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Saturday, December 31, 2011

FTM - Year-end Review

Wow – how time flies when you are having fun.  Fort Thomas Matters turned 4 last month.  As I began writing this post I realized that I started this blog a month after my oldest son was born – I must have needed an outlet for those 3AM feedings.  Regardless, New Year's is always a time for reflection and we are no different.  I thought we would start with a look back at the past year. 

The top 5 most read stories of the past year included:
1.       Cake Towne in Cake Town – surprising that a story about a High School play ranks #1 for the year.  Perhaps it had something to do with people searching for information about the bakery Cake Towne.
2.       Target Opens with Pictures – some of my favorite moments ever on the site as Mark walked into the store before opening and took pictures and who can forget his conversations with the Kroger management team during the grand opening
4.       Chicken Story – I enjoyed getting bombarded by the residential chicken lobby
5.       Fort Thomas Setting Up Traffic Cameras? – turned out to be a smart light sensor

Other highlights for the site this past year include:
1.       We reached 150,000 page views for the year
2.       Total traffic on the site increased 170%
3.       We added another writer – everyone thank Ben for his thoughtful commentary
4.   We introduced a Facebook page and now have 318 fans that now break the news
5.       We had 218 posts in the past year an increase from the previous year’s 151
6.       We inspired concerned citizens in other cities to start a similar outlet – look at River City News; does the design look familiar?  Mike is doing a great job over there with Covington information, go check him out or add him to your news feed.

With all that said – this is usually a good time to talk about changes.  Even with the addition of Ben, we are still looking for writers - we are always looking for good contributors that have something thoughtful to say that adds to the general public discourse.  If you have a fresh perspective and would like to write for the blog – shoot us an email.

What would you like to see from Fort Thomas Matters as we start to move into the new year?  Use the comments section below to give us some good suggestions.  And again, thanks for reading and leaving us your feedback.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ten and They're In (Guest post by Ben Petracco)

This is a Fort Thomas and surrounding area blog. As such, we try to keep things pretty close to home. But when their is a hurricane brewing on the coast, our local news covers it pretty extensively because it's a pretty rare occurrence.

In that same vein, I had to take advantage of this opportunity and document this event because as the Who Dey faithful know, this doesn’t happen very often. Hurricane Dalton is upon us. The Bengals hold their fate in their own hands and with a tenth win on Sunday they will be playoff bound.

Cincinnati takes on the Baltimore Ravens at 4:15 on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium and after some creative marketing by the Bengals the game was deemed a sell out. For the second time all season a home game will be on local TV. The creative marketing I speak of is the “buy one get one” technique with ticket sales to get people to open their wallets and pack the seats of the stadium.

The last time these two teams met it was the Ravens who prevailed with a 31-24 win over the Bengals. It was the Bengals 10th game in week 11 and while Andy Dalton did have a prolific passing game with 373 yards, he had some very detrimental interceptions that put the orange &black in a hole from which they could not climb out.

Since November 20th there has been 5 games; while the Bengals looked good against those teams going 3-2, the team they’ll face on Sunday is a completely different animal. To have any chance of winning Andy Dalton needs to clean up his passing game and limit any and all mistakes; when playing a defense like the Ravens any mishap can be costly if not disastrous.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

No Local KMart/Sears to Close... Right Now

No local Kmart or Sears stores will be shut down during the first round of closures from the retailer giant. A list was recently published on Sears' website, which can be viewed here.

The Sears Hardware store in Newport was shut down prior to this announcement. (For conversation of what could be moving into this location, "like" our Facebook page here).

Sears has said that it plans to close between 100-120 stores in all, but so far only 79 have been sent to the chopping block. The closest store to Fort Thomas that has already been closed is in Columbus.

As we said in a post dated January 6th 2010, KMart sucks. The KMart near NCC has been featured on the local news recently, as news spread that many of these stores would be closing. As soon as the Target went in, I think most people thought the closing of this store would be inevitable. Some shoppers, who were stopped and interviewed after leaving the store, said they felt sad or guilty that the Newport KMart might be closed.

I guess they will have a few more opportunities to consume, consume, consume. Has anyone started a "Save the Newport KMart" on Facebook yet?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fort Thomas News in Social Media

It has been a while since we gave you an update on what is happening in Fort Thomas on Facebook, Twitter, etc.  What better time than the holidays to check in than the holidays?  This blog isn't the only place people are engaging - our Facebook page has become a very active community of over 300 people and growing daily.  Also, you can check follow Mark, Ben, or my Twitter accounts and get updates as it happens.

1. Some readers posted rumors of Newport's Village Discount Outlet (whom recently closed) possible move into the old Sears store front.

2. Builders Surplus is coming to Newport - finally providing a tenant for the old Winn-Dixie (Thirftway?) building.  This was one of many retweets I send on a regular basis.  You can follow me by searching @murriner

3. Keep up with the latest on Mio's transformation in the old Warner's building by following Mio's Fort Thomas Facebook page.  They post pictures and regular updates.

4. I saw another interesting use for Social Media in the last couple weeks.  I walked into the Guardian Savings Bank location in the center of town and the teller, Amber Marie Perkins was promoting her attempt to become Miss Kentucky with a flyer to her Facebook page.  You can support her bid by clicking the link above.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from Birkley Services!

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Fort Thomas News - Holiday Edition

1. Fox 19 had a very cool story about a former St Catherine's teacher that had helped with plays in past years but has become too ill this year.  As a result students and faculty took Christmas to him and sang Christmas carols in his front lawn.  Very cool story to start your Christmas.

2. The Candy Cottage was mentioned in Kentucky Living Magazine's December issue in the "Worth the Trip" feature that focuses on specialty businesses around the state.  This month they featured specialty candy stores and Candy Cottage made the cut.

3. While not exactly news for this week - I just realized that Jared Lorenzen has joined Twitter.

4. I am not going to go into all the accolades young Patrick Towles is racking up this year since Mark just completed a recent post with an interview from Patrick but it is nice to have a Mr Football and Paul Hornung Award winner from Highlands.

5. Don't forget about the Frostbite 5K sponsored by the YMCA that is coming up in a little more than a week.  Here is some info about the race:
  The 6th Annual Al Salvato 5 Mile Run/3.1 Mile Walk is on for January 1st, 2012 at 8am. Past runners should have been emailed and called regarding registration. For those that did not get the information the registration form on or just email and she we will send you one. Online registration will be available as well in the next few days at  We will have Starbucks to wake you up, keep you warm and enjoy!

Friday, December 23, 2011

FTM Exclusive: Patrick Towles on Patrick Towles

I caught up with Patrick Towles this week, fresh off his Mr. Football commendation, to talk about his time with Highlands, his future with Kentucky and his thoughts on what's next for the Fort Thomas native.

Towles, who was also recently named an honorable mention quarterback on the Sports Illustrated All-America list and third team All-America on ESPN that was announced Monday and Thursday respectively, threw for 3,820 yards, 42 touchdowns and rushed for 589 yards and 15 touchdowns in leading the Bluebirds to the Class 4A state title. Their 5th in a row.

The UK commit's play on the field reminds me of another #8 from Highlands, Gino Guidugli. He's a little more athletic than Gino, but is accurate, throws a strong, tight spiral, and has outstanding decision making skills. It has been my belief since the end of his junior year and subsequent commitment to the Wildcats, that Towles would push current quarterbacks Max Smith and Morgan Newton for the starting job.

Mark Collier: I've seen in different articles and websites you referred to as Pat or Patrick. Which is it?

Patrick Towles: It's either. People who are close to me call me Pat. It'll be Patrick in the media guide next year.

MC: What's on the agenda for the rest of the year at Highlands?

PT: Well, I'll continue to work out and get ready for football next year, but I'm actually excited, I've got my first basketball game of the year tonight against Campbell County.

MC: Tell me about your game?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Year's Eve Plans? Look No Further...

As you begin to wrap up your Christmas shopping in the next few days, the next date circled on your calendar which garners attention is New Year's Eve. There are three types of people on New Year's Eve:

1) I-Hate-NYE-Guy: This guy or gal looks at New Year's Eve as amateur night. They refuse to go out and insist on staying in.

2) I'm-Having-A-Party-Guy: This person works hard to clean their house, get enough appetizers, food and alcohol for their guests, then worry about entertaining them. The day after their house is a disaster (if it's a good party), there wasn't enough food and not nearly enough to drink, and you were frustrated that no one was playing Cranium right.

3) I'm-Going-Out-Guy: This person is the smart one. They let the venue worry about entertaining, food and drink, and they know the night will be a memorable one.

If you are part of the third group, look no further than one of FTM's sponsors, Gangster's Dueling Piano Bar. I've had two parties there this year (our 10 year class reunion and my bride's surprise birthday party), and both went off without a hitch. I've gotten so many comments from my guests about their over-the-top service, bar specials and entertainment, that I'm sure their NYE will be a hit as well.

An all-inclusive $80 price gets you open seating at Gangsters:
  • Food by the bite
  • Late night food
  • Party favors
  • Champagne toast at midnight
  • Private smoking room

For an extra $20, you get a reserved seat at The Syndicate, everything listed above and:

  • Appetizers
  • Prime-rib dinner buffet
  • Dessert and coffee bar

Not to mention three different areas to party. DJ Mark McFadden in the club area, The Rusty Griswolds playing your favorite 80s in the ballroom and of course the dueling pianos in the bar area.

Order your tickets now at or calling 859-491-8000.

Monday, December 19, 2011

NKy's Best Pizza Quest: Raniero's Pizzeria

We had a smaller crowd for this week's pizza challenge, as Darrin was out of town. Good news for FTM readers, as that means you are spared once again from my mug via video.

Raniero's in Cold Spring (on Martha Layne Collins Blvd) has been the furthest we have traveled from the bubble that is Fort Thomas. Another small, family owned business, we spent a lot of time conversing with the restaurants' owners. Part of the reason as to why we're only trying to dine at non-chain pizzerias is that very reason. We got to learn the story behind the start of the restaurant, how they have evolved and what's next for Raniero's.

The future is what excited us the most and will set the tone for the rest of this article. Basically starting near February 1, Raniero's will move next door to the old Blockbuster Video, which they are completely renovating. They will have more of a "tavern" type atmosphere and will fill a role in that community that currently does not exist.

Raniero's new location new door, which is under construction

Saying that, the visit we had will certainly be skewed as they are moving equipment, readying for a move, and most importantly, put their liquor license in escrow.

Atmosphere: 7.7
Upon entering the restaurant, you understand owner, Mike Howard Jr's, main inspiration for opening Raniero's: family and providing an affordable pizza option for the college crowd.

His grandfather Raniero obviously meant a lot to him, as does the rest of his family, which is portrayed in frames posted wall to wall.

Grandfather Raniero (middle) was one of the inspirations for opening Raniero's

The current dining room is perfect for a college campus. It's small, with no frills. You could feel perfectly comfortable cruising in to grab a slice between classes, or in your pajamas trying to recover from too many libations the night before.

The way it's set up right now, Raniero's is mainly self service. Since it's going to be tough to grade the service, I'm going to include our thoughts on service in this section.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Chancel Choir of Highland United Methodist Church presents Tapestry of Light

Not in the Christmas spirit yet? A visit to the Highland United Methodist Church Sunday night should remedy that situation.

Come Sunday night to the church (right across from HHS) at 7:00 to enjoy this music ensemble. Desserts will be available after the performance.

Below is a description of what you can expect:

The joy and hope of Christmas are celebrated in this new Celtic-styled cantata. This jubilant work is filled with tuneful carols, thoughtful narration, and sparkling orchestrations. Traditional melodies form the foundations of this tapestry of lights. Our own chancel choir provides the beautiful singing along with a Celtic instrumental ensemble and liturgical dancers. We hope you'll join us for Tapestry of Light!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

T-Shirt Tiiiiiiime! (Ben Petracco)

One of the T-shirt designs on commemorates the Beverly Hills Supper Club

I have been doing some research lately trying to find websites that are Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati oriented. As I come across the better ones I wanted to pass along my findings to the readers of Fort Thomas Matters so that you may also indulge in my World Wide Web bounty.

My first find is an outstanding site that sells unique t-shirts; the website is and their products are great.

This site is run by two gentlemen, Mr. Josh Sneed and Mr. Darin Overholser. I have been in contact with them regarding their site and they say their goal is to make something special for residents in the area both young and old. One visit to their site and you see they’re covering the age spectrum with shirts referencing things from Shillito’s department store to the “Red Rifle” himself, Andy Dalton.

Their shirts are truly unique and specific to this area. There is a vintage section with the following categories: Amusement Parks, Sports, Bars & Restaurants, Cincinnati Shopping, Early Cincinnati and Brands. There is also a modern Cincinnati section that has t-shirts depicting topics such as the Cincinnati streetcar, Brew Ha-Ha, the Saint Louis Cardinals rivalry; they even have a t-shirt for the recent Cross Town Shootout brawl.

The shirts are funny, nostalgic and creative while also being reasonably priced. The shirts would be a great gift for anyone because the topics are so diverse; ‘tis the season right? was a great website to find and I encourage you stop by their page.

Do you know of a Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati oriented website we should check out and review? Let us know here:

This is Mark hijacking Ben's post. Just in case anyone needed any last minute gift ideas for yours truly, you could do worse than this one:
Or this one:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fort Thomas News to Start Your Week

As we count down the days to finish our Christmas shopping I thought you could use a few news notes to start your week:

1. Here is something you don't see often - a business in Fort Thomas adding 25 jobs.  Turns out there is a successful payment processing business (Omega Processing) in the office building next to the old Frisch's in South Fort Thomas and they are expanding.  They are going from 16 employees to 40 into 2012.  This is a nice win for the city and it is good to see that office building filling up.  Lets hope they continue to be successful and expand the building where the old Frisch's is to avoid a vacant eye sore for a prolonged period of time.

2. From a good news story to a bad - Fort Thomas appears to be having a rash of people engaging in stupid criminal behavior.  Marc mentioned the crazy guy stealing cigarettes last week and now we hear about 68 year old James Summers who was a student at Gateway College and decided to use a knife to rob the bookstore.  They easily identified him and apprehended him.  Safe to say his academic status is in danger.

3. The Notre Dame Scout page has the first of a two part series on Jac Collinsworth if you are interested.  You do have to be a member to get access to the whole article but if you are a huge Bluebirds fan it could be worth the price.

Friday, December 9, 2011

"Cookbook for Cancer" Launch Party this Saturday at The Blue Marble

Fort Thomas native, Jamie Baker, is set to launch her 2nd cookbook "A Taste of Hope Volume II" this Saturday at The Blue Marble.

The launch party for the book will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore in Fort Thomas.

Baker, who was diagnosed with Leukemia is 2006 at age 21, is hoping to top $10,000 that she raised for cancer related organizations after compiling her first cookbook 5 years ago.

From the article posted in The Community Recorder, "Baker said she was inspired to compile a second volume in honor of her five-year remission anniversary in November, all the people she had met and stories she had heard in that time.

For the second book, Baker reached out to some of these people, asking them for their stories of the battles with cancer they and their loved ones had fought."

The article goes on:

"Since others shared their stories for the second book, Baker let them pick where the proceeds would go.

All money raised will be divided between the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Dragonfly Foundation, Flying Horse Farms and St. Baldrick’s 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave group."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nky's Best Pizza Quest: Buona Vita

Our fourth stop for Nky's Best Pizza Quest was Buona Vita, located on Fairfield Ave. It's a bit past the Bellevue Business district in Dayton. We had high expectations for this stop on the quest, as it was one of the pizza locales highlighted in Cincinnati Magazine's best pizza article. Word of mouth also holds this eatery in high regards as well.

You get a break from seeing my mug in video form for this review, as our forgetful faithful leader didn't bring the company iPad.

Atmosphere (1-10 scale): 8
The older buildings on Fairfield Avenue lend themselves perfectly to the small business district. Buona Vita is no different. In what used to be a bank, the owners have made it feel intimate and done a good job incorporating some of the features that make it a unique place to dine.

I made a reservation for 8 at 7:00 and it was a good thing I did. The place was packed on a Tuesday night, a mostly older crowd. There were no specials that we were aware of, so obviously business is going well. Our reservation placard greeted us shortly after our server and we were off.

The lighting was a bit dark in the main dining area, but that seemed to be the only thing we could nitpick. We arrived a little late to find the kids we were with playing on what looked to be a small stage in the corner. Didn't ask, but it would be perfect for a one to two person band. We took a tour of the smaller restaurant. The bar was well stocked and lead to a vault with a 12 inch steel door. (Below)

A tip: if you are with a group of 2-6, call ahead and try to reserve the "nook," which is a hollowed out vault, which is definitely the coolest table in the restaurant. You are totally secluded though, so if people watching is your thing, look elsewhere (below):

Overall Pizza Taste/Selection: 8.3
All of the recipes at Buona Vita have been handed down from generation to generation. The dough, sauce, sausage and meatballs... everything. The dough is made fresh daily, not frozen. Add the stone oven, and you have a pizza that's built on a thin hand-tossed crust, which gets a little charred on the bottom, a little puffy on the edges, with a slightly shiny brown glaze.

The ingredients are fresh, but not over weighted. It's a wonderful blend and take on the old Italian type of pizza.

We had the standard Pepperoni, Jeremy's Meat Pie (pepperoni, sausage, bacon) and Pewee's Pizza Bianco (topped with oil, Italian spices, cheese and spinach (below):

Again, with 10 people and after our appetizers we only had a few pieces left. Very, very good pizza.

Extras: 8

A really neat part of Buona Vita is laid out on the menu. The "family" theme is displayed throughout by way of what each item is called. You don't just see breadsticks, salads or calzones. You have Big Nikki's Breadsticks, Grandma Frommeyer's Salads and Uncle Carmine's Calzones.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fort Thomas News to Start Your Week

1. I think this is about a week old now but I saw this short little article about suppressing McCafferty files from Channel 5 in Mobile AL.  That is right - Mobile, not Cincinnati.  According to the article Fort Thomas is appealing the state supreme court a ruling that required the McCafferty files be released to the Cincinnati Enquirer and the city pay for the legal fees associated with the case.  Very odd in my opinion - did anyone else see anything about this story locally?

2. Here is a Courier Journal article handicapping the Mr Football race - notice the odds on favorite is Fort Thomas' own Patrick Towles.  Of course this comes on the heels of being named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky.  I am sure this will not be the last award Patrick brings home.

3. Also, you may remember my post from October about Fort Thomas Independent Schools shifting to the ACT as a measurement tool.  Now comes this story from Channel 27 in Lexington about the state's application to the Department of Education to begin using the ACT as the benchmark test.  Kudos to Fort Thomas schools for anticipating and getting ahead of the curve on this one.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wet Holiday Walk Recap

Despite the rain there was still a nice crowd out tonight for the holiday walk.  While the rain isn't ideal - it still beats the heck out of bone chilling cold which has occurred during past Holiday Walks.

A few highlights:

  • Mio's was there giving away pizza and pasta from a buffet cart.  
  • Candy Cottage gave away big bags of candy - everything from gummy bears to chocolate covered peanuts it was a big hit with the kids.  Super generous and it was great seeing them be a part of the festivities
  • The barber shop was a sleeper - they gave away plates of cookies, soda pops, and my wife's favorite snicker snackers.
  • There was the usual live animals, carriage rides, Snoopy, and Grange Insurance hot cocoa
Overall a good night and it wasn't so crowded that lines formed anywhere.  Glad to see people still showed up despite the bad weather.

Really guy?

A thief in Fort Thomas had repeatedly been using the same method to steal cartons of cigarettes.

Fort Thomas Police says that in each instance, a man enters a gas station and asks for Newport cigarettes. The clerk pulls the cigarettes and places them in a bag. The suspect hands the clerk a credit card, which comes back denied. The thief takes the bag and runs to a waiting older red Chevrolet S-10 pickup.

Anyone that recognizes the subject in this surveillance photo should contact Crimestoppers at 352-3040. All calls are anonymous and callers may be eligible for a cash reward.

Detective Brad Adams with the Fort Thomas Police Department is investigating the thefts.

UPDATE - This is Darrin hijacking Mark's post. There was an email that went out the next day that indicated they had caught the guy (thanks to a tip) and he confessed to the thefts. Go FTPD!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Highlands Captures Fifth in a Row

I captured this shot at the Inverness corner this morning as the team was about to head out of town on their way to Bowling Green and an eventual state championship.  It was a very cool scene as groups of friends, family, and fans gathered at each corner on the way out of town.

(that is my niece Mary at bottom center)

If you were following our Twitter feeds or the live updates provided in the previous post - by now you know that Highlands did in fact capture their fifth straight state title.  It apparently doesn't matter which class you put the Bluebirds in and they still find a way to beat everyone and capture the state title.

According to Mike Fields at this team was a record breaker:
Highlands piled up 507 yards, giving it a state-record 7,516 yards this season. It also established single-season state records for points (849) and TDs (121).

Don't forget to stop by and offer congratulations tomorrow night during the Holiday Walk after 8pm at the High School.

HHS-Frankin-Simpson State Championship Live Feed

Pre-game predictions:

Highlands, a four-time defending champ in Class 5A, goes for a fifth consecutive title in this 4A finals against Franklin-Simpson.

Highlands (14-0) is led by senior QB and UK committ Patrick Towles. Franklin-Simpson (13-1) is led by cousins Darrius and Jerrell Wickware.

Highlands is already the highest scoring team in state history. They’ve scored 807 points (averaging almost 60 a game).

  • HIGHLANDS 35- FS 14. 11:48 4th: Jake True scores from 7 yards.
  • Editor's Note: Have to go to a wedding. Looks like the Birds will get their 5th in a row. Will update the final later.
  • After the onside kick, Franklin-Simpson went for it on 4th-and-5 from the Highlands 45, but Max Bennett’s pass went incomplete so the Bluebirds take over with 3:01 left in the third.
  • Darrius Wickware recoveres onside kick for Franklin-Simpson at the 50. It’s the third time Franklin-Simpson tried an onside kick.
  • HIGHLANDS 28, FS 14: Franklin-Simpson goes 81 yards in eight plays – all rushes – and cuts it to 28-14 on Max Bennett’s one-yard sneak. Franklin-Simpson was helped by 15-yard personal foul on Drake Bruns. It’s Highlands still up, 28-14 with 5:05 left in the third.
  • HIGHLANDS 28, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 7: Highlands converted an interception into a score, going 38 yards in 4 plays. Zach Harris got the TD (his third of the game) on a 17-yard run with 8:30 left in third quarter.
  • HALFTIME – HIGHLANDS 21, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 7: The Bluebirds had scoring drives of 99 and 95 yards in the first half. Patrick Towles completed 10 of 15 passes for 159 yards and 1 TD, ran 9 times for 30 yards. Zach Harris has rushed for 63 yards and 2 TDs. Franklin-Simpson was led by the Wickware cousins — Darrius has run for 62 yards and 1 TD, and Jerrell has run for 51 yards.
  • HIGHLANDS 21, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 7: The Bluebirds drive 99 yards in 10 plays, capped by Patrick Towles’ 19-yard scoring strike to Donovan McCoy with 5:46 left in first quarter.
  • Franklin-Simpson was in position to tie the game, but Darrius Wickware coughed up a fumble at the Highlands’ 1. The Bluebirds still ead 14-7 with 7:30 left first half.
  • HIGHLANDS 14, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 7: Highlands drove 95 yards in 9 plays to regain the lead on Zach Harris’ 3-yard TD run with 16 seconds left in first quarter. QB Patrick Towles had an 18-yard run and a 21-yard pass completion to Ian McGurn to key the drive.
  • HIGHLANDS 7, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 7: Franklin-Simpson shredded Highlands’ defense on its first possession, going 62 yards in 8 plays to score on Darrius Wickware’s 1-yard run.
  • HIGHLANDS 7, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 0: The Bluebirds needed less than 90 seconds to get on the scoreboard. Zach Harris bolted for a 26-yard TD run.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What's Going On in the Fort

Lots of stuff going on this weekend this weekend in Fort Thomas. Whoever gets to all of these events and can prove it with a picture can join the FTM crew next week during our NKy's Pizza Quest for pies and libations, gratis. Post your pictures on our Facebook page here - Like us!

1) Pizza Quest tonight at Buena Vita at 7:00. Ratings to follow.

2) Saturday, of course is the state championship for Highlands. The "drive for 5" against the no. 5 Franklin-Simpson Wildcats for the Kentucky 4A title will be played Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. CST, in Bowling Green, Ky. Franklin-Simpson High School is located just south of Bowling Green.

Here's hoping newly named Gatorade Player of the Year, Patrick Towles and crew get it done.

3) The annual Christmas Walk is scheduled for this Sunday at 5:30 (rain date is Monday). Debbie Buckley's detailed itinerary is below.

4) Following the walk, in the event of a 4A state championship win for Highlands against Franklin-Simpson on Saturday, the district will be holding a celebration at 8:15 p.m. in the high school’s Performing Arts Center.

Holiday Walk Details:
This Sunday, December 4
, will be our annual Holiday Walk!!! I hope you've seen the brochures and signs and are ready to celebrate the holidays Fort Thomas style!

The Walk will begin at 5:30 with the opening ceremony and Santa's arrival at the Tree in Inverness (corner of Memorial Parkway and N. Fort Thomas Avenue). Special holiday music will be led by Brent Reed. After the lighting of the tree, please shop throughout the businesses open in the Inverness District.