Thursday, July 28, 2016

Connecting Hearts Home Care - NKY Senior Care - Hospital to Home Care

The Best Home Care Comes From the Heart

Connecting Hearts is part of the FTM Family. 
Are you looking for senior care for your loved one?  Connecting Hearts Home Care is a family run business located in Southgate, KY.   Sue Henderson, owner and founder, became a nurse in 1973 and 13 years ago she followed her dream and began Connecting Hearts.

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Her mission is to give seniors the quality of life they deserve with dignity and heartfelt care.   Our caregivers are trained, experienced, passionate, and devoted to helping seniors.  This is the key ingredient to quality health!  Our caregivers bring more than their skills; they bring laughter, joy, and heart into the homes they care for.

Combine All Your Home Care Needs Under One Roof

A Mini-Music Fest THIS FRIDAY in Tower Park

Attention American Idol Fans: Upcoming Concert In The Park

James Durbin. Facebook. 
Tomorrow will usher in five bands to Tower Park. American Idol fans may be happy to know James Durbin, a former American Idol contestant, who finished fourth in the show's tenth season will be coming to Tower Park thanks to a host of local businesses.

With the upcoming release of his third album, Durbin is on tour and will be playing a free concert on Friday, July 29th at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater.

Adoption is a Blessing in Fort Thomas

Anna Grace and Elena
Some of the scariest risks in life can earn the biggest rewards.

Imagine you're a single woman in your early 30s, never married, and feel that your life won't be complete until you have your own child. This was where Wynne Philippe found herself.

Wynne and her two daughters, Anna Grace (4) and Elena (2), caught my eye when I was taking photos for the Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade. They were both decked out in their festive red, white, and blue outfits and tiny Elena was doing some serious waving at the parade as it went by.

After a friendly conversation with Wynne, I found out that Elena had only been in the country for two weeks and was adopted from China like her older sister, Anna Grace. I'm honored to tell the story of this special family.

Highlands Football Preview: Wide Receivers

Receiving corps looks to be as deep as ever

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Trent Buchert is the leading returning senior wide receiver for the Highlands Bluebirds.
Note: This is the next in a continuing series of previews leading up to the season.

They may not have a huge amount of experience as a group.

But the receiving corps of the Highlands Bluebirds football team hopes to be as deep as it has been this year. Highlands graduated seven wide receivers from last year's 8-6 Class 5A state semi-finalist squad in Mitch Cain, Ryan Conley, Tanner Groneck, Austin Horner, Eric Miller, Chandler New and TJ Sipple. Sipple took his talents to Mount St. Joseph across the Ohio River in Cincinnati and Cain signed with Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

RELATED: Preview: Running Backs 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Highlands Football Schedule (2016)

Jared Pulsfort. FTM file. 
The Highlands Football schedule is out.

For the best coverage on Highlands football, make sure to follow Fort Thomas Matters or the official Highlands Football website. 

Our sports writer, G. Michael Graham also has a sports page at

Aug 12 Cincinnati St. X (scrimmage)        Away 7:00
Aug 19 Cooper        HOME         7:00
Aug 26 Campbell County        Away 7:00

Bevin Awards $250k to NKY's Grateful Life Center

Funding to provide financial support for addiction recovery center

The Grateful Life Center in Erlanger will get a big boost, thanks to block grant. Picture: Huffington Post. 
Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Kenton County Fiscal Court and Transitions Grateful Life Center to support the adult male addiction recovery center in Erlanger, Kentucky.

“Continued operation of the Grateful Life Center is essential to our fight against drug addiction in Northeastern Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Ensuring that these men receive proper care and training is vital to helping them re-assimilate back into society and rejoin the workforce.” 

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Fort Thomas' "Diner En Blanc"

Photo: Diner En Blanc, Cincinnati. 
By Jen Kohl 

Picture this. It is a beautiful summer evening. Rows of white linen covered tables adorned with beautiful, fresh cut flower arrangements delicately placed in vintage jars. A candle lit lined street in front of the Mess Hall in Fort Thomas. Clicking sounds of dishes and silver being set and the scent of a delicious, meticulously planned menu using only the freshest produce from our area’s local farmers.

It’s a sight we have never seen in Fort Thomas, an outdoor restaurant in the heart of town, an elegant event. Guests all arrive dressed in white, ready to be served a feast prepared by local chefs.

RELATED: Fort Thomas Planning "First-Class" 150th Celebration 

Only a year away, organizers hope that Fort Thomas’ first Diner en Blanc, a farm-to-table, field-to-fork dinner will kick off the 150-year anniversary celebration events on July 2, 2017.

“Fort Thomas has just a number of really good chefs,” said Renaissance Manager and  Economic Development Director Debbie Buckley.

“This came out of the Stables project several years ago. We discovered we had four chefs on our committee, and now that Colonel De is here, he has brought some more chefs and because we also have our farmers market, it just seems a perfect marriage with our Sesquicentennial coming. It’s a way of thanking our volunteers and a beautiful way to start off the Sesquicentennial.” 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


20 Pok├ęstops. Two gyms. Lures at all stops for two hours Free parking. Catch 'em all at NKU on July 26!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Northern Kentucky University
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Lures at all 20 Pok├ęstops for two hours
Two gyms on campus
Free parking at Welcome Center garage from 6:00-8:30
Public WIFI on campus
Water coolers at: Griffin Hall, in between Steely Library and Founders Hall, Nunn Hall, Loch Norse bridge, Welcome Center.

Free parking is available in the Welcome Center garage at the foot of Nunn Drive near BB&T Arena. There are more than 20 Pokestops across campus, and each will be equipped with lures throughout the two-hour event. There are also two gyms, both at or near Nunn Hall. They will also offer five water stops across campus, as well as free NKU pokeball stickers to the first 300 people in attendance.

Facebook Event here. 

Family Fun Event: August 6 is Annual Safety Awareness Day at Target

Fort Thomas’ Haley Yeager is the event coordinator for this year's Safety Awareness Day to be held in the Target parking lot on Saturday Aug 6  from 10 - 2.  The event is hosted by both AAA/Bob Sumerel Tire & Service and the Newport Police Department and is always a fun family event.

Haley says that police and fire will bring a variety of safety vehicles for guests to see. And there will be preliminary maintenance inspections from Bob Sumerel Tire and Service as well as free car battery checks.

A big attraction will be the Shred-it Truck where people will be able to bring documents to be shredded at the site.There will also be a variety of safety booths, interactive activities, and free food from Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Why SD1 is Being Sued by Camp Springs Residents

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Anna Zinkhon. Facebook. 
PODCAST SPONSOR: OMEGA Processing Solutions 

What's the real deal behind the fight with SD1 in Camp Springs?

Anna Zinkhon has been fighting the pipeline that SD1 wants to put through the community since 2010. She says she knows the issues better than most board members and there's more to the story that hasn't been reported.
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Zinkhon is the owner of Misty Ridge Farm in Camp Springs.

RELATED: SD1 Board Appointment A Point of Contention Once Again in Campbell County 

Podcast includes:
- The conversation that turned the conversation contentious.
- What hasn't been in the news.
- Alternatives to the forced main.
- How much money has been spent on the lawsuit.
- Items that she believes should be outrageous to rate payers.
- The status of the lawsuits.

Fort Thomas Ranked #4 Safest City In Commonwealth

FTM file. 
Fort Thomas is again ranked the safest place to live in Northern Kentucky and the number four safest place in the state., Value Penguin, and now have taken crime metrics and then rank how safe they are.

They reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. From their site:

"We eliminated all cities with fewer than 4,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city."

SafeWise had Fort Thomas ranked number 10 last year.
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1. Prospect ↑

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.72

2. Flatwoods ↑

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.98

3. Greenville ↓

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.31

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wolf Steel Opens 30-Job, $2.3 Million Expansion in Northern Kentucky

New Crittenden building provides warehousing, manufacturing space for Napoleon grills 
Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated Wolf Steel LTD, a manufacturer of high-end grills, stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and HVAC units and accessories under the Napoleon brand, on opening its 30-job, $2.3 million-plus expansion in Crittenden.

“Wolf Steel’s Napoleon products stand out internationally as exceptionally well-built, high-end products. It’s a source of pride for Kentucky that the company has made its U.S. home here the last 17 years,” Gov. Bevin said. “This current expansion, the second in seven years, demonstrates the growing demand for Napoleon grills, flame tables, fire places and other products. We are excited about Wolf Steel’s progress as it continues to offer quality products to customers throughout North America and across the globe.” 

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Campbell County Graduate To Appear on Jeopardy!

Alex Trebec and Kathy Krebs. Facebook, provided. 
Kathy Krebs, 1992 graduate of Campbell County High School, will be a contestant tonight on Jeopardy!

Krebs, who studied English and Psychology at Georgetown College, currently lives in Philadelphia, PA where she is a realtor.

Megan Arnzen Krieg, whose family owns The Olde Fort Pub in Fort Thomas, was a sorority sister of Krebs at Georgetown.
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Fort Thomas Recreation Department's Summer Campers Send Cards to Deployed Military

The Fort Thomas Recreation Department's summer campers sent thank-you notes to those stationed with FLELOGSUPPRON FIVE FOUR (VR-54).

For decades the Fort Thomas Recreation Department has provided summer camps for children. This year both programs took the time to send a little love overseas, to those serving in the military.

Crafts and cards were sent to three different companies, two Army and one Navy—all three are currently deployed. The Tiny Tots campers made thank-you cards and "hugs." Hugs are made by lying down with outstretched arms on a piece of paper. The child's head and arms are traced, and then the child decorates him or herself as they please.

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