Friday, July 29, 2016

Northern Kentucky District Board of Health Names Officers

John Muller. FTM file. 
The Northern Kentucky District Board of Health has selected Chris Reinersman, John Muller and Julie Metzger Aubuchon, OD, as officers for its fiscal year 2017, which runs from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

Reinersman, representing Kenton County, will serve as Chair. He is the Mayor of Independence.

Muller, representing Campbell County, will serve as Vice Chair. He is a Nursing Home Administrator with Carespring Healthcare Management, and serves on the Board as the designee for Fort Thomas Mayor Eric Haas.

Metzger Aubuchon, representing Boone County, will serve as Immediate Past Chair. She is an optometrist with Metzger Eye Care and serves on the Board as designee for Florence Mayor Diane Whalen.

Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health, serves as Secretary to the Board.

Shelly Voet, MD, is also joining the District Board, representing Kenton County. Voet is a pediatrician with Pediatric Associates in Crestview Hills, Ky.

The 21-member Northern Kentucky District Board of Health oversees the operations and policies of the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department. The agency provides public health services to the residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties in Northern Kentucky.

Eminent Domain Was Possibility For Sewer Construction Project in Fort Thomas

Vernon Lane was drying out, much like the rest of northern Kentucky on Thursday afternoon after a torrential rainfall in the morning. SD1 says that private connections in some homeowners are illegal and must be fixed as part of a large sewer construction project. FTM file. 
A $1.6 million dollar Sanitation District 1 (SD1) project will impact close to 100 property owners in Fort Thomas in a project that could have required eminent domain to access private properties.

SD1 is addressing "illegal" connections of sanitary sewer laterals into the storm water system to gain compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency "clean water standards." SD1 will be installing new sanitary and storm sewer pipes on Vernon Lane; south of St. Nicholas Place; along Chalfonte Court; on Linden Court; south of Linden Avenue; and south of Tremont Avenue.

The "Vernon Lane outfall" was determined to be of high priority under SD1's initial studies back in 2007. The project will be extensive and will impact many. 

The first phase of the project was presented to Fort Thomas City Council in 2010 and a series of letters and door hangers were sent to property owners outlining smoke and dye testing results, inviting the public to meetings and asking homeowners to fill out questionnaires regarding flooding issues on their property. Twenty-five percent of the project's construction was completed in 2013.

“We explained the purpose of the project and what they needed to do on their property. It was a step-by-step guide to walk them through. We really wanted to understand what was going on in the community. There was an extensive amount of communication done with the Fort Thomas community and also the impact of the property owners," said Ralph Johnston, SD1’s in-house engineer, to the SD1 Board earlier this month.

Johnston gave a similar presentation to the SD1 board in September. "We had two remaining easements and at the time we were anticipating that we might end up have to go to condemnation," he said.

According to SD1 now, though, they have all the easements they need to carry the project forward.

Checking In With Patrick Towles at Boston College

Former Kentucky QB Patrick Towles a ‘perfect fit’ at Boston College

Patrick Towles and Jared Lorenzen at the first episode of Mark vs. Food in 2012. FTM file. 
By Alex Martin Smith, SECCountry.com. Published 7-22-16.

Steve Addazio had done the fifth-year transfer thing. He was over it. Last fall, there were young quarterbacks on his Boston College roster who were ready to prove their worth, so he decided to eschew the market and give his underclassmen a shot.

Whoops.

“It was chaos,” Addazio said Friday at the ACC Kickoff. “It was chaos! I don’t know what to tell you.”

The Eagles went 3-9 despite having the country’s fourth-best defense, as the offense failed to score more than 17 points in any conference game.

An early injury to season-opening starter Darius Wade was key; Boston College simply didn’t have the depth behind him to become any kind of threat with the football.

Addazio learned his lesson.

“You can’t go into a season without two quarterbacks who have real, tangible game experience,” he said.

Soon after the 2015 season ended, Boston College got a call from former Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles, a graduate student with more than 5,000 career passing yards who was eligible to play immediately upon transferring.

Addazio spoke with Wildcats coach Mark Stoops, watched Towles’ film and determined that the fifth-year senior would be “the perfect fit” for his team.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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A Mini-Music Fest THIS FRIDAY in Tower Park

Attention American Idol Fans: Upcoming Concert In The Park

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Tomorrow will usher in five bands to Tower Park. American Idol fans may be happy to know James Durbin, a former American Idol contestant, who finished fourth in the show's tenth season will be coming to Tower Park thanks to a host of local businesses.

With the upcoming release of his third album, Durbin is on tour and will be playing a free concert on Friday, July 29th at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater.

Adoption is a Blessing in Fort Thomas

Anna Grace and Elena
Some of the scariest risks in life can earn the biggest rewards.

Imagine you're a single woman in your early 30s, never married, and feel that your life won't be complete until you have your own child. This was where Wynne Philippe found herself.

Wynne and her two daughters, Anna Grace (4) and Elena (2), caught my eye when I was taking photos for the Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade. They were both decked out in their festive red, white, and blue outfits and tiny Elena was doing some serious waving at the parade as it went by.

After a friendly conversation with Wynne, I found out that Elena had only been in the country for two weeks and was adopted from China like her older sister, Anna Grace. I'm honored to tell the story of this special family.

Highlands Football Preview: Wide Receivers

Receiving corps looks to be as deep as ever

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Trent Buchert is the leading returning senior wide receiver for the Highlands Bluebirds.
Note: This is the next in a continuing series of previews leading up to the season.

They may not have a huge amount of experience as a group.

But the receiving corps of the Highlands Bluebirds football team hopes to be as deep as it has been this year. Highlands graduated seven wide receivers from last year's 8-6 Class 5A state semi-finalist squad in Mitch Cain, Ryan Conley, Tanner Groneck, Austin Horner, Eric Miller, Chandler New and TJ Sipple. Sipple took his talents to Mount St. Joseph across the Ohio River in Cincinnati and Cain signed with Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

RELATED: Preview: Running Backs 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Highlands Football Schedule (2016)

Jared Pulsfort. DWCPhoto.com. FTM file. 
The Highlands Football schedule is out.

For the best coverage on Highlands football, make sure to follow Fort Thomas Matters or the official Highlands Football website. 

Our sports writer, G. Michael Graham also has a sports page at FTMSports.com.

Aug 12 Cincinnati St. X (scrimmage)        Away 7:00
Aug 19 Cooper        HOME         7:00
Aug 26 Campbell County        Away 7:00

Bevin Awards $250k to NKY's Grateful Life Center

Funding to provide financial support for addiction recovery center

The Grateful Life Center in Erlanger will get a big boost, thanks to block grant. Picture: Huffington Post. 
Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Kenton County Fiscal Court and Transitions Grateful Life Center to support the adult male addiction recovery center in Erlanger, Kentucky.

“Continued operation of the Grateful Life Center is essential to our fight against drug addiction in Northeastern Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Ensuring that these men receive proper care and training is vital to helping them re-assimilate back into society and rejoin the workforce.” 

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Fort Thomas' "Diner En Blanc"

Photo: Diner En Blanc, Cincinnati. 
By Jen Kohl 

Picture this. It is a beautiful summer evening. Rows of white linen covered tables adorned with beautiful, fresh cut flower arrangements delicately placed in vintage jars. A candle lit lined street in front of the Mess Hall in Fort Thomas. Clicking sounds of dishes and silver being set and the scent of a delicious, meticulously planned menu using only the freshest produce from our area’s local farmers.

It’s a sight we have never seen in Fort Thomas, an outdoor restaurant in the heart of town, an elegant event. Guests all arrive dressed in white, ready to be served a feast prepared by local chefs.

RELATED: Fort Thomas Planning "First-Class" 150th Celebration 

Only a year away, organizers hope that Fort Thomas’ first Diner en Blanc, a farm-to-table, field-to-fork dinner will kick off the 150-year anniversary celebration events on July 2, 2017.

“Fort Thomas has just a number of really good chefs,” said Renaissance Manager and  Economic Development Director Debbie Buckley.

“This came out of the Stables project several years ago. We discovered we had four chefs on our committee, and now that Colonel De is here, he has brought some more chefs and because we also have our farmers market, it just seems a perfect marriage with our Sesquicentennial coming. It’s a way of thanking our volunteers and a beautiful way to start off the Sesquicentennial.” 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PokemonGo NKU TONIGHT


20 Pokéstops. Two gyms. Lures at all stops for two hours Free parking. Catch 'em all at NKU on July 26!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Northern Kentucky University
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HIGHLIGHTS
Lures at all 20 Pokéstops for two hours
Two gyms on campus
Free parking at Welcome Center garage from 6:00-8:30
Public WIFI on campus
Water coolers at: Griffin Hall, in between Steely Library and Founders Hall, Nunn Hall, Loch Norse bridge, Welcome Center.

Free parking is available in the Welcome Center garage at the foot of Nunn Drive near BB&T Arena. There are more than 20 Pokestops across campus, and each will be equipped with lures throughout the two-hour event. There are also two gyms, both at or near Nunn Hall. They will also offer five water stops across campus, as well as free NKU pokeball stickers to the first 300 people in attendance.

Facebook Event here. 

Family Fun Event: August 6 is Annual Safety Awareness Day at Target



Fort Thomas’ Haley Yeager is the event coordinator for this year's Safety Awareness Day to be held in the Target parking lot on Saturday Aug 6  from 10 - 2.  The event is hosted by both AAA/Bob Sumerel Tire & Service and the Newport Police Department and is always a fun family event.

Haley says that police and fire will bring a variety of safety vehicles for guests to see. And there will be preliminary maintenance inspections from Bob Sumerel Tire and Service as well as free car battery checks.

A big attraction will be the Shred-it Truck where people will be able to bring documents to be shredded at the site.There will also be a variety of safety booths, interactive activities, and free food from Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Why SD1 is Being Sued by Camp Springs Residents

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What's the real deal behind the fight with SD1 in Camp Springs?

Anna Zinkhon has been fighting the pipeline that SD1 wants to put through the community since 2010. She says she knows the issues better than most board members and there's more to the story that hasn't been reported.
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Zinkhon is the owner of Misty Ridge Farm in Camp Springs.

RELATED: SD1 Board Appointment A Point of Contention Once Again in Campbell County 

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- The conversation that turned the conversation contentious.
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- Alternatives to the forced main.
- How much money has been spent on the lawsuit.
- Items that she believes should be outrageous to rate payers.
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Fort Thomas Ranked #4 Safest City In Commonwealth

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Fort Thomas is again ranked the safest place to live in Northern Kentucky and the number four safest place in the state.

BackgroundChecks.com, Value Penguin, OnlyInYourState.com and now SafeWise.com have taken crime metrics and then rank how safe they are.

They reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. From their site:

"We eliminated all cities with fewer than 4,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city."

SafeWise had Fort Thomas ranked number 10 last year.
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1. Prospect ↑

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.72

2. Flatwoods ↑

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.98

3. Greenville ↓

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.31

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wolf Steel Opens 30-Job, $2.3 Million Expansion in Northern Kentucky

New Crittenden building provides warehousing, manufacturing space for Napoleon grills

NapoleonFireplaces.com. 
Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated Wolf Steel LTD, a manufacturer of high-end grills, stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and HVAC units and accessories under the Napoleon brand, on opening its 30-job, $2.3 million-plus expansion in Crittenden.

“Wolf Steel’s Napoleon products stand out internationally as exceptionally well-built, high-end products. It’s a source of pride for Kentucky that the company has made its U.S. home here the last 17 years,” Gov. Bevin said. “This current expansion, the second in seven years, demonstrates the growing demand for Napoleon grills, flame tables, fire places and other products. We are excited about Wolf Steel’s progress as it continues to offer quality products to customers throughout North America and across the globe.” 

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Campbell County Graduate To Appear on Jeopardy!

Alex Trebec and Kathy Krebs. Facebook, provided. 
Kathy Krebs, 1992 graduate of Campbell County High School, will be a contestant tonight on Jeopardy!

Krebs, who studied English and Psychology at Georgetown College, currently lives in Philadelphia, PA where she is a realtor.

Megan Arnzen Krieg, whose family owns The Olde Fort Pub in Fort Thomas, was a sorority sister of Krebs at Georgetown.
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Fort Thomas Recreation Department's Summer Campers Send Cards to Deployed Military

The Fort Thomas Recreation Department's summer campers sent thank-you notes to those stationed with FLELOGSUPPRON FIVE FOUR (VR-54).

For decades the Fort Thomas Recreation Department has provided summer camps for children. This year both programs took the time to send a little love overseas, to those serving in the military.

Crafts and cards were sent to three different companies, two Army and one Navy—all three are currently deployed. The Tiny Tots campers made thank-you cards and "hugs." Hugs are made by lying down with outstretched arms on a piece of paper. The child's head and arms are traced, and then the child decorates him or herself as they please.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Darkness Brewing Opening Tomorrow in Bellevue

Ron Sanders, one of the owners of Darkness Brewing on Fairfield Ave. in Bellevue. FTM file. 
Eric Bosler was home brewing for years before his business partner, Ron Sanders, joined him in the hobby in 2011. 

"For awhile we just had fun together in his kitchen creating and brewing different beer receipts and of course drinking them. Friends would come over and help up enjoy them occasionally and after while we started hearing things like 'man, you guys should open you your own microbrewery.' So we did. Why not have fun doing what we love and getting to serve it across from our own bar," said Sanders. "We're home brewers gone wild."

Tomorrow, they will get their chance as they open Darkness Brewing at 224 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue. They have six of their own recipes on tap, that range from light to dark and sell beer by the glass, flight or growler. 

The two partners ran a successful crowdfunding effort and with sweat equity pitched in by family and friends, they are ready to serve you. 

Sanders said that they will have food trucks, seasonal events, live original acoustic music, live art and lots of fun with beer. 

"One of our favorite parts about brewing is taking risks and we plan to," he said. "There's a lot of great brewers in town, so we'd like to compliment what they are doing. Our focus is to be a destination or hangout spot for the locals. The City of Bellevue has been great to work with and we're excited to open."

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The beer garden will get a makeover with loads of landscaping. FTM file. 

A pull down garage doors leads from the tap room to the beer garden. FTM file. 

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Local artwork adorns the walls. A large connect four brings a living room feel to the tap room. FTM file. 
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Cheryl McCafferty Case Featured On Popular National Podcast

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Men kill for status, women kill for love. 

That's how the true crime podcast, Sword and Scale (episode 71) introduces the segment on the murder case of Fort Thomas woman, Cheryl McCafferty.

RELATED: How Cheryl McCafferty Was Let Out Of Prison (Podcast)

The show, which includes two segments of women who have been convicted of killing, demonstrates the outlier statistic  of women involved on the active end of homicide.

The shows narrator begins his introduction:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Merchants & Music Festival: A Fort Thomas Tradition

Bret Michaels played to more than 10,000 people in 2015. Ken Bowman photo.
In 2004, Councilman Ken Bowman, business owner Rick Warner and former Main Street Coordinator Jody Robinson along with the Fort Thomas Renaissance Board came up with a brilliant idea on how to promote local businesses with a musical backdrop.

Being passionate music lovers and business owners, the idea seemed perfect and familiar to Bowman and Warner who was also involved in concert promotion at the time. So, they gave it a go. With much success, the Fort Thomas Merchants & Music Festival, named for the specific focus to promote Fort Thomas businesses, has grown into something spectacular - a free event taking place every September since then.

It all started on the patio of Rick Warner's restaurant, Warners (now 15 North Pizza) when Main Street Fort Thomas shut down for the day. Fort Thomas based businesses and food vendors lined the street while area musicians warmed a crowd of a few thousand before headliners Pure Prairie League  took the stage.

Village Players of Fort Thomas Announces Cast

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The Village Players of Fort Thomas is pleased to announce the cast for The Faculty Lounge.

Written by Teri Foltz.

Directed by Nathan Henegar.

Inside the forbidden walls of an ordinary, American high school faculty lounge, teachers get honest. The play is a comedy… until it’s not. Act One inspires hearty laughter at the humanness of those who teach, and Act Two touches the audience with a different side of that same humanity and the students who test it.

Cast:

Ruth Moyer Elementary is Done with Phase I of Construction (PICTURES)


Rendering showing the school from the back entrance.

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Ruth Moyer Elementary was on November 10, 2015 at approx. 1:30 p.m. The three phases of renovations and new construction will take three years to complete. The majority of the $20 million dollar cost will be paid by The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission.

Dawn Laber, Moyer's principal, is excited by the daily progress of the construction. "We're looking forward to a building that allows us to continue our long tradition of excellence."

RELATED: Officials Break Ground on Moyer Elementary 

Last year, grades 3-5 had classes in new trailers situated in the back of the school while the Kindergarten through second graders had classes inside the old building. There is an enclosed catwalk joining the school building to the trailers to keep out any rain. While the front portion of the school, built in 1930, will stay intact, the back section built in the 1950s and 1970s, will be demolished. The demolition was done during spring break.

2016 Highlands Football Preview: Running backs

Four returning running backs bring different styles to table

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Grant Murray takes off for a touchdown in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs against Woodford County last November. Murray is the leading returning rusher with 534 yards on 63 carries for six touchdowns and an average of 8.5 per carry.
Note: This is the second of many football previews breaking down the positions leading up to the season.

One huge part of the success of the Highlands Bluebirds football team's success over the years has been offensive efficiency.

The Bluebirds have run 707 or more plays during the season nine times in school history including the last five seasons. Highlands does not run up to the line of scrimmage once the play is over and try to snap it as quickly as possible quite as much in Brian Weinrich's two years as head coach like they did in the later years when Dale Mueller was head coach. But the Bluebirds have continued to maintain that consistency on offense by moving the chains.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NKY Chamber Announces 2017 Leadership Classes

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Impact Northern Kentucky, a nonprofit of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, is honored to announce the Leadership Northern Kentucky (LNK) and Regional Youth Leadership (RYL) classes of 2017. LNK and RYL use the community as a classroom to develop leaders to effectively serve the region. These programs are designed to help a diverse group of potential, emerging, and existing community leaders acquire an understanding of the strengths and challenges of the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area, and the skills necessary to motivate and engage others in collaborative efforts to address them.

The 52 participants of the LNK Class of 2017 will participate in the eight-month long program representing a cross section of the community, including business, government, education, media, non-profit agencies, health services and community organizations.  “I’m excited to get started!  We’ve selected what promises an engaging group for this year and I’m looking forward to working with them as we focus on ‘Cultivating Community,’” explained LNK 2017 Chair, Jason Reed, Edmondson and Associates.
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The RYL Class of 2017 is comprised of 50 students representing 39 different high schools in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Throughout the eight-month program, RYL unites these young leaders so that they may identify, develop, refine, and practice their leadership skills in order to become catalysts for change. Students participating in Regional Youth Leadership are presented with new challenges and opportunities for intellectual, creative, social and personal growth.


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The CARE Closet Moves into NKY



The CARE Closet moves in to help NKY children in need

A recipient of a donated bed helps move it into his room (provided)

by Colin Moore

It’s only been four months since Fort Thomas resident Carol Weinel last spoke to Fort Thomas Matters, and yet in that time she has achieved more than most people could in years. She has brought the CARE Closet to Northern Kentucky, providing clothes and other items for homeless children who have nothing. She’s found premises, outgrown them and found more. She’s registered the Closet as a non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible, run a successful pre-prom pampering session for disadvantaged teens and helped over 100 children in Northern Kentucky!

Previously Carol had mainly volunteered with the Closet in Oyler School in Lower Price Hill but seeing the donations build up and knowing that there are needy children much closer to home, she decided to bring the idea to Northern Kentucky. “We had so much stuff and I thought, what can we do in our backyard?” A Fort Thomas resident for almost 30 years, Carol knows only too well of the poverty that lives far too close to our own doorsteps.

“This is happening in our own backyard, 5 minutes from our homes. There is such a disparity in Campbell County, from million dollar houses to over 500 people who are homeless. These are kids that our kids play sports with, or play sports against and they have nothing.”

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July Fort Thomas City Council Roundup

This picture was taken on the July 18 Fort Thomas City Council meeting. FTM file. 


by Jennifer Summer

The Fort Thomas City Council met on Monday, July 18th at 7 pm.  All members were present aside from council member Lisa Kelly.

The meeting began with the mayor congratulating the winners of the Fort Thomas July 4th parade.  In the category for Most Original, third place went to Chicks & Chucks, second place went to the Campbell County Library, and the winner was It's Fun to be a Kid on Tower Place.
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RELATED: Fourth of July Parade Winners (2016)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Frontier Airlines Announces Three New Destinations

Cancun Mexico, via Lauren Gonding Magical Travel. FTM file. 
From FTM Media Partner, WCPO 

By Liz Engel 

Frontier Airlines is adding three new winter destinations from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky international Airport, including two Florida stops high on travelers' wish lists.

The ultra-low cost carrier formally announced the service change Tuesday morning. It will launch seasonal flights from CVG to Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Cancun, Mexico, later this year.

"We're excited. That's going to keep Frontier at 50 flights a week for the season," Bobby Spann, CVG vice president of external affairs, told WCPO. "Last year, they dropped down to about 38 (a week), so this will be a stronger winter for them here."
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July Board of Education Meeting Roundup

Noah & Ben receive their Champions t-shirts from the Board
By Jennifer Summer

The Fort Thomas Board of Education met on Monday, July 11th at 6:30 pm.  All board members were present.

Jon Stratton presented the Cappies Award winners for the HMS production of Little Shop of Horrors.  Noah Moore won for Best Male Critic, and Ben Bardgett, Ellie Conniff, Scott Earle, and Barbara Nagel won for Best Marketing & Publicity.  The Board congratulated the students and gave each a Champions t-shirt and a certificate of achievement.   

"We're here to recognize them for their accomplishments," said Mr. Stratton.   


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Jerry Wissman gave the Board an update on the construction work, and shared current photos of the renovations at Moyer. A motion passed to pay Morel Construction $562,942.80 for the work at Moyer.  

Danny Davies - Teacher, Actor, Director, Man of Many Talents - Publishes First Novel

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A writer tells true lies.  They collect experiences to reveal a particular truth to readers.  And that has been Danny Davies’ business and some of those truths are revealed in his soon to be released novel, A Rainbow Together. 

Many of you may remember him as a teacher or drama instructor or an actor, but he is a man who has worn many hats. His wife, Bonnie, says You like to collect W-2 forms, don’t you?  

Danny says of his varied gigs that I also had quite a few employment adventures since retirement. I was a cast member at Walt Disney World. I worked as a gate agent for US Airways. I have been a flight attendant based at JFK for ComAir. I have also baked and sold gourmet cupcakes, and I became a specialty sandwich maker at a lunch restaurant owned by a former student. He has lots of energy. It’s not hard to imagine all of the stories and characters. Danny observes that I guess every one of those jobs provided opportunities to observe a variety of people in diverse situations.  And that tends to spark creative suppositions about what their life stories might be.

A Rainbow Together is a coming of age of Davey, a teenaged boy who takes a summer job at hotel, the unusual characters he meets, and comes to terms with his sexuality.  Danny says that he set the story in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky because it serves as an antagonistic force. The narrow mindedness. The unquestioned and accepted bigotry. The naïve stubbornness of a typical Midwestern city. All these deter Davey from his self actualization. Plus I could clearly visualize where these fictional events take place. Greater Cincinnati has always been my home. I clearly remember the then-specific landmarks of the city as well as the dynamic of the area. 

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