Saturday, November 22, 2014

Birkley Services to the Rescue!

Birkley Services has been a successful family business for over 40 years! After Wednesday night I now understand why. I came home for lunch to our chilly, no heated home. I was able to call Matt Birkley and he was there within a couple of hours to help us fix it.
 Matt Birkley checking out our furnace
 Working on diagnoses of the furnace
Giving us options

Turns out we didn't necessarily need a brand new furnace... yet! Matt took the time to explain what was wrong with the furnace, average time a furnace will last and helped us look at our options. My husband and I found this so refreshing that we immediately felt we could trust Matt. He explained that our circuit box was the issue and that if he fixed that and cleaned out the system itself, we may get more usage out of the furnace. He also suggested that we could replace the furnace altogether, but it was our decision. Thank you Matt Birkley for not trying to sell us something we didn't need (for now)!

I am writing this article from my comfortable heated home and I am a very happy customer! I hope that you will call Matt Birkley at Birkley Services for your heating, cooling and electrical needs.

Highlands escapes CovCath again

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands junior wide receiver Mitch Cain (16) makes a catch and holds on while CovCath's Sam Kathman (22) tackles him and Ben Zumdick (6) coverges. Highlands won 37-34 to advance to its eighth straight semifinal game.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Some fans may not have thought it would not be a good game.

Thus, they did not brave the 28-degree weather to see another Class 4A, Region 4 championship game between the Highlands Bluebirds and Covington Catholic Colonels on Friday at Cecil Memorial Stadium. But the ones that did saw the Bluebirds survive a 37-34 scare.

Bluebirds find themselves lumped in with 10 other teams

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands junior wide receiver Eric Miller (15) finds a crease for a touchdown against Covington Catholic defenders Ben Zumdick (6) and Drew Demarsh (28) in Friday's Class 4A, Region 4 championship game. The Bluebirds won 37-34 for their 13th straight win over the Colonels.

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior linebacker Brady Murray (18) holds onto  Covington Catholic quarterback Adam Wagner (19) in Friday's region title game. The Bluebirds advanced to the state semifinals for the eighth straight year.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Bluebirds football team feels fortunate because it held off the pesky Covington Catholic Colonels, 37-34 on Friday.

What Hurts? Beacon Orthopaedics Has the Cure

Beacon Orthopaedics is apart of the #FTMFamily.

You're running on N. Fort Thomas Avenue by Fort Thomas Central and decide that you want to take a look at where Moyer is planning on expanding when the state funding comes through. At the last second you decide you better head home towards Linden Avenue and make a quick turn at the intersection.

That was a bad idea. You twisted your knee and have to hobble home. This is just one example of how Beacon Orthopaedics can help you, the weekend warrior.

In fact, at their newly opened Northern Kentucky facility in Erlanger. Beacon has a specific program to help diagnose and prevent runner's injuries. "We have a treadmill with a slow motion camera that helps doctors analyze our patients' running form and determine if there are injuries we can help prevent," said Dr. Steve Hamilton, a Fort Thomas resident and orthopaedic surgeon at Beacon. "We watch you run and help determine if you're stride is off or where you are stepping that's causing the injury."

Overnight Rain, Freezing Temperatures Create Hazardous Driving Conditions

Icy road conditions have caused a number of accidents across the Tri-State/via WCPO 

Rainy conditions mixed with below freezing temperatures have led to hazardous driving conditions throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky early Saturday morning.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Highlands Beats Cov Cath 37-34

Highlands beat Cov Cath 37-34 at David A Cecil Memorial Stadium. G. Michael Graham will have all the analysis of what transpired, but until then, enjoy the RUN OF THE YEAR by Highlands QB, Beau Hoge.

What. A. Play.

NKY New Media Mavens Settle "Wager" in Prep for HHS-Cov Cath Playoff Battle

FTM chief Mark Collier poses with River City News chief Michael Monks, in some sweet Bluebirds swag/Mark Collier. You can purchase items like this on
As the Bluebirds gear up to hit the gridiron in Friday night's playoff game against the Covington Catholic Colonels, the editors and publishers of each city's respective news sites met to settle a friendly wager made earlier in the season.

Mama on a Budget: Ruth Moyer Santa House TONIGHT

“SANTA! I know him” –Elf

We went shopping the other day and my daughter saw something she wanted. She is only 2 so this is the first year where she finally understands the concept of “if I ask for this item then mom will tell Santa and Santa will bring it to me”. (It’s a great concept.) It should totally work in theory except for when she asks for something like a pony, or a car and not a toy car or a Barbie Mobile but a Mercedes C-Class that she points to while we’re driving- true story.  But, she promises, if only I can ask Santa in person, maybe he will bring me the luxury model in white with the black leather interior (I may be ad-libbing some here, although not much).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bluebirds Pitcher Mitch Jones Signs Letter of Intent

Senior Bluebirds pitcher Mitch Jones signed a letter of intent last week./Mark Collier

by G. Michael Graham
FTM Sports Reporter

Coming off a wonderful season, the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team expects some seniors to sign to play at the next level.

Senior pitcher Mitch Jones recently made his decision.

Rollover Multi-car Crash on 471 Hospitalizes at Least One Motorist

A car ended up on its top after a crash last night on I-471/Local 12

A overnight rollover crash on I-471 near Highland Heights has sent at least one person to the hospital.

Police Are Searching for this Robbery Suspect

Newport Police are searching for a white man wanted for robbing the Family Dollar in the Newport Shopping Center Wednesday night.

What does Highlands need to do to win another region crown against CovCath?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior linebacker Patrick Schoepf (33) takes down an Ashland ball carrier in the second round of the playoffs on Friday. Highlands faces Covington Catholic for the fourth straight year in the region finals at 7:30 p.m.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The teams own a combined 28 state championships.

But while the Covington Catholic Colonels remain the biggest threat to their Kentucky football dominance, many argue it has not been a rivalry lately. That’s because the Highlands Bluebirds find themselves on the positive side of the longest winning streak in series history.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Olde Fort Pub Trivia Every Wednesday

Olde Fort Pub Trivia. Starts tonight at 8:15. 6 rounds, including "Name That Tune," "Guess The Famous Face," and "Find The Pattern." Lots of current events and themed trivia. Every Wednesday! A lively crowd and friendly faces. 

$40 goes to first place. $20 goes to second place. 

Buzz around 15 North Speaks Volumes about Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas business owners pose with #ShopSmall signs to welcome the owners of new #FTMFamily member 15 North Pizza, coming to the Towne Center/Mark Collier

If there was ever any doubt about Fort Thomas as a business-friendly community, a new enterprise coming to the Towne Center is putting that to rest.

As Small Business Saturday approaches, 15 North, the new wood-oven pizza place set to open at 15 N. Fort Thomas Ave., has become an example of the Fort Thomas community rallying quick and enthusiastic support around business owners who decide to make Fort Thomas their home.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Governor Beshear: KY to Set National Standard for Healthcare Access Again

kynect, Kentucky's healthcare marketplace, set the bar for similar programs around the country/provided

Open enrollment through kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange, began over the weekend with a strong showing of interest from Kentuckians. Those who need health insurance are encouraged to log on or contact an insurance agent or kynector Nov. 15 through Feb. 15, 2015 to see their options for quality, affordable health coverage in 2015.

Monday's Snow-fall Wasn't the Only Wintry Record Broken This Week

Some parts of the region reported up to 5" of snow on Monday and record low temperatures on Tuesday/Jessica Duke

Apparently dumping a record-setting five inches of snow on the region Monday morning wasn't enough for this winter front that moved in late Sunday night.

City Council Round-UP: Fire Department Recognized, Highland Hills Dog Park Rules to Change and Employee Residence Requirement Debate

Mike, Michael, Andrew and Maria Siska
and Jennie King. The group was recognized for their work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Note: This story has been updated with the information in red.
The Fort Thomas Fire Department was recognized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association after presenting the MDA with a check, the Parks Committee suggested changes to the Highland Hills Dog Park and the first reading of an employee residence requirement ordinance change caused a heated debate in council's chambers. Here’s your round-up:

Monday, November 17, 2014

NKY Designated a "Work Ready" Community

NKY Chamber Vice President of Employer Solutions Amanda Dixon, NKY Workforce Investment Board Director Barbara Stewart, and NKY Education Council Executive Director Polly Page accept the "Work Ready Community" designation/provided

FRANKFORT, KY – Governor Steve Beshear announced today three counties in the Northern Kentucky region including Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties have been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community.

Have you got your tickets yet for FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank

FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati on Friday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

What local records has Alex Veneman broken and where did Beau Hoge verbally commit over the weekend?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands wide receiver Alex Veneman (6) hauls in a touchdown pass a few weeks ago against Covington Holmes. Veneman broke the Northern Kentucky record for the most receptions and receiving yards in a season in the Highlands win over Ashland on Friday.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The senior tandem of quarterback Beau Hoge and Alex Veneman for the Highlands Bluebirds football team (10-2) have tormented defenses all season.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Your Guide to Small Business Saturday [Nov. 29]

All You Need to Know About the Fort Thomas Small Business Hop

There's only 38 days left until Christmas. If you haven't already, be sure to check out my last article - A Holiday Shopping Guide to Help You Ace This Season's Sales - for tips on making your holiday gift list and mastering the seasonal sales.

Today, I'm excited to share details about Fort Thomas's involvement in Small Business Saturday. The following shops will be participating in the Fort Thomas Small Business Hop: