Monday, October 23, 2017

Fort Thomas Sesquicentennial T-shirt Love

Honor Valentine and her adorable cousin twinning at Findlay Market.
Fort Thomas residents are known for their hometown pride. An abundance of love and appreciation for the city shined throughout this summer’s 150th year celebration. The heart of Fort Thomas swelled as everyone came out to support local businesses, meet new friends and catch up with neighbors.

To celebrate and commemorate the 150th celebration, Fort Thomas resident and owner of Fort Thomas Coffee, David Valentine, created a limited edition sesquicentennial t-shirt that is available at the coffee shop for $20. David has designed several unique t-shirts including a silhouette of the iconic Tower and of course “Ohtucky” shirts for those who have affinities for both sides of the Ohio River.

Stop by Fort Thomas Coffee and pick up one of their new Fall menu drinks and a fabulous new t-shirt!

Will Backscheider spreading Fort Thomas Coffee love at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Olivia and Gwen Gorman on Pikes Peak with Fort Thomas Coffee’s Mornin’ FTC shirt.

Jodi Zerbe from Loveland works at NKU and considers herself an Ohtuckian.
She often stops in Fort Thomas Coffee on her way to work.

Fort Thomas Matters' own Mark Collier with his family
welcoming baby Landon while sporting an NKY shirt.

Sesquicentennial t-shirts available at Fort Thomas Coffee - they are so soft!

For the newest Fort Thomas residents there are adorable onesies. 

Already have a Fort Thomas t-shirt? We want to see it!
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Herald Family Dentistry Halloween Candy Buy- Back Program


Dr. Joe Herald grew up and currently resides in Fort Thomas, KY. He graduated from Highlands High School and completed his D.M.D. at the University of Kentucky. In 2009 he opened his practice in Southgate, KY. His office manager and hygienist, Amber Kleier, also live in Fort Thomas. He has an outstanding staff as one testimonial states:

“The practice has an amazing staff who are compassionate, understanding and kind”.

Dr. Herald is very active in his church and community. He and his wife Danielle have two beautiful daughters, Avery and Makenzie.  


Herald Family Dentistry is currently offering a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program. You don’t have to be a patient to participate, however, Dr. Herald is currently accepting new patients. They would love to take care of your family’s dental needs.


City Council Roundup: Updates on Traffic, Road Stabilization and Police Work Details

Adam Blau, who owns property on Burnet Ridge, shares photos of the degrading roadway.
by Robin Gee

City Administrator Ron Dill welcomed all to the October City Council meeting with a brief update on Mayor Eric Haas. He suffered a heart attack on October 8, and had surgery but is doing very well and is expected to return home soon.

Council Member Roger Peterman served as Mayor Pro Tem for the meeting.

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Traffic safety is an ongoing challenge

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Here's How To Get Your Free Recycling Cart in Fort Thomas

Rumpke is offering free 64-gallon recycling carts to all Fort Thomas residents who receive weekly recycling service.

Previously, Rumpke was leasing these bins to residents for a dollar a month and the 96-gallon trash carts for an additional fee.

In August, city council learned that the lowest bid for collection was from Rumpke, an increase of about $35 per year. They were also the only bid received by the city.

RELATED: City Council Roundup: Discussion Points to Another Increase

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Sixty-five-gallon wheeled recycling carts hold nearly four times more material than the blue recycling bins and also feature a lid to prevent recycling from blowing or spilling.

Residents can recycle the following items:

Highlands-Greenwood Football Game Story

Bluebirds Hold Off Adams, Gators in Road Win

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior defensive back Casey Greene (36) makes a move during the 47-35 Bluebird victory at Greenwood on Friday. Greene had a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The host Greenwood Gators had their all-time leading rusher and scorer in senior quarterback Jackson Adams.

But for the first time in school history, the Greenwood Gators also found out why the visiting Highlands Bluebirds have had a lot of success throughout their 103-season history. That is offensive balance, opportunistic defense and nice special teams play. Highlands (4-5 overall) used all three to record a 47-35 road victory over the Gators (3-6) on Friday in Bowling Green.

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Bluebirds Make Most of Road Trip

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Jared Wogan (10) looks for running room while Grant Summers (8) looks to block in the 47-35 win over Greenwood on Friday.
PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Crosley New (7) and junior Trent Johnson (65) celebrate after New recovered one of his two fumbles against Greenwood on Friday.
The three-plus-hour trip to Bowling Green for a regular season game may not be ideal for any Northern Kentucky football team, let alone the Highland Bluebirds.

But it served as a better option for both teams as opposed to only playing nine regular season games. Louisville Trinity has had to do that in the past because it could not find an 10th opponent. Highlands (4-5) made the most of the trip beating the host Greenwood Gators, 47-35 in non-district action Friday.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Taking Down the Rivals

Highlands Boys Soccer, Volleyball Record Huge Tournament Wins

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior Will Burnham makes a diving stop of a Covington Catholic penalty kick in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Colonels in the 9th Region semifinals.

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands volleyball players celebrate after winning their first 36th District volleyball championship since 2012.
All the eyes at Tower Park gazed at Will Burnham and the turf between himself and the next penalty kicker for the arch-rivals.

The junior goalkeeper for the Highlands Bluebird boys soccer team (15-7 overall) had already denied six shots and three penalty kicks from the two-time 9th Region champion Covington Catholic Colonels (13-7-4). But another one meant ending an impressive run of a state championship in 2015 and state runner-up finish last year.

Burnham dug in as CovCath senior defender Johnathan Dietz approached the ball. The shot went to Burnham's left. But he timed the dive well, deflected it high to his left and sent the home side into a frenzy as his teammates celebrated the huge 1-0 victory.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rules for Pedestrians in Kentucky

Not only in the cities, but through rural Campbell County, pedestrians must be aware of traffic and other dangers while walking, beyond just looking both ways before crossing.  In order to minimize the potential dangers for all, the Legislature has set several rules for pedestrians.  These rules may seem obvious but I believe it may be useful to review as they are important for pedestrians and drivers alike to understand.

These rules include requiring pedestrians to obey the instruction of any official traffic control devices specifically designed and applicable to the pedestrian.  Of course, if there is a police officer directing traffic, the officer can direct otherwise. Similarly, no pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic control devices.  Moreover, no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

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Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.  Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.  Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking on or along a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way roadway shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.  Any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

Violation of these rules set by the Legislature could result being charged with a criminal violation and being subject to a minimum fine of $20 up to a maximum fine $100 plus court costs.  Regardless of the potential criminal penalty, pedestrians should strive to be safe while traveling to avoid injury.

Here are some addition tips that may assist pedestrians while traveling:

LISTEN: Fort Thomas Superintendent Weighs in on Pension Proposal

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent, Karen Cheser, with her thoughts on the pension proposal given by Gov. Matt Bevin on Oct. 18.

"Keeping the Promise" proposal (link).

PHOTO: Dr. Karen Cheser, FTM file. 

Highlands High Students Participate in Governor's Scholars Program

Highlands students Bonny Lemma and Savannah Brady participated in the Governor's Scholars Program over the summer.
by Robin Gee

--> The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program is a five-week summer study program designed to nurture talented Kentucky students and keep them interested in remaining in the state for their college and careers.

Three Highland High School were selected to participate in the program over the summer: Savannah Brady, Bonny Lemma and Griffin Leighty.

Board Recognizes Students Competing in National Merit Scholarship Competition

National Merit Scholarship Program students discuss the competition. Bonny Lemma (left) and Samantha Lohner (right) are Commended Students. Savannah Brady (middle) is a Semifinalist.
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Six Fort Thomas District students were selected to continue in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition underway.

The students were recognized and honored at the October Fort Thomas School Board meeting. The board had the opportunity to meet some of the students who were able to attend.

Two students, Savannah Brady and Natalie Reed, have been named National Merit Semifinalists and will continue in the competition process to for the opportunity to become National Merit Scholar Finalists.

Fort Thomas City Council Explores Traffic Safety Issue

Engineers Jay Korros (l) and Rob Hans (r) discuss traffic safety issues with city council members.
City Council members met this week to review traffic control policies in an effort to address concerns about speeding and other traffic issues in Fort Thomas neighborhoods.

Council members met with traffic engineering experts from CT Consultants in a special information session to better understand regulations and policies already in place and explore best practices.

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Highlands-Greenwood Football Preview

Bluebirds Face Challenging Veer Offense

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Jared Wogan (10) makes a move against Covington Catholic while Josh Homer (71) and Grant Summers (8) look to block.
The coaching staff likes to use the phrase, "Play the Next Play" for a big reason.

The hope is for the Highlands Bluebirds football players to try to do their best on each and ever play regardless of how good or bad the last one went. That'll be especially the case when the Bluebirds head south to Bowling Green on Friday for an 8:30 p.m. contest against the Greenwood Gators from Class 5A, District 2 in a battle of 3-5 squads.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fort Thomas Resident Appointed to Kentucky Housing Corporation Board

Tammy Weidinger, president and CEO of Brighton Center, was among those appointed to the Kentucky Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Weidinger’s 34-year history with Brighton Center began with front line work with individuals and families and led to her current position, responsible for leadership of Bright Center programs.

She is a resident of Fort Thomas.

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RELATED: Brighton Center's 50 Years of Support in NKY

She has also served on the boards of Every Child Succeeds and the Northern Kentucky Regional mental Health Community Corrections Board, and she currently is a board member for the Northern Kentucky Education Council and the Newport Business Association.

Gov. Bevin, Senate President Stivers and House Speaker Hoover Unveil Plan to Save Kentucky’s Pension Systems

Gov. Matt Bevin, together with Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Jeff Hoover, today unveiled “Keeping the Promise” — a comprehensive plan to save Kentucky’s ailing public pension systems.

“There is no such thing as an insurmountable obstacle,” said Gov. Bevin. “We, as a Commonwealth, have a moral and legal obligation to fulfill the promises that have been made to our public employees. This is not just about fixing our present underfunding problem. It is also about ensuring that we leave a better, financially stable Kentucky to our children.

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“The right thing to do is rarely the easiest, but we are determined to address this crisis with the most fiscally responsible public pension reform plan in the history of the United States. I am confident that the rest of the country will pay close attention to this excellent work by our legislature and for good reason. For those retired, for those still working, and for those yet to come: we are truly fixing our broken pension systems. United we stand. Divided we fall.”
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Highlights of the plan include (click to view):

Longtime Fort Thomas Business Moving

A longtime Fort Thomas business is moving a few miles away to Southgate.

River Hills Pediatrics, started by Fort Thomas resident, Dr. William J. Beckmeyer, is moving its location at 602 S. Fort Thomas Avenue to the South Hill Medical Center in Southgate on Alexandria Pike.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Team Believe Fundraiser: We Will Fight

The night before Thanksgiving is always a time when old friends convene. This year, you can do that while supporting a local man who has had his life take a different course than originally planned.

A night of fellowship, fun and fundraising that will include silent and live auctions, door raffles and split-the-pot will support Brian Eviston, a 1996 Newport Catholic graduate, who was diagnosed with ALS. The event will be held at The Newport Syndicate on November 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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Live entertainment will include Ben Walz and Stays in Vegas. Dress is casual. Ticket price includes open bar and heavy appetizers.

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ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size, which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and eventually breathing.

"It just changes your every day living. I think that's the biggest thing," said Eviston's brother, Covington Catholic coach Eddie Eviston said. 

"I don't experience it so I don't want to put words in anybody's mouth that's ever gone through it. It's almost like your trapped in your own body. You want to do things, but your body isn't responding the way you're thinking. Obviously as a brother to Brian, it's hard to watch. But at the same time, I know he's going to battle it. His family is going to battle it. He's a guy who was very athletic, involved and active. It's one of those unfortunate events in life that he's dealing with."

Performance Chiropractic Opening Second Location in Alexandria

419 Licking Pike Suite B
Wilder, KY 41071

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Dr. Steve Hannegan has a reputation for sound judgement, steady hands, empathy and experience. He opened Performance Chiropractic in 2011. Patients hold him in the highest regard. He has been described as an honest man full of integrity and his expertise extends beyond just back pain from sports injury recovery to arthritis, carpal tunnel, migraines, sciatica and more conditions.

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Dr. Hannegan produces lasting results and is invested in our community. He was recently honored with an election to the Kentucky Association of Chiropractors (KAC) Board of Directors for District 5. His credentials include a BS in Life Science, MS in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and a Doctor of Chiropractic.


With his Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hannegan focuses on biomechanics and movement. As a former Division I baseball player, he became very familiar with the typical symptom-based approaches to treatment that provided little insight into the cause of an injury or its prevention. He knows first-hand what it is like to be a competitive athlete and has a passion for helping athletes of all ages and sports. He is committed to helping patients understand what is causing their condition, making healthcare about addressing the root cause, rather than merely treat isolated symptoms, to get them back on the field or court as soon as possible.

Dr. Hannegan’s passion, knowledge and enthusiasm has led to the establishment of a practice with a reputation for being patient centered. He spends time listening to his patient’s needs and uses his knowledge, energy and experience to help them recover efficiently and quickly. He seeks lasting results for his patients rather than a quick fix and wants to help people realize their full potential and health goals. With this proactive approach, he helps patients change behaviors to make this something they can integrate into everyday life.


Highlands Students Find Community in Summer Programs

Highlands student Libby Birkley discusses her experiences in the Governor's School for the Arts.
by Robin Gee

Two special summer programs offer students the opportunity to learn more and work with other students who share their passions and interests. Aimed at encouraging students to explore ideas in depth, both programs also help students build networks that can help them as they pursue further education and careers.

Fort Thomas School Board members learned more about the students’ experiences last summer at the October board meeting.

Fort Thomas Residents to Air on The Price is Right

Set your DVR's.

Fort Thomas residents, Denise and Mackenzie Grause, traveled to the set of The Price is Right this summer and their episode will air this Thursday, October 19.

In Other Words: Ideas Should Challenge and Open Our Eyes

I was mortified.

My parents and I sat in the principal’s office. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was just reading a book - One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. My mother was upset with the language in the book. My father was uncomfortable sitting there. It was probably because he was a master of colorful language. He drew from a rich palette of language choices. My mother, on the other hand, didn’t like some of those colors.

So there we sat. Me looking down. Dad shifting in the chair. Mom pointing that finger at the principal. The principal nodding. I was assigned another book, but I read Ken Kesey’s book anyway. Why? Because once something is forbidden, it becomes desirable. It was a sad story but the “language” was appropriate because it expressed the anger and frustration of the characters. The novel explored life in a mental institution but became a metaphor for society. It challenged the current thinking.

Now I could never figure out what exactly tripped this series of events that landed us in the office, but I learned that ideas were dangerous. And if ideas in books were dangerous enough to prompt a visit to the principal’s office then I wanted to know more. I wasn’t rebellious, just curious. I was fourteen, eager to learn but not always eager to be taught.

I will never know what prompted my parents to challenge the school.  Maybe my parents did not want to lose control of their child or maybe they weren't ready for their child to be an independent thinker or maybe they weren’t ready to let go or maybe they wanted to protect. I will never know. Maybe they didn’t want to give up their perceived control. Maybe they didn’t want to admit that they were wrong. Whatever it was, my parents were not ready for this particular challenge.