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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meet Fort Thomas City Council: Jeff Bezold (PODCAST)

Jeff Bezold. FTM file. 

Recorded on 4-22-16. 

Bezold is a one-term city councilman seeking his second term. He is the Chair of the Utilities committee and member of the Public Works and Recreation committee. 

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Everything Fourth of July this Weekend

Fort Thomas Celebration. FTM file (2015). 
Fourth of July may be Monday but celebrations begin across Greater Cincinnati!  Happy First of July America!  Fort Thomas Matters contributor David Ketcham wrote at length about the Fort Thomas activities (which, reminder, occur on Saturday July 2 this year) and his story can be found here.  However, what about those of you who are busy on Saturday and miss all the great Fort Thomas Americana?  Or, what if you want to find an alternative to fireworks to celebrate Independence Day?  Fear not, below is a list of other celebrations happening in Northern Kentucky.

City of Independence Fourth of July Celebration
The festival runs Friday and Saturday nights and includes rides, music, food, and a car show.  Following the car show on Saturday there is a parade running from Summit View Middle School to Memorial Park, where the festival occurs.  For older kids, there is a Teen Zone which includes a zip line and for the much older kids (as in 21 and up) there is a beer and wine garden.  Entrance is free but activities cost extra.
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Red White and Boom, (Aurora, Indiana)
If you’re willing to drive a bit, the Aurora Indiana celebration looks to be one of a kind.  Activities include Seaplane rides for $40, free military boat rides and displays.  Additionally, they’ll have a lighted boat parade, car show, live music, and alcohol.  The festivities begin Friday July 1 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. with fireworks after dark.  Admission is free but some activities cost extra.
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Balloon Glow (Coney Island)

Rescue Dog Joins Fort Thomas Couple on Honeymoon

Kari and Ian with Barry. 
By Colin Moore 

Most people spend their honeymoon relaxing and enjoying quality one on one time with their new spouse; chilling on the beach, dining out, maybe some cocktails in the evening. Kari Capek of Fort Thomas, owner of Dogs to Frogs Pet Care Services, and her new husband, Ian Conrath, are a little different.

Even on their honeymoon they couldn’t resist helping some animals in need and spent time working with animals for a shelter in Hawaii.

Kari and Ian were married on June 4th and took a dream trip to Kauai, Hawaii for their honeymoon but animal lover Kari found something special to add to it. When they first met Ian knew Kari was an animal lover but she jokes, “he maybe didn’t exactly know just how much!”

While they were in Kauai, they spoke to locals who told them of a program at the local animal shelter. “The Kauai Humane Society has a great program that allows people to take dogs out for the day on dog field trips. This helps shelter dogs get the one on one exercise and affection that is needed for a well rounded, adoptable dog.”

Kari and Ian met Barry, a dog from the shelter, and bonded straight away. They spent the morning together on a hike and played on the beach for the rest of the day. There was only one hard part: saying goodbye at the end of the day. “We really didn't want to give him back!” 

Barry the dog hanging out after a hike with Kari and Ian. 

While at home in Fort Thomas, Kari runs Dogs to Frogs Pet Care, a full service, in-home, pet sitting and dog walking company for people who have hectic work lives or are taking a vacation. As well as being fully licensed and insured, they are also fully qualified in pet CPR and first aid and are happy to take care of pets with special dietary needs or those who are on medication.

Kari personally has over 10 years of experience in professional animal care. She came up with the idea for Dogs to Frogs when she had to take a trip and had to board her dog. When she came back he seemed different, “I hardly recognized him.” He had lost a lot of weight and didn’t seem like his usual vivacious self.

“It took him a long time to get over the stress of that boarding experience and I vowed to never do that to him again.” She decided to start a business where pet owners could have an in-home care option. “They can stay in their own environment that they are used to, which minimizes new sounds and new smells which can typically stress them out. By playing, feeding, walking, hugging and snacking, I want to make sure that every pet owner returns to a happy and exhausted beast.”

Kari meets with each owner and their pet in a meet and greet before the owner leaves: spending time with the animal in the presence of their family allows her to form a bond with the pet and minimize its stress during the owner’s absence. Everything she does is designed to make sure each pet is as happy and comfortable as possible.

As a “huge animal lover,” running Dogs to Frogs is a dream job for Kari, who jokes that she has “to be around animals for her mental stability!”

Kari often says that she lives in a zoo: she and Ian share living space with a dog, a bearded dragon, a cat, two frogs, two ferrets and various species of fish. Dogs to Frogs is happy to look after any of those species, as well as almost any other: they’ll take care of anything except poisonous snakes. They operate over the entire Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area.

A consultation with Dogs to Frogs is free and can be set up by phone at (859) 429-2PET (2738), by email at or on their website at

STUDY: Kids Who Play Multiple Sports Have Built-In Advantage

Highlands players, graduates, coaches, administrators see good in playing multi-sports

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Bradley Greene grabs the ball in the state tournament a few weeks ago. Greene plays football, basketball and baseball for the Bluebirds.
In an age where it is encouraged to focus on one sport, Highlands administrators, coaches, players and former players pointed out reasons for playing more than one.

Highlands has seen student-athletes do both this past season and previous seasons. But Highlands Director of Athletics Matt Haskamp studied Health and Physical Education as a college student and pointed out four main reasons to play more than one sport. The first two are overuse injuries and burnout.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rules for Fireworks in Fort Thomas

Fireworks in Tower Park in 2013. FTM file. 
The Fourth of July is a day celebrating America’s independence, grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, eating watermelon, dressing in red, white and blue and watching fireworks.

The state fire marshal is advising Kentucky residents to celebrate Independence Day by attending a community event instead of lighting fireworks at home.

State Fire Marshal Mike Haney says the safest way to celebrate is by leaving the pyrotechnics to the professionals. He says home use of fireworks could cause personal or property damage and might also be prohibited by local ordinances.

In Fort Thomas, Rozzi's will be handling the fireworks in Tower Park at 10 p.m. on July 2.

Recently, state laws have become less restrictive on the use of fireworks, but the city’s rules and regulations remain strict in Fort Thomas.

City ordinance require a permit to light fireworks that go up in the air or blow up. 

Haney’s main points regarding firework safety were:
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• make sure fireworks are only used outdoors;

• have adult supervision;

• never relight a dud firework.

• never mix alcohol and lighting fireworks;

• and always be at least 200 feet from any structure before lighting a firework.

The Fort Thomas ordinances regarding fireworks are as follows:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fort Thomas Fourth of July Parade (2016)

Originally published on June 6, 2016. 

The corner of Highland and Fort Thomas Avenues. FTM file (2015). 
By David Ketcham 

The YMCA is holding, yet another, Fourth of July parade and celebration to take over the city of Fort Thomas. Residents, business owners, and everything in between are ready for the rumble.

This year, the event will take place on Saturday, July 2.

(Update - 6-28-16). The city is still looking for 16 volunteers to work two-hour shifts to sell beer tickets on Saturday between 2-10 pm.  Please contact Brian Sand at

Come 8 a.m. road closures will come into play for the progression of the parade and all other events. Walking to desired destinations will be ideal for the convenience for the townsfolk and the parade.

The parade starts at Highlands High School, across from Highland United Methodist Church and ends at the water tower, at the entrance of Tower Park.

Lt. Casey Kilgore of the Fort Thomas Police Department is this year's Grand Marshal. (story here)
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RELATED: 2015 Fourth of July Parade in Pictures


The kids race will begin at 7:40, and the Firecracker 5k will begin at 8:15.

To Register for the Firecracker 5k, follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Log onto 
2. Choose the "Registration Events" tab
3. Choose "Campbell County YMCA Firecracker 5K," click on the green "Continue Registration Process" buttons on each page, then pay the discounted registration fee.

The parade will then take place at 10:30 a.m.

Car Show, Food Booths, and Rides at 2:30 p.m.

This year's celebration will celebrate talent as well for even more entertainment.

Hayden Kaye will sing at 2:30
Hurricane will sing at 4:15
Lee Roessler Band will sing at 6:15
The Brent James Band will sing at 8:00

RELATED: EVERYTHING You Need to Know About The Fourth at the Fort (2015)

The American Cornhole Organization’s Michael Bradford Memorial Tournament will be at 3 p.m. The tournament will be inside Fort Thomas Armory Gym in Tower Park if there is rain.

The Olde Fort Pub will again host their hot dog eating contest at 5:00 p.m.

Then comes, the moment we will all be waiting for. Fireworks by Rozzi will begin at 10:00 p.m. in Tower Park.

The day overall is a fun, fast pace, enjoyable day with great companies that are also dedicating their times into assuring a successful day.
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"We are excited for the parade. We love how much the city of Fort Thomas rallies together in a business, school and community sense," says Erika Kraus, owner of The Midway Café. The Midway opened nearly year ago, the same weekend the parade took place.

"We rushed our opening because we knew the fourth was a big celebration in Fort Tomas and we wanted to 'introduce' ourselves to the community," Kraus added.

A few buildings down from the Midway is home to Fort Thomas Pizza and Tavern. "It has always generated greater customer traffic and is certainly a benefit to the community as a whole," says Patrick Casey, who is coming up on his now 7th parade while being part of Fort Thomas Pizza.

Being a part of the community and having experience with the parades, Patrick has many several observations each year and adds, "it should also be noted that even inclement weather has failed to stifle the enthusiasm of people involved."

The Fourth of July celebration truly is an important amplification of how well bonded the community of Fort Thomas is, and we wish everyone a safe, happy, and firework full Fourth of July.

Water Outages Widespread in Fort Thomas

This picture was from 2015, when a water main was replaced on N. Fort Thomas Ave. The NKWD has still not identified the source of the outage this morning. FTM file. 
Reports of water outages have hit Fort Thomas hard this morning. 

Fort Thomas Matters has received inquiries from Carrington Point in the north end of town, to businesses in the Central Business District, to residents on Lockwood place and Mary Ingles Highway on the south edge of the city.
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According to Northern Kentucky Water District spokesperson, Amy Kramer, they are still investigating the cause. 

"We've received probably 30 calls so far from Fort Thomas residents about water outages and we are still investigating the cause," she said. "At this point, a water main break hasn't been identified and we aren't sure how many customers are affected."

The NKWD currently does not have an estimated time for service to be restored. 

Calls began coming in at 10:45 a.m. this morning and at around 11:15 some customers were reporting to FTM that their service was back on. 

FTM has a contact into the NKWD and will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE (12:13 p.m.)
Per Amy Kramer of NKWD, water pressure has been restored. They have not yet figured a cause to the outage. 

These NKY Communities Rank Among Best Places to Live

FTM file. 
A new study ranks seven Northern Kentucky neighborhoods among the 25 best places to live in their respective states.

The new rankings are from the national website Niche, which collects data based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities and local amenities. Data comes from the U.S. Census, FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other sources.

The same website ranked Fort Thomas Independent Schools the best places to teach in Kentucky last year.

RELATED: FTIS Tops's List 

Fort Thomas ranked number eight overall throughout the state and number two in Northern Kentucky, behind Fort Mitchell.

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Seven Northern Kentucky communities rank among the top 25 in the Bluegrass State:

No. 3: Fort Mitchell

No. 8: Fort Thomas

No. 13: Southgate

No. 14: Oakbrook (Boone County)

No. 18: Park Hills

No. 20: Florence

No. 25: Union

According to Niche, Fort Mitchell tops Fort Thomas in five categories, with the biggest margins being in the "Family Amenities" and "Outdoor Activities" grades.

Fort Thomas narrowly edged Fort Mitchell in the categories of "Public Schools," "Shortest Commute," and "Jobs" grades.

Fort Thomas 
Cost of Living Grade B

Education Grade A
Public Schools Grade A+
Real Estate Grade B+
Diversity Grade B
Health & Fitness Grade B
Nightlife Grade B+
Shortest Commute Grade A
Crime & Safety Grade A-
Family Amenities Grade B
Jobs Grade B
Outdoor Activities Grade C+
Weather Grade C+

Fort Mitchell 
Cost of Living Grade B
Education Grade A
Public Schools Grade A
Real Estate Grade B+
Diversity Grade B+
Health & Fitness Grade B+
Nightlife Grade A
Shortest Commute Grade A-
Crime & Safety Grade A-
Family Amenities Grade A
Jobs Grade B-
Outdoor Activities Grade B
Weather Grade C+

The full list can be found here: List

Across the Ohio River, 11 Southwest Ohio communities ranked in the top 25 places to live in the Buckeye State:

No. 3: Deerfield Township

No. 4: Wyoming

No. 8: Mariemont

No. 12: Blue Ash

No. 14: Mason

No. 18: Symmes Township

No. 19: Madeira

No. 21: Anderson Township

No. 22: Columbia Township

No. 23: Montgomery

No. 24: Landen

FTM’s Story Matters is a Success

Cathy Halloran. Jen Summer, photographer. Jen's site:
“By your stories you shall be known.”

If you ever want to understand someone then listen to his or her stories. The same applies to Fort Thomas. If you really want to understand Fort Thomas then listen to its stories. And that motivated us at Fort Thomas Matters to create Story Matters.

The inaugural event was held on Thursday, June 23 at Fort Thomas Coffee - with many thanks to Lori Valentine for hosting. Six speakers - Frank Meyer, Megan Arnzen Krieg, Sean Donelan, Eric Berendsen, Cathy Halloran, Dale Mueller - related their compelling stories of dealing with a challenging moment and how that influenced and changed them and, ultimately, what we can learn from it.

The surest way to understand a place or a person is through stories. Telling stories gives structure, meaning, and purpose to the events, places, and people around us. Stories help to shape the past so we can understand our present so we can move into the future.  By tapping into the collective wisdom and experiences of the community, we make the community a better place by understanding the people in it. Stories create a sense of community.

Stories ranged from the value of goal setting,  finding humanity in a cross country trip,  turning cancer into a positive, the danger of judging by occupation,  and the value of effort over raw talent. The stories ranged from humorous to serious but were always pointed in what we needed to learn.

Frank Meyer was the first speaker. Jen Summer, photographer.
Barbara Thomas, owner of Fort Thomas Central, was in the audience and she said I enjoyed Story Matters so much that when the last story was told, I yearned for more!  Each storyteller touched my emotions and heart with the framework and details of their stories.  Their messages came across clearly, sharing inspiration in their life experience.  Thank you storytellers for sharing your stories and inspiration.  I loved Story Matters and looking forward to the next one in August!"

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Megan Arnzen Krieg. Jen Summer, photographer.
Eric Simmons, who also attended echoed her sentiment.  "Storytelling connects strangers and brings people who know each other closer together. Story Matters did exactly that. Story Matters, like all storytelling, invited listeners to get to know strangers and get to know even good friends in a new way. It wasn't confessional but beautifully illuminating."

Teri Foltz said, "Every story was so compelling. The venue was perfect because it created an intimate setting. My mind was busy afterward thinking of other people's stories I'd like to hear as well as the stories in my own life."

One of the storytellers, Sean Donelan, says, "It was such an honor, to be a part of the inaugural Story Matters event! For me, it was nice to share a "story" in a controlled environment, when I was prepared to share it, instead of being asked for an impromptu story. I think it's great, that the citizens of Fort Thomas can share their stories.  It is who we are.  It brings us together and I can't wait to attend future editions of Story Matters."

Sean Donelan. Jen Summers, Photographer
Sean has some advice for future storytellers. "I would tell future storytellers that you will enjoy the experience.  Not only will others learn something about you, but you may also learn something about yourself.  It may not be easy and that's okay.  But it will be fun and therapeutic.  You will be glad that you participated!"

Dale Mueller. Jen Summer, photographer.
This quilt of stories will be archived and then presented during the sesquicentennial celebration in 2017.

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If you have or know someone with a compelling story, please let us know. The next Story Matters will be  7:00 PM, Thursday, August 25 at Fort Thomas Coffee. We hope to see you there.

To see each story in its entirety, visit our Facebook page, to watch the live, unedited stream. Do that here: Fort Thomas Matters on Facebook.

Eric Berendsen. Jen Summer, photographer. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

When Can My Child Babysit Their Siblings?

Steven Franzen. Provided. 
By Steve Franzen, Campbell County Attorney 

With summer upon us and school being out till the fall, I thought it may be helpful to discuss when it is or is not appropriate to leave a child home alone or allowing a child to babysit younger siblings.

Parents have many concerns when it comes to leaving a child alone including the child’s safety, possible investigations by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services for neglect, and police investigations or charges for endangering the welfare of a minor, which is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to $500.00 and a year in jail.

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There are no Kentucky laws or Administrative Regulations setting any specific ages for leaving children without supervision or for children supervising minor siblings.  To a great degree, that is left up to the common sense and discretion of the parents.  However, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which is the agency that would investigate suspected cases of child neglect, has certain general in-house guidelines based upon training and experience that are used in looking at these matters.  In the order of importance, the main items looked at by the Cabinet are the age of the children, the length of time involved, the maturity and physical and mental conditions of the children involved, the environment the children are left in and the responsibilities given to the children.

Car Break-Ins In Unlocked Cars Continue Over The Weekend

Residents on Brentwood Place and South Fort Thomas reported car break-ins early this morning. FTM file. 
On Friday, Fort Thomas Police told Fort Thomas Matters that 35 unlocked cars had been rummaged through over four consecutive days last week.

Over the weekend, that streak continued, with reports of similar thefts occurring on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the early morning hours.

RELATED: Unlocked Cars Becoming Easy Targets for Thieves in Fort Thomas

According to Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford, the thefts are occurring on the south side of Fort Thomas and the total is nearing 50 cars burglaries over the last week.

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Dave & Buster's opens in Florence Today; PLUS a Giveaway

Dave & Buster's Florence features more than 150 games.

One of the perks of living in Fort Thomas is the close proximity of a myriad of dining, retail and activity options, both north and south. Today marks the grand opening of a new place to both dine and play: Dave & Buster's in Florence.

Fort Thomas resident Angel Beets, vice president of client services at Covington-based PR firm Scooter Media, helped handle the opening of Dave & Buster's newest location. She invited my family to check out the food and games at an event that drew 900-plus.

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Like a kid-friendly mini Las Vegas, the building is huge at 30,000 square feet, and everything inside is bright and colorful and loud and screams fun. The food was good (I have a 6-year-old who will now eat shrimp thanks to their panko-breaded version) and the games provided several hours of really fun entertainment. Sports fans will love the wall of HDTVs at the Sports Bar.

The menu includes everything from colorful snow cones that feature your favorite liqueur to local beers. My kids loved the pretzel dogs appetizer. They offer surf and turf, seafood, ribs, steak, impressive burgers, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches and desserts so decadent the word "tower" is in one.

There's a kid menu and an allergy menu, and diners have the option of purchasing from an "eat & play" combo menu that includes a $10 or $20 power card.

In addition to new, high-tech games, D&B also provides longtime favorites, such as Skee-Ball.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Burglars Preying on Unlocked Cars in Fort Thomas

Canon Ridge, off of Alexandria Pike near 471, exit 2, was recently apart of a burglary spree. FTM file. 
It should be a simple fix, according to Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford.

But in spite of that burglars have stolen items from over 35 different cars on eight different streets in Fort Thomas over the last four nights.

All the cars were unlocked.

"We're requesting our residents to lock their vehicles at night," said Whitford. "Please try not to leave any valuables in the vehicle. It's a simple action that can prevent a lot of the crime we're seeing right now."

Whitford said detectives are working on the case and that most of the streets involved are on the southside of town.

HHS Dance Team Erin Janson is Officially Retiring

HHS Dance Team 
After ten years of coaching, four Kentucky Dance Coaches Organization (KDCO) State Championship titles, four top-eleven finishes at the National Dance Alliance national competition, and one JamFest Grand Champ title, Highlands High School Dance Team Coach Erin Janson is officially retiring from that position.

Janson, who was the first coach of the new dance team back in 2006, brought a tradition of excellent dance and winning to the team.  Additionally, she saw it grow from one Varsity team into Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams that number 58 dancers between the three.

Janson’s statement on what drove her decision to step-down is below:

“Deciding to retire from coaching was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. This team has been my blood, sweat, and tears for the past 10 years, and it will always be one of my proudest accomplishments and fondest memories. With a demanding career and a second child on the way, however, I knew that it was time for me to pass the torch and focus on my family. 

I have no concerns about the future of this program, as I know I am leaving it in extremely talented and capable hands. I will always be their number one supporter, and I will cherish my experience with this team for a lifetime.  I am blessed to have had this amazing opportunity, and I will forever be grateful to the school district, community, dancers, and families who believed in me and in this program. It became more than I ever dreamed it would be, and I could not be more proud to have been a part of it. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for the Highlands Dance Team.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Storm Pictures (6-23-16)

A large tree was uprooted from the storm early this morning on Grand Avenue in Fort Thomas. FTM file. 

Storms ravaged the Greater Cincinnati area early this morning. 

More than 21,000 Tri-State homes remain without power Thursday morning, according to Duke Energy's outage map.

The outages are concentrated mostly in Ohio, but there are many in Campbell County and few reports have trickled into FTM throughout Fort Thomas. 

If you lose power, be sure to report the outage to Duke Energy.

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Art Around Towne: Another Fort Thomas Success

Bella Keller of Belladance, ties on a balloon to one of her biggest fans at Art Around Towne, in front of the Hiland Building where their studio will be. 

Oil painting by Zijah Popaja,

As I walked around last Friday at the Art Around Towne event, it was easy to get caught up in the excitement and social atmosphere of this free event. Running into friends and neighbors were just an extra bonus to this cultural celebration.

Detailed oil paintings, exquisite pottery, and unique jewelry were just a few of the collections available from over 35 artists and artisans.

Handcrafted jewelry by Tori Meeker who owns Hop Hearted

Inspired jewelry by Eva Foose and Marcela Raskova, from their shop, Shelalee
Colin Shadwell was receiving a lot of interest in his pottery. He teaches art at Highlands Middle School and a pottery class at Highlands High School. “I’ve had several sales and I always enjoy getting a chance to meet people in the community,” he said.

Colin Shadwell, at his booth displaying his beautiful pottery
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Highlands Athletics Year in Review

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands Ladybirds cross country team captured their school-record fourth straight state championship in the fall. It was also the 10th in school history.
It was another banner year for the Highlands Bluebird and Ladybird athletic teams.

Highlands once again captured a number of region championships and several team and individual state championships. The highlight of the year came in the fall when the Ladybirds won their school-record fourth consecutive Class AA state cross country state championship. It marked the 10th in school history.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

School Board Roundup (June)

Board Chair, Karen Allen, congratulates the winners of the National German Exam. Five HHS and HMS students placed first throughout the state. FTM file. 
The Fort Thomas Board of Education met on June 13 to discuss, among other items, the evaluation of Superintendent Gene Kirchner. 

The board adjured to executive session and came back with a unanimous vote of "exemplary rating."

The board recognized students who placed first in Kentucky on the National German Exam and the National Spanish Exam. At the high school level, German students, Sarah Clayton (Level I) and Brian Johncox (Level IV) received recognition and Margot Seidel (Level II) for Spanish was recognized.

At the middle school level, Gabrielle Foster and Carter Bechtol both placed first at Level I.

Mikayla Reichert was also recognized for her Track & Field State Championship wins in discuss and shot put.

RELATED: Mikayla Reichert To Sign Letter of Intent at UK 

School Fundraisers
Also discussed wereschool-wide fundraisers to generate funds to support school programs and activities that are not funded by the board, PTO projects or federal or state programs.

Only one fundraiser is conducted at the high school that meets the criteria for school-wide fundraisers.

All Schools
Life Touch Pictures (All schools do them once.  Twice at Moyer and HMS)

Highlands Middle
Catalogue Sales - PTO
Book Fair

Johnson Elementary
Jaguar Jog
Book Fair

Moyer Elementary
Santa House
TFK Magazine Subscription
Book Fair

Woodfill Elementary
Big Top
Boosterthon Fun Run
Book Fair
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School Fees
All school fees must be approved by the Board of Education annually. The fees include student fees, textbooks & workbooks, materials and supplies and lunch charges.

The Day I Met Robert Frost

By John Deering

It was my sophomore year in high school when our English teacher, Miss Simpson at Holmes High School, introduced us to Robert Frost. I began reading his poetry then and I have never stopped since. Now, that is not to say I read his poetry over and over again, but his concepts stay with me because he wrote about such practical yet thought- provoking concepts.  Occasionally I get out our autographed book and our illustrated edition just to refresh myself.  When Ann and I were students at Eastern Kentucky State College, we heard he was to be a speaker at the University of Kentucky. We were determined to hear him. Our friends Sterling Parrish and Lois Kolo – Highlands class of 1947-- wanted to go too. He had a 1937 Plymouth, and thus we four were going to Lexington to see and hear this great man.

We were kinda’ star struck. There was Robert Frost sitting within a few feet of us.  He spoke to the gathered multitudes and then read some of his best-known poems. Among those selections was “Mending Wall,” my first one to read in high school. “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall that sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast…”  From there he discusses hunters who “have left not one stone on a stone, But they would have the rabbit out of hiding, To please the yelping dogs.”  From there he mentions details of other mischief and gets to the line “Good fences make good neighbors.” No, fences do not have to be stone or steel, but words and thoughts that illustrate limits.

“The Road Not Taken” is another favorite.  Even before maturity comes to us, we see meaning to life and how crucial our decisions about life are when we first – often – had to make them. This poem of Frost is one of the things in which he helped me understand my future.  What does the future hold if we make the wrong decisions?  “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I  could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as  far  as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth,” says Poet Frost.  

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Andrea Janovic Announces Candidacy For Campbell County District Court Judge

Campbell County attorney Andrea Janovic announces candidacy for the Campbell County District Court Judge.

Campbell County attorney, Andrea Janovic, announced her candidacy last week for the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Greg Popovich.

Janovic, 49, has worked for more than 10 years as an attorney in the northern Kentucky area, practicing primarily in Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties. Her office is in Newport.

Janovic lives in Fort Thomas with her son, Patrick, who attends Johnson Elementary. Her daughter, Hanna, is a nursing student, who also lives in Fort Thomas with her daughter. Janovic attended college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduate school at the University of Rochester, before obtaining her law degree at Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2005. Her law practice has always been varied, a large portion being cases before Campbell District Court, including probate, small claims, evictions, criminal cases, and guardianship. She has also handled many cases of elder exploitation, will contests, parent-rights, and grandparent rights.

"It has been my good fortune to have appeared on both sides of many types of cases over the years, such as representing landlords or tenants, estates, as well as contestants to the estate, domestic violence victims as well as those accused of perpetrating domestic violence," Janovic says. "This varied experience is critical for a district court judge. I am ready and willing to take on this challenge."

In addition to her law practice, Janovic is on the board of directors of historic Evergreen Cemetery, and is the acting Chairwoman of the Friends of Evergreen volunteer organization. In the past, she has served eight years on a school board and education-related committees at the local and state levels. She has also served as an instructor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Chatfield College for the last four years.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Find Waldo In Fort Thomas!

Blue Marble Books is once again creating summertime fun while supporting the shop local movement by teaming up with Candlewick Press in the annual Where's Waldo contest.
Where’s Waldo? In Fort Thomas, of course! The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 28 local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners: Barre3, Fort Thomas Central, Smitty’s Barber Shop, and Top This Donut Bar.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Fort Thomas!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 30th, with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. This year, participants can also #ColorWaldoAndWin: When they share a completed coloring sheet of Waldo on Instagram, they’ll be entered into a drawing to be one of five lucky winners of a deluxe prize pack.

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo? books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 65 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt begins on July 1st and ends on Saturday, July 29th. Blue Marble Books, which is celebrating its 37th anniversary this month, will once again host the Waldo Wrap-up Party on Saturday, July 30th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
For more information about Finding Waldo Local in Fort Thomas, call Blue Marble Books at (859) 781-0602.

June Council Meeting Roundup

by Jennifer Summer

The Fort Thomas City Council met on Monday, June 20th.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm and all members were present.

Minutes from the June 6th council meeting were read.

The Fire Department, Police Department, and City Administrator reports were read.