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L OVELAND L OVELAND HERALD 75¢ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS K1 Your Community Press newspaper serving Loveland, Miami Township, Symmes Township Vol. 96 No. 46 © 2015 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 WINE 101 A5 Rita shares tips for cooking with wine. VISIT US ONLINE Find local news at CE-0000611427 Nisbet Park will be getting a new playground thanks to state grant funding. The city received a $56,290 NatureWorks grant from the Ohio Department of Nature Re- sources. The city’s match for the grant is $25,000, from the city’s capital improvement fund, City Manager Dave Kennedy said. In total, park improvements will cost $81,290. Kennedy said the improve- ments will be done sometime during the summer. As part of the improvements, a play set that does not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and a stand-alone swing set will be replaced. The area around the playground will get a handicap accessible border and new mulch and a paved path will be added from the existing path. Kennedy said he and City En- gineer Cindy Klopfenstein are working to pick the new ADA ac- cessible playground equipment, which will cost about $64,700. “The one (playground) is handicap accessible, but this one is not. The paved surface that (Klopfenstein) proposes will tie all this in and make it all handi- cap accessible,” Kennedy said. The resolution to accept the grant funds passed by a vote of 7-0 at the Loveland city council meeting March 24. Want to know more about what is happening in Loveland? Follow Marika Lee on Twitter: @Report- erMarika MARIKA LEE/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS The play set in Nisbet Park will be replaced with a handicap accessible one thanks to the city of Loveland receiving a state grant. Nisbet Park to get new playground PARK IMPROVEMENT COST BREAKDOWN Playground equipment: $64,700 Play area boarder and mulch: $6,500 Pedestrian path: $4,000 Furnishings and Landscaping: $4,000 Removals and site work: $2,000 Required project sign: $90 Total: $81,290 Marika Lee Area governments and juris- dictions are sharing with one another ways to save money or get more with less. They are also learning about cost-cutting measures being used in other communities. Pierce Township Adminis- trator Tim Hershner’s read with great interest a story by Com- munity Press reporter Jeanne Houck about Union Township buying trucks for less. In Sycamore Township, the fire department replaced aging computers for their trucks with a more cost effective computer. The fire department replaced 12-year-old Panasonic Tough- books with Microsoft Surface Pros. The savings were in the thousands. It is all because of changes at the state level that have re- duced the amount of money lo- cal municipalities receive. Those reductions include elimination of the tangible per- sonal property and inheritance taxes, and reductions in the lo- cal government fund. Coupled with an ongoing sluggish na- tional economy, the cuts have been felt not only at city, town- ship and village halls, but also in homes and neighborhoods. The money used to flow from the state; now it trickles. Hamil- ton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes sent Hamilton County’s twelve townships $121,656.52 in new money. This was a one-time state payment resulting from legislation passed during the Ohio General Assembly’s lame duck session at the end of last year. Senate Bill 243 provided $10 million for more than 1,300 townships across Ohio. Half of the $10 million allocation was di- vided equally among every township. The remaining mon- ey was distributed based on the amount of road miles within each township as determined by the 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 received just under $15,000 and Delhi re- ceived a little more than $10,400. The seven other town- ships received less than $10,000 each. Rhodes said that since 2010, Hamilton County townships share of the Local Government Fund has been cut by $2,340,480.94 annually. The amount of the new allocation makes up about 5 percent of that total loss. “Any new money is wel- come,” he said, “but this really is 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. Last year, the city received $170,230. And phasing out the estate tax hurt, too. The city received as much as $787,501 in estate tax revenues in 2009, and averaged about $236,000 annually be- tween 2010 and 2013. According to city manager David Kennedy, Loveland has responded by reducing staff The check is not in the mail Local governments facing realities of state cuts Community Press staff report MARIKA LEE/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS Because of funding cuts at the state level, Loveland has put improvements to its parks on hold. The city has applied and received grants for park improvements. See CUTS, Page A2

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    Nisbet Park will be getting anew playground thanks to stategrant funding.

    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 summer.

    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.

    Want to know more about what ishappening in Loveland? FollowMarika Lee on Twitter: @Report-erMarika


    The play set in Nisbet Park will be replaced with a handicap accessible onethanks to the city of Loveland receiving a state grant.

    Nisbet Park to get new playground PARK IMPROVEMENT COST BREAKDOWN

    Playground equipment: $64,700Play area boarder and mulch: $6,500Pedestrian path: $4,000Furnishings and Landscaping: $4,000Removals and site work: $2,000Required project sign: $90Total: $81,290


    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 lastyear.

    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, and averaged

    about $236,000 annually be-tween 2010 and 2013.

    According to city managerDavid Kennedy, Loveland hasresponded by reducing staff

    The check is not in the mailLocal governments facingrealities of state cutsCommunity Press staff report


    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.

    See CUTS, Page A2



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    Call to artistsLoveland Arts Council

    announces the call to art-ists for the 19th annual ArtShow in Nisbet Park, Sun-day, Sept. 13.

    Deadline for applica-tion is March 21. Down-load application

    Categories include:painting drawing- printmaking; photography-prints-collage-mixed

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    Best of show wins$250. First place in eachcategory wins $200; sec-ond wins $150 and thirdwins $100.

    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 Goodwill DonationCenters.

    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-

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    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, 697-9805.

    Senior ExpoLoveland-Symmes

    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 TomWeidman said.

    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 that as

    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 years ago.

    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 court.

    Reporters Kurt Backscheider,Jeanne Houck, Jennie Key,Marika Lee, Kelly McBride,Cindy Schroeder, ForrestSellers and Sheila Vilvenscontributed.

    Cuts Continued from Page A1

    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 2014.

    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 2014.

    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; public

    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 to HUD.

    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 March.

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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 1953.

    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 area.

    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 their jobs.

    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, community

    and school organizationsin Milford and through-out Clermont County,Wright said.

    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 County.

    Said Lykins: I and myfamily have always be-lieved that you must giveback to the communitythat has supported youand made you success-ful.

    Want to know more aboutwhat is happening in Milford?Follow me on Twitter @jean-nehouck.

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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 na-tionally.

    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 at1-800-222-1222.

    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 with you.

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    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.

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    LOVELANDHERALDEditor: Richard Maloney,, 248-7134

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    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 showchoirs.

    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 presentation.

    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 division.

    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, and

    best male soloist.Loveland Show Choirs are di-

    rected by Shawn Miller andDonna Bernstein.

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    Guys and Dolls show choir from Coy Middle School performs during the 2015 Loveland ShowFest show choirs competition Valentines weekend.

    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.


    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; Mariemont.

    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;

    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. 706-9802;

    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; IndianHill.

    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. 272-3700; Marie-mont.

    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; Silverton.

    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; Ash.

    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. Reservations re-

    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; 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;

    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; Marie-mont.

    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; Blue Ash.

    Holiday - Earth DayEarth Day Celebration, 11 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; Loveland.

    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. 369-4476;

    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; 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- Kenwood.

    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; Camp Denni-son.

    ShoppingCommunity Yard Sale, 8 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. BlueAsh.

    Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Trinity Community Church, 3850E. Galbraith Road, Proceedsbenefit youth ministries. Free.791-7631; 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; Mariemont.

    On Stage - TheaterHeaven Can Wait, 2-5 p.m.,Schoolhouse Restaurant, $35.Reservations required. 201-7568; 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. 706-9802;

    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; Mariemont.

    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; Mariemont.

    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; 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 Ash.

    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. 369-4476;

    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. 706-9802;

    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; Mariemont.

    Literary - LibrariesLoveland Book Club, 10 a.m.,Loveland Branch Library, 649Loveland-Madeira Road, Call fordetails. Ages 18 and up. Free.369-4476; 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; Columbia Town-ship.

    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. 527-4000.Fairfax.

    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; Loveland.

    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 their

    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; Montgomery.

    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. 683-4757. Loveland.

    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. Ken-wood.

    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. 369-4450.Deer Park.

    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; 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. Fairfax.

    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. 369-4476;

    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; Montgomery.

    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. 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; Mariemont.

    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. Montgo-mery.

    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; 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 ArtsCommission. 891-2424;


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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 Email her 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.

    Yogurt sauce

    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.


    Wine and herb marinated chicken kebobs garnished with fresh oregano pair well with a simple yogurt sauce.



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    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.

    A challenge to Warren Buffet on obesity


    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 not?

    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?

    Every week we ask readers a questionthey can reply to via email. Send youranswers to with Ch@troom in thesubject line.

    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.


    Much has been said of lateabout immigrants voting ille-gally in Ohio.

    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, easily.

    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 issues?

    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.

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    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 runs.

    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 runsdriven in.

    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 runs.

    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 singles.

    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 departed.

    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. Louis).

    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 success.

    (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 year.

    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 said.

    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 Stagnaro.

    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.


    The Loveland boys lacrosse team recently benefited from some out-of-town competition over spring break as it bused to St. Louis.

    Loveland boys lacrosse on Division I attackScott Springer and Nick RobbeCommunity Press staff


    Junior goalkeeper Marshall Amon (10) and senior defenderBrian Maher (16) get some work in at Loveland.

    Players to watchDrew McDonald, senior, Loveland: Attack committed

    to Otterbein.Marshall Amon, junior, Loveland: Honorable mention

    All-Region goalie.Jack Toomb, senior, Moeller: All-Region defender,

    All-Region MSLCA. Committed to Robert Morris.Grant Clark, senior, Moeller: All-Region defender

    committed to Siena.Josh and Jacob Eckert and Justin Stagnaro, CHCA:

    All three are returning attackers for the Eagles.


    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 an

    early 1-0 lead and strikingout all six of the Tigersbatters he had faced.

    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 double by

    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 bringing inWilson.

    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 Dan Timmerman

    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 tournament.

    Featured players in-clude seniors SavannahLee and Taylor Wilhoiteand sophomore KatieMcElveen. McElveen isalready an Ohio Statecommit.

    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 11.

    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 Vanderkolk.

    Its nice to have lead-ers at each point of thefield, Hornsby said.

    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 200 careersaves.

    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 an

    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


    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 asmidfielder.

    Taylor Wilhoite andSavannah Lee, seniors,Loveland: Reliable fea-tured players for LadyTigers


    Mount Notre Dame senior Moriah Flynn chases down Indian Hill senior Mackenzie McMillan (5)April 1.


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    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 4433Cooper Road.

    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

    member,he becamepresident.

    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.

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    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, McClatcheysaid.

    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 natural re-sources.

    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 &Green events.

    The support of localorganizations and busi-nesses, like BUFF, hastruly helped to makethese events so success-ful, says BeckyMcClatchey, WatershedCoordinator for ClermontSoil & Water Conserva-tion District.

    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 activities.

    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.

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    May 19: PrincetonHigh School, 100 VikingWay, Sharonville 45246

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