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Nisbet Park will be getting anew playground thanks to stategrant
The city received a $56,290NatureWorks grant from theOhio
Department of Nature Re-sources. The citys match for thegrant is
$25,000, from the cityscapital improvement fund, CityManager Dave
Kennedy said. Intotal, park improvements willcost $81,290.
Kennedy said the improve-ments will be done sometimeduring the
As part of the improvements,a play set that does not meet
theAmericans with Disabilities Actstandards and a stand-aloneswing
set will be replaced. Thearea around the playground will
get a handicap accessible borderand new mulch and a paved
pathwill be added from the existingpath.
Kennedy said he and City En-gineer Cindy Klopfenstein areworking
to pick the new ADA ac-cessible playground equipment,which will
cost about $64,700.
The one (playground) ishandicap accessible, but this oneis not.
The paved surface that
(Klopfenstein) proposes will tieall this in and make it all
handi-cap accessible, Kennedy said.
The resolution to accept thegrant funds passed by a vote of7-0
at the Loveland city councilmeeting March 24.
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The play set in Nisbet Park will be replaced with a handicap
accessible onethanks to the city of Loveland receiving a state
Nisbet Park to get new playground PARK IMPROVEMENT COST
Playground equipment: $64,700Play area boarder and mulch:
$6,500Pedestrian path: $4,000Furnishings and Landscaping:
$4,000Removals and site work: $2,000Required project sign:
Area governments and juris-dictions are sharing with oneanother
ways to save money orget more with less. They arealso learning
about cost-cuttingmeasures being used in othercommunities.
Pierce Township Adminis-trator Tim Hershners read withgreat
interest a story by Com-munity Press reporter JeanneHouck about
Union Townshipbuying trucks for less.
In Sycamore Township, thefire department replaced agingcomputers
for their trucks witha more cost effective computer.The fire
department replaced12-year-old Panasonic Tough-books with Microsoft
SurfacePros. The savings were in thethousands.
It is all because of changes atthe state level that have
re-duced the amount of money lo-cal municipalities receive.
Those reductions includeelimination of the tangible per-sonal
property and inheritancetaxes, and reductions in the lo-cal
government fund. Coupledwith an ongoing sluggish na-tional economy,
the cuts havebeen felt not only at city, town-ship and village
halls, but also inhomes and neighborhoods.
The money used to flow from
the state; now it trickles. Hamil-ton County Auditor DustyRhodes
sent Hamilton Countystwelve townships $121,656.52 innew money. This
was a one-timestate payment resulting fromlegislation passed during
theOhio General Assemblys lameduck session at the end of
Senate Bill 243 provided $10million for more than 1,300townships
across Ohio. Half ofthe $10 million allocation was di-vided equally
among everytownship. The remaining mon-ey was distributed based on
theamount of road miles withineach township as determined bythe
Ohio Department of Tax-ation.
According to Rhodes, Ander-son Township received the larg-est
amount, just over $18,300,with Colerain and Green receiv-ing just
over $17,000 each.Springfield Township receivedjust under $15,000
and Delhi re-ceived a little more than$10,400. The seven other
town-ships received less than $10,000each.
Rhodes said that since 2010,Hamilton County townshipsshare of
the Local GovernmentFund has been cut by$2,340,480.94 annually.
Theamount of the new allocationmakes up about 5 percent of
that total loss.Any new money is wel-
come, he said, but this reallyis just a drop in the bucket
com-pared to the cuts local govern-ments have seen.
Loveland took a hit. In 2011,
the city received $315,582 in lo-cal government funds. Lastyear,
the city received $170,230.And phasing out the estate taxhurt, too.
The city received asmuch as $787,501 in estate taxrevenues in 2009,
about $236,000 annually be-tween 2010 and 2013.
According to city managerDavid Kennedy, Loveland hasresponded by
The check is not in the mailLocal governments facingrealities of
state cutsCommunity Press staff report
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Because of funding cuts at the state level, Loveland has put
improvements to its parks on hold. The city has appliedand received
grants for park improvements.
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Nisbet Park, Sun-day, Sept. 13.
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Categories include:painting drawing- printmaking;
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Goodwill hostsEarth Day recyclingdrive
This year will markthe celebration of the
Ohio Valley Goodwillssecond annual Earth DayElectronic Recycling
Do-nation Drive, 11 a.m. to 5p.m. Sunday, April 26, atall 29
Last year, Goodwillcollected more than20,000 pounds of
comput-ers, keyboards and otherelectronic equipmentduring this
one-day eventand this year, the goal is60,000 pounds from
theGreater Cincinnati com-
munity.Find out more about
this exciting recyclingevent at www.cincinnati-goodwill.org.
Senior Club LOVELAND Like to
meet people? The HappyHearts Senior Club withmembers from
Loveland,Goshen and Milfordmeets at 1 p.m. the thirdThursday of
each monthat the VFW Hall in Ep-worth Heights. Every
other month, the grouphas lunch at a differentarea restaurant.
Theyalso have pot lucklunches, bingo if interest-ed, trips to a
variety ofplaces and plenty of funand conversation.
For information callWinona Franz, 683-3298,or Pat Medert,
Senior Expo and Lun-cheon will be taking place
Wednesday, May 20, from10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The ex-po will take
place at Re-ceptions Conference Cen-ter, 10681 Loveland Ma-deira
Road. Lunch will beprovided by the LovelandSymmes
Firefighters.There will be several in-formational booths fromlocal
vendors and groupsspecializing in the healthand welfare of
today'smature adults. R.S.V.Pwith Linda Keeley at 774-3016.
across all departments,outsourcing certain func-tions like
income tax col-lection and building in-spection services, cut-ting
funding for the annu-al road rehabilitationprogram, deferring
capi-tal purchases, reducingemployee benefits, andreducing or
eliminating avariety of other smallerprograms or services.
Sycamore Townshipsrevenue fell by about 72percent, Trustee
Every source of in-come we had took apounding, Township
Ad-ministrator Greg Bick-ford said.
Sycamore had about$2 million in reservesthat got it through
thehard times, Bickfordsaid. The fire departmentwas a big part of
well with the firefighterstaking the pay reductionsin order to
save jobs. Inevery other township de-partment, staff was cut.At one
time there were 14to 15 people staffing thetownship offices.
Todaythe staffing is about halfthe size it was a few yearsago with
those remain do-ing a lot more work.
While the townshiphas not fully recoveredfinancially, the
revenuestream is improvingthanks to the Joint Eco-nomic
DevelopmentZones (JEDZ) programembraced by the town-ship several
We enacted JEDZ be-fore anyone else wastalking about
them,Trustee Cliff Bishop said.
I would appreciatethat fact that the state ofOhio has created a
sur-plus for itself more if itdidnt come at the ex-pense of local
govern-ments and therefor nega-tively impact local tax-
payers and the servicesthey need from their lo-cal governments,
Mil-ford City Manager JeffWright said.
The states local gov-ernment fund payment tothe Clermont County
cityhas been cut almost inhalf since 2011 - from
$324,000 to $171,000.Neighboring Miami
Township was able tobuild reserves to offsetthe losses.
To deal with the cutsin revenue, Miami Town-ship cut staff
through at-trition, delayed capitalpurchases and refinance
debt, outgoing Adminis-trator Larry Fronk said.The township
movedsome costs for capital ex-penditures from the op-erating
budget to the taxincrement finance funds.It was only in 2014
thatthe township began to in-vest in capital equip-ment.
Indian Hill raised itslocal income tax ratefrom 0.4 percent to
0.6percent on Jan. 1, 2013.The elimination of the es-tate tax has
cost the cityalmost $6 million a yearsince 2011.
Smaller municipal-ities, and communitieswith strong industry
andbusiness tax bases, havenot been hit as hard
Overall we knew
(this) was coming and ad-justed that for otherparts of the
budget wherewe have more control,Fairfax AdministratorJenny Kaminer
said. Be-ing a small village, itdidnt have a huge im-pact.
Kaminer said fundingfrom the state is a smallpercentage of
Fairfaxsoverall budget. She saidthe earnings tax is theNo. 1 source
of incomefor the village followedby fines generated fromthe mayors
Reporters Kurt Backscheider,Jeanne Houck, Jennie Key,Marika Lee,
Kelly McBride,Cindy Schroeder, ForrestSellers and Sheila
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CUTTING DEEPHeres how some other local municipalities budgets
have been affected by state funding cuts: Goshen Township acted
similarly - reducing staff, delaying capital purchases and
refinancing debt, Fiscal Officer Cheryl
Allgeyer wrote in an email. The township also searched out and
applied for grants to supplement lost revenue, Allgeyer said.As an
example, Goshen Township applied for an Assistance to Firefighters
Grant Regional radio grant and received almost $1million in
Clermont Countys Pierce Township was hit doubly hard. Its
general fund is down from $861,344.47 in 2009 to $710,990.64in
2014. Another nearly $700,000 in revenue will be lost with the W.C.
Beckjord Power Plant going offline effective in Septem-ber
Because of the expectation that Beckjord Power Plant would close
sometime over the past decade, Pierce Township hassuspended many
routine expenditures on equipment (police, fire and public works
vehicles), road and building maintenance,as well as personnel
expenses, Administrator Tim Hershner said.
Our budgets are secure for the next five years except for the
fire/EMS department. The Pierce Finance Committee hasrecommended
and the board of trustees approve placing a reduced Fire/EMS levy
on the November 2015 ballot with hopesthe reduced levy income will
be enough to purchase new equipment that is currently failing on
emergency runs as well asincrease personnel pay to reduce high
departure rates of trained safety employees leaving for better pay
in nearby communi-ties.
Pierce Township trustees approved placing a 2.1-mill, 10-year
fire levy on the Nov. 3 ballot. Last fall a 2.8-mill continuing
firelevy was narrowly defeated by voters.
A number of ClermontCounty communities areeligible to
participate inthe application process forfunding of potential
pro-jects under the Communi-ty Development BlockGrant program.
The Clermont County
Commis-sionerstook actionthat en-abled com-munities
topotentiallyseek CDBGfunds for abroad
range of activities includ-ing: economic develop-ment projects,
street, wa-ter supply, drainage andsanitary sewer improve-ments;
demolition of un-safe structures, rehabili-tation of housing;
services, and improve-ments to neighborhood fa-cilities, county
Grant Co-ordinator Annette Deca-tur said in an email.
The communities inwhich the commissionersentered into amended
co-operation agreementswith are: the city of Mil-ford, and the
villages ofBethel, Felicity, Moscow,New Richmond, Newtons-ville,
Owensville and Wil-liamsburg. The agreementbetween the
commission-ers and communities is forthe three-year period of
2015 to 2017.The county was desig-
nated as an EntitlementCommunity under theCDBG program
beginningin fiscal year 2015. Thisdesignation is the result ofthe
2013 U.S. Census up-date of Clermont Countyspopulation which
showedthat the countys popula-tion passed 200,000. Thevalue of
grants ClermontCounty is eligible to re-ceive more than doubledwith
the new designation.
The U.S. Department ofHousing and Urban Devel-
opment has notified thecounty that its eligible forabout
$932,702 in CDBGfunding for fiscal year2015, providing it
meetsapplicable program re-quirements, Decatur saidin her message.
The coun-ty must develop and sub-mit a five-year consolidat-ed plan
Work on the plan is un-der way, she said, and adraft copy will
be avail-able for public inspectionfor a 30-day review
period,tentatively set to beginApril 15. A second public
hearing is scheduled bythe Clermont County Com-missioners to
receivecomments, and a formaladoption of the plan mustbe made prior
to the sub-mission to HUD. The firstpublic hearing was inearly
Watch the ClermontCounty Department ofCommunty and
EconomicDevelopments website,www.clermontcountyo-hio.biz, for dates
when theplan will be available forviewing.
Some Clermont communities eligible to apply for CDBG funds
Broad range of activities may get aid Sheila
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Milford Vice MayorJeff Lykins first job hewas just 11 was
pumpinggas at his familys Gulfstation in Day Heights.
So Lykins, now presi-dent and CEO of LykinsEnergy Solutions,
hasboth business and nostal-gic reasons to have nego-tiated a deal
with Gulf Oil
for what he says are ex-clusive rights to repre-sent the brand
in GreaterCincinnati and NorthernKentucky.
As a child, my familywere Gulf distributorsand I grew up with
thebrand, Lykins said.
Lykins Energy Solu-tions proudly operated
one of the first Gulf sta-tions in the Cincinnatimarket in
Gulf pulled out of theCincinnati area almost 30years when it
mergedwith Standard Oil of Cali-fornia and a lot of siteswere
branded Chev-ron, Lykins said.
We are very excited
about bringing the Gulfbrand back to the Great-er Cincinnati
Lykins said motoristsshould keep an eye outfor Gulfs iconic
circularbright orange sign withblue lettering.
We are currently innegotiations with multi-ple independent
dealersto fly the Gulf flag, Ly-kins said.
Lykins Energy Solu-tions, formerly LykinsOil, is a family owned
andoperated business found-ed in 1948 and headquar-tered at 5163
WolfpenPleasant Hill Road in Mi-ami Township.
It employs 300 peopleand sells branded fuels,wholesale fuels,
propane,lubricants, electricity,natural gas and commer-cial,
transportation andhome heating oil in Ohio,Kentucky, Indiana,
theMidwest and the South-east.
Lykins Energy Solu-tions recently bought
Martin OilCo. Inc. inBuckhan-non, W.Va., whichwas found-ed in
1966and activein that
community for nearly 50years.
We plan to keep thattradition alive as the newowners, Lykins
said,adding that all 14 formerMartin Oil Co. employeeswill keep
We look forward toserving Martin Oils cus-tomers with the same
de-dication to quality andcustomer service thatMartin Oil has
providedfor the last 49 years.
Milford City ManagerJeff Wright said Lykinsand Lykins Energy
Solu-tions know a thing or twoabout community ser-vice.
Jeff Lykins has sup-ported countless localnonprofits,
and school organizationsin Milford and through-out Clermont
Some of the organiza-tions and events that Ly-kins Energy
Solutionshas donated to includeFrontier Days, ValleyView
Foundation, CASAfor Kids, Amazing Race,Greater Milford
AreaHistorical Society,Hometown Holidays,Longstone Festival,
Cler-mont County Fair, Na-tional Night Out and mul-tiple college
scholarshipsfor high school studentsfrom throughout Cler-mont
Said Lykins: I and myfamily have always be-lieved that you must
giveback to the communitythat has supported youand made you
Want to know more aboutwhat is happening in Milford?Follow me on
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Every 10 seconds a callis made to a poison centerin the U.S.
Drug overdoses are theleading cause of uninten-tional deaths
outnumber-ing car accidents and fire-arms both locally and
A focal point for pre-vention and treatment ofthese exposures is
theDrug and Poison Informa-tion Center at CincinnatiChildrens
Hospital Medi-cal Center. Health profes-sionals are available to
an-swer your call 24 hours aday, seven days a week
In 2014, DPIC receivedmore than 81,000 calls re-garding issues
that wereaddressed by the centerstrained staff, which in-cludes
doctors, nursesand pharmacists. TheDrug and Poison Center isone of
the largest in thecountry and provides ser-vice to 24 counties
inSouthwest Ohio andNortheast Ohio.
Of course the bestway to treat a poisoning isto prevent it from
occur-ring in the first place,said Earl Siegel, DPICmanaging
director. Poi-son centers can assistwith awareness, cautionand
safety around drugsand chemicals.
The U.S. Departmentof Health and Human Ser-vices gives the
followingtips for preventing poi-soning:
Keep chemicals intheir original bottles orcontainers. Do not
usefood containers such ascups, bottles, or jars tostore chemicals
such ascleaning solutions orbeauty products.
Keep all drugs inmedicine cabinets or oth-er childproof
cabinetsthat young children can-not reach.
Never leave childrenalone with householdproducts or drugs. If
youare using chemical prod-ucts or taking medicineand you have to
do some-thing else, such as answerthe phone, take any youngchildren
Turn on fans andopen windows when usingchemicals or
householdcleaners, and never sniffcontainers to see what
Never share or sellyour prescription drugs.
Wear protectiveclothing (gloves, longsleeves, pants,
socks,shoes) if you spray pesti-cides or other chemicals.Stay away
from theseareas until the spray hasdried or at least one hour.
CCHMC stressespoison prevention
APRIL 15, 2015 LOVELAND HERALD A5
SCHOOLSSCHOOLSACHIEVEMENTS | NEWS | ACTIVITIES | HONORS
LOVELANDHERALDEditor: Richard Maloney,
Deans Awards Colgate University - Kathryn Black. University of
Rochester - Cara Elaine Genbauffe.
Deans Lists Butler University - Katelyn Sussli. Centre College -
Michelina Henskens, Erika Rip-
perger, Aliza Williams.. Heidelberg University - Madelaine Kuhn.
Huntington University - Kayla Mitchell. Lipscomb University -
Hannah Staub. Samford University - Kelsey N. Niehaus. Washington
University (St. Louis) - Wendy Lu, Al-
len Agle Osgood.
On campusAshland University - Katherine Randall a member
of Eagle Entrepreneurs.
Provosts ListLipscomb University - Anna Campbell, Kenleigh
Music was in the air Valen-tines weekend at LovelandHigh School
as they hosted theirannual Show Fest show choircompetition.
Loveland show choirs By Re-quest and Allure welcomed thelargest
group of competitorsever for the two-day competi-tion and
exhibition. Schoolsfrom all over Ohio and Indianabrought 27
different showchoirs to perform for thousandsof fans. Friday night
featuredthe performances of eight dif-ferent middle school
Rhythm Express from Fair-field Middle School swept tophonors
Friday evening, winningGrand Champion, Best Vocals,Best
Choreography, Best Band,Best Female and Male Vocalist.As host
school, the Lovelandshow choirs were not eligible tocompete.
Revolution, the Love-land Middle School show choirclosed out the
evening with anexhibition performance follow-ing the award
Saturday was a full day ofcompetition for the 19 highschool show
choirs competingwith Marion Harding HighSchool Singers Xtreme
takingthe stage at 8 a.m. They werethe first of three single
genderdivision (all female or all male)groups to perform, but it
wasKnight Stars of Norwell HighSchool in Indiana earning hon-ors as
Grand Champion, BestVocals and Best Choreographyin the
The remaining 16 mixedshow choirs were divided intoseven small
groups and ninelarge groups. Norwell HighSchool again led the way
withtheir Knight Moves takingGrand Champion honors withbest in
vocals, choreography,and male soloist in the Tier 2small group
division. The over-all Tier 1 large mixed groupGrand Champion was
SwingersUnlimited from Marysville,Ohio high school earningawards
for best in vocals, chor-eography, band, and female so-loist.
All final performances tookplace after a dinner break andan
exhibition performance bythe Loveland High School allnew, all
female show choir Al-lure. Once all the evening final-ists
performed, the LovelandHigh School By Request show
choir took the stage. They per-formed an exhibition before
theaward ceremonies wrapped upa Valentines Day weekend ofmusic.
The Loveland Show Choirsare off to a great season headingfor
their next competition the
weekend of Feb. 27, at FranklinCentral High School in Frank-lin,
Indiana. By Request hasearned Grand Champion honorsat all three
previous competi-tions in January and early Feb-ruary at
Beavercreek, Ohio;Marysville, Ohio, and at Nor-
throp High School in FortWayne, Indiana. In just theirfirst
season, the all-female Al-lure group has already
receivedrecognition with a third-placeshowing at Northrop.
Honorshave included best vocals, bestchoreography, best band,
best male soloist.Loveland Show Choirs are di-
rected by Shawn Miller andDonna Bernstein.
More at www.lovelandshow-choirs.org or
PHOTOS BY CHUCK GIBSON
Guys and Dolls show choir from Coy Middle School performs during
the 2015 Loveland ShowFest show choirs competition Valentines
Valentines Day: For the love of music at LHSBy Chuck
Hamilton Middle Schools Cutting Edge was one of 27 show choirs
to compete during the two-day show choir competition.
Thousands of fans and parents passed through the Tiger Trail
Cafe during the 2015 ShowFest show choircompetition.
Loveland show choirs directorShawn Miller serves as
directinghost for the ShowFest show choircompetition.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 16Art & Craft ClassesLearn to Sew with
CarolePrice, 3:30-5:30 p.m., WomansArt Club Cultural Center,
6980Cambridge Ave., Tack room atThe Barn. Introductory
sewingclasses that focus on techniquesincluding getting to know
yoursewing machine, projects withzippers and linings and
garmentsewing. Classes geared forchildren aged 7 and up.
Adultswelcome. Ages 7-99. $20 perclass. Registration
required.Presented by Carole Price.272-3700; www.artatthebar-n.org.
BenefitsA Taste of Art and Wine, 5:30-8p.m., Eisele Gallery of
Fine Art,5729 Dragon Way, Original art,white wines by Barefoot
Winesand food bites. Artists includeJohn Ruthven, Frank and
DianneMcElwain, Robert Hagberg,MaryBeth Karaus and CindyNixon. Ages
21 and up. BenefitsMercy Neighborhood Ministries.$40. Reservations
required.Presented by Mercy Neigh-borhood Ministries Inc.. 751-2500
ext. 204; www.mercy-neighborhoodministries.org.Fairfax.
Exercise ClassesZumba Class, 7-8 p.m., HartzellUnited Methodist
Church, 8999Applewood Drive, $5. Presentedby Zumba with Ashley.
917-7475. Blue Ash.
Yoga: Align Level 1, 8:45-10a.m., Womans Art Club
CulturalCenter, 6980 Cambridge Ave.,The Gallery at The Barn.
Appro-priate for seasoned beginners.Plenty of challenge that
buildsstrength and stamina. Attentionto alignment detail is
priority.Experience helpful but notnecessary. Ages 35-65. $120 per9
weeks unlimited. Register atfirst class or drop-in.
Home & GardenRaised Garden Bed, 6:30-8 p.m.,Turner Farm,
7400 Given Road,During this class instructor PeterHuttinger will
build 4x8 cedargarden bed. Additional topics:choosing right lumber
amd soilmix, building healthy soil usingcompost and green
manurecrops, and basics about growinghealthy produce naturally.
$15.Registration recommended.561-7400; tunerfarm.org.
Music - BluesSonny Moorman, 8 p.m. tomidnight, HD Beans and
BottlesCafe, 6721 Montgomery Road,793-6036. Silverton.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17Art & Craft ClassesArt in Bloom After School
ArtClass, 4-5:30 p.m., Womans ArtClub Cultural Center,
6980Cambridge Ave., The Barn.Draw, paint, and make clevercrafts in
this after school classwith art teacher Patty Horwitz.Ages 8-13.
$100 for 4 classes.Reservations required.
Spring Soul Collage OpenStudio Series: Emerging, 10a.m. to 1:30
p.m., WomenWriting for a Change, 6906Plainfield Road, Lets
explorethrough our card-making to-gether what is present
andemerging for us this spring. ForAdult Women. $35.
Registrationrequired. 272-1171; www.wo-menwriting.org.
EducationAdult and Pediatric First Aidand CPR/AED, 9 a.m. to
3:30p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Cen-ter, 4433 Cooper Road,
Becomecertified in adult and pediatricfirst aid and CPR/AED. $85,
$55.Registration required. Presentedby American Red Cross
Cincin-nati Area Chapter. 800-733-2767;
FestivalsMariElders Italian Festival,5:30-9:30 p.m., Fairfax
Recrea-tion Center, 5903 HawthorneAve., Music by Pete WagnerBand.
Dinner includes spaghetti/ravioli with meatballs, salad,Italian
bread, dessert, tea andcoffee. Beer and wine extra.Heads or Tails
at 7 p.m., rafflebaskets, split the pot and ringtoss. Benefits
MariElders, Inc.$12, $10 advance, $5 children 12and under.
quired. Presented by MARIEL-DERS, INC.. 271-5588. Fairfax.
RecreationTGIF at Kids First, 6-10 p.m.Spring has Sprung, Kids
FirstSports Center, 7900 E. KemperRoad, Pizza, indoor swimmingand
night-time snack. $30, $20each additional child. Reserva-tions
required. 489-7575;www.kidsfirstsports.com. Syca-more Township.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18Art & Craft ClassesFiber Arts, 10:30 a.m.
to 12:30p.m., Loveland Branch Library,649 Loveland-Madeira
Road,Enjoy company of other crafterswhile working on your ownsmall
project. Open to any kindof needle (or hook) crafters.Ages 18 and
up. Free. 369-4476;www.cincinnatilibrary.org.Loveland.
Weekend Weaving Workshopon Rigid Heddle Loom, 1-4p.m., Womans
Art Club CulturalCenter, 6980 Cambridge Ave.,Womans Art Cultural
Center.Learning to weave on portablerigid heddle loom. Learn
tech-nique and complete a scarf withworsted or bulky weight
yarnthat you choose. Looms avail-able to rent for $10.The
basicsexplored in this two-day work-shop. Ages 12-90. $60.
Regis-tration required. 272-3700;www.artatthebarn.com.
Cooking ClassesSimple Health-Smart CookingClass, 11:30 a.m. to 1
p.m.,Cincinnati Nutrition CounselingCenter, 7400 Montgomery
Road,Informal and interactive classseries to discover how
healthyand tasty meals can be preparedquickly and simply. $139.
Regis-tration required. Presented byCommuniversity at UC. 556-6932;
EducationPlay in a Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Blue Ash Recreation
Center,4433 Cooper Road, Workshoppresented by Ensemble
Theatre.Write, design, build and per-form original play. $5.
Regis-tration required. Presented byEnsemble Theatre
Cincinnati.745-8550. Blue Ash.
Babysitters Training, 9 a.m. to4:30 p.m., Blue Ash
RecreationCenter, 4433 Cooper Road,Become certified in
babysitterstraining. $85. Registrationrequired. Presented by
Amer-ican Red Cross Cincinnati AreaChapter. 800-733-2767;
red-cross.org/take-a-class. Blue Ash.
Holiday - Earth DayEarth Day Celebration, 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.,
Childrens MeetingHouse Montessori School, 927OBannonville Road,
Free elec-tronic recycling, kids crafts,games, hikes, campfire
andpond water study. Tree plantingin honor of former CMH
Schoolstudent at noon. Free. 683-4757;www.cmhschool.com.
Literary - LibrariesCelebrate Chinese New Yearwith Yan, 11 a.m.
to noon,Loveland Branch Library, 649Loveland-Madeira Road, Year
ofthe Goat. Listen to Yan explainwhat Chinese New Year is allabout.
Stories, crafts and Chi-nese snacks. Free.
Music - ClassicalMusic at Ascension, 7:30 p.m.The Mike Wade Jazz
Quartet.,Ascension Lutheran Church,7333 Pfeiffer Road,
Sanctuary.Free, donations accepted.793-3288. Montgomery.
Gabriel Faures Requiem, 7p.m., Blue Ash PresbyterianChurch, 4309
Cooper Road,Immanuel Presbyterian Churchand Blue Ash
PresbyterianChurch perform. Benefits BakeMe Home. Free,
donationswelcome. 791-1153; www.bapc-web.net. Blue Ash.
Music - Concert SeriesLinton Musics Peanut Butter& Jam
Sessions: Music Mak-ing with Madcap: The Storyof the Ugly Duckling,
10-10:45a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.,1-1:45 p.m., Good
ShepherdLutheran Church Kenwood, 7701Kenwood Road, Clarinet,
cello,piano and Madcap Puppets tellstory through music of
Beetho-ven. $5 or four for $15; freeunder age 2. Presented byLinton
Peanut Butter & JamSessions. 381-6868; www.linton-
On Stage - TheaterHeaven Can Wait, 7-10 p.m.,Schoolhouse
Restaurant, 8031Glendale-Milford Road, Upstairs.Interactive dinner
theatre. $35.Reservations required. Present-ed by P.L.O.T.T.
Performers.201-7568; http://www.plott-performers.com/. Camp
ShoppingCommunity Yard Sale, 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Blue Ash YMCA,
5000YMCA Drive, Registration dead-line for vendors is April 10.
Fee:$25 for 10x10 space plus 8 foottable and 2 chairs.
BenefitsYMCA. Free admission. Regis-tration required. 791-5000.
Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Trinity Community Church, 3850E.
Galbraith Road, Proceedsbenefit youth ministries. Free.791-7631;
www.trinitycincinna-ti.org. Deer Park.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19Art & Craft ClassesWeekend Weaving
Workshopon Rigid Heddle Loom, 1-4p.m., Womans Art Club
CulturalCenter, $60. Registration re-quired. 272-3700;
On Stage - TheaterHeaven Can Wait, 2-5 p.m.,Schoolhouse
Restaurant, $35.Reservations required.
201-7568;http://www.plottperform-ers.com/. Camp Dennison.
MONDAY, APRIL 20Exercise ClassesYoga: Align Level 1,
8:15-9:30a.m., Womans Art Club CulturalCenter, 6980 Cambridge
Ave.,The Gallery at The Barn. Taughtby Karen Johns. Appropriate
forBeginners with some yogaexperience. Emphasis on properalignment,
self-care, safestretching, sense of humor andall yoga has to offer.
Ages 35-60.$120 for 9 weeks unlimited.Register at the first
class.Through April 27.
Yoga for New Beginners, 10-11a.m., Womans Art Club
CulturalCenter, 6980 Cambridge Ave.,The Gallery at The Barn.
Sessiontruly for those brand new toyoga. Ages 35-65. $120 for
9weeks. Register at the first class.706-9802;
Yoga for Teen Girls, 4-5 p.m.,Womans Art Club CulturalCenter,
6980 Cambridge Ave.,The Gallery at The Barn. In-troduction for
young women toexplore what yoga has to offer.For Teen girls grades
7-12. $80for 8 weeks. Please contact meto register. 706-9802;
Health / WellnessHealth Seminar, 6 p.m., Ursu-line Academy, 5535
PfeifferRoad, Besl Auditorium. CSOviolinist Stacey Woolley
andbassist Wayne Anderson joinStephen Wilson, M.D. to provideunique
and educational look atrelationship between music andmedicine.
Light refreshmentsand chance to win CSO tickets.Free. Reservations
required.Presented by Mercy Health.956-3729, option 2, then
option1; e-mercy.com/calendar.aspx.Blue Ash.
UC Cancer Institute Communi-ty Speaker Series: ColorectalCancer
From Diagnosis toSurvivorship, 6-7:30 p.m.,Cancer Support
Community,4918 Cooper Road, Colorectalcancer specialists host
inter-active discussion and shareexpertise about
multidisciplinaryteam care model, latest optionsfor diagnosis and
treatment andwhats on horizon for personal-ized care. Free.
Registrationrecommended. Presented byUniversity of Cincinnati
CancerInstitute/UC Health Otolaryngol-ogy. 501-773-3736. Blue
Literary - LibrariesPreschool Storytime, 10-11a.m., Loveland
Branch Library,649 Loveland-Madeira Road,Enjoy books, songs,
activities,crafts and more, while buildingearly literacy skills.
For pre-schoolers and their caregivers.Ages 3-6. Free.
Toddler Storytime, 11 a.m. tonoon, Loveland Branch Library,649
Loveland-Madeira Road,Encourage emerging language
skills with books, rhymes, crafts,music and fun. For ages
18-36months. Free. 369-4476. Love-land.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21Exercise ClassesZumba Class, 7-8 p.m.,
HartzellUnited Methodist Church, $5.917-7475. Blue Ash.
Gentle A.M. Yoga, 7:15-8:15a.m., Womans Art Club CulturalCenter,
6980 Cambridge Ave.,The Gallery at The Barn. Gentlemorning class
occurs mostly onfloor, moves spine in all of itsdirections, opens
hips andshoulders. Poses alternatebetween stabilizing,
stretchingand strengthening. Good foreveryone from newbie to
ad-vanced practitioner. $120 for 9weeks unlimited. Register at
thefirst class or drop-in.
Yoga: Align Level 2, 8:45-10a.m., Womans Art Club
CulturalCenter, 6980 Cambridge Ave.,The Gallery at The Barn.
Forwell-seasoned beginner orintermediate student. Ages35-60. $120
per 9 weeks unlim-ited. Register at first class ordrop-in.
706-9802; www.karen-johnsyoga.com. Mariemont.
Literary - LibrariesLoveland Book Club, 10 a.m.,Loveland Branch
Library, 649Loveland-Madeira Road, Call fordetails. Ages 18 and up.
Free.369-4476; www.cincinnatilibra-ry.org. Loveland.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22Drink TastingsBurger and Beer Wednesdays,4-9
p.m. Kitchen closes at 9pm,Fifty West Brewing Company,7668 Wooster
Pike, Burger andpint for $10. 834-8789; fiftyw-estbrew.com.
Health / WellnessMuscle-Tendon-LigamentScreening, 6-7 p.m.,
CincinnatiSports Club, 3950 Red BankRoad, Grandin Room.
Sportsmedicine doctor shows howthese issues are evaluated
usingultrasound. Ages 18 and up.Free. Reservations
required.Presented by Christ HospitalPhysical Therapy.
Holiday - Earth DayEarth Day Celebration, 4-7p.m., Blue Ash
Recreation Cen-ter, 4433 Cooper Road, Earth-friendly vendors, food,
craftsand fun for entire family. Familyfriendly. Free. Presented by
BlueAsh Recreation Department.745-8550. Blue Ash.
Literary - LibrariesToddler Playdate, 11 a.m. tonoon, Loveland
Branch Library,649 Loveland-Madeira Road,Meet new friends and
socializethrough unstructured play. Toysprovided. For ages 18
months-4years. Free. 369-4476; www.cin-cinnatilibrary.org.
NatureNew Loveland SustainabilityCouncil Hosts Earth DayEvent,
6-8:30 p.m., LovelandHigh School, 1 Tiger Trail, Audi-torium. Pizza
dinner, games,giveaways. View Clean BinProject. Businesses feature
sustainable practices. Free.Presented by Loveland
Sustain-ability Council. 683-1920. Love-land.
On Stage - ComedyPro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Ba-nanas Comedy Club,
8410 Mar-ket Place Lane, Aspiring comics,amateurs and professionals
takethe stage. Ages 18 and up. $5.984-9288;
SchoolsCoffee Social with Casey,9:30-10:30 a.m.,
ChildrensMeeting House MontessoriSchool, 927 OBannonville
Road,Parents of preschoolers learnabout Montessori philosophy,tour
eight-acre campus and visitclassrooms. Free. Through May6.
Support GroupsAl-Anon Meeting, noon to 1p.m., Good Shepherd
LutheranChurch Kenwood, 7701 Ken-wood Road, Room 101. Fellow-ship
of relatives and friends ofalcoholics who share theirexperience,
strength and hopein order to solve common prob-lems. Ages 18 and
up. Free.Presented by Kenwood Al-AnonFamily Group. 947-3700.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23Exercise ClassesZumba Class, 7-8 p.m.,
HartzellUnited Methodist Church, $5.917-7475. Blue Ash.
Be Smart, Eat Well and MoveMore at Your Library, 3:45p.m., Deer
Park Branch Library,3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learnabout exercise,
good nutritionand feeding your brain withgood books while
completing26 miles of Flying Pig marathonon your Hog Log. Free.
Present-ed by Public Library of Cincinnati& Hamilton County.
Yoga: Align Level 1, 8:45-10a.m., Womans Art Club
CulturalCenter, $120 per 9 weeks unlim-ited. Register at first
class ordrop-in. 706-9802; www.karen-johnsyoga.com. Mariemont.
Health / WellnessGeneral Joint Screening,9:30-11:30 a.m.,
Cincinnati SportsClub, 3950 Red Bank Road, Briefhistory and exam
designed totroubleshoot and modify activ-ities and exercise
programscovered. Ages 18 and up. Free.Reservations required.
Present-ed by Christ Hospital PhysicalTherapy. 527-4000.
Home & GardenDesigning Hot Kitchens andCool Baths, 6:30-8
p.m., NealsDesign Remodel, 7770 E. Kem-per Road, Project
consultantsand designers discuss trends inkitchen and bath design.
Lightfare provided. Ages 18 and up.Free. 489-7700;
Literary - LibrariesTeen Writing Club, 6 p.m.,Loveland Branch
Library, 649Loveland-Madeira Road, Forteen writers interested in
meet-ing other teen writers or look-ing for feedback from
others.Ages 12-17. Free.
Music - BluesSonny Moorman, 8 p.m. tomidnight, HD Beans and
BottlesCafe, 793-6036. Silverton.
On Stage - ComedyChristina Pazsitzky, 8 p.m., GoBananas Comedy
Club, 8410Market Place Lane, $8-$14.984-9288;
Support GroupsAlienated GrandparentsAnonymous (AGA), 6:30-8p.m.,
Symmes Township BranchLibrary, 11850 Enyart Road,Library meeting
room. Informa-tion and support to grandpar-ents who feel alienated
orestranged from visiting withgrandchildren. Free.
AGACincinemail@example.com. Presented byAlienated Grandparents
Anony-mous (AGA). No phone. SymmesTownship.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24Art & Craft ClassesArt in Bloom After School
ArtClass, 4-5:30 p.m., Womans ArtClub Cultural Center, $100 for
4classes. Reservations required.272-3700; www.artatthebar-n.org.
Ladies Night Out, 6-9 p.m., TheSilver Diva, 9797 MontgomeryRoad,
Suite F, Make personal-ized piece of jewelry. Pay onlyfor what you
make. Ages 21 andup. Price varies. Reservationsrequired. 873-4561.
BenefitsParty with Pissarro, 6:30 p.m.,Womans Art Club
CulturalCenter, 6980 Cambridge Ave.,The Barn. French-themed
partywelcomes Dr. Brettell to town,with Provenal cuisine from
LaPetite Pierre, dessert, fine wines,music by the Faux
Frenchman,and photo booth in the Loft.Free valet parking. Ages 21
andup. Benefits WACC FoundationThe Barn. $50. Reservationsrequired.
272-3700; www.artat-thebarn.org. Mariemont.
FilmsFinal Friday Flix Film Series,7-10 p.m. Features Chef
andlocal food trucks on site., Terwil-ligers Lodge, 10520
DeerfieldRoad, $5. Reservations required.Presented by Montgomery
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THANKS TO GEORGE PALMER
A free Earth Day Celebration is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Saturday, April 18, at ChildrensMeeting House Montessori School,
927 OBannonville Road, Loveland. The event features freeelectronic
recycling, kids crafts, games, hikes, campfire and pond water
study. A Tree planting inhonor of former CMH School student will
take place at noon. Call 683-4757; visitwww.cmhschool.com.
APRIL 15, 2015 LOVELAND HERALD 7ANEWS
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Fennimore, MD; Larry Johnson, MD; Sarah Bartlett, MD; Kimberly
Bonar, MD; Lori Packard, MD
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And now, as maternity services open at the new West Chester
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Today Im going to talk aboutwine. Now Im not confessing tobe an
expert on wine - words
like fruity, oakyand big are notterms I use on adaily basis but
Ido enjoy wine asa social drink andespecially incooking. My
onlyforay into mak-ing wine wasdandelion wine afew years agoand it
just aboutblew up in the
garage. No more homemadewine making for me!
Cooking with wine
Theres something magicalwhen you cook with wine. Winesenhance
food by tenderizingand moisturizing while impart-ing unbeatable
flavor. Its notonly about taste, although cer-tainly the fruity and
acidicaspects add nuances and spikesof flavor. The alcohol in
wineactually pulls flavors out andcarries them into food. To
seewhat I mean, add wine to askillet that was used to sautfood. As
you scrape up cara-melized bits of food on the bot-tom, called
deglazing, the winegoes to work, giving the fin-ished sauce an
incomparableflavor. If you added merelywater, juice or broth to
deglaze,they could not dissolve and pull
flavors out the way the alcoholin wine does.
Dry or sweet?I like dry wines because I
dont want a sweet wine to af-fect flavor. Use what you like
todrink. Dont use that nasty stuffin the bottle labeled
cookingwines, which are loaded withsalt and preservatives. They
areusually on the same shelf asvinegars, and can be sold evenon
Sunday because the alcoholcontent is minute.
Add wine firstIf you are deglazing add
wine to skillet before you addanything else. Let it boil a bit
toreduce acids and tannins. This
is key to prevent curdling if youare adding dairy products.
Balancing act: pairingwines with food
Heres where it can get con-fusing. Is it red with beef,
whitewith poultry and seafood, cham-pagne for the toast? To play
itsafe, try white wines with sea-food and poultry and more
as-sertive red wines with gameand beef. But, hey, today justabout
anything goes. So its upto you.
Wine terms:Dry. Wine thats not sweet
with no residual sugar.Big. Rich, full-bodied, really
flavorful and assertive.
Fruity. The aroma of freshfruit should hit you here. Andits not
just grapes, but applesand berry aromas, too.
Oaky. The wine has a warmvanilla flavor and fragrance,coming
from the fact that thewine has been aged in new oakbarrels.
For more information aboutcooking with wine, check outmy website
Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herb-alist, educator, Jungle Jims
Eastgateculinary professional and author.Find her blog online
atAbouteating.com. Email her email@example.com withRitas
kitchen in the subject line.Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.
Ritas guide to cooking with wine
Rita HeikenfeldRITAS KITCHEN
Wine and herb marinated chicken
I cut up the chicken and put it in the marinade for kebobs. I
threadedbell peppers and onions on the kebobs between the chicken.
You can alsoleave the chicken whole.
Palmful parsley, chopped2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped or
a generous teaspoon dried14 cup dry white wine, like Sauvignon
Blanc14 cup olive oil1 nice lemon, juice and zest of2 large garlic
cloves, minced/2 tablespoons1 tablespoon black olives, finely
chopped (optional but good)3/4 teaspoon ea. salt and pepper4
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Mix marinade ingredients and pour into large baggie. Add chicken
andbefore sealing baggie, remove air by laying baggie on its side
before sealingand smoothing out the air. Refrigerate for 2 hours or
so. Reserve marinade.Grill on medium high, covered, about 7 minutes
per side or until done,basting every few minutes with marinade.
Serve with yogurt sauce if youlike.
No real recipe, but just stir together 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4
cup sourcream, some chopped parsley, a teaspoon or so minced garlic
and salt andpepper to taste.
THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD
Wine and herb marinated chicken kebobs garnished with fresh
oregano pair well with a simple yogurt sauce.
A8 LOVELAND HERALD APRIL 15, 2015
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a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-FridaySee page A2 for additional contact
394 Wards Corner RoadLoveland, Ohio 45140phone: 248-8600email:
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A publication of
Warren Buffet oftenmakes news. Recentlyhe revealed that hetries
to make his diet resemblethat of a 6-year old by drink-ing five
12-ounce Cokes a day.
He said, I checked the actu-arial tables, and the lowestdeath
rate is among 6-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a6-year-old. I
guess he meantthis to be funny. He also eatsice cream for breakfast
and helikes to have Utz potato stickswith his Cokes.
Personally, I dont knowmany mothers who would lettheir
6-year-old drink even onesuch sugar-laden (39 grams)drink a day.
And, one ounce ofthe potato sticks means 160
calories, 11grams of fat,and threegrams of sat-urated
fat.Healthy food?Ill let youimagine whatwould happenif all
Amer-icans went onthe Buffet diet.
Mr. Buffet, I challenge youto start eating fruits and
vege-tables, get rid of the sodas andchips, and let America knowwhy
youre doing it.
We spend more per capitaon health care than any otherdeveloped
country and yet werank 36th in longevity right
behind Costa Rica and Slove-nia. And we get fatter eachyear.
The report isnt pretty: by2018, if the obesity trend con-tinues,
the U.S. will spend $344billion on health care costsrelated to
obesity. Thats morethan $6.5 billion a week or, inBuffet terms
about a third ofthe value his company owns inCoca Cola stock. By
2018 morethan 100 million Americans willbe considered obese.
So what, you say we havethe money to take care of thisand,
besides, the health careengine fuels the economy. Bar-rons late
Alan Abelson wasfond of saying, The eat, drink,and get-sick
industries are all
doing well. He was correct.Health Affairs predicts Amer-icas
health care costs to rise to19.9 percent of GDP by 2022,nearly
double those of mostnations.
The saddest part of thisstory is childhood obesity,which worsens
each year. Walkinto any sixth-grade classroomand take a look at the
students.Yet, when government schoolmeals provided healthfulfoods,
kids refused to eat themand some schools dropped theprogram.
Americans dont likegovernment mandates but theydo pay attention to
the media,which is where Mr. Buffet canhelp, assuming he dislikes
theidea of passing on a huge na-
tional debt to future genera-tions more than he likes to seea
profit in his food and drinkcompanies.
My challenge for Mr. Buf-fet: acknowledge the crisis ofobesity
and speak publicly onhow it will cripple our economyin the future
if it continues.Lose weight. Start exercising:you can afford a
personal train-er. And drop the Cokes, chips,and ice cream. We
deservemore from such an intelligentAmerican.
Dr. Bob Kroeger, a retired dentist,has been a Montgomery
residentsince 1980. He is the founder of theLifeNuts program and
the author ofLifeNuts. www.lifenuts.org.
A challenge to Warren Buffet on obesity
Bob KroegerCOMMUNITY PRESSGUEST COLUMNIST
April 8 questionA proposal to raise the speed
limit along the Ohio Turnpike andrural freeways to 75 mph was
re-cently turned down by the statelegislature. Would you
supportsuch a change if it comes upagain? Why or why not?
A proposal to raise the speedlimit along the Ohio Turnpikeand
rural freeways to 75 mphwas turned down by the statelegislature.
Would you supportsuch a change if it comes upagain? Why or why
I would definitely supportit, but recognize the draw-backs.
While in Germany, en-joying the Autobahn at speedswell in excess of
100mph manytimes, I felt like I was back inmy college days in
Montana,with no speed limits. All of thatrequired a lot more
commonsense and training than whatappears to be the case in
ourDriving Education of today.It also requires excellent
roadswithout potholes and unclearmarkings. The night timespeed
limit of 55mph in theOpen Range farm country wasthere to protect
the cattle thatwandered out on the road.
I do know that there werespecial licenses required of theGermans
to use the Autobahn,and little cars in the 1960sweighed over
3,000#. I use I-75between Cincinnati and Daytonfrequently, and see
75-80 asmore and more the norm. Un-fortunately, that is the
speedfrequently used by Prius,Aveo, Fit and Focus driverswho wish
to assure all of us4,000-plus drivers that theyhave The Right
Stuff. It is alsothe speed frequently used bythose who bought a
model vehi-cle without turn signals or, oc-casionally, one with 18
wheels.The results are not pretty. Justlike another popular
devicethat requires a license, Cars
dont kill people.Close on the heels of high
speed limits may come muchstricter mechanical inspec-tions as
found in Germany,also. This isnt bad, but as manyfolks from
Pennsylvania cantell you, there were many in-spectors who found
that a lu-crative business each year.
I am all for raising thespeed limits. If you dont wantto go that
fast you do not have tobut its nice to be able to, if de-sired,
without the fear of John-ny Law ruining your day aswell as
lightening your wallet.However, if you choose to notgo as fast as
allowed, please getout of the way of those that do.Todays car are
so much morecapable to handle higherspeeds then ever before and
allof the safety technology in thenewer cars makes the higherspeed
hardly noticeable. Sincewe are talking about driving,heres a
suggestion for mostCincinnatians: If you want tomake a turn, any
turn, use yourturn signals! It simply amazesme how many
supposedlysmart and law abiding citizensin the greater Cincinnati
areado not use their turn signals.Its not that hard people and it
isinfinitely safer than what youcurrently do.
M. J. F.
THIS WEEKSQUESTIONWhat summer in Cincinnatievent are you most
lookingforward to, and why?
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Be warned: This missivemay contain disturbing con-tent, which
could wreck yourday. Your day will be difficult
enough with-out the rant ofan elderlywriter who,for all youknow,
may belosing it and ison his wayout; or, he isjust playingyou.
Did youknow: Most
cities are banning your chil-dren from sledding on thevillage
green, or on any otherproperty that you collectivelyown. They have
good reason;when your Johnny dies, afterrunning his sled into a
tree at40 miles per hour, you sue thecity (thats us) and if the
law-yer you hired is good, youcollect a tidy sum for the
neg-ligence of your child. Youshould have taught him to rolloff his
sled before hittingsomething; so, it is really youwho are
negligent, not the city.
Many decades ago, in asmall county seat, far, faraway, there was
what lookedto be a castle, high on a steephillside. It was built of
largeblocks of brown stone, withturrets and everything a
re-spectable castle would need,including a tall smokestackthat
belched great quantitiesof black smoke to heat thecastle. I
attended first gradethere.
In the winter when snowfell, students would bringtheir sleds to
school and atrecess they would sled down avery high hill with a
100-yardslope of about 45 degrees,which joined a long flat sur-face
which wasnt always longenough for the sleds to stop.
There was a road at the end ofthe slide; sometimes, a sledwould
be seen shooting intothe road.
The sleds were the classicAmerican Flyer style with thesteel
runners. There wereoften two or three brave chil-dren per sled
(once, I saw fouron a sled); there was at leastone injury each
recess; thesewere usually bruises andscrapes. There was no
su-pervision; teachers were pre-paring for the next period.Why
would there be supervi-sion? Many of the studentswere tough farm
kids, welltrained, but unsupervised.
No one ever went to thehospital or even a doctorsoffice. Back in
the day, youdidnt go to the hospital unlessyou were dying or
visiting adying relative. The scrapeswere never bandaged, just
washed, and it was back toclass. To my knowledge, therewere
never any serious in-juries or even infections. Noone missed a day
of schoolunless they had the measles,mumps or chicken pox,
andeventually, everyone experi-enced those. No one died!
Recently in the news wehave read about the parentswho are now on
some form ofprobation by family ser-vices for allowing their
chil-dren to walk to school, and tolocal parks and businesses.Good
griefthat was mychildhood. We didnt haveschool buses; we walked
orrode our bikes to school.
I do not understand thedegree of cowardice in societytoday.
James Baker is a 38-year residentof Indian Hill.
Becoming a nation of cowards
According to columnist James Baker, attempts to ban sled riding
onpublic property are an example of Americas cowardice.
James BakerCOMMUNITY PRESSGUEST COLUMNIST
Much has been said of lateabout immigrants voting ille-gally in
As an immigrant, this in-terests me for a number ofreasons.
Firstly, when I arrivedhere as a legal resident, mychildren were
taught all aboutno taxation without repre-sentation.
As I was paying all my tax-es, including local propertytaxes, I
inquired if I could votefor anything. I was asked if Iwas a US
citizen. I answeredno, and was told I could not.
End of story.When I be-came a U.S.citizen I wasgiven
detailedinformation onhow to registerto vote, and didso,
So what isthe moralhere? Well,first we should
be teaching our children notaxation without representa-tion
should be taught with
rather a large asterisk after it.) Secondly, Mr. John Hustedand
every Board of Electionsin Ohio should be asking theright questions
and checkingthe answers. The problem isnot only that these people
arevoting we know it is howthey got on the voting roles inthe first
place. Someone in aposition to know better signedthem up.
However, apart from ques-tioning the competence of Mr.Husted to
enforce existinglaws, we should be asking why
he is not using resources tomake voting easier, by openingmore
polling places, why he isnot campaigning vociferouslyto end the
ridiculous Gerry-mandering in Ohio and why heis not trying to bring
votinginto the 21st Century in Ohioby investing in fully
electronicvoting. Instead he is zeroing inon a problem that is, by
com-parison, small, no matter howimportant. What about theseother
Washington should reflectthe nation, and it does not:
neither politically nor econom-ically. It would refreshing and a
sign of genuine leader-ship if Mr. Husted took thelead in electoral
process, in-stead of being in the humiliat-ing position of
henchman, re-sponsible for the application ofparty ideology.
Bruce Healey is an Indian Hillresident and author of a new
bookentitled Small Dreams of a Tarantu-la, A Brazilian Lost in the
AmericanMidwest available on Amazon forKindle.
Asking the right questions in the debate over immigrants voting
BruceHealeyCOMMUNITY PRESSGUEST COLUMNIST
APRIL 15, 2015 LOVELAND HERALD B1
SPORTSSPORTSHIGH SCHOOL | YOUTH | RECREATIONAL
LOVELANDHERALDEditor: Melanie Laughman,
Baseball Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
blanked Cincinnati Christian 8-0April 10.
Moeller beat Kings Christian Acad-emy 8-4 April 7 at Perfect
Game in Geor-gia behind senior Grant Macchiocchi.
Junior Kyle Butz was 2-for-3 with a tripleand drove in five
On April 8, the Crusaders beat Mari-etta (Ga.) 8-4 with junior
Chris Stock get-ting the win and junior Caleb Lin gettingthe save.
Junior Patrick Mullinger was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two
Softball Loveland beat Walnut Hills 16-2 in
five innings April 7. Senior Brittany Mil-ler got the win and
sophomore MaggieBailey was 2-for-3 with a grand slamdriving in five
Boys volleyball Moeller beat Elder April 7, 28-26,
25-23, 25-22.Moeller beat La Salle 25-12, 25-10, 26-
24 on April 10. Loveland swept three games from
Colerain April 8.
Tennis Loveland defeated Oak Hills 4-0 on
April 8. Senior Johan Harris and fresh-man Connor Hogan won
The Tigers beat Milford 4-1 onApril 10. Johan Harris and
sophomoreChristian Harris were singles winner.
Scott Springer and Nick RobbeCommunity Press staff
Second-year Loveland High School boys lacrossecoach Mike Pritz
looks to improve on his 14-5 debut in2014. That squad featured a
school-record two highschool Division I All-Americans (Tanner
Griffin, BrianMcElveen), multiple all-state and all-region
selections,and an attack line that shattered previous scoringmarks,
racking up almost 260 points from Brian McEl-veen, Brad Clements
and Corey Cotsonas alone. Griffinwas also the Southern Ohio
selection for player of theyear. All seniors, and all now
The Tigers racked up three wins before Aprilagainst Elder,
Milford and Springboro before uppingthe ante with an aggressive
spring break trip to St. Lou-is. Those games featured fierce
competition and lossesto St. Louis University Jesuit and MICDS (St.
Its a new season, and we are going to throw someyoung guys right
into mix, said Pritz. Last years sen-ior class raised the bar for
Loveland lacrosse not onlyin the eyes of the community, but also
the region. No-body will be overlooking the Tigers this year.
Loveland lost some key contributors to graduationbut returns a
healthy mix of experience at both ends ofthe field. Offensively,
junior Sam Walther joins seniorsJonny Quigley, Nick Delcimutto and
Ottererbein-bound Drew McDonald to create their own
scoringidentity. On the defensive side, junior standout
goalieMarshall Amon (honorable mention all-region) anchorsthe
backfield along with sophomore Drew Grafflin,senior defensemen
Mitch Kenter, and the speed andsize sensation that is the 6-foot-5
senior Brian Maher.Juniors Michael Newbold and Andrew Snyder will
tryto replace the departed Max Mather at face-off. Pritz isalso
excited about some newcomers, hoping to get animmediate impact from
multiple new faces.
We return a strong defensive unit, Pritz said. Twoof three
starters at defender and our goaltender return.We have a great
group of young players at midfield andan experienced attack unit.
Well look to build upon the2014 team that participated in the
regional final four.
The Tigers return home for games against LakotaEast and St
Charles April 15 and 17, respectively.
The first 10 days of May reveals a murderers row oftop local
teams with Mason May 2, St. Xavier May 5 andCenterville May 9. The
regular season rounds out withcontests against Moeller May 13 and
McNicholas onSenior Night May 15 at Tiger Stadium.
Pritz noted hes especially excited about the numberof Friday and
Saturday night home games on the sched-ule.
We need to continue to pack the stands for these
weekend games he said. The more fans we can get tocome out and
support the team, the better our chancesof building on last years
(Loveland Lacrosse contributed to this report)Second-year
Moeller High School lacrosse coach
Sean McGinnis led the Crusaders to a 10-10 mark in hisfirst
campaign and second-place in the Greater Catho-lic League-South. An
8-7 overtime tournament loss toyearly GCL nemesis St. Xavier kept
Moeller from awinning 2014.
McGinnis and Moeller will fire back with 11 return-ing starters
from last years team. The defense features
seniors Jack Toomb, Grant Clark, Noah Flynn and goal-ie Mitch
Nietupski. At midfield are seniors Jacob Ro-gan, Grady Quinn, Nick
Cinquinna, Eric Reynolds andEthan Cook. On attack are senior Matt
Gates and sopho-more Cory Lockwood.
Toomb was an all-region defender last year and All-Midwest
Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association whohas committed to play at
Robert Morris. Clark was alsoall-region and has committed to Siena
College. Sopho-more Lockwood is also on the radar of Division I
pro-grams and several juniors and sophomores are gettinglooks from
colleges at various levels.
Our strength will be our defense, McGinnis said.Well be able to
be physical and dictate play on thatside of the field. On offense,
well be young at the at-tack, but skilled and seasoned at midfield.
Its nice toknow well have plenty of legitimate scoring threatsthis
year and not have to rely on a few players to scorelike last
Much like most sports at Moeller, the schedule is ag-gressive.
The Crusaders have already split with Louis-ville Trinity and
Louisville St. Xavier. They also faceteams from Indiana and
Pennsylvania as well as threeColumbus-area schools. Next on the
agenda is the St.Xavier Bombers April 15.
The Crusaders have already defeated Seven Hills(14-3 on April 1)
and will play Mariemont April 22, ElderMay 6, Indian Hill May 11,
Loveland May 13 and LakotaWest May 16.
On May 9, Moeller will honor legendary coach TomKennedy, who
passed away from Parkinsons Diseasein January, with a Play For TK
Day. The plan is to raisemoney for a memory scholarship to honor
his legacy.The Crusaders face Columbus DeSales at 3 p.m.
Moeller football has Gerry Faust; we have TomKennedy, McGinnis
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy features ninefreshmen on the
25-man roster. Coach Jason Copesticksaid the younger guys are
plenty talented, they justneed to develop.
The Eagles return a strong trio on defense led byPayne
Vanderwoude, Johan James and Mitch Kennedy.
Vanderwoude and James are both seniors.Well have our ups and
downs, but I think well see
dramatic improvements from last year, Copesticksaid.
On the attack, CHCA returns Josh and Jacob Eckertand Justin
Copestick said the middle of the field is where theteam is at
its youngest, but added that the lines are com-ing together.
CHCA plays 6 p.m. April 15 at Cincinnati CountryDay.
THANKS TO LOVELAND LACROSSE
The Loveland boys lacrosse team recently benefited from some
out-of-town competition over spring break as it bused to St.
Loveland boys lacrosse on Division I attackScott Springer and
Nick RobbeCommunity Press staff
THANKS TO LOVELAND LACROSSE
Junior goalkeeper Marshall Amon (10) and senior defenderBrian
Maher (16) get some work in at Loveland.
Players to watchDrew McDonald, senior, Loveland: Attack
to Otterbein.Marshall Amon, junior, Loveland: Honorable
All-Region goalie.Jack Toomb, senior, Moeller: All-Region
All-Region MSLCA. Committed to Robert Morris.Grant Clark,
senior, Moeller: All-Region defender
committed to Siena.Josh and Jacob Eckert and Justin Stagnaro,
All three are returning attackers for the Eagles.
B2 LOVELAND HERALD APRIL 15, 2015 LIFE
Loveland Baseball2015 Game 6
The Loveland Tigersdefeated the Walnut HillsEagles 5-1 in their
firstEastern Cincinnati Con-ference game of the 2015season. The
teams strug-gled with the rainy weath-
er as much as they didwith each other with threerain delays over
two in-nings on Monday, the lastof which pushing the con-test to
Tuesday, where itwas concluded as a rainshortened complete
gameafter 5 13 innings.
Monday saw WalnutHills pitcher Cole Mur-phy (UC commit) get
early 1-0 lead and strikingout all six of the Tigersbatters he
When play resumedthe next day Murphy wasgone and the Tigers
tiedthe game in the thirdwhen Cade Woolstonreached first base on
adropped third strike andcame all the way aroundto score on a
Luke Waddell. In thefourth, the Tigers took thelead when Chris
Sackettreached on an error andthen scored on another er-ror during
a rundown on aclutch two-out double toright by Adam Beran.
In the fifth inning thescoring concluded, as didthe game a third
of an in-ning later with the return
of the rain. Cal Conleyreached base on an errorfollowed by walks
to Wad-dell and Jay Wilson. Col-ton Lakes then fought offa tough
pitch muscling itinto short right field scor-ing Conley and
Waddell.After Sackett walked,Beran followed with an-other base hit
Drew Steinbrenner (W,2-0) picked up his secondstraight win
pitching allof the 3 13 innings onWednesday limiting theEagles to
no runs and onlyone hit while striking outsix.
WP: Steinbrunner (2-0,6 Ks). Hitting: Beran 2-3,2B, RBI; Lakes
1-3, 2 RBI;Waddell 1-2, 2B, RBI.
Loveland defeats Walnut Hills 5-1 after rain delays Submitted by
Loveland High Schoolstarted the girls lacrosseseason with a new
coachand a couple of routsagainst Turpin and An-derson; 16-3 and
12-1. Themonth of April broughtmore challenging gamesfor the Lady
Tigers in-cluding Mount NotreDame and Centerville.
The new coach is RyanHanson who inherits ateam that was 14-2
lastseason, falling only to In-dian Hill and New Albanyin the
Featured players in-clude seniors SavannahLee and Taylor
Wilhoiteand sophomore KatieMcElveen. McElveen isalready an Ohio
This is my first yearback with Loveland andmy fellow head
coach/wife Marissa Hanson andI are both excited to beback and ready
to startthe season, Ryan Han-son said.
Upcoming games forLoveland are road con-tests April 16 at
Lebanonand April 21at Kings. TheLady Tigers return homefor Milford
on April 23.
After losing games toMount Notre Dame andWorthington
Kilbourne,Ursuline defeated St. Ur-sula 7-6 March 31. The Li-ons
hosted McAuleyApril 9 before starting afive-game road tripApril
Ursuline is coached byTodd Vollmer.
The goal for headcoach Catie Hornsby andher Cincinnati
HillsChristian Academy Ea-gles is to get to a pointwhere the team
functionsas a cohesive unit.
The team has beenworking hard, its just notquite there yet.
CHCA,which has a mix of play-ers who have and havenot played, has a
coupleof go-to players.
On the attack, the Ea-gles have juniors MeganOwens and Claire
Drosos.Leading the defense arejuniors Chazz Powell andEmma
Its nice to have lead-ers at each point of thefield, Hornsby
Just as you would ex-pect a Girls GreaterCatholic League team
todo, the Mount NotreDame lacrosse teamjumped right into
theirspring schedule April 1facing a tough opponentin Division II
state run-ner-up Indian Hill.
Despite having fourexperienced playersaway on a retreat,
theCougars prevailed 10-8.
They gutted it out,Coach Russell Mackeysaid. It was a very
goodwin. Theyre a good team.Im really proud of ourdefense.
A year ago, MND fin-ished 15-4 and 6-0 underMackey in the
GGCL.Two of their losses came
to eventual Division Ichampion Sycamore, in-cluding the
season-enderin the regional finals.
Returning starters areseniors Moriah Flynn,Rachel Rein, Ali
Wiethe,Leah Haverkos, CarolineWarning, Sam DeVore,Lauren Adams and
Ni-cole Crace plus juniorKelsey Beitman. In goalfor the Cougars is
sopho-more Dorie Coggin withsenior Jess Burris alsoclosing in on
Warning, Rein andFlynn are Cougar cap-tains.
They truly leave theiregos at the door and arefocused on
becoming bet-ter players themselvesand doing whats right forthe
team, Mackey saidof his squad. Theyre themost unselfish group
ofseniors I have yet tocoach at MND.
Flynn has been a rarefour-year player forMackey with several
oth-ers in their third season.Rachel Rein and Sam De-Vore are on
schedule tobreak into MNDs top 10list in career points.
Per usual, the MNDschedule is a juggernautas they began with
overtime win at Ursuline,a loss at Worthington Kil-bourne and
the win overIndian Hill before bat-tling Loveland. Gamescoming up
are road con-tests with SpringboroApril 16 and OlentangyApril 18.
They return totheir new field April 21against McAuley.
Theres a lot of parityin the league this season,Mackey said.
Werepretty pumped up aboutthis years team.
Lady Tigers lacrosse has new coach Scott Springer and Nick
RobbeCommunity Press staff
SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Lovelands Katie McElveen outruns the Lebanon team toward the
goal in a game last season.
Players to watchMoriah Flynn, senior,
Mount Notre Dame:Committed to play incollege at Marquette
Sam DeVore andRachel Rein, seniors,MND: Both on pace tobeing in
the Cougars top10 in scoring.
Katie McElveen,sophomore, Loveland:Ohio State commit
Taylor Wilhoite andSavannah Lee, seniors,Loveland: Reliable
fea-tured players for LadyTigers
SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Mount Notre Dame senior Moriah Flynn chases down Indian Hill
senior Mackenzie McMillan (5)April 1.
APRIL 15, 2015 LOVELAND HERALD B3LIFE
Pat Donaldson,resident since 2009
Frank Morris, Presi-dent of Northeast Emer-gency Distribution
Ser-vices, will speak to theBlue Ash NortheastDemocratic Club at
7:30p.m. Tuesday, April 21,at the Blue Ash Recrea-tion Center at
Morris, an engineerand a long-time employ-ee of Procter &
Gamble,began volunteering atNEEDS in 2000 when heretired. He first
learnedabout NEEDS afterreading a story aboutthe organization,
andafter a 13 year stint asan at-large community
NEEDSis a localfood pan-try thatprovidesboth
emergency food andfinancial assistance tofamilies in
northeasternHamilton County. In2013, NEEDS providedfood to 674
families,enabled 48 families tostay in housing by as-sisting with
rent pay-ments, and assisted 125families with utilitypayments.
The organization, anon-profit, is run entire-ly by volunteers
andrepresents a coalition ofapproximately two doz-en area churches
andcivic organizations. Thepantry is at the Ken-wood Baptist
Church,which donates space.
For a long time, ourclub has been collectingitems for NEEDS
suchas canned goods, clean-ing supplies, and toilet-ries at our
monthlymeetings, so it is ourprivilege to have Frankaddress us,
BANDCPresident Ann Neuersaid.
NEEDS president Morris to speak to Blue Ash Dems
The Buckeye UnitedFly Fishers is preparingsome of its members
toget their hands dirty forthis years spring litterclean-up in
ClermontCounty on April 18.
Clean-up activities arescheduled at severalsites through the
countyand the East Fork LittleMiami River watershed.
This year, BUFF mem-bers will be canoeing asegment of the East
ForkRiver downstream ofBatavia, to clear theriver and its banks
oflitter and debris.
Volunteers have sever-al sites to choose from,including East
Fork andStonelick State Parks, theVillages of Bethel, Wil-liamsburg
and Amelia,among others.
We need volunteersat all of our locations onApril 18,
The event will take
place from 9 a.m. to noon.All volunteers will begiven clean-up
supplies,a picnic lunch and athank-you gift. Thoseinterested in
volunteer-ing can register online
This type of communi-ty outreach is very im-portant to the
BUFForganization, which wasestablished in 1975 topromote the
conservationof fishing waters and toassist with efforts toprotect
We like to supportevents that help peopleenjoy the outdoors,
saidBrian Tudor, BUFFsdirector of conservation.The Spring Litter
Clean-Up is also an activity thathelps us preserve ournatural
resources forfuture generations.
The Spring LitterClean-Up is a combina-
tion of two events thathave proved successfulfor more than 20
years inClermont County theEast Fork River Sweepand Clermont Clean
The support of localorganizations and busi-nesses, like BUFF,
hastruly helped to makethese events so success-ful, says
BeckyMcClatchey, WatershedCoordinator for ClermontSoil & Water
In addition to the sup-port provided by BUFF,contributions from
theClermont County Visi-tors Bureau, LovelandCanoe & Kayak and
theLittle Miami Conser-vancy will help to sup-port event
For more informationabout the Spring LitterClean Up, Clermont
Soil& Water ConservationDistrict at 732-7075.
Fishing group to clean upEast Fork River, seeks help
Composting is naturesway of recycling.
Backyard compostingallows you to create orga-nic matter to add
to yourgarden, lawn, and pottedplants for soil health.However, many
would-becomposters do not knowwhere to begin.
Thats where the Ham-ilton County Recyclingand Solid Waste
Districtcomes in with its freeGet the Dirt on Back-yard Composting
semi-nars. After hibernating,
spring is a great time toget in the yard and
Hamilton County resi-dents will be given in-formation on how to
startbackyard composting;what is compostable, andhow to compost
All seminars begin at7 p.m.
April 29: Northside/McKie Recreation Cen-ter, 1655 Chase
May 6: Anderson Cen-
ter, 7850 Five Mile Road,Anderson Township45230
May 6: Forest ParkSenior Center, 11000 Win-ton Road, Forest
May 19: PrincetonHigh School, 100 VikingWay, Sharonville
For more informationor to register, visit
Ham-iltonCountyRecycles.orgor call the HamiltonCounty Recycling
andSolid Waste District at513-946-7734.
Get the dirt about backyard composting
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