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    Your Community Recordernewspaper serving Florenceand Union

    Vol. 19 No. 17 2013 The Community Recorder

    ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDNews ........................283-0404Retail advertising ......513-768-8404Classified advertising .......283-7290Delivery ......................781-4421

    See page A2 for additional information

    Contact usCHRISTMASPARADEWalking throughRabbit HashSee story, A5

    RITASKITCHENLatest clone ofpeppermint barkSee story, B3

    FLORENCE Its not everyday someone turns 105 yearsold.

    OnDec.10, howeverEvaEd-mondsofFlorencedid just that.

    I dont know, she saidwhen asked how she felt aboutthis feat.

    She was a bit distracted bythe birthday cake placed infront of her. It was completewith Happy Birthday Eva

    written in pink icing her fa-vorite color.

    Isnt that beautiful, shesaid sneaking a finger tipstaste of icing.

    Edmonds was born in ruralBooneCounty in1908, the sameyear Henry Ford introduced

    the Model T car, William How-ard Taft was elected president,and Albert Einstein presentedhis quantum theory of light.

    According to Edmonds, shehas been living a good life,surroundedbyclosefamilyandfriends.

    Edmonds spent her earlyyears working on her familysfarm.

    Her niece Gwen Kirkpat-rick, 82, said although Ed-

    Dressed in pink, her favorite color, Eva Edmonds of Florence celebrated her 105th birthday Dec. 10. MELISSASTEWART/THE COMMUNITY RE

    Florence womancelebrates her105th birthdayByMelissa [email protected]

    See BIRTHDAY, Page A2

    HAPPY BIRTHDAYFlorence women lauded on

    her 105th birthday. Go

    FLORENCE The weatheroutside was frightful, but thecause was so delightful.

    Thats the attitude of theWUBE-FM DJs and membersof the U.S. Marine Corps whobraved the frigid weather tocamp out for 54 consecutivehours Dec. 12-14 at TurfwayPark in Florence.

    This is the fifth year theyhave camped out to collect do-nations for Toys for Tots. Thisyear they collected amore than$5,000 in donations and morethan 3,000 newunwrapped toys.

    We do this because wewantevery child to have a toy, saidGunnery Sgt. James Key.Theres no other event (forToys for Tots) that covers thisamount of time, were out here54 hours straight. Its our big-gest generator of donations.

    Key said that the event wasthe No. 2 donation gatheringsight in the Toys for Tots pro-gram last year.

    It was really cold, but itsworth it saidDJChrisCarr,who

    has camped out every year ofthe collection.

    We all have kids and we getto see their smiling faces onChristmas morning. Theyrefortunate because their dadsare fortunate to have a job. Weget to see them opening theirgifts and experience the magicof Christmas, but there aresome children who dont get toexperience this, unless we dosomething about it. This drivesus.

    According to, the collection campaignbegan in 1947 when Marine re-servists distributed 5,000 toysto needy children in Los Ange-les. Designated in 1995 as an of-ficial activity of the U. S. Ma-rine Corps and an official mis-sion of the Marine Corps Re-serve, Toys for Tots is nowactive in all 50 states.

    For more information, or tomakeadonationatanytime,vis-it or call 513-620-1804.

    Want to continue theconversation? [email protected]

    Camping out at Turfway Park for Toys for Tots campaign are, from left,Sgt. Joshua Eads, Sgt. Jim Key, Jason Statt, Jeff Bolen, Chris Carr andSgt. Rusty Robertson.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

    Marines, DJsbrave cold tocollect toysByMelissa [email protected]

    BURLINGTON Watchbefore you wait.

    The Boone CountyClerks Office now offerscustomersachancetoseewhat the line is like be-fore heading to either theBurlington or Florence officelocation.

    A live feed for both locationscanbe foundon the clerksweb-


    Its just anothercustomer service en-hancement, BooneCounty Clerk KennyBrown said.

    One thing the officeoften deals with, espe-cially at the end of the

    month, is long lines, he said.Theoffice, saidBrown,often

    Boone clerk offersvideo feed of officeBy Stephanie [email protected]


    See VIDEO, Page A2

    ON THE LANES A7Bowling season has started



    NewsMarc Emral Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .578-1053, [email protected] Salmons Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .578-1057, [email protected] Stewart Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .578-1058, [email protected] Laughman Sports Editor . . . . . . . . . . . .513-248-7573, [email protected] Weber Sports Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .578-1054, [email protected]

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    Boone County

    Calendar .................B2Classifieds ................CDeaths ...................B8Food ......................B3Police ................... B10Schools ..................A7Sports ....................A8Viewpoints ............A10


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    receives calls asking iftheres a line or if the of-fice is busy.


    ple a chance to see whatthe line is like before theymake the trip, he said.

    While Brown acknowl-edges that its not quitereal time and the situa-tion could change in 10minutes, he says the of-fice wants to work to get

    the feed available on mo-bile devices.

    I think its a great tooland weve had great feed-back, he said.

    Brown,who took officein 2011, said this was partof his campaign platformand was made possible assecurity cameras wereadded to the offices.

    According to Brown,Boone County is the onlyone in the state that offersa live feed. JeffersonCounty is the only othercounty doing somethingcomparable by offering astill photo, he said.

    Want to continue theconversation? Tweet at


    VideoContinued from Page A1

    monds loves animals, shelearned to hate anythingwith feathers.

    She had to pick chick-ens when she was little,Kirkpatrick said. So nowshe doesnt like anythingwith feathers.

    When she got olderand found work in Cincin-nati, shed have to ride ahorse to meet up with amilk truck that tookher toCincinnati to the street-car.

    For many years Ed-monds worked at the Cin-cinnati-based H.&S.Pogue Co. departmentstore. Formost of her life,however, she was a home-maker. She was wife toJeff Edmonds, to whomshe was married to formore than 50 years, andmother to Thomas Ed-monds. Her son, whos 82,lives in a nursing facilityin Western Kentucky.

    According to Kirkpat-rick, her aunt had a prettycalm life. She was a dedi-cated church member atEmmanuel United Meth-odist Church in LakesidePark, a good mother andwife, and a great aunt.

    Shesmyearthangel,said Kirkpatrick, wholives in Erlanger.

    Edmonds was prettytough, even at a youngage.

    When she 9 years old(in 1917), she walkedacross the frozen Ohioriver, Kirkpatrick said.

    Edmonds even cleanedher own gutters until shewas about 80. Also in her80s she babysat for a fam-ily at her church.

    Kirkpatrick believesthat it is this toughnessand staying busy that haskept Edmonds going.

    She always kept busyand ate well and neverdrank or smoked, shesaid. Shes always happyand laughing.

    Edmonds friend, Delo-ris Ellezy, said Edmonds

    is a great person.Shes a very gentle

    and kind person, shesaid. Shes sweet, alwayssmiling and a gracious la-dy. Shes easy to be a goodfriend to.

    Ellezy, 83, ofCrestviewHills said she tries to visitEdmonds at FlorencePark Nursing and RehabCenter at least once aweek. Shell usually bringher in her favorite meal,fish from Long John Sil-vers.

    She eats all of hersandpartofmine,shesaidlaughing. I love her.

    Edmonds said she ap-preciates her friends andfamily. She enjoyed cele-brating her birthday withthem. Its been a long andgood life, she said.

    Ive had a good life,and family and friends. Idont have any secrets.Just a lot of friends.

    Want to continue theconversation? [email protected]

    BirthdayContinued from Page A1

    Knights, scouts tellthe story of Jesus inlive nativity

    TheKnights of St. JohnCommandary 94 and BoyScout Troop 702 will offera live Nativity scene inUnion 7-9 p.m. nightlythrough Dec. 23 at St.Timothy Church, on U.S.42.

    Refreshments and mu-sic will be offered. This isthe19thyearthegrouphassponsored the scene,which includes donkeys,sheep and live actors.

    Organizer Doug Eifertwelcomes any studentsseeking service hours tovolunteer to dress as amemberoftheholyfamilyor a shepherd. The groupis also seeking singers ormusicians to play as themembersof thecommuni-tyfilethroughthenativity.

    Walton SeniorCenter schedule

    WALTON The follow-ing is the new activitiesschedule for the WaltonSenior Center:

    Monday: ZumbaGold9 a.m., bridge 9:30 a.m.,dominos 10 a.m. and yoga1:30 p.m.

    Tuesday: Breakfast 9a.m., opencards 9 a.m., artsocial 9:30 a.m., free bloodpressure and sugarchecks 10 a.m., free lunchfor those 60 and up 11:30a.m. (Call 485-7611, 24hours in advance for res-ervations.) bingonoonandZumba Gold 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday: ZumbaGold 9 a.m., euchre tour-nament noon and free be-ginner bridge lessons 4p.m.

    Starting Wednesday,Jan. 8, beginner bridgelessons will be offered intheevening.Anyone inter-

    estedmust call in advanceto reserve a seat. ContactGeorgia Puckett at 356-3099.

    Thursday: Breakfast9 a.m., open cards 9 a.m.,gentle yoga10 a.m. atWal-ton Library, free bloodpressure and sugarchecks 10 a.m., free lunchfor those 60 and up 11:30a.m. (Call 24 hours in ad-vance for reservations at485-7611), health/nutritionprograms 11:45 a.m. bingonoon andZumbaGold 6:30p.m.

    Friday: TaiChi 9 a.m.,free lunchfor those60andup11:30a.m. (Call 24hoursin advance for reserva-tions at 485-7611) and Eu-chre tournament noon.

    For more information,call center director Chris-tineMiskell at 485-7611.

    LaRosas helpingFreestoreFoodbank

    LaRosas Pizzeria is fo-cusing its holiday effortsby donating $5 from thesale of every $10 BuddyCard to the Freestore-Foodbank.

    One in three Cincinnatiresidents is living belowthe poverty level morethan twice the national av-erage and 48 percent ofCincinnati children live inpoverty, according to theU.S. Census bureau.

    The $10 Buddy Cardmakesagreatholidaygift,andentitles thebearer toafree large cheese pizzawith the purchase of anylargepizza, and isgood for14 uses, or 14 free largecheese pizzas within oneyear. Buddy Cards can bepurchasedatanyLaRosaspizzeria in Cincinnati,Northern Kentucky andSoutheastern Indiana.


    through Dec. 31.

    PVA inspections setThe Boone County

    Property Valuation Ad-ministratorsofficewill in-spectOrleans subdivision,farms and new construc-tion throughout BooneCounty Dec. 19-25.

    Staff members will bein a marked vehicle andhave identification avail-able upon request.

    For more information,contact [email protected]

    Schrand files forre-election

    Judge James R. J.R.Schrand has filed to runfor re-election, seeking asecond term as 54th cir-cuit judge serving Booneand Gallatin counties.

    He has served as cir-cuit judgesince2007whenhe was appointed by then-Gov. Ernie Fletcher to thenewly-created Division 3.Schrand then ran for, andwas elected to, his currentposition.

    In Kentucky, circuitjudges preside over bothfelony criminal and civilcases, as well as appealsfrom district court.

    Schrand is also a pre-sidingjudgefortheNorth-ern Kentucky RegionalMental Health Court. Pri-or to his election as circuitjudge, he served as theBoone County attorney.

    Schrand, who lives inUnion with his wife andthree children, is a gradu-ate of Boone County HighSchool, the University ofKentucky and NorthernKentucky UniversitysChase College of Law.


    BURLINGTON Mem-bers of the 4-H Cat Clubare crazy about their fe-line friends.

    Thegroupmeets at 4:30p.m. on the secondWednesday of everymonth. At the Nov. 13meeting, the 4-Hers beginto trickle in shortly beforethe start of the meeting,some carrying cats in car-riers.

    If you love cats, youcan belong, club leaderJoan Klahr said.

    The club, said Klahr,teacheschildrenaboutdif-ferent breeds, carryingtheir cats and being a re-sponsible cat owner.

    Club president JessieArlinghaus, 10, of Burling-ton described the club asone where you come tolearnabout catsbut its notexactly a classroom. Itsmore like a learning expe-rience that youre havingfun while doing.

    One thing shes learnedis that not all cats are asfortunate as house catswhere theyre alwaysloved on and theyre al-ways fed.

    The group also sellssnacks and drinks at dif-

    ferent events, like theBoone County FarmersMarket and craft shows.Proceeds are thendonatedto organizations that helpanimals.

    The group recently do-nated more than $500 tothe Friends of the Shelter,a volunteer organizationwhosepurposeistoopposecruelty in all forms, en-courage humane handlingand care of animals, ad-vance spay/neuter pro-grams, promote the ani-mal shelters and strive forresponsible adoptions andownership, for thespayingand neutering of cats.

    Klahr said the group

    alsovotedat itsSeptembermeeting to donate part oftheirmoney to a trap, neu-ter and release program.

    Annie Lou Kahmann,10, of Union said by donat-ing to such causes I feelvery, very, very like Imhelping a lot because Idont like seeing animalspenned up and being mis-treated.

    Annie Lou, who saysshe likes the outdoors andanimals, said of the clubIts fun and gives yousomething todoother thanvideo games.

    Children learn cat carewith 4-H club

    4-H Cat Club members Alex Greenfield, Jessie Arlinghausand Annie Lou Kahmann visit with cats at the BooneCounty Animal Shelter. THANKS TO JOAN KLAHR

    By Stephanie [email protected]



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    HEBRONBefore Con-nor Dhonau cleared it, thegrave site of early BooneCounty settler AbrahamDepewwasarelic of timesgone by, neglected andcovered with weeds andhoneysuckle.

    Now, the site has beencleared, a fencebuilt anda

    bench installed in thecem-etery nearHebronsNorthPointe development.

    Dhonau, a 14-year-oldConnerHighSchool fresh-man, cleared the gravesite toearnhisEagleScoutranking.

    While his dad, Scott,knewMattBecher, a rural/open space planner whoworks with the BooneCountyHistoric Preserva-

    tion Review Board, Dho-nau said he had alreadybrought up the idea of do-ingaproject related tohis-tory.

    After visiting the site,Dhonau, said he thought itwould be a good projectsince the grave has beenneglected over the yearsand needed some respectshown.

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    something people in thecommunity can (use to)learn about the history ofearly residents in BooneCounty, he said.

    According to Dhonau,they clearedbrush, drilledholes and installed a two-rail split fence and built abench. He assigned otherscouts to collect creekstones from nearby SandRun Creek to use for apath.

    Weve got 200 ceme-teries thatwe knowof thatare kind of in the sameboat, Becher said. So ev-eryonesomebodytakesonis a step in the right direc-tion.

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    Dhonau, a member ofTroop 727 out of Burling-tons Immaculate Heart ofMary, began Scouting inelementary school andhasbeen aBoy Scout for threeyears.

    Depew historyThe grave is on proper-

    ty that once belonged toDepew.

    Boone County PublicLibrarys local history co-ordinator Bridget Strikersaid Depew was bornaround 1771 or 1773 in Vir-

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    Depews father was aveteran of the Revolution-ary war and Depew him-self was first listed as alieutenant in theCornstalkMilitia in 1799, she said.

    Militia members werenot professional soldiers,but came up in times ofneed, said Striker.

    By 1800, Depew was acaptain andby1811Strikersaid hewas listed as a lieu-tenant colonel and com-mandant of the 67th regi-ment.

    Eagle Scout project cleans historic Hebron cemeteryBy Stephanie [email protected]

    Connor Dhonau cleared the Depew cemetery in Hebron forhis Eagle Scout project. THANKS TO SCOTT DHONAU





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    FLORENCE Mayorand council offered sup-port of Northern Ken-tucky Universitys effortto gain additional statefunding.

    NKU president GeoffMearns visited Florenceduring the Dec. 10 councilmeeting, presenting the

    universitys recently ap-proved the five-year stra-tegic plan, which will takeNKU up to its 50th anni-versary in 2018.

    Were planning for theculmination of our 50years and building thefoundation for our next 50years, Mearns said.

    Goals for the plan in-clude:


    approaches thatcan link academicprograms.

    Expansion ofresidential optionson campus.

    Offering moreon-campus jobs tostudents.

    Expansion ofrecruiting efforts outsidetraditional markets.

    Offering more dual-

    credit programsfor high school stu-dents.

    The vision for2018, Mearns said,encompasses theuniversitys com-mitment to stu-dents and also thecommunity.

    We want to preparestudents for the lifelongpursuit of great knowl-edge and development,Mearns said. This also in-cludes helping them be-come contributing citi-zens.

    The plan is met withchallenges, namely finan-cial funding from thestate. Mearns discussedwithcouncilNKUsefforts

    to encourage legislators touse a rational strategicfunding model that wouldfun universities based onits number of graduates.

    According to Mearns,all state funding for uni-versities shoulddependondegree production andother programs targetedto specific state goals. Un-der the current system,NKUgets lessstatemoneythan other state universi-ties with thousands fewerstudents.

    Some perceive the ar-gument tobethat thefund-ing is not fair, Mearnssaid. Thats not it at all,the argument is that itsnot strategic.

    According to Mearns,

    the change needs to hap-pen now so that state offi-cials are more prudentwith tax payer monies inthese trying economictimes.

    He encouraged Flor-enceMayorDianeWhalenand council members tocontact their state legisla-tors.

    After the presentation,Whalen gave Mearns fullsupport on behalf of coun-cil.

    We would be 100 per-cent behind expressingthis to our legislators, shesaid. Its hard not tostomp our feet and staythis is not fair for us, butits not fair to the entireCommonwealth.

    Florence backs NKU presidents funding strategyByMelissa [email protected]




    COMMUNITYRECORDEREditor: Marc Emral, [email protected], 578-1053

    The Florence Fire Depart-ment recently broughttheir truck and gear toshow the preschool children atFlorence Elementary.

    Capt. Joy Cutter-McVay andJohn Schmidt educated the stu-dents on fire prevention as wellas minimizing injuries.

    Leading up to the visit, thestudents made fire hoses usingpaper towel rolls and blue crepepaper for the water.

    Florence Elementary gets fired up

    Florence Elementary preschool students explored the Florence Fire Department truck, viewing all thecompartments around the truck while learning about fire safety. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

    Hillari Queuedo Suarez, apreschool student at FlorenceElementary, stood in the cab ofthe Florence Fire Departmenttruck. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

    Community Recorder

    Damien Taylor, a preschoolstudents at Florence Elementary,held his handmade fire hose withblue crepe paper water whilewalking in the shoes of a Florencefireman. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

    John Schmidt, Samantha Meyer,Justin Cornett and Capt.Cutter-McVay posed in front ofthe fire truck during the firedepartment's visit. THANKS TO KATHYKUHN

    PARK HILLS Notre DameAcademy celebrated 50 years inPark Hills Oct. 29 with remem-brances fromalumniwhojoinedstudents in rousing school spiritby singing together.

    NotreDamemoved in1963 toHilton Drive in Park Hills fromFifth Street in Covington wherethe school was first opened in1906.

    School president SisterMaryLynette Shelton, alumni andteachers spoke to students in-side the gym during a prayerservice. Sr. Shelton ended theprogram by leading a group ofalumni in the singing of theschool song NDA we honorthee.

    Shelton reminded the stu-dents how Sister Mary Agnetiswrote to businessman and hotelmagnate Conrad Hilton in 1955and convinced him to help thesisters fund a new building inPark Hills.

    Agnetis kept up a letter cor-respondence with Hilton for 10years, said Sister Dolores Gi-blin, archivist for the school.The exchange of letters waskeptandfills twobinders.Giblinmaintains the NDA Heritageblog where excerpts of the let-ters are posted.

    Giblin said Hilton ended updonating $500,000 toward the$1.5millioncostof theParkHillsbuilding. Hilton visited NDA inPark Hills in 1963.

    SisterEvelynnReinke taughtreligion, English and history inthe final year the academy wasopen in Covington

    Therewassuchawarmspir-it there, and the floors were al-ways kept shiny and the bulletinboards were always attractive-ly, Reinke said.

    She said she saw the warmthin theoldbuilding in1963,whereshe continued teaching for sixmore years.

    I think you really have areallystrongspirit of friendship

    and sisterhood among the stu-dents as well, she said.

    Ellie Fathman, a senior fromEdgewood, said shewas shy andquiet at the start of her fresh-man year, and NDA has shapedwho she has become. She hopesto study at the Carl H. LindnerCollege of Business at the Uni-versity of Cincinnati.

    This school kind of helpedme flourish, and kind of showedme how to become a better per-son and find myself, Fathmansaid.

    The 50th anniversary is sig-nificant for students, she said.

    It shows how long the NotreDame has been around, espe-ciallymakingadifference in thePark Hills community, Fath-man said. You have that uniqueexperience of a single sex edu-cation that you can share withyourclassmates,anditsaforev-er thing.

    Fathman was one of two stu-dents chosen to read petitionsduring the prayer service andwear the traditional schoolcapes.

    Marianne Toebbe Burke ofVilla Hills, a 1966 NDA gradu-ate, said in her speech to stu-

    dents she didnt enjoy wearingthe capes several times a yearfor special events.

    They even wore those backwhen my mother graduated in1945, andwewere one of the lastclasses to wear them in the oldschool, Burke said.

    Moving into the new schoolbuilding in1963 fromCovingtonwas the realization of a dreamfor students, she said.

    Wewere going to school andhaving classes out in hallwaysand in small closet rooms thatused to be rooms for cloakrooms because there was noroom for us, Burke said. Andwe didnt get to take gym be-cause thegymwas all brokenupinto classrooms.

    The new school provided agym, student lounges, an artroom and room for choral clubpractice in 1963, she said.

    I still am very grateful thatmy parents scraped up enoughmoney to send me here, Burkesaid. At the time the tuitionwas$125 which was a lot for back inthose days.

    Burke said she received alife-altering education shemight not have gotten at other

    schools.I just feel like itgavemejust

    a better way of livingmy life ona little bit nicer level and withgrace and dignity, she said.

    Burke said after shegraduat-ed in1966, likemostNotreDamegirls at the time, she did not goonto college.

    We all went into jobs, shesaid. And Notre Dame girlswere highly sought as secretar-ies and office managers, and allyouhad todowassayyouwereagraduate from Notre Dame andyouwereon the topof the list forgetting a job.

    Burke said she ended up run-ning a dental office at age 17 asher first job.

    Nowadays, there are so fewgirls who do not go onto college

    so its a big change in that way,she said.

    Burke said she comesback tothe school regularly for eventsand family.

    We have a long family histo-ryofmymotherandauntsgoinghere along with my sister andnowmy nieces, she said.

    SisterReneeNienaber, a1964graduate, said she remembershowanNDA teachermadeher abetter writer. Nienaber said sheis now the unofficial proofread-er at St. Mary Parish in Alexan-dria where she is the director ofreligious education.

    What I remember the mostis how the sisters loved us, shesaid. We were the center oftheir lives.

    Notre Dame celebrates 50 years as school in Park Hills

    Notre Dame Academy senior Ellie Fathman of Edgewood, one of twostudents selected to read petitions for the 50th anniversary since theschool moved to Park Hills, stands inside the schools front entrancewhere a window display is set up. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

    Marianne Toebbe Burke of Villa Hills, a 1966 graduate of Notre DameAcademy, speaks to students about her experiences at the school forthe 50th anniversary of the academys move from Covington to HiltonDrive in Park Hills. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

    By Chris [email protected]


    DaleMueller,whoannouncedDec. 9 he was stepping down asfootball coach atHighlands,waspresented with a lifetimeachievement award by theNorthern Kentucky FootballCoaches Association onMondaythe annual, Top 26, banquetDec. 11.

    Mueller com-pileda250-36rec-ord and won 11state champion-ships in his 20seasons as High-lands coach.

    The banquet,at Receptions inErlanger, hon-ored 26 seniorfootball players, one from eachof the 20 schools that are mem-bers of the association and sixplayers 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 - SamDressman, wide receiver/run-ning back, and Matthew Way,safety;

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

    Dixie Heights - Seth Caple,linebacker/fullback, and DarionWashington, tailback;

    Highlands - Zach Harris,running back, and DrewHoulis-ton, quarterback;

    Holy Cross - Jalen Beal,running back/cornerback;

    Holmes - Kamron Griffith,center;

    Lloyd - Jacob Sand, center/linebacker;

    Ludlow - Mitchell Cody,quarterback/linebacker;

    Newport - Charlie Mullins,quarterback;

    Newport Central Catholic -Jack Sutkamp, linebacker/full-

    back;Ryle - Lex Sowards, offen-

    sive tackle; Scott - JoshCastleman, run-

    ning back; Simon Kenton - Brenan

    Kuntz, quarterback, and CamHansel, guard.

    Simon Kenton coach JeffMarksberry received the BobSchneider Coach of the Yearaward after he guided the Pio-neers to a 10-0 regular-seasonrecord and a quarterfinal finishin the Class 6A playoffs.

    Dixie Heights coach DaveBrossart was the named theOwenHauck Award winner andRyle defensive coordinatorMike Woolf was selected TomPotter Assistant Coach of theYear.

    TheNorthernKentuckyFoot-ball Coaches Association has se-lected its all-star teams as fol-lows:

    First TeamOffense: Quarter-back - Drew Barker (Conner);Running Backs - Jon Scruggs(Holmes), Zach Harris (High-lands); Josh Castleman (Scott).Linemen - Cam Hansel (SimonKenton); Ben Walling (SimonKenton); Logan Schneider(Campbell County); Lex So-wards (Ryle); Bryan Saunders

    (Highlands), Kameron Crim(Scott). Wide Receivers - JakeZabonick (Campbell County);Andrew Way (Conner); CoreyFussinger (Cooper); JensenFeg-gins (Highlands). Tight End -Ryan Romey (Conner). Athlete -Sam Dressman (CovingtonCatholic).

    FirstTeamDefense:Lineman- Matt King (Simon Kenton);Breandon Johnson (Holmes);Brandon Johnson (Dixie); Shah-zadd Mann (Ryle); Seth Hope(Highlands). Linebackers -Brendan Fisk (Dixie); RyanWoolf (Ryle); Avery Bricking(Cooper);SamBurchell (Coving-ton Catholic); Jack Sutkamp(Newport Central Catholic); De-fensive Backs - Andrew Way(Conner); Aaron Morgan (Coop-er); Thomas Wrobleski (High-lands);MatthewWay(CovingtonCatholic): Jon Scruggs(Holmes).

    First Team Specialists: Kick-er - Evan OHara (Boone Coun-ty);Punter-EvanOHara(BooneCounty).

    Second TeamOffense: Quar-terback - Brenan Kuntz (SimonKenton); DrewHouliston (High-lands). RunningBacks - SethCa-ple (Dixie); Jalen Beal (HolyCross). Lineman - Logan Ross

    (Ryle); Jacob Neuman (Cooper);Tyler Schweitzer (Highlands);Nick Kathman (CovingtonCatholic); Pat Connaughton (Co-vington Catholic); Steve Brooks(Newport Central Catholic).Wide Receivers - Grant Wasson(Simon Kenton); Logan Winkler(Simon Kenton); Jashawn Stan-ley (Newport); Zack Poinsett(Bellevue). Tight End - JonathanStokes (Beechwood). Athlete -AveryWood (Campbell County).

    Second TeamDefense: Line-men - Patrick Berkemeyer(Campbell County); Tyler Lyon(Newport Central Catholic);Alec Hazeres (Bellevue); Bray-den Combs (Beechwood); Jus-tice Lewis (Newport). Lineback-ers - Barry Deaton (Simon Ken-ton); Mikey Krallman (SimonKenton); Joe Kremer (CampbellCounty); ZachCastleberry (Con-ner); Devon Everett (Beech-wood).DefensiveBacks -DustinTurner (Campbell County), Eth-anHarrison(DixieHeights);De-ondre Pleasant (Scott); JacksonBardo (Highlands); Max Shover(Beechwood).

    Second Team Specialists:Kicker -JaredDougherty(High-lands); Punter - Luke Foertsch(Covington Catholic).

    Footballers honored for fine seasonGannett News Service


    RylebeatCooper45-37 ingirlsbas-ketball in a 33rd District seedinggame Dec. 13.

    Ryle, 3-3 for the season, playsFranklin County in Lexington Thurs-day,Dec.19, then in a holiday tourneyat Lakota West Dec. 27-28.

    Cooper, 2-2, was set to play BooneCounty Dec. 17, then will play at Con-ner Dec. 19 and at DixieHeights Dec.21before playing aholiday tourney inBowling Green, Ky. Dec. 26-28.

    Ryles Carly Lange looks to get pastTasha Arnett during the first quarter.JIMOSBORN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

    Raidersknock offJaguars

    Coopers Hailey Anderson tries to box outRyles Rachael Storer for a rebound. KateyPittman is at right. JIM OSBORN/FOR THECOMMUNITY RECORDER

    BOONE COUNTY Bowl-ing season iswell underwayfor local teams. Here is aglance at those squads:

    Boone CountyThe girls team is coming

    off district and regionalchampionships last year,and finished fifth in thestate meet for head coachBruce Hightchew.

    Returning starters areKayla Hightchew, TaylorEvans, Samantha Schmitzand Erin Beschman. TopnewcomersareKaraStrongand Eliza Kohl.

    I expect our veterans tostep up to the challenge andlead this teamtovictory,hesaid. We have some newstudents who are coming onalong great, but the veteranleadership will guide themmentally to a winning out-look; overall a team con-cept.

    The girls team is 24-4 en-teringplayDec.12 and2-1inconference matches.

    Hightchew has the highaverage in Northern Ken-tucky entering action onDec. 12, posting a 201 aver-age through eight games.Evans averages 171 andSchmitz 159.

    The boys team is led bynew head coach Paul Vick-ers. He has a veteran teamwith returning startersSean Wadsworth, RyanVickers, Zach Vickers, Dy-lan Burk, Devan Cregar, Ri-ki Stockton, Spencer Tread-way and John Speagle.

    (The) season should begreat, Vickers said. Wehave a great chance at mak-ing it to state. We just haveto keep the guys focused ontheir goals.

    Ryan Vickers led the

    team with a 196 averagethroughsixgames.Burkav-eraged 176.

    CooperThe girls team is off to a

    strong start and currently

    peaking after knocking offdefending regional champi-onCampbellCountyDec.12.Cooper won the match 4-3,claiming total pins by justthree pins to win the deci-sive fourth point. Cooper is28-7 overall and 4-0 in con-ference matches to takeover first place.

    We were down 3-1 goinginto theBaker games and 34pins total, said head coachJamie Bowling. I told thegirls, in bowling thats noth-ing. We came through andpersevered, and we tookdown the giants. Im veryproud of the girls andtheyre doing a great job.

    Cooper was regional run-ner-up last year, and returnsstarters Emily Bross, Brea-na Smothers, Kateri Patton,Sierra Brandt, Lydia Wilm-hoff and Rachel Wagers.

    Bross qualified individuallyfor state and had a164 aver-age through eight gamesthis year for head coach Ja-mie Bowling.

    Shes doing fantastic,and shes our anchor,Bowl-ing said. Everything Iveasked her to do, shes done itand then some.

    The boys team was alsoregional runner-up last yearfor head coach Tim Frank.Returning starters are TJJones, Michael Bowling,Austin Sams, AndrewBlood, Mason Combs andSteven Elgowsky. Bowlingwas individual runner-up inthe region and qualified forstate in singles. Jones aver-aged 207 entering theCampbell match, Blood 201and Bowling and Sams 191each.

    Cooper is 22-13 in pointsand 2-2 in conferencematches after falling 6-1 toCampbell County Dec. 12.

    St. HenryReturning starters for

    the boys team are MichaelBinkowski, Ty Petry, KyleLehmkuhl, Liam McBreemand Jake Ryan. Newcomersto watch start with ScottMcMain. Six of the 12 mem-bers of the boys rosters areseniors, and the experiencecould be key for head coachMerrick Krey. Binkowskiaverages161enteringDec.2and Ryan 156.

    Returning starters forthe girls team are Erin Sut-tles, ChristinaWhitley,Mol-ly Couch and AmandaGreenwood. They are allseniors and the Crusadershavesixoutof their10mem-bers. Suttles leads the teamwith a 128 average and Ala-na McKnight 113.

    Follow James on Twitter @Re-corderWeber

    Jaguars pouncing onopponents in bowlingBy James [email protected]

    Boone County's Samantha Schmitz rolls a frame during theKentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament inFebruary.JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

    Coopers Lydia Wilmhoffduring the KHSAA state teambowling championships.JAMESWEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER


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


    Hoops guruSkip Goley, a former all-state

    basketball star at Boone CountyHigh School and current basket-ball shooting and ball handlingconsultant/coach, will be avail-able to give basketball lessonsto individuals or teams in theFlorence area, Dec. 23-24 and27-30.For more information, call


    NewCath freshmansoftball tryoutsThe Newport Central Catholic

    freshman softball team isconducting signups for the 2014team. This will be the programsfourth season for the freshmanteam consisting of players ingrades 6-8 from NewCathfeeder parishes.The NCC freshman team is an

    excellent opportunity to getjunior-high-aged girls preparedfor JV and varsity softball.For more information regard-

    ing tryouts and signups, contacthead varsity coach DennyBarnes at 859-743-3241 [email protected]

    Bandits baseballThe Boone County Baseball

    Club 10U Bandits team is look-ing for additional players forthe 2014 season. The team willparticipate in both the South-west Ohio League (SWOL) andthe Crosstown Baseball League.Players must not turn 11

    before May 1, 2014.Contact Tony Reynolds at

    859-462-3503 or [email protected] to arrange aprivate tryout.


    points and Lexi Held 14. Ryle beat Beechwood

    65-56Dec.10 togo2-2.Car-ly Lange had 26 points.Ryle beat Cooper 45-37Dec. 13. Lange had 16points, 11 rebounds andfive blocks.

    Walton-Verona beatWilliamstown 45-38 in a32nd District seedinggame Dec. 13. Allie Millshad 11points.

    Beechwood fell 65-56 to Ryle Dec. 10 to dropto2-1.MacySteumpelhad22 points including four 3-pointers.

    Calvary beat Ludlow51-34 to go to 2-2. SarahRoaden had 23 points andHayley Emmerich 15.

    Ludlow beat Heri-tage 64-34 Dec. 13. ToriWofford had 21points.

    Notre Dame beat St.Henry 58-34 Dec. 12 to im-prove to 3-2. Carlee Cle-mons had 16 points.

    Simon Kenton beatGrant County 75-49 in a32nd District seedinggame to improve to 4-0 onDec.12.Rachel Cox had18points and Abby Owings12.

    Villa Madonna beatCovington Latin 32-23Dec. 11 to go 2-2. AlexHengge had 14 points in-cluding three 3-pointers.VMA beat Dayton 48-42 ina conference game Dec.10, and Calvary 46-28 in aconference game Dec. 13.Morgan Trusty led VMAwith 13 points.

    BishopBrossartbeatLloyd 61-35 Dec. 12 to go4-0.SarahFutscher led theway with 17 points.

    NewCath beat DixieHeights 57-43 Dec. 11 toimprove to 4-0.Nikki Kier-nan had 14 points andAlexus Mayes 13. NCC

    Boys basketball

    Boone County beatRyle66-58Dec.10 ina33rdDistrict seeding game.Boone improved to 3-0.Brenden Stanley had 18points. Boone beat Conner57-46 Dec. 13 in the teamssecond seeding game.Stanley led four Rebels indouble figures with 15points.

    Cooper beat Conner60-58Dec.10 in a 33rdDis-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 three 3-pointers of his own.

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

    Covington Catholicbeat St. Henry 72-37 Dec.10. Nick Ruthsatz had 22points including three 3-pointers.BenHeppler hadnine points on three 3-pointers.

    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 had 16 points andDaequan Glover 11, in-cluding three 3-pointers.

    Lloyd beat PendletonCounty42-40Dec.10.Don-ald Wright, Zach Riddleand Brent Christiansenhad 10 points each.

    Ludlow beat Heri-tage 63-25 Dec. 13. JeradHoward had 24 points forLudlow.

    Villa Madonna beatCovington Latin 54-22Dec. 11. Thomas Schutz-man had 14 points.

    Bellevue beat Co-vingtonLatin69-11Dec.12.ZachBarretthad15points.BellevuebeatHeritage77-40 Dec. 10. AustinWoodyard led with 23points.

    Bishop Brossart fell74-51 to Holmes Dec. 10 todropto3-1.AlexTrentmanhad 20 points and DrewBurns 16.

    Campbell Countybeat Newport 59-47 Dec.13 to improve to 4-0.CoreyHolbrook had 24 points.beat Ludlow 73-47 Dec. 11.Blake Losey had 18 pointsincluding three 3-pointers,Corey Holbrook 12 andxxx Jackson 11. Campbellbeat Calvary 102-38 in a37th District seedinggame. Holbrook led theway with 24 points.

    Newport beat Day-ton 89-53 Dec. 12 to im-proveto2-2.PaulPriceandEthanSnapphad25pointseach.

    Girls basketball Boone County beat

    Holy Cross 57-49 Dec. 12.DallisKnottshad18pointsandMaddyMcGarr 16.

    Cooper beat Holmes61-58 Dec. 11 for its firstwin.KateyPittmanhad16

    beat Newport 68-44 in adistrict and conferencegame.

    Wrestling ConnerbeatMadeira

    49-15 Dec. 12. Winningmatches over opponentswere Derek Wiley, TristinBadida and TrevorThompson. Winning byforfeit were ShamonMoore, Joseph Warwick,Bryson Steele, AndrewMadden and ClaytonBoyd.

    Cooper finished thefirst week of the seasonwith a 4-1 record. On Dec.4, the Jaguars defeatedBoone County and GrantCounty before falling toNewport 42-36. Dec. 5, theJaguars beat Little Miami68-0 and finished the eve-ning by defeating Wyo-ming54-30. Through thosematches, Cody Huston is5-0 at 120, Mike Davis is4-0 at 126, Kyle Hensley is5-0 at 132, Andrew Baileyis 5-0 at 152,Kevin Flaher-ty is 5-0 at 160 and HunterBailey is 5-0 at 170.

    Football Drew Houliston, a

    Highlands senior, is theLaRosasMVPof theWeekfor Dec. 10. He led High-lands to a13-2 recordandaKentucky Class 4A staterunner-up finish this sea-son.

    On the season, he threwfor an impressive 4,027yards (ninth in state histo-ry) and 50 TDs (11th instate history). He remark-ably achieved these num-bers despite missing agame with an injury andfrequently played onlyhalf of a gamebecause theBluebirds were so farahead on the scoreboard.

    The Kentucky FootballCoaches Associationnamed him Class 4A dis-trict Player of the Year,withadditionalhonorscer-tain to follow.

    He is also an honorablemention all-NKY basket-ball player, who averaged11.2 points and 3.4 re-boundspergame lastyear.He notched big games vs.Seven Hills (29 points),Dixie Heights (23 points)and Bracken County (19points). Houliston is a Na-tional Honor Society stu-dent and is active in com-munity service. His favor-ite athlete is LeBronJames and his most-like-to-meet is Drew Brees.

    Swimming Scott junior Zach

    Major is a returning statequalifier, finishing 21st inthe 100-yard breaststrokeatstate lastseason.Hewasinadvertently left out oflastweekspreviewarticlefor the Eagles.

    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-nior Monica Spritzky, sen-ior Gabrielle Notorgiaco-mo and senior NicholasBoucher. McIntyre was12th in theregionalmeet inboth the 200-yard individ-ualmedley and100 butter-fly. Top newcomers areAbby Bezold and MichaelReynolds. The coach feelsshe has a young teamwitha lot of potential.


    By James [email protected]

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    St. Vincent de Paul volunteers visitthe homes of neighbors in need andexperience the heart-wrenching ef-fects of poverty first hand. When afamily slips into distress, the pain isalmost tangible.

    A mother who lives in a West SideCincinnati neighborhood, worn downby worry because her utility bill is lateand her children are sleeping on thecold floor. An adult man on the brink oftears because his children have noth-ing to eat for dinner in their small cityapartment. An elderly couple, living inan East Side suburb, forced to decidebetween losing their home and fore-going their life-saving prescriptionmedications.

    Our communities have experienceda lot of changes this year: food stampcuts, health care changes, and an econ-omy that seems to be turning aroundfor some, but has left many familiesbehind. We see the direct effects ofthese changes first hand each day, themost devastating being the impact onchildren.

    Christmas is the time of hope, loveand miracles. Thereare few experiences inthe life of a parent thatcan match seeing thejoy and excitement onthe face of your chil-dren opening presentson Christmas morning.But for parents in oneout of five local fam-ilies in the GreaterCincinnati area whoare living in poverty,Christmas can also be a

    time of hopelessness and despair. Theparents we visit struggle year-round toprovide not only the basic necessitiesfor their children, but also the sense ofstability and security that is so impor-tant to the well-being and healthy de-velopment of a child. Every day, ourvolunteers visit the homes of parentswho work multiple part-time jobs sothey can keep food on the table, or whohave sold the last of their possessionsso that they can keep the lights on.

    Imagine, then, the pit in the stomachof the parent who, in spite of their bestefforts, has to explain to their childrenwhy Santa Claus wasnt able to make itto their house this year. A Christmaspresent represents so much more thana simple toy. It is a symbol of stabilityin a time of turmoil, of love and joy in atime of crisis. For the child and theparent alike, a Christmas present canmean the difference between hope anddespair.

    When our volunteers deliver gifts tothe homes of neighbors in need, theyare blessed to witness what one act ofkindness can mean to a strugglingfamily. A child giggling with joy asthey bounce on their new bed, a moth-er with tears streaming down her faceas her childrens Christmas gifts arecarried into her home, a family gath-ered together on Christmas morningwith hope for a brighter new year.

    You can inspire hope and make lovegrow in the hearts of a family in needthis Christmas by:

    Supporting Food From the Heartthe next time you visit a local Kroger.Ask your child to pick out their favor-ite non-perishable food and place it inthe barrel at the door.

    Making a donation in honor of aloved one this Christmas. A gift of $100will provide a bed for a child sleepingon the floor. A donation of $50 willprovide gifts for a child this Christ-mas.

    Visit or call859-446-7723 to make a donation orlean more.

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

    Helping caninspire joyand love


    As early as 1800, the KentuckyLegislature set aside unassignedtracts of Kentucky land in support ofeducation in the counties.

    Boone County was assigned some4,500 acres in what is now the Cum-berland Lake region of Kentucky.Justices of Boone County acquired asite near the Burlington Cemetery,presumably with funds from the saleof part of the 4,500acres. They foundedBurlington Seminaryon the BullittsvilleRoad north of town. Itwas a two-roomframe building in abeech grove. Schoolwas held there asearly as 1819 and wassupported in part bytuition.

    When Allen Mor-gan died intestatein 1841, his estatewas sold and theproceeds turnedover to the BooneCounty Academy.The name waschanged to Mor-gan Academy.

    In those days,the school termlasted for fivemonths startingOctober 1, in deference to the agrari-an character and needs of BooneCounty. In 1849, tuition was listed as$13 for the higher branches; $10 forChemistry, Surveying etc. Eightdollars got you English grammarwhile $5 was for the PrimaryBranches. There was to be an extra,unstipulated charge for fuel. Anexplosion of the steamer Readstone in1852 at Ghent claimed the life of anearly teacher, Periander Scott.

    In the 1850s, trustees elected to usemaintenance funds on the old buildingtoward a new, brick structure, whichwas 60 feet by 30 feet with two roomson the first floor and a large one on

    the second. It was completed 1858. Itdid well for a number of years, serv-ing prominent Boone County familiesand others in Indiana and Ohio. Dur-ing this period, the academy usuallyhoused 75 to 80 students. Shortfall insustaining itself caused sale of theremaining land grants and the monieswere used for maintenance and up-grade of facilities.

    Presumably lack of students andtheir tuition caused the academy toclose in the 1870s. Scattered interests,publicized through The Boone CountyRecorder, spurred the trustees toaction and the facility was back inoperation by the 1880s. Tuition wasbetween $12.50 and $15 dependingupon choices.

    In 1888 Professor Henry NewtonandMiss N. T. Arnold were the in-structors at the Morgan Academy.Newton was popularly supposed to beJohnWilkes Booth, the man who shotLincoln. The fact that he was an ex-

    cellent revolver shot and had a crip-pled foot lent support to their suppo-sitions. William Conrads book TheHistory of Boone County Schools,says the trustees could find no basisfor the rumor. However, MorganAcademy soon closed regardless andwas torn down to build a barn for theoriginal owners. The site is now sim-ply a grassy spot on the corner ofBullittsville Road and TemperateStreet, just south of the Old Burling-ton Cemetery.

    Tom Schiffer is a member of the Boone Coun-ty Historic Preservation Review Board.The Boone County Historic PreservationReview Board meets at 4 p.m. the secondThursday of most months. Meetings are opento the public. For more information aboutHistoric Preservation in Boone County con-tact the Review Board at 859-334-2111 orhttp://[email protected] TheReview Board is online

    The Morgan AcademyFirst school nearBurlington in 1819

    School was held in he Morgan Academy, on Bullittsville Road north of Burlington, asearly as 1819.PROVIDED


    At this time of year, manyof us find ourselves moredeeply in prayer. Interced-ing for lost loved ones, pray-ing for the healing of a sickfriend, and pleading withGod to take us to the nextlevel in our walk with him.

    Yet, when our prayersseem to go unanswered, wecan easily become discour-aged. Could it be that there issomething missing in my prayerlife? Possibly. Often our prayers arenothing more than a long list of re-quests sent up to God with a shortthank you, youre the best (if youanswer my prayers) at the end.

    As the parent of a pre-teen andtwo other children who are keenlyaware that Christmas is a less than aweek away, its been a long timesince a conversation around thishouse hasnt started with, You knowwhat I really want for Christmas?What joy it would bring me if one ofthem approached either their fatheror me with genuine gratitude ontheir lips, Mom, Dad, I truly appre-ciate the way you have taken care ofus this year. The many ways youprovided for our family, encouragedus, loved on us, and forgave us whenwe messed up. Even if it followedwith, Now, you know what I really

    want for Christmas? myhusband and I would be overthe moon.

    At least then we wouldknow that they have somesense of the fact that it ishard work to care for andraise a family. I think Godmust feel the same way. Hewants more than a list ofwhat I want and need. (Healready knows, by the way.)

    He wants a heartfelt conversation;proof that I am reflecting on who Iam in him, realizing the awesomepower that he holds, and completelyreleasing myself and my burdens tohis care.

    Recently I came across someprinciples for effective intercession,written by Charles Stanley. Stanleyshares how we can be more effec-tive in our prayers for self and lovedones:

    If we want our prayers to beeffective, they must flow from aheart that is in step with God. I mustconfess any sin and bitterness I amharboring and ask God to give methe compassion, love and forgive-ness for others that he so easilyshares with me.

    Pray that God will reveal yourloved ones deepest needs, so thatyou can intercede effectively. We

    sometimes assume we know whatanother person needs. But Godknows best.

    Persevere. Endure in your pray-er life, my friend. And if/when youdo become discouraged believe thewords of James 5:15, 16; And theprayer of faith will save the sick,and the Lord will raise him up. Andif he has committed sins, he will beforgiven. Confess your trespassesone to another, and pray for oneanother, that you may be healed. Theeffective, fervent prayer of a righ-teous man avails much.

    Julie House is the founder of Equipped Min-istries, a Christ-centered health and wellnessprogram with a focus on weight loss. She canbe reached at 859-802-8965 or on

    A prayer for Christmas


    As the parent of a pre-teenand two other children whoare keenly aware thatChristmas is a less than aweek away, its been a longtime since a conversationaround this house hasntstarted with, You knowwhat I really want forChristmas?


    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. 20Art & Craft ClassesLittle Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30p.m., The Lively Learning Lab,7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10,Learn basic skills including finemotor skills, social skills, reading,dancing, music, science andarts/crafts. Ages -1-1. $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

    EducationHomeschool Club, 12:30-1:30p.m., The Lively Learning Lab,7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10,Discuss/plan courses for winter2014. Activities, crafts andgames available for students. Allhomeschool families welcome.Free. 859-371-5227. Florence.

    ExhibitsVerbumDomini Exhibit, 10a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum,2800 Bullittsburg Church Road,Verbum Domini, The Word ofthe Lord, is made up of acouple dozen Bible-relateditems in an exhibit that cele-brates Gods word throughoutthe ages. Daily exhibit. $29.95ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 andup, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4and under. 800-778-3390; Invasion Exhibit, 10a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum,2800 Bullittsburg Church Road,Portico. Come face-to-face withtales of dragons from all overthe world. View artwork andother adornments strollingbeneath Chinese dragons. Learnabout encounters with thesebeasts from China to Africa,Europe to the Americas andAustralia to the Middle East.Discover what ancient historianshave written about these crea-tures, and examine armamentsthat may have been used byvaliant dragon slayers. Dailyexhibit. $29.95 ages 13-59,$23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under.800-778-3390; Petersburg.Dr. Crawleys Insectorium, 10a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum,2800 Bullittsburg Church Road,Near Palm Plaza and downstairsfrom Dinosaur Den. Learninteresting facts, such as, not allinsects are bugs, but all bugs areinsects. Collection represents alifetime of collecting by Dr.Crawley. With an animatronicperson, named Dr. Arthur Pod,who answers many questionsabout insects. Daily exhibit.Included with admission: $29.95ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 andup, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4and under. 800-778-3390;

    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, 1

    Levee 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.

    Karaoke and OpenMicFriday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314,7704 Dixie Highway, Karaokeand dance. Ages 21 and up.Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

    Literary - LibrariesFun Time After Hours (middleand high school), 6 p.m.,Florence Branch Library, 7425U.S. 42, Wear your favoritecostume. Games, snacks, moviesand more. 859-342-2665. Flor-ence.Mahjong, 1 p.m., SchebenBranch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Allskill levels welcome. 859-342-2665. Union.

    Music - BluegrassComet Bluegrass All-Stars, 7p.m., Boone County Main Li-brary, 1786 Burlington Pike,Free. Presented by Boone Coun-ty Public Library. 859-342-2665.Burlington.

    RecreationFamily Fun Night, 6-10 p.m.,The Lively Learning Lab, 7500Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Stu-dents learn arts/crafts, dance,music and more. Ages 4-14. $20.859-371-5227. Florence.

    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.

    SUNDAY, DEC. 22Holiday - 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.

    MONDAY, DEC. 23Art & Craft ClassesLittle Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30p.m., The Lively Learning Lab,$15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

    Holiday - 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.

    Literary - LibrariesGentle Yoga, 6 p.m., BooneCounty Main Library, 1786Burlington Pike, Learn basicpostures and flows. $25. Pre-sented by Boone County PublicLibrary. 859-342-2665. Burling-ton.Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone CountyMain Library, 1786 BurlingtonPike, Hatha Yoga postures. $25.Presented by Boone CountyPublic Library. 859-342-2665.Burlington.In the Loop, 10 a.m., FlorenceBranch Library, 7425 U.S. 42,Knit or crochet in relaxed,friendly company. Learn for firsttime or pick up new tricks.859-342-2665. Florence.Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben BranchLibrary, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union.


    No School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6p.m., The Lively Learning Lab,7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10,Art, crafts, music and games.Ages 3-14. $30. Registrationrequired. Through Jan. 1. 859-371-5227. Florence.

    TUESDAY, DEC. 24Exercise ClassesZumba Fitness, 7:15-8 p.m., FullBody Yoga, 7500 OakbrookRoad, $50 for 10 classes, $7 dropin. 859-640-9055. Florence.

    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.

    Literary - LibrariesBridge, noon-3 p.m., SchebenBranch Library, 8899 U.S. 42,Open play. Presented by Flor-ence Branch Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

    WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25Merry Christmas

    THURSDAY, DEC. 26Exercise ClassesSombo/Russian Judo, 6:30-8p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church,3140 Limaburg Road, Down-stairs. Ages 6-adult. LearnRussian art of self-defense andhow to fall properly to preventinjury. Ages 6-. $85 per year.Presented by Sombo Joe. 859-609-8008. Hebron.

    Holiday - 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;

    Literary - LibrariesBridge, noon-3 p.m., SchebenBranch Library, 859-342-2665.Union.Yoga, 6:15-7 p.m., SchebenBranch Library, 8899 U.S. 42,Suitable for all levels. $25 permonth. 859-342-2665. Union.

    Zumba, 6 p.m., Walton BranchLibrary, 21 S. Main St., Latin-inspired, calorie-burning work-out. $5. 859-342-2665.Walton.

    RecreationAerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Loco-motion on the Levee, 1 LeveeWay, Work on core bodystrength and endurance and useaerial equipment for workout.Rigorous course suitable for allfitness levels. Ages 18 and up.$15. Presented by CincinnatiCircus Company. 513-921-5454; School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6p.m., The Lively Learning Lab,$30. Registration required.859-371-5227. Florence.

    FRIDAY, DEC. 27Holiday - 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;

    Karaoke and OpenMicFriday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314,Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

    Literary - Libraries

    Mahjong, 1 p.m., SchebenBranch Library, 859-342-2665.Union.

    RecreationNo School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6p.m., The Lively Learning Lab,$30. Registration required.859-371-5227. Florence.

    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;

    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.


    The Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation presentsquare-dance lessons, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at Promenade Palace, 3630Decoursey 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, onceagain, my latest clone ofWilliams-Sonoma pepper-mint bark. After all, my

    recipe lastyear wasexcellent,and thedifferencethis year isthat I usedpremiumbar choco-lates onlyandtweakedthe recipe

    a tiny bit. Well, Ive beengetting lots of requestsfor this special barkalready, so Im takingcreative license and shar-ing what I now call mylatest and greatest. And,I might add, my very lastrecipe for this treat!

    However you cele-brate, I hope each of youhas the best holiday sea-son. Remember, the bestthings in life arentthings.

    Ritas ultimate cloneof Williams-Sonomapeppermint bark2013

    Use the best qualitychocolates and candy (noimitation peppermint inextract or candy) tomake it as close to Wil-liams-Sonoma as pos-sible. As mentioned, Iused the highest qualitybar chocolates, which Ichopped. Whether youuse bars or morsels, readlabels. The semi-sweetchocolate should be realchocolate, not chocolate-flavored.

    The first two ingredi-

    ents in white chocolateshould be sugar and co-coa butter. No palm, palmkernel or coconut oil ifyou want it to be likeWilliams-Sonoma. Theseoils may be a culprit forlayers sometimes notbonding, resulting inseparation.

    That doesnt mean youcant make wonderfulbark with whatever choc-olate fits your budget. Ialso have more barkrecipes on my blog, asingle-layer one for kidsand a three-layer one.

    Prep pan:Line a cookie sheet

    with one piece of foil,about 10 inches by 12inches. Or do the same ina 9-inch by 13-inch pan.

    First layer:

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

    1 teaspoon peppermintextract

    Use a double boiler ifyou have one, or put 114cups chocolate in heat-proof bowl. Set oversaucepan that has 1 inchof steaming water, mak-ing sure bowl does nottouch water. (This is amakeshift double boiler).Heat should be turned tolow so no steam/waterescapes into chocolate,which can turn it grainy.Stir until chocolate isalmost melted but stillhas a few lumps, thenremove bowl and stir inremaining chocolate untilsmooth. Stir in extractand pour onto foil,spreading evenly. Let setat room temperature orin refrigerator until hard.

    Second layer:

    234 cups white chocolate,divided into 214 and 12 cupmeasures

    12 teaspoon peppermintextract

    14 to 13 cup crushedpeppermint candy, sievedto remove tiny particles

    Put 214 cups whitechocolate in clean bowland repeat process formelting, stirring in re-

    maining chocolate afterremoving bowl. Stir inextract. Let cool a bit.Pour over chocolate lay-er and spread.

    Finishing with candy:Sprinkle candy and

    gently press into choco-late. Let set at room tem-perature or in refriger-ator until hard. Peel barkoff foil and break or cutinto pieces. If its been in

    the refrigerator, let it sitout a bit so its easy tobreak or cut. Store inrefrigerator.

    Note: If you melt choc-olates in microwave,check frequently as theycan turn grainy and burneasily.

    Classic macaronisalad

    For Celia, a DelhiTownship reader, whowants to make this along-side her holiday ham. Ihad the recipe for yearsand misplaced it. Some-times we added shrimpto it, too, she said. Go totaste on ingredients.

    Salad:Mix together:

    8 oz Muellers Small ElbowMacaroni, cooked andcooled

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

    Dressing:Combine and pour

    over cooled pasta. Youmay not need all of it, soadd half, taste, and addmore if you like.

    2 tablespoons preparedmustard

    2 teaspoons sugar14 cup cider vinegar or moreto taste

    112 cups mayonnaise

    Chill before serving.To add shrimp: Add 12

    pound cooked smallshrimp to salad.

    Can you help?Chick-fil-As apple

    cider dressing for AmyM. who loves the dress-ing and hopes someonecan clone it or sharesomething similar. Mar-zetti used to carry a simi-lar one, but discontinuedit, she said.

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

    Rita shares latest clone of peppermint bark

    RitaHeikenfeldRITAS KITCHEN

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


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