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Friday, April 29, 2011

YMCA Volunteers of the Year from Fort Thomas

Ft. Thomas resident Denise Fenik was recently honored by the Campbell County YMCA as 2010 Volunteer of the Year for her passion toward the YMCA’s cause of strengthening the community.

Over the past few years, Fenik has been volunteering her time as a Hip Hop dance instructor at the Campbell County YMCA, providing members with high tempo cardio exercises that incorporate dance moves. Her classes are packed from wall-to-wall on Tuesday and Thursday nights and because of the growing success, she even began teaching a Youth Hip Hop Class. Her commitment to the Y, her enthusiasm for dance, and her belief that healthy habits can be achieved in fun and unique ways has helped many youth and adults achieve more active lifestyles- all while learning moves they can show their families and friends.

Ft. Thomas resident Jerry Ayers was recently honored as the Williams YMCA 2010 Volunteer of the Year for his passion about the YMCA’s cause of strengthening the community.

Although Ayers has been a Williams Branch Board member for several years, he has dedicated over 40 years of his life as our volunteer. Raising over $30,000 in just 2 years through the Williams YMCA Golf Outing, as well as consistently sharing the Y’s story, identifying opportunities to advance the Y’s priorities, and rallying adults to provide their support to the Y have enabled us to build and maintain long-lasting relationships in our community. Ayers’ philanthropic attitude is genuine, and he embodies the Y’s mission as someone who truly wants to help people build their spirit, mind, and body.

5 Things to Know About The Royal Wedding

Sorry for the tardiness, thought we had someone lined up for this week's feature, but apparently not. I googled 5 Things to Know about the Royal Wedding, and this article came up. It's pretty lazy, but then again, it's Van Damme Friday, I worked a long week, just got done cutting the yard and I'm trying to relax.

1. The night before. According to the Guardian United Kingdom website, Kate Middleton will spend her last night "as a commoner" with her mother, Carole, and her sister, Pippa, at the luxurious Goring Hotel, known as one of London's finest. The hotel was started in 1910, and there's a fascinating timeline of the Goring's history. It is conveniently adjacent to Buckingham Palace, and it is still owned by the Goring family today.
2. The ceremony. Prince William and Kate Middleton will be wed by the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, in the Westminster Abbey, the official church of the royal family. The church fits 2,000 people, however, the guest list of 1,800 is divided into three tiers: those invited to the ceremony, the reception and the after party. According to AOL News, the monarchies of Romania, Spain, Holland, Belgium and other countries are expected to be in attendance, as well as Princess Diana’s family.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fort Thomas News - Week of April 25th

Tons of news this week so lets get right to it:

1. Another Highlands football star commits to a local division I program.  After Patrick Towles commitment to UK a few weeks ago we got word this weekend that Drake Bruns has committed to UC.  Dale Mueller has compared Drake to Mike Mitchell who was drafter a couple years ago by the Raiders.  High praise for yet another talented member of the 2011 Highlands Bluebirds football team.

2. Cincinnati area police departments are putting out alerts about Gypsies moving into the area.  I know this conjures up images of a Jack Sparrow-looking woman with a crystal ball but apparently they are a mini crime syndicate and you should all be on the lookout. This is a somewhat bizarre story that culminates in the belief that they will be using Mason as their launching pad to unleash crime on the area.

3. For those of you who may have youth sports events at the Silver Grove Park can rest assured that Sanitation District 1 is installing a new $20 million pump to remove sewage overflow that was ponding near the park.

4. Chickens, wild pigs, and goats - OH My!
With all the hubbub about residential chickens over the past few weeks I thought you might enjoy a couple other articles about wild pigs taking over Northern Kentucky and Loveland trying to revise their ordinance on raising goats.

Speaking of chickens, I removed the poll last night after I found out that there was a coordinated effort among the chicken lobby (here is an example of a site directing activists to vote in our poll) to skew the polling results.  It now makes sense why there were so many votes in favor of the chickens and why I was getting so much hate mail.  Thank you for the extra page views!  And don't worry you can still see the results of the poll on our poll archive page.

In addition to encouraging their supporters to vote in the poll they are also encouraging people to turn out to the Council meeting on May 2nd in support of residential chickens.  It is up to you to be sure actual residents of Fort Thomas make their voice heard as well.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Facebook FTM update

Here's a summary of what's been going on over the last week at the Fort Thomas Matters Facebook page. If you haven't yet joined, and are curious, check it out. We post "snapshot stories" that sometimes don't have enough content to dedicate an entire post on the blog format.

It's also a great way to make your comments heard. Negative Nancies beware: you have to attach your real name.

Here's what was going on:

- The above picture, taken outside 915, of a Ft. Thomas ambulance, getting towed away and subsequent smart-aleck remark about the department needing all $600,000 and change in grants.

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What are your thoughts on Fort Thomas' use of the term "Spring Egg Hunt" instead of Easter Egg Hunt?

Collinsworth zinged by Marvin at Ruby's roast. On cris being 1st off waterfront - 'he got off faster than chad can twitter'

Dear Campbell Co./Ft. Thomas -

Thanks so much for the blaring storm sirens last night at midnight. The more you use these to wake everyone up, the more they will ignore them and go back to sleep.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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Quick FYI from Taunya Nolan Jack: Just wanted to let your readers know that tomorrow, Friday, April 22nd, the Campbell Circuit/District Clerk’s Offices and both the Newport and Alexandria Driver License departments will close at 12:00 p.m.

Westboro Baptist has plans to "preach" within a legal distance at Brandon Pickering's service today. Shameful.
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On The Leach Report this morning, Jeff Piecoro had some interesting words regarding UK commit Patrick Towles. Piecoro said he thinks he has a stronger arm than Jared Lorenzen (blasphemy!) and that if given the choice between Towles and Zeke Pike,’s #1 overall quarterback, he’d take Towles “seven days a week and twice on Sunday”. Pretty strong words. - via KSR

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fort Thomas Resident Published in NY Post

How does SNL and business go together?  A Fort Thomas resident and Fort Thomas Matters reader found a connection and parlayed that connection into a featured story in the New York Post today.

Chris Tomlin, who has also written for Kentucky Sports (a University of Kentucky fan site) wrote about the improv comedy troupe in Chicago - Second City - and their foray into corporate training and team building.  It is truly a fascinating read if you are a fan of Saturday Night Live or have ever seen a show at Second City.

The story was featured under "Jobs" in the Business section of the Post.  Great job Tomlin - hope to see more of your work in the future.  Oh, and thanks for giving me an excuse to post this classic from Chris Farley.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter News and Views

Happy Easter everyone, just a quick post before Sunday Church Service. Had a discussion on our Facebook page (here) about the emergency sirens and the perceived frivolity on which the county lets them blare and why citizens on the south end of town didn't hear them at all.

Checked the city website, and I have no idea when this was updated, but I found the answer (below).

Emergency Warning Devices (Sirens)
City of Ft. Thomas

The City of Ft. Thomas is currently working with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to replace the three Severe Weather Alerting Sirens in Ft. Thomas. We have received a grant and are working with the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management to replace the sirens at Moyer and St. Catherine. These sirens are currently still operational. The siren at Woodfill School has been taken out of service with the construction of the new school. The three new sirens will be placed in Tower, Highland and Rossford Parks and should be operational by the fall of 2011. In the event of severe weather, the FD recommends you tune to your TV or radio for instructions or purchase a weather radio for you residence or business. Any questions, please feel free to contact Chief Mark Bailey at the FD (441-8393).

I'll post a summary of the discussions we've had on our facebook page later to give you a flavor of how it's different that what we post here. It's worth checking out.

Friday, April 22, 2011

NKy Rivermonsters Saturday Night

Two items we have covered rather extensively on Fort Thomas Matters are coming together tomorrow night. The River Monsters and The Terri Krebs Foundation (Mark Krebs' mother) will be teaming up to raise money for cancer aid and research. Great cause, great event.

via Drew Franklin at Kentucky Sports Radio:

The Northern Kentucky River Monsters indoor football team has partnered up with the Terri Krebs Dream Foundation for this Saturday’s game. The River Monsters will give part of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Foundation and there will be UK memorabilia raffled off throughout the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 at the Bank of Kentucky Center on the Northern Kentucky Campus.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Terri Krebs Dream Foundation, it was formed in honor of Mark Krebs’ mother who passed away last summer after a nine year battle with cancer. Its mission is to help aid children who have been affected by cancer and other terminal illness through cancer research and direct aid. Events like these and the money from Mark’s book sales are the primary funding for the Dream Foundation and its vision. As you all know, Mark is a good friend of ours and it’s amazing what he and his family are doing to help others in honor of Terri.

We encourage everyone in the Northern Kentucky area to go out and support the cause. Plus you’ll get to see the River Monsters starting quarterback, Jared Lorenzen, clinch a playoff berth.

It's also $1 beer night.

5 Things to Know About Your Dental Health

Michelle E. Story, D.M.D.
1227 S. Ft. Thomas Ave.
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

If you are like most people, a visit to the dentist isn’t at the top of your Fun Things To Do list. Dentistry gets a bad rap for being painful. The only problem is that the mouth pain most people endure is usually due to neglect and can be avoided. If everyone took care of their mouth, dental problems would decline and more people would have a fantastic reason to smile.
Here are five things to think about regarding your dental health:
1) Good dental health is critical to good overall health. Bacteria in the mouth can contribute to many health problems including heart disease, premature and low birth weight babies, pancreatic cancer, pneumonia and stroke. So – clean your mouth multiple times every day. Brush, floss, and clean your tongue. Tongue scrapers are the best way to clean the tongue, but if you don’t have one, use the edge of a spoon. The most important time to clean your mouth is at bedtime. Removing the daily grunge from your teeth is the best way to prevent cavities and gum disease.

2) Prevent Bad Breath. There are many reasons for bad breath, but the main cause is poor oral hygiene. Cleaning bacteria from your mouth frequently will help reduce odor. One part of the mouth most people forget about, which is a common source of bad breath, is the tongue. Use a tongue scraper daily in addition to brushing and flossing to help combat bad breath. Also, avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol. If bad breath persists after improving your oral hygiene, you may need to see your physician. Sometimes, bad breath is a sign of a more serious health problem.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fort Thomas Walking Score Update

I have mentioned the concept of a walking score in previous posts and while I think a walking score is a great idea the few measures available have been flawed at best.  Past iterations have had flaws such as not recognizing natural boundaries that could bring down scores in some places.

Now Zillow, in their quest to make their site the de facto source for real estate information by continuing to integrate handy tools for real estate buyers, have integrated the walking score into their listings and profile pages.

Whereas previously the walking score was provided at the community level they now have customized scores at the individual address level.  You can actually observe slight variations as you move across town.  My home on Lumley scored a 51 whereas if you moved over to Highland Ave just West of Fort Thomas Ave the score increases to 60.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Noah's Ark Tuesday Notes

Really rain? Really? Enough already.

- There are two Ft. Thomas connections hitting prime time TV, over the next few weeks. Tomorrow, Rachael Wagenlander, will be appearing on Modern Family at 9:00 on ABC. Rachael grew up in Fort Thomas and went to NCC.

She'll be playing "Gabby" who's a friend of the older daughter on the show. If you haven't tuned in yet, here's a great opportunity. It's definitely one of the better shows on television right now.

Here's Rachael's IMDB (International Move Database) profile.

- Another show that is infinitely interesting is Extreme Couponing on TLC. Saw a portion of the first episode last week and a woman equipped with a binder full of coupons, food storage shelves in her closet, and a lot of time on her hands got around $650 worth of groceries for $6. That wasn't a typo, she saved over 99%.

2000 Highlands graduate, Nathan Engles will be featured on the upcoming show. I remember reading about Nathan (here's the article, here) before this couponing craze took over the mainstream. Nathan's got his own website, which details how to go about saving money on your grocery bill.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Edible Arrangements to Newport Pavilion

Edible Arrangements has signage up and will be moving in between Monmouth Jewelers and the New China Buffet. I called the owners of the Edible Arrangements in the Ft. Thomas Plaza and they confirmed that they are in deed the same owners and will be moving from their old location.

The puzzle pieces are coming together.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fort Thomas News - Week of April 18th

1. Governor Steve Beshear has recognized Brandon Pickering's sacrifice this week.  As a part of this recognition the Governor has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Pvt. Pickering’s interment.  This date has not been set, despite Mark's post earlier about a service in Fort Thomas for his friends and family the official service and burial has not been set.

2. Former US Senator Jim Bunning has been named Grand Marshall for the Fourth of July parade in Fort Thomas.  I think you know all of the accomplishments of Mr Bunning including his terms in Congress and his Major League Baseball career so I won't go into all that.  The parade will start at 10:30 on the 4th and if you are interested in participating in the parade please contact the Campbell County YMCA.

Friday, April 15, 2011

5 Things to Know When Calling for a Baby Sitter

I can't imagine how hard it was to be my baby sitter. I think back to what I put Ellie through when I was a little one, and I just shake my head. The girl was a saint. Just thinking of the stories the owner of BabysitEase, Peggy Murriner, hears from her baby sitters on a weekly basis could probably fill enough content for a weekly feature on this blog.

Besides the myriad of tales from the crib she has, Peggy - who is also a mother of 3 - knows her stuff about this business. Without further adieu, here's Peggy:

1. How do I prepare my babysitter for a successful night with my children? The evenings can be chaotic - trying to rush around and get ready for your date night and prep the babysitter with bedtimes, food schedules, special instructions such as the neighbor kid must go home by 8pm can seem daunting at best. We posted this awesome checklist ( ) from Real Simple magazine that does a great job of allowing you to think of all these things in advance and post on the fridge so you don't have to remember every detail as you're rushing out the door - late for dinner.

2. Babysitters keep marriages together and strong. The importance of a date night is a continuing there with -successful married couples. In a recent project sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, couples were asked the secret of their successful marriages when faced with particularly stressful life circumstances. Unanimously -- and without prompting -- these couples (married anywhere from 10-71 years) all said "date night."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Memorial Service for Pickering This Saturday

A memorial service has been announced for, 2008 HHS grad, Brandon Pickering.

A group of Pvt. Brandon Pickering's family and friends organized a memorial/prayer service for Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 10am – 1pm at the Highlands Middle School Gym. The service will give family, friends and the Fort Thomas community an opportunity to pay their respects. It is very likely that formal services will not take place for a couple weeks as there may be services at bases where Brandon was stationed.

Pickering died April 10 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and a rocket propelled grenade in Wardak province, Afghanistan, April 8.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

Fort Thomas Setting Up Traffic Cameras?

I can neither confirm or deny this rumor. But from the looks of this picture, it seems this may be the case. The worker on the truck was installing a camera on the light, Wednesday, in the Midway district which faces S. Fort Thomas Ave.

I have an email into the city to help clarify, but if it's true a few questions get brought up:

- Are these going to issue citations automatically?
- How many and where will the others be placed?
- Is this a city sponsored program for "revenue enhancement?"

Must be a trending topic across the US today as this was a story on The Today Show this morning. As strapped-for-cash- municipalities have taken to these "robo-cops" to increase revenue, the push back has been great. A few numbers to crunch from Broward County, in Florida, which was featured in the story:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Heavy Heart Mid-week News Update

1. The US Army finally confirmed what has been known all week - Brandon Pickering has succumbed to his injuries reported on Monday.  No arrangements, memorials, or honors have been announced at this point.  We'll have more as they are announced.

2. This picture needs no explanation.  Construction dumpster, drive thru blocked off, porta potty, a re-opening is just around the corner.

3. The UK Career Services Center will be coming to the Campbell County Extension office next Wednesday to support anyone's search for a new job.  Some of the services they will be providing include career counseling, a professional development program, and networking opportunities.  For more information visit the UK Career Services website.

4. Highlands students made college commitments today for athletics.  Big congratulations to Ashley Collinsworth who will be taking her track shoes to Harvard as well as a host of football players (including Austin Abner to Illinois).  You can see the full list of honors by visiting the Fort Thomas Independent Schools website.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More on the Fort Thomas Farmers Market

I finally caught up with the Enquirer's coverage of the change from Earth Mother Market to the Fort Thomas Farmer's Market (which by the way was a full month after FTM's coverage and a week after we posted the rules for the market).  While our coverage may have been first the Enquirer did a good job of interviewing vendors and two troubling points emerged:

1. Same time as the Bellevue market (3-7pm on Wednesday).  Bellevue offers an 8-1 Saturday time as well

2. Some of the Earth Mother market vendors have decided to go to the Bellevue market because they have a better known location with better visibility and parking.

Monday, April 11, 2011

2008 HHS Graduate Injured in Afghanistan

Brandon Pickering, 20, was injured in Kabul, Afghanistan as he was serving in the infantry for the US Army.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. We will get more information out as it comes.

UPDATE:  Despite early reports that Brandon was fatally injured it appears that he was injured and transported to Germany for treatment.  WCPO and a couple other news outlets reported his death on Monday so we will keep you up to date as we get information on his condition.

More Goings On in The Fort

Probably should have included this in my From the Fountain post, but I wasn't smart enough then. But I am now, so here we go:
  • Friday, April 22 the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse will be performed at the Highlands High School Performing Arts Center on Friday, at 7pm.
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door, at Bowman’s Frame Shop in Fort Thomas, or online

I've not seen this play, but apparently it's a great show for the little ones. From the Fort Thomas Independent Schools website:

“Every child can relate to Lilly and her efforts to do the right thing in the face of a world determined to throw baby brothers, complicated friendships and mysterious teachers in her path,” said Playhouse in the Park Director of Education Mark Lutwak. “It is one of the best modern plays ever written for children.”

  • Saturday, April 23 is the HHS Alumni Association Awards Dinner at the Highland Country Club.
Elgin Emmons, retired Highlands High School principal, will be the Keynote Speaker for the Highlands High

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Fort Thomas News in Social Media

As a reminder - this feature summarizes the extra things that we post on our Facebook page or Twitter account that may not show up on the site.  Take a look and if there is anything interesting to you then friend or follow us.
  1. Residential Chicken story that didn't run along with article links describing how Colerain, Ludlow, and Loveland are handling the situation
  2. Discussion about a new business on Fort Thomas Ave - Dirty Hairy's Dog Spa.  The consensus is a great concept for Fort Thomas but would like to have the ability to drop-in without an appointment
  3. Announcement of NKU's move to Division 1 sports on our Twitter account

One last thing that isn't really social media related - my friend, and fellow Fort Thomas resident, Lori Valentine is in an upcoming performance at the New Edge Cliff Theatre.  The title of the show is [title of show].  No, you didn't read that wrong that is the actual name of the production and was nominated for a Tony award in 2009.  Click the link above to find out more about the story and the production and go support her show.

    From the Fountain Summary

    From the fountain is the newsletter the city sends out quarterly (I think). As I sit here on this glorious day, flipping back and forth between the Masters and the Reds game, I thought I'd hit the highlights.

    • 2011 Earth Fair (4th annual) 4/16 at the Clock Tower Plaza from 10-3
    • Beverly Hills Supper Club exhibit is unveiled at the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum on 4/17. The museum will be open six days a week beginning 4/1 and will be open every day but Monday from noon - 4:00.
    • Spring Egg Hunt (Really? We aren't using the word Easter?) is 4/23 at noon at Tower Park. Ages 1-8. Free pictures with the bunny. 12,000 eggs, 900 prizes.
    • Spruce up for Spring 5/1 and the Towne Center Plaza from 1-5.
    • Fort Thomas Farmer's Market opening day is 5/4 in the Historic Midway District.
    • 2011 Summer Entertainment Amphitheater at Tower Park:
    June Concerts
    Friday, June 10th, "Eight Days a Week" @ 7 PM
    Tuesday, June 21st, "Dog House" @ 7 PM
    Thursday, June 30th "Jump N Jive" @ 7 PM

    July Concerts
    Saturday, July 2nd, "Hot Wax" @ 8 PM
    Thursday, July 7th, "Jump N Jive" @ 7 PM
    Friday, July 8th, "After Midnight" @ 7 PM
    Tuesday, July 19th, "Filmore Wind Band" @ 7 PM

    Good stuff, Fort Thomas.

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Need Mulch?

    I'm sure a lot of people will be doing yard work tomorrow. Why not get it delivered by the Highlands soccer team? It's your last chance, they are delivering tomorrow. 2 cubic feet of mulch is $3.50.

    Here's the website to order. Go with pay pal and they'll get it to you tomorrow.

    HHS Soccer Mulch Sale

    5 Things to Know About Your Heating/Air Needs

    I chose Matt Birkley for my heating and cooling needs because he's reliable, affordable and he doesn't try and oversell services you don't need.

    It's supposed to be 80 degrees this weekend, so I'm sure most will turn on their AC units for the first time. I thought this would be a good time to bring Birkley's expertise to the table:

    Without further adieu, here's Matt:

    1) One of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system is to change your furnace filter on a regular basis. We recommend inexpensive pleated filters, however they must be replaced often. The expensive ones will say they last 90 days, but that is way too long for that type of filter. When pleated filters get dirty they restrict airflow. Today's highly efficient equipment is much more sensitive to air flow. Dirty filters rob you of this efficiency.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    The Chicken Story

    I can't believe that this story has gotten so much play on other websites. It's completely ridiculous.

    Long story short, people on Bluegrass Ave. have chickens. Neighbors don't like it. They wrote a letter to council to review ordinance that allows for chickens in the city limits.

    I told some city officials I wouldn't comment too much on this story, and I won't, but if you want to see Mayor Brown's comments on this issue, which were quite frankly hilarious, go to our Facebook page.

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    City Council Notes 4/4

    - Above: Covington Police Chief, Lee Russo, recognized Lt. Ken Fetcher (Information and Technology head) for his work with KDI project in helping to assist neighboring departments. The Kentucky Data Interoperability (KDI) is a tool that allows the detectives to quickly and easily send information out to our officers and other departments. This system also gives the officers on patrol the ability to immediately alert the rest of department of any crime trends or suspicious activity.

    Mayor Mary Brown noted, "Anytime we can work together for the betterment of our cities and communities as a whole, it's a good thing."

    - Fire Chief Mark Bailey submitted his annual report to council. A few highlights:
    • 1773 total runs by the Fire Department/EMS (1198 EMS runs, 476 Fire runs, 99 first response response runs)
    • Received $569,000 in grant money
    • New ambulance employed since November
    • New pumper engine will be going out for bid this year
    - The deer census done by Vision Air will be done by mid to late April

    Graeter's to Reopen Summer 2011

    Again, the power of the new media scoops the old. This note was posted to our Facebook page a few hours ago:

    Great news Northern Kentucky: Two Graeter’s locations will be reopening in NKY! You heard it here first!

    The Buttermilk Pike store in Ft. Mitchell & the Grand Avenue store in Newport/Ft. Thomas will be open this summer!

    Both stores will be under Graeter’s ownership and will be renovated. They'll also feature our full line of bakery and ...candy products! We can’t wait to be back!

    Darrin was in on this story early on, so I'm sure he'll have more comments, but I just thought a glimpse into the summer could do everyone some good on this rainy Monday.

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Fort Thomas News - Weekend Notes (UK Final Four Edition)

    I know this is a Fort Thomas post but since Mark and I are UK grads and giant fans I thought I would start with a shout out to the UK basketball team for a great season.  The conclusion of the season is an especially fresh open wound for me since I am in a hotel in Memphis TN on my way back from Houston.  A disappointing loss but a great season.  I have to wish the iHOP waitress that we gave our championship game tickets to a great time on Monday night.  To the news:

    1. Keeping with the UK theme - big congratulations to Patrick Towles and his decision.  I am sure it will be a big relief to have that behind him for his senior season.

    2. Also congratulations to Dana and the YMCA for reaching their goal of raising $72,000 for family scholarships and other programs that benefit our community.  That will go a long way toward building healthy families in Fort Thomas.

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Highlands QB, Patrick Towles, Commits to Kentucky

    And this is why social media is awesome. Found this little nugget 4 minutes ago on twitter via KySportsRadio :

    2012 QB Patrick Towles, rated on ESPN's 150 for 2012, gives UK verbal according to Steve Jones. HUGE pickup.

    Of course, Towles is the quarterback for YOUR Highlands Bluebirds.

    Other quick hitter sports related links:

    - The NKY River Monsters play tonight for the battle for first place tonight at the Bank of Kentucky Center. They played Monday, so they'll be on short rest. Go support Jared and Will.

    - Go UK! I've been a nervous wreck all week.

    - How bout them Reds?

    - The Lady Hawks u12 soccer team has their spring debut tomorrow. Obviously, this should be on the top of everyone's list.

    5 Things to Know About Green Cleaning Recipes

    Amber DePrez, Founder of Dutchgirl Enterprises and Vice President of the Fort Thomas Business Association, has a lot on her plate. From her the Dutchgirl Enterprises website:

    Amber DePrez, founder of Dutchgirl Enterprises, is an internationally recognized serial entrepreneur, speaker, facilitator, coach and author. Although born and raised in Northern Kentucky with small business roots, this “Dutchgirl” has lived abroad and is a passionate world traveler with an adventuresome heart.

    Dutchgirl Enterprises is composed of Tulip Cleaning Services, DePrez and Associates International Coaching Firm and Lil' Dutchgirl Cabin.

    This week's feature focuses on Amber's green cleaning supplies recipes that you can make at your home. Without further adieu:

    Want to save money while saving the planet? Consider making your own green cleaning products, it’s easy, cost effective and they really work! Below are 5 recipes to help you get started; most of these items you probably already have on hand. Instead of using paper towels which can get expensive and add to our landfills, consider purchasing towels and t-shirts from Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul stores; again cost effective and you’re helping out a charity. Wash them using the laundry detergent recipe below.