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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fort Thomas News and Notes: Floodgate Tests, Hall of Famer Guidugli, Obamacare and Kentucky

Floodgate testing this weekend

The city of Newport along with the Army Corps of Engineers will be testing the floodgate between Newport and Bellevue at the joining of Route 8 and Dave Cowen’s Drive. For those of you who are not familiar with street names near the river this is the floodgate in between The Party Source and The Comfort Inn and Suites. The test is planned for Saturday, October 19th and could close the street through the weekend. You should plan any trip accordingly; delays are to be expected due to the detour along the river. The test is necessary to ensure that the gate is functioning properly in the case that the river raises up to that level.

HHS alum headed to bearcat HOF

A special congratulation goes out to Highlands alum and Cincinnati Bearcat quarterback, Gino Guidugli, who will be inducted into the University of Cincinnati’s James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday, Oct. 28 at the Kingsgate Marriott. Gino is joined by basketball star Kenyon Martin and two other individuals being honored with hall of fame inductions. Gino Guidugli holds five records at UC for total yards (11,661), passes attempted (1,556), completions (880), passing yardage (11,453) and touchdown passes (78). He is the only quarterback in UC history to pass for more than 3,500 yards in a season, which he accomplished in 2002. Gino is now the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Central Michigan.

Kentucky’s healthcare connection

“Obamacare” is here and it presents more questions than answers. There is a new Northern Kentucky program that is aimed at helping people understand their options in healthcare. Kynect is said to educate Kentucky residents who are eligible to purchase the most economical health care plan available. Kentucky is one of 24 states that will offer residents health care options through a state administered system instead of the federal exchange. The Kynect staff is made up of trained certified individuals who can help you pick the best coverage for your specific situation. Approximately 49,000 people in Northern Kentucky do not have health care coverage.

Free wine event

DEP’s Wine is hosting their second annual Wine Challenge at each of their locations in Covington and Fort Thomas. This Friday, October 18 the games begin at four o’clock and pours until eight. Each wine will be in a brown bag and the tasters are the judges. For four hours you can try any and all wines and cast your opinion on which one you prefer. The provider of the winning wine is granted prime selling space in DEP’s store, and let’s be honest, when there is free wine everyone is a winner.

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