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    Vol. 17 No. 46 2013 The Community


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    Tracking the source ofthe holiday train exhibitat Cincinnatis KrohnConservatory leadsback to an imaginativeCampbell County company.

    Applied Imagination, onPoplar Thicket Road south ofAlexandria, creates gardenrailway exhibits filled withmodels of landmarks madewith natural materials, includ-ing acorns and tree bark, forbotanical gardens around theU.S.

    The New York BotanicalGarden Train Show and year-round display at the U.S. Bo-tanic Garden in Washington,D.C., are two of the more thandozengardenrailwayscreatedby the company, said CindyJohnson, a botanical architectfor the company.

    The Krohn ConservatorysA Cincinnati Scenic Railwayexhibit is open through Jan. 5.

    Putting the Krohn displayup takes about a week, and un-like out-of-town displays, itseasy forpeople to seewhatAp-plied Imagination doesthroughout the year, Johnsonsaid.

    Theres a couple of dis-plays where we get a little in-teraction with the public andone of those is the Krohn be-

    cause it is our hometown dis-play, she said.

    Owner Paul Busse foundedthe company with four em-ployees in1991, capitalizing onhis love ofmodel trains. Bussehad been building garden rail-way exhibits since 1975, in-cluding one for the 1982 OhioState Fair.

    There are at least 10 full-timeemployeesworkingoutofthe shop next to his home nearAlexandria, and as many as 25employees working when ex-hibits are being set up and tak-en down, Johnson said.

    Busse is trying to retire, but

    he still comes into the shopandto the openings of some exhib-its.

    Its his lifes work, John-son said. Its what he enjoyed.He didnt take vacations be-cause what would you do on avacation?

    Johnson said the companycontinues Busses vision ofshaping models of landmarksusing only plant partswhetherits theStatueofLibertyorCin-cinnatis TylerDavidson Foun-tain. On a house, roof shinglesare made of bark from an old

    Paul G. Busse, owner Applied Imagination, sits with some of his models for garden railways his companycreates on Dec. 14, 2005.FILE PHOTO

    ApplyingIMAGINATIONto holiday trainsBy Chris [email protected]

    Cindy Johnson, a botanical architect at Applied Imagination, displaysa model of the Carson Mansion in Eureka, Calif., she built usingpieces of plants, trees and a coating of varnish.CHRIS MAYHEW/THECOMMUNITY RECORDER

    See TRAINS, Page A2

    ALEXANDRIA People whoown property in or near a floodhazard zone have reason to payattention to how changes in fed-eral law will affect their insur-ance rates.

    Campbell County FiscalCourt isconsideringrevising itsfloodplain management regula-tions to comply with changesmade to FEMAsNational FloodInsurance Program by the Wa-ter Reform Act of 2012. FiscalCourt had a first reading of anordinance Dec. 4.

    The ordinance was sched-uled for a vote at Wednesday,Dec. 18, fiscal court meeting.

    Judge-executive Steve Pen-

    Residents askedto heed floodinsurance changes

    AM I IN AFLOOD HAZARDZONE?Information about whether

    your property is in a flood haz-ard zone is available at

    Cindy Minter, director of planning and zoning for Campbell County,explains changes to flood insurance rates at the Dec. 4 CampbellCounty Fiscal Court meeting in Alexandria. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITYRECORDER

    See FLOOD, Page A2

    By Chris [email protected]

    ALEXANDRIA City leadersannexed1.5acres into thecity inpreparation for rezoning to al-low Baptist Life Communitiesto build a $40millionmultistorydevelopment.

    Baptist Life Communities, anursing homeand senior careprovider basedin Erlanger, pur-chased morethan 10 acres onthe northeasternedge of Alexan-dria, on thesouthwest quad-rant of the inter-

    section ofKy. 9, or theAAHigh-way, and Ky. 709, also known asthe AA Connector.

    According to City AttorneyMike Duncan, approximately1.5 acres of that property waswithin Alexandrias city limitsfor a while, but it needed to beannexed for development of theentire parcel.

    According to the property

    valuation administration rec-ords, this property was as-sessed and considered to be inthe city of Alexandria for fouror five years, said Duncan.Apparently, at some point intime, the property valuation ad-ministrator determined it wasnot in the city, therefore, weneedtobring (it)back in thecityso we can rezone it, so were an-nexing this property.

    All City Council memberswere present, and annexationwas approved unanimously.

    Mayor Bill Rachford said hesupports the project.

    Baptist Life Communitiesplans to break ground in springor summer 2014 to build a state-of-the-art residential facilityfor more than 200 seniors re-quiring various levels of healthcare.

    Thepublichearingforrezon-ing the property fromHighwayCommercial to a new zone forContinuing Care RetirementCommunity will be held onTuesday, Dec. 17.

    Want to continue theconversation? Tweet @AmyScalfNky

    Baptist Life seniorcommunity one stepcloser to approvalBy Amy [email protected]




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    ALEXANDRIA DavidSayers lights up when hethinks of Christmas.

    He lights up his houseat 8511 Tulipwood Court,along with his yard and a20-foot tall mega-tree,made entirely of lightswhich display Christmas


    Say-ers usedhis reg-ularper-sonal

    home computer to run alight show synchronizedwith music at his home inSilver Grove in 2007. Butsince then he has movedto Alexandria andswitched 13,500 incandes-cent lights for 1,000smart pixel lights thatcan create 255 differentcolors.

    He started back in thesummer, designing thelight show by program-ming each individual pix-el to coordinate with eachsecond of 12 differentChristmas songs, and in-stalling hooks around hishouse to hold the lights inplace. He also set up aFacebook page for TheSayers Family HolidayLight Show.

    All 50 sections of lightsand the accompanyingmusic run off12-volt pow-er controllers, which hebuilt himself, and his

    home computer with fourscreens he uses to moni-tor outside visitors, checkthedisplayandkeep trackof the different songs.

    "Its not unusual tospend 35 hours sequenc-ing the lights for a three-minute song, said Say-ers. Its a lot more com-plex, because instead ofone set of lights I have toprogram each one forwhat to do and what colorto be.

    With the incandescentlights, Sayers had wiredtogether individualstrands of red, green andblue lights in order tomake different colors.

    Sayers also arrangedfor intermittent visitsfrom Santa in one of theupstairs bedroom win-dows.

    Santa in the windowwas a last-minute deci-sion. Im so glad I did it,he said. He stops in tomake sure youre behav-ing while youre watchingthe lights.

    He uses commercialsoftware on DMX com-mands, a programmablelighting system used fortheater lighting and mu-sic concerts.

    This was a whole dif-ferent experience, saidSayers. I just love doingit, and I love to see thekids faces pressedagainst the car windows,and, also, to see their par-ents faces pressed upagainst the car windows.

    Cars line up outside,and drivers tune the radioto 95.5 where Sayers 42-minute Christmas pro-

    gram plays.Neighbors, like 16-

    year-old Adam Morgan,walk over and listen ontheir phones.

    I just think its kind ofcool, he said. Ive neverseen anybody do anythinglike that.

    Neighbor Alisha Stahlhas to stop every night onher way home with her 3-year-old son, Timothy.

    He likes the Grinchthe best, she said.

    Stahl saidvisitors com-ing to see the lightshavent been a nuisance.But then, not too manypeople know about it yet.

    The Sayers FamilyHolidayLight Showstartsat 5:30p.m. eachnight, go-ing to 10 p.m. Sundaysthrough Thursdays anduntil 11 p.m. on Fridaysand Saturdays.

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    The Sayers Family Holiday Light Show sparks Christmas spirit in an Alexandrianeighborhood. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER





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    Footlighters inGodspell

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    The play is based onthe Gospel according toSt. Matthew, with the mu-sic composed by StephenSchwartz. Drawing fromvarious theatrical tradi-tions, such as clowning,pantomime, charades, ac-robatics and vaudeville,to tell the story of Jesusthrough a message ofkindness, tolerance andlove.

    The Footlighters con-tinues its 50th anniversa-ry season at the StainedGlass Theatre, at Eighthand York streets, New-port

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    The hike, organized bythe Campbell Conservan-cy, will tour the 152-acreprivate nature preservealong the banks of theLicking River. The for-mer farmland has beenconverted into seasonalwetlands.

    The hikewill bemostlylevel on a loop trailthrough woods, and issuitable for ages 12 andolder.

    Participants will meetat the Alexandria buspark and ride lot on U.S.27 south of Main Street at9 a.m. and return no laterthan 12:30 p.m.

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    ALEXANDRIA With 144 stu-dents, Campbell County High

    School Band ofPride has be-come the statesbiggest march-ing band north ofLexington andamong the sixbiggest in Ken-tucky.

    The numbersare almost dou-

    blewhatwas in theband75 in2008, a year after Nick Littletook over as director of bands.

    Success has followed the in-crease in size with a 10th placefinish at the Kentucky MusicEducators Association statecompetition in October.

    This is the best weve donesince 2005, he said. We madesemifinals for the first timesince 2005.

    The Band of Pride competesat level 5A, the biggest andtoughest division, Little said.There was a reason the bandtook a two year absence fromKMEA state competition.

    There was a while that wedidnt even go to KMEA be-cause we werent good enoughto, so we just took a break, hesaid. Andwewent back in 2007and its taken us this long to get

    back into the semifinals.The Band of Pride was

    among four Kentucky schoolbands to make finals in a Bandsof America regional competi-tion, a national level contest, hesaid. The other schools fromKentucky to qualify for Bandsof America were BeechwoodHigh School in Fort Mitchell,Paul Laurence Dunbar HighSchool in Lexington, and NorthHardin High School in Eliza-bethtown.

    Successhasalso trickled intothe schools three ensemblegroups, winter percussiondrumming and winter guardcompetitive groups, he said.There are 190 students in allband programs about 10 per-cent of students enrolled at theschool, Little said.

    Thewinterpercussiondrum-ming group and other specialtygroups allow students to chooseto get involved at any level theychoose, he said. Some studentsplay sports and are only inmarching band; others are in-volved in marching band andspecial ensembles.

    Students are passionateabout the music, and thats whyall the band programs havegrown, he said.

    If the kids werent pushingtohavea jazzbandorpushing tohave a great winter percussionor winter guard we wouldnt do

    it, I mean its all studentdriven, Little said.

    Campbell County has sup-port from parent boosters andadministrators in the district,Little said.

    We really feel its just a spe-cial time to be a part of this pro-gram, Little said. As success-ful as it is were just gettingstarted. Were not remotely fin-

    ished with what were trying toaccomplish and the kids knowthat and theyre excited to be apart of it.

    Leah Trutschel of Alexan-dria, said placing 10th in statecompetition was a perfect wayto conclude her three years inmarching band. Trutschel saidjoining marching band was agood decision, and she recom-

    mends the experience to otherstudents.

    Ive made so many newfriends, she said. And it justmadehigh school somuchmoreawesome because until thatpoint I had done absolutelynothing, no extracurricular ac-tivities or anything and this is areally really good experience.

    More students marching to Camels musicBy Chris [email protected]

    Campbell County High School senior Leah Truschel of Alexandria practices playing marimba with percussioninstructor Gary Griffith after school.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


    Thomas More College an-nounces Athletic Training Pro-gramDirector

    Brian Edwards will join thefacultyofThomasMoreCollegein January to lead the new ath-letic training program.

    Edwards joins ThomasMoreCollege from Urbana Univer-sity in Urbana, Ohio, where hewas the director of the athletictraining educationprogram.Healso served as an assistant pro-fessor in the College ofNursingand Allied Health and as a clin-ical education coordinator. Heearnedabachelor of sciencede-gree in athletic training fromShawnee State University inPortsmouth, Ohio, and amasterof science in health & physicaleducation from Marshall Uni-versity inHuntington,W.Va.Heis certified under the NationalAthletic Trainers' AssociationBoard of Certification. He hasdevelopedcourses, servedasanacademic advisor, and hasserved on various academiccommittees throughout his ca-reer.

    Athletic training will beavailable for students in the2014-2015 school year. It com-

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    pleased to havesomeone withBrians experi-ence, qualifica-tions and enthu-siasm join thefaculty of Thom-as More College.We are confident

    that he is the type of individualthatwill shapeandgrowtheath-letic training program andmake it oneof thepremierepro-grams in our region, said BradBielski, vice president for aca-demic affairs.

    The addition of this academ-ic program coincides with twoother new offerings at ThomasMore College: the formation ofa marching band and the addi-tion of women's lacrosse.

    For additional informationabout the athletic training pro-gram, contact the admissionsdepartment [email protected] 859-344-3332.

    Edwards to lead TMCathletic training program



    Villa Madonna Academy students Catherine Martini, left, and Madeline Martini, with Heidi Hagedorn,were recognized as outstanding philanthropists as members of The Leadership Corps of the Josh CaresStudent Advisory Council. The council was named the 2013 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy at theAssociation of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day luncheon on 11/14/13. Service is anintegral part of our high school and junior high, and our students truly live the value of service in allthey do, said Villa prinicpal Pamela McQueen.


    When the students in Kristina Chisms first-grade class at St. Joseph, Cold Spring finished their unit onfarm animals, they held an animal fair. The students brought in stuffed farm animals to show at the fair.They demonstrated how to care for their pet and its place and purpose on a farm. All the animals had tobe on a leash as they spent the day in the classroom. The students read to the animals, and they evenhelped when the students practiced counting money. Pictured, back row from left: Riley McCloskey,Sophia Gibson, Kate Neltner, Joey Schroeder, Kennedy Parks and Erin Murphy; middle row, NathanGeiman, Maddie Wolf, Tyler Trauth, Andrew Lusby, Haley Kremer and Joseph Gilbert; front row, SophieSchoulties, Cullen Manning, Aidan Combs and Reid Enxel. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

    Gateway Community andTechnical College is combiningits twin outreach to manufac-turers and veterans through in-novative use of scholarship dol-lars.

    The college will give prefer-ence to military veterans whoplan towork inhigh-needmanu-facturing or distribution areasas it considers applications forthe Robert T. Green EndowedScholarship created last year.The scholarship is available toresidents of Boone, Campbell,or Kenton counties and offerspartial tuition for fall 2014 andspring 2015 semesters.

    To qualify, students musthave a grade point average of2.5 or higher, have an unmetneed and be of good character.The deadline to apply is April 1.The application process and re-

    quired forms can be found by se-lectingFinancialAidand thenScholarships.

    Veterans interested in be-coming a Gateway student maycontact Daniel Ridley, 859-442-4114, [email protected] Rid-ley,anArmyveteran, isacareermapping specialist with the col-leges Veterans Education andTraining Services program.

    GatewayVETSassistsveter-ans in obtaining the educationthey may need to enter the jobmarket and also provides jobplacement services to veterans,regardless of whether they en-roll at the college. For more in-formation about GatewayVETS, visit

    Gateway scholarship targets vets



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

    Dale Mueller, who an-nouncedDec. 9 hewas steppingdown as football coach at High-lands,waspresentedwith a life-time achievement award by theNorthern Kentucky FootballCoaches Association on Mon-day the annual, Top 26, ban-quet Dec. 11.

    Mueller compiled a 250-36record andwon11state champi-onships in his 20 seasons asHighlands coach.

    The banquet, at Receptionsin Erlanger, honored 26 seniorfootball players, one from eachof the 20 schools that are mem-bers of the association and six

    players from those schools thatare voted as at-large selections.The honor combines athleticperformance, academic perfor-mance and community service.

    Those players selected byschool were:

    Beechwood - Max Shover,wide receiver/defensive back;

    Bellevue - Tyler Ackerson,quarterback;

    Bishop Brossart - CaseyPelgen, quarterback;

    Boone County - EvanOHara, kicker;

    Campbell County - LoganSchneider, offensive lineman,and AveryWood, quarterback;

    Conner - Drew Barker,quarterback, and Andrew Way,

    wide receiver/defensive back; Cooper -Will Ludwig, quar-

    terback; Covington Catholic - Sam

    Dressman, wide receiver/run-ning back, and Matthew Way,safety;

    Dayton - Eddie Combs, of-fensive tackle/defensive end;

    Dixie Heights - Seth Caple,linebacker/fullback,andDarionWashington, tailback;

    Highlands - Zach Harris,runningback, andDrewHoulis-ton, quarterback;

    Holy Cross - Jalen Beal,running back/cornerback;

    Holmes - Kamron Griffith,

    Footballers honored for fine regular season

    Dale Mueller was presented with a lifetime achievement award by theNorthern Kentucky Football Coaches Association.CARRIE COCHRAN/THECOMMUNITY RECORDER

    Gannett News Service

    See SEASON, Page A9

    CAMPBELLCOUNTYBowl-ing season is well underwayfor local teams. Here is aglance at those squads:

    Campbell CountyThe Camels have been one

    of the teams to beat locally inrecent years for head coachWayneHeringer and assistantMark Vinson.

    Both teamswill be trying towin regional titles for theboys it would be back to backand for the girls it would betheir third straight regional ti-tle. Both teams have qualifiedfor the state tournament eachof the last two years and theboysteamwasstatesemifinal-ists last season.

    Top returning players forthe boys team start with sen-ior Jake Harris, averaging208, and junior TylerWidmey-er, averaging 218 enteringplay Dec. 12.

    Campbell is 28-7 in pointsand 4-0 in conferencematchesthrough Dec. 12.

    We had quite a turnoverlast year on the boys team,Heringer said. Some of ouryounger kids have been com-ing up for us. Mark has beenworking with them and hesdoing a great job with them.

    Top returners for the girlsteam are seniors Erica BiddleandAllisonMcGlasson and ju-nior Erica Hickman. McGlas-son posts a 193 average enter-ing play Dec. 12, the second-highest inNorthernKentucky.Biddle averages181andHick-man 180.

    We lost five girls from lastyear but we have our threebest bowlers back, and wehave six new girls this year,Heringer said. A lot of thesegirls havent bowled thatmuch. Its a matter of gettingsome experience and gettingready for tournaments.

    Campbell is 25-10 overallafter losing a tough match toCooper Dec. 12. Campbell is3-1 in conference matches.The Camels fell 4-3 to Cooper,with a three-pin loss in totalpins as the deciding fourthpoint.

    The Camels also have hadsuccess in tournaments. Theboys have a runner-up finishand thegirls a tourneyvictory.The team has also competedagainst Scott County at East-land Lanes, the Lexington siteof this Februarys state tour-nament.

    Newport CatholicEntering play Dec. 12, NCC

    was 22-13 in points in the boysstandings, and 3-1 in confer-

    ence matches. Bobby Meyeraverages 169, Paul Grosser168 and Joel Grosser 162.

    The girls team is 20-8 inpoints entering play Dec. 12,and 3-0 in conference play.

    AshleyGreishas the topav-erage at 130.

    Bishop BrossartThrough Dec. 12, Brossart

    was 23-12 in points and 3-1 inconference matches, tied forsecond. Aaron Ruschman av-eraged 161 through ninegames and Joe Heim 153through eight.

    Allison Steelman leads thegirls team with a 153 mark.

    DaytonMichael Martin is head

    coach this year. He said theseason has promise with sev-eral young, talented bowlers.Gary Tipton has a173 averagethrough six games.

    HighlandsThe Bluebirds are 35-7 in

    boys points and 5-0 in confer-encematches after theDec.12match. The big highlight ofthose numbers came on the12th, when sophomore JakeFarley posted a perfect 300game, the first of this seasonin Northern Kentucky. Farleyis averaging 232 for 12 gamesafter his perfect game.

    Hissecret ishisgoodworkethic, said head coach GlennSchmidt. He has a very goodhead on his shoulders. Hestays composed. He doesntget rattled. He works veryhard.

    Farley also competes in atravel league and anotherleague at La Ru Lanes, whereSchmidt is the longtime pro-prietor. Farley practices atleast onedayaweek, andqual-ified fornext summers JuniorGold tourney in Buffalo, re-

    Bowlers strongat the startBy James [email protected]

    Campbell Countys Jake Harriscelebrates a strike againstBoone County Nov. 29 at SuperBowl Erlanger. JAMESWEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

    See BOWLERS, Page A9

    Campbell County beat Wal-ton-Verona64-61ingirls basket-ball Dec. 11. The Camels are 2-4through Dec. 15 and will play atHighlands 2:30 p.m. Saturday,Dec. 21, before heading to atournament in Bowling Green,Ky. Dec. 26-28.

    Campbell Countys Kylie Kramer (30) loses the ball between twoWalton-Verona players.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THECOMMUNITY RECORDER

    Camels knockoff Bearcats

    Campbell Countys Brandi Rice (14) shoots over Walton-Veronas Zoe Luebbe. Campbell County beatWalton-Verona 64-61 Dec. 11.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


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    center; Lloyd - Jacob Sand,

    center/linebacker; Ludlow -Mitchell Co-

    dy, quarterback/lineback-er;

    Newport - CharlieMullins, quarterback;

    Newport CentralCatholic - Jack Sutkamp,linebacker/fullback;

    Ryle - Lex Sowards,offensive tackle;

    Scott - Josh Castle-man, running back;

    Simon Kenton - Bre-nan Kuntz, quarterback,and CamHansel, guard.

    Simon Kenton coachJeff Marksberry re-ceived the Bob SchneiderCoach of the Year awardafter he guided the Pio-neers to a 10-0 regular-season record and a quar-terfinal finish in the Class6A playoffs.

    Dixie Heights coachDave Brossart was thenamed the Owen HauckAward winner and Ryledefensive coordinatorMike Woolf was selectedTom Potter AssistantCoach of the Year.

    The Northern Ken-tucky Football CoachesAssociation has selectedits all-star teams as fol-lows:

    First Team Offense:Quarterback - DrewBarker (Conner); Run-ning Backs - Jon Scruggs

    (Holmes), Zach Harris(Highlands); Josh Castle-man (Scott). Linemen -Cam Hansel (Simon Ken-ton); Ben Walling (SimonKenton);LoganSchneider(Campbell County); LexSowards (Ryle); BryanSaunders (Highlands),Kameron Crim (Scott).Wide Receivers - Jake Za-bonick (Campbell Coun-ty); Andrew Way (Con-ner); Corey Fussinger(Cooper); Jensen Feggins(Highlands). Tight End -Ryan Romey (Conner).Athlete - Sam Dressman(Covington Catholic).

    First Team Defense:Lineman - Matt King (Si-mon Kenton); BreandonJohnson (Holmes); Bran-don Johnson (Dixie);Shahzadd Mann (Ryle);Seth Hope (Highlands).Linebackers - BrendanFisk (Dixie); Ryan Woolf(Ryle); Avery Bricking(Cooper); Sam Burchell(Covington Catholic);Jack Sutkamp (NewportCentral Catholic); Defen-sive Backs - Andrew Way(Conner); Aaron Morgan(Cooper); Thomas Wro-bleski (Highlands); Mat-thew Way (CovingtonCatholic): Jon Scruggs(Holmes).

    First Team Specialists:Kicker - Evan OHara(Boone County); Punter -Evan OHara (BooneCounty).

    Second TeamOffense:Quarterback - BrenanKuntz (Simon Kenton);Drew Houliston (High-

    lands). Running Backs -Seth Caple (Dixie); JalenBeal (Holy Cross). Line-man - Logan Ross (Ryle);Jacob Neuman (Cooper);Tyler Schweitzer (High-lands); Nick Kathman(Covington Catholic); PatConnaughton (CovingtonCatholic); Steve Brooks(Newport Central Catho-lic). Wide Receivers -Grant Wasson (SimonKenton); Logan Winkler(Simon Kenton); JashawnStanley (Newport); ZackPoinsett (Bellevue). TightEnd - Jonathan Stokes(Beechwood). Athlete -Avery Wood (CampbellCounty).

    Second Team De-fense: Linemen - PatrickBerkemeyer (CampbellCounty); Tyler Lyon(Newport Central Catho-lic); Alec Hazeres (Belle-vue); Brayden Combs(Beechwood); JusticeLewis (Newport). Line-backers - Barry Deaton(Simon Kenton); MikeyKrallman (Simon Ken-ton); Joe Kremer (Camp-bell County); Zach Castle-berry (Conner); DevonEverett (Beechwood).De-fensive Backs - DustinTurner (Campbell Coun-ty),EthanHarrison(DixieHeights); Deondre Pleas-ant (Scott); JacksonBardo(Highlands); Max Shover(Beechwood).

    Second Team Special-ists: Kicker - JaredDougherty (Highlands);Punter - Luke Foertsch(Covington Catholic).

    SeasonContinued from Page A8

    cently winning a localqualifier.

    Hes bowling con-stantly and he loves thegame, Schmidt said.Ive never seen a boywork so hard and its pay-ing off. I feel he has agreat future.He just cantget enough of it.

    JamesKillen isaverag-ing 202 through10 games.

    The girls team is 27-5

    through Dec. 12 and 4-0 inconference play.

    Kathryn Ball, ReaganWilke, Abbey Parrott,Katelyn Schneider andEmrelWoodall average inthe 120s entering playDec. 12.

    NewportJanet Ball returns as

    Wildcats head coach thisyear.

    Katlyn Hoeh returnsfor the Wildcats girlsteam. She was regionalsingles champion lastyear and third place at

    state. Other returningstarters are Allison Wil-loughby, Mirena Combs,KatlynnSpechtandMariaSpecht. Willoughby was akey force last year to helpNewport to an 8-0 recordin conference play for theregular-season champion-ship. Hoeh averages 181so far andWilloughby147.Others towatch startwithSydney Hamilton and Do-minique Gallichio.

    Ball hopes theWildcatscan win another confer-ence title and contend forthe state championship.

    Thegirls teamis22-6 inpoints entering play Dec.12, 3-0 in conference play.

    On the boys team, re-turning starters are JoshBird, Austin Mattox, Mi-

    chael Meyer, Julius Gra-ham, Kenny Mardis andAndre Anderson. JimmySmith is the top newcom-er to watch. Mardis aver-ages147 through10games

    to lead the way enteringDec. 12.

    Follow James on [email protected]

    BowlersContinued from Page A8

    Boys basketball Boone County beat

    Ryle 66-58 Dec. 10 in a33rd District seedinggame. Boone improved to3-0. Brenden Stanley had18 points. Boone beat Con-ner 57-46 Dec. 13 in theteams second seedinggame.Stanley ledfourRe-bels in double figureswith 15 points.

    Cooper beat Conner60-58Dec.10 ina33rdDis-trict seeding game. SeanMcNeil had 21 points forCooper and Aaron Mor-gan 10. McNeil had three3-pointers. Samuel Hem-merich scored 29 for theCougars including three3-pointers of his own.

    St. Henry beat High-lands 58-44 Dec. 13. NickRechtin had 14 points andJordan Noble 13.

    Holmes beat Bros-sart 74-51 Dec. 10 to im-prove to 4-0. James Bol-den had a career-high 37points including three 3-pointers. QuintonChames had16 points andDaequan Glover 11, in-cluding three 3-pointers.

    Bellevue beat Co-vington Latin 69-11 Dec.12. Zach Barrett had 15points.BellevuebeatHer-itage77-40Dec.10.AustinWoodyard led with 23points.

    Bishop Brossart fell74-51 to Holmes Dec. 10 to

    drop to 3-1. Alex Trent-man had 20 points andDrew Burns 16.

    Campbell Countybeat Newport 59-47 Dec.13 to improveto4-0.CoreyHolbrook had 24 points.beat Ludlow 73-47Dec.11.Blake Losey had18 pointsincluding three 3-point-ers, Corey Holbrook 12and xxx Jackson 11.Campbell beat Calvary102-38 in a 37th Districtseeding game. Holbrookled thewaywith24points.

    Girls basketball NewCath beat Dixie

    Heights 57-43 Dec. 11 toimproveto4-0.NikkiKier-nan had 14 points andAlexus Mayes 13. NCCbeat Newport 68-44 in adistrict and conferencegame.

    Football Drew Houliston, a

    Highlands senior, is theLaRosas MVP of theWeek for Dec. 10. He ledHighlands to a13-2 recordand a Kentucky Class 4Astate runner-up finish thisseason.

    On the season, hethrew for an impressive4,027 yards (ninth in statehistory) and 50 TDs (11thin state history). He re-markably achieved thesenumbers despite missinga gamewith an injury andfrequently played onlyhalfofagamebecause theBluebirds were so farahead on the scoreboard.

    The Kentucky FootballCoaches Associationnamed him Class 4A dis-trict Player of the Year,with additional honorscertain to follow.

    He is also an honorablemention all-NKY basket-ball player, who averaged11.2 points and 3.4 re-bounds per game lastyear. He notched biggames vs. Seven Hills (29points), Dixie Heights (23points) and BrackenCounty (19 points). Hou-liston is a National HonorSociety student and is ac-tive in community ser-vice. His favorite athleteis LeBron James and hismost-like-to-meet isDrewBrees.

    Swimming Villa Madonna pre-

    view information was in-advertently left out of lastweeks preview stories.Katie Kurzendoerfer, aformer standout at VMAand Centre College, takesover as head coach. Re-turning starters listed arejunior Miki McIntyre, ju-niorMonicaSpritzky, sen-ior Gabrielle Notorgiaco-mo and senior NicholasBoucher. McIntyre was12th in the regional meetin both the 200-yard indi-vidual medley and 100butterfly. Top newcomersare Abby Bezold and Mi-chael Reynolds. Thecoach feels she has ayoung team with a lot ofpotential.


    By James [email protected]


    Newport Central Catholic football teams seniors are, from left, Joanna Goldstein,Stephen Brooks, Kalvin Moore, Jack Sutkamp, John Caudill, Tommy Donnelly, MichaelRunyon, Tyler Lyon, Nathan Kling, Mac Franzen, Wyatt Boberg, Matt Lenz, NateTwehues and Kole Zenni.

    Northern KentuckyUniversity placed sixplayers in double figuresSunday afternoon andcruised to an87-71victoryagainst Chattanooga.

    NKU, 2-7, hosts Navyat noon Saturday, Dec. 21.

    Jordan Jackson scored16 points and grabbed sixrebounds to lead North-ern Kentucky, which shot66.7 percent from thefield. The Norse (2-7) ral-lied from an early 14-4deficit with a 21-5 run tobuild a 25-19 advantage.Freshmen Dean Danosand Cole Murray ignitedthe Northern Kentuckyspurt in the first half byscoring seven pointsapiece.

    NKU used a 19-0 run in

    the second half to turn a48-45 advantage into a 67-45 lead.TylerWhitekeyedthe spurt by draining a

    pair of 3-pointers, whileJackson scored six pointsduring the run.

    NKU Norse scores 87 insecond win of season

    NKU juniorJordanJackson looksfor anopening. NKUbeatChattanooga87-71 Dec. 15at the Bank ofKentuckyCenter. JAMESWEBER/THE




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    Park plan is for the birdsI feel compelled to protest

    the proposed and passed res-olution toallowhuntingofCana-dian geese at A.J. Jolly Park theentire month of January. I feelthe people (taxpayers) of thecounty should have had a voteon whether this was the mostappropriate action that couldbetaken for the supposed problemposed by excessive goose ex-crement in the park.

    It appears that a secretive,private group, called the A.J.Jolly Development Commis-sion, has taken over the respon-sibilities of deciding how thepark should be utilized. Since asfar as I know these people havenot been appointed, like mem-bers of other boards in the area,or voted in, they should not besetting policy without publichearings. The first public hear-ing for the hunt is slated forDec. 18, but the decision has al-ready been made to have thehunt. Signs are already erected

    around the park warning of theimpending gunfire.

    I have always felt that theprimary purpose of parks is toallow people to have a rare op-portunity to experience nature;I love walking in the park andwatching the geese take flight,and glide along the water. Itstruly magnificent. If were go-ing to eliminate all forms of na-ture that are any kind of nui-sance to any person, we willsoon have no species sharingthis earth with us.

    There are many less drasticways to deter geese than killingthem; all the judge executiveshad to do was check a few web-sites offered by such organiza-tionsas theAudobonSociety. In-stead, they chose themost dras-tic, heartless, but probablymost popular (with local hunt-ers) method of dealing with theproblem. What will it be next,shoot dogs that leave their ex-crement in the park?

    Sean DetischAlexandria


    St. Vincent de Paul volun-teers visit the homes of neigh-bors in need and experience theheart-wrenching effects of pov-erty first hand. When a familyslips into distress, the pain is al-most tangible.

    Amother who lives in aWestSide Cincinnati neighborhood,worn down by worry becauseher utility bill is late and herchildren are sleeping on thecold floor. An adult man on thebrink of tears because his chil-drenhavenothing to eat for din-ner in their small city apart-ment. An elderly couple, livinginanEastSidesuburb, forced todecide between losing theirhome and foregoing their life-saving prescription medica-tions.

    Our communities have expe-rienced a lot of changes thisyear: food stamp cuts, healthcare changes, and an economythat seems to be turning aroundforsome,buthas leftmanyfam-ilies behind. We see the directeffects of these changes firsthand each day, the most devas-tating being the impact on chil-dren.

    Christmas is the time ofhope, love and miracles. Thereare few experiences in the lifeof a parent that can match see-ing the joy and excitement onthe face of your children open-ing presents on Christmas

    morning. Butfor parents inone out of fivelocal familiesin the GreaterCincinnati areawho are livingin poverty,Christmas canalso be a timeof hopeless-ness and de-spair. The par-

    ents we visit struggle year-roundtoprovidenotonly theba-sic necessities for their chil-dren, but also the sense ofstability and security that is soimportant to the well-being andhealthy development of a child.Every day, our volunteers visitthe homes of parents who workmultiple part-time jobs so theycan keep food on the table, orwho have sold the last of theirpossessions so that they cankeep the lights on.

    Imagine, then, the pit in thestomach of the parent who, inspite of their best efforts, has toexplain to their children whySantaClauswasnt able tomakeit to their house this year. AChristmas present representssomuchmore than a simple toy.It is a symbol of stability in atime of turmoil, of love and joyin a time of crisis. For the childand the parent alike, a Christ-mas present can mean the dif-

    ference between hope and de-spair.

    When our volunteers delivergifts to the homes of neighborsin need, they are blessed to wit-ness what one act of kindnesscanmean toa struggling family.Achildgigglingwith joyas theybounce on their new bed, amother with tears streamingdown her face as her childrensChristmas gifts are carried intoher home, a family gathered to-gether on Christmas morningwith hope for a brighter newyear.

    You can inspire hope andmake love grow in the hearts ofa family in need this Christmasby:

    Supporting Food From theHeart the next time you visit alocal Kroger. Ask your child topick out their favorite non-per-ishable food and place it in thebarrel at the door.

    Making adonation in honorof a loved one this Christmas. Agift of $100 will provide a bedfor a child sleeping on the floor.A donation of $50 will providegifts for a child this Christmas.

    Visit orcall 859-446-7723 to make a do-nation or lean more.

    Liz Carter is executive director,Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati.

    Helping can inspirejoy and love


    Gridlock in Washington,D.C., has often caused thebusiness community to won-der if we could ever see pro-gress on issues that couldhelpour businesses or communi-ties move forward. Increas-ing our energy independence,immigration reform, and taxreform need to be in the de-bate. Unfortunately, we won-

    der if our fed-eral officialscould agreethat the sky isblue. There isno willing-ness to col-laborate toreach mean-ingful solu-tion just adigging in ofheels.

    Frankfort,however, is not Washington.As we head into the 2014 Gen-eral Assembly and we havereasons for optimism.

    LastyearsGeneralAssem-bly saw lawmakers come to-gether to solve some of themost pressing issues facingKentuckys future. Ourschools dont receive enoughfundstobuytextbooksforstu-dents; our roads and bridgesare deteriorating and criticalpublic investments needs areunable to be met. More than$30 billion in unfunded liabil-ity to the public pension sys-tem limits the state frommeetingmanyof these obliga-tions. If thiswereWashington,there would no doubt havebeen a breakdown along polit-ical party lines and no resolu-tions. But Frankfort is notWashington and the GeneralAssembly worked with Gov.Beshear to make progress onthe pension issue. Althoughthe issue still needs somework, we are much closerthan ever before to a sustain-able fix.

    What the 2013 General As-semblyshowedwas thatelect-ed officials could come to-gether to be problem solvers.Its what we should all expect.

    Seeing this collaboration

    gives us confidence thatFrankfort will come togetheragain in 2014. For our busi-nesses and communities inNorthern Kentucky, the fol-lowing issues need to be ad-dressed:

    The Bridge. Weve seenunprecedented collaborationbetween governors Beshearand Kasich, and look to ourN.Ky. caucus towork todevel-op a fair financing plan.Enough talk. The time is nowto move forward for the safe-ty of our residents, health ofour businesses and the re-gions competitiveness.

    Taxmodernization.Toat-tract new jobs and retain ex-isting ones, the Common-wealth must put into place atax code that reflects a 21stcentury economy. Many goodrecommendations are on thetable so its time to act.

    New revenue throughexpanding gaming. Gaming isalready here. For NorthernKentucky gaming is as closeas one mile across the OhioRiver. Give people the chanceto vote on whether we keepour dollars here or send themto neighboring states to pavetheir roads and build theirschools.

    Being a legislator is hardwork. Unlike Washington, itsa part-time job. Legislatorshave full-time jobs backhomewith other responsibilities,but give those up each Janu-ary to represent us in Frank-fort. Leading into this session,lets take a minute to recog-nize that Frankfort is not D.C.

    In Frankfort, our legisla-ture has learned the benefitsof working together ratherthan have partisan debatesthatonlyharmconstituents. Ifyou see a legislator, thankthemfor theirservice,andtellthem you look forward to see-ing the same level of coopera-tionwithmore results in 2014.

    Steve Stevens is the president andCEO of the Northern KentuckyChamber of Commerce.

    General Assemblyshows reasons forbeing optimistic


    At this time of year, many ofus find ourselves more deeplyin prayer. Interceding for lostlovedones, praying for theheal-ing of a sick friend, and plead-ing with God to take us to thenext level in our walk with him.

    Yet, when our prayers seemtogounanswered,wecaneasilybecome discouraged. Could itbe that there is somethingmiss-ing in my prayer life? Possibly.Often our prayers are nothingmore than a long list of requestssent up to God with a shortthank you, youre the best (ifyou answer my prayers) at theend.

    As the parent of a pre-teenand two other children who arekeenly aware that Christmas isa less than a week away, itsbeen a long time since a conver-sation around this house hasntstarted with, You know what Ireally want for Christmas?What joy it would bring me ifone of them approached eithertheir father or me with genuinegratitude on their lips, Mom,Dad, I truly appreciate the wayyou have taken care of us thisyear. The many ways you pro-vided for our family, encour-aged us, loved on us, and for-

    gave us whenwemessedup.Even if it fol-lowed with,Now, youknow what Ireally want forChristmas?my husbandand I would beover the moon.

    At least thenwewould know

    that theyhavesomesenseof thefact that it is hard work to carefor and raise a family. I thinkGodmust feel the sameway.Hewants more than a list of what Iwant and need. (He alreadyknows, by the way.) He wants aheartfelt conversation; proofthat I amreflecting onwho I amin him, realizing the awesomepower that he holds, and com-pletelyreleasingmyselfandmyburdens to his care.

    Recently I cameacross someprinciples for effective inter-cession, written by CharlesStanley. Stanley shares how wecan be more effective in ourprayers for self and loved ones:

    If we want our prayers tobe effective, they must flowfrom a heart that is in step with

    God. I must confess any sin andbitterness I am harboring andask God to giveme the compas-sion, love and forgiveness forothers that he so easily shareswith me.

    Pray that God will revealyour loved ones deepest needs,so that you can intercede effec-tively. We sometimes assumewe know what another personneeds. But God knows best.

    Persevere. Endure in yourprayer life, my friend. And if/when you do become discour-aged believe the words ofJames 5:15, 16; And the prayerof faith will save the sick, andthe Lord will raise him up. Andif he has committed sins, hewillbe forgiven. Confess your tres-passes one to another, and prayfor oneanother, that youmaybehealed. The effective, ferventprayer of a righteous manavails much.

    Julie House is a former resident ofCampbell County. She is also thefounder of Equipped Ministries, aChrist-centered health and wellnessprogram with a focus on weight loss.She can be reached at 859-802-8965or on

    A prayer for Christmas


    Campbell County RotaryClubMeeting time: NoonWednesdaysWhere: Highland Country Club, 931

    Alexandria Pike, Fort ThomasContact: Arnd Rehfuss, arnd-

    [email protected], 859-635 5088Description: Rotary welcomes new

    members who enjoy community service.

    Disabled AmericanVeterans Auxiliary

    Meeting time: 7 p.m. third Tuesday ofeach monthWhere: DAV national headquarters,

    3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold SpringContact: Commander Kim Hemple-

    man, 859-781-6110

    Fort ThomasWomansClubMeeting time: 11:30 a.m. second

    Wednesday of each monthWhere: Fort Thomas Womens Club

    House, 8 North Fort Thomas Ave., Fort

    ThomasContact: Flo Grey, 859-441-3555Description: Primary mission is to

    provide scholarships for high schoolseniors in the city.

    Southgate Super SeniorsMeeting time: 1 p.m. third Thursday

    of each month.Where: Southgate Community Center,

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    The Home Builders Associa-tion of Northern Kentuckypresented its annual awardsat a ceremony Dec. 6 at TripleCrown Country Club in Union.

    Our annual awards are pre-sented to individuals that exempli-fyexcellence inbusinessanddedi-cation to our industry and associa-tion, said Brian Miller, executivevice president of the Home Build-ers Association of Northern Ken-tucky. Membership, communityservice, advocacy and associationactivity are rewarded to thesemembers to show them not onlyour gratitude for their service butto hold them up as an example toother members and the public.These individuals are stars withinour organization and are to becommended for the traits thatmake themnot only leaderswithinour ranks but in the community aswell.

    Builder of the Year, PaulMetzger

    Metzgers dedication and hardwork as the 2013-2014 president ofthe Home Builders AssociationsLand Development Council hasculminated in a series of success-ful advocacy initiatives involvingplanning commissions, water dis-tricts, Sanitation District 1, envi-ronmental regulations, and pow-ered utilities across NorthernKentucky. These efforts have aid-ed housing affordability and en-sured a more business friendlyregulatory environment in our re-gion.

    Associate of the Year, WaltDunlevy

    As 2013 associate vice presi-dent, Dunlevy has demonstratedvalued leadership at the associa-tion. Additionally, Dunlevy is thechairmanof theassociationsState& Local Government Committeewhere he leads the delivery of theassociations message to electedand appointed officials in North-ern Kentucky and throughout theCommonwealth. He also serves inmany capacities throughout theorganization as a leading voice inmembership recruitment and re-tention, associate representationwithin the association and an ex-pert inbuildingcodesandmaterialsupply.

    Community LeadershipAward, Matth. Toebben

    Toebben, accepted by his sonJohnToebben (left).Mr. Toebbenssupport forhis industryandHomeBuildersAssociation iscarriedoutbeyond involvement with the or-ganization. He is passionate andsupportive of many effortsthroughout the region includingalzheimers causes, education, andyouth causes.

    Home Builders AssociationMembership Award, Rob Stone

    The Home Builders Associa-tion created a new award in orderto recognize outstanding servicefocusing on membership recruit-ment and retention. The inauguralwinner of this award is Rob Stoneof C.K. Ash Insurance. Stone is aperennialparticipantoftheassoci-ations membership recruitmentand retention efforts and has re-cently earned his 300d spike level,a designation created by the Na-tional Association of Home Build-ers to reward excellence in mem-bership activity.

    Themissionof theHomeBuild-ers Association of Northern Ken-tucky is to promote and enhancethe integrity and visibility of theconstruction industry and themembers of the organizationthrough advocacy, communica-tion,educationandpoliticalaction.

    2013 Home Builders Association President Adam Chaney, of Terrace Holdings, right, presents the 2013 Builder of the Year Award to PaulMetzger of Fischer Homes.PROVIDED


    presents annualawards

    Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Executive VicePresident Brian Miller, left, presents the 2013 Associate of the YearAward to Walt Dunlevy, of Forge Lumber.PROVIDED

    Home Builders Association State & Local Government CommitteeChairmanWalt Dunlevy, right, presents the 2013 CommunityLeadership Award to John Toebben, who accepted on behalf of hisfather Matth.PROVIDED

    The inauguralwinner ofHome BuildersAssociationMembershipAward is RobStone of C.K.Ash Insurance,left, acceptingthe awardform 2013Home BuildersAssociationPresidentAdam Chaney.PROVIDED


    FRIDAY, DEC. 20Dining EventsNewport Elks Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge,3704 Alexandria Pike, Dinnerincludes fish, slaw and choice offries, onion rings or macaroniand cheese. Beer, wine and sodafor dining room. Carryoutavailable. Benefits Newport ElksLodge 273. $8.50 dinner, $6sandwich. Through Dec. 27.859-441-1273. Cold Spring.

    Drink TastingsFridayWine Tasting, 4-8 p.m.,D.E.P.s Fine Wine & Spirits FortThomas, 424 Alexandria Pike,Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas.

    Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-8p.m., Behringer-CrawfordMuseum, 1600 Montague Road,Layout features Lionel trainsand Plasticville. More than 250feet of track. Patrons welcometo operate more than 30 acces-sories from buttons on layout.Through Jan. 19. Included withadmission: $7, $6 ages 60 andup, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 andunder. 859-491-4003; Coving-ton.Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Newport onthe Levee, Holiday decorationsthroughout Aquarium. Un-derwater Santa show alongsidesharks, shark rays and Denverthe Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1.Included with admission: $23,$15 ages 2-12, free under age 2.800-406-3474; Newport.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1Levee Way, Featuring more thanone million LED lights dancingin synchronization to holidaymusic. Lights dance every 20minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free.859-291-0550; Newport.Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m.,Creation Museum, 2800 Bullitts-burg Church Road, Featuringfree live nativity, lights and livedramas. Free. 800-778-3390; Peters-burg.Newport Express HolidayDepot, noon-8 p.m., Newporton the Levee, 1 Levee Way,Special holiday attraction fea-tures unique train displays aswell as true-to-size model of realtrain and other activities for allages. Through Jan. 5. $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

    Holiday - TreesHilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, 7379Stonehouse Road, Scotch pineup to 10 feet. Balled-and-bur-lapped Norway, blue spruce andwhite pine. Also Canaan andBalsam fir; 6-10 feet. Shaking,netting, pine roping and sawsavailable. Tailgating for largegroups allowed. Free candycanes for children. $35 and up,balled-and-burlapped; $25cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415.Melbourne.Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, 14300Salem Creek Road, Cut-your-own-Christmas-trees. Douglas fir6-12 feet. Workers will helpload. Twine to tie tree on vehi-cles provided. Dress for weather.Call for appointments duringweek. $40-$75. 859-380-4954.Grant County.

    Music - ChoralDickens Carolers, 6:30-8:30p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1Levee Way, Riverwalk Level.859-291-0550; www.newporton- Newport.

    SATURDAY, DEC. 21Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5p.m., Behringer-CrawfordMuseum, Included with admis-sion: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under.859-491-4003; Covington.Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee,Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m.,Creation Museum, Free. 800-778-3390; Express HolidayDepot, noon-8 p.m., Newporton the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; Holiday Sing-a-Long, 3-4p.m., Stoneys Gift & FrameShoppe, 323 W. Sixth St., In-struments provided for children.Free. Presented by MainStrasseMerrymakers. 859-655-9571; Village.

    Holiday - TreesHilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35and up, balled-and-burlapped;$25 cut-your-own any size.513-673-8415.Melbourne.Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant Coun-ty.

    Karaoke and OpenMicKaraoke, 8-11:30 p.m., South-gate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., WithDJ Ted McCracken. Free. Pre-sented by VFW Post 3186. 859-441-9857. Southgate.

    Music - ChoralDickens Carolers, 6:30-8:30p.m., Newport on the Levee,859-291-0550; Newport.

    SUNDAY, DEC. 22Community EventsCountry Breakfast, 8 a.m.-1p.m. Fort Thomas MasonicLodge 808 F&AM, 37 North FortThomas Ave. Open to the public.

    Breakfast entrees include eggs,bacon, spam, sausage, goetta,biscuits and gravy, waffles,pancakes with strawberry orblueberry topping and whippedcream, grits, potatoes, toast,and more. Cost is $7 for adultsand $4 for children. 859-694-3027. Fort Thomas.

    Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m.,Behringer-Crawford Museum,Included with admission: $7, $6ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17;free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Live Nativity, 6-8 p.m., Bullitts-ville Christian Church, 3094Petersburg Road, Drive up orstop and visit in church forholiday refreshments and fel-lowship. Free. 859-689-7215.Bullittsville.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee,Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.Newport Express HolidayDepot, noon-8 p.m., Newporton the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550;

    Holiday - TreesHilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35and up, balled-and-burlapped;$25 cut-your-own any size.513-673-8415.Melbourne.Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant Coun-ty.

    Karaoke and OpenMicDJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30a.m., Millers Fill Inn, 52 Donner-meyer Drive, Free. 859-431-3455; Bellevue.

    MONDAY, DEC. 23Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5p.m., Behringer-CrawfordMuseum, Included with admis-sion: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under.859-491-4003; Covington.Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee,Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

    Holiday - TreesHilltop Pines Tree Farm,noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35and up, balled-and-burlapped;$25 cut-your-own any size.513-673-8415.Melbourne.

    Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant Coun-ty.

    Karaoke and OpenMicOpenMic, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., TheSouthgate House Revival, 111 E.Sixth St., The Lounge. Award-winning open mic featuressinger-songwriters, comedians,marimba players, storytellersand more. Ages 21 and up.859-431-2201; Newport.

    On Stage - ComedyUnderbellys Christmas Spec-tacular, 9:30-11 p.m., The South-gate House Revival, 111 E. SixthSt., The Revival Room. Reunitingcast for evening of stand-upcomedians doing everythingexcept stand-up. Sketches,music, poetry, dance, improvand questionable impressions.Ages 21 and up. $7. Reservationsrecommended. 859-431-2201;

    TUESDAY, DEC. 24Dining EventsWhite Christmas Eve Candle-light Buffet, 4-9 p.m., VitosCafe, 654 Highland Ave., Suite29, All white food menu andholiday music. $35, $15 ages3-10, free ages 2 and under; plustax and service. 859-442-9444.Fort Thomas.

    Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-2p.m., Behringer-CrawfordMuseum, Included with admis-sion: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under.859-491-4003; Covington.Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Newport Express HolidayDepot, noon-6 p.m., Newporton the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550;

    Holiday - TreesHilltop Pines Tree Farm,noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35and up, balled-and-burlapped;$25 cut-your-own any size.513-673-8415.Melbourne.Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant Coun-ty.

    Music - BluesOpen Jam, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,Millers Fill Inn, 52 DonnermeyerDrive, Free. 859-431-3455; Bellevue.

    Music - DJDevout Wax, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,The Southgate House Revival,111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge.Vinyl night. Margaret and

    Jonathan spin eclectic wax.Including an all spin-by-requestset, bring your own records.Also, local/regional-only set.Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

    WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25Merry Christmas

    THURSDAY, DEC. 26Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5p.m., Behringer-CrawfordMuseum, Included with admis-sion: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under.859-491-4003; Covington.Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee,Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.Newport Express HolidayDepot, noon-8 p.m., Newporton the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550;

    Music - CabaretDon Fangman, 6:30-9 p.m.,Knotty Pine On The Bayou, 6302Licking Pike, Don Fangman singsFrank Sinatra, Dean Martin,Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond,Michael Buble and AndreaBocelli. Free. 859-781-2200. ColdSpring.

    Music - CountryOriginal Hillbilly Thursdays, 10p.m.-2 a.m., The SouthgateHouse Revival, 111 E. Sixth St.,The Lounge. Country, bluegrass,Americana and old fashionedhillbilly music. Different artisteach week. Includes 50 cents offJack Daniels. Ages 21 and up.Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

    Music - WorldAlpen Echos, 7:30-11 p.m.,Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St.,Free. 859-491-7200; New-port.

    FRIDAY, DEC. 27Dining EventsNewport Elks Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge,$8.50 dinner, $6 sandwich.

    859-441-1273. Cold Spring.

    Drink TastingsFridayWine Tasting, 4-8 p.m.,D.E.P.s Fine Wine & Spirits FortThomas, Free. 859-781-8105; FortThomas.

    Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-8p.m., Behringer-CrawfordMuseum, Included with admis-sion: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under.859-491-4003; Covington.Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee,Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m.,Creation Museum, Free. 800-778-3390; Express HolidayDepot, noon-8 p.m., Newporton the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550;

    SATURDAY, DEC. 28Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5p.m., Behringer-CrawfordMuseum, Included with admis-sion: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under.859-491-4003; Covington.Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee,Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m.,Creation Museum, Free. 800-778-3390; Express HolidayDepot, noon-8 p.m., Newporton the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550;

    Karaoke and OpenMicKaraoke, 8-11:30 p.m., South-gate VFW, Free. 859-441-9857.Southgate.

    Music - RockBenWalz Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.,JerZees Pub and Grub, 708Monmouth St., Free. 859-491-3500;

    SUNDAY, DEC. 29Holiday - ChristmasHoliday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m.,Behringer-Crawford Museum,Included with admission: $7, $6ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17;free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,Newport Aquarium, Includedwith admission: $23, $15 ages2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport.Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50p.m., Newport on the Levee,Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.Newport Express HolidayDepot, noon-8 p.m., Newporton the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550;

    Karaoke and OpenMicDJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30a.m., Millers Fill Inn, Free.859-431-3455; Bellevue.


    The Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation present square-dance lessons, 7:30-9:30 p.m.,Sunday, Dec. 22, at Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, in Covington. Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5.859-441-9155; PHOTO

    The Newport Express Holiday Depot at Newport on theLevee features train displays as well as a life-sized model ofa train and other activities for all ages. Through Jan. 5. $5.859-291-0550; PHOTO

    Theres less than a week to get a tree in time for Christmas.Hilltop Pines in Melbourne, 513-673-8415, and Miclberg inBoone County, 859-380-4954, are among the local treefarms.FILE PHOTO

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    I wrestled with myselfabout sharing, once again, mylatest clone of Williams-Sono-ma peppermint bark. After all,my recipe last year was excel-lent, and the difference thisyear is that I used premiumbar chocolates only andtweaked the recipe a tiny bit.

    Well, Ive beengetting lots ofrequests for thisspecial barkalready, so Imtaking creativelicense and shar-ing what I nowcall my latestand greatest.And, I mightadd, my verylast recipe for

    this treat!However you celebrate, I

    hope each of you has the bestholiday season. Remember, thebest things in life arentthings.

    Ritas ultimate clone ofWilliams-Sonomapeppermint bark 2013

    Use the best quality choco-lates and candy (no imitationpeppermint in extract orcandy) to make it as close toWilliams-Sonoma as possible.As mentioned, I used the high-est quality bar chocolates,which I chopped. Whether youuse bars or morsels, read la-bels. The semi-sweet chocolateshould be real chocolate, notchocolate-flavored.

    The first two ingredients inwhite chocolate should be sug-ar and cocoa butter. No palm,palm kernel or coconut oil ifyou want it to be like Williams-Sonoma. These oils may be aculprit for layers sometimesnot bonding.

    That doesnt mean you cantmake wonderful bark withwhatever chocolate fits your

    budget. I also have more barkrecipes on my blog, a single-layer one for kids and a three-layer one.

    Prep pan:Line a cookie sheet with one

    piece of foil, about 10 inches by12 inches. Or do the same in a9-inch by 13-inch pan.

    First layer:

    2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweetchocolate, divided into 114 and 34cupmeasures

    1 teaspoon peppermint extract

    Use a double boiler if youhave one, or put 114 cups choco-late in heatproof bowl. Set oversaucepan that has 1 inch of

    steaming water, making surebowl does not touch water.(This is a makeshift doubleboiler). Heat should be turnedto low so no steam/water es-capes into chocolate, which canturn it grainy. Stir until choco-late is almost melted but stillhas a few lumps, then removebowl and stir in remainingchocolate until smooth. Stir inextract and pour onto foil,spreading evenly. Let set atroom temperature or in refrig-erator until hard.

    Second layer:

    234 cups white chocolate, dividedinto 214 and 12 cupmeasures

    12 teaspoon peppermint extract14 to 13 cup crushed peppermintcandy, sieved to remove tinyparticles

    Put 214 cups white chocolatein clean bowl and repeat proc-ess for melting, stirring inremaining chocolate afterremoving bowl. Stir in extract.Let cool a bit. Pour over choco-late layer and spread.

    Finishing with candy:Sprinkle candy and gently

    press into chocolate. Let set atroom temperature or in refrig-erator until hard. Peel bark offfoil and break or cut intopieces. If its been in the re-

    frigerator, let it sit out a bit soits easy to break or cut. Storein refrigerator.

    Note: If you melt chocolatesin microwave, check frequent-ly as they can turn grainy andburn easily.

    Classic macaroni saladFor Celia, a Delhi Township

    reader, who wants to make thisalongside her holiday ham. Ihad the recipe for years andmisplaced it. Sometimes weadded shrimp to it, too, shesaid. Go to taste on ingredi-ents.

    Salad:Mix together:

    8 oz Muellers Small ElbowMacaroni, cooked and cooled

    14 to 13 cup onion, diced2 ribs celery, diced1 small bell pepper, diced

    Dressing:Combine and pour over

    cooled pasta. You may not needall of it, so add half, taste, andadd more if you like.

    2 tablespoons preparedmustard2 teaspoons sugar14 cup cider vinegar or more totaste

    112 cups mayonnaise

    Chill before serving.To add shrimp: Add 12 pound

    cooked small shrimp to salad.

    Can you help?Chick-fil-As apple cider

    dressing for AmyM. wholoves the dressing and hopessomeone can clone it or sharesomething similar. Marzettiused to carry a similar one, butdiscontinued it, she said.

    Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herb-alist, educator and author. Find herblog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs.Email her at [email protected] with Ritas Kitchen inthe subject line. Call 513-248-7130,ext. 356.

    Rita shares latest clone of peppermint bark

    Ritas latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark uses high quality chocolate.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

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    A lot of us have lifeinsurance policies, butmay not be aware of allthe provisions in thepolicy. One area womansaid not knowing about aprovision in her hus-bands policy has cost hera lot of money.

    Kathy Thompson ofBridgetown said shesupset with the life insur-ance company and her-self for not realizing akey money-saving provi-sion was in the policy.Thompson said of herhusband, He became

    disabledabout twoand a halfyears agoand whothinks oflooking atyour insur-ance pol-icy. Re-cently, theinsurance

    company called and theywanted to sell us moreinsurance.

    The life insurancepolicy is a small one, just$9,000, and is one of sev-

    eral her husband bought.What she didnt remem-ber, until the agent re-minded her, was the pol-icy contains a disabilitywaiver. she said theagent told her, You havea disclaimer on yourpolicy where if hes dis-abled well pay his premi-ums. I said, Really?

    Thompson said theproblem was, even afterexamining that policy,the waiver wasnt veryclear. Theres differentcolumns and theyve gotsuicide exclusions.Theyve got all thesetitles over here buttheres nothing about

    disability. You have toreally, really look for it,she said.

    The Thompsons paymore than $14 each yearfor the disability waiver.But, I noticed even on thepolicy itself it just saiddisability waiver. As aresult, Thompson haspaid the yearly premiumfor more than two yearssince her husband be-came disabled. The insur-ance agent told her, un-fortunately, she can onlyget back the premium forone of those years.

    Thompson then calledthe insurance companyitself and spoke with a

    manager who told hercompany policy is toreimburse for only oneyear. She said, Thereare people that have hada policy with us for 30years and have beendisabled and they havethat waiver and theydont know about it. Westill only give them backone year. Thompsonsaid she thinks thats aterrible policy and wantsto alert others.

    The disability waiveris not automatic in mostlife insurance policies,its a separate provisionyou can buy. So, you maywant to check to see if

    you have that waiver inyour policy.

    Thompson said shelearned a valuable lessonto get a copy of that pro-vision in writing. Notonly will it help you re-member you have thatprotection, but it will alsoexplain exactly whatsrequired before the in-surance company consid-ers someone to be dis-abled so the disabilitywaiver will apply.

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    Thomas More Collegehas hired a band director,Randy J. Webb, for itsmarching band programwhich will begin next fall.

    Webb is currently theband director at LloydMemorial High Schooland has 30 years of expe-rience directing bands.He has been the band di-rector at George RogersClark, Estill County, Scottand Somerset highschools. He has served inleadership roles withinthe Kentucky Music Edu-cators Association and aspresident of the Northern

    KentuckyBandDirectorsAssociation, which has al-lowed him to cultivate re-lationships with all musiceducators in the Tristatearea.

    The selection teamwas unanimous in theirrecommendation that Mr.Webb would be a perfectfit for Thomas More Col-lege and he has expressedthehighest levelofexcite-ment to build one of thestrongest college bands inthe region, said VicePresident of OperationsMatthewWebster.

    Webb will be a full-time employee at ThomasMore College beginningin February and has al-ready begun working onthe development of a stra-tegic plan and recruit-ment.

    I have served as ahigh school band directorfor almost 30 years, most-ly in the Northern Ken-tuckyarea,andIameagerto take on this newand ex-citing challenge, saidWebb.

    Webb has had success-

    es in marching band, con-cert band, jazz band, win-ter guard, and percussionensemble. He earned abachelor of music educa-tion from Eastern Ken-tucky University andearned a rank I in educa-tional leadership fromNorthern Kentucky Uni-versity.

    Sophomore NicoleBrewer is excited aboutWeb