This is LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO of Principal Dr. Molly Moorhead addressing the graduates of the Loveland High School Class of 1012 on June 2, at the Cintas Center of Xavier University. In this video, she talks about the accomplishments of the graduating class, including national recognition for some of her students and the school.
First Team: Mitch Lendenski, Jacob Meyer, Joe Moran, Reed Schlesner
Second Team: Michael Louis, Sam Timmerman
Honorable Mention: Ryan Altman
Academic (3.5 GPA and above):
Ryan Altman, Dylan Bodley, Hunter Ewing, Michael Louis, Joe Willie Frees, Aaron Malloy, Bryce Plitt, Ryne Terry, Nolan Snyder, Reid Waddell, Jacob Alten, Nathan Bryant
Team Awards: Best Defensive Player – Darren Sackett Most Valuable Hitter – Joe Moran Most Valuable Pitcher – Michael Louis Most Improved Player - Jacob Meyer Tiger Man – Reed Schlesner All Star Representative - Sam Timmerman
Loveland High School (LHS) junior goaltender Paul Newbold was recently named a 2012 US Lacrosse All-American for the Southwest Ohio region. This past season, Newbold set a Tiger record for save percentage at 68.4%. He made 212 saves in 2012, upping his career total to 489 saves and placing him first on Loveland’s all-time career saves list. Newbold led a stingy Loveland defense that allowed only 5.65 goals per game. He made 23 saves in a 7-6 win over Indian Hill, which was Loveland's first time defeating the Braves at the varsity level. Newbold also made 21 saves against Mason (#6 in the Under Armour Midwest Regional Rankings) in an 8-3 loss. He also plays football for the Tigers and is the brother of 2010 LHS All-American and current Sacred Heart all-conference player, Andrew Newbold.
Loveland, Ohio - On June 5 at 6:04 PM, the Loveland High School Astronomy Club will be hosting a public event to view the transit of Venus, as part of the Cincinnati Observatory Center's Tri-State wide celebration of the event.
On this day, the planet Venus will pass in front of the sun, and using safe solar viewing equipment observers will be able to see the outline of the planet against the star. This is a very rare event and will not occur again until the year 2117, so the Astronomy Club is hosting a public viewing party in order to offer as many people as possible the chance to watch.
Matthew Worsham said, "Because this is such a rare event, we want to reach out to as many people as possible so they can enjoy the event."
This event is open to the public and free of charge. It will be for individuals of all ages, and no prior astronomy experience is required. Part of the Cincinnati Observatory Center’s Tri-State wide celebration of the transit.
Brad J said: Excellent. Makes me think. "HOLD ON" could have several different meanings.
Gayle Lynch said: Two things come to mind...the healing power of the sea and also the courage it takes to plunge into the unconscious mind, as every artist and poet does. Always nice to have a life-line for when things get dark and deep.
Amy Searcy, the Hamilton County Director of Elections says that if Loveland citizens have concerns about inflated figures in the recently passed Income Tax Ordinance, they should take those concerns to a Council meeting or to the Loveland Law Director. She said, “The county board would not have anything to do with it. We never look at the actual language. We are not charged with that responsibility.”
At their last meeting, council passed a resolution sending an ordinance to the Board of Elections proposing to increase the income tax from the current rate of 1% to 1.25%. When council passed the Income Tax Ordinance on April 10, it contained an admitted $470,000 to $503,000 error in a clause that said the city had already made cuts of $930,000 to the budget. Councilwoman Angie Settell has raised the issue of the misleading figure, but has failed to get the error corrected. The question of increasing the income tax will be on the November ballot.
Searcy said that what they do is print ballots, and distribute them. “We are not the ones putting it on the ballot. We are the ones providing the ballot.” She explained that the Board, or staff does not do any analysis of the language, or compare it to the City Charter, to determine whether it is, “appropriate, legal, or accurate.”
Searcy also explained that the only way for her Board to become involved is if Loveland citizens would first contact the Secretary of State’s chief legal council to initiate a hearing on the ordinance passed by Loveland. She said that the Hamilton County Board would only conduct a hearing if it was recommended by the Secretary of State.
What will appear on the actual ballot this fall will be two simple questions. “For the Income Tax.” “Against the Income Tax.” However, posted at each polling place will be the actual Income Tax Ordinance that people will be voting on.
For background, including video of Settell's arguments for correcting the error, and the City Manager's admission of the error: $427,000 Error in Tax Ordinance
Loveland, Ohio - Father and Daughter duo, Steve and Suzanna Barnes entertained at Julian's Deli & Spirits on Sunday evening.
Suzanna has just graduated from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In this photo she was playing the violin, but she played a mandolin on most of the numbers.
Steve said on Sunday they were calling themselves, "Heatstroke" because of the unseasonably hot Loveland weather, but last time their performed in Loveland brought thunderstorms... so he named the duo, "Upper Level Disturbance" that night. He said that last fall they called themselves, "Occupy Loveland."
They played what may be described as folk rock from the late "60's early '70's, or country folk music, heavy on lyrics.
The deli is located at 200 West Loveland Avenue right next to the four-sided clock along the Loveland Bike Trail.
Friday June 1st, Laginappe returns for another performance from 6 til 10 PM. Cajun, Zydeco, Dixieland, New Orleans Blues, Gypsy, Western Swing, Old Time Appalachian, and Rock.
Attempt to Correct 1/2 Million Dollar Error Goes Nowhere
Loveland, Ohio - In order to increase Loveland’s income tax, City Council must first pass an ordinance that says, pending voter approval, the tax rate will be raised to some specific amount. If passed by the voters, this ordinance becomes part of Loveland’s tax law. The second thing that must happen is that a Resolution must be approved sending the Tax Ordinance to the Board of Elections.
On April 10, council passed the Income Tax Ordinance, but it contained an admitted $470,000 to $503,000 error in a clause that said the city had already made cuts of $930,000 to the budget. The clause (WHEREAS, budget reductions made by the City of Loveland totaling approximately $930,000 since 2010 cannot replace this lost revenue;) was inserted into the ordinance at the urging of Councilwoman Paulette Leeper because she wanted the ordinance to to contain a statement of efforts made to avoid the need for a tax increase. Councilwoman Angie Settell has been asking for clarification of the financial figures. She pointed out that the Tax Ordinance says that $930,000 has already been cut from the city budget. City Manager Thomas Carroll responded to her question last month, confirming that the figure should be between $470,000 to $503,000.
A council majority has proposed increasing the income tax from the current rate of 1% to 1.25%.
Settell raised the issue again this past Tuesday night before the vote was taken to send the Tax Ordinance to the Board of Elections. She said, “I feel I need to bring this up again.” She pointed out that the $930,000 figure does not represent cuts already made, but includes cuts that may be made if needed in 2013 and 2014 budgets. Settell said that she has talked to constituents about the $930,000 and they think City Hall has already cut the budget close to a million dollars. “Which we clearly haven’t,” Settell said. She also said that what voters need is a clear explanation of the budget deficit with a precise figure, which is no where to be found in the Ordinance.
City Manager Carroll again at last Tuesday’s meeting agreed that the $930,000 figure is not accurate because it represents possible future cuts, not cuts made as of the date of the passing of the Tax Ordinance. He suggested that adding clarifying language to the Resolution could correct the Tax Ordinance, however City Solicitor Frank Klaine said that a resolution could not correct an ordinance.
Councilmember Mark Fitzgerald pointed out that they had until August to send the Tax Ordinance to the Board of Elections, and that there was time to correct the error. The discussion then quickly turned away from the Tax Ordinance error, when Vice Mayor David Bednar changed the subject and asked how The Clermont and Warren County Board of Elections would receive the Resolution. After a quick answer by the City Solicitor, Mayor Rob Weisgerber called for a vote. The Resolution passed 4-3, with Weisgerber, Vice Mayor David Bednar, Leeper, and Brenton Zuck voting to send the inaccurate Tax Ordinance along it’s way. Settell, Fitzgerald, and Linda Cox voted, “No.”
Settell, referring to proposed budget cuts that haven’t yet been made said, “We are almost taking credit for something we haven’t done.” She also expresses concern that the inflated amount includes proposed deficit figures in the Fire/EMS funds. The City Manager is proposing to cover the Fire/EMS deficit with the new income tax funds and holding off asking voters to approve more Fire/EMS taxes until 2014.
Co-owner, Julie Zins of Julian's Deli & Spirits joined Dean Middleton late Sunday afternoon to sing some "cover" songs. Zins said that she was "on the road" for twenty years in her former life. Julian's Deli & Spirits is located at 200 West Loveland Avenue right next to the four-sided clock along the Loveland Bike Trail. Some people call it the Little Miami Scenic Trail... but what do they know?
One of the questions brought up is “Can you love your neighbor as yourself then knee them in the face as hard as you can?” What’s your take on that? - Ricky Mulvey
Paul Burress, one of the principal subjects in “Fight Church.”
"I have had certain misgivings about whether these two worlds overlap or should overlap. But then you meet someone like Paul who is incredibly genuine, is a great guy and a great subject for a film. He won me over." - Daniel Junge
Producer Eben Kostbar, Director Daniel Junge, and Director Bryan Storkel.
by Ricky Mulvey
Daniel Junge recently won an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary for his film “Saving Face.” This film chronicles the story of Pakistani women, who are victims of acid attacks, a plastic surgeon helping them, and the people changing the formally lenient policies of Pakistan on the subject. Daniel Junge has another previous Oscar nomination, an Emmy nomination, and a Tribeca Film Festival award to his credit.
His upcoming documentary entitled “Fight Church” is about the convergence of Mixed Martial Arts and Christianity and the philosophical conflicts that arise from it. Through interviews with fighters, pastors, and politicians, “Fight Church” presents contrasting view points, on the issue being involved in what many consider a violent sport and being deeply religious. It is co-directed by Bryan Storkel (“Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians”) and is produced by Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer (“The Hammer”).
However, funding is not yet complete for this motion picture. The filmmakers have turned to the fans by starting a Kickstarter campaign in order to acquire the funds necessary to complete the movie.
Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer
Loveland Magazine (L.M.) – What about the intermingling of deep Christian faith and Mixed Martial Arts makes a good story?
Daniel Junge (D.J.) – On the surface, many find the two as incongruent. And I think it’s very topical and a popular subject matter as we live in an overtly Christian nation and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is the fastest rising sport. The overlap between those makes a really interesting subculture to observe.
I think it is a contentious subject matter, which is always appealing to documentary filmmakers. There are people who sit very much on one side of the fence and the other. That means that there is a great story there for a documentary filmmaker.
L.M. – I picked up from trailer is that the goal of this movie is to be in the middle of the road and show both views equally, correct?
D.J. – Absolutely. I think that is very much represented in my films as well as Bryan (Storkel’s). We are here to try to be as objective as possible and offer both critiques and supports of this subculture.
L.M. – What subset of Christianity are the majority of the subjects in “Fight Church.”
D.J. – Really there are all varieties of Christians who are bringing MMA into their faith. There are certainly what one would consider as more fundamental Evangelical Christians, but one of the guys we have been filming with is a devout Catholic. And of course there are a lot of Catholics in MMA. There is no specific denomination of Christianity that is embracing this. It is really universal.
L.M. – How did you come across this story?
D.J. – I learned about it from Eben (Kostbar) and Joe (McKelheer) who worked with Paul (Burress) who is prominently featured in the trailer when they were making “The Hammer.” Paul is the head pastor at the Trinity Church in Rochester New York. He was instrumental in helping with “The Hammer” (The film about UFC fighter and Loveland native Matt “The Hammer” Hamill.). A friend of theirs told me about Paul. They said “Hey, here is this guy who is a pastor also trains people in MMA at his church.” That caught my ear because that sounds like a great subject for a documentary. The more I got into it, the more I realized that this merging community of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts is becoming more and more present.
Our first shoot was with Paul (Burress) and I have to say that is what really sold me on making the film because although I have had certain misgivings about whether these two worlds overlap or should overlap. But then you meet someone like Paul who is incredibly genuine, is a great guy and a great subject for a film. He won me over, and is a very sympathetic subject for a film. I think that is why he is one of the centerpieces to our film.
L.M. – You describe yourself as “Not a terribly devout Christian.” Has your faith shifted with the making of this film?
D.J. – Not necessarily. I grew up Catholic, and I have made a number of films that have faith implications including the murder of a Catholic nun in Brazil (“They Killed Sister Dorothy” narrated by Martin Sheen), and I just did a film on acid violence in the Muslim world (“Saving Face”). In general when I make these films I immerse myself in them, but they don’t profoundly impact my outlook on the world.
I guess I find myself vacillating when I hear critics of this world, and then I spend time with people who are fully immersed in it who are great, and it’s very easy to understand their rational and I think their look on the world is very justified.
L.M. – This film is not finished yet. Where do you see it going and where does it need to go with the money you are trying to raise?
D.J. – I think we are about halfway done with shooting and we have identified some great principal subjects, but I think we are still looking for one more. We need to continue following up with the subjects we already have, and that takes money. We have thankfully had early angel investors in the film who brought it this far, but we are looking to get through the bulk of production with this Kickstarter campaign. We have enough skills as filmmakers to know that once the film is in the can we can find a way to get it edited, as were efficient in that regard, and then out to the public. Right now we need the money to keep shooting for the rest of the calendar year.
L.M. – One of the questions brought up in the trailer is “Can you love your neighbor as yourself then knee them in the face as hard as you can?” What’s your take on that?
D.J. – That’s coming from a subject who is really questioning the overlap of these two worlds right now. I think others in the film would state it much more diplomatically. If you want to be brash, that is the premise of the film. There are many in this world who say ‘absolutely you can’ and that your faith doesn’t mean you can’t enter into a cage for an athletic competition, to see who is best.
L.M. – Is the movie also about the idea that people twist their faith to make it adhere to what they want to do regardless of what their religion tells them?
D.J. – There are many in the film giving interpretations of the Bible. But one thing you can say emphatically and without question, is that, nowhere does it outlaw Mixed Martial Arts. Therefore religion is such that everyone has their own interpretation; sometimes a very passionate interpretation of whether or not it encompasses their lifestyle. The people who inhabit this lifestyle, fight and are devout Christians believe that they are no contradictions there.
I’m not personally defending them. I am just presenting both sides. I have some of the same questions as you. I think that the good thing about my filmmaking team is they all feel a little bit different about this. They come from different perspectives and that is a good thing. It keeps us right down the middle of the road, which is where the film needs to be.
L.M – Christianity, like nearly all faiths, has had its share of bloodshed and violence. Does this movie hit on the fact that violence has a history in nearly all religions including Christianity?
D.J. – We ask those questions and I think the implications of those issues will be in the final film. At the end of the day, were making a film about a specific subculture and giving them a voice.
We don’t want the film to just be a debate. We want it to be about subjects’ lives so the viewer can empathize with them, and understand their world. While these questions will be addressed, and I think are important, the film doesn’t purport to answer them or offer a major critique in that regard.
L.M. – How can people who are interested in “Fight Church” help out?
D.J. – I think the best money you can get is from your fan base. They believe in the material and are going to ultimately support the film. So I would simply say that if anyone watched the trailer and is intrigued and wants to see it finished to kick in the least little bit to help us get there.