An American Hero gives pep talk to Tiger football team
by David Miller,
Loveland, Oh.- The setting was in the Loveland Tiger locker room and on the field last Thursday. It was Military Appreciation Night at Loveland High School.
Before the Tigers took the field against Glen Este, three-time Purple Heart recipient, and recipient of 75 surgeries, Brent "Hoss" Hendricks talked about sacrifice and teamwork. He remained on the sideline, "pushed through the amputation" with "his" team and cheered and coached them to victory.
Hendricks moved to Cincinnati from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center about four months ago. A former starting defensive end on his North Carolina high school football team. Hoss, six-feet, seven-inches tall, went to Iraq to serve his country.
In 2006, a roadside bomb exploded directly underneath the truck he was in after he was sent on a rare day-time mission in the Anbar province to find an insurgent. Hoss didn't have a pulse when his fellow soldiers found him. A doctor declared him dead, but a medic did an emergency tracheotomy to get him breathing again and saved his life.
He next woke from a medically induced coma at Walter Reed Hospital. He would spend the next seven years at Walter Reed recovering from a leg amputation, his jaw being broken in many places, among other things, and the reconstruction of his remaining leg. During one surgery on his back, his heart stopped again. Later, his third heart-stopping event was when a doctor struck a nerve which caused his heart to stop beating. They had to "shock" him back to life.
Hendricks has also dealt with the loss of his mother and father in recent years. Heart stopping.
Six months ago, Hoss completed his 75th, and hopefully he said, his last, surgery. Loveland Athletic Director, Julie Renner, wrote in an announcement read to the fans last Thursday, "He is a true American hero. Hoss has been honored with three Purple Heart awards by the United States government and can motivate about any human being."
The Loveland community would like to welcome and thank Brent “Hoss” Hendricks for speaking with our boys tonight and for all his outstanding service to our country. - Jullie Renner
Hendricks is still an athletic. He plays golf and rides an adaptive hand cycle.
At the end of his pep talk in the locker room Hoss took off the Army tee-shirt he was wearing, reveling the scar on his throat. Pointing to the deep scar, he told his new team, "This is actually where I died in combat and got brought back." He replaced the Army tee with a camouflaged one that had a Loveland Tiger paw and read, "This we'll defend."
"Being together to pick each other up, you know when you fall down."
After donning the Tiger shirt, he somewhat apologized saying, "I know I'm still going to stick out a little bit." However it wasn't just Hoss' large frame, but his enduring courage, that stood out on the sidelines. When he got the shirt on, Hoss said, "Wearing this shirt is an honor. Let's stick together, on and off the field. "
Hoss told the Loveland team to stick together, because he knows life can "change in a second." Let's not let him down.
BATAVIA, Ohio – At 4:05 PM Monday, the Cincinnati Bell 911 system for Clermont County and other 911 centers malfunctioned. This left 911 operators unable to answer 911 and non-emergency calls until 4:38 PM, when the system came back on line. At this time, Cincinnati Bell has not given any insight into the reason for the malfunction.
LHS National Merit Semifinalists Alex Myers, Lauren Schroer and Alexander Sganga
Three seniors compete to earn some of the $33 million in scholarships to be awarded
Loveland, Oh. - Three Loveland High School (LHS) seniors have been named as semifinalists in the 60th National Merit Scholarship Program. Alex Myers, Lauren Schroer and Alexander Sganga earned the title and the ability to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
“As a high school and as a school district – we could not be prouder of what these students have accomplished; this is the culmination of years of focused effort,” said Chris Kloesz, LHS principal. “These three seniors are now proven best of the best for academic achievement in the country.”
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognized two Loveland seniors as commended students for their academic achievement – Erin Glossop and Devin Lally.
Loveland releases second annual Quality Profile – detailing success from the 2013-14 school year
Loveland, Ohio - A high school ranked in the top five percent of the nation; a state champion football team; more than $13 million student-earned scholarships and more than $1.5 million saved by the district the past three years –
These are some of the highlights featured in Loveland’s 2013-14 Quality Profile.
“This is the story of our district, and we are proud to present this publication to the Tiger Family,” said Loveland City School District Superintendent Chad Hilliker. “Our entire Tiger Staff works each day to help our students grow both academically and socially; the Quality Profile provides our community with an opportunity to see how we really do business at Loveland City Schools.”
Last fall, in the Quality Profile’s debut year, the Loveland City School District was one of more than 20 school districts throughout Ohio releasing this companion to the state report card*. Called a Quality Profile. According to the District, "The report helps characterize the overall educational value of the district in areas that matter most to community members." This year, 50 school districts throughout Ohio are releasing a Quality Profile, with accountability measures that outline a high-quality education including: academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement and student services.
“The 2013-14 school year was one to remember,” said Hilliker. “With the Quality Profile, we have provided our Tiger Family a unique opportunity to reflect on the success of our students, teachers and staff, while we continue to move our district forward and write the next chapter – preparing our students for tomorrow, today.”
The Quality Profile is supported by the Alliance for High Quality Education, an education consortium that works to improve educational opportunities for students and to speak for member districts on matters of educational policy and funding.
LHS Yearbook Staff uncovers hundreds of extra yearbooks from 1960s through 2013 – offering opportunity to buy to Tiger Family
The Loveland High School (LHS) yearbook staff made a closet-cleaning discovery – hundreds of vintage years from the 1960s through 2013. They are offering the opportunity to all in the Tiger Family to purchase a piece of Loveland history.
If you are interested in a specific year, please email the yearbook staff at email@example.com to determine if that year is available. Pricing is as follows:
2014 – $75
2013 – $70
2005 to 2012 – $50
1990 to 1999 – $30
1970s and 1980's – $25
The cost of older books is negotiable. Checks should be made out to Loveland High School. Cash also accepted.
Loveland students show green beans they harvested from the gardens at Granny’s Garden School.
Loveland, Ohio - Granny’s Garden School invites the community to join them for their annual Harvest Celebration on Sunday, September 28 from 1 until 5 PM in the school gardens at Loveland Elementary and Primary Schools, on Loveland Madeira Road. The family celebration will feature a variety of fun, festive activities including arts and crafts, free food tastings, free mini-pumpkins for kids and more.
New this year, the Harvest Celebration will feature the final opportunity for adults and kids to join Granny’s Garden School’s “Harvest for the Hungry,” to glean the excess bounty of produce from the gardens, which will be donated to area food pantries and soup kitchens. Kids can taste baby green beans or yellow or “black” cherry tomatoes right off the vine; they have been grown organically and washed by Mother Nature. The program has donated nearly 500 pounds of produce so far. People can sign to harvest with Granny or one of the Garden Educators by going to the Granny’s Garden School website at www.grannysgardenschool.org.
Other activities at Granny’s Garden School Harvest Celebration include:
· Granny’s Little Pumpkin Patch
Kids can stop by to receive a FREE mini pumpkin from Granny. A great fall photo opportunity – bring a camera!
· Free Food
Sample delicious fresh, fall fare prepared from The Veg Head and Take Home Tano.
· Glue Fest
A “recycled” favorite! Back by popular demand, this fun station lets little artists make masterpieces from anything that can be glued on or glued onto.
· Take Apart Table
Do you have a kid who’s always asking how things work or what’s inside things that“go?” Let them stop by this station to take apart small appliances and other gizmos.
· Free Bouquets and Garden Tours – to Music!
Pick a free bouquet of flowers from our extensive gardens, walk the nature trail and garden paths or sit in the perennial gardens and enjoy a performance by the Loveland String Quartet
Granny’s Garden School’s Harvest Celebration is part of Cincinnati’s Great Outdoors Weekend. For more information about Granny’s Plant Sale or any other Granny’s Garden School programs, visit www.grannysgardenschool.com, call 513.324.2873 or email Roberta Paolo (Granny) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Granny’s Garden School
Granny’s Garden School was founded in 2002 by a grandmother who wanted to give children the opportunity to pick flowers. She began with a flower garden at Loveland Primary School - where her grandchildren were in the first and second grades. Today, with more than 100 vegetable gardens, a large herb garden, many flower gardens, a three-quarter mile nature trail and an apple orchard, the little flower garden is now one of the largest and most comprehensive school garden programs in the country. It is located on the 24-acre shared campus of the Loveland Primary and Elementary schools attended by all of the district's first-fourth grade students. Though based on school grounds, Granny's Garden School is a separate 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization funded by individual donations, foundation grants and various fundraisers. Services are provided to the school system free of charge.
The purchase of reusable lunch trays for four Little Miami school buildings is saving money and reducing waste. Yet perhaps the best benefit comes from their increased size and what that provides: more room for fruits and vegetables. “The new trays are bigger and easier to carry,” said Rachel Tilford, Little Miami’s food service director. “Now students walk through the line, go over to the fruits and vegetables, and get more on their tray.” Read on...
Duke Energy will be performing inspections on its gas metering equipment and piping in buildings in the Loveland, Milford, Montgomery, Day Heights, and Indian Hill area during the next two weeks. The inspections are required by the US Department of Transportation. Duke Energy contracted with Southern Cross to complete these inspections at residences and businesses with inside gas meters. The technicians will be readily identifiable by wearing a visible Southern Cross picture ID on the outside of their uniform and having a contact phone number for the customer to call for verification of the Duke Energy inspection. More information can be found by clicking here.
Southern Cross may send a letter via U.S. mail or make additional telephone calls to premises where they have not been able to make contact to obtain an appointment to complete the inspection.
Customers that have natural gas meter installations located on the outside of their homes or businesses do not need to have this inspection performed. Duke Energy employees routinely perform outdoor leakage surveys and will perform the inspection of those natural gas meter locations for leakage and corrosion control.
If you have difficulty contacting Southern Cross to schedule an appointment, please contact Duke.
For those who wish to memorialize Brayden Thornbury, a number of opportunities exist.
In lieu of flowers, the Thornbury family asks that memorial contributions be directed in Brayden's memory to the Brayden Thornbury Memorial Fund, in care of any PNC Bank. If mailing a check, mail it to PNC Bank, Maineville, OH 45039. Checks should say "Brayden Thornbury Memorial Fund" in the memo line.
Fellowship Baptist Church is also collecting donations for the Thornbury family. Checks can be made out either to the church or to the family and mailed to Fellowship Baptist Church, P.O. Box 219, Maineville, OH 45039. Checks should say “Thornbury family” in the memo line.
This Sunday (Sept. 21), Skyline Chili of River's Bend is donating 10% of each check to the Thornbury family. A jar will be placed at the counter for additional donations to the family.
The Race for Hunger 5K, to be held Oct. 11 in South Lebanon, will donate 25% of its proceeds in Brayden's name to the orphanage in Uganda he visited this summer. For info and registration, click here.
A fund-raiser in Brayden's name is being planned for Oct. 19, though details have not yet been announced.
On September 8, POP Kids School located at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church opend its doors to 135 children in new space which was built along with the church expansion this past year.
Three new classrooms with restrooms and sinks in each room are added to two other existing classrooms. In addition to the new classrooms, the school features new playground equipment in a fully fenced in area, covered walkway for drop off and pick up, and automatic door for wheelchairs and strollers.
The school offers half day classes for 2 1/2 year olds through Pre-K. The school is located at 101 South Lebanon Road. For information regarding classes, call (513) 683-1600 or popkidsschool.com.
Tiger students and parents invited to attend debut college and career event September 25 with keynote speaker Anthony Muñoz
Loveland, Oh. - The Loveland City School District has announced a partnership between Loveland High School (LHS) and Loveland Middle School (LMS) to host a debut college and career evening 7 PM, Thursday, Sept. 25, at the LHS Auditorium featuring keynote speaker Anthony Muñoz.
“We are thrilled to provide both our middle school and high school students the unique opportunity to hear directly from such an esteemed member of our community,” said Chris Kloesz, LHS principal.
Anthony Muñoz is one of Cincinnati’s true sports icons. Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, Muñoz has a record of excellence that is unrivaled in professional football. An 11-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Muñoz is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Cincinnati Bengals history. Since retiring, he and his family have remained in Cincinnati, where Muñoz has served as one of the community’s most accessible and involved advocates.
In addition, attendees will learn about career education opportunities available to students at LHS and LMS, along with engaging in a personality assessment activity conducted by Tyler Bradshaw from Miami University.
“This event is about discovering what you are passionate about, and then learning the paths to transform that passion into life success,” said Chris Burke, LMS principal. “That is a valuable lesson for all of us – no matter how young, or how old.”