2017 Spring Schedule (Click Here to Download Printed Copy)

 

Honor Flight

Legacy of Courage – the Story of Honor Flight

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Join us to learn how the veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam shaped our country and how the Honor Flight honors them.

Our veterans are a national treasure, an American legacy of history and wisdom. Discover why Honor Flight takes them to see their memorials in Washington D. C., on an all-expense paid trip.

Our gift from a grateful nation. Look down the long hallway of history and learn how to put their service into perspective.

Honor Flight veterans have inspired the writing of two books by local authors Cheryl Popp and Peter Bronson, hear their stories of heroism in a way you never could before.

 

Cheryl Popp

Cheryl Popp

Peter Bronson

Peter Bronson

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George Washington

Bad Things that Led to Good in the Life of George Washington

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Many things did not go well for our first president in his early life.  Yet surprisingly, losses, disappointments, and tragedies positioned Washington and gave him skills he would need to lead later on as general and president.

If any of these very negative events had not happened, he would not have been the George Washington we know, who was in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills needed to play his part in history.
This talk covers his life up to the point his public life began as he became Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775.
 
Everyone will be interested – it’s not just for history buffs!

Join us in welcoming Millie Henley as she shares the interesting twists of fate of the Life of George Washington.

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Soaring Dreams into a High Flying Business

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Butler County entrepreneur and Drone Camp CEO, Matt King invites dreamers of all ages to join the adventure as he describes the transformation of an idea into a viable business that ignites the imagination while embracing hands-on learning, innovation and adventure.

Matt will share his story of launching a business venture, offering lessons learned and tips for entrepreneurs growing and marketing a business startup. This presentation will also feature a drone flight and opportunity for EmpowerU business attendees to hear about the activities young aviators will enjoy this year.
Please visit this link to learn more about Drone Camp.

There is a $10 Fee for EmpowerU Business Classes

Matt King

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Strategies to Overcome the Education Opportunity Gap

Ten Leadership Strategies to Overcome the Education Opportunity Gap

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hear from Dr. Thomas Tucker, Superintendent of Princeton City Schools who was named the National Superintendent of the Yearby the American Association of School Administrators in 2016.

Dr. Tucker will discuss in great detail his partnerships with the PrincetonBoard of Education, staff, and business community to provide opportunities to close the achievement gap for students.
He strongly believes in order close the achievement gap you must close the opportunity gap.
You will be Empowered to hear Dr. Thomas Tucker speak and to learn the leadership strategies we need to overcome the education opportunity gap!

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Harnessing Ohio Energy

The Farm
239 Anderson Ferry Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
Monday, April 10, 2017

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE

****Join us for dinner starting at 5:45****

This evening promises great food, fellowship and an opportunity to hear from our own “home grown great orator” Representative Bill Seitz. In 2016, Columbus Monthly Magazine ranked Bill #1 out of 132 legislators as Ohio’s best speech maker, most knowledgeable, and savviest lawmaker.

Representative Seitz, who has championed fiscal responsibility and government efficiency, will share his views on how Ohio energy policy will be crafted and will impact our business and homes.

As the state legislature prepares to review the 2008 law that created current “renewable portfolio” mandates, Seitz, who compared the mandates to Stalinism, will have a seat at the head of the table this year when debate around the future of Ohio electric policy flares up.
Mr. Seitz chairs the House Public Utilities Committee and the Speaker’s Energy Task Force, having previously served as Senate Public Utilities Committee Chair and as a member of the Joint Legislative Energy Mandates Study Committee. His interest in these complex issues is simple: “Well, I care about utility rates.” “The folks in northwest Ohio, who have a couple operational wind farms say, ‘Look at the benefit it’s bringing to our counties.’ I say, yeah, it’s all being paid and subsidized by people in my neck of the woods getting no benefit.” Meanwhile, the “Clean Power Plan” promulgated by the Obama USEPA threatens to cause Ohio electricity prices to jump by 39% by 2030 unless the courts or President Trump and Congress step in to dismantle these looming federal mandates.
Mr. Seitz is also a proponent of U.S. shale production. “Why not use resources we have in abundance in the state,” Seitz said, “instead of trying to fit a round peg in a square hole to more extensively rely on wind power, when all data suggests it’s not practical?”
This year promises to give Seitz’s committee plenty of important work, including electric utilities’ push to re-regulate the state’s power market.
Also, take advantage of the chance to ask Representative Seitz questions about other pressing issues in Ohio. His position as House Majority Caucus Policy Chair affords him a comprehensive view of all that is occurring before the General Assembly.

Bill Seitz

Bill Seitz

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Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science

Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr. Jeff Meldrum will share with you his investigation of the mystery of Sasquatch.
Using scientific training in zoology and biological anthropology he has gathered clues associated with Sasquatch, a creature which has intrigued people for centuries.  
Dr. Jeff Meldrum will share an informative and thought-provoking presentation which will intrigue all audiences with the evidence of relict hominoids globally. He will join us via the power of video conferencing.
“Dr. Jeff Meldrum investigates the mystery of Sasquatch through the lens of his scientific training in zoology and biological anthropology. This background gives him unique insight when interpreting the various clues, and hoaxes, associated with Sasquatch, a creature that has faced people for centuries. Dr. Meldrum’s presentation is intriguing, and at its conclusion you will certainly find yourself in a much better position to understand the controversy associated with this piece of Americana.”, Robert Schmidt, Utah State University.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum

Dr. Jeff Meldrum

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Invasive Species

Invasion of the Resource Snatchers: Invasive Plants & Animals of the Cincinnati Region

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

Join us to learn what invasive species are and how they are one of the leading threats to biodiversity, imposing enormous costs to agriculture, forestry, fisheries and human health.
Biological invasions are going on all around us.  Our forests, waterways, parks, and even backyards are being invaded by plants and animals from around the world.
In the U.S., invasive species cause billions of dollars in damage each year, and threaten native plants and animals.
The Cincinnati Museum Center’s Zoology staff will discuss the species that are out of place and out of control in our region.  How did these species get here?  What makes a species invasive?  You will learn how invasive species arrive in new locations and spread rapidly, and what effects they have on our native ecosystems.
The class will include case studies of common local invaders as well as significant biological invasions worldwide.  We’ll also talk about invasive species that are likely to appear in our area in the future.
Photos and specimens will be shown to help you identify invasive species in the wild and in your own backyard.

 
Information will be provided about organizations that work on invasive species eradication, and how you can take can action yourself in your own backyard and community.

Heather Farrington

Heather Farrington

Emily Imhoff

Emily Imhoff 

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The Cincinnati Enquirer - Bias in the Media

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Last semester, EmpowerU discussed Bias in the Media in detail and it was one of the most popular, watched classes ever.
EmpowerU’s MediaAccountabilityProject.com, was an effort to look at whether Bias in the Media existed at the Cincinnati Enquirer for two weeks up to the Presidential Election in 2016. The results of EmpowerU’s research have been much discussed and reviewed.
Now it is time for the Cincinnati Enquirer to give us their thoughts about Bias.   Does it exist?  Does it exist at the Enquirer?   Was the Media Accountability Project accurate or just a one-sided look at facts.   
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Peter Bhatia, who will discuss one of the most important topics on people’s minds….and one that is sure to continue to be important for many years to come.

Peter Bhatia, the newly named Editor and Vice President of Audience Engagement at Enquirer Media, poses in the Enquirer Studio in Downtown Cincinnati, on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

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Guide to College Savings

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, A Guide to College Savings

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Christopher Smitherman believes not only should parents talk to their children about going to college but they should have a plan to pay for college. Encouraging youth to study hard do well in school but parents have no savings sends the wrong message.

Christopher Smitherman will discuss college savings strategies.

Christopher Smitherman

Christopher Smitherman

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Social Media in the Workplace

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wright State Professor of Law, Thaddeus Hoffmeister, discusses one of the most important Business Topics – Social Media in the Workplace. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Social Media Policies
  • Using Social Media to Hire/Fire
  • Requesting Passwords
  • Ownership of Social Media Content
  • Restricting Employee use of Social Media

Be careful – don’t let Social Media get away from you and your staff.

Join EmpowerU Business for this important session.

There is a $10 Fee for EmpowerU Business Classes

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Weight Control

Weight Control – Diets, Fads, Surgeries & Facts

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

After having educated Empower U on how to live longer, and how to Reduce Stress- we now look at the scourge of modern life- Obesity.  From larger portions, to larger clothing, larger seats and skyrocketing diabetes; we all see the evidence of the fattening of America is wherever we look.  Now, what we can do about it!

Dr. Jay Rissover will explore the different methods currently available for weight control.  Some recent and some older fads for weight loss can be quite humorous, as you will discover.
 Join us for all the facts- and even some fun- with weight.

Dr. Jay Rissover

Dr. Jay Rissover

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What Made Justice Scalia Great?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Empower U is pleased to have attorney Matthew Byrne join us to expound on the life and influence of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Justice Scalia served on the United States Supreme Court from 1986 until his sudden death in 2016. He is perhaps best known for his stirring dissenting opinions, which  he wrote in order to influence generations of law students. But Justice Scalia was more than just a frequent dissenter: he was the intellectual leader of the legal movements in favor of originalism and textualism in constitutional and statutory interpretation.
Those on the right and left agree that Justice Scalia was one of the most important legal minds of the last hundred years.  When she was still dean of Harvard Law School, Justice Elena Kagan stated that “[Justice Scalia’s] views on textualism and originalism, his views on the role of judges in our society, on the practice of judging, have really transformed the terms of legal debate in this country. He is the justice who has had the most important impact over the years on how we think and talk about law.”
In discussing Justice Scalia’s work, liberal political philosopher Ronald Dworkin-perhaps overstating things a bit-stated that “We are all originalists now.”
In the end, though, Justice Scalia was also more than his work: he was a devoted husband and father, a man of character and deep religious faith, and a man with a deep capacity for friendship.
 
Mr. Byrne will discuss Justice Scalia’s work and some of the major threads of his legal thought, as well as why Justice Scalia has been so influential. He will also use the discussion of Justice Scalia’s work to highlight some of the issues that likely will be discussed in the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Do not miss this most timely and important class.

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Partnering 2 Winners – Price Hill Chili & Todd Portune!

Price Hill Chili
4920 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fasten your seat belts and join Empower U as we take  a ride down the path of   Hamilton county’s transportation future!
 
Will we fall off the Western Hills Viaduct or will it be saved?  This and many other questions concerning the state of our roads, infrastructure and Southern Ohio Regional Agency (SORTA) will be discussed.  This is your chance to hear plans first hand and to ask pertinent questions!
Hamilton County is trying to attract new jobs to our region.  What role does public transportation play in this?  Metro  is viewed through many different lenses.  Some see it as a social service providing transportation to help people out of poverty and others see it as a means to attract millennials who prefer public transportation to private car ownership.
Will Hamilton County be able to provide transportation from urban job centers, Sharonville, West Chester and others where middle-income jobs and services are located?
Todd Portune will share his vision on this and many other issues confronting our county!

Todd Portune

Todd Portune

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What is Uncontained Container Gardening???

Greenfield Plant Farm
6840 Clough Pike
Anderson, Ohio 45244
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Join EmpowerU as we enter through a quaint covered bridge to enjoy an evening in the beautiful old historical Anderson Township Homestead.

Relax in the splendor of nature brimming with buds and blooms!
Jennifer Radcliffe, of Greenfield Plant Farm, explains how you can “branch out” by introducing the principles of container design, color strategies and the use of perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as annuals.
Jennifer will have some hands on as part of her presentation and products available for you to take home so you can get started on you own uncontained gardening venture!

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Previous Classes

Healthcare

Can We Get the Bureaucrats Out of Our Doctor’s Office?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Join us at 6:30 for our 2nd Annual FREE Throw Shooting Contest for March Madness.  You’ll get to shoot 10 Free throws and you have to play to win!

Grace-Marie Turner is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after speakers on the topic of healthcare.  She will join us March 28 via the power of video conferencing to offer a detailed update on the fight to get federal bureaucrats out of our doctors’ offices.  Grace-Marie will discuss where we’ve been and the direction she believes we need to head.

Where does the repeal effort stand now?  What should healthcare in America look like as we move forward?  How can we move back toward the power of free markets and innovation that has served America so well?  How can we each be part of this vital discussion and make sure our elected leaders get it right this time? Join EmpowerU for a unique opportunity to hear from Grace-Marie Turner, who will answer these and other questions.

Grace-Marie will discuss what a revitalized world class healthcare system should look like, address difficult issues including how to help people in financial need and those with preexisting medical conditions, and reserve time to answer our questions.

Grace-Marie Turner

Grace-Marie Turner

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Tri-State Trails

Tri-State Trails:Connecting Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio

Symmes Township Branch-Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
11850 Enyart Rd
Loveland, Ohio 45140
Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Learn how Cincinnati Connects with people  through walking/hiking trails and bike lanes.  Hear how you can enjoy our Tri-state local trails which makes our  region a great place to live, work and play!

Join us as Empower U and Wade Johnston team up to help you discover the opportunities and positive  effects as Cincinnati Connects through Tri-State Trails.  Not only is it fun but will create healthier people and a better environment!

Discover the many trails that connect Cincinnati, where they begin and where they meet. There are also new proposed trails that will further enhance this ever growing network.

Share in the vision of trail advocates and their plans to connect our region through a physical network of trails.

Spring is on the way and this could make for a great family outing!

Wade Johnston

Wade Johnston

Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Based on the book “Crucial Conversations-Tools for Talking when Stakes are High” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. Jane Steinmetz will share with us theseven basic principles of successful dialogue. Participants will learn the tools to make it safe for all those involved in a conversation to add their thoughts, ideas, and opinions, and to explore all sides of an issue without retreating into awkward silence or embarrassing violence.

There is a $10 Fee for EmpowerU Business Classes

Jane Steinmetz

Jane Steinmetz

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Brewing Up A Dream

Brewing Up A Dream–Handcrafting a Tenacious Culture

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Join Lindsey Roeper, Dream Facilitator at Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, as we touch, taste, feel and learn about all the ingredients that go into making beer.

In addition to the physical ingredients, like malt, hops, water & yeast, we will also learn about the more intangible ingredients that go into making beer, tasting beer, varieties of beer and building a business from the ground up.
Included at the end of the presentation will be a tasting of 3 craft Rivertown beers (bring your ID’s).

Discover the art and appreciation of Craft Beer

Lindsey Roeper

Lindsey Roeper

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Save Lives Faster

Save Lives Faster

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Active Killer events are not a new phenomenon, but too often we are training to deal with the last event, not the next event.  This discussion will cover past active killer events which did (or should have) changed how law enforcement and society responds.

Be Prepared – Knowledge is the best protection! 

Businesses, Churches and families can prepare themselves should they experience a violent attack.  Joe Eaton, Program Director of FASTER will share the knowledge he has gleaned from, studying past active killer events.

Be Prepared — Save Lives FASTER

Joe Eaton

Joe Eaton

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Why is Cincinnati a Sanctuary City

Midway Elementary School
3156 Glenmore Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Mayor John Cranley recently made it his initiative to make the City of Cincinnati a Sanctuary City.

When you heard this news recently, maybe you turned your head and asked why?

Why is Cincinnati a Sanctuary City? What is a Sanctuary City? How does a Sanctuary City interact with the Federal Government? What are the ramifications of immigration on a Sanctuary City? How is the Federal Budget involved? Are Sanctuary Cities less safe that other cities?

At every level of Government, the issue of Sanctuary Cities is one of the most important debates going on. Join Vice Mayor of Cincinnati, David Mann, as he explains the City’s decision to become a Sanctuary City. Will other neighboring cities be close behind? Is this the right decision for the people of Cincinnati and Hamilton County? Get your questions answered at this important EmpowerU session.

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Overcoming Addiction

Overcoming Addiction and Re-Entry into Society

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Brandon Swinehart will share his experience with heroin addiction, life on the streets, recovery and his re-entry into society.

The first half of the class will focus on the progression of the disease of addiction and how a young man from a good home in Cincinnati ended up on the streets of San Francisco a homeless heroin addict.

The second part of the class will be Brandon’s journey into recovery and gradual re-entry into society. He will discuss the fears, stigmas and barriers (real and perceived) he faced along his journey putting his life back together.

Twelve years later, Brandon Swinehart is a loving husband and father, a helpful son, a great sales rep, business owner and very strong believer in 2nd chances!

Brandon Swinehart

Brandon Swinehart

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Right to Work

Seizing the Moment: Implementing the Policy Solutions Ohio Needs in an Age of Fierce Competition

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 9, 2017

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Join Empower U and Greg R. Lawson from the Buckeye Institute who will enlighten us on policy issues including local Right to Work. In 2014, Greg wrote an editorial, Ohioans have earned the right to work. He gives a compelling argument for joining states like Michigan and Kentucky in passing Right-to-Work.

Has Ohio Earned the Right to Work? 

Greg will explain policy priorities that shape Ohio’s economic and regulatory environment and will make our state attractive to businesses and jobs that secure a brighter future for all Ohioans. This year, Ohio has an opportunity to make great strides enacting legislation that will help us compete with neighboring states.

Greg will discuss recent policy “wins” as well as the reforms currently moving through Ohio’s legislature, including the massive state budget. Jobs, education, energy policy and business regulation are among several areas ripe for reform.

We may never know all the companies that exclude Ohio from consideration for a new location since forced unionization can keep the Buckeye state off the locations list entirely.

Greg R. Lawson

Greg R. Lawson

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Increasing Sales

Sales & Performance Improvement for Your Business

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mark Faust is the author of Growth or Bust: Proven Turnaround Strategies to Grow Your Business.

In his book he offers several strategies for how companies can grow their business, including Offer Options and Go Big, Begin a Continuous Innovation Process, Consistently Conduct Depth Interviews, and Prioritize and Manage the “three Target 20’s”

Join Empower U and Mark Faust for an in-depth discuss Sales & Performance Improvements.

There is a $10 Fee for EmpowerU Business Classes

Mark Faust

Mark Faust

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Growing Up Under Hitler

Growing Up Under the Swastika

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Sonja Stratman shares her captivating story of growing up under Hitler’s regime.

During his reign many German cities were destroyed, and the country was worse off than before Hitler came to power. At age 10 she and her classmates joined the Hitler youth not understanding the meaning of their participation.

As the war continued and her family’s safety was threatened, her father was forced to reveal the true nature of Hitler, changing Sonja’s world forever. For the next several years, the Bochmann family struggled for survival in a war-torn, devastated city.

Sonja Stratman

Sonja Stratman

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