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Despite the deprivations, Grateful Life beat jail and it gave addicts time to think. Many took the place and its staff as inspiration. They spent their nights filling notebooks with diary entries, essays on passages from the Big Book, drawings of skulls and heroin-is-the-devil poetry. Hamm rose up the ranks, graduating from barracks-style accommodations with bunk beds and communal showers to semi-private quarters.
He lived on the third floor in a spartan room he shared with another addict. His room was nearly spotless, with a brown comforter smoothed on his small bed and nothing on its pale blue walls but a painting of a horse, which had been salvaged from a Louisville hotel and donated to the facility.
Horse prints seemed to be everywhere at Grateful Life. He filled notebooks with class work based on the step program. During one rehab class in early February focused on vulnerability, another student leader boasted about the strength of his own righteousness in the face of future temptation.
He interrupted the man and began to talk about the limitations of his own faith. We all have these behaviors. By then, Hamm had earned the right to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings off campus. I want to know how he feels, if he feels like he can do it. That spring, a few weeks before Hamm graduated, he seemed relaxed, if tired from long days that now included mentoring new residents. Hamm shed his haunted demeanor. He cut his bangs so they no longer shielded his eyes, and his manner became more direct.
Late one evening, in the second-floor library, Hamm gave a new resident a pep talk. The newbie had detoxed at a separate facility, but during his three-week wait to enter Grateful Life he had relapsed. He was still in an early phase of the program, sleeping in a bunk bed in a communal room, and declaring that being in treatment was the greatest thing ever.
Hamm told the young man that he might not get it yet, but he would eventually. Without his realizing it, the program would suddenly click. And the feeling, Hamm promised, would be worth it. And just, like I said, sit on your hands, man, and watch — watch this. When he finished the Grateful Life program, Hamm could have stayed on as an employee, but he chose not to.
He had already started a landscaping job and lined up a room to share in a sober-living house in nearby Covington. On his first night out of rehab, he stayed up late, too excited to sleep. He kept up with his meetings and the Grateful Life aftercare program. But less than three months into his living on his own, his phone buzzed. An old friend asked if Hamm wanted to get high. Hamm later blamed his relapse on a bad day at work, among other reasons.
Later that night, he attended a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. The next day he shot up the remaining heroin. Hamm took a drug test that weekend, knowing he would fail. A week later, he delivered himself to his probation officer and soon after he was booked into the Campbell County jail. Hamm had begged to be allowed back into the program. Greenwell had turned him down.
He tried to call me personally many times. Unfortunately, I told him he was no longer in our program. He has to call his probation officer. You have to be true to the process. You just have to take accountability for yourself. The bottom line is you got to become a man at some point. Hamm might be able to come back eventually and participate in a shortened version of the program, Greenwell said. But there was a three-month waiting list. Are you the One? In late September, Hamm was transferred back to Grateful Life for another try.
Six years ago, Jason Merrick was one of the first addicts treated by the newly opened Grateful Life facility. After completing the program, he became an employee, and he now works weekend nights. On a Saturday in late March, the stocky year-old sat at the front desk, keeping an eye out for trouble. As residents filtered in after attending off-site NA and AA meetings, the lobby was a blur of faces and not-so-hidden scars. Merrick was like a bouncer, but instead of checking IDs he was checking for any sign of a relapse.
With each attempt, there was only a flicker on the digital readout, maybe just part of a 5, maybe half of a 0. Merrick spoke soothingly to a year-old man who approached the front desk feeling guilt over not being there for his younger brother.
He reprimanded a resident who had recently failed to wake up on time for his morning classes, and ordered him to change into scrubs as punishment. During the week, he will stop by the facility on his days off.
Merrick seems to know the names and backgrounds of all the more than addicts who call Grateful Life home. And he knows how many have failed. In his photo, taken at the facility, he is beaming. He fatally overdosed the day after Merrick expelled him from the program, for doctoring a medical form and showing up high.
Grateful Life was originally set up to treat addicts like Merrick, older guys who did most of their self-destruction with alcohol.
The majority of addicts coming through now are a lot more like Kenny Hamm and Patrick Cagey. As chairman of the Northern Kentucky chapter of People Advocating Recovery, Merrick has advocated for greater access to naloxone, the drug that can revive a heroin overdose victim, tirelessly passed out free naloxone kits, and pressed the medical establishment to start treating addicts with Suboxone.
Such official endorsements are not winning policy debates. None of it is being used on medically assisted treatment. Bartlett thinks one solution to the heroin epidemic might be a mandatory stint in a detox facility. After detox, the defendants would be brought back to his courtroom to discuss further treatment options.
But when it was suggested that detoxing without medication can lead to overdoses, Bartlett came up short. She will not allow Suboxone as part of sentencing options. Thomas is simply following state court policy.
For many addicts, the biggest barrier to being prescribed Suboxone is incarceration. Among the 93 overdose fatalities in Northern Kentucky in , there were a good many who died shortly after leaving jail. Shawn Hopper overdosed three times within three weeks of his release from jail; the third was fatal. Michael Glitz overdosed 10 days after leaving jail. Amanda Sue Watson died of an overdose a week after being transferred from jail to an abstinence-based halfway house. Henry Lee fatally overdosed one day after being released from the Kenton County jail.
Desi Sandlin fatally overdosed the day she was released from jail. Brianna Ballard, 30, was revived by paramedics following a overdose, but was then arrested for the overdose. Released from the Kenton County jail on Feb. She needed it, and she knew she needed it. Several other heroin addicts who died in were, like Ballard, still dealing with charges stemming from earlier overdoses at the time of their fatal ODs. When the opioid epidemic hit, Mike Townsend, who has managed the Recovery Kentucky system for a decade, said he saw no reason to offer more than the existing step program.
He reasoned that the brain has healed once an addict manages to overcome the physical pain of withdrawal, and that the rest of the recovery is spiritual and psychological. Recovery Kentucky, Townsend said, would never include the use of Suboxone. When asked, he said he was not aware of its success in lowering overdose death rates. Executives at Transitions Inc. In , on what they described as an extremely limited basis, the company started offering Suboxone in its detox, shorter residential rehabilitation and outpatient programs — which are not part of Recovery Kentucky and therefore not subject to its norms.
The Hazelden Clinic in Minnesota is perhaps the most influential treatment center in the country, noted not just for its rehabilitation facilities but for its academic publishing arm. Founded in the late s on a farm, the clinic brought order and professionalism to the step method.
Administrators made headlines in early when they integrated buprenorphine into their treatment of opioid addicts. A few years ago, Dr. Former residents were also dying a few weeks to a few months after leaving the clinic.
But he was willing to consider alternatives. He met people just like him who felt the same bottomless craving and the shame that went with it. Still, he relapsed five days after graduating from the clinic. It would take him another year and a half, along with a platoon of understanding adults, before he found sobriety through another step program. Seppala thought that if he was going to reach these addicts and keep them from relapsing, Hazelden needed to revamp its curriculum and start prescribing buprenorphine and other medications.
He spent all of planning to integrate maintenance medications into the program and working to win over staff, some of whom he found avoided treating heroin addicts at all. Who here has had a former resident die from an opioid overdose? Three-quarters of the staff members raised their hands. This is a crisis. We have to base it on science. We have to base it on research. Seppala was well aware of the latest research on treating heroin addicts with buprenorphine. He had worked at an outpatient clinic in Portland, Oregon, that gave addicts both the medication and the step philosophy.
He saw how the addicts stuck with that program. The success in Portland was no anomaly. In November , Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, a nonprofit in Fall River, Massachusetts, introduced Suboxone into its mix of detox, short residential and outpatient therapies.
In , more than addicts were enrolled in the program. Seppala and his staff consulted with a clinic in Washington, D. Seppala also sent a team to study other clinics around the country. His staff went to facilities in Oregon and Missouri that were offering a mix of medically assisted treatments and step. The team came back optimistic. Current data, which covers between January 1, and July 1, , shows a dropout rate of 7. In the first year, no addict in the new model curriculum died from an overdose.
Phoenix House, another giant in the treatment world, started out in the s following the Synanon model. The New York City-based operation had previously used buprenorphine only sporadically for detoxing its opioid-addicted residents.
Now, it is dramatically increasing the use of buprenorphine in its more than programs in multiple states. The shift is taking place under the watch of Dr. At Phoenix House, Kolodny said, they would no longer accept the norm of addicts leaving their short-term abstinence programs only to relapse days later. Kolodny suggested that the latest opioid epidemic exposes the deficiencies of the U.
Now opioid deaths are occurring in the suburbs and rural communities, where methadone clinics are few and far between, making the need for a new medical model that much more apparent.
The anti-medication approach adopted by the U. Between and , the country reduced overdose deaths by 79 percent as buprenorphine use in treatment became widely accepted. The medication, along with methadone treatment and needle exchange initiatives, also helped cut in half the HIV rate among intravenous drug users.
Even in Iranian prisons, addicts can access methadone programs. In , the World Health Organization added methadone and buprenorphine to its list of essential medicines.
France successfully embraced the medical model because there was no entrenched step system, like the one in the U. Marc Auriacombe, a professor of addiction psychiatry at the University of Bordeaux and an addiction psychiatrist at the Charles Perrens Hospital.
People were not satisfied, including those that were the most abstinence-oriented. It was written by Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the U. Baltimore was held up as an example of progress. Frieden suggested to The Huffington Post that medically assisted treatments are vital.
In a University of Washington study released this month, based on data, researchers found that 30 million Americans lived in counties without a single doctor certified to prescribe Suboxone. The majority of these counties were in rural areas. As of mid-January, in hard-hit West Virginia, there are just doctors who are certified to dispense buprenorphine, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
There are in Nevada, 89 in Arkansas and 60 in Iowa. In all of Texas, a state of roughly 27 million people, there are only 1, doctors certified to prescribe the medications.
Federal stats presented at a June forum showed that out of , eligible physicians nationwide, only 25, are certified to prescribe buprenorphine. Primary care physicians who are willing to care for opioid addicts are limited by federal regulations in how many they can treat. Certified doctors can prescribe Suboxone or buprenorphine for only 30 patients at a time during their first year and at a time for each year afterward.
Treating a few patients over the cap can mean a visit from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Worried about what might happen to the addicts if they were suddenly cut off from their medication, he went over his patient limit. A few months later, two plainclothes DEA agents appeared at his office with a letter from the Department of Justice giving them permission to inspect his patient files.
In his head, he repeated this one thought: But he was treating 10 addicts more than the law allowed. The agents questioned him for 45 minutes about his practice, and about patient files they had randomly selected. They warned him that he needed to cut off 10 addicts. Gazaway said he has yet to comply. He currently has Suboxone patients. The state has more bupe-certified doctors than many more populous states, such as neighboring Virginia with its certified doctors.
Yet Gazaway said that he still has to turn away between two and five addicts a day who call his office to request the medication. The DEA agents let him off easy. As doctors face scrutiny from the DEA, states have imposed even greater regulations severely limiting access to the medications, according to a report commissioned by the federal agency SAMHSA. Eleven state Medicaid programs put lifetime treatment limits on how long addicts can be prescribed Suboxone, ranging between one and three years.
Multiple state Medicaid programs have placed limits on how much an addict can take per dose. Such restrictions are based on the mistaken premise that addiction can be cured in a set time frame. In the report, the researchers wrote that the state restrictions seemingly go against established medical practice. She said Medicaid recipients were cut off at the beginning of from their prescriptions and many relapsed.
It drove people back into the street. We definitely saw the effects. Despite the importance Medicaid places on providing access to health care, many states have inconsistent policies toward paying for medications used to treat opiate addiction. The squeeze of regulation has left the door open for more opportunistic forces, such as cash-only clinics and shady doctors. A vibrant black market has sprung up. In the s, addicts self-treated with illicit methadone because of the severe restrictions on the medication and limited access to clinics.
While any illegal trade in a medication should be a concern, there is scant evidence that Suboxone is being used as a gateway to drug use in the U. Addicts say taking the medication just helps them feel normal again. In a U. One year-old woman addicted to Percocet told researchers in that report that the stigma of medical treatment for addiction motivated her to buy buprenorphine on the black market. The gaping lack of a medical model in the U. People die every year from aspirin.
He suggested that in places like West Virginia and Kentucky, where addicts might be hours from the nearest doctor who can prescribe the medication, loosening the regulations may be necessary — as long as the use of the medication is tied to therapy. Current and former addicts in the Louisville suburbs, in Lexington and in Northern Kentucky said they bought Suboxone from friends not to get high but to combat withdrawal when they tried to get sober on their own.
Inmates in the Kenton County jail have been caught smuggling the medication into the facility. Warden Terry Carl took it as a constructive hint: But he has been stymied by budget cuts and overcrowding. As of early August, he had inmates in a facility meant to hold He said one-quarter of them are relapse cases from drug court.
Nor must the person making the claim have any special credentials. Matt Purdy, the deputy executive editor in charge of enterprise and investigative reporting, defended the story in an email: Researchers have found that the far more common overdose risk with Suboxone occurs when an addict shoots up the drug intravenously in combination with a respiratory depressant, such as a benzodiazepine like Xanax.
Frieden, the CDC director, said he has been stunned at the level of opposition to the medication from some in the treatment community. Seppala faced similar treatment. Some step-based halfway houses have even refused to take in Hazelden graduates.
But she clarified that because meetings are run autonomously at the local level, there is no uniform policy on how to receive those who are taking Suboxone. Alcoholics Anonymous takes no position on its members using medications that help them stay sober, according to an AA spokesperson who requested anonymity.
The spokesperson said the group welcomes any serious efforts to treat alcoholics — and that includes the efforts of the medical profession. Addicts in Northern Kentucky report facing the stigma in meetings when they begin taking the medication.
Phil Lucas, a year-old Suboxone patient, said he tried local NA meetings but no longer attends. She said she is permitted to speak at meetings but that other members are openly critical of her decision to take the medication. Addicts hear the abstinence message from all corners, and many just stop taking medication because of it. Other studies show that the rate of methadone dropouts can be higher. Michael Fingerhood, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is the medical director of a primary care practice that treats patients with buprenorphine.
In , the practice found that some 40 percent of its patients dropped their Suboxone regimen after a year. Some transferred to methadone; others left the program after losing their health insurance.
Quenton Erpenbeck used heroin for 16 months. For 13 of them he was trying to get off it, his mother, Ann, recalled. He did a day, step-based residential program and followed up with attending 90 AA or NA meetings in 90 days before relapsing. Toward the end of his life, he started taking Suboxone. Although he was doing well on the medication, he felt tremendous guilt because his parents were paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket for the prescription and clinic visits.
He decided to try abstinence-based treatment. At his graduation from a program in Michigan that lasted 45 days called A Forever Recovery, Quenton told her he was worried about leaving. Chapter 7 The New Drug War: As Northern Kentucky faces a heroin epidemic, the local coroner, a family doctor, is at odds with a county judge over a medical solution to the crisis. For doctors in Northern Kentucky, treating heroin addicts makes for a lonely career path.
Mina Kalfas was certified to prescribe Suboxone soon after it came on the market. When he began having good results with addicts in his private practice, he brought up the idea of using Suboxone at the step rehabilitation facility where he worked as medical director.
His colleagues balked and his superiors declined. Kalfas thought he might have been more successful if he had found more allies. He eventually left his post at the rehabilitation facility in In AA, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
They should think about that. But Kalfas can serve only so many. Taylor Walters went through a detox, then a three-month outpatient program, and in late December , a day inpatient program. His mother, Sheryl, was desperate for a doctor who would prescribe him Suboxone. She spent three days working the phones, pleading with doctors.
He relapsed the day after he completed the program and died of an overdose two weeks later, in February He was 20 years old. Kalfas estimates there are only a handful of doctors in Northern Kentucky willing to prescribe Suboxone. One of them is Dr. David Suetholz, who also happens to be the Kenton County coroner. In his private family practice, Suetholz has treated opioid addicts with Suboxone for years.
With a base of patients, he said he has a Suboxone dropout rate of only about eight percent over the course of six months and he has never had a patient on the medication die of an overdose. Click here for more photos from the event. Joseph School in Camp Springs will be holding its annual open house this Sunday, January 25 from 9am - noon.
The event includes opportunities to meet the teaching staff and take tours. For more information, please call or e-mail: Click here for facebook and here for their web-site. Ron Heiert Night at Brossart. A reception will be held after the game in Hegenauer Hall.
For more information, please call the school at This is a reminder that the next meeting of all property owners effected by Force Main Sewer is tonight, January 12 at 7pm at Camp Springs Winery. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Area state legislators have been invited to this meeting, as support is being sought on a bill that Joe Fischer has recommended.
This bill will help protect property owners facing eminent domain. Also updates on Ash Street project will be discussed. New Year's greetings to all! The United Nations was created to bring all nations of the world together to discuss issues and problems that each nation had, and to solve those issues with peaceful and permanent solutions.
It was an ultimate goal to create a greater understanding among people of all nations. But ideally is often a work in progress. So Irma and Jerry Futscher decided to put the plan in action in their own community.
Through friendship with a neighboring convent, the Sisters of the Divine Providence, they learned of a family of a doctor in Camargo, Mexico who wanted their children to learn English and to also learn how people in another part of the world lived.
James, Jorge, Jose and Pepe and other family members. They were taught English, customs and cultures, and obtained a well-rounded education from the fine teachers, friends, relatives and family. All the while, the community also welcomed the new visitors and treated them as their own children. Great lessons in sharing values and a sense of belonging were a common theme.
From the letters that Irma kept over the years, again and again the families in Mexico expressed their gratitude for the little United Nations on Four Mile Pike. One wrote "I am your son, you are my brother, my friend. Sometimes large and important ideas are picked up and carried forward by individuals who see a bold future in living and learning together.
If this is so, Irma Futscher, Jerry and their children personified the humanitarian ideal of the United Nations. Perhaps, then, one day, we will each give meaning to our own lives by claiming the world as our neighbor and friend. Click here to read one of the letters sent to the Futschers in For a short time, while supplies last, CSI has some post cards and greeting cards that were produced by the late Don Wiedeman.
The cards feature many photographs by Don of the historic and stone houses in the Camp Springs Area. They would be great stuffing stuffers or keepsakes of the wonderful houses and a memory of Don Wiedeman.
Contact Sharon Ramler at or sharonramler hotmail. Pet Pictures with Santa. Christmas on the hill at church and in school I was on top of the world, and it was cool. Every night ball games again at the field A safe place to play and a snowball to congeal. Milk was delivered every day by my dad I loved seeing his truck to find the ice cream he had. Fireworks for sale in our basement each year July 4th in the community was a big bang to hear. I am glad I could share a very small part, Of growing up in Camp Springs, the birthplace of my heart.
Anna Zinkhon is inviting all interested property owners and residents to attend. With the recent activity in Camp Springs from the utility companies and contractors for SD1, there are sure to be many questions. In addition, an appraiser with an expertise in eminent domain will be on hand to meet with attendees. Other topics scheduled to be addressed include: Call Anna Zinkhon at Here are the names of the lucky winners in the annual turkey shoot raffle: Click here to see some photos taken at today's event.
The famous "Target Crew" pictured above , will be in force and ready for you. Click here to see photos from last year.
Click here to see photos from Click here to see them. As tradition would have it, Camp Springs ghosts and goblins will be on the streets and hay wagons today in search of candy and other assorted treats. The fun begins at 2pm for the Four Mile area Trick-or-Treaters. Pleas e be aware and careful while traveling throughout our community today.
Click below to see photos of some of last year's Trick-or-Treaters. If so, please e-mail it to mailto: Thank you to all who organized, visited and participated in any way, in today's Annual Camp Springs Herbst Tour. Visitors were treated to a crisp autumn day throughout the Four Mile Valley while traveling to enjoy the 20 local stops. Click here to see photos from today's event. Do you have photos to share? If so, please send a link or the photos to hostmaster campsprings.
What did you think? What was your favorite stop. Will you come back next year? There are 20 stops this year including 2 wineries and several stonehouses and working farms. Click here for more information: For facebook fans, click here for updates throughout the day: There are 20 stops along the way.
We hope you can be part of it. The forecast calls for a mostly sunny day with high temperatures near For more information, http: Demonstrations of small farm engines. Little Rock Farm is a working family farm offering flowers, seasonal produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, pumpkins, honey, and freezer beef. Don't miss a display of antique kitchen utensils and a straw tunnel for the little ones to enjoy. And yes, Uncle Herman returns with his hands-on demonstration of antique farm tools.
Please click below to learn more: Please click here for more information regarding the tour. Prayers were offered in thanksgiving for their service and for the safety of the firefighters who put themselves in harms way to help the community.
After mass, Monsignor Neuhaus blessed the fire truck, the firefighters, and the members of the Ladies Auxiliary. Thanks to Fire Chief Buckler for sending us the lastest tips for keeping us all safe this Halloween. This year, incumbent Steve Pendery is facing Ken Rechtin. The following videos of each candidate are intended to assist voters in making an informed decision on election day and were created by the non-partisan, education-oriented effort called Northern Kentucky Forum.
To learn more about Ken Rechtin, http: To learn more about Steve Pendery, http: Click here to see the musical line-up for the entire month. Click here for some photos from the event. The church and cemetery is on land originally part of this farm.
John Sauser married Katharina Uhl in and built this stone house and farm complex soon after in Katharina Uhl had inherited the property from her father. This is a 2 story 5 bay building with a 2 bay porch that was a much later addition. The one story rear frame addition was also much later. The farm complex includes several outbuildings and a large bank barn characteristic of Camp Springs.
The house has wooden window lintels characteristic of its early construction date, and is similar to the Bauman House and Nicholas Reitman House.
Kevin Neltner and Anna Zinkhon are featured. This year's event will take place on October 19 from noon to 6pm and includes 20 stops. Stay tuned for more details. Here's a recent communication from Ash Street project opponent Anna Zinkhon: All too often we hear people complaining about injustices. While we are all busy and sympathetic, there just doesn't seem like there is anything we can do directly to cause change.
I would like to offer you a simple task to help regular people protect their homes and business from unregulated utility. The residences of Camp Springs have been learning and challenging plans for a Forced Main Sewer pipeline for over four years.
This pipeline does not bring any new services to anyone in Camp Springs. But it does bring sewer smells, potential for sewer spillage and an easement which will hinder our access and usage of our farm land for ever! We will also lose many trees and change the look and feel of our community. Many of you live in towns that have ordinances protecting the look and feel of your town.
You choose to live in these places the same as we choose to live in our community. The big difference is we are not a city. We do not have infrastructure and all of our needs are taken care of by each individual property owner.
Camp Springs is one of the only living museums in the state of Kentucky! And we have done this on our own! No one else pays for this care and attention. So why should our land be taken to support others way of life? I have attached a petition. If each of you got your family members and co-workers to sign this petition, you will help educate others about our situation. Please Mail signed petitions to me.
It will also help us in Imminent Domain Court. There are several people running for office who support our situation. Ask the candidates or call me and I would be happy to discuss details. Public outcry is powerful. The laws were intended to protect our rights. I hope you can give us just a little help, it will be very powerful! Click here for a copy of the petition. Thanks to Photobug Summer for her contributions. Do you have photos to share from the event?
If so, please send them to joe campsprings. Mother Nature cooperated with a delightful and mostly dry day. While there's a chance of spotty rain mostly this morning , the forecast is calling for a mostly dry day with temperatures in the upper 70's. We should see some sun throughou t the event. There are 5 Camp Springs stops on this year's tour including: Click here for more information. The event is a rain or shine self-guided auto tour that lasts until 5pm. Click here to learn more about the entire tour.
A tasty meal will be provided. Wine will be available for sale. The traditional Bake-Off returns as well. The fun begins at 6pm! Please click here to learn more. Memorial Day Plans Announced. All are invited to the Camp Springs Winery tonight at 7pm for a discussion of the sewer status.
At the time I was in my second and final year as a player in Class A baseball of the same Knothole League and thereby allowed me to umpire only two games in the mornings as our Class A games were always scheduled for 3pm. In my Junior year in high school, too old to continue playing knothole baseball, I turned my attention to umpiring full time, that is four games every Saturday 9, 11, 1 and 3 p. This appeared to be my best career choice at the time. Other times my Dad would chauffeur me to the field and a few times I rode my bike from home.
If a ride home was needed at the end of the day, my Dad or another member of the family picked me up. More about our family cars in a future story.
The reason for the younger groups was that many of the players in Class A and some in Class B were nearly my size and that could intimidate a young kid umpiring and fortunately the umpire organizers understood that.
There was only one umpire per game unless it was a championship game. Mind you, that was for approximately eight hours of work and usually partly in the hot afternoon sun. In my estimation, umpiring is not unlike being a teacher. You must always be in charge, be on your toes and alert every moment, know as best you can the ground rules, anticipate what will happen next and expect feedback from parents.
This experience did assist me to prepare for one of my future careers as a teacher. Part II — The game itself. Joseph Elementary in Camp Springs will now be offering Pre-kindergarten to 3 and 4 year olds.
Open Enrollment is underway. The program will include 5 full days each week and is limited to 14 students. Joseph in Camp Springs is the oldest, continuously operating school in the Diocese of Covington.
Irma's grandson, Mark Ramler wrote and delivered her eulogy at her service at St. Joseph Church on April We are publishing it here in it's entirety: On behalf of the entire Futscher family, we would like to say thank you for all of your love and support over the past few days, and the past few months.
We would also like to thank each and every one of you for the role that you had in my grandmother's life. Everyone gathered here tonight is truly a testament to the wonderful person she was, and I'm sure she is smiling down on us right now. Over 60 years of my grandmother's life was spent right here in Camp Springs, but she was a city girl by birth and grew up in Newport.
She would love telling stories from her childhood. Stories of the '37 flood when she was home sick with the mumps, and how she could see the Ohio and Licking Rivers from her window. She had stories of how during the Depression, they would get extra cottage cheese from Trauth Dairy, or how they would collect coal that fell off trains in Newport to heat their homes.
Stories of riding the Mt. Adams incline up to the art academy with her brother and sister. She had stories of getting a new shoes and a bike when her great aunt passed, and stories of bike rides out to the country. And it was one of those long bike rides out to the country with Iva and Delores actually it was a car ride with Delores' parents who were in a band that played at Pete's Place that they ended up at Pete's Place in Melbourne, where she met a young and handsome Jerry Futscher, and her heart would be drawn out to Camp Springs.
Now granted this was not the easiest of communities to break into, but coming from a solid German family, and with a good sense of humor, she was quick to make some lifelong friends, begin a family, and destined to become a pillar of this community.
My grandmother always had a smile on her face, and was always quick with a joke or a witty remark. I think this was her 'Schmidt wit', and fortunately, or unfortunately, this 'Schmidt wit' has been passed down to most of the family here today.
Out of her 60 plus years in Camp Springs, some of the most significant events of her life took place right in this very church. This place is more than just a brick building; it's a sacred place for the Futschers, and so many more families in Camp Springs. In this very room, on this altar, under the same sunlight shining through these stained glass windows, Irma Schmidt married Jerry Futscher in and started a beautiful life and family together.
On that day, they were surrounded by family and friends, and some of them, or at least their descendants, are here with us right now. And it was in this church, on this altar that they baptized their first daughter, Janet, in Then Susie came along in 53, Sharon in 54, Danny in 56, then Dougie trailed along in All of them were baptized right here, and welcomed into a loving family, and a very close nit community.
My grandmother was not born Catholic, but it was in this very church she entered into the Catholic faith. She received her first communion at the same time as her first daughter Janet, so that she could celebrate the sacraments with her children and grow alongside them in their faith.
She was also confirmed in this church alongside Janet and Susie. Just a few steps away, she ran the kitchen for Summer Church Festivals, cooking thousands of chicken and roast beef dinners, and feeding the masses. And it was in this church where she attended countless PTA meetings, school events, and was even a scout leader for Dougie. And if I'm not mistaken, Dougie can probably still fit in that scout uniform. And it was in this church, back in '68 that my grandparents volunteered to host a Mexican exchange student, Jaime.
It was in this church where she celebrated dozens of Easters, Christmas' and hundreds of Sunday masses in between. All three of her daughters were married here in this church, surrounded by family and friends.
And she watched as all of her children would begin their own lives and families based on the solid upbringing by her and my grandpa. She logged countless volunteer hours with the Auxiliaries, giving back to her community and her church whenever and however she could, and was very proud of everything they did.
Along with their own 5 children, and the Mexicans, my grandparents took in other children over the years and Irma mothered them as well. She was well known to the community as 'Mom Futscher'. They were always welcoming with open arms, and grandma was ready to throw another 'potato in the pot' for whoever was staying with them at the time.
What's one more mouth to feed? There was a lot of love in that small cape cod on Four Mile. In the years after the children all moved out, her and grandpa settled into retirement, and enjoyed a few leisure years.
Between her crocheting, bowling leagues, weekly bingos, and cheering on her beloved Cincinnati Reds, they managed to welcome 9 grandchildren into their lives, and spoil them like grandparents should. I know we all have so many fond memories of grandma and grandpa Futscher's on Christmas Eve, or Easter egg hunts on the back hill, or counting cars from their porch swing. Those were great years and great memories.
And it was in this church, surrounded by family and friends, where we stood by her side in '98 as we said goodbye to Grandpa Jerry, her loving husband of 47 years. In the years since, life gradually slowed down, but those years came filled with additional blessings. The joys of watching her grandchildren grow into adults, attending graduations, weddings, Christmases, Easters, and welcoming great-grandchildren, whom she adored.
And it is in this church today, surrounded by loving family and friends, that we are celebrating the life of Irma Futscher, and the wonderful person that she was. She was truly a pillar of this community, and her impact on all of our lives is immeasurable. She lived a long and full life with many blessings, and we are forever grateful for the love and blessings that she gave to each of us.
Mass for Irma was held at 6 p. Wednesday, April 16, at St. Interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery in Camp Springs. Visitation is from 3: Wednesday with Mass at 6 p.
Interment follows in St. Click here to see some photos from yesterday's performance. For more information on Queen City Bronze and their upcoming events, visit their web-site at http: Listen to the song "Pure Imagination" from yesterday's performance. Joseph Ladies' Night Out. In addition, he will show his talent at woodburning. Visitors parents and friends are welcome to watch the chips fall where they may to reveal his completed work.
This meeting included discussion by concerned citizens and business operators regarding the proposed Ash Street Pump Station and Forced Main. Click here to watch the entire meeting as is was recorded by Campbell County Community Media. Joseph in Camp Springs would like to thank all involved both patrons and volunteers alike who helped make the 6 week event such a success.
Click here to see photos from last night. For more information, call the school at His work is included in many major collections throughout this country and the world. Founded in , Carl Solway Gallery currently celebrates its 52nd year in operation. The gallery occupies 12, square feet of space in an historic warehouse in Cincinnati's West End neighborhood.
Carl Solway Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary art including painting, sculpture, graphics and new media incorporating video and electronics. Gallery activities include fabrication of large scale sculpture; publication of print editions and multiples; organization and circulation of museum exhibitions worldwide; and corporate collections consultation and installation.
The story was posted on April 3. The meeting is scheduled for 7pm. Zinkhon and other attendees will be asking fiscal court members to take a hard look at the proposed route for the SD1 sewer pipeline through Camp Springs and request they make a resolution against it. Joseph in Camp Springs. Were you there on Friday, March 28? Click here to see some photos from the event. The frys feature MR.
Set-ups and Sandwiches also available. Dine in or Carry-out Call We hope to see you Friday! My first thought was Dick, his brother Art and many other Camp Springs community members who built the addition onto the old firehouse across from Reitman Auto Parts.
Some 55 years ago, I was there at the site as a go-fer or maybe just as a nosey kid. Never did it enter their minds to have a paid contractor do the work when it could be accomplished with volunteer labor. Dick was an accomplished carpenter who directed the project. This was simply another job completed with community spirit.
He also tackled numerous projects for both St. Joseph Church and school. Often today, we think that we are doing more than our share, but what we do does not come close to what Dick and his generation contributed and during much tougher times economically. Please Dick, rest now, but continue to inspire us, this time from above. Did you attend last week's fish fry? Click here to see some of the photos from the festivities.
Click on the above links to view these PDF's. Please note that the document files sizes are fairly large and may take some time to view. Written comments can be directed to: He invited residents to contact him with questions by phone or by e-mail at rschroeder sd1. Joseph in Camp Springs?
Thanks to all who chose to spend part of their evening with us. More photos will be shared at next week's fish fry slideshow. A beautiful day led to a great night to support the community's local fish fry. The fries continue through April 11 at the school on Four Mile Road. Click here to see some photos from yesterday's fish fry.
The hours are 4: One of Nancy's books A Garden! The presentation is set for 2 p. Visitors are welcome to attend. Please join us for a one of a kind event.
Questions or in case of snow cancellation contact: While temperatures are expected to rise again today Thursday, Feb. Joseph alumni Bill Bezold will show and demonstrate the carving of his walking sticks to students. Parents, family, friends and all are invited to sit in on the presentation in the school cafeteria. Click here to access this form. Click here to see a timeline of events released by the CSI group. Camp Springs Snow Scenes Click here to see some photos from the most recent snowfall.
Atwell Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes one outstanding member of the association for their "outstanding service, dedication, innovation or other acts or activities which have contributed significantly to their department or the fire service".
Brian Franklin received the Maltese Cross Award due to injuries sustained while working a fire. Every backyard needs a golf course or at least I thought mine did. That was my thinking as a sixth grader. Did not need to be a full size golf course, mind you, I grew up on a quarter acre in the country. Our lot was about 90 feet wide by about feet deep, pretty much equivalent to a subdivision lot today.
Three of the holes were repeated to arrive at the 9 hole layout total. All of this was prior to expansion, but you need to start somewhere. I had expansion of my course in mind from the start. All successful business people realize that things must continually evolve to remain fresh and to attract new customers.
Never was it a dream of mine to grow into a chain of golf courses plastered with my name but only to have the best course in Camp Springs. What an accomplishment, I now legitimately had 9 distinct holes. Scorecards were handmade not copied mechanically on 3 x 5 index cards which fitted nicely into a handcrafted wooden box to hold them. Today, approximately 50 years later, I still have the box and many of the scorecards.
Not one of us neighborhood kids had a full set of clubs. I had only one five iron that belonged to my brother that I claimed as my own.
Most regular golfers were from the immediate neighborhood together with the occasional cousins who visited and some friends of kids in the neighborhood. Tee 1 was about five feet from our back porch just next to our concrete cistern platform.
Instead of flags at the end of poles marking the holes, I used leftover trim boards found in the basement woodpile. Oh my, guess where I got my hoarding genes. I painted the boards white with black hole numbers with a red stripe above and below each number. Each hole cup was a salvaged coffee can hole cut in the bottom to accommodate the wooden hole marker fitted flush into the ground. As glorious as all this was, still the main attraction was the floral clock. An old windup clock face was placed into a coffee can that was fitted into a sloped raised dirt bed with transplanted moss around it.
Wooden cutout numbers were placed around the clock face with add-ons attached to the clock hands to give it just a bit more size. Heaven forbid that it would look like an old clock pushed into the ground without any adaptations made.
Although visitors did not come from near and far to view this wonder, I was proud as could be of it. Little did I count on the clock mechanism rusting solid in a matter of days for being exposed to the weather. The course also had roughs overgrown areas of grass with twigs and rocks incorporated. My brother really did not like this look in his manicured backyard. When Zero is Enough. Click here to see more sub-zero images from today. More Safety Tips for the Holidays Thanks to Chief Buckler for providing these additional safety tips to help us make it safely through the holidays: You can click on the link below to get more details.
Schroeder offered his contact information in case there are questions regarding the responses. He can be reached at the following: However, if you'd like to save a step, click here to get the digital version. All editions of the newsletter dating back to are available here on campsprings. Just click here for the link. He describes the restoration work being completed on four murals at St.
Joseph Elementary experienced a once in a lifetime event. Art restorers from Olde World Restorations in Cincinnati explained and demonstrated what goes into the highly skilled task of working on the nearly year old Leon Lippert murals in the parish church of St.
Open up your heart and experience it again. The last time you won a life and this time you may win a heart. True love lasts forever, and its foundation is not on sex, but sacrifice. True love is based on sacrifice. Those seeds will rise up throughout your life and years after you are gone, touching the lives of your legacy; your bloodline will run strong.
Your life is your life but you will truly be rewarded when you give pieces of your life away. Help someone today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. Help someone; when you do, you are truly helping yourself. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dreams. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. So live out loud! Maloney Hunter-Lowe Virginia. That's why I do what I do. I don't want to wait for a savior; they may never come. I'm the creator of my life and I know I'm deserving of great things and inspiring energy. I have my eyes planted on progression and evolution. Learn to enjoy the journey - it is exhilarating when you embrace it fully. You have to soldier on, persevere through all of them until you surmount them outright.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. The most humbling thought ever is that someone is always thinking about you, whether you are here or have passed on, someone is always thinking about you. This is the single most powerful understanding in life that I have come to know. There will always come a time, sooner or later, when each of us will feel that we have nothing left to give to this world, or that that this world has everything and does not need anything more from us.
At that time, only if we have done the above, will we be able to believe that this world is still capable of smiling at us, helping us, being kind and nice to us, and above all, is capable of loving us.
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