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Your Community Press newspaper serving Addyston, Bridgetown, Cheviot, Cleves, Covedale, Dent, Green Township, Mack, Miami Township, North Bend, Westwood W ESTERN H ILLS W ESTERN H ILLS PRESS 75¢ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Vol. 87 No. 16 © 2015 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED News ......................... 923-3111 Retail advertising ............ 768-8404 Classified advertising ........ 242-4000 Delivery ...................... 853-6263 See page A2 for additional information Contact The Press FEED YOUR MAC ADDICTION A5 BBQ Review mac and cheese recipe VISIT US ONLINE Find local news at Cincinnati.com Parents upset about state- mandated standardized tests have found allies in some local school district offices. Education administrators are expressing similar con- cerns. Oak Hills Local School Dis- trict Superintendent Todd Yo- hey said he supports legislation to decrease the number and du- rations of state tests. “If the addi- tional time is used for quality teaching and learning, then it will benefit stu- dents,” he said. “The reduction in state testing would allow teachers to spend more time instructing students. While the reduction in state test- ing might reduce some data points that are currently collect- ed, formative and summative classroom assessments can pro- vide the same or better data.” He said formative and sum- mative assessments are founda- tional to quality instruction. Teachers need to know at what level students have mastered subject material so they can ad- just their instruction according- ly, he said. “Unfortunately, I do not be- lieve our current state tests can be used effectively to inform such instruction,” Yohey said. “Our legislative leaders are us- ing state tests to rank and file teachers, schools and school dis- tricts. There is so much more in- volved in quality teaching that cannot be measured by a state test given under stringent con- ditions.” The old Ohio Achievement tests for language arts and math for grades three through eight - and the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) were replaced this school year by the Partnership for As- sessment of Readiness for Col- lege and Careers (PARCC) ex- ams that are tied to Common Core academic standards. Students are currently tak- ing math and reading assess- ments. Next month, the science and social studies assessments will begin. Gina Sala is an Oak Hills resi- dent and intervention specialist for the Oak Hills School District. She called the test heartbreak- ing. It’s placing unnecessary stress on students for a test that offers nothing more than a snap- shot of that student on the test date and offers no benefit for student learning. The test is supposed to be de- signed to measure student readiness for the real world, col- lege and work. Sala questions that. “Nowhere in that test does it Testy about the tests Community Press Staff Report Todd Yohey See TESTS, Page A2 WESTWOOD — Theater stu- dents at Mother of Mercy High School are bringing their spring production back home this year. Mercy’s theater depart- ment has performed shows at Mount St. Joseph University for the past few years, but the upcoming musical will take the stage in Mercy’s Sister Ma- ry Carlos Theatre. Students will perform “The Addams Family” at Mercy from March 5-8. “It’s a lot of fun being back in Mercy’s theater,” senior Ra- chael Petranek said. “We have a tight-knit cast with a great work ethic and we’ve been on our ‘A’ game to put on the abso- lute best performances we can for our audiences.” Mercy spokeswoman Ellen Daniel said because the school is marking its 100th anniversa- ry this year, the spring pro- duction was brought back to Mercy as a way to celebrate the centennial and highlight the school’s tradition and strong history in the arts. “This is an extra special show for us,” she said. Lisa Bodollo, director of Mercy’s theater program, said there are about 40 students in the cast and more than 80 stu- dents involved in the produc- tion, ranging from technical crew and lighting to costume and set design. “It’s a pretty big project,” she said. “This show is all about fam- ily and since we’re a family here at Mercy we thought it would be perfect for the cen- tennial.” Oak Hills High School sen- ior Austin Pfenninger and El- der High School sophomore Andrew White said although they obviously don’t attend Mercy they’ve experienced the school’s family atmos- phere through their involve- ment with the show. “It’s been a new kind of fam- ily,” Pfenninger said. “Every- one welcomed me with open arms. I’ve had a lot of fun.” White said there’s a shared connection between everyone in the production, both onstage and off. “You will never meet a more accepting and loving group of people than theater people,” he said. “It definitely feels like a family and it’s been cool to spend time with great people and do what we love to do.” Mercy senior Michaela Smith all the students in the cast and crew are dedicated to the production and have worked hard in rehearsals to stay true to the familiar char- acters in “The Addams Fam- ily” and put on a great show. Senior Danielle Diersing added, “We really want the au- dience to be a part of the magic we’re creating on stage.” For the seniors who started their theater careers as fresh- men in the Sister Mary Carlos Theatre, Diersing said it’s ex- citing to be performing at Mer- cy once again for their final high school show. “The theater has a lot of charm to it,” she said. As part of the centennial celebrations, Mercy invites alumnae and their families back to the high school for a special Alumnae Night perfor- mance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7. “It’s going to be really cool to put on a show for an audi- ence of alumnae who will have memories of being in the thea- ter or performing on Mercy’s stage,” Petranek said. Bodollo said she and her students have enjoyed prepar- ing for this production. “We’ve had so much fun,” she said. “It’s going to be an ex- citing time for the audience. They will experience a lot of love and laughter.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6 and 7, and 7 p.m. March 8. Tickets are $12 each and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available in the school’s main office at 3036 Werk Road or by calling 661- 2740. PHOTO PROVIDED Mother of Mercy High School’s theater department is performing “The Addams Family” for its spring production. Show dates are March 5-8, at the high school. Addams family cast members include, from left, Alyssa Coffaro, Hannah Kemble, Katie Terek, Austin Pfenninger, Blake Bethel, Rachael Petranek, Jordan Dirr, Danielle Diersing and Rachel Brady. Mercy High School students present ‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY By Kurt Backscheider [email protected]
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Parents upset about state-mandated standardized testshave found allies in some localschool district offices.

Education administratorsare expressing similar con-cerns.

Oak Hills Local School Dis-trict Superintendent Todd Yo-hey said he supports legislation

to decrease thenumber and du-rations of statetests.

“If the addi-tional time isused for qualityteaching andlearning, then itwill benefit stu-dents,” he said.

“The reduction in state testingwould allow teachers to spendmore time instructing students.While the reduction in state test-ing might reduce some datapoints that are currently collect-ed, formative and summativeclassroom assessments can pro-vide the same or better data.”

He said formative and sum-mative assessments are founda-tional to quality instruction.Teachers need to know at whatlevel students have masteredsubject material so they can ad-just their instruction according-ly, he said.

“Unfortunately, I do not be-lieve our current state tests canbe used effectively to informsuch instruction,” Yohey said.“Our legislative leaders are us-ing state tests to rank and fileteachers, schools and school dis-tricts. There is so much more in-volved in quality teaching thatcannot be measured by a statetest given under stringent con-ditions.”

The old Ohio Achievementtests for language arts and mathfor grades three through eight -and the Ohio Graduation Tests(OGT) were replaced this schoolyear by the Partnership for As-sessment of Readiness for Col-lege and Careers (PARCC) ex-ams that are tied to CommonCore academic standards.

Students are currently tak-ing math and reading assess-ments. Next month, the scienceand social studies assessmentswill begin.

Gina Sala is an Oak Hills resi-dent and intervention specialistfor the Oak Hills School District.She called the test heartbreak-ing. It’s placing unnecessarystress on students for a test thatoffers nothing more than a snap-shot of that student on the testdate and offers no benefit forstudent learning.

The test is supposed to be de-signed to measure studentreadiness for the real world, col-lege and work. Sala questionsthat.

“Nowhere in that test does it

Testyaboutthe testsCommunity Press Staff Report

Todd Yohey

See TESTS, Page A2

WESTWOOD — Theater stu-dents at Mother of MercyHigh School are bringing theirspring production back homethis year.

Mercy’s theater depart-ment has performed shows atMount St. Joseph Universityfor the past few years, but theupcoming musical will takethe stage in Mercy’s Sister Ma-ry Carlos Theatre.

Students will perform “TheAddams Family” at Mercyfrom March 5-8.

“It’s a lot of fun being backin Mercy’s theater,” senior Ra-chael Petranek said. “We havea tight-knit cast with a greatwork ethic and we’ve been onour ‘A’ game to put on the abso-lute best performances we canfor our audiences.”

Mercy spokeswoman EllenDaniel said because the schoolis marking its 100th anniversa-ry this year, the spring pro-duction was brought back toMercy as a way to celebrate

the centennial and highlightthe school’s tradition andstrong history in the arts.

“This is an extra specialshow for us,” she said.

Lisa Bodollo, director ofMercy’s theater program, saidthere are about 40 students inthe cast and more than 80 stu-dents involved in the produc-tion, ranging from technicalcrew and lighting to costumeand set design.

“It’s a pretty big project,”she said.

“This show is all about fam-ily and since we’re a familyhere at Mercy we thought itwould be perfect for the cen-tennial.”

Oak Hills High School sen-ior Austin Pfenninger and El-der High School sophomoreAndrew White said althoughthey obviously don’t attendMercy they’ve experiencedthe school’s family atmos-phere through their involve-ment with the show.

“It’s been a new kind of fam-ily,” Pfenninger said. “Every-one welcomed me with open

arms. I’ve had a lot of fun.”White said there’s a shared

connection between everyonein the production, both onstageand off.

“You will never meet amore accepting and lovinggroup of people than theaterpeople,” he said. “It definitelyfeels like a family and it’s beencool to spend time with greatpeople and do what we love todo.”

Mercy senior MichaelaSmith all the students in thecast and crew are dedicated tothe production and haveworked hard in rehearsals tostay true to the familiar char-acters in “The Addams Fam-ily” and put on a great show.

Senior Danielle Diersingadded, “We really want the au-dience to be a part of the magicwe’re creating on stage.”

For the seniors who startedtheir theater careers as fresh-men in the Sister Mary CarlosTheatre, Diersing said it’s ex-citing to be performing at Mer-cy once again for their finalhigh school show.

“The theater has a lot ofcharm to it,” she said.

As part of the centennialcelebrations, Mercy invitesalumnae and their familiesback to the high school for aspecial Alumnae Night perfor-mance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,March 7.

“It’s going to be really coolto put on a show for an audi-ence of alumnae who will havememories of being in the thea-ter or performing on Mercy’sstage,” Petranek said.

Bodollo said she and herstudents have enjoyed prepar-ing for this production.

“We’ve had so much fun,”she said. “It’s going to be an ex-citing time for the audience.They will experience a lot oflove and laughter.”

Show times are 7:30 p.m.March 5, 6 and 7, and 7 p.m.March 8.

Tickets are $12 each and $10for groups of 10 or more.Tickets are available in theschool’s main office at 3036Werk Road or by calling 661-2740.


Mother of Mercy High School’s theater department is performing “The Addams Family” for its spring production. Show dates are March 5-8, at thehigh school. Addams family cast members include, from left, Alyssa Coffaro, Hannah Kemble, Katie Terek, Austin Pfenninger, Blake Bethel, RachaelPetranek, Jordan Dirr, Danielle Diersing and Rachel Brady.

Mercy High School students present ‘THE ADDAMS

FAMILY’By Kurt [email protected]

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mimic college or career,”she said. The students arebeing asked to respond tocomplex, multi-part ques-tions without having theadequate time or re-sources. This in no waymimics college or thework place, Sala noted.The online test itself is notuser friendly and is diffi-cult for students to navi-gate.

For students on an IEPthe test poses an evengreater challenge withsome of their accommoda-

tions not being honored.The test preparation

has been extremely timeconsuming as well. “We’vehad to take countless daysof instruction in in-servicelearning how to navigatethe site and what to do. Ispent a whole class teach-ing the features of this testto my students,” Sala said.

At the end of the day,the only thing that’s beingmeasured is the student’stest performance on thespecific day of the test. It’snot measuring learningand the results will not beknown for months – far toolate to benefit individualstudent learning now, shesaid.

“We stand in front of

them and we try to havecredibility. We lose all ofour credibility with themwhen we stand in front ofthem and tell them thatthis test is important andwe don’t believe it our-selves,” Sala said.

Symmes Township res-ident Zac Haines’ son isonly 2-years-old, butHaines has spoken outagainst Common Core andPARCC testing to makesure all children get theeducation they deserve.

“We need to improveeducation in the state, butmore standardize testingis not the answer,” Hainessaid.

Haines, the presidentof multiple Republicangroups in the area, ran forthe state board of educa-tion in 2014, opposed toCommon Core and formore classroom instruc-tion time. He lost, but hesaid what he learned onthe campaign trail fromtalking to teachers, par-ents and students madehim see the problems fac-ing public schools.

“I think the testing cul-ture in our public schoolsis extreme. Teachers arespending more time pre-paring students for thesetests and administeringthem than they are on ac-tually teaching,” Hainessaid.

Haines said the testsare more of a data collect-ing exercise for the statethan helpful instructionfor the students because ittakes so long for the re-sults to come in.

“The students can’t re-view them, see what theydid wrong and learn howto improve,” Haines said.

The Ohio Departmentof Education says there isno law that allows a parentor student to opt out ofstate testing and there isno state test opt-out proce-dure or form. If a parentwithdraws his or herchild’s participation in cer-tain state tests, there maybe consequences for thechild, the child’s teacher,and the school and district.

Yohey said thoughthere has been a push bysome parents in the stateto opt their children out ofthe PARCC tests, as of Feb.26 only six students in thedistrict have been optedout by their parents.

Sycamore Schools Su-perintendent Adrienne

James sent a stinging let-ter to Ohio Schools Super-intendent Richard Rossdetailing her complaintsabout the state’s efforts sofar in addressing prob-lems surrounding the newand more frequent stu-dent testing.

“The changes (in test-ing) have been stagger-ing,” James wrote Ross,sharing the letter with par-ents in the 5,244-studentHamilton County schoolsystem and copying localstate legislators.

“The public school sys-tem has been jerked fromone notion to another, re-quiring so much time andattention that districts areleft with no time to ad-dress internal needs. Andsadly, bearing the brunt ofit all are our children,”said James.

James told the Ohioschool leader she had “twooverarching concerns …the abundance of statemandated tests and thecontinued interferencewith what should be a localdecision regarding diag-nostic tests that are ad-ministered for internaluse.”

While James said sheagrees with Ross’ vision toensure “high quality edu-cation” for the Ohio’s K-12graders, she added “unfor-tunately, the amount ofstate testing has truly im-pacted and interfered withtime needed to providethat high quality educa-tion.”

James’ letter also in-cluded recommendationsto Ross on how Ohio couldimprove the new testingand other related reforms.

James joins other areasuperintendents objectingto the new testing. WarrenCounty’s Little MiamiSchools’ leader Greg Pow-er publicly decried the in-creased testing and MasonSchools’ Gail Kist-Kline’srecent testimony beforeOhio legislators includedconcerns about this year’sschool changes.

James and others havealso complained that thenew tests do not provide

adequate data for newlyinstalled teacher evalua-tions being done thisschool year.

Ohio’s superintendentsaid the state is not onlylistening to such negativefeedback but welcomesmore as they fine-tune thefrequency and way stu-dents are tested.

The Ohio House recent-ly approved a bill thatwould prohibit schoolsthis school year from re-taining students from pro-gressing students to thenext grade based on thenew tests.

The bill also addressessome parents concernsabout the data districtsand the state might share –such as individual testscores – with outside, pri-vate corporate sources.

The bill, however, doesnot affect the state’s ThirdGrade Reading Guaran-tee, which requires third-graders to achieve a cer-tain reading score to be al-lowed to advance to thefourth grade. Third-grad-ers this year are taking theold Ohio Achievement As-sessment test in readingand will move to the Com-mon Core-based tests nextschool year.

The bill was passedunanimously by the Houseearlier this month and hasgone to the Ohio Senate forfurther consideration.

Gov. John Kasich re-cently reiterated his sup-port of the Common Corereforms.

Haines said parentsneed to stay involved.

“We have to respect aparent’s right to make achoice with their child’seducation,” he said. “Theyknow best. Not the govern-ment. I would never tell aparent what to do withtheir child. I would encour-age all parents to do the re-search.”

Reporters KurtBackscheider, Jennie Key,

Marika Lee, Kelly McBride,Cindy Schroeder, Forrest

Sellers, Sheila VilvensMichael Clark, Benjamin

Lanka and ChrissieThompson contributed.

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House Bill 7 – whichwould make some re-quired student tests papertigers even if given online– may be taken up by thefull Ohio Senate onWednesday, March 4.

That’s according to theoffice of state Sen. PeggyLehner (R-Kettering), whochairs the Senate Educa-tion Committee.

The March 4 Senatesession is to begin at 1:30p.m.; a previously sched-uled Senate session set forTuesday, March 3, hasbeen cancelled.

The Senate EducationCommittee on Feb. 25voted unanimously torecommend passage ofHouse Bill 7 after a hear-ing on the legislation thatwould prohibit some teststaken this school year byelementary and second-ary schools students frombeing used to determinepromotion, retention andcourse credit decisionsand which would allowhigh-school students totake end-of-course examsthey missed or to retakethem.

The Senate EducationCommittee also conduct-ed a hearing Feb. 25 onSenate Bill 3, which wouldallow some test exemp-tions for schools in high-performing districts, buttook no vote on it, ac-cording to Lehner’s office.

Meanwhile, the OhioHouse of Representativespassed House Bill 7 94-0on Feb. 11.

Afterward, State Rep.Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab)cited a provision prohibitsschools from sharingindividual student’s testscores with outside enti-ties unless they have theconsent of either thestudent or his or herparents.

“I am pleased we wereable to close a loopholethat existed, which wouldhave created a hugeproblem for our stu-dents," Green said.

“Our goal as legislatorsshould be to do whateveris necessary to equip ourstudents with the neces-sary skills they need toeither gain employmentwhen they graduate highschool or be ahead of thegame when they go tocollege.”

State Rep. Tom Brink-man Jr. (R- Cincinnati),said at the time that, “Iwas proud to vote ‘yes’today on what is the firststep to eliminate Com-mon Core in the state ofOhio.”




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WESTERN HILLSPRESSEditor: Richard Maloney, [email protected], 248-7134

St. Dominic School

» Kathi Wanger was select-ed as WARM98 Teacher of theWeek.

WARM98 and WLWT/Chan-nel 5 presented the award anda gift bag to Wanger. They alsobrought a pizza party for thefifth-graders. Wanger and theentire fifth-grade were fea-tured on the Teacher of theWeek segment Feb. 6 onWLWT/Channel 5.

Becky Veid and Katie Lider-bach nominated Wanger. Thisis the second year in a row thata St. Dominic teacher wasselected as a WARM98/WLWTChannel 5 Teacher of theWeek. Last March WendySmith received the honor.

St. Ignatius School» Good things are always

brewing at St. Ignatius, butrecently the students andteachers got a taste of howmuch they are truly appreciat-ed.

Principal Tim Reilly de-clared a “Hot Chocolate Emer-gency,” and he and his teamserved a cup of hot chocolateto everyone in the building.

The element of surprisewas crucial in planning theday. Along with a small num-ber of staff members, a groupof alumni moms came togetherto make sure the Hot Choco-late Emergency remained asecret until the students sawReilly with his megaphone attheir classroom door. The ef-fort involved extensive plan-ning, ensuring that those withallergies received a drink thatwas warm and safe. More than1,150 cups were served inabout two hours.

Reilly said, “It is fun toserve each student a cup of hotchocolate with a side of joy!”

Taylor/Great Oaks» A le contingent of Taylor

High School/Great Oaks stu-dents is headed to state Busi-ness Professionals of Americacompetition after excelling inregional competition.

Nineteen Taylor studentswill compete against 8,500other BPA students throughoutOhio, with a chance to move onto national competition.

The state qualifiers are:Ryan Sandling and Mark Mur-phy – presentation manage-ment team; Jordan Mock, digi-tal production; Nate Hawkinsand Emily Shuey, global mar-keting team; Olivia Wessel andAbbey Neyer – economic re-search team; Connor Smith -fundamental word processing;Molly Paul - advanced wordprocessing; Tracy Wiehe -interview skills; AntoniaMueller and David Pittman –keyboarding; Kelly Bernhardt,Lindsey Greene, HannahMeckstroth and Sarah Fell-inger – admin support team;Chase LaWarre-Gardner –extemporaneous speech; Ab-bey Neyer – desktop publish-ing; Kelly Bernhardt – data-base production.

The students are part of theBusiness Management pro-gram, a satellite class of GreatOaks Career Campuses atTaylor High School.



St. Ignatius principal Tim Reilly announces the Hot Chocolate Emergency to a first-grade class.


St. Ignatius first-grader Darren Kolodzik isexcited for the first taste of his hotchocolate.


St. Ignatius third-grader Tyler Ostermansavors his cup of hot chocolate while otherswait patiently to be served. From left: front,Tyler Osterman and Maggie Hollandsworth;back, Nina Seyforth and Ian Kowalski.


Katie Seifert, Amy Mueller, Mary Jo Lewnard and Martha Strawser preparecups of hot chocolate at St. Ignatius School.


Kathi Wanger, center, Katie Liderbach, left, and Becky Veid with WARM98'sBob Goen and Marianne Curan of “Bob & Marianne in the Morning.”


A large contingent of Taylor High School/Great Oaks students is headed to state Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition after excelling inregional competition. From left: Ryan Sandling, Nate Hawkins, Jordan Mock, Emily Shuey, David Pittman, Olivia Wessel, Mark Murphy, Abbey Neyer,Connor Smith, Molly Paul, Tracy Wiehe, Kelly Bernhardt, Antonia Mueller, Lindsey Greene, Hannah Meckstroth and Sarah Fellinger. Not pictured, ChaseLaWarre-Gardner.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5Clubs & OrganizationsPoker, noon to 3:30 p.m., GreenTownship Senior Center, 3620Epley Road, Free. Presented byGreen Township Seniors. 385-3780. Green Township.

Dance ClassesDance Clogging, 6:30 p.m.,Sayler Park Community Center,6720 Home City Ave., Learn howto clog dance. Dancers of alllevels welcome. No partnerrequired. $5. Presented by TheCan’t Stop Cloggers. 324-7454;cantstopcloggers.weebly.com.Sayler Park.

Exercise ClassesYoga for the Back (Therapy),6-6:45 p.m., EarthConnection,370 Neeb Road, $10 drop-in, $45five-class pass, $80 10-class pass,$140 20-class pass. Presented byYoga by Marietta. 675-2725.Delhi Township.

Pure Potential Chikung/taichi,9:30-11 a.m., Grace EpiscopalChurch, 5501 Hamilton Ave., $50.Presented by Harmonic PulseWellness. 405-1514; www.har-monicpulsewellness.com. Col-lege Hill.

Cardio Plus Aerobics Class,4:45-5:45 p.m., Keeping FitStudio, 7778 Colerain Ave., $5.720-4142. Colerain Township.

Health / WellnessWomen’s Heart to Heart Sup-port Group Meetings, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Christ Hospital, 5885Harrison Ave., Learn about heartdisease and how to make heart-healthy lifestyle changes. Free.585-2366; www.thechristhospi-tal.com. Green Township.

Karaoke and Open MicKaraoke, 7-9 p.m., VinokletWinery and Restaurant, 11069Colerain Ave., Large collection ofkaraoke music from every era.Free. 385-9309; www.vinoklet-wines.com. Colerain Township.

Laugh Out Lounge Open MicComedy, 8-10 p.m., The PublicHouse, 3807 North Bend Road,Free. 481-6300; www.publichou-secheviot.com. Cheviot.

Mean Jean Rockin’ Thursdays,9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005.Colerain Township.

On Stage - TheaterA Nice Family Gathering, 8p.m., Arts Center at Dunham,1945 Dunham Way, Ghostly lovestory about a man who loved hiswife so much, he almost told herbefore he died. Now he’s a ghoston a mission, and his son is theunlikely messenger on Thanks-giving Day. Ages 18 and up. $14.Presented by Sunset Players Inc..588-4988; www.sunsetplay-ers.org. West Price Hill.

Stanton’s Garage, 8 p.m., NorthCollege Hill City Center, 1500 W.Galbraith Road, Comedy set in

ramshackle garage. $15, $12seniors, children and military.Presented by CenterStage Play-ers Inc.. Through March 7.588-4910; www.centersta-geplayersinc.com. North CollegeHill.

Senior CitizensOpen Bridge, noon to 3:30 p.m.,Green Township Senior Center,3620 Epley Road, Free. ThroughDec. 17. 385-3780. Green Town-ship.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6Dining EventsFish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., PleasantRun Presbyterian Church, 11565Pippin Road, Fish or chickennuggets and choice of two sides:macaroni and cheese, greenbeans, coleslaw and applesauce.Meal also includes bread, dessertand either coffee, lemonade oriced tea. Dinner: $8.50, $4.50 perchild; carryout: $8, $4 per child.825-4544; www.pleasantrunp-c.org. Colerain Township.

Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. MatthiasCatholic Church, 1050 W. Kem-per Road, Lonsway Hall. Dinnersand a la carte items. $7 perdinner. 851-1930. Forest Park.

Fish Fry Days, 4:30-7 p.m., St.Aloysius Gonzaga School, 4390Bridgetown Road, School Cafe-teria. Fried and baked fish,shrimp, pizza, mozzarella sticks,homemade macaroni andcheese, green beans, coleslawand homemade desserts. Carry-out and drive through available.Fish or shrimp dinner costs $8and a la carte items $1.50-$4.50.Presented by St. Aloysius Gon-zaga Church. 574-4840;www.saintals.org. Green Town-ship.

Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., VFW Post 7340Charles R. Gailey, 8326 Brown-sway Lane, Cod, catfish, shrimp,chicken, platters come withchoice of two sides. Carryoutavailable. $8 platter, $5 sand-wich. Presented by VFW Post7340 Ladies Auxiliary. 521-7340;http://gaileypost.webs.com.Colerain Township.

Fresh Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m.,Western Hills Cheviot Lodge 140,4353 West Fork Road, Dine inlower level or carryout entranceat rear of building. Dine in orcarry out. Sides: fries, mac andcheese, onion rings, green beansand slaw. Dinner with threesides for $10. Free coffee andtea. Presented by Western HillsCheviot Lodge No. 140. 919-1065.Monfort Heights.

Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Our Ladyof the Visitation School, 3180South Road, Baked, fried fish,shrimp and crab cakes. Dinnersinclude two sides. Mac andcheese, fries, coleslaw and more.Children’s fish fingers dinner,Trotta’s pizza and weekly special.$2 and up. Presented by St.Joseph of the Three RiversCouncil Knights of Columbus.347-2229; www.stjosephkof-c.org. Green Township.

Germania Society Fish Fry,4:30-7:30 p.m., Germania Societyof Cincinnati, 3529 W. KemperRoad, Sides include bakedmacaroni and cheese, frenchfries, sweet creamy coleslaw,collard greens and corn bread.Assorted desserts and beveragesavailable for purchase. Tea,coffee and lemonade availableat no cost. Carry out and creditcard purchases also available.$12 dinner with two sides, $7 fishsandwich only. 742-0060;www.germaniasociety.com.Colerain Township.

Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St.William Church, 4108 W. EighthSt., Menu includes hand breadedcod, tavern breaded fish, tilapia,salmon, shrimp, crab cakes,grilled cheese, cheese pizza,french fries, hush puppies,macaroni and cheese, tossedsalad and homemade soup ofthe week. Desserts and bever-ages available. Drive thru 4-7p.m. Dine in 4:30-7:30 p.m. $1and up. 921-0247; www.stwil-liamfishfry.com. West Price Hill.

Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. AntoninusParish, 1500 Linneman Road,Dine in, carry out or drive-thrucurb-side pick-up. Fish sand-wiches, jumbo shrimp, grilledsalmon, pizza, grilled cheese,homemade soups and home-made desserts, plus other sidedishes. Price varies. Presented bySt. Antoninus Boy Scout Troop614. 922-5400. Green Township.

Boy Scout Troop 271 Fish Fry,4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Teresa of AvilaChurch, 1175 Overlook Ave., Dinein or carry out. Free. Presentedby St. Teresa Boy Scout Troop271. 921-9200. West Price Hill.

Dine-in Fish Fry, 5:30-7 p.m.,Our Lady of the Rosary Church,17 Farragut Road, Menu includessalmon, baked cod, fried cod,shrimp, pizza, salted rye breadand more. A la carte itemsavailable. Credit cards accepted.$8. 825-8626; www.wintonwyo-mingpr.org. Greenhills.

Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Amer-ican Legion Post 513, 7947Hamilton Ave., Cod, catfish,

fantail shrimp, popcorn shrimp,crab cakes and chicken strips.Dinner include fries or maccheese or onion straws andcoleslaw, cupcakes. $6-$8. 729-0061. Mount Healthy.

Fish FryDays, 5-8 p.m., St. Do-minic Church, 4551 Delhi Road,O’Connor Hall. Traditional friedcod, special menu items eachweek. Presented by St. DominicAthletic Association. 251-1276;www.athletics.stdominicdel-hi.org. Delhi Township.

Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., St. LawrenceElementary, 1020 Carson Ave.,Heritage Hall. Breaded jumboshrimp, baked salmon, codbreaded or beer battered,spaghetti with tomato sauce,grilled cheese sandwich or garlicgrilled cheese sandwich andpizza bread. Benefits St. Law-rence. Presented by PTO of St.Lawrence Elementary. 921-4230.East Price Hill.

Exercise ClassesVinyasa Flow Yoga, 6-7 p.m.,EarthConnection, 370 NeebRoad, $10 drop-in, $45 five-classpass, $80 10-class pass, $14020-class pass. Presented by Yogaby Marietta. 675-2725; www.yo-gabymarietta.com. Delhi Town-ship.

Cardio Plus Aerobics Class,9:30-10:30 a.m., Keeping FitStudio, 7778 Colerain Ave., $5.720-4142. Colerain Township.

Cardio Plus Aerobics Class, 5-6p.m., Keeping Fit Studio, 7778Colerain Ave., $5. 720-4142.Colerain Township.

Health / WellnessEngage Your Inner HealerChikung, 6:30-8 p.m., GraceEpiscopal Church, 5501 HamiltonAve., $50. Presented by Harmon-

ic Pulse Wellness. 405-1514;www.harmonicpulsewellness-.com. College Hill.

Music - Classic RockSuperBad, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., ClubTrio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free.385-1005; www.clubtriolounge-.com. Colerain Township.

Music - ReligiousCome Watch With Me: ThePerfect Storm, 7-8:30 p.m., OurLady of Lourdes, 2832 RosebudDrive, Evening of prayer, med-itation and music with MikeDavis. Walk the Way of the Crossfocusing on life, death andresurrection of Jesus Christ. Free.922-0715, ext. 3330. Westwood.

On Stage - TheaterA Nice Family Gathering, 8p.m., Arts Center at Dunham,$14. 588-4988; www.sunsetplay-ers.org. West Price Hill.

Stanton’s Garage, 8 p.m., NorthCollege Hill City Center, $15, $12seniors, children and military.588-4910; www.centersta-geplayersinc.com. North CollegeHill.

Rumors, 8 p.m., GlenmorePlayhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave.,Farce takes place in upscalehome of New York City’s deputymayor, Charley Brock. Charleyand his wife, Myra, have invitedfriends to a party there to cele-brate their 10th anniversary, butbefore the party begins, Charleyhas suffered a gunshot woundto the earlobe which may or maynot have been self-inflicted.Ages 18 and up. $16, $15 ad-vance. Presented by The DramaWorkshop. Through March 15.598-8303; www.thedramawork-shop.org. Cheviot.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7Craft ShowsSpring Craft/Vendor Show,10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Hills HighSchool, 3200 Ebenezer Road,Commons. Handmade crafts andfavorites like Tupperware,Pampered Chef and more. $2.Presented by Oak Hills BandAssociation. 405-4436;www.oakhillsbandassociatio-n.org. Green Township.

EducationConcealed Carry Class, 8-9p.m., Tactical Intelligence Group,6111 Morgan Road, Led bycertified instructors. Ages 21 andup. $150. Registration required.579-1405; tacticalintelligence-group.com. Cleves.

Exercise ClassesDance Jamz, 9:30-10:30 a.m.,Sayler Park Community Center,6720 Home City Ave., Dancefitness class incorporates highintensity interval training. Ages18 and up. $5 per class or $40 for10 classes. Presented by DanceJamz. 706-1324. Sayler Park.

Cardio Plus Aerobics Class,9:30-10:30 a.m., Keeping FitStudio, $5. 513-720-4142. Col-erain Township.

Health / WellnessPersonal Defense Course, 9a.m. to 1 p.m., Tactical Intelli-gence Group, 6111 MorganRoad, Designed to equip youwith simple ways to avoid,de-escalate or escape from widevariety of threatening situations.For ages 13 and up. $75. Regis-tration required. 579-1405.Cleves.


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La Salle High School’s Meatballs and Music Fundraiser to benefit the school’s band and guard is3-7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Green Township.Concert at 3 p.m. Dinner is 4-7 p.m. Jeannine Groh Trio and other music accompany dinner. Onthe menu are spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, drinks, dessert. Takeout is available. Costis $6. Call 404-3057; visit www.prideoflasalle.com.




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I had to laugh when BillThomas of BBQ Review res-taurant in Madisonvilleagreed to share the recipe forhis iconic mac & cheese.

I heard Bill was closing hisrestaurant (but keeping therailroad dining car adjacent tothe property) so I gave him acall. Already I had severalrequests from readers whowere addicted to his mac &cheese and who asked me toget the recipe.

To give you a bit of history,Bill and I started out our culi-nary adventures about thesame time way back when.

Fast forwardsome 30-plusyears lateryears later andnow Bill wants“to take it easy.”

When I toldhim about myreaders whocan’t exist hap-pily without hismac & cheese,Bill said “I’ll

share, no problem, but itstarts with 18 pounds macaro-ni, 20 pounds of cheese, andmakes 120 pounds and no, Iwon’t even try to break it

down!” OK then...well I fid-dled with it and came up witha good recipe hopefully closeto Bill’s. I even followed histechnique for cooking themacaroni and the cheesesauce.

I served this to my family,and I never saw a bowl of mac& cheese eaten so fast. I hopeyou like it as much as we do.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herb-alist, educator, Jungle Jim’s East-gate culinary professional and au-thor. Find her blog online atAbouteating.com. Call 513-248-7130,ext. 356.

BBQ Review dishes out addictingmacaroni and cheese recipe

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1//2 pound elbow macaroni - 2 cups dry1 stick butter - 4 oz.1/4 cup onion, diced fine 1/4 cup flourSalt and pepper to taste4 oz. regular, not low fat, Velveeta cheese, cubed4-6 oz. shredded cheddar, divided (I used a heaping cup, probably

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Remove from heat and stir in Velveeta and a little more than half thecheddar. Stir in macaroni. The mac & cheese will be very creamy and thick-ens as it sits. Sprinkle with rest of cheddar.

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Why this blend is good for you:Basil is good for cardiovascular healthOregano and marjoram help keep joints healthy, and fight colds

and fluThyme is especially good for upper respiratory healthRosemary helps keep memories sharpSavory is a good salt substitute and helps dispel gasBoost your wisdom with sageParsley is good for kidney and liver health


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Western Hills Press EditorRichard [email protected], 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-FridaySee page A2 for additional contact information.

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WESTERN HILLSPRESSEditor: Richard Maloney, [email protected], 248-7134

Come June, be preparedto see a parade of kids withtowels over their shouldersand smiles on their facesambling along West Sidestreets towards the corner ofGlenway and Sydney ave-nues.

They’re headed for thePhilipps Swim Club in anannual migration that’s beengoing on for 85 years.

Herbert Hoover waspresident of the UnitedStates, bread sold for ninecents a loaf, the price of aChevrolet was $525, and theaverage cost of a new homewas $3,840 when the PhilippsSwim Club opened its doorsfor business in June 1930.

Built at the height of theGreat Depression, Philipps isa testament to the enduringoptimism and perseveranceof the American spirit. Risktaking was nothing new tothe Philipps family. Accord-ing to an article by JulieHotchkiss in the CincinnatiWest Side Examiner, CharlesPhilipps built the first pri-vately owned pool in theUnited States in 1868 alongthe banks of the Miami Riv-er. His descendants wouldlater build pools in Cincin-nati, Dayton, Columbus,Buffalo and Muncie.

The 550,000 gallon pool at5245 Glenway Ave. served asthe crown jewel of theiroperations.

The 1932 publication,“Achievement in WesternHills” carries an ad by Phil-ipps citing its role as a mag-net in the development andexpansion of the WesternHills area through the pro-motion of recreational andsocial activities and the pro-vision of a community gath-ering place. The key to thePhilipps’ success was theirability to create an atmos-phere in which members feltpart of an extended family.

Every kid who ever vis-ited the pool came to look onMs. Philipps, seated in herwheel chair on the upperdeck, as a surrogate grand-mother and she, in turn,

knew eachkid by name.

Eventuallythe Philippsfamily soldthe pool. Itwent througha successionof owners.Escalatinglabor costsand the ex-pense of

maintaining such a largefacility eventually provedunprofitable, and in the win-ter of 2011 it was announcedthat the pool would be clos-ing after serving the WestSide community for 81 years.

Refusing to allow thischerished resource to die, asmall group of membersasked for an opportunity tooperate the pool as a not-for-profit organization. They hadno resources or experiencein pool management, only awillingness and determina-tion to keep the pool alive.They got the “go ahead” inApril.

With only two months tillthe scheduled Memorial Dayopening, volunteers workedrelentlessly, bringing toolsand supplies from home, toready the pool. It was a com-munity effort that justifiedthe Philipps family’s opti-mism in the American workethic. Somehow the poolopened its 2011 season inMay without missing a beat.Aside from a small staff ofpaid summer employeessuch as managers and lifeguards, the pool is managedand maintained by its volun-teer members with all prof-its going back into the facil-ity.

Truth be known, Philippsis not just a pool, it’s a way oflife that’s worth preserving.

For more information,visit us on Facebook or go toPhilippsswimclub.com.

Michael Colligan has been aresident of Covedale for more than40 years and is a communitymember of the Philipps' Board ofTrustees.

PhillipsSwim Cluba summertradition



A group of Philipps Swim Club members formed a nonprofitorganization to keep the pool open in 2011. Young pool members SophieBarsan, Kara Siemer, Nick Kattus, Ben Collett, Samantha Scholl, TaylorGray and Alexia Scholl hit a beach ball around on a summer afternoon.

The Delhi Skirt Game isentering its 38th year as acommunity fundraiser.

Each year it has grownlarger and larger due to thegenerosity of the residents ofDelhi Township. Last year(2014) was a banner year forthe Skirt Game. We raisedmore money than any otheryear and gave more to peoplein need in Delhi than any other

year. This allhappens be-cause of ahard workingcommittee andthe Delhi Com-munity’s gen-erosity.

Last year,we gave peo-ple in need inDelhi morethan $74,000,almost more

than we gave to folks in 2012and 2013 combined. This mon-ey helped 17 families whoneeded help with such thingsas house payments, medicalbills, food, utility payments,dentures and even a handi-capped equipped van. Thismoney does not include the$23,000 it cost to do a littleshopping at Target with 160kids from 60 families atChristmas time via Kids, Cops‘n Firefighters.

We cannot do this withoutthe generosity of the peoplewho attend our fund raisingevents and from the busi-nesses and individuals whogive generously either withcash, products, time or allthree. Please go to our websiteto see the full list of sponsorswho make the skirt game pos-sible.

Here is what we haveplanned so far for 2015:

The Delhi Skirt Game willoccur for the 38th time from 5p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7,at Delhi Township Park. Wedon’t know the theme yet, butthe game will be fun and there

will be plenty of celebrities forour ladies to make fun of. Thisis great family fun, and therewill be plenty to do for kids ofall ages, including the fab-ulous fireworks display, sodon’t miss it.

The tailgate party will hap-pen for the fifth time from 6p.m. to 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m.)Thursday, Aug. 6, at DelhiRemke’s parking lot. The Rod-ney Alan Combs Band will bethere for the fourth time. MikeDavis will be performing forthe first time. The TailgateParty is also a family event, somark it on your calendar soyou don’t miss it.

The Annual Kenny LippsMemorial Golf Outing will beat Aston Oaks at 1 p.m. Sat-urday, April 25. This is the15th year we have teed it up

thanks to Kenny Lipps who notonly started the golf outing,but was also a founder of theSkirt Game itself. He is reallymissed at all Skirt Gameevents, but the golf outingwould never have happenedwithout him.

The first event this yearwill be our fundraiser Sunday,March 29, at Jim and Jacks onRiver Road in Riverside.Funds from this event will gointo the Cindy Roebel Memori-al fund for our annual Kids,Cops ‘n Firefighters program.For the past six years, we’vetaken needy Delhi kids shop-ping at Christmas time at Tar-get. This event brings a spe-cial Christmas feeling to ourvolunteers who help. There isnothing like seeing a child’sface light up when he or sheshops for items that they couldnot have without this event.

Kids, Cops ‘n Firefighterswould not be possible withoutthe help of the Delhi Police,Firefighters, Delhi CitizensPolice Association, Delhi Sen-iors and From Our Angels toYours, along with others whodonate money and come tohelp take kids shopping atChristmas. After all, they areDelhi kids and families whoneed our help and that is whatthe Skirt Game is all about. Wewant to thank Jim and Jacksfor donating the venue for thisfund raising event.

So come visit us on Sunday,March 29, for some great foodand entertainment. Help usmake this a successful fund-raiser so our volunteers canhelp needy Delhi kids whoselives will be touched becauseof Delhi’s continuing generos-ity.

For information about theDelhi Skirt Game and its manyevents in 2015, visit our web-site at www.delhiskirtgame-.org or call 513-451-1197.

Clyde Kober is vice president andco-chair of the Delhi Skirt Game.

NO SKIRTING THE ISSUE:Game bigger, better every year



Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neilmediates a player dispute duringthe 2014 Skirt Game.

Feb. 25 questionWhat is your ideal place or

way to escape the winter weath-er?

“Upstate New York in theAdirondacks or northern Mich-igan are my ideal places to es-cape the majority of wimps inCincinnati who think winter issomething from which youneed to escape. Embrace win-ter, go ski (downhill or cross

country), snowmobile or justtake a nice winter hike in thewoods. There are no crowds. IfI choose to seek a warm weath-er vacation then the CaribbeanIslands are my next choice. Thewestern side of Jamaica andAntiqua are my favorites.”


“Well all the ideal places thatI know of to escape I can't get tobecause I have to work and win-

ter is a busy season for us. So in-stead I've decided to just em-brace winter. If I try and real-ize that it can only go on for solong, and get so bad, then whenthe spring and summer arrivesI find I am way more grateful.However, when it is August,and about 90 degrees with 95percent humidity I try and re-member back to how great itfelt to be shoveling my drive-way in minus 0 degree weather.It is all relative.”


“Go to Montana where theyhave a lot more snow, moun-tains and incredible skiing.They also all know how to drivein the snow.”



THIS WEEK’SQUESTIONWhat TV show from your youthwould you like to see remade,or re-broadcast? Why?

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These birds seem to be enjoying the winter weather — a lesson somehumans could learn.

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CANTON — St. Xavier and St.Ursula are bringing trophiesback to the Queen City, cappingan impressive weekend from lo-cal teams at the Division I stateswim meet Feb. 27-28 at the C.T.Branin Natatorium.

The Bombers amassed 335total points and the Bulldogs tal-lied 270.5 points. It was theBombers’ seventh consecutivestate championship and 36th all-time. St. Ursula returns with therunner-up trophy, finishing sec-

ond to Upper Arlington. Moeller finished as the run-

ner-up on the boys’ side with 134points.

“There is nothing old aboutcoming to the end of a year-longprocess to celebrate. It nevergets old,” St. Xavier head coachJim Brower said. “I think wejust focus on the one at hand …36 (championships) are for thealumni. This one’s for us.”

Sophomore Grant House de-fended his state titles in the 100and 200 freestyle races, whilethe 200 freestyle relay team ofJoe Berno, Matt Slabe, GrantCarr and House took second be-hind Brecksville-Broadview

Heights.St. X also brought the meet to

a close with a win in the 400freestyle relay (Slabe, Carr,House and Mitchell Frey) in atime of 3:03.03. The Bombersalso won the 200 medley relay(James Wray, Luke Sobolewski,Frey and Berno) with a 1:32.03.St. Xavier’s Drew Fitzgeraldtook 19th place at the state divemeet.

St. Ursula’s key finishers in-cluded: Josie Grote who tookthird in the 100 breaststroke andsecond in the 200 individualmedley; senior Katie Kerr, a

St. X leads locals at state swimmingBy Nick Robbe and [email protected]@communitypress.com

See STATE, Page B2


St. Xavier’s 400 freestyle relay team of Matt Slabe, Mitchell Frey, GrantHouse and Grant Carr celebrate after winning the race.

GREEN TWP. — If diving is an art thenElizabeth Cron is surely an artist, albeit ayoung one. The Oak Hills High Schoolfreshman made a remarkable impres-sion in her introductory high school sea-son.

On Feb. 26, Cron placed fifth at the Di-vision I state diving meet in Canton. Shequalified for state with a third-place fin-ish at the district meet in Oxford a weekprior. Oak Hills hadn’t sent a diver tostate since 1992 (Kami Ogden placed10th), according to the Oak Hills athleticdepartment.

“As a freshman, what she's done isamazing,” said Oak Hills diving coachBrandon Unthank, adding that Elizabethwas one of just three freshman at statethis year. “She has a little bit of every-thing but her competitiveness sets herabove and beyond.”

Cron, who was a gymnast and swim-mer first, said her parents convinced herto try diving.

“It (diving) was kind of a perfect mixof the two (swimming and gymnastics),”Cron said. “I really like when I’m in the

air, it feels like you’re flying and that’sthe closest you’re gonna get to actuallyflying.”

Cron, who admitted she wasn’t opti-mistic initially about the sport, said shestill remembers her first dive and how itleft her invigorated.

“The first time I jumped off the boardand felt the air under my feet, it was justan amazing feeling,” she said.

Cron’s success is not accompanied by

surprise. Unthank has been coachingCron her entire career, since she startedaround 9 or 10 years old.

“It didn’t take me by surprise at all,”he said. “She’s definitely different thanthe average freshman — it’s the way shehas her goals set. She has the ability to goafter those goals and achieve thosegoals.”

Looking back on her inaugural season,Cron left a trail blazing behind her path.She broke the Greater Miami Conferencedive record, broke the Oak Hills six and11-dive records, as well as the Mason andSouth Dearborn pool records, accordingto Unthank.

Cron won’t dismiss the importance ofwhat she accomplished as a freshman.She said she was “fortunate” to have theopportunity to compete at state.

“I didn’t expect to do that well (atstate),” she said, adding a thank you toher parents, coaches and friends. “It’s awin for everyone who’s helped me; I’mreally glad they all have.”

Cron said she gets nervous. “It’s just the right amount,” she con-

fessed. “I’ve had many great people tellme that if you’re not nervous, then you’renot ready.”


Elizabeth Cron of Oak Hills works on a dive during warm ups before the Division I district meet at Miami on Feb. 18.


By Adam [email protected]

State swimming results

Division I localsMercy senior Megan Buse took 21st place

in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:07.37.

Division II localsTaylor sophomore Isabelle Murray took

fourth place in the 100 butterfly in 56.33;she also placed eighth in the 100 backstrokefinal in 57.53. Yellow Jackets sophomoreAbby Rapien finished ninth in the 200freestyle with a time of 1:53.87. Rapien was13th in the 500 freestyle (5:06.72).


WESTERN HILLSPRESSEditor: Melanie Laughman, [email protected], 513-248-7573

Girls basketball

» Seton lost to Glen Este 57-35 in a Division I sectional gameFeb. 24. Junior Stefanie Auten-rieb led the Saints with 10points.

» Mercy played Walnut Hillstight in a Division I sectionalFeb. 23 but the Bobcats fell 66-58. Senior guard Emma Bleyput on a show in her final highschool game scoring 23 points.

» Taylor gave MountHealthy all it could handle in aDivision II sectional postseasongame Feb. 23 but the Owls hungon to beat the Yellow Jackets50-47 at Withrow. Taylor seniorHannah Meckstroth had 13points.

» Western Hills was throt-tled by Mount Notre Dame 91-11in a Division I sectional gameFeb. 23 at Kings.

Boys basketball» Oak Hills knocked out Lit-

tle Miami 59-46 in a Division Isectional Feb. 27 at Fairfield.Caleb Cox had 14 points andnine rebounds for Oak Hills.

» La Salle took care of West-ern Hills 73-56 in a Division Isectional Feb. 28. West High’sMalik Seldon had 20 points. LaSalle’s Tre Crigler had 18 points.

» Taylor fell to Taft 91-68 inthe Division II sectional tourna-ment Feb. 28.

Girls bowling» Oak Hills advanced as a

team to the Division I districttournament after taking thirdplace at the sectional tourna-ment Feb. 25 at Colerain Lanes.Junior Mandi Chafins bowled ateam-high 592 series over threegames. Senior Rachel Hesserolled a 568 and senior KatieLaine totaled a 493.

» Seton finished sixth at theDivision I sectional tournamentFeb. 25 at Colerain Lanes to ad-vance as a team to the districttournament. Seniors AshleyHoinke (541series) and McKen-zie Frommeyer (540) led theSaints at the sectional.

» Mercy advanced to the Di-vision I district tournament af-ter taking second place at theCrossgate Lanes sectional Feb.25. The Bobcats were led byseniors Victoria Brackett, whobowled a 561 series, and MaryBowman’s 553. Juniors EmilyKuderer (525) and Meghan Lan-ter (522) also finished in thetop-25 at the sectional.

Boys bowling» Oak Hills was the top team

at the Division I sectional tour-nament at Colerain Lanes Feb.26 and advanced to the districttournament. Senior DillonMeece was the sectional’s top


By Adam [email protected]


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WESTERN HILLS — It wouldbe easy to simply write off theGamble Montessori HighSchool girls basketball pro-gram. The Gators have only hada program for four years andlast year the team went 3-19.

They began this season with11 girls on the team. They fin-ished with just seven; one sen-ior, one sophomore and fivefreshman. In spite of all that,the Gators went 12-9 this year— the most wins in a season andthey went 9-3 in the Ohio ValleyAthletic League and finished

second. Mark Rave, the Gators’ head

coach for the past two seasons,said the difference this yearwas his team bought into the up-tempo style.

“The way I wanted to playlast year was uptempo. Weweren’t able because we didn’thave the players,” Rave said.“This year, the freshman camein and embraced the uptempostyle.”

It may seem counter intu-itive to get out run againstteams when you only have sev-en players, but the Gators don’tmind. They’re propelled byyouth.

Rave pointed to freshmantwins Sylvia and Vivian Parker— a couple of spark plugs withlong-running motors.

“They’re nonstop, 150 per-cent. They don’t get tired,”Rave described the Parkertwins. “Look in the fourth quar-ter of our tournament game (56-44 loss to Middletown ChristianFeb. 23). Sylvia was out-hus-tling everybody and she prettymuch played the whole game.They’re in tremendous shapeand obviously their skill level isahead of what I thought it wouldbe.”

Sylvia averages 9.3 pointsand 17.4 rebounds per game.

Against Middletown Christian,Sylvia finished with 14 pointsand 23 rebounds. Vivian aver-aged 8.4 points and 9.1reboundsa game this year.

Bianca Lane, the team’s lonesenior, was the Gators’ second-leading scorer at 10.5 points pergame, behind Aig’ne Clifford’s14.0 average.

“There were very fewgames this year when we actu-ally had our top seven togetheron the floor,” Rave said. “Itdidn’t really matter who wewere missing; we had someonestep up.”

Defensively, Gamble’s noslouch either. Rave said with a

young roster, he implemented atwo-three zone defense to “sim-plify” things, but said his teamplayed so well in the zone theystuck with it all season.

“The level of improvementthey showed this year was agood, unexpected surprise,”said Rave.

Not only does the majority ofits firepower return next sea-son, the Gators will add anothergroup of freshmen who canplay, Rave said.

“I’m extremely excited forthe future because of what thisteam was able to accomplishwith basically a team of fresh-man,” Rave said.

Youth leads Gamble girls hoops resurgenceBy Adam [email protected]

Mount St. Joseph Univer-sity’s men’s basketball teamreached its goals of turning inthe winningest season in pro-gram history and earning theprogram’s first share of aHeartland Collegiate AthleticConference title.

The Lions (19-7, 14-5) earneda first-round bye in the confer-ence tournament, but theirstruggles away from thefriendly confines of the Har-rington Center prevented themfrom reaching all of their goalsfor the season.

Mount St. Joe’s loss in theregular season finale meantthat Defiance College, also 19-6and 14-4 in the regular season,hosted the HCAC tournament.The Lions went undefeated inconference home games andimproved their record in theHarrington Center to 23-2 overthe past two seasons. Their onlyhome loss this year came onNov. 16 against then-top-rankedAugustana, currently the num-ber eight team in the country.

Unfortunately, the Lionswere unable to bring the samelevel of play that they deliveredat home all season with them onthe road down the stretch.Mount St. Joe was upset byBluffton in the HCAC semifi-nals at Defiance on Feb. 28.

“On the road, you have tomake some shots, especiallythis time of year when every-body’s defense is at a high lev-el,” said head coach Toby Carri-gan. “You still have to get to thelane and the free throw line andplay defense, but you also haveto make your jump shots.”

The Lions struggled in thoseareas in their 64-52 loss toBluffton. Mount St. Joe con-nected on just one of 15 threepoint attempts, only got to thefree-throw line 10 times, andshot 33.3 percent from the fieldin the second half after hitting50 percent of their shots in thefirst half.

The home environment pro-vided a great advantage for theLions all season. They lost theregular season finale at Rose-Hulman, which gave the con-ference’s top tournament seedto Defiance via tiebreaker andprevented the Lions from host-ing the HCAC tournament.That proved to a be a hurdlethat the Lions could not over-come, but takes nothing awayfrom the impressive homecourt advantage that Mount St.Joe has created over the pasttwo years.

“There’s a comfort level,shooting on the rims you prac-tice on every day,” said Carri-gan. “Our students and fanshave been great with their sup-port.”

While the team fell short ofmaking its first NCAA tourna-ment appearance in men’s bas-

ketball, the fact that failing towin the conference champion-ship comes as a major disap-pointment shows how far thisformerly struggling programhas come under Carrigan. Rath-er than shy away from the mo-mentous breakthrough thatwas at stake this weekend, theLions embraced it.

“That’s not something thatwe try to keep locked down,”said Carrigan. “We purposelybring that up.”

The Mount community isalso aware of the shift in mo-mentum surrounding the men’sbasketball program. In class orwalking around campus, pro-fessors and students alike haveapproached Lions playersthroughout the season to dis-cuss the team’s heightened as-pirations. The players neverdownplayed their team’s poten-

tial.“We all know what we’re into

now,” said junior guard JoelScudder, the team’s leadingscorer. “I’d be lying if I said itwasn’t in the back of our mindsall year.”

On Feb. 24, the entire Lionsroster practiced together forthe first time since Dec. 5. Inthe interim, less experiencedplayers were thrust into thespotlight and proved that theycan contribute valuable min-utes. After starting guard AndyCountryman went down withinjury on December 6, the firstof many Lions injuries thisyear, Mount St. Joe posted a 15-4record to close out the regularseason. Bench players TravisCombs, Erik Edwards, and Jor-dan Henry stepped up as the in-juries mounted and helpedkeep the Lions in the win col-umn.

The Lions did not lose con-secutive games all season untildropping their final two gamesof the year. That showed howfar the team has come mentally.The program has created a cul-ture where players expect towin every night and learnquickly from their shortcom-ings.

“In years past, we’d getdown on ourselves after a loss,”said Scudder. “We have shortermemories now. This year, welearned from our mistakes andmoved on.”

Much time will be spent thisoffseason trying to figure outhow to shake their road woes,but the future of the programlooks very bright. The Lionswill enter the 2015-2016 seasonintent on winning the pro-gram’s first outright HCAC ti-tle and winning the conferencetournament to earn their firsttrip to the NCAA tournament.

“I’ve been pleased with howour guys have responded whenwe’ve faced any type of adver-sity,” said Carrigan. “Our guysnever dwelt on it and kept mov-ing forward. That’s a sign ofmaturity.”

MSJ MEN WIN 1ST LEAGUE TITLEBy Adam [email protected]


Mount St. Joseph University junior guard Joel Scudder is the team’sleading scorer at 15.1 points per game.

Soccer, softballregistration

Adult soccer and softballleagues begin soon at TripleCreek and Miami WhitewaterForest, as registration is nowopen.

Teams can sign up for men,women and co-ed softballleagues, which are offered al-most every day of the week atTriple Creek park. The cost is$360 per team for seven gamesand includes softballs and um-pire fees. All softball leaguesbegin in April.

Soccer leagues are also avail-able for men and coed teams.Games are at Miami Whitewa-ter Forest and begin in April.The cost is $325 per team for 8-on-8 person leagues and $399for 11-on-11 person leagues.League fees include refereefees and field maintenance.

On March 1, registration willopen for adult, co-ed recreation-al kickball leagues. Games willbe played on Saturday eveningsat Triple Creek park.

A valid Great Parks of Ham-ilton County Motor Vehicle Per-mit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is re-quired to enter the parks. Arm-leder and Fernbank Parks arecooperative ventures with theCincinnati Park Board; a motorvehicle permit is not required.


bowler with a three-game se-ries of 763 that incluced a per-fect 300 in his second game.Seniors Ian Rieger (671) andBrandon Combs (668) alsocame up big for the Highland-ers.

» Elder took fifth at the Col-erain Lanes Division I sectionaltournament on Feb. 26 and thePanthers advanced as a team todistricts. Senior David Eu-banks led the Panthers with a622 series.

» La Salle advanced to theDivision I district tournamentfrom the Crossgate Lanes sec-tional Feb. 26. Junior DannyReichwein led the Lancers witha three-game series of 704which ranked third at the sec-tional. Senior Matt Knebel add-ed a 656 series.

» St. Xavier failed to ad-

vance as a team to the districttournament, but the Bombersqualified seniors NathanShrum and Robert Faisant indi-vidually from the Crossgatesectional Feb. 26. Shrum rolleda three-game total of 616 andFaisant tallied a 604.

Hockey» St. Xavier beat Talawanda

5-3 in the OHSAA ColumbusDistrict tournament quarterfi-nals Feb. 25 at Miami Univer-sity’s Goggin Ice Center. TheBombers broke a 3-3 tie in thethird period with a reboundgoal from junior forward NickCarmichael. Senior Justin Le-Fevre added the Bombers’ fifthgoal on an empty net. LeFevrehad four goals in the win.

On Feb. 28, St. Xavier’s staterun came to an end with a 6-0loss to Dublin Jerome.

Gymnastics» Mercy freshman Kiki

Carle qualified to the state

championships after takingsixth in the floor routine at dis-tricts.

» Oak Hills placed fifth atthe city championships Feb. 22at Cincinnati Country Day.

On Feb. 28, Oak Hills tookninth place at the district cham-pionships.

» Seton’s Nina Wurzelbach-er was second on the beam atthe city championships Feb. 22with a score of 8.875.

On Feb. 28, Wurzelbacherqualified for the state champi-onship on the beam with fourthplace at districts.

Wrestling» At the Division I sectional

tournament Feb. 27-28 at Ham-ilton, Elder finished second as ateam. With the top four fromeach weight classes advancingto districts Elder had the fol-lowing advance as champions:Jake Meridieth (126), ConnorCraig (145), Mark Adams (170);in second place: Austin Murphy

(113), Samuel Williams (138),Ti’Ric Evans (152), AndrewTaylor (160) and Gage Brock(195). Chucky Lipps (106) alsoadvanced in fourth place and sodid Nino Salamone (120) inthird place.

» Oak Hills came in fourthplace overall at the Division Isectional tournament Feb. 27-28 at Lebanon. Nick Goldfuss(160) was Oak Hills’ only sec-tional champion, but the High-landers will send five totalthrough to the district tourna-ment. Also advancing in secondplace: Dylan Buis (132), DylanRoth (145); in third place wasHunter Shepherd (170) and infourth was Mitchell Baines(106).

» Taylor’s Damian Walton(132) was a Division II sectionalchampion at Batavia Feb. 27.Also advancing to the districttournament for the YellowJackets is Nate Marmol (170)who took second, and RobbyMartini (106) who was third and

Max Neumann (152) whoplaced fourth.

» La Salle had three section-al champions at the Division Itournament at Lebanon Feb. 28;Jared Thiemann (113), CoreyShie (132) and Andrew Sams(145). The Lancers also quali-fied Eric Beck (138) in thirdplace and Blake Wilson (160) infourth.

» St. Xavier took sixth placeat the Division I sectional tour-nament at Hamilton Feb. 28.Cole Jones was the Bombers’lone sectional champion at 220pounds. St. Xavier also ad-vanced three more wrestlers tothe district tournament withfourth-place finishers: SamKrider (113), Nick Falke (120)and Joey Barreau (152).

» Elder finished second with240.5 team points at the Great-er Catholic League meet Feb.22. Moeller was first with 254.5,St. Xavier was third with 157and La Salle finished fourthwith 117.5.

Short HopsContinued from Page B1

three-time state qualifier,placed third in the 500 freestyleand ninth in the 200 freestyle.The Bulldogs’ 200 medley relay(Grote, Alexandra Wall, Maris-sa Delgado, Anna Delgado) tooksecond and the 400 freestyle re-lay (Hannah Foster, MollieZilch, Ashley Voelkerding,Grote) also took second place.The Bulldogs finished fourth inthe 200 freestyle relay (Voel-kerding, M. Delgado, A. Delga-do, Foster). Foster tied for thirdin the 100 freestyle.

StateContinued from Page B1

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A rundown of events forchildren at area libraries:

Comic Book CraftThursday, March 5, 4 p.m.Cheviot BranchLocation: Cheviot Branch

meeting roomTeen comic book fans and

crafting fans alike will love thisDIY project using old comicbooks. Registration required.

Splatter painting withJackson Pollock

Tuesday, March 10, 4 p.m.Cheviot BranchCreate splatter paint art using

non-traditional painting tools.Registration required.

After School Awesome!Wednesday, March 11, 3:30

p.m.Westwood BranchActivities that build, inspire,

empower, and engage tweens:Ages 8-14. Registration notrequired.

‘Frozen’ family fun nightFriday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.Delhi Township Branch

Enjoy “Frozen” inspired craftsand games for the whole familyat the library after hours. Regis-tration not required.

Duct tape partyThursday, March 19, 3:30 p.m.Westwood BranchTeens can celebrate the awe-

someness of duct tape with acraft and a game. Registrationnot required.

Duct Tape CraftsTuesday, March 24, 4 p.m.Price Hill BranchLearn how to make a wallet

and other items out of ducttape! Registration not required.

Scratch ArtTuesday, March 24, 4 p.m.Cheviot BranchUsing black tempera paint and

pastels, children create their ownscratch art canvas. Registrationrequired.

Egg-Cellent Easter craftsSaturday, March 28, 10 a.m.Delhi Township BranchTired from the Easter egg

hunting? Come over to the

library and enjoy making Eastercrafts. Registration not required.

Westwood Talent ShowSaturday, March 28, 3 p.m.Westwood BranchIt’s that time of year again for

the annual Westwood TalentShow! Sign up at the front deskfor your 10 minutes in the spot-light to show off your talent!You provide your talent andprops, we provide the stage. Signup no w! Registration required.

Plant an herb gardenTuesday, March 31, 4 p.m.Cheviot BranchChildren ages 5-10 are invited

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except Good Friday (Feb. 20-March 27).

Patrons can enjoy dine in, carryout or drive through service.Drive thru hours are 4 p.m. to 7p.m.; dine-in service is availablefrom 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Liveentertainment weekly includingFat Friday.

Visit www.stwilliamfishfry.comfor our complete menu, enter-tainment lineup and otherdetails.

St. William Church is at 4108 W.Eighth St. in West Price Hill.

A list of local fish fries:» St. Teresa of Avila Boy ScoutTroop 271 presents its 35th

annual fish fry this Lentenseason.

The fish fry runs every Friday,including Good Friday, April 3.Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dine-in service is available inAvila Hall, carryout orders arehandled in the parish’s ScoutRoom and drive-thru service isoffered in the circle drive onOverlook Avenue.

St. Teresa of Avila is at 1175Overlook Ave., Price Hill.

Visit the troop’s fish fry page onFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/271FishFry/.

» St. William Parish in West PriceHill: The season kicks off with a“Fat Friday” pre-Lenten cele-bration 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday,Feb. 13 (dine in only).

Beverages and desserts will beavailable.

The fish fry will be open forbusiness all Fridays in Lent

» Fish Fry days are back at St.Aloysius Gonzaga Parish inBridgetown, 4366 BridgetownRoad.

This year’s Fish Fry days will beevery Friday night in Lentthrough April 3. St. Al’s offersdine-in, carryout and drive-through service from 4:30 p.m.to 7 p.m.

A fish or shrimp dinner costs $8and a la carte items cost from$1.50 to $4.50.

Call 513-574-4840.» St. Joseph Knights of Columbuswill sponsor a Fish Fry everyFriday in Lent from 4:30 p.m. to7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Visita-tion’s multi-purpose room atthe corner of Werk and southRoads. Will call, drive-thru andshut in delivery is available at513-347-2229.

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CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3Incidents/investigationsDomestic violence2500 block of Orland Ave., Jan. 9.2700 block of Erlene Drive, Jan.12.

2900 block of Grasselli Ave., Jan.17.

3200 block of Epworth Ave., Jan.17.

Endangering children2300 block of Ferguson Road,Jan. 18.

Felonious assault2900 block of Grasselli Ave., Jan.13.

3300 block of Goldrush Court,Jan. 12.

Robbery2200 block of Harrison Ave., Jan.

15.Theft2300 block of Kline Ave., Jan. 15.2900 block of Westridge Ave.,Jan. 17.

2300 block of Ferguson Road,Jan. 10.

2300 block of Ferguson Road,Jan. 12.

2300 block of Ferguson Road,Jan. 13.

2300 block of Ferguson Road,Jan. 14.

2400 block of Boudinot Ave., Jan.18.

2500 block of Ferguson Road,Jan. 14.

2600 block of Harrison Ave., Jan.14.

2600 block of Montana Ave., Jan.16.

2700 block of East Tower Drive,Jan. 12.

2700 block of Lafeuille Circle, Jan.14.

2700 block of Powell Drive, Jan.15.

2800 block of Lafeuille Ave., Jan.14.

2900 block of Timbercrest Drive,Jan. 15.

3000 block of Bracken WoodsLane, Jan. 12.

3000 block of Glenmore Ave.,Jan. 16.

3200 block of Glenmore Ave.,Jan. 12.

3400 block of Hazelwood Ave.,Jan. 12.

3400 block of McHenry Ave., Jan.12.

3800 block of Boudinot Ave., Jan.14.

5100 block of Glencrossing Way,,Jan. 17.

5400 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.12.

5900 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.12.

6000 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.12.

6000 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.14.

6000 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.16.

6100 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.12.

6100 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.14.

6100 block of Glenway Ave., Jan.16.

CLEVESIncidents/InvestigationsTheftReported in the 200 block of E.State Road, Jan.19.

Reported 100 block of W. StateRoad, Jan. 23.

GREEN TOWNSHIPIncidents/investigationsAssaultReported at 6900 block GoodSamaritan Drive, Jan. 13.

Reported at 5000 block CasaLoma Boulevard, Jan. 16.

Breaking and enteringGlass door damaged duringattempted break in at StationWear at 6100 block ColerainAvenue, Jan. 19.

Chainsaw, weed trimmer, two carbatteries, wire harness andjumper cables reported stolenfrom shed at 4300 block SchoolSection Road, Jan. 19.

BurglaryTelevision, CD player, DVD/BlueRay player, gift certificate andjewelry reported stolen at 5400block Cloverleaf Lane, Jan. 12.

Reported at 5100 block SumterAvenue, Jan. 15.

Reported at 4000 block Elvista,Jan. 17.

Reported at 5700 block PinaStreet, Jan. 18.

Video game system, television,miscellaneous jewelry, digitalcamera and a gold clock stolenfrom home at 5100 block ValleyRidge Road, Jan. 19.

Criminal damagingWindows broken on vehicle at5700 block Cheviot Road, Jan.12.

Damage reported at 5400 blockEdalbert Drive, Jan. 14.

Three tires deflated and the rearwindshield wiper broken onvehicle at Harmony Lane andWoodhaven, Jan. 18.

Suspect threw rocks through twowindows on home at 5100 blockRalph Avenue, Jan. 19.

Domestic disputeReported on Karen Avenue, Jan.12.

Reported on Bridgetown Road,Jan. 13.

Reported on Ebenezer Road, Jan.14.

Reported on Lakewood Drive,Jan. 14.

Reported on Blue Rock Road, Jan.14.

Reported on North Bend Road,Jan. 16.

Reported on Hearne Road, Jan.17.

Reported on Monfort HeightsDrive, Jan. 17.

Reported on Sutters Mill Drive,Jan. 17.

Reported on Casa Loma Bou-levard, Jan. 17.

Reported on Cheviot Road, Jan.18.

Reported on Taylor Road, Jan. 18.Reported on Chatelaine Court,Jan. 20.

ForgeryReported at 3300 block EmeraldLakes Drive, Jan. 12.

Reported at 4300 block SchoolSection Road, Jan. 13.

Reported at 6500 block GlenwayAvenue, Jan. 16.

Misuse of credit cardReported at 6400 block GlenwayAvenue debit card was used tomake several unauthorizedpurchases, Jan. 17.

RobberyReported being robbed of moneyat 3000 block Blue Rock Road,

Jan. 17.TheftReported at 6000 block North-glen Road, Jan. 11.

Two pair of boots reported stolenfrom Meijer at 6500 blockHarrison Ave., Jan. 11.

Video game system, electric razorand money reported stolen fromvehicle at 3800 block FlorenceAve., Jan. 11.

Two pair of sunglasses and aphone charger reported stolenfrom vehicle at 5100 blockCrookshank Road, Jan. 12.

Reported at 5300 block NorthBend Road, Jan. 12.

Reported at 6600 block GlenwayAve., Jan. 12.

Wallet and contents reportedstolen from purse at 5800 blockCheviot Road, Jan. 11.

Socket wrench set, binoculars,flashlight, sunglasses and GPSreported stolen at 3700 blockMoonridge Drive, Jan. 12.

Two pair of sunglasses, box ofdiapers and a sunglass casereported stolen from vehicle at3700 block Starlite Court, Jan.12.

Beer reported stolen from BP gasstation at 6500 block GlenwayAvenue, Jan. 13.

Air conditioner coils reportedstolen at 5700 block HarrisonAvenue, Jan. 14.

Portable television reportedstolen at 6600 block GlenwayAvenue, Jan. 14.

Check reported stolen fromhome at 6200 block CheviotRoad, Jan. 14.

Reported at Kohl’s at 6500 blockHarrison Avenue, Jan. 14.

Laptop computer reported stolenat 4700 block Kleeman GreenDrive, Jan. 15.


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Judith BayerJudith A. “Judy” Bayer, 76,

died Jan. 25.Survived by children Michael

(Becky) Bayer Sr., Teresa Bayer,William (Patricia) Bayer andCatherine (late Glenn) Sullivan;grandchildren Thomas, Anthony,Michael Jr., Eric, Alexis, Brandy,Jeremy, William and Julia;siblings Rosie, Sandra and Wil-liam.

Preceded in death by husbandWilliam Bayer.

Graveside services were atSpring Grove Cemetery.

Mary Ann CainMary Ann Cain died Jan. 23.Survived by husband Jerry A.

Cain; son Brian Cain; sister Carol(late Walter) Graves; brotherJames (Agnes); numerous niecesand nephews.

Visitation at Vitt, Stermer andAnderson Funeral Home. FuneralMass at St. Dominic Church.

Memorials may be made toHospice of Cincinnati.

Rita DinsmoreRita M. (nee Schmidt) Dins-

more died Jan. 23.Survived by children Paula

Dinsmore, Kathy Streicher andPatty (John)Bosse; grand-children Liz(Chris), Katie(Mike), Sarah(Matt), Ash-ley, John Paul,great-grand-childrenHelena, Elle,Declan,Zachary,

Alexander, Sydney, Lucy.Preceded in death by husband

Paul J. Dinsmore; brother CliffSchmidt.

Visitation at the Vitt, Stermerand Anderson Funeral Home.Funeral Mass at St. DominicChurch.

Memorials may be made tothe American Heart Association.

Margaret GoldMargaret “Marge” (nee Mills)

Cecilia Gold, 93, died Jan. 28.Survived by children Margie

(John) Owens, Ken (Sharon)Gold, LyndaGold Myersand TimothyJ. (Mary Pat)Gold; grand-children John,Jenni, Amy,Christopher,Kevin, Mi-chelle andPaul; 17great-grand-

children; two great-great-grand-children; sister Eileen Bacovin;brothers Howard, Bill and NealMills.

Preceded in death by husbandFrank Gold; brothers Jack andBob Mills; one grandchild andone great-grandchild.

Mass was at St. DominicChurch in Delhi.

Memorials may be made tothe hospice of your choice.

Jason HenryJason Jonathon Henry, 41,

died Jan. 24.Survived by

wife BarbaraAnn (neeLintzenich)Henry; daugh-ter Elizabeth“Ella” Henry;sister Gina(Bob) Chiocca;parentsVernon E.Henry and

Hettie Jean (nee Hock) Henry.Services were Jan 29 at St.

Monica-St. George Church.Memorials may be made at

Key Bank for Elizabeth Henry.

Terrence JoyceTerence “Terry” Joyce, 69,

died Jan. 31. He was a VietnamArmy veteran.

Survived bybrother Tom(Mary Ellen)Joyce; niecesand nephewsMaureen(Todd) Nie-meier, Ellen(Chad) Riley,Tommy, Mikeand KathleenJoyce; great-

nieces and nephews Maggie andKatie Niemeier, James, Neil, andCharles Riley.

A Memorial Mass was Feb. 6at Our Lady of Victory Church.

Memorials may be made toElder High School, 3900 VincentRoad, Cincinnati, Ohio 45205.

Jean KenningJean Louise (nee Reiner)

Kenning, 84, died Jan. 21.Survived by children Bonita

(Ed) Ziegler, Debra Kenning;grandchildrenCharity (An-gelo) Salzano,Angie (Phil)Lawson, KevinBischof andKimberly(Brent John-son) Bischof;great-grand-childrenNeveah, Philip

III, Nico, Nica and Sophia; broth-er Robert (Mary) Reiner.

Preceded in death by husbandRobert Kenning; daughterCynthia.

Services were Jan 24 at St.Martin of Tours, burial at St.Joseph (New) Cemetery.

Memorials may be made toThe American Diabetes Associa-tion.

Agnes KnabAgnes E. Knab (nee Hoppe),

91, died Feb. 1.Survived by children Jayne

Knab Rabe, Joseph E. (Barbara)Knab; daughter-in-law RosanneFear; eight grandchildren; eightgreat-grandchildren; brotherMarian C. (Henry) Schmitt.

Preceded in death by husbandJohn D. Knab; son John G. Knab.

Visitation was at Meyer Funer-al Home, followed by Mass ofChristian Burial at St. James theGreater.

Memorials may be made toAlzheimer’s Association, 644 LinnSt., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio45203.

Delores MengesDelores F. Menges, 85, died

Jan. 28.Survived by nieces and neph-

ew Darlene Kaeff Sr., DelouiseMenges O.S.F., Art Menges andDr. Pamela Menges; great-niecesand nephews.

Visitation and Mass of Chris-tian Burial were Feb. 3 at St.Ignatius Loyola Church.

Memorials may be made tothe Carmelite Sisters, 1960Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio45206.

Marion MeyersMarion G. “Bud” Meyers.Survived by children John

(Shirley) Meyers, Melody (lateJack) Daniels, Daniel (Melenie)Meyers and Carol (Bruce) Donar-ski; nine grandchildren, ninegreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.; siblingsSug Jones and Sharon Landers.

Preceded in death by wifeVirginia “Ginny” (nee Carr)Meyers.

Visitation and funeral serviceswere at Neidhard- Young Funer-

al Home. Burial at ArlingtonMemorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made tothe Wounded Warriors Project,P.O. Box 758817, Topeka, Kansas66675.

Norman A. MuehlenhardNorman A. Muehlenhard, 96,

died Jan. 13. He was a WWIIveteran.

Survived bydaughterBarbara(Thomas)Krall; grand-children Erinand ChrisKrall; siblingsFlorenceGoetz; manyloving niecesand nephews.

Preceded in death by wifeEileen (nee Nuhring); parentsWilliam and Ida (nee Zoellner)Muehlenhard; siblings Herbert,Robert, William Muehlenhardand Esther Huss.

Funeral services and visitationwere Feb. 6 at Neidhard-YoungFuneral Home.

Memorials may be made to St.Paul United Church of Christ,5312 Old Blue Rock Road, Cincin-nati, Ohio 45247.

Patsy SchneiderPatsy R. (nee Martin) Schneid-

er, 83, died Jan. 31.Survived by children Paul

(Helena) Schneider, Phil Schneid-er, Perry (Sheryl) Schneider,Patrick (Sherry) Schneider andPamela (Ron) Clemons; grand-children Eric, Kevin, Melissa, Jeni,Bryan, Rebecca, Travis, Sarah,Brandon, Kelly, Alex, Bradley,Cory, Ethan, Ryan, Tanner,Spencer, Natalie and Cooper; 21great-grandchildren and onegreat-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by husbandRobert Paul Schneider Sr.; sib-lings James (Debbie) Martin,


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Mercurio and Matt (Stacey)Timmerman; grandchildrenCody, Lulu, Will, Mitchell, Mag-gie, Emily, Mason, Ava, Cameronand Evelyn; siblings DavidDwertman, Susan Niles, Mark(Gail) Dwertman and Bernie(Pam) Dwertman; many niecesand nephews.

Visitation was Feb. 3 at theVitt, Stermer and AndersonFuneral Home. Funeral Massfollowed at St. Dominic Church.

Memorials may be made tothe St. Dominic Education Fund.

Helen VogeleHelen (nee Carroll) Vogele, 92,

died Jan. 31.Survived by children John

Vogele, Carol Wuest, and Jerry(Beth) Vogele; grandchildren

Robert (Francis) Martin andMarie Anderson.

Visitation and services were atthe Neidhard-Young FuneralHome. Burial in Spring GroveCemetery.

John ScudderJohn C. “Jackie” Scudder died

Jan. 23.Survived by children Brandy,

John and Shawn; siblings Jim,George, Tom, Ron, Sandy, Billy,and Danny; many nieces andnephews.

Preceded in death by brother

Buddy.No services.

Theresa TimmermanTheresa A. “Teri” (nee Dwert-

man) Timmerman died Jan. 27.Survived by husband Michael

Timmerman; children JeannaTimmerman, Mike (Chrissy)Timmerman, Jamie (Mark)

Doug (Julie) Wuest, Pat Wuest,Meagan Vogele and Matt (Amy)Vogele; great-grandchildrenNathan, Brayden Wuest and JaxVogele; many nieces, nephews,great-nieces, great-nephews;friend Darlene Koenig.

Preceded in death by husbandJack Vogele; siblings Jim (Eliza-beth) Carroll, John (Peggy)Carroll and Mary (Herman) Frisz;in-laws Ruth and Jim Carr; friendElsie Hochstrasser.

Visitation was at Meyer andGeiser Funeral Home, followedby Mass of Christian Burial at St.Lawrence Church.

Memorials may be made to St.Lawrence Church, 3680 Warsaw,Cincinnati, Ohio 45205 or ElderHigh School, Vogele ScholarshipFund, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincin-

nati, Ohio 45205.

Raymond YoungRaymond August Young, 87,

died Jan. 26. He was a veteran ofthe KoreaWar.

Survived bynieces andnephews FayWright, Laurie(Mark) McGib-ney, Timothy(Anna) Horst-mann.

Preceded indeath by

Katherine Young (Horstmann).Services were Jan 30 at Gump-

Holt Funeral Home.Memorials may be made to

Shriner’s Hospital for Children.


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Dolls: Before there was the American Girl

The Delhi TownshipBranch Library is hostinga program about doll col-lecting.

Local collector CarolWood will give a presenta-

tion on antique dolls.Those who attend are in-vited to bring their ownold dolls for identificationand history.

The program begins at7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10,at the library, 5095 FoleyRoad.

Call 369-6019 for infor-


The life and times ofWilliam Howard Taft

In 1857, about the timepeople were slowly start-ing to settle the hilltopcommunities around theCincinnati city basin, a

man was born on AuburnAvenue who would be-come the 27th presidentof the United States.

Cincinnati native Wil-liam Howard Taft not onlyserved as president, healso had the distinction ofserving as Supreme Courtjustice.

The life and times ofPresident Taft as well asthe lasting impact and tra-ditions that can be tracedto his presidency are thefocus of the next West-wood Historical Societymeeting.

John Reusing, formertrustee and board presi-

dent of the Friends of theWilliam Howard TaftBirthplace, will be thespeaker.

The meeting starts at 7p.m. Wednesday, March11, at Westwood FirstPresbyterian Church,3011 Harrison Ave.


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