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIPArrests/citationsKyle Roberts, 25, 4073 TreborDrive, domestic violence, Nov.11.Patrick Buckley, 32, 1165 ColeAve., theft, Nov. 17.Cierra Smith, 24, 5612 View-pointe Drive, theft, Nov. 16.Kalia Wilkerson, 18, 4205 MillvaleRoad, theft, Nov. 15.

Incidents/investigationsCriminal damagingResidence window broken at7991 Festive Court, Nov. 16.Tires damaged at 3970 LarchviewDrive, Nov. 17.Vehicle damaged at 8313 Ken-wood, Nov. 10.Identity fraudReported at 7790 MontgomeryRoad, Nov. 15.Reported at 8291Kenwood, Nov.15.TheftCheckbook removed at 12009First Ave., Nov. 18.Wallet and contents of unknownvalue removed at 8020 Montgo-mery Road, Nov. 12.

SYMMES TOWNSHIPArrests/citationsAna Sertovie, 22, 9548 KellyDrive, operating vehicle im-paired, Nov. 16.Michael Stetson, 26, 11640WindyHill Court, theft, Nov. 14.Kaitlyn Smith, 20, 584 SledborgDrive, theft, Nov. 15.Tayler Moore, 23, 9829 ArvinAve., theft, Nov. 15.

Incidents/investigationsBreaking and enteringConstruction site entered andequipment and materials ofunknown value removed at10210 Plantation Pointe, Nov. 18.RapeReported at Willow Road andRich Road, Nov. 18.Theft, misuse of credit cardBench of unknown value re-moved from porch at 9560Creekside, Nov. 15.Wallet and currency of unknownvalue removed at 9365 FieldsErtel, Nov. 17.


ABOUT POLICE REPORTSThe Community Press publishes the names of all adults

charged with offenses. The information is a matter ofpublic record and does not imply guilt or innocence.To contact your local police department:

» Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573»Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600» Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444» Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444

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BLUE ASH10 Heritage Road: Sweeney,Saundra M. Tr. to Ross, Janetco-Tr. & Eric co-Tr.; $502,000.3 Spyglass Court: WilmingtonTrust National Trust Tr. toO’Rourke, Brian; $250,000.10861 Fallsington Court: Cornist,Sandra M. Tr. to Broerman,Mary M.; $143,000.9333 Hunters Creek Drive:Snyder, Marilyn E. Tr. to Dai,Xue; $126,500.9628 West Ave.: Moskin Hold-ings Plus LLC to Stocker, CharlesG.; $146,500.11111Wood Ave.: Davis, Jason toLeyendecker, Kevin; $16,000.

MONTGOMERY7375 Cooper Road: 7375 CooperRoad LLC to Tulasiraman,Suresh & Jayasudha; $275,000.7925 Remington Road: Donnel-lan, Betty to Phillips LandProject LLC; $275,000.9861 Tollgate Lane: Kunnen-Jones, Marianne Tr. to Strecker,David & Catherine; $225,000.10702 Wellerwoods Drive:Rosen, Steven Allen to Eayre,Vanessa S.; $269,500.Address not available: Mayfairof Montgomery CondominiumLLC to Nemirovska, Evgenia;$115,000.10351 Buxton Lane: Stiens,Charlotte K. to Qualters, Mi-chael H. & Deborah S.;$243,000.13064 Coopermeadow Lane:Horan, John P. Tr. to Yengo,John J.; $505,000.9628 Delray Drive: Spurlock,Lowell T. to Tran, Viet;$120,000.10729 Escondido Drive: Doran,Mark D. & Mary Louise toMitchell, Edward Brodie &Regan E. Murray; $310,000.1004 Shakertown Court: Hughes,Shirley Ann Tr. to Roesch, LyndaE.; $115,000.Village Gate Lane: Great Tradi-tions Homes Ltd. to Evans, Ross

M. Tr.; $660,258.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP3967 Belfast Ave.: Minton, DarinJ. to Courage Properties LLC;$42,000.7987 Kenwood Road: Sakelos,Jean to Kenwood Partners LLC;$250,000.7548 Kirtley Drive: Dickman,Robert Thomas to Diesel,Stephanie L. & Nicholas D.;$142,500.3764 Lyndoncenter Court: Fehr,Jennifer to Goldman, Ilan A.;$131,000.4617 Orchard Lane: MidlandRetail Aquisitions LLC to Bodn-er, Samantha; $191,000.8970 Sedgewick Drive: KentuckyInc. Bank of The to Bailey,Angela M.; $78,000.12175 Sixth Ave.: Clark, Polly Ayala, Elizabeth; $32,000.12177 Sixth Ave.: Clark, Polly Ayala, Elizabeth; $32,000.12181 Sixth Ave.: Clark, Polly Ayala, Elizabeth; $32,000.7345 Timberknoll Drive: Willis,William C. & Christine M. toFerguson, Jeremy & Joan Eliza-beth Ferguson; $296,000.4073 Trebor Drive: Roberts,Dennis R. & Roberts Larry K. &Boutet Paula J. to Roberts, LarryK.; $84,000.11793 Wingate Lane: Knobler,Susan Lippman to Schultz,Stanton A. & Jane L.; $570,000.7288 Bobby Lane: Passty, Benja-min W. & Jocelyn E. Renner toKatz, Michael S. & Rachel M.;$345,000.7981 Keller Road: Lawson, JohnR. & Susan to Anning, Katie Z.;$750,000.7731 Kennedy Lane: Rowland,Michelle L. & Jason A. to Qual-tieri, Julianne; $450,000.7800 Redsky Drive: WallaceComputer Services to 7800Redsky Drive LLC; $948,260.8491 Smallwood Lane: Newsom,Lori Tr. to Caldwell, Jenny;$87,500.


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Judith A. CloreJudith A. Clore, 67, of Blue

Ash died Nov. 29.Survived by husband of 47

years, Gary A. Clore; children

Michael (Amy) Clore and Julie(Jeremy Singer) Clore Kitz;grandchildren Laney, Aiden andJavin; sister, Donna (Don) Sum-ner

Preceded in death by sister,

Marva Osborn.Services were Dec. 3 at Mi-

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