6 neighborhoodsponsors Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodsponsors 7 This section has been created to give you easier access when searching for a trusted neighborhood vendor and service provider to use. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the businesses sponsoring the Hertiage INSURANCE PAINTING REAL ESTATE TRANSPORTATION & HOMEfront. Kathy Carroll Anne Tabor Painting Jean Raga- Sibcy Cline TAXI (513) 543-3220 (513) 266-3412 (513) 677-1830 All Around Taxi These local businesses are proud to partner with your neighborhood and make this newsletter possible. Please support these businesses and thank (513) 894-8500 them for supporting Heritage Club! State Farm- Meinberg Extravagant Painting Madeline Hoge-Sibcy Cline (513) 891-0100 (513) 615-0813 (513) 659-0095 TRAVEL AGENCY Cruise Holidays of West Chester INTERIOR DESIGN Market Ready Home Services Sandra Peters - Comey Shepherd (513) 777-5970 D.J. Designs (513) 289-9231 (513) 300-2518AUTO DEALERSHIP CARPET CLEANING The Fitness Store HEATING & AIR (513) 539-8550 TUTORING / COLLEGEPerformance Lexus Sure Clean Carpet Cleaning, Inc. (513) 891-3888 CONDITIONING PEDIATRIC REMODELING / HOME PREP(513) 677-0177 (513) 754-0123 Thomas & Galbraith JEWELRY Liberty Sharonville Pediatrics IMPROVEMENT Huntington Learning Center FLOORING (513) 825-6805 Yeltons Fine Jewelry (513) 563-0044 Neals Design Remodel (513) 489-5777AUTOMOTIVE BODY Widmers Market Ready Home Services (513) 860-1750 (513) 489-7700REPAIR (513) 321-7600 (513) 289-9231 HOME SERVICES PHOTOGRAPHY WEB SITE DESIGNWest Chester Autobody Contents Management LANDSCAPING June Webb Photography Pendery Construction De Novo Dezign(513) 777-3857 CATERING GARAGE MAKEOVERS (513) 505-8929 McKenzie Lawn & Landscape (513) 746-1810 (513) 965-9393 (513) 886-7010 At Your Service Garage Storage and More (513) 353-3046BALLOON & PARTY (513) 847-4584 (513) 779-3400 HOME THEATER The Creative Light Studio deStefano Brothers Remodeling WEIGHT LOSS/SUPPLIES SYSTEMS LAWN CARE/ (513) 265-6001 (513) 755-7471 NUTRITIONParty Discounters CHIROPRACTIC GARDEN CENTER Cincinnati Home Theater MAINTENANCE Advanced Wellness(513) 755-6974 Delta Chiropractic Berns Landscaping (513) 791-4663 6 Reasons Lawn Care PLUMBING SERVICES RESTAURANT (719) 510-6309 (513) 398-2000 (513) 217-2042 (513) 777-4700 Fox Plumbing LLC Jags Steak & SeafoodBANKING Hanson Audio Video (513) 259-0699 (910) 860-5353 WINE SHOPFirst Financial bank Live Well Chiropractic Center GRANITE/MARBLE/ (937) 293-6200 LIFE INSURANCE Little Sonoma Fine Wines(513) 234-7100 (513) 285-7482 NATURAL Western & Southern Life PRESCHOOL ROOFING (513) 942-9463 STONE HOTEL (513) 282-2181 Creative Tots CONTRACTORSPeoples First Savings Bank FINANCIAL SERVICES Cincinnati Stone Works Wingate by Wyndham (513) 770-6776 Fasten Pro Roofing(513) 398-1040 Edward Jones, Bill Lendl (513) 777-7090 (513) 777-1101 MASSAGE (513) 774-9495 (513) 777-5555 Massage Envy - West Chester Primrose of MasonBEAUTY SALON HANDYMAN AND HOUSE CLEANING (513) 779-7444 (513) 336-6756 SALONExquisite Beauty Spa Harvest Financial Advisors REMODELING Maid Pro Lunatic Fringe(513) 779-0343 (513) 779-3030 SERVICES (513) 878-0280 NAIL SALON The Goddard School (513) 795-1542 Handyman Connection Venetian (513) 398-2777BUSINESS COACHING FITNESS (513) 733-3777 INSULATION (513) 770-0799 SPORTINGFocal Point Coaching Pilates Cycling of Mason Ray St. Clair Roofing PRIVATE SCHOOL EQUIPMENT(937) 572-2368 (513) 428-1129 HEALTH & HOME (513) 874-1234 Mars Hill Academy Kathys Tennis Boutique Angela Henry (513) 770-3223 (513) 755-2387 (513) 258-3455
8 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront 9 Crime StoppersThe accompanying table shows a breakdown of police activity report any suspicious activity that we see to the Mason policefor the one month period beginning November 16, 2011 and (925-2525).ending December 15, 2011. This summary is compiled fromMason Police incident logs. This report does not cover residents of the Woods, as their subdivi- sion is outside the jurisdiction of the Mason Police Department.There again was minor police activity within our neighbor-hoods. Nevertheless, we should continue to be vigilant and “If you must leave your car outside a locked garage, take care to remove any valuables at night.” – Mason Police NOVEMBER 16, 2011 THROUGHT DECEMBER 15, 2011 Theft, Criminal Traffic Crash, Suspicious Extra Alarm Drops and Area Damage No Injury Activity Patrols Other Ross Pod 1 - 1 1 1 Heritage Club Pod - - - 1 6 Maxwell Pod - - - - 10 Colt Pod - - - - 1 Braid Lane 1 - - - 1 The Woods* Total 2 - 1 2 19 * The Mason Police Department does not tabulate incidents in The Woods. Can you name everything in your home? What would you do Create PEACE OF MIND with a Home Inventory if your home had What is Home Inventory? A prepared list which includes detailed descriptions & photographs Exquisite water damage, of the personal Property located in and around your home. Beauty Spa Long Lasting a major fire or a burglary? Shellac Service Available Natural Nail Care Nail Enhancements Where Beauty Begins Skin Care Facial We accept Waxing competitor’s coupons Signature Manicure & Pedicure 10% OFF 513-505-8929 39.00 Any Service www.ahomeinventoryservice.com • firstname.lastname@example.org Not valid with other o ers Not valid with other o ers A home fire is reported every 76 seconds Ensure Larger, Faster and More Accurate Insurance Claims 7602 Voice of America Center Dr. • West Chester 1 out of 6 homes will be burglarized this year. 779-0343 • www.exquisitebeautyspa.com
out10 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 11Shout save DateCONGRATULATIONS TO… theMason Hoge, son of Madeline and Tom Hoge of MorrisCourt, a freshman at Ohio Wesleyan. His soccer team won the He will be playing for Head Coach Brian Lane and Assistant Coach Matthew Martin at Transylvania University starting in Important Heritage Clubnational championship, Division III College, in San Antonio, September, 2012. HOA WebsitesTX December 2 and 3, 2011. This is the second time in theschools history for Coach Jay Martin who set the all-time Tommy Oswalt, son of Sue and John Oswalt, a June graduate May 14, 2012 tinyurl.com/hcpropertydocuments -record for number of wins (608) by a coach in all divisions. of the University of Connecticut, who will be taking a job with The Dragonfly Foundations second annual Golf Event Takes you to the Heritage Club Property Documents folder Ceasars Casino in Las Vegas. For information please contact Ria@DavidsonCER.com Casey Gilligan, a tinyurl.com/hcforms - Moeller senior, was WELCOME TO… May 19, 2012 Takes you to the Forms folder recently accepted Lunch at the Links V, a benefit for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to Transylvania Rick and Peggy Stepien and their three sons who have become For information please contact email@example.com tinyurl.com/hchomefront - University in Lex- new residents of Maxwell Drive Takes you to the past magazine issues ington, KY. He will be a member of the Bryan and Amy Fallis of Maxwell Drive tinyurl.com/hchomeservices - To add an event of interest to our residents, please contact Bernadette Hayes Transylvania Mens B.firstname.lastname@example.org Takes you to our service directory Golf Team. Bill and Linda McConnell of Maxwell DriveCasey played JV golf his freshman and sophomore years and CONDOLENCES TO…Varsity his junior and senior years for Coach Bohne. He washonored by the coach in receiving the "Hammer Award" Teresa and Brian Young and their family. Teresas father died(always being able to count on his score), the Captains Award, in December, 2011.the prestigious "William Bohne Crusader Award," and the"Crusader Major Monogram Award in Golf." Casey also wasnamed to the GCL All-League Golf Team.
Vast World12 Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 13 Small People in a Written by Sue McCafferty There are many reasons why people travel: to challenge themselves; to try new experiences; to immerse themselves in a new culture; to relax; or to visit Sue and Dan in Zurich. We were very excited to host the Boeses and Arands at our home in Switzerland and show them around the Zurich area. Their visit also allowed Dan to demonstrate his sommelier skills each evening. Although he was delayed in arriving one night, his guests swiftly forgave him once the wine started to flow. Windsor Castle After their very long day of travel, we welcomed our guests to Zurich has a population of only 300,000 and is much smaller our flat that overlooks Lake Zurich. We indulged them with than you would imagine seeing that it holds vast amounts of fresh baked croissants and coffee and headed out to enjoy the worldwide wealth within its private banks. It is also home to sights. continued...
14 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 15...continuedsome very expensive cars, as Art and John traditional dish of Zurich. It is not a friendquickly noticed. to your heart as it is poached veal and mushrooms in whipping cream accompa-It was a very cloudy day and you could not nied by rosti potatoes.see the Alps in the distance. We startedin a beautiful park that surrounds the lake We spent Sunday lounging over breakfastand walked into the Aldstat (Old Town) and then headed to a small town calledto enjoy the charm of the older city that Rapperswil. Most stores are closed onis unburdened by cars and city noise. We Sundays but we knew that we could walktoured the shops and churches and stopped around the 12th century castle and enjoyfor a famous veal bratwurst and a beer that a relaxing lunch of beer and pizza. Afteris traditional street food in Switzerland. that, another relaxing stroll through ourJohn, the perfect gentleman, would try to neighborhood was enjoyed. It is custom-open the shop doors for us as we entered ary in Switzerland to spend Sundays John and Carol Boes, JoAnn and Art Arand waiting for the Changing of the Guard at John Boes, Art and JoAnn Arand with Carol Boes in the London Eye.but he had a very difficult time mastering relaxing with your family. Don’t think Buckingham Palace.that doors opening inwards instead of out- that you are going to get your yard workwards in Switzerland. Is that because of the done as it is against the law to run loud After we relentlessly teased Carol about Queen return our requests for tea? Oh, she into having tea at the Crooked Housesnow? Who knows? equipment on Sunday. That night we took her fear of heights, she agreed to go on The is in Australia -- that explains it. I really in Windsor. Everyone was happy to get Carol and John Boes taking their shift at Windsor a short walk from our apartment to a fon- London Eye. The sun was shining brightly wanted to see the Changing of the Guard back on the train and take a break. It had Castle.Art, being of German descent, could due restaurant owned by a lovely Swiss and we enjoyed a panoramic view of the at Buckingham Palace. As the band was been a long week of fun-filled sightsee-decipher some words in German but woman who was so proud to share her city. It was worth every pound to see the playing in the courtyard, Art leaned into ing. We enjoyed our dinner that nightwas totally baffled by the Swiss-German Swiss culture with our guests. We even that it costs you. JoAnn discovered this in city and pick out the sights. JoAnn took us and said, “Isn’t that the theme music to in an English pub and talked about thelanguage spoken in northern Switzer- enjoyed a couple of bottles of Swiss red Lucerne as she tried to use the toilet next the opportunity to take pictures from high Raiders of the Lost Arc?” It was, and then the pleasures of traveling while enjoying theland. As we approached the Limmiquai, wine and shared a bubbling pot of fon- to the Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument). above. After Carol’s initial fear, she got off band went on to play the theme music from most delicious fish and chips.we decided to take advantage of the few due. Swiss wine??? Yes, it is not exported Every tour bus stops at this popular site. the bench and joined us in picking out the many American movies. We were very con-free public restrooms. There was quite a because they drink everything that they She spied a restroom sign and jumped buildings and talking with the locals. Con- fused by this as we were expecting to hear One thing that you learn when you travel isbit of hilarity about toilet seats, proving make. She made us feel like we were wel- in, then leapt out faster than going in. “I gratulations, Carol! God Save the Queen and Rule Britannia. how young America is and how enormoussoap but no water to rinse it off with, and comed into her home. don’t care how much it costs to pee in this it is. Switzerland’s history dates back to thetrying to avoid being flushed away as the country, I am willing to pay!” The women We spent a busy four days in London We enjoyed a traditional English beef 12th century. London’s history dates backbathroom cleans itself after each use. Our days in Switzerland were very cloudy get to pay two francs and have the privacy taking in the sights. We marveled at the dinner at Simpson in the Strand and over 2,000 years and has been peppered and you could not see the mountains of a spotlessly clean cubicle. The men, on Parliament buildings, Big Ben housed in went to the theatre in Piccadilly Circus. with triumph and enormous tragedy. EveryAn Italian tour guide was explaining to her in the distance. I was very upset by this the other hand, get to pay 1,50 CF to go St. Stephen’s tower, we toured Westmin- We encountered protesters camped out at country does the basics a little differentlygroup, at great length, about the park. I felt because I wanted our guests to see the to the “pissor” or pay the full two CF to ster Abbey and saw 10 Downing Street. St. Paul’s. Just after we toured the cathe- and the food is based on local ingredientsrather inferior in my role as I explained that natural beauty of the Alps. We were use a stall. We learned about all of the King Hen- dral and climbed to the highest point, the and years of tradition. You grow by learn-it was a park built in the 12th century high headed to Lucerne and raced for the rys, King Georges, Queen Victorias and authorities decided to close the cathedral ing about the world and all that it has toabove the city to protect its residents. The precise Swiss train to get us there. We (Oh my gosh, the sun is breaking through Queen Elizabeths and many, many more due to the protesters -- only the second offer. After a few beers, we decided that weItalian guide had a lot more to say than I enjoyed the pastoral views along the way. the cloud cover. I dragged Carol and John royal ancestors. They were not very nice time it has been closed since WWII. would love to travel while we are still youngdid. What was she saying? We headed to Lucerne is known for the covered bridge back over the bridge to get a look at the people. We discovered that the Beefeaters enough to enjoy it. We will need to takethe famous Bahnhofstrasse to gawk at the that crosses the River Reusse and the Alps. You could see them in a faint out- at the Tower of London have no idea why One of our favorite excursions was tak- John with us though, because he has theover- priced items in the windows. Who beautiful painted buildings. We grabbed line but now they will know to come back they are called Beefeaters. ing the train out to Windsor Castle and Torch app on his iPhone that we all neededknew that you could buy Swiss watches sandwiches at a take-away and then and visit because the mountains do exist!) seeing the town and the castle itself. It is to read the menus and sort through ourcheaper in the U.S? You can buy everything headed outside to sit at the table to eat We know all about Winston Churchill’s still a working castle and the church still coins to pay at the end of our night. We hadcheaper in the U.S. for that matter. After them. Apparently, you don’t get to sit at a Off to London for the next leg of our life. But we also wanted to know where holds services every week. There was a better get going because signs of age arewatching the protesters at the Paradaplatz table if you get take-away (that is why it trip. After getting over the fright of our Kate entered the Abbey and how she large fire in 1992 that did extensive dam- beginning.we went to the best chocolate shop (called is called take-away). This became obvious taxi driver driving on the left-hand side walked down the aisle. Where was Diana age to the interior. We were able to seeSprungli) to see if we could afford anything as a waiter glared at us and continued to of the road, we enjoyed the sights as we Spencer buried? This is current history and the rooms that had been destroyed and There is so much to see in this vast world.there. Gifts for family were purchased and wipe the tables beside us. traveled to our hotel. We saw Tower we wanted to know. The guides seemed less then beautifully restored to their original I hope that I can continue to enjoy for achampagne truffles were enjoyed. We ended Bridge, the Tower of London, The Lon- than amused by our repetitive questions grandeur. Though we enjoyed lunch at a very long time.our day with a great Swiss-style meal of You have to pay for a clean toilet in places don Eye, Parliament, Big Ben and West- but they graciously obliged. Why didn’t the very cute pub, I couldn’t talk the crowdbeer and zurcher geschnetzeltes that is the in Switzerland. It is worth every franc minster Abbey.
16 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront 17Join Us For a Kindervelt sOciAl event – WeddingHave A Heart For Childrens Hospital SurpriseThe Heritage HOMEfront has teamed up with Kindervelt 19 to provide a fun night out to support researchat Children’s Hospital. Before you give your heart away on Valentine’s Day, share it with your sweetheartto support Childrens Hospital. It will be a night with great people, good food and wine and a love forresearch at Childrens Hospital. at Heritage ClubThe Event will be Wednesday February 9th at 7 pm. There will be wine provided by Little Sonoma FineWines and Gourmet Food. At Your Service Catering will provide heavy hors doeuvres. The hosts will beDebbie and Jerry Wagner on 4716 Maxwell Drive. Jeff vAugHn was married recently in a surprise wedding at Heritage Club. He and his fiancée, Lindsay Cole, sent invitations for a send-off party and surprised even their parents with a minister, singer, cake, etc. on Octo-Please RSVP, as space is limited. We will start a wait list when the event is full. There is no cost to attend ber 8. Heartfelt congratulations to Lindsay and Jeff and a warm welcome to her from all of the neighbors.this event but we are recommending a minimum $20 donation per person.We look forward to enjoying an evening out with you! RSVP to email@example.com or 513.846.4606. Providing Insurance and Financial Services Home Office, Bloomington, Illinois 61710 George W. Meinberg Agent, Heritage Club Resident 9400 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-891-0100 firstname.lastname@example.org
18 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 19Ladies, How About a Night for You?Come relax with a FREE night Hostess Becky Staples by her Living Room Mantleout at the brand new salonlunAtic fringe. Kindervelt 19 News Janet Potts and Hostess Becky Staples Madeline Hoge delighted with the sushi set and SueIt will be a fun night with some neigh- WHere: lunAtic fringe sAlOn Space is limited, so RSVP soon if you Oswalt, equally delighted to have unloaded it after living in three countries.bors getting all dolled up! They will be 7033 Yankee Road, Liberty Township, plan on attending! We will start a waitproviding champagne, free shampoo and OH 45044 list when all the spot are filled. RSVP tostyle, make-up application from Jane Ire- 513.720.1320 email@example.com, and chair massages. There will also "The members of Kindervelt 19 (basedbe swag bags of goodies to take home. WHen: Monday, February 20th from at Heritage Club) and their friends cel- 6 – 9:00 pm ebrated the holidays at Becky StaplesCostco will provide food for everyone home (fondly known as the clubhouse)while we get pampered! and were treated to lots of eye candy. Becky has dressed up her house for Thank You and Farewell… Christmas in a big way -- fifteen trees, Diane Juenger, Linda Randolph, Denise Lynde, and Past President Kathy Francis presenting $1,000 check from each of which she decorates by herself -- Debbie Wagner Sams Club to help sponsor Lunch at the Links V to Becky along with five mantels and several other Staples, secretary and Michelle Moran, president. points of interest in her lovely home. HerA Special husband Rick and their two sons, Sam and Koby, appreciate her designers eye and the spectacular results she produces for them and the familys friends. BeckyIt’s been 20 months since the beginning of the HOMEfront official HOME- also does Halloween and Easter big-timemagazine and we need to extend a huge thank you to Rita front coordinator. at the Staples home.Armentrout. Her involvement and coordination of the HOME- We wanted to Michelle Moran and Joan Graham Amy Mueller and Julie Wilson, guest Carol Hammons looking quite at party. pleased with her white elephant gift. Another highlight of the evening camefront has made our community publication what it is today. take a momentShe has been the driving force behind most of the content you to officially and when Kathy Francis, past president ofhave read every month. Some of you have known Rita for years, publicly thank Kindervelt, presented an early Christmaswhile others may have met her for the first time when she took Rita for all her gift to the group in the form of a checkpictures of your “precious pet" or when she asked you to be fea- help and contri- from Sams Club to help sponsor the nexttured or to submit an article. Either way, we can all definitely butions over the Lunch at the Links.acknowledge her impact on our magazine. last two years. We are grateful Besides the finger foods provided by theRita and Gene have decided to “downsize” into a home in Four for all you have membership, all enjoyed the white ele-Bridges. Since she has not gone too far, we may still hear from done and wish phant gift exchange -- some more thanher from time to time, but she has decided to step down as the you and Gene all the best in your new home. others, as you can see from the photos. Janet Potts, Rita Keim and Pat Gastreich at Kindervelt Rita Keim, Denise Lynde, Michelle Moran, Amy Muel- 19 Holiday Party. ler, Debbie Wagner admiring one of Becky Staples four- teen Christmas trees.
20 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 21 Maxwell/Raynor Holiday PartyNews from the Teresa and Brian Young hosted the entire holiday party thisHeritage Club year at their home on Maxwell Drive. Everybody brought finger foods -- appetizers, dinner-by-the bite items, desserts and/or wine -- and their party attitude. New neighbors were welcomed; new pod directories were available for the takingHeritage Club Holiday Party (thanks to Tim Reisinger); and a good time was had by all. Chuck Goebel, Rand and Micki Lindsay; Jan and Frank Fu Hostess Teresa Young and her collection of Santa Claus figurines. Holiday Christmas Party at Heritage New residents Amy and Bryan Fallis with Mary Ann Lavery, Richard Caudell, Wayne Heath and Laurel Markley Kathleen Roeder, Sue Smith and Kay Teresa Young Sue McCafferty Hillman Pictured from left to right are Cheryl Menke, Shelly Mattes, Allison Himes, Leslie Veldhuis, Shari Preston and Tami Jenkins.Holiday fun at the Club Gail and Dave Beckett Rick Staples, Jeff Vaughn, Sue and Rich Smith Gary and Kathy Cox Laurel Markley, Wayne Heath, Micki and Rand Lindsay and host Brian YoungHeritage Club Ladies Luncheon - Heritage Clubs Gingerbread Craft Night - Mattes, Kaemmers, andFood and Beverage Manager, Dan Myers, discussed his Rafeys.plans for an enhanced Monthly Ladies Luncheon with Sagid Malhotra, Rita and Gene Armen- Ellen Knott, Amy Fallis, Lindsay Vaughn Randy and Janet Potts with Becky and Brian Young, Chuck Goebel, Teresa andJulie Wilson, Sue McCafferty, Sue Smith, and in front - Santa Brunch - Kennedy Santa Brunch - John, trout, Shalini Malhotra and Denise Hopkins Rick Staples Ashley Young, Diane GoebelMicki Lindsey and Rita Armentrout. Mattes & Grace Menke Kennedy & Margo Mattes
22 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront 23Meet Neighbors…Eat FREE Food… t r y a n e w r e s tau r a n tHave you seen the previous Restaurant Reviews and thought, "maybe we should attend one?"Well, join us at one of West Chester’s newest restaurants, Marlin and Rays Seafood Bar &Grill, for our February Restaurant Review!Consider joining us on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm. The best establishments in the area. In exchange for this FREEfeatured restaurant for this month, Marlin and Rays, is located opportunity to sample the dishes, residents will be asked to pro-at 7701 Voice of America Centre Dr. in West Chester. vide their input regarding the experience. Please note that resi- dents are asked to pay for their own “adult” beverages and provide aWe have limited seating for this event, so please RSVP only if tip of $5 per person for the great service.you are certain you can attend. When all spots are filled, we willstart a wait list in the event that there is a cancellation. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Bernadette at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-846-4606. We must have yourThis is a great opportunity to sample cuisine from some of the RSVP by February 24th
24 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 25Meritage Seeking a Sparkling Spring the process, produces other trace chemical compounds that are "methode champenoise." Generally, avoid bottles marked "Charmat club responsible for the finished product’s complex aromas, flavors Method" or "Bulk Method." By Michael Schiaparelli, Ross Drive and textures. The yeast also releases carbon dioxide as it does its work. But if it gets too cold before the yeast works through A crucial factor is the quality of the grapes from which the wine all the sugar, the process stalls. Winemakers might then bottle is made. Personally, I prefer small-production, estate-bottled their juice with residual sugar and dormant yeast, which will wines made by the folks who farmed the vineyards. These are Many folks pop open cel- in his abbey’s newest wines during the cold winter months. “re-awaken” when the weather warms. In this case, a secondary alliteratively referred to as “farmer fizz” and are a better alterna- ebratory bubbles just twice Assuming they had been ruined, he tentatively tasted the wine fermentation occurs in the bottle, trapping carbon dioxide and tive to the huge-production sparklers (like Moët, Veuve Clic- a year: New Year’s Eve, of to see if it was drinkable. Astonished by the texture and flavor, producing that distinctive spritz. quot) that dominate the market. course, and Valentine’s Day. he excitedly reported to his brethren, “I am tasting stars!” And if you haven’t heard Modern winemakers now know many tricks to control these To taste what I’m talking about without spending a small for- me say it before, that’s a real It makes a nice story, though it’s clearly apocryphal since bub- processes and avoid surprise secondary fermentations – or to tune, celebrate Valentine’s Day (or any day!) with these estate- shame — because Cham- bles have spontaneously developed in some vintages of normally ensure that they occur. bottled, Champagne-quality sparklers from all over Europe: pagne and its international ‘still’ wines for as long as they’ve been bottled. cousins (Cava, Prosecco, It’s important to note that not all bubbles are created in the • Il Follo Prosecco ‘Rustot’ Brut ($15, Italy)Cremant, etc.) are the most versatile wines on the market. In You see, until the mid-19th century, winemakers couldn’t bottle, as were Dom Perignon’s stars. Cheap “sham-pagne” – the • Bott-Geyl Cremant d’Alsace ‘Paul-Edouard’ Brut fact, they’re the perfect everyday default wines when you don’t explain the magic occurring in their cellars. They knew that cer- kind often served (unfortunately) at weddings and banquets – is ($19, France)know what else to serve. tain conditions produced better wines, but they were ignorant of made by injecting carbon dioxide into bulk wine, much as bub- • Raventos i Blanc Cava L’Hereu Brut ($20, Spain) the important role that yeast played in that alchemical process. bles are injected into soda pop. Not surprisingly, you get what • Agrapart et Fils Champagne ‘7 Crus’ Brut Now, there’s a legend about Dom Perignon, a 17th century you pay for, so look for bottles labeled "champagne-method" or ($43, the ‘real’ stuff !)Benedictine monk, who found that bubbles had developed Today, we know that yeast converts sugar into alcohol, and, in A Healthy Home for a Healthier You O ering an economical and ecofriendly lifestyle. Ranging from exceptional cleaners to superior dog treats. See Green. Go Green. Save Green. 513-258-3455 REDESIGN AND HOME STAGING email@example.com Call 513-733-3777 Service you can trust! INTERIOR DESIGN WAREHOUSE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Done Right! 513 539-8550 • WWW.DJDESIGNS4U.COM Done Quick! Guaranteed! 4273 SALZMAN ROAD just 3 miles from the outlet mall off st. rt. 63 monroe ohio See pictures & learn more about us at http://butler-warren.handymanconnection.com
26 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 27 Our Terrific Kids – The Gift of Giving By: Kennedy Mattes Alexis Veldhuis Alexis Veldhuis is a second grader at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. At school, she learned about “OperationLoveable, Adorable Snickers: The Perfect Family Pet Written by Elizabeth McCabe Christmas Child,” a program delivering shoeboxes full of presents to children all aroundOn September 20th last year, Koby and Sam’s lives changed for responsibility. At ages 9 (Koby) and 11 (Sam), Becky felt the the world.the better. Why? They received a gift they had wanted for more time was right. Enter "Snickers," on Sam’s eleventh birthday.than six years. What was this gift? The precious addition of an On November 12, 2011 AlexisAustralian labradoodle to their household. The boys could not Dogs are often referred to as "mans best friend," but Snick- participated in “Operationbe any happier! ers might be described as Becky’s best friend as well. Austra- Christmas Child,” packing lian labradoodles do not shed despite their plush fur, and they Alexis Veldhuis her own shoebox. Alexis findsBecky Staples, the boys’ mother, explains that she wanted to are hypoallergenic, so Becky has been quite pleased with the this program very rewarding, knowing that some child will be verywait to get a dog until the boys were old enough to handle the apricot-colored newest member of the family. He’s “such a good happy to receive her shoebox full of presents for Christmas. Great dog,” and leaves “not a hair anywhere,” she says. job, Alexis -- you have made a big difference in someones life! The Staples family is not the only one to embrace Snickers. Other neighborhood dogs have also welcomed Snickers to Irini Skoufalos his new home. Fortunately, loveable, adorable Snickers makes Ten-year-old Irini Skoufalos friends easily and has won over his new playmates. loves to read and is constantly buying and reading books. At only 20 pounds, Snickers is still growing. The veterinarian Her favorites include those estimates that he will grow to 38 pounds, or almost double his from the Diary of a Wimpy current size. Hopefully, he will still be able to ride in the golf Kid series. According to her cart, which is one his favorite pastimes. mom, Irini occasionally gives books to her friends, and Snickers also likes to go to the school bus stop. All Becky has she has even sold her books to say is “school bus,” and Snickers waits at the door patiently at book sales in front of her to walk down the street with her. Of course, Snickers probably home several times. explore a clean and healthy indoor environment wants to see all the kids at the bus stop. He’s such a friendly dog that people cannot help noticing him and stroking his fur. This past November, during a discussion with her mom about being helpful and thankful in One comical thing that Snickers does is to try gaining traction life, Irini became inspired to do something special with her used Carpet Cleaning • Duct Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning on a tile floor. For this fuzzy friend, it is almost impossible. He books. She gathered them up and decided to take them to the Tile & Grout Cleaning • 24 Hour Emergency Water Removal skids and slides when trying to run for his toys, prancing and Mason Public Library, where she donated them. Irini said, “I Specializing in Pet Odor Removal pouncing all the way. In fact, Snickers finds the floor so slippery thought these books were good so I wanted other kids to read that even when attempting to sit at Becky’s command, his front the good books I had read.” • Free In-Home Consultation Call Now To • 30 Day Guarantee - Best in the Business paws may slide out in front of him. • Appointments To Fit Your Schedule Receive $25.00 Oﬀ Irini is a fifth grader at Mason Intermediate School. In addition to • Insured & Certiﬁed • Family Owned and Operated 754-0123 Be sure to greet him if you see him, for Snickers loves to make being an avid reader, she loves swimming and dancing. She is part • Over 20 Years Experience www.surecleancarpets.com new playmates in the neighborhood. of the Mason swim team and dances at the Mason Dance Center.
28 neighborhoodnews Heritage Homefront February February Heritage Homefront neighborhoodnews 29 evening Book CluB By Trish O’Connor The evening book club delves into the pasts of her characters and does an excellent job discussed Faith by Jennifer of painting the climate of Boston at the time of the scandal, bOOKsHelf Haigh for our November interweaving it all into a believable story. The selection. The character at the center of the conflict is Father Art Breen, Set in Boston in 2002, this and although he is likable enough, the author keeps us guess- story centers on the Cath- ing as to his innocence or guilt. The book provided a lively olic church and the scan- discussion for our group, and although we agreed we wouldDaytime Book CluB dal surrounding priests have appreciated a more in-depth treatment of the subject mat- By Carol Hammons, Tillinghast Court and the sexual abuse of ter, Faith was an enjoyable and quick read, with much food for children. It is a fictional- thought and discussion. The Daytime Book Club pursuit of historical meanings for flowers, she shapes her future ized account of one blue- reviewed THE LAN- as a florist and eventually finds meaningful relationships and collar family and their Our January book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by GUAGE OF FLOWERS by success. This novel was certainly a different story and an enlight- 50-year-old son/brother Rebecca Skloot and Februarys book is The English Patient Vanessa Dieffenbaugh. A ening one. who is a priest accused of by Michael Ondaatje. We meet the third Wednesday of each girl raised in the foster care such abuse. The author month and always welcome new members. system has many experi- Our selection for February is EXTREMELY LOUD AND Standing: Trish OConnor, Rita Armentrout, Julie Wilson, Peg Cotter, Deb- ences in foster homes and INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan S. Foer. The story is about a bie Wagner, Jennifer Zelkind, JoEllen Reynolds, Beth Paradiso and her moth- group homes with problems 9-year-old boy whose father dies in the 9/11 attack. He finds a er, Julie Swoyer and Laurie Ashwell. Seated: Diane Ruzicka, Micki Lindsay, arising from her lack of self- mysterious key that his father has left and goes in search of what- Denise Lynde, Jeanne Reisinger, and Nancy Brosenne. esteem. In what seems to be ever the key unlocks. The search takes him around New York, and a good and loving home for he encounters many individuals with interesting stories. Evening Book Club held its monthly meeting her, she behaves irrationally, Wednesday, 11/16/11, and welcomed three new thus ruining her chances We will be meeting on Wednesday, February 8, for lunch at noon at of remaining there. While the club followed by the discussion. Please join us if you can. members -- Nancy Brosenne, Beth Paradiso, and there, she learns to love and Julie Swoyer. We were also privileged to have Beths appreciate flowers. In her mother as our guest.